Here are some of the most outstanding female athletes of the year in Olympic sports, listed in alphabetical order with a nod to the Korean and Chinese whose family names appear first. Next week, we'll look at some of the top males.
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- If this was the last night of his Olympic career, let the record show that Anton Apolo Ohno's finale was in keeping with his career -- with his life, really. It was a little bit messy, a little bit controversial, ultimately successful and above all, one hell of an entertaining ride.
Lindsey Vonn's Olympics come to an end. Alex Thomas wraps up Friday's competition.
American skier Bode Miller failed in his bid for an unprecedented medal haul but the United States will finish the 2010 Winter Olympics on Sunday with a record total after winning gold and silver on Saturday.
Now comes the Shani & Stephen hangover.
VANCOUVER, British COlumbia -- It isn't a role the United States is accustomed to playing, least of all at an Olympics. But the Americans' almost certain status as the top medal dog at the Vancouver Games is the result of its recurrent role here as successful underdog.
RICHMOND, British Columbia -- Sven Kramer of the Netherlands gets back up on his skates today. He'll join two countrymen in team pursuit qualifying, with an eye on Saturday's men's final, in which Holland is heavily favored.
On the 12-step road to recovery, they say the first task is to face and acknowledge reality. By that standard, Monday was a gilded day for Canada -- and I'm not talking primarily about the ice-dancing gold medal won by Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.
Dutch speed skating star Sven Kramer was left in tears after confused communication with his coach cost him a gold medal at the Winter Olympics on Tuesday night.
RICHMOND, British Columbia -- Former Olympic gold medal speedskater Bart Veldkamp of the Netherlands stood outside the Richmond Olympic Oval on Tuesday in a light drizzle that suited the national mood of astonishment and disbelief.
Apolo Anton Ohno becomes the most decorated American Winter Olympian. Alex Thomas reports.
South Korea's Lee Jung-Su confirmed his reputation as the top men's short-track speedskater at the 2010 Winter Olympics with his second gold medal on Saturday night, while American Apolo Anton Ohno snatched a place in the history books with a last-gasp bronze.
With a new bronze, Ohno becomes the most decorated American athlete in Winter Olympics history
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- SI's Michael Farber calls today Hockey Day in Heaven, and with good reason: "The top six teams in the world are meeting in their most natural and appealing configurations, reprising the three Olympic finals that have included NHL players," says Farber. "There will be Canada against the United States and Sweden versus Finland in a pair of borders wars, all preceded by the geopolitical (and hockey) antipathy between Russia and the Czech Republic. Prague Spring, anyone?" Canada's Hockey Place becomes the epicenter of puckhead revelry today with a dream tripleheader on the ice. Of course, there are actual medals to be had in other venues, including the men's super-combined at Whistler Creekside (Bode alert!), women's 1,500-meter speedskating and the conclusion of men's two-man bobsled. It's also the debut of freestyle ski cross, the wild four-at-a-time plunge down the hill at Cypress.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Forget the NFL, and apologies to baseball:
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Is Chad Hedrick poised to become speedskating's Julia Mancuso, with Shani Davis playing the part of Lindsey Vonn?
Vonn, White and Davis all win gold for the U.S. in Vancouver. CNN's Alex Thomas reports.
Lindsey Vonn of the United States lived up to her billing as the golden girl of the Winter Olympics with a dominant victory in the women's downhill at Whistler Creekside on Wednesday.
Five-time gold medal speed skater Eric Heiden was hanging out in a Team USA locker room Saturday, watching TV as a much younger phenom named Apolo Ohno broke his 30-year Olympic record.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Out of roughly 5,500 athletes in Vancouver, Evgeni Plushenko may be the most nerveless competitor. Tonight, the defending champion attempts to become the first man to win back-to-back Olympic golds in men's figure skating since Dick Button of the U.S. in 1948 and '52. "It gets more difficult each Olympics," Plushenko told reporters on Tuesday night, after placing first in the short program. "It's not because I'm getting older. It's that you have to prove yourself all over again. Gold, silver, bronze, fourth place ... I will take any result." That result will be the headline of the night -- and if it's anything but gold, the headline will be even bigger. Other medals will be awarded in men's and women's biathlon, women's halfpipe and women's speedskating.
Bode Miller and Seth Wescott collect medals for the U.S. CNN's Alex Thomas reports.
VANCOUVER -- Operating in front of the most impressive sea of red since Moses, Team Canada took the hard way and then the easy way to dispatch Norway at a giddy Canada Hockey Place in the opener of the hockey Armageddon known as the Olympics.
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.
Unheralded Frenchman Vincent Jay caused a massive upset by claiming the first gold medal of Sunday's competition at the Vancouver Winter Games by winning the men's sprint biathlon at Whistler Olympic Park.
