Daily Briefing, Feb. 26
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- "Ten days ago if you had said the United States would be 4-0 and the top seed and guaranteed to play in a medal game, well, to paraphrase coach
Certainly all eyes in Vancouver -- and across the True North -- will be on today's hockey semifinals at Canada's Hockey Place. It's the U.S. against Finland and Canada versus Slovakia, and it's part of a big day that includes medals in men's biathlon, women's curling, men's and women's short track, women's parallel giant slalom, and women's slalom.
• The men's 4 x 7.5K biathlon relay (2:30 p.m.) might be the last Olympic race for
Most of Canada will be watching today's men's hockey semifinals:
• Dutch speedskater
• Want dominance? We give you Germany's
• It won't draw many eyeballs in the States, but the women's curling gold medal (6 p.m.) match is appointment viewing in Canada. The top-seeded Canadians, led by the growing-in-popularity-by-the-minute skip
• China will play Switzerland in the women's curling bronze medal game (12 p.m.)
• Canada has been focusing on the short track 500-meter race with
• The finalists for the men's short track 5,000 relay (the finals are at 10:51 p.m.) include South Korea, Canada, China, France and the U.S. Defending champ South Korea (it holds the world record with a time of 6:38.486) is a heavy favorite. Ohno will also be entered as part of the U.S. team that are the reigning world champions.
• "People who said the Sweden team didn't prepare, I'm going to nail them on it because the Swedish team worked their asses off." -- Team Sweden women's hockey coach
• "Even though she's not here anymore, I'm not afraid to say it: 'She was a pain in the ass ... She was my biggest fan, my best friend.' " -- Canadian