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Vancouver pulled off a great Winter Games

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

For a while there, it looked like the Vancouver Olympic Games were shaping up as disastrous.

Hours before the opening ceremonies, the death of a young Georgian luger cast a dispiriting pall over what was supposed to be a joyous celebration. Then a technical glitch involving the Olympic flame became the source of jokes and doubts that the city had its act together.

Events had to be postponed in the first week due to unusually warm weather creating havoc on the slopes. And press reports out of Canada detailed anguish that the country’s $118 million “Own the Podium” program was fizzling. The capper was the U.S. men’s hockey team upset victory over Canada in an early round-robin matchup – setting the scene for Sunday’s gold-medal game. Read more »


Let the Games begin – and the rain go away

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

As the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games open tonight, we here in the suburbs of the 17-day event should be keeping our fingers crossed – and not just for the 11 Washington athletes seeking Olympic glory. We should also wish our neighbors to the north some serious good luck (bonne chance, in the spirit of Canadian bilingualism).

After all, when the British Columbia city won its quest to land the Winter Games seven years ago, who could have foreseen that they would take place during the worst global economic plunge since 1929 – and in an El Niño year to boot. That weather pattern is creating unseasonably warm conditions, forcing Vancouver organizers to haul snow in by truck and helicopter. Read more »