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Feb. 28, 2010

The 2010 Winter Olympics came to an official close during a closing ceremony on February 28, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. PST (8:30 p.m. EST)

The ceremony was held at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, which seats 55,000 people. The 2010 Olympic Opening and closing ceremonies are the first in Olympic history to be held indoors. The choreographer for the closing ceremonies was Jean Grand-Maitre, who is the artistic director of the Alberta Ballet.

As with the opening ceremony, the closing ceremony was broadcast live, as well as on their official Olympic website, NBCOlympics.com.

IT WAS MY PLEASURE TO COVER THE GAMES AT THE CYPRESS MOUNTAIN RESORT!

I do hope that you enjoy the results.

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CYPRESS MOUNTAIN

Cypress Mountain Competition Events - Starting Saturday, February 13, 2010

Feb.13/10 - Ladies' Moguls

Feb.14/10 - Men's Moguls

Feb.15/10 - Men's Snowboard Cross

Feb.16/10 - Women's Snowboard Cross

Feb.17/10 - Men's Snowboard Halfpike

Feb.18/10 - Women's Snowboard Halfpike

Feb.20/10 - Women's Freestyle Aerials Qualifications

Feb.21/10 - Men's Freestyle Ski Cross Qualifications to Finals

Feb.22/10 - Men's Freestyle Aerials Qualifications

Feb.23/10 - Women's Freestyle Ski Cross Qualifications to Finals

Feb.24/10 - Women's Freestyle Aerials Finals

Feb.25/10 - Men's Freestyle Aerials Finals

Feb.26/10 - Women's Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom

Feb.27/10 - Men's Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom

THE COUNTDOWN IS OVER, THE GAMES ARE OVER! From the first event at Cypress Mountain, Ladies Moguls to the last Slalom it's been a really exciting time in Vancouver and for those watching their competitors from all over the world. Stay in touch with us for news and other happenings in and around Vancouver.

Freestyle Moguls - Feb. 13/14, 2010

Moguls (At Sugarbush, VT)   Wikipedia Photo
Moguls (At Sugarbush, VT) Wikipedia Photo

A relative newcomer to the Olympic Winter Games program, freestyle moguls became an Olympic medal discipline in 1992, at the Games in Albertville, France. Freestyle aerials were added for the Lillehammer 1994 Olympic Winter Games.

Athletes choose which of the three to four different lines they will ski down on the mogul course. After the start signal, they ski down a steep slope and over a series of offset large bumps (moguls) as high as 1.2 metres, spaced between three to four metres apart. There are two sets of 'air bumps', one near the top of the course, the other near the bottom, where the skiers are required to perform two different jumps of their own choice.

The goal is to ski down the course as fast as possible while performing the two jumps without technical errors or loss of balance. Different mogul jumps include the 360- to 1080-degree spins, loops (side flips), off axis jumps, back and front flips, and flips with twists. The jumps can incorporate different grabs or holds of the legs or skis. Going down the moguls, skiers need to keep their upper bodies facing straight down the hill while their lower body and skis are constantly turning. Maintaining snow contact with the skis is an important element.

All competitors participate in a qualification round. The top 20 skiers from the round move into the final with the start list in reverse order of the qualification results. The five "turn" judges award points based on the quality of the skiers' turns, making deductions for technical mistakes. The two "air" judges determine what jump was performed, how high they are off the jump, and the jump's quality. Each run is timed and compared to a pace-time set for the course, with the fast skiers being awarded more points. The skier with the highest score in the final round wins.

2010 OLYMPIC

WOMEN'S FREESTYLE MOGUL

COMPETITION

CANADIAN TEAM

Women's Freestyle Moguls - Canadian Olympic Team

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Jennifer Heil (born April 11, 1983) is a Canadian freestyle skier from Spruce Grove, Alberta. Heil was born in Edmonton, Alberta and started skiing at age 2. Jennifer Heil won the first gold medal for Canada in the 2006 Winter Olympics games in TurinChloe Dufour-LaPointe - Born December 2, 1991 in Montreal, at age 11, Chloe took part in her first moguls freestyle skiing competitions at the Mont-Tremblant club. After winning several gold medals on the provincial circuit, Chloe joined the Quebec FKristi Richards is BC born, and has been competing in Freestyle Skiing - Moguls for 12 years. Kristi placed 7th at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino. She is a two-time Canadian national champion and was a gold medallist at the 2007 World Cup ChChloe Dufour-LaPonte - flyin' high.Kristi Richards of  B.C. Canada
Jennifer Heil (born April 11, 1983) is a Canadian freestyle skier from Spruce Grove, Alberta. Heil was born in Edmonton, Alberta and started skiing at age 2. Jennifer Heil won the first gold medal for Canada in the 2006 Winter Olympics games in Turin
Jennifer Heil (born April 11, 1983) is a Canadian freestyle skier from Spruce Grove, Alberta. Heil was born in Edmonton, Alberta and started skiing at age 2. Jennifer Heil won the first gold medal for Canada in the 2006 Winter Olympics games in Turin
Chloe Dufour-LaPointe - Born December 2, 1991 in Montreal, at age 11, Chloe took part in her first moguls freestyle skiing competitions at the Mont-Tremblant club. After winning several gold medals on the provincial circuit, Chloe joined the Quebec F
Chloe Dufour-LaPointe - Born December 2, 1991 in Montreal, at age 11, Chloe took part in her first moguls freestyle skiing competitions at the Mont-Tremblant club. After winning several gold medals on the provincial circuit, Chloe joined the Quebec F
Kristi Richards is BC born, and has been competing in Freestyle Skiing - Moguls for 12 years. Kristi placed 7th at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino. She is a two-time Canadian national champion and was a gold medallist at the 2007 World Cup Ch
Kristi Richards is BC born, and has been competing in Freestyle Skiing - Moguls for 12 years. Kristi placed 7th at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino. She is a two-time Canadian national champion and was a gold medallist at the 2007 World Cup Ch
Chloe Dufour-LaPonte - flyin' high.
Chloe Dufour-LaPonte - flyin' high.
Kristi Richards of  B.C. Canada
Kristi Richards of B.C. Canada

AND THE WINNERS ARE ..

Photograph by: Jenelle Schneider, Canwest News Service

GOLD .. HANNAH KEARNEY - U.S.A.

SILVER .. JENNIFER HEIL - CANADA

BRONZE .. SHANNON BAHRKE - U.S.A.

I think that ALL of the competitors deserve a medal. That mountain was ice and the speed was beyond belief!!

Jennifer Heil - Silver Medalist

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2010 OLYMPICS

MEN'S FREESTYLE MOGUL

COMPETITION

CANADIAN TEAM

Men's Freestyle Moguls - Canadian Olympic Team

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Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau marks his Olympic debut."I had to make a decision before university if I wanted to go with football or keep skiing. But team sport was good for me. I made friends that I'm still good friends with, and I learned a lot of stuff that I'm using - how to handle pressure, be in tAt 25 years of age, Canadian freestyle skier Vincent Marquis is a winner of four World Cup medals during the 2007 season. He was an AAA football player (quarterback) from 2000 to 2003, but he has since made a commitment to freestyle. Marquis hopes to
Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau marks his Olympic debut.
Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau marks his Olympic debut.
"I had to make a decision before university if I wanted to go with football or keep skiing. But team sport was good for me. I made friends that I'm still good friends with, and I learned a lot of stuff that I'm using - how to handle pressure, be in t
"I had to make a decision before university if I wanted to go with football or keep skiing. But team sport was good for me. I made friends that I'm still good friends with, and I learned a lot of stuff that I'm using - how to handle pressure, be in t
At 25 years of age, Canadian freestyle skier Vincent Marquis is a winner of four World Cup medals during the 2007 season. He was an AAA football player (quarterback) from 2000 to 2003, but he has since made a commitment to freestyle. Marquis hopes to
At 25 years of age, Canadian freestyle skier Vincent Marquis is a winner of four World Cup medals during the 2007 season. He was an AAA football player (quarterback) from 2000 to 2003, but he has since made a commitment to freestyle. Marquis hopes to

G O L D at last! - Freestyle skier Alex Bilodeau claims GOLD

Thars GOLD in them thar Cypress Mountain hills.

