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Old 2010-02-15, 02:26 AM   #1
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Vancouver 2010 - Winter Olympic Games

I didn't found any disscussion thread on it, so I'll just start one.

Alexandre Bilodeau just won the acrobatic ski, it's the first gold medal for Canada in Canada ground (no gold in Montréal & Calgary). Congratulation the Montréal's skier!
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Old 2010-02-15, 04:40 AM   #2
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Alexandre Bilodeau just won the acrobatic ski, it's the first gold medal for Canada in Canada ground (no gold in Montréal & Calgary). Congratulation the Montréal's skier!
My family and I were going so wild when he won! It was crazy, and I was so happy! Too bad Jen Heil didn't win yesterday, then Canada could have gone gold-gold in moguls. I thought she was better than that American

It's so cool having an Olympics in your home province! There's so much energy.

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Old 2010-02-15, 01:52 PM   #3
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luge officials blame the victim--SHAME ON LUGE ASSOICATION

http://thestar.blogs.com/daveperkins...he-victim.html

luge officials blame the victim

WHISTLER, B.C. – The Federation Internationale de Luge (FIL) is acting like someone in a fender-bender. You know, admit nothing, shrug, and blame the other guy.

Apparently without a trace of shame, the world luge governing body, as well as the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee (VANOC), met the press Saturday morning to blame Nodar Kumaritashvili solely for his own death and to accept zero responsibility themselves for Friday’s fatal crash that killed the 21-year-old Georgian at the Whistler Sliding Centre.

Yes, it’s a fast track, but it’s not too fast and it’s not unsafe, luge officials stressed several times at a morning press conference, where they also said all scenarios, including cancelling the entire sliding competition at these Olympic Games, were discussed before they decided to go ahead as scheduled.

They’re trying to revise history as they go here, adamant that the WSC track is completely safe and that Kumaritashvili’s own driving error led to his death, despite a litany of complaints and cautions from the athletes themselves in the weeks and days leading to the Olympics. And even though Kumaritashvili’s death is the first luge fatality in 35 years, “there was nothing out of the ordinary that signalled there needed to be a change made,’’ according to FIL secretary-general Svein Romstad.

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Quick to Blame in Luge, and Showing No ShameBack to Article »
By JERÉ LONGMAN
Officials treated the death of a luge athlete less as a tragedy than as an inconvenience.

February 14th, 2010
11:34 am
The ability to be ejected from the track was more of a danger than the speeds on the track. All of the barrier walls surrounding the track are concrete and there is no padding; their sole purpose is to keep lugers on the track, projecting downward, even if they lose their sleds. Even with the shortened track, the competitors reached speeds in excess on 90mph, and plenty of more experienced competitors lost control of their sleds on the run, but none were actually ejected from the track thanks to the safety walls, or just dumb luck in terms of where they lost control.

Athletes walking away with broken bones, or lacerations are acceptable risks in this inherently dangerous sport. But athletes being ejected from the track and hurtled to their death, whether by hitting a pole or falling hundreds of feet to the ground, is unacceptable.
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Old 2010-02-15, 01:54 PM   #4
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My family and I were going so wild when he won! It was crazy, and I was so happy! Too bad Jen Heil didn't win yesterday, then Canada could have gone gold-gold in moguls. I thought she was better than that American

It's so cool having an Olympics in your home province! There's so much energy.

Anything Canada wins this year can be due to their dirty tactics and unsportsmanlike conduct.
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China, apparently, set out to ruin my expectations of any other opening ceremony ever again.
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China, apparently, set out to ruin my expectations of any other opening ceremony ever again.
Why didn't they invite the Toronto Unicycling Club to take part in the Opening Ceremony. I hope they're in the closing ceremony, like China did.
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Old 2010-02-15, 03:45 PM   #7
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I'm looking forward to watching the cross-country skiing today. It should be very fun to watch. Oh and we(America) got 6 metals!
I'm glad that our friends to the north got their metal, but i am still Cheering for the U.S.A.
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I have yet to tire of the Olympics. There is no sport I don't enjoy watching. And I particularly enjoy the expression on the faces of young athletes of whatever country who have exceeded their own expectations in terms of performance and/or winning of medals.
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I like the looks of medal winners who have simply matched their expectations, or the ones who only won 7 medals when they expected to win 8.

But I especially like the expressions on the snowboarders' faces, cuz they smoke marijuana and always look stoned (if they take off their sunglasses).
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Old 2010-02-15, 06:45 PM   #10
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Why isn't NBC showing the biathlon and curling? The best two events.
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China, apparently, set out to ruin my expectations of any other opening ceremony ever again.
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But athletes being ejected from the track and hurtled to their death, whether by hitting a pole or falling hundreds of feet to the ground, is unacceptable.
Unacceptable to whom? Clearly this was an opinion piece. But I was thinking of that as well. If it wasn't a complete fluke, it looks like the ejection was due to an error in the track's design. I'd think you would want to design your track so errant sliders can't fly off. But I guess there's a limit to that. You also want to have a race that people can see. Adding that extra piece of wall has hopefully eliminated the possibility of the same thing happening again. Or has it? Is it possible for someone to go over the wall on other parts of the track, protected only by their luging/skeletoning/bobsledding skills?
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I have yet to tire of the Olympics. There is no sport I don't enjoy watching.
Me too, mostly. But that hockey game between the Canadian and Slovakian/Slovenian women got old pretty fast. What did it finish up at, 25-0? Painful to watch all 80 minutes of that on TV when surely there was more closely-contested stuff going on...

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Why isn't NBC showing the biathlon and curling? The best two events.
I saw some Biathlon, but not actual coverage, just some referring back to it. Probably because Americans aren't favorites. We Americans don't really care about much that goes on outside our borders, you know.

As for curling, I think I saw enough of that on our local TV station from Windsor when I was growing up (in Detroit).
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I feel that I would have been a contender for Olympic curling if the weather in VA was different. My sweep technique is unstoppable.
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I wonder if there will be some amazing surprise stunts of Kris Holm doing an insane skinny next to or above the actual Olympic discipline going on. Wouldn't that be great?

I watched the acrobatic ski thing too and was very impressed. Alexandre Bilodeau was incredible but so was everybody else IMHO. But as a half Canadian I was kind of proud
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Ya, I'm also half french Canadian, but I don't know many Canadians. I am and American and i love watching the biathlon. It's a shame they didn't cover it much. Oh well, ho and did you see the metal standings? U.S.A. is now trailing behind Germany. I kind of hope we get some more metals so we don't lose to Germany. Id be fine losing to Canada, but not Germany!
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Old 2010-02-17, 02:59 AM   #15
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It's so cool having an Olympics in your home province! There's so much energy.
But it's weird that they chose the least or one of the least winterish town of Canada for the Winter Olympic Games.
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