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#1 Fred not Lynn


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Posted 02 January 2010 - 01:20 PM

Opening ceremonies are just around the corner, and it is time to talk about Vancouver.

I'll start by explaining the topic title. It's not a typo - I didn't mean to say Lindsay Vonn...

There is now exactly ONE sport (technically two, I guess) remaining in the entire Olympic universe in which there is not either a women's category, or equal competition between men and women. The IOC has decided that is is perfectly OK for the fairer sex to box, pole vault, play ice hockey, throw themselves down steep icy tracks on three different types of sleds and shoot guns - but somehow, the ladies just aren't welcome to join in the fun in the Ski Jump competitions (and Nordic Combined, by extension).

I'm not some militant women's rights freak, and I understand some of the IOC argument against the inclusion of women's Ski Jump due to low global participation - but in the end, its ONE sport left...and I'm pretty sure there weren't all that many female skeletors when that sport got added in, never mind the fact that outside of the US and Canada women's hockey is pretty weak.

Lindsay Van, by the way, is a female ski jumper - and part of one of several legal actions against the IOC on this matter. A Canadian court on one action essentially found that in fact the IOC was being discriminatory, but essentially shrugged shoulders and said "there's nothing we can do about it". I expect this to become an intersting story when the Games roll around, as media likes a controversy.

Ok..Discuss this...and anything else about the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver!

#2 dwightinright

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 12:59 PM

So, fantasy draft? With the #1 pick I take Canada.

#3 dwightinright

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 01:45 PM

Any interest in a little fantasy games, Winter Olympics style? I think someone ran one here a few years ago--you could pick countries, but couldn't go over a certain population limit or something.

Anyone remember?

#4 bostonbeerbelly

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 02:42 PM

There is also a fantasy league where it appears to be 6-10 questions for each day of the olympics on espn.

#5 jkempa

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 09:57 PM

QUOTE (dwightinright @ Jan 26 2010, 01:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Any interest in a little fantasy games, Winter Olympics style? I think someone ran one here a few years ago--you could pick countries, but couldn't go over a certain population limit or something.

Anyone remember?


I did a Summer Olympics game back in 2008. I have been working on one for the Winter Olympics. It will be a bit more complicated than the population pool for the Summer games though, since there are only a few countries that really compete in the Winter Games.

I'll probably post it in the next couple of days.

#6 Spacemans Bong


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Posted 27 January 2010 - 06:43 AM

Is it actually snowing in Vancouver yet?

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 02:16 PM

QUOTE (jkempa @ Jan 26 2010, 09:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I did a Summer Olympics game back in 2008. I have been working on one for the Winter Olympics. It will be a bit more complicated than the population pool for the Summer games though, since there are only a few countries that really compete in the Winter Games.

I'll probably post it in the next couple of days.


Cool. Looking forward to it.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 02:16 PM

QUOTE (Spacemans Bong @ Jan 27 2010, 03:43 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Is it actually snowing in Vancouver yet?

It has been snowing at 1000 meters in Whistler, but everything below that has been rain. The snowdrops are out, the camellias are blooming, and we've been having mild, dry weather with highs in the low 50s.

It is actually springing in Vancouver.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 02:52 PM

QUOTE (Sprowl @ Jan 27 2010, 02:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It has been snowing at 1000 meters in Whistler, but everything below that has been rain. The snowdrops are out, the camellias are blooming, and we've been having mild, dry weather with highs in the low 50s.

It is actually springing in Vancouver.

Excellent--I've always wanted the luge/skeleton to be replaced with a waterslide competition, because that would maximize my chances of participating. I used to tear s--t up at Water Country USA back in the day. Also I'm willing to wear whatever cretinous hat the USOC mandates for the opening ceremonies. I'll be by the phone if my country needs me.

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 11:54 AM

Vancouver time-lapse porn:



#11 mabrowndog


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Posted 19 February 2010 - 09:55 PM

QUOTE (Sprowl @ Jan 28 2010, 11:54 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Vancouver time-lapse porn:

Funny you should mention porn...

IOC orders 100,000 condoms for Olympic Village

That's 14 rubbers per athlete.

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Former Olympic skier Picabo Street understands why Olympic organizers make such requests.

"It's hundreds of auras, which does lead to a huge movement of energy," Street told Today. "It's not normal, resting energy. It's jacked-up, hyped-up, on-the-brink-of-my-dream-coming-true, got-to-get-it, got-to-do-it energy, and it's there all the time."

NBC figure skating analyst Sandra Bezic knows that Olympic athletes like to party when the opportunity arises, but they get wild in a controlled manner.

