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Night One Coverage

After tonight, Apolo Ohno could be the most decorated US Winter Olympian ever

Welcome to the first night of coverage here from Vancouver. Tonight Apolo Ohno goes for a medal in the 1500 meters, women’s moguls debuts, and the dangerous mens luge competition gets underway. Also taking place right now on CNBC Canada’s women’s hockey team is up 3-0 on Slovakia

7:24 – Apolo Phno was stuck in the back, and he just passed everyone and blew straight to the front. Way to send a message.

7:27 – A story I hadn’t heard until now: Haralds Silovs of Latvia is the first person ever to race in long track and short track in the same Olympics.

7:30 – Not quite sure what happened on that crash, but it looked like the French guy interfered with the Dutch skater. In a shocking upset, the French guy didn’t hold up a white flag immediately after.

7:31 – Hockey check. It’s 6-0 Canada now. Obviously they’re one of the best two teams in the tournament, but Slovakia isn’t much resistance. Puts a nice message into Team USA’s head though.

7:35 – One thing I like that I’m sure no one else does: the fluff pieces.

7:41 – Canada/Slovakia ends the first period with Canada up 7-0

7:42 – Canadian fans with “Heil” signs for Jenn Heil. Kind of an unfortunate coincidence.

7:44 – This girl’s cute. She’s also 17. Fair enough.

7:48 – Heil with a great run. Into 1st place.

7:55 – Hannah Kearney with an absolute sick run to go into first place

8:03 – Montana native Heather McPhee, in her first Olympics, posts one of the fastest times. Not a bad first jump, good middle section, and a great second jump.

8:04 – She’s into 3rd and will qualify for the medal round.

8:07 – The Americans qualify 1st, 3rd, 6th and 7th.

8:08 – One reason why I don’t want ABC/ESPN to get the games: NBC’s music is awesome. Sorry, west coasters.

8:16 – Apolo Ohno has four  2 hour workouts per day? What the hell?

8:23 – Olympic torch lighter Steve Nash just won the skills competition at the NBA All-Star game

8:28 – The guy doing color sort of sounds like Todd McShay to me

8:30 – Ohno with a little push on the South Korean guy. Might be DQed but doesn’t look like a big deal.

8:37 – And Olivier crashes! The Canada home soil curse lives.

8:40 – I’m passing this comment from Mole along. Just epic: “The patented Korean pass = passing me in a Daewoo without using turn signals.”

8:41 – They just showed video of JR Celski’s crash. I could go without seeing that for the rest of my life.

8:58 – Yeah I’m moving to British Columbia when I grow up. Most beautiful place on Earth.

8:59 – And the luge has started. American Chris Mazdzer leads it off. 48 seconds or so. Not bad.

9:05 – American Tony Benshoof into 2nd.

9:05 – As a refresher, my medal picks:

Gold – Albert Demchenko, Russia

Silver – Felix Loch, Germany (currently in 2nd)

Bronze – Armin Zoeggler, Italy

9:14 – Well, Canada won their opener 18-0. Not bad.

9:20 – Bengt Walden of the US hits the barrier, but makes it across safely and in 13th place.

9:26 – And it’s Apolo Ohno time.

9:29 – Really, there is a B final? How stupid.

9:37 – What a sick race. Two Koreans knock themselves out and it allows Americans Apolo Ohno and JR Celskie to medal.

9:42 – So Ohno ties Bonnie Blair for most medals by a US Winter Olympian, and has a chance to pass her later. Also watch out for JR Celskie in coming years. He probably has two olympics left and will be a star.

9:45 – Not to steal all my commentary from Moleman, but short track really is the vice presidency of sports: You’re one catastrophe away from the top.

9:47 – I believe I just set my record for views in one day, so thanks everyone.

9:57 – Back to the moguls. 8 Left.

10:06 – Michelle Roark crashes, will likely finish last. Right after her, Shannon Bahrke knocks one out of the park and she is your new leader.

10:21 – Jenn Heil is in first with just one skiier to go. She could be the first Canadian to win gold on her home soil.

10:24 – Holy shit. Hannah with a huuuuuuge run to win gold and steal one from Canada!

10:46 – I’ll probably just do some sparse updates in the comments since NBC has switched back to tape delay. Thanks for joining me tonight, see you tomorrow.

