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from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Lindsey gets down with her digital Vonn-tourage

FILM-BUZZ/Lindsey Vonn has re-connected with her huge online following -- which I, for one, am determined to call her Digital Vonn-tourage -- and put a brief dalliance with old media behind her.

Vonn, the 25-year-old Alpine skiing world champion and Face of the Games, turned to a major U.S. TV network and a traditional IOC press conference to break the news on Wednesday that she had a badly bruised shin that might keep her out of the Olympics.

TV? A press conference? How old-fashioned, Lindsey. How very binary!

For a while it looked like she might be doing a Stephen Fry and bidding farewell to the Twittering game.  Remember, Vonn had originally said she would be ceasing her social media activities during the Games after getting confused about what IOC rules permitted.

The IOC stepped in to reassure her that she was perfectly fine to carry on as usual but her heart seemed to have gone out of it for a while there, with "Just landed in Vancouver yay!" about as interesting as it got for a week or so.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Winter Olympics memories — You might as well jump

VANCOUVER-OLYMPICS/What comes to mind when you think of the Winter Olympics of the past? Is it graceful ice skaters or the bruising hockey encounters? Is it the hip-swerving skill of the slalom or the knee-trembling speed of the downhill?

Our Olympic memories are reflections of the prisms through which we viewed the Games -- in reality, the priorities of our national television stations.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Missing Lynx hits Whistler in time for Games


If you go down on a sledge today you might be in for a big surprise.

For competitors at the tree-lined Whistler Sliding Centre, which is hosting luge, skeleton and bobsleigh over the next two and a half weeks, and the downhill skiers on Whistler Mountain, that adapted nursery rhyme is quite appropriate.

When Whistler was first chosen to co-host the Olympics with Vancouver,  preserving what is natural habitat for many native species was a priority.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Snow patrol: it’ll be all white on the night


It is snowing in Cypress, foggy in Whistler and raining in Vancouver, so I guess we don't have to put inverted commas round the "Winter" bit of the Olympics any more.

Snow in Cypress. That sounds a bit odd when you say it out loud and it's not something you you see every day here in Vancouver. In fact, it's not something any of us has seen since the world descended on the city for the Games.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Reuters Sportswrap, Vancouver special

We're doing things slightly differently on Sportswrap while we're at the Winter Olympics. Join Kevin Fylan on our Vancouver debut, featuring some spectacular aerial shots of the city, and the IOC president getting down with the athletes.

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 Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Snow patrol: Tuesday update

OLYMPICS-VANCOUVER/We're just three days away from the start of the Winter Olympics and snow is still conspicuous by its absence in balmy Vancouver.

Organisers are making terrific last-minute attempts to snow the place up a little, given the unseasonably warm weather here. Using helicopters and a 750-strong workforce, they've transported more than 5,000 cubic metres of snow to Cypress Mountain and the bare freestyle skiing and snowboard courses.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

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.