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South Korea's Kim Yu-na is the heavy favorite to win figure skating gold tonight.

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Daily Briefing, Feb. 25

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Gold to Kim Yu-na of South Korea, silver to Mao Asada of Japan, and a bronze for the ages to Canada's Joannie Rochette. That is E.M. Swift's prediction for the Ladies' figure skating title, the showcase event on a day which also features medals handed out in men's aerials, women's cross-country, Nordic combined, women's hockey and women's giant slalom.

What to Watch
(All times Eastern)

• Canada skip Cheryl Bernard leads her squad against the Swiss in the women's curling semifinals (12:00 p.m.) at the Vancouver Olympic Center. The Canadians finished 8-1 in the round robin and beat the Swiss 5-4 in the opener. Sweden will play China in a rematch of last year's world championship final.

• The second run for the Ladies' Giant Slalom, postponed yesterday due to inclement weather at Whistler Creekside, goes today at 12:30 p.m. Three Austrian skiers rank among the top four racers including Elisabeth Goergl, the first run leader by 0.02 (1:15.12). France's Taina Barioz is in second (1:15.14) followed by Austrians Kathrin Zettel (1:15.28) and Eva-Maria Brem (1:15.38). Defending champion Julia Mancuso was in 18th after being placed later in the race for her run because she was on the course when teammate Lindsey Vonn crashed. Sara Schleper posted the best time (1:16.19) of any American and sits 14th and 1.07 behind the leader from Austria.

• The U.S. Nordic combined team looks add to its historic haul as the Large Hill individual event begins at 1:00 p.m. with the jumping. (The cross-country part of the event starts at 4:00 PM). Americans Bill Demong, Todd Lodwick and Johnny Spillane, who won silver in the normal hill individual event and team competition, are among the medal threats. France's Jason Lamy-Chappuis won the individual normal hill event earlier in the Games is the pre-race favorite. Other contenders include Austria's Felix Gottwald, Norway's Magnus Moan, Tino Edelmann and Eric Frenzel of Germany.

• Finland and Sweden always seem to play big hockey games -- this was the men's final in Turin -- and today the women's hockey teams meet for the bronze medal (2:00 p.m.). These are the two best teams in the world behind Canada and the U.S. but they are far behind the leaders and far ahead of the also-rans. Each has a terrific goalie -- Noora Raty for Finland and Kim Martin for the Swedes. Raty, a freshman kinesiology student at Minnesota, stopped 45 shots against Canada. Martin led Sweden to a win over the U.S. in Turin, though she was shelled here by the U.S. and Canada. Pernilla Winberg is the top scorer for Sweden with five points.

• Sweden has never won a medal in the women's cross-country 4x5 km relay (2:00 p.m.) but that could change today behind Charlotte Kalla (who has won gold and silver here) and Anna Olsson, Magdalena Pajala and Ida Ingemarsdotter. Germany, Norway and Russia, who won in Turin, are also contenders. Double gold winner Marit Bjoergen will ski for Norway. Morgan Arritola, Holly Brooks, Caitlin Compton and Kikkan Randall will ski for the U.S.

• The most dominant team at the Olympics? It might be Canada's men's curling team. The undefeated squad (9-0) plays Sweden (5-4) in today's semifinals (5:00 p.m.). They are the first team to go unbeaten in the 10-team Olympic Round. Second-place Norway (7-2) plays third-place Switzerland in the other semifinal

• Kim Yu-Na leads the pack heading into tonight's free skate at the Pacific Coliseum. "She was absolutely breathtaking, both in her technique and in her artistry," says Swift. Kim scored a season's best 73.78 points followed by Japan's Mao Asada (73.78), Canada's Rochette (71.36) and Japan's Miki Ando (64.76). Americans Rachael Flatt (64.64) and Mirai Nagasu (63.76) round out the top six. All will skate in the fourth and final group tonight. The order (selected random among the top six) is as followed: Flatt, Ando, Kim, Asada, Rochette and Nagasu. The competition begins with the first group at 8 p.m.

• China's Jia Zongyang led after qualifying in the men's aerials followed by American Ryan St. Onge, Switzerland's Thomas Lambert, Dmirti Dashinski of Belarus, and Jeret (Speedy) Peterson of the U.S. The 18-year-old Jia will be the final of the 12 skiers tonight (9:00 p.m.) on Cypress Mountain. World Cup champion Anton Kushnir of Belarus failed to make a clean landing and crashed in qualifying, opening up the competition. The crowd will be behind Canada's four-time World Champion Steve Omischl, who is looking for his first Olympic medal in his third Olympics.

