Going for the Gold: Winter Olympics Kick Off Tonight

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Canadians might be welcoming spring weather in British Columbia in the middle of winter, except that the 2010 Olympic Games open in Vancouver tonight -- and you need snow for that.  Officials say that rain may postpone outdoor events for a few days, but otherwise the XXI Winter Games will go ahead as planned. Who's expected to shine? Will Canada finally win a gold medal while hosting the games? Are the new figure skating rules working out? How is Vancouver coping with the mammoth logistics of staging the event? What about danger in winter sports? Are the games becoming too extreme? We speak with sports writers and photographers in Vancouver.

On a tragic note, as we were discussing the dangers of more extreme Olympic sports, the IOC announced that 21-year-old Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili has been killed while training.

Credits

Guests:
Alan Abrahamson - 3 Wire Sports / USC - @alanabrahamson, Philip Hersh - Olympics Reporter, Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, David Wallechinsky - International Society of Olympics Historians - @westwood1sports, Jeff Lee - Lead Olympics News Writer, Vancouver Sun, David Burnett - Photojournalist-founder, Contact Press Images

Host:
Sara Terry

Producers:
Sonya Geis, Christian Bordal, Karen Radziner