Williams meets Williams

FILE - NBC's Brian Williams (left) and CTV's Brian Williams (right) are shown in these recent photos. THE Brian Williams, the longtime Canadian sports broadcaster from CTV and American Brian Williams from NBC got together at the Games for an interview and a bit of fun on CTV's Olympic set in downtown Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP & HO, CTV

VANCOUVER - And the broadcasting gold medal goes to — Brian Williams!

THE Brian Williams, the longtime Canadian sports broadcaster from CTV and American Brian Williams from NBC got together at the Games for an interview and a bit of fun on CTV's Olympic set in downtown Vancouver.

"Welcome back to CTV Primetime with Brian Williams," the American said in a sendup broadcast. "I'm Brian Williams, sitting in tonight for Brian Williams."

In his report, the American Williams noted that much has been said about the lack of success of Canada's Own The Podium training program and referred to the Americans' 5-3 win against Canada in men's hockey on Sunday.

"A lot is being made about the success of the United States team in fact," the NBC broadcaster said. "I realize that anything further at this point may jeopardize my physical safety on the streets of Vancouver."

Canada's Williams then quipped: "Brian, I'm worried I may not get my job back."

The two men then took a tour of the U.S. broadcaster's digs, a much smaller makeshift studio the American said paled in comparison to CTV's luxury surroundings.

"I bet you're getting a foot massage while you're on the air," said Yankee Williams.

"No. No. Only during commercials," the Canadian retorted.

Since joining NBC in 1993, Williams has reported from around the world and is the seventh anchor and managing editor in the history of the NBC Nightly News. He has won five Emmy Awards and reported from around the world.

Canada's Williams spent more than three decades with the CBC, covering numerous sports and anchoring the network's Olympics Games coverage every four years. For CTV, he will also head the network's coverage of the 2012 London Summer Games.


It may not make thousands of disappointed hockey fans feel any better but Canada's loss to the United States was avenged to a degree on another sheet of ice.

Canada's Kevin Martin dumped John Shuster of the United States 7-2 at the Vancouver Olympic Centre, a loss that eliminated the Americans from any hopes of making the playoffs.

"There's always a USA-Canada rivalry in no matter what sport you're playing, so we felt we owed them one after the hockey game we watched last night on the tube and that the curlers better come through," said Team Canada third John Morris.

"Canada takes a lot of pride in their hockey and their curling and it was tough watching that hockey game last night especially since we outchanced them 3-1 but didn't come away with a W," explained Morris. who still has faith in Canada's hockey team.

"I still have a lot of confidence in our hockey players and it's going to be a tough road but we see them in the village and they're in a good frame of mind and we'll be cheering as good as we can for those guys."

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Alexandra and Roman Zaretsky aren’t the first ice dancers to represent Israel at the Winter Olympics, but they are trailblazers in their own right.

The sibling team emigrated to Israel from Belarus as very young children and spent their formative years training at the Canada Centre in Metulla, a small town on the country’s northern border with Lebanon.

They’re among maybe 100 serious figure skaters in the country.

They are coached by Galit Chait, who teamed with Sergei Sakhnovski to finish 14th at the 1998 Games, sixth at the 2002 Games, and eighth in Turin. The difference is both were trained abroad before representing Israel.

After skating to “Hava Nagila” in the original dance, the Zaretskys used “Schindler’s List” in Monday’s free dance and posted a season-best score of 90.64 for a combined total of 180.26, good enough to put them 10th.

“It’s not just me, her and Galit, it’s a whole team,” said Roman Zaretsky, 26. “It’s an achievement for all of us. There are a lot of people who work with us.”

Among them is Igor Shpilband, who also coaches Canadian gold medallists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, and helped the Israelis with their choreography.

The Zaretskys were brought into figure skating by their mother, who was an instructor in the sport in Belarus before the family moved.

She also suggested they use the soundtrack to “Schindler’s List,” the Steven Spielberg movie based on the true story of a German businessman who saved 1,100 Jews from death camps during the Holocaust.

But their skate wasn’t meant to be a link to that.

“Definitely we don’t want to give an idea about the movie, it’s not about this,” said Roman. “We want it to be an idea of despair and hope, and show that hope wins in the end.”


France's Olympic curling team took to the ice with heavy hearts Monday after the death of a close friend.

The French men wore black armbands during their round-robin match with Norway to commemorate the passing of curler Solene Coulot.

"A member of the French women's junior curling team passed away on Friday, so we are wearing them for her," said skip Thomas Dufour.

A cause of death for Coulot, who was just 20, has not been publicly released.