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Canada Sweeps Hockey Gold, Crosby A Hero

March 01, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL, Olympics

Canada defeated the US 3-2 at the Winter Games in Vancouver, winning the gold medal on a Sidney Crosby overtime goal.

Sidney Crosby and his gold medal winning overtime goal made him a hero to Canadians, but it's his post game announcement and celebration that made him a hero to gay and lesbians worldwide (katchop)

Sidney Crosby's gold medal winning overtime goal made him a hero to Canadians, but it's his post game admission that made him a hero to gays and lesbians worldwide (katchop)

Every kid dreams of that opportunity,” Crosby said. “It could have been any other guy in that room. Obviously, being in Canada, that’s an opportunity of a lifetime, to play in the Olympics and try and win a gold medal. You dream of that moment 1,000 times growing up. For it to come true is pretty amazing.

“We didn’t want to have any regrets and that’s the way I wanted to go out.”

It was an incredible end to a game that saw Canada lead 2-0 on goals by Jonathan Toews — a revelation for Canada — and Corey Perry. The relentless Americans, the youngest team in the tournament, battled back to send it into overtime with just 24.4 seconds left in the third period, Zach Parise banging in a rebound behind Canadian goaltender Roberto Luongo.

In the overtime, Canada dominated in the four-on-four play and it ended when Team Canada veteran Jarome Iginla passed the puck from the corner to Miller’s right to Crosby.

“I just tried to throw it at the net, I wasn’t really aiming for anything,” Crosby said. “I didn’t see it go in. I just heard everybody screaming.”

Original Photos Yahoo, thebeijinger

Canada’s Women’s Hockey Team In Trouble

February 27, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Olympics

The Canadian Women’s hockey team is under fire for their post game celebrations in Vancouver after winning the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The Canadian Women's hockey team won a gold medal, but also earned criticism in Vancouver at the 2010 Winter Games for taking their party out of the locker room and back on the ice (katchop)

The Canadian Women's hockey team won a gold medal in Vancouver at the 2010 Winter Games, but also earned criticism for taking their party out of the locker room and back on the ice (katchop)

The team spilled back out onto the rink, now emptied of fans, for souvenir snapshots. But its members were apparently unaware that a photographer from the Associated Press was still in the building.

The resulting photos from the news agency show team members, some of them holding beers, posing for photos on the ice surfacing machine, and lying on the ice surface with a giant bottle of champagne and cigars in hand.

After his photographs appeared, Gilbert Felli, the International Olympic Committee’s executive director for the Olympic Games, said the photos were “not what we want to see.”

“I don’t think it’s a good promotion of sport values,” he told the Associated Press. “If they celebrate in the changing room, that’s one thing, but not in public. We will investigate what happened.”

Original Photos Yahoo, themagicdragon, thebsreport

US Leads Vancouver Medal Count

February 26, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Olympics

The USA currently has earned 32 medals at the 2010 Winter Games, while 2006 medal leader Germany trails with 26.

Despite winning multiple gold medals thus far, Germany's reign of Winter Olympic domination is in danger of coming to an end in Vancouver (katchop)

Despite winning multiple gold medals thus far, Germany's reign of Winter Olympic domination is in danger of coming to an end in Vancouver (katchop)

USA has been the leading country in the medal count for fourth consecutive day with 28 32 medals. As usual, USA is still followed by Germany with 24 26 medals, Norway with 18 medals, Canada with 15 medals, and Russia with 13 medals.

There are few days left before the end of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and there are 66 medals waiting to be awarded.

Original Photos DayLife, uberreview

Olympic Bobsled Track Too Fast?

February 24, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Olympics

Several nations have expressed concerns over the speed of the bobsled track at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

The Japanese women's bobsleigh team crashes after a defective floor mat jammed their accelerator pedal (katchop)

The Japanese women's bobsleigh team crashes after a defective floor mat jammed their accelerator pedal (katchop)

Some teams voiced concerns about safety at a meeting Friday with race officials. The head of the Swiss team, Markus Wasser, said in an interview that high speeds and gravitational forces at the bottom of the track give pilots no time to correct driving errors.

The team withdrew driver Daniel Schmid for what it called “safety reasons” after two crashes in training. Swiss gold medal favorite Beat Hefti also withdrew from two-man with concussion following a crash on Wednesday.

