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Troubled Winter Games off to miserable start
AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/13/10 | Martin Parry

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.

Ammann wants Miami ice ... and more girls

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: 2010; 2010olympics; miserable; olympics; start; troubled; vancouver; wintergames

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)


1 posted on 02/13/2010 5:05:12 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

The piste?


2 posted on 02/13/2010 5:06:55 PM PST by Persevero
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To: NormsRevenge

Al Gore will re-emerge, thanks to some unseasonably warm weather in Canada.

Bookmark this post.


3 posted on 02/13/2010 5:08:52 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Political Correctness Will Get Us All Killed)
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To: Persevero

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.


4 posted on 02/13/2010 5:09:26 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Persevero

The thing you ski down.


5 posted on 02/13/2010 5:10:34 PM PST by stormer
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To: NormsRevenge

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. ;-)


6 posted on 02/13/2010 5:13:23 PM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racist.")
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To: Persevero

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.


7 posted on 02/13/2010 5:13:31 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Persevero
The piste?

He's just piste off.

8 posted on 02/13/2010 5:18:16 PM PST by Bernard Marx (I don’t trust the reasoning of anyone who writes then when they mean than.)
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To: Persevero

LOL

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piste

Main Entry: piste
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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


9 posted on 02/13/2010 5:18:21 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Winter Olympics always have a nasty vibe. Wasn't that that witch ice-skater took a hammer to her competitor's kneecaps or something?

wait till the drug test results start showing up.

10 posted on 02/13/2010 5:18:27 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (yeah, you can quote me.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Isn’t one female hockey player already out for failing testing?

Poor Nancy Kerrigan.


11 posted on 02/13/2010 5:19:39 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge
It is actually an El Nino year. We have been having a drier and warmer winter in the Puget Sound area as well. Pretty typical El Nino pattern, but I am sure the MSM won't mention this.
12 posted on 02/13/2010 5:22:22 PM PST by MountainLoop
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To: Allegra

We’re having lovely weather here in Oregon too. It was supposed to be nearly 60 degrees today.


13 posted on 02/13/2010 5:22:39 PM PST by Trick or Treat (Palin/Bachmann 2012!)
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To: Allegra

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..


14 posted on 02/13/2010 5:26:41 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I feel kind of sorry for Canada. They are doing their best to make a good show.


15 posted on 02/13/2010 5:27:30 PM PST by alarm rider (The left will always tell you who they fear the most. What are they telling you now?)
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To: alarm rider

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.


16 posted on 02/13/2010 5:34:19 PM PST by Zman516 (muslims, marxists, communists ---> satan's useful idiot corps)
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To: MountainLoop

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? ;-)


17 posted on 02/13/2010 5:38:21 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: alarm rider

It’s the luck of the draw. it happens


18 posted on 02/13/2010 5:38:48 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I bet they were piste off


19 posted on 02/13/2010 5:39:08 PM PST by erman (Our President-A modest man, who has much to be modest about.)
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To: Zman516

There’s more than one Canadian here that would.


20 posted on 02/13/2010 5:39:24 PM PST by kanawa (PTL)
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To: Zman516

Bastards? (Check my home page, please.)


21 posted on 02/13/2010 5:41:46 PM PST by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

show curling!!!!! no problems there with the climate :)


22 posted on 02/13/2010 5:44:39 PM PST by ak267
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Vancouver Extended Forecast
http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/71892.html

Updated: 4:00 AM PST on February 13, 2010

Saturday
Rain. Overcast. High: 50 °F . Wind East 13 mph . Chance of precipitation 50% (water equivalent of 0.34 in).

Saturday Night
Rain. Overcast. Low: 44 °F . Wind ESE 15 mph . Chance of precipitation 50% (water equivalent of 0.86 in).

Sunday
Chance of Rain. Overcast. High: 51 °F . Wind light. Chance of precipitation 30% (water equivalent of 0.03 in).

Sunday Night
Scattered Clouds. Low: 37 °F . Wind light.

Monday
Overcast. High: 50 °F . Wind NE 6 mph .

Monday Night
Rain. Overcast. Low: 44 °F . Wind ENE 11 mph . Chance of precipitation 50% (water equivalent of 0.37 in).

Tuesday
Rain. Overcast. High: 51 °F . Wind SW 8 mph . Chance of precipitation 50% (water equivalent of 0.69 in).

Tuesday Night
Chance of Rain. Partly Cloudy. Low: 37 °F . Wind SW 8 mph . Chance of precipitation 30% (water equivalent of 0.09 in).

Wednesday
Clear. High: 50 °F . Wind NW 6 mph .

Wednesday Night
Scattered Clouds. Low: 33 °F . Wind NNE 6 mph .

Thursday
Clear. High: 51 °F . Wind NE 6 mph .

Thursday Night
Clear. Low: 37 °F . Wind NNE 8 mph .

Friday
Clear. High: 51 °F . Wind NNE 8 mph .

