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  • God bless NBC and all but it was practically drooling over the men's figure skating results. Russian Yevgeny Plushenko had only a slight edge on American Evan Lysacek. Russia-versus-USA! You can take the Americans to Vancouver, but you can't take the American sensibility out of them.
  • People have complained that CTV's Jamie Campbell has been too much the gushing cheerleader for Canadian athletes. Yeah, it's a bit overdone sometimes but he's also turned into a good luck charm - when Campbel gets hysterical, it usually means a medal.
  • Could the commentators handling the Women's Downhill Racing please stop using the verb "squashed" when a skier crashes. Some people get seriously injured. "Squashed" is a childish reaction.
  • On Wednesday on CTV, Lisa LaFlamme interviewed Maelle Ricker, the Gold Medal winner. "We bow to you, madame," LaFlamme said. Fair enough. And Ricker kind of giggled. She's got the best giggle. I'm not sure that most of the TV types understand the Snowboard culture. It's laidback beyond imagining.
  • The men's hockey Group B Game between the Czech Republic and Slovakia was seriously underplayed as an event. These countries used to be married, used to be Czechoslovakia. The Czech-Slovakia rivalry is one the most intense in sports. We could have done with some perspective on that.

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