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Vancouver 2010 Medal Count PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brooke Lorren   
Saturday, 13 February 2010 10:31
Winter Olympics Medals 2010

Medal Winners

What's the Winter Olympics without medals? While not every athlete comes with the expectation of winning a medal (especially from the smaller countries), winning a gold, silver, or bronze medal is a goal that many people have.

The following chart of medals and their winners will be filled out as the events commence:

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 March 2010 23:43
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2010 Olympics Tivo Tips PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brooke Lorren   
Friday, 12 February 2010 00:12

A few people have stumbled upon this site after searching for Tivo. This is my third Olympics that I will be Tivo'ing, and I have some tips for anybody that wants to catch as much of the Olympics as they can, without making the rest of their family mad.

  • The Tivo will list the Olympics as "XXI Winter Olympics". You can find it by looking for that name, or you can just go to the time and channel of the show that you want to record.
  • Once you have found one episode of the Olympics that you want to watch, it's easy to record the other ones. Select "view upcoming episodes" and you'll see a list of the upcoming Olympics events for up to two weeks in advance (since the Olympics lasts for 16 days, you won't be able to set the Tivo to record everything right now).
  • Under "view upcoming episodes", you'll be able to see what sports are being aired. Hockey and curling episodes are generally full-length games; the other airings usually show several sports in one episode.
Last Updated on Friday, 12 February 2010 00:46
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Skicross Joins the Olympic Program PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brooke Lorren   
Friday, 29 January 2010 21:09

For the 2010 Winter Olympic games in Vancouver, a new type of competition is coming to the Olympics.  Ski Cross will be joining the official Olympic program.  The men will make their debut on Sunday, January 21st, while the ladies will make their debut on Tuesday, February 23rd.  In both cases, the qualification rounds and the final will be held on the same day.

Ski cross is a timed event, but it incorporates terrain that is normally associated with freestyle skiing, like jumps, rollers, and banks.  Like snowboardcross, four skiers compete on the course at one time.  The athletes are not supposed to intentionally contact each other on the course.

Casey Puckett, former Olympian from 1994, 1998, 2002, and 2006), along with Daron Rahlves, a former Olympian from 1998, 2002, and 2006, will compete in the debut year of Olympic ski cross.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 January 2010 21:32
 
Italians Make Doping Cost Cash PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brooke Lorren   
Thursday, 04 February 2010 10:16

Doping is very harmful for the Olympics.I mentioned a few days ago how Crystal Cox, who won a gold medal for running in the preliminary heats of the ladies 4x400 in Athens, was caught doping. She lost her medal, and her teammates could potentially lose their medals. I'm currently working on a web page about the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Marion Jones was caught doping, and all of her teammates lost their medals too.

The Italians have demonstrated their seriousness about their anti-doping policy by imposing a $140,000 fine for any athlete who is caught doping at the Olympics. While this may sound harsh, I think it's a good idea.

Doping causes a lot of harm. It hurts the other competitors who play fair. It doesn't just make it more difficult to win a medal, it can hurt these competitors economically. Let's say athlete A was using steroids, and won the gold medal against clean athlete B. Will athlete B get the same product endorsements as athlete A? Probably not.

Marion Jones didn't admit to taking steroids in Sydney until 2007. By that point, most of the economic endorsement boost that her teammates in the 4x400 meter race would have gained from winning would probably have faded away. If Jones had been caught right away, that would have been another story. Her teammates would have lost out economically.

Not only does doping make the other teammates lose out, it can hurt the teammate’s country. When an athlete uses performance-enhancing drugs, they cause the country to lose credibility. Doping marred the women’s 4x400 meter relay for two Olympiads in a row. Marion Jones’ steroid use in 2000 made her teammates lose their gold medals. We have yet to find out how Crystal Cox’s drug use will affect her teammates; my guess is that because she did not race in the final, the other athletes will get to keep their medals, but you never know how the IOC will rule. Whether or not they lose their medals, it cheapens their win, and makes the United States look bad in the eyes of the world.

So good for the Italians for imposing a fine on athletes that are caught doping, but I would hope that the Italians would show a little discernment in some situations. For example, when Andreea Răducan won the all-around title in Sydney, and then lost it because she took a couple of cold pills that contain pseudoephedrine, most people thought that it was a little ridiculous. Should the Italians impose the fine in a case like that? I would hope that they wouldn’t. In most cases, doping is not a simple matter of making a mistake by taking the wrong cold pill. In most cases, a fine would be in order.

 

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