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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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...).
  9. 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...
  10. 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
  11. The poor performance does have Olympic implications, tough: we will only be able to send two pairs at the Olympics.
  12. Well, here is the field for the Women's Curling event at the 2010 Olympics: Canada Denmark China Switzerland Sweden United States United Kingdoms Russia Germany Japan
  13. Figure Skating Pairs: G: Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy (GER) S: Zhang Dan and Zhang Hao (CHN) B: Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov (RUS) Japan has so many strong women's skater that some even end up in Russia Anyway, brutal performance by Canadian Dube and Davison, who finish seventh. And on a side note, 16 out of the 20 quotas for Vancouver where up for grasp: here are the countries that qualified couples for the Pairs event: 3 couples: China Russia 2 couples: Canada Germany Unites States Ukraine 1 couple: France United Kingdoms After 79 of 86 events: Country #G #S #B T Norway 11 6 6 23 United States 11 4 10 25 Germany 9 15 4 28 Austria 8 7 3 18 Canada 6 5 12 23 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 4 9 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
  14. Well she does, but she usually does not visit Canada on a regular basis. Anyway, the last time the WOG were held in Canada the GG opened them And the last time a Commonwealth country had the games (Australia) there GG opened the games, to. I also think Michael Jean would be a great choice, as she is a good ambassador for Canada (every time she gets out of Canada the foreign media seems to love her... The same can't be said for Harper...). As long as her husband isn't in BC Place, I'll be happy
  15. Ya, our men's Pursuit team was a quite disappointing (fifth, I believe). The big surprise for me was Sweden, tough. Anyway, Norway's only hope of holding on to the lead is basically that the US gets shut-out of the gold and silver medals in Figure Skating, Curling and men's Hockey, and that the US women's Hockey team doesn't win gold.
  16. Its indeed 78, not 76. It was bound to happen, tough. At one point I was more that ten events short in my count (I forgot to count some events) I still think that the actual board is acurate (I was much more methodical whit the board that I was whit the number of events). Anyway, the next event is the ISU World Figure Skating Championships from L.A. which starts Friday.
  17. Speed Skating Men's 500m G: Lee Kang-Seok (KOR) S: Lee Kyou-Hyuk (KOR) B: Yu Fengtong (CHN) Men's Team Pursuit G: Netherlands (Carl Verheijen, Wouter Olde Heuvel, Sven Kramer) S: Sweden (Johan Röjler, Joel Eriksson, Daniel Friberg) B: United States (Trevor Marsicano, Ryan Bedford, Brian Hansen) Women's 500m G: Jenny Wolf (GER) S: Wang Beixing (CHN) B: Lee Sang-Hwa (KOR) Women's Team Pursuit G: Canada (Kristina Groves, Christine Nesbitt, Brittany Schussler) S: Netherlands (Jorien Voorhuis, Renate Groenewold, Ireen Wüst) B: Japan (Maki Tabata, Masako Hozumi, Hiromi Otsu) Norway holds on to a narrow lead whit 10 events to go! After 76 of 86 events: Country #G #S #B T Norway 11 6 6 23 United States 11 4 10 25 Germany 8 15 4 27 Austria 8 7 3 18 Canada 6 5 12 23 China 5 5 1 11 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 4 10 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 4 9 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
