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  •  On a limited level I would agree but quick... (4+ / 0-)

    name three currrent figure skaters.  Name two skiers.  Name one bobsleder.  Tell me anything about curling.  Now how many foot ball players can you name?  Basketball players?  The Olyimpics pay off well for albut 1% of the athletes who compete in them--for teh other 99%, they are doing it for reasons other than money...and they deserve not to be fucked over for politics.

    "If Jesus had a gun he'd still be alive today." Homer Simpson, 2013

    by quiet in NC on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 04:01:46 PM PDT

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    •  Curling is (0+ / 0-)

      horizontal darts with a stone.
      What do I win?

      warning: snark above

      by NE2 on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 04:26:01 PM PDT

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    •  Those athletes are not being (3+ / 0-)

      fucked over for politics. Human rights are not "politics". We have here a country that has singled out a minority population for punishment, brutality, and gawd knows what else. When do we make a stand? Do we wait until there are piles of bodies? Could that happen if this continues and there are no repercussions?

      If I were an athlete I wouldn't want the world to ignore what is happening in Russia so that I can compete. I couldn't live with that.

      "Humidity built the snowman. Sunshine brought him down" John Prine

      by high uintas on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 04:31:56 PM PDT

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    •  Olympic names.... (3+ / 0-)
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      quiet in NC, VClib, Actbriniel

      Johnny Weir (Ok, he's off and on lately), Mao Asada, Davis and White

      Lindsy Vonn and Ted Ligity

      I don't know a bobsledder by name, but I recognize them.

      Curling is played with brooms, and the object is to sweep the ice head of the little puck type thing and get it in the circle. There was a Simpson's episode about curling, btw.

      I don't know anything about 'popular' sports like foot ball and basketball. I do follow x games and 'alternative sports' :P.

      I also happen to agree with you. It's not about the sponsors, it's about the athletes who work hard to get there. And I hope Evan Lysachek beats that smug stuck up Russian figure skater on his own turf. (And I note that he was convinced after the last olympics that they would try to keep him out of Russia because he beat their guy fair and square last time.)

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 04:33:21 PM PDT

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    •  The last skiier I remember was.. Tomba (0+ / 0-)

      Curling is played with a rock and couple of brooms... probably invented by either insane canadians or scotsmen?

      Obama: self-described Republican; backed up by right-wing policies

      by The Dead Man on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 11:19:48 AM PDT

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