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February 16, 2010 | By Brian Hamilton
Jen Rodriguez elected to march and soak in the majesty and malfunction of the opening ceremony for the first time since 1998. She veered away from training to visit the Nike House. She made an excursion to the Oakley House. Instead of drowning herself in preparation and rigid routine, the speedskating veteran of four Winter Games opened her eyes and her schedule to these sidelights for, in effect, one reason. "I have zero expectations," a chipper Rodriguez said Monday. She participated in her first Olympics in 1998, won bronze medals in 2002 and then retired from the sport for two years after 2006, and now returns to the Winter Games blithely unwound.
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February 13, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
The first women's Alpine race of the Olympics, scheduled for Sunday in Whistler Creek, has been postponed because of poor weather conditions. The women could not run the downhill without completing a training run. When it was deemed in Whistler Creek that conditions would not allow a training run Saturday, it automatically meant the Sunday race could not go off as scheduled. This is bad news for Olympic organizers but good news for American skier Lindsey Vonn , who will now get an extra day to rest the bruised shin she injured Feb. 2 in a training run. The men's downhill, as of Friday afternoon, was still scheduled to be run Saturday, though weather conditions are expected to be poor.
SPORTS
February 11, 2010 | Staff Reports
Luge athlete and five-time Olympian Mark Grimmette of Muskegon, Mich., has been chosen to carry the U.S. flag into the Olympic opening ceremony Friday at BC Place. The honor is traditionally reserved for someone who has persevered through hardship or shown extreme dedication, and that applies to Grimmette in a sport that doesn't usually bring athletes great endorsement contracts or fame. Grimmette, 39, is the all-time leader in medals among American lugers with 65, and he won a bronze medal at the 1998 Games and a silver at Salt Lake City in 2002, both in men's doubles.
BUSINESS
July 9, 2009 | Meg James
The U.S. Olympic Committee is the latest major sports organization to dive into the television channel business, announcing Wednesday that it was partnering with cable giant Comcast Corp. to launch the U.S. Olympic Network. "Olympics programming really goes dark for the two years between the Games, and there are many events and compelling stories that are never broadcast," said U.S. Olympic Committee Chief Operating Officer Norman Bellingham.
SPORTS
August 25, 2008 | Lisa Dillman
Where and when: Vancouver and Whistler, Canada; Feb. 12-28. Venue budget: More than $550 million, with two venues to be completed. Athletes to watch: Skiers Bode Miller and Lindsey Kildow Vonn. Reigning world champion figure skater Mao Asada of Japan (trivia note: she was first a ballet dancer), and two rising 15-year-old skaters from Southern California, Caroline Zhang of Brea and Mirai Nagasu, who attends Arcadia High School. Obstacles to overcome: Weather, namely that famous regional rain; and travel issues, such as the winding road between the venues in Vancouver and Whistler.
BUSINESS
July 6, 2007 | From Reuters
Microsoft Corp. said Thursday that it would open a software development center in Vancouver, Canada, giving it a place to employ skilled workers barred by U.S. immigration quotas. It may signal the start of a new hiring trend, with other U.S. high-tech firms following in Microsoft's footsteps to Canada, where lawyers say it is easier for foreign nationals to obtain work credentials. U.S.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2006 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
To avoid a repeat of a strike that idled Canada's busiest port for five weeks last summer, officials in Vancouver have borrowed a strategy pioneered in Southern California: extending the hours that terminal gates are open. The idea is to keep truckers happy by reducing congestion so that drivers can make better money hauling even more steel containers crammed with imported goods. But so far, Vancouver has found the extended hours to be a tough sell.
TRAVEL
January 1, 2006 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
WHICH ports treat cruise passengers best? For one opinion, turn to the "Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships 2006," which this year rates homeland ports. In North America, Vancouver, Canada, scored highest, Miami lowest. The ratings are based on user friendliness and luggage handling. The ports were inspected from January 2003 to July 2005 by author Douglas Ward and his staff.
SPORTS
July 3, 2003 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
In a surprisingly tight election, the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday awarded Vancouver, Canada, the 2010 Winter Games. Vancouver, long the front-runner, defeated Pyeongchang, South Korea, in the second round of balloting, 56 votes to 53. Salzburg, Austria, was eliminated in the first round.
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July 2, 2003 | Alan Abrahamson, Times Staff Writer
A rumpled Wayne Gretzky, Southern California family man, part owner of a professional hockey team in Phoenix, appeared Tuesday in front of a fawning group of Canadian reporters, it being Canada Day, proclaiming himself a proud Canadian and avid booster of Vancouver's bid for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
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