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User currently offlineFutureUApilot From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1365 posts, RR: 4
Posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3478 times:

Hey everyone, there isn't too much more time till the 20th Winter Olympic Games! What are your plans to watch them? Anyone going to go see some events? I personally love the Olympics, so I can't wait for those Opening Ceremonies! I like the skiing events the most, (shows in my profile). How about you?



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3473 times:

I will be watching. The change the Olympic Committee made some time ago to host the Winter and Summer Olympics in alternate years has worked out really well.

Long live Torvill and Dean!

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User currently offlineAGC525 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3468 times:

I like to watch ice hockey, luge, bobsledding, biathlelon (sp?), and curling. Yes, I like curling  Smile

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User currently offlineFutureUApilot From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1365 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3452 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 1):
to host the Winter and Summer Olympics in alternate years has worked out really well.

Oh yeah, that works out great! I just realized this is the last Olympics before I go off to college! Fun fun fun!


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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 22785 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3436 times:

Quoting AGC525 (Reply 2):
Yes, I like curling

What are you smoking???????

Whatever it is, apparently I'm smoking it too, since I like to watch curling as well.  Smile


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User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3413 times:

You all know I can't wait to watch curling.  

It will be a very busy time for us at the curling club. As soon as curling hits TV, our phone will ring like crazy. We have five open houses scheduled between now and April 1, and we'll probably have at least a thousand people try curling during those.

Go Teams Gushue and Kleibrink!

[Edited 2006-02-08 18:04:23]

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User currently offlineWhyWhyZed From Canada, joined Jan 2005, 914 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3408 times:

I don't usually watch the olympics themselves. I usually just watch the opening ceremonies, because I like learning about that countries culture, through an awesome show. After that, I watch the odd game here and there. If anything, it'll be hockey!

On a side note, I remember being at the Toronto Auto Show when the Gol metal game for men's hockey was on. You'd know that Canada scored when the convention centre/skydome would ROAR...lol


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User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6515 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3400 times:

I have no set plan for what I'll be watching. I'm hoping to catch some of the ski jumping & downhill over the weekend, but other than that, I'll just watch whatever is on that I find interesting.

I kinda like it that Eurosport 1 is running 24/7 coverage of the Olympics, so there will always be at least SOMETHING on!

On a closely related topic, has anyone else been following the "Building the Winter Games" on Discovery? Only just discovered it yesterday, so I fear that I've missed the whole series :/

User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4188 posts, RR: 36
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3395 times:

I am boycotting those games just as I did for the 2002 olympics...Sion were clear favourties to win

First time they didn't pass because of bribery..

second because the ICO took their revenge on the Swiss who had created a huge scandal with the bribery story...

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User currently offlineWillo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3366 times:

the ski jumping........ go Janne!!!  airplane 

the speed skating and the bobsleigh.

......and as usual I will be looking forward to the totally unbiased and subjective judging in the Ice Skating  scratchchin 

User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 4055 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3361 times:

I will be watching all of the alpine skiing events, bobsleding, and ice hockey. It's funny.....I don't like/watch NHL hockey but I will watch the olympic ice hockey.

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User currently offlineBA757 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2832 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3361 times:

Skijumping and Bobsleigh for sure! (On TV)

Just a shame the tickets cost so much, otherwise I would have been there.


User currently offlineTurin_airport From Italy, joined Oct 2001, 278 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3356 times:

Hockey live. Canada-Czech Repubblic (I think it's gonna be a tough fight...) and Canada-Germany. All the other sports on TV, but, above all, I wan to "live" the city as much as possible.

It' gonna be great!


User currently offlineAlphafloor From Chile, joined Jun 2004, 1277 posts, RR: 35
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3314 times:

Quoting RootsAir (Reply 8):
I am boycotting those games just as I did for the 2002 olympics...Sion were clear favourties to win

RootsAir. Yes, Sion was an excellent candidat and I was also very disapointed to see the games going to the other side of the alps. But hey, it's been a while now and sport must prevail. I'm going to watch it for sure and personnaly it brings me good memories as my first son Ewan was born the day of the opening ceremony of the 2002 olympic games.

