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Heavy Medal: February 21, 2010 - February 27, 2010

Live Olympics chat returns Sunday

The Olympics chat is taking a break tonight (you'll have to snark solo about the figure skating gala), but Paul Farhi will return for the Closing Ceremony on Sunday at 8 p.m. Get a reminder here:...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 27, 2010; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Live chats , Television , Vancouver 2010  
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Live Olympics chat with Paul Farhi

Join media reporter Paul Farhi during NBC's primetime coverage of the Games. We'll kick things off around 8 p.m. Join the conversation below: Vancouver 2010: Day 15...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 26, 2010; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Live chats , Television , Vancouver 2010  
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American skier Schleper: 'I smelled my flesh burning'

There were plenty of circumstances that would lead to the conclusion that Sarah Schleper was not a serious contender for a medal in Friday's Olympic slalom race. She had missed two complete World Cup seasons, not only recovering from torn...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 26, 2010; 7:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Skiing , Vancouver 2010  
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UPDATE: It's official; U.S. downs Finland, 6-1, advances to gold medal game

The United States closed out its semifinal victory over Finland, 6-1, to advance to Sunday's gold medal game against the winner of Friday night's Canada-Slovakia game. The U.S. made the game a foregone conclusion quickly. The Americans chased goalie Miikka...

By from news services  |  February 26, 2010; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Ice hockey , Vancouver 2010  
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Lindsey Vonn's Olympics end after she skis off slalom course

Lindsey Vonn came to the Vancouver Olympics with hopes for as many as five medals, a banged-up shin and unmatchable expectations. She leaves with two medals - a gold in the downhill and a bronze in the super-G - a...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 26, 2010; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Lindsey Vonn , Skiing , Vancouver 2010  
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Skiers greeted by heavy snow before start of women's slalom

It's snowing like crazy at Whistler Creekside, and even though slalom races can generally be held in all kinds of conditions -- the course is shorter, the speeds are lower, and visibility well down the hill is less important...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 26, 2010; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Joannie Rochette moved by crowd's embrace as she wins figure skating bronze

The hardest part, Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette said in the aftermath of her emotional bronze-medal performance Thursday, was forcing herself onto the ice to compete Tuesday. Rochette struggled to focus on the Olympic women's short program. She couldn't stop...

By Amy Shipley  |  February 26, 2010; 2:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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U.S., Canadian spokesmen wager bet on hockey

It's a friendly wager that could leave White House press secretary Robert Gibbs wearing the colors of Canada. Gibbs and his counterpart to the north, Dimitri Soudas, bet on the results of Thursday's gold medal women's hockey contest. Both teams...

By news services  |  February 25, 2010; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Ice hockey , Politics , Vancouver 2010  
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I could not be happier ...

... if I were twins, because the United States just won two more Nordic combined medals, including the elusive gold. These guys are Nordic (combined) gods. Oh my stars and garters. Bill Demong won gold and Johnny Spillane silver Thursday...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  February 25, 2010; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Live Olympics chat with Paul Farhi, Monica Hesse and Tomoeh Tse

Join media reporter Paul Farhi, Style writer Monica Hesse and financial reporter Tomoeh Tse, a former competitive figure skater, during NBC's primetime coverage of the Games. Tonight, gold is on the line as ladies' figure skating wraps up with the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 25, 2010; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Figure Skating , Live chats , Vancouver 2010  
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Lindsey Vonn will race in women's slalom despite broken finger

American Lindsey Vonn will race in the final event of her Olympic program -- the women's slalom Friday -- despite the broken little finger she suffered during a hard crash in Wednesday's giant slalom, according to a U.S. Ski Team...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 25, 2010; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lindsey Vonn , Skiing , Vancouver 2010  
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Julia Mancuso and Lindsey Vonn: what their relationship is really like

There might be, in the office in which you are sitting now, someone with whom you simply don't have much in common. Sure, you work at the same place, put your efforts into the same endeavors, have a great deal...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 25, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Lindsey Vonn , Skiing , Vancouver 2010  
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Caldwell 10th in Olympic freestyle aerials

Hamilton's Ashley Caldwell, 16, the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic team, finished 10th in the Olympic freestyle aerials competition that concluded late Wednesday. Caldwell, who trained for years at Apex Gymnastics in Leesburg, tallied 171.10 points, finishing just behind...

By Amy Shipley  |  February 25, 2010; 12:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Alex Ovechkin, Russia go out with a thud

Here's an update from Slava Malamud of Russia's Sport-Express: The dominating performance of Team Canada in Wednesday night's quarterfinal against Russia provided perhaps one of the most anticlimactic moments of the Games. Not only did the expected Dream Final not...

