Daily Briefing, Feb. 15
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Finally, we ski. The men's downhill event, where helmeted racers tear down the side of a mountain in search of Alpine immortality, is scheduled to begin at Whistler Creekside today at 1:30 p.m. (The caveat, as always, is weather permitting.) Medals will also be awarded in men's and women's cross country, women's luge, and men's speedskating.
• The Chinese pair of
• Finally, we get the men's downhill (1:30 p.m.), which offers a ton of European stars led by Switzerland's
• Sure, silver's great, but Norway's
• With its four-at-a-time setup, barreling down a steep mountain, the snowboard cross (1:30 p.m. start; 5:53 p.m. final) is a thrilling and dangerous affair. France's
• No Finn has won a men's cross-country 15K race (3:30 p.m.) since 1964 but SI says
• After setting a Winter Olympics record with its 18-0 rout of Slovenia in its opening game, Canada meets Switzerland (5:30 p.m.) for the first time in women's hockey.
• Germany swept the women's luge podium at Salt Lake and Turin, and could do it again with
• Poor Slovakia now holds the honor of suffering the biggest blowout in women's hockey. Today's game (10 p.m.) against Sweden will be much of the same.
• "Maybe we'll go to a nice restaurant and I'll flash my athlete's pass and get a good table." -- American luger
• "Just a phone message. No flowers. She knows I am busy and she wants a medal." -- Finnish defenseman
• "I will probably call her. I sent her some gifts early. She won't be coming here. I won't have the time to spend with her. I'm lucky to have such a good girlfriend. I have priorities and obligations, but she's with me in spirit." -- U.S. speedskater