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Winter Olympics 2018 - Pyeongchang, South Korea (February 9-25)

post #1 of 71
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May as well start a thread on this with the good news that RUSSIA HAS BEEN BANNED (although some athletes may compete under a neutral banner).

 

https://www.si.com/olympics/2017/12/05/russia-olympic-committee-banned-2018-winter-olympics-doping-ioc-decision

post #2 of 71

Crazy news. Wonder how it'll be spun back in Russia.

post #3 of 71
It's a long way to go still for the IOC but this is a step in the right direction and a decision that took some guts.

I mean, not enough attention is made to the fact that the Russians were replacing their athletes urine via a HOLE IN A WALL. In 2014, not 1976! I mean, it's just absolutely insane.

Another great thing is that this will prevent a bunch of professional hockey players from breaching their contracts in order to play for their home country and steam roll over amateurs from other countries in order to win a gold medal.
post #4 of 71
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It starts tomorrow and we already have a couple of interesting developments:

- North and South Korea are competing together.

- The flu is ravaging the Olympic village, being particularly brutal to the guards.

- We already have a controversy over who is carrying the US flag:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/08/sport/shani-davis-olympic-flag-bearer-trnd/index.html

post #5 of 71

Tomorrow?  Sir, we had LIVE CURLING on this morning!

post #6 of 71
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Tomorrow?  Sir, we had LIVE CURLING on this morning!

 

Yeah, I know that some events are already underway.  It officially starts tomorrow (opening ceremony and all that).

 

And Curling is awesome.  Lots of fun.

post #7 of 71
It's all about Luge and Ski Jump for your main man.

post #8 of 71
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It's all about speed skating and short track for me.

post #9 of 71
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Tomorrow?  Sir, we had LIVE CURLING on this morning!


 WAIT, WHAT?!?! Shit. When is this airing so I can watch?

post #10 of 71
From The Netherlands only 11 athletes will be present for the opening ceremony. The rest will be doing training.

Hoping the Dutch will pull the same surprise stunt they did in 2014 winning most of the speedskating medals. That was just glorious!

Figure skating, short track and snowboarding are also on my watch list.

Well, here's hoping that NK & SK will not be going at eachothers throats during the Olympics. Or we can expect a shitty tweetstorm again by president hairy poophead.
post #11 of 71
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 WAIT, WHAT?!?! Shit. When is this airing so I can watch?

 

Don't know when it started, but it was on NBCSN at 6 AM this morning (which is 8 PM in South Korea).

 

The NBC Sports app is pretty awesome for the OIympics.  You can just scroll around to different events without having to remember which of their half-dozen channels is showing what.  You just need a valid TV provider to activate.

post #12 of 71
I was mortified that Canada lost at curling, but it was to Norway so it's all good. Plus we won today yay. Sad that the hockey tourny is a joke but the impending US v Canada women's final is always fun.
post #13 of 71

The NBC Sports app is streaming the opening ceremonies and it's so nice to just watch them play out without all that annoying talking.

 

I was terribly confused by the order the countries were entering until I read the order is based on the Korean alphabet.

 

And by what I'm sure was not random chance, the US delegation entered while "Gangnam Style" was playing.

post #14 of 71

Fox News (of course!) executive editor, John Moody, says the U.S team are less likely to win because a bunch of them were only given places due to them being either black or gay. 

 

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In an editorial published just ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony, Moody expressed his concern that the “darker, gayer” athletes representing the United States at the 2018 Olympic Games would cost the team medals, and asserted — without any evidence — that some athletes may have been given a spot on Team USA because of their skin color or sexual orientation, rather than their performance.

 

“Unless it’s changed overnight, the motto of the Olympics, since 1894, has been ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger,'” Moody wrote on FoxNews.com. “It appears the U.S. Olympic Committee would like to change that to ‘Darker, Gayer, Different.’ If your goal is to win medals, that won’t work.”

 

Moody went on to complain about a recent Washington Post article in which a USOC official expressed pride in the diversity of the 2018 U.S. Olympic delegation, bemoaning what he called an “embarrassing laundry list of how many African-Americans, Asians and openly gay athletes are on this year’s U.S. team.”

post #15 of 71
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Fox News (of course!) executive editor, John Moody, says the U.S team are less likely to win because a bunch of them were only given places due to them being either black or gay. 

 

 

He calls the piece "In Olympics, let's focus on the winner of the race -- not the race of the winner" -- then spends eleven paragraphs talking about race.

post #16 of 71
The idea that we're stronger when we broaden the talent pool that we have to choose from, instead of shutting the door on talent because of bigotry, is simple enough that it can be explained to a tiny child.
post #17 of 71
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I was terribly confused by the order the countries were entering until I read the order is based on the Korean alphabet.