Canada claimed its first-ever Olympic gold medal on home soil Sunday as freestyle skier Alex Bilodeau of Rosemere, Que., blistered the men's moguls run at Cypress Mountain and narrowly edged out top-ranked Dale Begg-Smith, who originally hails from Vancouver but was representing his adopted home of Australia.

When the final skier, Guilbaut Colas of France, had his sixth-place score flashed on the board, the Canadian crowd went crazy.

"I don't think I really realize it," Bilodeau said. "It's too good to be true."

Bilodeau, of Rosemere, Que., has topped the podium six times at previous World Cup events. The 22-year-old has often said his brother, Frederic, who has cerebral palsy, has inspired him to push his limits.

"It's really getting me right now," Bilodeau said. "My brother is my inspiration. Growing up with a handicap puts everything in perspective.

"He taught me so many things in my life. I was one of the most surrounded guys.

"I have great friends in the stands waiting for me. I've got everything on my side. Everything is perfect."

It has been nearly 34 years since the cauldron was first lit for the Summer Games in Montreal, and 22 since the last Canadian games in Calgary.

It's a moment that will be played and replayed for the next two weeks and beyond.

Though it might well have been the day's most satisfying medal, it wasn't the first. Earlier, the home-team fans showered their speedskating sweethearts with love, and promptly saw their Valentine's Day affections requited with a bronze medal from Ottawa long-tracker Kristina Groves.

AND THE WINNERS ARE ..

Photo Credit: Mark Blinch, Reuters

GOLD .. Alexandre Bilodeau - CANADA

SILVER .. Dale Begg-Smith - AUSTRALIA

BRONZE .. Bryon Wilson - USA

I've been said it before and I'll say it again. They are ALL winners in my book.

Alexandre Bilodeau - from Rosemere, Que. - Canada's First GOLD Medalist - 2010 Winter Games

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The Contender - Alex BilodeauHi flyin' Alex BilodeauUpside down Alex BilodeauAlex doing the twistTwistin' AlexThe Winner!!  Grab the Gold!I really did it didn't I!!It was perfect!Alex on the podium with Dale Begg-Smith (2nd) Bryon Wilson (3rd)
The Contender - Alex Bilodeau
The Contender - Alex Bilodeau
Hi flyin' Alex Bilodeau
Hi flyin' Alex Bilodeau
Upside down Alex Bilodeau
Upside down Alex Bilodeau
Alex doing the twist
Alex doing the twist
Twistin' Alex
Twistin' Alex
The Winner!!  Grab the Gold!
The Winner!! Grab the Gold!
I really did it didn't I!!
I really did it didn't I!!
It was perfect!
It was perfect!
Alex on the podium with Dale Begg-Smith (2nd) Bryon Wilson (3rd)
Alex on the podium with Dale Begg-Smith (2nd) Bryon Wilson (3rd)

Skiing Moguls - And here's how it is done - just like Alex.

What is the Snowboard Cross (SBX) ?

Snowboard Cross

Snowboard cross courses are typically quite narrow and includes cambered turns, gap jumps, berms, drops, and steep and flat sections designed to challenge the riders' ability to stay in control. It is not uncommon for racers to collide with each other. Some observers have compared the sport to short track speed skating because of the amount of contact involved. The name and the riders' full-face helmets show the sport's influence by motorcross.

The first ever Snowboard cross event was held in the Spring of 1991 at Blackcomb Mt. BC. Steve Rechtschaffner and Greg Stump staged the event, to film as the final episode of their "Greg Stump's World of Extremes" TV show that they were doing for FOX TV. The idea for the event, the format and rules came from Rechtschaffner, along with the designing and building of the course. Stump's business manager John Graham coined the term "Boarder Cross", which everyone adopted. Rechtschaffner then went on to help build courses for people across N. America for the next few years, helping to spread the reach of the event. Later on, Erik Kalacis staged the first professional Snowboard cross series, called The Kokanee Cross, in Canada.

To view more visit: Snowboard Cross

2010 OLYMPICS

MEN'S SNOWBOARD CROSS

CANADIAN TEAM

Men's Snowboard Cross - Feb. 15, 2010

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Francois Boivin started snowboarding at age eight. (Canadian Snowboard Federation, 04 Jan 2006)Robert Fagan a Cranbrook, B.C., native has been on the World Cup circuit since 2001 when he placed eighth at his first World Cup race in Tignes, France. Fagan earned a 17th-place finish in his second race in Whistler, B.C.Mike Robertson has secured nine top-10 finishes in snowboard cross since 2007. The following season Robertson placed 5th overall on the World Cup circuit.North Vancouver, B.C. snowboarder Drew Neilson a strong contender on the snowboard cross team.
Francois Boivin started snowboarding at age eight. (Canadian Snowboard Federation, 04 Jan 2006)
Francois Boivin started snowboarding at age eight. (Canadian Snowboard Federation, 04 Jan 2006)
Robert Fagan a Cranbrook, B.C., native has been on the World Cup circuit since 2001 when he placed eighth at his first World Cup race in Tignes, France. Fagan earned a 17th-place finish in his second race in Whistler, B.C.
Robert Fagan a Cranbrook, B.C., native has been on the World Cup circuit since 2001 when he placed eighth at his first World Cup race in Tignes, France. Fagan earned a 17th-place finish in his second race in Whistler, B.C.
Mike Robertson has secured nine top-10 finishes in snowboard cross since 2007. The following season Robertson placed 5th overall on the World Cup circuit.
Mike Robertson has secured nine top-10 finishes in snowboard cross since 2007. The following season Robertson placed 5th overall on the World Cup circuit.
North Vancouver, B.C. snowboarder Drew Neilson a strong contender on the snowboard cross team.
North Vancouver, B.C. snowboarder Drew Neilson a strong contender on the snowboard cross team.

AND THE WINNERS ARE ..

Photo Credit: Mark Blinch, Reuters

GOLD .. Seth Wescott of U.S.A.

SILVER .. Mike Robertson of CANADA

BRONZE .. TONY RAMOIN of FRANCE

All are friends and proud owners of a 2010 Winter Games medal.

Mike Robertson - Canada's Silver Medalist

The second-place finisher, Mike Robertson (Canadian Olympian), said he thought he had the win sewn up. He had good reason as he executed whoops, waves, banks, spines and kickers in a NASCAR-like race to the finish and didn't feel anyone near him - a rare sensation in a sport where contact is almost always a turn away. He mistimed one of five jumps that came in quick succession near the bottom and soon found himself being passed.

"I thought I was in control for sure," he said. "I thought I had a chance to win it. But as soon as I came up short on that jump, I knew someone was going to pass me."

It's still a nice result for the Robertson, who won Canada's fourth medal of the games.

