Vancouver Olympics 2010 Discussion Thread
Things I'm most interested in following:
- Men's Ice Hockey. Hockey may be the true international sport, eff those futballers. Plently of top-shelf NHLers to go around. Canada, Russia, Sweden, USA, Finland, Czech Reb, Slovakia, ... (I'm actually pulling for Sweden.)
- Lindsey Vonn. On many levels. Can the favorite pull it off?
- Bode. Circus performer without a net. But even when he crashes, he does it with skill.
- Women's Figure Skating. Not! But I have to DVR it for Jimmy.
Excellent thread to start. Agreed on Bode and Lindsey. As I have said before Miss Vonn is mentally tough. She is going to do good things. Bode...well you know, he will NOT hold back at least.
Short Track speed skating has it moments too.
Short Track speed skating has it moments too.
Great point. The action is pretty intense. Unfortunately, the "resolution" to many disputes over cut-offs, take-downs, trippings, etc. to my untrained eyes seems to have as much politics as figure skating. Probably inevitable given how fast they're going in such a short oval. Somewhat controlled chaos. Maybe they should change the rule to Rollerball on ice, and the first skater to cross the finish line wins, no matter what happened beforehand.
Looking forward to the hockey. Canada will surely be gold medal favs on their turf. It will be interesting to see how Team USA does given the relative young age of the selected team. Always fun to watch the best in the world compete for their country.
As an aside, for all you soccer bashers, give the WC 2010 a view this summer. I took a soccer hater to the final world cup qualifier at RFK (U.S. v. Costa Rica) and he loved it.
By the way, what's up with our "neighbors" to the north. I've been watching the World Juniors (under 20 tournament) staged in Saskatoon & Regina. The young American team has been consistently jeered and the opposition cheered by the predominantly Canadian crowd. Should be a good game tomorrow night with the U.S. facing the Canucks for the gold medal (NHL Network; 8 PM).
Charlie Davies will be missed this summer.
Along with the usual suspects I look forward to curling. Maybe it was growing up near the Canadian border, I dont know, but I will watch every match.
Really sad news out of Vancouver today. What a tragedy. A buddy and I were watching live during class and just couldn't believe our eyes when we saw it. I knew it wasn't going to be good. If you come across the video, I highly recommend you DON'T watch it. It has stuck with me all day.
Prayers go out to his family... http://sports.espn.go.com/olympics/winter/2010/luge/news/story?id=4909034
But I have to DVR it for Jimmy.
Enjoyed the opening ceremony. Thought they handled the loss of an athlete with a lot of respect, but still kept the tone positive.
Its amazing that the weather folks had this right back in oct..cold & snowy in the east & concern for the Olympics way out west. & now I'm waking up way down south not too far from Myrtle Beach,SC with 5 inches of snow covering my Palms!!..It makes for some nice pics but my power is out & after being up in WV last weekend I would gladly give it all to Whistler..Hard to Imagine that I even made a comment like that!
Anyone catch the woman's mogul competition? Good stuff.
Saw it. Was fun to watch. That last run was near perfect. I did feel like they don't give enough points on complexity of jump. Basic jumps executed very well got much much higher points then a complex jump that was a little loose, but still very very good. Small part of overall score, but think they should get a little more reward for risk.
Watching the Olympic games and wondering how long it has been since the athletes skied on Frozen Glandular! True Mid A conditions! I hope they can handle it!
...that boardecross course is ridiculouuuuussss....
The chatter is loud. I do not recall hearing the chatter that loud for either the downhill or the snowboarding events.
Vonn in first after 17 racers, Mancuso second.
Bib 22, Maria Riesch of Germany will be the biggest challenge...
Riesch 8th, Paerson DNF.
USA still 1-2 in Women's Downhill by healthy margin...
And they did it!
WHOOOOO - HOOO !
I'm trying to come up with a comparable accomplishment in other sports for a favorite to win something like this. Sort of like expecting Tiger to win the Masters, except if the Masters was held only once every four years and the tournament consisted of only one golf hole. Thats a lot of pressure for less than 2 minutes of effort.
I'm trying to come up with a comparable accomplishment in other sports for a favorite to win something like this.
1) Same sport. Higher pressure:
Franz Klammer. Vonn had a cake walk compared to Franz.
National sport of your country. Held on your home soil.
2) New York Yankees this past year.
Cat's out of the bag now.
Pretty darn gutsy skiing at the bottom, clearly favoring one leg. One tough lady who can still cry after the run.
Mancuso looks like the life of the party.
Lindsey is tough tough tough. Icewater for blood. Love Julia's tiara. Lindsey had everything going that should have thrown her off:
Cover of SI. (definitely a collectible)
Super High Expectations
Panting attention of press corps
Bode skied within himself. It was great run. Julia just kicked [censored].
I'm glad I opened this thread late. I didn't know until the prime time coverage. What a run by both women. Julie looked smooth and relaxed. I had doubts about Lindsey, seeing her shaking in the start house I thought the pressure got to her but by the first split time you knew she was on her game. What a gutsy gal. Great race and now that the pressure is off it will be interesting to see how the next races unfold.
Pretty darn gutsy skiing at the bottom, clearly favoring one leg.
Is is just me, or did it look like she was mostly using her inside leg (when the good leg was on the inside) for her turns near the bottom? Amazing.
Beating up on the neighbors to the North! That's what I like to see!! Sad day for Canada eh?
U.S. Men's Hockey squeaks by the Swiss, 2-0. Survive and advance.
Da Canucks and Da Commies tonight; should be a great game.
Canada vs U.S. women tomorrow; two teams that don't like each other much...
Watched the Womans Hockey gold last nite & my Hockey Frustrations kicked back in...I have always thought that the Goals need to be at least a foot wider & that thought was reinforced when I see the Canadian Goalie come out & looks so big she covers 80% of the opening. I get tired of teams dominating another to only see them lose because the other team has a hot Goalie.One person should not have the power to offset a whole team that is better than the other. If I managed a team I would find a 500lbs Sumo dude to Goal tend..then wrap extra thick padding on him to totaly close the opening!!
If the opening can not be widened then we need to start scoring Hockey Games like Boxing matches where we can get so much for a goal (Knockdown) & so much for being in the other teams Zone pounding away (Punches thrown)...I would much rather see a 6 to 8 score than all these boring 1 to 2 scores..
Well today is officially the one day this year that I hate Sidney Crosby.