Now what I don't clearly understand is why Sion didn't submitted candidature again after the failure ?

Saludos !

User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 60
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3298 times:

I usually avoid the schmaltz of morning television, but NBC's Today Show has done a fairly credible job of reporting from Italy this week, arriving today in Torino.

My only regret about the Olympics is that NBC will probably cut away to commercials every 10 minutes or so during the opening and closing ceremonies, like they did in Athens.

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User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7475 posts, RR: 78
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3297 times:
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There are Winter Olympics this year?  confused  drunk  bouncy 

User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 7111 posts, RR: 53
Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3277 times:

For me the Winter Olympics started today. At lunch hour in the office.

The staff restaurant was all geared up. An electric olympic flame is flashing on top of the coffee machine. Four feet Italian flags hanging from the ceiling all over. Beautiful pictures from typical Italian towns on the walls. Old skis strapped to the pillars. Etc. etc.

And best of all: All the best dishes from the Italian kitchen. Yummy-yummy!

I can tell you, the Italian kitchen is a lot more than spaghetti.

And it continues all next week.

Before the games are over I will have to buy new clothes and a longer belt.

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User currently offlinePiercey From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 2233 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3272 times:

I'll be getting up @ 2 AM every morning to watch good old hockey, snowboarding, bobsledding, and luge/skeleton!

USA!  Smile USA!  Smile USA!  Smile

Well I believe it all is coming to an end. Oh well, I guess we are gonna pretend.
User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3256 times:

Count me in amongst the a.net masses who finds curling strangely fascinating...also will try to watch luge, bobsled, alpine skiing events, and root for the University of Colorado's own (before those @(*&!*)#&*!@ from the NCAA stepped in and axed his eligibility) Jeremy Bloom in freestyle moguls...once he wins gold, its off to the NFL scouting combine for him!


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User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3407 posts, RR: 30
Reply 19, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3253 times:
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Nordic Skiing is awesome and i'll be looking forward to watching that Big grin


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User currently offlineSimo82 From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3237 times:

The only ticket I found where for curling, so I guess its what I'm going to watch live.....just to feel some Olympic Spirit.


User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3215 times:

Quoting Simo82 (Reply 20):
The only ticket I found where for curling, so I guess its what I'm going to watch live.

OH!!!! You are so lucky! Do you know anything about curling?

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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30403 posts, RR: 57
Reply 22, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3215 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 1):
The change the Olympic Committee made some time ago to host the Winter and Summer Olympics in alternate years has worked out really well.

I disagree. Makes it happen too often.....

User currently offlineAirdolomiti From Germany, joined May 2003, 711 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3185 times:

So did anyone here watch the opening ceremony? I thought it was quite amazing, very touching at times, and steadily paced too - not a dull moment that I can recall.

So far, so good - well done to the organizing committee. Now let the Games begin!  Smile


User currently offlineGdodds From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3182 times:

I loved the opening cermony, although on the BBC coverage it looked like Pavarotti wasn't singing live. (maybe that was just the coverage i saw), anyway it was a great cermony i enjoyed it a lot.

