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Old 02-11-2014, 04:19 PM   #221
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Default Re: Official Sochi 2014 XXII Winter Olympiad Thread

As far as the US getting pummeled in the medal count, I think we just don't have as dominant a squad as we usually do, otherwise I think you would have heard it in the media leading up. You have White pulling out of events, Vonn not in, Apollo Ono not here, Bodie Miller is all or nothing. The Winter Olympics are typically not America's strong points except for recently. We may rebound, but I don't get the sense that our team members are dominate in their events as in years past.

But its for that reason I like the Winter Games, I like seeing the Scandinavian countries do well.
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Default Re: Official Sochi 2014 XXII Winter Olympiad Thread

Maybe it is un patriotic...but I just can't get into these games.

But I never really get into the Olympics anyway (especially since the summer Olympics have axed wrestling), so I guess my opinion doesn't count.
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I am not claiming conspiracy...just seems "judged" sports are too subjective, even more so this olympics. Like Figure skating for example, one skater skates a great program, next skater falls on landing and still gets a higher score. Last night in the mens moguls, American had the fastest time, clean run, no bobbles, doesn't even make the podium.
Well, there was also snowboarding Slopestyle, which is a completely judged event. No time component at all and the US swept gold in that. Men's and women. Also the US team is dominate in ice dancing, which is judged too. The US male mogul skier was fast but he was sloppy and had weak jumps. There are judged sports where we excel and some where we don't.

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I am not claiming conspiracy...just seems "judged" sports are too subjective, even more so this olympics. Like Figure skating for example, one skater skates a great program, next skater falls on landing and still gets a higher score. Last night in the mens moguls, American had the fastest time, clean run, no bobbles, doesn't even make the podium.
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I am not claiming conspiracy...just seems "judged" sports are too subjective, even more so this olympics. Like Figure skating for example, one skater skates a great program, next skater falls on landing and still gets a higher score. Last night in the mens moguls, American had the fastest time, clean run, no bobbles, doesn't even make the podium.
Time isn't the only factor.

He had pretty weak jumps.
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As far as the US getting pummeled in the medal count, I think we just don't have as dominant a squad as we usually do, otherwise I think you would have heard it in the media leading up. You have White pulling out of events, Vonn not in, Apollo Ono not here, Bodie Miller is all or nothing. The Winter Olympics are typically not America's strong points except for recently. We may rebound, but I don't get the sense that our team members are dominate in their events as in years past.

But its for that reason I like the Winter Games, I like seeing the Scandinavian countries do well.
I agree. Anyone who thought the US would dominate these games wasn't paying attention. You have Vonn injured, Lysacek injured, Ohno retired. The media was saying for months that this was going to be an Olympics of new faces and they were curious how NBC was going to market that.

That being said, I don't think we are getting pummeled by any means! We're only a quarter of the way through and have some good events coming up. I'm excited to see how they play out.
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just got home and watched the womens ski slopestyle. I found it very entertaining
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It's the hair, y'all. Shaun never should have cut it.
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Default Re: Official Sochi 2014 XXII Winter Olympiad Thread

OK couple of thoughts on the winter Olympics. My observations.

There is a joke we have here in the office. We kid about the snowboard and X games type sports that these were included in the Olympics so the US would actually win some medals. We just don't have the athletes or the team to be at the top this year.

I swear to you there is a special gene or hormone that all women have. Every 4 years, all women turn on figure skating and watch it religiously. It's like some kind of cult or PMS thing or something that is inherent in women. It's a phenomenon I can't explain. But I've seen it myself and verified it with many other guys. Every woman in the United States is watching figure skating. And for the life of me, I don't understand why.
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Default Re: Official Sochi 2014 XXII Winter Olympiad Thread

Congrats to Erin Hamlin for bringing home USA's first individual luge medal ever!

Please tell me yall saw US luger Kate Hanson. She dances to Beyonce before every competition. The anouncer criticized her and said he wished she would do something more "sport specific". Like what, lay down somewhere? It's luge.

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Old 02-11-2014, 06:27 PM   #231
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Default Re: Official Sochi 2014 XXII Winter Olympiad Thread

Damn bummer that White didn't even medal.. also sucks that these Olympics are 9 hours ahead and I really can't even watch any of it. Don't have cable at home and my bunny ears don't seem to pick up NBC very well - will try tonight. But it is hard not to hear/read the spoilers throughout the day. Work is canceled for tomorrow so hopefully I even have power to watch the events live; will just use Firstrow Sports live streams.
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:07 PM   #232
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Shaun White has already said he's in for 2018 and hopefully even 2022 even before today. Love to see that drive and I hope it works out for him.

In other news I have found my Olympic event.
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Wow. Bob's pink eye must be really bad. Matt Lauer is hosting tonight's prime time coverage.
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I just don't get some of these sports. I can't really tell whether someone is doing a good job or not. Seems like they should all get a perfect score if they get to the bottom of the hill.
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Default Re: Official Sochi 2014 XXII Winter Olympiad Thread

I cant get into the Winter Olympics when the temperature on the mountain is 60 freaking degrees. I would have loved to see the size of the check Putin wrote to the IOC to have the Olympic games in Sochi.

What really pisses me off is that the conditions are definitely screwing with the athletes. The halfpipe was in terrible condition, and the ski slopes were described as Mashed Potatoes. Seriously....Just awful.
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In Russia, you don't ski the mountain, the mountain skis you!
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I cant get into the Winter Olympics when the temperature on the mountain is 60 freaking degrees. I would have loved to see the size of the check Putin wrote to the IOC to have the Olympic games in Sochi.

What really pisses me off is that the conditions are definitely screwing with the athletes. The halfpipe was in terrible condition, and the ski slopes were described as Mashed Potatoes. Seriously....Just awful.
The conditions on the maintain are not 60 degress! That is in the Sochi on the coast. The temps are much cooler up on the mountain. Still a bit warmer then ideal. But far from 60 degrees.
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japan got robbed of a goal in the game vs Russia. puck was clearly over the line. evidently the on ice refs called it dead but the off ice officials wanted it reviewed.

the on ice officials didn't see the request made and dropped the puck, rendering the replay void. that would never ever ever happen in America. you gotta wonder if it was missed on purpose.
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Women's hockey is on, USA vs Canada

6 minutes left in 3rd period, Canada up 2-1... Now 3-1. Shiznit!
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