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Title: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 06, 2018, 09:44:52 AM
Running discussion of the 2018 Winter Olympics here :)

 :hug:
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 06, 2018, 09:45:10 AM
first up - great story about Chloe Kim, snowboarder

http://www.espn.com/espnw/feature/22265441/snowboard-phenom-chloe-kim-lot-riding-winter-olympics
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: MetalDog on February 06, 2018, 07:23:19 PM
Even though it's your own, the Olympics thread has more replies than the Hockey thread.  From October.
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 07, 2018, 04:47:54 AM
Even though it's your own, the Olympics thread has more replies than the Hockey thread.  From October.

wow...  I guess no one cares much about hockey...
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 10, 2018, 07:35:43 AM
Anyone watch the opening ceremonies? 

The dude from Tonga was hilarious.

The combined Korea team coming in was chill-inducing

the drone swarm that formed the different figures in the sky before forming the Olympic rings in the air was both really, really cool, and (for those of us that can see some pretty easy military uses for a swarm of armed drones operating in concert) terrifying.
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: airboy on February 10, 2018, 12:29:03 PM
Olympics?  What is that? ???
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: BanzaiCat on February 11, 2018, 05:37:52 PM
The coverage via NBC so far isn't the greatest. TV viewing still shows about 30 minutes of commercials each hour and their 'free' live stream site (nbcolympics.com) gives you 30 minutes of free, buffer-free viewing before requiring you sign in using your ISP/cable provider, with your online credentials.

Once you log in it gets much worse, as it buffers like mad. I've been lucky to get maybe 10-15 seconds of viewing in before a huge COMMERCIAL BREAK IN PROGRESS placeholder appears for upwards of a minute, then it goes back to about 10 seconds of coverage, right in the middle of things, then placeholder image, then coverage, etc. etc. It's pretty frigging bad.
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 11, 2018, 07:25:14 PM
NBCSN has been pretty reasonable, if they have what you want to watch
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: mirth on February 11, 2018, 08:52:44 PM
This guy is lucky he made it out of Korea alive

https://nypost.com/2018/02/11/nbc-dumps-olympic-analyst-amid-fury-at-korea-japan-comment/?mod=mktw
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: BanzaiCat on February 12, 2018, 05:43:17 AM
Guess there's still hurt feelings over the whole Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere thing.
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: mirth on February 12, 2018, 05:44:36 AM
If you want to get dead quick, there aren't very many faster ways than to praise the Japanese to Koreans.
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: BanzaiCat on February 12, 2018, 05:46:53 AM
Or praise the Japanese to Chinese.
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: mirth on February 12, 2018, 05:49:01 AM
Also a quick route to the afterlife.
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: BanzaiCat on February 12, 2018, 05:55:27 AM
Though it can be said Japan's roots as a developing kingdom thousands of years ago were massively impacted by both Chinese and Korean culture...but I doubt you'll find anyone complaining about that.
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: mirth on February 12, 2018, 08:27:19 AM
https://twitter.com/DPRK_News/status/963066915307454466
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: mirth on February 12, 2018, 10:35:54 AM
https://twitter.com/mchooyah/status/962757621907427329
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 12, 2018, 01:02:34 PM
don't watch with the kids around

https://www.theringer.com/2018/2/12/17004538/tessa-virtue-scott-moir-canada-team-ice-dancing-olympics

https://jezebel.com/this-canadian-ice-dancing-pairs-lift-is-apparently-too-1822873926
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 12, 2018, 02:05:54 PM
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/11/winter-olympics-was-hit-by-cyber-attack-officials-confirm
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: mirth on February 12, 2018, 02:13:00 PM
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/11/winter-olympics-was-hit-by-cyber-attack-officials-confirm

More collusion with the Trump administration!
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: OJsDad on February 13, 2018, 07:48:26 AM

https://www.maxim.com/sports/russian-olympic-curler-looks-like-megan-fox-2018-2
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 13, 2018, 10:00:44 AM
hahahahahahahaa




(yes, this is from 2016, but still hilarious)
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: mirth on February 13, 2018, 10:40:39 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/NDCzxY9.gif)
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bbmike on February 13, 2018, 10:43:21 AM
^Even that's better than The Last Jedi.
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 13, 2018, 12:18:14 PM
wasn't that Sochi?
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: mirth on February 13, 2018, 12:18:30 PM
wasn't that Sochi?

Hoth
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 13, 2018, 12:19:43 PM
wasn't that Sochi?

Hoth

poTAYto - poTAHto
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 13, 2018, 08:03:02 PM
Watching men's half-pipe snowboard right now.

Holy shit...





