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Saturday at the Olympics

  • Blog Post by: Jim Souhan
  • February 13, 2010 - 9:54 PM

-The Canada women's hockey team just beat Slovakia 18-0. At some point, when your opponent is that overmatched, shouldn't you tell your players to control the puck but not shoot so much? Slovakia has about 12 female hockey players in the country. It's one thing to knock your opponent down - it's another to punch them in the head a dozen times just for fun.

When you're up 18-0, you should really bring in Jedd Fisch to run your offense to keep from running up the score.

-I watched Chad Hedrick finish 11th and Shani Davis 12th in the 5000 meter speedskating. Hedrick won the gold in this event in Turin, but was never in contention here. He complained of sticky ice, but Sven Kramer of the Netherlands broke the Olympic record while winning gold.

Davis and Hedrick were both affable and diplomatic, quite a departure from Turin, when they tore into each other publicly. Davis is a sprinter, so finishing 12th was no disgrace.

Kramer, who has dominated the event for the past three years, sprinted to the stands, climbed up, hugged his parents and then almost knocked over his girlfriend in his jubilation. He's also favored to win the 10,000 and his team is favored to win the Team Pursuit.

The Dutch love their speedskating. They pack the oval wearing goofy costumes, including huge orange top hats, and cheer for just about everyone.

-Rachel Blount wrote three stories for the Sunday paper, and Michael Russo spent the day at Whistler covering Tony Benshoof and luge. I wrote a column on the problematic start of the Olympics for Canada, despite the country and Vancouver's obvious efforts to make this a first-class event.

They're succeeding as far as I'm concerned. Great city, great food, good beer, and I'll take rain over freezing cold anytime.

I walked down Granville Ave. tonight to see how much damage the protesters caused, and the department store that got damaged, Hudson Bay, was already putting in new windows, and the line outside their building to buy Olympic gear was a block long.

-Apolo Anton Ono just took silver in the 1500 short-track speedskating, giving him six medals, the most of any male American speedskater ever. Eric Heiden won five in one Olympics. Ono is now tied with Bonnie Blaire for most medals by any American speedskater.

-Things will start picking up when Lindsey Vonn actually gets to compete and the men's hockey starts.

Tomorrow morning, I should be able to co-host Sunday Sports talk with Brad Lane on am-1500, from 10-noon. We hope to have on John Randle, Rick Anderson and Strib Gophers basketball writer Myron Medcalf. You can follow me on Twitter at Souhanstrib.

 

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