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stevie

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  1. That will without a doubt go down as one of thr grestest netball matches in history! Good on ya girls!
  2. I don't think people are too fussed, it's quite funny really. Still it would be great if we could get the gold in sevens and the netball. To be honest I think Kiwis are more amped to see Samoa winning 3 golds so far, pretty awesome for them. - Also the games have been over shadowed a bit by the local body elections and a few scandals in the media.
  3. New Zealand’s cyclists are doing well when you consider team only won one 2 silver and 2 bronze in Melbourne, compeered to the 4 silvers and 3 bronze we’ve got so far in Delhi. Plus we have real gold medal chances in the women’s individual pursuit and the road time trial.
  4. Did't even make the finals. To be honest Jan Cameron (NZ swimming coach) came out and said before the race he wasn't going to make it.
  5. Totally agree. TVNZ are just using him as a gimick.
  6. I'll be awake to the wee hours of the morning grading papers so this is a welcome distraction.
  7. Apparently the NZOC are just about to make an announcement as to whether the NZ team will compete.
  8. Really? I can't stand the place. Too tacky/touristy for me.
  9. All blacks 23-22 Wallabies. Suck on that faggots.

  10. Yea they do and not just in the alpine district. My high school did and I grew up in hamilton. An indrustrial agricultural city and not a mountain in sight! Yes a good idea indeed. Plus we have the NZ International Winter Games in Queenstown to look forward to biannually and got crazy amounts of media coverage last year. Cardrona is more suited to nordic skiing. Treble Cone in Wanaka is where most of the northern hemisphere powerhouses are based during their summer/our winter season.
  11. Yes, the NZAC (nz academy of sport) which has been extremely successful since its inception in 2001 but the vast majority of its funding goes to sports of national significance (i.e. rugby, netball, cycling, triathlon, sailing, rowing, kayaking, equestrian and athletics). There is a winter sports wing of the academy but its very amateurish. Anyway, I dont want to use this thread whinge about NZs performance. Australians should be extremely proud of their athletes. They truly are a great sporting nation and Ive always (as I think most kiwis do) really admired them for it. But Ive said it before and Ill say it again…build a bobsled run or a ski jump in queenstown and every true blooded adrenaline junkie kiwi will be lining up to throw themselves down it.
  12. I'm not getting down on kiwi athletes, I am so proud of our team. The fact that they put everything they have into their sport, cobble together what little funding they can, sleep on floors, borrow used equipment etc just to compete is really something inspirational. I’m upset with SPARC (NZ’s government sports funding agency) for not being consistent on funding allocations between the summer and winter games according to performance. Honestly, EVERYBODY in NZ skis/snowboards recreationally, curling is extremely popular in the South Island and Sliding sports? Come on! We are kiwis, we live for adrenaline sports! NZ consistently punches above its weight at the summer games but we treat our winter athlete with a complete lack of professionalism. We need a high performance development program, greater equity in funding for Olympics sport across the winter and summer games. The northern hemisphere is utilizing our alpine environment more than we are…we have to step up!
  13. NZ’s performance at the winter olympics to date is a real disgrace. It really is quite sad.
  14. You have the AIS (australian institute of sport) to thank for that. They have one of the best high performance development programs in the world and australia's consistency at the winter games speak for itself. Well done Australia.
  15. That poor kid, had pretty bad fetal alcohol syndrome features.
  16. It was ok but I feel like I just watched 3 hours of canadian self fellatio. I guess thats no different from past cereomnies but the patriotism was more apparent and compromised the artistry.
  17. Do you mean Adelaide or Auckland? Two different cities in two different countries.
  18. Speed skater Shane Dobbin is our best medal hope. His rise in the sport has been quite amazing considering he only took it up just over 18 months ago.
  19. Don't get me wrong, I am extremely proud of my country’s sporting achievements at the Olympic level, but that doesn’t mean we have to accept mediocrity when it comes to the winter games. I’m not saying NZ should be topping the medal table but the fact that I can count on one hand the number of times NZ has either came close to or medalled in an event at the winter games is disgraceful. The fact is winter sports don’t receive the proportional funding by our governments sporting body that they should and therefore we continually see our athletes not fulfilling their potential, with not sign of general improvement. I’m good friends with Ben Sanford, NZ’s top skeleton racer. Ben came in 10th place at the finals in Torino, yet he gets less than half the funding than a kiwi athletes who placed 12th-16th at Beijing would. This guy is NZ’s finest male winter athlete yet he’s still unfairly dismissed by NZ sports funding agency. It’s a common story among winter athletes in NZ. That’s what I’m embarrassed about. My point exactly. 1 silver medal + plus a couple of 4th places in short tack in 1992/1994.
  20. *sigh* Something has to be done about the state of winter sports in NZ. I get so embarrassed everytime the winter games roll around.
  21. I don't think there is anything negative about being concerned.
  22. I don't think weather would be too much of an issue for Auckland, climate wise it's a bit warmer than Melbourne over the winter months. Would Auckland be a feasible host? No, not yet. The infrastructure just isn't there and I can't see the government justifying the exorbitant price tag that comes with the games anytime soon. Plus Auckland is still quite a smallish city (1.4 million) and NZ is still very under populated. But in saying that, Auckland is the fastest growing city in Australasia, I remember reading in a newspaper that the city is expected to be closing in on 2 million come 2020. Who knows? Anythings possible with time.
  23. Countries like Canada, Australia, NZ etc. are free and inderpendant in every way. It's just that we share a monarch with the United Kingdom. I fully support New Zealand becoming a republic but I dont want to see it leave the Commonwealth.
  24. Yeah I'm pretty sure the Chinese were well ahead of schedule a year out of 2008.
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