• Canada is going to win the gold medal game today (6:30 p.m.) in women's hockey. At least that's the opinion of members of Team Sweden and Team Finland. "The USA has a great team, but overall Canada is stronger," says Finland coach Pekka Hamalainen. "If I had to put money on one team, it would be Canada." Swedish goaltender Kim Martin agrees. "It was harder to play Canada," said Martin, who added if Canada and the U.S. played each other 10 times, the Canadians would win six games. Canada has won the last two Olympic medals, though the U.S. has taken the last two world championships. Five of the top eight scoring leaders are Canadian, led by Meghan Agosta with 14 points. The U.S.'s top scorers are Jenny Potter and Natalie Darwitz; each has 11 points. Defenseman Angela Ruggiero is the team's pulse and physical force. Here's one interesting stat to keep in mind: The U.S. has scored 40 goals on 183 shots during the Games for a 21.86 efficiency tournament, the best in the tournament. Canada is second at 19.91 (46 goals, 231 shots). The game will be broadcast on MSNBC.

By The Numbers
3.6 million -- Canadian viewers who watched Canada's semifinal victory against Finland in women's Olympic hockey on Monday.

3.5 million -- Viewers who watched Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir skate to their ice-dance gold.

5 -- Gold medals for Sweden in the men's cross-country skiing relay, the most golds in the event for any country. Sweden won the men's cross-country skiing 4x10 km relay Wednesday.

Quote of the Day, Part I
My name is Odd-Bjoern Hjelmeset. I skied the second lap and I f----- up today. I think I have seen too much porn in the last 14 days. I have the room next Petter Northhug and every day there is noise in there. So I think that is the reason I f----- up. By the way, Tiger Woods is a really good man.
-- Norway silver medalist Odd-Bjoern Hjelmeset, on his performance in the men's 4 x 10 relay (Writer's note: By far the craziest quote released by the VANOC information desk over the past 13 days.)

Quote of the Day, Part II
Not too bad. Of course you hope to go into the night in a different way. I wish I would have been in the Holland Heineken House or at medal plaza before I went to bed.
-- Holland's Sven Kramer, on how he slept the night after his disqualification in the men's 10,000.

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Fear prompts bobsledders to quit Olympics



Tom de la Hunty took Dutch bobsledder Edwin van Calker to the Whistler Sliding Center track one last time Tuesday and asked his driver if he could do it.

He wasn't asking him to win; he was asking him whether he could compete. The coach and his pilot walked the course, and de la Hunty told van Calker to think about it, giving him an hour to make a decision.

Time offered no healing. Van Calker told his coach he just couldn't drive this track and so on Wednesday the four-man No. 1 sled from the Netherlands pulled out of the Olympics.

Because their driver was terrified.

"I've never seen someone get to a major event and not compete because they're scared. You keep your inner fears to yourself and do it," de la Hunty told reporters at a news conference. "That's why it's such a popular sport in the military. It's that kind of macho sport. You go over the top together."

Van Calker, ranked 11th on the World Cup four-man tour, crashed on his first run during two-man practice on Saturday. That and the memories of other crashes, including one that resulted in two teammates in the hospital, were too much for van Calker.

He never felt comfortable on the track during the two-man competition when he and teammate Sybren Jansma finished 14th. He and the rest of the four-man team were absent from two training runs on Tuesday, as he struggled with what to do. It didn't help that eight sleds crashed on that first day of training.

And so that night, he made the decision to give up.

I have to look after my boys and can't close my eyes to that," he told reporters. "For me, it's not about performing. It's about surviving."
It was a split decision among the team to quit the games, said de la Hunty, who talked about how he told his driver he was making a choice he would regret forever.

"I've told him that to his face,"de la Hunty said, "but as a coach I have to support it because I'm responsible for him sending his team down the track in the right frame of mind."

For Timothy Beck, who wanted to continue, it was a heart-wrenching outcome to his last Olympics.

The man who carried the Dutch flag in the opening ceremonies said there was no tension on the team, but he wasn't the one looking out for three teammates.

"If you ask me if I want to slide I'd say, 'Yes'. But I don't have to steer; I just get in the back and go down. I don't have the responsibility," said Beck.

But he also said he was upset that he'd come to his third Olympics and would not get a chance to compete.

"This was my last chance to do something special," said the 33-year-old, who competed in the 2002 Winter Olympics and the 2004 Summer Olympics on the track team.

Jansma said he was frustrated because he wanted to show the world the progress the Netherlands has made in bobsled, but safety was paramount.

Arnold van Calker, the fourth member of the team, supported his brother's decision, pointing to the difference in the size of the two- and four-man sleds. The two-man sled is smaller and easier to control. Arnold van Calker, who had his doubts about the safety of the track, worried his brother had lost his nerve and wouldn't be able to steer the big sled through turns 11, 12 and 13.

Not even changes to the track on Tuesday could help reassure the brothers.

"It was a lot better, but for us it was maybe too late," Arnold van Calker said.

De la Hunty pinned some of the blame on Arnold's wife, saying that she had been worried about her husband's safety ever since Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili had crashed and died on the same track during the first day of the games.

"When Arnold is scared and upset, obviously it has influence," he said.

