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OT: 2014 Winter Olympics Thread



 

 

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hopefully this isn’t jumping the gun too much, but i just can’t hold the snark in any longer. behold the glory of russian (the country, not the user here with the same screenname) bathrooms:


 

 

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   101. Bitter Mouse Posted: February 07, 2014 at 06:21 PM (#4653422)
Flip! Crash. The agony of defeat.
   102. Bitter Mouse Posted: February 07, 2014 at 06:22 PM (#4653424)
how TV talking heads talk about how China is going to eat the West's lunch


Some people are only happy convinced DOOM! is coming. Remember when it was Japan, buying up all the US treasures?
   103. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: February 07, 2014 at 06:34 PM (#4653431)
America's mortal threats, post-WWII:
1946-89: Russians
1948-72: Chinese
70s: Arabs*
1979-present: Iranians
80s: Japanese
2001-present: Muslims. And the Chinese (they're back!). And liberals. And Tea Partiers. Seriously, pick a group and someone is ready to make the case they're PLOTTING TO KILL US ALL.


*-The movie Network remains remarkably fresh, but it's dated by the references to Arabs and their petro-dollars.
   104. Johnny Sycophant-Laden Fora Posted: February 07, 2014 at 06:44 PM (#4653434)
*-The movie Network remains remarkably fresh, but it's dated by the references to Arabs and their petro-dollars.


?????

WTF??? The ONLY thing NOT dated in the movie is the references to Arabs and their petro-dollars.
   105. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: February 07, 2014 at 06:47 PM (#4653437)
YMMV.
   106. Rob_Wood Posted: February 07, 2014 at 06:49 PM (#4653438)
paddy chayefsky ftw
   107. Johnny Sycophant-Laden Fora Posted: February 07, 2014 at 06:53 PM (#4653440)
Seriously, pick a group and someone is ready to make the case they're PLOTTING TO KILL US ALL.


The 19th early 20th was big on THE YELLOW PERIL, which was basically this massive irrational fear of the Chinese (Not Japan, China).

At the time of course China was an absolute wreck, the only threat that China posed to anyone was possibly collapsing completely sending millions of refugees into neighboring countries, the only country on earth at the time that posed less of a threat to the US was possibly Andorra...

The act of China's decrepitude was readily apparent to anyone who read anything at all about Chine (aside from the Yellow Peril of course), so Yellow Peril writings began to evolve, and you had guys like Jack London writing that, sure China is wreck now, but if they EVER get their act together, boy we better watch out! (I read a collection of Jack London stories in HS, before that to me he was the White Fang/Call of the Wild, guy to me- well he wrote them, he also wrote stuff that probably inspired the Turner Diaries guy- very viciously racist- even for the time, all but advocated genocide a few times)
   108. Swedish Chef Posted: February 07, 2014 at 07:12 PM (#4653449)
China may or may not be the best thing since sliced bread, but it is pretty clear that they have ways to go in winter sports to be a threat in the medal count.
   109. Gamingboy Posted: February 07, 2014 at 07:14 PM (#4653451)
America's mortal threats, post-WWII:
1946-89: Russians
1948-72: Chinese
70s: Arabs*
1979-present: Iranians
80s: Japanese
2001-present: Muslims. And the Chinese (they're back!). And liberals. And Tea Partiers. Seriously, pick a group and someone is ready to make the case they're PLOTTING TO KILL US ALL.


America, much like Baseball, is always doomed (it's why baseball is the perfect national pastime for America!). I still remember reading a primary document about how in 1898 members of Congress were sure that the vile Spanish would attempt to bombard New York and Boston and/or land troops on the Potomac and go War-Of-1812 on Washington DC.
   110. Gamingboy Posted: February 07, 2014 at 07:22 PM (#4653456)
China may or may not be the best thing since sliced bread, but it is pretty clear that they have ways to go in winter sports to be a threat in the medal count.



What's interesting is HOW China approaches the Winter Sports. The Aerials team (probably China's best winter event) is made up of people transplanted from the Chinese Gymnastics training program, IIRC, for example.
   111. bunyon Posted: February 07, 2014 at 07:29 PM (#4653463)


America, much like Baseball, is always doomed (it's why baseball is the perfect national pastime for America!). I still remember reading a primary document about how in 1898 members of Congress were sure that the vile Spanish would attempt to bombard New York and Boston and/or land troops on the Potomac and go War-Of-1812 on Washington DC.


