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USA vs. Canada Olympic Hockey Ratings Impressive


VANCOUVER , B.C. – The surprise victory by the United States men’s hockey team over heavily favored Canada (5-3) USA Canada Olympic Gamehas sent shock waves through the host country.

In the U.S. there was euphoria where patriotism drove the ratings up past viewership for regular season as well as playoff games in the NHL (8.2 million viewers). It even beat game seven of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals.

What we saw, in essence was an NHL All-Star game. So why the resistance to watching Americans play in the course of their employment rather than their volunteer gig during the Olympics?

Easy one: hockey neophytes knew who to root for. Without a rooting interest in a pro sports game it’s hard to care. That’s why many fans like to bet on games that don’t feature their favorite team.

If the NHL is smart it will market these guys in a way to maximize the Olympic buzz and get their faces in front of a vast audience the league has yet to satisfy.

NBC should help since they hold the broadcast rights to the Stanley Cup Finals. And it should start this week.

If the USA team goes on a roll and plays for a medal in the games there should be TV spots ready to point out what teams the stars play for and highlight some good upcoming games that feature them.

 Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for Examiner.com and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles. 

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Apolo Ohno Snags Record 7th Olympic Medal


VANCOUVER, B.C. – U.S. speedskater Apolo Ohno won his record 7th Olympic medal yesterday but it didn’t Ohno Silver Medalcome easy. After a slip caused him to fall to last place with only three laps remaining in the short-track 1,000-meter final Saturday, Ohno knew he had to make the move of a lifetime.

“When I moved up into second place, in my head I thought that the race was mine and I felt great,” said Ohno. “Then I slipped and lost all my speed again. I saw everybody flying by me and I’m like, ‘Oh boy, there’s not a lot of time. I’m going to have to kind of crank it up.'”

Well behind the South Koreans and two Canadian brothers and knowing the gold and silver were clearly out of reach, Ohno made one final push and squeezed past Charles and Francois Hamelin to win the bronze.

That bronze made Ohno the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian. “I really had to fight,” said Ohno. “I can’t wait to watch the tape and see how I came back from last place to win bronze.”

Prior to the race, Ohno was tied with female speedskater Bonnie Blair. Ohno’s collection now contains two gold, two silver and three bronze medals in his three Olympic appearances.

“I’m very happy for Apolo’s accomplishment,” Blair said after watching the race. “It’s a great feat for him, US Speedskating, and the United States of America. We hope that more kids will see his accomplishments and want to try our great sport that has been so good to us and taught us so much about what it takes to be successful in life.” Apolo Ohno

Olympics swimmer Michael Phelps also watched the race. Over two Summer Games, Phelps won a total of 14 gold medals.

Ohno skated a victory lap carrying an American flag and congratulated his South Korean rivals. During the medal ceremony Ohno put his arm around the South Koreans for photos, a sign that the animosity between the opponents may be a thing of the past.

“My goal was to come out and put my heart and soul into the Olympic Games and I’ve done that.”

Ohno has the 500 and the 5,000 relay remaining.

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Lindsey Vonn, Enough of the Shin Pain Already!


WHISTLER, B.C. – Please make it stop! Lindsey Vonn’s pain in her shin is starting to become a pain in everyone else’s ass.Lindsey Vonn Falls

Statements and comments about the Olympic skier’s injury are becoming as obnoxious as when a 4-year-old with a tiny knick on their pinky spends an entire week sticking their finger in your face whining, “I got a boo-boo.”

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw a touchdown pass with a separated shoulder minutes after taking a crushing hit from a 300-pound defensive lineman to win a game against the Cleveland Browns then came back and played through the injury in another game four days later.

Ex-Minnesota Viking lineman Ed White finished an NFL game after breaking his arm, those are inspirational athletes that have played through serious injuries and pain.

Everyone was well aware of Vonn’s injury prior to the Olympics and knew she had to tough it out to compete and that skiing with a deep bruise to the shin would be extremely challenging.

An inspirational story and plot was all laid out. That is until the overabundance of complaints and comments about the injured shin surpassed the intolerable level deflating the inspirational aspects of the story and instead converting it to waterboarding-type torture levels of “Someone please make it stop!”

Like many other Olympic skiers have done in the past, Lindsey Vonn wiped out in the slalom run of the super-combined and was eliminated from yesterday’s event. The spill caused by a common skiing blunder ended Vonn’s bid for her second Olympic medal when she failed to maneuver her ski around a right-hand gate and fell.

