Did you say hype? Fuhgeddaboutit! Between White, Vonn, Davis, Lysacek and Ohno, there wasn't a Dan or Dave in evidence in Vancouver. The highly touted Yanks all medaled. Even attention-grabber Johnny Weir won over skeptics by skating his pants off in what some deemed an underscored performance.
Nelson Eddy, Dudley Do-Right and ... Mary Carillo? The NBC reporter admittedly does not merit the red tunic, but she lent needed lightness (and her athleticism) to prime time in a gamely deadpan training stint with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Who at home can't relate to Shaun White's pre-event expletives, Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen's on-air upchucking or, best of all, Canada's Jon Montgomery (right), the auctioneer turned skeleton gold medalist who paraded with a pitcher of beer?
The instant catchphrase of NBC analyst Ed Olczyk applied especially to the netminding that Canada ran into. First Switzerland's Jonas Hiller (right) stoned 'em (44 saves) before losing in a shootout; then Ryan Miller made 42 stops in Sunday's 5--3 U.S. win.