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Favourite event at Winter Olympics?

Discussion in 'Sports Zone' started by barney, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. BigDGarciaFan

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    oslo hosted the games in 52 and lillehammer hosted the games in 94. great momemts took place in lillehammer like dan jansen winning in speed skating for her dearly deported sister.

    as for popular sports here in texas. i love the spurs and the all-star game(slam dunk contest stinks). and sometimes UTSA college basketball. but when it comes to the games, you never want to leave your home. its great knowing the sports and knowing the host city. makes you think youre there.
  2. jterrell

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    actually millions upon millions of kids play soccer in the US. they just outgrow it... lol. i saw a stat suggesting it was the most popular first sport in the US for a kid to play by a wide margin.

    it is just perception tho.
    i couldn't dream of the skill and athleticism it takes to make any winter olympic sport.
    i am just so far removed i really can't relate at all.
    i'll catch some of it maybe learn some things.
  3. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    Soccer is popular for kids...I think thats part of what makes it a novelty. THe vast majority of serious athletes just don't play it.It falls to the wayside when kids can start playing football, baseball, and even lacrosse.
  4. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I just like the olympic winter games and summer games. Most of the events are sports that I don't normally watch but when it is the US vs the world what the heck I'm there to cheer on the USA
  5. CanadianCowboysFan

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    didn't Ohno retire

    For me

    Hockey would be top but only if Canada is playing
    Cross country/biathlon is good
    sliding events
    speed skating
  6. CanadianCowboysFan

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    it is also cheap, we have a lot that play soccer up here but the better athletes seem to get pulled more into hockey although basketball is picking up, especially in the urban centres and with Andrew Wiggins having every one of his games on TV
  7. dexternjack

    dexternjack World Traveler Zone Supporter

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    Yes, but he is what got me into watching speed-skating.
  8. CanadianCowboysFan

    CanadianCowboysFan Lightning Rod

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    just make sure you note that is short track speed skating, aka roller derby on ice
  9. arglebargle

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    Danish women's curling team! You go gals! Though I will check in on the Swedes, Norwegians, and even the Finns.....

    Sledding is pretty dynamite, indeed, though I like the Luge/Skeleton best. Those guys have some steel.... And big brass ones!

    Easy manipulation of Figure Skating took a fall at the Salt Lake Olympics. Nowadays they're much more likely to actually grade on the real performance rather than the skaters' reputation.
  10. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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    Now, Winter Biathalon, there's a sport from a different era: Cross country skiing and rifle shooting. Back when alpine troops were a major thing.
  11. kristie

    kristie Well-Known Member

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    skeleton, ski jumping, downhill skiing, & snowboarding are my favorite winter olympic sports
  12. ologan

    ologan Well-Known Member

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    Outside of "toothpaste tube smuggling", or "handi-wipe black marketing", or even "Evian bottle tossing", I would say the downhill, speed skating, curling ( which I guess harkens back to my beer joint shuffleboard days), or even all the x-games stuff, only because of all the crazy names they give to the tricks they do........."Wow, he just completed a 480 super Shawn White with a reverse twisting whipple dipple...."!
  13. jrumann59

    jrumann59 Well-Known Member

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    Closing Ceremonies, the olympics are a farce now days.
  14. CanadianCowboysFan

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    there is always a cynical poster like you in an olympics' thread
  15. barney

    barney Active Member

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    Hockey will be good its just the times are quite inconvenient for me living in england anyway
  16. jrumann59

    jrumann59 Well-Known Member

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    Why because most of the olympians are not really amateurs the actual meaning of the olympics is watered down. How fitting the the richest countries with the biggest populations do the best.
  17. CanadianCowboysFan

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    they always have, nothing has changed
  18. CanadianCowboysFan

    CanadianCowboysFan Lightning Rod

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    the times are better for you than for us on west coast. They should be in the evening for you.
  19. Yakuza Rich

    Yakuza Rich Well-Known Member

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    Hockey.

    Some figure skating because I just cannot get around the concept of jumping so high in the air, then spinning around a gazillion times mid-air and then landing on skates.

    I have a hard time watching the Winter Olympics because either the event is not done side by side (for instance, track and field they usually have the participants line up side by side and the fastest wins) and many of the sports don't really translate to me as to how special they are. For instance, the long jump translates to me as this person can jump the longest of any human on the planet. So speed skating or luge doesn't quite translate that way.

    Just my .02





    YR
  20. Future

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    The Olympics hasn't had "amateurs" in the actual sense of the word, in like 200 years.

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