I love the "slackers on snowboards!" They're a totally different breed of athlete and I love to watch em!
*Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes*
Still crazy, after all these shears
"lambikins, put the crack pipe down and back away from the keyboard." Unklescott
"lambikins... I have come to the conclusion that you are the Jedi Master of the Kitchen on FORT!" SuperBrat
Oh. My. God. I just saw those women's downhill training run wipeouts. It was so sad to see them yet touching to see how effected the other skiers were by what happened.
"I miss Darva Conger." - Phonegrrrl
I love the winter olympics. There is no pressure on our Athletes at all except for Alisa Camplin in the ariels, unless someone does a Stephen Bradbury we are happy if the rest of team come in the top 20.
The snowboarding was great and the down hill is great to watch I even like watching the mogals and find that silly thing like bowling on ice with the brooms just fasinating to watch. (having a mental block on the name)
Stayed up to midnight last night to see the gold medal run of the luge.
After watching two days and four runs of the best sliders and the worst i now know enough about the technical side of it that i could just jump in and give it a go, NOT.
Yes I cringed when she landed on her knees! They/she really deserved that standing O!
On Michelle withdrawing, I can understand why she wanted so badly to have one more shot at the gold but in a way I am disppointed in her for not giving up her spot earlier. After she couldn't compete at nationals the US officials offered to let her go to Turin anyway, provided she was 100% recovered from her injury by Jan. 25 or whatever that deadline was. When that date came she wasn't fully back to competitive health but was saying she was confident that she would be by Olympics time. Not what the deal was, but they let her be on the team anyway.
With the new scoring system I don't think Kwan could have won gold or even silver this year unless most of the others screwed up. Even when Michelle is at her best Slutskaya and Cohen are more flexible and Irina S. jump higher and does more difficult jumps and skates faster, and Sasha and Irina both do more graceful and difficult spin sequences. Michelle is very elegant when she is on, but that won't get you nearly as far with the new scoring system.
Much as I might have loved to see Michelle finally get her gold, I keep thinking about younger skaters like Emily H for whom this might be their only chance to go to the Olympics and I would not have wanted Michelle to deny them that chance unless she really thought she could win the gold.
Lots of top athletes miss out on "the" big trophy for one reason or another.
Gold for Sweden! In cross country skiing the short races, relay (I have no idea what it's called in English). The women took the gold, the men are pretty good as well, so maybe I'll come back soon.
EDIT: 15 minutes later, the men came through as well. Two golds for Sweden within 20 minutes
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