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February 25, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
They gave their best, but it wasn't good enough to beat goaltender Jonas Hiller for the first 35 shots and 42 minutes of their quarterfinal playoff game against Switzerland on Wednesday. So members of the U.S. Olympic hockey team put aside their annoyance and dug into a well of determination. "You're kind of mentally prepared for that type of game and when you're playing a goalie that good we're expecting that," Zach Parise said of Hiller, the Ducks' No. 1 goaltender and backbone of a Swiss team that had to win a qualifying-round shootout Tuesday to get this far. "But we kept reaching on the bench to not get frustrated, to not allow ourselves to fall asleep and to keep playing the way we were playing and hopefully one was going to go in for us."
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February 25, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
It seemed fitting the daytime serial that played out Wednesday between gold-medal-winning American rivals Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso would have to be continued until . . . Thursday. These are, after all, the days of their lives. Skiing bib-to-bib in the Olympic giant slalom, Vonn at No. 17 and Mancuso at No. 18, Vonn crashed while flying back-first into a retaining fence, broke her right pinkie finger, and it might have cost Mancuso the chance to defend her GS gold medal.
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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.
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February 25, 2010 | By Chris Kuc
The chipmunk costume was the final straw. A mother's desire for her daughter to become a figure skater led to a young Lisa Chesson in tears at each competition. She so hated to dress up as a rodent that it led to the end of her figure-skating career and the start of one in hockey. That change has led her all the way to Thursday's gold-medal game against favored Canada. "My mom wanted me to be a figure skater because she was when she was younger," said Chesson, a defenseman on the U.S. women's team.
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February 25, 2010 | Chris Erskine
Curling tops my list of what I respectfully refer to as "Dumb Winter Sports." To this list, I would include almost everything except skiing, snowboarding and hockey, which are merely "Insane Winter Sports." People call to ask what it's like up here, and I tell them that it's like summer camp in the snow -- for the dumb and the insane. You should hear them sigh enviously on the other end of the phone line. Yet, curling leads the dumb list. As you probably know, the Scots invented it some 500 years ago, and probably what's most amazing is not that it has survived over the centuries but that they ever played it a second time.
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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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