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Frigid Weather Paving Way for Epic Ice Race

124-mile Dutch race may be held for first time in 15 years

(Newser) - A brutal cold snap has brought misery to much of Europe, but in the Netherlands they're hoping the cold lasts long enough to allow the return of the world's biggest ice race. The Elfstedentocht—11 Cities Tour—race is only held when the ice is thick enough along... More »

China Ejects Olympic Champ for Punching Coach

Wang Meng is country's most-decorated Winter Olympian

(Newser) - China's most decorated Winter Olympic medalist has been kicked off her team and disqualified from competing after she punched her team manager. When 26-year-old Wang Meng was chastised for a late return to training camp after a night of drinking, the short track speed skater and teammate Liu Xianwei... 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 »

Kramer, Miller Screw Up Big

Speedskating gaffe particularly tragic

(Newser) - Bode Miller made the kind of mistake that sometimes happens in skiing. But the gaffe made by Dutch speedskater Sven Kramer? Unbelievable. Kramer went through the 10,000-meter race in what would've been record time, but was disqualified for not switching lanes while coming out of a turn. The craziest... More »

Ohno's 7th Medal Breaks US Record

Overcomes rare misstep to grab bronze; two more chances remain

(Newser) - Apolo Anton Ohno made history the hard way, overcoming a rare mistake that dropped him to last place before rallying to earn his record seventh Olympic medal. Ohno overtook two skaters on the last lap of the 1,500-meter short track final last night for a bronze, surpassing speedskater Bonnie... More »

American Shani Davis Takes Speedskating Gold

Turin winner defends his title in 1,000 meters

(Newser) - Shani Davis won his second consecutive gold medal in men's 1,000-meter speedskating tonight at the Vancouver Olympics. Davis, 27, defended the title he won 4 years ago in Turin, when he became the first African-American to win an individual gold medal at the Winter Games. Mo Tae-bum of South... More »

Colbert Arrives, Buries Hatchet With Canada

Pokes fun at Vancouver weather in taping Report

(Newser) - Comedian Stephen Colbert put his faux feud with Canada to rest today, taping his show in a Vancouver park to cheers from hundreds of locals. “This was a welcome that we could not have imagined … I take back everything I ever said about Canada,” said Colbert, who’... More »

Big Day Lies Ahead for USA Stars

Davis, White, Vonn, Ohno all competing tody

(Newser) - Today is the biggest day yet for American contenders at Vancouver 2010 and headliners hope to boost the country's already impressive medal haul. Speedskater Shani Davis is aiming for gold in the 1,000 meters and snowboarder Shaun White will compete in the halfpipe. Lindsey Vonn is skiiing in the... More »

DVR-Worthy Olympic Moments

Speed skating, hockey and Tanith Belbin makes Esquire list

(Newser) - If, like many, your interest in the Vancouver Games is lukewarm (kinda like the weather keeping the ski slopes snow-free), Esquire provides a list of the don’t-miss Olympic moments. Some highlights:
  • Friday: Opening ceremonies. Vancouver’s spending less than half the $100 million Beijing did in 2008. Or you
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N-ice! Colbert Skates Onto Sports Illustrated

Cover boy dons speedskating uniform for media issue

(Newser) - Speedskating savior Stephen Colbert has joined the legions of athletes, swimsuit models and other celebrities to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. The Colbert Report comedian appears on the the magazine's latest issue wearing an Olympic speedskating uniform, AP reports. More »

Colbert Sponsors US Speedskating, for Free

Comedian is counting on fans to step up after sponsor's bankruptcy

(Newser) - Of the many countries participating at the Vancouver Olympics, add Colbert Nation to the list. On last night's Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert announced his show has become the primary sponsor of the US speedskating team. What he didn't announce: He's not actually paying them a dime, he's just calling on... More »

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