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  • Another kind of Turin excellence

    03/10/2006 9:29:43 PM PST · by Coleus · 1 replies · 252+ views
    CERC ^ | 02.26.06 | Fr. RAYMOND DE SOUZA
    The blend of youth, athleticism, excellence and Turin fuelled the remarkable life Pier Giorgio Frassati. He died in 1925, but would have been right at home with today's Olympians in the streets of his hometown and in the mountains which he loved. St. Pier Giorgio Frassati(1901-1925) A staple of Olympic television coverage is the oftmaligned personal profile, the saccharine pieces that tell the dramatic tales behind the athletes. True enough, the drama often descends to melodrama, and the search for tragedy is rather forced. But on balance they are endearing to watch. Usually, the striking thing is not whatever calamity...
  • Ice hockey-Sweden could lose gold after Olympic rule violation

    03/05/2006 7:32:38 AM PST · by paudio · 30 replies · 1,187+ views
    Torino2006.org ^ | march 2, 06
    STOCKHOLM, March 2 (Reuters) - Sweden could lose their Olympic gold from Turin after breaking IOC sponsorship rules during their homecoming celebration three days ago, the Swedish Olympic Committee (SOK) said on Wednesday. The Swedish hockey federation showcased their own sponsors rather than those of the Swedish Olympic Committee (SOK) during Monday's celebrations at Medborgarplatsen in south Stockholm. IOC rules state that only Olympic sponsors are allowed during the Olympic season, which officially ended on Wednesday, despite the last sporting events taking place on February 26. "SOK will do everything so that Tre Kronor (the Sweden team) don't run the...
  • Not Enough Buckwheat In The Pancakes! (Slamming Bryant Gumbel)

    03/01/2006 12:16:46 PM PST · by Dr.Syn · 13 replies · 647+ views
    dansargis.org ^ | March 1, 2006 | Dan Sargis
       Not Enough Buckwheat In The Pancakes! March 2, 2006 I’m surprised that this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race didn’t remind HBO’s Bryant Gumbel of “a GOP convention”.  You know those sled dog teams...there simply were not enough black Labs...err...I mean...chocolate Labs...I meant...just plain old Labrador retrievers.  Well...he still has time to take a shot at the complexion of the mushers.  When Gumbel belittled the XX Olympic Winter Games, was he really postulating that Blacks are a breed apart from the rest of humanity?  Was he comparing humanity to the canine world where there are admitted genetic and behavioral...
  • Fewer viewers tune in Olympics on NBC

    02/28/2006 8:07:19 PM PST · by Cecily · 40 replies · 580+ views
    UPI ^ | February 28, 2006
    NEW YORK, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The 2006 Olympics Winter Games was the least-watched Winter Olympics since at least 1988, it was reported Tuesday. Nielsen Media Research said an average 20.2 million viewers watched NBC's prime time coverage, with Thursday night's women's figure skating finals drawing the biggest number, 25.7 million viewers, USA Today reported. Sunday night's closing ceremony garnered the lowest number of viewers, with 14 million people tuning in, half the number registered for ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" finale. Analysts said because of taped coverage many viewers already knew the outcome of events shown in prime time....
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush -(photos) - 2.28.06

    02/28/2006 4:10:30 PM PST · by ohioWfan · 254 replies · 2,828+ views
    Whitehouse.gov, Yahoo.com; Reuters | 2.28.06 | ohioWfan
    President Bush met today with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in the Oval Office today, commending the Prime Minister for the stability he's brought to the Italian government and to applaud Italy's recent success with the Winter Olympic Games. This afternoon, President and First Lady Laura Bush left the White House and boarded Air Force One for a five day trip to India and Pakistan, where the President will discuss nuclear proliferation in the two countries and seek to ease tensions between them. PRAY for our First Couple.......for the success of this trip, and for their safety!Enjoy your trip to...
  • Only one American Olympian truly made us proud

    02/26/2006 9:52:49 PM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 8 replies · 838+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | Feb 26, 2006 | Tom Archdeacon
    TURIN, Italy | Bode Miller was a bust. Mike Modano proved to be a big-time whiner. Chad Hedrick was too full of himself and Shani Davis came off as a guy who thought only of himself. Then there was snowboarder Jeret Peterson, who was enough of a screw-up that the U.S. Olympic Committee packed him on a plane and sent him straight back home to Idaho. As the Olympics wind down today, you can't overlook the American athletes who didn't comport themselves well at these Winter Games. But if you watch tonight's closing ceremony, you can rid yourself of any...
  • LIVE THREAD: 2006 Torino Olympics - CLOSING CEREMONY