 

Ah thanks!  I was wondering that myself.

 

I thought the ceremony was okay.  Not near as good as Russia's two years ago.  The weird, ironic thing about it was for an opening ceremony that had a video touting North Korea's technological future (My wife: "What am I watching?" Me: "An episode of Black Mirror."), the majority of the ceremony relied on decades old floor projection nonsense.  I thought they would step up their game, but they kind of wasted those rolling LED light boxes, not really doing anything interesting with them.  And the finale of Christmas lights rising was kind of okay.  I guess I was just expecting more.  Also disappointed in the addition of CGI floating light motes.  Unless those weren't added in.  Was the Olympic rings lighting up over the snowboarders cg, or was that a bunch of drones?  Watching it streaming on Roku it was hard to tell.  But I loved the Olympic anthem and the lighting of the torch.  I missed most of the final bit with all the fire and sparks because I had to rush off to work, but I'll catch that later.

post #18 of 71
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Not sure if we're gonna watch the opening ceremony or not.  The Sochi one 4 years ago was kinda an endurance test (even if it was pretty damned awesome) and I think that watching a highlights reel would suffice.  As long as my wife can see the oiled up Tongan guy, she'll be happy.

post #19 of 71

I got up at 4:50 this morning to watch it. It was worth it to not have to listen to commentary and be interrupted every 5 minutes for 12 minutes of commercials.  And what the hell was up with USA's ugly ass cowboy gloves?

post #20 of 71

No waaay.

 

post #21 of 71

They are so hideous but I bet they are warm af

post #22 of 71
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Not sure if we're gonna watch the opening ceremony or not.  The Sochi one 4 years ago was kinda an endurance test (even if it was pretty damned awesome) and I think that watching a highlights reel would suffice.  As long as my wife can see the oiled up Tongan guy, she'll be happy.

 

Granted, it didn't have commercials, but it wrapped up in about two hours.  Word is they kept it short due to the cold.

post #23 of 71
I'm really looking forward the Snowboard Cross.
post #24 of 71

I'm sure it's a variety of things (time difference, no NHLers in hockey, lack of "big name" competitors) but this Winter Olympics just feels blah. I can't even get worked up over the Curling like I did in Vancouver.

 

I do appreciate that Subway isn't doing Michael Phelps Winter Olympics commercials like they did last time. That was fucking annoying.

post #25 of 71
The only event I've watched live so far was this one.

This kid is 17. At this point he's way down in 11th place, his timing has been off all day and he's about to take his third and final run. The level of difficulty just to land each jump during the final round has been raised by the conditions, several other riders who've gone ahead of him beginning to struggle, having trouble landing the last couple of jumps clean because the wind has shifted across the course at an awkward angle. His last words before he goes are over his shoulder to fellow competitor, rival and close friend Carlos Garcia Knight, the in-form kiwi who had lead the final after the first round and who is also preparing to tackle the course for the last time. "Yeah Carlos, good luck brother," and then Red Gerard drops down the slope with what sounds oddly like a sigh of resignation, as if he already feels like Olympic success is just not in his destiny. As if he feels he's just making up the numbers. As if he feels like it's just not going to be his day.

And then he does this ...


Edited by Bucho - 2/12/18 at 12:37am
post #26 of 71
Mirai Nagasu became the first US woman to land the triple axel at the Olympics last night, officially making these games part of the I, Tonya shared universe.

post #27 of 71

How's this for an Olympic outfit?

 

post #28 of 71
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The only event I've watched live so far was this one.

This kid is 17. At this point he's way down in 11th place, his timing has been off all day and he's about to take his third and final run. The level of difficulty just to land each jump during the final round has been raised by the conditions, several other riders who've gone ahead of him beginning to struggle, having trouble landing the last couple of jumps clean because the wind has shifted across the course at an awkward angle. His last words before he goes are over his shoulder to fellow competitor, rival and close friend Carlos Garcia Knight, the in-form kiwi who had lead the final after the first round and who is also preparing to tackle the course for the last time. "Yeah Carlos, good luck brother," and then Red Gerard drops down the slope with what sounds oddly like a sigh of resignation, as if he already feels like Olympic success is just not in his destiny. As if he feels he's just making up the numbers. As if he feels like it's just not going to be his day.

And then he does this ...

