Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Quick Expects to Be Healthy, Ready for Sochi

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Quick Expects to Be Healthy, Ready for Sochi

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Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, who hasn't played since he strained a groin muscle Nov. 12, remains on pace to play for the U.S. Olympic team at the Sochi Games.

David Poile, Team USA's general manager, said this week he had been told by Kings general manager Dean Lombardi that Quick is expected to return within a few weeks. That would leave time for him to regain top form before the U.S. opens against Slovakia Feb. 13. Quick was the third U.S. goalie at the Vancouver Olympics, where the U.S. won a silver medal.

Quick is among several U.S. Olympic hopefuls who are injured; others include Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik (concussion) and New York Rangers forward Ryan Callahan (sprained knee). Poile cited Quick as an example of how Team USA executives will handle those uncertainties.

The U.S. men's and women's Olympic teams will be announced Jan. 1 during the telecast of the Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Let there be snow

Russia's chief weather forecaster Friday assured the world that there will be snow for the Sochi games.

Concerns about a snowless Olympics were raised after two test events in Sochi -- a resort city on the Black Sea and the only sub- tropical region of Russia -- had to be cancelled in February because of a lack of the white stuff.

Just in case, organizers stored 450,000 cubic meters of last year's snow that would be available for use should Mother Nature not cooperate. But Roman Vilfand, director of the Russian Meteorological Office, assured organizers that it would not be needed.

The snow cover now in the mountains above Sochi is already 20 inches, unusually high for this time of year. Vilfand insisted the snow base will stay even if January is warm and rainy.

A surprise at the top

The women's hockey tournament took a surprising turn Thursday when Dan Church, Canada's coach, resigned. …

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