THE dream is still alive as the team all Nagano is talking about, Canada, defeated the Olympic champions, Sweden, 3-2 yesterday. It was a match that would have done justice to any gold medal as Canada used patience, persistence, Patrick Roy's perseverance and three perfect plays by Joe Nieuwendyk to inch past the Swedes, who were no respecters of the NHL superstars - Wayne Gretzky and all. The United States, who beat Belarus 5-2 yesterday, await Canada tomorrow in the final round-robin match.
HALFWAY round the world, a tussle between neighbours denied Norway's Bjorn Daehlie a record seventh Olympic gold. Thomas Alsgaard snatched gold from Daehlie, who lives 200 metres down the street from him, in a stirring sprint finish of the 15km pursuit, but the silver still made the 30-year-old the man with the biggest medal collection in Winter Olympic history.
THE Canadian speedskater Catriona LeMay Doan, who has come a long way from the Saskatchewan prairie to Olympic glory, put to rest the arguments about how her name should be spelt after winning gold yesterday. "It's two words with a small e, a capital M and no dash," she angrily told reporters. "I usually spell it that way," she added, clearing up any confusion.
THE Norwegian team are giving the rest a lesson in how to Nordic ski - and how to party. "We get cakes for medal winners and we're singing karaoke together," said the Nordic Combined gold winner, Bjarte Engen Vik, after winning his event yesterday. There was plenty to sing about after the eighth day of competition when Norway took their medal haul to five golds, six silvers and three bronzes and are top of the medal table ahead of Germany.
11.45: Men's super-giant slalom
00.30 (GMT): Men and women's freestyle skiing, aerials
1.15: Women's downhill
1.15: Women's 4x5km cross-country skiing relay
4.45: Ice Hockey men's final round
5.45: Ice Hockey men's final round
6.0: Women's speed skating 1500m
9.45: Ice Hockey men's final round
10.0: Figure skating; free dance
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