From the Olympics

Chocolate
It is indeed possible to have too much of a good thing. We refer to chocolate. You can actually have too much of it. For example, eating 16 kinds in three hours (in lieu of breakfast) turns out to be a mistake.
 
Tracy Barnes
Biathletes often collapse in the snow after they cross the finish line. They lie there for a bit trying to get air into their ragged lungs, and sometimes someone covers them with a blanket.
 
Katie Couric
Despite all the things to do in Turin, there are people who choose to hang around the set of the "Today" show in the Piazza San Carlo, watching Katie Couric mispronounce "gnocchi" and Al Roker deliver the weather for southwest Texas.
 
Johnny Weir
Figure skater Johnny Weir has been out shopping every day, shopping so much that the Louis Vuitton store here, which he affectionately calls "Louie" and which he's visited six or seven times in two weeks, paid for his cab recently when he was leaving.
 
Tanith Belbin
At the nexus of femininity and artifice lies figure skating, with its perfect sparkling creatures fluttering above the ice like hummingbirds.
 
Letter From Italy
The actual Olympics, according to people who've been to a lot of them in the past, don't have the buzz of some past Games. But no matter -- for sexy insouciance these Games get the gold.
 
Retrosi
The smooth veneer on the ice at the bobsledding, luge and skeleton tracks can quickly cause damage to the human body if a crash occurs.
 
Shaun White
Where would we be without the Olympic party scene? No doubt we'd be resting up for the endless bus rides that define the Olympic experience. Snowboarder Shuan White and presidential daughter Barbara Bush showed up at Club Bud.
 
Dick Button
In addition to being the patriarch of figure skating analysts and a two-time gold medalist from more than half a century ago, Dick Button, 76, may be the coolest guy here at the Winter Olympics.
 
Mr. and Mrs. Front Porch USA, we are sad to report that the Olympics are not solely about achieving world peace through luge. It looks that way on television, but close up, it appears to be mainly about long bus rides, burgers and bags of money.
 

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