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Winter Olympics 2010

  1. Feb 5, 2010 #1

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    The 2010 Winter Olympics are starting in one week. I thought I would start a thread for anyone who wants to comment on it - what you're looking forward to, past winter olympics, etc.

    Vancouver has been having warm weather and has to http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/34964456/ns/sports-olympic_sports/". We've got plenty in DC this weekend that they could have. Come and get it - we won't mind at all. :wink:

    My wife showed me a video of a beautiful performance from 1984 that left a great impression on her (and the judges).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2zbbN4OL98
     
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  3. Feb 5, 2010 #2

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    Looking for Lindsey Vonn to pull a Michael Phelps...and maybe a US 4-man bobsled gold.
     
  4. Feb 5, 2010 #3
    The Olympics lost most of my excitement after Danny Davis and Kevin Pearce got injured.
     
  5. Feb 6, 2010 #4
    I don't know that I'm going to survive the heart-string-tugging advertisments for the event. I mean adorable looking children and Donald Sutherland telling you it's time to believe. How do you not choke up?
     
  6. Feb 6, 2010 #5

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    I'm looking foward to watching the TV coverage, not only for the competition, but also to see Vancouver again. I spent a day there a few years ago, and I wish I could have stayed longer.
     
  7. Feb 6, 2010 #6
    Vancouver is running into big debts and rains every week in winter are bit depressing.. but it is turning into a modern city (better public services: transit) maybe because of Olympics.
     
  8. Feb 17, 2010 #7

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    Seth Wescott (Maine native) won gold in the snowboard cross. There have been only two golds awarded since that sport was added, and both belong to him!!
     
  9. Feb 17, 2010 #8

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    Shaw White is locking out his competitors in Olympic Gold as well. Killer performance!
     
  10. Feb 17, 2010 #9

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    Blegh, I may watch the skaters, maybe not.
     
  11. Feb 17, 2010 #10

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    I finally got to see NBC's badly-truncated presentation of the women's downhill, and was VERY impressed by most of the skiers. That was typical New-England style course conditions with icy hard-pack. Lindsey Vonn's decision to go with the longer men's downhill skis was a good one because icy washboard courses really beat up your thighs when you're trying to stay tucked, and by the time you hit the finish you're ready to collapse.

    When I was in my senior year, and ski patrol member at Enchanted Mountain, our boss was a Class A skier from Vermont. He threw out a standing challenge that on Sunday afternoons, we would close a trail, and have a downhill competition. You paid 50 cents for a shot at him and if you could come within 1/2 second of his time on a 1.5 mile course (after a weekend of skiing on what was usually a very hard trail) you would win a (transferable) pair of lift ticket passes. I got a pair of passes once, and felt very fortunate to have done so. There were very few passes given out - there may have been one other pair given away that season.

    I attribute my "success" to a pair of Fischer GS skis that were longer than normal, and that were laminated aluminum and steel with a wood core and neoprene bonding to smooth out the washboard. The skis had a waisted side-cut to help me carve on ice without throwing all kinds of rooster-tail. That wastes time and scrubs speed. If the boss would have helped me tune my skis and let me in on his waxing techniques, I might have been able to give him a run without the 1/2 second handicap. The only way I could afford low-grade "racing" skis was because of the discount offered to ski-patrol members that let us get equipment from the mountain-based shop at just a little over wholesale.

    Edit: Especially if I had been able to race him fresh on Sunday afternoon without having put in 6-7 hours patrolling.
     
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  12. Feb 18, 2010 #11

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    Justyna Kowalczyk won silver in cross country sprint (or whatever it is properly called in English). Go Justyna, go!

    Adam Małysz won silver on the first hill, wow, a year or two ago peple here started to say he should already end jumping. Next hill on the weekend.
     
  13. Feb 18, 2010 #12

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    We already spoke about Anja Paerson crash in Lindsey Vonn thread:

    That's good, it really looked terrible.
     
  14. Feb 18, 2010 #13

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    It DID look awful, and it could have been much worse. She went into the last jump with her weight too far back, and had to try to correct in mid-air. If she was a lesser skier, she could easily have come out of that with major injuries.
     
  15. Feb 27, 2010 #14

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    She added gold today. Wow, what a finish!
     
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