Julie Mancuso. Great win! Great tiara!
Jeret "Speedy" Peterson. Thursday: American loses medal but gains respect for trying a risky jump in the freestyle aerials final. Friday: Sent home after police said he punched a friend in the face during a drunken fight.
"Has he won anything yet?"
Jon Bond, co-chairman of marketing agency Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners, asked about the promotion potential of speed-skater Joey Cheek after Cheek had won his gold and silver medals
SEVERE FROST WARNING
It's official: Curling is the biggest sport at the Games.
The men's bronze-medal match Friday between the United States and Britain was interrupted by a streaker.
Sure, it was another shameless publicity stunt by goldenpalace.com, but the Internet betting site didn't choose to do it at figure skating or hockey. It chose curling.
Midway through the bronze-medal match, a man wearing a strategically placed rubber chicken and goldenpalace.com stenciled in black letters on his chest and midsection ran onto one of the ice sheets not being used.
Also wearing sneakers, yellow rubber gloves, what looked like a towel on his head and clothespins clipped to his ears, he danced around for a bit but never tried to approach the players.
A couple of security officials hovered near him for several seconds before covering him and leading him away.
THEY'RE BOTH BIG IN FINLAND
Celebrity sightings at the Games have been hard to come by since Donald Sutherland was spotted at curling and figure skating last week. So we're reduced to Conan O'Brien look-alike Tarja Halonen, the president of Finland, watching her team lose to Canada in the men's curling gold-medal match.
THE HEART OF ROCK 'N' ROLL
Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan, whose city hosts the next Winter Games, has been a quadriplegic since breaking his neck in a skiing accident when he was 19. Sullivan, 46, was a classical pianist and keyboard player before his accident. Today, he has formed a rock group of disabled musicians, Spinal Chord.
"Some people do consider disability as a tragedy," said Sullivan, in Turin to take possession of the Olympic flag during Sunday's Closing Ceremony. "I look at it as a career move."
I love Carrabba's. I'm a big fan of Romano's Macaroni Grill. But if I don't see another piece of ham or dish of pasta for the rest of the year, I'll be a happy man. The combination of cheese, pork and macaroni has officially ruined what was already a very touchy stomach. Gary claims he has a rooster waking him up every morning. I think it's a recording. I'm not sure there is a chicken in this entire region. The past 56 hours, all I've eaten are four granola bars and a box of Menthos.
It has never struck me as quite fair that a figure skater can win only one gold medal here, while a skier or a speed skater can win several at varied distances. Here's an idea: Give a gold medal for the short program and another for the long. Also, how about a Battle Royal? Four skaters on the ice at the time, like in warmups, and when the announcer calls out a move - "triple flip!" - the skaters have 15 seconds to comply. Last skater standing wins. Also, how about the "AdLib" skate, when instead of planning the music, a skater has to adjust to an iPod on shuffle. Wouldn't you love to see a skater transition from Stairway to Heaven to Sweet Child O' Mine? And, yes, I have been over here too long.
BY THE NUMBERS
8 -- sports psychologists at the Games with the U.S. team, two fewer than in 2002
12 -- sports psychologists at the Games with the Canadian team, five more than in 2002
48 -- percent of Italian TV viewers who watched the women's figure skating short program Tuesday to see Italy's Carolina Kostner (who fell on a jump and ended up 11th)
54 -- age of U.S. curler Scott Baird, whose bronze-medal win Friday makes him the oldest Winter Games medalist in history