Olympics discussion (medal counts, what is on, etc.)

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I am planning on watching the Olympics with my son so I am thinking about the games. I didn't see a thread so I thought I would start one where people can talk about it.

Tonight is boring with just the opening ceremony but I might see if he is interested (at 3.5 not much holds his attention for long). A couple weeks ago we saw some figure skating and he really loved it when they fell so I will try to find some of that. My favorite stuff is the snowboarding stuff so I hope we don't miss that.

Anyone else excited?

I liked the opening ceremonies for the summer games in China and Greece, but I don't remember what they did in Turin for the last winter games. I can't imagine the Canadian ceremonies are going to be all that exotic.

I'm looking forward to the women's biathlon. There's something about lean nordic chicks in skintight body suits shooting off rifles that gets my attention every time.

Funkenpants wrote:

I liked the opening ceremonies for the summer games in China and Greece, but I don't remember what they did in Turin for the last winter games. I can't imagine the Canadian ceremonies are going to be all that exotic.

I'm looking forward to the women's biathlon. There's something about lean nordic chicks in skintight body suits shooting off rifles that gets my attention every time.

Maybe a syrup making demo? Hundreds of Canadian children frantically running around with metal pails. Maybe dress up some natives and let them play trees? It could work.

I hope Bob and Doug McKenzie light the torch!! Hosers

Any websites going to be offering live streams? I'd like to leave something running on the TV, but I don't have actual TV service.

I think CTV may be doing some live streaming of their coverage in Canada (http://www.ctvolympics.ca/video/CTV/...) but I'm not 100% sure it will extend to the events.

Lifehacker seems to read your mind.

Where Can I Watch the Olympics Online

Are there any events you're looking forward to?

I've been a big fan of Curling ever since my social studies teacher in high school let me watch it if I got all my school work done. And later on when I was in college, I developed a drinking game to play with my friends while watching Curling. Also in college I was a researcher under a professor who worked for the Olympics on developing UI screens to give TV announcers the information they need fast and readily available. I had to call the same Biathlon repeatedly for testing purposes. So I'd like to watch a Biathlon without having to give a non-stop running commentary for once.

I also have a tradition where I will eat the host countries native cuisine on the night of the opening ceremonies. Eating egg-rolls and orange chicken during the Beijing Summer Olympics opening brought me closer to the Chinese people.

Vancouver Canadians, what do you eat? Is their a bastardized American version of it? All I can find on the internet is tired stereotypes of Canadians eating nothing but maple syrup and hockey pucks.

Sushi and a Starbucks latte. Pot brownies for dessert.

That is terrible. I feel for his family.

Tragedy hits the Olympics after Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed after a crash during a training run.

Edit: Teaches me to post and run without proofreading.

It seems weird to me that they'd intentionally build a faster luge track. What's the point of tracking records if they change the racing conditions so that everyone goes faster? Luge is incredibly dangerous already, we don't need to make more dangerous.

muttonchop wrote:

It seems weird to me that they'd intentionally build a faster luge track. What's the point of tracking records if they change the racing conditions so that everyone goes faster? Luge is incredibly dangerous already, we don't need to make more dangerous.

After seeing the footage it was shocking to see these HUGE steel beams running parallel to the track with no padding or protection on them. I realize the likelyhood of someone actually leaving the track is small but that's no excuse for at least putting some type of protective barrier up. If they can do it for a downhills course, which is massive, they can certainly do it for a luge track.

Quick comment on the opening ceremony

The rendition of the Canadian anthem was a national embarrassment. It's like Bleeding Gums Murphy was out there.

There needs to be a realtime medal count update iPhone app.

http://bradcran.com/vancouver_verse/...

Between IOC corruption, excessive athlete doping and blatant censorship and oppression of human rights, I'll be giving this a by-pass.

I'm embarrassed and ashamed that Canada has anything to do with this farce.

Well, you are entitled to your views.

Personally I am incredibly excited, proud and thrilled about the Games.

Strewth wrote:

There needs to be a realtime medal count update iPhone app.

There are a couple on the iTunes store, at least in the Canadian store. One from Bell and one from CTV.

The f*cking Olympics are on the West Coast and still we get tape delayed? f*ck you, NBC. I ain't watching one goddamn second of your coverage until you get that stick out of your ass.

Rat Boy wrote:

The f*cking Olympics are on the West Coast and still we get tape delayed? f*ck you, NBC. I ain't watching one goddamn second of your coverage until you get that stick out of your ass.