    02/26/2006 3:20:00 PM PST · by Howlin · 857 replies · 16,450+ views
    Free Republic ^ | Sunday, February 26, 2006
    NBC OLYMPICS HOME PAGE Complete Olympic Schedule TV SCHEDULES usolympicteam.com Canada's CTV Olympics website CBC.CA - Torino 2006
  • Bode leaves Turin with no medals and no regrets

    02/26/2006 2:49:00 PM PST · by Past Your Eyes · 70 replies · 2,384+ views
    The Union Leader ^ | February 26, 2006 | Jim Litke
    SESTRIERE, Italy – Unbent, unbowed and ultimately unsuccessful, Bode Miller said in an interview yesterday he is skiing away from these Olympics on his own terms — content without any medals and impressed by the local nightlife. “I just did it my way. I’m not a martyr, and I’m not a do-gooder. I just want to go out and rock. And man, I rocked here,” Miller said in an exclusive interview with the Associated Press soon after he skidded off the slalom course in his fifth and final race, completing an 0-for-the-Olympics.
  • Germany, U.S. finish 1-2 in medal count (Torino Olympics)

    02/26/2006 12:49:02 PM PST · by Michael81Dus · 85 replies · 1,522+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | DAVID CRARY
    TORINO (AP) — Germany and the United States again won the most medals at a share-the-wealth Torino Olympics that featured more countries winning medals and more in double figures than ever before. Canada and Austria, among others, had their best all-time showing. Twenty-six countries — including first-time winners Slovakia and Latvia — earned at least one medal, up from a high of 24 in 1998 and 2002. And 11 countries won at least 10 medals — the previous mark was 10 countries at Nagano in 1998. (Related item: Medal count by country) The Germans and Americans repeated their one-two finish...
  • Unconventional Wisdom | You say Torino; he says baloney

    02/25/2006 11:06:33 PM PST · by fatima · 6 replies · 306+ views
    I'm happy the Olympics are ending this weekend. Little girls on skates and middle-class punks on skis and snowboards aren't my style of sports folk. Generally, if there's no ball involved, I'm not into it. Another thing I won't miss is this pretentious Torino thing. Very much in the snooty vein of all that Starbucks java jive - ventis, grandes, canticos and the like - the practice of using the Italian pronunciation of the host city seems gimmicky and phony in the extreme. Olympics broadcaster NBC does it, as do USA Today and several other media outlets. They're holding the...
  • Grace and disgrace with Ohno, Miller

    02/25/2006 10:09:05 PM PST · by saquin · 17 replies · 1,490+ views
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | 2/25/06 | Steve Politi
    TURIN, Italy -- Know this: Apolo Anton Ohno would like to go out and party now, and then soak up the admiration from fans at the Olympics and -- hey, who knows? -- maybe even get his photo taken with a Playmate. You know why he doesn't? He wants to win. He wants to represent this country with pride. He makes sacrifices so he can stand alone with that gold medal around his neck and hear "The Star-Spangled Banner" play. "I'm 23 years old," Ohno said. "I'd like to have a social life, but that's pretty much out the window...
  • Winter Olympics Tough Sledding for NBC

    02/25/2006 9:21:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 560+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/25/06 | David Bauder - ap
    NEW YORK - Halfpipe star Shaun White showed up for an interview with NBC's Bob Costas as an Olympic champion, the pressure lifted from his shoulders and clearly juiced by his new jewelry. So "The Flying Tomato" decided to test the power of a gold medal by trolling for a date with skater Sasha Cohen. Hey, what's the worst that could happen? Chicks dig a little bling, right? White's interview shortly after his gyrating ride to gold was a memorable television moment precisely because it was everything that NBC's prime-time Olympics coverage mostly wasn't — fun, spontaneous and infused with...
  • Streaker Runs Across Ice in Curling Match

