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Canada scores controversial go-ahead goal against US in women’s hockey (Video)

US-Canada-controversial-goalCanada and the United States squared off on Wednesday in what many feel is certain to be a preview of the women’s hockey gold medal game. The US was fortunate that it was not an elimination game, because the Canadians may have benefitted from a controversial call on their go-ahead goal in the third period.

The goal that gave Canada a 2-1 lead appeared to be whistled dead, though the puck still continued into the net. The official who blew the whistle must have thought US goaltender Jessie Vetter had the puck underneath her pads, but she did not. Replays showed that the whistle was blown just as the puck was getting to the goal line.

Technically, a referee should only blow the whistle if the puck is frozen. But even if it’s not, the whistle still signifies a stoppage of play. Canada deserved the goal, but by the rule book it seems like the play should have been ruled dead as soon as the whistle sounded.

Canada went on to take a 3-1 lead later in the period after a US turnover in the attacking zone. It seems almost certain that the Americans will have a chance to avenge Wednesday’s loss later in the tournament.

Video via Sports Grid

Bode Miller: Bad vision led to disappointing finish

Bode-MillerBode Miller is the most decorated men’s alpine skier in United States history. He also may hold the record for most excuses after the worst finish of his Olympic career.

Miller finished eighth in the men’s downhill in Sochi over the weekend. After dominating two out of three training runs, he was considered by many to be the gold medal favorite. So what went wrong for the 36-year-old? He already said the course conditions changed drastically from training to the actual race. Miller also blamed bad vision.

“I don’t win when the sun’s not out,” he said, according to NBC Olympics. “I haven’t won in five years when the sun’s not out.”

The problem, Miller says, is that he should have gotten eye surgery.

“I was supposed to get an eye surgery earlier this year,” he added. “I have a great sponsor, an eye doctor, and we just never found the time to do it because the race schedule is so tight. We were pretty pissed off looking back that we hadn’t figured out time to do that.”

[WATCH: Bode Miller's wife reacts to his terrible race]

Vision is obviously critical to a skier who is traveling down a mountain at speeds of around 80 mph — but five years? If Miller hasn’t won without the sun in five years because of poor eyesight, you would think he would have addressed the problem well before the final Olympic Games of his career.

“My vision is critical,” he said. “When the light’s perfect, I can ski with any of the best guys in the world. When it goes out, my particular style suffers more than the guys who are more stable and don’t do as much in the middle of the turn.”

Again, this should have been addressed sooner. And since it wasn’t, it doesn’t sound like a very valid excuse for going from fastest to eighth-fastest between training and the actual event.

Alex Ovechkin has Russian flag on his Olympic skates

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Russia is one of the favorites to bring home a medal in hockey in front of its home fans at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. If Alex Ovechkin, who is having a fantastic year with the Washington Capitals, can be the prolific scorer he is capable of being, Russia could very well win the gold.

And if they don’t, Ovechkin will still be wearing the pride of Russia on his feet. Most hockey skates are black, but Ovechkin’s Olympic skates are painted with the colors of the Russian flag.

Many have predicted that Ovechkin will be the tournament MVP in his home country. He has already won the award for most patriotic skates.

Photo via Twitter/Alex Ovechkin

US luger Kate Hansen prepares for races by dancing to Beyonce (GIF)

Kate-Hansen-dancingUS Olympic luger Kate Hansen may have the most entertaining warmup routine of any athlete in Sochi. On Monday, NBC aired a portion of Hansen’s pre-race routine. While other athletes are stretching it out and getting focused, Hansen is going HAM dancing to some Beyonce.

The 21-year-old told NBC’s Lewis Johnson that she listens to Beyonce and only Beyonce.

“Strictly Beyonce. My girl B — she just gets my fierce and I get stoked,” Hansen said according to USA Today. “I just have to. I have good mojo going on. It’s just how I roll. [...] I’m in my own world and it doesn’t matter who’s staring, I’m still gonna dance.”