Leno wanted that hour, didn't he.

They still do the winter Olympics?

This poor luge guy is a disgrace. Build a fast course, don't let people practice on it (you're a bit upset your country hasn't won a lot of winter medals), disregard the athletes complaints about the course, don't put safety measures in place, and this is what happens.

farley3k wrote:

I didn't see a thread so I thought I would start one where people can talk about it.

That's a good thing, but you missed the correct board to post it on by two.

Ooh, Olympic Torch failure! Blame Canada!

What was on that woman's head singing the hymn? That was some crazy hair... Or maybe it was some monster that was eating half of her head...

Rat Boy wrote:

The f*cking Olympics are on the West Coast and still we get tape delayed? f*ck you, NBC. I ain't watching one goddamn second of your coverage until you get that stick out of your ass.

I miss the days of CBS covering the Olympics. Must see TV should not apply to the Olympics.

Watched someone die today. Thanks for showing that NBC.

I'm so glad that out of the 2 channels I get (CBS/TBS), neither are going to be monopolized by the Olympics. You guys jet let me know if there's anything worth watching and I'll find it online

Wow. What a bag of wind that guy is. As far as I could tell, his complaints centred almost completely around people being requested to not a) piss on the event and b) piss on the event's sponsors. I don't see either as a significant concern; in fact, I'd go so far as to say that the fact that people needed to asked both of these things is a dire indictment of modern society, as both of those things should be part of basic politeness.

Maybe you don't like sponsors, but one must still recognize that large events like this take money, and sponsors are where you get it. It's part of life. As to being upset about not being allowed to use the Olympics as a political forum for your negative views, cry me a river. There is a time and place to voice your criticisms; when you're asked to join the celebration is neither.

Lard wrote:

Between IOC corruption, excessive athlete doping and blatant censorship and oppression of human rights, I'll be giving this a by-pass.

Them's mighty strong words to throw out there with nothing to back them up. I'm assuming that you have things to back them up with?

That opening ceremony was a triumph of awkwardness.

wordsmythe wrote:

That opening ceremony was a triumph of awkwardness.

No doubt. It's clear that at least half a billion must be spent to overcome cheesiness.

As a non-Candian I sort of enjoyed the ceremonies. I didn't know that native culture was such a prominent part of Canadian history. I also didn't realize the 90% of Canadian population lives withing 100 miles of the U.S. border. Vancouver looks beautiful with absolutely breathtaking scenery.

My favorite part of the ceremony were the whales. Too bad about the torch though, it was probably made by GM!

Well, now you all know that our Aboriginals can summon giant Ice Zombies and that "Bienvenue" arms them. I can hardly wait for the closing ceremonies where we discover the code phrase "Au Revoir" activates the Ice Zombie apocalypse. Consider yourselves warned.

Some other thoughts:

We're going to have to start all over again apologizing to the World for Brian Adams. (thankfully no Celine)

I can only imagine the horror of being trapped indoors with that shrieking woman with the giant 'fro.

While I don't enjoy a Whitney Houston/Mariah Carey style wailing of a national anthem, the girl that sung ours was disappointing and flat.

The two speeches from the VANOC pres and the IOC guy were like someone reading the bus schedule out loud. They came across as bored and sullen. I don't care if someone died, dust yourself off and show a little enthusiasm for the games!

I was really impressed with the lighting for the entire show, very precise and I can only imagine how much work went into choreographing the whole thing.

I found the segment with the kid flying over the wheat fields to be quite boring, however I couldn't help but be amazed at his balance and control.

The malfunctioning stadium torch display was really embarrassing. I was waiting for the missing 4th arm to light on fire under the stage.

The fact that the TV hosts had to describe what was going in a scene says a lot about the overall production. If you need someone to explain what the hell I'm supposed to be watching, you're doing it wrong.

Overall better then I expected, but I didn't expect much. After Beijing, just about anything is going to look like Amateur Hour.

MikeMac wrote:

The fact that the TV hosts had to describe what was going in a scene says a lot about the overall production. If you need someone to explain what the hell I'm supposed to be watching, you're doing it wrong.

Overall better then I expected, but I didn't expect much. After Beijing, just about anything is going to look like Amateur Hour.

Apparently they spent about half of what Beijing spent for the opening ceremony, if not less. Which I guess makes sense.

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