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Old 02-11-10, 07:33 PM
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Re: 2010 Winter Olympic Games

I remember Sydney 2000. That was the worst - they could have handled it like Beijing, but they ended up airing events that happened nearly a day earlier, so even the morning newspapers had it spoiled well in advance. Didn't matter whether you were east or west coast. They had far less cable coverage then too. That's the one Olympics where I watched nothing.
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NBC is already going to lose nearly US$250 MILLION from this year's Olympics coverage. If Lindsey Voon can't compete, that loss could go even higher because she would have been an attractive draw for a large demographic of viewers.
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Yeah, they're screwed. It's weird - I don't get any sense of there being a buzz about these Olympics. For hockey, I do, but otherwise, not really. I haven't heard about that hippie Tomato guy.

I think they're going to take a bath on the London games too, even if Phelps is still swimming well.
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Yeah, they're screwed. It's weird - I don't get any sense of there being a buzz about these Olympics.
That's why Vonn's injury seems a little suspect to me, nobody was talking about the Olympics at all until that, now I've heard it discussed all over the place.
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Re: 2010 Winter Olympic Games

FYI - The first competitions will begin today - before tonight's opening ceremony. Individual Ski Jumping (normal hill) begins at 1000PT (1300ET) at Whistler. I can't seem to find a live video feed on www.nbcolympics.com, but there might be one there for someone else to find.

Here's the event page: http://www.nbcolympics.com/ski-jumpi...000/index.html

Format: 61 entrants from 18 nations. Top 30 scores from today's first jump will advance to tomorrow's second jump, although the 10 world-ranked jumpers are pre-qualified to the final regardless of how well or poorly they jump. Essentially, this means that only 20 of the first 51 jumpers will progress to the finals.

Entrants from the Western Hemisphere:
1 Eric Mitchell (CAN: Calgary, AB)
2 Anders Johnson (USA: Lake Placid, NY)
3 Stefan Read (CAN: Edmonton, AB)
6 Trevor Morrice (CAN: Calgary, AB)
7 Peter Frenette (USA: Sarnac Lake, NY)
9 Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes (CAN: Toronto, ON)
13 Nick Alexander (USA: Brattleboro, VT)

I believe the bib numbers (and therefore the jump order) is determined by world rankings - worst goes first - although it is my understanding that the #1 jump was set aside for a Canadian.
Old 02-12-10, 08:09 AM
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You can't find live video because there isn't any. The only thing live online will be hockey and curling. I think they are supposed to air of a little bit of that qualifying tonight during OC coverage.

I love ski jumping....definitely watching that tomorrow. Speaking of tomorrow, here is the supposed schedule:

Saturday, Feb. 13

NBC
2-6 p.m. — Men's speedskating: 5,000 meters (live); ski jumping: individual K-90 competition; women's biathlon: 7.5km Sprint
8-11:30 p.m. — Men's short track: 1,500 gold medal final (live), 1,500 competition and semifinals (live); women's freestyle skiing: moguls gold medal final (live); men's Alpine skiing: downhill
Midnight-1 a.m. — Men's luge: singles competition; women's short track: 3,000 relay semifinals, 500 competition; medals ceremonies
1-4:30 a.m. — Prime-time replay

CNBC
3-5:30 p.m. — Women's ice hockey: Sweden vs. Switzerland (live)
8-10:30 p.m. — Women's ice hockey: Canada vs. Slovakia (live)

MSNBC
3-5:30 a.m. — Women's ice hockey: Canada vs. Slovakia (replay)


With that schedule, I expect to see about 3 luge runs.
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Yeah, Ski Jumping is fun. I hope the rain doesn't hurt it.
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Re: 2010 Winter Olympic Games

I was wondering - what if they had an Olympics where none of the events were "judged", but if instead all of the events were based on quantifiable, non-subjective measures. How would you need to modify events such as figure skating or half-pipe to completely eliminate personal bias and make them completely objective? Note, I'm not talking about just eliminating all officials - there are sports such as ice hockey where you need refs and linesmen to help enfoce the rules, but even in hockey the winner and loser is based purely on points earned through achieving well-defined goals.

Here's my shot:
Downhill, Slalom, Luge, Bobsled, Speed skating - No changes necessary, its already just a race against the clock.
Hockey, Curling - No changes necessary, its already objective point-based.
Short track - No changes necessary, its already just a race to the finish.
Ski Jumping - Eliminate the "judges score" portion, just make it so that whomever jumps the farthest REGARDLESS of style is the winner.
Figure Skating - One word: barrels. They can skate around them rodeo-style, or jump over them. Whatever happened to barrel jumping anyway?
Halfpipe - Have the competitors throw stuff at targets when they're in the air. You get a combined score based on height above the pipe when you release your shot, whether you hit the target(s), with possible bonus points for accuracy or consistency.

