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George Washington alum Elana Meyers wins bronze in Bobsled at Olympics

February 25, 2010

George Washington University alumna Elana Meyers and teammate Erin Pac won a bronze medal in the women’s two-man bobsled competition at the Olympics last night.

Canadians Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse won the race at the Whistler Sliding Center, and the silver went to Helen Upperton and Shelly-Ann Brown, also from Canada.

For the rest of the article, see http://www.examiner.com/x-37753-DC-Sports-Headlines-Examiner.

I love the Winter Olympics

February 25, 2010

I love the Winter Olympics.  I’m going to write just a little bit of a rambling stream of consciousness.

I like the different sports and the fact that a lot of the smaller countries that we normally don’t hear from (Norway, Finland, Switzerland, etc.) do well.  Right now Norway (4.8 million people) has 18 medals and the U.S. (300 million people) has 28.  Ok, they have more snow.  But a lot of our medals are in the newer, less traditional sports like snowboarding.  The variety of the sports is pretty impressive.

Anyway, for the same reason a lot of sportswriters don’t like the Olympics — because the sports are different from what they are used to — I like them.  Not all of the events — I can’t get into curling, and the shooting part of biathlon doesn’t seem like a sport though interestingly, there were some cool spy missions back in the day in Northern Europe, so that was an important skill.  I think it’s cool to see these sports.  I respect the athletes who worked hard their whole lives to get here.

It’s interesting to think about how certain sports are huge in certain countries — cross country skiing in Norway, speedskating in Holland, ski jumping in Austria, hockey in Canada (Look at this map of where hockey players are born. Why so many from the Czech Republic and Slovakia?  http://www.quanthockey.com/Maps/MapsCoB.php?CoB=Global&mapType=0).  Just like there are a lot of great marathon runners from Kenya.

I have good memories of watching the Winter Olympics — the skiing, the speed skating, and the hockey.  There is always heartbreak — like the speed skater who went into the wrong lane, or redemption stories like Bode Miller winning three medals.

I’m glad I went there last week.  I saw Nordic Combined, men’s and women’s cross country, the women’s downhill, and three hockey games. The one other event I would have like to have seen was speed skating but it was hard to get tickets.

Yes, there were problems — the usual ones you heard about such as poor planning — there were only outhouses for bathrooms at Whistler — think of thousands of people going to the bathroom without washing their hands — they could have built some actual bathrooms especially since you would think they’d use these venues for future international competitions; they didn’t allow food at the events but the only place to get food and drinks had long lines and closed after the events closed; many of the volunteers couldn’t answer basic questions, but mostly, things went well.

Vancouver is a great city — a perfect size to walk.  It’s surrounded on three sides by water and mountains.  One of my best memories is just walking through the city at night and seeing thousands of revelers singing “Oh, Canada” or chanting “Canada.”

As for some of the Olympic sports – I have a suggestion.  For cross country skiing, ski jumping and alpine skiing, it seems like the uniforms do not necessarily correspond to the colors of the country.  Not only that, but they rarely listed the country on them, so it’d be more fan friendly to fix those things.

Alpine skiing is great because if you’re too aggressive you fall, but if you’re too conservative your time is too slow.  Short track speed skating is great because of how quickly people can be passed and how easily you can wipeout.  Bobsled, luge and skeleton are just unique.  At first the snowboard and ski cross seemed cheesy but they are pretty exciting, you have to admit.

I just think it’s a cool atmosphere.  The Summer Olympics are great too, but they are so massive – you’re not sure where they begin or end.  I think after a rough start these games have gotten better, and it’s cool that it’s been snowing at Whistler and Cypress in the last few days because it should be snowing at the Olympics.

Vancouver Winter Olympics: the city

February 24, 2010

Some photos of the great city of Vancouver during the Olympics:

In front of the Olympic flame in Vancouver.

False Creek, Vancouver

Fans celebrating in downtown Vancouver during the Olympics.

Downtown Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver

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Vancouver Winter Olympics: Swedish hockey team

February 23, 2010

Here’s a photo I took of the of the Swedish hockey team after their 2-0 victory last week over Germany at the Olympics in Vancouver.

Team Sweden after its 2-0 hockey victory over Germany at the Olympics in Vancouver. #19 is Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals.

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Vancouver Winter Olympics: Russian hockey team

February 23, 2010

Here are some photos from last week’s Russia-Latvia Olympic hockey game in Vancouver, won by the Russians, 8-2.

Evgeni Malkin of Russia and Herberts Vasiljevs of Latvia faceoff in an Olympic hockey game in Vancouver as Sergei Gonchar looks on.