  18. Speed Skating Men's 5000m G: Sven Kramer (NED) S: Håvard Bøkko (NOR) B: Bob de Jong (NED) Women's 1000m G: Christine Nesbitt (CAN) S: Anni Friesinger (GER) B: Margot Boer (NED) Women's 5000m G: Martina Sablikova (CZE) S: Clara Hughes (CAN) B: Kristina Groves (CAN) After 72 of 86 events: Country #G #S #B T Norway 11 6 6 23 United States 11 4 9 24 Austria 8 7 3 18 Germany 7 15 4 26 Canada 5 5 12 22 Switzerland 5 4 4 13 China 5 4 0 9 South Korea 3 4 2 9 Finland 3 1 7 11 Netherlands 3 1 2 6 Japan 3 0 2 5 Russia 2 4 4 10 Italy 2 3 3 8 Poland 2 0 2 4 Czech Republic 1 3 1 5 Sweden 1 2 2 5 Great Britain 1 2 0 3 Estonia 1 0 0 1 France 0 5 4 9 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
  19. Randomness of the day: Speed Skating is the sport in which the Netherlands has won the most Olympic medals, winter or summer (in fact, its not even close). But what makes the Netherlands interesting as a winter sport power is that they have only won three Winter Olympic medals (a gold and two silvers) in sports other that Speed Skating (well, a sport, Figure Skating). Actually, the only country you can compare the Netherlands to is South Korea (Short Track is the Olympic sport where South Korea won the most gold medals, and they only won two non-Short Track winter Olympic medals, both in Speed Skating). Back to the Netherlands, tough. There days of being held exclusively to Speed Skating WOG success might (MIGHT) be over. Indeed, they have strong medal hopes in the women's Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom, and they have an outside medal shot in two-men Bobsled. The Netherlands winning a medal in a snow or sliding sport would certainly be something to celebrate. Oh, and while we are on the topic, Korea could also win a medal in a third winter sport (Figure Skating), courtesy of Kim Yu-Na. Although it would be a breakthrough, I have to wonder when South Korea will ever win a WOG medal in a non-skating discipline... In any case, I wrote this to point out just how similar South Korea and the Netherlands are in term of there Winter Sports tradition. Speed Skating Men's 5000m G: Sven Kramer (NED) S: Håvard Bøkko (NOR) B: Trevor Marsicano (USA) Thank you, Bøkko, for making me look like a complete moron . Norway is back in front. After 69 of 86 events: Country #G #S #B T Norway 11 5 6 22 United States 11 4 9 24 Austria 8 7 3 18 Germany 7 14 4 25 Switzerland 5 4 4 13 China 5 4 0 9 Canada 4 4 11 19 South Korea 3 4 2 9 Finland 3 1 7 11 Japan 3 0 2 5 Russia 2 4 4 10 Italy 2 3 3 8 Netherlands 2 1 0 3 Poland 2 0 2 4 Sweden 1 2 2 5 Great Britain 1 2 0 3 Estonia 1 0 0 1 France 0 5 4 9 Czech Republic 0 3 1 4 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
  20. Speed Skating Men's 1000m G: Trevor Marsicano (USA) S: Denny Morrison (CAN) B: Shani Davis (USA) Same medallist that in the 1000m, just different positions. Women's 1500m G: Anni Friesinger (GER) S: Ireen Wüst (NED) B: Christine Nesbitt (CAN) Kristina Groves got disqualified for crossing her lane after winning the event. The United States take the lead, likely for good. After 68 of 86 events: Country #G #S #B T United States 11 4 8 23 Norway 11 4 6 21 Austria 8 7 3 18 Germany 7 14 4 25 Switzerland 5 4 4 13 China 5 4 0 9 Canada 4 4 11 19 South Korea 3 4 2 9 Finland 3 1 7 11 Japan 3 0 2 5 Russia 2 4 4 10 Italy 2 3 3 8 Poland 2 0 2 4 Sweden 1 2 2 5 Great Britain 1 2 0 3 Netherlands 1 1 0 2 Estonia 1 0 0 1 France 0 5 4 9 Czech Republic 0 3 1 4 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
