Arena 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

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  1. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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    This thread is for discussing and watching the Olympics together. If you have boycott/drama please refer to this thread for talking about that.

    Since we have people from all over the world please share who is going to be exciting to watch from your country! I want to see the best of the best so let me know if there is someone I should pay attention to.

    I normally catch the figure skating (mens, womens, pairs), snowboarding and hockey. This year I was watching the trials for the new Women's ski jumping event so I'll probably catch that too.

    What will you be watching?
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  2. Obi Anne FF admin Celebrations, Europe

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    For me the big thing will be the women's ski jumping. It's going to very emotional for me and I would be so very happy if Helena Olsson-Smedby manages to get up on the podium, she's been fourth three times in the world cup this season. She was part of the almost first batch of girls who got recognized for being ski jumpers when Sweden started to organize the first events for just girls in the middle of the '90s, and that is where the ball started to roll in order to get women's ski jumping accepted by the International Ski Federation. It's been a long struggle and now it's finally an Olympic event. The fact that Helena now competes for Norway because she couldn't get support from Sweden is another thing.

    Otherwise I'm guessing I'll watch quite a lot of cross country skiing, some alpine and biathlon. Figure skating and curling are always fun, and the Swedish media will be very occupied with the hockey so there's not escaping that.

    One thing with these Olympics though is that this is the first time that they are not broadcasted on the national TV channel, so you will have to pay. I have two of the channels that will show the Olympics, but it's still not clear exactly which sports and if they are being sent live or delayed. That will definitely influence my interest and ability to watch everything I want to.
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    I'll be watching (or at least try to watch) figure skating, Alpine skiing, biathlon, ski jumping and ICE HOCKEY (GO SLOVAKIA!!!).

    Speaking of the new women's ski jumping, I wanted to be a ski jumper when I was a kid and was so frustrated that girls/women couldn't do it. It took a bloody long time to get if officialised - now I'm too old to start... :p
  4. Obi Anne FF admin Celebrations, Europe

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    Since women's ski jumping is very emotional for me I felt that I needed to write this short version of the history of the sport.

    In Norway there have been women jumping for a very long time. They weren't allowed to compete though, just do show jumps. In most countries where you have had ski jumping there have always been girls who wanted to do it as well, and there have been some individuals doing it, but nothing was organized.

    1991 the first training camp for girls who did ski jumping was organized in Sweden. There were around 10 girls, most of them in the age 8-12. Still that was the first officially recognized competition ever for girls, competing against girls. (I actually won that competition). There were enough girls that the Swedish ski federation made it a rule that if there were two or more girls present, then they could compete in a separate class, and not against the boys.
    1992 first season with women's class in national competitions
    1993 in conjunction with the World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden, an invite was sent out to organize some kind of event for women. The age of the active jumpers was still very low, but the first international girls competition was held with participants from Sweden, Finland and Canada.
    1994 First Swedish national championships for women
    1995 at the World Ski Championships in Thunder Bay, Canada, there was once again an invitation for a show competition. One of the best jumpers there was a small girl from the US called Lindsey Van.
    Now it was impossible to ignore the fact that there were women doing ski jumping internationally, so the International Ski Federation decided to have a sub-committee in their ski jumping committee dealing with women's ski jumping. My father ended up being the first chairman of that committee. Still the opposition was really strong, and there was so many made up facts thrown around, on why women shouldn't do ski jumping at all. The most used argument, and the one that has been used up until now by the IOC, is that it could somehow damage the uterus.
    1997-2007 unofficial women's world championships were held in conjunction with the junior world championships, and a world cup started to get organized. It should be said that from the late '90s the baton of fighting for women's ski jumping had passed to Norway and the US, with some individuals from Austria. When the new Norwegian national ski jumping arena was going to be inaugurated Annete Sagen was voted by the public to be the first jumper there, in a very typical way they managed to sneak a guy in before here though. A positive thing was that the outcry against this got quite big in Norway.
    2009 For the first time women's ski jumping was part of the World Ski Championships. The first world champion was Lindsey Van, who had been one of the people fighting the hardest against discrimination against women in ski jumping, and had been part of it ever since 1995.
    2014 It's final time to crown an Olympic champion as well. Unfortunately Annette Sagen hasn't managed to qualify, she's been injured before the season. The Norwegian Olympic Committee has invited her as a special guest though due to her work with getting women's ski jumping accepted. Lindsey Van is part of the US team. I'm going to cross my fingers for Helena Olsson-Smedby. She's one year younger than me and we competed against each other quite a lot in the mid-90's. She was part of those first contests in 1993 and 1994.

