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Vancouver 2010 - Demonstrators, French Connection, Sochi's Lesson, Russian Results

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Anti-Olympic activists made one last protest march through downtown Vancouver Sunday. While Canada and the U.S. were battling it out on ice, between 150 and 200 protesters staged their own event hours ahead of the Vancouver 2010 Closing Ceremony. Police blocked the marchers from heading into a trendy area where bars and restaurants were packed with Olympic revellers. The protesters were heckled by flag-draped hockey fans passing by and those watching in nearby bars.

The Vancouver Games anthem, "I Believe" has been reshot to include French-language lyrics following criticism that too little attention was paid to French-speaking Quebec at the Opening Ceremony. A new video for the 2010 Olympics theme song, initially sung in English by Canadian teen Nikki Yanofsky, features Yanofsky and Quebec songstress Annie Villeneuve, singing in English and French. The video is called "I Believe/J'Imagine".

Sochi 2014 organizers have said they will build a slower sliding track to avoid a repeat of the luge tragedy on the first day of the Vancouver Games. Work on the sliding centre for 2014, set to be built in the Caucasus Mountains 60 km from Sochi, will start later this year with organizers saying the track will be around 10 to 15 kph slower. Special 3D simulation software will be used on all scenarios of the sliding track to make sure potential fatalities are avoided.

Ahead of the Sochi 2014 Games Pravda reports Team Russia showed the worst result in the history of Soviet and Russian athletic performance at the Vancouver Games. Russia's medal count includes three golds, five silvers and seven bronzes. For the first time ever Russian athletes won only three gold medals. The total number of medals at 15 became the third worst result Russia has shown in the history of Winter Games after Grenoble in 1968 and Sale Lake City in 2002, when 13 medals were won for each Games, reports Pravda.

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