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Day 4 (LIVE; NO SPOILER TAGS HERE; NBC SUCKS) game thread


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#1 goyangfc


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Posted 15 February 2010 - 01:10 AM

With the French on top of the table (internationally, we go by the number of gold medals, NOT by the total number of medals (AMERICANS)) and Canada's first gold medal on home soil, we go into Day 4 of the Games.

Schedule (all times are in PST):

10:00 - Cross-Country Skiing - Ladies' 10 km Free (MEDAL EVENT)
10:30 - Alpine Skiing - Men's Downhill (MEDAL EVENT)
10:30 - Snowboard - Men's Snowboard Cross Qualification
12:30 - Cross-Country Skiing - Men's 15 km Free (MEDAL EVENT)
14:00 - Snowboard - Men's Snowboard Cross 1/8 Finals
14:26 - Snowboard - Men's Snowboard Cross Quarterfinals
14:30 - Ice Hockey - Women's Preliminary Round - Group A Game 5 - Switzerland v. Canada
14:42 - Snowboard - Men's Snowboard Cross Semifinals
14:53 - Snowboard - Men's Snowboard Cross Finals (MEDAL EVENT)
15:30 - Speed Skating - Men's 500 m Race 1 of 2
17:00 - Figure Skating - Pairs Free Skating (MEDAL EVENT)
17:00 - Luge - Women's Singles Run 1
17:28 - Speed Skating - Men's 500 m Race 2 of 2 (MEDAL EVENT)
18:50 - Luge - Women's Singles Run 2
19:00 - Ice Hockey - Women's Preliminary Round - Group A Game 6 - Sweden v. Slovakia

I expect the Koreans to win a medal in Speed Skating - Men's 500 m.

Edited by goyangfc, 16 February 2010 - 08:25 AM.


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Posted 15 February 2010 - 01:50 AM

QUOTE (goyangfc @ Feb 15 2010, 01:10 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
With the French on top of the table (internationally, we go by the number of gold medals, NOT by the total number of medals (AMERICANS))


FWIW, the total medals systems is very old in the US media and historically has worked to their detriment. It's been in use since the 1896 games, and 3 times has resulted in the USA being second on the medals board (with Greece, Sweden, and the USSR benefiting) despite having the most golds. 2008 is the only year that total medals worked in the USA's favor, and the only year since 1964 that the two systems have ultimately resulted in a different country atop the leaderboard.

The Olympic Charter, of course, forbids ranking the countries, stating: "The IOC and the OCOG (the local Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games) shall not draw up any global ranking per country".

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 12:28 PM

CTV and their networks use the total medals system as well.

I'm really excited for the Speed Skating - Men's 500 m event tonight. Korea really needs this.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 12:53 PM

QUOTE (SumnerH @ Feb 14 2010, 11:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The Olympic Charter, of course, forbids ranking the countries, stating: "The IOC and the OCOG (the local Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games) shall not draw up any global ranking per country".

Thank you for that post. It's not a high school track meet. I WISH media and governments would stop treating it like one.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 01:35 PM

Downhill is underway, results: http://www.vancouver...sm010101PX.html

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 01:50 PM

Bode takes the lead: 1:54.40, second is 1:54.82.

Apparently he set his own best time, still 50 to go and the course is "deteriorating".

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 01:55 PM

QUOTE (SoxScout @ Feb 15 2010, 01:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Bode takes the lead: 1:54.40, second is 1:54.82.

Apparently he set his own best time, still 50 to go and the course is "deteriorating".

Yeah, his time was really quick out of the gate. Other skiers seem to be catching up at the bottom of the hill, but they're starting .7 seconds behind Bode's time to the first marker and having to make up ground throughout the race.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 01:58 PM

Anyone watching the downhill? How are the conditions? Stupid lectures.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:03 PM

So, this is one of the big events of the entire Olympics. I like it because there are no judges involved.

NBC has four channels available to televise the Olympics. There's even the added benefit (for them, I don't particularly care) of an American being a legitimate contender.

And it's not on television. Unfuckingbelievable. NBC itself has cross-country skiing, which has all the drama of tag-team nosepicking. The other three are running infomercials or something. And Walchhofer's probably skiing the downhill right now.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:04 PM

NBC is ridiculous with the Olympics this year. Unbelievable.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:07 PM

Aksel Lund Svindal take over 1st, by 0.02

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:07 PM

The Snowboard Cross course at Cypress seems to be running faster. Apparently colder temperatures overnight have solidified the snowpack. There have been lots of falls in the first run.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:08 PM

http://www.atdhe.net...winter-olympics

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:09 PM

Walchhofer fell apart in the middle of the course there.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:10 PM

Wow, Walchhofer 8th

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:11 PM

And Bode is in 3rd with Cuche still to come.