    It's going to be very emotional for me watch the contest in Sochi, since well I was there when it started. That first training camp was organized by my sisters, one of my sisters became the first international ski jumping judge and today she's writing a PhD thesis where women's ski jumping is one of the subjects. In 2009 when the first World Ski Championships were held my father was especially invited to that event and thanked by many of the women competing. He passed away two years ago though and in his obituaries both at the Swedish Ski Federation and the International Ski Federation it was mentioned that it was really sad that he never got to see the sport becoming part of the Olympics.

    In 2015 my sister and some other scholars are planning on releasing a book about women's ski jumping and its history.
  5. dp4m Chosen One

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    I'm watching for the inevitable terrorist attack.

    And Jamaican bobsledding and everyone curling!
  6. Force Smuggler Chosen One

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    I'm watching as much of it as I can.
  7. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    So I generally hugely prefer the summer Olympics, but I followed the hockey in 2010 because I was very pleased that the U.S. had beaten Canada at the thing they're best at. Any chance of that happening again? Because I'll certainly follow that.

    Unfortunately there aren't many events I watch aside from that during the winter games. I used to watch skiing a lot as a kid, but I haven't done so in years.
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  8. Force Smuggler Chosen One

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    Does anyone have a schedule of events yet?
  9. Boba_Fett_2001 Chosen One

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    Uhhhhh what? :p
  10. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    I don't mean for the medal of course, just that one game that randomly generated headlines in the U.S. (so I followed the rest of the games).
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  12. yankee8255 Force Ghost

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    I'm looking forward to the alpne skiing, obviously, should be very competitive in almost every event, with a fair amount of diversity in terms of the countries with top skiers.

    Also the mens ski jumping, especially with three-time gold-medalist looking to come back from a rather horrific crash just two weeks ago.


    I actually prefer the winter games, not so commercial, great atmosphere. Of course, that commercial part went out the window when Sochi was awarded the games.
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  14. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    Yank, true there's less of the professional athlete / commercial sponsorship vibe. I just enjoy the summer events more. I watched mostly fencing last time, with a bit of archery (I feel like I am one of three people who doesn't watch aquatic or floor sports -- although even I'll admit that those are fun if you're watching in a group).

    I'll try to branch out a bit more. The Olympics is basically the only sporting event I follow these days with any interest. I like the pageantry associated with all of it, which feels like more of a summer thing too. I also get turned off by the US coverage of it since it's so narrow in focus but recently streaming has greatly improved what you can see and avoids the Bob Costas annoying ness (does he commentate the winter games too?)


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  15. DarthIntegral Chosen One

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    I'm a compete Olympics junkie. I'll watch anything. I do try to go out of my way to watch curling, though.
  16. Everton Chosen One

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    The BBC's coverage of the Olympic Games (Summer or Winter) is the best in the world. Can't wait for the deluge of sport. :D
  17. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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    Yeah this always frustrated me especially since my sport isn't one of the popular ones. The livestreaming is amazing though and they even did country videos (Team USA or Canada) so that I didn't have to watch everything to see the people I wanted to see.
  18. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    Sometimes you get lucky and actually get international commentary. I remember fencing had some British dudes talking -- not sure if I was getting a BBC feed on the stream or if it was just because these were the London Games. Either way, the commentary was actually interesting and instructive.


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    I've always really loved the swimming and track (i was a runner in high school myself, 400 and 800 m, ran Penn Relays 4x400 twice) but there's just too much else, plus the whole Dream Team in basketball. I don't watch things like biathlon or cross-country skiing much normally, but every four years I really get into it, especially the relays.
  20. darth_gersh Force Ghost

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    Curling is the snit. Late night beers and lots of snit talking. Can't go wrong.
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    Anyone know anything about the new team-event that will be included in the figure skating competition this year? I haven't heard much but it sounds intriguing.
  22. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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    I vaguely remember them talking about this while I was watching the US championships the other day. I think it is like gymnastics where there is one person for each event (pairs, dancing, men's, women's) and the team can win another medal as well as an individual one. I could be wrong though. I had forgotten about that until your post.
  23. DarthIntegral Chosen One

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    How did I not know until today that a new event is a luge relay? I'm excited to see that event now.
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    Best. Outfit. Ever.
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  25. yankee8255 Force Ghost

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    What sport is that going to be worn in?