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  1. Great stuff from Morrison! Thrilled for him Luge team got the error from the Austrians in front they needed, but the Latvians got past them, now two fourth places for the luge program, they must be gutted; should be an interesting team relay, the question will probably be how much Edney gives up to Demchenko and Zoeggeler. Austria and Italy didn't have a woman in the top 10, that'll be where Canada will have to make up a lot of time.
  2. Crazy to see that 7-ender From what I saw, US had a couple of bad draw, McCormick flashed when she tried to hit and bail them out, and by then they decided to try and draw to give up 2 or 3 instead of more, but missed three straight draw. Just a disaster for them. Sweden, China and Norway all undefeated for the men, British at 2-1, Danes and Swiss at 1-1. Jacobs better get his team going, he can't afford to lose more than one more game; 3 losses is still in the playoffs, 4 you need help and tiebreakers. Switzerland-GBR probably the most interesting of the day on the men's side. Norway have had a really soft schedule so far, it'll be their fourth game before they play anyone with a win currently. Canada beat up the Swedes on the women's side, Jones looks totally set, very impressive. Swiss are undefeated too, then a big group at 1-1. Big game for Russia tomorrow to stay up near the top, and Canada-Scotland shoul be a fun one to watch.
  3. We haven't really had a surprising medal yet. Well, I guess Lamarre wasn't expected, but we did get two medals at the last worlds and infostrada had us for two in slopestyle, even though it was Turski with Howell. Hopefully someone can come through tomorrow, keep the ride going! Pretty nice of Gilmore to give up his 1000m spot for Morrison, seems like a great story to finish with a happy ending And faster, if you like poor medal predictions, the AP is really having a great time; I think they've got the US with as many medals missed as they've won so far.
  4. Bit early to say that, he curled really poorly and still gave one of the favourites a close game. He's gotta find it fast, but if he can get the form he had at the trials again, no one in the field is on that level.
  5. Good start for Edin, the only team at 2-0. Big game for Jacobs against Sweden, starting 1-2 would put Canada in a bit of a tough spot, not much margin for error. DEN-RUS was a ton of fun to watch, crowd was fired up but clearly doesn't understand curling too well. Jones looked good on the women's side, from what I saw the chinese third was making some quality shots early, but Wang couldn't do much with the chances, and Jones pulled away. Looked like a ton of rocks in play in Scotland-Sweden, had one end where 15-of-16 rocks were still in at the end! Sweden-Canada should be interesting in the morning, also looking forward to seeing if Russia or Korea can get a hot start.
  6. Hopefully we can get some good showing in slopestyle, looks like it could be a quiet day otherwise. Gough looks like she'll need to be good and get a little help from Hamlin to have a chance for a medal, and there really isn't much else of a good hope on the day. Maybe Harvey can have a big day in the sprint, but I'm not sold on it. A big game for Jacobs tomorrow, if he loses to Edin he'd be 1-2; not a disaster, but with Scotland and Norway still to come it'll leave him no margin for error against the lesser teams the rest of the way.
  7. That was a hell of a run from Bilodeau, no run all competition within a point and a half of him. Tough for Gagnon in fourth. A great day!
  8. Tough for Le Guellec, had the lead after the second shoot, but fell and was totally out of it after that. Gough and McRae with a decent start in the luge, doesn't look like there'll be much in it for medals. Great stuff from Bilodeau and Kingsbury in the qualies, really looked the class fo the field.
  9. Was worried about Alex Gough after her first training times didn't look too hot, but she was top 3 in the last two runs, well behind Geisenberger, but at least in the hunt. Should be a fun day tomorrow, with hockey, curling, luge, short track, moguls, combined, biathlon, etc. I'll say three medals (two moguls & Hamelin), but if things break right it could be an even bigger day. Maybe I'm a bit optimistic, though.
  10. The round robins get started tomorrow, looks like a few interesting matchups. I figure for the men that Canada are definitely the favourites, with Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and Scotland the main potential challengers. Denmark's a dark horse, Rasmus Stjerne and Frederikson could get into the playoffs for sure. Murdoch and Edin have good records, but haven't done a lot this season (Edin went 5-4 at Europeans), wouldn't be surprised to see one of them have a tough week. I guess I'd go with Canada, Switzerland, Norway and Sweden in the playoffs. Looks like a cracker of a tournament for the women, there's a lot of quality, looks hard to predict. Jones has a great record in Canada, but hasn't been great internationally; Muirhead, Wang, Ott and Sigfredsson are all capable of taking it. Sweden hasn't been great this year on tour, but won Europeans, while China were poor for a couple of years, but have played pretty well lately. I'll go with Scotland, Canada, China and Sweden in the playoffs, with the Swiss being the surprise team to miss out. I think only Scotland would surprise me if they didn't make the playoffs, I think Muirhead's just great, can make a ton of shots. Gotta admit seeing Homan blow the field away in Montreal this week makes me wish we could have seen them in Sochi instead, but Jones should be fine. Some good games on day 1, especially for the women, Wang-Jones and Muirhead-Sigfridsson should be interesting. Tough start for the Swiss men, getting Edin then Jacobs. Only other interesting game of the day for me on the men's side is Edin-Murdoch in the evening. Anybody else looking forward to the tournament?
