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#1 timothy1997

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 12:18 PM

Only a few days away from the games.

I love the winter games. I like countries competing and especially like sports that you dont see that often like speed skating or skiing. Anyone else looking forward to the games?

Also who will be the final torch bearer and light the cauldron? I think it will be Wayne Gretzky. He is Canada's biggest athlete ever and to me makes the most sense. How he does it intrigues me a bit. Does he have his skates on? Does he make a hockey move and shot a puck into the cauldron, lighting it?? I dunno. Your guess is as good as mine.

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 01:33 PM

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 04:22 PM

Rough start to the Games: Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili Dies in Crash

QUOTE (Kristina Rutherford @ CTVOlympics.ca Posted Friday, February 12, 2010 12:35 PM ET)
The 21-year-old was clocked at 144.3 km/h while heading into the final turn when he hit one side of the wall, crashed into the other, and was hurled off the track. He appeared to hit a metal pole located on the side of the track.


Sad stuff.
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Posted 12 February 2010 - 09:33 PM

China is going to kick some butt.

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 10:34 PM

Is anyone else currently watching the opening? The video effects are incredible! The Giant Ice Bear? Eh...

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 11:03 PM

What is with this *** little interpretive dance thing with suspension wires? Nothing says, "the world's best athletes competing in often dangerous sports" like some fruitcake dancing around a stage saturated in special effects.

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 12:02 AM

Down goes the pillar!

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 11:57 AM

QUOTE (Wings_Toledo @ February 13, 2010 - 12:03AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What is with this *** little interpretive dance thing with suspension wires? Nothing says, "the world's best athletes competing in often dangerous sports" like some fruitcake dancing around a stage saturated in special effects.

is this your first olympics? They are always a bit fruity and done to represent "culture". This is an intro to the world of the host nation. The party is more at the closing night. I expect a lot of canadian music artists like Brain Adams and Nickelback to be there for that night.

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 12:57 PM

QUOTE (NeverForgetMac25 @ February 12, 2010 - 04:22PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Rough start to the Games: Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili Dies in Crash
Sad stuff.

From Toronto Star :
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The CTV-Rogers Olympics consortium is defending its decision to air graphic video of Friday's tragic death of a Georgian luger.

"Too often, events covered by news organizations are tragic and shocking," said CTVglobemedia spokesperson Bonnie Brownlee. ``Our news policy is to treat graphic or disturbing images with care and restraint.

"After much consideration, we decided to make available the images of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili's run. We strongly warned audiences that they may find the video disturbing."
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Posted 13 February 2010 - 01:30 PM

The Georgian luger's death was awful. Horrible. He came right off the course in midair and hit a pillar, or pole. I don't know anything about the sport but I can't help wondering why they don't have more protection or padded material to the sides. I know it might be difficult, but metal pillars? Man.

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 02:17 PM

QUOTE (timothy1997 @ February 13, 2010 - 11:57AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
is this your first olympics? They are always a bit fruity and done to represent "culture". This is an intro to the world of the host nation. The party is more at the closing night. I expect a lot of canadian music artists like Brain Adams and Nickelback to be there for that night.


No, but I usually don't watch the opening ceremonies because it's just a big time filler. I just didn't understand THAT particular part of the performances because it was so out of place and ridiculous (yes, ridiculous even for what went on the rest of the time).

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 02:45 PM

QUOTE (NeverForgetMac25 @ February 12, 2010 - 04:22PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Rough start to the Games: Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili Dies in Crash



Sad stuff.



QUOTE (Green Wing @ February 13, 2010 - 01:30PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The Georgian luger's death was awful. Horrible. He came right off the course in midair and hit a pillar, or pole. I don't know anything about the sport but I can't help wondering why they don't have more protection or padded material to the sides. I know it might be difficult, but metal pillars? Man.

Yeah, I just watched the video and that was pretty bad. Who ever built and inspected that track must feel like garbage right about now.
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Posted 13 February 2010 - 10:19 PM

they designed the course to be the fastest and toughest to tame but clearly they went overboard. Glad to see them raise that wall and make the changes but clearly too little, too late.

Luge/bobsled/skelton have always been a dangerous sport tho. Doesn't take long to find out why with the speed and challenging course. You don't break your bones, they shatter.

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 02:20 PM


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Posted 14 February 2010 - 04:49 PM

Al Michaels looks almost real; I think the mild temperatures are affecting his makeup.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 06:27 PM

Canada:

1 Gold
2 Silver
1 Bronze

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 06:43 PM

United States:

2 Gold

2 Silver

4 Bronze

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Posted 16 February 2010 - 04:47 PM

From Vancouver Sun :
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The cavalry is coming. From Calgary, naturally. But not riding a steed.

After two consecutive days of problems with the Richmond Oval 2010 Olympia re-surfacing machines, including an embarrassing hour-and-a-half interruption of Tuesday’s men’s 500-metre final, a Zamboni is being transported from the Calgary Olympic Oval to ensure that no further glitches occur.

It’s expected to arrival via flatbed truck sometime today, but not before the women’s 500 metres was scheduled to run at 1 p.m. PST.
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Posted 16 February 2010 - 04:59 PM

they should use an Olympia resurfacing machine, I think they run better anyways.

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 06:43 PM

Updated United States Medal Count:

3 Gold

3 Silver

4 Bronze

Now in the overall medal lead with 10 medals. 1 more than Germany and 5 more than Canada.

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