skier Jeret (Speedy) Peterson of the U.S. (below)--who last year won $200,000
playing blackjack in Las Vegas--likened trying the Hurricane, his signature
three-flips-and-five-twists move, to hitting on 20 and hoping for an ace.
Nonetheless, he tried the Hurricane on his second jump in the finals (even
though an easier jump might have meant a medal) and botched the landing,
After the aerials
finals Jeret Peterson said, "My competitors are not my enemies. I'll go to
the bar tonight and ... have a good time." At nine the next morning,
polizia grabbed him for fighting with a friend outside a bar. No charges were
filed, but Peterson was sent home by his coaches.
HIS performance was overshadowed by the sniping between teammates Shani Davis
and Chad Hedrick, speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno (far left) won three short-track
medals to bring his career haul to five. That total was matched in Turin by
Canadian speedskater Cindy Klassen (left), who picked up one gold, two silver
and two bronze.
> PERHAPS THE
greatest theatrical scene in Olympic history was Italy's Barbara Fusar Poli
glaring at her ice dancing partner, Maurizio Margaglio, after he dropped her
during their original dance routine. "We never talk when we skate, we speak
with our eyes," said Fusar Poli, 34, who burned a hole in her partner for
> THE RUBBER
one fashioned into a makeshift codpiece by a streaker during the bronze medal
curling match. Unbothered by the fowl sight, the U.S. men held on to beat Great
Britain 8-6, winning the first curling medal in U.S. Olympic history.