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.
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.
The lessons I learned from my Russian cross-country ski coach – a 1956 Soviet gold medalist – taught me about the gold in the heart of many Olympic athletes.
Whistler, one of the sites of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, is a two-hour drive from Vancouver along the switchback-filled Sea-to-Sky Highway. The distance between the venues makes this year's Winter Olympics two virtually separate events.
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.
Lindsey Vonn could capture as many as five medals , while the resurgent Swiss men look to challenge Austria's dominance.
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.
The Whistler track, where the 2010 Olympic races will be held, is considered the fastest in the world – adding extra adrenaline to the 'fastest sport on ice' this year.
Flying face-first on the fastest track in the world, skeleton racers could exceed 90 m.p.h. in Whistler. Canada will be looking for Alberta standout Mellisa Hollingsworth to excel, while the US also has some strong contenders.
Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer, Norway's Anders Jacobsen, and Germany's Michael Neumayer stand on the podium after the individual Large Hill Ski Jumping World Cup on Feb. 6, 2010.