It may belong in the OTP thread but, yeah, the politics and journalism of the 1890s is just freakish. I mean, the US has had some freakish moments but the 1890s (and 1880s to some extent) are just weird. I suppose it's fallout from the Civil War but it is, to me, no accident that 3 of our 4 presidential assassainations came in the 36 years following the Civil War. It was chaos.
   112. Johnny Sycophant-Laden Fora Posted: February 07, 2014 at 07:34 PM (#4653466)
I still remember reading a primary document about how in 1898 members of Congress were sure that the vile Spanish would attempt to bombard New York and Boston and/or land troops on the Potomac and go War-Of-1812 on Washington DC.


Awhile back I read a book about the Spanish America War, and what struck me was that most European Nations thought Spain would win, before Commodore Dewey seized the Philippines he'd been in HongKong for awhile schmoozing with some Royal Navy types- who liked him, but when war was declared he left- and the Brits assumed that Dewey was gonna get his ass kicked by the Spanish Navy (the opposite happened).

The US had a standing army that was tiny by European standards (the English had an exceedingly small one by European standards and ours was a fraction of theirs)- however- even in 1898 we had a rather large and modern Navy (not nearly as big as the Royal Navy- but no one's was, at the time the Royal Navy could easily have taken on the next three most powerful Navies combined)- our Navy was on a par with Germany's (They hadn't really started the building program that freaked out the Brits), France's Russia's, and easily stronger than Spain's but they simply seemed to fail to notice.

Spain's Navy OTOH started boning up when it looked like hostilities were likely and their Admirals looked at eachother and said, "oh crap"
   113. Gamingboy Posted: February 07, 2014 at 07:53 PM (#4653474)
To get back on topic: Has anyone figured out yet how the NBCOLYMPICS.COM streaming is going to work? Is it like previous Olympics, where you just need a Cable/Satellite ID to log in, but you won't get announcers (and if you do, they will be generic ones provided by the IOC- I remember in London the swimming announcers online were Aussies, for example)
   114. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: February 07, 2014 at 08:04 PM (#4653477)
I only saw a little bit of the multiple-jump downhill-snowboard thing last night.
The announcers had time to tell us about each of the televised participants' life stories, the conditions of the snow, how dangerous it could be, and whether the announcer had participated in a previous Olympics.
The announcers did not have time to tell us about who was judging what, and why, and what the scores meant.
I seriously hate sports "scored" by judges.

What's interesting is HOW China approaches the Winter Sports. The Aerials team (probably China's best winter event) is made up of people transplanted from the Chinese Gymnastics training program, IIRC, for example.

One of the luge teams has a former Olympic sprinter pushing, or sliding, or whatever, which both seems like cheating and is awesome.
   115. Monty Predicts a Padres-Mariners WS in 2016 Posted: February 07, 2014 at 08:30 PM (#4653484)
Remember that time Herschel Walker was on the bobsled team?
   116. Greg K Posted: February 07, 2014 at 09:34 PM (#4653513)
One of the luge teams has a former Olympic sprinter pushing, or sliding, or whatever, which both seems like cheating and is awesome.

Yeah I think quite a few bobsled teams especially get their "pushers" (or whatever you call them) from track teams.

Then there's Canadian Clara Hughes who has won two bronzes in cycling at Atlanta in 1996, and multiple medals, including a gold, in speed skating. Just looking it up, the only other athlete to win medals in both Olympics since WW2 was also a woman skater/cycler, Christa Luding of Germany.

I hung out with a Chinese sports historian once at a conference, and sports in China sound fairly intense. Especially once a sport gets into the Olympics. I also played baseball with a guy who was doing a comparative study of how different nations do sports education. He had been educated through the Chinese sports school system his whole life, with a focus on baseball, and was always fascinated by how divorced from school youth sports seemed to be in Canada.
   117. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: February 07, 2014 at 10:28 PM (#4653519)
East Timor has an Olympian? That's so neat
   118. Random Transaction Generator Posted: February 07, 2014 at 10:46 PM (#4653521)
Yeah I think quite a few bobsled teams especially get their "pushers" (or whatever you call them) from track teams.


