2010 Vancouver Olympics

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Wow! Obama Saved Us from the Canadians!

That nuclear summit looked a lot like a waste of time, didn't it?

(Newser) - President Obama convened the biggest meeting of world leaders on US soil since the founding of the UN in 1945. And what did this week's historic gathering accomplish? Well, it generated a nonbinding statement saying that Ukraine, Chile, Mexico, and Canada will get rid of some enriched uranium. “What... More »

Stars on Ice: Skater Weir 'Not Family Friendly'

All-star tour doesn't want US Olympian

(Newser) - The outfit that trots out figure-skating notables for its regular Stars on Ice tour has proclaimed notably flamboyant American Olympic Johnny Weir “not family friendly” and refuse to have him along, sources tell a blogger for GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). Weir hasn’t publicly stated... More »

Canada Peed in Unison During Hockey Final

Water usage spiked between periods of gold medal match

(Newser) - Apparently most of Canada was holding it during the gold medal hockey game. Water consumption spiked wildly between the game’s periods, as much of the city ran to the bathroom, according to this incredible graph from Edmonton’s water utility. During the final moments of the game, and during... More »

As Crosby Won Gold, He Lost Hockey Stick

One of his gloves and the winning puck also are missing

(Newser) - It's a big mystery, Canadian-style. Sidney Crosby is missing the hockey stick he used to score the winning gold against USA at the Olympics. He's also down one glove, and nobody's seen the puck since it went between goalie Ryan Miller's pads. Someone made off with all of them in... More »

Medvedev Wins: Russia's Olympic Chief Quits

Resignation comes after poor showing in Vancouver

(Newser) - Dmitry Medvedev promised heads would roll after Russia's lousy performance at the Vancouver Olympics, and the first has just done so: The head of the nation's Olympic Committee is resigning. Russia pulled in a paltry three gold medals and only 15 total, a pale showing compared with the Soviet Union's... More »

Medvedev Blames Bureaucrats for Olympic Flop

President calls for overhaul of Soviet-era sports system

(Newser) - Russia's president on Monday demanded resignations from the "fat cat" sports bureaucrats behind his country's worst-ever Winter Olympic showing. "Unprecedented investments are being made in sports, but money is not everything," he says. Russia must focus on putting athletes, not "sports federations and their executives,"... More »

US Dominates New Sports, Old Soviet Strongholds

US, Asia make radical gains over former Soviet Union in classic events

(Newser) - Nate Silver hears the “cynical perspectives” on the US’ record take of 37 medals at the Vancouver Olympics: that newfound dominance is based on the inclusion of “new-fangled sports" like snowboarding and short-track. It’s not particularly valid. If you look only at events contested in the 1988... More »

37 US Medals Set Record, Canada Scores Most Gold

Epic hockey game ends with unprecedented haul for each country

(Newser) - The US and Canada each set Winter Olympic medal records yesterday, after a men’s hockey final that’s already being talked about as one of the greatest games of all time. Canada came away with 14 gold medals, the most any country has ever won in the winter games,... More »

Canadian Hockey Win Costs Obama a Case of Beer

President loses beer bet with Canadian PM Stephen Harper

(Newser) - Bragging rights weren't the only thing the US lost in yesterday's gold-medal hockey game: President Obama owes Canadian PM Stephen Harper a case of Molson. Had the US emerged on top, Obama would have scored Yuengling, which, like Molson, is this country's oldest beer, reports the Globe and Mail . More »

Olympic Torch Passes to Sochi

Canada celebrates Olympics at closing ceremony; Russia up next, in 2014

(Newser) - An Olympics that began with the death of a luger ended tonight with an exuberant celebration of Canada, reflecting a determined comeback by the host country's organizers and athletes. A festive crowd of 60,000 jammed into BC Place Stadium for the closing ceremony, many of them Canadians abuzz over... More »

Prankster Dupes MSNBC as Fake USA Goalie

Posing as Ryan Miller, he guarantees a gold medal on air

(Newser) - A prankster posing as Team USA hockey goalie Ryan Miller got on the air yesterday on MSNBC and guaranteed a win tomorrow against Canada. The network's Willie Geist had to come back hours later to apologize and speak to the real Ryan Miller. The hoax follows another this week on... More »

US Breaks Medal Record

Ohno makes up for DQ with 8th medal

(Newser) - So rather than the Vonn-couver Olympics, these Games will likely belong to the entire US delegation instead. The Americans reached 34 medals with a silver and a bronze in short-track speedskating last night, and clinched two more by advancing to gold medal matches—36, topping the US record of 34... More »

Canada Wins, Gets US for Hockey Gold

Home team tops Slovakia, earns rematch with Americans

(Newser) - The Canadian men’s hockey team will play for the gold medal the host nation most desperately wants from the Vancouver Olympics, earning a rematch with the US by fending off a third-period charge from Slovakia tonight in a 3-2 victory. The Canadians lost, 5-3 to the Americans last Sunday;... More »

Ohno Disqualified, Can't Add to Medal Haul

American's silver pulled after he pushes Canadian

(Newser) - Speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno couldn’t add to his American-Olympic-record total of seven medals tonight at the Vancouver Games, seeing a silver medal in the 500 meters taken away after he was disqualified for apparently pushing a Canadian competitor. Ohno and Francois-Louis Tremblay tangled in the final turn; Tremblay... More »

Probe Into Sudsy Celebration Is IOC at Its Sexist Worst

Canadian women, even underage hero, well within rights

(Newser) - The huffing castigation of the Canadian women’s hockey team for last night’s sudsy celebration of its Vancouver gold medal shows the International Olympic Committee at its paternalistic, sexist worst, says Rachel Bachman, whose initial reaction to the on-ice Molsons was to turn to a colleague and say, “... More »

IOC Probing Boozy Hockey Gold Party

Victorious Canadian women swigged beer, champagne on ice

(Newser) - Canada's victorious women's hockey team should have left the ice before they cracked open celebratory beers and champagne, said the executive director of the International Olympic Committee. "It is not what we want to see," Gilbert Felli told AP . "I don't think it's a good promotion of... More »

S. Korea's Kim Yu-na Wins Skating Gold

She sets record in taking country's first gold in the sport

(Newser) - Kim Yu-na of South Korea won the women's figure skating gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics tonight in record fashion. Kim shattered her own world mark by scoring 228.56 points, more than 18 higher than her previous record. The victory is South Korea's first Olympic medal in the sport.... More »

Canadian Women Top US, Claim Hockey Gold

Marie-Philip Poulin scores both for home team

(Newser) - Marie-Philip Poulin’s two first-period goals stood up tonight as the Canadian women’s hockey team shut out the US, 2-0, to claim the gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics. Shannon Szabados turned away all 28 shots she faced. It’s the third consecutive gold for the Canadians, who have... More »

NBC's Olympics Better on Mute

Commentators are ruining the games

(Newser) - The Olympics are supposed to be about the grand human drama of sports, entire lives culminating in this one shot at glory. So “why do we insist, like a bunch of preschoolers, on talking all the way through them?” demands LA Times TV critic Mary McNamara. NBC’s commentary... More »

Lassila Soars to Claim Gold for Australia

China takes other two medals in women's skiing aerials

(Newser) - The strange path to Olympic glory on the aerials course often includes a start as a gymnast, then moves onto a stretch of comebacks from a series of bad knee injuries. One other twist: being from Australia can help. Lydia Lassila brought the third Olympic aerials medal—and second gold—... More »

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