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2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver

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


Couch Slouch: Olympics has turned Orwellian

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018, 8:46 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Approaching my third week of boycotting the 2018 Winter Olympics, I want to say something that, frankly, nobody really wants to hear; in fact, when I brought this up the other night while eating at my parents’ house, my mother told me that I would have to use the drive-thru window the next time I came over for dinner. So here we go: The Olympics ideal is, well, hooey-and-a-half.

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Slovenia comes back to stun US 3-2 in OT in Olympic opener

Five practices were supposed to prepare the Americans for this, and they knew at the second intermission Slovenia was going to come out punching. The preparation and the knowledge were not enough to fend off the fatigue as the United States blew a two-goal lead and lost a 3-2 stunner in overtime Wednesday night in the Olympic opener for both teams. Slovenia captain Jan Mursak scored the tying goal with 1:37 left in regulation and the winner 38 seconds into overtime.

Blog Posts


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...

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...

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...