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February 22, 2010 | By staff reports
About seven hours after learning her mother had died unexpectedly, Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette , the reigning world silver medalist, showed her resolve to compete in the Olympics as planned by coming to her scheduled Sunday afternoon practice at the Pacific Coliseum. "Joannie is a very courageous person," said her teammate Cynthia Phaneuf . "Just to be there at practice, I was very impressed. She is going to get through this. "I think she is doing the right thing.
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February 22, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Melvin Avanzado, a 47-year-old Los Angeles attorney, understands why NBC is showing tape-delayed Olympics coverage to viewers in the Pacific and Mountain time zones. He understands about sponsorship dollars and maximizing viewership. He doesn't like it much, either. But Avanzado doesn't try to avoid results until he can watch warmed-over coverage that often doesn't end until midnight. "I'd have to totally unplug," he said. "Some people try. I was at dinner with a friend Saturday night when Apolo Ohno was racing.
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February 22, 2010 | By Brian Hamilton
This was Jen Rodriguez's fourth Olympics. She needs surgery on her right hip to repair a torn labrum. The speedskater was so stressed by the laborious Winter Games schedule that she required a 90-minute nap before a 3 p.m. race. Then, in her preferred race, the 1,500 meters, she produced an 18th-place finish Sunday. It was a stinging anticlimax that empty legs told her she had to accept, leaving her much to contemplate in the coming weeks. "I don't think I could do better than I did today," Rodriguez said, "even though today was terrible and an embarrassment."
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February 21, 2010 | David Wharton
Dark clouds that lingered over the city last week have finally lifted, brighter days dawning on a Winter Games that needed some cheering up. "The morale is good," said Renee Smith-Valade, an official with the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. "The sun is shining and the sports are going well." Big crowds and big performances, not to mention solid television ratings, come as a big relief after a succession of bumps, glitches and worse that had organizers wondering what might go wrong next.
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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 Helene Elliott
Scrappy, physical Belarus came tantalizingly close to upending defending gold medalist Sweden and pulling off another Olympic hockey upset. Konstantin Zakharov clanged a shot off the crossbar about 12 minutes into the third period Friday shortly after his team had pulled to within a goal, and Andrei Stas forced goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to make a quick arm save on a desperate try to tie the score with 40 seconds left, triggering gasps...
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February 20, 2010 | By Candus Thomson
Amy Williams tamed the Whistler track over two nights to win the women's skeleton competition and become the first Winter Olympian in 30 years to earn a gold medal for Britain. However, Williams, who survived a protest Thursday by the U.S. team over the shape of her helmet, faces a second challenge from the Canadians, who also claim that the grooves -- spoilers -- do not conform to international-federation standards. The International Federation of Bobsleigh and Skeleton (FIBT)
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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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