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Bode Miller wins first Olympic gold medal



Bode Miller fulfilled his Olympic dream at last with gold medal in the men's super-combined at Whistler Creekside on Sunday.

The flamboyant U.S star has been in superb form at the Vancouver Winter Games and victory completes a full set of medals having claimed silver in the super-G and bronze in the downhill.

Miller relegated pre-race favorite Ivica Kostelic of Croatian to the silver medal position after producing a superb slalom run, having been seventh after the downhill section.

Silvan Zurbriggen of Switzerland claimed the bronze medal ahead of teammate Carlo Janka with reigning Olympic Ted Ligety of the United States back in fifth.

Super-G gold medallist Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, quickest on the downhill, slid out near the finish to spark scenes of wild celebration as Miller realized the gold was his after drawing blank in the 2006 Winter Games in Turin.

But Miller, who snubbed the official U.S. ski team in 2007 and appeared on the brink of retirement, returned to the fold last year and prepared carefully for the Games

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Hosts Canada suffered a shock 5-3 loss to the United States in the ice hockey showdown at the Winter Olympics.

The US went ahead after just 41 seconds through Brian Rafalski in the Group A qualifier at Canada Hockey Place.

Eric Staal levelled before Rafalski scored again in the first period to stun most of the 18,000 crowd.

Dany Heatley equalised but Chris Drury and Jamie Langenbrunner put the US two clear and Ryan Kesler sealed victory after a Sidney Crosby consolation.

The USA have now won all three of their round-robin matches and will progress straight to the quarter-finals. Canada, who beat Norway and made hard work of their win over Switzerland, must play again on Tuesday in play-off qualifying.

"It is probably not where we wanted to be coming in, but that is where we are now," said Crosby. "When you get to this point in the tournament it is not going to be easy and the fact we have to play an extra game isn't a terrible thing and we will be ready for it."

All 12 teams will play in the knockout stages where they are seeded according to their group-round record.

America's last victory over Canada at an Olympics was at the 1960 Squaw Valley Games when they clinched a 2-1 win.

The stadium was a sea of red-shirted home fans for what was being billed as one of the most-anticipated clashes in Canadian hockey history.

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I'd love to go watch an ice hockey game live.

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Somebody please tell me the significance of SPORT in "curling"......



It just seems more domestic than sportslike.

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Somebody please tell me the significance of SPORT in "curling"......



It just seems more domestic than sportslike.
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Stayed up till 3am to watch the Hockey -I get the feeling canada is in a STATE of mourning right now -
That result sure wasn`t in THE PLAN i wager ...
Though i did feel myself kinda leaning towards wanting the upset of a USA victory - Either that or usa getting spanked 14-0
Be quite a shock if they fail in the PLAY OFF ... would those calm easy going canadians be SOOO COOOL about it -
Cos in England and europe you`d be just about be guarenteed a full on riot !

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If there were to be a bobsled episode of The Twilight Zone, the final two runs of the women's bobsled at the Whistler Sliding Centre Wednesday night would do well as inspiration: Canada, which had zero prior medals in women's bobsled, took gold and silver; the Germans, who had nabbed three of the six medals awarded at the two prior Games that had women's bobsled, went missing from the podium; the USA 2 sled ended up not only as the top American sled, but the third best in the world; and one of the world's best technical drivers crashed herself out of contention.

Despite the much-ballyhooed advantage the Canadian sliders were supposed to have in sliding sports because of their increased training time, Canada had only won one medal at the Sliding Centre prior to Wednesday, a gold in men's skeleton.

But bobsled pilot Kaillie Humphries and her brakewoman Heather Moyse added another gold in spectacular fashion. Each of their first three (of four) runs set a new track record en route to winning by a total of 0.85 seconds over the second place sled, piloted by countrywoman Helen Upperton. "I don't know how Canada feels," Humphries said, "but I know how I feel, and it's pretty exciting." Judging by the sustained cheering and clanging cowbells from home fans, it's safe to assume that Humphries has at least a slight idea of how Canada feels, and it's the opposite of how the German fans were feeling.

German driver Sandra Kiriasis, the defending Olympic champion and the most decorated female bobsledder of all time was simply mediocre. She spent nearly the entire competition in fourth place, and had little explanation beyond the candidly translated quote, "I (expletive) up."

Cathleen Martini, one of the best technical drivers in the world and pilot of Germany 2, the third ranked sled in the world, flipped over on curve 13 of her final run and didn't finish the race. Her brakewoman Romy Logsch was thrown from the back of the sled, but neither athlete was hurt.

Meanwhile, the United States' Erin Pac, a relatively inexperienced driver who pilots USA 2 -- so called because it's supposed to be the second best U.S. sled -- was in the sliver medal spot most of the competition and slipped to bronze on the last run.

Despite being in only her fourth season as a driver -- Pac was a heptathlete at Springfield College in Massachusetts in 2002 when she went to a tryout for bobsled pushers -- Pac has managed to bounce off the walls of the tricky curve 11-12-13 sequence at the speedy Whistler track a little less than her competitors. Pac's first-ever World Cup medal, a bronze, came at the Whistler track last year. "I definitely enjoy the track," Pac said, "but it scares the crap out of me, too."

USA 1 driver Shauna Rohbock, who won sliver in '06, finished 6th, and was similar to Kiriasis -- though somewhat more delicate -- in her inability to explain what went wrong. "I just didn't put together the runs to be on the podium," she said

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