One tie that's giving some people fits
Critic howl about two golds that were awarded in women's downhill.
PEOPLE ARE already squawking about the two gold medals awarded to Slovenia's Tina Maze and Switzerland's Dominique Gisin, who tied in the women's downhill final yesterday.
Each finished in 1 minute, 41.57 seconds, marking the first time in 78 years that two golds were awarded in the same Alpine event.
The result didn't sit well with Picabo Street, who won gold in the 1998 women's downhill in Lillehammer, Norway.
"I'd love to see them go to the thousandth [second]! I'd like to get that timer guy and beat him to get the thousandth out of him," Street told ESPN.com. "I would love to know. Me and everyone else. We would love to know."
Street, in Sochi working for Fox Sports 1, is fit to be tied over the tie.
"If it's gaugeable it, let's gauge it! If it's gaugeable, let me have it," she said. "If you've got it, give it to me! They give it to them in speedskating - why not here? Because we're going 80 miles an hour and coming 3,000 feet down a mountain? No, gimme that thousandth! I want it!"
Not everyone agrees.
"A hundredth is so close to begin with," said U.S. skier Stacey Cook, who finished 17th yesterday. "Our sport is pretty amazing that you can cover 2 miles of distance in less than 2 minutes and still be that close. Ties are not a bad thing in sport. They both did equally as well. They both deserve the gold medal."
Maze and Gisin would agree.
Maze, who won two silver medals at the 2010 Games, described the sight of her and Gisin together on the medal podium as "two happy faces."
After the race Maze gleefully tweeted, "I'm OLYMPIC CHAMPION! It can't get any better than this."
Gisin's teammate, Lara Gut, won the bronze. No silver was awarded.
The top U.S. skier was Julia Mancuso, who finished eighth.
Street had something to say about that too, noting that the Americans weren't aggressive enough on the Rosa Khutor slopes.
"It was a matter of being ballsy or not today," Street said. "It was a matter of dropping the hammer and running at this course or letting it come at them."
Like it or not, ties have happened before. Maze, 30, finished in a three-way stalemate for first at the 2002 World Cup. And Gisin tied for first with Sweden's Anja Paerson at the 2009 World Cup.
"Hundredths are fine with me," said Gisin, 28. "And today, the hundredths were on my side."
It's about time. Literally and figuratively.
Gisin has had nine knee operations and has considered retiring from the sport.
"It's the story of my career. Up, down, forward, backward," Gisin said. "Every little tiny bit, I [fought] for, and it makes me proud that finally I made it to the top."
Let's curl up
Jimmy Fallon's Twitter request for Olympic pickup lines has gone viral.
On Tuesday, the late-night talk show host tweeted: "Let's play the hashtag game! Tweet out a pickup line you'd hear at the Olympics and tag with #OlympicPickupLines. Could be on TV!"
The tweets have been coming in ever since. Some of the best printable ones:
Jessica (@jessicalanger): "I'm not Russian, but I'll definitely be Putin out tonight."
Todd Devonshire (@rinkburgers): "Man or woman, I don't care. I'm a biathlete."
Craig Buntin (@craigbuntin): Nice Skates . . . wanna puck?"
abby ho (@abbyho): "My hotel room has a functioning toilet."
Irina M. (@ir_mek): "want to come up to my room? i have a door."
Patrick Neville (@Patrick_Neville): "Like a great bobsled team, we should climb in the tub and go over some curves."
Alexis Turrentine (@alexistur): "Your poorly constructed hotel room or mine?"
Brandon (@Sc0ttKins): "I feel like an Olympic curler around you girl . . . I wanna sweep you off your feet."
White rocks on
Winning athletes have been known to utter, "I'm going to Disney World."
Well, if your snowboarder Shaun White, you go on tour with your band.
The Flying Tomato, a guitarist with the rock group Bad Things, said, "I need a little break from snowboarding for a while."
While White won't be getting a gold medal, he still has a chance for a gold record. The band released its first album last month, just ahead of the Sochi Games.
The IOC might want to rethink its drug-testing policy.
The Austrian Olympic Committee has filed a complaint with governing body after Alpine skier Elisabeth Goergl was visited Tuesday for an unannounced test - at 10:55 p.m.
Goergl had to be on the slopes yesterday morning for the women's downhill, which started at 11.
Goergl, one of the favorites to medal in the event, finished 16th and expressed her outrage over the drug test with Austrian TV.
"At 11 last night, the doping officials were with me," she said. "I think that's not very fair. I told them it's not OK what they were doing."
The IOC sent an email to the Associated Press saying the test had been "within the IOC rules and in accordance with the WADA International Standard for Testing."
Apparently, they may test between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. each day.
Wolfgang Schobersberger, the head of the Austrian Olympic Committee medical team, said his country supports drug testing.
"But this late test, on the night before the race, definitely goes too far," Schobersberger said. "This incident surely has disturbed Elisabeth in her race preparation."
Canada plays Norway in the preliminary round of men's hockey today. How important is winning the gold to our neighbors to the north?
"I know everyone's putting pressure on the Russians to win and if they lose, it will be 'Ovechkin lost,' " said Don Cherry, of "Hockey Night in Canada."
"That's the way it goes when you're at home. But we're doing well. We should win. If we don't do well, the whole country will be depressed.
"We should be depressed. We expect gold. Silver is no good. We're winners. That's what we do. If we don't get gold, it's a disaster."
"Disaster" is a pretty strong word.
Canada won a gold medal in 2002 in Salt Lake City and in 2010 in Vancouver, but hasn't won one outside of North America since 1952.