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6/10
Maelle Danica Ricker achieves redemption
A bad crash in the snowboard cross event at the 2006 Torino Games left Maelle Ricker concussed and medal-less. The Canadian athlete may have worried history was repeating itself when she fell during her first qualifying run at the Vancouver Olympics. But after squeaking out wins in the quarter- and semi-final races, Ricker took the lead in the finals and became the new Olympic champion and a hometown hero.
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7/10
Jacobellis' bad luck continues
American Lindsey Jacobellis was looking for redemption in the snowboard cross event, as she lost the gold medal in 2006 after an unnecessary trick during the final caused her to fall and squander her lead. The seven-time X Games gold medalist hoped to erase that painful memory in Vancouver, but was disqualified during the semi-final race after going through a gate to avoid a collision.
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8/10
Netherland’s 100th Olympic gold medal
The Dutch have a long history of reaching the podium in ice skating events at the Winter Olympics, but had never won a medal outside skating until 2010. Nicolien Sauerbreji’s win in the parallel giant slalom event was also the Netherland’s 100th Olympic gold medal. The three-time Olympian was named the 2010 Dutch sportswoman of the year.
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9/10
American ride in faux-denim pants
The American snowboarders got high marks from the fashion world for their Burton uniforms, which featured Gore-Tex pants that resembled vintage jeans, complete with worn–through patches and creases. The casual pants were balanced by the classic preppy look of the red, white and blue plaid jackets with an eagle crest.
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10/10
Need snow? No problem
Just days before the Opening Ceremony, Cypress Mountain, where the snowboarding and freestyle skiing events were held, was more brown than white. Vancouver’s warmest January on record left the Olympics organizers scrambling for snow. White powder was brought in by truck and helicopter to ensure that Shaun White and company wouldn’t have to compete on grass.
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