Skip to comments.Troubled Winter Games off to miserable start
Posted on 02/13/2010 5:05:12 PM PST by NormsRevenge
VANCOUVER (AFP) The Winter Olympics suffered a miserable start on Saturday when the men's skiing downhill was postponed and protests turned violent in Vancouver, but the luge went ahead despite the death of a Georgian slider.
A day after a dazzling ceremony opened the Games, the first gold medal was claimed by Switzerland's Simon Ammann, who won the normal hill ski jump ahead of Poland's Adam Malysz and Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer.
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Dutchman Sven Kramer took out the 5,000 metre men's speedskating gold, finally capturing a title that had eluded him four years ago at Turin.
Kramer won in 6mins 14.60sec, setting an Olympic record to defeat South Korean Lee Seung-Hoon by 2.35sec with Russian Ivan Skobrev third.
Tearful Kramer captures 5,000m speedskating gold
Meanwhile, Slovakia's Anastasiya Kuzmina was a shock winner in the women's 7.5 km biathlon sprint, relegating favourite Magdalena Neuner of Germany into second and Frenchwoman Marie Dorin into third.
While those events took place, the unpredictable weather that has haunted organisers all week forced the blue-riband downhill, a medal event, to be put back until Monday.
The International Ski Federation said overnight snow and rain in the Whistler mountains followed by mild temperatures meant that skiing on the piste was out of the question.
"The piste has been badly affected these last two days by the mild temperatures and the himud conditions with snow and rain," said the FIS race director Gunter Hujara.
The women's super-combined, which had been scheduled for Sunday, was postponed until Thursday, with practice runs not possible.
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Switzerland's Simon Ammann celebrates after his first jump in the men's Ski Jumping final at the Whistler Olympic Park during the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Simon Ammann won gold in the event. (AFP/Don Emmert)
Al Gore will re-emerge, thanks to some unseasonably warm weather in Canada.
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I’m just waiting for the liberals to talk about global warming because of their warm winter there in Vancouver. Of course the same liberals will ignore the severe winter in the eastern US when they bemoan the lack of snow at the winter olympics.
The thing you ski down.
Vancouver has GOT to be one of the only places in North America experiencing this warmer-than-average weather.
Ma Nature has a warped sense of humor. ;-)
How many different versions of skiing downhill do they need?
Just plant some flags and whoever gets there first wins.
Winter Olympics are so boring in general.
OTOH so are most events in the Summer Olympics.
He's just piste off.
Main Entry: piste
Etymology: French, from Middle French, from Old Italian pista, from pistare to trample down, pound more at piston
Date: circa 1741
: trail; especially : a downhill ski trail
wait till the drug test results start showing up.
Isn’t one female hockey player already out for failing testing?
Poor Nancy Kerrigan.
We’re having lovely weather here in Oregon too. It was supposed to be nearly 60 degrees today.
We hit 64 or so today here in san jose,, next few days should be that or warmer ..
and Yes, Mother Nature throws a mean curveball.. I hope spring training camp doesn’t get snowed out.. again..
I feel kind of sorry for Canada. They are doing their best to make a good show.
Very gracious of you, but you can be sure those bastards wouldn’t feel sorry for us if we were the ones having the problems.
The arctic cold air just hasn’t been able to keep it a few degrees cooler there at low levels, tho the mountains have snow on them above certain levels..
as to the MSM, just think where we would be without them? ;-)
It’s the luck of the draw. it happens
I bet they were piste off
There’s more than one Canadian here that would.
Bastards? (Check my home page, please.)
show curling!!!!! no problems there with the climate :)
Vancouver Extended Forecast
Updated: 4:00 AM PST on February 13, 2010
Rain. Overcast. High: 50 °F . Wind East 13 mph . Chance of precipitation 50% (water equivalent of 0.34 in).
Rain. Overcast. Low: 44 °F . Wind ESE 15 mph . Chance of precipitation 50% (water equivalent of 0.86 in).
Chance of Rain. Overcast. High: 51 °F . Wind light. Chance of precipitation 30% (water equivalent of 0.03 in).
Scattered Clouds. Low: 37 °F . Wind light.
Overcast. High: 50 °F . Wind NE 6 mph .
