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Brolan January 24 2014 03:39 AM

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games
 
Getting fired up for the Olympics. Just a little depressed NBC will ruin the coverage again with too much packaging. Hopefully it will not be too bad.

SmoothieX January 24 2014 04:03 AM

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No surprise the guy in Minnesota would be fired up for the Winter Olympics. Or at least so says the guy in North Dakota who is also pretty psyched.

Do you have Midcontinent for cable? They're hawking a pretty big on demand package for the Games, so I'm hoping that will just be sports and not human interest fluff.

Sophronisba January 24 2014 10:38 AM

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I've always liked the Winter Olympics better than the Summer. (And I live in Michigan now, but I grew up in Arkansas.)

If you can get Canadian TV, their coverage is usually better than NBC's. I think NBC is getting worse with each Olympics.

B.J. January 24 2014 05:45 PM

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Seriously. I can do without all the backstory, just show me the games!

Pegaritaville January 25 2014 06:39 AM

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I'd rather see more of the "orphan sports" (i.e. the ones that NBC doesn't think are popular enough to cover) than all the fluff pieces they bombard us with, but I'm still looking forward to the games.

Mostly looking forward to downhill skiing, hockey and curling (gotta root for those Minnesotans), but I enjoy all of it.

Happy to see that there's going to be women's ski jumping this year.

The U.S. team's opening ceremony uniforms are once again hideous looking. At least the Norwegian curling team does it tongue-in-cheek, but I don't think that's what Ralph Loren had in mind when he designed those.

MacLeod January 25 2014 09:46 AM

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I'm sure on my side of the pond the BBC will do a good job of presenting the games.

Roger Wilco January 25 2014 10:04 AM

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For Europeans there should be legal, good quality live streams of all events here again, with commentary in various languages or without commentary.

Brolan January 26 2014 10:49 PM

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I do have Midcontinent for cable but too cheap to have one of their on-demand boxes. Likely I'll use a VPN to watch the streams I want to watch.

Mr. Adventure February 7 2014 05:46 PM

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The opening ceremonies are funny compared to the Summer Games, just a bunch of people walking around in winter coats.

SamhainLikeYou February 8 2014 06:32 AM

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I'm more of a fan of the Summer Olympics, but I suppose it's fun to watch people fall flat on their asses in the snow.

Now why did the Brits march as Great Britain and not as the United Kingdom? Did Northern Ireland secede?

EDIT: Still watching the opening ceremonies on NBC. I liked the presentations/performances illustrating Russia's history, with a blend of Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and excerpts from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.

FreezeC77 February 8 2014 08:44 AM

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The most irritating thing for me from the Opening Ceremony was keep hearing from the announcers how Russia was glossing over the bloodied history/stalags/whatever else they wanted to bring up.

I don't recall the Atlanta opening ceremony haivng a long segment talking about the horrors of slavery, but I do remember some dance numbers about the south rising up again after the civil war (which while not fought to end slavery like the throwaway answer some history books give, was fought in large part because of it).

MacLeod February 8 2014 11:24 AM

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Quote:

Gryffindorian wrote: (Post 9222502)
I'm more of a fan of the Summer Olympics, but I suppose it's fun to watch people fall flat on their asses in the snow.

Now why did the Brits march as Great Britain and not as the United Kingdom? Did Northern Ireland secede?

EDIT: Still watching the opening ceremonies on NBC. I liked the presentations/performances illustrating Russia's history, with a blend of Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and excerpts from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.

Who knows why the UK uses GBR, but that's the IOC code for the UK at the moment.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_IOC_country_codes

Steven February 8 2014 05:38 PM

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And the inevitable figure skating fixing allegations have already started:

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympi...154539960.html
Quote:

US Figure Skating denies French report of collusion between US and Russian judges

What would a Winter Games be without charges of corruption in figure skating?

A report from French sports magazine L'Equipe alleged on Saturday that judges from the United States and Russia would conspire to help each other out during the Sochi Games. According to the magazine's unidentified Russian source, American judges would help Russians win the gold in the pairs and team event. In return, Russian judges would help Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White win the ice dancing event.

U.S. Figure Skating officials quickly moved to squelch the rumor.

"Comments made in a L’Equipe story are categorically false," U.S. Figure Skating said in a statement via the Chicago Tribune. "There is no 'help’ between countries. We have no further response to rumors, anonymous sources or conjecture."

Davis and White are the reigning world champions in ice dancing, so they arguably won't need any help to secure gold. Then again, reigning Olympic champions Tess Virtue and Scott Moir — who share coaches and a Michigan practice rink with Davis and White — remain big hurdles. The Russians, meanwhile, obviously want to turn in a good showing on home ice.

Canadian skating officials said they were not concerned about L'Equipe's report.

"We were made aware of the article from L'Equipe today and we feel it is best not to comment on it," Skate Canada director Michael Slipchuk in the Toronto Sun. "Canada is confident that the results of competition will be determined where they should be — on the ice."

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Rincewiend February 8 2014 06:22 PM

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Not a bad start for Holland...
All 3 medals on the 5,000 meter Speedskating with a new Olympic record...

Danny99 February 8 2014 08:23 PM

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The paternal side of my family came from the small county of Malta, which is competing in it's first Winter Olympics, with a French-born female skier, so I'm psyched for that.

Of course, I'll be cheering for Canada during the ice hockey, but that was without doubt.


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