At the end of Day 1, the United States leads the medal count with four. One gold.

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  1. Mike Georger
    February 13, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    What are Ohno’s chances?

    • February 13, 2010 at 7:21 pm

      He’s definitely a medal threat in this race.

  2. Warden11
    February 13, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Need both tv’s hooked up side by side tonight. Olympics on one and KU on the other.

    • February 13, 2010 at 7:26 pm

      KU isn’t on TV here so I have it on my laptop. I need one TV for NBC and one for CNBC though.

  3. younglefty
    February 13, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Woo! USA! USA! USA!

    • Mike Georger
      February 13, 2010 at 7:23 pm

      What is your avatar?

      • younglefty
        February 13, 2010 at 7:25 pm

        It’s the album cover of Rush’s Fly By Night.

      • Mike Georger
        February 13, 2010 at 7:26 pm

        I’m raising the Terror Threat from “blackwatch plaid” to the cover of Rush’s seminal album “Moving Pieces.”

  4. Mike Georger
    February 13, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    WOW

  5. younglefty
    February 13, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Holy shit that was awesome.

  6. Warden11
    February 13, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Is he that good or was that a fairly weak heat?

    • February 13, 2010 at 7:26 pm

      A little bit of both

  7. Mike Georger
    February 13, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    These streamlined suits make my package look huge.

    … uh, hugER than normal that is.

  8. Warden11
    February 13, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Show some freaking sports NBC

  9. Mike Georger
    February 13, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    That Aborigine chick could get it.

  10. Warden11
    February 13, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Fluff pieces wouldn’t be awful if they accompanied actual freaking competition.

  11. Mike Georger
    February 13, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    How is bad weather delaying shit in the winter olympics?

    • February 13, 2010 at 7:49 pm

      As far as I know, the downhill skiing has each been pushed back a day.

  12. younglefty
    February 13, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Yeah, look at the time.

    /helps if there’s a clock on the screen, NBC

  13. Mike Georger
    February 13, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    The womens moguls are getting me hard, I don’t know why.

    • February 13, 2010 at 7:54 pm

      Must be the bouncing up and down

      • Mike Georger
        February 13, 2010 at 8:01 pm

        That and everything but the hips/genitalarea is bouncing, so it’s like, well I don’t know what it’s like, but it’s working for me.

  14. Mike Georger
    February 13, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Yeah she’s tight … get dirty for me.

    • younglefty
      February 13, 2010 at 7:56 pm

      Bark like a dog.

  15. Warden11
    February 13, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Does the mogul course get faster as more people ski it? Or is it pretty much like a highway by this point anyway

    • February 13, 2010 at 7:58 pm

      I think it’s about as fast as it’s going to get cause they do practice runs and stuff.

      Only 25% of your score is the time though so it’s not a huge deal.

  16. Mike Georger
    February 13, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Wow I want this Hot Topic looking bitch to crash.

    • February 13, 2010 at 8:12 pm

      Communist

      • Mike Georger
        February 13, 2010 at 8:14 pm

        She looks like a pornstar with that hair, a pornstar named Zophia. Google here you come.

  17. Warden11
    February 13, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Seriously, more sports please.

    • younglefty
      February 13, 2010 at 8:15 pm

      You don’t like profile pieces by Cris Collinsworth?

      /nobody does

      • February 13, 2010 at 8:18 pm

        See, I like them. Obviously I like the sports, but I am a fan of the profile pieces.

  18. Mike Georger
    February 13, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS

  19. Mike Georger
    February 13, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    “Apolo Ohno has four 2 hour workouts per day? What the hell?”

    Duffy dropped his monocle and TBL stopped choking his doorman at the suggestion that top athletes have time to work out.

    • younglefty
      February 13, 2010 at 8:20 pm

      Steroids.

    • February 13, 2010 at 8:21 pm

      I have zero 2 hour workouts per day.

      Actually that’s a lie I workout like 5 times a week. But I’m not exactly an olympic athlete.

  20. younglefty
    February 13, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Yeah fetch I like the profile pieces, but not when they’re done by Cris Collinsworth.

    • February 13, 2010 at 8:26 pm

      Ok I can get down with that.

