Daily Briefing, Feb. 19
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Terrible day for the United States Olympic team yesterday: It won only four medals.
Such is life after the wildest 48 hours in U.S. Winter Olympics history, a tsunami in which American athletes won 10 medals, including four golds, three silver and three bronze. Now comes a day to relax and breathe. It's unlikely any American will strike gold today, though SI's
• The men's long hill ski jumping competition (noon) pits Switzerland's
• It's another hockey tripleheader at Canada's Hockey Place:
- Belarus vs. Sweden (3 p.m.): Defending Olympic champion Sweden (1-0) beat Germany in its opener behind Rangers goaltender
- Czech Republic vs. Latvia (6:30 p.m.): The Czech Republic (1-0) gutted out a 3-1 win over Slovakia behind a goal from
- Finland vs. Germany (midnight): Get there early, because this won't be close for long. The Finns (1-0) are loaded with NHL talent. Something to watch:
• The compulsories are the first of three nights of ice dancing (competition starts at 7:45 p.m.) at the Pacific Coliseum, and world champions
• Women's round-robin curling begins at noon with Germany vs. Great Britain, China against Denmark and the U.S against Russia. The U.S. men meet France at 5 p.m. Curling has been a massive disappointment in an otherwise stellar Games for the U.S., with neither the women nor the men yet to win a game.
• "It doesn't matter which side I turn on when I'm sleeping. The biggest bruise is on my butt, on my right butt. And my left calf I have internal bleeding. I don't think I look that beautiful." -- Swedish Alpine skier
• "We have 80,000 girls playing hockey in Canada, we have around 60,000 in the United States and we have 267 girls playing in Slovakia. If 80,000 girls are playing 267, that's the 18-0." International Ice Hockey Federation president
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