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Bode Miller: Style over substance

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After flaming out at the 2006 Games in Turin, Bode Miller returns to the Olympics and still places greater importance on how he performs rather than what he wins:

He has never won an Olympic gold medal, though he has been considered a favorite many times. How might such an accomplishment -- one that could happen as early as in Saturday's downhill -- change his career?
"It depends," he said. "It depends on the manner of accomplishing that goal or of earning the gold medal."
This is an artist speaking, not an athlete, someone who wants to promote the idea that the results -- the numbers -- are secondary to the style. Miller is entering his fourth Olympics, a contrarian at each stop along the way. | Story by Barry Svrluga »

With a deeper-than-ever talent pool that includes medal contenders in every disciple, Team USA enters these Olympics with the ability to make an impact:

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The U.S. Olympic team that parades into the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Games in Vancouver on Friday will bear, for the first time ever, the look and swagger of a winter sports powerhouse. Team USA holds medal prospects in well-known sports and obscure ones, raising at least a glimmer of hope that the United States can, for the first time in 78 years, win more medals than any other nation. | Story by Amy Shipley »

The Opening Ceremonies will air tonight on NBC, and you can chat live with media reporter Paul Farhi and TV critic Hank Stuever right here on Heavy Medal at 9 p.m. In the meantime, check out our daily guide to the Games for a rundown on tonight's events.

Here's a morning roundup of links to kick off Day 1:

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*Columnist Tracee Hamilton writes about U.S. flag bearer Mark Grimmette, right, who will feel a little odd walking into BC Place without longtime doubles luge partner Brian Martin:

After all, Grimmette and Martin are almost inseparable for six months a year; in fact, in competition, they are sometimes indistinguishable. As longtime partners in doubles luge, Grimmette and Martin lie on their backs on a small sled and hurl down an icy track at 90 mph. Luge is not for the faint of heart, and doubles luge is not for loners. So will Grimmette miss Martin during his solo stint as flag-bearer?
"Well, if you see me look behind me to see where the other guy is while I'm carrying [the flag], that might be the reason," Grimmette said yesterday, laughing. | Read more »

*Lindsey Vonn's shin bruise is still causing her pain, but she says she's ready to go in Vancouver.

*Stephen Colbert arrives at the Olympics eager to learn about this "Canada" we speak of. (AP)

*A guided tour of the "Salt House," a relaxation spot for Olympians. (Fourth-Place Medal)

*Beijing had smog, Vancouver has fog -- Why can't we ever see anything?! (Seattle Times)

*Peter Forsberg and the Olympics are so on again. (Fanhouse)

*Olympic buses huff and puff and can't get the athletes up the hill. Whoops. (NY Times)

*Put away your Tweeters and your Facebooks and focus on winning some medals. (LA Times)

*Vancouver is delicious. (Newsweek)

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 12, 2010; 6:43 AM ET
Categories:  Roundup , Vancouver 2010  
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