2010 Vancouver Olympics

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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 »

Friction Flares Between US Women Skiers

Julia Mancuso says media is too focused on Lindsey Vonn

(Newser) - Rumblings of discord have emerged between US skiers Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso. In an interview with si.com , Mancuso said she and the rest of the alpine skiing team were tired of the media lust for the photogenic Vonn. "People are having a hard time reaching their potential... More »

USA Beats Swiss, Reaches Hockey Semis

A win Friday puts them in the gold medal game

(Newser) - Zach Parise scored twice in the third period, and the US men's hockey team reached the Olympic semifinals with a tense 2-0 victory over Switzerland today. The Americans (4-0) got everything and more from the upstart Swiss, who hoped to advance despite being the lowest-ranked team in the tournament. USA... More »

Tiny Norway Hauls in the Medals, Gets Zero Respect

People assume Norwegians 'born on skis,' have it easy

(Newser) - The country that has won the third-most 2010 Olympic medals so far at 17—and the second highest number of golds—is one you probably haven’t given much thought to. But not only does Norway lay claim to these stats, it also has more Winter Games medals than any... More »

License to Thrill: Kim Yu-Na Sets Skating Record

South Korean routs strong field in women's short program

(Newser) - No Bond girl ever did it better than Kim Yu-Na: Skating to a medley of 007 themes, the South Korean glided to a world-record 78.50 points in the figure skating short program last night. The biggest favorite for the figure skating gold since Katharina Witt in 1988—and the... 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 »

Canada Wins, Gets Russia in Hockey Quarters

One will be eliminated tomorrow, earlier than expected

(Newser) - The Canadian men’s hockey team squashed Germany, 8-2, tonight to advance to the quarterfinals of the Vancouver Olympic tournament—where the star-studded squad will face Russia in a matchup nobody expected this soon. Tomorrow’s meeting ensures one powerhouse will leave without a medal—a position the hosts put... More »

Canada's Virtue-Moir Capture Ice Dance Gold

Russians knocked out of long-standing domination on podium

(Newser) - Long after the arena emptied, ice dancer Scott Moir stole back onto the ice. Clutching his gold medal, he knelt down and kissed the Olympic rings at center ice. He and partner Tessa Virtue had knocked the Russians from their traditional perch atop the ice dance podium—only the third... More »

US, Canadian Women Will Play for Hockey Gold

Both steamroll semifinal opponents, will face off Thursday

(Newser) - Haley Irwin scored two goals, Meghan Agosta set an Olympic record with her ninth goal, and Canada beat Finland, 5-0, tonight to secure its long-anticipated gold-medal meeting with the US team—which beat Sweden, 9-1, in an earlier semifinal. Today's victory was the closest call yet for Canada, which has... More »

Evan Lysacek Wants a Girlfriend

Olympic figure skating gold medalist isn't dating gymnast Nastia Liukin

(Newser) - Never mind the rumors about Evan Lysacek dating gymnast Nastia Liukin—the Olympic champion in men's figure skating is single and looking. "I haven't had any time for dating while I'm training," Lysacek tells Entertainment Tonight . "I'm lonely." As for Liukin, herself an Olympic gold medalist,... More »

Figure Skater Bears Weight of S. Korea's Expectations

19-year-old is country's highest-paid athlete

(Newser) - In many ways, Kim Yu-na is a victim of her own success. Through hard work, she has risen to become a champion figure skater—a feat made all the more impressive considering her native South Korea has no strong history in the sport. The 19-year-old is the country's highest-paid athlete... More »

NBC's Rah-Rah Coverage of Team USA Nauseates

As anchors fawn, foreign athletes described with 'hoary cliches'

(Newser) - Shaun White may be introducing new tricks during these Games, but NBC’s coverage of him, and Team USA in general, remains an unchanged lesson in "network heavy breathing," writes Alessandra Stanley. “Hyped-up commentators” explain the action “often incomprehensibly,” but once the race is over... More »

Winter Games Logo More Obscure Than a Pile of Rocks

Inuit stone marker inukshuk now a popular lawn ornament

(Newser) - The answer to the head-scratching surrounding the Vancouver Olympics logo—“It looks like an alien,” says one spectator—is a head-scratching name: inukshuk. It means “something that substitutes for a person” in Inuit, and denotes a traditional marker built to mark camp sites or memorialize tragedy. It’... More »

Weepy Figure Skaters Take the Gold in Crying

When tears flow, ratings soar

(Newser) - The real drama in figure skating isn’t on the ice; it’s in the kiss-and-cry, the off-rink area where skaters wait with their coaches to receive their scores. This is where viewers are treated to memorable performances both ecstatic—take Evan Lycasek’s waterworks after the men’s short... More »

Team USA Frosts Canada, 5-3

Americans stun hosts, clinch quarterfinal berth

(Newser) - The United States pulled off its biggest Olympic hockey upset since the Miracle on Ice tonight, stunning Canada, 5-3, to advance to the quarterfinals of an already mixed-up tournament. Brian Rafalski scored two goals and set up another, and Ryan Miller held off a flurry of shots to lead the... More »

Next Olympic Event: Pole Dancing?

(Newser) - The thrill of the libido, the agony of panty rashes may soon be a new highlight of the Olympics if pole dancers have their way and make the acrobatic gyrations an Olympic event. Others are hardly convinced, but the founder of the International Pole Dancing Fitness Association believes Olympic recognition... More »

Bode Miller Wins Gold ... Finally

Sixth Olympic medal, in Alpine super-combined, is the longed-for color

(Newser) - Bode Miller has finally fulfilled his expectations and won an Olympic gold medal, using a blistering slalom run to complete a super-combined victory. After placing seventh in the downhill run, the New Hampshire native skied one of the fastest slalom legs today for a two-run combined time of 2:44.... More »

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