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balldritt@nsnews.com Kristina Groves became Canada’s first multi-medal winner of the Vancouver Games Sunday when she won silver in ladies’ 1,500metre speed skating. Groves stopped the clock at the Richmond Olympic Oval after one minute and 57.14 seconds, a quarter of a second slower than gold medallist Ireen Wust of the Netherlands. Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic raced to a bronze medal, also her second medal at the Oval. Groves started briskly, and was ahead of Wust by as much as .61 of a second coming through the 1,100metre split. But even with a noisy crowd willing her to gold, the 33-year-old from Ottawa slowed through the the last lap of the contest. Groves’ podium finish brings Canada’s medal count up to nine, pulling the hosts back into a tie with South Korea for fourth spot in the medal race overall. Ranked fourth in the world, Groves Kristina Groves of Canada crosses in front of Katarzyna Bachledaalready boasts an Olympic Curus of Poland on her way to the silver medal in the women’s bronze medal from the 3,000 1500-metre speed skating event Sunday. metre speedskating on Feb. 14. pairing rival throughout the race. Brittany Strong starts and laboured finishes were Schussler, of Winnipeg, Man., skated alongside the order of the day for the Canadian skaters. the eventual bronze medallist, but was well Christine Nesbitt, who topped the podium in out of the frame in the final lap. Despite being Thursday’s 1,000-metre event, was outpacing ranked fifth in the world, her two minute, Wust through all three splits but dropped 4.17-second time earned her a disappointing nearly 1½ seconds in the final 400 metres and 35th place. placed sixth. Groves, Klassen and Schussler will be back Cindy Klassen, Canada’s most decorated at the oval in Richmond Wednesday for the Olympian, finished in 21st place, trailing her 5,000-metres.

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balldritt@nsnews.com Clearly someone forgot to provide the American men’s hockey team with a copy of the script for the 2010 Olympics, as the boys in red, white and blue humbled their Canadian hosts with a 5-3 win Sunday night. Brian Rafalski beat Martin Brodeur only 41 seconds into the game, stunning the crowd at Canada Hockey Place. Eric Staal would bring the red jerseys even midway through the first, but the home side would not lead at any point during the game. Ryan Miller was sensational in net for the Americans, clearly outplaying his three-time Stanley Cupwinning counterpart. Rafalski also had a great night, bagging the first two goals for the United States. Dany Heatley would tie the game early in the second period, but goals from Chris Drury and Jamie Langenbrunner restored the visitors’ advantage. Sidney Crosby got the Canadians within one with three minutes to play. With Brodeur pulled for an extra attacker, a familiar face — Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler — found the empty net on a diving hustle play and that wrapped up the night for the

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No booze for you For a second night in a row, Vancouver police forced downtown liquor stores to close their doors early at 7 p.m. Sunday night. Spokeswoman Const. Jana McGuinness said that Saturday’s experiment in early closures cleared some of the alcohol from the crowds on Granville Street, and made for an easier night for police. “We saw a marked improvement in the atmosphere of the crowds, with a lot less intoxicated people,” she said. Police say they are reserving the right to ask for early closures in coming days.

Volunteers run valleyFest The courtyard complex next to the Lynn Valley library, recently dubbed Lynn Valley Village, is home to a volunteerled mix of concerts, children’s entertainment and activities, and a giant screen that attracts crowds during big Olympic events like the Canada vs. U.S.A. hockey game. See story page 3

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Bob McCormack, one of ValleyFest’s volunteer organizers, can usually be found during the Games around Lynn Valley Village’s performance stage with the torch he carried during the Torch Relay. Bethany Lindsay

Still owning the podium Canada’s olympic bosses hold fast to medal count predictions

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blindsay@nsnews.com In the District of North Vancouver, Lynn Valley Village is the place to be to watch the Games on the bigscreen and watch daily musical performances during Valleyfest. Bob McCormack, vice-president of the ValleyFest organizing committee, described the celebration as “a nice little party for the district.” ValleyFest is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day until the end of the Olympics. All competitions will be shown on highdefinition television, punctuated by musical acts ranging from country to jazz to rock ’n’ roll. “The highlights have been the various bands that have played. We had Bobbi Smith and she was great,” McCormack said. But, he added, “We’re enjoying every day, and I think there’s something for everyone everyday.” There are also arts and crafts for kids, trivia contests, a threeon-three ball-hockey tournament, and an interpretive centre known as the Discovery Zone focusing on North Shore sports. “We’re doing it all for the good of our community,” said McCormack, who was also a an Olympic torchbearer and is making himself and the torch available for photos at Valleyfest every day. “It’s all community based. All the volunteers are all part of the community,” he said. So far, attendance has been high, with as many as 400 people visiting the Village at a time. “They’re there for both the activities and the games,” McCormack said. “If there’s a gold medal run on one of the events, we can have 100 people watching at once.” He was expecting between 500 and 600 people Sunday, when the Canadian men’s hockey team faces off against the U.S. “I think the big crowds will come for that.” The biggest potential crowd draw, as well as McCormack’s most anticipated event, is easy to pick, though. “The gold medal (hockey) game on the 28th of February, when we win the gold.”

