Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010

A crush that led to Olympic gold

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Canadians basking in the warm glow of Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue’s gold medal winning performance in the ice dancing were all asking the same question on Tuesday … Are they as close off the ice as they are on it?

Turns out the answer is no, but things might have turned out diffrerently, as Allan Dowd reports

“I know I had a crush on Scott, that’s for sure, but I wasn’t alone there,” she told reporters.

“That’s certainly changed,” Moir shot back.

And no, they are certainly not dating now.

“Just on the ice for seven minutes every time we do the program,” Moir joked.

Winter Games, day 11 — live

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Canada v Germany in the hockey is the highlight of the Winter Olympics programme today, with the host nation facing a test of nerve in this sudden death play-off.

That’s not all, though, folks, with the men’s giant slalom in alpine skiing one of five medal events.

Canadians own the streets, if not the podium

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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.

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