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October 23, 2009 | Chris Dufresne
The most accomplished female U.S. Alpine skier of her generation, or maybe any other, and the personality NBC is packaging to become the Michael Phelps of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics emerged from a car outside a trendy cafe in Hollywood. A statuesque brunet behind sunglasses, Lindsey Vonn stepped onto the street where Schwab's drugstore once stood: the Sunset Boulevard of dreams. Yet not once during the hour she raved about the almond French toast and sipped orange juice was she approached for an autograph.
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February 19, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia - Ted Ligety's first Olympic gold medal in 2006 was such a gift, it all but fell out of the sky from a gondola. It was like a kid winning an Oscar without taking acting lessons. Ligety was 21 in Turin, Italy, when he struck gold in the super combined, only because Bode Miller blew gold by missing a gate in his first slalom run and Austria's Benny Raich blew gold by hooking a second-run gate within feet of the finish line. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi Ligety's second Olympic gold medal, won Wednesday at Rosa Khutor under postcard conditions, lifted the weight of his world.
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October 14, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
The rivalry between the Canadian and U.S. women's hockey teams is intense, since the two teams are the sport's top powers and have dominated the World Championships and Olympics. Canada won the gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics, but Team USA won the last world title. The tension between the two teams spilled over into a rare brawl Saturday at Burlington, Vt., in a pre-Sochi Olympics contest. U.S. forward Jocelyne Lamoureux clipped Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados, prompting retaliation from Canada's Courtney Birchard and starting a full-out fight.
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February 17, 2014 | By Meg James
NBC's prime-time Sochi Olympics ratings have failed to achieve the same high levels as four years ago when the games were held in a compatible time zone in Vancouver, Canada. The nine- to 12-hour time difference between Sochi, Russia, and the U.S. have tamped down audience levels, in part, because most viewers know the outcome of key competitions long before NBC's prime-time broadcasts begin. On Sunday night, NBC attracted 21.3 million viewers for its prime-time program, which showcased the breakout performance of American ice dancers Charlie White and Meryl Davis.  Sunday's audience totals represented an 8% decline from the same night during the Vancouver Olympics, when many of the contests aired live.
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February 12, 2014 | By Meg James
Despite Bob Costas' persistent eye infection, a heat wave in Sochi and slightly lower NBC prime-time numbers compared with four years ago, NBCUniversal executives are giving the Winter Olympics a high score. Audience levels have exceeded the network's expectations, NBCUniversal executives said Wednesday, particularly when considering the nine- to 12-hour time difference between Russia and the United States. Most viewers are aware of the results of marquee competitions well before NBC's prime-time coverage begins.
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February 17, 2014 | By Meg James
NBC's prime-time Sochi Olympics ratings have failed to achieve the same high levels as four years ago when the games were held in a compatible time zone in Vancouver, Canada. The nine- to 12-hour time difference between Sochi, Russia, and the U.S. have tamped down audience levels, in part, because most viewers know the outcome of key competitions long before NBC's prime-time broadcasts begin. On Sunday night, NBC attracted 21.3 million viewers for its prime-time program, which showcased the breakout performance of American ice dancers Charlie White and Meryl Davis.  Sunday's audience totals represented an 8% decline from the same night during the Vancouver Olympics, when many of the contests aired live.
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December 21, 2009 | Wire Reports
Lindsey Von n capped a successful weekend with a third-place finish in a super-G that helped her reclaim the sole lead of the overall World Cup standings less than two months before the Vancouver Olympics. After her victory in Friday's super combined, Vonn made mistakes Sunday in the upper part of the Oreiller-Killy course at Val d'Isere, France, but finished strong to gain a spot on the podium. Franzi Aufdenblatten posted her first World Cup victory, leading Nadia Styger to a 1-2 Swiss finish with Vonn 0.26 of a second off the pace.
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July 22, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
The latest step(s) on the Olympic road to Sochi, Russia, came on Monday when various national hockey federations released their orientation camp rosters. There was significant Los Angeles-Anaheim representation, and a decided youth movement in terms of the makeup of Team USA. Of the 48 players invited to USA Hockey's camp at the end of August, only four were born before 1984 -- goalies Craig Anderson (Ottawa Senators) and Ryan Miller (Buffalo Sabres) and defensemen  Paul Martin  and Brooks Orpik (Pittsburgh Penguins)
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December 12, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
TORONTO - Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, who hasn't played since he strained a groin muscle on Nov. 12, remains on pace to play for the U.S. Olympic team at the Sochi Games. David Poile, Team USA's general manager, said Thursday he had been told by Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi that Quick is expected to return within a few weeks. That would leave time for him to regain top form before the U.S. opens against Slovakia on Feb. 13. Quick was the third U.S. goalie at the Vancouver Olympics, where the U.S. won a silver medal.
