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Fox334

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  1. The only countries whit any chance of finishing first are Germany, Canada, the United States, Austria, Russia and Norway. I personally predict a good battle between Germany and Canada, whit the US or Norway also in the mix (especially for the gold medal race). In any case, I am certainly hopping Canada will be on top of the medal standing, its probably the best (if not the only) chance we will ever have of getting there. China will probably have its best ever showing, but they won't be on top of the medal table. However, being the top Asian team and getting in the overall top 10 is quite likely for them. Oh, and personally I am hopping that Tomasz Sikora will finally win an Olympic gold...
  2. All of you guys forgot Nordic Combined. Both Lodwick and Demong are defending world champions in individual events, and the US has a strong team for the relay. Actually, its conceivable that the US might win all 3 Nordic Combined events... Certainly a better medal chance that Curling or men's Hockey. The US also has a decent medal chance in Cross Country Skiing (women's Sprint) and an American men actually got a silver at the Vancouver Biathlon world cup stop last year. So, all in all, the US will have its best ever team in Nordic Combined, Cross Country Skiing and Biathlon going to Whistler.
  3. All of you guys forgot Nordic Combined. Both Lodwick and Demong are defending world champions in individual events, and the US has a strong team for the relay. Actually, its conceivable that the US might win all 3 Nordic Combined events... Certainly a better medal chance that Curling or men's Hockey.
  4. By the way, Anderson is not going to win a medal in the SBX, since he decided to only race the PGS...
  5. They are grandfathered. NOC used to be able to represent theritories, but they now represent countries. The current NOCs from non-independent regions are allowed to exist much for the same reason that FIFA allows Football teams from the likes of the Faeroe Islands. Its also worth mentioning that some NOCs came before the country they represent (for example, India participated in the Olympics both before and after its independence).
  6. Yes, however we aren't guaranteed three entrant in every events, yet we have already decided who our n'1, 2 and 3 athletes are for each events. And, as I said, Korea already did there trials... Speaking of which, believe it or not but the defending champion in the men's 1000m and 1500m (on top of the relay), Ahn Hyun-Soo, failed to qualify for the games, even as a relay member... Anyway, some qualifying systems are to complicated to follow (Alpine Skiing, Speed Skating and Cross Country Skiing: I am looking at you three!).
  7. Can you be more specific? Do you mean qualification for countries or national Olympic trials? You need to understand that every sports and countries have very different scheduel (for example we already the countries for Ice Hockey, Curling and Figure Skating while international qualification hasn't started for Short Track and Bobsleigh, for example. Making this even more confusing, Canada and South Korea already had there Short Track Olympic trials even before international qualification began...). Another interesting example is Curling. Some countries (Sweden for the women, and I believe Great Britain) don't have any Olympic trials (the NOC just picked a team), then you have the US which had its Olympic trials back in February, while Canada will only have its trials in December.
  8. Not only that, but I believe is was a Parallel Slalom event (which is (sadly) not in the Olympics), which makes it even better since he is a PGS specialist.
  9. Well, qualification is over for Figure Skating whit the conclusion of the Nebelhorn Trophy. 30 countries qualified at least one figure skater (down from 35 in Turin), although it isn't impossible that new countries will be added if some NOCs vacate some of there sport (which pretty much always happens). Anyway, barring any change in the entry list, here are countries sorted by skaters: -Russia, 16 skaters (2 men's, 2 women's, 3 pairs, 3 dance) -United States, 15 skaters (3 men's, 2 women's, 2 pairs, 3 dance) -Canada, 12 skaters (2 men's, 2 women's, 2 pairs, 2 dance) -China, 9 skaters (1 women's, 3 pairs, 1 dance) -Italy, 9 skaters (2 men's, 1 women's, 1 pairs, 2 dance) -France, 8 skaters (2 men's, 1 pairs, 2 dance) -Germany, 8 skaters (1 men's, 1 women's, 2 pairs, 1 dance) -Japan, 8 skaters (3 men's, 3 women's, 1 dance) -Great Britain, 7 skaters (1 women's, 1 pairs, 2 dance) -Ukraine, 7 skaters (1 men's, 2 pairs, 1 dance) -Estonia, 5 skaters (1 women's, 1 pairs, 1 dance) -Switzerland, 5 skaters (1 men's, 2 women's, 1 pairs) -Czech Republic, 4 skaters (2 men's, 1 dance) -Georgia, 4 skaters (2 women's, 1 dance) -Poland, 4 skaters (1 men's, 1 women's, 1 pairs) -Finland, 3 skaters (1 men's, 2 women's) -Hungary, 3 skaters (1 women's, 1 dance) -Austria, 2 skaters (1 men's, 1 women's) -Belgium, 2 skaters (1 men's, 1 women's) -Israel, 2 skaters (1 dance) -Kazakhstan, 2 skaters (2 men's) -Lithuania, 2 skaters (1 dance) -South Korea, 2 skaters (2 women's) -Slovenia, 2 skaters (1 men's, 1 women's -Spain, 2 skaters (1 men's, 1 women's) -North Korea, 1 skater (1 men's) -Romania, 1 skater (1 men's) -Slovakia, 1 skater (1 women's) -Sweden, 1 skater (1 men's) -Turkey, 1 skater (1 women's) Total: 30 NOCs, 30 men's, 30 women's, 20 pairs, 24 dance, 148 skaters.
  10. I wonder if VANOC is going to sell any ice or snow used by the athletes? What about the bullets used in Biathlon?
  11. Nope, since Trampoline has been added in 2000 there has always been both a men's and women's event.
  12. Heads up to everyone: the decision is (finally) expected tomorrow. Both parties will have the opportunity to appeal.
  13. From what I've heard the German Equestrian world is not going to well right now because of doping... But having two five-time Olympic gold medallist be accused of doping so closed together certainly can't be good for the national mood... As for Pechstein, whether or not she doped her name will always be tainted. Its a sad thing regardless: if she did doped, its a shame she was only caught now. If she didn't dope, her reputation is ruined forever.
  14. Its pretty much all in the tittle. Pechstein, who has nine career Olympic medals (including 5 golds and 2 medals from Turin, silver in the 5000m and gold in the Team Pursuit) has been found guilty of blood doping by the ISU, and the thirty-seven years old is suspended until 2011. She has appealed from the decision, but at the very least her reputation will have a lasting blow. ISU Decision
  15. I don't think I would mind it if we finished twelfth in men's Hockey... I do like Hockey, but I hate that Canadians act like its the only sport that exists. We could win 85 golds and finish second in men's Hockey and some peoples would call the Olympics a failure. Thats the kind of attitude that prevents Canada from being a better sports nation...
  16. Nice to see some Paralympic coverage (wasn't CBC's coverage of the '06 Paralympics a miserable 15 minute daily highlight show?), but of coarse Sledge Hockey had to be the "centrepiece"...
  17. *fixed* But suing them would so be worth our taxpayer's money
  18. PETA is from the US, so I think they could claim its a parody, making any copyright claims...
  19. A boycott on Canadian Maple Syrup PETA is so cute...
  20. There should probably be some news about this game comming from E3 next week.
  21. ^ Well, the Bloc doesn't see it that way. And you have to understand that TQS sucks.
  22. I, for one, fully support the gesture. Want it or not, the UN ban on seal hunt will greatly hurt the Inuit communities in the far north, and getting that kind of support from the GG certainly makes a difference to them. From my perceptive, it was a very classy gesture.
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