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  1. Can someone explain to me how this is relevant to the 2010 Olympics?
  2. Ramzi was actually born in Morocco, where he still train.
  3. You do realize that it is illegal to hunt baby seals in Canada, right?
  4. I am happy that the COC is not on board. Politics and the Olympics should not mix (although they always do, sadly...). But on the subject of the seal hunt, I have to say that I believe that the ban is just plain wrong. Seriously, factory farming is so, so much worst that seal hunting has ever been or will ever be... And on another note, I refuse to take any animal rights activist seriously unless they: 1. are vegetarians, 2. have never worn fur and 3. would refuse a life saving treatment if it has been tested on animals (so basically all of modern medicine).
  5. Ah, I see what I did now. I took the medal tally from page 8, while the correct one was on the first post of page 9. I'll fix it next week (when the Hockey WC is done). Thanks for pointing it out.
  6. Jean. I really want a Canadian to open the games.
  7. Well, we now know the 6: Rashid Ramzi, Bahrain (Athletics, 1st 1500m) Davide Rebellin, Italy (Cycling, 2nd Road Race) Athanasia Tsoumeleka, Greece (Athletics, 9th 20km walk) (2004 Olympic champion) Yudelquis Contreras, Dominican Republic (Weightlifting, 5th 53kg) Stefan Schumacher, Germany (Cycling, DNF Road Race, 13th Time Trial) Vanja Perisic, Croatia (Athletics, 35th, 800m)
  8. Indeed, as much as I hate to see Bahrain's gold medal being taken away I am happy to see a cheater caught. Hopefully they will soon win an Olympic medal in a fairer way (and maybe whit homegrown talent, but thats probably too much to ask ).
  9. I find its a shame that Ramzi was a doper. I love to see underrepresented countries winning medals, and because of his doping offence Bahrain will once again never have won an Olympic medal.
  10. You`re wrong, Micheal, and it should make you happy. Its Rashid Ramzi, who won« the 1500m and is the only gold medalist in Bahrein`s history. That will move a Kenyan to first, a Kiwi to second and a Frenchmen to third.
  11. A cyclist medallist and a track and field gold medallist, along whit two other track athletes, on other cyclist and one weightlifter have all tested positive on samples taken from them during the Beijing games. The tests where taken because it is now possible to detect CERA (an EPO variant), which is what those athletes tested positive for. No names as of yet, but we all know its coming soon. Anyone wants to take bets? Source: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/amateur/story/200...opingtests.html
  12. Article on CBC.ca: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/amateur/story/200....pakhpijjjbleik One of the comments I posted, which pretty much sums up my view: For all of those that don't understand why women's Ski Jumping hasn't been added, just go check the results from the 2009 World Championships. Honestly, go, I am waiting (google it, its the 2009 FIS World Nordic Skiing Championships, Ski Jumping, Ladies Normal Hill). Now look at the results, and compare them whit the men's results (either the Normal Hill or the Large Hill, it doesn't matter). So, you have them? Now, take a close look at the athletes age (if you have the FIS results the birth year should be between the name and the score). Also, notice the age of the three women's medallist and compare them whit the age of the average competitors, and then of the age of the lower-end elite female jumpers. That should give you an idea of why the sport is (quite literally) too young for the Olympics. Oh, and before you bring up Gymnastic, don't forget that the most successful women ski jumpers are among the oldest (like, 25 years old...) athletes of there sport. Of coarse, when you are at your physical peek, you would be expected to come on top of a pack of teenagers...
  13. Even if the Ski Jumping events where declared mixed by the IOC (which is actually the case for doubles luge) womens could qualify, but the FIS would also need to changes (or bend) its rules. The qualification process for FIS events tend to be extremely confusing, but Ski Jumping actually has one of the simpler system. Now, quotas are assigned to NOCs and not individual athletes, so the fact that qualification is based on a point system that started in 2008 wouldn't technically hurt a women's chance to qualify. The problem is that rule 3.1 states that anyone competing at the Olympics is required to have scored at least one World Cup, Grand Prix or Continental Cup point (all of those events are men only, although there is a women's equivalent to the CC). So, what needs to happen is that the IOC needs to declare the Ski Jumping events mixed, and the FIS needs to amend the qualification standards (which is very unusual) to add that the women's continental cup also counts for rule 3.1 (of coarse, you could also interpret the rule as already being gender neutral, since it doesn't specifically specify the men's continental cup, although it is implied). But even if all the stars align and that female ski jumpers are allowed to compete against the mens, the question remains: will any qualify? You have to understand that to compete at the Olympics in ski jumping: you don't just need to hit a certain distance or score, and there isn't the semingly infinite small country quotas that Alpine Skiing and Cross Country skiing have: only 70 jumpers will take part in Vancouver, no more that 5 per country. Whit that in mind, along whit the strength of the men's and women's team, the only two countries where female ski jumpers could realistically come from are Canada and the US. There is another problem: female ski jumpers normally only compete on the normal hill, but if they go to the Olympics they will most likely need to jump the team event, which is on a large hill. Not that they wouldn't be able to do it, but I just wonder what kind of performances they could do since they are trained to jump normal hills.
