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2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver

The world comes to Vancouver, B.C., for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Sports >  International sports

Red, white & blueprint: US biathlon forms plan to close gap

UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 8:30 p.m.

The Americans have never won an Olympic medal in biathlon. The organization for the sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting is trying to change that with a revamped blueprint. The plan includes coaches from Europe, contracting with a machine shop to test different sorts of metals to make the skis faster and partnering with a university professor to study shooting mechanics. The squad will get a glimpse of how it’s all coming together at the world championships this week.
Sports >  International sports

Salt Lake City bids for 2nd Olympics in changed climate

When Salt Lake City pursued the Winter Olympics more than two decades ago, competition was so fierce that lavishing International Olympic Committee members with gifts and favors seemed commonplace. Salt Lake City got caught in a bribery scandal that nearly derailed the plans for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Two decades later, the script has flipped. The IOC is struggling to find cities willing to host and Salt Lake City is a contender for 2030, despite the bribery scandal.
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Canadian figure skating star Parick Chan announces retirement

In Patrick Chan’s perfect future, he’s running a skating school in Vancouver with girlfriend Liz Putnam. The two are living in a million-dollar apartment in the city’s lovely Kitsilano neighborhood. And he’s enjoying a wildly successful career in commercial real estate.

Sports >  International sports

One Spokanite’s trip to the Winter Olympics: Reflections

My name is Heather Parham. I’m a Spokane native who is excited to be at the Winter Olympics in South Korea! I came over here to watch my friend compete in the Olympic events taking place. Korea has never been on my immediate bucket list, but going to the Winter Olympics has. I’m so happy it led me to this incredible country with outstanding food, beautiful scenery and fascinating culture.
Sports >  International sports

Commentary: U.S.-Canada women’s hockey classic makes us forget NHL

Three thrilling periods of regulation, another free-wheeling 20 minutes of overtime, a shootout that went six tension-filled rounds – the Americans littered the ice the sticks, gloves and helmets, whooping it up in a raucous, fitting celebration of their 3-2 triumph over the heartbroken Canadians at the Winter Olympics. Some will surely say this was a victory for women’s hockey.
Sports >  International sports

One Spokanite’s trip to the Winter Olympics: Golden moments

My name is Heather Parham. I'm a Spokane native who is excited to be at the Winter Olympics in South Korea! I came over here to watch my friend compete in the Olympic events taking place this week. Korea has never been on my immediate bucket list, but going to the Winter Olympics has. I'm so happy it has led me to this incredible country with outstanding food, beautiful scenery and fascinating culture.
Sports

Lindsey Vonn’s Olympic downhill farewell is a lovely shade of bronze

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 8:57 p.m.

Lindsey Vonn’s bronze in the women’s downhill race Wednesday marks her third Olympic medal of her extraordinary Alpine career and was essentially eight years in the making. She was 32 when she won gold in the event at the Vancouver Olympics and injuries forced her to wait two Olympic cycles to finally defend her title. She was perhaps a bit disappointed she didn’t finish in first here but was certainly pleased to return to the podium.

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Is that a wolf in the Winter Olympics dorm?

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- It's not clear whether Olympic athletes are seeing wolves or whether the latest news is another indication of the stray dog problem in Sochi. Either way, the video a U.S. Olympic athlete has posted of a wolf-like critter roaming the halls of...
Sports >  Outdoors

Bjornsens looked good in Spokane years before Olympics

WINTER SPORTS --They gave us a preview of their world-class talent during Langlauf on Mount Spokane. Erik Bjornsen -- and his sister Sadie -- of Washington's Methow Valley are skiing their hearts out in the nordic events at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. But...
Sports >  Outdoors

Sport of contrasts: ski hard, shoot straight

WINTER SPORTS -- Biathlon is a sport that mixes the oil and water of revving up the heartbeat with aerobic cross-country skiing and then asking your circulatory system to calm down instantly for precise marksmanship with the .22-caliber rifle you must carry with a special...

News >  Idaho

Pink Eye Sidelines NBC’s Bob Costas

With both eyes reddened by an infection, NBC's Bob Costas said Tuesday he will sit out the network's prime-time Olympics coverage for at least one night. "Today" show anchor Matt Lauer will take his place in Sochi. Costas has been wearing glasses since the start...
News >  Features

Fire when ready

A friend was watching the Olympics with his young grandson. "He was fascinated with the biathlon," wrote my friend. A bit later, the coverage switched to ski jumping. After watching that for a bit, the little boy had a question: "When are they going to...
News >  Idaho

Mother Russia Struts Her Stuff

One of the rings forming the Olympic Rings fails to open during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, today. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Music, dance and plenty of Russian bravado unleashed the ultimate achievement of Vladimir Putin’s Russia on Thursday —...
News >  Features

Sliding and sweeping

One of my Idaho friends, John McTear, told me of a quote he really likes about Olympic curling. "It combines the best aspects of bowling and housekeeping."
News >  Features

Get ready to complain

Last time, the Winter Olympics were in our time zone. That meant some things, such as the two entertaining U.S./Canada hockey games, could be watched live at a prime viewing hour. This year, the people in charge of TV coverage from Russia will have some...
News >  Features

One difference between Canada and U.S.

Though there are people who care, the vast majority of Americans are not obsessed about who did and did not get named to the U.S. hockey team for the upcoming winter Olympics. In Canada, from what I gather, media discussion about the makeup of their...
News

Winter Olympics?

Good morning, Netizens...David Horsey portrays the winter olympics in a different light. Here is something to consider: how many of the ski events were canceled or delayed during the winter olympics because it RAINED? Is it true that all the snow that should have packed...
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The Sustainable Olympics

Though our current climate doesn't inspire such, it's time to get excited about the Winter Olympics - now just two days away. Why are we excited about the Olympics you might be wondering, well, they aren't calling these the "Sustainable Olympics" for nothing. Ah, if...