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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.

The big question now is whether the British journalists who have been so critical of the Vancouver Olympics, floating the idea of it being the Worst Games Ever, will start singing a much jollier tune.

Most of us here have been enjoying ourselves immensely, in this pretty, prosperous and welcoming city. Now that the Brits have Borrowed the Podium, will they join the party?

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:

Vonn injury could keep her out of the Games


The Vonncouver Olympics may just be over before the Games have even begun.

Lindsey Vonn can't confirm whether she'll be able to compete at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver starting in a couple of days after the unlucky American revealed she is suffering from a shin injury that left her in "excruciating" pain.

Vonn, the 25-year-old multi-medal hope for the Untied States, appeared before a news conference in Vancouver today to tell the media the bad news.