    02/24/2006 8:32:44 PM PST · by redheadtoo · 36 replies · 1,032+ views
    Streaker Runs Across Ice in Curling Match Feb 24 7:07 PM US/Eastern PINEROLO, Italy The men's bronze medal match Friday was interrupted by a streaker. Midway through the United States' 8-6 win over Britain, a man wearing what appeared to be a strategically placed rubber chicken ran onto one of the covered sheets of ice not being used in that session. He danced around for a bit but never tried to approach any of the players. Curlers probably feel a little safer than most athletes _ it's hard for intruders to run across ice, especially if they're naked. John Shuster...
  • America and your Families: Show Your Presence in Vancouver 2010

    02/26/2006 10:27:32 AM PST · by Brian_Baldwin · 10 replies · 438+ views
    opinion | 02/26/2006 | brianbaldwin
    Today, Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan accepts the Olympic Flag during the Torino 2006 Closing Ceremony at Stadio Olimpico. These are exciting times for all of us over the coming several years, because the next Winter Olympics will be in Vancouver, Canada in 2010! The Olympic Flag will be handed over to the beautiful city of Vancouver, B.C., which hosting many of the indoor events, and the Alpine events will be in the Winter wonderland of Whistler just a few miles away. Canada is a neighbor just next door, and this is an opportunity for the United States to show a...
  • Reasons American skier Bode Miller failed to win a medal at the Olympics.

    02/25/2006 8:07:49 AM PST · by navysealdad · 33 replies · 1,009+ views
    1. Drinking and partying and competing don't mix.2.
  • Why Bode’s Been a Nobody

    02/25/2006 11:12:09 AM PST · by saquin · 85 replies · 2,740+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 2/25/06 | Devin Gordon
    Feb. 23, 2006 - Four months ago, Bode Miller sat across from me in the bar of a New York City hotel and shared his idea of what a perfect two weeks in Torino would look like. “For me,” he said, “the ideal Olympics would be to go in with all that pressure, all that attention and have performances that are literally tear-jerking, that make people put their heads down because they’re embarrassed at how emotional they’re getting, that make people want to try sports, talk to their kids, call their f---ing ex-wives—and come away with no medals. I think...
  • LIVE THREAD: 2006 Torino Olympics - Friday DAY 14 - (Spoiler/Photo Thread)

    02/24/2006 5:36:16 AM PST · by Howlin · 79 replies · 2,659+ views
    Free Republic ^ | February 24, 2006
    NBC OLYMPICS HOME PAGE Complete Olympic Schedule TV SCHEDULES usolympicteam.com
  • LIVE THREAD: 2006 Torino Olympics - Thursday - DAY 13 - (Spoiler/Photo Thread)

    02/23/2006 6:45:57 AM PST · by Howlin · 388 replies · 16,626+ views
    Free Republic ^ | February 23, 2006
    NBC OLYMPICS HOME PAGE Complete Olympic Schedule TV SCHEDULES usolympicteam.com
  • LIVE THREAD: 2006 Torino Olympics - DAY 12, Wednesday - Primetime

    02/22/2006 4:34:32 PM PST · by Howlin · 47 replies · 1,740+ views
    Free Republic ^ | February 22, 2006
    NBC OLYMPICS HOME PAGE Complete Olympic Schedule TV SCHEDULES usolympicteam.com Canada's CTV Olympics website CBC.CA - Torino 2006
  • LIVE THREAD: 2006 Torino Olympics - Wednesday - DAY 12 - (Spoiler/Photo Thread)

    02/22/2006 7:41:13 AM PST · by Howlin · 105 replies · 3,620+ views
    Free Republic ^ | February 22, 2006
    NBC OLYMPICS HOME PAGE Complete Olympic Schedule TV SCHEDULES usolympicteam.com
  • LIVE THREAD: 2006 Torino Olympics - COMBINED WEEKEND THREAD

    02/24/2006 4:50:39 PM PST · by Howlin · 290 replies · 6,378+ views
    Free Republic ^ | February 24 & 25, 2006
    NBC OLYMPICS HOME PAGE Complete Olympic Schedule TV SCHEDULES usolympicteam.com Canada's CTV Olympics website CBC.CA - Torino 2006
  • Soldier competes on Biathlon Relay Team