  21. Mike Georger
    February 13, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    He’s gonna crash.

  22. younglefty
    February 13, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    That was tense.

  23. Mike Georger
    February 13, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Ballsy, stupid, but ballsy. Don’t fuck us judges.

  24. Mike Georger
    February 13, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    EAT IT CANADA

  25. Warden11
    February 13, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Why would he be dq’d? Both of those guys qualified for the next heat? He didn’t knock him out of contention.

    • February 13, 2010 at 8:32 pm

      anytime there is contact like that the judges take a look and can DQ the person.

      • Warden11
        February 13, 2010 at 8:34 pm

        I’d see the point if he caused that guy to fall back.

  26. Mike Georger
    February 13, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    There appears to be a ten year old kid in this one.

    • Warden11
      February 13, 2010 at 8:35 pm

      just a Chinaman

  27. Mike Georger
    February 13, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    The patented Korean pass = passing me in a Daewoo without using turn signals.

    • February 13, 2010 at 8:40 pm

      Haha that was phenomenal

  28. Mike Georger
    February 13, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Here’s a bunch of rich white kids doing rich white people sports, and their non working moms who stave off the urge of fucking the pool boy by becoming a sports mom.

  29. Mike Georger
    February 13, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    When Fetch grows up he wants to be a fireman.

    • February 13, 2010 at 9:04 pm

      There has to be a University of BC right? I can teach there.

      • Mike Georger
        February 13, 2010 at 9:05 pm

        Yes there is. My law school teleconferenced classes on Canadian Law with them.

      • February 13, 2010 at 9:07 pm

        I’m in. If it wasn’t such a hassle I’d try to go to school there.

  30. Mike Georger
    February 13, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Holy shit that is the most intimidating helmet I’ve seen.

  31. Mike Georger
    February 13, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    So basically slowing down the track ruined the event. Good work.

  32. younglefty
    February 13, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Man Apolo is beast.

  33. Mike Georger
    February 13, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    HHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA YES

  34. Mike Georger
    February 13, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    “Soggy but doable”

    heh heh heh heh heh

  35. Paolo X
    February 13, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Fetch this narration kicks ass too.

    What you mean hassle to go teach in Canada? Go for it and you will get better health insurance coverage too at that …hell I know I could cut it in Alberta the way this winter has gone in Philly should I be able to find work up there.

    • February 13, 2010 at 9:57 pm

      No, to go to school, my bad. The requirements to get in are all different.

  36. Paolo X
    February 13, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    I see Moleman is here then back to his self and vicious ways if I’m right that is who it is! Carpe diem cheers! Please share some more poop tales when things get slow too.

  37. Mike Georger
    February 13, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Goddamn. … Russian with pigtails … American women getting shown up by these classy broads.

    • Paolo X
      February 13, 2010 at 10:05 pm

      And folks wonder why guys like me have not gone for American women except the few spicy ones for years now? Damn ninnies!

  38. Paolo X
    February 13, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Nice recovery from that faceplant …
    Fetch other than avoiding the chipping of teeth and the embarassment of perhaps letting go a shart, other than air time and trick quality and speed what is the object otherwise if any of the moguls skiing competition?
    You said before that time is only 25% so what is the composition of the rest?
    Are there penalties for anything else besides falls or going off course?

    • February 13, 2010 at 10:11 pm

      25% is time
      25% is tricks
      25% is form on the moguls

      • Mike Georger
        February 13, 2010 at 10:13 pm

        The other twenty five? You guessed it, Frank Stallone!

      • Paolo X
        February 13, 2010 at 10:18 pm

        I wiki’ed Frank Stallone and it still goes over my head here in Metro Philly:
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Stallone

        Now it’s already near Newark …Fetch the other 25% please?

        Really dry humour there Moleman I guess.

      • February 13, 2010 at 10:21 pm

        Sorry, 50% is the moguls. My mistake

  39. Warden11
    February 13, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    How badass do you have to be to crash and then finish the damn moguls? I’d be waiting for the skiers to come get me with the sled

  40. Paolo X
    February 13, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Looks like the only gold medal for Team USA on day one but we’ll take it and hats off.

    http://www.nbcolympics.com/medals/2010-standings/index.html
    (not yet updated with the new winner)

  41. February 13, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Wow Katherine Reutter almost got boned.

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