Made his day

Magnum-force Heimlich: A man choking on a piece of cheese in Pebble Beach, Calif., on Wednesday was saved by none other than Clint Eastwood. The flint-eyed movie icon, 83, performed the Heimlich maneuver with such gusto that he lifted the 202-pound man off the ground several times.

What’s more, each thrust was accompanied by an Eastwoodian growl of “Do you feel lucky? Well do you?”

His old flame: The Vladimir Putin Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, got under way Friday with a nationalistic opening ceremony that culminated with Putin’s rumored girlfriend helping to light the Olympic torch.

From his box seat high above the stadium floor, Putin announced “I declare the 2014 Winter Olympics open — c’mon baby light my fire.”

In other Olympics news, 5,000 cups of Greek yogurt intended for American athletes is stuck at a New Jersey airport because of a U.S.-Russia trade dispute.

This means our athletes are stuck with Russian yogurt that, like the Sochi Olympic village, must have been hastily slapped together, because the label warns, “Please Do Not Place in Mouth, May Be Toxic.”

— Mark Carlson, Herald staff