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Vancouver 2010

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The Vancouver Winter Olympics started off with a tragedy.  Republic of Georgia luge slider Nodar Kumaritashvili died during a training run, prior to the Opening Ceremony.  Thankfully, this horrific accident did not set a precedent for what the Olympics would be remember for this time around.  The Vancouver Olympics has not let down.

On the contrary, coming in to the Olympics so called “experts” predicted the American hockey team, the youngest team in the games, to finish well outside of medal contention.  However, just as the games, the young Americans have not let down.  Lead by Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, the underdog’s upset the gold medal favorite Canadians on their home soil Sunday night.  Exiting the pool play portion of the tournament, the red hot Americans are alone at the top of the field.  Quaterfinal play starts today when the U.S.A faces off against Switzerland for the second time in these Olympics.  The Swiss suffered a 3-1 defeat to the Americans.

Also on the ice, speed-skater Apolo Anton Ohno has won two medals this time around.  Coupled with his previous five Olympic medals, he has become the most decorated American Olympic athlete in history.  Bode Miller leads all American athletes, and is tied for the overall lead, with three medals, one of each color, in Vancouver.  Through Day 12, America has the overall lead in medals with 26.  Germany follows with 23 and Norway has 17.

As the Olympics conclude and the nation has to wait another four years for the Olympic spectacle, we watch athletes from all different paths of life compete for their homeland and for the ultimate bragging rights.

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Written by london1089

March 2, 2010 at 3:11 pm

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