These guys are (1) nuts, and (2) clearly in a giant ego-fight with each other. And it's a ton of fun to watch...
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: OJsDad on February 13, 2018, 08:12:28 PM
We like watching the snowboarding events.  They're lots of fun to watch. 
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: SirAndrewD on February 13, 2018, 08:21:26 PM
Hell yeah Sean White!  USA!
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: Con on February 13, 2018, 08:22:00 PM
Shawn White can lay the smack down when the pressure is on. What a run for gold
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: mirth on February 14, 2018, 03:09:55 AM
(https://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/daily-morning-awesomeness-35-photos-2234.jpg?quality=85&strip=info&w=600)
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: BanzaiCat on February 14, 2018, 06:35:12 AM
Not every country...

Though I think enough whiskey would cure any of that.
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 14, 2018, 07:12:12 AM
Drama in hockey...


US just blew a 2-goal lead to Slovenia w/ 90 seconds to play.  Might be headed to OT
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: BanzaiCat on February 14, 2018, 07:15:35 AM
Watched quite a bit of the half-pipe last night, since it was live. Saw Shaun White win the gold, which he did a great job of earning, but can't get too excited for him as I've heard/read from numerous sources how he's a horse's ass in person.
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 14, 2018, 07:19:46 AM
Drama in hockey...


US just blew a 2-goal lead to Slovenia w/ 90 seconds to play.  Might be headed to OT

aaaaaand...  they just lost in OT.  Good job by Slovenia, but damn did the US shit the bed on that one. 
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: BanzaiCat on February 14, 2018, 07:20:29 AM
So is the US hockey team stocked with NHL stars?
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: mirth on February 14, 2018, 07:21:52 AM
So is the US hockey team stocked with NHL stars?

Nope.
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: BanzaiCat on February 14, 2018, 07:22:32 AM
Didn't sound like it. Seems that most of the ones that play for Slovakia went home to play for the home team. ;D
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: mirth on February 14, 2018, 07:24:33 AM
Didn't sound like it. Seems that most of the ones that play for Slovakia went home to play for the home team. ;D

The NHL didn't allow any of its players to participate in the Olympics this year.
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: BanzaiCat on February 14, 2018, 07:25:33 AM
That's actually a good thing. The Olympics, as corrupt as they are, should only be about amateur athletes, not pros.
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 14, 2018, 08:00:26 AM
That's actually a good thing. The Olympics, as corrupt as they are, should only be about amateur athletes, not pros.

There's plenty of pros, but they are European based or minor leagues.  There's only 4 college dudes on the US team
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: mirth on February 14, 2018, 08:01:42 AM
That's actually a good thing. The Olympics, as corrupt as they are, should only be about amateur athletes, not pros.

There's plenty of pros, but they are European based or minor leagues.  There's only 4 college dudes on the US team

This. There's no lack of NHL caliber talent on other teams.
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 14, 2018, 08:23:13 AM
That's actually a good thing. The Olympics, as corrupt as they are, should only be about amateur athletes, not pros.

There's plenty of pros, but they are European based or minor leagues.  There's only 4 college dudes on the US team

This. There's no lack of NHL caliber talent on other teams.

Especially the Russians (most of whom play in the KHL) and the Swedes.

I mean, Pavel Datsyuk has 2 Stanley Cups with Detroit, and was named one of the 100 best NHL players of all time in 2017, but he's playing in Russia now that he's a little older so his kids can live there for a bit.  This is his 4th or 5th Olympics.
Ilya Kovalchuk was the number 1 pick in the draft and one of the highest-paid players in the NHL at one point and was a goal-scoring machine for Atlanta (back when they still had a team) and led the NHL in goals at least 1 year.  He also made about 8 all-star teams between his time in Atlanta and New Jersey.

We have Brian Gionta.  Nice dude.  Not remotely in the same class.
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: OJsDad on February 14, 2018, 08:53:36 AM
But we'll always have 1980 Lake Placid  :smitten:
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 14, 2018, 09:10:02 AM
But we'll always have 1980 Lake Placid  :smitten:

that's the last time we won Gold...
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: mirth on February 14, 2018, 05:13:52 PM
https://twitter.com/Vinncent/status/963709314970955776
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: Con on February 14, 2018, 05:17:32 PM
They are going to make him do the iron lotus
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 15, 2018, 08:49:43 PM
The Korean dude in the iron Man helmet who just took gold in skeleton on home ice might never pay for meal again in Korea again.
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: OJsDad on February 17, 2018, 11:58:58 AM
Am I the only one that things Lindsey Vonn is highly over rated.  Or maybe it just seems she fails to live up to her potential. 
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 17, 2018, 01:04:28 PM
Am I the only one that things Lindsey Vonn is highly over rated.  Or maybe it just seems she fails to live up to her potential. 

