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More Women to Watch at the 2010 Olympics

More Women to Watch at the 2010 Olympics

The Lindsey Vonn story just keeps growing. Women's Ice Hockey is looking good - keep an eye on Jessie Vetter, the goalie. Also looking good to bring home medals for the US are Kikkan Randall, a cross-country skiier from Alaska, and hottie Gretchen Bleiler, the snowboarder who is also featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Any lesbians in that crowd?  

The Lindsey Vonn story just keeps growing.  Every time you turn around there she is again! Everyone from Regis and Kelly, Fox news, ESPN, the View and the Milwaukee/Journal Sentinel had her Sports Illustrated picture and story on the front page.

The 25  year-old Vonn describes her shin injury as a severe contusion. Fortunately, the weather delays on Whistler mountain will allow her to rest and try to recover. She had a practice run yesterday and presented the fastest time but found her injury was still hurting her but it was not going to slow her down. As of this writing the conditions on Whistler are still causing the delay of the womens' skiing competition.

It has been a long while since the last time a female athlete has been given this much press, and to top it off she is also featured in the Swimsuit Edition of Sports Illustrated.

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While the amount of press female athletes are getting during this year’s Olympic games is impressive, I'm partial to the Wisconsin athletes since I live within 30 miles of the University of Wisconsin. Hockey champ Mark Johnson coaches the UW womens' hockey team. He was the top scorer in the 1980 Miracle on Ice squad and has taken the last year off to coach the Womens' Olympic Team. 

Remember the name Jessie Vetter, the goalie for the US team.  If we win gold, the credit goes to her. She loves, and really thrives under, the pressure.

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With the Winter Olympics now captivating the world audience, here are some top picks for the women who might medal in Canada. In cross-country skiing, look for Kikkan Randall from Alaska, and Gretchen Bleiler, the Snowboarder also featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

On a personal note, I will be rooting the loudest for cross-country skier Kris Freeman, the first athlete with Type I Diabetes to compete in the Olympics in an endurance sport. My hero is a Type I Diabetic, and I give my time and money to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to help find a cure.

Sit back and enjoy the Winter Olympics of 2010 during the coming weeks.  The 2010 Olympics could be remembered as the year of the women.

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