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Old February 13 2010, 01:30 AM   #31
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Re: Vancouver Olympics Discussion

I've heard suggestions, even from IOC president Jacques Rogge, that the Georgian delegation might withdraw from the games completely.

ETA: And right as I post that, they just reported that the Georgian delegation with participate in the opening ceremony.
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Old February 13 2010, 02:01 AM   #32
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/\ On the local news, they mentioned the Georgian delegation will have a press conference at 9pm Pacific time (4 hours from now).
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Old February 13 2010, 02:54 AM   #33
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Such a sad start to the games.

Also here in Australia, the Olympics will be broadcasted by channel 9.
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Old February 13 2010, 03:15 AM   #34
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What a boring opening....
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Old February 13 2010, 03:49 AM   #35
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When Canada did the opening festivities with the First Nations, were they all actual representatives of the First Nations? Cuz damn some of them looked as white as me and I'm Irish/German.
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Old February 13 2010, 03:57 AM   #36
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I thought it kinder interesting, but I was also looking at future bids with the games.

I love hearing some of the stories during the opening, like the Mexican flagbearer.
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Old February 13 2010, 04:31 AM   #37
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I love the Winter Olympics and I liked the Natives tribute. USA, USA , USA!!!
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Old February 13 2010, 04:32 AM   #38
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I'm sad that it looks like CBC won't be covering it apparently. I always enjoyed supplementing the US coverage with the Canadian which showed different stuff and POV's.
CTV is definitely covering the Games. It'll be inferior to CBC coverage, but better than nothing...
Sadly, here in the US (Detroit area) all I can get is CBC.
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Old February 13 2010, 04:36 AM   #39
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The reception that the Georgia team received in the stadium was pretty moving stuff.
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Old February 13 2010, 04:56 AM   #40
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I am a 40 year old man who prides himself on a long history of learning and knowing a little bit about everything. And I have no idea what Curling is about. Can someone please tell me what the hell they are doing!?
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Old February 13 2010, 05:05 AM   #41
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I am a 40 year old man who prides himself on a long history of learning and knowing a little bit about everything. And I have no idea what Curling is about. Can someone please tell me what the hell they are doing!?
It's shuffleboard on ice. Basically. You're trying to get your stones/circle things inside a certain scoring zone and then the opposing player/team tries to knock it out of the scoring section.
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Old February 13 2010, 05:06 AM   #42
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I am a 40 year old man who prides himself on a long history of learning and knowing a little bit about everything. And I have no idea what Curling is about. Can someone please tell me what the hell they are doing!?


I'm a competitive curler, and yeah, it confuses a lot of people who have never played before. It's a mixture of skill and strategy. Two teams of four, each player throws two shots, with the ultimate goal being to get rocks of your colour closest to the centre of the rings on the far side of the sheet at the end of each end (round). Only the closest team gets points at the end - one point for each rock closer than the closest opponent rock. The team with the most point after 8 or 10 ends wins.

The purpose of sweeping is to (a) straighten the path of the rock/reduce the amount of curl, and (b) make it go farther. The friction heats the ice just enough to have that effect. I'm not a physicist so can't get too specific how effective it is, but it works.

It's a great social sport. Tradition is after a game you go up to the bar and the winning team buys drinks for the losing team. Most people are surprised by how fun the game is when they finally try it - it's a lot harder than it works, and sweeping is a surprisingly good workout.

That's the nutshell version. Watch a game on TV, you'll either enjoy it or be bored to tears, haha. The commentators are usually quite good at explaining the strategy of the game as it goes on.
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Old February 13 2010, 05:49 AM   #43
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I'm pretty bored by now and just waiting for the inevitable Gretzky torch lightning. I hope he has a hockey stick and 'wrist-shots' the flame from the torch.
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Old February 13 2010, 05:53 AM   #44
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It'll be Shatner.
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Old February 13 2010, 05:57 AM   #45
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BTW can I just say that Olympic Torch looks retarded. Is it supposed to be a 22nd century Bic lighter version of it?

*edit* oh noez the Canadians arez broken!
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