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Heavy Medal: February 14, 2010 - February 20, 2010

Live Olympics chat with Lisa de Moraes and Philip Kennicott

Join TV columnist Lisa de Moraes and culture critic Philip Kennicott during NBC's primetime coverage of the Games. We'll kick things off around 8 p.m. Join the conversation below: Vancouver 2010: Day 9...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 20, 2010; 7:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Live chats , Vancouver 2010  
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Russia's new top line: Ovechkin, Malkin and Semin

Here's another hockey update from Sport-Express' Slava Malamud, who will be blogging for us throughout the Games: Get ready for the Dream Line! Saturday afternoon's Team Russia practice featured a switch-around in the top two lines, with Pavel Datsyuk moving...

By Slava Malamud  |  February 20, 2010; 6:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin , Ice hockey , Vancouver 2010  
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16-year-old Virginian advances to aerials finals [update]

Loudoun County native Ashley Caldwell -- at 16 the youngest American at these Games -- grabbed the 12th and final spot in the finals of women's freestyle aerials Saturday, and admitted afterward she was a little nervous. Maybe more than...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  February 20, 2010; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Freestyle Skiing , Vancouver 2010  
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USOC won't bid for 2020 Games

Recently rebuffed in its attempt to hold the 2016 Summer Games in Chicago, the U.S. Olympic Committee does not plan to enter a U.S. city in the race for the 2020 Summer Games and remains uncertain about when it will...

By Amy Shipley  |  February 20, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Vancouver 2010  
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Alex Ovechkin switches skates, Russia retools power play

Here's another hockey update from Sport-Express' Slava Malamud, who will be blogging for us throughout the Games: Say goodbye to the Wild Sheep Skates! Maybe... Alex Ovechkin, whose painted blades have been the talk of the Olympic hockey tournament, said...

By Slava Malamud  |  February 20, 2010; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin , Ice hockey , Vancouver 2010  
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The ultimate Olympic challenge: Buying stuff

The line stretches all the way down the block and often beyond. All day, every day, from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Olympic fans line up, directed through a slow-moving cue by volunteers. They are not waiting to see the...

By Amy Shipley  |  February 20, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Live Olympics chat with Lisa de Moraes, Emily Yahr and Anne Midgette

Join TV columnist Lisa de Moraes, the TV team's Emily Yahr and classical music critic Anne Midgette to chat about NBC's coverage of the Vancouver Games. On Day 8, ice dancing begins, featuring 2006 silver medalists Tanith Belbin and Ben...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 19, 2010; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Live chats , Television , Vancouver 2010  
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Vernon Davis cheers U.S. men's curlers

The Terps are in the house! Vernon Davis, the former Maryland all-American and Pro Bowl tight end from the San Francisco 49ers, has arrived at Vancouver Olympic Center to cheer on the winless American men's curlers against France on Friday...

By Associated Press  |  February 19, 2010; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Miller, Weibrecht finish 2-3 for U.S. in men's super-G

Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway won the men's super-G today in 1:30.34 -- his second medal of the Vancouver Games -- but nearly as significant was the 2-3 finish of Americans Bode Miller and Andrew Weibrecht. Miller, who took bronze...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  February 19, 2010; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Alex Ovechkin annoys announcers

Woke up this morning to find the Russia-Slovakia game being replayed on one of the many Canadian Olympic channels so I tried to catch a little as I got ready for another day. During the game, Alex Ovechkin apparently broke...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  February 19, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin , Ice hockey , Vancouver 2010  
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Win a medal. Now what? Welcome to the mixed zone.

When Julia Mancuso skied to the bottom of the Franz's Run at Whistler Creekside Thursday afternoon, she looked at the scoreboard, saw herself in first, fell to the ground and began kicking her skis in celebration. She then skied off...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 19, 2010; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Press Center , Skiing , Television , Vancouver 2010  
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Olympic hockey: Slovakia surprises Ovechkin, Russia

Here's a hockey update from Sport-Express' Slava Malamud on Slovakia's 2-1 shootout victory over Russia late Thursday night. Malamud will be blogging for us throughout the Games: Slovakia's first surprise on Thursday came well before the game, at the Britannia...

By Slava Malamud  |  February 19, 2010; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin , Ice hockey , Vancouver 2010  
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Ski cross 30-somethings ready to race

U.S. ski cross competitor Daron Rahlves, a four-time Olympian, dislocated his hip during a crash in a race 2.5 weeks ago and got back on skis for the first time this past Sunday. His teammate Casey Puckett, a five-time Olympian,...

