U.S. wins seven medals

    The United States is getting off to a strong start in Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The United States is getting off to a strong start in Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics
     
    At press time the U.S. had earned seven medals in the winter games.  Apolo Ohno started the tally by snagging the silver in the Men’s 1500 Meter Speed Skating final on Saturday evening. Teammate J.R. Celski wasn’t too far behind him in that race, placing third. 

     
    Elsewhere in Vancouver, Hannah Kearney brought home our first gold medal of the games in Ladies’ Moguls Freestyle Skiing. Coming less than two points behind her was Shannon Bahrke, who took the bronze.



     
    To keep up  with all the medals that the U.S. and other countries have won, check out the widget below.
     


    As we cheer on the home team, we can’t help but root for France’s Yannick Bonheur and Vanessa James as they prepare to make Olympic History. They will become the first Black couple to compete in pairs figure skating on Sunday afternoon.

     
    The 2012 Olympic games kicked off Friday night at Vancouver’s BC Place with much fanfare, including an energetic welcome from Canada’s Native American tribes. Breaking from tradition, Vancouver had the parade of nations at the beginning of the opening ceremony, which is really meant to be a show for the athletes. Once all the competitors were seated, everyone was in for a spectacular show, including a spoken word performance of “We Are More” by slam poet Shane L. Koyczan.



     
    While much of the event went off without a hitch, the ceremony nearly fell apart at the end when part of the Olympic torch malfunctioned. One of the legs of the torch, set to emerge from the stadium floor, was not working. The show had to carry on with only three of the four legs working.


     
    However the saddest news linked to the Winter Olympics is the passing of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili. Graphic video of his death shows the athlete being thrown from the track during a practice run and  hitting an unpadded steel beam.


     

     

    — Sonya Eskridge

     

     

     

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