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Winter Games are relevant again

Updated: February 28, 2010, 11:22 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- If you look at it by the raw numbers, the conclusion should be obvious that the Winter Olympics are back as a major event. The United States won gold in bobsled for the first time since 1948. The U.S. ski team won eight Alpine medals, its most ever. The U.S. won gold and silver in the European-dominated Nordic combined for the first time ever. The Americans won 37 medals, the most of any country in any single Winter Games.

The numbers make it easy, ...

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