She has 4 overall World Cup titles and another 4 top-5 finishes in the overall, plus over a dozen titles for indiv events (best in that event for that ski season) but like Bode Miller, the Olympics seem to be her kryptonite.
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 18, 2018, 01:44:44 PM
https://twitter.com/floofyscorp/status/964887477977862144/
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 20, 2018, 08:05:04 AM
interesting story

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/sports/Freestyle-Skiers-Complex-Path-Offers-Olympic-Rorschach-Test-474454703.html
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: Barthheart on February 20, 2018, 09:33:23 AM
https://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2018/2/19/17027448/winter-olympics-curling-beer-canada  <:-)  \m/
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: mirth on February 20, 2018, 09:36:23 AM
https://twitter.com/GermainShawn/status/965408536950788096?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw (https://twitter.com/GermainShawn/status/965408536950788096?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw)

 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: Barthheart on February 20, 2018, 09:37:46 AM
Same thing just above.....  :P
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 20, 2018, 09:38:15 AM
https://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2018/2/19/17027448/winter-olympics-curling-beer-canada  <:-)  \m/


"I'm not a drunk, I'm just Canadian"   :DD :DD :DD :DD

That's a t-shirt if I ever saw one!
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: mirth on February 20, 2018, 09:55:04 AM
Same thing just above.....  :P

I posted a link to the actual tweet. So not the same thing :P
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 20, 2018, 06:47:15 PM
https://www.thenation.com/article/the-farce-of-the-olympic-athletes-from-russia/

Quote
The International Olympic Committee knew about institutionalized Russian doping as early as July 2013. Yet it willfully turned a blind eye to hard evidence of doping across the Russian sportscape and allowed the Sochi 2014 Games—along with their billions in graft—to proceed apace. With Russia hosting, it was in the IOC’s interest to look the other way, and it was dutiful in that task. Then, just ahead of the 2016 Rio Summer Games, the IOC punted responsibility to the International Sports Federations to determine whether Russian athletes would be allowed to participate. As more evidence rolled in, and the World Anti-Doping Agency—another organization rife with conflicts of interest and bungled efforts—collected proof of endemic doping in Russia, the IOC announced in December 2017 that the country would be banned from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games.

Then the Olympic honchos attached a massive asterisk to that bold pronouncement, allowing nearly 170 Russian athletes to participate in South Korea—only a handful fewer athletes than the 177 who participated at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. These athletes had to pass a screening process and prove that they were neither a part of what happened in Sochi nor any institutionalized doping mechanism. That nearly 170 athletes passed raises questions on both sides: How widespread was the doping, and how “rigorous” was the screening process? After all, the IOC was tight-lipped about the criteria that would be used to judge Russian athletes, although it immediately issued the “Olympic Athletes from Russia” logo design. The compromise is that we now have “Olympic Athletes from Russia,” but somehow not Russia—a painfully awkward shirttail through the front zipper.

and

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Russian spectators have traveled en masse and in startlingly large numbers to Pyeongchang, showing pride and thumbing their nose at the IOC. While most countries have hospitality houses emblazoned with their name, the Russians have what they are calling a “Sports House” because they—seriously—are not allowed to call it a “Russia House.” But this house has predictably become a nationalism free-for-all, where nesting dolls, photos of Vladimir Putin, and an unlimited supply of Russian hats, scarves, and flags are all on full display. As Tariq Panja reported from South Korea, “Being unable to use the word Russia or the Olympic rings in the facility’s logo appears to be the only restrictions at the house.”

Imagine if the United States were “banned” from the Olympics in a similar way, yet we still had 95 percent of our athletes’ competing without red, white, and blue uniforms and without the Stars and Stripes waving overhead. US tourists would make South Korea look like the Fourth of July at Lee Greenwood’s house, even if the team just took their skates and went home.
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: BanzaiCat on February 20, 2018, 07:02:08 PM
(https://i.redd.it/b15i01hg17dx.png)
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: OJsDad on February 20, 2018, 07:54:34 PM
Remember when we used to make jokes like that about the East German women. 
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: BanzaiCat on February 21, 2018, 07:52:21 AM
Remember when we used to make jokes like that about the East German women.

