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barahona44
02-09-2018, 06:28 PM
The 2018 Winter Olympics start today at Pyeonchang, South Korea (not to be confused with Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea)This is the first time the Winter Games have been held in Korea and the third time in Asia.Some controversies have arisen;Russia has been banned for doping although Russian athletes with a drug free past will be allowed to compete but as neutral participants; they will not have any Russian identification on their uniforms nor will there be raised flags or anthems played for any winners from Russia.Also North Korea and South Korea will March together in the opening ceremony and the two nations will have a combined women's hockey team.It is also expected for at least for the first few days to be the coldest Olympics in decades with Temps in the single digits to below zero ( and that's Fahrenheit, not Celsius).

Although I've never strapped on a pair of skis in my life (keep repeating "Sonny Bono") and I've haven't skated since I was 11 or 12, I enjoy watching the Winter Olympics more than the Summer games.Maybe it's because the different competitions (except for hockey and a couple of others) tend to be short duration and they seem to be more set up for television viewing than the more team oriented summer events.

However the Olympics themselves seem to be getting both more ridicously expensive to put on and also getting less and less attention.I wonder if in 20 years, they will even exsist,given all the issues.

cj
02-09-2018, 08:51 PM
You can barely find anything on TV so far. I've already lost interest.

kingfin66
02-09-2018, 09:04 PM
I agree, coverage is so hard to track that it is easy to lose interest. I can only take short bursts of any event unless it is hockey. My favorite events are:

Downhill skiing
Bobsled
Hockey
Ski jumping

In that order.

Tom
02-09-2018, 09:12 PM
I was watching curling last night.
My favorite! S Korea got whupped.

They even had an injury!!!
Just can't get enough curling.

Tom
02-09-2018, 09:30 PM
TV schedules

https://www.newsday.com/sports/olympics/winter-olympics-2018-tv-schedule-pyeongchang-1.16029251

http://deadline.com/2018/02/2018-winter-olympics-schedule-pyeongchang-1202278539/

jocko699
02-09-2018, 09:51 PM
I was watching curling last night.
My favorite! S Korea got whupped.

They even had an injury!!!
Just can't get enough curling.

How do you even talk to your buddies about an injury suffered playing curling?

zico20
02-09-2018, 10:20 PM
My favorite are:

1) Alpine skiing
2) Short track speed skating
3) Luge

As far as the alpine skiing goes, I like them from fastest to slowest.

downhill
super giant slalom
giant slalom
slalom

The most boring event is curling. The figure skating on Thursday had so many men fall, some fell two out of their three jumps. WOW!

I also like the Winter Olympics more than the Summer Olympics.

Clocker
02-09-2018, 10:49 PM
I was watching curling last night.
My favorite! S Korea got whupped.

They even had an injury!!!
Just can't get enough curling.

Real men don't do curling without beer.

Clocker
02-09-2018, 10:53 PM
I agree, coverage is so hard to track that it is easy to lose interest. I can only take short bursts of any event unless it is hockey. My favorite events are:

Downhill skiing
Bobsled
Hockey
Ski jumping



You may like Olympic ski jumping, but the jumpers don't. :eek:

Olympic ski jumping is such a dangerous sport that professional ski jumpers are purposely trying to stay jet-lagged so they will be psyched for competition in Pyeongchang, South Korea, reported the Wall Street Journal Wednesday.

Some ski-jumpers are taking an unconventional approach to ease their nerves ahead by purposely trying to stay jet-lagged ahead of their first competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games Saturday, reported the Wall Street Journal. http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/08/olympic-ski-jumping-jet-lag/

Greyfox
02-09-2018, 11:06 PM
I was watching curling last night.
My favorite! S Korea got whupped.

They even had an injury!!!
Just can't get enough curling.

That's Mixed Doubles Curling, with lots of stones in the 4 foot circle.
The Mens and Ladies Curling with 4 players a team is even better on TV!

Clocker
02-09-2018, 11:12 PM
The Mens and Ladies Curling with 4 players a team is even better on TV!
Yeah, it's even more exciting than bowling. :rolleyes:

Lemon Drop Husker
02-09-2018, 11:36 PM
Real men don't do curling without beer.

I have actually become to love curling more than any other Winter Olympic sport.

1 You could drink while playing
2.You get to yell out loud and even scream obscenities and nobody cares
3. Most of the other dipshits are outside

turfnsport
02-10-2018, 12:42 AM
I'm using the NBC Olympics App with my Firestick. It's awesome. Can watch anything on demand and they have live channels as well. Replays on all the events and you can fast forward. You can watch when you want and not depend on the NBC prime time where all we will get is a steady diet of skating.

Clocker
02-10-2018, 02:49 AM
I have actually become to love curling more than any other Winter Olympic sport.

