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ESPN to air 2010 Olympic Winter Games
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MUMBAI: ESPN Star Sports (ESS) kicks off the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, starting with the Opening Ceremony on 13 February at 7:25 am on ESPN.

Three Indians including Ski athletes Tashi Lundup and Jamyang Namgyal and Luger Shiva Keshavan will spearhead the Indian challenge at the Winter Olympics.

The Vancouver Games will showcase winter sport athletes over the next two weeks. Across Asia, sport fans will be keenly following the performance of Asian athletes, who are expected to make a big impact in Vancouver and much will be expected from South Korea, China and Japan in the speed skating, short-track speed skating, figure skating and freestyle skiing events.

In the Torino Winter Olympic Games in 2006, the three Asian countries brought back nine gold medals, seven silvers and seven bronzes.

ESS is the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s exclusive pay TV broadcast partner in Asia for the Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Olympic Games across 22 countries.

The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will feature seven sports and 86 medal events: Biathlon, Bobsleigh and Skeleton, Curling, Ice Hockey, Luge, Skating (Figure Skating, Short Track Speed Skating, Speed Skating), Skiing (Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Freestyle Skiing, Nordic Combined, Ski Jumping, Snowboard).

The women’s figure skating will feature a trio of World Figure Skating Champions from Asia who have won the last three world titles – Japan’s Miki Ando (2007), Mao Asada (2008) and the current world champion Kim Yu-Na of South Korea. The much-anticipated rivalry between 19-year-old Kim and Mao is set to spice up the competition, where they will be competing in their first Olympic Games after missing the 2006 Torino Games because they were too young to be eligible.

Source: Indiantelevision.com

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