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Scenes from the Olympics

In happier times for the Czech Republic men's hockey team — before its disheartening 1-0 loss to Switzerland on Saturday — Jaromir Jagr (right) was presented a cake for his 42nd birthday by the two youngest members of the team, the Lightning's Radko Gudas, 23 (left), and Ondrej Palat, 22. The International Ice Hockey Federation commemorated it on Twitter.

Numbers of the day

8 Hockey players from Warroad, Minn., who have played for U.S. men's and women's teams in the Olympics since 1956, including two this year: T.J. Oshie, in his first Games, and Gigi Marvin, in her second with the women's team.

7 Warroad Olympians who have won medals. Both U.S. gold-medal-winning men's teams (1960, 1980) had players from Warroad on them.

194K Twitter followers for Oshie as of Saturday night, after starting the day with 90,000

Trivia of the day

T.J. Oshie and Gigi Marvin were classmates at Warroad High in 2005 and were king and queen of the winter prom, Oshie's father, Tim Oshie, told the Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat.

Quotes of the day

"Silver is losing."

The Netherlands' Koen Verweij, after finishing second in long-track speed skating's men's 1,000 meters by three-thousandths of a second

"I could be in a hospital. I could be picking garbage in Calcutta or dying of hunger in Africa. Anyone who complains about silver or bronze doesn't have the right to do so. Gold is the ultimate aim for us, but I'm happy with silver as well."

Croatia's Ivica Kostelic, after finishing second in Alpine skiing's men's super-combined. The silver was the fourth of his career; silver is the only kind of Olympic medal he has won.

No fair-weather curling fan is he

One of curling's biggest American fans, Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis of the 49ers, dropped in to watch the U.S. women's team play Sweden (and lose 7-6 to fall to 1-6). Davis gave curling a try for the first time in 2009, two months before the Vancouver Games, and loved it. He is USA Curling's honorary captain for the 2014 Games — he had the same role four years ago — and gets on the ice when he can. "The thing that intrigues me about curling is that it's so competitive from a thinking standpoint," Davis said. "You really have to use your mind, really come up with a good strategy to defeat your opponent. There's just something about it that I love. And curling helps me when it comes to the game of football."

Compiled from Times staff, wires, the International Hockey Hall of Fame,, the Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat, the U.S. Olympic team, Czech newspaper Denik Sport.

Scenes from the Olympics 02/15/14 [Last modified: Saturday, February 15, 2014 10:57pm]
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