With a lot of the media and public burned out on hearing about her injury Vonn again said her shin was “killing me”. She did, however, go on to admit the real culprit in this loss was her mistake.

“The shin wasn’t the reason why I didn’t finish the race,” said Vonn. “It was just because I hooked a tip, and that happens in ski racing all the time. I just wish it wasn’t at the Olympic Games.”

The day did however not end without more attention to the leg. After performing the fastest morning downhill run in the morning, Vonn again referred to her, you guessed it . . . her pain in her shin. “It hurts so bad,” Vonn said. “It’s one thing to do the downhill, but the super-combined is really tough on my shin. I tried as hard as I could.”

Husband Thomas Vonn commented on her injury. “It did play a role in the fact that she hasn’t been able to ski slalom in, like, three weeks,” said Thomas Vonn. “She had the mindset of going for gold and it’s the Olympics. That’s what you’re here for, and she’s capable of winning. So she wanted to go for it, and not ski safe and go for a silver or bronze.”

In another recent whining session, Vonn said, “It’s not good. It’s really hurting and I’m just struggling with it but there’s nothing really I can do. I just have to try to do therapy and try to tough it out today, and then tomorrow will be a good day off.”

“It was a long, long day yesterday, and I didn’t get as much rest as I was hoping for,” she said. “Especially with my shin, I need a little bit more time and therapy to try to get it to feel better.”

And we need therapy to get this redundant, obnoxious ringing in our ears to go away.

Please, make it stop!

More Olympics: The ‘Flying Tomato’ Wins Another Gold for U.S. Olympic Team

Snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis Blows Another Chance for Gold

America Latching onto Sexy Lindsey Vonn and Apolo Ohno

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2010 Winter Olympics Schedule


VANCOUVER, B.C. – Here is the entire remaining Winter Olympics schedule for all the events being held in Ohno Silver MedalVancouver, British Columbia and Whistler, Canada.

Schedules for all the competitions are shown in Pacific Time. 

February 17, 2010

China vs Great Britain
9:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 2

Germany vs United States
9:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 2

Switzerland vs Sweden
9:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 2

Japan vs Canada
9:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 2

10:15 – Cross-Country Skiing – Ladies’ Individual Sprint Classic Qualification

10:40 – Cross-Country Skiing – Men’s Individual Sprint Classic Qualification

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11:00 – Alpine Skiing – Ladies’ Downhill

Finland vs Belarus
12:00 – Ice Hockey – Men’s Preliminary Round – Group C Game 4

12:30 – Cross-Country Skiing – Ladies’ Individual Sprint Classic Quarterfinals

12:58 – Cross-Country Skiing – Men’s Individual Sprint Classic Quarterfinals

13:05 – Snowboard – Men’s Halfpipe Qualification

13:26 – Cross-Country Skiing – Ladies’ Individual Sprint Classic Semifinals

13:38 – Cross-Country Skiing – Men’s Individual Sprint Classic Semifinals

Medal Event
13:52 – Cross-Country Skiing – Ladies’ Individual Sprint Classic Finals

Great Britain vs France
14:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 3

United States vs Switzerland
14:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 3

Denmark vs China
14:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 3

Germany vs Sweden
14:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 3

Medal Event
14:02 – Cross-Country Skiing – Men’s Individual Sprint Classic Finals

Canada vs Sweden
14:30 – Ice Hockey – Women’s Preliminary Round – Group A Game 9

Medal Event
16:00 – Speed Skating – Men’s 1000 m

Sweden vs Germany
16:30 – Ice Hockey – Men’s Preliminary Round – Group C Game 5 USA Hockey

17:00 – Luge – Doubles’ Run 1

17:00 – Short Track – Ladies’ 500 m Quarterfinals

17:15 – Snowboard – Men’s Halfpipe Semifinals

17:25 – Short Track – Men’s 1000 m Heats

18:10 – Short Track – Ladies’ 500 m Semifinals

Medal Event
18:30* – Luge – Doubles’ Run 2

18:32 – Short Track – Men’s 5000 m Relay Semifinals

Russian Federation vs Denmark
19:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 3

Great Britain vs Sweden
19:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 3