But Arnold van Calker said the death had no influence, and Edwin van Calker agreed that the track was not to blame for his decision.

"It's a challenging and exciting track. You have to deal with it as a pilot. That comes with the job. Sometimes you deal with it less good," he said. "It's nothing to do with the track, just my lack of confidence at the moment."

Competition in the four-man competition starts Friday with the medals decided on Saturday after the last of four runs.

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Rochette earns bronze, thanks her late mother

Holding the Olympic medal she and her mom always wanted, Joannie Rochette finally smiled and talked about when she was a young skater and desperately wanted make her mother proud.

Her mom, Therese, was her biggest supporter and sometimes her biggest critic, she said.

She wasn't the best "coach," and she was kind of picky, but she had such a good eye, Rochette said. She was always encouraging, too, even when she was finding fault.

"And even though she's not here anymore, I'm not afraid to say it, sometimes she was a pain in the ass," Rochette said laughing, probably for the first time in days.

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Tom de la Hunty took Dutch bobsledder Edwin van Calker to the Whistler Sliding Center track one last time Tuesday and asked his driver if he could do it.

He wasn't asking him to win; he was asking him whether he could compete. The coach and his pilot walked the course, and de la Hunty told van Calker to think about it, giving him an hour to make a decision.

Time offered no healing. Van Calker told his coach he just couldn't drive this track and so on Wednesday the four-man No. 1 sled from the Netherlands pulled out of the Olympics.

Because their driver was terrified.

"I've never seen someone get to a major event and not compete because they're scared. You keep your inner fears to yourself and do it," de la Hunty told reporters at a news conference. "That's why it's such a popular sport in the military. It's that kind of macho sport. You go over the top together."

Van Calker, ranked 11th on the World Cup four-man tour, crashed on his first run during two-man practice on Saturday. That and the memories of other crashes, including one that resulted in two teammates in the hospital, were too much for van Calker.

He never felt comfortable on the track during the two-man competition when he and teammate Sybren Jansma finished 14th. He and the rest of the four-man team were absent from two training runs on Tuesday, as he struggled with what to do. It didn't help that eight sleds crashed on that first day of training.

And so that night, he made the decision to give up.

I have to look after my boys and can't close my eyes to that," he told reporters. "For me, it's not about performing. It's about surviving."
It was a split decision among the team to quit the games, said de la Hunty, who talked about how he told his driver he was making a choice he would regret forever.

"I've told him that to his face,"de la Hunty said, "but as a coach I have to support it because I'm responsible for him sending his team down the track in the right frame of mind."

For Timothy Beck, who wanted to continue, it was a heart-wrenching outcome to his last Olympics.

The man who carried the Dutch flag in the opening ceremonies said there was no tension on the team, but he wasn't the one looking out for three teammates.

"If you ask me if I want to slide I'd say, 'Yes'. But I don't have to steer; I just get in the back and go down. I don't have the responsibility," said Beck.

But he also said he was upset that he'd come to his third Olympics and would not get a chance to compete.

"This was my last chance to do something special," said the 33-year-old, who competed in the 2002 Winter Olympics and the 2004 Summer Olympics on the track team.

Jansma said he was frustrated because he wanted to show the world the progress the Netherlands has made in bobsled, but safety was paramount.

Arnold van Calker, the fourth member of the team, supported his brother's decision, pointing to the difference in the size of the two- and four-man sleds. The two-man sled is smaller and easier to control. Arnold van Calker, who had his doubts about the safety of the track, worried his brother had lost his nerve and wouldn't be able to steer the big sled through turns 11, 12 and 13.

Not even changes to the track on Tuesday could help reassure the brothers.

"It was a lot better, but for us it was maybe too late," Arnold van Calker said.

De la Hunty pinned some of the blame on Arnold's wife, saying that she had been worried about her husband's safety ever since Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili had crashed and died on the same track during the first day of the games.

"When Arnold is scared and upset, obviously it has influence," he said.

But Arnold van Calker said the death had no influence, and Edwin van Calker agreed that the track was not to blame for his decision.

"It's a challenging and exciting track. You have to deal with it as a pilot. That comes with the job. Sometimes you deal with it less good," he said. "It's nothing to do with the track, just my lack of confidence at the moment."

Competition in the four-man competition starts Friday with the medals decided on Saturday after the last of four runs.
can`t say i blame them but jeeez the luge and the even more crazy skeleton events went ahead dispite running from the junior start - must be said it`s proberbly the most dangerous track in bob, luge and other sliding events in the world atm .that said i`d love a go in say the two man bob - fuck that luge and skeleton headfirst shit -i quite like my cute face the way it is

thanks for the updates ... most enlightening :D

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Medal Standings Country
g s b Total
USA 9 15 13 37
GER 10 13 7 30
CAN 14 7 5 26
NOR 9 8 6 23
AUT 4 6 6 16

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