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Postby Beautiful Jugdish » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:38 am

i know the olympics are a corrupt, wasteful institution, but the thing is i love them. every few years people start to care about cool niche sports like biathalon and curling, and we get obsessed with some athlete we've never heard about, and we all debate which sports people are the hottest.

i'm gonna start posting Things To Watch For in the olympics in this thread, starting with mikaela shiffrin:

How do you top that? Funny you ask, because you might have noticed … the Winter Olympics are, once again, almost upon us. And they’re coming just a time when Shiffrin seems to be becoming the best not only in slalom (check) or in the world (check), but, just maybe, one of the best skiers in history.

If it sounds like a stretch, I get it. Shiffrin is only 22. Skiing is an infamously unpredictable sport. She’s had a few great seasons, but anything could happen.

And yet. Some things to take into account:

First, her World Cup showing this season. So far, she’s started in 17 races. She’s landed a podium in 14 of them, and won 10 outright.

Let’s put that in context. You’ve probably heard of a certain Lindsey Vonn. You may also have heard that Vonn is chasing Ingemar Stenmark’s record of 86 World Cup career wins. Vonn has 78. That’s incredibly impressive. It’s nearly twice as many as Shiffrin, who has 41. But Vonn is 33; she might have another couple of years; Shiffrin could have a decade.


https://deadspin.com/mikaela-shiffrin-h ... 1822122253

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Postby Beautiful Jugdish » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:42 am

in fact, jamaican women have qualified for the bobsled in THIS YEAR'S OLYMPICS! make sure to check them out:

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Postby mcwop23 » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:43 am

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Postby brent » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:44 am

i used to make fun of the olympics and now i earnestly enjoy watching them
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Postby Beautiful Jugdish » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:49 am

the history of biathlon is pretty interesting. its the kind of thing that could only possibly come from scandinavia:

According to Encyclopædia Britannica, the biathlon "is rooted in the skiing traditions of Scandinavia, where early inhabitants revered the Norse god Ullr as both the ski god and the hunting god". In modern times, the activity that developed into this sport was an exercise for Norwegian people that was an alternative training for the military. Norwegian skiing regiments organized military skiing contests in the 18th century, divided in four classes: shooting at mark while skiing at top speed, downhill race among trees, downhill race on big hills without falling, and a long race on flat ground while carrying rifle and military pack. In modern terminology these military contests included downhill, slalom, biathlon, and cross-country skiing.[1] One of the world's first known ski clubs, the Trysil Rifle and Ski Club, was formed in Norway in 1861 to promote national defense at the local level. 20th century variants include Forsvarsrennet (the military contest) – a 17 km cross-country race with shooting, and the military cross-country race at 30 km including marksmanship. The modern biathlon is a civilian variant of the old military combined exercise.[2] In Norway, the biathlon was until 1984 a branch of Det frivillige Skyttervesen, an organization set up by the government to promote civilian marksmanship in support of national defense. In Norwegian, the biathlon is called skiskyting (literally ski shooting).[3] In Norway there are still separate contests in skifeltskyting, a cross-country race at 12 km with large-caliber rifle shooting at various targets with unknown range.[4]
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Postby incoherent grunting » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:51 am

hate the olympics but love the t̶r̶o̶o̶p̶s̶ athletes, really looking forward to them this year but bummed the time-change is going to ruin primetime viewing! Also gutted that NHL players haven't been allowed to attend (by the NHL).

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Postby goldmatt » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:54 am

I hope NBC actually shows the downhill this time around.
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Postby No Good Advice » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:55 am

Love the Olympics as sports events, of course, and the Winter Olympics are close to my heart.

Shiffrin rocks. I try to follow her every week during the wc season. Her moving to to taking wins in downhill as well blew my mind. In many ways a totally different discipline.

The Good Jugdish wrote:i know the olympics are a corrupt, wasteful institution, but the thing is i love them. every few years people start to care about cool niche sports like biathalon a


Also these sports are not niche sports everwyhere, but among the major mainstream sports in countries like mine, so it's cool to see others reacting to it. Obviously biathlon is a perfectly constructed sport for tactical considerations and excitement.

Last weekend in Germany



Norway is as usual mostly obssessed with cross country skiing though. I'm a little worried South Koreans will not turn up in droves for those events
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Postby incoherent grunting » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:05 am

I always find it a curiosity how good Italy is at the winter olympics - I mean, they don't top out in medals but they're always way higher placed than one would expect when conjuring up images of an Italian winter.

And yeah, hopefully they show a ton of downhill skiing, it's so good.

I think I like the winter olympics more than summer???
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Postby Beautiful Jugdish » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:07 am

i mean there's some solid skiing in the north of italy, isn't there?
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Postby Alexis » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:13 am

very excited!! ready to see snowboarding and speed skating!!
plus team USA's gear for this olympics are *chefs kiss*
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Postby VHGisdead » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:14 am

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Postby black drum » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:15 am

The olympics are fun I like them

I am going to be rooting for Canada because my Canadian wife wants to.

Go Canada!
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Postby Alexis » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:15 am

plus im excited to see her!
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Postby banquo » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:28 am

bought one of those plastic antennas shaped like a square to watch non-cable channels because of the olympics
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Postby Beautiful Jugdish » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:38 am

banquo wrote:bought one of those plastic antennas shaped like a square to watch non-cable channels because of the olympics

i want to replace my antenna, its old. would you recommend the one you got?
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Postby baleen » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:29 am

scarsdale & I love the olympics. we tend to watch as much as we can.
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Postby tgk » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:37 am

I like how Trump is advocating for the IOC to rescind Russia's total ban from these Olympics. What a dick!
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Postby acidity regulator » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:39 am

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Postby easy » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:41 am

I gotta find a way to hook up my HD antenna to my vizio, which strangely doesn't have an RF input

I love just sort of always having the lympics on as a nice media wallpaper
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Postby blab » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:41 am

That really long ski jump is tight. So is the freestyle tricks section. And the downhill. Everything about skiing looks like freedom on the slopes
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Postby tgk » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:49 am

this competition was just brutal
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Postby Beautiful Jugdish » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:51 am

my friend grew up by lake placid and was a semi-pro ski jumper for a while. its wild that like, to participate in that sport, you need access to an insanely long ramp.
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Postby figaro » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:54 am

pretty much all winter olympic sports seemingly require access to insane things
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Postby Bernie » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:59 am

Yeah it seems impossible to grow up poor and succeed at a sport featured in the winter olympics
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Postby Cone » Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:00 pm

Rooting for North Korea to sweep this whole thing
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Postby tgk » Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:00 pm

they need to bring ski ballet back

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Postby Cone » Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:01 pm

I really wanted to be a professional biathalon competitor when I was a kid

It’s easily my favorite sport in the Winter Olympics

Also skeleton is sick

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Postby No Good Advice » Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:06 pm

Back in the day Olympic skiers here were very much working class people first and foremost. Nowadays the craze for the hottest equipment definitely gets to some parents, more than necessary, but everyone has access to cheap skis and a trail for free to get started
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Postby acidity regulator » Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:08 pm

as a kid we ski jumped by getting/sharing whatever skis we had and made a jump on a hill. we had a couple spots where the slope actually resembled a real hill in miniature; could get about 30+ metres.

we needed access to snow though
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