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Olympic notebook: Canada vs. U.S. on Super Sunday

Three big hockey match-ups are on tap, but it's the U.S. and Canada pairing that has the host nation on edge. Meanwhile, the geek bobsledder goes for a medal in two-man bobsled.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia--It's not the Super Bowl, or even the gold medal match-up, but it is most definitely Super Sunday in Canada.

That's because three epic ice hockey battles are on tap, topped by the U.S. and Canada, who square off at 4:30 p.m. PST. The match-up has taken on added importance with the host nation having needed a shootout to defeat Switzerland earlier in the week.

All of Canada is ready for Sunday's huge hockey match-up between the host nation and its rival and neighbor to the south. Ina Fried/CNET

As if the pot needed any further stirring, the home page on Yahoo Canada quotes Team USA center Ryan Kesler as saying he hates the Canadian team.

I'm sure that quote will make its way to the Canada locker room. Well, there was unlikely to be any love lost anyway.

Meanwhile, in other top-notch action on Sunday, Sweden will take on Finland, and Russia will take on the Czech Republic.

I'm not sure I'll be able to catch all three games, but I'll definitely find a good spot to watch the U.S. vs. Canada and will probably be posting some updates to my companion Olympic blog on

PC Guy' goes for bobsled gold
Not all the action on Sunday is on the ice. U.S. bobsledder Steven Holcomb, whose geeky tendencies I profiled recently, makes his final two runs on Sunday in the two-man bobsled. After the first two runs, Holcomb sits in fourth place, just a few hundredths of a second out of a podium position.

That event was originally slated to start at 1:30 p.m. PST, but has been pushed back more than two hours to keep the competition out of the mid-day sun. Yes, it's still the Spring Olympics.

And still to come later this week, "PC guy" Holcomb will team up with "Mac guy" Steve Mesler as they and two others try to take home the gold in the four-man event.

Lining up to shop
People are queing up for all kinds of things in this town. And while I can understand lining up to hold a gold medal or ride a zip line, the most surprising line to me is the substantial one outside the main Olympic store downtown. Already open 9 a.m. to midnight, the store is now open 24 hours a day on Fridays and Saturdays to accommodate those looking to part with their Toonies.

But those in line on Sunday said it was worth the 45-minute wait.

"We just want to get a hoodie," said Paul Cheng of Langley, B.C. "It's a big event."

Besides, said friend Jerry Lee, the line Sunday morning was far less than the two-and-a-half-hour wait the first time he tried to shop.