China vs Switzerland
19:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 3

Slovakia vs Switzerland
19:00 – Ice Hockey – Women’s Preliminary Round – Group A Game 10

Medal Event
19:07 – Short Track – Ladies’ 500 m Finals

Medal Event
19:15 – Snowboard – Men’s Halfpipe Finals

Czech Republic vs Slovakia
21:00 – Ice Hockey – Men’s Preliminary Round – Group B Game 6

February 18, 2010

Denmark vs United States
9:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 4

Germany vs Norway
9:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 4

Canada vs Sweden
9:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 4

Great Britain vs Switzerland
9:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 4

9:30 – Alpine Skiing – Ladies’ Super Combined Downhill

Medal Event
10:20 – Biathlon – Women’s 15 km Individual

United States vs Norway
12:00 – Ice Hockey – Men’s Preliminary Round – Group A Game 7

Medal Event
12:30 – Alpine Skiing – Ladies’ Super Combined Slalom

12:30 – Snowboard – Ladies’ Halfpipe Qualification

Medal Event
13:00 – Speed Skating – Ladies’ 1000 m

Medal Event
13:20 – Biathlon – Men’s 20 km Individual

Canada vs Germany
14:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 4

China vs Japan
14:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 4

Russian Federation vs Great Britain
14:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 4

Denmark vs United States
14:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 4

United States vs Finland
14:30 – Ice Hockey – Women’s Preliminary Round – Group B Game 11

16:00 – Snowboard – Ladies’ Halfpipe Semifinals

16:00 – Skeleton – Women’s Heat 1

Switzerland vs Canada
16:30 – Ice Hockey – Men’s Preliminary Round – Group A Game 8

Medal Event
17:00 – Figure Skating – Men Free Skating

17:10* – Skeleton – Women’s Heat 2

Medal Event
18:00 – Snowboard – Ladies’ Halfpipe Finals

18:30 – Skeleton – Men’s Heat 1

Sweden vs China
19:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 5

Great Britain vs Denmark
19:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 5

Norway vs Switzerland
19:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 5

France vs Canada
19:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 5

China vs Russian Federation
19:00 – Ice Hockey – Women’s Preliminary Round – Group B Game 12

20:00* – Skeleton – Men’s Heat 2

Slovakia vs Russian Federation
21:00 – Ice Hockey – Men’s Preliminary Round – Group B Game 9

February 19, 2010

Germany vs Great Britain
9:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 5

Russian Federation vs United States
9:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 5

China vs Denmark
9:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 5

10:00 – Ski Jumping – LH Individual Qualification Round

Medal Event
11:30 – Alpine Skiing – Men’s Super-G

Belarus vs Sweden
12:00 – Ice Hockey – Men’s Preliminary Round – Group C Game 10

Medal Event
13:00 – Cross-Country Skiing – Ladies’ 15 km Pursuit (7.5Classic+7.5Free)

Germany vs Switzerland
14:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 6

Denmark vs Canada
14:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 6

France vs United States
14:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 6

Norway vs China
14:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 6

15:45 – Skeleton – Women’s Heat 3

Czech Republic vs Latvia
16:30 – Ice Hockey – Men’s Preliminary Round – Group B Game 11

16:45 – Figure Skating – Ice Dance – Compulsory Dance

Medal Event
16:55* – Skeleton – Women’s Heat 4

18:20 – Skeleton – Men’s Heat 3

Denmark vs Canada
19:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 6

Sweden vs China
19:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 6

Great Britain vs Japan
19:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 6

Switzerland vs Russian Federation
19:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 6

Medal Event
19:50* – Skeleton – Men’s Heat 4

Finland vs Germany
21:00 – Ice Hockey – Men’s Preliminary Round – Group C Game 12

February 20, 2010

Norway vs Denmark
9:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 7

France vs Germany
9:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 7

China vs Great Britain
9:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 7

Sweden vs United States
9:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 7

Medal Event
10:00 – Alpine Skiing – Ladies’ Super-G

10:00 – Freestyle Skiing – Ladies’ Aerials Qualification

11:30 – Ski Jumping – LH Individual 1st Round

Norway vs Switzerland
12:00 – Ice Hockey – Men’s Preliminary Round – Group A Game 13

Medal Event
12:30* – Ski Jumping – LH Individual Final Round

Medal Event
13:30 – Cross-Country Skiing – Men’s 30 km Pursuit (15Classic+15Free)

