2014 Winter Olympics - Sochi

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Jimlaad43, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. Barra333

    Barra333 Premium

    Messages:
    5,108
    Location:
    Canada
    As @aarror said, this is far from an Australian only thing. I have been watching alot of BBC coverage, and they had just about printed the newpapers heralding their win in the skeleton before the games had started (to her credit, she did win). Then during the ice dance last night, every pair in the back half of the ton ten was instantly compared to the Brits (who I think came 10th). And you wouldn't believe how tightly they are clinging onto Torvill and Dean.
    Im certain the Americans do it, and probably several other countries too.
     
  2. prisonermonkeys

    prisonermonkeys Premium

    Messages:
    33,155
    Location:
    Peru
    At least there is a precedent for success in Canada - you naturally have the conditions for winter sports. My understanding is that Chan is pretty good, in a sport that is very technical, so it's the kind of question you can understand them asking.

    But it is another thing entirely to award the position of flag-bearer - one of the highest honours for an athlete - to a guy who has never finished an Olympic event. Lydia Lassila should have been out flag-bearer; Lassila blew her ACL in Turin, recovered in time for Vancouver where she won gold, and then retired to start a family before deciding to return for one more Games where she tried a trick that has never been attempted in the womens' aerials, and is extremely supportive of the other athletes.
     
  3. Turbo_snail

    Turbo_snail

    Messages:
    1,274
    Location:
    Australia
    Yeah but "Chumpy" Pullin has won back-2-back world championships, that's a awesome achievement, and Lydia hadn't done the quadruple somersault with 3 twists before the Olympics. But then some people would argue that Torah should've been the flag bearer because she smashed it in Vancouver and is a world champion.
     
  4. prisonermonkeys

    prisonermonkeys Premium

    Messages:
    33,155
    Location:
    Peru
    And as he proved, World Championships do not equal success in the Olympics. If ever there was a case of counting your eggs before they have hatched, it was making Pullin flag-bearer. It is typically an honour reserved for the most successful Olympic athletes, not the people you are expecting to win medals and who have a slick media campaign. Both Lassila and Bright would have been a better choice than Pullin, and there would probably be half a dozen others with more credentials than him.

    Talking up your athletes might be something every country has indulged in, but we seem to have turned it into an Olympic sport itself.
     
  5. Turbo_snail

    Turbo_snail

    Messages:
    1,274
    Location:
    Australia
    But in today's conditions, it phenomenal that anyone made it to the finish of any races, so all to represented your country's so well, and to all Olympic athletes :cheers::cheers::cheers:
     
  6. Barra333

    Barra333 Premium

    Messages:
    5,108
    Location:
    Canada
    Wow. It is actually snowing at the downhill course.
     
  7. Touring Mars

    Touring Mars Moderator

    Messages:
    22,221
    Location:
    Scotland
    Well they are upside down - maybe they're just trying to get back to being the right way up.
     
    niky and Flex0r like this.
  8. prisonermonkeys

    prisonermonkeys Premium

    Messages:
    33,155
    Location:
    Peru
    Where were all the British competitors again?

    Oh, that's right. There weren't any.
     
  9. Touring Mars

    Touring Mars Moderator

    Messages:
    22,221
    Location:
    Scotland
    Ach, you guys have an unfair advantage because of all the snow you get over there in.... oh snap.
     
  10. SilverArrow

    SilverArrow

    Messages:
    846
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    They're as visible as your gold medals.
     
  11. Barra333

    Barra333 Premium

    Messages:
    5,108
    Location:
    Canada
    Well it was only right that the English are the best at riding a tea tray...
     
    Touring Mars and SilverArrow like this.
  12. prisonermonkeys

    prisonermonkeys Premium

    Messages:
    33,155
    Location:
    Peru
    At least we had the chance at winning.
     
  13. Carbonox

    Carbonox

    Messages:
    11,259
    Location:
    Finland
    I can't even begin to imagine how Putin must feel now. :lol:
     
  14. Dean

    Dean Premium

    Messages:
    6,255
    Location:
    Denmark
    Amazing that Ole Ejnar Bjørndalen (Norway) won his 13th Olympic medal today, and thereby becoming the most winning Winter Olympics athlete... Very impressive. :tup:
     
  15. MUSC4EVER

    MUSC4EVER Premium

    Messages:
    12,528
    Location:
    Wales
    Great Britain's men's curling team just won their semi-final against the Swedes and are though to the Gold medal match, guaranteeing at least a silver medal!