There was no way he should have been on that medal stand. Going into the final turn of Saturday night's 1,500-meter short-track speed skating final, J.R. Celski was fifth. The South Korean skaters had a firm grasp on the gold, silver and bronze.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The third day of Olympic competitions falls on Valentine's Day, and no one can use a bigger hug than Canada following a tough Saturday in which the host country failed to end its home-gold medal drought. It's unlikely the Canadians will win a medal today (though they have a shot in men's moguls), but Sunday holds major promise for the U.S. in Nordic combined. Medals will also be awarded in the biathlon sprint, men's singles luge and women's speedskating. The highlights:
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- If you think short-track speedskating is the sport that essentially involves going around in circles with a lot of bumps along the way, you're right. On two levels.
The opening ceremony for the 2010 Winter Olympics began on a somber note Friday night as members of the delegation from Georgia mourned the loss of one of their teammates just hours earlier.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- So much for the archetype of the quiet and reserved Canadian. On the eve of the Vancouver Games, which will see 5,500 athletes from 82 countries compete for 258 medals, this city is overflowing with boosterism, positivism and optimism. Its rainy streets are filled with flapping Maple Leafs as well as a flapping Canadian media crowing about Team Canada's chances for medal success.
VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The Games go on, of course. Olympic competition begins in full today, albeit with a somber tone after the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, the first Olympic athlete killed during training or competition since the 1964 Innsbruck Games. It's a day with medal hopes for the U.S. in the men's downhill, women's moguls and short-track speedskating.
Canada's Olympic home losing streak began July 18, 1976, a day after the opening ceremonies in Montreal, trudged depressingly through Calgary 1988 and now stands at 0-for-244 as an expectant nation awaits the lighting of the cauldron for the XXI Olympic Winter Games.
SI.com's writers will preview each event from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Here's Sarah Kwak's look ahead to short-track speed skating.
For a short-track speed skater, a career is often proportionate to the size of the track on which he competes.
(This story appeared in the Feb. 8, 2010, issue of Sports Illustrated.)
SI.com's writers will preview each event from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Here's Alexander Wolff's look ahead to speedskating.
Ever wonder what inspired the contests you watch at the Winter Olympics? Some sports got their starts on icy ponds, others were the byproducts of military activity.
The short-track speedskater reveals his love for Twitter, shoes and the Games
Stephen Colbert may have lost his bid as an underdog presidential candidate last year, but he still wants to represent America any way he can.
They're the icing on the cake and the cherry on your muffin.
The kid hated needles. But it hardly mattered. About once a week he'd roll up his sleeve, expose his shoulder and feel the cold metal plunge into what little muscle he had there. He would scrunch up his face as if he had smelled something foul and often close his eyes until the contents of the syringe emptied into his bloodstream. Then he could return to his PlayStation 2.
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We asked readers for their reaction to the death of Steve Irwin, the Australian TV presenter known as the "Crocodile Hunter," who died after being stung by a stingray. We received thousands of replies. The following are a selection, some of which have been edited:
Who wants to be No. 1? As hot companies such as Lowe's and AMD show, second best is often better.
NBC is asking viewers to vote for one of 12 U.S. Winter Olympians to join the contestants on the next series of "The Apprentice." Among the hopefuls are speed skaters, freestyle skiers, sledders and an ice hockey defender.
Han Xiaopeng won China's first Olympic gold medal on snow when he triumphed in the men's freestyle skiing aerials.
Compared to the disqualifications and bitter words that overshadowed the short track speed skating at the last Winter Olympics, the competition at the Palavela has been a constant procession of politeness. Until now.
Canadian speedskater Cindy Klassen spectacularly won Olympic gold in the women's 1,500 meters on Wednesday, raising her medals tally at the Games to four.
The atmosphere was so electric, the din so overwhelming as Canada took on Switzerland in the women's curling that players found themselves unable to hear each other at opposite ends of the ice.
Russia's world sprint champion Svetlana Zhurova sparkled in her two races to clinch the women's 500 meters speedskating gold at the Turin Olympics on Tuesday.
The Olympic favorites have been dropping -- or in some cases not dropping fast enough -- in Torino as a series of stunning upsets and miscalculations left many highly-fancied athletes grasping at what might have been.
Chad Hedrick of the US won the men's 5,000 meters speed skating gold medal Saturday, a perfect start to his bid to win five gold medals and equal Eric Heiden's 1980 Olympic triumph.
The 20th Winter Olympics has got under way in Torino with an opening ceremony filled with "rhythm, passion and speed" to showcase Italian culture.
Speed skating evolved in The Netherlands as far back as the 13th century, with skaters streaming across frozen canals to relay messages between cities. Races began in The Netherlands in the late 17th century, but the first international competition was not held until 1863, in Norway.
Don't even try to steer," the instructor tells us with a straight face. "On your first few runs, you'll only make things worse." I'm sitting with about 30 other people in the track operations build...
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