Sports Headlines from the Winter Olympics
From The Sports Network
As of 9:20 a.m. (et)
Seven medal events are on Wednesday's schedule at the 2010 Winter Olympics and it appears that American skier Lindsey Vonn will finally get her first crack at a medal, as the weather at Whistler Mountain is expected to cooperate today for the women's downhill. Vonn, the two-time reigning champion in the overall world rankings, posted the fastest time in the first of two training runs for this event on Monday, quelling fears that the bruised right shin she injured two weeks ago will keep her from skiing in top form. Her healing process has certainly been aided by weather problems at Whistler, which have caused numerous alpine skiing events and training runs to be postponed. American Julia Mancuso was second to Vonn in the first training run and could be a medal threat, along with Sweden's Anja Paerson, who already has five Olympic medals.
American Shaun White is favored to repeat as Olympic gold medalist in the men's snowboard halfpipe. White won a World Cup event at Cypress Mountain last year and is coming off a gold medal at the X Games. Among his closest international competitors are reigning World Cup champion Ryo Aono of Japan and Swiss sensation Iouri Podladtchikov, nicknamed "iPod."
The men take the speedskating oval today for the 1,000 meters with American Shani Davis trying to claim his second straight Olympic gold medal in the event. South Korea's Mo Tae-Bum won the 500 meters on Monday and is a challenger at this distance as well. Silver medalist Keiichiro Nagashima of Japan is also in the field.
After the United States, Canada and Russia won their openers in the men's hockey competition on Tuesday, six more teams take the ice for the first time at the 2010 Games on Wednesday. Sweden begins defense of the gold medal it won four years ago in Italy against Germany, while Torino silver medal winner Finland squares off against Belarus. Also, the Czech Republic meets Slovakia.
The women's ice hockey tournament also continues with a rematch of the gold medal game from 2006, as reigning champion Canada will take on Sweden. Both teams are 2-0 in round-robin play. Also, a pair of winless teams will meet when Slovakia faces Switzerland.
SHORT TRACK SPEEDSKATING
Short track speedskating resumes tonight with medals for the women's 500 meters. World record holder Wang Meng of China set an Olympic record during heats on Saturday night and tonight enters as the overwhelming favorite. There will also be heats for the men's 1,000 meters and semifinals for the men's 5,000 meter relay.
Doubles luge takes place at the Whistler Sliding Center. Austrian brothers Andreas and Wolfgang Linger are the defending Olympic gold medalists. Americans Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin won bronze in 1998, silver in 2002 and crashed in 2006.
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
Both the men's and women's cross-country sprint competitions will be decided today. Sweden's Emil Joensson is considered to be the favorite on the men's side as he ranks No. 1 in World Cup sprint points. The women's gold medal will likely be contested between Slovakia's Petra Majdic and Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk.
Curling also continues today with a pair of women's sessions and just one for the men. The U.S. men dropped both of their matches on Tuesday and will take on Switzerland today. The U.S. women, who lost to Japan on Tuesday, will play Germany today.
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