Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010

Canadians own the streets, if not the podium



Own the podium has proved a fraught and at times disappointing venture for Canada at these Olympic games, with would-be stars crashing out of the races, like ski cross star Christopher Delbosco did spectacularly on Saturday.

But it’s a different story when it comes to owning the streets, where there’s a sea of red and white just about everywhere you look, both in Vancouver and on the mountain venues of Whistler and Cypress.

The low-tier patriotism starts with a tiny Canadian pin, or a discrete temporary tattoo showing the red-white Maple Leaf flag. But the styles run right up to a full routine of hat, scarf, jacket, shirt, tattoos and a large flag pinned to the shoulders like Superman’s cape. Canada jackets come in red, white, yellow and discrete black, and t-shirts are mostly red, with splashes of other colour.

One t-shirt caught my eye: At first sight it read “I’m American” in big black letters on a white background. Look closer, and the red blotch above the two words is actually a little Maple Leaf, with “not” in small white letters.

Winter Olympics day 10 — live

Team ski jumping, cross country skiing and ice dancing are the highlights of the Winter Olympics programme on Monday. We’re falling it all with on-the-spot comments from our team of correspondents. Please feel free to dip in.

Olympics Hockey Super Sunday — live

We’re running a live blog on the mouth-watering line up of hockey on Sunday, featuring Russia v Czech Republic in Group B, Canada v United States in Group A and Sweden v Finland in Group C.

We’ll be talking hockey all day so please feel free to dip in. The fun starts Sunday. Early.

Suits you, sir! Our reporter tries a speedskating second skin


Larry Fine, our speedskating correspondent at these Winter Olympics, wanted to get a feel for what the athletes put themselves through. He got more than he bargained for… Over to Larry:

“First off, it should be noted that it was a size medium and I’m sure the good folks at Nike would have suggested a size or two larger for my particular build.

If you want to get ahead, get a canoe


OLYMPICS-SNOWBOARDING/Debbie Charles writes:

If we needed any more proof that these Winter Olympics are more like the Spring Games, just look at what snowboarder Shaun White did the day before his amazing gold medal halfpipe run.

He went Kayaking. Not far from Cypress Mountain where he won gold with a near-perfect run on Wednesday night.

Winter Games live blog: day eight


Our live blog on day eight of the Olympic Games is following Lindsey Vonn and her quest for a second gold medal in the women’s Super-G. There’s also a bunch of speedskating medals so please feel free join us. Dip in and out, we’ll be here all day.

Winter Games podcast — day seven



Our latest podcast from downtown Vancouver focuses on the little differences between cultures, the giant war of words between the figure skaters and the surprise visit of the multi-medal winning Michael Phelps.

Williams wins gold, will Brits stop moaning about the Games now?


OLYMPICS-SKELETONAmy Williams became Britain’s first Winter Olympics gold medallist in an individual event for 30 years when she scored a commanding victory in the skeleton on Friday.

The 27-year-old with the curly-wurly hairstyle won by over half a second to emulate the gold won by Robin Cousins in the men’s skating in 1980.

Lay down the run! And update your Olympic lingo


OLYMPICS-SNOWBOARDING/In the skiing and snowboarding events at the Olympic Games these days, we have many a super athlete giving us mere mortals lessons in linguistics.  It’s actually sick, in modern terms that is.

Sick (“crazy, cool, insane“) was snowboarder Shaun White’s killer second run through the half-pipe, a near perfect, thriller of a ride, even after he had already clinched the gold medal. Dude’s on fire.

Winter Olympics live blog — day seven


Our live blog on the day’s events at the Winter Olympics is up and running… The men’s Super-G is the big event of the morning, at 1130 local, 1430 ET and 1930 GMT, but there’s exciting action too in the skeleton, ski jumping and ice dancing.

We’ll be here all day and every day, with expert comment from our team of reporters at the Games, so please feel free to dip in and out…