Believe it or not, former Olympic luger Duncan Kennedy was critical of the dance routine.

“I would like to see something a little more sports specific from her,” he said. “What you see out of the top runners, the really heavy hitters, is they’re working those start muscles, they’re working the low back, they’re working the arms and the shoulders and getting the power out of them. Because the start has to be a powerful, explosive movement. And while that might be a very good, general warm-up, I’m not sure it gets the job done for medical contention.”

Why does the damn Man always have to try to hold people down? If Hansen likes getting ready for races by busting out the moves, then that’s what she should do. I certainly found it entertaining.

GIF via @dhm

Speedskater Olga Graf unzipped after race, forgot she was bare underneath

Olga-GrafWe have seen many, many unusual things already at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, but to this point a naked speedskater has not been on of them. Russia’s Olga Graf came dangerously close to changing that after she won a bronze medal on Sunday.

When Graf’s time of 4 minutes, 3.47 seconds flashed on the scoreboard, she was ecstatic that she had set a personal best. The home crowd went nuts and Graf reacted by unzipping her uniform, forgetting that she was not wearing anything underneath.

Graf was clearly embarrassed when she realized and quickly zipped back up.

“I totally forgot,” she later told reporters through a translator, according to the Associated Press. “We have very good suits and they are very tight. … You just want to breathe and you want to take off your suit.”

Fortunately for Graf, the suits are so tight that she was able to unzip without revealing anything. As we have come to realize from situations like this, anything can happen at the Sochi Olympics.

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Johnny Quinn, US bobsledders get stuck in elevator

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Of all the troubles athletes and visitors have been having at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, US bobsledder Johnny Quinn may be having the worst luck. Over the weekend, Quinn had to destroy a door after he got locked in the bathroom while showering. On Monday, he and his teammates got stuck in an elevator.

“No one is going to believe this but we just got stuck in an elevator,” Quinn wrote on Twitter. “Ask @BOBSLEDR and @Crippsee who were there…”

If this is a prank, it is one that has been well executed. Fellow bobsledders David Cripps and Nick Cunningham also tweeted from the inside of the elevator.

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Sage Kotsenburg was ‘stoked,’ which means drunk to Russian translators

Sage-KotsenburgUS Olympic snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg took home the first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics when he won the men’s slopestyle event on Saturday. Since Kotsenburg is a boarder and a bro, one of the words he used frequently to describe his emotions after the win was “stoked.”

Translators who work at the Olympics have a difficult job as is. It is even more challenging when they have to translate what snowboarders say, which is basically its own dialect of American with words like stoked, sick, amped and gnarly. As it turns out, the word “stoked” translates to something entirely different in Russian.

Kotsenburg’s post-victory press conference was difficult for Russian translators Andrey Lesokhin and Oxana Yakimenko to follow. Al Jazeera America explained why:

In Russian, a ‘grab’ is a ‘grab,’ ‘cab’ is like ‘cab,’ and even though there’s a Russian word for ‘rail,’ we say, ‘rail.’ But ’jump’ is ‘tramplin,’ and a ‘spin’ is ‘vraschenije,’ and ‘flip’ is ‘salto.’”

What about “stoked”?

After a pause and some prodding, Yakimenko admitted, “We used the word for ‘under the influence of alcohol,’ which is kind of like ‘under the fly.’”

Lesokhin mostly noticed that Kotsenburg “said ‘sick’ a lot.”

The Russian word for sick, “bolnoy,” Yakimenko said, “is bad, like you have a disease or something.” But there are plenty of Russian words for “crazy,” so the duo substituted “bezumny,” “kruto” or “sumasshedshy.”

As Fourth Place Medal pointed out, the Russian interpretation of the word “stoked” would make quotes like this from Kotsenberg a bit troublesome.

“I heard it’s going to be crazy. I’m definitely stoked to be a part of it. Obviously I’m stoked to get gold and take whatever comes with it.”

Guy really needs to lay off the sauce. This is the Olympics, for God’s sake.