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2010 Olympics US Women Athletes to Watch: Skiing and Ice Hockey

2010 Olympics US Women Athletes to Watch: Skiing and Ice Hockey

The winter Olympics are almost here! February 12th, in Vancouver, B.C. althetes from around the world will compete for the ultimate in sports championship. The women of Team USA are definitely worth keeping an eye on as the games begin. And there is plenty for gay girls to watch out for.  Lindsey Vonn is on the cover of Sports Illustrated, being called "America's Best Woman Skier Ever," and the women's ice hockey team is bringing the first set of twins to ever compete - Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux.

If you are looking for something to do, please make plans to watch the winter Olympics, beginning February 12.  Leading up to the opening of the games in Vancouver, B.C. the big story is not figure skating or anybody on the mens' team (except maybe Shaun White).

The person to watch is a downhill skier named Lindsey Vonn.  She is so much better than any other female skier and the only way she won't ski away with all the gold is if she doesn't show up.

Where Bode Miller was a lightning rod four years ago, the 5 foot 10 inch Lindsey Vonn is friendly and beautiful and a sponsor's dream (think Michael Phelps at the 2009 summer games). To fully understand her hype look no further than the cover of Sports Illustrated and the Olympic Preview Issue:

Recently a few women groups have denounced the provocative pose of Lindsey on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Provocative or not, its a great cover of a great skiier - not to mention a woman made the cover -- and not only the Swim Suit Edition!

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Next, check out your television menu and see if you can catch some women's hockey.  It is a sport that is much better in person but with HDTV there is hope.  I will be watching as I live in Madison, WI and six of the 21 women are from the University of Wisconsin's program.  Wisconsin has always supported womens' hockey.

The US women's hockey team has some notable players this year. Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux, twins from the University of North Dakota are part of Team USA. They are the first set of twins ever to play hockey at the Olympics. 

They are also just 9 days older than the youngest member of the team, Hilary Knight, who is 20 years old. This will be the first time that the US women's ice hockey team does not include a teenager.

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Captain Natalie Darwitz has been the Captain of the US Women's National Team since the start of the 2007-08 season. She has won three World Championships since 2005 and has an Olympic Silver and Bronze medals in Women's Ice Hockey for the US.

Also on the team is Angela Ruggiero, who was on The Today Show and gave Meredith Vieira a hockey lesson. 

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