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from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Raining hockey pucks at the Olympics

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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 Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Thanks Vancouver, the Games were a blast

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OLYMPICS-ICEHOCKEY/If it wasn't magic from Sidney Crosby, what was it? A flick of the wrist from the world's best hockey player, the dreams of 33 million Canadians were made real and the Winter Olympics ended with the flourish they deserved.

 El Sid, The Next One, Sid the Kid, #87 ... If anyone was going to find a way past Ryan Miller in overtime, and give Canada gold number 14, somehow you knew it was going to him.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Olympic ice hockey final, closing ceremony — live

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We're at rinkside in Vancouver to bring you live coverage of the Winter Olympics ice hockey final between Canada and the United States. And join us later for the closing ceremony of these Games.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Winter Olympics, day 15 — live

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The final race of the Olympic Alpine skiing programme is underway, with Austria's Benjamin Raich among the favourites. There are seven medals in play on the penultimate day of competition in Vancouver, Whistler and Cypress and we'll be here for all of them, so please join us for expert commentary from our reporters on the spot.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Winter Games, day 14 — live

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The men's ice hockey semi-finals pitting the United States against Finland and Canada against Slovakia are the highlights of the day ... but with the mayhem of short track speed skating and the women's curling final there's plenty of other action to shout about... Join us here today and every day of the Games.

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:

Olympics Hockey Super Sunday — live

We're running a live blog on the mouth-watering line up of hockey on Sunday, featuring Russia v Czech Republic in Group B, Canada v United States in Group A and Sweden v Finland in Group C.

We'll be talking hockey all day so please feel free to dip in. The fun starts Sunday. Early.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Suits you, sir! Our reporter tries a speedskating second skin

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Larry Fine, our speedskating correspondent at these Winter Olympics, wanted to get a feel for what the athletes put themselves through. He got more than he bargained for... Over to Larry:

"First off, it should be noted that it was a size medium and I'm sure the good folks at Nike would have suggested a size or two larger for my particular build.

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