Sweden vs Russian Federation
14:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 7

United States vs Great Britain
14:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 7

Denmark vs Switzerland
14:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 7

Germany vs China
14:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 7

14:30 – Ice Hockey – Women’s Classifications – Game 13

Medal Event
16:15 – Speed Skating – Men’s 1500 m

Latvia vs Slovakia
16:30 – Ice Hockey – Men’s Preliminary Round – Group B Game 14

17:00 – Bobsleigh – Two-Man Heat 1

17:45 – Short Track – Ladies’ 1500 m Heats

18:29 – Short Track – Men’s 1000 m Quarterfinals

18:35* – Bobsleigh – Two-Man Heat 2

18:58 – Short Track – Ladies’ 1500 m Semifinals

Switzerland vs China
19:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 8

Sweden vs France
19:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 8

Canada vs Great Britain
19:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 8

19:00 – Ice Hockey – Women’s Classifications – Game 14

19:28 – Short Track – Men’s 1000 m Semifinals

Medal Event
19:51 – Short Track – Ladies’ 1500 m Finals

Medal Event
20:05 – Short Track – Men’s 1000 m Finals

Germany vs Belarus
21:00 – Ice Hockey – Men’s Preliminary Round – Group C Game 15

February 21, 2010

Great Britain vs Switzerland
9:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 8

Germany vs Denmark
9:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 8

Canada vs United States
9:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 8

Russian Federation vs Japan
9:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 8

9:15 – Freestyle Skiing – Men’s Ski Cross Qualification

9:30 – Alpine Skiing – Men’s Super Combined Downhill

Medal Event
10:45 – Biathlon – Men’s 15 km Mass Start

Russian Federation vs Czech Republic
12:00 – Ice Hockey – Men’s Preliminary Round – Group B Game 16

12:15* – Freestyle Skiing – Men’s Ski Cross 1/8 Finals

Medal Event
12:30 – Alpine Skiing – Men’s Super Combined Slalom

12:48* – Freestyle Skiing – Men’s Ski Cross Quarterfinals

Medal Event
13:00 – Biathlon – Women’s 12.5 km Mass Start

13:07* – Freestyle Skiing – Men’s Ski Cross Semifinals

Medal Event
13:18* – Freestyle Skiing – Men’s Ski Cross Finals

13:30 – Bobsleigh – Two-Man Heat 3

United States vs Great Britain
14:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 9

Norway vs Sweden
14:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 9

Switzerland vs Canada
14:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 9

Denmark vs Germany
14:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 9

Medal Event
15:00 – Speed Skating – Ladies’ 1500 m

Medal Event
15:05* – Bobsleigh – Two-Man Heat 4

16:15 – Figure Skating – Ice Dance – Original Dance

Canada vs United States
16:40 – Ice Hockey – Men’s Preliminary Round – Group A Game 17

China vs Canada
19:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 9

Japan vs Germany
19:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 9

United States vs Sweden
19:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 9

Sweden vs Finland
21:00 – Ice Hockey – Men’s Preliminary Round – Group C Game 18

February 22, 2010

France vs Norway
9:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 10

Canada vs United States
9:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 10

Germany vs China
9:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 10

Switzerland vs Sweden
9:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 10

10:00 – Ski Jumping – Team 1st Round

10:45 – Cross-Country Skiing – Ladies’ Team Sprint Free Semifinals

Medal Event
11:00* – Ski Jumping – Team Final Round

11:35 – Cross-Country Skiing – Men’s Team Sprint Free Semifinals

12:00 – Ice Hockey – Women’s Play-offs Semifinals – Game 15

Medal Event
13:00 – Cross-Country Skiing – Ladies’ Team Sprint Free Final

Medal Event
13:25 – Cross-Country Skiing – Men’s Team Sprint Free Final

Russian Federation vs China
14:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 10

Japan vs Switzerland
14:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 10

Sweden vs Canada
14:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 10

Great Britain vs Denmark
14:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 10

14:00 – Ice Hockey – Women’s Classifications – 7th/8th – Game 16

Medal Event
16:45 – Figure Skating – Ice Dance – Free Dance

17:00 – Ice Hockey – Women’s Play-offs Semifinals – Game 17

18:00 – Freestyle Skiing – Men’s Aerials Qualification

Germany vs Great Britain
19:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 11

France vs Denmark
19:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 11

China vs United States
19:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 11