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February 19, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
SOCHI, Russia - Ted Ligety's first Olympic gold medal in 2006 was such a gift, it all but fell out of the sky from a gondola. It was like a kid winning an Oscar without taking acting lessons. Ligety was 21 in Turin, Italy, when he struck gold in the super combined, only because Bode Miller blew gold by missing a gate in his first slalom run and Austria's Benny Raich blew gold by hooking a second-run gate within feet of the finish line. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi Ligety's second Olympic gold medal, won Wednesday at Rosa Khutor under postcard conditions, lifted the weight of his world.
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February 13, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia -- Drew Doughty went to the Vancouver Olympics four years ago as a spare defenseman and came back a star -- and with a gold medal. Something about playing under the most intense pressure and scrutiny seems to bring out the best in the Kings' franchise defenseman, and he showed that again Thursday. Doughty set up a goal and scored a highlight-film goal himself as Team Canada held off pesky Norway, 3-1, at the Bolshoy Ice Dome in...
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February 12, 2014 | By Meg James
Despite Bob Costas' persistent eye infection, a heat wave in Sochi and slightly lower NBC prime-time numbers compared with four years ago, NBCUniversal executives are giving the Winter Olympics a high score. Audience levels have exceeded the network's expectations, NBCUniversal executives said Wednesday, particularly when considering the nine- to 12-hour time difference between Russia and the United States. Most viewers are aware of the results of marquee competitions well before NBC's prime-time coverage begins.
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February 8, 2014 | Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - He was the NHL's golden boy, "Sid the Kid," long before he scored the golden goal at Vancouver in 2010 that restored Canada's supremacy at the game it claims as its own. Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby was 22 when he added an Olympic gold medal to the Stanley Cup title he had won eight months earlier and his future appeared to be limitless. The Crosby who will lead defending champion Canada against Norway at the Bolshoy Ice Dome on Thursday, isn't a kid anymore.
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January 14, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
How about letting freestyler Dylan Ferguson craft and create his boundary-pushing aerial tricks and let others be responsible for naming them? His ideas form in the air and land on the snow. In what little spare time he had, he once worked on creating clothing with a handy sewing machine. But in his world, it's all about the trick, and in this case the trick is almost always an homage to the late Jeret "Speedy" Peterson, who electrified the sport when he landed the "Hurricane" four years ago at the Vancouver Olympics, winning a silver medal.
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January 1, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick and forward Dustin Brown, as well as Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler, are among the 25 players on the U.S. roster for the Sochi Olympics, as announced after the Winter Classic game Wednesday. The biggest surprise was the omission of high-scoring winger and former Duck Bobby Ryan, but he might be among the designated alternates who could join the roster if one of the original choices is injured. Concerns about his skating and defensive abilities on the wider international ice surface might have played into the decision to leave him off the roster.
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December 12, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
TORONTO - Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, who hasn't played since he strained a groin muscle on Nov. 12, remains on pace to play for the U.S. Olympic team at the Sochi Games. David Poile, Team USA's general manager, said Thursday he had been told by Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi that Quick is expected to return within a few weeks. That would leave time for him to regain top form before the U.S. opens against Slovakia on Feb. 13. Quick was the third U.S. goalie at the Vancouver Olympics, where the U.S. won a silver medal.
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December 10, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
MONTREAL, Canada -- For a moment, it seemed like a rock star had wandered into the Kings' locker room at the Bell Center after Tuesday's morning skate, so many reporters and videographers had clustered around one person. The focus of their attention was defenseman Drew Doughty, who isn't a rock star but might just as well be one when he visits his native Canada -- especially with the Sochi Olympics approaching. Doughty made Canada's roster for the Vancouver Olympics as the seventh defenseman but played his way into a prominent role as the home country won the gold medal, and he's considered one of the best young defensemen in the NHL at 24. He will be counted on again to lead Canada at Sochi, and after Tuesday's skate, he attracted a crowd of about 15 reporters who were eager to ask him whether he has packed his bags for Russia.
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January 1, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick and forward Dustin Brown, as well as Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler, are among the 25 players on the U.S. roster for the Sochi Olympics, as announced after the Winter Classic game Wednesday. The biggest surprise was the omission of high-scoring winger and former Duck Bobby Ryan, but he might be among the designated alternates who could join the roster if one of the original choices is injured. Concerns about his skating and defensive abilities on the wider international ice surface might have played into the decision to leave him off the roster.
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December 10, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
MONTREAL, Canada -- For a moment, it seemed like a rock star had wandered into the Kings' locker room at the Bell Center after Tuesday's morning skate, so many reporters and videographers had clustered around one person. The focus of their attention was defenseman Drew Doughty, who isn't a rock star but might just as well be one when he visits his native Canada -- especially with the Sochi Olympics approaching. Doughty made Canada's roster for the Vancouver Olympics as the seventh defenseman but played his way into a prominent role as the home country won the gold medal, and he's considered one of the best young defensemen in the NHL at 24. He will be counted on again to lead Canada at Sochi, and after Tuesday's skate, he attracted a crowd of about 15 reporters who were eager to ask him whether he has packed his bags for Russia.
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