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At The Games – Sun. Feb.21st

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

9 Days done at the Winter Games in Vancouver. Thank you Tim Horton’s for the caffeine motivation.

CANADA CURLERS

– I wouldn’t normally start talking curling ’til the medal rounds…but, it should be pointed out that our men & women are rolling. Neither has lost yet. It hasn’t been easy with some close games…but, great to see Canada pull through when the pins are down.

HAMELIN BROS.

– More heartache on the short-track, and more for Charles Hamelin. This time, Charles and his brother Francois quailified for the men’s 1,ooo final, along with 2 Korean skaters and Apolo Ohno. The result…OH NO…for Canada. The Hamelins jumped out to the early lead…but, in the final 2 laps the Koreans overtook them, followed by one quick sprint from Apolo…and we are left out in the cold, missing 2 more medal chances.

LADIES SHORT-TRACK

– Once again, Kalyna Roberge failed to make the final. It has been a tough games for her. The final featured an unprecedented 8 skaters, including a Canadian Tania Vicent. The 34 year old Vicent was a surprise to make the Final, yet, she had skated amazingly to get to the Final. Sadly though, the field was too tough, and resulted in an 8th place finish for Tania.

DENNY MORRISON

– The men’s long track 1,500 provided another chance for the Ft. St. John native to medal, but, once again, he finished out of the top 5 in 8th spot. Morrison actually blamed the “Own the Podium” campaign for Canadian Olympians stating that he missed out on a chance to train with the best, his bud Shani Davis. Davis by the way, lost a chance for a double Gold, and settled for Silver. Both the long and short track events have proved to be a surprising let-down for out athletes so far.

MEN’S HOCKEY

GAME THIRTEEN – SWITZERLAND 5, NORWAY 4 (OVERTIME)

– Based on how well the Swiss played the Canadians and U.S., this overtime win was a surprise. The win for the Swiss means a finish close to the top 8, and a chance to avoid any of the ‘big 7’ in the qualification round.

STARS 1. Roman Wick, SWI. (1 goal, 2 assists)

2. Tore Vikingstad, NOR. (3 goals)

3. Raffaele Sannitz, SWI. (1 goal, 1 assist)

GAME FOURTEEN – SLOVAKIA 6, LATVIA 0.

– With the win, the Slovaks can still finish in 2nd spot in their group…but, will actually be cheering for their rival Czechs to beat the Russians today. Upon doing that, the Slovaks will get a bye into the quarters.

STARS 1. Jozef Stumpel, SLO. (1 goal, 2 assists)

2. Michal Handzus, SLO. (1 goal, 2 assists)

3. Jaroslav Halak, SLO. (21 saves, & shutout)

GAME FIFTEEN – BELARUS 5, GERMANY 3.

– A bit of a surprise, considering that the Germans have more NHL star-power than the Belarussians. But, then, not much of a suprise based on how poorly the Germans have played through their first 2 games. The story however was goaltending, as Vitali Koval made 37 saves for Belarus.

STARS 1. Sergei Kostitsyn, BEL. (1 goal, 3 assists)

2. Vitali Koval, BEL. (37 saves)

3. Marcel Goc, GER. (1 goal, 1 assist)

FRONTRUNNERS

– The U.S. keeps on rolling, scoring another 3 yesterday, and up to an incredible 23.

THE CANADA METER

Medal expectations so far: 12

Medals: 8

– Misses by Charles Hamelin, and Denny Morrison have dropped our meter. Hopefully, today will be better with ski-cross, and more skating!

…That’s the skinny from Geespotting at the Games!

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