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Edited by SoxScout, 15 February 2010 - 02:17 PM.


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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:12 PM

QUOTE (SoxScout @ Feb 15 2010, 02:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wow, Walchhofer 8th

Started out strong, lost about .5 seconds in the middle, never got back. Defago, on the other hand, started strong, lost time in the middle, got it back in the end.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:20 PM

Wish I could watch this live. Did Bode take the conservative approach everyone predicted he would these games?

Edited by dolomite133, 15 February 2010 - 02:22 PM.


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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:21 PM

Cuche 6th

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:22 PM

QUOTE (SoxScout @ Feb 15 2010, 04:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Cuche 6th


Wait, Bode is still third?


#21 cannonball 1729

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:22 PM

Wow, Cuche went far outside the lines on one of the turns. That might have been the difference.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:23 PM

QUOTE (dolomite133 @ Feb 15 2010, 02:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wait, Bode is still third?

Yep.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:23 PM

QUOTE (dolomite133 @ Feb 15 2010, 02:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wait, Bode is still third?

Correct. And he beat the two other favorites.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:23 PM

Man, Dixon just killed one of the gates. He looks out of control.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:24 PM

Dixon, Canada's best chance and skiing on his home course, just went through one of the first flag.... and now he falls.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:25 PM

QUOTE (cannonball 1729 @ Feb 15 2010, 02:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Man, Dixon just killed one of the gates. He looks out of control.

And down he goes.

Edited by cannonball 1729, 15 February 2010 - 02:26 PM.


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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:25 PM

QUOTE (cannonball 1729 @ Feb 15 2010, 04:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Man, Dixon just killed one of the gates. He looks out of control.


Dixon just at shit. He was running on adrenaline.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:25 PM

QUOTE (cannonball 1729 @ Feb 15 2010, 11:23 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Man, Dixon just killed one of the gates. He looks out of control.

...wipeout.

#29 dolomite133


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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:34 PM

These guys are giving it their best shot but Bode's hanging on to third. Any other big threats remaining?

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:37 PM

Sullivan just wiped out.

#31 dolomite133


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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:37 PM

How many left?

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:39 PM

QUOTE (dolomite133 @ Feb 15 2010, 02:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How many left?

like 35, but after the next ten it sounds like no one has a real shot.

Edited by SoxScout, 15 February 2010 - 02:39 PM.


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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:43 PM

They just said Vonn won the women's training run today.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:45 PM

I'm still bummed out Lara Gut won't be in it. She's the next big thing provided she stays healthy.

Edit: Aaaaaaand there goes the live feed. Any other links?

Edited by dolomite133, 15 February 2010 - 02:45 PM.


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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:48 PM

http://atdhe.net/100...winter-olympics

#36 dolomite133


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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:49 PM

I'm getting nothing off that link. The video doesn't load.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:51 PM

keep hitting refresh, once I got it to load it's worked fine.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 02:55 PM

QUOTE (SoxScout @ Feb 15 2010, 04:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
keep hitting refresh, once I got it to load it's worked fine.

The link is working, but it's not showing me any events. Just trailers featuring the girl who does the Sky voiceovers.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 03:01 PM

And now a picture of some Russian guy and no sound at all.

#40 dolomite133


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Posted 15 February 2010 - 03:05 PM

Uh, the slow motion of the water bottle was, uh, strange.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 03:05 PM

All I can think is that Krizaj had some sort of crash?

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 03:07 PM

Do any of these remaining guys have anything? Rode maybe?

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 03:07 PM

He did crash, it's back to skiing now.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 03:08 PM

Sir Francis Drake up now. I thought he just did bowling.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 03:10 PM

It seems the better shape you are in, the more likely you are to pick up speed on the bottom. And the worse shape you are in, the more likely you are to lose speed on the bottom.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 03:11 PM

"Are we done yet? Are we done yet?" How many guys do they let in this competition, anyway?

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 03:13 PM

QUOTE (dolomite133 @ Feb 15 2010, 05:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
"Are we done yet? Are we done yet?" How many guys do they let in this competition, anyway?

The guy I thought was Austrian is actually Latvian. (Their flags look kinda similar.) So I am presuming only the Swede and the Croat could possibly pull this out of their ass at this point.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 03:13 PM

64. http://www.vancouver...sm010101PX.html

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 03:16 PM

Odd that the Spanish aren't better skiers.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 03:18 PM

It's all up to Rat Kiss at this point.