These races are must-see TV, NASCAR on ice, some crazy crash or unpredictable stumble lurking behind every one of those bumps and jumps and, on this course, even a few ledges to keep everybody honest.

2010 OLYMPICS

WOMEN'S SNOWBOARD CROSS

CANADIAN TEAM

Women's Snowboard Cross - Feb. 16, 2010

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Maelle Ricker of Vancouver, flying high!Dominique Maltais started skiing when she was 5 years old, and when she saw the snowboard for the first time, she knew it was made for her. Maltais won the only medal for Canada in Turin, where she captured the bronze.Maelle RickerPretty Snowboard Gold Medalist Maelle Ricker
Maelle Ricker of Vancouver, flying high!
Maelle Ricker of Vancouver, flying high!
Dominique Maltais started skiing when she was 5 years old, and when she saw the snowboard for the first time, she knew it was made for her. Maltais won the only medal for Canada in Turin, where she captured the bronze.
Dominique Maltais started skiing when she was 5 years old, and when she saw the snowboard for the first time, she knew it was made for her. Maltais won the only medal for Canada in Turin, where she captured the bronze.
Maelle Ricker
Maelle Ricker
Pretty Snowboard Gold Medalist Maelle Ricker
Pretty Snowboard Gold Medalist Maelle Ricker

AND THE WINNERS ARE ..

Photo Credit: Mark Blinch, Reuters

GOLD .. Maelle Ricker - CANADA

SILVER .. Deborah Anthonioz - FRANCE

BRONZE .. Olivia Nobs - Switzerland

Canadian Maelle Ricker .. - Brings Home Gold

Maelle Ricker roared down Cypress Mountain and became the first Canadian woman to claim gold on home soil.

In the four-racer final, Ricker led from start to finish. She gained a comfortable lead early and simply had to stay on her feet to achieve her golden dream. A few fans gasped when Ricker appeared to wobble and put her hand in the snow just before the final jump, but the Ricker stayed on course.

Four years ago, Ricker was the vanquished. She entered the Olympic final with the fastest qualifying time, but crashed early in the race and had to be airlifted to hospital in Turin.

Before the Olympics opened, Ricker joked that she still couldn't remember parts of the 2006 race.

On Tuesday, she rebounded with a performance that we'll never forget.

Dominique Maltais of Que., who won bronze in Turin, failed to qualify for the top 16. She went off course in her first run, then wiped out at the bottom of a jump on her second run. It rained and snowed a bit so the conditions were really rough.

Champion Maelle Ricker - Photos - Snowboard Cross

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Maelle competing in the fog.Maelle's supporters endure the rain to cheer her on.Flying HighMade it to the Gold!Celebrating!
Maelle competing in the fog.
Maelle competing in the fog.
Maelle's supporters endure the rain to cheer her on.
Maelle's supporters endure the rain to cheer her on.
Flying High
Flying High
Made it to the Gold!
Made it to the Gold!
Celebrating!
Celebrating!

Women's Snowboard Cross Finals - 2010 Olympics - Vancouver

What is the Snowboard Half-pipe?

A half-pipe is a structure used in gravity extreme sports such as snowboarding. Originally half-pipes were simply half sections of a large pipe. Since the 1980s, half-pipes have had extended flat ground (the flat bottom) added between the quarterpipes; the original-style half-pipes have become deprecated. The flat ground gives the athlete time to regain balance after landing and more time to prepare for the next trick.

For winter sports such as freestyle skiing or snowboarding, a half-pipe can be dug out of the ground or created by piling snow up. (Unfortunately, the snow the Cypress bowl usually accumulates is not there this year.)

The plane of the transition is oriented downhill at a slight grade to allow riders to use gravity to develop speed.

Performance in a half pipe has been rapidly increasing over recent years. The current limit performed by a top level athlete for a rotational trick in a halfpipe is 1440 degrees (4 full 360 degree rotations). In top level competitions rotation is generally limited to improve 'style and flow'.

2010 OLYMPICS

MEN'S SNOWBOARD

HALF-PIPE

CANADIAN TEAM

Men's Snowboard Half-pipe - February 17, 2010

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Jeff Batchelor from Oakville, ON was Canada's first world snowboarding champion, winning a silver in the half-pipe Snowboard World Championships in Hoengseong, S. Korea.Brad Martin from Ancaster, ON competes during the finals of the half-pipe FIS Snowboard World Cup one year ago,  Feb.14, 2009Justin Lamoureux of Squamish a strong contender of the half-pipe snowboard world.Justin Lamoureux of SquamishJustin Lamoureux of Squamish
Jeff Batchelor from Oakville, ON was Canada's first world snowboarding champion, winning a silver in the half-pipe Snowboard World Championships in Hoengseong, S. Korea.
Jeff Batchelor from Oakville, ON was Canada's first world snowboarding champion, winning a silver in the half-pipe Snowboard World Championships in Hoengseong, S. Korea.
Brad Martin from Ancaster, ON competes during the finals of the half-pipe FIS Snowboard World Cup one year ago,  Feb.14, 2009
Brad Martin from Ancaster, ON competes during the finals of the half-pipe FIS Snowboard World Cup one year ago, Feb.14, 2009
Justin Lamoureux of Squamish a strong contender of the half-pipe snowboard world.
Justin Lamoureux of Squamish a strong contender of the half-pipe snowboard world.
Justin Lamoureux of Squamish
Justin Lamoureux of Squamish
Justin Lamoureux of Squamish
Justin Lamoureux of Squamish

AND THE WINNERS ARE ..

GOLD .. Shaun White of U.S.A.

SILVER .. Peetu Piiroinen of FINLAND

BRONZE .. Scott Lago of U.S.A.

Shaun White deserves his spot on this lens. His "safety run" was good enough to move him into first place and his first-run score of 46.8 held for the remainder of the competition, ending in 48.4 out of a total of 50.

Champion Shaun White of U.S.A. - Photos - riding high!!!

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A victory lap to remember! Shaun included the infamous double McTwist 1260.McTwist -- he recently dubbed the Tomahawk after a steak he ate while in Aspen, Colo.His "safety run" was good enough to move him into first place and his first-run score of 46.8The competition, ended with Shaun scoring 48.4 out of a total of 50.White did not need to throw his second run. He already had his gold medal.But, White had a trick to land.White came to Canada to land McTwist, and he wasn't leaving without landing it.His second run included the double McTwist.The double McTwist 1260.The most explosive, exciting 30 seconds of riding all night!
A victory lap to remember! Shaun included the infamous double McTwist 1260.
A victory lap to remember! Shaun included the infamous double McTwist 1260.
McTwist -- he recently dubbed the Tomahawk after a steak he ate while in Aspen, Colo.
McTwist -- he recently dubbed the Tomahawk after a steak he ate while in Aspen, Colo.
His "safety run" was good enough to move him into first place and his first-run score of 46.8
His "safety run" was good enough to move him into first place and his first-run score of 46.8
The competition, ended with Shaun scoring 48.4 out of a total of 50.
The competition, ended with Shaun scoring 48.4 out of a total of 50.
White did not need to throw his second run. He already had his gold medal.
White did not need to throw his second run. He already had his gold medal.
But, White had a trick to land.
But, White had a trick to land.
White came to Canada to land McTwist, and he wasn't leaving without landing it.
White came to Canada to land McTwist, and he wasn't leaving without landing it.
His second run included the double McTwist.
His second run included the double McTwist.
The double McTwist 1260.
The double McTwist 1260.
The most explosive, exciting 30 seconds of riding all night!
The most explosive, exciting 30 seconds of riding all night!

