U.S. says sliding track is OK
The head of the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation is OK with the track at the Whistler Sliding Center.
American skeleton athletes trained on the track Monday for the first time since luger Nodar Kumaritashvili's death. They were among the majority of competitors who started at the top of the track, bypassing the option of starting from a lower spot. Luge events were moved down the track to make races slower and safer, and indeed there wasn't a single wreck in the finals.
Three medals for Switzerland, all gold: Didier Defago won the Alpine downhill, breaking a two-decade Swiss drought. On the same day, Dario Cologna won the men's 15-kilometer freestyle cross-country race. On Saturday, Swiss ski jumper Simon Ammann won the first gold awarded in Vancouver.
Problems with three ice-resurfacing machines at the speedskating venue caused a lengthy delay Monday during the men's 500 meters.
Lindsey Vonn turned in the fastest time in the demanding upper section of the downhill training — despite her aching shin. The final is Wednesday — weather permitting.