1 You could drink while playing
2.You get to yell out loud and even scream obscenities and nobody cares
3. Most of the other dipshits are outside

https://i.imgur.com/gGkMUx9.gif

rastajenk
02-10-2018, 07:13 AM
I'm hip to your humor, clock. :cool:

Inner Dirt
02-10-2018, 09:14 AM
I was watching curling last night.
My favorite! S Korea got whupped.

They even had an injury!!!
Just can't get enough curling.

I will watch it just to laugh at it for a couple minutes.

MutuelClerk
02-10-2018, 10:28 AM
It's good to border Canada and not have to watch NBC. CBC has more live events, less BS.

Clocker that was funny. If I believed in the rep power thing I would have given you points. Well played.....

burnsy
02-10-2018, 12:29 PM
I like some of the events. Growing up and living in upstate NY i was into downhill skiing as a young man. Its really fun if you enjoy the outdoors and speed. Unfortunately, my health issues kind of made me give it up. I go like once a year to West Mtn., and rent.

Living fairly close to White Face Mtn. and Lake Placid I still remember 1980. I graduated High School that year. My best friends dad worked for Monsanto and he had a wad of tickets for all the events. I went to the downhill skiing and the Ski jump events. Those cats have balls! Forget about the luge and bob sled, they are just nuts! During the off season they would let you try the bob sled but you were more than halfway through the course when you started and you rode with the driver.

That was the year we beat the Russians with real amateurs. Hockey baby! Those corporate guys scooped all those tickets but i was in the village when we won.........it was a riot, something I'll never forget. American flags and drunks screaming in every bar. Of course the drinking age was 18 then too! It was one of the greatest upsets in the history of all sports. Good luck USA!

Clocker
02-10-2018, 01:10 PM
Clocker that was funny. If I believed in the rep power thing I would have given you points. Well played.....

Thanks. I agree about the points system. It's too much like high school popularity contests.

Tom
02-10-2018, 11:49 PM
How do you even talk to your buddies about an injury suffered playing curling?

Brag it up!

oughtoh
02-11-2018, 12:02 AM
The young kid that won the gold for the USA in the snowboard event was awsome.

davew
02-18-2018, 08:27 PM
South Korea probably going to lose $10 billion hosting the Olympics. It might be worth it if they become friends again with North Korea.

jocko699
02-18-2018, 08:40 PM
Brag it up!

I like it!!!!!!!

jocko699
02-18-2018, 08:42 PM
I really enjoyed the biathlon and cross country skiing. These athletes are unbelievably fit.

_______
02-18-2018, 09:14 PM
Ski cross and board cross are probably the best spectator sport in any Olympics. It’s 6 people side by side through jumps and turns and is basically NASCAR on ice. There are no judges. It’s whoever crosses the line first.

I also still like downhill and super g because I like to ski fast and need to be reminded on occasion that I don’t actually know what fast is.

I watch CNBC most weekdays and have to say their ads for curling could be taken as self aware embarrassment. “Curling is what we’ve got” isn’t so much a tag line as it is dejected honesty.

It does apparently have a viewer base that rivals golf in terms of wealth though.

cj
02-19-2018, 02:59 AM
The sports that don't involve judges are always the best.

barahona44
02-19-2018, 10:34 AM
South Korea probably going to lose $10 billion hosting the Olympics. It might be worth it if they become friends again with North Korea.

Russia lost $ 50 billion on the Sochi Olympics.I'm surprised Putin had enough rubles left over to buy the election for Trump.

Tom
02-19-2018, 11:29 AM
Real men don't do curling without beer.

Uh oh..... looks like trouble for the curling people.
What happened this guy get "stoned? :pound:

Marshall Bennett
02-19-2018, 12:54 PM
I really enjoy the ski jumping, bobsled, luge, figure skating, alpine skiing, and speed-skating.
I cannot watch snowboarding, ice hockey, curling, and cross-country.

woodtoo
02-20-2018, 08:57 AM
Uh oh..... looks like trouble for the curling people.
What happened this guy get "stoned? :pound:

Not so fast Ruskies winners DQ'd for drug use in curling. Tough to beat the best without help.;)

upthecreek
02-20-2018, 10:05 AM
They actually have a sports psychologist travel with them to help them with the mental part of curling Who knew Curling so stressful.:)

upthecreek
02-20-2018, 10:09 AM
They had a photo finish in Men's Biathlon. About 20-25 seconds after the finish the reverse image photo vwas posted, sort of like horse racing.:lol:

Also on 2 man bobsled, after 4 runs they had a deadheat for the Gold Medal.

MutuelClerk
02-20-2018, 11:27 AM
I enjoy the short track speed skating. Inquiries after every race what's not to like? Also the downhill is just amazing to me. flat out speed. Think about hitting the brakes, you're beaten. Never shot a gun in my life I have cross country skied. The biathlon is another sport I like. Love hockey, but haven't watched the men's at all. Hoping USA women beat Canada tomorrow night.