2010 OLYMPICS

WOMEN'S SNOWBOARD

HALF-PIPE

CANADIAN TEAM

Women's Snowboard Half-pipe - Feb.18, 2010

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At only 24 years old Mercedes Nicoll is considered and Canadian female half-pipe veteran.Taylor Palmer demonstrates the winning form in the halfpipe that led to her selection to the Canadian women's snowboarding team.Mercedes Nicoll competes in Women's snowboard halfpipe - Vancouver Olypics 2010Sarah Conrad - picked for Canada Snowboard Team - Olympics 2010Sarah Conrad riding high - Vancouver Olympics 2010
At only 24 years old Mercedes Nicoll is considered and Canadian female half-pipe veteran.
At only 24 years old Mercedes Nicoll is considered and Canadian female half-pipe veteran.
Taylor Palmer demonstrates the winning form in the halfpipe that led to her selection to the Canadian women's snowboarding team.
Taylor Palmer demonstrates the winning form in the halfpipe that led to her selection to the Canadian women's snowboarding team.
Mercedes Nicoll competes in Women's snowboard halfpipe - Vancouver Olypics 2010
Mercedes Nicoll competes in Women's snowboard halfpipe - Vancouver Olypics 2010
Sarah Conrad - picked for Canada Snowboard Team - Olympics 2010
Sarah Conrad - picked for Canada Snowboard Team - Olympics 2010
Sarah Conrad riding high - Vancouver Olympics 2010
Sarah Conrad riding high - Vancouver Olympics 2010

AND THE WINNERS ARE ..

GOLD .. Torah Bright - AUSTRALIA

SILVER .. Hannah Teter - USA

BRONZE .. Kelly Clark - USA

And here's how the half-pipe is done. - Looks easy .. yah right!

Ski Cross - An exciting sport

New to the Olympic sport program, a "mass start" appeal of ski cross sets the stage for fast and exciting competition.

The ski cross course, designed to test skiers' skills, incorporates turns in a variety of types and sizes, flat sections and traverses, as well as rolls, banks and ridges similar to those found on a normal ski slope.

Physical endurance and strength play a key role in ski cross as athletes ski four to five runs lasting 60 seconds or longer.

A timed qualification run is used to place skiers into different heats, of four skiers each. The starting device signals the athletes to begin racing down the course. The start, as well as the first sections before the first turn, are critical parts of the course, as passing can easily occur here. While other passing areas are designated on the course, interference with other skiers can lead to an athlete's disqualification.

Each race is limited to four starters. The top half of the finishing field then moves on to the next round in a series of quarter, semi and final rounds.

During each heat, the first two competitors to cross the finish line advance to the next heat, while the last two competitors are ranked based on qualification times. The "big final" round determines which athletes place first to fourth, while the "small final" determines those who rank from fifth to eighth place.

2010 OLYMICS

MEN'S SKI CROSS

CANADIAN TEAM

Men's Ski Cross Qualifications to Finals - Feb. 21, 2010

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Chris DelBosco is a dual citizen who lives in Vail, Colo.  He is competing, not against the clock, but against himself.  He is  #1 in Canada, #1 in North America,  #2 in the world.David Duncan of Golden, B.C is peaking at the right time and likes his chances of winning a medal at Cypress.Stanley Hayer of Kimberley, B.C. the former Czech X-Games champ, claimed a bronze medal at the La Plagne, France event.Chris Del Bosco nicknamed 'Enforcer'  Chris was putting his all into the race -whoops. Fell.
Chris DelBosco is a dual citizen who lives in Vail, Colo.  He is competing, not against the clock, but against himself.  He is  #1 in Canada, #1 in North America,  #2 in the world.
Chris DelBosco is a dual citizen who lives in Vail, Colo. He is competing, not against the clock, but against himself. He is #1 in Canada, #1 in North America, #2 in the world.
David Duncan of Golden, B.C is peaking at the right time and likes his chances of winning a medal at Cypress.
David Duncan of Golden, B.C is peaking at the right time and likes his chances of winning a medal at Cypress.
Stanley Hayer of Kimberley, B.C. the former Czech X-Games champ, claimed a bronze medal at the La Plagne, France event.
Stanley Hayer of Kimberley, B.C. the former Czech X-Games champ, claimed a bronze medal at the La Plagne, France event.
Chris Del Bosco nicknamed 'Enforcer'  Chris was putting his all into the race -whoops. Fell.
Chris Del Bosco nicknamed 'Enforcer' Chris was putting his all into the race -whoops. Fell.

AND THE WINNERS ARE ..

GOLD .. Michael Schmid - SWITZERLAND

SILVER .. Andreas Matt - AUSTRIA

BRONZE .. Audun Groenvold - NORWAY

2010 OLYMPICS

WOMEN'S SKI CROSS

CANADIAN TEAM

Women's Ski Cross Qualifications to Finals - Feb. 23, 2010

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Kelsey Serwa of Kelowna, B.C. was the winner of the Ski Cross in the last World Cup before the Games.  We are the best team out there.  said Serwa.Ashleigh McIvor of Whistler, B.C. had an amazingly successful season last year and is presently the World Champion.Julia Murray  of Whistler, B.C. -The daredevil is in her genes, and ski cross - in which four racers battle over jumps, rollers, and turns - appeals to Murray.Danielle Poleschuk of Winnepeg, MN -  "My parents think I should put 'Thank you mom and dad' as my head sponsor.
Kelsey Serwa of Kelowna, B.C. was the winner of the Ski Cross in the last World Cup before the Games.  We are the best team out there.  said Serwa.
Kelsey Serwa of Kelowna, B.C. was the winner of the Ski Cross in the last World Cup before the Games. We are the best team out there. said Serwa.
Ashleigh McIvor of Whistler, B.C. had an amazingly successful season last year and is presently the World Champion.
Ashleigh McIvor of Whistler, B.C. had an amazingly successful season last year and is presently the World Champion.
Julia Murray  of Whistler, B.C. -The daredevil is in her genes, and ski cross - in which four racers battle over jumps, rollers, and turns - appeals to Murray.
Julia Murray of Whistler, B.C. -The daredevil is in her genes, and ski cross - in which four racers battle over jumps, rollers, and turns - appeals to Murray.
Danielle Poleschuk of Winnepeg, MN -  "My parents think I should put 'Thank you mom and dad' as my head sponsor.
Danielle Poleschuk of Winnepeg, MN - "My parents think I should put 'Thank you mom and dad' as my head sponsor.

AND THE WINNERS ARE ..

GOLD .. Ashleigh McIvor - CANADA

SILVER .. Hedda Bernstsen - NORWAY

BRONZE .. Marion Josserand - FRANCE

Ski Cross Gallery - Just a bit of Ski Cross.