Friday Night
Clear. Low: 49 °F . Wind NNE 8 mph . Windchill: 33 °F .


23 posted on 02/13/2010 5:50:01 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: rickmichaels; kanawa

Canadian FReepers and conservatives excepted, of course! ;-)


24 posted on 02/13/2010 5:55:48 PM PST by Zman516 (muslims, marxists, communists ---> satan's useful idiot corps <-- or, "corpse" as Zero puts it..)
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To: Persevero

Apparently you do not parlez Olympique.


25 posted on 02/13/2010 5:55:54 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: NormsRevenge

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.


26 posted on 02/13/2010 5:58:17 PM PST by Snapping Turtle
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To: Allegra
It's been a very typical El Nino winter in the Northwest - I'm sitting at home in Idaho looking at bare ground just about ten miles south of a ski resort. It isn't really dry, it's just that a series of storms called The Pineapple Express have been bringing rain only a few degrees over freezing instead of the typical five or ten under. Two years ago I had to dig into my house - five feet of snow in the front yard. At the moment there's a little ice in patches and that's it.

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. :-(

27 posted on 02/13/2010 6:00:36 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Snapping Turtle

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.


28 posted on 02/13/2010 6:02:42 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: Allegra

Go about 120 miles south of Vancouver and you’ll find the SAME weather...in Seattle.


29 posted on 02/13/2010 6:03:58 PM PST by hoagy62 (Obama: slowly sucking the positive attitude out of the US since 11-4-08)
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To: Allegra
Vancouver has GOT to be one of the only places in North America experiencing this warmer-than-average weather.

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.......

30 posted on 02/13/2010 6:11:23 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (My boomerang won't come back.......)
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To: NormsRevenge

The end of the Cold War killed the Olympics.


31 posted on 02/13/2010 6:14:07 PM PST by Reagan79 (Today, I consider myself the wisest Latina Woman on the face of the earth.)
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To: MountainLoop
El Nino: Isn't that Spanish for Global Warming??
32 posted on 02/13/2010 6:15:02 PM PST by skully (Libtard: A way to describe Democrats without insulting the retarded.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

The could have held the winter Olympics in Boone, NC this year.


33 posted on 02/13/2010 6:16:40 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Zman516
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.

I don't’ know, the Canadians are good people. Heck they voted better in their last national election then we did.

34 posted on 02/13/2010 6:19:00 PM PST by skully (Libtard: A way to describe Democrats without insulting the retarded.)
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To: Reagan79
The end of the Cold War killed the Olympics.

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.

35 posted on 02/13/2010 6:38:32 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: NormsRevenge

So, the writer could not say “downhill ski trail” so people might understand?


36 posted on 02/13/2010 6:38:34 PM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority (As Wichita falls so falls Wichita Falls)
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To: NormsRevenge

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?


37 posted on 02/13/2010 6:40:14 PM PST by LostInBayport (2010 - The Second American Revolution. The first shot was fired 1/19/2010 -- here in Massachusetts!)
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To: LostInBayport

Luv it to see NBC loses millions. My day has been made.


38 posted on 02/13/2010 6:50:09 PM PST by Digger (If RINO is your selection, then failure is your election)
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To: rickmichaels

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.


39 posted on 02/13/2010 7:00:09 PM PST by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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To: NormsRevenge

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.


40 posted on 02/13/2010 7:15:35 PM PST by 386wt
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To: Allegra

Shoulda had the ‘limpics in snowy D.C. They know all about things going downhill...skating on thin ice...you get the drift? ;-)


41 posted on 02/13/2010 7:21:11 PM PST by bigheadfred (Be who you are and say what you feel: Those who mind don't matter.Those who matter don't mind.)
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To: skully

“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.


42 posted on 02/13/2010 7:25:48 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (The first American Revolution started in Massachusetts. So did the second one, on January 19, 2010!)
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To: hoagy62

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...


43 posted on 02/13/2010 7:47:00 PM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racist.")
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To: bigheadfred

LOL - very punny...well done!


44 posted on 02/13/2010 7:48:43 PM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racist.")
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To: NormsRevenge

Baseball spring training in FL getting snowed out? I wouldn’t be shocked this year. ;-)


45 posted on 02/13/2010 7:54:07 PM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racist.")
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To: skully

Canadians are good people. I married one.


46 posted on 02/13/2010 8:01:24 PM PST by ctdonath2 (Pelosi is practically President; the Obama is just her talk show host.)
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To: Billthedrill

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. ;-)


47 posted on 02/13/2010 8:12:03 PM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racist.")
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To: Allegra

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???


48 posted on 02/13/2010 8:13:10 PM PST by bigheadfred (Be who you are and say what you feel: Those who mind don't matter.Those who matter don't mind.)
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To: Ciexyz

Non, mon ami.


49 posted on 02/13/2010 10:22:06 PM PST by Persevero
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To: Hot Tabasco

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.


50 posted on 02/14/2010 2:15:27 PM PST by Snapping Turtle
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