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    Notes: Jonathan Quick to start in net for US

    US goaltender Jonathan Quick wasn’t just getting his kicks at practice Tuesday; he was warming up for his start against the Czech Republic Wednesday.
    US goaltender Jonathan Quick wasn’t just getting his kicks at practice Tuesday; he was warming up for his start against the Czech Republic Wednesday.

    The United States and Canada have chosen to sit the goaltenders that played in the 2010 gold-medal game at the Vancouver Olympics.

    The Americans plan to start Jonathan Quick — not Ryan Miller — Wednesday in the quarterfinals against the Czech Republic. Quick is thankful his teammates have played well in front of him.

    ‘‘Guys are playing great in our own end and competing in front of the net when there are rebounds,’’ Quick said.


    The Canadians are going with Carey Price — not Roberto Luongo — against Latvia, also on Wednesday.

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    ‘‘I’m excited,’’ Price said. ‘‘I’m grateful for the opportunity.’’

    Quick started two games in the preliminary round, including the 3-2 shootout win over the host Russians. Price was also in net for two of Canada’s first three games.

    Luongo helped Canada beat Miller and the US at the Vancouver Games in overtime.

    Suits not to blame

    The head of the US Olympic Committee has defended the speedskating suits that were dumped midway through the Sochi Games.


    CEO Scott Blackmun said in a statement that ‘‘we are disappointed’’ by the performance of the US team, which has yet to finish higher than seventh at these Olympics.

    The Americans came into the Games with more speedskating gold medals than any other country, and the most overall medals by any US Winter team. But they’ve been a major flop in Russia, with much of the blame falling on the high-tech skinsuits developed by Under Armour with help from aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin.

    Blackmun says ‘‘we do not believe the suits were the problem.’’ He says companies such as Under Armour and Lockheed Martin provide necessary innovation.

    Second surgery

    The Russian freestyle ski federation says Olympic athlete Maria Komissarova has undergone another surgery in Germany on her fractured spine.

    Komissarova had immediate surgery at a hospital in Krasnaya Polyana following Saturday’s skicross accident and was airlifted to Germany the next day. The surgery in Germany was on Monday, and doctors say the Russian’s condition is grave but stable.


    State sports bodies and the federation paid for Komissarova’s transfer to Germany and her initial treatment there, but the skier’s recovery may take a long time and extra money will be needed.

    Another injury on hill

    Taihei Kato of Japan broke his left arm when he fell hard while landing during the ski jumping component of the Nordic combined large hill event.

    In steady rain, Kato landed awkwardly, lost his left ski and then fell hard on to his left elbow. He was conscious and in pain as he was helped away by medical officials and taken to a local hospital.

    Japan team spokesman Katsushi Obata confirmed Kato, who jumped 126.5 meters, had broken his arm and would not compete in the cross-country portion of the event.

    Last week, Russian ski jumper Mikhail Maksimochkin fractured two ribs and spent two days in the hospital after a fall on the large hill.

    Split allegiance

    Canadian ice dance silver medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir bemoaned the split allegiance of coach Marina Zoueva, who also works with American gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Virtue and Moir have been longtime students of Zoueva’s, as have Davis and White.

    ‘‘We sometimes felt like [Zoueva] wasn’t in our corner,’’ Moir said, more in the way of stating a fact as he and Virtue perceived it than as a complaint. ‘‘We had some odd things happen this year that hadn’t happened before. For the first time, she wasn’t there.’’

    He mentioned Zoueva not being at the Canadian championships this year. That event coincided with US nationals, which Zoueva did attend. Each couple won its national title.

    Icing call

    NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the league’s possible participation in the 2018 Olympics hasn’t been and won’t be discussed during the Sochi Games . . . The ‘‘Today’’ show won ratings gold last week in its morning show competition against ABC’s ‘‘Good Morning America,’’ NBC’s first weekly win since the London Olympics in the summer of 2012. ‘‘Today’’ averaged 6.22 million viewers for the first full week of competition in Sochi, with ‘‘Good Morning America’’ at 6.01 million, the Nielsen company said.