By Amy Shipley  |  February 19, 2010; 6:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Live Olympics chat with Farhi, Stuever and Rucker

Join media reporter Paul Farhi, TV critic Hank Stuever and National reporter Phil Rucker to chat about NBC's coverage of the Vancouver Games. On Day 7, Evgeni Plushenko goes for the gold in men's free skate, while the American women...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 18, 2010; 7:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Live chats , Vancouver 2010  
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Michael Phelps drops in on USA vs. Norway

America's summer golden boy is cheering on his winter brethren. Michael Phelps sat four rows off center ice Thursday for the U.S. men's 6-1 win over Norway. That was the only thing, however, high profile about the visit from the...

By The Associated Press  |  February 18, 2010; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Ice hockey , Vancouver 2010  
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Vonn crashes; Riesch wins gold, Mancuso silver in super combined

Lindsey Vonn crashed on her slalom run and did not finish the second race of the Olympic super combined Alpine event, which means that Maria Riesch of Germany has won the gold medal. Julia Mancuso won her second silver medal...

By Cindy Boren  |  February 18, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Lindsey Vonn , Skiing , Vancouver 2010  
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Vonn leads super combined with slalom up next

Lindsey Vonn took a step toward another Olympic medal Thursday morning, winning the downhill portion of the super combined Alpine event at Whistler Creekside. Vonn, the American star who took a dramatic and emotional gold medal in the downhill Wednesday,...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 18, 2010; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lindsey Vonn , Skiing , Vancouver 2010  
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Laurel's Cho off to smooth start

Laurel's Simon Cho helped the U.S. men's 5,000-meter relay team get through Wednesday's semifinals in short track speedskating, earning a place in the Feb. 26 final. Cho competed second, skating after J.R. Celski, with Travis Jayner and Apolo Anton Ohno...

By Amy Shipley  |  February 18, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lindsey Vonn leads in super combined; Mancuso is third

The downhill portion of the women's super-combined event has just ended and Lindsey Vonn is in first place, Maria Reisch of Germany is second and Julia Mancuso is third. Skiing will resume with the slalom portion of the event starting...

By Cindy Boren  |  February 18, 2010; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Lindsey Vonn , Skiing , Vancouver 2010  
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Olympic hockey: Catching up with Tomas Fleischmann

Here's a hockey update from Sport-Express' Slava Malamud, who will be blogging for us throughout the Games: For Caps fans, Olympic hockey is not all Russians, of course. Two other Washingtonians are playing at the Games as well, and both...

By Slava Malamud  |  February 18, 2010; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin , Ice hockey , Vancouver 2010  
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Security breach at Opening Ceremonies

A 48-year-old British Columbia resident breached security and got within 12 rows of Vice President Biden as the U.S. leader watched Friday's Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canadian security officials said Wednesday. The unarmed man was...

By from staff reports  |  February 17, 2010; 9:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Live Olympics chat: Day 6

Join media reporter Paul Farhi and TV columnist Lisa de Moraes to discuss NBC's coverage of the Vancouver Games. On Day 6, snowboarder Shaun White unveils his new tricks. We'll kick things off around 8 p.m. Join the conversation below:...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 17, 2010; 7:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Live chats , Vancouver 2010  
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Weir must clean up his act in order to medal

Pregame rituals are ubiquitous in sport: LeBron James throws chalk in the air, Tim Tebow inks up the eye black and Johnny Weir cleans. Yes, the eccentric American figure skater dips into the cleaning supplies to calm his nerves before...

By John Kiernan  |  February 17, 2010; 7:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Figure Skating , Johnny Weir , Vancouver 2010  
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Steps taken to improve cauldron visibility

In response to public outrage over the high fencing that surrounds the Olympic cauldron on Vancouver's waterfront, organizers on Wednesday opened a public rooftop viewing area on a nearby one-story building, moved back the fencing so people could get closer,...

By Amy Shipley  |  February 17, 2010; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Official: Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso finish 1-2 in women's downhill

It's officially over: Americans Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso finish 1-2 in the women's downhill. It's the third time two Americans have finished 1-2 in an Olympic Alpine race, and the first time in 26 years Here's a recap of...

By Cindy Boren  |  February 17, 2010; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Lindsey Vonn , Skiing  
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Barricade collapses at concert; 19 reported injured

From the Associated Press: A surging crowd of Olympic partygoers caused a barricade to collapse during a free concert on Tuesday night, leaving "approximately" 19 people injured....

By Associated Press  |  February 17, 2010; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Vonn set to compete in downhill with conditions near-perfect

There's no snow in the sky in Whistler, and just a few clouds, so conditions should be close to perfect when the women's downhill - the first women's Alpine race of the Vancouver Olympics - finally gets under way at...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 17, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lindsey Vonn , Skiing , Vancouver 2010  
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Body of Georgian luger returned to homeland

The body of the Georgian luger killed during a practice run at the Vancouver Olympics was flown Wednesday to his hometown of Bakuriana, Georgia, where his grief-stricken mother threw herself on his coffin and cried: "Why have I survived you?"...

