Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010

Raining hockey pucks at the Olympics

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Vancouver Olympics Ice HockeyMolly Riley writes:

Covering hockey at ice level is rarely without excitement but usually without injury to photographers … until the game I was working at last Friday.

I was covering the last of three hockey games in one day from our assigned position in a seat against the glass. During second period a puck that was shot up to the net above the glass dropped straight down and hit me on the leg. I didn’t think much of it and while fans scrambled for the loose puck I thought ‘what are the chances of that happening?’

Then during the third period another puck was shot up into the net and came straight down, this time on my head.

I did not see it coming but knew what it was when it hit, and I thought ‘hmmm I just got hit on the head with a puck…’ It didn’t hurt much but I felt my head and found it bleeding. I cleared my cameras and laptop away, leaned over the isle watching blood drip from my head to a pool in the floor, and signaled for help.

What can London 2012 learn from Vancouver? Seb Coe answers your questions

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OLYMPICS/The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver were hit at the very start by the tragic death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili and for a while the Games struggled to recover, as organisers were faced with problem after problem, from the unseasonably warm weather to transport snarl-ups to scoring problems.

Some even wondered if Vancouver would go on to be called the Worst Games Ever but no one is saying that now, with the action picking up to provide a series of electrifying and heart warming moments while the organisation has settled down.

Winter Olympics, day 13 — live

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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.

from The Great Debate UK:

What can London 2012 learn from Vancouver? Seb Coe answers your questions

OLYMPICS/The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver were hit at the very start by the tragic death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili and for a while the Games struggled to recover, as organisers were faced with problem after problem, from the unseasonably warm weather to transport snarl-ups to scoring problems.

Some even wondered if Vancouver would go on to be called the Worst Games Ever but no one is saying that now, with the action picking up to provide a series of electrifying and heart warming moments while the organisation has settled down.

Up close and personal with Olympic gold

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OLYMPICS-VANCOUVER/Pritha Sarkar writes:

I felt like I was floating on cloud nine as I gingerly touched the Olympic gold medal sitting there in my hand and staring back at me.

I’ve dreamed of this moment all my life. Words cannot describe how I’m feeling right now – then the voice of the security woman at the door broke my reverie: “No biting, kissing, licking and chewing of medals in any kind!”

A crush that led to Olympic gold

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Canadians basking in the warm glow of Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue’s gold medal winning performance in the ice dancing were all asking the same question on Tuesday … Are they as close off the ice as they are on it?

Turns out the answer is no, but things might have turned out diffrerently, as Allan Dowd reports

Winter Games, day 11 — live

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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.

Canadians own the streets, if not the podium

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Own the podium has proved a fraught and at times disappointing venture for Canada at these Olympic games, with would-be stars crashing out of the races, like ski cross star Christopher Delbosco did spectacularly on Saturday.

But it’s a different story when it comes to owning the streets, where there’s a sea of red and white just about everywhere you look, both in Vancouver and on the mountain venues of Whistler and Cypress.

Winter Olympics day 10 — live

Team ski jumping, cross country skiing and ice dancing are the highlights of the Winter Olympics programme on Monday. We’re falling it all with on-the-spot comments from our team of correspondents. Please feel free to dip in.

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.

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