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At The Games – Sat. Feb.20th

In At the Games Baby on February 21, 2010 by geespotting

Now 8 days under the belt…heading for the home stretch. Saw Dustin Diamond…how odd was that?

BODE MILLER

– Seriously…did anyone really think that this blast from the past would be battling Lindsey Vonn for skiing supremacy? He has 2 medals now, and has skiied incredibly so far.

MELISSA HOLLINGSWORTH

– She wanted the Gold medal in women’s skeleton, and had to take a couple of risks. Sadly, those risks cost her not only the Gold…but, a medal in general. A finish out of the top 3 didn’t cut it as far as her ability goes. Was it the pressure of competing…or the pressure of WINNING in Canada? Needless to say, within minutes of her ‘loss’ she was in tears and talked about letting her country down. Maybe our ‘Games’ will be in 4 years.

JON MONTGOMERY

– Montgomery was in the same boat as Hollingsworth as far as expectations were concerned. His approach was dead opposite however, as the free wheeling Canuck won Gold in men’s skeleton. His laid back, free spirit was certainly a big reason why he was able to stay calm, yet focused in winning our 4th Gold. He celebrated by guzzling a jug of beer along the trails of Whistler. That sounds more like it for a Canadian!

MEN’S HOCKEY

GAME TEN – SWEDEN 4, BELARUS 2.

– It wasn’t going to be an upset like 8 years ago when Tommy Salo took an Ikea break , and cost the Swedes a shot at a medal. The Swedes dominated, but, the Belarussians stayed in the game long enough to give Sweden a taste of bad meatballs.

STARS 1. Daniel Alfredsson, SWE. (2 goals)

2. Daniel Sedin, SWE. (goal and assist)

3. Dmitri Meleshko, BEL. (2 goals)

GAME ELEVEN – CZECHS 5, LATVIA 2.

– Another strong performance from the Czechs, who moved into a 2 and o spot, and a chance to win the group if they can beat the Russians on Sunday. No real problems in this one, despite the closer score.

STARS 1. Marek Zidlicky, CZE. (3 assists)

2. Tomas Kaberle, CZE. (goal and assist)

3. Patrik Elias, CZE. (goal and assist)

GAME TWELVE – FINLAND 5, GERMANY 0.

– Surprisingly, the Finns may be the best team through 2 games so far, while the Germans may be the worst. Finland has outscored their opponents 10-1, while Germany has yet to score. The Sweden-Finland game on Sunday night may decide the top seed heading into the playoff rounds.

STARS 1. Kimmo Timonen, FIN. (2 goals)

2. Niklas Backstrom, FIN. (24 saves for the shutout)

3. Niklas Hagman, FIN. (2 assists…and now 4 points in the tourny)

THE FRONTRUNNERS

– I honestly thought that a number of countries would battle it out for this honour, and the battle would continue the whole 2 plus weeks of the Games. Not the case, as the Yanks are the first to hit 20!

THE CANADA METER

Medal expectations so far: 10

Medals: 8

– It was supposed to be a double medal day in skeleton, but, Canada went 1 for 2 with the Montgomery win, and the Hollingsworth 5th place finish.

…Speed skating should warrant some hardware tomorrow. From the Games, it’s Geespotting!

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