Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010

Winter Games, day 12 — live

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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.

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.

Lay down the run! And update your Olympic lingo

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OLYMPICS-SNOWBOARDING/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.

Vancouver podcast – day six

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We’re back, and now with new added Australian. Join me, Julian, Mary Milliken and Miles Evans for our chat about the Worst/Best Games Ever, Lindsey Vonn and, inevitably, the great Aussie contribution to the Winter Olympics.

Vonn crashes, gold for Riesch

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OLYMPICS-ALPINE SKIING/COMBINED-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.

Oh no Canada! But don’t be so quick to write off these Olympics

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OLYMPICS-ALPINE SKIING/The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver have been beset by tragedy and trials, from the death of the Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, through the Goldilocks weather up at Whistler and Cypress — too much snow or too little snow, it’s never just right — to a biathlon scoring fiasco described as “the blackest day ever“.

Then there was the opening ceremony fail with the missing fourth ice pillar, the PR disaster of moving ugly chain fencing in front of the outdoor cauldron so no one could take a decent picture, the thousands of ripped up tickets and having to call on Calgary to the rescue after the ice machines broke down.

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?

Vancouver podcast — day 1

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Kevin Fylan is joined by Steve Keating, Ossian Shine and Mary Milliken for a fireside chat on day one of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

We discuss the opening ceremony, and that extraordinary failure at the end, plus the state of Lindsey Vonn’s shin and the first gold medal at the Games.

Lindsey gets down with her digital Vonn-tourage

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FILM-BUZZ/Lindsey Vonn has re-connected with her huge online following — which I, for one, am determined to call her Digital Vonn-tourage — and put a brief dalliance with old media behind her.

Vonn, the 25-year-old Alpine skiing world champion and Face of the Games, turned to a major U.S. TV network and a traditional IOC press conference to break the news on Wednesday that she had a badly bruised shin that might keep her out of the Olympics.

Vancouver Sportswrap: Vonn’s bombshell

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News of an injury that might keep American ski queen Lindsey Vonn out of the Olympics rocked Vancouver two days before the opening ceremony for the 2010 Winter Games.

Join Owen Wyatt for a look at what Vonn said at her bombshell news conference on Wednesday, and a few shots on the snow that finally began to fall on Cypress Mountain.

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