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Camp chat: C.J. Wilson and the Olympics

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson took a quick trip to Vancouver for the Winter Olympics earlier this week. He got a call from a friend and saw a couple of events before returning to Surprise.

"I wanted to make sure I didn't miss any of my throwing," Wilson said.

Wilson said he saw the the USA vs. Switzerland hockey game and the USA vs. Norway and Canada vs. Germany curling matches.

"I really liked it," Wilson said when asked about the curling. "We didn't know if fans would be subdued like golf. They were going nuts. The crowd got wild."

Wilson said he spent some money at the Olympic apparel store before he left and thought Vancouver was a great city.

"The public transportation was really good," Wilson said. "We just took the subway and got to where we were going with no trouble."

It was not Wilson's first Olympic journey. He said he was 3 1/2 when the Summer Games came to Los Angeles.

"My first real memory is seeing the bicycles going by," Wilson said.