19:00 – Ice Hockey – Women’s Classifications – 5th/6th – Game 18

February 23, 2010

Japan vs Sweden
9:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 11

Switzerland vs Germany
9:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 11

United States vs China
9:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 11

Canada vs Great Britain
9:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 11

9:30 – Alpine Skiing – Men’s Giant Slalom 1st Run

10:00 – Nordic Combined – Team/4×5 km – Competition Round

10:30 – Freestyle Skiing – Ladies’ Ski Cross Qualification

Medal Event
11:00 – Speed Skating – Men’s 10000 m

Medal Event
11:30 – Biathlon – Women’s 4×6 km Relay

12:00 – Ice Hockey – Men’s Play-offs Qualifications – Game 19

Medal Event
13:00 – Alpine Skiing – Men’s Giant Slalom 2nd Run

13:00* – Freestyle Skiing – Ladies’ Ski Cross 1/8 Finals

Medal Event
13:00 – Nordic Combined – Team/4×5 km – 4×5 km Relay

13:33* – Freestyle Skiing – Ladies’ Ski Cross Quarterfinals

13:52* – Freestyle Skiing – Ladies’ Ski Cross Semifinals

China vs Canada
14:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 12

Sweden vs Denmark
14:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 12

Great Britain vs Norway
14:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 12

Switzerland vs France
14:00 – Curling – Men’s Round Robin Session 12

Medal Event
14:03* – Freestyle Skiing – Ladies’ Ski Cross Finals

16:30 – Figure Skating – Ladies Short Program

16:30 – Ice Hockey – Men’s Play-offs Qualifications – Game 20

17:00 – Bobsleigh – Women’s Heat 1

18:10* – Bobsleigh – Women’s Heat 2

Switzerland vs United States
19:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 12

Canada vs Russian Federation
19:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 12