The US Women's bobsled team has Lolo Jones, right?
   119. Random Transaction Generator Posted: February 07, 2014 at 10:47 PM (#4653522)
Indian luger falls off sled at over 60mph...and then falls back onto it to finish his practice run.
   120. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: February 07, 2014 at 11:43 PM (#4653543)
Indian luger falls off sled at over 60mph...and then falls back onto it to finish his practice run.


I learned that this guy wasn't competing under India's flag, but as an independent. Apparently India is on olympic 'probation' due to some shady Olympic committee personnel. This is hilarious considering the IOC is basically the old Southwest Conference on steroids.
   121. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 08, 2014 at 12:29 AM (#4653553)
Indian luger falls off sled at over 60mph...and then falls back onto it to finish his practice run.

It's almost like he had a magnet in his butt to help him reconnect to the sled. Investigation to follow, no doubt.
   122. Lassus Posted: February 08, 2014 at 11:58 AM (#4653624)
I turned this damned coverage on at least 20 minutes ago, and nothing has happened at all yet. Good work, people.
   123. Lassus Posted: February 08, 2014 at 12:14 PM (#4653634)
As it turns out, I've been watching the CBC. All I've learned so far is that Kaetlyn Osmond is damned cute.
   124. Lassus Posted: February 08, 2014 at 12:26 PM (#4653635)
The Chinese figure skater is using a string quartet version of "Paint it Black". Fun.
   125. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: February 08, 2014 at 01:03 PM (#4653642)
Watching the luge. Seems like so much suicidal fun.
   126. Lassus Posted: February 08, 2014 at 01:04 PM (#4653643)
Continuing my music reporting, the French skater used a non-vocal version of Prince's "The Question of U" from Graffiti Bridge. Thumbs up.


Scott, which station?
   127. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: February 08, 2014 at 01:20 PM (#4653649)
Luge is on the NBC app. It's got some hiccups but it's pretty cool to be able to watch whatever event I want.

As someone who knows nothing about figure skating that Russian girl absolutely killed it out there.
   128. Jim Wisinski Posted: February 08, 2014 at 02:33 PM (#4653668)
Curling starts Monday!
   129. crict Posted: February 08, 2014 at 04:07 PM (#4653690)
Amazing day for the Dufour-Lapointe, gold and silver in Ladies' moguls. The 3rd sister finished 12th!
   130. Greg K Posted: February 08, 2014 at 05:28 PM (#4653700)
As a big cross-country ski fan, a pretty good start so far. The ladies race had a pretty thrilling finish with a bold Swede breaking up a Norwegian medal sweep.

Not much of a fan of moguls, but watching Canadian sisters win gold-silver made it fairly enjoyable. Haven't managed to catch any of the biathlon though, which is disappointing. I was going to catch it live as I think it came on at 9:30am ET. But I was up til 3 playing softball last night so I slept through it.
   131. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: February 08, 2014 at 06:02 PM (#4653710)
This course (biathalon/cc) seems particularly grueling with incline. Love watching biathlon.
   132. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: February 08, 2014 at 06:16 PM (#4653713)
But I was up til 3 playing softball last night so I slept through it.

Alaska tournament?
   133. Greg K Posted: February 08, 2014 at 08:59 PM (#4653736)
Alaska tournament?

Indoor!

And apparently midnight is the only time anyone can get the space to play.
   134. Random Transaction Generator Posted: February 08, 2014 at 10:04 PM (#4653743)
And apparently midnight is the only time anyone can get the space to play.


It sounds similar to men's pickup ice hockey in Canada.
   135. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: February 09, 2014 at 12:40 AM (#4653760)
I should apologize in advance to Greg K and any other Canadians reading this thread, I'm going to make many statements about how we should have attempted invasions of your country when you beat us out for medals like your mogul skipping sisters did earlier. 54-40 or fight!
   136. Random Transaction Generator Posted: February 09, 2014 at 01:57 AM (#4653776)
Regarding #135

Don't worry...in retaliation we'll spoil your American Olympic coverage by telling you everything that happened 6 hours before when we watched it live. :)
   137. Greg K Posted: February 09, 2014 at 02:04 AM (#4653778)
I should apologize in advance to Greg K and any other Canadians reading this thread, I'm going to make many statements about how we should have attempted invasions of your country when you beat us out for medals like your mogul skipping sisters did earlier. 54-40 or fight!