Rain. Overcast. Low: 44 °F . Wind ENE 11 mph . Chance of precipitation 50% (water equivalent of 0.37 in).
Rain. Overcast. High: 51 °F . Wind SW 8 mph . Chance of precipitation 50% (water equivalent of 0.69 in).
Chance of Rain. Partly Cloudy. Low: 37 °F . Wind SW 8 mph . Chance of precipitation 30% (water equivalent of 0.09 in).
Clear. High: 50 °F . Wind NW 6 mph .
Scattered Clouds. Low: 33 °F . Wind NNE 6 mph .
Clear. High: 51 °F . Wind NE 6 mph .
Clear. Low: 37 °F . Wind NNE 8 mph .
Clear. High: 51 °F . Wind NNE 8 mph .
Clear. Low: 49 °F . Wind NNE 8 mph . Windchill: 33 °F .
Canadian FReepers and conservatives excepted, of course! ;-)
Apparently you do not parlez Olympique.
The world has to remember that we are men — not gods. It’s winter, in an absolutely gorgeous part of the world, and we should just enjoy what God has bestowed and make the best of it. It is no one’s fault. British Columbia, and Canada in general, has more to offer than almost any venue in the world. The commentators should quit nitpicking.
The real problem is that no matter how they try in Vancouver, by trucking snow in or making it locally, the temps turn it into a wet, heavy carpet that skiers hate. It's just a really bad year for the Winter Olympics hereabouts. Too bad they didn't consider Dallas or D.C. :-(
All that stuff that blanketed the East Coast was just out of phase for the Olympics and hit to far East to benefit them much .. not much at all you can do about it.. I agree , its pretty country otherwise.
I like BC,, I especially like Victoria.
Go about 120 miles south of Vancouver and you’ll find the SAME weather...in Seattle.
None of this makes any sense to me. Why Vancouver, where the coastal temps are always fluctuating and they have to build all new facilities for the luge, the bobsled and other things when all these facilities are already in place in Calgary when they hosted the olympics in 1988.......
The end of the Cold War killed the Olympics.
The could have held the winter Olympics in Boone, NC this year.
I don't’ know, the Canadians are good people. Heck they voted better in their last national election then we did.
It did for a lot of us. Never been the same since it stopped having any meaning. Just an exhibition, an AllStar game if you will, in events nobody much cares about.
So, the writer could not say “downhill ski trail” so people might understand?
Ok...since no one else has mentioned this burning question, I will...
...what the @&%# is up with Bob Costas’ hair? Was he changing the oil in his car before airtime?
Luv it to see NBC loses millions. My day has been made.
Hey, that’s a great home page!
I’ve been trying to find the video of the Costas piece last night describing the historic and friendly US/Canada relationship. It was very well done. But I haven’t had any luck finding the clip.
64 is close to average in San Jose. A lot of fruit trees will normally blossom this week. Vancouver is close to typical too.
Search the web for Vancouver and San Jose average temps.
Vancouver was selecyed to give the Global Warmers a big MSM boost.
Shoulda had the ‘limpics in snowy D.C. They know all about things going downhill...skating on thin ice...you get the drift? ;-)
“El Nino” means “The Child” in Spanish.
It specifically refers to “The Christ Child,” born on Christmas Day. The El Nino weather pattern, when it appears, usually begins around Christmas, and that’s where the term “El Nino” originates.
Yeah, I lived on Whidby Island for a couple of years as a kid. I remember lots of “mizzly” (misty/drizzly) weather in that region. Not much snow...
LOL - very punny...well done!
Baseball spring training in FL getting snowed out? I wouldn’t be shocked this year. ;-)
Canadians are good people. I married one.
It’s a weird winter for sure. Here on the Texas Gulf Coast, it has been colder and wetter than any winter in my memory.
Has it been mild there in Idaho pretty much all season?
Dang global warming. ;-)
Hey! Mebbe they should send the LOT of them D.C. types to Vancouver! They be GOOD at a snow job! Make themselves USEFUL for ONCE! :-)
And once they are out of this Country...ain’t there a law that keeps people OUT who are harmful to us???
Non, mon ami.
The opening ceremonnies are in Vancouver, the luge and other skiing competitions are further north near Whistler where they have lots of snow, though I heard the fog sometimes delays competitions.