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winter olympics

Postby JP » Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:44 pm

They are on - AND NO THREAD ON VF YET!!! :D

Anyone watching?

I will catch as much as i can via online viewing, BBC will stream a lot live through their website so thats good.

Watching womens hockey with new interest because my cousin is playing there :D (what will i do when they play agains finland? Because she plays for sweden...)
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Postby Fallen_Horse » Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:51 pm

It seems the only choice is to root for her...AND for Finland!
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Postby vegan hal » Sun Feb 14, 2010 12:52 am

i'm tuned in right now. short track speed skating right now. hockey will be cool. skiing, snowboarding.
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Postby SpugFab » Sun Feb 14, 2010 1:03 am

Watching the luge just now, heart in mouth after seeing the crash the other day.
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Postby JuicyJ » Sun Feb 14, 2010 4:17 am

I think they stopped playing the video of the luge "accident"
It seems kind of distasteful to show a photo of a guy dying.
Having said that I did see it and it was so terribly horrific and sad!!!!

On a more positive note I lived in Whistler and Vancouver for 10 years before I came here.
These Olympics hold a special place in my heart. I am about to watch my fellow women mogul skiers do their thing. Their jumps have come a long way in the last 8 years. Makes me want to get back on the horse :? :roll:
I love the winter Olympics :D
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Postby MikayP » Sun Feb 14, 2010 5:57 am

i dont know about you guys but i couldnt sit through the whole opening ceremony. had to go to sleep. i enjoyed it, but they started it too late and it was long. really beautiful what they did with the light effects

i love watching the womens hockey...my kind of women. cant wait to watch the mens hockey too

although i can see it being really debatable as being olympic sport stature, i really wanna see the biathlon event
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Postby Enhydra Lutris » Sun Feb 14, 2010 12:04 pm

I've watched the summaries in the afternoon/evening. The olympics, and especially the winter olympics are the only sports I ever watch on TV (except maybe biathlon).
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Postby Superflor » Sun Feb 14, 2010 2:09 pm

So I have to buy a tele now. I like the skating.
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Postby runner » Sun Feb 14, 2010 2:38 pm

not much on the tv here. just watched little female ice-hockey

canada had no opponent.
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Postby E-P » Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:01 pm

hmmm, yes not one of the top things here at the moment. I haven´t seen yet any clip about the winter olympics or heard anybody talking about them. Myself I would like to watch them but not really that passionated about the whole thing.
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Postby JP » Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:13 pm

[quote="runner"]not much on the tv here. just watched little female ice-hockey

canada had no opponent.


18-0!!! feel sorry for them...
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Postby SpugFab » Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:02 pm

I think the hockey score is another example of how the Winter Olympics can be quite limited in scale - many of the sports are local to only a handful of countries so the competition isn't always there. Of course the same can be said of the Summer games. Especially the events the UK usually dominates :wink:

I LOVED the short track skating, very exciting. That's a sport that should be bigger outside of the winter olympics schedule. It doesn't have heavy venue requirements either, just a regular hockey rink will do. Check out the final of the 1500m if you haven't seen it.

Not really feeling the events that depend entirely on judges, you'd have to be deeply into the sport to enjoy watching those I feel. They don't give much to the casual spectator.
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Postby SpugFab » Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:19 pm

Found this article echoing my thoughts on short track skating:
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/talkofthegames/2011077516_shorttrackskatingisripeforrevolution.html

To reiterate - it is AWESOME!!!
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Postby fredrikw » Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:48 pm

I'm usually quite uninterested in sports as a spectator-sport, but I find short track to be quite fascinating. Perhaps it's the resemblance to track biking, I don't know...

This was a hillarious story though, Australias gold from 2002
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The semi final was apparently won in the same way, him being too slow to be close enough to the others when they fell :)
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Postby ninearms » Mon Feb 15, 2010 3:05 pm

Women's moguls freestyle skiing yesterday was awesome. Ariel freestyle is a bit meh but the moguls are brilliant. Especially impressed with the 18 year old Canadian girl - no playing it safe from her, even if she was eventually bumped out of the medals. Also liked the fact they get to sit on massive beanbags after their run.

Watched some speed skating this morning too. LOL at the Korean guy who took out himself and his team mate about 10 seconds from the end and narrowly missed taking out the third. Thought the women's event was better though - the field seemed much tighter.
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