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February 24, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
The giant slalom was a giant disappointment -- at least by America's suddenly-since-last-week lofty Alpine standards. The United States' streak of six consecutive races with at least one medal ended Tuesday at Whistler Creekside when Bode Miller bowed out early in the first run and Ted Ligety came in late for the second run, finishing in ninth place. Switzerland's Carlo Janka won the race with a two-run time of 2 minutes 37.83, holding off two Norwegians for the gold. Kjetil Jansrud finished second with Aksel Svindal adding bronze to his gold (super-giant slalom)
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February 24, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
The weather report does not look promising -- snow, rain, slush, fog -- for the running of the women's giant slalom Wednesday, leading some to muse: How could Julia Mancuso get so lucky? She's already had a charmed Olympics -- winning two unexpected silver medals -- and could now benefit from the kind of whiteout that helped her win the GS gold four years ago in Italy. A lot of people don't remember that Mancuso won at Turin because she captured it in almost Donner Party conditions.
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February 24, 2010 | By Lisa Dillman
Cypress Mountain does not care about your aerial ski jumping credentials. Olympic gold medal on your resume? Who cares? Outstanding World Cup form among your references? Yawn. None of it has guaranteed a thing. Not on Cypress. On the men's side, the defending gold medalist as well as the No. 1-ranked aerialist failed to make the 12-man final, both botching their second jumps in qualifying. Evelyne Leu of Switzerland, the defending Olympic gold medalist, also fell by the wayside in women's qualifying, as she somersaulted on her landing and lost her skis.
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February 24, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Team USA's exhilarating upset of Canada on Sunday might as well be ancient history, so far had the players in red, white and blue put it behind them as they prepared for their Olympic quarterfinal playoff game against Switzerland on Wednesday. Criticism of their performance against Canada from their general manager, Brian Burke, achieved its purpose. The top-seeded Americans say they're thoroughly prepared to face No. 8 Switzerland, which defeated Belarus, 3-2, in a shootout Tuesday behind a strong performance by Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller.
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February 24, 2010 | By David Wharton
Eight years. One minute. Two very different measurements of time that have weighed heavily on the U.S. Nordic combined team. Eight years ago, Todd Lodwick, Johnny Spillane and Bill Demong finished one minute off the podium in the team competition at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. "We've been through a lot," Lodwick said. "We've been through hell." But on Tuesday, the trio -- with help from a new addition in Brett Camerota -- took some sting out of a painful memory, earning silver in the team 4x5-kilometer event at Whistler Olympic Park.
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February 24, 2010 | By Candus Thomson
Playing hooky instead of training proved to be a blessing for one American bobsled team and a questionable tactic for the other two Tuesday, the first day of the women's competition. On a night when the track record fell five times, Erin Pac of Farmington, Conn., the driver of USA-2, shot into second place with two blistering runs for a combined total of 1 minute 47.09 seconds. Kaillie Humphries of Canada thrilled her hometown crowd by setting the track record in her first and second runs to hold the lead at the halfway point at 1:46.
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February 24, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Redemption was at hand as the Canadian Olympic hockey team was about to polish off an 8-2 rout of Germany and advance to the playoff quarterfinals, so the crowd at Canada Hockey Place was feeling giddy Tuesday. A cry arose from the stands, loud and proud: "We want Russia! We want Russia!" You sure about that? "Good idea," affirmed Canada's captain, Scott Niedermayer. The question is whether he and his teammates will still think it's such a great notion Wednesday, after they face the powerful Russians in a matchup that was projected to be the Olympics' grand finale but was moved up by Canada's preliminary-round loss to the U.S. and consignment to a qualifying playoff round.
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February 23, 2010
Winger Bobby Ryan of the Ducks and the U.S. Olympic team is blogging for The Times during the Games. Here's his post on the U.S. team's 5-3 upset of Canada on Sunday: Hi again, everyone: That was a great game to be part of. To beat Canada in their own barn in front of their own fans was pretty special. It was a pretty quiet building at the end, it was almost eerie. We enjoyed it in the locker room afterward. It's a huge confidence boost for us. As far as the game, I thought we were outplayed for quite a while.
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February 23, 2010 | By Chris Kuc
Canada did its part to set up a gold-medal showdown between women's hockey powerhouses. The United States and Canada have been on a collision course since the pairings were announced long before the start of the 2010 Winter Games. Both teams plowed through their groups, with the U.S. reaching Thursday's gold-medal game with a 9-1 victory over Sweden in Monday's first semifinal. Canada followed suit with a 5-0 win over Finland to continue its quest for its third consecutive gold.
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February 23, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Drew Doughty started getting frantic calls and text messages before the shock waves had faded from Canada's 5-3 loss to the United States in the preliminary-round finale of the Olympic hockey tournament. What, they asked, was wrong with their hockey team? "Canada as a country is worried about how we've been so far," the Kings' precocious defenseman said Monday, "but I know in the room we're still confident. We're going to take a longer route to the gold-medal game, but I know we're still confident we're going to do it."
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