Japan vs Denmark
19:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 12

Sweden vs Germany
19:00 – Curling – Women’s Round Robin Session 12

19:00 – Ice Hockey – Men’s Play-offs Qualifications – Game 21

21:00 – Ice Hockey – Men’s Play-offs Qualifications – Game 22

February 24, 2010

10:00 – Alpine Skiing – Ladies’ Giant Slalom 1st Run

Medal Event
11:15 – Cross-Country Skiing – Men’s 4×10 km Relay Classic/Free

12:00 – Ice Hockey – Men’s Play-offs Quarterfinals – Game 23

Medal Event
13:00 – Speed Skating – Ladies’ 5000 m

Medal Event
13:15 – Alpine Skiing – Ladies’ Giant Slalom 2nd Run

16:30 – Ice Hockey – Men’s Play-offs Quarterfinals – Game 24

17:00 – Bobsleigh – Women’s Heat 3

17:00 – Short Track – Ladies’ 1000 m Heats

17:47 – Short Track – Men’s 500 m Heats

Medal Event
18:10* – Bobsleigh – Women’s Heat 4

Medal Event
18:26 – Short Track – Ladies’ 3000 m Relay Finals

19:00 – Ice Hockey – Men’s Play-offs Quarterfinals – Game 25

Medal Event
19:30 – Freestyle Skiing – Ladies’ Aerials Final

21:00 – Ice Hockey – Men’s Play-offs Quarterfinals – Game 26

February 25, 2010

9:00 – Curling – Women’s Semifinal

9:00 – Curling – Women’s Semifinal

10:00 – Nordic Combined – Individual LH/10 km CC – Competition Round

Medal Event
11:00 – Cross-Country Skiing – Ladies’ 4×5 km Relay Classic/Free

Medal Event
11:00 – Ice Hockey – Women’s Bronze Medal Game – Game 19

Medal Event
13:00 – Nordic Combined – Individual LH/10 km CC – 10 km

14:00 – Curling – Men’s Semifinal

14:00 – Curling – Men’s Semifinal

Medal Event
15:30 – Ice Hockey – Women’s Gold Medal Game – Game 20

Medal Event
17:00 – Figure Skating – Ladies Free Skating

Medal Event
18:00 – Freestyle Skiing – Men’s Aerials Final

February 26, 2010

Medal Event
9:00 – Curling – Women’s Bronze Medal Game

10:00 – Alpine Skiing – Ladies’ Slalom 1st Run

10:00 – Snowboard – Ladies’ PGS Qualification

Medal Event
11:30 – Biathlon – Men’s 4×7.5 km Relay

12:00 – Ice Hockey – Men’s Play-offs Semifinals – Game 27

12:15 – Snowboard – Ladies’ PGS 1/8 Finals

12:30* – Speed Skating – Men’s Team Pursuit Quarterfinals

12:51 – Snowboard – Ladies’ PGS Quarterfinals

13:00 – Bobsleigh – Four-Man Heat 1

13:09 – Snowboard – Ladies’ PGS Semifinals

13:20* – Speed Skating – Ladies’ Team Pursuit Quarterfinals

Medal Event
13:30 – Alpine Skiing – Ladies’ Slalom 2nd Run

Medal Event
13:31 – Snowboard – Ladies’ PGS Finals

14:07* – Speed Skating – Men’s Team Pursuit Semifinals

14:35* – Bobsleigh – Four-Man Heat 2

Medal Event
15:00 – Curling – Women’s Gold Medal Game

18:00 – Short Track – Men’s 500 m Quarterfinals

18:14 – Short Track – Ladies’ 1000 m Quarterfinals

18:30 – Ice Hockey – Men’s Play-offs Semifinals – Game 28

18:43 – Short Track – Men’s 500 m Semifinals

18:52 – Short Track – Ladies’ 1000 m Semifinals

Medal Event
19:14 – Short Track – Men’s 500 m Finals

Medal Event
19:24 – Short Track – Ladies’ 1000 m Finals

Medal Event
19:51 – Short Track – Men’s 5000 m Relay Finals

February 27, 2010

Medal Event
9:00 – Curling – Men’s Bronze Medal Game

10:00 – Alpine Skiing – Men’s Slalom 1st Run

10:00 – Snowboard – Men’s PGS Qualification

Medal Event
11:45 – Cross-Country Skiing – Ladies’ 30 km, Mass Start Classic

12:15 – Snowboard – Men’s PGS 1/8 Finals

12:30* – Speed Skating – Ladies’ Team Pursuit Semifinals

12:51 – Snowboard – Men’s PGS Quarterfinals

Medal Event
12:51 – Speed Skating – Men’s Team Pursuit Finals

13:00 – Bobsleigh – Four-Man Heat 3

13:09 – Snowboard – Men’s PGS Semifinals

Medal Event
13:13 – Speed Skating – Ladies’ Team Pursuit Finals

Medal Event
13:31 – Snowboard – Men’s Parallel Giant Slalom Finals

Medal Event
13:45 – Alpine Skiing – Men’s Slalom 2nd Run

Medal Event
14:35* – Bobsleigh – Four-Man Heat 4

Medal Event
15:00 – Curling – Men’s Gold Medal Game

16:30 – Figure Skating – Exhibition Gala

Medal Event
19:00 – Ice Hockey – Men’s Bronze Medal Game – Game 29

February 28, 2010

Medal Event
9:30 – Cross-Country Skiing – Men’s 50 km, Mass Start Classic

Medal Event
12:15 – Ice Hockey – Men’s Gold Medal Game – Game 30

17:30 – General – Closing Ceremony

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America Latching onto Sexy Lindsey Vonn and Apolo Ohno


WHISTLER, B.C. – America has a tendency to latch onto sexy athletes and this Winter Olympic Games offers both genders an opportunity to follow their favorite competitors. After her recent Sports Illustrated bikini photo shoot, female skier Lindsey Vonn joined those ranks along with American speedskater Apolo Ohno.

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After a few great test runs in the downhill on Monday, America’s favorite Lindsey Vonn has said she plans on competing in all five Alpine events.Sports Illustrated Vonn

Skiing through intense pain, Vonn managed to turn in the fastest time in the upper section during the downhill training. Prepping for the course, she took painkillers and numbed the area before popping on her skis but still felt the effects of the jarring course.

“The course here is just so bumpy,” said Vonn. “It’s one thing when you inspect it and you’re like, ‘OK, this is going to be a little rattley.’ But it was jarring. It was a fight just to make it down the whole way.”

Vonn, who’s photo graced the controversial cover of Sports Illustrated recently, is the two-time defending World Cup overall champion.

The sexy blonde has since grown to become one of America’s sexiest female athletes and just as her popularity was skyrocketing through the roof, she bruised her right shin during a pre-Olympic practice in Austria on Feb. 2.