Latvian players celebrate a goal against against the Russians in an 8-2 Olympic hockey loss in Vancouver.

Latvian fans celebrate a goal against the Russians at an Olympic hockey game last week in Vancouver. Russia won, 8-2.

Pavel Datsyuk of Russia prepares for a faceoff against a Latvian player during Russia's 8-2 win in an Olympic hockey game in Vancouver.

Canada Hockey Place at the Vancouver Winter Olympics: Russia vs. Latvia

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Vancouver Winter Olympics: USA Hockey

February 23, 2010

Last week I went to the U.S. – Switzerland Olympic hockey game in Vancouver won by the U.S., 3-1.  Here are some photos.

David Backes of the U.S. hockey team handles the puck moments before scoring to give the U.S. a 2-0 second period lead over Switzerland last week at the Olympics in Vancouver. Photo by Mike Frandsen
Hockey players from the U.S. and Switzerland scramble for control of the puck moments before Ryan Malone (#12) scores to give the U.S. a 3-0 second period lead at the Olympics in Vancouver.
Goalie Ryan Miller guards the net for the Americans against Switzerland last week at the Olympics in Vancouver. The U.S. won the preliminary round hockey game, 3-1.

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Vancouver Winter Olympics: Women’s Downhill Skiing – Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso

February 23, 2010

Photos from the Vancouver Winter Olympics:  Women’s Downhill Skiing.  Lindsey Vonn won the gold and Julia Mancuso won silver.

Lindsey Vonn after winning the gold medal in the downhill race at the Vancouver Olympics.  Photo by Mike Frandsen.

Lindsey Vonn after winning the gold medal in the downhill race at the Vancouver Olympics. Photo by Mike Frandsen.

Lindsey Vonn celebrates after winning the gold medal in the downhill race at the Vancouver Olympics. Photo by Mike Frandsen.

Julia Mancuso celebrates after winning the silver medal in the downhill race at the Vancouver Olympics. Photo by Mike Frandsen.

Ok – I figured out who this is — it’s Lindsey Vonn’s sister — I don’t know her name.  I thought she was an actress or something.

Edith Miklos of Romania is carried off by a helicopter after injuring her knee in the women’s downhill event.

One of the skiers wipes out near the end of the women’s downhill course at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Women’s downhill skiing at the Vancouver Olympics.

Walking down from the women’s downhill skiing course at Whistler at the Vancouver Olympics.

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Vancouver Winter Olympics: Men’s 15k Cross-Country Skiing

February 22, 2010

Vancouver Winter Olympics: Men’s Cross-Country Skiing photos:

Men’s 15k Cross-Country skiing at the Olympics.

Lukas Bauer of the Czech Republic won the bronze in the 15k Cross-Country race.
Marcus Hellner of Sweden finished fourth in the 15k Cross-Country race.
Vincent Vittoz of France finished 5th in the 15k Cross-Country race.

Cross-Country skiing: Men’s 15k at the Winter Olympics.

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Vancouver Winter Olympics: Women’s 10 km Cross-Country Skiing

February 22, 2010

Creek at Whistler, Vancouver Olympics.

With Italian Cross-Country skier Antonella Confortola at the Olympics in Vancouver.

Photos from the women’s 10 km Cross-Country skiing event:

Cross-Country skiers prepare for the 10k race at the Olympics.
Women’s 10k Cross-Country skiing at the Olympics.
Women’s 10k Cross-Country skiing at the Olympics.
Women’s 10k Cross-Country skiing at the Olympics.

Norwegian fans at the Cross-Country stadium at the Olympics.
Charlotte Kalla of Sweden celebrates gold. Kristina Smigun-Vaehi of Estonia (left) won silver; Marit Bjoergen of Norway claimed bronze.

Watching women's 10k Cross-Country skiing at the Olympics.

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Vancouver Winter Olympics: Nordic Combined

February 22, 2010

 

Cross-Country portion of the Nordic Combined event at the Olympics.

American Johnny Spillane celebrates after winning silver in the Nordic Combined event at the Olympics.

Nordic Combined ski jump at the Olympics.

Nordic Combined ski jump at the Olympics.

Yusuke Minato of Japan at the Nordic Combined Olympic event.

Nordic Combined event at the Olympics.

Above:  photos from the Nordic Combined event at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.  It’s a combination of ski jumping and cross-country skiing.

Jason Lamy Chappuis of France won the gold, American Johnny Spillane won the silver, and Alessandro Pittin of Germany got the bronze.

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