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Night One Coverage

February 13, 2010 73 comments

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.

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.

US Women's Hockey Team Wins In Final Tuneup

February 8, 2010 Leave a comment

One of the favorites with host Canada to medal, the United States women’s ice hockey team flattened Finland in Colorado Springs by a 5-1 score. Kelli Stack had 2 goals.

Stack scored her first goal just 2:36 into the game to give the US a 1-0 lead. Finland tied it late in the first, but it was all they would get as Jess Vetter turned aside 24 of the 25 shots she faced.

Jenny Potter, Captain Natalie Darwitz and Angela Ruggiero had the other goals. Jocylene and Monique Lamoureux each had an assist.

The Americans kick off their quest for a gold medal on Valentines Day vs. China.

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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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