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Ashleigh McIvor is proud of her Gold medal.Ashleigh McIvor racing down the slopes with someone right on her heels.Ashleigh McIvor in the fog.Ashleigh McIvorAshleigh McIvor (center) ahead of Marion Josserand (R), Hedda Berstsen (L). Foggy!Ashleigh McIvor wins the Gold!Hedda Berntsen of Norway taking a jump.Hedda Berntsen of Norway.Marion Josserand of France getting up speed.Marion Josserand of France
Ashleigh McIvor is proud of her Gold medal.
Ashleigh McIvor is proud of her Gold medal.
Ashleigh McIvor racing down the slopes with someone right on her heels.
Ashleigh McIvor racing down the slopes with someone right on her heels.
Ashleigh McIvor in the fog.
Ashleigh McIvor in the fog.
Ashleigh McIvor
Ashleigh McIvor
Ashleigh McIvor (center) ahead of Marion Josserand (R), Hedda Berstsen (L). Foggy!
Ashleigh McIvor (center) ahead of Marion Josserand (R), Hedda Berstsen (L). Foggy!
Ashleigh McIvor wins the Gold!
Ashleigh McIvor wins the Gold!
Hedda Berntsen of Norway taking a jump.
Hedda Berntsen of Norway taking a jump.
Hedda Berntsen of Norway.
Hedda Berntsen of Norway.
Marion Josserand of France getting up speed.
Marion Josserand of France getting up speed.
Marion Josserand of France
Marion Josserand of France

Very exciting to watch! - Winter X Games 2010 Ski Cross

A nail-biting exhibition of Ski Cross!

Aerial Skiing - My favorite!

Somersault jump in freestyle skiing

Aerials are the most exciting of the freestyle ski events to watch. Skiers will fly off jumps or kickers at speeds of 35 miles (60 km) per hour, fly up to 50 feet in the air and perform multiple somersaults, backflips and twists, before landing on a 34 to 39-degree inclined landing hill about 100 feet in length. The top male aerialists can currently perform triple back flips with up to four or five twists. Quadruple back flips have been performed by five men: Frank Bare, Matt Chojnaki, Elijah Cox, Eric Bergoust and Nicholas Fontaine. Currently quad flips are not legal in competition.

Scoring

Aerial skiing is a judged sport, and competitors are judged on jump takeoff. (20%), jump form (50%) and landing (30%). A degree of difficulty (DD) is then factored in for a total score.

2010 OLYMPICS

WOMEN'S FREESTYLE AERIALS

CANADIAN TEAM

Canadian Freestyle Aerialist - Veronika Baur

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Veronica Bauer of Toronto is the only Aerialist on the Canadian Team. Vancouver will mark Bauer's third Olympics, finishing 10th in Salt Lake City and 12th at Torino. She has been on the podium 18 times in World Cup events and was the 2001 world champion. Her progress this year has been hampered by a concussion suffered last winter.

And The Winners Are

GOLD .. Lydia Lassila - AUSTRALIA

SILVER .. Nina Li - CHINA

BRONZE .. Xinxin Guo - CHINA

Freestyle Aerial Skiing Gallery

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Xinxin Guo - Bronze Medalist - 2010 Vancouver Winter GamesXinxin Guo
Xinxin Guo - Bronze Medalist - 2010 Vancouver Winter Games
Xinxin Guo - Bronze Medalist - 2010 Vancouver Winter Games
Xinxin Guo
Xinxin Guo

2010 OLYMPICS

MEN'S FREESTYLE AERIALS

CANADIAN TEAM

Men's Freestyle Aerials - Feb. 25, 2010

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World Cup overall champion three years running. Four straight World championship podium finishes.  I believe that Steve Omischl, who grew up in North Bay, Ont., and now lives in Kelowna is the world's best aerialist.Warren Shouldice of Calgary, Alberta won bronze at last year's World championship  in Inawashiro, Japan.Kyle Nissen is another strong contender from Calgary, Alberta
World Cup overall champion three years running. Four straight World championship podium finishes.  I believe that Steve Omischl, who grew up in North Bay, Ont., and now lives in Kelowna is the world's best aerialist.
World Cup overall champion three years running. Four straight World championship podium finishes. I believe that Steve Omischl, who grew up in North Bay, Ont., and now lives in Kelowna is the world's best aerialist.
Warren Shouldice of Calgary, Alberta won bronze at last year's World championship  in Inawashiro, Japan.
Warren Shouldice of Calgary, Alberta won bronze at last year's World championship in Inawashiro, Japan.
Kyle Nissen is another strong contender from Calgary, Alberta
Kyle Nissen is another strong contender from Calgary, Alberta

And The Winners Are

GOLD .. Alexei Grishin - BELARUS

SILVER .. Jeret Peterson - USA

BRONZE .. Zhongqing Liu - CHINA

Men's Freestyle Aerial Skiing Gallery

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Alexei Grishin of Belarus - Gold medalist in Men's freestyle aerials - Feb.25,2010 OlympicsAlexei Grishin of BelausLui Zhongqing of China - Bronze medalist in Men's Freestyle Aerials -2010 OlympicsKyle Nissen - Canadian Freestyle competitor - Feb.25,2010 Vancouver Winter OlympicsWarren Shouldice - Canadian Freestyle competitor. Very fast rotations!
Alexei Grishin of Belarus - Gold medalist in Men's freestyle aerials - Feb.25,2010 Olympics
Alexei Grishin of Belarus - Gold medalist in Men's freestyle aerials - Feb.25,2010 Olympics
Alexei Grishin of Belaus
Alexei Grishin of Belaus
Lui Zhongqing of China - Bronze medalist in Men's Freestyle Aerials -2010 Olympics
Lui Zhongqing of China - Bronze medalist in Men's Freestyle Aerials -2010 Olympics
Kyle Nissen - Canadian Freestyle competitor - Feb.25,2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics
Kyle Nissen - Canadian Freestyle competitor - Feb.25,2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics
Warren Shouldice - Canadian Freestyle competitor. Very fast rotations!
Warren Shouldice - Canadian Freestyle competitor. Very fast rotations!

And here is how Freestyle Aerials are done. - My Favorite - Steve Omischl

Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom - WOW! Exciting!

Parallel Giant Slalom has two competitors boarding against each other down two parallel courses on the same slope. Gates are used in Slalom competitions and have an outside pole and an inside pole. The outside pole is 70 inches high and the inside pole 8 inches high. The two poles will be 51 inches apart. There is a flag between the two poles and the boarder will go around the gate on the side of the small pole. The boarder must clear the gate and not go through it. If a rider misses a gate, they are allowed to go back and complete the gate, if they don't they will be disqualified. A fall will not result in a boarder being disqualified unless they miss a gate.

The competition begins with a qualification round. It will be from this field that the riders will be matched to race each other. The boarder who brakes the tape first after two runs, will go on to the next round.

The Parallel Giant Slalom event replaced both men and women's Giant Slalom events at Salt Lake City games in 2002.

The difference between Parallel Giant Slalom and Giant Slalom is that in Parallel Giant Slalom the boarders race against each other but in Giant Slalom they race against the clock.

