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Carlo Janka of Switzerland leads after first run of men's giant slalom


Carlo Janka of Switzerland leads after the the first run of the Olympic giant slalom race, while Bode Miller missed a gate in his pursuit of a record fourth Alpine medal.

Janka was timed in 1 minute, 17.27 seconds with a second run to follow in the afternoon.

Miller almost crashed in the top half of the course and then couldn't correct his line coming out of a right-hand gate in the second half.

Romed Baumann of Austria was second after the first run in the GS, 0.02 second behind Janka, and Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, was 0.16 back in third.

Pre-race favorite Ted Ligety of the United States trailed Janka by 0.60 in eighth place.

Ligety said the gap “is not enough for those guys to feel comfortable about it.”

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver, Canada   

Photo: Carlo Janka competes during the giant slalom. Credit: Jerry Lai / U.S. Presswire

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I felt obliged to speak to an Olympics sports story I saw, I believe, from a reporter from this paper, on Canoe.ca, a division of "quebecor media" in Canada. The story was about the ice dance pairs part of the figure skating program. The writer implied, no stated, that the Canadian pair did not deserve the gold medal, but rather the US team did. I think it increadibly presumptuous on the part of a "sports reporter" who obviously cant spell sportmanship let alone figure skating. I am incensed at this blatant patriotism in this regard. The judges all agreed the the Canadian pair scored higher; the American pairs silver medalists showed grace and sportmanship that I find from most of the US athletes at this level. They made the reporter look like the "ugly American" that he is. He could take a page from the athletes and stop being so biased in his reporting. His comments were digusting as I am sure he is.


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