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January 28, 2010 Leave a comment

For some reason I couldn’t log in the past couple of days. Mea culpa. We’ll be back tomorrow.

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Athlete Profile

January 19, 2010 1 comment

Today’s profile is United States biathlete Tim Burke. Burke was born February 3rd, 1982 in Paul Smiths, NY. Burke has made 3 podiums in the Biathlon world cup, and in 2009 he became the first ever American to lead the World Cup.

Burke is also the 2nd US athlete ever to finish as high as 2nd in a World Cup competition. Burke took over the World Cup standings lead in December 2009 due to Emil Hegle Svendsen missing a couple races, and Christoph Sumann taking 103rd place. He held it for just one race, but then by taking 2nd in a race he regained the overall lead.

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Athlete Preview: Jocelyne And Monique Lamoureux

January 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Well we missed a day in our athlete profiles, which is why we’re going to double it up and pick a pair of teenagers on the US Women’s Ice Hockey team, the Lamoureux Twins.

Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux grew up in a hockey obsessed house. Their father played at the University of North Dakota, and then professionally. Their older brother JP  played at UND as well, and their brother Mario is yet another Sioux. But when it came time for the Twins to pick their college, they went to the University of Minnesota.

In their Freshman seasons, both twins made a mark in the WCHA. Jocelyne was first team all conference, and ranked 11th nationally in points per game with 1.62. She was 2nd on the team in points, goals and assists, and 3rd in the conference in all those categories. It doesn’t get much better unless…..

Your name is Monique. Monique was a 2nd team All-American, top 10 finalist for the Kazmaier award (National POY), and the WCHA scoring champion with 61 points in conference play. Monique had 39 goals, and 75 points in just 40 team games. She was 4th in the country in goals per game.

After their Freshman year the Grand Forks, ND natives transferred home to play at the University of North Dakota. They will have to sit out a year per NCAA rules, but that’s just OK with them, as they have some business to attend to. Like winning a gold medal.

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Athlete Profile: Shani Davis

January 14, 2010 Leave a comment

With less than a month to go before the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Games, we are going to be doing a profile on a different athlete each day. Today’s athlete is American speed skater Shani Davis.

Shani Davis is brash. He is competitive. He is controversial. He is, at times, an asshole. He is also the best speed skater in the world.

In Swahili, Shani means lightweight. Davis is definitely lightweight on the track. He currently holds the world record in the 1000m, the 1500m, and the samalog. If you want to know more about the samalog, click here.

After a controversial ruling that left him off the 2002 Olympic team, Davis made the most of his 4 year wait, winning a gold and a silver in Torino.

Davis has won 13 career medals at the world championships, 5 of them gold. Davis recently won the 2009 World Sprint Speed Skating Championship, held in Moscow, and is one of only 2 men ever to win both the World All-Around and World Sprint titles, the other being Eric Heiden.

Davis is undoubtedly the favorite in the 1000 and 1500m races next month.

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Puckett's Olympics In Jeopardy

January 13, 2010 1 comment

American ski-crosser Casey Puckett crashed in France. The 37 year old came out of retirement in an effort to ski in his fourth Olympics.

His fourth place finish puts him in good position to make the olympic team, if his injured shoulder cooperates. In a blog, he mentioned that he was optimistic, but hasn’t gotten his MRI results yet.

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Athlete Profile: Jamie Langenbrunner

January 12, 2010 1 comment

With just a month to go before the Vancouver games begin, we will be profiling a different athlete each day for the next month. Today is United States men’s hockey player Jamie Langenbrunner

Langenbrunner was born July 24th, 1975 in Cloquet, Minnesota. Langenbrunner averaged more than 2 points a game over his first three high school seasons at Cloquet before forgoing his Senior year of high school to play in the Ontario Hockey League.

Langenbrunner played 76 games and had 29 points in his rookie year with the Dallas Stars, and was a Calder candidate. The next year he played in the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

The next year, Langenbrunner won a Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars. Langenbrunner won another cup in 2005 with the New Jersey Devils.

Langenbrunner is now the captain of the Devils. He has 545 points in 884 games. He is 34th on the all time scoring list for Americans. Langenbrunner has also been a playoff performer. His 12 game winning goals in the playoffs are tied with Phil Esposito and Mark Messier.

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Vonn Wins Downhill

January 8, 2010 1 comment

Despite a bruised arm from her champagne bottle mishap, Lindsey Vonn won her 3rd consecutive downhill event, and in the process regained the lead in the overall World Cup standings.

She got down the mountain in Krummholz in 1 minute, 38.84 seconds. That time was .35 seconds ahead of the 2nd place finisher and .39 ahead of the 3rd place finisher Maria Resch, whom Vonn took the overall standings lead from.

Vonn and Resch lead the overall World Cup standings by a wide margin. Vonn has 694 points while Resch has 659.

The next race will be in Haus im Ennstal, Austria again.

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