Which Winter Olympic sports do you love to watch?

simplyeric

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I would love to see a multi Winter sport event with very traditional parts - normal hill ski jump/Giant Slalom/1500m Long Track speed skate/luge and ending with a Gunderson start 10k cross country ski...

(Gunderson start means a head start for the points leader and everyone else goes based on how much time that they need to make up - so the first to cross the finish line is the Overall champion)
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.
 

JimD

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I could handle the shooting and the X country skiing. EFF the jumping, though. That sport is for lunatics.
Same with luge, especially when you see athletes who have dedicate their careers to the support wiping out in an Olympic event.
 

johnmd20

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

ConigliarosPotential

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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.)
 

Mr. Wednesday

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

Fred not Lynn

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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.)
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.