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  1. It’s a shame both Chan and Hanyu fell, they both looked a bit rattled by it

    Had neither fallen Chan’s command of the entire Ice rink should have given him the gold.

    Other wise some enjoyable performances

    I cant help feeling though that if a skater falls landing a jump they should not get a mark for the jump.

    If they didn't get any mark for a fall, you wouldn't see very many quads and you would never see women considering a triple axel. I do think that a penalty of 1 point is down in the noise, though.

  2. Fairly surprising win by Tsuper in the women's aerials today. Belarus aerialists have a knack for stepping up their game at the big moments. I love that Lassila went for the hardest jump by far in the finals. She came fairly close to landing it, I'm not quite sure what to think about the new competition format. In a way I like the concept because it brings a more strategy into play, but I'm not a huge fan of just 4 finalists. Maybe 5 would be better.

  3. They could have a men's relay, a women's relay, a men's doubles relay, a women's doubles, a women's doubles relay, a mixed doubles with man on top, a mixed doubles with man on top relay, a mixed doubles with women on top and a mixed doubles with women on top relay. Plus they could do a biathlon version of all of the above where they have to shoot at targets once they cross the finish line.

    Given the rate at which the Winter Olympics are expanding, this is entirely feasible by 2026. But the shooting should take place during the run to make it more challenging

  4. Quaker, now that you brought it up, I remember reading that SI article back in the day, and I also remember hating it when I read it. It's not even worth comparing those times to today. ABC didn't cover cross country, nordic combined, or biathlon then. They barely showed luge and bobsled. Why? Mostly because the US sucked at all of those events. In 1984, the US hockey team didn't make the medal round (in fact, they were putrid that year) and the speed skating team was really weak. Also, it was ABC's practice to never show a speed skating race greater than 1500m (execption for 1980 with Eric Heiden). The only alpine events at the time were downhill, GS, and slalom. The team ski jumping event didn't exist. They actually showed -gasp- hockey in prime time. I also remember them showing Torvill and Dean at least a dozen times in case the 0.001% of viewers following the Olympics hadn't seen it yet. So, I guess 63 hours could seem like an eternity under those circumstances.

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