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Everything posted by Fox334

  1. There are a lot that I am quite found of. I think every Olympics since Barcelona (with maybe the exception of Nagano) has done a stellar job when it comes to the look. I am not found of Mexico City's look but it was definitively ahead of its time. As far as summer looks go I think I might actually like London's the best. I expected to absolutely hate it but everything ended up looking fantastic on TV and in pictures. For Winter I prefer Vancouver mainly because I'm a sucker for green-blue colour combinations.
  2. Ya, I don't see Slopestyle getting the boot. It got a good reception from the press and its frankly not as dangerous as ski cross or snowboardcross.
  3. I hope public support picks up in Oslo, I'd rather not have to jump on to the Almaty bandwagon.
  4. 250m tracks? Wtf? Does he want every current long track to become obsolete? Does he want to kill short track?
  5. Man, your post is really funny. You seem to imply FIFA has an ethics comitee.
  6. Backstrom will get his silver medal in men's hockey because he was found to not be responsible.
  7. There is mention of it in the ISU's rulebook, it isn't an official event yet but they are considering it.
  8. They are apparently developing a short track speed skating version of the Madison. That might actually be fairly interesting.Dito for a team sprint in long track, though I'm not sure how that would work.
  9. No as awesome as you might think:
  10. Ya, they should be scared. Insane to think Russia has invaded two ex-Soviet republics over the course of six years.
  11. Considering Russia is basically invading Ukrainian territory unprovoked...
  12. Might as well host everything else in Slovakia, no need for Poland...
  13. Ceremonies: Don't care for ceremonies Look: I prefer Vancouver's, but not by a lot. The only things I disliked about the Sochi look are the terrible logo and the cheap-looking podium. Operations: Nothing went wrong, really. Sports: As good as always. Venues: Mixed bag. The ice venues all looked amazing (I'd say only the Richmond oval looked better than its equivalent in Sochi) and the mountain backdrop looked amazing. But some of the venues where quite ugly, specifically the ski jumps and the sliding centre. Crowds/Atmosphere: Nowhere near Vancouver, London or Salt Lake City. Even Turin had more "passion". Sometimes I felt like the crowd only showed up when Russians where expected to win. Lots and lots of empty seats. Legacy: I'll tell you what: this is one bill I'm glad my country won't be picking up. Overall and general comments: They did it. Really, that's all I have to say. All things considered I don't think you could host better games in Sochi. Though maybe the next time the Russians bid for the winter games they could try somewhere a bit colder GamesBids Moments: The enthusiastic team GB support from some member(s).
  14. Perhaps, but I'd be willing to bet a lot of money neither of those teams will be anywhere close to what they did in Sochi next time around. Depth matters at the Olympics. Beside, per capita Norway is always the undisputed master at the Winter games.
  15. That's probably just me being pessimistic. But I've heard some mumbling from the French Canadian press that there is a lack of funding at the grassroots level that might lead to some problems down the line.
  16. Well, might as well go sport by sport: Alpine Skiing: It wasn't Guay and it wasn't Gagnon, but finally Canada has another medal in Alpine after a ridiculous amount of close calls. Women's tech team is promising. Biathlon: no medals, but still some great performances. Very unlucky in the men's pursuit, too. I'm pretty confident someone will step in to fill J.P.'s shoes. Bobsleigh: full marks to Humphries for driving out of her mind, but very disappointing showing by the men's team. A medal was always going to be tough but we weren't even close. Still, Spring, Kripps and Humphries should still be there in four years. Cross-country skiing: disastrous. Not so much that they didn't win any medals, that was always going to be tough, but the entire team just didn't show up. There will be a lot of turnover, and considering how much the women's team has suffered from that I am not too optimistic for the future. Harvey and Valjas are still young and they will probably have to carry the team over the next four years. Curling: full marks, an embarrassing amount of talented teams are waiting in the wings. Figure Skating: Chan let a chance for gold get away from him, but apart from that the team did about as well as it could. Always a sport with a lot of turnover so its really hard to predict how strong the team will be in four years. Freestyle Skiing: Full marks. Two teenagers on the women's side won gold medals and there is a lot of young talent beyond that. Hockey: Full marks once again. Pyeongchang will be tough on the men's side if the NHL doesn't go. Luge: Best performance ever for Canada, but three fourth places are tough to take. If the entire team carries on its hard to imagine there won't be medals in Korea. Nordic Combined: nope. Short Track: Very disappointing performance, and the entire team on the men's side (apart from Charle Cournoyer) could very well retire before the next Olympics. Still, there is a lot of talent waiting in the wings, its just that people of the calibre of Charles Hamelin are darn hard to find. At the end of the day the disappointing medal haul had more to do with bad luck than with lack of talent, though. Skeleton: worse performance ever for Canada on both the men's and women's side. Program needs to rebuild. Ski Jumping: lots of improvements for Canada since 2010 on the men's side and fairly decent results from the women. The team has the potential to stay competitive on the women's side if the proper investments are made. Snowboarding: fairly disappointing, especially in men's slopestyle. Maltais' silver is nice. Maltais, Ricker and Calve will probably all retire and those will be big shoes to fill. Hard to predict who will be competitive in slopestyle in four years. Speed skating: the team has been a disaster all year, so wining two medals is a nice surprise. The men's side has a lot of promising sprinters but I'm not quite as confident for the women. Definitively some rebuilding to be done. Overall good Olympics for Canada, could have gone a bit better. Will be tough to match in Pyeongchang.
  17. Catching someone that does EPO during the games is indeed a pretty big catch. Glad they got to him before he won any race, he didn't need a new Muhlegg.
  18. Its a pretty meaningless measure. The reason the Netherlands and Belarus have so few athletes is that they are very bad outside of the sports they do well in.
  19. The suit wasn't the problem, that's pretty clear. It just looks like the team peaked too early in the season, tbh. They had really awesome results in the Fall world cups. Happens, they wouldn't be the first team to hit their peak too soon.
  20. ...that would be a really crappy way to win gold. Would be surprised if anything came of it.
  21. Lets be honest guys, if Kim Yuna was called Yulia Kim and got Russian citizenship between 2010 and 2014 she would have won the gold medal.
  22. Well, Canada 3 (despite the name, the best Canadian team) crashes out of the four-man.
  23. If you want comedy watch run 2 of the men's slalom (preferably with the French Canadian commentary). Ante Kostelic should never be allowed to set a another course... 12 DNF/DSQ from the top 30 skiers, and a lot of the people that did finish where super tentative.
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