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Team USA Will Take Home Gold Because…

by Peter Christian

Later today Team USA will take the ice in Canada Hockey Place for the chance to win the gold medal in the men’s ice hockey tournament. It will mark only the 2nd time in Team USA history that they’ve played in an actual “Gold Medal Game” (The medal round was not an elimination tournament until 1992, so all previous Gold or Silver medals for USA Hockey were the result of their rankings in the round robin of the medal eligible teams). The last (and only time) they played in a Gold Medal Game was against Canada during the 2002 Salt Lake City, Utah Olympics. That resulted in a 5-2 win by the Canadians and a US silver medal.

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USA Hockey in Gold-Medal Game

?6-1 Victory Against Finland at Olympic Winter Games propels Team USA forward.

All 6 Goals come in first period

VANCOUVER, B.C. – The U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team scored six first-period goals en route to a 6-1 win against Finland here today in the semifinal round of the XXI Olympic Winter Games. With the victory, the U.S. improved to 5-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) and advanced to the tournament’s gold-medal game on Sunday (Feb. 28).
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U.S. Women’s Hockey Tops Sweden, 9-1 in Semifinals

Team USA Advances to Gold-Medal Game Thursday

VANCOUVER, B.C. – The U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team defeated Sweden, 9-1, here this afternoon in the semifinal round of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. With the win, Team USA advanced to the gold-medal game, which will take place Thursday (Feb. 25) at 3:30 p.m. PST.

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Vancouver Olympics: Week 2 Fast Forward

By: Melissa S. Wollering

As the Midwest’s premiere sports website, we are breaking down everything Olympics—from uber good to muy mal.  Yesterday, we brought you the Week 1 Rewind.  Today, it’s the Week 2 Fast Forward from Vancouver!

Day 6, February 17: Team USA Women’s Curling is on USA around lunchtime.  We take on Germany, ja, ja!! Kikkan Randall, the most successful woman in Crosscountry ski history for the U.S. has qualies on NBC in the afternoon. Qualies is short for Qualifiers.  LOVE IT when the Aussies say it.

Lindsay Vonn and Shaun White primetime.  Need I say a word more? [Read more…]

Vancouver Olympics: Week 1 Rewind

By: Melissa S. Wollering

As the Midwest’s premiere sports website, we are breaking down everything Olympics—from uber good to muy mal.  Welcome to the Week 1 Rewind, Week 2 Fast Forward from Vancouver!

No Medal Here: Bob Costas Makes Reference to Alex Bilodeau Getting Laid

He didn’t say those words.  Nope, he didn’t need to.  Really…really? Canadian skier wins first Gold in the games for Maple Leaf Land; Bob Costas cracks sexual joke. Dirty old man…

I would also rather watch the Flying Tomato hold his own microphone and put an IFB in his ear than have Cris Collinsworth reporting from Vancouver. He’s terrible.  TERRIBLE. Someone send me for crying out loud. Send Snooki to interview the athletes…something, anything!

No Medal Here: Richmond Olympic Oval’s Zamboni

All you have to do is smooth ice. You’re a machine that smooths ice and you’re smoothing OLYMPIC ice.  Our country’s dudes and chicks with huge thighs have been waiting four years to come and skate on your bumpy oval and the machine assigned to the task isn’t up for it.

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Wrigley Field Rink Hosts Winter Olympic Sport Demonstrations

By Paul M. Banks

When it comes to Olympic sports, both the city of Chicago and Wrigley Field itself have had the eyes of the world upon them in the past year. Chicago was one of four finalists competing to host the 2016 Summer Olympics before losing out to Rio last October. On New Year’s Day 2009, Wrigley Field hosted one of ice hockey’s premier events, the NHL Winter Classic featuring the hometown Blackhawks versus their hated rival Detroit Red Wings.

On the evening before the Opening Ceremonies for the Winter Olympics, the Chicago Cubs and World Sport Chicago hosted a Winter Olympics kick-off celebration and free community skate at the Rink at Wrigley Field.

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Name That Flag: Olympic Guide to the Coolest Countries’ Sky Bling


By: Melissa S. Wollering

Part three in this three-part series will help you earn a Gold Medal in Flag Identification during Vancouver’s Opening Ceremonies Friday.  On Monday, we gave you dozens of reasons to watch by telling you about all of the Olympic athletes from the Midwest.  Yesterday, we helped you navigate the channels and figure out when to watch. Welcome to TSB’s Guide to the Vancouver Olympics!

In addition to giving you a small glimpse of the flags of all 82 countries participating in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, we did a little research on countries we’ve never heard of. Now when you hear and see the flags of Azerbaijan, Estonia or Kyrgyzstan you’ll know the announcers weren’t just sneezing on-air. We’ll also make sure you don’t mistake Slovakia for Slovenia or Tajikistan for Uzbekistan.


Azerbaijan first participated at the Olympic Games as an independent nation in 1994 and used to be part of the Soviet Union.  If you want to refer to the people of this country, they are Azerbaijani. Azerbaijani athletes have won a total of sixteen medals at the Summer Olympic Games, in wrestling, shooting, boxing and judo. The nation has not won any medals at the Winter Olympic Games.

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Lots of Big 10 Representation in Vancouver Olympics

Lindsey Vonn, the Olympian dominating the Twittersphere right now, is not a Big Ten alum, or student. However, here’s an impressive list of athletes competing in Vancouver who are.

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TSB’s Guide to the Vancouver Olympics


By: Melissa S. Wollering

As the Midwest’s premiere sports website, we wouldn’t leave you hanging by one of five multi-colored rings prior to Opening Ceremonies.  We know you want to watch Olympians from the Great Lakes region and sports you’ve only dreamed of trying, like the luge.  No wait; the bobsled.  No, definitely the luge.

You might start to make excuses as to why you’re not available for the next month or so, while in reality, you’re just spending copious amounts of time watching hot alpine ski chicks and the snowboarder who resembles Carrot Top but is called the Flying Tomato. Welcome to your Guide to the Vancouver Olympics!

We’ll break this GIANT preview down into three digestible parts over the next three days to get you excited.

Wednesday: Athletes Worth Watching from Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin

Thursday: TV Channel Breakdown and Day-by-Day Previews for Ultimate Couch Potatoes

Friday: Name That Flag, A Guide to the Coolest Countries’ Sky Bling [Read more…]

Sidetracked: Curling Vancouver By Way of Wisconsin

By: Melissa S. Wollering

Five women have spent the last five months competing in nine tournaments around the world with a total of five kids to worry about back home.  Their objective?  One gold medal from Vancouver.

Wisconsin has a chance to see its very own Debbie McCormick skip for Team USA, after Debbie helped her team win the 2010 Olympic Curling Trials all the way back in February of 2009. Since then, the women’s training has consisted of seven curling camps in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Park City, Utah and Luzern, Switzerland. Not far if you consider the 4,431 mile trip home to Rio (pronounced RYE-OH), Wisconsin a short one.

“My curling team is made up of five very different personalities!” says McCormick.  “Tracy is a very supportive and kind person.  The kind of person you could go to for advice on anything.” [Read more…]