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The U.S. is kicking olympic ass

America is delivering an Olympics beating that nobody saw coming.

The U.S. won as many medals on Wednesday—six—as it won during the entirety of the 1988 Games in Calgary, Alberta.

The 20 medals that America had won through Friday afternoon at the Vancouver Games represent far more than half of its greatest Winter Olympics haul ever—the 34 that it garnered during the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.

Once the poor sisters of the Winter Games, once pressed to explain why a country with so much money and the greatest snow on earth couldn't dominate the slipping-and-sliding sports, America is on the verge of turning Vancouver into a romp.

To be sure, fortunes could change. Only seven of 16 days of competition have been completed. As of Friday afternoon, nearly 60% of medals at these Games remained to be won. But several events remain in which Americans are podium favorites, including six more in alpine skiing, three in bobsled, and nearly a dozen more in speedskating.

Leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee are already taking a victory lap. In a statement, released after the U.S. set a Winter Games record winning six medals in a single day, newly hired chief executive Scott Blackmun said he was "incredibly proud of the American Olympians participating in these magnificent Games, and I can't wait to see what happens next."

Perhaps most impressive is that America is winning medals in traditional sports often dominated by Europeans, such as alpine skiing, figure skating and long-course speedskating. Noting that the number of Winter Olympics events has risen to 86 from 46 in Calgary, Olympic historian David Wallechinsky said, "We're expected to do well in new events like freestyle skiing and snowboarding. But this week is not just a new-event phenomenon for the U.S."

Indeed, ground zero for the beat-down has been Whistler's Creekside ski area, site of the alpine skiing events. On Friday, the Americans continued to morph into the 21st-century versions of Swiss and Austrian skiers. Bode Miller took the silver and Andrew Weibrecht took the bronze in a Super-G race filled with high-speed crashes and skiers careening on and off the twisting course on the Dave Murray slope.

When it was over, the powerful Swiss and Austrian teams, led by veteran superstars Carlo Janka and Michael Walchhofer, still had just two alpine medals between them through four races, and only one in the men's competition, compared with six for the U.S., surpassing the team's previous record of five in Sarajevo in 1984.

Meanwhile, Canadian Manuel Osborne-Paradis, who was supposed to exploit his home-slope advantage in a discipline where familiarity with a course can make a huge difference, hit an unexpected jump in the upper portion of the course and skittered out of bounds.

Mr. Weibrecht, competing in his first Winter Games and ranked just 18th in the world in Super-G, set the tone early, as the third skier down the mountain on a sun-splashed day that softened the snow just enough to allow the skiers to take chances. Mr. Weibrecht has never won on the World Cup circuit, but his run of 130.65 gave him a brief 0.65-of-a-second lead he held until his teammate Mr. Miller bolted through the gate eight starters later.

Skiing with a scary determination, Mr. Miller turned in one of his trademark chin-first runs, searing through the dangerous turns at the top of the course mostly on the edges of his skis. Dancing from side to side, Mr. Miller grazed many of the gates that mark the edge of the course, and looked as if he might fly out of his boots during his quick shifts in direction.

As he crossed the finish line, Mr. Miller looked at the timing board that put him in first place by three one-hundredths of a second, allowed a Cheshire-cat grin and beat his chest.

Only Aksel Lund Svindal, skiing a masterful run that balanced aggressiveness and control, topped Mr. Miller.

Mr. Miller said the team's success is due to a new commitment to skiing on the edge. He said he quit in 2007 because he thought the team was too timid.

"I didn't think this was the kind of skiing we should be doing," Mr Miller said. "I didn't think people were taking the risk or skiing with the heart that skiing needs. That's why I didn't want to be a part of it."

Now, Mr. Miller said, "the inspiration level is climbing. They see teammates on the podium and they want that, too. It's not necessarily the result, but they want to be smiling, they want to ski inspired. You're seeing a result you haven't seen from the U.S. in a long time, or ever."

Sasha Rearick, the head coach of the U.S. ski team, said that despite the victory and the weak showing of the Swiss and Austrians, those teams would be back. "The Austrians are a strong team," he said. "They didn't bring their best skiing today by any means."

The U.S. performance comes as a surprise in part because America has never won the medal count at a Winter Olympics Games. The closest it came was Salt Lake City, where it took second in total medals (behind Germany) and third in the gold-medal count (behind Germany and Norway).

But the performance is also a surprise because USOC officials had adamantly refused to speculate about America's performance in Vancouver. While Canadian officials boasted of their $120 million own-the-podium program and predicted a total medal count of 35, officials of the USOC remained silent. A year before the Games, the USOC targeted $16 million mainly toward events where the U.S. had the best chances for medals rather than equally across the board, said Alan Ashley, chief of sport performance for the USOC.

