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February 18, 2010
ALPINE SKIING A new look for super combined Anja Paerson, who leads active Alpine skiers with 41 World Cup victories, is the favorite in Thursday's super combined. The super combined is the only event that has changed its format since the 2006 Turin Games. Whereas the combined was a three-run event with one downhill and two slalom runs, the current version incorporates a downhill run and one slalom run. The winner is the skier with the fastest composite time. FIGURE SKATING It's Lysacek chasing Plushenko For once, there probably is more U.S. interest in men's figure skating than women's, as Evan Lysacek of the U.S., in second place after the short program, tries to catch Evgeny Plushenko of Russia in Thursday's free program.
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February 18, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
For Team USA and host Canada, the first game of the Olympic men's hockey tournament was about shaking their jitters. Each was a little disjointed Tuesday, with Canada blanked by Norway for 22 minutes and the U.S. scoring only once in the first 25 minutes. Each gained momentum and wore down an inferior opponent. Canada defeated Norway, 8-0, and the U.S. sweated a bit before beating Switzerland, 3-1. "I think we had a lot of nervous energy as a team. I know for my part, I did," U.S. goalie Ryan Miller said.
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February 18, 2010 | By Philip Hersh
It is customary to watch figure-skating practices for omens, even though the exercise serves mainly to see if one skater runs into another or suffers a non-contact injury. Skaters who practice well often fall apart in competition, and vice-versa, as was the case with Japan's Daisuke Takahashi, who struggled for days before delivering a lights-out performance in Tuesday's Olympic men's short program. Takahashi also went feet-first into the boards after slipping on a footwork sequence during practice Wednesday, but that fall, which left him laughing, will have no impact on Thursday's free skate.
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February 18, 2010 | By Brian Hamiilton
Not unusually, Shani Davis spent most of Wednesday alone in his room, except for a morning jog. He studied his journals and race plan. Again he endeavored to do what no one had. Again he internalized any pressures and doubts, trusting only himself to escape them. Later, gliding along the Richmond Olympic Oval in the minutes before the 1,000-meter race that could redefine his grip on history, he was once more effectively alone, as the Chicago native likes it and unapologetically means it to be. Hands on hips, Davis snapped off a yawn.
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February 17, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
Bode Miller's chance for a second medal in Whistler will have to wait. The Olympic Alpine schedule got scrambled again Tuesday when an early morning storm forced the postponement of the men's super combined. The good news is that better weather is expected in Whistler for the next several days. The latest reset of Alpine events: the men's combined will be moved to Sunday, with the giant slalom getting bumped to next Tuesday, an open date on the schedule. The men's super giant slalom will remain in its original Friday spot.
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February 17, 2010 | By Brian Hamilton
Early Tuesday morning under a sunny sky, Shani Davis hopped a fence across the street from the Richmond Olympic Oval, striding inside for the required round of drug testing while once again on the eve of history. No man has won two gold medals in the 1,000-meter long-track speedskating event, and Wednesday, Davis has the chance to do just that. But there is an ancillary challenge too, in the uncomfortable irony that the staunchly independent, self-professed solo entity will skate to rescue a team.
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February 17, 2010 | By Chris Kuc
While its closest rival is dismantling opponents by a combined 27 goals in two games over on the other side of the bracket, the United States women's hockey team is wreaking havoc in its own group. The U.S. hammered hapless Russia, 13-0, on Tuesday in preliminary-round action at UBC Thunderbird Arena. The bigger, faster and more experienced U.S. squashed Russia to improve to 2-0 in the tournament and has now outscored foes, 25-1, in the process. Team Canada, the other favorite to bring home gold in the Olympic Games, was off Tuesday but won its first two games by a combined score of 28-1.
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February 16, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
American Alpine star Lindsey Vonn finally made an official training run Monday, but her results were mixed. Nursing a sore shin she thought might keep her from competing in the Olympics, Vonn won the first half of a split downhill training run at Whistler Creekside, but victory came at a cost. "It's tough," she said. "I honestly was expecting it to be a little bit better than it was." Vonn, on her own, did some slalom training Sunday. Thomas Vonn said before Monday's men's downhill that his wife had suffered a "setback" but "it was to be expected."
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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.
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