VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- All of Canada is holding its breath for the result of today's men's cross-country 50km mass start.
Sure they are.
The only event that matters today -- and some Canadians would argue the only event that matters in Vancouver -- is the men's hockey gold-medal game. Canada was expected to be here. The Americans are the surprise. The game is a rematch of the 2002 gold medal match in Salt Lake City, which was won by Canada. I asked three of our hockey-drunk writers in Vancouver to weigh in with predictions:
For what it's worth, and it's not worth much, I like Canada, 4-2.
• The gold medal game begins at 3:15 pm and will be broadcast live in all time zones on NBC. Canada leads the series all-time (10-3-3), though they lost to the U.S earlier in the tournament. U.S. goaltender Ryan Miller heads into the game with a 1.04 goals-against average, tops in the tournament. If the U.S. wins the gold it will be the first team to win every game in the men's hockey tournament since the Soviet Union in 1988. And keep this in mind: The last time a host team won Olympic gold in men's hockey? The United States in 1980.
• The Closing Ceremony will be held at BC Place at 8:30 p.m. The
"Of course we expected more from our team, but that's not cause to throw up our hands, wear a sackcloth and ashes or beat ourselves with chains. It's cause for serious analysis and conclusions, including maybe some organizational conclusions." -- Russian Prime Minister
"It's a kick in the nuts to leave here without a medal." -- American skier