On the women's side,
The injury list is getting longer as the Olympics are getting closer and several athletes with either high profiles or high medal hopes had some bad medical reports this past week.
Rahlves' 37-year-old teammate,
Swiss alpine stalwart
Cuche has always been among the most popular skiers on the world cup circuit. At a generous 5-foot-9, 196 pounds, the bald Swiss is a fearless bulldog, known for keeping himself in impeccable condition. He celebrates victories not just by unclicking his skis, but also by flicking the right ski off his foot and twirling it into the air before catching it.
Australian halfpipe queen Bright skipped the X Games because of the compounding effects of concussions. Bright suffered a pair of them during the past week after some hard knocks in training on the superpipe. The Mormon skier lives with her brother/coach in Utah and balances her conservative lifestyle at home with a risky fearlessness on the pipe. In Vancouver, she was hoping to land a double cork, a trick that has so far been the domain of her male counterparts.
Austrian ski jumper
Fanchini was a bronze medalist in the downhill at the world championships in Val-d'Isère, France, last season. She placed fourth in the world super-G in '05. She had nine podium finishes in world cup races and her one victory took place in Canada, at Lake Louise in '08. Doctors said it was unlikely that she could compete in Vancouver.
New Jersey Devils defenseman
While the identity of the person who will light the cauldron in Vancouver remains a mystery -- the logical pick is
She then turned her attention to the ice, winning a bronze in Salt Lake City in the 5,000 meters and a gold in that race four years later in Turin. While Hughes likely won't win a medal in Vancouver -- her best distance these days is still the 5,000 -- she's already the only athlete ever to win multiple medals at both the winter and summer Olympics.
A fourth U.S. track relay team is likely to be stripped of its medals for drug use.
Cox didn't even run in the final that year, when
Two U.S. relay teams from the '00 Sydney Games were stripped of medals because of
Fittingly, Cox was among the early dismissals on the reality series