 :DD

Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: mirth on February 21, 2018, 05:20:44 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DWmU-UFVAAATYcm.jpg:large)
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: OJsDad on February 22, 2018, 07:51:15 AM
Stay classy Canada;

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/winter-olympics/at-medal-ceremony-after-loss-to-usa-canadian-player-immediately-yanks-silver-off-her-neck/ar-BBJrxg5?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: Barthheart on February 22, 2018, 10:08:30 AM
Agreed that's not acceptable behavior... but let's not smear all of Canada with it....  ::)

She should not be allowed to compete again.
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: mirth on February 22, 2018, 10:35:16 AM
https://twitter.com/DPRK_News/status/966727713502281729
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 22, 2018, 02:22:07 PM
Stay classy Canada;

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/winter-olympics/at-medal-ceremony-after-loss-to-usa-canadian-player-immediately-yanks-silver-off-her-neck/ar-BBJrxg5?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp

Tough for an American to make that argument when the 1972 Men's Basketball Team still hasn't picked up their silver medals and didn't attend the ceremony.

Of course, there was a lot more controversy around that game, too.
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 23, 2018, 07:26:14 AM
https://sports.yahoo.com/russian-bobsledder-wore-anti-doping-shirt-just-failed-doping-test-112808964.html

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Leading up to the start of these Games, a Russian bobsledder bravely wore a T-shirt under her training suit that said, “I Don’t Do Doping.”

On Friday, that same bobsledder failed a doping test.

Russian bobsled federation president Alexander Zubkov announced that Nadezhda Sergeeva tested positive for a banned heart medication. She is the second athlete in the 2018 Winter Olympics to flunk a test. Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky was found to have meldonium in his system earlier in the Games.

The announcement came on the same day 15-year-old Alina Zagitova won the first gold medal for the Olympic Athletes of Russia, in figure skating. It also happened on the same day as the Russian men’s hockey team advanced to the gold-medal match, beating the Czech Republic.

The International Olympic Committee has forced Russian athletes to compete here under the label “Olympic Athletes from Russia” (O.A.R.) as punishment for doping offenses at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. Sergeeva has been open about her opposition to the decision, which means the Olympic anthem will play at ceremonies for gold medalists from Russia, and the delegation may not be able to carry the flag of the Russian Federation at Closing Ceremonies this weekend.
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 23, 2018, 08:11:10 PM
So in case y'all missed it, the Canadian men lost in the hockey semifinal.




















to Germany   :o :o :o :o :wow: :wow: :wow: :wow:

https://twitter.com/GermanyDiplo/status/967079630854291456
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: MikeGER on February 24, 2018, 02:37:45 AM
So in case y'all missed it, the Canadian men lost in the hockey semifinal.

no i didnt missed that  :D
even so i am not interested in icehockey at all
(reason: i just don't see the puck, or who has the puck when i try to watch it on TV .... well i never tried with the projector so)

the match will start at 5:10am on Sunday morn

btw: we have the gold medal already whatever the out come of that match will be  ^-^
....it just take some time, in 1 or 2 years the anti-doping labs will have the prove that some Russian players where doped at that match with a method that is very hard to validate today.
but anti-doping lab science progress fast and the samples are stored >:D   
     
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: mirth on February 24, 2018, 04:29:02 PM
(https://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/weekend-afternoon-randomness-35-photos-5.jpg?quality=85&strip=info&w=600)
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: airboy on February 24, 2018, 07:28:48 PM
Canada is having a curling crisis.  Their women's team lost.  But the family responded in typical Canadian (or Mirthian) fashion. 

quote from the WSJ:
"It's affecting their fellow Canadians, too.  Homan's husband (she is the curler) was seen double-fisting beers during a 9 a.m. morning match at the Gangneung Curling Centre on Monday.  He later explained on Twitter, "The stress level is high.  I'm not a drunk.  I'm just Canadian.
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 24, 2018, 07:36:09 PM
Canada is having a curling crisis.  Their women's team lost.  But the family responded in typical Canadian (or Mirthian) fashion. 

quote from the WSJ:
"It's affecting their fellow Canadians, too.  Homan's husband (she is the curler) was seen double-fisting beers during a 9 a.m. morning match at the Gangneung Curling Centre on Monday.  He later explained on Twitter, "The stress level is high.  I'm not a drunk.  I'm just Canadian.

Mirth & Vance beat you to by three days :)

https://twitter.com/GermainShawn/status/965408536950788096?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw (https://twitter.com/GermainShawn/status/965408536950788096?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw)

 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: airboy on February 24, 2018, 09:13:05 PM
^ I'm still not sure there is a "Winter Olympics."  I know that drunk Canadians is oxymoron. 
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on February 25, 2018, 05:15:08 AM
Well, the Russians needed OT to beat the Germans in the hockey final.  The last time Russians won gold?  '92, when the NHL players weren't there.
Title: Re: 2018 Running Olympics Thread
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 02, 2018, 04:41:11 AM
(https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/28238642_1864114860318450_1494872188588475879_o.jpg?oh=f778baa711cc9715b1aedc07ad0e998d&oe=5B3F5E9F)