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THE GAMES GUIDE
REBECCA SUN
February 08, 2010
These Olympics will be a three-ring spectacle, with competition not only in city settings but also at two mountain hubs. The biggest worries: the bill to taxpayers and the possibility of warm, rainy weather that could dampen the festivities
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February 08, 2010

The Games Guide

These Olympics will be a three-ring spectacle, with competition not only in city settings but also at two mountain hubs. The biggest worries: the bill to taxpayers and the possibility of warm, rainy weather that could dampen the festivities

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You think snowboardcross is wild? Wait until you see the new Olympic sport of skicross, in which four skiers race in a pack at up to 65 mph down a course filled with turns, jumps and moguls. Fast starts are key, crashes are common, and at times only one racer stays on his feet all the way to the finish line. In fact, top U.S. hopes Daron Rahlves and Casey Puckett both were hurt in pre-Olympic crashes.

6 The Record Hunt

In two Games short-track speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno has won five medals, tying him with Eric Heiden for the most by a U.S. male Winter Olympian. He'll have four events in which to try to equal or surpass Bonnie Blair's record (six) for any U.S. Winter Olympian. As he proved in winning Dancing with the Stars in 2007, the man with the soul patch can handle the pressure.

WHAT'S NEW

Chip Brown goes behind the scenes with the dynamic new sport of skicross at SI.com/olympics

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