Morning links, Day 14
A bobsled one-two for Canada. Kaillie Humphries' secret recipe for gold: “I’m not really looking at times. I just push my butt off and make it to the bottom.”
Short-track silver for Canada, after Korea was disqualified – another medal for the Greggs, and a nice going-out present for Tania Vicent. (Photo above by Rick Eglinton/Toronto Star)
And one for the ages, as Clara Hughes goes out with another medal and heads into a new career (photo, Tara Walton/Toronto Star). From Randy Starkman's report:
“There is nothing like this. The thing working in broadcasting in China showed me is it's a really special thing to be an Olympic athlete.“I thought 'I get to do this one more time.' And I never lost sight of what 'this' is. Because when it's over, it's over. And now it's actually over. Wow.”
The earth's rotational wobble has been corrected. Canada beats Russia at the Olympics for the first time in 50 years. Bryzgalov on the Canadian men: “Like gorillas coming out of a cage.” And from Yahoo! Sports' Dmitry Chesnokov's Twitter updates, a quote from Russian coach Bykov on the Russian media: "Let's put up guillotines & gallows in Red Sq & kill all players & staff. Why look for someone to blame?" and "Right now we're taking our hats off for Canada. They were better. The level of our team is lower. For today."
Outside the Canadian news, the latest episode of Vonncouver continues on the feud with teammate Julia Mancuso.
And a York University study says that wearing red helps you with the judges. Maybe that explains yesterday's run. Except that Canada wore their whites last night. But oh, that was hockey: “All things being equal between two figure skaters – including their actual speed on the ice – the judges will perceive a skater in red is moving with greater speed than a skater in blue, and may reward the skater in red with higher marks.”