    02/23/2006 10:27:06 AM PST · by jonesat · 7 replies · 345+ views
    Army News service ^ | February 22, 2006 | Jack L. Gillund
    TORINO, Italy (Army News Service, Feb. 22, 2006) – As anchor on the U.S. Biathlon’s Olympic Relay Team, Army World Class Athlete Spc. Jeremy Teela blames his poor shooting for the team’s ninth-place finish in the Men’s 4 X 7.5 kilometer Relay competition at the 2006 Winter Olympics Tuesday. “Could we have got seventh today, probably,” the Vermont National Guardsman said. “I think I messed up. I had a penalty in standing so I had to take a penalty loop.” Strong skiing on the cross-country course and just three extra shots needed on the firing line helped Jay Hakkinen of...
  • LIVE THREAD: 2006 Torino Olympics - DAY 11, Tuesday - Primetime

    02/21/2006 4:58:02 PM PST · by Howlin · 241 replies · 6,343+ views
    Free Republic ^ | February 21, 2006
    NBC OLYMPICS HOME PAGE Complete Olympic Schedule TV SCHEDULES usolympicteam.com Canada's CTV Olympics website CBC.CA - Torino 2006
  • Winter Olympics like a GOP Convention?

    02/21/2006 11:39:46 AM PST · by where's_the_Outrage? · 14 replies · 593+ views
    palmbeachpost ^ | Sunday, February 19, 2006 | Frank Cerabino
    The Winter of Bryant’s Discontent HBO’s Bryant Gumbel sounded off about the Winter Olympics, finding them deficient in athletic prowess, something he attributed to the lack of black athletes. “So try not to laugh when someone says these are the world’s greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention,” Gumbel said. Gumbel immediately became the focus of right-wing scolds. We here at The Blogaroni don’t usually find ourselves providing fodder for such a crowd. However, in this case it’s pretty clear. Gimbel was wrong. Ten Reasons the Winter Olympics is NOT...
  • LIVE THREAD: 2006 Torino Olympics - Tuesday - DAY 11 - (Spoiler/Photo Thread)

    02/21/2006 6:36:31 AM PST · by Howlin · 179 replies · 6,625+ views
    Free Republic ^ | February 21, 2006
    NBC OLYMPICS HOME PAGE Complete Olympic Schedule TV SCHEDULES usolympicteam.com
  • Mayer in psychiatric hospital, police raids uncover doping equipment

    02/20/2006 8:39:45 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 5 replies · 425+ views
    AP via NBC ^ | 2/20/2006 | Stephen Wilson, Ariel David, William J. Kole
    TORINO, Italy (AP) -- An Austrian ski coach who bolted the Winter Games following a surprise anti-doping raid wound up in a psychiatric hospital -- the latest stop on his bizarre flight from Torino, where authorities were still analyzing 100 syringes and other material seized from athletes' housing. Authorities took Walter Mayer into custody Sunday after he crashed his car into a police blockade 15 miles inside Austria's border with Italy. Police later took him to a psychiatric facility, Austria's ski federation president Peter Schroecksnadel told The Associated Press. "Apparently he's still in there,'' Schroecksnadel said Monday night. "I believe...
  • LIVE THREAD: 2006 Torino Olympics - DAY 10 - Primetime

    02/20/2006 4:38:44 PM PST · by Howlin · 228 replies · 5,957+ views
    Free Republic ^ | February 20, 2006
    NBC OLYMPICS HOME PAGE Complete Olympic Schedule TV SCHEDULES usolympicteam.com Canada's CTV Olympics website CBC.CA - Torino 2006
  • Not watching the Olympics? Too bad for you.

    02/20/2006 12:56:56 PM PST · by Cecily · 74 replies · 984+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 20, 2006 | Tim Goodman
    In the pantheon of bad ideas as they pertain to newspapers, you will almost always find an editor or nine. It's uncanny how they can ceaselessly come up with something obvious or dull -- hey, let's write about ratings! -- but when applied to the Olympics there's also what they perceive to be a Bigger Picture. Namely, what does it mean for us as a country and a people if the Olympics get trounced by prime-time soap operas or reality series about treacly cats? While we suspect it has a lot to do with the Nordic combined or the biathlon,...
  • LIVE THREAD: 2006 Torino Olympics - DAY 10 Monday (Spoiler/Photo Thread)

    02/20/2006 7:32:40 AM PST · by Howlin · 112 replies · 4,614+ views
    Free Republic ^ | February 20, 2006
    NBC OLYMPICS HOME PAGE Complete Olympic Schedule TV SCHEDULES usolympicteam.com
  • Weir's Second Career? Budding MSMer Opines Against Iraq War

