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It's time for the good Olympics.  That time where men and women hurl themselves down mountains at insane speeds while a chunk of this nation get horribly addicted to curling.

 

Due to time zones, most of the events happen overnight, but you should catch things in the morning up to about midday.  Elise Christie begins qualifying in the short track speedskating at 10.44am tomorrow.

 

Nice opening ceremony.  Not a lot of bombast, but quite subtle and clever.  And amazing use of technology.

 

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Fire penis!

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I'm just going to be hitting the coverage on iPlayer.  Cross-country skiing.  I love that.  Don't ask why, because I don't know and I can't explain it.

 

Only thing I'm not keen on is figure skating and any snowboard / ski thing that relies on judges.

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15 hours ago, Plissken said:

I'm just going to be hitting the coverage on iPlayer.  Cross-country skiing.  I love that.  Don't ask why, because I don't know and I can't explain it.

 

Only thing I'm not keen on is figure skating and any snowboard / ski thing that relies on judges.

 

Indeed, Jamie Nicholls knocked out of qualys even though 5th place man made a mistake.

 

Also, criminal that there's no snowboard halfpipe event!

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1 hour ago, gossi the dog said:

So were Russia banned, but then why are all the Russians competing under the Olympic flag?

 

Isn't it that the Russia team has been banned for institutional doping, but individual Russian athletes who live and train outside Russia, and so aren’t under suspicion, can still compete?

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There is snowboard Halfpipe:

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowboarding_at_the_2018_Winter_Olympics_–_Men's_halfpipe

 

23 hours ago, MalevolentPanda said:

The snowboarding trick events are ludicrously subjective and shouldn't be in the Olympics, really, unless they can come up with a more objective format/scoring system.

 

I kind of agree with this, but I’m still happy to see them there. Probably because I bought Steep this week and now am an expert on snowboarding. Also I think the boarders get that it’s subjective and it’s less hyper competitive on a personal level as a result. 

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it's tough to put a marker because in recent years scores are judged mainly on how many rotations and corks you can do, resulting in crazy 1620s with no style, vs a 1440 or 1260s with moves and/or done with finesse.

 

Also a travesty that one of the best freesetylers, Yuki Kadono, isn't in the Olympics.

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On 11/02/2018 at 13:10, 5R7 said:

i love that in order to watch the event i want to watch, i have to find alternative means, as none of the legit coverage is showing ice hockey...

 

I’ve watched two games on the BBC red button, unless they’re not showing specific games you’re interested in (they were both “best thing on” sort of choice).

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Holy upset!

USA giving up a late goal in regulation against Slovenia, then losing 38 seconds into OT, whilst tournament favourites OAR losing in regulation to Slovakia and looking really poor on their powerplay. 

 

For OAR, Datsyuk is starting to look like age is catching up with him a little, still shows signs of magic, but some of his quickness has left him. 

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