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from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Thanks Vancouver, the Games were a blast

OLYMPICS-ICEHOCKEY/If it wasn't magic from Sidney Crosby, what was it? A flick of the wrist from the world's best hockey player, the dreams of 33 million Canadians were made real and the Winter Olympics ended with the flourish they deserved.

 El Sid, The Next One, Sid the Kid, #87 ... If anyone was going to find a way past Ryan Miller in overtime, and give Canada gold number 14, somehow you knew it was going to him.

The Games are over, after a closing ceremony full of deliciously funny Canadian self-deprecation. As chief organiser John Furlong said, the hockey win over the U.S. will live on for generations in Canada. For the rest of the world, I think the Games as a whole will be remembered pretty fondly too.

Here are a few things I will treasure from my time in Vancouver:

1. The warmth of the welcome from the people of this city blew me away. Vancouver is as laid back as a Californian snowboarder, and if I occasionally found myself spitting feathers at how it could take five minutes -- FIVE MINUTES -- to prepare a cup of coffee, or how two beers -- TWO BEERS -- could possibly cost 20 dollars, including two types of sales tax and tip, well, you know, that probably said more about me than The Couver.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Olympic ice hockey final, closing ceremony — live

We're at rinkside in Vancouver to bring you live coverage of the Winter Olympics ice hockey final between Canada and the United States. And join us later for the closing ceremony of these Games.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Winter Games, day 14 — live

The men's ice hockey semi-finals pitting the United States against Finland and Canada against Slovakia are the highlights of the day ... but with the mayhem of short track speed skating and the women's curling final there's plenty of other action to shout about... Join us here today and every day of the Games.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

A crush that led to Olympic gold

 

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...

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Olympics Hockey Super Sunday — live

We're running a live blog on the mouth-watering line up of hockey on Sunday, featuring Russia v Czech Republic in Group B, Canada v United States in Group A and Sweden v Finland in Group C.

We'll be talking hockey all day so please feel free to dip in. The fun starts Sunday. Early.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Winter Olympics live blog — day seven

Our live blog on the day's events at the Winter Olympics is up and running... The men's Super-G is the big event of the morning, at 1130 local, 1430 ET and 1930 GMT, but there's exciting action too in the skeleton, ski jumping and ice dancing.

We'll be here all day and every day, with expert comment from our team of reporters at the Games, so please feel free to dip in and out...

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Winter Games: picture of the day

OLYMPICS-SPEEDSKATING/Paul Barker writes on Tuesday:

I spent much of the day editing the women's 500 metre speed skating race, looking at many very good pictures. Jerry Lampen's frame of Annette Gerritsen of the Netherlands crashing as Nao Kodaira of Japan speeds past was the image of the day from that event.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Canada can’t wait for that golden moment

ALPINE-SKIINGCanada has a reputation as a slow starter at the Olympics, but the country may be poised to end a two-Games gold-medal drought on home soil ... and it could even come on the first full day of competition.

There is so much excitement for that elusive gold medal that Canadian lugers have been offered a $1 million bonus from their title sponsor if they can earn a spot atop the podium.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Big decisions loom for growing MLS

Major League Soccer shows plenty of signs of good health and progress but beneath the surface the North American league has some critical decisions to make over its future direction.

After a week of largely upbeat build-up and nationwide publicity for a sport that so often struggles to get space, the league’s title deciding game, MLS Cup, was played out in front of over 46,000 fans here in Seattle – the city that is staking a strong claim to be the de facto home of U.S soccer.

Who will be the new Captain Canada?

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hockeyIt’s hard to predict who will become Captain Canada, when Canada hasn’t even picked a team.But who will lead Canada’s men’s hockey team into battle at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics will spark more debate than who will be the hockey mad country’s next Prime Minister.

With 46 of Canada’s best taking part in last week’s national team orientation camp you could not swing a hockey stick without hitting a worthy candidate.

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