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... Produce better winter Olympians? Congrats to Canada on the medal haul. It's fun to see Bob Costas sneer a bit aboot Canuck gold. Hard to argue with the Snowback golden mojo. It's been a wonderful olympics. The female figure skating was great, the mens result a bit odd. Biathlon was fun to see and I've warmed to some of the new events. They have become quite inventive. The boarding is becoming a more mature sport with real competition.  Hail the olympics. And congrats to the British Skeleton. Phwew! That was almost a repeat of Turin.

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Originally posted to Salo on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 09:54 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)
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    DaleA, raster44, vc2, cckids

    the intelligence community is no longer geared towards telling the president what they think the president wants to hear

    by Salo on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 09:54:36 AM PST

  •  Your thought is so random (0+ / 0-)

    Just because athletes come from healthy countries doesn't correlate to more medals in the Olympics.

    If you pay a million dollars in the Republic of the Congo to train and develop athletes, you will produce great athletes.

    You can make that investment in athletes when the average person on the street is starving and has horrible health care.

    "Don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34

    by Jonathan4Dean on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 10:08:51 AM PST

  •  Snowboard Cross and Ski Cross are amazing (1+ / 0-)
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    Observerinvancouver

    sports.  Just so exciting to watch and there is no doubt of the athletic skills needed.  

    I, like many, am normally slow to warm up to new sports even tho i finally accepted half pipe as a sport :D.  The cross events grabbed me immediately

    The thing about the cross events is that they actually made me realize what was needed in some of the others..like snowboard slalom and even ski slalom, i never got to excited about it but now i see the skills more.  Not only has snowboarding matured but by having such an exciting sport as the cross event it will make people more interested in the "normal" snowboarding, free style, aerial skiing etc.

    Barack Obama: "Dr. King said, "We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope." Jan17, 2010

    by vc2 on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 10:15:27 AM PST

    •  Yeah I've come round after watching (1+ / 0-)
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      vc2

      The cross boarding. Lots of drama.

      the intelligence community is no longer geared towards telling the president what they think the president wants to hear

      by Salo on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 10:23:11 AM PST

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      •  thought i was the only one who (0+ / 0-)

        found that by having the cross events as an olympic sport I managed to enjoy the other events that were tied to them!  Glad to know i am not crazy

        Probably one of the only new sports in decades that had a real effect on the public enthusiasm for the "orignal" sport that they came from.  I mean who suddenly gets into original gymnastics after watching ribbon gymnastics?

        Barack Obama: "Dr. King said, "We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope." Jan17, 2010

        by vc2 on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 10:30:18 AM PST

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  •  The US is having the "Best Winter Olympic" ever (1+ / 0-)
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    DaleA

    We have already locked up a record number of medals -- no country in the history of the games has ever won 37 medals in a Winter Olympics.

    And we do not even pay winter sports -- most of us have never skied and do not live anywhere near snow.

    I think we should let Canada win at hockey. It is only fair, we have all the other medals.

    •  Hey note my last comment (0+ / 0-)

      Guess where I'm from? We don't have any snow that last more than a day.

      the intelligence community is no longer geared towards telling the president what they think the president wants to hear

      by Salo on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 10:20:53 AM PST

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    •  Actually there are more (3+ / 0-)

      Americans who live in winter areas than there are
      Canadians.  

    •  That's very .... (0+ / 0-)

      ... kind of you to "let Canada win at hockey".  We surely appreciate the charity.  After you let the women win I can only assume you will let the men win as well.

      If I may be so bold to point out what surely must be a typo.  You folks, sterling and deserving athletes that you are, do not have all the other medals.  Canada actually has more gold medals than you.  Even if we are not given the gold in men's hockey we will still finish ahead in gold medals.  It's a fact, you can look it up ;-)

      Prophecy is not an exact science.

      by willy be frantic on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 11:32:15 AM PST

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  •  Snowboarding really grabbed me (1+ / 0-)
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    vc2

    never thought it could be so graceful. The luge struck me as irresponsibly dangerous. Got into the bobsleds. Where were the tobaggans?

  •  I want to give kudos to ctv coverage (4+ / 0-)

    I think they have had the best coverage of any olympics i have watched, summer or winter.  Not only were all of the events well covered and they continuously let us know what was on at that time on TSN or OLN as the sister coverage sites of live events but went into far more depth explaining things.