Vonn got a little help from Mother Nature when the women’s downhill training run was postponed and had to be rescheduled three times due to adverse weather conditions. Those delays were due to fog, snow and rain and while they offered extra time for Vonn to heal, they also battered the course.

After staying off the slopes for several days she finally tested her injury and as expected there’s a decent amount of pain. The biggest contributor to her pain appears to be the giant jump at the bottom of the run.

“That really hurt,” Vonn said. “It’s throbbing really bad. I just have to be able to grit my teeth and fight through it on Wednesday and hopefully I can still come out on top.”

For the record, Vonn is married to husband Thomas Vonn, who is the skier’s coach and advisor. Thomas commented on his wife’s ability to compete during these Winter Games. “I don’t see any reason why she’d pull out of any of them,” said Thomas. “She knows she’s going to be ready but she expected it to hurt less today than it did. That’s kind of where it’s at on that front.”

Apolo Ohno

Competing in his third Winter Olympics, Ohno tied speedskating great Bonnie Blair for most medals won by a U.S. Winter Olympian when he glided to Silver in the 1,500meter to ice medal No. 6 on Saturday.Apolo Ohno

The young American who has made the ‘soul patch’ sexy intends on adding more was in the bag.

Many are considering Ohno’s medal as a gift since the Korean team was storming to the finish looking certain to sweep the podium with Gold, Silver and Bronze until two of them wiped out on the final turn, allowing Ohn to glide to the Silver Medal.

Regardless of that one race, this dude stands out from his competitors many times staying at the back of the pack before deciding to make a late move and fly past everyone like they are standing still.

“Pretty intense,” Ohno said. “This is what this sport is all about.”

After winning that silver, Ohno now has two medals of each color and squeaked past Eric Heiden as the most decorated American male at the Winter Games.

Heiden is currently the team doctor for U.S. Speedskating and praised Ohno.

“The thing that really sets him apart is he’s been doing this for a number of years,” said Heiden. “We’ve learned to appreciate what dedication and hard work he’s had to put in. He’s a product of both those things.”

Ohno has three more opportunities in Vancouver to pass Blair in total medals when he competes in two individual races and the team relay.

“I’ve come prepared, more than I’ve ever prepared for anything in my life,” said Ohno. “I’m in a very, very good place. It feels like home soil to me. We just have so much support in the crowd.”

More Olympic News:

Locus Of Concern Shifts From Lindsey Vonn’s Butt To Her Shin – Deadspin.com

Video of Luger Kumartashivili’s Death: Show it or Not? – Sports Climax

NBC Olympics.com – NBC.com

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Video of Luger Kumartashivili’s Death: Show it or Not?


VANCOUVER, B.C. – The video of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili’s death is widely available on the Internet but Nodar Kumaritashvilia bit of a squall blew up over the weekend about the efficacy of showing it on television broadcasts of the Olympics.

The Los Angeles Times published a poll on its site and the results are a dead heat. 48% say it was inappropriate to televise out of respect for the family of the deceased.

The other 48% say it was a news event and in that context on the Olympics broadcasts it had its place. The rest didn’t care one way or the other.

NBC chose to stop broadcasting the footage at the end of its daytime coverage of the games on Saturday. On-air host Bob Costas announced the network would no longer use it after more than 24 hours had passed from the time of the tragedy.

After that time period, continued use of the tragic scenes would have crossed a line. It is still up on NBCsports.com as one of the many videos of events at the Winter Games.

The delicate balance struck by NBC was between the news value of Kumartashivili’s death and excessive use of the video as the first full day of competition wrapped up.

Unfortunately, concern for the feelings of the luger’s parents and family isn’t going to weigh that heavily in these matters.

I’ve seen worse footage from war zones and athletic events in which competitors end up paralyzed from titanic hits to their heads. But then again, I understand the news function.

Despite its decision and perhaps to emphasize the news value of the video, NBC gave permission liberally to other news outlets to use the scenes in their reports.

And the truth is that people were clamoring to see what happened to this young man.

Editor’s Note: Yeah, Sports Climax is known for it’s in-your-face style of edgy reporting. We’ll show a naked NFL Player in a locker room or a heavyweight hockey brawl on the ice any time but we decided to refrain from showing the video of this luge accident out of respect for the young man’s family and his Georgian people across the Atlantic.

Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for Examiner.com and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles. 

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