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03/01/2010

We came, We saw, We clicked butt!

Here is a handful of each of the Toronto Star photographer's favourite pictures from the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.

Rick Eglinton

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Sweden third Eva Lund, left, lead Anna Le Moine, right, kiss the winning rock after defeating Canada to win Gold 7-6 in the 11th end and  during Olympic women's curling finals action.

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Sweden lead Anna Le Moine reacts after winning the gold medal to defeat Canada 7-6 during Olympic women's curling finals.

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Canada third John Morris, lead Ben Hebert, skip Kevin Martin, and second Marc Kennedy, left to right, hold the Canadian flag after defeating Norway for the gold during Olympic men's curling finals.  

Richard Lautens

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California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger took part in the Torch relay through Stanley Park in Vancouver.

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Terry Johns, riding the Skytrain is a definite Canadian hockey supporter. 

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American Shaun White competes in the Men's Halfpipe competition on a sunny day at Cypress Mountain.

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The Gold Medal winning hockey team!

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Canada's Ashleigh McIvor wins gold in the women's ski cross.

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In the men's quarter final of the short track 1000m, skaters make their way around a corner.   

Rick Madonik

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Canadian skip Cheryl Bernard is not too pleased with her shot during early ends of Canada loses to Sweden in Gold medal match in Women's Curling. 

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Scott Moir jumps into arms of folks in the crowd after the medal presentation. Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir win GOLD in Free Dance of Ice Dance at Pacific Coliseum.

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Women's freestyle moguls featured Canadian Jennifer Heil taking the Silver. 

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Canada's Marianne St-Gelais celebrates her SILVER during Women 500 metre Final Short Track Speed Skating. 

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Canada's Haley Irwin (left) and Canada's Meghan Agosta lay on the ice with some beverages after the ceremony. Canada wins Gold medal match between Canada and USA at Women's Ice Hockey at Canada Hockey Place.  

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Canada's Sidney Crosby, Joe Thornton and Scott Niedermayer celebrate Crosby's Gold winning goal.

Steve Russell

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A snowboarder enters through the rings  during the Opening Ceremonies for  the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games at BC Place. 

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Gate Judge Bill Drake watches a heat of racers pass overhead In the Men's Snowboard Cross at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games at the Cypress Mountain. 

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Kazuhiro Koshi from Japan slides into the finish  in the final run of the men's skeleton at the Whistler Sliding Centre 

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American Julia Mancuso crosses the finish line in the Ladies' Super-G. 

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The first of 32 shots to get by Switzerland's Jonas Hiller was a shot that he batted into his own net, thankfully time had run out before the puck crossed the line. Switzerland lost the United States of America 2-0.

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Canada's Charles Hamelin manages to keep his feet and stay ahead of USA's Apolo Anton Ohno in a crash in the final turn of the Men's 500 m Final at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games at the Pacific Coliseum.

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Joannie Rochette comes out to greet the crowd before being awarded her Bronze medal in the Ladies' Free Skate Joannie Rochette, skated despite the sudden passing of her mother Thérèse Rochette, of heart failure shortly after she arrived in Vancouver.

Tara Walton

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RCMP officers raise the Canadian flag for a gold medal finish by the Canadian men's 5000 metre short track relay team who placed first.

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France's Thibaut Fauconnet collides with Germany's Tyson Heung during the mens's 500 metre short track quarterfinal race.

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Canada's Clara Hughes celebrates after her bronze metal finish with a time of 6:55.73 in the women's 5000 metre speed skating finals.

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Canada's Cindy Klassen skates in the women's 5000 metre speed skating finals.

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Starting goalie Roberto Luongo of Canada's mens hockey team practices Saturday's afternoon at Vancouver's Canada Hockey Place.

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 Canada's Joannie Rochette who place third picking up a bronze medal in Women's Figure Skating performs during the olympic exhibition gala.

Bernard Weil

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The sled of Nodar Kumaritashvili, of Georgia, slides empty through the Olympic rings in turn 16 after he crashed further up the track, during men's luge training.

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The USA four man bob team of John Napier, Charles Berkeley, Steven Langton and Christpoher Fogt take it on the chin as they slide upside down after flipping on turn 13.

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Peter Fill, of Italy, wipes out on the last gate during the Vancouver Olympics men's super G competition.     

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Emmanueal Jonnier, of France, hides his face as he crosses the finish line during the men's 4x10 cross country competition.

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Canadian Melissa Hollingsworth is airborne as she jumps on her sled and speeds down the start in her first of four runs at the Whistler Sliding Centre 

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Wonderful pictures it summerizes all that happened , thanks to the tv set and these pictures i felt i was there too.

Fantastic pictures. The Canadians were wonderful hosts and I was impressed when the Canadian crowd gave the U.S. team applause for their effort after your hockey team crushed my team. Seeing the games in Vancouver made me miss how much I enjoyed my last visit there. I'm going to visit Canada and spend my money there, because you are a great neighbor to the U.S. My great grandparents were Canadian, so I felt pride for my Canadian heritage while I watched the games.

I've enjoyed the photoblogs so much during these Olympics! The pictures have not only captured incredible moments, they've been full of colour and often accompanied by insightful commentary. No wonder you all get paid to do this, while I'm lucky if I enjoy an occasional decent photo from my relatively pricey camera. No amount of cash outlay will make up for my lack of talent in this department.

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