Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010

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.

“We were at a friend’s place. I was like – what am I going to do today? I had to take a day off and obviously not walk around and use my legs. But I didn’t just want to sit there, because if I just sat around I’d go nuts just thinking about this competition.”

“They’re like we’ve got kayaks…let’s go for it. We ended up cruising around Horseshoe Bay. Pretty hilarious — I had to be the guy that stood up the kayak obviously and tried to pet the …giant seal that came by. He wanted to hang.”

Winter Games: picture of the day

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Reuters North America news pictures editor Gary Hershorn writes of this Mike Blake shot of snowboard halfpipe winner Shaun White:

Context and perspective are the key to this picture, which gives a beautiful illustration of the height the snowboarders achieve against the environment they’re in.

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