VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Finally, we ski. The men's downhill event, where helmeted racers tear down the side of a mountain in search of Alpine immortality, is scheduled to begin at Whistler Creekside today at 1:30 p.m. (The caveat, as always, is weather permitting.) Medals will also be awarded in men's and women's cross country, women's luge, and men's speedskating.
Stockholm's natural beauty makes it the perfect setting for outdoor happenings. Many of the city's seasonal events have their roots in the city's Viking past, giving a taste of Sweden's long lost Viking heritage.
Cross-country skiing is less speedy -- and therefore less intimidating -- than its steep-sloped cousin, downhill skiing. It also burns more calories, as skiers glide along snowy trails and skate up inclines.
Spending hours in a gym wasn't giving Susan Huynh of Los Angeles, California, the results she was looking for, so on the advice of a friend, she picked up some poles, but she didn't head to the slopes. Instead she tried a growing exercise trend: Nordic walking.
This is today's frontline in the battle of the electronics giants. Flat screen TVs are among the fastest moving consumer electronics products in the world. For one company flat-screens are more than a hot product, they're a virtual corporate life-saver. Sharp is now the world's biggest maker of liquid-crystal display televisions. But it wasn't that long ago that the company based in Osaka, Japan had lost its way. Profits had fallen sharply, the brand was limp and the future looked bleak. What it needed was radical corporate surgery and the doctor and savior as it turned out was the new president. Katsuhiko Machida spent 29 years at Sharp before taking the top job in 1998. And he took a huge gamble early on in his presidency by deciding to focus Sharp on flat-screen televisions and shut down many other product lines. He spoke to CNN's Andrew Stevens.
Eight cross-country skiers including an Olympic gold medallist and two U.S. team members have been banned for five days after tests showed they had an abnormally high red blood cell count -- which could boost endurance.