Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010

Lindsey takes first gold — the Vonn-couver Olympics begin

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Lindsey Vonn shrugged off the most famous shin-jury in sport to produce a fantastic victory in the women’s downhill Alpine skiing at the Winter Games on Wednesday, marking the start of what may well be the Vonn-couver Olympics.

Vonn, the hugely popular American and one of the most famous faces at these Games, blew away her nearest rivals, which is astonishing given that she arrived worried that her bruised shin might be so bad that it would stop her competing altogether. If she is so dominant when having to ski through gritted teeth, how* good would she look here fully fit?

Now we will hear lots of talk about a possible five-medal haul. Can she do it?

PHOTO: Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. reacts after competing in the women’s Alpine Skiing Downhill race at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia February 17, 2010. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

* changed from “who” … thanks to Db8r for spotting the typo.

Winter Games: picture of the day

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OLYMPICS-SPEEDSKATING/Paul Barker writes on Tuesday:

I spent much of the day editing the women’s 500 metre speed skating race, looking at many very good pictures. Jerry Lampen’s frame of Annette Gerritsen of the Netherlands crashing as Nao Kodaira of Japan speeds past was the image of the day from that event.

Winter Olympics — day four

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Our live blog on the Winter Olympics is up and running. Follow it in this window (or by clicking on the headline) and follow the main medal action, with on-the-spot comments from our team of reporters.

Winter Games: picture of the day

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We’ve gone for another celebration picture today … and this one by Lucy Nicholson was just irresistible. The emotion of winning gold is captured in the strong expressions on the faces of husband-and-wife pair Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo after the scores for their routine in the figure skating pairs came in.

Original caption: China’s Shen Xue (L) and Zhao Hongbo celebrate on learning that they had won the gold medal after their performance in the pairs free skating figure skating event at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics February 15, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

“Support Our Troops” slogan falls foul of Olympic rules

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OLYMPICS-ICE HOCKEY/Trouble is brewing over United States ice hockey goalie Jonathan Quick and the “Support Our Troops” slogan on his helmet. Slogans of this sort are banned under Olympic rules and Quick will be told to remove it, the International Ice Hockey Federation has told Reuters.

Ryan Miller has also been told to remove the slogan “Miller Time” from his helmet while the third American netminder Tim Thomas had already placed a sticker over a slogan on his mask for the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Vancouver podcast — day three

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There’s gold in them there Canadian Hills. Join our podcast crew to discuss Canada’s first success at a home Olympics, the Swiss winner of the men’s Alpine skiing downhill and, of course, The Simpsons.

Winter Olympics — day three

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Cowbells are clanging, horns are blaring – it’s race day at Whistler Creekside at last… Yes, that’s right, the weather has finally improved to the point where Alpine skiing is possible at these Games. We expect the men’s downhill gold to be decided at around 1200 local time (1500 ET and 2000 GMT) and there’s plenty more action where that came from here in The Couver. Join us here for the fun.

Winter Games — picture of the day

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Picture of the Day has to feature Alexandre Bilodeau, the man who wrote himself into the record books by becoming the first Canadian to win a gold medal at a home Olympics.

This picture, taken by Mark Blinch, captures him just as he launches his arms into the air in celebration at that gold medal win in the moguls freestyle.

Breaking news: Canada wins first gold

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Alexandre Bilodeau’s nerveless performance in the men’s freestyle moguls has ensured his position as a national hero, while lighting up an Olympic Games that had been in danger of falling flat.

The 22-year-old from Montreal became the first Canadian to win a gold medal at an Olympics hosted by the country — and this is their third — when he clinched victory at 1819 local time on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, at Cypress Mountain.

Vancouver podcast — day 2

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Here is episode two of our daily podcast from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. I’m joined by Mary Milliken, Ossian Shine and Steve Keating as we talk about the Canadian curse, odd nicknames and what the athletes get up to on Valentine’s Day in the Village.

Want to know how the Dutch manage to do so well at the speedskating? Tune in to find out.

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