Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010
The final race of the Olympic Alpine skiing programme is underway, with Austria’s Benjamin Raich among the favourites. There are seven medals in play on the penultimate day of competition in Vancouver, Whistler and Cypress and we’ll be here for all of them, so please join us for expert commentary from our reporters on the spot.
There’s a surprise winner in the women’s giant slalom, and medals to be decided in cross-country skiing, nordic combined, freestyle skiing, women’s hockey and, tonight, one of the most eagerly awaited events of the Games … the women’s figure skating, with the decisive free skate pitting South Korea’s Kim Yuna and Japan’s Mao Asada.
Lindsey Vonn goes for gold again in the women’s Alpine skiing giant slalom and we’ll be here to follow that and all the action, including some spectacular freestyle skiing late on, on day 12 of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
The other event not to be missed is Russia v Canada in the men’s ice hockey quarter-finals, starting at 1630 local time, 1930 ET and 0030 GMT. Can the hosts overcome the Red Machine and keep their golden dream alive? If not, there are going to be a lot of glum faced Canadians on the streets of Vancouver.
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.
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.
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.
Lindsey Vonn’s hopes of a five-gold haul slipped away on Thursday as the American took a tumble on the slalom leg of the super-combined.
Vonn, winner of the downhill on Wednesday, was fastest again in the downhill section in the morning but only by a third of a second and with Riesch producing a masterful run in the slalom the pressure was on the favourite. Needing to pull off the slalom run of her life, she pushed just a little too hard, slipped and went down.
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?
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.