What other sports are there?
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Halfpipe's scoring is pretty objective now isn't it? I didn't think there was any sort of artistic merit involved. Now, the judges might be crappy, but that seems to be a different issue. It seems like the winner is determined solely based on points earned through achieving well defined goals.
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I think they should have to be stoned when they do the halfpipe. I might watch it then.
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I think they should have to be stoned when they do the halfpipe. I might watch it then.
I thought they already were.

Or did you mean something like this:

Spoiler:
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At the X-games maybe. They probably don't test.
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Re: 2010 Winter Olympic Games

Really looking forward to the Ski Jumping.....albeit it tonight.....blah. And also seeing some Luge tomorrow....but probably not until the 11:30pm broadcast. Taping the NBC stuff tomorrow since I'll be out of town, don't mind missing the hockey.

EDIT: Saw on NBCOlympics.com that you can watch Live Luge training runs at 11am EST.

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Re: 2010 Winter Olympic Games

Here's a quick little game we can play.

Guess who will be the final torchbearer during tonight's opening ceremony.

I've provided a list of 20 "famous" Canadians as a starting point. Feel feee to pick one of these or nominate one of your own. Once you name someone, they're yours... nobody else may select them. You can pick (or nominate) as many as two, but you don't get your second until at least 4 other people have picked after your first. I'll fill-in the selections as they roll in.

Bryan Adams** (born 1959), singer
Richard Dean Anderson** (born 1950), actor
Shawn Atleo* (born 1967), national chief Canadian Assembly of First Nations
Myriam Bédard (born 1969), biathlon
Gaétan Boucher (born 1958), speed skater
Don Cherry (born 1934), hockey coach & commentator
Celine Dion (born 1968), singer
Michael J. Fox - Nifty03
Terry Fox - Coral
Catriona Le May Doan - 12thmonkey
Marc Gagnon - chowderhead
Marc Garneau (born 1949), first Canadian in space
Nancy Greene* (born 1943), skier
Wayne Gretzky - LaxBandit
Gordie Howe (born 1928), ice hockey player
Paul Kariya** (born 1974), ice hockey player
Mario Lemieux (born 1965), ice hockey player
Roberto Luongo** - KenBuzz
Bobby Orr (born 1948), ice hockey player
Patrick Roy (born 1965), ice hockey player
Barbara Ann Scott (born 1928), figure skater
Harry Sinden (born 1932), ice hockey coach
Dr. David Suzuki** (born 1936), geneticist

*born in or resident of British Columbia
**born in or resident of Vancouver/Victoria

Added: If nobody gets it right, then whomever carries the torch LAST among those selected will be our winner (provided we can figure out who that is).

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PS - I should've added William Shatner and Lorne Greene to the list as the 2nd and 3rd Canadians in space.
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Man....the US looked awful in the training runs for the Luge.....one of the Americans finished and called his coach over to tell him he thought he broke his foot.

It was nice to see a guy wipe out though, always fun!
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^^^ Michael J. Fox
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There's talk it may be Terry Fox's mother... and/or a hologram of Terry Fox.

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^^^ Wayne Gretzky

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Marc Gagnon won multiple golds for Canada in the Winter Olympics.
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There's talk it may be Terry Fox's mother... and/or a hologram of Terry Fox.
Fox's mom would be dramatic, but that hologram concept really has me intrigued. That would be something...
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Who is Terry Fox?
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Who is Terry Fox?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Fox

...was a Canadian humanitarian, athlete, and cancer treatment activist. He became famous for the Marathon of Hope, a cross-Canada run to raise money for cancer research, which Fox ran with one prosthetic leg. He is considered one of Canada's greatest heroes and is celebrated internationally every September as people participate in the Terry Fox Run, the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research.

In a public opinion poll, Terry Fox was voted the most famous Canadian of the 20th century. He was voted number two on The Greatest Canadian list.
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More famous than Gretzky, Lemieux, Orr, Howe, Cherry or MacGyver? Considering I've never heard of him.....
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Originally Posted by Red Dog View Post
More famous than Gretzky, Lemieux, Orr, Howe, Cherry or MacGyver? Considering I've never heard of him.....
I could see Fox's mom being number 2 - to get the dramatic, bittersweet moment out of the way - only to hand it off to Gretzky for the lighting.

I do hope Catriona Le May Doan figures prominently, as well.

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