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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.

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:

Sweden’s Queen of the Slopes revels in lack of attention

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OLYMPICS/All the pre-Olympic attention in women’s Alpine Skiing has been on American Lindsey Vonn, her form, her posing on the cover of Sports Illustrated, her shin injury, her cheesetherapy, her husband/coach/spokesman Thomas and her ever so hip social networking ability (yes, she tweets her facebook updates). It’s almost as though seven-times world champion Anja Paerson wasn’t here…..

Which suits the 28-year-old Swede just fine. The true Queen of the Slopes, the most successful active women’s skier on the circuit, Paerson doesn’t mind the lack of attention.

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.

from Olympics Notebook: Vancouver 2010:

Lindsey gets down with her digital Vonn-tourage

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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.

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