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February 23, 2010 | By Candus Thomson
Shauna Rohbock prefers her martini shaken, not stirred. The bobsled driver of USA-1, who won silver in 2006, hopes to be the fastest woman on the fastest track when the two-day competition begins Tuesday. But perhaps the biggest obstacle in her icy path is Germany's Cathleen Martini, a two-time world championship silver medalist who won five of the eight World Cup races this season. "She's been strong all year," said Rohbock of her rival. "She gets a good push and drives it from there.
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February 22, 2010 | By Chris Kuc
In the relatively short history of women's hockey in the Olympics, the United States has enjoyed many more successes than failures. An upset loss to Sweden in the semifinals of 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy, stands out as the low point. The Americans led 2-0 before the Swedes roared back for a 3-2 shootout win that denied the Americans a chance to face rival Canada for the gold medal. The U.S. was left playing for the bronze, which it won by defeating Finland, 4-0. Canada beat Sweden, 4-1, for the gold.
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February 22, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Life is all about the Hurricane for Jeret "Speedy" Peterson. Doing one. And living in one. First, there is his highly acclaimed signature Hurricane, an aerial trick featuring three flips and five twists. The men's aerials qualifications will be Monday night at Cypress Mountain. "I plan on doing the Hurricane," he said at the pre-Olympics news conference here. "I want to be able to do that trick. I want to be prepared to throw it. . . . We won't know until game day." Peterson will be joined in qualifying by American teammates Ryan St. Onge, Matt DePeters and Scott Bahrke.
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February 22, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Wearing uniforms that honored the Olympic champion 1960 U.S. hockey team and deploying a lineup that included the son of a player from the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" squad, the current U.S. Olympic team made some history of its own Sunday. In an exhilarating game that often went end to end without giving fans a moment's pause to do more than gasp, the Americans punished Canada goalie Martin Brodeur for his puck-handling mistakes and rode a two-goal, one-assist performance by Brian Rafalski to a 5-3 win at a jam-packed Canada Hockey Place.
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February 20, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
No need to clean your goggles or adjust your bindings -- that's America on top of the Olympic Alpine leaderboard. Austria? Well, word is the country is into baseball now. The United States of A-miracle went two-three in Friday's super-giant slalom at Whistler Mountain, climbing heights never before seen or contemplated. Heading into the 1994 Lillehammer Games, America's Alpine team was dubbed "Uncle Sam's left-footed snowplow brigade." Four Olympics later, America is just putting its foot down.
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February 20, 2010 | By Chris Kuc
Just a few thousand meters separate Apolo Anton Ohno from making history. The Seattle native has six medals in his Olympic career, tying him with Bonnie Blair for most by an American in Winter Games history. Ohno can win No. 7 on Saturday night when he competes in the 1,000-meter event. "The 1,000 is a very tough race," said Ohno, a three-time Olympian. "The first round of the quarterfinals are going to be ridiculously stacked. They could be finals themselves." South Korean skaters Sung Si-Bak, Lee Ho-Suk and Lee Jung-Su, along with J.R. Celski of the U.S. and Charles Hamelin of Canada, figure to be formidable opponents for Ohno, who is a two-time Olympic medalist in the event (bronze in 2006 and silver in 2002)
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February 20, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
It might be over-the-top dramatic -- like the launching-pad jump on the women's course known as "Hot Air" -- to suggest that Saturday's super-giant slalom at Whistler Creek will be Lindsey Vonn's last appearance of the Olympics. It would be conjecture to think that Vonn, once considered a five-medal threat, will bow out after the super-G, perhaps with her second gold, forgoing next week's giant slalom and slalom. The thinking: Why endure more excruciating pain from her bruised right shin in the two events in which see is least likely to win a medal?
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February 20, 2010 | By Brian Hamilton
The details or fragility of the peace between Shani Davis and Chad Hedrick might be beside the point now. At least it isn't naked war, no more epithets spit across news conference tables, no visceral drama at a theater of the disturbed. Davis can step onto a podium, gold medal slung around his neck, and Hedrick can extend a hand, as he did in the medal ceremony Thursday after the 1,000 meters. And Davis can grasp it and put his other hand on top of Hedrick's. It's no small distance to reach across for speedskaters -- competitors -- so astoundingly different.
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February 20, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
Will Russia's anger over Evgeni Plushenko's loss in the men's figure-skating competition have an effect on the ice dance results? That question will hang in the air until Monday, when the skaters do the free dance in an event that began with compulsories Friday. If world champions Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin do not win, Russia will leave the Olympics without a skating gold medal for the first time since 1960, since its women won't even get near the podium. Even worse: A 12-Olympics win streak in pairs ended with a crash when no Russian team won a medal.
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February 20, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
Evgeni Plushenko and his coach, Alexei Mishin, carped all week about men's skaters who do not attempt a quadruple jump, insisting such athletes are Neanderthals taking the sport back to the Pleistocene Epoch. Using that argument in their graceless derision of Evan Lysacek's Olympic victory, the first without a quad since 1994, the Russians missed the ironic truth that Plushenko was the outdated one. They figured Plushenko could win again by the rules that applied when he became Olympic champion in 2006, but the particulars in the way the sport is judged have changed substantially.
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