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Alpine skiing: Carving specialist Ted Ligety

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Ted Ligety, the 2006 Olympic gold medalist in Alpine combined, headed to Vancouver  as the No. 1 giant slalom skier. Ligety is “probably the best carver out there and the best turner in the world,” says Jon Nolting of the U.S. Ski Team.

Racing against history: Shani Davis vs. Eric Heiden

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In a theoretical head-to-head 1,500-meter speedskating competition, current world-record holder Shani Davis would beat famed 1980 Olympic gold medalist Eric Heiden by 14.4 seconds, nearly half a lap.

Interactive: Daron Rahlves in Ski Cross

Debuting in the Vancouver Games, ski cross has four skiers racing head-to-head through gates down a course with steep, banked turns and various terrain ramps, or kickers, that get them airborne. A familiar name for the U.S. team will be Daron Rahlves, a three-time Olympian who retired from Alpine skiiing in 2006. Here’s what he has to say about his new sport and how it compares to his old one:

Biathlon basics

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Biathlon is a combination of cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. Competitors must ski a difficult course while managing their heart rates so their aim will be steady when they stop to shoot at targets from 50 meters.

Evgeny Plushenko: Men's figure skating

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Some skaters have decided that high-scoring quadruple jumps aren’t always worth the risk: Judges deduct points when a competitor fails to complete a quad jump, so a well-executed -- and easier -- triple jump could possibly be worth more.


Ice dancing: Meryl Davis and Charlie White

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Current U.S. national ice dancing champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White are in the hunt for a gold medal. Here is their show-stopping straight line lift from their free dance program.

How Wilson won moguls bronze

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American Bryon Wilson won the bronze medal in the men's Olympic moguls competition Sunday, dominating the air portion of the event with his back flip double twist.

Speedskating: Richmond Olympic Oval

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Intended as a lasting architectural symbol of the Games, the Richmond Olympic Oval will host the long-track speedskating competition during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Located south of downtown, the $143-million facility sits on the banks of the Fraser River across from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond.

Graphic: Kearney's golden moment

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American Hannah Kearney won the women's Olympic moguls competition Saturday with the top score in all three disciplines: turns, air and speed.

Alpine skiing: Whistler Mountain

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Whistler Mountain is the scene of the five Alpine skiing events: downhill, slalom, giant slalom, super-G and super combined. Men and women ski in separate races on two reshaped and contoured courses: the Dave Murray Downhill for the men and a newly designed course for the women.

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