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2010 Winter Olympics: Sunday at the Games

Sidney Crosby
Sidney Crosby
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Figure skating

Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo are sure to remember this Valentine's Day. The married couple broke their own world record with a mesmerizing performance to open the pairs short program competition Sunday, and it took until the very last pair — about three hours later — for anyone to come close to topping the Chinese duo. With a score of 76.66, the pair lead two-time world champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany by just .70 points. That's nothing going into Monday night's free skate, a margin that can be made up with one flourish of a hand. "It was a gift for Valentine's Day, and today was just the short program," Zhao said. "Hopefully tomorrow will be as good as today." Russia's Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov are in third, giving them a chance to continue what has to be one of the longest winning streaks in sports. A Russian or Soviet pair has won the gold medal at every Olympics dating back to 1964.

Women's luge

The republic of Georgia plans to honor Nodar Kumaritashvili by building a luge track in his hometown and holding an annual competition in his name.

Kumaritashvili was from Bakuriani, a top ski resort in the Caucasus Mountains. He died Friday after crashing during a training run, prompting changes to make the course shorter and slower. The women's event begins Monday and many competitors don't like the new setup. German standout Natalie Geisenberger said racing on the new track is "not fun." She adds that if a switch in the name of safety was to be made, it should have been done a year earlier, "not when one is dead."

Men's hockey

Uh-oh, Canada: Sidney Crosby got hurt in his final NHL game before coming to the Olympics. Crosby, the biggest star on a Canadian roster filled with big names, blocked a shot with his right shin in the second period of a game against Nashville. He played the rest of the game, with an assist in the third period of a 4-3 shootout loss for Pittsburgh. "I will be there," Crosby said. "I'm on the flight tonight." Canada was scheduled to practice Monday and open against Norway on Tuesday.