Winter Olympics 2006

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  1. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Here come the Olympics!

    As usual, there are amazingly gifted athletes converging for the Olympics Games. As usual, there will be overhyped stars (e.g., Bode Miller) who will grab headlines until others emerge as the surprise stars, the fun of watching athletes from so many countries, the thrill of victory, and the agony of the feet. Or something like that. :p

    There will also be plenty of newspaper and magazine articles about what's going on, and sportscasters babbling on endlessly, some well-informed, some for whom the mute button will improve things.

    And those annoying reports on the medal count. I'm fully prepared to complain, as I do every 2 years, when network TV shows medal ceremonies only when the U.S.A. wins gold. They still haven't figured out that I know MY country's anthem and would appreciate hearing some others once in a while.

    Despite all the negatives, I can't help being thrilled at seeing the best in the world putting on this show. I'm staking out a good spot on the sofa, where I'll sit for 17 days straight without looking away from the tube.

    Alpine skiing is usually my favorite, and all the regulars will be there: figure skating, ice hockey, speed skating, cross country, snowboarding, luge, etc. Too bad speed skiing didn't become an Olympic event.

    Facts:

    Olympic city: Turin, Italy

    Opening ceremonies: Friday, February 10

    Closing ceremonies: Sunday, February 26

    Slogan: "Passion Lives Here"

    Mascot #1: Neve, a snowball-headed cartoon character who seems to be related to the Cingular Wireless logo

    Mascot #2: Gliz, whose head is an ice cube and who would probably get along with iGuy

    A small event schedule is attached. Shading means an event being held, and "F" means the finals. I have yet to figure out how to match up the TV coverage schedule with the actual event times.

    The full event schedule (lots of zooming required to read it) is here.
     

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  2. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

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    Aint that something.....only when the U.S.A wins they show the ceremony...well i guess if you want to see the other country stuff tune into that country station. I'm not really interested in the winter games but i'm bored so bring it on!

    Bless
     
  3. kretzy macrumors 604

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    I really enjoy the winter Olympics (maybe even more than the summer ones). I think it's because most of the sports are ones that we are rarely exposed to down here, so it's something different.
     
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    My (step) cousin is going to be competing :D Louise Corcoran, on the New Zealand skeleton racing team...go NZ! :p
     
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    Wow! Two days to go and we have a hero already. We'll have to make sure that all 66,666-or-so MacRumors are there waving banners and cheering for your cousin, at least in spirit. Go Louise!
     
  6. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Also known as Torino, Italia. (or as the media calls it "Torino, Italy")
     
  7. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    I completely agree. I could watch curling for HOURS. It's so weird with the brooms and shoving of the thing and... it's just so neat!
     
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    Dude. What's with these marshmallow headed things. They're not really going to put people in those, right?

    God. New things to f*** up my dreams.

    What human impulse possibly led to mascots? Whatever it is, it must be cousin to miming ...

    [​IMG]
     
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    I love the winter games. Mostly because Canada has a shot to be around the top of the medal count.

    We're supposed to have a stellar group going this year too, I'm excited.
     
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    WOOHOO!! Cannot WAIT for the Olympics to start!!! GO GRETCHEN BLEILER--she is my girl for the snowboarding GOLD!!! Of course I am pulling for Hannah Teter too, but Gretchen has been my favorite for SO long and she took the TOP SPOT for the womens team!!! :)
     
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    Haha, thanks!
     
  12. Doctor Q thread starter Administrator

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    Greed, or just good business sense. There's money to be made selling pins, T-shirts, stuffed animals, and other merchandise. And lots of people like that stuff.

    Personally, I was rooting for a tauntaun from the planet Hoth to be the mascot.
     
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    Curling's my favourite too! I love that little shimmy they do down the ice. :D
     
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    I'm really looking forward to the Snowboard Cross.
     
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    US TV turned me off actually watching the Olympics when the various networks insisted on things like Katerina Witt and Alberto TOmba meeting each other.
    Too many "Up Close and Personal"'s, too much mouthing off by the announcers who have nothing to say. Above all, watching THREE 100 meter dashes and the rest of the time for commercials in a half hour is a RIDICULOUS waste of time. GOD I wish I had satelite feed. Better yet, wish I still lived in England... I watched EVERY match of ANY sport I wanted.
    Commercial TV is a cancer.
     
  16. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I'd like to see them swap the summer events with the winter events for a change. Imagine hurdles on ice. No, wait, imagine the javelin! Hammer throw? Ahh, it'd be so cool! :cool:
     
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    Go the Aussies in the Womens aerial freestyle!!!

    If their knees all hold together we could go 1, 2, 3 with Alisa, Lydia and Jackie.

    Alisa and Lydia are cuties too.

    I wonder if the great Steven Bradbury can win again in the skating after last time when everybody else fell down and he went from last to first in the blink of an eye.

    Torah Bright should hopefully put in a good show in the half pipe.

    I'd like to see some of our skiers do well too. There are some medal chances in the team but I think the more we get into the top 20 the more the majority of the Aussie public will view these games as something other than a funny sideshow to the main even in the summer.

    After last year I still can't sweep a floor without imagining someone at the other end of the room yelling "HARD!! HARD!!!!" at me...
     
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    Synchronized Swimming

    Now there's a real man's sport

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    With any luck, perhaps the ice dancing competition will not be embroiled in controversy as in prior years.
     
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    It just might be, if it was a Winter Olympic sport.

    That's almost what this was earlier today.
     
  21. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    ^^Synchronous swimming? What about a "Polar Bears club" event where people swim in freezing water, and the first one not to get sick or die wins!



    If you die, you're obviously the loser....

    I think it happened in both the semi-finals AND the finals in his favour. I think it's a safe bet to say that Australia will never win a skating gold again. :p

    That "thing" has a name. We Canadians call it the "big ass rock."
     
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    I agree. When I think of controversy, ice dancing always tops my list followed by illegal wiretapping of your citizens.
     
  23. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Yeah, he won the semi in similar fashion.

    It was the semi that showed us that we can, whilst sliding backwards, on our arse, still beat New Zealand.

    We'll win medals again, our speed skaters have done it before.
    And we always beat Canada's arse in the summer olympics anyway.
     
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    So what will happen this time? Maybe all the Aussie's competition will get food poisoning or something. ;)
     
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    MU HAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!

    Maybe they will, maybe they will.......

    Nah, it'll be a few more olympics before we get another skating medal.
     

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