By Associated Press  |  February 17, 2010; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Olympic hockey: Catching up with Mike Milbury, Peter Bondra, Alex Ovechkin

Here's a hockey update from Sport-Express' Slava Malamud, who will be blogging for us throughout the Games: Lots of Washington's heroes and villains were on hand in Day One of the Olympic men's hockey tournament and I was able to...

By Slava Malamud  |  February 17, 2010; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin , Ice hockey , Vancouver 2010  
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Does the size of the jump matter?

Now that Russian Evgeni Plushenko established he's back, and American Evan Lysacek stood up, and Japanese Daisuke Takahashi turned heads in the men's Olympic short program Tuesday, the conversation turns, of course, to the the quad jump. With 90.85 points,...

By Amy Shipley  |  February 17, 2010; 1:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Ovechkin sends support to Plushenko via text

The text message from Russian Olympic teammate and Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin came just minutes after Evgeni Plushenko had completed his short program on the opening night of the men's figure skating competition, showing the same brilliance he displayed...

By Amy Shipley  |  February 16, 2010; 10:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin , Figure Skating , Ice hockey  
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Live Olympics chat: Day 5

Join media reporter Paul Farhi during NBC's primetime coverage of the Vancouver Games. On Day 5, Johnny Weir highlights the men's figure skating short program. We'll kick things off around 8 p.m. Join the conversation below: Vancouver 2010: Day 5...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 16, 2010; 7:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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U.S. tops Switzerland in hockey, 3-1

The American men's hockey team opened the Olympics with about as strong a performance as could be expected, a 3-1 victory over Switzerland that featured a splendid performance from goaltender Ryan Miller -- the U.S.'s best hope to lead a...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 16, 2010; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Lindsey Vonn should finally get to race Wednesday

Lindsey Vonn's first race should go off as scheduled Wednesday. The women will almost certainly get to race for the first time at the Vancouver Games. Forecasts for the rest of the week call for drier weather, and that would...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 16, 2010; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Lindsey Vonn , Skiing , Vancouver 2010  
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Fiery debate over cauldron

The multi-legged Olympic cauldron that sits on Vancouver's waterfront is an extraordinary sight -- but one that can't be seen without obstruction from street level in Vancouver. The cauldron sits within a secure zone of the International Broadcasting Center, which...

By Amy Shipley  |  February 16, 2010; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Vancouver brings in the Zamboni!

Vancouver organizers are bringing in a new ice resurfacing machine to try to fix the problems that have dogged the long track speedskating events at the Richmond Olympic Oval. And that machine will be a Zamboni. The machine at Richmond...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  February 16, 2010; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Snowboarding tickets canceled

VANOC announced today that all standing room tickets for the snowboarding events at Cypress Mountain -- snowboard cross, halfpipe and parallel giant slalom -- have been canceled because of the potential of unsafe conditions for spectators. Grandstand tickets are still...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  February 16, 2010; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A word about NBC

I've always considered attending and covering the Olympics (I'm no grizzled veteran, this being only my fourth Games) a huge honor that contains a significant ancillary benefit: Being at the Olympics means not having to watch the coverage on NBC....

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 16, 2010; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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Aussies say Begg-Smith was cheated

An Australian sport official accused judges of awarding inflated scores to Canadian Alex Bilodeau Sunday, allowing him to edge out Canadian-turned Aussie Dale Begg-Smith for gold in men's moguls -- and raising the specter of a possible protest of the...

By Amy Shipley  |  February 16, 2010; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Ovechkin, Semin, Datsyuk on top line for Russia

Here's another Caps update from Slava Malamud of Russia's Sport-Express: The Russians were once again in the spotlight during the second day of hockey practice at the Canada Hockey Place. They took the ice wearing four sets of colored jerseys,...

By Slava Malamud  |  February 16, 2010; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin , Ice hockey , Vancouver 2010  
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Alex Oveckin: We're not the favorites

Alex Ovechkin said Monday that Russia -- despite the presence of stars such as Evgeny Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk, as well as himself and Caps teammate Alexander Semin -- is not the team to beat in the men's...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  February 16, 2010; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Men's super combined postponed

The Associated Press is reporting that the men's super combined has been postponed because of heavy snow. More later from the Post's Olympics staff....

