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from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Raining hockey pucks at the Olympics

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.

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.

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:

Winter Games, day 11 — live

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.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Winter Games podcast — day seven

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Our latest podcast from downtown Vancouver focuses on the little differences between cultures, the giant war of words between the figure skaters and the surprise visit of the multi-medal winning Michael Phelps.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Williams wins gold, will Brits stop moaning about the Games now?

OLYMPICS-SKELETONAmy Williams became Britain's first Winter Olympics gold medallist in an individual event for 30 years when she scored a commanding victory in the skeleton on Friday.

The 27-year-old with the curly-wurly hairstyle won by over half a second to emulate the gold won by Robin Cousins in the men's skating in 1980.

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:

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.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

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

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.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Winter Games, day six – live

Yevgeny Plushenko is the main attraction as the Russian attempts to seal gold with the men's free skate but there's plenty of irresistible medal action before then.

Join us on the live blog ... we'll be here all day with on-the-spot comments from our team if reporters, medal flashes, standback views and stats. Feel to dip in and out, and remember, comments are always welcome.

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