Olympics!

Discussion in 'Canada General' started by Lelila, Feb 10, 2006.

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  1. Lelila Jedi Master

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    As I sit at this happy little computer in the social science lab at school, the Opening Ceremonies are now going on half way around the world. Here's a general Olympic Thread so we can post about the events of the next 16 days. What's everyone looking forward to (ya, hockey's a given)?

    Go Canada! :)
  2. Lelila Jedi Master

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    Just caught the moguls, where the announcer announced our gold winner as being from the USA...:oops: *face palm*
  3. DarthBabe Force Ghost

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    I thought she was from Alberta?

    Here
  4. poof-the-magic-jedi Jedi Master

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    Congratulations to our first gold medalist!

    I'm not really a big Olympic fan though. I'll probably watch some of the men's hockey, and maybe figure skating if I happen to see it, but that's about it. I do hope the Canadian althetes do well though, and don't do drugs... at least don't get caught. ;)
  5. cristalvandepol Force Ghost

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    Yeah, the announcer made a HUGE mistake. He corrected himself later and said she was from Canada.
  6. poof-the-magic-jedi Jedi Master

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    I was watching some of the Olympic highlights at my brother's place today, and they showed the announcer apologize personally to Heil after the race for goofing up her nationality. I thought that was pretty classy on his part.

    I also saw some stuff about the new judging format for figure skating. Hopefully it will get rid of the judging-by-reputation that always seems to happen during those events.
  7. SaeseeJim Jedi Master

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    Canada is kicking butt in hockey and I got to meet the team!!!!! after the game against italy
  8. SaeseeJim Jedi Master

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    I got to party with Team Canada's womens team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. jellicle_jedi73 Jedi Master

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    lucky you that must have been some party!!!

    so fingers crossed for today....yes?

    Canadian Hockey Rules!!!
  10. SaeseeJim Jedi Master

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    yeah I'm pretty nervous we have to play Russia in the Quarters, although if we do lose then that means me and my brother can sell our gold medal game tickets for lots of money.
  11. DarthBabe Force Ghost

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    The Canadian Women are kicking @$$ in gold medals.
  12. poof-the-magic-jedi Jedi Master

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    I noticed that too. I think I counted something like 13 of the 18 total (four of five gold) medals Canada has won so far are by female athletes. I'm not really sure what that means, but it sure is interesting.
  13. poof-the-magic-jedi Jedi Master

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    Cindy Klassen won five medals in speedskating during these Olympics -- very impressive.

    The men's hockey team couldn't score a freakin' goal in a game that mattered -- very disappointing.
  14. SBD-518 Jedi Knight

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    (ya, hockey's a given)?

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  15. Fixer808 Jedi Knight

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    The Olympics are a joke. Amateur sport? What kind of amateur has access to government funded training facilities, performance enhancing bio-medical treatments, and super-lightweight polymer bodysuits that reduce wind resistence. My dad once said that all the athletes should compete naked, like in times long past, using generic, identical equipment.

    Not only that, but who gets to pay for the party and clean up afterward? The host city. Vancouver is up for the "honour" of hosting the Olympics in 2010, that I, for one, voted against, only to find out that our mayor changed the rules of the thing from "referendum" to "survey" after all was said and done.

    No, the Olympics exist these days only to make the rich richer. Just look at the lengths they go to protect their "Brand". There's a Greek food place here in Vancouver called "Olympia", or something to that effect, and it's been so for over 20 years. One day, the IOC waltzes in, after Vancouver has been named host city, and orders the name changed. I believe they refused, and I rather think it's still called Olympia. What's next? Are they going to drive down to the States and force Olympia, Washington to change it's name? If the Olympics were "amateur sport" and "for all the people of the world", then why do they need to hide behind their lawyers?

    My apologies if this sounds a might harsh, but I'm paying for the damn thing, so I can say what I want.
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