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.
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.
World champion Carlo Janka of Switzerland added the men's Olympic giant-slalom title to his list of honors on Tuesday -- after Bode Miller skied out in his attempt to claim a record fourth medal at the Vancouver Games.