Tag: Vancouver Olympics 2010

Wednesday Night Olympics: Shaun White Takes the Gold

Bump and Update: Shaun White wins the gold medal for the men's half-pipe. He still had another run to go, and he topped his victory lap with a Double McTwist 1260, two flips with three spins,finishing with a 48.4. (He also created the Double Cork.)

The 23 year old, who earns more than $10 million a year, perfected the move, which he created, at his own private half-pipe near Copper Mountain, accessible only by helicopter or snowmobile. Red Bull paid $500,000 to build it. It's at 11,000 feet above sea level and has a 600-foot foam pit so he won't get hurt while trying out new moves. What an amazing athlete, and he's done so much for the sport. [More...]

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Olympic Ceremonies Open, Luge Athlete Killed in Training

Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili died during a training run today. NBC's Olympic coverage began tonight with a video of his fatal crash.

It's only the second time an athlete has been killed during the Olympics. The luge course seems incredibly dangerous. And it's an inauspicious way to begin the Games. But the ceremonies opened on schedule.

Kumaritashvili will be honored during tonight's ceremonies. [More...]

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