    02/20/2006 5:10:19 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 74 replies · 1,949+ views
    The Early Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein February 20, 2006 Things didn't work out well at the Olympics for Johnny Weir, the flamboyant American figure skater. Favored to take home a medal, he finished a disappointing fifth after a very rugged long program. But Johnny shouldn't feel too bad. When he hangs up the skates, there could be a promising second career for him . . . as a member of the liberal media. Interviewed on CBS' Early Show this morning, Weir explained that he knew he wasn't at his best on the day of the long program, and in particular wasn't "feeling pretty."...
  • Olympic Cheerleaders: They Won't Rock You

    02/20/2006 5:14:16 AM PST · by LouAvul · 5 replies · 487+ views
    yahoo ^ | 2-20-06
    TURIN, Italy - The Dutch oom-pah band had just finished Queen's ubiquitous rock anthem "We Will Rock You" and the crowd was on its feet Sunday night, stamping and clapping. Then the Olympic cheerleaders ran onto the skating oval. Dead silence. Followed by boos. The official cheerleaders of the Winter Games just can't seem to help it. They're not exceptionally good. Ranging in age from 15 to 26, these Italians were hired to entertain audiences at each Olympic venue. They practiced for four-and-a-half months. It just doesn't look like it. They have a lot of heart, but not much rhythm....
  • Why Are Women Being Left Out in the Cold?

    02/19/2006 7:59:53 PM PST · by dervish · 55 replies · 1,728+ views
    ABC News ^ | 2/16/06
    Brother and sister skiers Anders and Alissa Johnson have trained together in the ski jump for their entire careers, and both are considered among the best jumpers in the country. But at the Olympics today, Alissa will be on the sidelines while her brother goes for the gold. "I'm here [only] to support unfortunately," Alissa, 19, said. "I wish I was here to train and jump, but I'm here to support Anders." The International Ski Federation has ruled that ski jumping is too dangerous for women, making it the only winter Olympic sport that has male competitors and no female...
  • Where would we be without snowboarders?

    02/19/2006 12:42:02 PM PST · by rhema · 11 replies · 431+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 2/19/06 | Tom Powers
    The next time you see a kid skateboarding down the railings at the post office or zipping around the shopping carts at the supermarket, don't throw a can of cling peaches at him. Instead, put your hand over your heart and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. These youngsters are our Olympic future. Many of them go on to become snowboarders. And snowboarding is about the only thing we can do right here in Turin. Nearly half of the USA's medals are the result of our snowboarding expertise. We pour millions of dollars into developing Olympic athletes. But it's the kids...
  • Bush Tries His Hand at Winter Sports

    02/19/2006 4:16:39 PM PST · by Mr. Brightside · 30 replies · 918+ views
    AP ^ | 2/19/06
    Today: February 19, 2006 at 16:11:8 PST Bush Tries His Hand at Winter Sports ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush tried his own version of winter sports this weekend - two bike rides in subfreezing temperatures - after watching some of the Winter Olympics on Air Force One on Friday. While flying back from Florida, Bush watched part of the U.S. men's curling competition broadcast from the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. "We were watching some curling - cheering the U.S. on," White House spokesman Trent Duffy said, recalling the match the U.S. team won by 7-3 over...
  • [Global warming] Activists want Olympic flame turned down

    02/19/2006 3:16:32 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 20 replies · 866+ views
    TwinCities.com ^ | February 16, 2006 | AP
    TURIN, Italy - The Olympic flame continued burning at full force Thursday as organizers ignored a request from environmentalists that it be turned down in honor of the first anniversary of a key global warming treaty. The cauldron, which is nearly 200 feet high, consumes 1,500 cubic meters of natural gas per hour. Organizers said the flame could go out if they reduce the gas flow. "If you reduce it too little then there's no visible change, if you reduce it too much you risk extinguishing it," Giuseppe Gattino, spokesman for the Turin organizing committee, said. "It's not the same...
  • LIVE THREAD: 2006 Torino Olympics - DAY 9 - Sunday Combined Thread

