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Mon, 15 Feb 2010 06:22:04
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My exposure to Winter Olympics is limited to the Epyx game for the Commodore 64 -- which wasn't a bad game at all for the time.  I've never watched any of it (or the regular Olympics) 'cause I can't stand all that "We Are The World" bullshit.  Resolve the mid-east crisis, Zimbabwe and then talk to me about getting together for a global sports party, until then... /end rant

But what has caught my attention this time around is an event called Bi-Athlon.  No, it's nothing sexual (though that would be interesting) it's basically cross-country skiing with guns.  How awesome is that?  I also want to check out the final battle (or whatever it's called) in men's hockey.  That should be interesting as well.

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Mon, 15 Feb 2010 14:31:12
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Technically it's "O Canada."  I don't really get a "We are the world" vibe, but I don't like the "my country is better than your country...at bobsledding" feeling.  That said, my country is better than your country...at hockey.

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Mon, 15 Feb 2010 14:40:13
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Oooooooooooooooooooo Canada.

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Mon, 15 Feb 2010 15:34:14
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The Bi-athalon was the only game on Epyx Winter Olympics that I ever figured out how to play.  

Honestly I've never really been able to get excited about the Olympics, summer or winter games.  As far as international competition goes I'll take Iron Chef over it any day... well the old Japanese one. The American one isn't as good.

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Mon, 15 Feb 2010 16:22:12
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Yeah I never understood the bi-athalon. Sure it's cool to have skiing and shooting together but it seems like a pretty strange combination to come up with. I'm curious as to how something like that got started. Hockey is definitely the highlight of the Olympics for me. Watched some of the women's and they played great. Looking forward to the men's starting up tomorrow.

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Mon, 15 Feb 2010 16:51:31
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the bi-athlon is awesome beyond words.  it's my favourite winter olympic event

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Mon, 15 Feb 2010 17:24:07
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Hockey FTW.

I am also watching men figure skating, just to see Jevgeni Ploesjenko utterly destroy his competition. Also watched skating yesterday.

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Mon, 15 Feb 2010 17:53:26
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Yeah I watched some of the short pairs skating yesterday and it was quite good. Shame to see a few of them take a tumble on those jumps. Still there was some impressive stuff. I'll watch when they do their other routine today.

It was awesome to see Alex get Canada's first gold in men's moguls yesterday. That's the first gold we ever got on home soil.
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Mon, 15 Feb 2010 20:00:14
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Archangel3371 said:

Yeah I never understood the bi-athalon. Sure it's cool to have skiing and shooting together but it seems like a pretty strange combination to come up with. I'm curious as to how something like that got started. ...

 I bet it was an outgrowth of hunting.

EDIT: From Wikipedia, "The sport has its origins in an exercise for Norwegian soldiers, as an alternative training for the military. The world's first known ski club, the Trysil Rifle and Ski Club, was formed in Norway in 1861 to promote national defence at the local level."

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Mon, 15 Feb 2010 21:10:52

Did anyone see that clip of the double luge where that british woman split her pants?

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Tue, 16 Feb 2010 02:33:42
O Canada, our home is girt by sea!

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Tue, 16 Feb 2010 03:33:25

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Did anyone see that clip of the double luge where that british woman split her pants?

I'm having a hell of a time finding coverage anywhere on Free TV here in Australia. 

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Tue, 16 Feb 2010 05:51:23

aspro said:

gamingeek said:

Did anyone see that clip of the double luge where that british woman split her pants?

I'm having a hell of a time finding coverage anywhere on Free TV here in Australia.

That was before the olympics began and it was on the news when it happened.

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Tue, 16 Feb 2010 16:13:05
Doom isn't an Olympic event (yet), 'don't care.
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Fri, 19 Feb 2010 08:09:13
So I see on the news yesterday some journo challenged the Olympics PR spokesperson by asking if he agreed that this was "the worst games ever".  Is that the vibe thats going down?  I've seen a lot of accidents etc...

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Fri, 19 Feb 2010 15:36:15


I saw a report saying that the officials were upset with how the Uk media was portraying the winter games, basically it focused on the accident and the lack of snow and snowballed cost.

Truth is most people here don't care about winter games, only summer olympics. Sad

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Fri, 19 Feb 2010 16:19:29
I usually don't care about winter Olympics.

But did you know my country has participated in a few of them? Thanks to ONE dude, which is like...the least representative mexican in the whole world, lol.


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Fri, 19 Feb 2010 22:51:52
Worst games ever? - nah it's chugging along. People will always focus on the spectacle and the athletes - there have been stories of the overspending and protests but there aren't a lot of stories about that. After the games more negative stories will occur I imagine. The hangover after the party. That accident though, I would like to hear a more detailed follow up story to that - like who and how that track was designed.
Hmm. Just saw  a skier that slipped off course and broke some ribs and a bobsled that  went down the slide with a rider sliding after. Maybe this is all a clever plan to eliminate all the competition.
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Sun, 21 Feb 2010 10:13:31
Men's Hockey Finals.  I'm counting on you guys to let me know when it happens.

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Sun, 21 Feb 2010 10:40:13

There virtually no coverage here at all on terrestrial TV and I don't have access to ESPN or Sky Sports channels so all the information I get is what appears when I read news on the internet or what I hear on british forces radio while I'm driving.  So the last few days have been all about Amy Whatsherface (first about how great she was on the skeleton and then how Canada tried to rob her of her gold by complaining about her helmet etc).

Wish I could get to watch the US vs Canada hockey game

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