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Old February 13 2010, 08:07 PM   #61
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Anyway, skijumping is starting soon, please may the best one win, as long as his name isn't Ammann.
You really don't like him do you? Well, even though it's a long shot, Kranjec FTW.
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Old February 13 2010, 08:30 PM   #62
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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.
I love curling. I've played since I was a kid, but until this year, I had never played at an actual venue. I recently went to the St. Paul Curling Club and it was a lot different than playing on river or lake ice like we normally do (no bumbs to deal with). Anyway, it's a great game. Easy to learn, but a lot tougher than it looks.
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Old February 13 2010, 08:38 PM   #63
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Anyway, skijumping is starting soon, please may the best one win, as long as his name isn't Ammann.
You really don't like him do you? Well, even though it's a long shot, Kranjec FTW.
Ammann gets the first gold medal for these Games.

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Old February 13 2010, 08:42 PM   #64
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^ Well he definitely outclassed everyone else. And I'm seriously happy with sixth and seventh that our guys got.
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Old February 13 2010, 08:59 PM   #65
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Boo.

I'm also sad Uhrmann didn't get a medal, he would've deserved that.
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Old February 13 2010, 10:19 PM   #66
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This is why snowboarding is my favorite Winter Olympics sport. While the figure skaters are all crying the snowboarders are laughing and smiling and having a good time (and probably passing a fat one around).
http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/van...urn=oly,219311



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Poor Uzbekistan. They got crushed in between the US and Canadian delegations. The Uzbekians should have gone on before the Americans, even though it's not alphabetical. I don't think they even *showed* the Uzbek athletes onscreen, did they?
I'm suprised NBC would show anyone after they got to the United States.
You think they would have intentionally ignored Canada's athletes? A group almost as large as ours? Not even NBC would do that.
I only watched some of it, I was thinking they went alphabetical and the Candaians went at "C", I assume the host nation came last?
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Old February 13 2010, 10:26 PM   #67
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(and probably passing a fat one around).
Not at the Olympics, they are testing for cannabis too.
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Old February 13 2010, 10:52 PM   #68
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(and probably passing a fat one around).
Not at the Olympics, they are testing for cannabis too.
For snowboarders that is probably considered a performance enhancing drug.
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Old February 13 2010, 11:25 PM   #69
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I'm suprised NBC would show anyone after they got to the United States.
You think they would have intentionally ignored Canada's athletes? A group almost as large as ours? Not even NBC would do that.
I only watched some of it, I was thinking they went alphabetical and the Candaians went at "C", I assume the host nation came last?
They did.

But I figured since the United States had the largest contingent of athletes, putting them *before* Uzbekistan was a bad move since it drowned out the latter (i.e. the Uzbek athletes were coming out while the camera was still focused on our people). They should have saved the US *and* Canada for last, because then no one would be - even accidentally - ignored..
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Old February 13 2010, 11:26 PM   #70
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Congratulations to speed skater Sven Kramer for that redemptive gold medal in these Games! And no American meddling, at that!

Congratulations also to Slovakia's Anastasiya Kuzmina in the biathon.
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Old February 13 2010, 11:36 PM   #71
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But I figured since the United States had the largest contingent of athletes, putting them *before* Uzbekistan was a bad move since it drowned out the latter (i.e. the Uzbek athletes were coming out while the camera was still focused on our people). They should have saved the US *and* Canada for last, because then no one would be - even accidentally - ignored..
They're not going to change tradition for NBC. I'm sure every country airing the opening ceremonies focused on their own county.
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Old February 14 2010, 05:34 AM   #72
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You think they would have intentionally ignored Canada's athletes? A group almost as large as ours? Not even NBC would do that.
I only watched some of it, I was thinking they went alphabetical and the Candaians went at "C", I assume the host nation came last?
They did.

But I figured since the United States had the largest contingent of athletes, putting them *before* Uzbekistan was a bad move since it drowned out the latter (i.e. the Uzbek athletes were coming out while the camera was still focused on our people). They should have saved the US *and* Canada for last, because then no one would be - even accidentally - ignored..
That is the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

The teams come out in alphabetical order, with the sole exceptions of Greece first and the host country last. But for some reason the US should be granted special dispensation?

Please be assured that the people of Uzbekistan weren't watching the NBC feed.
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Old February 14 2010, 05:54 AM   #73
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But for some reason the US should be granted special dispensation?
No, I proposed putting the Uzbekistan athletes *before* the US ones so that we wouldn't drown them out.
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Old February 14 2010, 06:03 AM   #74
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Are we still talking about the Opening Ceremony?
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Old February 14 2010, 06:14 AM   #75
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I was.
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