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Old 02-09-2014, 01:08 AM   #161
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The 15 year old Russian figure skater is AMAZING. Oh my gosh. She's great.
If that's who i'm thinking it is, she's a darling little girl.
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Old 02-09-2014, 01:51 AM   #162
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Yeah, but you have experience in sports that judge. I ran track and cross country so I'm all about the sports where you line up and the best man wins.

I couldn't imagine being that composed, on such a large stage at 15. I was running local cross country duel meets at 15 and I was always nervous as hell.

Let me add this too...I consider myself a bit of a Russophile. I teach AP European History and after reading everything I needed to read to get caught up, I realized that I love Russian history the most. I've gotten to go to Russia twice and I loved every minute of it and I'm looking to go back this year. I've read multiple books about Russian history, both fiction and non-fiction, including War and Peace, Anna Karenina, Crime and Punishment, Doctor Zhivago, etc. I've even watched some of the popular Soviet era movies.

My point...I loved last nights opening ceremony. The only people I know that didn't like it were people who don't know anything about Russian history or culture. It was very well done and I thought the effects were amazing. The Peter the Great part was the best in my opinion. Knowing the background to War and Peace actually brought that part to life for me. The Soviet part about the pop culture only made sense because of the movies I have seen. I could see where a lot of that didn't make sense and the commentators didn't explain it well enough.

I only bring this up because the only thing I hear people talking about is one glitch and I think it's ridiculous to criticize a three hour ceremony for a ten second problem.
I actually made the comment last night that I wish I knew more about Russian history as I think I would have appreciated it more. But I enjoyed it too. Overall really well done.
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Russian history is easy. Serfdom, Communism, Putinism. 1,2,3.
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I actually made the comment last night that I wish I knew more about Russian history as I think I would have appreciated it more. But I enjoyed it too. Overall really well done.
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Tsars, Leninism, Stalinism, Putinism. Other than Gorbahev (sp) there is very little of their history that should be celebrated, between the Gulags and Stalin murdering anywhere between 20-30 MILLION people not to mention Stalin was sending Jews for Hitler to exterminate. Culture on the other hand is another thing, the music, ballet, art, etc is just amazing.
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When you guys talk about it like that...

Oppression and displacement of natives, Slavery, Oppression of emancipated slaves, Imperialism, Continued oppression of minorities.

Makes history so easy.
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When you guys talk about it like that...

Oppression and displacement of natives, Slavery, Oppression of emancipated slaves, Imperialism, Continued oppression of minorities.

Makes history so easy.
If we were talking about the history the US you would have a point, but we are discussing Russian history.
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If we were talking about the history the US you would have a point, but we are discussing Russian history.
My point is history is what you make it. All you are highlight is their flaws. By doing that you're denying the discussion of anything positive that came out of those times. That's what the opening ceremony did. Highlight some achievements. They highlighted St. Petersburg and I can honestly say it's the most beautiful place I've ever been. Should they have reminded us about the 1,000s who died building it? They highlighted St. Basil's which is amazing in person. They brought War and Peace to life. My point was that I felt the opening was a home run, but that's because I enjoy Russian history. Oh, and why do I think it's fascinating. Because of the times you mention. Other than Poland, show me a country of people who have shown the resolve over the course of their history (and such a long history) to continue on with their lives in such hard times. I am by no means celebrating the rule of Lenin and Stalin, but is still intriguing history to study.
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So I hear it's cold in Sochi..
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When you guys talk about it like that...

Oppression and displacement of natives, Slavery, Oppression of emancipated slaves, Imperialism, Continued oppression of minorities.

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If we were talking about the history the US you would have a point, but we are discussing Russian history.
You do realize what he said applies to Russian history as well as US history. Natives were oppressed and relocated during the imperialistic expansion of the USSR. Maybe not the extent you think of with native Americans but it did happen.
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So I hear it's cold in Sochi..
So I hear its warm in Sochi with palm trees
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Congrats to the US Figure Skating on Bronze in the Team Event! US also took gold earlier in women's slopestyle
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You do realize what he said applies to Russian history as well as US history. Natives were oppressed and relocated during the imperialistic expansion of the USSR. Maybe not the extent you think of with native Americans but it did happen.
My point is we were discussing Russian history no one was talking US history, I do not understand why the subject must be shifted away from the topic at hand. By no means is the US innocent of anything, in fact quite the opposite the motto of the US should be shows us a color and we will find a way to enslave, exterminate, or round up that color. I can go down the list of what America has done over the course of it's history and some things just as worse as what the Soviets did. The biggest accomplishment I believe the Russians have done was winning the Space Race.
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Russia crying over the finish of the Men's skiathlon, appeal made and results stand, however they will make a 2nd appeal. Two days in a row the Russians have pulled a Clemson in skiathlon.
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Hockey, Figure Skating, Both varieties of speed skating, and any of the skiing I happen to come upon.


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This downhill skiing that is on right now is insane. I couldn't imagine ever going that fast on skis (70+ mph). Much less leaving the earth and maintaining composure. I've seen it before but I feel like it's unusually fast this year.
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