Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games

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  1. Brolan

    Brolan Commodore Commodore

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    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.
     
  2. SmoothieX

    SmoothieX Vice Admiral Admiral

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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.
     
  3. Sophronisba

    Sophronisba Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

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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.
     
  4. B.J.

    B.J. Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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

    Pegaritaville Vice Admiral Premium Member

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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.
     
  6. MacLeod

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

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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.
     
  8. Brolan

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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.
     
  9. Mr. Adventure

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

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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.
     
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  11. FreezeC77

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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).
     
  12. MacLeod

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    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
     
  13. Steven

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    And the inevitable figure skating fixing allegations have already started:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olymp...en-american-and-russian-judges-154539960.html
     
  14. Rincewiend

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    Not a bad start for Holland...
    All 3 medals on the 5,000 meter Speedskating with a new Olympic record...
     
  15. Danny99

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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.
     
  16. Brolan

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    Awesome opening ceremonies and the men's snowboarding slopestyle was really quite exciting. One of the few sports where it didn't seem anyone cared who won, they just got excited over the tricks.
     
  17. Use of Time

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    Yeah, I get the vibe that those guys on the slopestyle event see a lot of each other during the year and probably have somewhat of a camaraderie with each other due to the way the snowboarding competitors are viewed by the rest of the olympians. I know that the Canadian guy Parrot got all pissy because White pulled out but karma bit him in the ass.

    The American guy that won it was pretty easy going and it showed him laughing and socializing with the other competitors with a pretty relaxed attitude for someone waiting to see if he won a gold medal. He seemed more excited about having pulled off that rare jump than winning the gold.
     
  18. Roger Wilco

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    So, Austrian Matthias Mayer wins the gold in Men's Downhill, by far the most important discipline for Austria, like hockey for Canada or Russia; media will be triumphantly happy now.
     
  19. Shaytan

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    Meanwhile French TV reminded us the origin of the word bérézina. A word that entered the French vocabulary and seemed appropriate for those first 2 days :lol:

    I find those games very esthetic so far.
     
  20. Mr. Adventure

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    I haven't really watched this year but that seemed to be the case at the last games. The snowboarders all laughing and goofing around while the figure skaters are all crying and emotional.
     

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