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Alexandre BilodeauCanada has finally got that monkey off its back. On Sunday night in Vancouver, Quebec-born Alexandre Bilodeau won the gold medal in men’s moguls at the Olympic Games. His historic achievement marks the first time a Canadian athlete has won a gold medal on Canadian soil. When Canada hosted the 1976 Winter Olympics in Montreal, they finished with five silvers and six bronze. In Calgary in 1988, Canada won two silvers and three bronze. The home-gold medal had eluded Canadians for over three decades, but the long wait is officially over.

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Alex OvechkinThe NHL is going into its final weekend of play before they shut down operations for the Olympics. With the amount of players leaving their clubs to represent their home countries, many NHL players will have a chance to play for something a little different, while many more are being given a two-week break from play to recover and become stronger for the playoff stretch. At the same time, trades will also cease across the board, putting the entire spotlight on not-so-snowy British Columbia.

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Steve YzermanThe Winter Olympics in Vancouver officially begin this Friday. The event’s most anticipated event, the men’s ice hockey tournament, starts on Feb. 16. Team Canada takes on Norway in their first game of a tournament that many Canadians not only hope, but expect will be a moment of national pride. Canada GM Steve Yzerman has assembled an all-star roster, but the most important of those might be his coaches. Leading Canada will be head coach Mike Babcock and assistant coaches Jacques Lemaire, Ken Hitchcock, and Lindy Ruff. These are the guys who will be held most accountable for Canada’s success, or possible lack thereof.

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Roberto LuongoTonight, as part of CBC’s Hockey Day in Canada, the Vancouver Canucks took on the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Not only was this special because it’s the second game of an all-day, all-Canadian triple-header, it also kicked off what would be the longest road trip in the history of the NHL. The Canucks will go 42 days without playing a home game. Along the way, they’ll play 14 games in 13 cities and cover 12,855 miles.

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Tim ThomasLet the media frenzy begin! The 2010 Winter Olympics inched closer this week with the announcements of Team Canada and Team USA’s hockey rosters. Canadian GM Steve Yzerman unveiled his team in a massive conference on Wednesday, while Brian Burke gave his USA selections following the Winter Classic in Boston. Perhaps the most prestigious event of the Games, the men’s hockey teams have been unveiled and fans and media alike are weighing in on the choices, debating whether or not the chosen players will be good enough to compete for gold in February.

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Jari KurriNHL Hall of Famer Jari Kurri is back in the NHL. Sort of. He is attending games in an attempt to evaluate the play of various Finnish skaters. As the general manager of Team Finland, he is responsible for putting together a winning unit to represent his country at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. While Kurri is one of the most successful hockey players of all-time, he certainly has his work cut out for him as GM.

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Team USA ousted from OlympicsThe United States team had a disappointing show throughout the entire 2006 Olympics and were official eliminated after losing to Finland 4-3.  One of the factors was a lack of team unity, something Mike Modano was very critical about.  It seemed as if the team wasn’t on the same page and were traveling constantly to separate hotels, on separate flights, tickets, meals and things of that nature.  Fans should have known things were heading the wrong way when they were only to scratch up a tie with the Latvia team.

Shani Davis and Chad HedrickChad Hedrick has been extremely critical of Shanni Davis for not participating in the team pursuit event, an event where the US did not medal.  Hedrick who won the gold in the 5,000 meter has been consistently been asked about his views on Davis’ no show rather than his own gold medal, and has grown tired of the controversy.  Davis who won the 1,000 meter event did not want to join due to the lack of time to prepare for multiple events on consecutive days.  Davis is also the first African-American to win an Olympic gold, has been coming off like the villain, but some of the criticism has been unfairly warranted.

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Hannah Teter, Gretchen Bleiler
Hannah Teter took home the gold and Gretchen Bleiler won the silver medal in the half pipe competition.  Bleiler is well known for her modeling in FHM magazine. Teter and Bleiler were interviewed this morning on Cold Pizza, to the dismay of Jay Crawford.  The two girls seemed to be “high” on life, among other things, in the video conference interview.  More subtle evidence showed up when Jay Crawford asked them where would their next destination would be.  The girls mentioned Hawaii, where “Puff the Dragon” came from.  At the end of the segment Jay Crawford mentioned the bar has now been officially raised for guest interviews.

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U.S. skier Lindsey Kidlow crashesDownhill skier Lindsey Kildow gave her family and fans quite a scare, but managed to escape with just minor injuries to her hip.  She has not ruled out competing in the rest of the Olympic games.  Kildow crashed on her left hip at onto the course at about 50 mph during a pratice run.  What is interesting is that the Al Michaels/ Oswald the Rabbit trade has already reaped benefits for ABC/ Disney.  On ESPN.COM (whose parent company is ABC) there is now a mutual partnership with NBC, linking extended NBC coverage with a slideshow of the Kildow crash.

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