Because the NHL players aren't participating I find myself watching less this year. I still enjoy the Winter Games though.

Tom
02-20-2018, 03:29 PM
They actually have a sports psychologist travel with them to help them with the mental part of curling Who knew Curling so stressful.:)

It is a tough, demanding sport. Takes real stones to play it at that level.

HalvOnHorseracing
02-21-2018, 09:42 PM
What's all the yelling about when the stone is headed for the house?

upthecreek
02-22-2018, 08:43 AM
What's all the yelling about when the stone is headed for the house?

They're giving the sweepers instructions on to sweep, not to sweep and how hard.
US just beat Canada and now play for the Gold for the 1st time in history.

cj
02-22-2018, 12:04 PM
The great thing about curling is that everyone thinks they can do it because it looks easy. Of course it is FAR from easy.

sour grapes
02-22-2018, 12:06 PM
after that pitiful display of being sore losers after the womens hockey team lost to the americans.jocelyn laroque was an ahole.

upthecreek
02-22-2018, 12:33 PM
The great thing about curling is that everyone thinks they can do it because it looks easy. Of course it is FAR from easy.

I really enjoy it It reminds me a little bit of the long board shuffleboard we'd play with quoits at the local VFW

Greyfox
02-22-2018, 01:27 PM
after that pitiful display of being sore losers after the womens hockey team lost to the americans.jocelyn laroque was an ahole.

The U.S. Women's Hockey team were worthy champs, however the Gold Medal should never be awarded by a Shootout.
Shootouts are inventions to accommodate TV schedules.
They may be okay in earlier games but not in Gold Medal finals.

cj
02-22-2018, 01:41 PM
The U.S. Women's Hockey team were worthy champs, however the Gold Medal should never be awarded by a Shootout.
Shootouts are inventions to accommodate TV schedules.
They may be okay in earlier games but not in Gold Medal finals.

I couldn't believe nobody could score in 20 minutes of four on four. I can live with a shootout after that. Play was getting pretty ragged at the end.

Greyfox
02-22-2018, 01:48 PM
I couldn't believe nobody could score in 20 minutes of four on four. I can live with a shootout after that. Play was getting pretty ragged at the end.

Make the overtime extra periods 3 on 3.

cj
02-22-2018, 02:01 PM
Make the overtime extra periods 3 on 3.

I guess, but to me that is as gimmicky as a shootout.

jocko699
02-22-2018, 04:30 PM
I hate shootouts but understand them during the NHL season. But for Olympic gold? At a minimum 4 on 4 hockey for 20-minute periods until a team is leading at the end of the period. I would even settle for 3 on 3 but come on, this is for a gold medal!!!!

MutuelClerk
02-22-2018, 09:08 PM
No one likes a shootout, especially when gold is on the line. I agree with CJ 3-3 is gimmicky. Just play it out 5-5 until we have a goal. If it takes two periods or more so be it. Part of the lore years from now.

That being said the last shootout goals by each team were pretty damn great.

Frost king
02-23-2018, 09:06 AM
Shoot outs in hockey are no different than penalty shots in soccer. They determine a World Cup Champion like that, so no problem using that to have an Olympic Champion crowned. It is no different.

FantasticDan
02-25-2018, 06:37 PM
So many parallels with horse racing.. was watching cross country skiing and speed skating, and lots of talk of the athletes getting comfortable behind the pace-setter, moving either too early or too late, and having nothing left in the stretch.. :D :ThmbUp:

Greyfox
02-25-2018, 06:41 PM
So many parallels with horse racing.. was watching cross country skiing and speed skating, and lots of talk of the athletes getting comfortable behind the pace-setter, moving either too early or too late, and having nothing left in the stretch.. :D :ThmbUp:

Yes.
That was particularly evident in the speed skating mass start races of 1500 m.
I loved the games.....too much.
To me, most of the sports drew my interest like a magnet.
Now I can get off the couch again and get my life back to normal.

FantasticDan
02-25-2018, 06:50 PM
Yes. That was particularly evident in the speed skating mass start races of 1500 m.
Why would a couple skaters go wayyyy out in front of the rest? It's like they were rabbits :D.

Seriously, was the hope they would somehow hang on? They all collapsed badly..

cj
02-27-2018, 11:45 PM
Why would a couple skaters go wayyyy out in front of the rest? It's like they were rabbits :D.

Seriously, was the hope they would somehow hang on? They all collapsed badly..

It had something to do with points system. You get awarded points at three different intervals along the way. It wouldn't help you in the Olympics but the points help in the season overall.

davew
02-28-2018, 12:00 AM
Shoot outs in hockey are no different than penalty shots in soccer. They determine a World Cup Champion like that, so no problem using that to have an Olympic Champion crowned. It is no different.

Shoot outs are bad, they should just play sudden death until someone makes a point - even if it takes 3 days like cricket.