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Which Winter Olympic sports do you love to watch?

Discussion in '2018 Winter Olympics' started by ConigliarosPotential, Jan 18, 2018.

  1. nolasoxfan

    nolasoxfan Member SoSH Member

    I could handle the shooting and the X country skiing. EFF the jumping, though. That sport is for lunatics.
  2. simplyeric

    simplyeric aggressively nonsensical SoSH Member

    I’d love to see a ‘start here...end there...however you prefer to do it’ race. Let them telemark, snowshoe, CC ski, alpine, jump, snowboard, whatever. It would be a multi day thing, staged. It would have to somehow include a luge/skeleton choice.

    Oh and shooting.
  3. JimD

    JimD Member SoSH Member

    Same with luge, especially when you see athletes who have dedicate their careers to the support wiping out in an Olympic event.
  4. Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat

    Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat has big, douchey shoulders Lifetime Member SoSH Member

  5. Doug Beerabelli

    Doug Beerabelli Killer Threads Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    I like the luge team relay thing. Caught it on NBCSN this morning. Didn't know this was a thing. Love the target slap at the end.
  6. Preacher

    Preacher Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    I thought the same thing when I was watching it. It’s like one dude forgot his sled and he was going to go back and get it but his buddy was like, “No prob, man, we can just ride down together. It’ll be quicker.” And that’s how doubles luge was born.
  7. johnmd20

    johnmd20 literally like ebola Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

    Snowboard Cross is a blast! But does anyone know what the small final means and why they have it?
  8. ConigliarosPotential

    ConigliarosPotential Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

    General question: on the normal speed skating track, why can't you have more than two people skating at once? I mean, wouldn't something like the 10,000 meters be more interesting if there were eight or more people on the track at once instead of just two? (I find short track skating far too congested and chaotic, but the normal track just a little too boring; surely there ought to be a middle ground here.)
  9. The Napkin

    The Napkin wise ass al kaprielian Dope SoSH Member

    Small Final is the 4th-6th place from each of the semis racing to determine spots 7-12.
  10. Mr. Wednesday

    Mr. Wednesday Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    You can have more than two people skating at once, hence the mass start event.
  11. ConigliarosPotential

    ConigliarosPotential Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

    Ah. What is the maximum number they have on the ice, then?
  12. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

    Population of the Netherlands is around 17 million . . .
  13. Fred not Lynn

    Fred not Lynn Dick Button Jr. SoSH Member

    Because the capricious nature of any mass start event offends the stoic nature of Northern Europeans who designed the essence of the sport. You’re supposed to toil alone, earning your own result - not wheel suck your way and sprint past the leader on the last lap to an outcome.

    In 1932 at Lake Placid the entire Olympic meet was run as packstlye, or mass start as they call it these days - and this was an enormous scandal among the Europeans who ran the ISU.

    In the Netherlands they have awesome marathon races on the 400m oval - 40-60 or more men on the ice, going 100 laps, often well under 30 seconds a lap. It’s an awesome spectacle, but you’d never be able to populate an Olympic field with enough skaters to do that and still have per-country quotas.

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