Competing for two

Moore
Moore
Posted: February 17, 2010

ATTEMPTS TO CONVINCE a few of us here that curling is a legitimate sport haven't succeeded - and the latest news out of Vancouver isn't helping the cause.

Kristie Moore, an alternate on the Canadian women's Olympic curling team, is 5 months pregnant, becoming the third athlete in the history of the Winter Games to compete with a bun in the oven.

Swedish figure skater Madga Julin took gold at the Games in Antwerp 90 years ago while in her first trimester, and Germany's Diana Sartor took fourth in the skeleton at the 2006 Winter Games in Torino.

Moore, 30, who is visibly pregnant, took turns throwing a few stones in practice on Monday with the rest of the Canadian team. She told Yahoo! Sports that her pregnancy hasn't affected her abilities but that "in the eighth month or so, [it] might be an issue."

Moore's mother was also a curler who competed pregnant up to the final week before delivering Moore's older brother, Chad. As for Moore, when asked if her unborn is a boy or a girl, she replied: "I don't know yet, I just hope it's a curler."

Miller Timeout

It was supposed to be a catchy moniker, but the helmet of USA Hockey goalie Ryan Miller wasn't a hit with Olympic officials.

According to an Associated Press report, the International Ice Hockey Federation deemed that the "Miller Time" slogan on his headmask breaks strict International Olympic Committee rules regarding messages that can be construed as "advertising, demonstrations and/or propaganda."

Miller hid the saying with a large piece of white tape during the U.S.' 3-1 win over Switzerland yesterday. The IOC and IIHF did allow Miller to keep the words "Matt Man" on his mask, a tribute to his cousin Matt Schoals, who died of cancer in 2007.

The IIHF also confronted U.S. backup goalie Jonathan Quick, who had "Support Our Troops" on his mask. Showing some leniency, however, the IIHF and IOC approved all of figure skater Johnny Weir's sequined catsuits.

- Kerith Gabriel

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