It's ok. 'Twill all be taken in good fun. Unless the US beats Canada in hockey, in which case we're* burning down your White House again.

*Selective historical memory use of the word "we" here.
   138. bunyon Posted: February 09, 2014 at 11:17 AM (#4653809)
Get in line, Greg.
   139. bunyon Posted: February 09, 2014 at 11:17 AM (#4653810)
Figure skating announcers: a quadrennial reminder that Joe Buck may not really be so bad.
   140. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: February 10, 2014 at 01:50 AM (#4654056)
Curling is on, motherfuckers!

I have to say as someone who mainly watches the Olympics online I get the best NBC experience. It does mean that I'm going to be getting up at midnight to watch the games and going to bed at 6pm.
   141. Gamingboy Posted: February 11, 2014 at 03:57 PM (#4654984)
Welp, today was a bad day for America, as the US snowboarders failed to medal at all in half-pipe, although admittedly the Half-pipe there apparently was total crap and it was a small miracle that anybody didn't fall on their asses.

Of course, between that, the fact the US has won only two golds so far, and the fact that the great Bob Costas has fallen to pink-eye, some are kind of panicking on Twitter. I'm not worried however. Team USA has depth- eventually the Dutch will run out of speed-skating events to pile up medals in and then America will be right back in the fray in the top three.

I don't think anybody's stopping the Norwegians though.
   142. Jim Wisinski Posted: February 11, 2014 at 05:00 PM (#4655032)
Curling is on, #############!


I love Curling. I want to play it some day.
   143. Kurt Posted: February 11, 2014 at 05:30 PM (#4655062)
Figure skating announcers: a quadrennial reminder that Joe Buck may not really be so bad.


Completely disagree. Scott Hamilton sounds happy to be there and is enthusiastic about the sport he covers, which puts him miles and miles ahead of Buck.
   144. bunyon Posted: February 11, 2014 at 05:59 PM (#4655094)
Kurt, as it happens, they have two different sets of announcers. They have one set doing the life broadcast, which is what I watched and another set to do the tape delay broadcast, which I also happened to watch as I was forced, at gunpoint, by my wife. I don't disagree with you - the night crew was good. Why would they have two different sets of broadcasters for exactly the same event? Bizarre.
   145. Kurt Posted: February 11, 2014 at 07:00 PM (#4655139)
Odd. Any chance the morning shift was a BBC or Canadian broadcast?
   146. zack Posted: February 11, 2014 at 07:31 PM (#4655149)
I've noticed that too, on the XC skiing and long track events, the live announcer (who I've seen referred to as the "house announcer" somewhere on the site) was basically just reading the splits to the audience, whereas the announcers for the edited version are much more involved. Also, the house announcer is usually working alone and is much more likely to be British.
   147. Gamingboy Posted: February 11, 2014 at 10:41 PM (#4655234)
If memory serves, the "house announcers" are hired by the Olympics Broadcasting Service and are primarily meant for countries that don't actually send broadcasters.
   148. Rob_Wood Posted: February 12, 2014 at 01:04 AM (#4655280)
yes, live announcers are british, quite good and impartial (and I hate hate hate announcing after the fact sporting events)

I once met Bob Beattie at some sports conference and really let him have it for "faking" the famous Franz Klammer broadcast. He said lots of people have told him that over the years. He was actually quite pleasant and made me regret yelling at him.
   149. Gamingboy Posted: February 12, 2014 at 10:14 AM (#4655344)
I thought most announcers ARE calling the broadcasts live, with only the time it's shown being delayed?
   150. Greg K Posted: February 12, 2014 at 11:03 AM (#4655381)
I love Curling. I want to play it some day.

Impossibly, it is even more fun to play than to watch. And it is oodles of fun to watch.
   151. bunyon Posted: February 12, 2014 at 11:46 AM (#4655426)
Odd. Any chance the morning shift was a BBC or Canadian broadcast?