25 QANTASFOREVER : I watched the Opening Ceremony as I usually do. I thought it was excellent - the torch lighting was exceptionally well done. QFF
26 FutureUApilot : The Ceremony hasn't aired over here, it will be on NBC at 8 o'clock eastern time, with a preshow thingat 7:30. Can't wait! -Sam
27 Aeroflot777 : May I ask...What do you guys find so fascinating in that sport? It just seems so...pointless. Also doesn't seem to require much skill. Aeroflot777
28 Greasespot : X-country skiing and biathlon...maybe the down hill....then just ramdom watching... GS
29 Post contains images Newark777 : That never stopped soccer. Harry
30 AeroWesty : I'm anxiously awaiting 8PM Pacific for the opening ceremonies--the still photos they had on CNN looked great. I couldn't believe there were unsold tic
31 Corey07850 : The first 7 minutes or so they showed with all the scenes from Italy along with the narration was excellent... Of course everything looks great in HD.
32 WhyWhyZed : Great to hear that you get to enjoy a once in a lifetime event. But I was wondering how it is that you get tickets? and how early do they usually go
33 Post contains images ScarletHarlot : Have you ever tried it? I curl three times a week and in several bonspiels (weekend tournaments) during the curling season. I also run our open house
34 J_Hallgren : What's the deal with playing 80's disco music as countries enter stadium??? I liked that "ski jumper" that they formed from the people in different co
35 Dragon-wings : Bob Costas and Brian Williams (They were the TV hosts for the opening ceremonies here in the US) said something like that also. They said it was weir
36 JoeCattoli : I absolutely loved the opening of the games... Especially the lighting of the torch designed from Pininfarina...one of the best of the several Italian
37 Post contains images Mir : Oh, you're going to get flamed..... The opening ceremony was pretty much average for an opening ceremony in my opinion - really tacky with a lot of w
38 AeroWesty : Sofia Loren is still damned hot. And to think she owes it all to pasta.
39 Post contains images HT : What annoyed me (again) in that opening ceremony was that a 9-year old kid had to sing the Italian Anthem with her bit squeeky voice ... (I hate it wh
40 Post contains images TheSonntag : GOLD for Germany If just our sommer athletes were as good as the winter guys... I loved the opening ceremony, especially the Ferrari was great! Howeve
41 AeroWesty : I wondered what that was all about.
42 TheSonntag : Well, maybe it was to draw the olympic rings... Otherwise... Ferrari is owned by Fiat, which brought the Olympics to Turin... And it was really cool,
43 Post contains images Racko : 2 competitions so far, and 2 gold medals for Germany
44 Post contains images Newark777 : Stick one gold up there for the US of A. Harry
45 FutureUApilot : Wow, Michelle Kwan withdrew from the Olympics after an injury. I was hoping to see her win her first Olympic gold. Oh well. 3 medals for the US 2 meda
46 Vermeer : Federico, I am Italian too and I was so PROUD of the opening ceremony. I am originally from Torino and I love to see my hometown in TV. Now thanks to
47 Post contains images Piercey : Still doesn't beet ATL (Ali), SLC(1980 olympic team), and BCN (the archer) btw, take your bets! Wayne Gretzky lighting the torch in 2010? *looks at a
48 Post contains images AirKas1 : Woohoo!! We (Holland) ruled on the 3000m for women
49 Logan22L : That race for bronze in the men's combined nordic was fantastic!
50 Aleksandar : Well, I prefer Summer Olympics but I'm watching Torino 2006, too. It was an interesting downhill race today and I was disappointed that Janne Ahonen d
51 Mir : Indeed it was. -Mir
52 Post contains images A319114 : Indeed we did! Gold for Wüst and silver for Groenewold!
53 AirKas1 : I'm already looking forward to the rest of the skating macthes.
54 Post contains images Redngold : I live vicariously through the Olympics... especially the Winter Olympics. I love ski jumping and the sliding sports (luge, skeleton and boblsled) but
56 Post contains images QANTASforever : You think Atlanta was better? Puhleze. The flame moved up a cable at a snails pace before setting fire to some weird neon red monstrosity atop a scaf
57 FutureUApilot : The only thing that disappointed me was the fact that the torch didn't actually light the olympic flame. Torino's olympic torch relay went over 6,800
