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2010 Winter Olympics notebook: U.S. ski coach returns to Utah

U.S. ski coach returns to Utah

WHISTLER, British Columbia — The men's head coach for the U.S. Ski Team has left the Olympics and gone home to Utah for the birth of his second child.

U.S. Ski Team spokesman Doug Haney says coach Sasha Rearick departed after the last U.S. competitor raced in the men's giant slalom Tuesday.

Haney says Rearick will try to get back to Whistler in time for Saturday's slalom, the last men's alpine event.

Nagasu skates with bloody nose

VANCOUVER — A bloody nose that began halfway through her short program bothered American Mirai Nagasu enough that she fears she has no chance for a medal.

Nagasu felt her nose start bleeding in the middle of her routine Tuesday night. But she completed her program and received 63.76 points, a personal best that put her in first place midway through the short program.

"You have to deal with what you've got," the 16-year-old skater from Los Angeles said. "Halfway through the program, I felt it running down my nose and just said, 'Don't stop, keep going.'

"I skated the best I can."

And it was pretty good, even if she believes it won't put her in medal contention.

"From today's performance, I don't think I can reach the podium," Nagasu said. "I'm a little disappointed."