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February 11, 2010 | Staff Reports
Luge athlete and five-time Olympian Mark Grimmette of Muskegon, Mich., has been chosen to carry the U.S. flag into the Olympic opening ceremony Friday at BC Place. The honor is traditionally reserved for someone who has persevered through hardship or shown extreme dedication, and that applies to Grimmette in a sport that doesn't usually bring athletes great endorsement contracts or fame. Grimmette, 39, is the all-time leader in medals among American lugers with 65, and he won a bronze medal at the 1998 Games and a silver at Salt Lake City in 2002, both in men's doubles.
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SPORTS
February 25, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
NBC said that Friday's Olympic semifinal hockey game between the U.S. and Finland will be broadcast live in all time zones, including Pacific. It will begin at noon Pacific time Friday. Sunday's gold medal hockey game is so far scheduled to be tape-delayed in the Pacific time zone at 3 p.m. (The game starts at noon). As a historical note, the Beijing Olympics gold medal basketball game was also scheduled to be tape-delayed but when the U.S. made the finals, NBC did show the game live.
SPORTS
February 14, 2010 | By Candus Thomson
Putting the brakes on the world's fastest luge track to prevent the type of crash that killed a young slider during a training run didn't do much to alter the standings Saturday among the world's elite sliders after the first two of four runs. With a light snow falling, Germany's Felix Loch, who holds the track record of 95.6 mph, was in first place with a combined time of 1 minute 36.570 seconds. Countryman David Moeller, a two-time world champion who finished fifth in the Turin Olympics, is in second, just .282 seconds back.
SPORTS
February 25, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Must-see drama turned into can't-see drama. For about an hour or so, there was this surreal (non-) sight at the women's freestyle aerials ski ramp at Cypress Mountain on Wednesday night. An announcer would say a name and a country and some sort of fuzzy, ghostly apparition would hurtle down the ramp, come into semi-view and twist and turn through the air. One reporter joked that the shadowy outlines looked like figures on a surveillance video. Foggy, foggy night. Was this a night where someone was going to win a gold medal or, instead, the opening scenes of a horror movie?
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