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Vancouver Olympic news and notes

Numbers of the day

30 Minimum number of athletes who already have been excluded from the Games for breaking anti-doping rules in recent months, according to World Anti-Doping Agency chief John Fahey. The cases include positive samples and failure to comply with testing protocols. Fahey refused to give details of the athletes, sports or nationalities.

4 Americans who have competed in five Winter Olympics: Mark Grimmette, luge; Todd Lodwick, Nordic combined skiing; Casey Puckett, freestyle skiing; Brian Shimer, bobsled. Grimmette, Lodwick and Puckett are in Vancouver.

6 Members of the 23-player U.S. men's hockey team with Ryan as his first name: Ryan Malone (Lightning), Ryan Callahan (Rangers), Ryan Kesler (Canucks), Ryan Suter (Predators), Ryan Whitney (Ducks) and Ryan Miller (Sabres).

Ryan trivia I: One player has Ryan as a last name, Bobby Ryan of the Ducks.

Ryan trivia II: Suter's father, Bob, was a member of the 1980 gold medal-winning U.S. hockey team.

Buzz of the day

Talk has been flying that the lighter of the Olympic flame at tonight's opening ceremony — information always treated as top secret — will be Canadian hockey god Wayne Gretzky. Vancouver organizing committee boss John Furlong denied that, Canadian media reported Friday. If nothing else, the ceremony will be novel for being the first one held indoors. The site is BC Place Stadium, which Canada's National Post called "a graying marshmallow … that's been messing up Vancouver's downtown skyline since 1983."

Quote of the day

"As embarrassing as it is for the rest of 'em, I'm sorry, but, yes, she can spank you on 80 percent." — Picabo Street, left, Alpine skiing's 1998 super-giant slalom gold medalist for the United States, proclaiming Lindsey Vonn can still win even if she's less than 100 percent because of an injured right shin

Ask us: Have a question about the Winter Olympics? E-mail us at sptsnews@sptimes.com and we'll do our best to answer it.

Vancouver Olympic news and notes 02/11/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 11, 2010 9:32pm]
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