    They had an excellent section called "How difficult is it" where they took athletes in a sport and sent them to try another.  For example yesterday they had the former canadian Ice Dancing gold medalists try out speed skating.  Obviously skates and ice are as familiar as walking to them, but they were totally shocked at the effort it took on the legs, and the differences.  Jaques Villeneuve, the race car driver went to learn the luge and loved it.

    Another section was "the difference makers" where rick Hansen found the people behind the athletes who made a real difference to them. The speed skater found practicing with the US champion really pushed him and vice versa.  A woman skeleton athlete had been profiled in a local newspaper a couple of years ago and the father of her ex boyfriend in high school wondered if the name was really her..he called and then he funded her training.  A snowboarder hit bottom with depression in high school and a friend convinced his family to take him in and helped motivate him. CTV really let us know the people behind it, not all the huge names but also the lesser known

    Really really good coverage and lots of fun coverage as well.

    Barack Obama: "Dr. King said, "We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope." Jan17, 2010

    by vc2 on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 10:25:14 AM PST

    •  You can tell they did everything right (1+ / 0-)
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      Hope they enjoyed being hosts as much as I enjoyed following the events.

      the intelligence community is no longer geared towards telling the president what they think the president wants to hear

      by Salo on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 10:29:49 AM PST

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  •  Your title does not match your content.... (0+ / 0-)

    but to answer your title.....no.  These people do not get elite athlete medical care in the regular healthcare system.

    And because they are all young, they generally don't used the regular medicalcare system anyways.

    Progress is not an illusion, it happens, but it is slow and invariably disappointing. --George Orwell

    by thestupiditburns on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 10:36:12 AM PST

  •  correction (0+ / 0-)

    And because they are all young, they generally don't used the regular medicalcare system anyways.

    Wrong-ola.  We Canucks literally use it cradle-to-grave. Same system for all ages.

    A sense of falling, like an arrow-shower Sent out of sight, somewhere becoming rain.

    by howth of murph on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 11:05:40 AM PST

    •  I think what they meant was that (0+ / 0-)

      young people don't need medical care...though of course athletes get all kinds of injuries that regular folks never have to worry about....

      "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

      by Alice in Florida on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 11:27:49 AM PST

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  •  NBC coverage sucked so bad (1+ / 0-)
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    I literally could not wade through the crap to get to the 10% of their coverage that was actual sports.  Not only that, I'm just not willing to play their game and stay up til midnight to watch what I really want to see just because they put it there on purpose to force people to watch all night.

    Yea capitalism!

    Save the parrots: Drink shade-grown coffee!

    by oscarsmom on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 11:16:06 AM PST

  •  Re men's figure skating, I assume you (0+ / 0-)

    mean the gold and silver medals.  I'd never heard of Evan Lysacek before he stepped on the ice and I'd heard Plushenko's short program was awesome so I was rooting mildly for Plushenko.  Lysacek was beautiful to watch even without a quad.  The further Plushenko got into his skate, the more uneasy I felt.  He just wasn't executing cleanly (e.g., tilting on the landings of some jumps) and all those little flaws add up, so when he got silver it was hardly a surprise.  

    "It's a sight to see." Pres. Obama - Dec 8/09 and Jan 16/10

    by Observerinvancouver on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 11:34:26 AM PST

    •  It was odd (0+ / 0-)

      But it is a judged event so anything can and will happen.

      the intelligence community is no longer geared towards telling the president what they think the president wants to hear

      by Salo on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 11:36:53 AM PST

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      •  The better skater on the day won. What's odd (0+ / 0-)

        about that?  If Plushenko and Lysacek both go to World's it might be vice versa and there'd be nothing odd about that either.  

        On a general note, the new judging system seems way better than the old one and I don't think there's nearly the angst about results that there used to be.  

        "It's a sight to see." Pres. Obama - Dec 8/09 and Jan 16/10

        by Observerinvancouver on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 11:43:56 AM PST

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        •  The quad stuff. (0+ / 0-)

          it's arguable.

          the intelligence community is no longer geared towards telling the president what they think the president wants to hear

          by Salo on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 12:04:21 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

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