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from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

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?

Now we will hear lots of talk about a possible five-medal haul. Can she do it?

PHOTO: Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. reacts after competing in the women's Alpine Skiing Downhill race at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia February 17, 2010. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

* changed from "who" ... thanks to Db8r for spotting the typo.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Winter Games: picture of the day

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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:

“Support Our Troops” slogan falls foul of Olympic rules

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OLYMPICS-ICE HOCKEY/Trouble is brewing over United States ice hockey goalie Jonathan Quick and the “Support Our Troops” slogan on his helmet. Slogans of this sort are banned under Olympic rules and Quick will be told to remove it, the International Ice Hockey Federation has told Reuters.

Ryan Miller has also been told to remove the slogan “Miller Time” from his helmet while the third American netminder Tim Thomas had already placed a sticker over a slogan on his mask for the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Winter Olympics — day three

Cowbells are clanging, horns are blaring - it's race day at Whistler Creekside at last... Yes, that's right, the weather has finally improved to the point where Alpine skiing is possible at these Games. We expect the men's downhill gold to be decided at around 1200 local time (1500 ET and 2000 GMT) and there's plenty more action where that came from here in The Couver. Join us here for the fun.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Winter Games — picture of the day

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Picture of the Day has to feature Alexandre Bilodeau, the man who wrote himself into the record books by becoming the first Canadian to win a gold medal at a home Olympics.

This picture, taken by Mark Blinch, captures him just as he launches his arms into the air in celebration at that gold medal win in the moguls freestyle.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Vancouver podcast — day 2

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Here is episode two of our daily podcast from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. I'm joined by Mary Milliken, Ossian Shine and Steve Keating as we talk about the Canadian curse, odd nicknames and what the athletes get up to on Valentine's Day in the Village.

Want to know how the Dutch manage to do so well at the speedskating? Tune in to find out.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Reuters Sportswrap: Sven Kramer Special

The Dutch are calling these Games the Svencouver Olympics after Sven Kramer's victory in the speedskating on day one.

I went down to the Dutch House in Richmond for a look at the celebrations ... click on the video to see.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Winter Games: Picture of the Day

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Each day, Paul Barker chooses his favourite frame from the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Today was day one of comeptition ... over to Paul:

"Reuters photographer Lyle Stafford caught Sven Kramer's emotion perfectly after Kramer climbed into the stand to celebrate his 5,000 meter speed skating victory with his father and mother (top) and other supporters from the Netherlands."

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Winter Games: Picture of the Day

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Welcome to our Picture of the Day feature from the just opened Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Each day of the Games a senior photo editors will choose a frame they particularly like from our team of photographers at the Olympics here in Vancouver, and up at Whistler and Cypress.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Georgian luger dies in horrific crash – update

OLYMPICS-LUGE/Georgian luge competitor Nodar Kumaritashvili has been killed after a horrifying crash in training for the Winter Olympics.

The 21-year-old's sled left the track at the Whistler Sliding Centre at around 90mph, according to observers, and smashed into a course side structure.

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