2010 OLYMPICS

WOMEN'S SNOWBOARD

PARALLEL GIANT SLALOM

CANADIAN TEAM

Women's Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom - Feb. 26, 2010

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Kimiko Zakreski  of Calgary, B.C. maintains that there are recipes for success in almost anything you do and if someone gives you the tools to achieve something and you do that with full determination and dedication then, you will achieve your goal.Caroline Calvé of Lachine, Que. competes during the women's Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom FIS World Cup competition in Stoneham, Jan. 24, 2010.Photograph by: Mathieu Belanger, ReutersAlexa Loo of Richmond, B.C. has been with the Canadian National Snowboard Team since 1998.  She was the first woman to compete for Canada in the Parallel Giant Slalom event at the 2006 Olympics.
Kimiko Zakreski  of Calgary, B.C. maintains that there are recipes for success in almost anything you do and if someone gives you the tools to achieve something and you do that with full determination and dedication then, you will achieve your goal.
Kimiko Zakreski of Calgary, B.C. maintains that there are recipes for success in almost anything you do and if someone gives you the tools to achieve something and you do that with full determination and dedication then, you will achieve your goal.
Caroline Calvé of Lachine, Que. competes during the women's Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom FIS World Cup competition in Stoneham, Jan. 24, 2010.Photograph by: Mathieu Belanger, Reuters
Caroline Calvé of Lachine, Que. competes during the women's Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom FIS World Cup competition in Stoneham, Jan. 24, 2010.Photograph by: Mathieu Belanger, Reuters
Alexa Loo of Richmond, B.C. has been with the Canadian National Snowboard Team since 1998.  She was the first woman to compete for Canada in the Parallel Giant Slalom event at the 2006 Olympics.
Alexa Loo of Richmond, B.C. has been with the Canadian National Snowboard Team since 1998. She was the first woman to compete for Canada in the Parallel Giant Slalom event at the 2006 Olympics.

And The Winners Are

GOLD .. Nicolien Sauerbreij - NETHERLANDS

SILVER .. Ekaterina Ilyukhina - RUSSIA

BRONZE .. Marion Kreiner - AUSTRIA

2010 OLYMPICS

MEN'S SNOWBOARD

PARALLEL GIANT SLALOM

CANADIAN TEAM

Men's Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom - Feb. 27, 2010

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Jasey-Jay Anderson of Mt. Tremblant, Que. took first place during the FIS Snowboard  World Championship mens parallel giant slolom in Gangwon, Korea.Michael Lambert of Toronto, ON  Meeting a course challenge requires split-second adaptation to the conditions at hand. It is a balance between trying to go as straight as possible, but not fighting gravity, not fighting the hill, Lambert says.Matthew Morison of Burketon, ON says the thought of missing the biggest event of his life never crossed his mind, despite the serious injury he sustained in a training run just before Christmas.Jayse-Jay Anderson boards in thick fog for finals - wins gold.Benjamin Karl of Austria in thick fog but wins SilverMathieu Bozzetto boards in thick fog for PGS Bronze win.PGS - Left to Right Benjamin Karl - Austria & Matthieu Bozzetto -FranceFans watch snowboarders - "It's raining.  Soooo?"PGS - Benjamin Karl, Jayse-Jay and his two daughters, Jara and Ji,and Mathieu Bozzetto.Jayse-Jay Anderson of Canada celebrates gold!
Jasey-Jay Anderson of Mt. Tremblant, Que. took first place during the FIS Snowboard  World Championship mens parallel giant slolom in Gangwon, Korea.
Jasey-Jay Anderson of Mt. Tremblant, Que. took first place during the FIS Snowboard World Championship mens parallel giant slolom in Gangwon, Korea.
Michael Lambert of Toronto, ON  Meeting a course challenge requires split-second adaptation to the conditions at hand. It is a balance between trying to go as straight as possible, but not fighting gravity, not fighting the hill, Lambert says.
Michael Lambert of Toronto, ON Meeting a course challenge requires split-second adaptation to the conditions at hand. It is a balance between trying to go as straight as possible, but not fighting gravity, not fighting the hill, Lambert says.
Matthew Morison of Burketon, ON says the thought of missing the biggest event of his life never crossed his mind, despite the serious injury he sustained in a training run just before Christmas.
Matthew Morison of Burketon, ON says the thought of missing the biggest event of his life never crossed his mind, despite the serious injury he sustained in a training run just before Christmas.
Jayse-Jay Anderson boards in thick fog for finals - wins gold.
Jayse-Jay Anderson boards in thick fog for finals - wins gold.
Benjamin Karl of Austria in thick fog but wins Silver
Benjamin Karl of Austria in thick fog but wins Silver
Mathieu Bozzetto boards in thick fog for PGS Bronze win.
Mathieu Bozzetto boards in thick fog for PGS Bronze win.
PGS - Left to Right Benjamin Karl - Austria & Matthieu Bozzetto -France
PGS - Left to Right Benjamin Karl - Austria & Matthieu Bozzetto -France
Fans watch snowboarders - "It's raining.  Soooo?"
Fans watch snowboarders - "It's raining. Soooo?"
PGS - Benjamin Karl, Jayse-Jay and his two daughters, Jara and Ji,and Mathieu Bozzetto.
PGS - Benjamin Karl, Jayse-Jay and his two daughters, Jara and Ji,and Mathieu Bozzetto.
Jayse-Jay Anderson of Canada celebrates gold!
Jayse-Jay Anderson of Canada celebrates gold!

And The Winners Are

GOLD .. Jasey-Jay Anderson - CANADA

SILVER .. Benjamin Karl - AUSTRIA

BRONZE .. Mathieu Bozzetto - FRANCE

Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom - Here's How it's done

GALLERY:

CANADA'S OLYMPIC

MEDALISTS

Canada's Gold Medalists

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Canada's first gold medal seemed a long time in coming.  Once the first one was won, the rest came in faster every day.Alexander Bilodeau - Gold - Men's Freestyle Skiing - MogulsAlexander BilodeauMaelle Ricker - Gold - Women's Snowboard CrossMaelle RickerChristine NesbittJon Montgomery - Gold - Skeleton CompetitionAshley McIvor - Gold - Ski Cross -  Feb.22, 2010Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir - Ice Dance - Gold - Feb. 23, 2010Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse won the gold medal speeding down the Goldrush Trail in a 2-person Bobsleigh Feb.24,2010
Canada's first gold medal seemed a long time in coming.  Once the first one was won, the rest came in faster every day.
Canada's first gold medal seemed a long time in coming. Once the first one was won, the rest came in faster every day.
Alexander Bilodeau - Gold - Men's Freestyle Skiing - Moguls
Alexander Bilodeau - Gold - Men's Freestyle Skiing - Moguls
Alexander Bilodeau
Alexander Bilodeau
Maelle Ricker - Gold - Women's Snowboard Cross
Maelle Ricker - Gold - Women's Snowboard Cross
Maelle Ricker
Maelle Ricker
Christine Nesbitt
Christine Nesbitt
Jon Montgomery - Gold - Skeleton Competition
Jon Montgomery - Gold - Skeleton Competition
Ashley McIvor - Gold - Ski Cross -  Feb.22, 2010
Ashley McIvor - Gold - Ski Cross - Feb.22, 2010
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir - Ice Dance - Gold - Feb. 23, 2010
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir - Ice Dance - Gold - Feb. 23, 2010
Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse won the gold medal speeding down the Goldrush Trail in a 2-person Bobsleigh Feb.24,2010
Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse won the gold medal speeding down the Goldrush Trail in a 2-person Bobsleigh Feb.24,2010

