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JRomano: Standing in a snow storm, waiting for a cable car down the mountain because the bus routes had been shut down, I struck up a conversation with a young couple from London, via Houston. They were in town for a few days before heading to Vienna to meet friends. They asked where I was from, and I told them St. Petersburg. Which meant, I laughed, that I was used to this weather. After another five minutes, the young man told me it was remarkable how perfectly I spoke English. I realized, when I made the joke about the weather, he thought I was from St. Petersburg, Russia. I smiled and said I watched lots of American television.

GShelton: Perhaps the most common complaint you hear about the Winter Olympics is that there are too many days, not enough competition. So how about this? How about the Winter Decathlon? On the first day, we could have a competitor perform a cross-country race, then a biathlon, then a downhill. He could then curl and perform a 500-meter speedskate. On the second day, he could bobsled, luge, have a hockey skills competition, compete in short track and then perform a short program in figure skating. My pick for the gold? Evegeni Plushenko of Russia, who I still think could play left wing for the Lightning.

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