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Day 10 Open Thread

And you thought snowboard cross was nuts

Day 10 in Vancouver sees a new event debuted.

What if you combined the speed of downhill skiing, the twists and turns of bobsled, and the chaos of snowboard cross? Then you would have skii cross, Vancouver’s new event. Canada has several medal contenders in the men’s and women’s fields, so it will be interesting to see if they can add on to their 4 golds.

After that, one of my favorite events take place, as the top 30 ranked men in the world compete in the 30k biathlon mass start. Keep it on NBC after that to see Jaromir Jagr and the Czech Republic take on current Conn Smythe holder Evgeni Malkin and Russia in hockey.

Both the US men and women face tough curling tests today. The women take on Canada, who top the pool, in a must win scenario, and the men have a must win against Great Britain (who also have a must win), after Britain’s crushing defeat to Canada last night.

Speaking of which, I haven’t done my Performance of the night for awhile, so I’ll give out three for yesterday: the Bronze of last night goes to the women’s curling team for beating a tough tough Britain team. Silver goes to the men’s curling team. John Shuster was back as skip and called a great game, and Jason Smith made a clutch clutch shot to give them the win in the last end. And Gold to Apolo Ohno for becoming the United States’s most decorated winter Olympian ever, surpassing Bonnie Blair.

11:22 – Here’s a trivia question you can tell your friends: Simon Stickl of Germany is the first person to ever take a ski cross run in the Olympics.

11:31 – McCormick had a great chance for two, but threw it through the house, and the US only takes one.

11:45 – Canada gets 4 cause Debbie cant draw one into the house, which is a shot a 5th grader should make, and lead 4-1 after 2

11:50 – Former American downhill skiier Darren Rahlves comes up next in ski cross.

12:16 – Canada is up 6-1 after 5. The US medal hopes are going up in smoke.

12:50 – It could be over after this end. Debbie might just want to shake hands and move on to the next game.

12:59 – And that’s what happens. Canada wins 9-2 in 7 ends.

1:01 – Biathlon mens start going on right now.

1:07 – Through the first station, American Tim Burke is clean.

1:14 – Through the second station, American Tim Burke is clean. He’s in 9th.

1:21 – With three misses in the first standing station, Tim Burke will not medal.

1:50 – Russia-Czech Republic gets underway in about 10 minutes in hockey

3:09 – Spoiler alert! Don’t highlight the next line if you don’t want to know the results of the super combined.

Bode Miller has won the Gold medal in Super Combined. It is the first Gold of his career. Ivica Kostelic (Croatia) was 2nd, and Silvan Zurbriggen (Switzerland) was 3rd

3:11 – In a hockey update, Russia and the Czechs are tied at 1

3:24 – Bad call as Andrei Markov closed his hand on the puck in the crease, but no penalty shot was called.

3:28 – Czech Republic power play

3:30 – End of 2, Russia leads by 1

3:51 – Russia’s Evgeni Malkin scores another goal to give Russia a 3-1 lead.

4:05 – US – Britain beginning in curling

4:11 – Milan Michalek scores to make it 3-2 Russia. Plenty of time left.

4:20 – Russia wins 4-2. Pavel Datsyuk with an ENG to clinch it.

4:21 – Debbie McCormick will not throw last rock tonight against Sweden, but will still skip.

4:58 – United States up 1-0 on Britain going into the 5th end.

They just had a special on NBC on the Miracle on Ice, and I am not ashamed to admit that there were some tears. OK you caught me, a lot of tears.

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  1. mrejr8234
    February 21, 2010 at 11:47 am

    We got a curling battle going on between our women and the canucks

    • February 21, 2010 at 11:54 am

      Hopefully it’s not foreshadowing what’s to come in the hockey game tonight

  2. mrejr8234
    February 21, 2010 at 11:57 am

    U.S. vs. Canada is tonight? oh snap! mccormick with a nice throw

    • ThatsSoTaguchi
      February 21, 2010 at 12:42 pm

      What kind of unpatriotic fag are you? U.S. Canada Day was marked on my calendar months ago.

      • Paolo X
        February 21, 2010 at 2:00 pm

        I’m liking this already. Fetch brings out the buried anger I knew was always there in TST, and here he takes it out on Mrejr. šŸ˜€

        But preach ohnnn Brotha Gooch it’s all good not just for our entertainment. šŸ™‚

        And welcome back to the room don’t be a stranger and don’t let that Fetch bully you around again. šŸ˜›

  3. mrejr8234
    February 21, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Canada is beating our ass.

    • February 21, 2010 at 12:49 pm

      Yeah this is not good.

      We can medal even if we lose here, but it’s going to be really tough.

  4. BrianBridgePro
    February 21, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    The German lead is cute

  5. February 21, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    i heard Fetch was putting himself over on some olympic shit over here.

    • Paolo X
      February 21, 2010 at 4:25 pm

      Yeah he’s mixing it up sometimes too PL but he’s not posting anything in the comments and I don’t know why. Maybe he had a bad sleep or drank too many.

      He better wake up or else we will have to swap more poop tales and jokes geez.

  6. Paolo X
    February 21, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Listen up now you younger folks about “Miracle On Ice” …it should have been covered in your history class in high school I say.

    I missed the Miracle On Ice as a kid for no reason I can remember, but I did catch the final game on Sunday that we won against (trivia question answer for you) Finland.

    That was my first Olympics back in 1980, but there were no summer Olympics for us back then until 1984 and even then the Soviet-bloc boycotted so we didn’t have a real summer Olympics until 1988 in Seoul.

    I’ve been a huge fan of international hockey ever since.

    • Paolo X
      February 21, 2010 at 6:09 pm

      You don’t have to cry as did Fetch, but it’s okay if you did on that piece for the Miracle On Ice.

      We’ll find out tonight if Team USA, Canada, or Finland are the best teams. In reality it could be all three plus now a strengthening Slovakia team and of course Russia never to be taken for granted.

  7. Paolo X
    February 21, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Jim Craig’s goaltender mask became so iconic for more than hockey fans that Hollywood took a cue and had Jason wear it? šŸ˜€

  8. Paolo X
    February 21, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    The NBC site is not very good on explaining the Olympic tournament format.

    It seems lame to me that all 12 teams even after the preliminaries have a shot still at a medal, with the top 4 getting a bye.

    How lame I say, but then again we get to see four more games out of this and it’s only once every four years anyway.

    Germany, Norway, Latvia, and Belarus are the weak teams that the teams ranked 5 to 8 seek to play in the playoff qualifiers.

    Slovakia and Switzerland are two of these teams with the remaining teams to be decided tonight.

    It appears already that Switzerland will play Belarus no matter what, and I’ll pick the Swiss for that one.

  9. Paolo X
    February 21, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    FUCK NBC! Why are they putting the ice dancing and some other shit on NBC and we have Team USA against Canada for hockey on MSNBC?

    Really do they think that many old folks and Gen Y’ers will watch primetime TV tonight?

    I don’t get it — this hockey game is the show for even more than just NHL hockey fans (that’s people like me!)

  10. cracker jack
    February 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Holy shit our curling is awful. Missing the easiest shots, I cant even watch this anymore.

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