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blindsay@nsnews.com Sunday morning broke with a gold medal for American skier Bode Miller, putting the States’ medal count at three times that of Canada, but somehow Canadian Olympics officials remained convinced their athletes could “own the podium.” Although Canada’s was sitting in fifth place in total medals behind Korea Sunday morning, Michael Chambers, president of the Canadian Olympic Committee, said that topping the medal count was still possible. According to Chambers, the COC expects Canadian athletes to have their strongest performances in the final four days of the Games, estimating a haul of between 11 and 13 medals. “This may have been the U.S.’s week; the week coming up will be Canada’s week,” Chambers said. Chris Rudge, chief executive for the Canadian Olympic team, said that, at the very least, Canada should exceed its previous record of 24 medals at the 2006 Games in Turin.“We’re still very confident that our team will win more medals at these Games than at any Winter Games the Canadian team has ever participated in,” Chambers said. “They’ll do that because of the preparation and support they had leading into these Games.” Roger Jackson, chief executive of the Own the Podium program, addressed the medal deficit in a blog post on Saturday. Referring specifically to Melissa Hollingsworth’s disappointing fourth place finish in skeleton, he wrote, “Sport is about both joy and disappointment. Without this dichotomy, sport lacks spirit and emotion.” Jackson defended the medal goals as having come from objectives set by Canadian athletes. “The OTP goals are not directives, but the reflection of the collective goals the athletes set for themselves. We rallied around them and provided their sport organizations the support they needed.” He ended with a kernal of Renaissance-era thought on the wisdom of setting lofty goals. “Michelangelo wisely said, ‘The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.’ OTP set an ambitious objective be the top nation in 2010, and this objective has already helped produce some wonderful results thus far.” — with a report from Canwest News Service

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Canadian men’s skeleton gold medallist Jon Montgomery celebrates after receiving his medal at Whistler Village Saturday.

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Americans 5-3. The loss leaves the Canadian team with five points out of a possible nine in the preliminary stage. Their sixth-place finish means they will have to win an additional game against 11th seed Germany to advance to the quarterfinals. Sweden maintained their unbeaten record by beating rival Finland 3-0. Earlier in the day, Russia rebounded from their loss at the hands of Slovakia to beat the Czech Republic 4-2. Canadian ice dance pair Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir built on their strong compulsory performance with a winning Spanish flamenco routine at the Pacific Coliseum, moving them from second position to first. They will bid for a medal with their final dance at 4:45 p.m. today. Canadian hopes for a medal in men’s ski cross were dashed when Christopher Del Bosco crashed near the finish while holding third place. Swiss racer Michael Schmid claimed gold, Austria’s Andreas Matt followed for silver, and Norway’s Audun Groenvold profited from Del Bosco’s fall to take bronze. Andre Lange and Kevin Kuske won gold for Germany

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Sidney Crosby gives Team Canada fans hope for a comeback against the United States with a goal in the third period of Sunday’s game. But it was not to be, as U.S.A. won 5-3.

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It really is possible to have fun without drinking or smoking. For several hours, more than 10,000 people shared close quarters in North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley and yet there was not a single arrest, fight, or even a single bottle of alcohol or ounce of drugs seized. The Incident Commander for the North Vancouver leg of the Olympic torch run says that in her six years in the city and district, and even beyond that, she has never heard of an event that was so large and that stayed so friendly and peaceful. Cpl. Angela Kermer added that “it’s so rare that a family-oriented event can stay completely festive without having even a few individuals who step out of line.” The officers who policed the event were almost taken aback with the number of smiles, well-wishes and generally-positive response to the crowd-control measures. Quite often during large events, at least a few angry motorists and pedestrians can be counted on to let rage take over good sense. This time, people chose to take a breath and get through it.

