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pzkpfw
2014-Feb-13, 07:07 PM
This happened on Olympic snow: http://www.thestar.com/sports/sochi2014/skiing/2014/02/11/canadian_coach_lends_helping_hand_to_russian_skier _in_cross_country_skiing_at_sochi_olympics.html


That. That right there. That’s the Olympics.


(Referring to event at previous Olympics) The Norwegian, Bjornar Hakensmoen, later said: “This competition, and all competitions, it should be a fight. It should not be decided by skis.”

slang
2014-Feb-13, 07:23 PM
Yeah, in that older story, Norway lost a medal and Canada won silver, because the Norvegian coach helped a Canadian athlete. The Norvegian was also said to have said later: "The competition is no competition unless it's fair." And that's the olympic spirit hiding under all the commercialism.

Swift
2014-Feb-13, 08:36 PM
This happened on Olympic snow: http://www.thestar.com/sports/sochi2014/skiing/2014/02/11/canadian_coach_lends_helping_hand_to_russian_skier _in_cross_country_skiing_at_sochi_olympics.html
:clap: Awesome. That's what I want to read about in the Olympics.

slang
2014-Feb-14, 11:02 PM
I took the liberty of taking these posts from this (http://cosmoquest.org/forum/showthread.php?149163-Olympic-snow) thread, to create a new one.

In another great moment of sportsmanship, Canadian speedskater Gilmore Junio gave up the spot he rightfully qualified for at the 1000 meters speed skating, so already well acomplished 1000 and 1500 meters specialist Denny Morrison could compete. Denny Morrison took the silver medal after doing exceptionally well on the 1000 meters. (As an aside, the dutch guy who won the 1000m gold had a history of ending 4th, and of personal tragedy. How much everyone in the sport felt he deserved the medal he won, with an incredible race, is a story in itself).

Trebuchet
2014-Feb-14, 11:36 PM
I took the liberty of taking these posts from this (http://cosmoquest.org/forum/showthread.php?149163-Olympic-snow) thread, to create a new one.

Can you also do something about the thumbs-down icon which appears to give the thread the opposite meaning of what it is?

slang
2014-Feb-14, 11:48 PM
Can you also do something about the thumbs-down icon which appears to give the thread the opposite meaning of what it is?

Yes! Thanks!

ETA: If you have a problem with a post then please click... ooooooh whiskey!

KaiYeves
2014-Feb-15, 01:19 AM
Awww...

Noclevername
2014-Feb-15, 01:44 AM
If you have a problem with a post then please click... ooooooh whiskey!

I also click whiskey.

Solfe
2014-Feb-15, 01:51 AM
Guts and glory and all that counts.

Trebuchet
2014-Feb-15, 04:04 PM
There was a cross-country race yesterday in which the final finisher came in some 30 or 40 minutes after the winner -- who had waited at the finish line to welcome him in. Nice.

kevin1981
2014-Feb-15, 04:21 PM
That. That right there. That’s the Olympics.[/B]

Indeed, great story :)

blueshift
2014-Feb-17, 08:51 PM
The only bad taste I got from the Olympics thus far is the journalist who kept pressing Bore Miller about his dead brother when it was plain already that the subject was an emotional one for him. It seemed like she wanted to squeeze a few more tears out of him for some reason.

Other than that I really am enjoying the Olympics, getting to see sports that I normally do not. Downhill skiing, snowboarding, figure skating, bobsledding - I really am enjoying it. What incredible moves that are being made. Some of those jumps are really breathtaking and the speeds they reach along with having to make some of those sharp turns on melting snow - wow!

R.A.F.
2014-Feb-17, 09:25 PM
The only bad taste I got from the Olympics thus far is the journalist who kept pressing Bore Miller about his dead brother when it was plain already that the subject was an emotional one for him. It seemed like she wanted to squeeze a few more tears out of him for some reason.

Well, according to Bode...he isn't upset about it, and doesn't blame her for anything, so if it doesn't "bother" him, why should it be a bother to anyone else??

ToSeek
2014-Feb-17, 10:52 PM
Well, according to Bode...he isn't upset about it, and doesn't blame her for anything, so if it doesn't "bother" him, why should it be a bother to anyone else??

Well, it pained me to watch it, and judging by the online reaction, I was far from the only one.

blueshift
2014-Feb-18, 05:05 AM
Well, it pained me to watch it, and judging by the online reaction, I was far from the only one.The invasion into the private lives of athletes and celebrities is far too intrusive, although maybe this incident is just a reminder to myself why I am very grateful that my journey into professional baseball was a failure. Success would have meant an end to my privacy and my family's privacy. My son has Aspergers and there is no question in my mind that he would have been devastated by all the attention. I didn't even wait for someone to cut me, I just plain walked.

Strange
2014-Feb-18, 04:47 PM
There was a cross-country race yesterday in which the final finisher came in some 30 or 40 minutes after the winner -- who had waited at the finish line to welcome him in. Nice.

That's the other story I was thinking of, as well: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-fourth-place-medal/olympian-finishes-dead-last-in-cross-country--carries-flag-across-finish-line-123759381.html

This seems to have been a good year for random acts of kindness.

R.A.F.
2014-Feb-18, 07:40 PM
Well, it pained me to watch it, and judging by the online reaction, I was far from the only one.

Sorry, but you will never convince me that the "public's" reaction to this is more important than the reaction of the person who it was about.

kevin1981
2014-Feb-19, 09:28 PM
I now have a new celebrity crush on the British Snowboarder, Jenny Jones !

The Ice Hockey is good too !

NorthernDevo
2014-Feb-19, 09:44 PM
I now have a new celebrity crush on the British Snowboarder, Jenny Jones !


Oh; is there another Jenny Jones? :D

I've had a complete and total crush on Canadian Curling skip Jennifer Jones ever since she exploded onto the scene in the 1991 Canadian Juniors. (Though I must say Eve Muirhead - the Scottish lass leading the British team that JJ quite soundly smacked - is rather captivating as well. ;) )
So far in Sochi; she is undefeated through the round-robin; a feat never bevore achieved in Olympic curling history.
That's no surprise at least; she made "The Shot" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CM5mFH3_Qhs); the now-legendary in-off hit that won her the Scott Tournament in 2006. Anyone who can do that will be the one to beat. And in this Olympics; no-one will. :)

Cheers!