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Night 11 Open Thread

Meryl Davis and Charlie White try to turn their US title into an Olympic title

Earlier today in Olympic action the women’s hockey team advanced to the Gold medal game with a 9-1 thrashing of Sweden, avenging the semifinal loss they suffered 4 years ago. Also, the cross country team sprint events went by without a US medal.

Tonight on NBC ice dancing awards its medals. A Canadian pair is in 1st, but right behind them are Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Their teammates Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto sit in fourth.

Also on NBC is the team ski jumping event (medalists are listed in the next line, DO NOT HIGHLIGHT IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO SEE)

Gold – Austria Silver – Germany Bronze – Norway

Also on NBC is freestyle skiing, with the aerials taking center stage.

Over on CNBC, Canada takes on Finland in the other women’s hockey semi, and the United States men’s curling team wraps up their Olympics with China.

7:13 – Canada up on Finland 1-0 already, less than 6 mins in.

7:50 – 2-0 Canada after 1

7:56 – Updates will probably be slow until the ice dancing starts. Still 2-0 Canada.

8:15 – 3-0 Canada now

8:42 – Great jump there by Warren Shouldice of Canada. He moves into first in aerials qualifying.

8:46 – Speedy Peterson of the US up next.

8:53 – Nice jump for Peterson. Nice jump for the Belarusian Grishin, who is in 2nd.

8:56 – Scott Bahrke, brother of Shannon who just won Bronze in moguls, is up next.

8:57 – Bahrke falls. I believe he has another jump to qualify.

8:59 – The other Belarusian skiier, Demitry Dashinski, moves into the top 10

9:04 – Canada is going to advance to the Gold medal game in Women’s hockey. 4th medal in a row for them

9:15 – US men with the last game of their prelims.

9:21 – And the first end gets Shuster’d! I’m not going to be able to say that for much longer.

9:28 – So a brother and sister pair just went…and they’re in first!

9:40 – US Curling down 3-2 to China

9:46 – The French team into 1st…..momentarily

9:55 – US down 4-2 in curling. Davis and White on in ice dancing when we come back.

10:09 – OK, now they’ll be up. My bad.

10:20 – Great program for Davis and White. If they’re not a medal winner it’s rigged.

10:23 – A personal best for Davis and White and they are in 1st. A lot of pressure on everyone else.

10:30 – Virtue and Moir of Canada, currently in first, are next. A fall would be excellent.

10:38 – And the crowd gets Canada into first place. No one is going to top them, everyone else might as well go home. The US can still get 2 medals though.

10:49 – Belbin and Agosto into third with one pair left.

10:54 – And Virtue and Moir get Gold given to them. Davis and White earn the Silver, and Belbin and Agosto are robbed of Bronze.

10:57 – Meanwhile, back in Curling, the US is down 5-4 to China in the 7th

11:06 – 8-4 China. Damnit.

11:13 – Good for Virtue and Moir I guess. America would have forgotten about White and Davis in 15 seconds but they’ll be remembered forever.

11:26 – Shuster’d again! He has to be the breakout star of these Olympics

11:38 – And the US concedes for the 2nd time today. With that loss, that is the worst performance ever for a US team at the Olympics.

That’s probably all for me tonight folks. See you in late night. Check back tomorrow as well for a big big day from Vancouver.

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  1. Paolo X
    February 22, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Wow what a let-down for coverage compared to last night when too much was going on at once. I would rather see a replay of the skiing and just might watch it online tonight instead of any of this.

    The actual overall quality of the coverage has never been better, yet NBC manages to do the worst job of scheduling since the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. 😦 What a disgrace.

    • February 22, 2010 at 7:18 pm

      Well, on the surface I agree with you, but NBC doesn’t exactly market the Olympics to bloggers. Plus VANOC and the IOC do the scheduling, not NBC.

      I am assuming tonight will pull in good ratings due to the ice dancing.

      There’s curling on later too, which I’m sure you’ll be interested in.

      • Paolo X
        February 22, 2010 at 11:58 pm

        “Plus VANOC and the IOC do the scheduling, not NBC.”

        This is true for the events, but NBC in the US chooses when to air the footage as is NOT the case for the most part in other developed countries where said footage is aired live. Didn’t you read that article about all the outrage going on Seattle that I sent you Fetch? In Canada folks don’t have that issue with their Olympic coverage.

        In the US for sake of the coverage we have as usual a predominantly a greedy son-of-a-bitch US “innovation” by the scumbags at GE with their “Innovation At Work” concept to our collective detriment.

        Most bothersome is that according to NBC, and we’ll find out when we read about the ratings numbers, most of our fellow Americans are interested in having figure skating and curling to the tune of 50% of the television coverage! I doubt that is the case, but we shall see when the ratings numbers come out.

  2. BrianBridgePro
    February 22, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    I think it’s clear that NBC wanted yesterday’s USA-Canada match on NBC in the afternoon, with the Russia-Czech game on MSNBC in the evening, but got slapped down by some combination of IOC,VANOC,and CTV. I suspect NBC also was thwarted in having this afternoon’s USA semi moved to primetime.

    • Paolo X
      February 23, 2010 at 12:00 am

      Definitely the other two matches were scheduled to optimise the number of viewers in European time zones of course, but NBC are the ones who chose to put it on MSNBC not the IOC, VANOC, and CTV.

  3. Garland Greene
    February 22, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Should be interesting to see how the Canadian ice dancers find a way to lose. Must see TV.

  4. February 22, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Jesus Paolo might be right: Julia Mancuso is a babe

  5. mrejr8234
    February 22, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Powder showed up and he has got an American flag!

  6. Garland Greene
    February 22, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Here comes the fail….

  7. February 22, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    I am afraid of the home cookin here

  8. mrejr8234
    February 22, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Powder had cancer? Thanks for making me like an asshole CNBC

  9. Garland Greene
    February 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Not sure you can chalk that up to the crowd. They had a lead going in and my uneducated eye didn’t see any screw ups in their routine. The deduction the U.S. team received could hurt them win in comes to silver vs bronze.

    • Garland Greene
      February 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm

      ‘when’, not ‘win’

  10. Garland Greene
    February 22, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Not feeling that Russian shit. I think the U.S. team should have won the bronze.

    • February 22, 2010 at 10:56 pm

      meh. Oh well. I’ll get pissed if we tie or lose the medal count by 1.


  11. Paolo X
    February 23, 2010 at 12:04 am

    I took this night off Fetch and look forward to the bigger day tomorrow. 🙂

    • February 23, 2010 at 12:06 am

      I kinda did too, to be honest.

      Watched all the events of course, but knew that people wouldn’t be into them

      • February 23, 2010 at 12:08 am

        I was pretty into ice dancing for some reason. ::watches people wait for me to say no homo, it never comes::

        • February 23, 2010 at 12:14 am

          I didn’t mind it either.

        • Paolo X
          February 23, 2010 at 2:53 am

          HOMO! lol

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