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from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Vancouver podcast — day three

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There's gold in them there Canadian Hills. Join our podcast crew to discuss Canada's first success at a home Olympics, the Swiss winner of the men's Alpine skiing downhill and, of course, The Simpsons.

Hasta La Pista, Baby

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SPORT ALPINE SKIThe Olympic torch relay just got bigger, much bigger.

At 106 days, the pre-Vancouver Winter Games run weighs in as the longest domestic relay in Olympic history and to help get it across the finish line… Arnie is back.

Famous for his ‘I’ll be back’ and ‘Hasta la vista, baby’ catchphrases in the Terminator films, Arnold Schwarzenegger, now Governor of California, is nipping over to Canada to flex his pecs with a torch run through Vancouver’s famous Stanley Park.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

A taste of the Olympics in downtown Vancouver

With a few days to go before the start of the Winter Games, your intrepid reporters Kevin Fylan and Sonia Oxley took a stroll round downtown Vancouver to get a taste of the true Olympic spirit.

Click on the video above (or the headline first if your on the home page) and see just how much we enjoyed this tiny gastronomic tour of the city. Really, it's been a slice.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Rogge gives Vancouver preps seal of approval

It's Superbowl Sunday but believe it or not, not everyone is thinking Saints v Colts. With just five days to go before the start of the Winter Games in Vancouver, IOC head honcho Jacques Rogge chaired a meeting of the Executive Board this morning and we caught up with him -- briefly -- for his view of how things are shaping up.

Click the video above to hear the IOC chief's view. As you might expect, he sounds pretty happy...

Can anyone beat Lindsey Vonn at the Olympics?

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I’ve enjoyed my weekend in the Italian mountains covering the women’s World Cup skiing. Chic Cortina d’Ampezzo is a beautiful place and the weather has been mild (even if I’ve still been slipping and sliding on the icy pavements).

But the best bit is that I was able to pre-prepare parts of my stories before the races began, such was everybody’s confidence that America’s Lindsey Vonn would win the Super-G and downhill.

Where flags of convenience figure large

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At the European figure skating championships this week I kept wondering how it was possible that whichever skater was on the ice, there always seemed to be lots of fans waving just the right flag.

And then I spotted the lady who had been jiggling her Union Jack quickly folding it up and taking out her German flag and wafting that around with just as much enthusiasm.

Sportswrap fashion special

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It’s a fashion special this week, and no, we’re not talking about Owen’s Gene Hunt, Life on Mars, 1970s suit selection.

Click the headline, press play and join us for an intimate sale of Italian jewellry, a rustle through the racks at Germany’s most exclusive clothes shop and a little spice out on the ice.

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.

When fame just melts away…

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Every morning Enrico Fabris leaves his house in the mountains for an 80-km bike ride. As a double Olympic champion in speedskating, he would rather be training on the ice for the Vancouver Games but Italy can offer him no indoor facilities.

Three years after Italy held the Winter Games in Turin, where the policeman became the host country’s most successful athlete at one Olympics with two golds and a bronze, Fabris is disappointed that nothing has improved for speedskating.

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