By Matt Bonesteel  |  February 16, 2010; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Stephen Colbert arriving in Vancouver this week

Stephen Colbert is moving his Nation to Canada on Wednesday and Thursday. He'll broadcast "The Colbert Report" from Vancouver and also find time to check in on "his" team, the U.S. speedskating squad. In October 2009, the team's largest sponsor,...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  February 16, 2010; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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My Olympic failure

I pride myself on being very organized and getting my Olympic shopping done early in any Olympic trip. Once the Games begin, the accurately named Super Store is almost impenetrable from morning to late at night. In Athens, I was...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  February 15, 2010; 11:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Canada fails Ice Prep 101

What's the world coming to when the Daytona Speedway can't pave a track and the Canadians can't prep ice? Did the pasta-makers malfunction in Turin? Did the Chinese run out of chopsticks in Beijing? It's a world gone mad. Ice...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  February 15, 2010; 11:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Live Olympics chat: Day 4

Join media reporter Paul Farhi and online movie editor Jen Chaney to discuss NBC's primetime coverage of the Vancouver Games. On Day 4, pairs figure skating concludes with the free skate. We'll kick things off around 8 p.m. Join the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 15, 2010; 7:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Lindsey Vonn skis well, finishes in pain

For the first time since she arrived in Vancouver six days earlier, Lindsey Vonn skied official training runs in preparation for what was expected to be a stellar Olympics. Her Monday started out just perfectly when she posted the fastest...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 15, 2010; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Lindsey Vonn , Skiing , Vancouver 2010  
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U.S. snowboarders eye medals

Three Americans could contend for medals in Monday's snowboard cross final at Cypress Mountain, but they will have to bring down star Frenchman Pierre Vaultier, who has won four World Cup races this season and finished second five times. The...

By Amy Shipley  |  February 15, 2010; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Johnny Weir might attempt a quad in free skate

Hey, what do you know, a Johnny Weir story that doesn't involve the words "faux fur"? Turns out Weir, in addition to having a controversial fashion sense, is a pretty good figure skater. Weir is apparently considering bring back a...

By from news services  |  February 15, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Figure Skating , Johnny Weir , Vancouver 2010  
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Luger's father says son told him he feared track

The Associated Press conducted a powerful, harrowing interview with the father of Nodar Kumaritashvili, the Georgian luger who was killed in a crash during training Friday. Kumaritashvili's father says his son told him in a phone call from Vancouver, "Dad,...

By from news services  |  February 15, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Men's downhill ready to start; women's training begins

The men's downhill is ready to go, and women's training is underway now. Some notes on the start positions: 4th - Andrew Weibrecht (USA): First Olympics, up and comer on US team. 6th - Steven Nyman (USA): Was 19th in...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 15, 2010; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Quick Whistler weather update

A weather update from Whistler: It's not snowing. It's not raining. It looks like they're actually going to race! This might be the most stunning development of the Olympics thus far. The men's downhill, originally scheduled for Saturday, is due...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 15, 2010; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Luge tragedy continues to have ripple effects

After 21-year-old Georgian slider Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed in a practice crash Friday, luge officials acted swiftly, shortening the track by moving the starts down the mountain. And while all the sliders understood the reasons behind the changes -- and...

By from news services  |  February 15, 2010; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Luge , Vancouver 2010  
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Alex Ovechkin, Russia hold first Olympic practice

Here's a hockey update from Sport-Express' Slava Malamud, who will be blogging for us throughout the Games: Sunday was the Big Arrival day in Vancouver as the NHLers poured into the Olympic Village, and many of them held their first...

By Slava Malamud  |  February 15, 2010; 7:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin , Ice hockey , Vancouver 2010  
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Live Olympics chat: Day 3

Join media reporter Paul Farhi and dance critic Sarah Kaufman to discuss NBC's primetime coverage of the Vancouver Games. On Day 3, pairs figure skating begins. We'll kick things off around 7 p.m. Join the conversation below: Vancouver 2010: Day...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 14, 2010; 6:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Live chats , Vancouver 2010  
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Vonn's health much improved after hard training run

American skier Lindsey Vonn trained hard on her badly bruised shin Sunday afternoon, her first true training session since the injury occurred Feb. 2. The result? An Olympic program that once appeared in jeopardy is now back on, and Vonn...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 14, 2010; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lindsey Vonn , Skiing , Vancouver 2010  
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NBC Olympic ratings strong; who needs skiing?

U.S. athletes Apolo Anton Ohno and Hannah Kearney are strong enough television draws to make up for the weather-related alpine skiing cancellations. The Nielsen Co. says that 26.2 million people watched the Winter Olympics on NBC Saturday night. Ohno's silver...

By from news services  |  February 14, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Vancouver 2010  
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Good night for USA; tough start for Games hosts

U.S. freestyle skier Heather Hannah Kearney knew she needed a great run to top Canadian Jenn Heil on the women's Olympic moguls course Saturday night, so it never occurred to her to play it safe. Four years removed from a...

By Amy Shipley  |  February 14, 2010; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Freestyle Skiing  
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