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Heavy Medal: January 24, 2010 - January 30, 2010

Weir relents; will go from fox fur to faux

Johnny Weir told Icenetwork.com that after animal-rights activists threatened to "disrupt" his free skate at the Vancouver Olympics, he decided to remove the real fox fur from his long program costume and replace it with white faux fur instead. Weir,...

By Amy Shipley  |  January 29, 2010; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Figure Skating , Johnny Weir  
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Snow big deal? Officials show no weather worries

The IOC looks for any number of qualities in selecting a host city for a winter Olympics. But one has to presume at least one attribute would be, um, snow. And in Vancouver these days, um, not so much. However,...

By Matthew Rennie  |  January 28, 2010; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Freestyle Skiing , Snowboard , Vancouver 2010  
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Ditching 'The Flying Tomato'?

Sorry snowboard fans, the Flying Tomato is grounded. No, he's not skipping the Olympics. But Shaun White wants a new nickname, says Yahoo's Fourth-Place Medal blog: After years of being called 'The Flying Tomato,' White has spoken out about the...

By John Kiernan  |  January 28, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Shaun White , Snowboard  
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Bobsledder Steve Mesler's family gets help after scam

Here's a story of Olympic spirit: U.S. bobsledding world champion Steve Mesler's parents, Ben and Lois Mesler of Buffalo, N.Y., said they and some of their friends were scammed out of $7,332 by someone purportedly willing to rent them a...

By Matthew Rennie  |  January 27, 2010; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Vancouver 2010  
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Johnny Weir lets the fur, and the quotes, fly

As far as quote machines go, Johnny Weir is the gift that keeps on giving. Weir has faced regular criticism from animal rights groups for his wearing of fur, both on and off the ice. In a recent interview with...

By Matthew Rennie  |  January 27, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Figure Skating , Johnny Weir , Vancouver 2010  
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Shani Davis won't skate five events in Vancouver

Shani Davis, who became the first black athlete to win a Winter Olympics individual gold at the 2006 Turin Games, will not skate in the 10,000-meter event in the Vancouver Olympics next month. Davis -- who will be favored for...

By Matthew Rennie  |  January 27, 2010; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Speedskating , Vancouver 2010  
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Randall among Americans poised for break-through

The United States has won exactly one Olympic medal in cross country skiing -- Bill Koch's silver in the 30 km in 1976 -- but don't be surprised if next month in Vancouver Americans don't see some breakthroughs in sports...

By Matthew Rennie  |  January 26, 2010; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cross-country skiing , Vancouver 2010  
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Video: The BBC's cartoon-commercial for Vancouver

Here's how the BBC is promoting its coverage of the Games -- kinda gets you excited, no? (Hat-tip to Fang's Bites and a tweet from Richard Deitsch of SI.com)...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  January 26, 2010; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Television , Vancouver 2010  
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Russian skier Sidko thrown off Olympic team

Cross-country skier Alena Sidko has been dropped from Russia's Olympic team after testing positive for the hormone EPO. Russian sporting authorities detected traces of the blood-boosting substance in a sample taken at a competition last month in Moscow. Sidko, 30,...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 26, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cross-country skiing , Doping , Vancouver 2010  
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German speedskater Pechstein loses appeal

Five-time Olympic speedskating champion Claudia Pechstein won't be winning another gold medal in Vancouver. The 37-year-old German lost her appeal to the Swiss Federal Tribunal to lift her two-year competition ban for blood doping. Pechstein is Germany's most successful Winter...

By Matthew Rennie  |  January 26, 2010; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Doping , Speedskating , Vancouver 2010  
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