    The ladies team are in the bronze medal match...
     
    Touring Mars likes this.
  16. mattythedog

    mattythedog Premium

    Messages:
    7,551
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    And to think I had no interest in curling mere days ago. It's now mildly exciting!
     
    Touring Mars likes this.
  17. MUSC4EVER

    MUSC4EVER Premium

    Messages:
    12,528
    Location:
    Wales
    Until a few days ago I thought it was crap and boring, but that was great!, I enjoyed that!
     
  18. Touring Mars

    Touring Mars Moderator

    Messages:
    22,221
    Location:
    Scotland
    Curling is never boring when Eve Muirhead is playing!

    Shame they lost, but then again, Canada were hot favourites, having not lost a single match in the Round Robin. Apparently Muirhead's stone hit a piece of debris in the first end and that cost them two points, which they never amde back, so I reckon they were pretty unlucky... a bronze medal would be a great achievement though.

    The British Men's team did brilliantly - they too were up against the top side from the Round Robin... let's hope they can hold it together for the final!!
     
  19. MUSC4EVER

    MUSC4EVER Premium

    Messages:
    12,528
    Location:
    Wales
    MASSIVE congratulations to Eve Muirhead and the girls on the bronze medal, I didn't watch it but I caught the result on Twitter and I've just seen the highlights, such a tight match!

    That means that this is the best Winter games for Team GB since 1924 with a gold and two bronze and we are guaranteed at least a silver when the mens curlers play their final tomorrow..

    ...the match is live on BBC two from one o'clock...
     
  20. Rage Racer

    Rage Racer

    Messages:
    4,214
    Location:
    Russian Federation
    Adelina Sotnikova gets the gold in figure skating. ^_^
     
  21. Dean

    Dean Premium

    Messages:
    6,255
    Location:
    Denmark
    It's impressive to get gold at such a young age! Thumbs up for that. :tup:
     
  22. Youngun

    Youngun

    Messages:
    2,143
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    The Russians are brought up in this and gymnastics. Almost daily training regime for hours on end. Congrates to her though. We brits need to try more on winter sports, eddie the eagle is a bad image for us, curling is like our cycling in the summer.
     
  23. MUSC4EVER

    MUSC4EVER Premium

    Messages:
    12,528
    Location:
    Wales
    Well what about the Skeleton? we have won gold in that in the last two games despite not having the proper facilities....
     
  24. Akmuq

    Akmuq

    Messages:
    12,426
    Location:
    Ireland
    Anyone watch the Ski-cross this morning? The first race that the BBC showed(quarter final), the top 3 all crashed coming off the massive jump at the end leaving last place to come through and win, but this was the photo finish for the second qualifying spot...

    [​IMG]
    The far guy got it, IIRC.
     
    Dean likes this.
  25. Barra333

    Barra333 Premium

    Messages:
    5,108
    Location:
    Canada
    Best photo finish ever!

    The guy in the yellow bib got it (hand), red next (foot), then black (knee/shin/foot). Quite good to see the yellow guy make it - he was clear second and only fell to avoid running over the previous leader when he bailed (red).

    Also, epic comeback by Canada's women's hockey team. 2-0 down with 4 min to go. Win in overtime!
     
  26. Wiegert

    Wiegert Premium

    Messages:
    13,166
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    Ski Cross during the Vancouver Winter Olympics was the highlight of those games for me. And I'd watch it again this year if they pushed the event schedule back by a few hours. I've already missed the Men's event, and the Women's final takes place in half an hour. BBC should have the highlights at least.
     
  27. MUSC4EVER

    MUSC4EVER Premium

    Messages:
    12,528
    Location:
    Wales
    Canada comfortably beat Britain in the mens curling gold medal final 8-3, they had too much for the team but Team GB still get a Silver...
     
  28. Youngun

    Youngun

    Messages:
    2,143
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    Well we do in Bath Spa Uni. Amy Williams used to own a flat in bath which liz yarnold now rents because both trained there. The have alot of unique sports training facilities there which arent anywhere else in the UK. Half pipe, freestyle and slope styles are trained in few places globally with most of the snow events having little brit participation.
     
  29. MUSC4EVER

    MUSC4EVER Premium

    Messages:
    12,528
    Location:
    Wales
    Ahh so that's where its is!..
     
  30. Youngun

    Youngun

    Messages:
    2,143
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    Been there for footy a few times as its only up the road. And the area is huge.