Record number of Canadians tune in to Games 

The Canadian Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium is releasing daily viewer statistics during the 2010 Games and for the first few days of the Olympics they're reporting huge audiences.

The opening ceremonies on Feb. 12 became the most-watched television event in Canadian history with an estimated 13.3 million viewers tuning in for all or most of the three-and-a-half hour show. That's three times the number of Canadians who tuned in for the opening of the Calgary Games in 1988. Only 1.18 million Canadians watched the opening ceremonies for the 2006 Winter Games, which is not that bad when you consider the time difference.

Moreover, about 26 million Canadians watched at least some of the opening ceremonies or coverage during the course of the day, or two out of every three Canadians.

The audience peaked for the entrance of the Canadian athletes, with roughly 15.6 million tuned in.

The television audience was even bigger on Saturday, when Jennifer Heil competed in the moguls event. It's estimated that 27.7 million Canadians tuned in at some point, representing about 83 per cent of the population.

Viewership went down slightly on Sunday with 26.5 million Canadians tuning in, with a peak of 7.3 million watching Alexandre Bilodeau win gold.

 

Vice-president Biden's motorcade in collision

RCMP in Vancouver are investigating after the last vehicle in U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden's motorcade rear-ended the vehicle in front, pushing it ahead into a third vehicle. The accident occurred on Valentine's Day. The vice-president's own vehicle was not involved, and he continued on to his destination.

Two passengers of the middle vehicle sustained injuries. Both were examined and released.

The investigators are looking at road conditions, as well as the possibility that there may have been an oil spill on the road.

 

Arrested protester identified

A march by anti-Olympic protesters on Saturday that deteriorated into a riot of smashing windows and knocking over newspaper boxes in downtown Vancouver resulted in seven arrests and injuries to two RCMP officers.

On Sunday the RCMP identified one of the arrested protesters as American Daniel Frederick Myers, 22. He was charged with possession of a dangerous weapon - a bicycle chain - as well as possession of a prohibited weapon. Two women from Vancouver were charged for assaulting a police officer, but have not been identified.

According to a CBC story, Myers' parents in Seattle say he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and carried the chain as a symbol of environmental protest.

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