No. It turns out it was Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir. Two different NBC crews for the same event. One live, one for the tape delay. Corporate efficiency at its finest.
   152. JJ1986 Posted: February 12, 2014 at 11:48 AM (#4655428)
The CBC announcers are very good. I paid a few bucks to get a good Canadian proxy server for a month and everything is available on their website.
   153. Greg K Posted: February 12, 2014 at 11:54 AM (#4655431)
The CBC announcers are very good. I paid a few bucks to get a good Canadian proxy server for a month and everything is available on their website.

How does one go about doing that? My parents are in Florida for February/March and they like to listen to CBC radio (in fact, I'm pretty sure they've just had it on 24 hours a day in their house since 1980). But I guess however it was they used to get it in Florida isn't working this time.
   154. JJ1986 Posted: February 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM (#4655441)
I used FoxyProxy which is browser or desktop based. You pay per country; Canada was $14 for a month.
   155. Greg K Posted: February 12, 2014 at 12:09 PM (#4655448)
Thanks! I'll let my dad know.
   156. Good cripple hitter Posted: February 12, 2014 at 12:14 PM (#4655454)
I'm not sure about the mechanics of it, but someone I know in Europe is using UnBlock-Us to access CBC's coverage. Plus you can get a free trial for a week.
   157. I am going to be Frank Posted: February 12, 2014 at 12:16 PM (#4655456)
I'm not sure but SiriusXM may have CBC radio available.
   158. They paved Misirlou, put up a parking lot Posted: February 12, 2014 at 01:08 PM (#4655502)
I love Curling. I want to play it some day.


I like watching it too. Here's something I don't quite understand though. I'm watching Canada/Russia right now. After the 7th end, Canada was up 6-2. At this point, why don't they just take out every Russian stone on every throw? The most they would give up would be 3, 1 per remaining end. Right now in the 8th, there are a bunch of stones in the house, potentially leading to Russia scoring 2 or more. Is there some sort of unwritten rule at play?

edit: And as I type this, Russia scores 2.
   159. Esmailyn Gonzalez Sr. Posted: February 12, 2014 at 01:20 PM (#4655521)
There is a relatively new rule in curling that you can't remove any stones from in front of the house with your first two shots. Your plan used to be the strategy, so this rule is supposed to make games more interesting.
   160. They paved Misirlou, put up a parking lot Posted: February 12, 2014 at 01:25 PM (#4655525)
There is a relatively new rule in curling that you can't remove any stones from in front of the house with your first two shots. Your plan used to be the strategy, so this rule is supposed to make games more interesting.


Thanks. I can see that.

edit: What if you remove one by accident?
   161. They paved Misirlou, put up a parking lot Posted: February 12, 2014 at 01:31 PM (#4655537)
OK, in the 10th, up 7-4, Canada throws thru (whatever it's called) with its first 2, Russia lags 2(whatever it's called), and now with its 3rd shot, starts taking out Russian stones.
   162. Good cripple hitter Posted: February 12, 2014 at 01:36 PM (#4655542)

There is a relatively new rule in curling that you can't remove any stones from in front of the house with your first two shots. Your plan used to be the strategy, so this rule is supposed to make games more interesting.


Relatively new? When I curled over a decade ago, that was the rule. It started in 1990.

AFAICT from looking at the Canadian Curling Association rule book(and I haven't curled in a long time), intent doesn't matter. If you remove a guard too soon it gets returned to where it was.
   163. zack Posted: February 12, 2014 at 02:09 PM (#4655578)
I have a dumb curling question: when can you remove stones from the field (i.e. with your foot)? I thought it was when they were behind the center line and not in the bullseye, but I see people kicking stones out that are clearly not going to cross the center line before they even stop moving.
   164. Michael J. Binkley's anxiety closet Posted: February 12, 2014 at 03:12 PM (#4655674)
Zack - there are generally three situations where you will see a stone kicked out of play before it stops moving -

1. If a stone is thrown really, really light and doesn't fully cross the hog line ( the line 15 feet in front of the house (bullseye)). If it is obvious that the stone will not cross, the team that threw the stone will kick it out of play before it stops.

