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Olympic roundup: Figure skating lacks star power

(L-R) Rachael Flatt, Mirai Nagasu and Ashley Wagner aren't exactly household names, unless your household is comprised of figure-skating fanatics. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

While U.S. Olympic figure skating rosters have typically pit celebrated young women against each other, The Post's Amy Shipley writes that the talent pool just isn't deep enough this year:

First names are not applicable, because many folks who tune in to this weekend's championships in Spokane, Wash., likely will have never heard of the majority of the top skaters in the field. The only widely recognizable star, Olympic silver medal winner Sasha Cohen, also carries the largest question mark: She has not competed since early in 2006, and by modern figure skating standards, she is a grandmother at 25. | Full story »

With 22 days to go before the Games begin in Vancouver, here's a quick look at what else is going on around the Web:

*Congratulations, you're not a winner! Tourism Whistler accidentally sends out emails congratulating a whole bunch of people on winning tickets to the victory ceremony, then has to send the awkward, "Uh, nevermind" follow-up. (Toronto Star)

*The NHL doesn't belong in the Olympics, says the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Bob Smizik: "Trust me on this: The NHL participates in the Olympics because it is desperate for attention. Patriotism has nothing to do with it."

*Lindsey Vonn narrows down her helmet choices. (NY Times)

*British Columbians are unenthusiastic hosts. (Vancouver Sun)

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 21, 2010; 11:01 AM ET
Categories:  Figure Skating , Ice hockey , Skiing , Vancouver 2010  
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