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The following is an open letter to the residents of North Vancouver from a member of the North Vancouver RCMP’s bicycle patrol.

Cassandra Brondgeest runs a leg of the Olympic Torch Relay through Lynn Valley Feb. 10. North Vancouver RCMP estimate close to 10,000 people turned out to sse the torch there but say the crowd was never a problem.

The RCMP would like to sincerely thank the people of North Vancouver for their considerate behaviour on Feb. 10. Visitors to the area, and even some of the visiting police who were doing torch

security, will certainly be left with a positive memory of how safe and welcoming our community can be. The festival crowd was so well-behaved that some the Mounties doing site security

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in two-man bobsleigh, their fourth career Olympic gold medal. They will be joined at the podium by countrymen Thomas Florschuetz and Richard Adjei. The result earned the Germans their eight and ninth medal at the Whistler Sliding Centre. Russian pair Alexsandr Zubkov and Alexey Voevoda garnered bronze. Canadians Pierre Lueders and Jesse Lumsden placed fifth, and Lyndon Rush and David Bisset returned to the track after crashing Saturday to put up a 15th place result. Elsewhere in Whistler, Germany’s Magdalena Neuner won the women’s 12.5-kilometre mass start biathlon, her third medal and second gold of the Games. Russia’s Olga Zaitseva finished second, and Simone Hauswald’s bronze kept up the Germans’ impressive medal production. In the men’s 15-kilometre mass start biathlon, Russia’s Evgeny Ustyugov would take gold, France’s Martin Fourcade finished for silver, and Pavol Huraft would medal for Slovakia. Bode Miller’s slalom skills propelled him to a gold medal in men’s super combined alpine skiing after placing seventh in the downhill component. Croatians can celebrate their second medal of the Games courtesy of Ivica Kostelic’s silver-medal performance. Silvan Zurbriggen won bronze for Switzerland. West Vancouver’s Michael Janyk placed 26th.




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Photos clockwise from top left: Nazy Joorabchian and Hannah Little watch the Canada vs. USA men’s hockey game. Amy Kim (left), Negar Nejad and Niki Khaleghi check out the festivities. Diane Anderson and Nancy Reichard cheer on Canada and the United States. Crystal Cheng, 11, and Kathryn Duchene volunteer at the community centre. Emily and Fen McMyn cheer on Team Canada. Matthew and Todd McMyn watch the Games on TV. Ampo and Margo Running and Lisa Heller enjoy celebrating the games.

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Photos clockwise from top left: Sarah Moores and Rachel Mack enjoy watching curling live. David Dureault builds snow sculptures in the sunshine. Larry Craig and Alan Matsumoto get to work on snow sculptures. Keyanna, 5, and Joanne Verrier hang out with Olympic mascot Miga. Ryoke, Chika and Ricky Murakami spend family time together. Jake, 5, and Jessie Bennett go skating on top of Grouse.

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Photos clockwise from top left: Katie Payne (front), Nicole Hufsmith (left) and Megan Loewen get festive in Lynn Valley. Mattias and Christian Welstopez celebrate a first period Canadian goal in men’s hockey. Janice McCormack enjoys a day out with Doreen Houlden, who has lived on the North Shore since 1911. Mandy Defaveri and Serena Innes of the North Shore Credit Union hand out the popcorn. Laine Tadey and Marina Pecchia cheer for Canada. Andrea and Beverly Loewen flash the Maple Leaf. Frankie (top) goes out with Luther Jirik and Grandma Julia. photos Kevin Hill

Steve and Nicole Lisle (back) stay warm with sons Carter and David. Brett (left) and Martin Carr enjoy the show with Rod MacDonald and Karen Carr. Torchbearer Cassandra Brondgeest (left) shares a snack with Sam Brondgeest and Matt Gould. Yolanda Brooks (left) poses with Kalani Brooks Sharp and Richard Sharp.

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Photos clockwise from top left: Victor Hunter and Maddy Suddaby embrace by the fountain. Diane Strub and Wanis Ruiz of Dance 4 U perform in the market. Gilson and Rita Seffrin pose for the camera. Ronda Walker and Lisa Shenton enjoy the sunshine with Lola the Chihuahua. Kate Kasasian and Kamila Grygorczyk enjoy the fantastic weather. Brandon Weiss, 1, investigates the local wildlife. Joe (left), Jacqueline and Nicholas Lew made the trip from Coquitlam.

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