2. The other instance you may have seen in on the last stone thrown each end (the hammer). If the opposing skip (or vice if he/she is in the house at the time) knows that that shot will count, he/she will kick that stone, conceding the point (not unlike conceding a gimme putt in match play golf)

3. If a team touches a stone while it is traveling down the ice (with the broom or whatnot), the stone is considered "burned" and gets removed from play.
   165. They paved Misirlou, put up a parking lot Posted: February 12, 2014 at 03:38 PM (#4655714)
Also it appears, when it hits the wall, or will obviously hit the wall.
   166. zack Posted: February 12, 2014 at 03:42 PM (#4655721)
It must have been against the wall, because I don't think the two examples I saw were any of the situations in #164. Thanks guys.
   167. Jim Wisinski Posted: February 12, 2014 at 08:03 PM (#4655924)
edit: What if you remove one by accident?


It gets put back.

Alas, there is nowhere in Florida you can go to curl. Guess I need to visit Canada, or at least Minnesota.
   168. Jim Wisinski Posted: February 12, 2014 at 08:13 PM (#4655930)
Oh, and if you're trying to decide which match to watch I would recommend one with the Russian women's team...
   169. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: February 12, 2014 at 09:11 PM (#4655946)
Am I the only one who hates the X Games events? Gimme luge, gimme speed skating, gimme biathlon, but these snowboarding, half pipe things just bore the crap out of me. To me it's just figure skating in a different form, entirely based not on accomplishment but on judging.
   170. villainx Posted: February 12, 2014 at 11:45 PM (#4656026)
but these snowboarding, half pipe things just bore the crap out of me. To me it's just figure skating in a different form, entirely based not on accomplishment but on judging.

I wouldn't disagree, except I would also blame the announcers/broadcasters for not emphasizing aspects of the judge driven events in a way that might attract you (or others like you/me). My main example is Kaitlyn Farrington highlights. I was trying to find a good video from her 1/2 pipe win. So far the only source I found was NBC, and needless to say, the anchor/host sucked. No information about what made Farrington's performance gold worthy, other than her battling through the semis and using that experience, and more generally, the host described the action as "twist and turns". There's absolutely nothing for someone to actually get interested in the sport/event. Not for nothing, Farrington executed a backside 900, supposedly a first for female rider, that seems kinda worth mentioning at least.
   171. Langer Monk Posted: February 12, 2014 at 11:47 PM (#4656028)
Nope. I call anything with a judge a competition, as opposed to a sport. Give me a team sport, give me a race. I won't watch the rest. Speaking of which, both biathlon pursuits have been my favorites. Those were awesome.
   172. puck Posted: February 13, 2014 at 01:41 AM (#4656066)
Am I the only one who hates the X Games events? Gimme luge, gimme speed skating, gimme biathlon, but these snowboarding, half pipe things just bore the crap out of me. To me it's just figure skating in a different form, entirely based not on accomplishment but on judging.


Snowboard cross is basically just a crazy race--a BMX-style course on snowboards.
   173. OsunaSakata Posted: February 13, 2014 at 08:26 AM (#4656094)
U.S. skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender is the daughter of outfielder Ted Uhlaender. She wears his 1972 NL pennant ring. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katie_Uhlaender
   174. Rants Mulliniks Posted: February 13, 2014 at 08:57 AM (#4656099)
Kaetlyn Osmond is damned cute.


Isn't she! I like the fact that her face is lit up with a big smile pretty much through the whole routine. Good Newfoundland girl.

I thought the women's ski slopestyle was pretty impressive (haven't seen the men). They get so much more speed on the skis than on boards.
   175. Random Transaction Generator Posted: February 13, 2014 at 09:37 AM (#4656109)
The ski slopestyle was interesting to me because I didn't realize that landing backwards (or going down the hill and off the jump backwards) was a thing they did.
To me, that's pretty ####### scary and so I am definitely more interested than the snowboard version.

Of the sports I never see except in the Winter Olympics, I think biathlon and long-track speed skating are my favourites.
The biathlon is the great balance between speed, skill, and stamina.
Long-track speed skating (1000m especially) has a nice bit of drama as they get closer to the finish line, and I LOVE the moving "gold medal line" they draw on the ice in the final two laps to show you how close the competitor is to the top time. That's the best innovation to broadcasting since the first down line in football.
   176. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: February 13, 2014 at 09:50 AM (#4656113)
Don't get me wrong, I'm impressed with the athletes (as I am with the figure skaters), I just don't care for the event.

