Good morrow! The early curling session is already under way and the American ladies just got four points dropped on them by the lady Canadians in the third end, score is 4-1. I watched the entire Canada vs. Great Britain men's match yesterday, those are the two best teams out there, no question. The things those guys can do with the rocks are unbelievable. Then, last night, Apolo Ohno got his bronze medal, giving him his 7th medal, the most for a U.S. winter Olympian. You have to keep saying "the most for a U.S. Winter Athlete," because his seven medals don't even crack the top thirteen in the world. You need at least eight medals to do that.
The next men's curling session is at 2:00PM PST and the women go again at 7:00PM. The U.S. men face Great Britain and the ladies face Sweden, but don't get too settled in because Amazing Race is tonight.
In this edition; Cracked looks at some Uncommon Sports, a DIYer made a halfpipe, an Ohno article, Canadians being rowdy, and the snowboarders can be rambunctious.
[Note by Axion, 02/21/10 10:50 AM PST ] The Canadians made Madeleine Dupont cry!
- Boorish Canadians Make Our Favorite Curler Cry - Madeleine dupont - Deadspin
The host nation's medal count is always higher than normal for a reason: the screaming crowds that psych up the natives, and psych out the visitors. But now they've gone too far; they've made Maddy cry.
- 7 Insanely Dangerous Reboots of Popular Sports | Cracked.com
You know how sometimes you watch figure skating and you think, "This would be so much more entertaining if everyone involved was naked"? There are so many sports that just seem long overdue for some kind of modern modification or gritty reboot. Fortunately, there are a few visionaries out there taking the same, boring old sports and changing them in ridiculous, insane and often life-threatening ways.
- Homemade halfpipe | The Morning Sentinel, Waterville, ME
FAIRFIELD -- There it is, on a residential street in the downtown area of Fairfield -- a 70-foot-long halfpipe of ice and snow.
- Super 7: Ohno wins 1000m bronze | NBC Olympics
Trailing the South Koreans and a pair of Canadian brothers, Apolo Anton Ohno had to rally on the last lap to make history. With the gold and silver out of reach, Ohno scooted furiously past brothers Charles and Francois Hamelin to earn a bronze in the short-track 1000m final Saturday night, making him the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian.
- Rowdy fans raise a few hackles | NBC Olympics
The ear-splitting noise at the Olympic curling venue has drawn complaints from competitors in the normally genteel sport that fans are upsetting their rhythm, especially against Canada. At first, the din from the stands generated an adrenaline rush that players said they loved. Now some are getting upset.
- For snowboarders, brighter lights bring bigger problems, by Chris Mauro
Several U.S. snowboard stars have been caught in sticky situations during their time in Vancouver, some more hilarious than others. Greg Bretz, 19, won a McNugget eating contest two days before his halfpipe event started. Hannah Teter is all over the headlines for selling her underwear to charity, and has been bogged down defending the decision to media. Even Coach Bud Keene's expletive-laden pep talk to Shaun White was captured on live television on accident by NBC.
- Men's Round Robin Session 9 : Schedule and Results : Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics
USA vs. GBR
- Women's Round Robin Session 9 : Schedule and Results : Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics
USA vs. SWE