"We'll let the chips fall where they fall," Mr. Ashley said in an interview ahead of the 2010 Games. Pressed to make a medal-count prediction, he said, "I think we have the potential to have a very experienced team that will go there with great performances."

The global recession also hurt U.S. Olympians more than those from countries where athletes rely almost entirely on government funding. When the U.S. speedskating team lost a primary sponsor to the recession, comedian Stephen Colbert managed to get his name on their uniforms while spending barely a dime of his own. In an episode that gave the U.S. Olympic team a bargain-basement image, Colbert Nation gained major-sponsor status on the roughly $350,000 that his viewers kicked in.

Yet this week, the joke has been on the competition. U.S. athletes have performed well even in events like Nordic combined, in which America traditionally has stunk. Johnny Spillane was a ski length away from the gold in Nordic combined when he settled for the silver, the first-ever medal for the U.S. in the sport.

But most encouraging is that America's dominance has been widespread. In figure skating Evan Lysacek put the hammer to Russia's defending gold medalist, Evgeni Plushenko. Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso made a mockery of the women's downhill, as Ms. Vonn finished an absurd 1.46 seconds ahead of the bronze medalist Elisabeth Görgl.

Not everyone is convinced that the success will last indefinitely. Wolfgang Maier, chief of the German ski team, said everything has come together for the Americans in a way that might be hard to duplicate in the future.

"They are almost as good as the Austrians once were," Mr. Maier said. "But you have generational talents in Vonn and Miller, and Miller is already getting old. It might not last."

Tim Cafe, a New Zealand skiier who spends five months a year in Austria training, said it's too early to write off the Austrians. "They'll be back for sure, but for the Americans to step in like this and fill that role, it shows they're doing something right."


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  • Yeah, just saw that. Very niiiiiice.
    Poor China, I guess in the Winter Olys they cannot toss out 11 year old girls as ringers.

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    • And no other nations take little kids away from their parents to put them in sports camps.

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    • I'm aware other nations do that. How you make champions.
      I don't have a problem with that. Never said I did.
      China however, forges legal documents,passports,birth certificates and then lies about it.Then places them in adult competition with those phoney docs. They were caught. They even had to delete several internet pages where the childrens real ages were displayed.

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  • Congrats :)

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    • Your comment reveals that there are some that have no animosity between countries and I applaud you for that. I would prefer though that we be tied with Canada so as give the rest a good ass whipping and call it "equal grounds".

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  • Link:

    http://tinyurl.com/ygx83n2

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  • Our dedication cannot be matched when we truly put our minds to it...we are a great nation filled with strong and determined minded people. Go USA!

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  • Norway = First ever country to reach 100 winter olympic golds. First country to reach 100 olympic silvers and the highest amount of bronze to date.

    The US is doing well but 'domminating' is not really true. To domminate you really need more golds than everything else, but you have 6 as of when i wrote this, which is only 1 more than Norway. The majority of medals have come from the 10 bronzes.

    US Population 300 million 84 golds (as of now)
    Norway pop. 4.5 million 103 golds

    It's 3,5 More..

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    • So you're saying it's stupid to do a comparison of medals and people, by doing your own comparison of medals and people to refute the idea of using a comparison of medals and people.

      Furthermore, the amount of people in the US who live in a scandinavian-esque environment, i.e mountainous plus regular snowfall and ignore people who live in environments where winter sports simply aren't possible such as florida, the population of such environments is still greater than Norway.

      Thirdly, the a More..

      Posted Feb-21-2010 By 

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    • First of all, you are gargantually ignorant of geography if you think alaska is the only place in america that resembles norway's climate. norway is warmed by the gulf stream making it actually warmer than places that also cross the arctic circle, like i dunno...alaska. the majority of the country in the south has warm summers, more akin to the areas of the rocky mountains...where millions of americans live.

      what is actually absurd and irrational, is your bizarre inability to recognise the fa More..

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    • Wow you're fucking stupid. I mean really fucking stupid. Infact from these arguments you propose only really prove the idiot between the two of you is you. Your points are idiotic. Your angle of attack is about as simplistic as it gets. Hilarious that you think being able to field 6,000 atheletes is somehow good, while totally ignoring the actual quality of the athletes being fielded.

      The only reason somenbody would write an article like this and then have other retards like you buttfuck it i More..

      Posted Feb-21-2010 By 

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    • Most Americans don't really participate in these types of sports for long periods of time due to locations of where they live and such. How about that US hockey team? Take care.