And RTG is right about the "gold medal line." They used it in the swimming events two years ago, it's fantastic.
   177. Shredder Posted: February 13, 2014 at 10:51 AM (#4656151)
Seeing a Stastny score twice against Slovakia has got to hurt back in Bratislava.
   178. Kurt Posted: February 13, 2014 at 05:05 PM (#4656516)
Fourcade is a beast. The most dominant performance I've seen so far.

Also, the "gold medal line" (more commonly a world record line) has been used in swimming broadcasts for at least ten years - I think it started at Sydney in 2000.
   179. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: February 13, 2014 at 05:11 PM (#4656522)
Am I the only one who hates the X Games events?

No.
   180. Greg K Posted: February 13, 2014 at 11:09 PM (#4656691)
Of the sports I never see except in the Winter Olympics, I think biathlon and long-track speed skating are my favourites.
The biathlon is the great balance between speed, skill, and stamina.
Long-track speed skating (1000m especially) has a nice bit of drama as they get closer to the finish line, and I LOVE the moving "gold medal line" they draw on the ice in the final two laps to show you how close the competitor is to the top time. That's the best innovation to broadcasting since the first down line in football.

Weird. I feel like I've asked before, but I need to check again. Are you me?
   181. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: February 13, 2014 at 11:13 PM (#4656692)
That American figure skater checked himself into the boards.
   182. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: February 14, 2014 at 03:26 AM (#4656721)
So, since I can work from home I've converted myself to Sochi time over the last week. I have absolutely zero complaints about the NBC online experience. It's amazing, and excellent. I wake up at midnight, tuck into some curling with breakfast, get to work while watching an alpine or sled event, and take lunch when a hockey game gets exciting. It's great.

I like the x-games events, but I can see how people would not be fans. And thank goodness for those events, because otherwise we'd be getting buried behind the Dutch and their damned long track dominance.

Also, if anyone doesn't have curling in their local area and is looking for something to scratch that itch find a bocce club or a bar with shuffleboard. Bar shuffleboard in particular is very similar to miniaturized curling minus the sweeping, and both games go great with a beer (just like Curling!).
   183. villageidiom Posted: February 14, 2014 at 08:09 AM (#4656737)
I am so disappointed in the USA women's curling team right now. Ugh. Wide open house, on the hammer, going for one (and taking forever to decide to go for one), and they miss. Two points for Denmark ,and USA is down 8-2 after 7 ends.
   184. Random Transaction Generator Posted: February 14, 2014 at 09:41 AM (#4656755)
This Swiss hockey team, after barely escaping with a win against a minnow (Lativa) is now putting up a hell of a fight against a giant (Sweden).
I'm loving the online broadcast of CBC. When the webpage isn't the focus, it drops the quality of the video to bare minimum, but keeps the sound levels. So I can switch over to work while still listening, and not chew up too much bandwidth.
   185. SteveF Posted: February 14, 2014 at 10:14 AM (#4656776)
Hearing hockey commentating in a British accent is borderline disturbing.
   186. zack Posted: February 14, 2014 at 10:56 AM (#4656804)
Hearing hockey commentating in a British accent is borderline disturbing.

Seriously. And they have two whole announcing teams in Sochi, so I'm wondering why they're not using one of them with only one game in this time slot.

I have absolutely zero complaints about the NBC online experience. It's amazing, and excellent.


Live it is indeed excellent. Watching replays is miserable though. The feed resets when it goes off live when you're watching from behind, then redirects to another event for 15 minutes. The stupid twitter box on the right is full of spoilers. The time bar at the bottom has all the goals marked in a hockey game. The announcers spoil the other game. Certain events inexplicably disable fast forwarding, even when there's an hour of nothing at the beginning of the broadcast.
   187. Greg K Posted: February 14, 2014 at 11:05 AM (#4656806)
Hearing hockey commentating in a British accent is borderline disturbing.

I have a Canadian friend watching from Australia, he says it's bordering on unwatchable for him.
   188. zack Posted: February 14, 2014 at 11:24 AM (#4656815)
The feed resets when it goes off live when you're watching from behind, then redirects to another event for 15 minutes.