    02/19/2006 6:54:00 AM PST · by Howlin · 377 replies · 6,844+ views
    Free Republic ^ | February 19, 2006
    NBC OLYMPICS HOME PAGE Complete Olympic Schedule TV SCHEDULES usolympicteam.com Canada's CTV Olympics website CBC.CA - Torino 2006
  • Davis Makes History With Speedskating Gold

    02/18/2006 10:31:17 AM PST · by george76 · 12 replies · 509+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 18 | PAUL NEWBERRY
    Shani Davis knew what he was doing. Davis became the first black to win an individual gold medal in Winter Olympic history on Saturday, capturing the men's 1,000-meter speedskating race. Joey Cheek made it a 1-2 American finish, adding a silver to his victory in the 500. Davis came under scrutiny for skipping the team pursuit _ especially when the Hedrick-led squad was knocked out in the quarterfinals, doomed by a slow skater who might not have been on the ice if Davis was available. But Davis, world record holder in the 1,000, wanted to focus on his signature event
  • Without Davis, Hedrick can't equal Heiden(Shani Davis skating for himself...screws US team)

    02/16/2006 7:22:01 AM PST · by rbmillerjr · 80 replies · 3,430+ views
    Chicago Sun Times online ^ | February 16, 2006 | Jay Mariotti
    Without Davis, Hedrick can't equal Heiden February 16, 2006 BY JAY MARIOTTI Sports Columnist TURIN, Italy -- Chad Hedrick's dream of becoming the 21st-century Eric Heiden is over. Which means Shani Davis' national nightmare might be beginning. With Hedrick reduced to shouting in frustration Wednesday, an American team without Davis was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the team pursuit competition in Olympic long-track speedskating. That quickly, so went Hedrick's chances of equaling Heiden's legendary 1980 record of five Winter Games gold medals. And that ominously, the focus turned to Davis, the South Side native and 2005 world all-around champion. Saying...
  • U.S. Has a Rare Contender in Ice Dancing

    02/17/2006 1:52:27 PM PST · by Cecily · 23 replies · 829+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 17, 2006 | Nancy Armour
    TURIN, Italy - Put down the remote and find another time to wash those socks. After two decades of being the most skippable event at the Olympics, figure skating's ice dance is actually worth watching this year. For the first time since 1976, an American couple not only has a chance to medal in dance, Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto have an outside shot at winning it. "Any Olympic medal would be an amazing, amazing thing to achieve," said Belbin, whose silver with Agosto at last year's world championships was the first medal by an American couple in 20 years....
  • LIVE THREAD: 2006 Torino Olympics - DAY 8 - Saturday Combined Thread

    02/18/2006 6:42:07 AM PST · by Howlin · 190 replies · 5,608+ views
    Free Republic ^ | February 18, 2006
    NBC OLYMPICS HOME PAGE Complete Olympic Schedule (Presumably updated with Results) TV SCHEDULES usolympicteam.com Canada's CTV Olympics website CBC.CA - Torino 2006
  • Olympics a nightmare for U.S.

    02/17/2006 5:35:06 PM PST · by Sandreckoner · 35 replies · 641+ views
    Yahoo! Sports ^ | 2/17/06 | Dan Wetzel
    Maybe it is impossible to draw some grand theme across an entire nation's diverse athlete delegation, but every day covering the Americans seems to bring the same scene, the same hung heads, the same excuses, no matter what venue you go to. Team USA has been disappointing here, rarely winning in any sport that we didn't just recently invent and push into the games. Six of our ten medals, including three of our six golds have come in snowboarding. It's a great sport, but there isn't exactly heavy international competition. We have two golds in speedskating, one in Alpine skiing...
  • LIVE THREAD: 2006 Torino Olympics - DAY 7 - Primetime TV THREAD

    02/17/2006 4:44:37 PM PST · by Howlin · 269 replies · 4,650+ views
    Free Republic ^ | February 17, 2006
    NBC OLYMPICS HOME PAGE Complete Olympic Schedule (Presumably updated with Results) TV SCHEDULES usolympicteam.com Canada's CTV Olympics website CBC.CA - Torino 2006
  • LIVE THREAD: 2006 Torino Olympics - DAY 7 Friday (Spoiler/Photo Thread)

    02/17/2006 7:17:07 AM PST · by Howlin · 76 replies · 4,592+ views
    Free Republic ^ | February 17, 2006
    NBC OLYMPICS HOME PAGE Complete Olympic Schedule (Presumably updated with Results) TV SCHEDULES usolympicteam.com
  • Russian women "too strong and big" for figure skating (Russian men apparently just girly enough)

