Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010

If you want to get ahead, get a canoe


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.”

Lay down the run! And update your Olympic lingo


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.

Shaun’s White House ambition


Shaun White is free for dinner with Barack Obama, as you can see by clicking on the video above (or the headline first if you are on the home page). How will the president respond?

Winter Games: picture of the day




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.

Snowboarding, freestyle now the main Olympic events


Snowboarding and freestyle skiing have been the heart and soul of these Winter Olympic Games. While we’re waiting for Shaun White to tell us about his fantastic gold medal in the halfpipe, here’s what Seth Wescott had to say after he grabbed his second gold medal in snowboard cross a couple of days ago.

Click here for the full story too.

Flying Tomato squashes Vonn-couver in earnings stakes


OLYMPICS/SNOWBOARDINGStep forward the top earning athlete at these Winter Olympics… Not so fast, Lindsey Vonn!

According to Forbes, the two athletes in a high-rolling class of their own are Shaun White — the Flying Tomato himself — and South Korea’s Kim Yu-na, the insanely popular 19-year-old figure skater.