VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Baby, it’s cold outside and the loud Canadian crowd is driving me crazy, but will you be my Valentine even though I want to win more gold medals than you?
Olympic gold-winning Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer might send that missive on Valentine’s Day Sunday to his girlfriend, a hockey player who got her gold at the 2008 Beijing Games.
After all, as he took his first gold medal on Saturday, the racing Romeo told reporters: “I want to have more than her. I have two weeks left.”
It must be a hypothetical Valentine, however, because teams like the Netherlands say they are, rightly or wrongly, “focused on the races” on Day Two of 2010 Winter Games.
“At the moment, it’s not important. I think I have to organize some flowers for back home. But probably the most important day this year is the 17th, the Individual Sprint,” said Swiss cross-country skier Christoph Eigenmann.
Even so, Olympic organizers are willing Cupids.
At the Vancouver athletes’ village, they will warm up “The Living Room” for snuggling and canoodling in the giant floor pillows with a concert by romantic Canadian singer Gregory Charles.
One of Olympic couples lighting up hearts in the village is the Chinese husband and wife team in pairs skating, Zhao Hongbo and Shen Xue, who came out of retirement to compete here.
A Canadian couple of curling “Sweep-hearts,” however, will have to put their Valentine’s Day and wedding anniversary on ice as co-coaches of the Swiss curling team.
Moguls gold medalist Hannah Kearney, who broke the heart of Canadian favorite Jennifer Heil on Saturday night with icy determination, seemed to have ice cream rather than romance on her mind.
She only wants to woo Vermont-based ice-cream maker Ben and Jerry’s to name a flavor in her favor. Golden Mogul Maple crunch perhaps?
Editing by Ed Osmond