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Olympics Right Now

SNOWBOARDING

The U-S women have to be at least half-stoked about their medal chances in the halfpipe.

Defending Olympic champion Kelly Clark and American teammates Gretchen Bleiler and Hannah Teter swept the top three spots in qualifying today.

The 22-year-old Clark went first and nailed consecutive 540-degree jumps halfway down the pipe as part of a 44-point-nine score.

She'll go last in this afternoon's finals.

That means about four and a-half hours between her runs.

SKIING

American gold medal contender Lindsey Kildow crashed on her training run in the Olympic downhill today.

Kildow slammed hard to the course and lay in obvious pain as medical personnel rushed to her aid.

She was taken off the course by toboggan.

Kildow won two downhills in the World Cup this year.

She's ranked second on the circuit.

Defending gold medalist Carole Montillet-Carles also crashed during her run.

She was tended to for several minutes and then taken down on a sled.

And, the most decorated Alpine skiing athlete in Olympic history may have to skip the combined event at the Turin Games.

Norway's Kjetil Andre Aamodt skipped today's training session to rest an aching left knee.

He hasn't decided if he'll defend his title in the combined.

Aamodt hurt the knee while landing awkwardly on a jump during yesterday's downhill.

A team official says nothings broken or torn, but the knee is swollen.

SPEEDSKATING

Casey FitzRandolph and Joey Cheek go sprinting on the ice.

They're the U-S medal hopefuls in 500-meter speedskating.

FitzRandolph won the gold four years ago in Olympic record time.

You may remember this is the race that FitzRandolph won in Salt Lake City by keeping his balance after a pylon kicked by another skater clipped his right skate.

You might also remember this was the race that led to Dan Jansen's heartbreaks and falls before his memorable win in the one-thousand at Lillehammer.

FIGURE SKATING

The pairs free skate is tonight.

There's no reason to think Russians Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin will leave the arena with anything other than gold.

Americans Rena Inoue and John Baldwin enter the evening in sixth place with a very, very slim chance at a medal.

It was the pairs fiasco in Salt Lake City that led to figure skating's new scoring system.

HOCKEY

It's a day off for Canada and the U-S, the two gold-medal favorites in women's hockey.

On the ice today, Sweden plays Italy, and Finland meets Switzerland.

CURLING

Curling has begun.

The U-S men got off to an excellent start by beating defending champion Norway 11-to-5.

LUGE

Women take their first two runs in luge. Germans could dominate here.

BIATHLON

Russia took gold and silver in the women's 15-kilometer biathlon.

Germany got the bronze.


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