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Everything posted by LuigiVercotti

  1. Not so much VANOC but yes, the ILF is... So if Kumaritashvili hadn't lost control of his luge he would have been okay. Talk about stating the bloody obvious. But if the wall had been higher and the metal beams not protruding the way they were then he wouldn't have hit them, ergo no fatality. Any sliding track will see falls...that's a given. Therefore why leave the track more dangerous when someone does actually come off, at a higher speed than warranted or at a lower level of technical ability?
  2. So...who in your opinion is going to be the Michael Phelps or Usain Bolt of Vancouver 2010? Every games has had a select few athletes or a team that has formed an identifiable link, such as Berlin 36 being Jesse Owens' games, or Lake Placid 1980 being dominated by Eric Heiden and the Miracle on Ice. Some candidates include Lindsay Vonn, Ole Einar Bjørndalen, Shaun White, or any Canadian that wins the first home soil Canuck gold medal...
  3. And to add weight to the argument that the track and those responsible for its construction and layout must at least share the blame... (Source: Sydney Morning Herald online) So we have the man who heads the ILF saying the track is too fast, yet I assume his ILF signed off with VANOC on the layout and design of the track, as well as setting the criteria as to who could participate. I hope the RCMP who are supposedly investigating this tragedy have a few quiet words to Herr Fendt and ask if he thought the track was too fast why didn't his federation either ask for the changes to be made before sliders could be endangered or stopped sliders without an appropriate skill level from using such a dangerous track. By the way, having just checked out the ILF web site they've made no mention of Kumaritashvili's death. Poor bloody form indeed!
  4. I'd argue that the 'Up Close and Personal Approach' (if that is what it was called) was in existence at least from 1980 (I recall with great clarity the pieces on air given by Jim McKay during the Lake Placid Games in covering Tai Babylonia and Randy Gardner), if not earlier due to the work of Roone Arledge (who according to SI was chasing the female viewer which is where this modus operandi seems to be focused). But no matter when it started the extent this approach has been taken to now is starting to feel like bad reality TV. I can understand the desire to entertain and to explain the mysteries and vagaries of sport, especially winter sports which many people only care about once every four years, but the manner in which the bleeding obvious is combined with soap opera dramatics ruins so much Olympic broadcasting (well at least it has down under).
  5. Any chance of a pint of Bass Pale Ale and a Talisker chaser?
  6. So let's get this right...the track wasn't to blame but the wall will be raised and the ice adjusted? Does't that mean that the track did contribute at least partially to the accident? And the federation can confirm in less than 24 hours it was human error? Frankly reducing the dangers inherent in the track should have been on the agenda on all officials minds as soon as the earlier problems involving other lugers arose. This is already reeking of scapegoating at best, or a total lack or culpable responsibility at worst. Winter sports are inherently dangerous; making them more so than necessary is immoral and indictable
  7. Must admit I thought there were no ads during 7's broadcast...my video of the Sydney OC I thought didn't have such a break, but that went in the bin when I picked up the DVD (which does break during the marching bands). Course being there in the stadium means I didn't see any broadcast footage till later. As for Bruce & Joanna vs Eddie & Leila Bruce McAvaney will always be the best credentialled commentator. He takes the time to learn about the athletes and has bern covering games since 88 Seoul. Eddie is a show pony twat who thinks he can parlay his AFL footy show popularity into serious sports commentary. I wouldn't expect Fatty Vautin to do this job, do same goes for the Collingwood Goose. Sad to say the best female Olpuc or general sports commentators in Aust TV are not on 9 or 7. Tracey Holmes is the best so unless you get Foxtel you won't see her. Debbie Spillane and Karen Tighe are also good but no chance of being Olympic commentators thanks to the ABCs poverty. And Rebecca Wilson is simply too opinionated. So Leila, Joanna and their ilk are only there for fluff pieces and to nod their long blond locks
  8. I was disappointed about Luxembourg's non appearance as I worked with their team in Sydney. But to be honest they don't have a strong Winter Olympic heritage aside from Marc Giradelli who was an import anyway.
  9. I think the manner in which Nodar Kumaritashvili was remembered in the ceremony was fine. His tragic death was honoured with several references as well as by other athletes, and anything beyond what was done would have smacked of cheap or tawdry exploitation. Taking as a guide what was done for Munich 72 and Atlanta 96 the right tones were hit by Rogge, VANOC and the OC organisers.
  10. And the People's Liberation Army while you're at it
  11. For some reason the original link wasn't working but now seems to be okay...hmmmm
  12. I think Vancouver's OC will stay in the memory because of (1) the amazing visuals projections and (2) the cauldron problems. Hard core fans like most of us here in GamesBids will have more detailed recollections for sure. But when we come to Sochi or whoever wins 2018 (okay, I know...it's Munich okay ) then it'll be those sequences I've cited above that'll get reruns on the various broadcasters. As for Beijing being the only Opening Ceremony that stands out I do beg to differ. Moscow's, LA84, Barcelona and Sydney will always get a guernsey in the SOG stakes for memorable OCs, whilst Lillehammer would have to be the best candidate for WOGs. Here's hoping Vancouver's games continue to get better....