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    • My point wasn't to choose one side over the other, which you seem to think it was. It was to illustrate that the 'debate' was idiotic. Therefore there's no 'checkmate' just a deluded fantasy that you've somehow won something, when you haven't, because there's nothing to debate. Thats the fucking point. Congratulations on establishing from my profile i speak Norwegian, but a Norwegian I am not. So you've made a mistake there for one, second you have spelled the words incorrectly (languages are cl More..

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  • Go the Colbert US speed skating team!

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  • Germany and china aren't doing to bad themselves.

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  • what's interesting though is how much the us pays on average per medal..... it was a lot higher than some other countries including Canada's

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    • They're just foil-covered chocolate, dude.

      Haven't used gold for about umpteen years.

      In '84 they were hollow and filled with cocaine.

      In 2014, they will house a wireless pinhole video camera, a GPS, and an audible file tone called 'farts.mp3' which is supposedly a lot of fun in elevators.

      ;^]

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    • 100's of millions ????? actualy so far it's under 30 million. Not alot compared to the states at all, back to my glass house

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    • http://www.ownthepodium2010.com/Funding/winter_sports.aspx that's funding from own the podium.......
      "like those ridiculous gloves all you Canadians are wearing."haha mostly kids are wearing those, not even made in Canada, they're kind of a joke. Most donations have not come through merchandise

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  • Who really cares?? the arguments above me are pathetic.

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  • EU 88 medals
    US 24 medals

    Look like EU is kicking asss.... :)

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  • THERE IS ACTUALLY A WINTER OLYMPIC ????

    I thought they just did come up with that to entertain us when we wait for a real WORLD competition ...THE FIFA 2010 WORLD CUP !!

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    • @yaleoo 

      Are you for real? Soccer has got to be the most queer sport in the world. A bunch of little fag actors running around seeing who can play the most butt-hurt and not get a card! Dumbass retards running around for 90 minutes to score one goal and you think that is interesting? GOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!

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    • @RLTWratman ...says the guys who national sport is sniffing each others butts wearing tight spandex under heavy protection helmets ...following a prancing guy holding a weir ball with the hands and calling it FOOT ball ...lol

      why you dont drone your own ass with yours mom s dildo and shut up

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    • @yaleoo 

      Aww......... You mad bro? You upset that I talked bad about a bunch of skinny little girlie men that spend all their time seeing who can act the most hurt? I wonder how many videos we can find on the internet of soccer retards acting like metrosexual queer-baits?

      Oh yeah! I can't stand American football either. Another bunch of overpaid babies that can't add 2+2 and will be broke 5 years after they retire. I just think soccer fags are worse!!!!!!!!!!!


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    • @RLTWratman 


      notice your only sport is to troll around...and I must admit ...you quite good about it ...your parent should be proud ...go ahead ...tell them about it ..you should be able to scream them inside the trailer park loud enough so they heard you ...

      ...when is the world cup of that??

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    • @yaleoo 

      Where the fuck did you learn to write English, Chile? Stick to your own language because with your lack of writing, capitalization and punctuation skills,it makes you look and sound like even more of a retard than you already are.
      Take a lesson from me. I do not know how to read, write or speak Chilean, so I don't try. It is the same with you trying your hand at English. It's like seeing a little mentally retarded boy try to do quantum physics. It just doesn't work.............. More..

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  • OH YES AND THE US ARE ALSO THE COUNTRY WITH THE MOST ATHLETE AT THE GAME RIGHT NOW......


    considering the population numbers of the states with the numbers of athletes..............I think the ratio is much smaller then most top country at the olympic...... BUT SHHHHH DONT SAY IT TOO LOUD , they also have a huge EGO........SIGH




    oh yes I forgot, the united states also gives a lot more money to their gold medalist then every country in the world..........BUT SHHHHH DONT SAY THAT TO THEM, REME More..

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    • yeah because its our game....... probably didnt go through your slow mind yet.....



      most of em wouldndt even be at the olympics if it wouldnt be in canada.


      the host always have a lot of athlete, doesnt mean they belong at the olympics...SIGH

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  • big fuking deal. where losing on the economic front where it really counts.

    Posted Feb-20-2010 By 

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    • you are delusional.we are on borrowed time paid for buy others. after the baby boomers exhaust whats left of our national wealth and credit then what. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YabnLHPYDW4
      this video is a small part of our leaderships failure in America. our economic collapse has been and is due to free trade which has not been fair trade. our wealth is being transferred overseas at an alarming rate. we have filled the difference with borrowed money. this nation should have a surplus of mon More..

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    • you have more pride than sense. did you even watch that video. telling me to shut up doesn't change whats happening in the world

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