  21. Short Track Men's Relay G: United States (Ryan Bedford, J.R. Celski, Jordan Malone, Apolo Anton Ohno) S: China (Han Jialiang, Liu Xianwei, Song Weilong, Sui Bao Ku) B: Japan (Takahiro Fujimoto, Fumihiko Kakubari, Satoshi Sakashita, Yuzo Takamido) Women's Relay G: China (Fu Tian Yu, Liu Qiuhong, Zhang Hui, Zhou Yang, Wang Meng) S: South Korea (Jung Ba-Ra, Jung Eun-Ju, Kim Min-Jung, Yang Shin-Young, Shin Sae-Bom) B: Canada (Jessica Gregg, Jessica Hewitt, Anne Maltais, Kalyna Roberge) Time to add the Netherlands to the board! Speed Skating Men's 1500m G: Shani Davis (USA) S: Trevor Marsicano (USA) B: Denny Morrison (CAN) Chad Hedrick was 0.04 seconds away from making this event a clean sweep for the US. Women's 3000m G: Renate Groenewold (NED) S: Martina Sablikova (CZE) B: Kristina Groves (CAN) The United States now look poised to win the mock medal tally. After 66 of 86 events: Country #G #S #B T Norway 11 4 6 21 United States 10 4 7 21 Austria 8 7 3 18 Germany 6 14 4 24 Switzerland 5 4 4 13 China 5 4 0 9 Canada 4 3 10 17 South Korea 3 4 2 9 Finland 3 1 7 11 Japan 3 0 2 5 Russia 2 4 4 10 Italy 2 3 3 8 Poland 2 0 2 4 Sweden 1 2 2 5 Great Britain 1 2 0 3 Estonia 1 0 0 1 Netherlands 1 0 0 1 France 0 5 4 9 Czech Republic 0 3 1 4 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. Well, it was logical to give Sega the license so they could continue whit Mario and Sonic at the Olympics (by far the most successful Olympic video game of all times). Eurocom also did a decent job whit Beijing 2008, so I am actually happy they got the contract for Vancouver 2010.
  23. Short Track Men's 1000m G: Lee Ho-Suk (KOR) S: Apolo Anton Ohno (USA) B: J.R. Celski (USA) Women's 1000m G: Wang Meng (CHN) S: Kim Min-Jung (KOR) B: Shin Sae-Bom (KOR) After 62 of 86 events: Country #G #S #B T Norway 11 4 6 21 Austria 8 7 3 18 United States 8 3 7 18 Germany 6 14 4 24 Switzerland 5 4 4 13 Canada 4 3 7 14 China 4 3 0 7 South Korea 3 3 2 8 Finland 3 1 7 11 Japan 3 0 1 4 Russia 2 4 4 10 Italy 2 3 3 8 Poland 2 0 2 4 Sweden 1 2 2 5 Great Britain 1 2 0 3 Estonia 1 0 0 1 France 0 5 4 9 Czech Republic 0 2 1 3 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
  24. Both Canada and South Korea got disqualified from the men's relay in the semis. That takes quite a bit of the excitement away, doesn't it?
  25. Ya, I actually realized it not to long ago. Time to put Korea on the board Short Track Men's 500m G: Charles Hamelin (CAN) S: Kwak Yoon-Gy (KOR) B: Olivier Jean (CAN) Men's 1500m G: Lee Ho-Suk (KOR) S: Kwak Yoon-Gy (KOR) B: J.R. Celski (USA) Women's 500m G: Wang Meng (CHN) S: Liu Qiuhong (CHN) B: Jessica Gregg (CAN) Women's 1500m G: Kim Min-Jung (KOR) S: Zhou Yang (CHN) B: Shin Sae-Bom (KOR) Whit twenty-six events left, can Norway be overtaken? After 60 of 86 events: Country #G #S #B T Norway 11 4 6 21 Austria 8 7 3 18 Germany 6 14 4 24 United States 8 2 6 16 Switzerland 5 4 4 13 Canada 4 3 7 14 China 3 3 0 6 Finland 3 1 7 11 Russia 2 4 4 10 Italy 2 3 3 8 Japan 3 0 1 4 South Korea 2 2 1 5 Poland 2 0 2 4 Sweden 1 2 2 5 Great Britain 1 2 0 3 Estonia 1 0 0 1 France 0 5 4 9 Czech Republic 0 2 1 3 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
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