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  • Canada’s Olympians are no longer afraid to say it: They want to be No. 1

    February 6, 2014 1:57 PM 8

    SOCHI, Russia – Once upon a time, this would have seemed so, well, un-Canadian. You just did not waltz into a press conference, the way the leaders of the delegation to Sochi did Thursday, and declare your goal was to finish first in the medal count. It would have been impolite. Canadians came to the Winter Olympics to participate, to try their best. "If you dared

  • Snowboard - Parrot: Canadians can sweep medals

    February 6, 2014 12:26 PM 11

    Canada's Maxence Parrot blazed into Saturday's final of the men's slopestyle event on Thursday and said he was confident Canada could still make a clean sweep of the medals despite injury worries. "It's still possible, we'll see how all the Canadians are doing in practice and how they're going to prepare for the finals," Parrot told reporters after his score

  • Mixed results for Canadian snowboarders in men's slopestyle qualifying

    February 6, 2014 10:34 AM 12

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Canadian snowboarders Sebastien Toutant and Maxence Parrot locked up spots in the men's slopestyle final at the Sochi Olympics on Thursday. However, teammates Mark McMorris and Charles Reid did not make the top four in their respective heats under sunny skies at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. They will have to compete in Saturday's

  • Canadian Parrot leads men’s slopestyle qualifying

    February 6, 2014 9:19 AM 7

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Canadian Max Parrot cruised through men’s slopestyle qualifying on Thursday, posting a score of 97.50 to stamp himself as a gold medal favorite as the sport makes its Olympic debut. Parrot, Roope Tonteri of Finland and Norway’s Staale Sandbech led a group of eight riders who advanced directly to Saturday’s finals. The remaining

  • Podborski: Team Canada doesn't endorse trash talk, but it happens

    February 6, 2014 9:12 AM 11

    SOCHI, Russia -- Chef de mission Steve Podborski says the Canadian team doesn't endorse trash talk but it can be part of the culture in some sports. He was asked about the subject Thursday after Canadian snowboarders Maxence Parrot and Sebastien Toutant criticized American Shaun White's decision to withdraw from the slopestyle event. "Is it something

  • Sochi 2014: Snowboarder Jenny Jones explains 'thrill of the jump'

    February 6, 2014 8:59 AM 40

    Bristol snowboarder Jenny Jones speaks to BBC Points West about the thrill of competing in slopestyle and her preparations for her first Winter Olympics. At 33, Jones has been at the top of her sport for a decade, winning three X Games titles and after a second-place finish at the opening World Cup of the season, she has been tipped for a medal at the Sochi

  • Snowboarders get competition underway in Sochi

    February 6, 2014 8:21 AM 8

    ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Qualifying for the men's snowboard slope style kicked off Olympic action on Thursday a day before the opening ceremony, swiftly delivering thrills and spills on the sun-drenched slopes of the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Games officials have been racing to complete preparations in time but as Britain's Billy Morgan, the first

  • Moguls course undergoing tweaks as Olympics loom

    February 6, 2014 7:39 AM 5

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- The ambitious slopestyle course that sent Shaun White sprinting for the serenity and apparent safety of the halfpipe isn't the only Olympic event at Sochi's Extreme Park turning heads and sending riders tumbling down the mountain. Things have been nearly as dicey in moguls. The U.S. was among several countries to unsuccessfully

  • Keiser outburst leads Oil Kings to road win over Blazers

    February 6, 2014 6:13 AM 6

    KAMLOOPS, B.C. — The Edmonton Oil Kings opened a three-game road trip into British Columbia with a 4-1 victory over the Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday. Overall player Riley Kieser helped the Oil Kings score three unanswered goals in the third period to break a 1-1 tie after 40 minutes in the Western Hockey League game. Kieser scored his ninth goal of the season

  • Russians remember the 1980 Olympics a little different than Americans

    February 6, 2014 4:49 AM 21

    Do you believe in miracles? The Russians obviously do not. Nor do they seem to remember a certain "miracle" Olympic hockey game. Yahoo Sports video producer Blair Johnson spotted the page above in a Russian airline magazine en route to the Sochi Games. It's about the 1980 Olympics in the U.S. and given what we now know about the conditions in Sochi