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Day 15 Open Thread

Hello friends, Jim Nantz Fetch here as we embark on our 3rd to last day from Vancouver. Last night had too many great performances for just a Gold, Silver and Bronze, so here’s my top 5.

Joanie Rochette: even as much as I think she probably shouldn’t have gotten a medal, the fact that she went out there and skated as well as she did was amazing, and commendable.

Kim Yu-Na: for posting one of the best performances, regardless of sport, that I have ever seen. It was the type of performance that you will be able to tell your kids about. Maybe our generation’s Franz Klammer.

Mirai Nagasu and Rachael Flatt: The odds were against them both, but Flatt skated extremely well, even though she had the disadvantage of going first, and Nagasu had to follow Rochette’s program, and she did so with the best one she has ever done. That is how you respond to pressure. She should be a Gold medal contender, if not favorite, in 2014.

Finally, to the American men’s nordic combined team: They came into these Olympics with ZERO medals in the sport. This Olympics they have 4 (3 silvers, 1 Gold). And we have just recently begun pumping money into the sport. Perhaps the US will be a force in years to come. Now if we can just get some money for cross-country, biathlon, and the sliding sports.

One wag of the finger (sorry, Colbert) to the IOC however: So the Canadian women’s hockey team celebrated with beer, cigars and champagne. So the girl who scored both goals is a year underage. I understand that it is illegal, but for one I doubt she knew (it is a loooong way from Quebec to British Columbia) and it is the FREAKING OLYMPICS! The IOC doesn’t want to know what I would do if I ever won a Gold medal.

Now that that rant us out of the way, here is what’s on tap this afternoon:

USA Network (Right now): China-Switzerland in the bronze medal match for women’s curling

MSNBC (3:30/2:30): Speedskating team pursuit.

NBC (3/2): USA-Finland men’s hockey semifinal

CNBC (6/5): Canada-Sweden in the Gold medal match for women’s curling12:00 – China is dominating right now, up 5-1 in the 4th end.

12:08 – Mirjiam Ott of Switzerland just made one of the most gorgeous shots you’ll ever see.

1:02 – After coming all the way back to tie it, Switzerland gives up 2 to China. China leads 8-6 in the 8th.

1:07 – This just in (aka I saw it on Twitter): John Shuster’s team has withdrawn from next month’s United States national championships.

1:15 – Switzerland concedes, and China wins bronze

2:08 – Phil Kessel with some great hustle that bothers Mikka Kipprusoff, who passes it right to…..Ryan Malone who fires it into the empty net for a 1-0 USA lead.

2:15 – Interference on Finland. USA PP

2:16 – Zach Parise scores to make it 2-0 USA.

2:17 – Undisciplined penalty by Finland there, pushing Dustin Brown into the boards. USA back on the PP

2:20 – I’m not even sure who got that goal to be honest. Pavelski I think. 3-0 USA.

2:23 – Patrick Kane with his second goal of the tournament to make it 4-0 USA. Terrible goaltending by Kipprusoff there.

2:27 – Kane with his 2nd goal of the game, 3rd of the tournament. Nicklas Backstrom was in for that one by the way. 5-0 USA.

2:28 – Uh, 6-0 USA?

2:42 – 6-0 USA after 1. Quick change: They’ve credited defenseman Erik Johnson with the 3rd goal rather than Joe Pavelski. My bad.

3:30 – Bill DeMong, who won the United States’ first ever gold in nordic combined, will be the flag bearer for Sunday’s closing ceremonies.

3:43 – The United States just defeated Canada in the quarterfinals of the women’s team pursuit in speedskating. Canada was the gold medal favorites.

4:24 – And the US men just repeated the feat, beating the Dutch! Those might be the upsets of the games, folks.

5:16 – Sweden and Canada just underway here, 0-0 after the 1st end.

5:52 – 1-0 Canada after the 2nd end. Cheryl Bernard had a chance to make it 2-0 but threw the stone too light.

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  1. BrianBridgePro
    February 26, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Why are we not surprised to learn that Fetch approves of giving booze to 18 yr old girls?

    • February 26, 2010 at 1:04 pm


      I think it’s more of a “the IOC is stupid” remark

    • Paolo X
      February 26, 2010 at 1:35 pm

      Fetch was right with that rant. And plus at 18 it is legal in Quebec and used to be in Louisiana as I think the last holdout along with also Colorado before it.

  2. Garland Greene
    February 26, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I’m losing to Mrejr in online curling. I’m probably going to be deported if the Canadian government finds out.

  3. Paolo X
    February 26, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Hey Fetch are you checkin’ out this Schaefer from Switzerland? She should compete to be the first curling porn star along with Eve Muirhead, but I think she’s spicier too.

  4. February 26, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    i just said this over in TBL, but my goodness that Swiss skip on the females curling team looks like Shaun White. The madness!!

  5. February 26, 2010 at 2:08 pm


    /figured I’d stop by

  6. mrejr8234
    February 26, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    WOOT! 1-0 ‘Merica! and garland im down for a rematch. we lost connection

  7. mrejr8234
    February 26, 2010 at 2:16 pm


  8. February 26, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Woo! 2-0 U.S.!!! You’re next, Trebek.

  9. February 26, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    GOAL!!!!!! 3-0!!!

    Finland really needs the Finnish Fortress right now…

  10. mrejr8234
    February 26, 2010 at 2:21 pm


  11. February 26, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Someone tell Kiprusoff the game has started. My god. Gave away two goals already. Also the Parise goal should have been reviewed even though I think it moved the net. Was pretty close. At least look at it.

    • February 26, 2010 at 2:25 pm

      How dare you blaspheme my Zach Parise.

      • February 26, 2010 at 2:31 pm

        HA! He scored, but should have looked at it, doesn’t matter since Finland has quit. Embarrassing.

      • February 26, 2010 at 2:32 pm



  12. mrejr8234
    February 26, 2010 at 2:23 pm


  13. February 26, 2010 at 2:24 pm


  14. February 26, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I dont see anyway the USA doesn’t get the gold. damn team is focused.

    • February 26, 2010 at 2:30 pm

      Please no jinxes.

      • February 26, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        my bad. i have been known to turn gold to shit.

    • February 26, 2010 at 2:31 pm

      I might delete this. We’ll see.

      • February 26, 2010 at 2:39 pm

        <—— banned in the first week.

      • mrejr8234
        February 26, 2010 at 2:49 pm

        delete that shit

  15. February 26, 2010 at 2:27 pm


  16. mrejr8234
    February 26, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    last time…holy shit

  17. Paolo X
    February 26, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Geez I guess we’ll find out tonight who is the third best team BEFORE the bronze medal game.

    It sure as heck is not Finland, who should not even play for it after this woeful performance.

    I think it is Switzerland actually, who took Team USA to the 3rd period with 0-0, before losing 2-0 including an ENG, and Canada to 2-2 before losing in a shootout after 4 rounds!

    It’s amazing that it’s likely that the three best teams ended up in the same group A, but we’ll see what Slovakia is really made of tonight.

    I think it will get really dirty tonight against Team Canada too.

    • February 26, 2010 at 4:20 pm

      Great point. The Swiss ,as of now, have a great claim to being the 3rd best team in this tournament. They sure as hell didn’t get embarrassed as some of these other teams have.

  18. Paolo X
    February 26, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Excellent preview here of tonight’s matchup including a review of the underdog status of the Slovaks:


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