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Day One Coverage

February 13, 2010 15 comments

It’s finally here. Today’s coverage kicks off with ski-jumping, women’s hockey (including defending gold medalist Canada) among other sports. Stop by at 1 PM Central time to kick off our coverage of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

Update on the death of the Georgian luger: The men will now start from the same place as the women start from.

1:32 – Two of the three Americans have gone. Neither was very impressive. Shani Davis and the rest of the 5000m field comes up in roughly a half hour.

1:37 – Nice flashback to Eddie the Eagle. He was both terrible and awesome.

1:41 – Just had to unfollow the NBC account on Twitter because they told me who won the gold in this event

2:05 – Speed skating coming up next. Let’s see if Shani Davis can pull off an upset.

To rehash from my medal predictions, I have Italy’s Enrico Fabris winning gold, with a pair of Dutchmen, Sven Kramer and Bob de Jong, taking silver and bronze.

2:12 Trevor Marsicano looks like a future star in the 5000. Probably won’t medal today though.

2:15 – Dan Jansen says this seems like slow ice. I’m no speedskating expert, but I concur.

2:24 – Gretzky with a classy interview, per usual.

2:30 – Sweden and Switzerland are underway in women’s hockey over on CNBC. 1-0 Sweden early

2:41 – 1-0 Sweden after one. Switzerland let in a bit of a soft goal, but have been surprisingly playing with the Swedes other than that.

2:59 – You probably already knew, but they just showed it on NBC. Simon Ammann with the ski-jumping gold. And I predicted it!

3:06 – Tina Enstrom scores to make it 2-0 Sweden. Terrible defense there by Switzerland.

3:13 – If you’re watching NBC right now, you know how crazy the Netherlands are about speed skating

3:23 – Sven Kramer coming up. He, Fabris, de Jong and Hedrick all coming up soon.

3:31 – Canada’s Makowsky officially pushes Marsciano out of the medals. Shani Davis and Sven Kramer up next.

3:40 – Women’s hockey update: Sweden up 3-0 on Switzerland now. Davis-Kramer next.

3:48 – The Frenchman Cotin looks like he will take over the lead, and could have a shot for a medal. Probably just outside though. Norway’s Christiansen in 2nd.

3:52 – Both Shani and Sven are doing great.

3:54 – Davis starting to fade, could be conserving some energy for his better races.

3:58 – Sven Kramer slips a bit coming towards the line, but sets an Olympic Record. Davis will not medal

4:07 – Lee and de Jong are now in 2nd and 3rd. 2 Pairs left, including one with defending gold medalist Chad Hedrick.

4:16 – Skobev into 3rd. Hedrick, the last shot to knock out Kramer, is next.

4:18 – Nice work with the ladies, Chad Hedrick

4:21 – Neither Bokko or Hedrick are going to do anything here. Kramer looks nervous, but I think he’s going to do it.

4:24 – Silver 4 years ago, 3 World All Around titles, now an Olympic gold medal. Congrats to Sven Kramer.

4:34 – Alright, folks I am going to take a break. Join me again at 7 PM central time to kick off night 1 of coverage from Vancouver.

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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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Stephen Colbert To Sponsor United States Speedskating Team

November 2, 2009 Leave a comment

Dan Jansen was a guest on the Colbert Report tonight, and the subject of a sponsor for the Speedskating team came up, as US Speedskating has been coping with a $300,000 loss since their sponsor went bankrupt. Colbert (jokingly? maybe?) implied he (or the Colbert Nation) would like to sponsor the team. Jansen pressed a bit, saying he’d have to talk to someone in the know, like Executive Director Robert Crowley. To which Colbert replied “bring him out.”

Crowley came out on stage, produced a piece of paper which Colbert signed, and made it official. Stephen Colbert and Colbert Nation will be sponsoring the United States Speedskating Team at the Vancouver games.

Congrats to US Speedskating for finding a sponsor, and congrats to Colbert for being patriotic and supporting the Olympics.

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