It's (past) time for the Olympic open thread! And the good times did keep on rolling. The Canadian men had a huge day on the oval with three medals in two events, two of them gold. The Canadian women curlers gave the men's hockey club a lesson in choking as she missed shots to win in both the 10th and 11th ends to "win" the silver medal. It was hard to watch but Cheryl Bernard and her crew actually looked pretty up-beat after the fact. Obviously they would have preferred to win the gold but it seemed like they kind of knew they hadn't played all that well over the last week. Today, the big game for me is Kevin Martin's gold medal foray. His game against Norway in the round robin was very close and that Norwegian club is quality. It's likely to be an exciting final and I can only hope Martin comes out on top. If he does it, I expect some emotion from the Old Bear.
And then there's the hockey. Yesterday saw the Finns embarrass themselves against the Americans as Miikka Kiprusoff gave the worst performance from a Scandinavian goalie since NHLers started coming to the Olympics. But the whole team was awful. And the Americans were very good. Canada? Somewhat less impressive against the Slovakians. The game ended 3-2 but only by inches. It says something about the Canadian performance when I'm almost cheering for the Slovaks to tie the game. They didn't, and it's Canada-US tomorrow for the gold. That American team has some really nice depth at forward. They're not as good as Canada's forwards but there also shouldn't be any huge mismatches. But today's game is for bronze. I've got to say, I'm pulling for the Slovaks.
Canada (Martin) v. Norway (Ulsrud) 4:00 p.m. MST
Finland v. Slovakia 8:00 p.m. MST