More Gold Medalists

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Kaillie Humphries of Calgary, Alberta and Heather Moyse of Summerside PEI took the Olympic Gold by racing down the Goldrush Trail Feb. 24, 2010Hockey Team Canada receive 2 Gold medals & celebrate their two victoriesMen's Speedskating 500m Short-track Charles Hamelin of Canada wins GoldCharles Hamelin of Canada in Men's speedskating 5000 relayJasey -Jay Anderson won Gold in Men's Snowboard Giant Slalom - Feb.27, 2010Team Canada Curling threw GOLD Marc Kennedy,John Morris, Kevin Martin,Ben Hebert, Adam EnrightGold - Men's Team Pursuit - Denny Morrison, Lucas Makowsky and Mathieu Giroux.Team Canada celebrates gold after winning the hockey men's gold medal game between USA and Canada on February 28, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.
Kaillie Humphries of Calgary, Alberta and Heather Moyse of Summerside PEI took the Olympic Gold by racing down the Goldrush Trail Feb. 24, 2010
Kaillie Humphries of Calgary, Alberta and Heather Moyse of Summerside PEI took the Olympic Gold by racing down the Goldrush Trail Feb. 24, 2010
Hockey Team Canada receive 2 Gold medals & celebrate their two victories
Hockey Team Canada receive 2 Gold medals & celebrate their two victories
Men's Speedskating 500m Short-track Charles Hamelin of Canada wins Gold
Men's Speedskating 500m Short-track Charles Hamelin of Canada wins Gold
Charles Hamelin of Canada in Men's speedskating 5000 relay
Charles Hamelin of Canada in Men's speedskating 5000 relay
Jasey -Jay Anderson won Gold in Men's Snowboard Giant Slalom - Feb.27, 2010
Jasey -Jay Anderson won Gold in Men's Snowboard Giant Slalom - Feb.27, 2010
Team Canada Curling threw GOLD Marc Kennedy,John Morris, Kevin Martin,Ben Hebert, Adam Enright
Team Canada Curling threw GOLD Marc Kennedy,John Morris, Kevin Martin,Ben Hebert, Adam Enright
Gold - Men's Team Pursuit - Denny Morrison, Lucas Makowsky and Mathieu Giroux.
Gold - Men's Team Pursuit - Denny Morrison, Lucas Makowsky and Mathieu Giroux.
Team Canada celebrates gold after winning the hockey men's gold medal game between USA and Canada on February 28, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.
Team Canada celebrates gold after winning the hockey men's gold medal game between USA and Canada on February 28, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.

Canada's Silver Medalists

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Jennifer Heil - Freestyle skiing MogulsMike Robertson - Snowboard CrossMarianne St.Gelais - 500m Short Track Speed SkatingKristina Groves - 1500m Speed SkatingHelen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown - Women's 2-man BobsleighHelen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown - Medal CeremonyTania Vincent, Kalyna Roberge, Marianne St. Gelais, Jessica Gregg - 3000m Relay Speed Skating.Canada's Cori Bartel celebrates with skip Cheryl Bernard a curling victory.
Jennifer Heil - Freestyle skiing Moguls
Jennifer Heil - Freestyle skiing Moguls
Mike Robertson - Snowboard Cross
Mike Robertson - Snowboard Cross
Marianne St.Gelais - 500m Short Track Speed Skating
Marianne St.Gelais - 500m Short Track Speed Skating
Kristina Groves - 1500m Speed Skating
Kristina Groves - 1500m Speed Skating
Helen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown - Women's 2-man Bobsleigh
Helen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown - Women's 2-man Bobsleigh
Helen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown - Medal Ceremony
Helen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown - Medal Ceremony
Tania Vincent, Kalyna Roberge, Marianne St. Gelais, Jessica Gregg - 3000m Relay Speed Skating.
Tania Vincent, Kalyna Roberge, Marianne St. Gelais, Jessica Gregg - 3000m Relay Speed Skating.
Canada's Cori Bartel celebrates with skip Cheryl Bernard a curling victory.
Canada's Cori Bartel celebrates with skip Cheryl Bernard a curling victory.

Canada's Bronze Medalists

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Canada's Bronze MedalistsKristina Groves skates to a Bronze Medal in Women's 3000m.Kristina Groves - Bronze - Speed Skating 3000m.Clara Hughes - 5000m SpeedskatingWomen's Figure Skating - (L-R) Mao Asada of Japan-Silver, Kim Yu-na of S.Korea-Gold & Joannie Rochette of Canada - Bronze medal.Canadian Joannie Rochette posing with her bronze medal won for figure skating at the 2010 Olympics.Canada's Francois-Louis Tremblay won Bronze in Men's 500 short-track speed skating.4-man Bobsleigh Team - Pilot Lyndon rush, Chris LeBihan, David Bisset, Lascellis Brown won Bronze
Canada's Bronze Medalists
Canada's Bronze Medalists
Kristina Groves skates to a Bronze Medal in Women's 3000m.
Kristina Groves skates to a Bronze Medal in Women's 3000m.
Kristina Groves - Bronze - Speed Skating 3000m.
Kristina Groves - Bronze - Speed Skating 3000m.
Clara Hughes - 5000m Speedskating
Clara Hughes - 5000m Speedskating
Women's Figure Skating - (L-R) Mao Asada of Japan-Silver, Kim Yu-na of S.Korea-Gold & Joannie Rochette of Canada - Bronze medal.
Women's Figure Skating - (L-R) Mao Asada of Japan-Silver, Kim Yu-na of S.Korea-Gold & Joannie Rochette of Canada - Bronze medal.
Canadian Joannie Rochette posing with her bronze medal won for figure skating at the 2010 Olympics.
Canadian Joannie Rochette posing with her bronze medal won for figure skating at the 2010 Olympics.
Canada's Francois-Louis Tremblay won Bronze in Men's 500 short-track speed skating.
Canada's Francois-Louis Tremblay won Bronze in Men's 500 short-track speed skating.
4-man Bobsleigh Team - Pilot Lyndon rush, Chris LeBihan, David Bisset, Lascellis Brown won Bronze
4-man Bobsleigh Team - Pilot Lyndon rush, Chris LeBihan, David Bisset, Lascellis Brown won Bronze

Where Have All The Red Mittens Gone? - Can you buy them still?

Red Mitten Skiers
Red Mitten Skiers

Photo: Courtesty of Dj Hart of The Canada Red Mitten Shop

Fans were lined up to buy "THE" Red Mittens of the Vancouver Olympics. Some lin the line-up were buying a dozen at a time. I think many were buying them as a collector item. Although there was much memorabilia for sale, nothing, but NOTHING sold like the mittens. Old skin-flint me even bought a couple pair. One pair for me and one pair for a friend. Mine got lost the very first day I wore them, but my friend still has hers.

I was wondering if there were any for sale on eBay, OR, OR ??? I couldn't find anywhere to buy them and I had almost given up when, I found a place that has some. They even have glow in the dark red mittens! The place to buy this little red bit of memory is: The Canada Red Mitten Shop

When everyone else's are either lost or worn out you'll be able to sport your brand new Red Canada Mittens. They are pretty neat to have.

Happy Snowboarding - Learn how to do it better.

Whether you are an Olympic contender or just learning to snowboard there is something here for everyone.

Spotlight on Olympic Vancouver - You can participate.

Artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is shining another kind of spotlight on Olympic Vancouver. Internet participants can help program 10 different 10,000-watt searchlights as part of the installation called "Vectorial Elevation."

I was wondering about the significance of these lights. I thought they were only placed in Vancouver for the Olympics. Who is responsible for the varied patterns? View the video for more information on the beautiful light displays.

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A 122 feet, 1 inch high, new Guinness world record-breaking snowman (woman) was made in Bethel, Maine.

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It was fun, putting it all together. It is really helped me to understand more about snowboarding which I've never tried. I think that I'll stick with skiing. Snowboarding looks very difficult by comparison.

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Rangoon House: Watching these young adults have such fun really gives me much enjoyment. I am happy that you enjoyed the lens. What a thrill for your daughter to meet Lydia! You'll have to watch that she doesn't catch the Olympic bug. That my not be good for her dancing career (unless she took up figure skating, of course).