  13. Unfortunately the cauldron was always going to be an issue not necessarily from a mechanical point of view (after all, if the door works once you'd expect it to work again), but more so aesthetically. With the kindest of thoughts it could be said to have been visually arresting or different, but at worst it's just ugly. No matter how many legs arose during the ceremony there have been few cauldrons that have looked less appealing (I'd give Atlanta's a serve simply because it looked like a painted roll of newspaper atop some scaffolding). IMHO the over technical, avant garde design was in trouble from the get go...people prefer to see something along the lines of Barcelona, Lillehammer, Beijing, Sydney or Athens. Now as for who to blame, poor old David Atkins probably isn't the guy to sheet home total responsibility for the schemozzle. Whomever provided the IT or mechanical services obviously stuffed up, whilst VANOC's top committee folk could have seen the less than appealing aspect of the cauldron. So, if you're talking to anyone from London, Sochi or Rio tell 'em not to make their cauldron move, and make it look like something that isn't an imitation of Superman's secret hideout.
  14. Ah...Jim McKay...he was the host of the first WOG coverage I saw on Australian TV, way back for Lake Placid. I think it was Channel 9 who had access to the ABC feed and so it was almost all US coverage down under. By Sarajevo I think the mix was more Australian content, but it took till Calgary before we got our own broadcasters I think
  15. I have a distinct feeling that all English language broadcasters follow the model set down by the US networks from the 70s...the so-called human interest angle where cloying sentimentality, irrelevant humour and/or jingoistic simplicity is used to make the athletes 'more interesting'. Frankly I will always prefer an expert who is looking for a story based on achievement and non-nationalistic grounds, with far more objectivity.
  16. Canadian Self-Fellatio? Bet that leaves a bad taste in the mouth...or maybe with a hint of bacon and maple syrup
  17. Actually it's because of the glitch (not failure) in Sydney's cauldron sequence that we all realised instantly that something was up with the mini-fortress of solitude that was Vancouver's cauldron. Plus having the music come to a brief help didn't help matters. So who was it that was left 'legless' as a result of the fourth leg failure? "Now if this part is put in correctly the cauldron should work Mr Rogge..."
  18. Thanks Mikey Hmmm...intrigued that so far no one's heaped scorn on NBC's coverage. Either all our American friends are asleep or...god forbid...maybe the peacock got it right?!
  19. Michael, is that cable...i.e. linked with Foxtel and Sky News? So no free to air coverage in NZ?
  20. Actually I thought the Olympic hymn was one of the lesser performances of the night. The cadence and speed was all wrong...too slow and not energising or inspirational. The best performance bar none was that by Sissel at the Lillehammer OC. By the way, isn't it a tad pretentious that whenever the hymn is played at ceremonies like Olympic OCs the audience has to stand? I'm no protocol expert but usually you stand for a national anthem, not some music composed for a non representative private organisation with some fairly dodgy members. Fair enough it was 'Oh Canada', 'God Save the Queen' etc etc but not for this piece of non-representational music.
  21. Bang on SR! That poem was brilliant, and for the first time ever during an OC I've seen I felt pride for a country that I don't come from. This wasn't arrant American jingoism, Chinese middle kingdom bias or French artsy fartsy BS, this was a Canuck with a sense of humour and of place using his poetry to tell the world what being Canadian was aboot. Okay. maybe its not meant for domestic consumption but that poem made me marvel at our Canuck cousins...good stuff!
  22. I loved how Eddie and his blond twit off sider said 'when the Canadians come out we will tell you about how they haven't won an Olympic gold medal at their home Olympics" about 3 or 4 times before the Canadians did come out, telling us already...fools. Plus whilst they went berko over our team (fair enough to some extent) they ignored 100% Austria who are one of the WOG's powerhouse teams. Still, could be worse. I think it was Ann Sanders during Nagano who said 'there they are, the most recognizable symbol in the world...the 6 Olympic rings'. Plus 'twas a shame no sign of Phil Liggett
  23. Heresy I tells ya! How any home broadcaster can show the OC of their own games with commercial breaks beggars belief. Even Channel 7 didn't do that during Sydney 2000...
  24. What, and continue his gravy train? Nah...he can stay sitting in that sweatshop of his making Izzy mascots for sale to amateur Olympic memorabilia collectors. Now if it was revealed in 'Secrets of the Wily Old Falangist' by J.A.Samaranch I might invest a few shekels...
  25. Oh oh...you're opening Pandora's can of worms with the 'fake Barcelona cauldron ignition' (up there with the second shooter theory for Kennedy freaks). Did Antonio Rebollas land the flaming arrow in the cauldron, did it fly through a gas stream that needed ignition, or was the cauldron lit by another person or persons unknown? Methinks we need to get the RCMP onto this right away
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