By Slava Malamud  |  February 25, 2010; 12:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin , Ice hockey , Vancouver 2010  
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Apolo Anton Ohno easily advances

Apolo Anton Ohno placed first in his preliminary heat for the men's 500 meters, qualifying him for the quarterfinals on Friday. Ohno's time of 41.665 seconds was neither the fastest nor the slowest but more than enough for him to...

By John Kiernan  |  February 24, 2010; 10:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Apolo Anton Ohno , Short Track Speedskating , Vancouver 2010  
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United States gets another IOC vote

The United States took one small step to regaining its voice in the International Olympic Committee, which has handed back-to-back defeats to U.S. cities trying to bring the Summer Games back to the United States: It got another IOC vote...

By Amy Shipley  |  February 24, 2010; 8:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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U.S. Coach Ron Wilson takes a shot

Former Capitals coach Ron Wilson took a shot at the media in his postgame remarks after the United States' 2-0 victory over Switzerland. Asked about blocking in front of goalie Ryan Miller, the Team USA coach said: "Chris Drury, who...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  February 24, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Apolo Anton Ohno calm heading into 500 meters

Apolo Anton Ohno will return to the ice Wednesday at 8:47 p.m. for his preliminary heat in the 500 meters -- his first competition since the 1000 meters on Feb. 20, when he took bronze to become the most decorated...

By John Kiernan  |  February 24, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Apolo Anton Ohno , Short Track Speedskating , Vancouver 2010  
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Live Olympics chat with Paul Farhi

Join media reporter Paul Farhi during NBC's primetime coverage of the Games. We'll kick things off around 8 p.m. Join the conversation below: Vancouver 2010: Day 13...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 24, 2010; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Lindsey Vonn breaks finger in crash, Julia Mancuso interrupted in giant slalom, now postponed

UPDATE: The second run of the women's giant slalom was postponed Wednesday due to dense thick fog, and will resume Thursday ... Lindsey Vonn was a long shot to win a medal in the giant slalom. Julia Mancuso was the...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 24, 2010; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Lindsey Vonn crashes, does not finish giant slalom

This is getting a bit chippy. We like chippy. Julia Mancuso, avid readers of the blog will recall from down below, was angry about being forced to trudge back to the top of the mountain to repeat her first run...

By Cindy Boren  |  February 24, 2010; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Lindsey Vonn , Vancouver 2010  
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Giant slalom: Can Julia Mancuso again defy expectations?

Four years ago, Julia Mancuso wasn't expected to win the giant slalom at the Turin Olympics. You could say the same thing on this snowy Wednesday morning. Mancuso hasn't finished better than 13th in a World Cup giant slalom race...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 24, 2010; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lindsey Vonn , Skiing , Vancouver 2010  
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Caldwell 'stoked' about aerial finals

It's been a good Olympics for Ashley Caldwell of Hamilton, Va. She marched in Opening Ceremonies. She met her hero, Shaun White, and together they met Vice-President Biden. And in just her fourth major international competition, she qualified for Wednesday...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  February 24, 2010; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Former GW shortstop in hunt for Olympic bobsled medal

Former George Washington University softball player Elana Meyers is in medal contention entering the last day of competition in the women's two-person Olympic bobsled competition. Meyers and U.S. driver Eric Pac stand tied for second place after two of four...

By Amy Shipley  |  February 24, 2010; 7:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tretiak on Canada's goalie switch: 'I'd go with Brodeur'

Vladislav Tretiak, 57, knows what it feels like as a goaltender to get upset by the underdog Americans. (Shaun Best/Reuters) Here's a quick post on the Canadian goalie situation from Sport-Express' Slava Malamud, who will be blogging for us...

By Slava Malamud  |  February 23, 2010; 8:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ice hockey , Vancouver 2010  
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Live Olympics chat with Paul Farhi and Tomoeh Tse

Join media reporter Paul Farhi and financial reporter Tomoeh Tse, a former competitive figure skater, during NBC's primetime coverage of the Games. Tonight, ladies' figure skating begins with the short program. We'll kick things off around 8 p.m. Join the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 23, 2010; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Figure Skating , Live chats , Vancouver 2010  
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Only one thing for sure: Virtue and Moir won in "skating skills"

Wondering what made the difference--at least to the judges--in the exciting duel between Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White in the ice dance free skate Monday night? Not much technically--except for "skating skills."...

