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Last week kicked off the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, and as we all know Canada has some really fantastic dinosaur deposits. In fact, one of my favorite dinosaurs, the tyrannosaur Albertosaurus, hails from the province right next door to the one in which this year's Olympics are being...

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A reconstruction of Albertosaurus. From Wikipedia.


Last week kicked off the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, and as we all know Canada has some really fantastic dinosaur deposits. In fact, one of my favorite dinosaurs, the tyrannosaur Albertosaurus, hails from the province right next door to the one in which this year's Olympics are being held. Maybe it is a bit of a stretch, but I can't help but wonder which Olympic event Albertosaurus might excel at if it could compete.

I don't imagine that curling or luge would allow Albertosaurus to make the best of its talents, and the biathalon might be dangerous since the other competitors would be packing heat, but if the dinosaur could pull it off I think Albertosaurus could deliver one of the most fantastic figure skating routines ever seen. The stride of Albertosaurus might give it an edge in the cross-country skiing event, too, although judges would have to make sure none of the other competitors mysteriously disappear.

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Brian Switek is a freelance science writer specializing in evolution, paleontology, and natural history. He writes regularly for National Geographic's Phenomena blog as Laelaps.

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