UNIVERSAL SPORTS AT THE VANCOUVER GAMES: NEWS, NOTES AND QUOTES FOR FEBRUARY 12, 2010
Highlights of today's coverage
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., February 12, 2010—Universal Sports at the Vancouver Games began today, February 12, the first day of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and will continue daily until the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, February 28. The multi-hour programming blocks will originate from sets in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada, as well as from Universal Sports’ network facilities in Westlake Village, California. Below are highlights from today’s coverage.
TODAY ON VANCOUVER OLYMPIC PREVIEW, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. ET:
Lindsey Vonn update:
Vonn on the current status of her injury: "It feels good enough to the point where I can try and test it. Before today (2/11), I haven't taken any painkillers, so I took those today. I also put some numbing cream on it, which is really helping a lot—I can't feel it at all. It was really depressing, really scary, that I might miss the Olympics, but I'm not worried about that now." Excerpt from reporter Steve Perino’s exclusive interview with her on the chairlift.
Vonn on prior injuries (She was hurt in 2006 in Torino, had a 2009 thumb injury at World Cup, and this one. Perino interviewed her after each one): "It helps to know that I've been here before…unfortunately, this injury is more annoying than normal, but nothing is ever perfect. I wish it hadn't happened, but it has and I just try to do the best I can every day and find the best solution."
Steve Perino on Vonn: "When we went up the chairlift, her attitude changed in a good way. She went from thinking 'I may not get my Olympic chance' to 'my Olympic dream may come true.' She hasn't been on snow for 10 days…and with the delays has had some extra time to heal, and the more time she has the better off she is."
QUOTES FROM OUR COVERAGE:
Ski Jumping, Todd Ludwick, U.S. competitor, describing the sport: "What we're doing on each jump is similar to landing an airplane on a runway."
Lindsay Soto, on Skeleton: "I think you have to have a little bit of crazy in you to hurtle yourself at 95 miles per hour, going head first."
Dr. Eric Heiden, who won five speed skating gold medals in 1980. He is now an orthopedic surgeon: "The Olympics and the five medals were a great accomplishment, and when I look back I'm very proud of it, but I'm most proud of what I've accomplished in medicine."
Todd Richards, snowboarding analyst: "As the walls (of the course) get bigger, there's going to be more and more hang time and other tricks. Shaun (White) started at age 7, and he didn't know any better (that he could be injured badly). I started at age 16, and I knew I could get hurt."
Snowboard analyst Kenan Harkin: "There's no limit to the sport, its constantly evolving, and that's how snowboarding and action sports are set up.”
Picabo Street, Skiing analyst and 1998 Olympic Gold Medalist (Talking about the men's competition): "Bode (Miller) is coming on, he's in 4th gear and about to kick it into 5th gear. My money is on him at these Games. I hope he wins here and his poster gets back up on the walls of locker rooms where he belongs."
Street, on the women's competition: “Maria Riesch knows that Lindsey handed her that last win, expect that to change."
Street, on the skiing conditions: "Weather will be a huge issue. When you add moisture, the snow starts to 'rot' and peels the skis away from you, especially for the later skiers. The top skiers will be bunched, meaning their start times will be closest together, when the hill is in prime condition."
Peter Carruthers, Figure Skating analyst: "Rachel Flatt has the head to handle the pressure, and the work behind her to back it up…expect her on the medal stand."
Carruthers on Johnny Weir: "He brings a LOT of luggage to these Games…a lot…and he's almost always on the defensive. He needs to go on the offensive here in order to have a chance."
WHAT TO WATCH FOR ON USN - SATURDAY, FEB. 13, 2010:
Tomorrow’s show features a recap of the Opening Ceremony from Vancouver, as well as previews for both the men’s and women’s teams in the following sports: bobsled, figure skating, ice hockey, luge, short track speed skating and skeleton.
FUN FACTS OF THE DAY:
· Johnny Weir has a large poster of Lady Gaga in his room at the Olympic Village.
· Vancouver, with 2.1 million residents, has the largest population of any Winter Olympics’ host city in history.
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