58 TheSonntag : Do you remember Albertville 1992? That time the fire started burning before the flame had reached the fire... I guess the fire is always lit artifici
59 FutureUApilot : I don't remember this, what happened? -Sam
60 Post contains images Aleksandar : Athens had wonderful opening ceremony!
61 Post contains images QANTASFOREVER : I know! I was thinking exactly the same thing. At the end of the closing ceremony in 2000 - a F-111 did a dump and burn over the stadium and carried
62 Aleksandar : Well, I agree with you about cauldron lighting. It could have been more spectacular, but it wasn't that bad. As for the ceremony, I was amazed by the
63 FutureUApilot : Wow, that's a really cool idea! HAHA! Yeah, that is what the torch looks like, but I liked how it sort of bowed down to be lit. Such a simple yet ele
64 PHLBOS : Actually, most of the disco tunes played were from the 70s. I kind of wondered what the deal was with that also. Edited to add: Looks like South Kore
65 AeroWesty : I've finally figured out this curling thing. The brushing of the ice in front of the rock stimulates friction, and the game appears to be almost like
66 Post contains images Redngold : I have to give a to Michelle Kwan. She showed maturity, grace, and character by pulling out in time for Emily Hughes to take her place. She showed res
67 AeroWesty : Hmm, MSNBC said it the other way. Oh well!
68 Redngold : I suppose you could argue either way. The brushing creates friction, which melts the ice a little, which creates "wet ice," which is slicker than ice
69 Post contains links AeroWesty : Hmm, looks like there is a definitive answer: http://www.torino2006.org/ENG/OlympicGames/news/news_ita144020.html "'The Force of Wet Friction'. When
70 USAFHummer : Is it me, or does there seem to be an insane amount of commercials on NBC's coverage (incl CNBC, USA, etc.)...it seems like theres more commercials th
71 Post contains images FutureUApilot : Really? To me it seemed like there wern't as many commercials in a single block as I expected. They seem to go pretty quickly, although I am starting
72 FutureUApilot : Hey, sorry to double post, but what is the name of that little Russian lady who talks on USA durring "Olympic Ice"? She's so funny, although there is
73 QANTASforever : Can I just say how much I am enjoying watching these games. Well done Torino!!! So here's three cheers for the Australian and Monaco teams - you can d
74 AeroWesty : LOL!! In the afternoon coverage on NBC, they just showed three shirtless guys in the crowd for Women's Luge, painted up like the guys in the Chevy com
75 FutureUApilot : The first time I saw that commercial, I thought it was kinda nasty, now it's just another commercial! I also like all the Ebay commercials! -Sam
76 Post contains images Piercey : I meant by the men who lit them, check the names. That was still a sweet display Cahlk one up for the flying tomato! *still waits for snowbladding to
77 Redngold : We could argue that in a different thread. Michelle Kwan herself was "robbed" of a chance to skate in Lillehammer (1994) when Nancy Kerrigan got a by
78 Post contains images ScarletHarlot : Close, but no. There is much more to scoring than just getting your rock closer to the center. You get one point for every rock you have closer to th
79 Aeroflot777 : I was there and absolutely loved it. I enjoyed every minute of both the opening and closing ceremonies! Aeroflot777
80 Post contains images Willo : I thought the Turin opening ceremony was a load of old tosh - the crowning moment being the miming Pavarotti. As for Peter Gabriel's contribution - ev
81 QANTASFOREVER : Dear Londoners, Over the next few years you're going to hear comments like that all the time in newspapers, on radio, and on television. At times you
82 Post contains images CPH-R : Well, congratulations to our Swedish neighbours in taking both the mens & womens gold medal in the Crosscountry Team Sprint Unfortunately, the Danish
83 Post contains images FutureUApilot : Yes Yes Yes! It's amazing to see so many countries so close to eachother competing side by side all the while keeping the spirit of the Olympics aliv
84 SK A340 : Thank you very much! But I think we have to give the big applaud to our other neighbor. Norway is outstanding in these games, just as in any winter O
85 Post contains images Andreas : True...and another silver and bronze medal in Biathlon...Congrats!!!
