Daily Briefing, Feb. 17
VANCOUVER -- "Four years ago,
So wrote SI's
Vonn headlines the biggest day of the Olympics for Americans, with three major chances for gold, including halfpipe star
• Vonn is the favorite in the women's downhill (2:00 pm), but
• Men's hockey offers a tripleheader of games:
- Finland vs. Belarus (3 p.m.): The NHL-heavy Finns, who won a silver medal in Turin, should roll. Forward
- Sweden vs. Germany (7:30 pm): The defending Olympic-champion Swedes look to become the first country to win back-to-back golds since the Soviet Union in 1984 and 1988. They are led by NHLers
- Czech Republic vs. Slovakia (midnight): It's worth staying up to say hello again to Czech star and NHL Hall-of-Famer-to-be
• No American woman has won an Olympic medal in cross-country skiing but
• The marquee women's hockey game is Canada vs. Sweden (5:30 p.m.). These two teams met in the championship game in Turin, a 4-1 win by Canada. They also met at last year's championship, where the song remained the same: Canada rolled the Swedes, 7-1. Slovakia will face Switzerland (10 p.m.) in the late game.
• Four years ago, Davis skated to gold in the 1000 and silver in the 1,500. Now comes the 1,000 final (7:00 p.m.) in Vancouver, and Davis
• Austria's Linger brothers, the defending doubles luge champions, face stiff competition today (8:00 p.m.) from two German pairs:
• There's plenty of round-robin curling action today at the Vancouver Olympic Center. The U.S. women meet Germany (noon) while the U.S. men meet Switzerland (5:00 p.m.). The Germans opened with a 9-5 win over Russia earlier today. Both the U.S. men and women lost their opening round matches. The Swedish men are off to a flying start having beaten defending champion Great Britain. They play Canada (noon) and China (10:00 p.m.).
"I think they are starting to look pretty cool. The chicks dig them, but the guys are more doubtful." -- Norway curling skipper