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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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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Olympic victory, the first without a quad since 1994, the Russians missed the ironic truth that Plushenko was the outdated one.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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February 19, 2010 | By Chris Kuc
In its inexorable march toward a showdown with Canada for the gold medal and supremacy in women's hockey, the United States has traveled a path of little resistance. Against Finland in its final preliminary-round game Thursday, the U.S. faced its biggest speed bump to date in a team that had also won its first two games of the tournament. The U.S. continued its smooth ride to the semifinals with a 6-0 victory over the Finns at UBC Thunderbird Arena in what was the Americans' toughest test, but in the end was another dominating performance.
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February 19, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
Security measures at the Olympics have been tightened in the wake of reports that a mentally ill man sneaked into last week's opening ceremony with a fake credential and was apprehended in the vicinity of Vice President Joe Biden . Officials here attempted to downplay the incident. "It's very clear to us that at no point was the vice president in danger," said Cpl. Darren Anderson , a spokesman for the Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit. "There was no indication that [the man]
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February 19, 2010
MEN'S SUPER-G Miller and Ligety are U.S. hopefuls Europeans have won every installment of the Olympic super-giant slalom since its addition to the program in 1988, and have several leading candidates for gold in 2010. Didier Cuche of Switzerland is the defending world champion and Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway was last season's World Cup champion. The U.S. has won only one medal in this event: Tommy Moe with a silver at the 1994 Lillehammer Games. Bode Miller and Ted Ligety are the top U.S. competitors.
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February 19, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
The most accomplished American skier in Olympic history -- the girl with gold already tucked in her pocket -- won another medal Thursday. Her name: Julia Mancuso. The day after a busload of drop-in history assessors returned to Vancouver's media compound after justifiably praising Lindsey Vonn after her dramatic win in downhill, Mancuso sent out a mountain memo suggesting the story isn't over yet. Mancuso, who finished behind Vonn in the downhill, claimed a surprising -- shocking, some might say -- silver medal in the women's super combined.
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February 19, 2010 | By Brian Hamilton
There is no medal. But there is a certificate. That much Jennifer Rodriguez earned after a top-eight finish in the women's 1,000-meter speedskating event Thursday -- a trophy with print, not glint. So there is a congratulatory certificate. There is optimism about Rodriguez's 1,500-meter race Sunday. There is a growing hope for the next Olympic cycle. But there are no medals. So there is a lot of relative thinking regarding the U.S. women's speedskating team's performance in these Winter Games.
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February 19, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
Bode Miller used to think the distractions that surrounded the Olympics were counter-productive. The Games, at least during working hours, were all business. But Miller, now 32, has taken a different approach for what could be his last Olympics. Miller, in fact, was very emotional after winning bronze in Monday's downhill. "I think that's part of why I wanted to come back," Miller said after the race. "I wanted that feeling. With my experience and technological knowledge, now I wanted to let my feelings go and let myself be emotionally involved in the race."
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