86 Slider : Congrats to Joey Cheek for the Men's 500M speedskating Gold!!! Great race, all the way around. Shame that Casey FitzRandolph slipped, but Cheek just d
87 Airkas1 : Anyone watching the Women's 500m at the moment? "Our" Marianne Timmer just became the victim of this horribly bad starter and is now disqualified. Som
88 Post contains images Matt27 : Thanks! Finally GOLD for Sweden. This is actually the first since the Swedish hockey team won in Lillehamer 1994!
89 AsstChiefMark : I'd like to see something different. Like gymnastics or track-and-field events on the ice rink. Mark
90 Post contains images Logan22L : Hey! My analytical chemistry professer in college invented that.
91 Post contains images Redngold : I'm glad that all of the people who crashed yesterday escaped serious injury! On the contrary, I think they were rewarded for a great show of Olympic
92 ScarletHarlot : I am watching the coverage of women's curling on TSN (Canadian sports station). Canada is playing Russia. This is very cool for me, because four years
93 Post contains images Willo : Yep, let's throw the rule book away and just give out sympathy votes. Apart from the shoddy skating, they should have been disqualified for exceeding
94 Redngold : I stand corrected! I forgot about that part. The Olympic Referee is the person who allowed them to continue. The judges had nothing to do with that.
95 AeroWesty : I just have to say how much I loath Jim Lampley. All the way back to when he anchored the Channel 2 news in L.A. And he keeps popping up!!
96 Post contains images AeroWesty : Dang, Jeffrey Buttle is a cutie! Too bad he took a dive during his routine.
97 Post contains images Willo : Not wishing to split hairs, but I said that they should have disqualified, I did not mention the judges doing that. To be honest, I was surprised whe
98 AeroWesty : WOW, I really liked Kevin van der Perren from Belgium in the Men's Figure Skating competition. His choice of music from Pirates of the Caribbean was s
99 Tuffgong : Team Canada 2-0 in Mens hockey!! even though they played two power house teams in Germany and Italy. Gold here we come.
100 Post contains images Matt27 : Woo hooooo Sweden beat USA 4-2 (after penalties) in women's ice hockey!!! WELL DONE And good luck against Canada in the final!
101 AA777 : Congrats to Yevgeny Plushenko in the mens freeskate. He did fantastic. I was really pulling for Evan Lysacek... he melted down in the short program, b
102 Waterpolodan : Wow... just watched the women's snowboard cross final (cool sport by the way). The american Lindsay Jacobellis just plain blew it. She was ahead by a
103 Post contains links Saxdiva : Here's my favorite Olympics video: http://www.starterupsteve.com/flash/html/olympics.shtml Enjoy.
104 Post contains images Itsjustme : Saw her interviewed a few times and she not only blew it on the hill, she blew it with the media as well. She should have just fessed up that she got
105 Post contains images CPH-R : Looks like Norway was finally able to win something - with Kjetil Andre Aamodt pulling away with the Super G gold medal. Which is even more impressive
106 Post contains images Aviationmaster : ICE HOCKEY: Hahaha, Switzerland 2-0 Canada HOPP SCHWIIZ!!![Edited 2006-02-18 18:07:06]
107 Mirrodie : what are you talking about? isnt Norway leading in medals? Or by mid week I though they were. Yep, was annoyed by that US snowboader screwing it up.
108 Jean Leloup : Leading in overall medals, but only one or two gold. The standard way to count seems to be by gold, since those are 'wins'. Unfortunately, not Canadi
109 Post contains images AeroWesty : (Am I the only one watching the Olympics now?) I think Bolero was a poor choice for the couple that used it in Ice Dancing tonight. That song belongs
110 Mrmeangenes : Permit Me a Geriatric Growl or Two… Call me mean -spirited and divisive if you will,but I hate the way the Olympics are covered on TV ! I have nothi
111 Redngold : I have to say, ski jumping continues to thrill me. That kid from Austria, Thomas Morgenstern, has good things ahead of him. As long as he doesn't cras
112 Post contains images AeroWesty : But they are, Blanche, they are crass imitators!
113 Post contains images Andreas : Right now Germany ahead in 1st place with 9 Gold, and 21 medals overall, Norway in 10th place with 2 Gold and 18 overall (just like the USA, 18 overa
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