  14. Well, I can't say I was too too impressed by Turino's golden CDs... Anyway, I would personally love to see some original material used in the medals, maybe something like fossil wood or amber.
  15. And thank the world there is no page playoff in the Olympics. It makes no sense in Curling. Exhibit A: A what if scenario: Canada win against Scotland in there round robin game. That would have given Canada a 11-0 record while five teams would have been tied for second at a far inferior 7-4 record. Now, a complicated and truthfully not very good tie-breaker system would have been used to decide which of those five teams would have faced Canada in the 1-2 playoff game while the four other teams would have to first go trough a tie break game and then go trough the 3-4 game... Hardly seems fair, eh? Exhibit B: This one actually happened, at last year women's worlds, and is an example of double stupidity. First stupidity: China, Canada and Switzerland all tie for first place, but Switzerland still has to go trough the 3-4 playoff. Second stupidity: China beats Canada two of the three times they meet at the 2008 worlds, but sadly for the Chinese those two times where in the round robin and the 1-2 playoff. Canada won the final, but still had a losing record against the second place finishers.
  16. Its been a while ^^. Two events today, whit only one remaining. Curling Men's Curling G: Great Britain (As Scotland) (David Murdoch, Ewan MacDonald, Peter Smith, Euan Byers, Graeme Connal) S: Canada (Kevin Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy, Ben Hebert, Terry Meek) B: Norway (Thomas Ulsrud, Torger Nergård, Christoffer Svae, Håvard Vad Petersson, Thomas Løvold) I went to see the 3-4 Page Playoff game between Switzerland and Norway (won by the Swiss). My first time attending a world championships in person, great experience. Oh, and I will post a rant about the use of the Page Playoff system in curling pretty soon... Its such a ridiculous system... Ice Hockey Women's Ice Hockey G: United States of America S: Canada B: Finland The United States have officially won my preview medal table! After 85 of 86 events: Country #G #S #B T United States 13 5 10 28 Norway 11 6 7 24 Germany 9 15 4 28 Austria 8 7 3 18 Canada 6 8 13 27 China 6 6 1 13 Switzerland 5 4 4 13 South Korea 4 5 3 12 Netherlands 4 2 2 8 Russia 3 4 5 12 Finland 3 1 8 12 Japan 3 0 3 6 Italy 2 3 3 8 Great Britain 2 2 0 4 Poland 2 0 2 4 Sweden 1 4 2 7 Czech Republic 1 3 1 5 Estonia 1 0 0 1 France 0 5 5 10 Slovenia 0 2 0 2 Australia 0 1 1 2 Slovakia 0 1 0 1 Croatia 0 0 2 2 Ukraine 0 0 2 2 Denmark 0 0 1 1 Latvia 0 0 1 1
  17. To be honnest I'd much rather have a Canadian open them. I think or GG, Michael Jean, would be an ideal candidate, as she is our de facto ceremonial head of state. That and the Queen already opened her share of Olympic Games...
  18. Well, it says she will be there, not that she will open, so I guess there is still a faint hope of Jean opening the games...
  19. Sorry, I frogot to add the women's single results. Here is the proper table: After 83 of 86 events: Country #G #S #B T United States 12 5 10 27 Norway 11 6 6 23 Germany 9 15 4 28 Austria 8 7 3 18 Canada 6 7 13 26 China 6 6 1 13 South Korea 5 5 3 13 Switzerland 5 4 4 13 Netherlands 4 2 2 8 Russia 3 4 5 12 Finland 3 1 7 11 Japan 3 0 4 7 Italy 2 3 3 8 Poland 2 0 2 4 Sweden 1 4 2 7 Czech Republic 1 3 1 5 Great Britain 1 2 0 3 Estonia 1 0 0 1 France 0 5 5 10 Slovenia 0 2 0 2 Australia 0 1 1 2 Slovakia 0 1 0 1 Croatia 0 0 2 2 Ukraine 0 0 2 2 Denmark 0 0 1 1 Latvia 0 0 1 1
