Daily Briefing, Feb. 16
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- It remains on the short list of famous (or infamous) Olympic finishes: American snowboarder
On a day that includes defending Olympic champion
• It's back-to-back Bode Miller for the viewing public as the men's super-combined Alpine race is scheduled today (1 p.m.) at Whistler Creekside. (Note: SI's
• "So who did you come up with?
So wrote SI's
• The men's hockey tournament -- otherwise known as the most important event in the history of Canada -- debuts this afternoon with the U.S. vs. Switzerland (3 p.m.). The teams have met seven times in the Olympics, with the U.S. winning six. (The Swiss pulled off the upset in 1948). Worth noting: Switzerland upset Canada (2-0) and the Czech Republic (3-2) in Turin.
• The favorite in the women's 500 speedskating event (4 p.m.) is Germany's
• It was rough opening day for U.S. women's luger
• Can the defending Olympic champion,
He's also SI's pick to win gold. Reigning world champ
• In women's hockey, the U.S. should roll over Russia (5:30 p.m.). China and Finland meet in a late game (10 p.m. with a bit of an interesting twist: The former Finnish national team coach is now coaching the Chinese.
• Led by
• The Russians are loaded with
• Men's curling gets underway (noon) at the Vancouver Olympic Center with gold medal favorite Great Britain meeting Sweden. Other matches include Canada vs. Norway, the U.S. vs. Germany and Switzerland vs. Denmark. U.S. skip
• "I have put it all aside. It was a really hard thing to go through. I've been able to grow from it and become a better person. It was hard because my whole life my hair was my insecurity. I had a mullet in grade school and then going bald I would always wear a hat. And then my insecurity was all over the media." --American skeleton racer
• "Everything is much, much bigger here. The houses, the cars, the onions, everything." -- Kallas, on her impressions of Canada