 

The only two things I've watched so far is that run, and the triple axel. He was cracking me up after the run, because you can plainly hear him saying "Holy shit!" and "Fuck dude!" after his run and the last two runs after his where he knew he had won the gold.

post #29 of 71

Of course, I'd be remiss to not include the other Captain at the Olympics ...

 

post #30 of 71

Is anyone watching the men's snowboarding halfpipe? It's only the qualifier and people are going off the charts. White just scored a 98.5

post #31 of 71
Canada is running wild so far. Sexy ice dancers to first medal in luge, it's awesome. Sucks it's in a God awful time zone but w/e.
post #32 of 71
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Epic crash in women's luge.  I can't believe that she wasn't more severely injured.

 

 

 

Apparently, no broken bones.  That's hard to believe consider how hard her ankles appeared to hit the wall.

post #33 of 71
Yeah, that's a great example of why luge is one of the most dramatic sports in the whole Olympics. I didn't see that one live but watched some skeleton practice yesterday and that event - head first down hill at 130km/h - is just bonkers.

I also caught the final of Ladies Normal Hill - aka literal FLYING - which is always a good tense time.





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Is anyone watching the men's snowboarding halfpipe? It's only the qualifier and people are going off the charts. White just scored a 98.5

Halfpipe qualifiers were aces, my second favourite thing at Pyeongchang so far after the slopestyle.

For some reason I felt like I was kind of over snowboarding before the games kicked off, but then it seduced me all over again.
post #34 of 71

I just wanted to pop in and say Tanith Belbin White is a DIME.  She had her first child just two months ago.  Those Olympic genes and work ethic are paying off.  She is also quite good at her job.

 

Aside from Tanith (and to a lesser extent, Tara and Johnny), NBC's coverage of the Olympics is wretched and terrible and makes me nauseously upset.  As Obi Wan would say, they are more commercial than sporting program.

 

All of that hype for our figure skating/ice dancing, and the Canadian Ice Dancers are clearly better than our siblings (by a significant margin) and the young OAR female skaters are goddamn RIDICULOUSLY better than everyone else.

 

Our first two golds came from kids still in high school, which makes me feel like a failed parent.  Oh well.

post #35 of 71
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Canada is running wild so far. Sexy ice dancers to first medal in luge, it's awesome. Sucks it's in a God awful time zone but w/e.

It does put a damper on some of it, definitely.

I did wake up a bit early to watch the final mixed curling match though.

Love the event.
post #36 of 71
I'm just glad we're doing well, it's nice to succeed in something other then hockey.
post #37 of 71

Just an update:

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post #39 of 71
Are all of America’s golds in snowboarding? Given its (old) rep, that feels...apropos.
post #40 of 71
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Just an update:

Are you Norwegian by any chance Chief?
post #41 of 71

No... just a big fan of the games.  There was no bragging in that post.

Im still trying to figure out the best way to watch the games. 

PVR it? (and try to avoid results) or stay up late and watch live?

and I bop around 3 or 4 different sites for updates, schedules etc.   Not 100% happy with any site's coverage and layout.

post #42 of 71
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No... just a big fan of the games.  There was no bragging in that post.
Im still trying to figure out the best way to watch the games. 
PVR it? (and try to avoid results) or stay up late and watch live?
and I bop around 3 or 4 different sites for updates, schedules etc.   Not 100% happy with any site's coverage and layout.

I had to ask, since the only time I ever post Olympic medals tables is when NZ's at the top of the Medals Per Head of Population rankings.
post #43 of 71
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I had to ask, since the only time I ever post Olympic medals tables is when NZ's at the top of the Medals Per Head of Population rankings.

 

Personally, I feel the "weighted medals per million km²" is the only ranking that really takes a fair and measured approach. "Olympic glory in proportion", indeed.

 

 

post #44 of 71
Slovenia beats the US in hockey, sad. But Russia lost to Slovakia, that's good!
post #45 of 71
You know, I was really upset about the half measure the IOC (surprising, I know) did with banning Russia in name only, but I think it would be great if their super group men's hockey team chokes.

Canada vs. Switzerland on Thursday at 7:10AM.
post #46 of 71
And that’s why you don’t declare the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl winners until all 4 quarters have been played, NBC. Kudos to that unheralded Czech lady for beating that uber-skiier from Austria.
post #47 of 71

shoot-outs suck

post #48 of 71
Oh snap! Lots of unexpected twists these games.
post #49 of 71
Skeleton looks absolutely terrifying.
post #50 of 71
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Skeleton looks absolutely terrifying.

130 km/h (80 mp/h) with your chin a few inches off the ice.... bonkers

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