Wednesday 28 June 2017

Olympic Diary: Ohno America's most decorated olympian

speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno became the most decorated US Winter Olympian in history on Saturday when he earned his seventh career medal by taking bronze in the men's short track 1,000m.

Ohno's seven-medal haul contains two gold, two silver, including last week's silver in the 1,500m, and three bronze accumulated over three Winter Olympics. He has a chance to add an eighth medal to his resume when he begins the defence of his 500m title on Wednesday.

US fan proves taxing

As Britain's Eve Muirhead and her team took on the United States on the curling rinks at the Vancouver Olympic Centre, the British supporters were in full voice.

After a particularly raucous chant of "Let's Go GB, Let's Go!", though, there followed an unusual retort from a lone American voice.

Channelling his forefathers and the spirit of rebellion against King George III that kick-started the War of Independence in the 13 American colonies back in 1775, the voice screamed: "No Taxation Without Representation!"

There followed a lengthy period of contemplation.

Russian dummies a hit

Four life-size mannequins, dressed from head to toe in the red and white Russian Olympic team colours, are proving a big hit.

The mannequins are outside Coast Mountain Shirt Company store in Vancouver and a succession of Olympic fans from Canada and overseas are posing for pictures with them.

The store's assistant manager Zalina Zakirova is a recent immigrant to Canada from Russia and wanted to do something during the Games to draw attention to the next Games being held in Sochi, Russia.

Britain's fast women

The warm-up man at the Whistler Medals Plaza on Saturday night couldn't resist a tongue-in-cheek dig at the British fans in attendance when he ran through the programme for the presentations ahead.

Mere mention of the imminent arrival of Olympic skeleton champion Amy Williams brought rousing cheers from the Union Jack-clad among the audience, prompting the announcer to laugh and joke: "What is it with you British and your fast women?"

Oprah lends a hand

Oprah Winfrey has become the latest fan of a fashion trend that has been sweeping Canada for months now -- red and white woollen mittens with a white maple leaf on the palms.

Winfrey gave out 300 pairs to her talk show's audience while interviewing snowboarder Shaun White, who took gold in the men's halfpipe.

Irish Independent

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