Winter Olympics: Oh (no) Canada, U.S. women going for hockey gold, Bode hunts No. 4

Unless you’re huge fan of ice dancing (we’ll confess we’re not), Monday was a fairly quiet day at the Olympics. Oh sure, U.S. women’s hockey breezed by Sweden 9-1, reaching the gold medal matchup on Thursday with Canada, 5-0 winners over Finland. But really, what else was going to happen?

Look at it this way: Bode Miller’s back on the hill on Tuesday in the Giant Slalom along with fellow American and defending Olympic GS gold medalist Ted Ligety.

In other news on Monday:

  • It was a bad weekend for the host Canadians, which first saw its hockey team lose to the U.S., then benched certain Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur. And today they admitted their Own the Podium program was not producing as many medals as expected.
  • The Quebec Gay & Lesbian Council has demanded an apology from Canadian broadcasters who bashed U.S. figure skater Johnny Weir.
  • And then everyone’s favorite whipping boy, the Olympic sliding track, was modified once again to help make it less dangerous.

SUNDAY

Maybe we should have ignored Bode Miller at the last Winter Olympics? Perhaps he would have won three medals then, just as he has in Vancouver, adding a gold to his silver and bronze by winning the Super Combined on Sunday. Things didn’t go as well for Americans Daron Rahlves and Casey Puckett in ski cross.

And speaking of surprises, the U.S. hockey team won its biggest game of the Olympic tournament, dusting off highly favored and all-star laden Canada in a stirring 5-3 victory. And while we’re on ice, the news is better for Canada in the ice dancing competition, where Tessa Virtue and Scot Moir hold the lead with only the free dance program ahead. Read more.

Much of the talk of the Vancouver Winter Olympics over the weekend has been about whether halfpipe bronze medalist Scotty Lago should have been sent home for some photos U.S. Olympic officials found suggestive. Take a look at the pictures. Should he have left? Vote in our poll.

Everyone’s always so interested in who’s won the most at the Olympics, so here’s where to look for medal count standings. Once you’ve seen those numbers, though, look at The Real Winter Olympic Medal Count, an interesting twist from Fourth Place Medal, a Yahoo Sports blog.  The U.S might lead the official count, but things change dramatically when you throw out “judged” events. It’s a great place to start an argument.

So how is Canada doing in the medals race, an area they wanted to dominate in their home country? Well, not so hot, but it’s better than it could be. And then, here is more news about the Olympics, courtesy of NBC.

Seen Olympic Pulse? It’s a cool graphic that NBC has created that shows you dynamically what’s being tweeted about on Twitter at any time. On Sunday afternoon, at least, the debut of ski cross was a huge hit. Check it out, way cool.

Remember: use Swany’s Olympic Guide if you want to keep up with the Olympics on TV, the web or in real-time. What else has happened during the Winter Olympics in Vancouver? A quick look back:

  • Lindsey Vonn might not have earned a gold in Super G on Saturday, but a medal is a medal, right?
  • Apolo Ohno’s bronze medal on Saturday was his seventh ever in Olympic competition. Does that make him the greatest?
  • Bode Miller continued to surprise with his second medal of the games  on Friday, this one silver in Super G. American Andrew Weibrecht earned bronze.
  • Yevgeny Plushenko’s still steamed about losing the men’s figure skating gold to Evan Lysacek on Thursday, but now says he won’t file a protest.
  • Lindsey Vonn overcame her injury to win the Olympic downhill on Wednesday. Watch the medal ceremony.
  • Favorite Lindsey Jacobellis was up to her old Olympic tricks on Tuesday, losing control and missing a gate, once again failing to win what seemed like a sure Olympic medal in snowboard cross. Read more.The American women’s hockey team thrashed Russia13-0.
  • That sort of result won’t happen on the men’s side, but the U.S. did beat Switzerland.
  • Lindsey Vonn rested on Tuesday but is ready to ski in the downhill on Wednesday.
  • Despite the fact that the South Korean skaters knocked each other out of Saturday’s 1,500-meter short track race, they are saying that silver medalist Apolo Ohno is the villain. Here’s why.
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