Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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…