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#81  Postby UncertainSloth » Feb 17, 2018 9:09 am

aye, the look on her face was priceless - completely gobsmacked....
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#82  Postby Macdoc » Feb 17, 2018 9:42 am

Olympic moment for sure. That she was the very first to compete in both and then wins gold in her off side skill might open the floodgates to the wild ones in snow boarding .... :D

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The Czech is the first athlete to compete in both skiing and snowboarding at the Olympics, and she stunned Veith when beating the Austrian by one hundredth of a second.


https://www.eurosport.com/alpine-skiing ... tory.shtml

Good cover from the beeb ..even a rare typo

"I thought there must be some mistake, I thought they'd switch the times for someone else's!" Ledecka said, her mouth agape as her time flashed up on the big screen.

She didn't even own the skis on which she raced - her equipment borrowed from giant slalom gold medallist Mikaela Shiffrin.


But it was perhaps Vonn who summed it up best, saying: "I wish I had as much athleticism as she has to hop from sport to sport and win everything.

"Unfortunately I'm only good at ski racing and she still beat me!
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#83  Postby Macdoc » Feb 17, 2018 10:24 am

Speed skating heats looking like a roller derby!
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#84  Postby newolder » Feb 17, 2018 12:26 pm

Aha... The pin in the centre of the curling sheet is used to plug in a distance measurer ("pegs" in bowling) when then end is close. :thumbup:
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#85  Postby Scot Dutchy » Feb 17, 2018 12:44 pm

Macdoc wrote:Speed skating heats looking like a roller derby!


Speed skating or short track. The two are not the same.
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#86  Postby Macdoc » Feb 17, 2018 12:50 pm

Speedskating,,

The Mail doesn't seem to see a big difference

Elise Christie crashes out once again in 1,500m short track speed skating semi-final at Winter Olympics as Team GB athlete is taken to hospital

That was a nasty crash.

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Nice Gold for Canada in Men's not sure which length

Canada’s Samuel Girard wins gold medal in 1,000 metre speedskating
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#87  Postby Scot Dutchy » Feb 17, 2018 2:45 pm

The BBC has problems as well. Mixing up the two sports.

Short track is a pure tactical sport.
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#88  Postby Shrunk » Feb 17, 2018 4:54 pm

Commentator during the skeleton competition: "That rattling you hear is the helmet against the ice." The sled was moving at 120 km/h at the time. Insane.
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#89  Postby Shrunk » Feb 18, 2018 1:45 pm

Scot Dutchy wrote:The BBC has problems as well. Mixing up the two sports.

Short track is a pure tactical sport.


The thing I can't understand with short track is why the competitors jump up and down and start waving their flag as soon as they've crossed the line and think they've won. They end up looking silly after the race is reviewed and they are disqualified, which seems to happen at least half the time. It should be like figure skating: You finish your routine, then wait anxiously on the sidelines for the judges' decision.
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#90  Postby UncertainSloth » Feb 18, 2018 1:53 pm

this winter olympics has caused me to become increasingly interested in curling
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#91  Postby newolder » Feb 18, 2018 2:54 pm

^ Yep. It's the best thing since iced dread. Icicle tension at its Damoclesian best.
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#92  Postby Macdoc » Feb 18, 2018 7:13 pm

Yikes what a finish in the final bi-athlon 15 km. 0.0 time difference - gold vs silver - in an amazing race with the two leaders far out in front. Couple of cm difference in the photo on a stretch by both. The French skier won.
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#93  Postby Shrunk » Feb 18, 2018 8:31 pm

UncertainSloth wrote:this winter olympics has caused me to become increasingly interested in curling


It's like chess with an added element of physical execution. You can make every shot perfectly, but if you call the wrong shots you'll lose.
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#94  Postby Shrunk » Feb 18, 2018 8:36 pm

That said, curling almost died as a spectator sport in the late 80's, when the combination of push brooms and the increased quality of play meant that, at the highest levels, once a team got a lead they would just spend the last 5 or 6 ends peeling off rocks and blanking. It was deadly dull, so the rule that guard stones could not be removed for the first four shots was introduced. Without that, I doubt curling would be in the Olympics.
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#95  Postby Macdoc » Feb 18, 2018 9:07 pm

I like the mixed as well plus there is new broom surfaces too I understand.
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Re: Figure skating et al at the Olympics

#96  Postby UncertainSloth » Feb 18, 2018 9:16 pm

Shrunk wrote:
UncertainSloth wrote:this winter olympics has caused me to become increasingly interested in curling


It's like chess with an added element of physical execution. You can make every shot perfectly, but if you call the wrong shots you'll lose.


this is what i have learnt this year, which has made it more enjoyable...chess was exactly the analogy in my mind, too...
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#97  Postby Macdoc » Feb 18, 2018 9:51 pm

Scientists are still arguing why stones curl.

Why Rocks Curl -- ScienceDaily
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Oct 13, 2004 - Two University of Northern British Columbia physicists have explained the centuries-old question of why a curling stone curls, or moves laterally, in a counter-intuitive direction. ... "If you turn a glass over, spin it and slide it down a table it curls in the opposite way compared ...


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#98  Postby I'm With Stupid » Feb 19, 2018 12:24 am

So one of the Russian athletes has possibly failed a drugs test.......in curling.

What possible performance-enhancing drug could you have in curling? Exactly one and a half pints of beer to steady the nerves like in pool?
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#99  Postby newolder » Feb 19, 2018 9:59 am

Curling, eh? Who'd a thunk it'd be so newsworthy?
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#100  Postby aban57 » Feb 19, 2018 10:00 am

Also, you really have to be very stupid to take drugs at that time, being russian. With all that happened with Russia lately, they had to be sure they would be checked, probably more than others.
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