2010 Winter Olympic Games

Season 1 Episode 2

Day 2

Aired Daily 8:00 PM Feb 13, 2010 on NBC
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Day 2
The first medals of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games were awarded on Day 2. Event finals were scheduled for Alpine skiing (men's downhill), biathlon, freestyle skiing, short track skating, ski jumping and speedskating, but the Alpine skiing events were postponed. The hockey and luge competitions also began. Apolo Ohno started his quest to become the most decorated American athlete in Winter Olympic Games history as the finals of the men's 1500m short track event took place.moreless

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  • Day 2

    I understand that the 2010 Winter Olympics contain people representing their countries and standing up for pride. I get that. But the Winter Olympics are just not that great to watch. Basketball, football, baseball, tennis, boxing, MMA, even hockey and soccer, I like all these sports, but skiing? Come on.

    Hopefully things will get better tomorrow, but this was hardly even watchable. What am I supposed to get excited about? Yeah, did you see what that guy did on those wooden skis yesterday? That was sick!

    And what is even more depressing is that most good TV shows will be in repeats for the next two months because of this.moreless
  • The Vancouver Games move on from the tragedy of Day 1 when a Georgian luger died. Apolo Ohno attempts to become the most decorated U.S. athlete ever in Winter Olympic history as he competed in the men's 1500m short track event. (Spoilers follow)moreless

    Day 1 was a somber affair with the death of Nodar Kumaritashvili of Georgia when he lost control of his sled in a practice run on the luge track. The Opening Ceremony was also marred by the malfunction of the elaborate cauldron sculpture as one of the torchbearers was left... holding the torch.

    But Day 2 provided plenty of what fans and spectators came for: fast action and intense competition on the ice, on the snow and on the luge track. Though the men's downhill event was postponed because of weather conditions, the women's moguls in the freestyle skiing competition went on as planned. Jennifer Heil of Canada attempted to defend her Olympic title from the 2006 Torino Games but she fell short. Hannah Kearney of the U.S. won the gold medal instead. Heil also failed to accomplish another feat: becoming the first Canadian athlete to win a gold medal on home soil. Canada did not win a single gold medal in either of the two Olympic Games that it has hosted previously, the 1976 Montreal Summer Games and the 1988 Calgary Winter Games.

    In the ski jumping normal hill competition, Swiss ski jumper and Harry Potter-look-alike Simon Ammann regained his form of 2002 to win the gold. After winning double gold in 2002 at Salt Lake City, he failed to medal in 2006. Once again he finds himself Olympic champion.

    Sven Kramer of the Netherlands set an Olympic record in winning the men's 5000m in speed skating. Anastazia Kuzmina of Slovakia won the women's 7.5km sprint event in biathlon. Women's hockey and men's luge also got underway but no medals were awarded today.

    Preliminary heats were held in the women's 500m and 3000m relay (semifinals) events in short track speed skating. But the big star of the day was Apolo Anton Ohno, champion of "Dancing With the Stars". Oh, he's also won 5 Olympic medals in previous games. He only needs two more medals to become the most decorated American athlete in Winter Olympic Games history. He would pass Bonnie Blair, who has 6 medals. Today he took a big step toward that feat by winning the silver medal in the men's 1500m short track event.

    He appeared to be out of the running for a podium spot as he entered the final turn. The top three places were held by South Korean skaters. But one of the Korean skaters took out his teammate, sending both of them into the padded wall. Lee Sung-Ju still won the gold medal but Ohno was able to step up and take silver. Fellow American skater J.R. Celski snuck up to win the bronze medal.

    J.R. Celski has an amazing story of his own. He grew up in the same Seattle suburb that Ohno did. He is younger than Ohno but his brother Chris skated with Ohno in Washington state. Celski took 2nd place at the 2009 Worlds. But on the last night of the U.S. Olympic trials in Sept. 2009, Celski crashed in the 500m event. His right skate blade cut through his left thigh, leaving a wound six inches long and two inches deep. He was later told that the cut was only a couple inches away from severing a major artery. If that had happened, he could have bled to death very quickly. However, he was able to recover and compete at Vancouver, taking home his first Olympic medal.

    Short track is a thrilling, fast-paced sport to watch. Fortunately we will see many more heats and finals in both men's and women's short track at these Vancouver Winter Olympics.moreless
Bob Papa

Bob Papa


Al Trautwig

Al Trautwig

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Todd Harris

Todd Harris


Kenny Albert

Kenny Albert


Mike Emrick

Mike Emrick


Pierre McGuire

Pierre McGuire


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