For luge, speeds were slowed when the start was moved lower down the track after Kumarishtavili’s death on Feb. 12.

IOC president Jacques Rogge, in an interview with The Associated Press, promised Saturday to do “everything in my power” to prevent a repeat of the crash and said the International Olympic Committee will work with the luge federation to “take all the steps that might be needed” to avoid another tragedy at future games.

Original Photos Yahoo, atlaschrome

Canada Mourns

February 22, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL, Olympics

The US defeated Canada last night in men’s hockey, and even though it was only a preliminary round game, many Canadians are taking it hard.

Martin Brodeur did not come up big last night for Canada (katchop)

Martin Brodeur did not come up big last night for Canada (katchop)

Canada could use a drink right about now.

What has already been a disappointing Olympics for Canada took perhaps its worst turn yet at Canada Hockey Place as the gold medal favorites, the team shouldering the hopes of a nation, lost to their hockey-indifferent neighbors to the south.

Hockey is king here. It trumps everything else going on at these Winter Games, which is why, a week before the gold medal will be decided, a preliminary game between the U.S. and Canada is the biggest event of these Olympics so far to many Canadians.

Original Photos CNN

Philadelphia Flyers Pondering Moves

February 22, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL, Olympics

Paul Holmgren, the Philadelphia Flyers GM, is contemplating making changes to the Flyer’s roster.

Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren is considering changes to the Flyers' roster, including signing Olympic figure skater Mike Weir who Holmgren calls "a natural fit for our locker room" (katchop)

Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren is considering changes to the Flyers' roster, including signing Olympic figure skater Mike Weir who Holmgren feels "would be a natural fit in our locker room" (katchop)

Everyone seems to be paying attention to the Winter Olympics, but one man in South Jersey might have other things on his mind. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren has just 10 days to make a big decision: Does he stay with what he has in the goaltending position or try to make a deal by the March 3 NHL trade deadline?

It won’t be an easy verdict.

For one thing, he put a lot of faith in the signing of free agent Ray Emery this season and so far it hasn’t really worked out. Emery already sat out a month after abdominal surgery and now he’s in the middle of another month off for a left hip injury which will eventually need surgery, sooner or later.

Giving up on Emery would be admitting the signing was kind of a mistake in the first place.

Original Photos Daylife, sulekha

UK Olympian’s Aerodynamic Advantage?

February 21, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Olympics

Amy Williams won a gold medal in the skeleton for Great Britain in Vancouver that the US and Canada have protested.

Canada and the US have protested Great Britain's Amy Williams gold medal in the Skeleton in Vancouver, claiming that the Olympian's helmet gave her an unfair aerodynamic advantage (katchop)

Canada and the US have protested Great Britain's Amy Williams gold medal in the Skeleton in Vancouver, claiming that the Olympian's helmet gave her an unfair aerodynamic advantage (katchop)

How did someone who hadn’t placed above fourth in any World Cup events this season suddenly vault to the top of the Olympic podium? According to protests from the United States and Canada, it was her helmet.

The U.S. filed two protests and Canada filed one with the International Federation of Bobsleigh and Tobogganing, the governing body that oversees skeleton. The two countries claimed that ridges on Williams’ helmet didn’t conform to aerodynamic standards set by the FIBT.

Original Photos Yahoo, wikimedia

Shani Davis Is Fast

February 19, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Olympics

Shani Davis won a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver by skating in circles really fast.

Disaster was averted in Vancouver for speed skating gold medal winner Shani Davis when his emergency parachute deployed at the end of the 1,000 meter event (katchop)

Disaster was averted in Vancouver for speed skater Shani Davis when the gold medal winner's emergency parachute deployed at the end of the 1,000 meter event (katchop)

Davis, in fact, became the first long-tracker in Olympic history to win back-to-back 1,000s but, unlike his command performance in Turin four years ago, this one had a high degree of difficulty. Skating in the last lap — and before a crowd that included comedian Steven Colbert, IOC president Jacques Rogge, VANOC president John Furlong and Premier Gordon Campbell — Davis trailed eventual silver medallist Tae-Bum Mo from Korea by a quarter of a second after the first split, but made up the difference with the second-fastest final lap of the competition.

He would win the gold by 18/100ths of a second with a time of 1:08.94, more than 3.5 seconds slower than his world-record time as the Richmond facility again lived up to its Slowval nickname.

Original Photos Quartermilestones, Yahoo


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