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Olympic Coverage for Girls: Opening Ceremony, Women's Hockey, Speed Skating

Olympic Coverage for Girls: Opening Ceremony, Women's Hockey, Speed Skating

Let the Olympic Games begin and may the best woman win! I have day one coverage for you. This report contains completely subjective views of the Opening Ceremonies and actual out lesbians competing. It's the stuff NBC will probably not get around to covering. In the ceremony and on the Visa commercials I just kept thinking, "I didn't know they were Canadian." Joni Mitchell, Nelly Furtado, Sarah McLachlan...I just thought they were all from around L.A. somewhere. Plus k.d. Lang and hockey player Sarah Vaillancourt.

 

Let the Olympic Games begin and may the best woman win! I have day one coverage for you. This report contains completely subjective views of the Opening Ceremonies and actual out lesbians competing. It's the stuff NBC will probably not get around to covering.

The Opening Ceremonies had its ups and downs.

On the downside, one of four penis-totem people didn't become erect and Wayne Gretzky had to smile uncomfortably waiting to touch flame to pole. Thanks for that incredible camera shot, NBC. Three poles got up and the inside flame was lit...then put out and relit outside. "The Great One" did that also in a Chevy Tahoe with one bad light.

On the upside, the famous Canadians came out of the woodwork. In the ceremony and on the Visa commercials I just kept thinking, "I didn't know they were Canadian." Joni Mitchell, Nelly Furtado, Sarah McLachlan...I just thought they were all from around L.A. somewhere.

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One person I knew was Canadian definitely showed up--that fetching crooner, k.d. Lang. Decked all in white, she brought the stadium down with a heart-felt rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."

The ceremonies were dedicated to the Georgian luger, Nodar Kumaritashvili who died the day before in training.

The first day of competition brought women's hockey and that's where the lesbians start to show up. Special thanks go to Heather Hogan at AfterEllen.com for hunting down these ladies.

The first match was settled with Sweden defeating Switzerland 3-0, and out lesbian, Erika Holst played hard for her Swedes. She didn't score a goal, but got a 2 min penalty for body checking--'atta girl. The next match is between Canada and Slovakia. Canadian, Sarah Vaillancourt is the out lesbian of that game--you might have seen her playing at Harvard, also.

Rounding out the list are Ireen Wüst, a Dutch speed skater, and Vibeke Skofterud, a Norwegian cross country skier. Rounding out my coverage is the fact that the women's alpine has been postponed because it's raining instead of snowing up there and so my blond goddess, Lindsey Vonn has three more days to heal from that shin injury. Stay tuned for more of the athletic ladies in lycra.

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