Mild-mannered Canada? Think again. The host of the Vancouver Olympics has been on a five-year national drive to win the most medals.
Olympia, Greece: Greek actress Maria Nafpliotou (l.) plays the role of High Priestess and transfers the Olympic Flame to Vassilis Dimitriadis, the first torchbearer of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games on Oct. 22. The flame will travel across Canada through over 1,000 communities for 106 days before arriving in Vancouver on Feb. 12.
In Ramadi, while visiting her family whom she hadn't seen in two years, Sousan Abdul Jabar comforts her daughter Mariam. UNSEEN IRAQ is about the impact of the war on the lives of civilians. Andrea Bruce (US), 2008 finalist
With the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games hurtling toward opening ceremonies, workers are battling warm temps with shipped-in snow while bus drivers from all over the US and Canada grip highlighted maps in their bid to find unfamiliar destinations.
Less than 18 months after Beijing capped its spectacular hosting of the summer Olympics, the XXI Winter Games will open in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Feb. 12.
Petter Northug Jr., the Usain Bolt of cross-country skiing, is ready to redeem Norway's 2006 embarrassing relay performance, while a resurgent US team could win its first medal since 1976 at the Vancouver Olympics.
It's one of the most peculiar but fascinating sports at the Olympics – using brushes and stones and demanding more strategy than physical prowess. Watch the Canadian men's team, which is the reigning Olympic champion.
In Canada, where hockey isn’t so much a sport as a way of life, the hockey tournament is being billed by some as the Olympic event to watch. Look for a strong Canadian men's team and a resurgent US women's team.