    02/17/2006 12:19:20 PM PST · by presidio9 · 85 replies · 2,264+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/17/06
    Russia has a string of young male prospects ready to plunder future Olympic gold in figure skating but top coach Alexei Mishin says his countrywomen are fit only to work on the railways. "Russian women are not very good for figure skating," Mishin told Reuters on Friday. "They are good for building rail tracks in Siberia, for example. They are just too strong and big." Mishin, a former medal-winning figure skater whose top pupil Yevgeny Plushenko won gold in the men's figure skating on Thursday, said he has a new generation under his charge ready to take over when the...
  • Another Racist Liberal Gets a Pass from MSM

    02/16/2006 5:19:39 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies · 979+ views
    Generation Why? ^ | February 16, 2006 | Jason
    Where is the outrage that was manufactured to run Rush Limbaugh off the air? Is it absent because Gumbel is allegedly black? So just picture for a moment, if you will, that you're watching SportsCenter tonight and Dan Patrick says, "The lack of whites in the NBA makes it look like a welfare office." Think that would get buried like Gumbel's comments? For what it's worth, maybe Gumbel should do some research on the emerging face of the GOP.
  • Bryant Gumbel goes racist

    02/17/2006 2:47:09 AM PST · by beaversmom · 57 replies · 3,390+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | February 17, 2006 | Kevin McCullough
    Here's a riddle: So if it takes Rush Limbaugh a full week to be booted from ESPN for rather nebulous comments – at best – about black quarterbacks in the NFL, how many times can Bryant Gumbel incite direct racially based "playa hatin" before he gets a slap on the wrist? Sorry, I now recognize that is a rhetorical question with no known answer. But doesn't it just rub somebody wrong somewhere that Gumbel can echo the thoughts of Hitler and someone barely notices, while fellow broadcasters say far less and receive merciless verbal beatings? What did he say? Well...
  • Medal tracker for Winter Olympics 2006

    02/16/2006 8:51:39 AM PST · by tomjohn77 · 5 replies · 286+ views
    02.16.2006 Norway 13 USA 9 Germany 9 Russia 9 Austria 6 China 6 Who do you think will win the most medals in the end?
  • Russian Biathlete Expelled From Torino for Doping

    02/16/2006 10:28:15 AM PST · by The_Victor · 3 replies · 245+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 2/16/2006
    CESANA, Italy — Russian biathlete Olga Pyleva was thrown out of the Olympics and stripped of her silver medal Thursday for failing a drug test, the first athlete caught for doping at the Torino Games. Pyleva, who won silver at the 15km event Monday, was scratched just before the start of Thursday's 7.5km sprint, in which she was considered a leading medal contender. She also won gold and bronze medals at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.
  • Fame is like a poison, says American skiing ace Miller

    02/16/2006 12:27:45 PM PST · by Zechariah_8_13 · 27 replies · 813+ views
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 16, 2006 | AFP
    American skiing ace Bode Miller says he can understand while some athletes turn to drugs in their quest for fame. Miller, who on Tuesday was disqualified from the Winter Olympics' alpine skiing combined event after a slalom slip-up, believes the pressure to succeed forces some competitors to cheat. "Sport was born clean and would remain so if it was about just competing for the fun of it, but the media and the public corrupt it because of the pressure they create," the outspoken Miller told the Gazzetta dello Sport. "Any athlete who isn't doing well is left in the corner,...
  • 'Spam man' wins gold

    02/16/2006 4:07:12 PM PST · by Senator Bedfellow · 37 replies · 799+ views
    The Age ^ | February 16, 2006 | Stephen Hutcheon and Jacquelin Magnay
    According to the International Olympic Committee's website, Australia's gold medallist Dale Begg-Smith, runs an internet pop-up advertising company that he describes as the third largest of its type. But that's about as much detail as you'll get out of the Lamborghini-driving Canadian-turned-Australian moguls skier who is reluctant to talk about his dealings which remain shrouded in secrecy. Speaking on Monday at a pre-race press conference, the 21-year-old said he had wound down his multimillion-dollar internet business to concentrate on his Olympic ambitions. He refused to reveal the name of his business, nor details of its operations or size. He did...