  20. Curling Women's Team G: China (Wang Bingyu, Liu Yin, Yue Qingshuang, Zhou Yan, Liu Jinli) S: Sweden (Anette Norberg, Eva Lund, Cathrine Lindahl, Margaretha Sigfridsson, Kajsa Bergström) B: Denmark (Angelina Jensen, Madeleine Dupont, Denise Dupont, Camilla Jensen, Ane Hansen) Figure Skating Women's Single: G: Kim Yu-Na (KOR) S: Joannie Rochette (CAN) B: Miki Ando (JPN) Kim Yu-Na blows away the field, winning whit over 207 points (no women had previously broken 200 points). She was more that 16 points clear of Rochette. Qualification implication: 3 athletes: Japan 2 athletes: Canada Finland Georgia Switzerland South Korea Russia United States 1 athlete: Italy Slovakia Estonia Germany Poland United Kingdom Turkey After 83 of 86 events: Country #G #S #B T United States 12 5 10 27 Norway 11 6 6 23 Germany 9 15 4 28 Austria 8 7 3 18 Canada 6 6 13 25 China 6 6 1 13 Switzerland 5 4 4 13 South Korea 4 5 3 12 Netherlands 4 2 2 8 Russia 3 4 5 12 Finland 3 1 7 11 Japan 3 0 3 6 Italy 2 3 3 8 Poland 2 0 2 4 Sweden 1 4 2 7 Czech Republic 1 3 1 5 Great Britain 1 2 0 3 Estonia 1 0 0 1 France 0 5 5 10 Slovenia 0 2 0 2 Australia 0 1 1 2 Slovakia 0 1 0 1 Croatia 0 0 2 2 Ukraine 0 0 2 2 Denmark 0 0 1 1 Latvia 0 0 1 1
  21. Figure Skating Ice Dancing: G: Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin (RUS) S: Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto (USA) B: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (CAN) Virtue and Moir won the bronze by 0.04 points... Qualification implication: 3 couples: Russia Unites States 2 couples: Canada France Italy 1 couples: Great Britain Israel Lithuania Ukraine Japan Germany Azerbaijan Oh, the gold medal in women's Curling will be decided between China, Sweden and Denmark: Sweden defeated Canada 5-4 (in extras) in the 3-4 playoff (who the hell invented the page playoff, anyway?) After 81 of 86 events: Country #G #S #B T United States 12 5 10 27 Norway 11 6 6 23 Germany 9 15 4 28 Austria 8 7 3 18 Canada 6 6 13 25 China 5 6 1 12 Switzerland 5 4 4 13 South Korea 4 5 3 12 Netherlands 4 2 2 8 Russia 3 4 5 12 Finland 3 1 7 11 Japan 3 0 3 6 Italy 2 3 3 8 Poland 2 0 2 4 Sweden 1 3 2 6 Czech Republic 1 3 1 5 Great Britain 1 2 0 3 Estonia 1 0 0 1 France 0 5 5 10 Slovenia 0 2 0 2 Australia 0 1 1 2 Slovakia 0 1 0 1 Croatia 0 0 2 2 Ukraine 0 0 2 2 Latvia 0 0 1 1
  22. By the way, Yu-Na Kim of South Korea has nearly a 10 point lead after the Ladies short program. Honestly, unless she decapitates herself whit her skate blade I don't see how she could loose her tittle (thats a joke, obviously, but she would indeed have to screw up big time...).
  23. The qualification for Speed Skating isn't over. Some other federation, such as the IBU, have completed there qualification periode but are yet to publish the results . And then there is the FIS whit the incomprehensible qualification system of death. I have read every single qualification system for both Beijing and Vancouver, and none are as hard to grasp as the ones from the FIS...
  24. Figure Skating I'm getting annoyed. After being two positions away from sending three pairs to Vancouver, we are one position away from sending three men single skater to Vancouver (and after two of three dances we are one position away from sending three dance teams to Vancouver). And I was hopping Canada would send a full 18-person team... Anyway, on whit business. Men's Single: G: Evan Lysacek (USA) S: Patrick Chan (CAN) B: Brian Joubert (FRA) Good performance from Chan, altough I am hopping for gold in Vancouver. Joubert drops from first after the short to third. Qualification implication: 3 athletes: Japan United States of America 2 athletes: Canada Czech Republic France Italy Kazakhstan Russia 1 athlete: Belgium Sweden Spain Slovenia Ukraine Poland The United States has pretty much won the medal table now. After 80 of 86 events: Country #G #S #B T United States 12 4 10 26 Norway 11 6 6 23 Germany 9 15 4 28 Austria 8 7 3 18 Canada 6 6 12 24 China 5 6 1 12 Switzerland 5 4 4 13 South Korea 4 5 3 12 Netherlands 4 2 2 8 Finland 3 1 7 11 Japan 3 0 3 6 Russia 2 4 5 11 Italy 2 3 3 8 Poland 2 0 2 4 Sweden 1 3 2 6 Czech Republic 1 3 1 5 Great Britain 1 2 0 3 Estonia 1 0 0 1 France 0 5 5 10 Slovenia 0 2 0 2 Australia 0 1 1 2 Slovakia 0 1 0 1 Croatia 0 0 2 2 Ukraine 0 0 2 2 Latvia 0 0 1 1
  25. The poor performance does have Olympic implications, tough: we will only be able to send two pairs at the Olympics.
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