By Amy Shipley  |  February 23, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Nordic combined team in second [update]

The United States sailed into second place Tuesday during the first half of the Nordic combined team competition at Whistler Olympic Park. The U.S. team of Todd Lodwick, Bill Demong, Johnny Spillane and Brett Camerota scored a combined 505.8 points,...

By Tracee Hamilton  |  February 23, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bode Miller fails to qualify for giant slalom medal

If Bode Miller is going to become the first man to win four Alpine skiing medals in a single Olympics, it won't be today. Miller lost time at the top of the first run in the giant slalom competition Tuesday...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 23, 2010; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Bode Miller goes for 4 in the giant slalom

Just when you think things have calmed down at Whistler, you wake up and figure out that Bode Miller has a chance to grab his fourth medal in as many races. The giant slalom starts at 9:30 a.m. PST (12:30...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 23, 2010; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lindsey Vonn's chances in slalom and giant slalom

With less than a week left in the Olympics, here's the Lindsey Vonn scorecard: Events entered: 3 Medals won: 2 (1 gold, 1 bronze) Events remaining: 2 Events in which Vonn is a strong medal contender: 1 The final two...

By John Kiernan  |  February 23, 2010; 7:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lindsey Vonn , Skiing , Vancouver 2010  
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Shaun White is doing what?

In case you didn't know, Shaun White is involved with some kind of sporting event taking place right now. Of course, you probably already know that if you've visited his personal Web site recently. Visitors to www.shaunwhite.com are automatically redirected...

By John Kiernan  |  February 22, 2010; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Shaun White , Snowboard , Vancouver 2010  
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Live Olympics chat with Lisa de Moraes and Scott Vogel

Join Style editor Scott Vogel and TV columnist Lisa de Moraes during NBC's primetime coverage of the Games. We'll kick things off around 8 p.m. Join the conversation below: Vancouver 2010: Day 11...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 22, 2010; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fetisov on Ovechkin's skill, toughness

It was a who's-who-in-Russian-hockey Sunday night in Vancouver as the very top people in the hierarchy of the sport visited the Winter Olympics. I ran into two of them outside Bosco Bar, which is an offshoot of the famous Russia...

By Slava Malamud  |  February 22, 2010; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin , Ice hockey , Vancouver 2010  
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Fairfax's Kohn gets 12th in 2-man bobsled

Chantilly High graduate Mike Kohn drove his sled to 12th place Sunday night as three American teams failed to medal in the two-man Olympic bobsled competition at Whistler Sliding Centre. American driver Steve Holcomb finished sixth, and John Napier, 10th....

By Amy Shipley  |  February 22, 2010; 12:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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U.S. hockey team shocks host Canada, 5-3

When U.S. Olympic hockey player Jamie Langenbrunner scored in the final period Sunday night, a shot ricocheting off his skate blade into the net, he about jumped out of the arena. This wasn't exactly a miracle on ice, but elements...

By Amy Shipley  |  February 21, 2010; 10:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Alex Ovechkin's hit helps Russia win

Capitals star Alex Ovechkin set the tone early by flattening Jaromir Jagr to set up a goal by Evgeni Malkin as the Russians beat the Czech Republic, 4-2. "I think every play is a big part of the game," Ovechkin...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 21, 2010; 9:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin , Ice hockey , Vancouver 2010  
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Live Olympics chat with Zak, Heim and Newhall

Join Style writer Dan Zak, editor Joe Heim and Reliable Source aide Marissa Newhall during NBC's primetime coverage of the Games. We'll kick things off around 7:15 p.m. Join the conversation below: Vancouver 2010: Day 10...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 21, 2010; 6:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Mother of Canadian skater Therese Rochette dies

Therese Rochette, the mother of Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette, died at Vancouver General Hospital after suffering a heart attack late Saturday night, according to Olympic officials and news reports. She was 55. Joannie Rochette, 24, showed up at her...

By Amy Shipley  |  February 21, 2010; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bode Miller playing catch-up in super combined

If Bode Miller is to win his third medal in as many races at this Olympics, he's going to have to come from behind Sunday afternoon and ski well in the slalom portion of the super combined, because the downhill...

By Barry Svrluga  |  February 21, 2010; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fairfax's Kohn climbs in 2-man bobsled

Mike Kohn of Fairfax piloted his two-man sled into 12th place after two of four runs, climbing from 17th place after a disappointing first run. With American Steve Holcomb in fourth place, the competition concludes Sunday at the Whistler Sliding...

By Amy Shipley  |  February 21, 2010; 6:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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