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Otto Phillips: Thank you so much for visiting.

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      AJ 4 years ago from Australia

      Well I don't regret not being there now - you've just taken me through the whole Winter Olympics! I think the photograph of Shaun White riding high is just amazing. Lydia Lassila visited my daughter's school not long after winning her gold medal - she is probably still on a high! Blessings.

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      Otto Phillips 4 years ago

      What a wonderful lens! Vancouver/Whistler 2010 was such a magical Winter Olympics.

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Loretta L: I do enjoy watching the winter sports. I'd be there in person if that were possible.

      I'm off to visit you now.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Wow! You know a lot about Winter Olympics! I bet you are looking forward to Sochi 2014. I am getting more into it this year as I am following some winter sports athletes (mainly Bob sleigh) on twitter, and learning more about it!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @goo2eyes lm: Thank you for revisiting this lens with a blessing. How sweet you are!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      just coming back to leave you some deserving squidangel *blessings*.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @norma-holt: Thanks for the blessing.I read somewhere that this is why Australia and other warm nations did so well is because they were serious about their training. Well done!

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Great lens It's interesting that Australia got 2 gold and a silver here as we are not a cold nation but our people try hard and train furiously in the short time we do have with snow on our alps. Blessed and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen and also on Snowy Mountains. Hugs

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @goo2eyes lm: Thank you for coming and having a look. I guess now I can just look at the lens as a record of history.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      2010 has passed by but i watched the games. you still deserve a squid like and fb like

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Thank you, friends, I'm still tied up looking after ill family so I haven't been visiting my Squidoo friends lenses as I usually do. I appreciate your friendly comments and thumbs up. (The favorites and blessings also, of course.)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You certainly have the Olympic Spirit here!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Nice review

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Just came back to check this lens ~ I enjoyed watching the Olympics and was impressed with Canada's performance. Once again, great job! I want my medal now :) **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Yes, there was an accident that caused a death at this year's Olympics too. It was a young man performing the "Skeleton." Speed and icy conditions are a bad combination. It was very sad!

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @indigoj: Thanks for the lensroll and comments. I've just been to your page. Love the Tango lens.

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      Sherry Venegas 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Very good coverage. Your last comment makes me think of a sad obituary I saw in the newspaper. The sports woman was a stranger, she had teenagers and she was in her forties but her family said she loved snow sports and snowboarding. She died in a snowboarding accident.

      The speed these sportsmen display is awesome. I better stay out of the way. I have not skied in about ten years.

      Wonderful work.

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      What a wonderful look back at the 2010 Winter Olympics. No medal required, it was a treat to see this great collection of facts and photos! Lensrolled back to my Tips for Female Beginner Snowboarders. :)

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @ajgodinho: Hi Anthony, I visited your lensography yesterday and was very impressed with your talent and I'm sure that you would have made a beautiful Olympic lens. There is always 2014 Olympics in Russia. I may cover part of it, but there certainly are plenty of events to cover without overlapping. Thanks for visiting and commenting - you get a Gold.

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      Anthony Godinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Excellent lens - you put in a lot of effort into it and it's great to know the you enjoyed putting it together.

      I was going to put together a lens on the 2010 Olympics some time late last year even before the torch relay started but I didn't manage to due to other priorities. I then went on a 5-week vacation and just got back a few days ago, so it was good to get to catch some of the live games including hockey!

      IMHO, Canada has done a phenomenal job so far...Go Canada Go!

      Great lens...keep up the good work...5*s - joined your fan club!

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: I think that they are doing excellent! No doubt they will come a close second if not number one in a lot of medals. You are right, there have been a lot of falls. The snow conditions have not been the best. I have skiied on ice and also slush .. both are difficult and present unexpected accidents. Thanks so much for writing.

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      RuthCoffee 7 years ago

      Great lens, I enjoy watching a bit of the Olympics but have to admit I'm sometimes clueless about each of the events...this helps!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Yes, Canada has won more medals than I expected, but the Canadian media still seems to be disappointed, did they really think with "Own The Podium" we would be NO. 1 right of the bat, give it ten years and then we should see a fight for the gold on Canada's part. Also I have never seen so many people fall down as I have in these Olympics.

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @RuthCoffee: Thanks for the visit mulberry. I learned a lot by writing the lens. I pretty-much knew about the skiing events ... the snowboarding was a revelation. I thought that if I didn't know about the new events possibly others wouldn't either. LaraineRose

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      JenOfChicago LM 7 years ago

      Great lens! I am addicted to the Olympics!

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: You should be really happy. We got another Silver today!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Okay I am happy now, way to go Alexandre the Golden boy.

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @tea lady 2: Thank you for your visit and thank you for also featuring this lens on your Olympic News. I'm heading your way right now. Ain't life grand! A GOLD Today!

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: Yes, I'm sure that she was feeling a bit let down. She really was a good sport though and in her press release was so gracious. Thank you for dropping in. I'll be recording all of the events from Cypress Mtn. here so please come again.

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @JanieceTobey: Hi Janiece - I've finally come up for air. I'm sure your son will continue to love snowboarding. I have many young friends who think I'm really getting old because I love skiing still. One of these days I AM going to try boarding. Yes, really! I'm glad you enjoyed the lens. Thanks for coming by.

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      Pat 7 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Great lens, beautifully done. I'm featuring it on my Olympic News lens

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Jennifer Heil looked devastated last night. I felt so sorry for her. As did Canada our first big chance to get a gold on Canadian soil. Still she already had the gold and now a silver to add to the collection.

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      JanieceTobey 7 years ago

      My son had his first snowboarding experience about a week ago, and LOVED it. Thanks for such an awesome lens on the Olympics!!

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @StevenCousley: Thanks for dropping by Steven. I'll have the results for you starting tomorrow. Cheers!

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @WillBorden: Thank you for the nice comment, Will. I watched some of the opening ceremony tonight and one can really feel the excitement in the air. I will be watching tomorrow and you'll get the winners of these events here as soon as they are announced.

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      Steven Cousley 7 years ago from Young, NSW, Australia

      Very nice work on the lens and favourited so I can check the results later. :)

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      WillBorden 7 years ago

      Hi Laraine,

      Another very interesting and well thought out lens. Great information on the Canadian athletes to be competing in the Cypress Mountain snowboarding and skiing events. I look forward to your upcoming Squidoo contributions and highly recommend that people view your other lenses- great work!

      Will

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Hi Whistler, You have just won 2 medals for Canada by commenting twice. *Grin*

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I will. Canada has yet to win an Olympic Gold Medal on Canadian soil, I will settle for that. There will no doubt be a great to do about it. I think we will see an increase in medals but the "Own The Podium" that the government is pushing I don't think so.

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Hi Whistler, I'm sure that the contestants will do their best to get Canada a Gold. I just hope that the snow will hold up. With the soft snow .. it will be difficult for everyone on the hills! Thanks for writing and for the stars. Come back to see all the medals.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Well laid out lens. Thank you. I can only say that with the money it has cost BC and the Federal Government that we see some medals for a change.

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Thanks for visiting Mary Beth. I think the next best thing to skiing/snowboarding is watching it .. so I'll be watching also. What a great time to be in Vancouver!

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I'm really looking forward to watching the Olympics. Thanks for all the great information and wonderful photos.

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Well, Julie, you deserve a medal, you are the first one to write a comment. Thank you!

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Well, freestyle looks interesting -- I like to think that my style is akin to freestyle. Feel like I've actually been to the winter olympics after visiting this page!