"Athletes who have trained so hard and respect their bodies so much, their letting loose is not even like normal teenager rebelling," Bezic said.

Olympians represent their home nations with their event performances and their public behavior. All of the athletes take this responsibility seriously.
"Olympians are surprisingly mature, no matter what age," Street said. "It's required of you. If you act like an idiot, you really stand out."

Now we just need to figure out who was playing snake hide & seek with Peek-A-Boo a dozen years ago in Nagano.

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 10:13 PM

QUOTE (Sprowl @ Jan 28 2010, 12:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Vancouver time-lapse porn:



I'd love to know how this was done. Seems like more than standard time lapse fare.

#13 The Four Peters


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Posted 19 February 2010 - 10:44 PM

QUOTE (mabrowndog @ Feb 19 2010, 09:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Funny you should mention porn...

IOC orders 100,000 condoms for Olympic Village

That's 14 rubbers per athlete.


Now we just need to figure out who was playing snake hide & seek with Peek-A-Boo a dozen years ago in Nagano.

I've read these articles for a couple Olympics now, and anyone I relay it to is amazed. The Olympic Village is basically an enormous orgy, which makes sense when you think about it. You have a shitload of athletes in the prime of their career, most of which who are beautiful and in amazing shape and have looked forward to this event for two weeks, all compressed into a cramped area. Once they're done their events, there's no reason to hold back on anything. It's 4 years of repression all released at once, times a thousand.

So yeah. People be fucking.

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 10:55 PM

QUOTE (dolomite133 @ Feb 19 2010, 10:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'd love to know how this was done. Seems like more than standard time lapse fare.

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Also, hope Scotty Lago had some of those condoms... http://www.tmz.com/2...r-biting-photo/

Edited by SoxScout, 19 February 2010 - 10:59 PM.


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Posted 20 February 2010 - 07:37 PM

QUOTE (mabrowndog @ Feb 19 2010, 09:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That's 14 rubbers per athlete.


Which is only one per night per athlete.

These people are in incredible condition and, allowing for the fact they will probably tale a night off before they compete, that just does not seem to be enough condoms.



#16 Fred not Lynn


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Posted 20 February 2010 - 09:48 PM

QUOTE (The Four Peters @ Feb 19 2010, 08:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've read these articles for a couple Olympics now, and anyone I relay it to is amazed. The Olympic Village is basically an enormous orgy, which makes sense when you think about it. You have a shitload of athletes in the prime of their career, most of which who are beautiful and in amazing shape and have looked forward to this event for two weeks, all compressed into a cramped area. Once they're done their events, there's no reason to hold back on anything. It's 4 years of repression all released at once, times a thousand.

So yeah. People be fucking.

Actually, most medal contending athletes and many others now avoid the Olympic Village. Over the past few Games, the Village has been the site of a pretty serious flu outbreak - which is what will happen when you combine all those germs. Thousands of people flying on tens of thousands of aircraft with millions of other people from hundreds of countries...and you'll get that.

That said, from a Darwinistic perspective, is providing condoms a good idea if you expect the fittest to fuck? Doesn't the species WANT these unions to result in pregnancy?

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Posted 20 February 2010 - 10:11 PM

QUOTE (Frisbetarian @ Feb 20 2010, 06:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Which is only one per night per athlete.

These people are in incredible condition and, allowing for the fact they will probably tale a night off before they compete, that just does not seem to be enough condoms.


If we adjust for some of the athletes who have their significant others (who aren't also athletes) present for most of the games likely having their own supplies/alternatives, perhaps there might be enough for those who do stay in the Olympic Village. Plus Fred not Lynn's point.

#18 Fred not Lynn


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Posted 20 February 2010 - 10:41 PM

QUOTE (JMDurron @ Feb 20 2010, 09:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If we adjust for some of the athletes who have their significant others (who aren't also athletes) present for most of the games likely having their own supplies/alternatives, perhaps there might be enough for those who do stay in the Olympic Village. Plus Fred not Lynn's point.

Actually the whole Olympic Village as Orgy fable is more legend than reality.

#19 Fred not Lynn


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Posted 20 February 2010 - 10:42 PM

I say this not having experienced directly, but knowing all too many people who have. Athlete on athlete sex as a whole is actually less common than you'd exepct. Self-centered people don't get on with other self-cenetered people all so well.

Edited by Fred not Lynn, 20 February 2010 - 10:44 PM.


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Posted 20 February 2010 - 10:55 PM

QUOTE (Fred not Lynn @ Feb 20 2010, 09:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Doesn't the species WANT these unions to result in pregnancy?

Pregnancies? Yes.

Himalayan Blojerpes? Not so much.