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Discussion in '2018 Winter Olympics' started by jcd0805, Feb 8, 2018.

  1. Couperin47

    Couperin47 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    at least so far the music has not been dull clichés, but everyone is clearly so far below the Russians it's absurd
     
  2. jcd0805

    jcd0805 Member SoSH Member

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    Yea I’m enjoying the music a lot. Even when they’re clearly not the best these girls are still amazing, I love watching pretty much everyone.
     
  3. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    Not at all. The opposite actually Want to watch everything for the skating tonight, just want to make sure I allocated enough time and plan.

    its the other pt stuff I dont care as much about - sssk and I'm guessing men's alpine
     
  4. StupendousMan

    StupendousMan Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    My wife and I ate dinner at a local restaurant and watched some skating on the TV. We saw a Swiss woman named "Paganini" skate in one of the early groups.

    Now, an hour later, at home, we are sitting watching ... a Swiss woman named "Paganini" skating. Again.

    WTF?
     
  5. Ed Hillel

    Ed Hillel Wants to be startin somethin SoSH Member

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    German lady dancing to Schindler’s List. Hmmm.

    The Aussie girl was cute. Terrible music.
     
  6. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    catharsis?
     
  7. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    NBCSN v. NBC
     
  8. InsideTheParker

    InsideTheParker Member SoSH Member

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    Why is the long program called free skate? What's free about it?
     
  9. Couperin47

    Couperin47 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    and she's named Paganini and skating for Switzerland, but she skated, until last year, for the US and is actually American. With no decent path to our team she did what many do: went to a nation she could qualify for the team...in this case, her dad's birthplace.
     
  10. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    freedom
    short skate is all about required elements, long is different
     
  11. StupendousMan

    StupendousMan Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Back in the old days (up to 1990), there were three phases to the competition. First, the "figure" phase, in which skaters had to create figures (circles, triangles, etc.) on the ice. Judges would walk over and inspect the grooves left by their skates -- very strange to our eyes today. Next was the short program, in which skaters had to perform a set list of elements, though I believe they could choose the order. The final item was the "free skate", when skaters could choose what elements to perform.

    These days, only the latter two phases survive. Probably a good thing overall. I wish they had been eliminated just a little earlier, as there's a good chance Midori Ito would have taken a gold medal without them.
     
  12. InsideTheParker

    InsideTheParker Member SoSH Member

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    I see they are going to start the best skaters in prime time for California, and sometime after I'm asleep. Will enjoy them on the DVR tomorrow.
     
  13. drleather2001

    drleather2001 given himself a skunk spot SoSH Member

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    So which Russian are we rooting for?
     
  14. InsideTheParker

    InsideTheParker Member SoSH Member

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    Where is the skating? Have they switched to NBC? (I can't get it on this TV.)
     
  15. cromulence

    cromulence Member SoSH Member

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    Yeah, it's on NBC. Nothing else to compete with it.
     
  16. Couperin47

    Couperin47 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Debussy = half a chestnut, but at least a nice one
     
  17. drleather2001

    drleather2001 given himself a skunk spot SoSH Member

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    Ok rooting for the older one.
     
  18. BigMike

    BigMike Dope Dope

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    Thought they were actually pretty kind to Sotskova. It wasn't a terrible routine, and she hit most of her elements. It just felt kind of slo and the jumps were somehow blah
     
  19. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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  20. cromulence

    cromulence Member SoSH Member

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    Remember how Sasha Cohen was a big disappointment for only getting Silver?
     
  21. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    The tradition of Kristi, Sarah, Sasha, and Tara seems ages ago.
     
  22. Couperin47

    Couperin47 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    there are certain words that only get used in certain phrases in our language these days, like you rarely hear any use of 'profusely' except in the context of bleeding....that was ...unmitigated
     
  23. SumnerH

    SumnerH Malt Liquor Picker Dope

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    Where are we going and why are we in this handbasket?
     
  24. shawnrbu

    shawnrbu Member SoSH Member

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    No Nancy or Michelle?
     
  25. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    jeez louise

    All the best American skaters are now given hockey sticks I guess.
     
  26. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    Ok Michelle too.

    Nancy can go cry a river.
     
  27. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    Please please finish ahead of Sotskova so we don't have all 3 Russians beat all 3 Americans
     
  28. BigMike

    BigMike Dope Dope

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    Me to, I just want to see what she has in store for the final skating spectacular. Plus it feels like it is her time. Obviously body changes, injruries, etc, might change things, but right now it is hard to imagine Alina not dominating the competition in 4 years, just destroying records

    It was a good fit of music for Tennell.
     
  29. StupendousMan

    StupendousMan Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    That was some of the least effective music I've ever heard for a skating program. Bleah.

    [edit] I guess we have a difference of opinion :-/
     
  30. Dropkick Izzy

    Dropkick Izzy Member SoSH Member

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    That was painful.

    See you at Disney on Ice, sweetheart.
     
  31. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    Sad.

    Lets go Mirai.
     
  32. Couperin47

    Couperin47 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    yay, an American chestnut
     
  33. cromulence

    cromulence Member SoSH Member

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    Rhapsody in Blue is played but I still love it.
     
  34. BigMike

    BigMike Dope Dope

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    I get it. My point is it fits her perfectly. Plus come on it is the year of Dilly Dilly, so why not use Lavender Blue

    I can see at the same time it might not be the type of music that will ever put her on a podium internationally.

    Ashley Wagner must be sitting home going. Well at least I signed my endorsement deals before they put these people on the team
     
  35. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    Yikes. Disaster for Gabby
     
  36. cromulence

    cromulence Member SoSH Member

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    Yiiiiiiiiiiiikes.
     
  37. InsideTheParker

    InsideTheParker Member SoSH Member

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    Thanks. Armed with this info, went downstairs to change the DVR. I missed Chen and a couple of others, I guess.
     
  38. cromulence

    cromulence Member SoSH Member

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    You missed nothing (OK that was harsh, Chen and Tennell weren't great though).

    And if you just missed that, good. It was sad.
     
  39. Van Everyman

    Van Everyman Member SoSH Member

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    That was pretty hard to watch.
     
  40. BigMike

    BigMike Dope Dope

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    Yeah unfortunate. I like her.

    She is basically the same age as most of the other girls give or take a couple years, but she has a far more womanly look
     
  41. cromulence

    cromulence Member SoSH Member

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    Time for a US Figure Skating intervention.
     
  42. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    Even Ashley Wagner could have done better for the US
     
  43. Couperin47

    Couperin47 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    we simply don't have any figure skaters atm who can handle the pressure
     
  44. Philip Jeff Frye

    Philip Jeff Frye Member SoSH Member

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    Seriously, how did we get so bad at this?
     
  45. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    What pressure? No one is even top 6 coming in
     
  46. twoBshorty

    twoBshorty Has friends with cellos SoSH Member

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    That was rubbish. Why do you stick a triple axel first thing in the program if you rarely do it properly and it throws everything else off?
     
  47. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    2 top-10

    YES!
     
  48. DeadlySplitter

    DeadlySplitter Member SoSH Member

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    Bradie topping the US is a bit of a surprise
     
  49. StupendousMan

    StupendousMan Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Because it's really, really, difficult, and you need all the energy you have to do it properly?
     
  50. BigMike

    BigMike Dope Dope

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    Ashley Wagner would have skated in the final group of 6. She has done it at this level before
     

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