It's been almost 30 minutes and still won't let me watch the rest of the flargle flaggin SWE-SUI game.
   189. BrianBrianson Posted: February 14, 2014 at 11:31 AM (#4656825)
Hearing hockey commentating in a British accent is borderline disturbing.


Yeah, and the constantly explaining the rules of hockey doesn't help either.

But the BBC seems to be just piping in the CBC audio feed for curling, which helps (but not the video, so the two get out of sync occasionally.)
   190. villageidiom Posted: February 14, 2014 at 11:33 AM (#4656827)
It's been almost 30 minutes and still won't let me watch the rest of the flargle flaggin SWE-SUI game.
So many new events this year. Slopestyle. Team figure skating. Flargle flaggin.

I've never seen flargle flaggin before, but if it's a simultaneous combination of short track speedskating and curling that would be AWESOME.

Come on, Pyeongchang, make this happen.
   191. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 14, 2014 at 11:53 AM (#4656838)
I call anything with a judge a competition, as opposed to a sport.


So tennis and volleyball aren't sports? Interesting.
   192. zack Posted: February 14, 2014 at 11:59 AM (#4656843)
Vlad, don't be Ray. You know what he meant.
   193. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 14, 2014 at 12:28 PM (#4656863)
Vlad, don't be Ray. You know what he meant.


Well, if Ray's not going to do it, someone has to.

Even if you use "judge" in the way you're suggesting, that still rules out things like boxing and wrestling as sports. Which cuts to the very heart of the Olympics.
   194. Kurt Posted: February 14, 2014 at 01:04 PM (#4656897)
Boxing and wrestling have objective ways to win (KO and pins), which puts them in a gray area.

Also, figure skating and Olympic boxing and wrestling are all more objectively measured than people think. A tripel axel is worth x points, you get points in wrestling for doing specific objective things, etc. Really, if the "competition/sport" distinction is primarily the extent to which a champion is determined by judges saying "I just feel in my heart that this competitor is better", all three are closer to a sport than college football.
   195. Langer Monk Posted: February 14, 2014 at 02:57 PM (#4656993)
Really wasn't attempting to start another conversation on definitions of these things, so feel free to ignore this to talk about way more interesting things.

You use 'sports' in the way I use 'athletics'. I don't consider it a slight. I just don't enjoy those with 'judges' as opposed to 'officials'. Safe or out may still be a judgment call, but there's almost always a right answer (even if the ump blows it). A 9.5 vs a 9.7? It's lost on me. You don't get style points in tennis or volleyball. Boxing is a gray area, so is wrestling. Wrestling has way fewer problems in my opinion with this distinction than boxing - the points system is just easier to grasp.

I'm not ruling out anything either - just stating my preference on what I enjoy watching. Clearly with how many people watch figure skating, I'm in the minority.
   196. Langer Monk Posted: February 15, 2014 at 12:37 AM (#4657227)
Check out the Nepalese and Peruvian cross country skiers at the end of the 15km.
   197. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: February 15, 2014 at 02:15 AM (#4657239)
Who's excited for Miracle 2, Evenly Matched Pro Teams at 7am? I know I am.

I'm also stupidly happy that we finally passed the Dutch in total medals, though the Germans have been simply great in racking up golds so far- and the Swiss as well. Still, 13 medals and 4 golds at this point is nothing to be ashamed of, especially considering how many of our big name athletes haven't done jack.

Also, holy ####, Eve Muirhead just shot a rock that had literally perfect transfer of momentum from her stone to the Korean stone she hit. Physics, #######!
   198. Rob_Wood Posted: February 15, 2014 at 03:08 AM (#4657248)
US women's curling team has been very difficult to watch. They gave up seven points in one end earlier, something I have never seen. Has eight ever happened? Good grief.

   199. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: February 15, 2014 at 03:13 AM (#4657249)
In case anyone hasn't caught the Onion's coverage of the biennial Olympic village sexcapades: http://www.theonion.com/video/olympic-village-tour-see-where-the-athletes-live-t,35266/
   200. Mess with the Meat, you get the Wad! Posted: February 15, 2014 at 04:42 AM (#4657252)
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