  11. Should be an interesting pursuit tomorrow, looking forward to it. The time trial style start races are fun, but these head-to-head ones are where biathlon really shines. Can Bjorndalen manage to make it two? He's clearly on incredible form. I hope it'll be him or Fourcade (or Leguellec, in a long shot). But a fair amount of quality up in that top group, the two Austrians, Moravec and Shipulin all within a loop's time and Svendsen close enough to be dangerous.
  12. Just missed out by four seconds, great result for him, and he'll get a nice start in the pursuit.
  13. JP Leguellec shoots clear in the sprint, definitely right there for a medal chance, might just be a few seconds in it!
  14. 4 medals from Cross-Country and Alpine skiing combined seems really optimistic to me, I think 2 total would be a success, let alone 2 each. Frankly, I think getting 0 from those two sports is far more likely than getting 4.
  15. Toronto wins on ballot one!!! Great news! Toronto 33 Lima 11 Bogota 6
  16. According to the Star's blog, counting of the first round ballots is already underway, which doesn't fit with the timelines I'd seen previously
  17. Yeah, I thought the presentation was pretty good, we certainly haven't done anything to hurt our chances. I've got a good feeling, but fingers crossed nonetheless.
  18. Looks like the Toronto presentation has started, can be watched at CBCsports.ca
  19. Not sure if it's been mentioned, but another online source to follow tomorrow: Article Also, another article from the Toronto Star: Here's hoping things go well tomorrow!
  20. Looks like more information will be coming tomorrow. Announcment I'm a little nervous about whether it'll end up too spread out, but looking forward to seeing what they finally decide upon.
  21. I don't think the naming thing really can be too closely linked to the location of the individual events. You may very well be right that things will be centralized, but I think it has been generally accepted since the bid's birth that it would be the Toronto 2015 Games. Money for Toronto is just about the worst way you can sell something in federal and even provincial politics, but everyone involved knew that if you throw away the Toronto name you lose any advantage of being a global city. That being said, Hamilton will surely get something significant. There was some talk very early in the process of getting a new Ivor Wynne Stadium and the aquatics facilities, which would be a complete joke in my mind. At this point, I'm not sure what Hamilton gets that gets them a new stadium, as I can't imagine Toronto giving up the athletics, the premier event. Still, it seems to me, the Games have been sold with the stadium in mind, so they will surely demand something. Copps Coliseum could be used to host the basketball or volleyball finals, but that's not as high-profile as it would be in the Olympics. Where I live, in Markham, about 30-45 minutes north of Toronto, has been a proposed site for a major regional sports institute, and will definitely be pushing hard for aquatics, along with some other indoor sports like badminton and table tennis. The Markham aquatics centre was part of the 2008 Olympic bid, but not as the main aquatics venue, so it'll be interesting to see how they use it here. This is the main potential problem with the bid. Too spread out, and the bid is complete sh*t. Too much in Toronto, and all the nearby municipalities complain about how much Toronto gets. If the bid loses, I think failing to strike the right balance is how. And one way to do that would be to have neither athletics or aquatics in Toronto itself, which other municipal governments seem to expect. All that's clear to me right now in terms of venue placement is Tennis at the National Tennis Centre, and rowing in St. Catharines. Also, the general location of equestrian, if not a specific location.
  22. As to the CBC stuff, the network broadcast did have the usual sort of introduction to the games, starting at the 7 am time mentioned, with interviews with athletes and some segments on Beijing, usual CBC opening broadcast fare. This was about an hour long, leading into the ceremony. A couple of nights before, a more general preview was made from the regular Olympic Sports studio in Toronto with similar content, but less of a Beijing focus (since, obviously, it wasn't in Beijing). The pre-ceremony was the only thing on for about half of it's total length, as you probably already can see from the schedule. As to one of your points about the delayed v. live events for NBC, the moment that summed up NBC coverage for me was the first night (in Canada, morning of Day 1 in Beijing). I turn on the TV, flip to NBC and see Yao Ming during the opening ceremonies, something already on CBC twice that day. Flip to CBC, and I saw the American men's gymnastics team doing preliminaries, while NBC pretended that all the sport would start the next afternoon/night. I understand protecting their rights to earn huge ratings, but I feel bad for hardcore Olympic fans in the US (at least live streams are making this somewhat more bearable)
  23. And to further add on The teams already known to be in the Olympics tournament are Canada, USA, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and Russia. Also for some context for the Bulgaria-Slovakia game, this was the first international tournament Bulgarian women have ever competed in, and they will make their World Championships debut in Division V (33rd-37th in the world) later this year. Slovakia, on the other hand, while not at the level they are in men's hockey, are in Division I, and just missed promotion to the top group last year, so like 12th in the world. It was an expected blowout, their previous games were 0-41 and 1-30, but it is the largest blowout in an IIHF event (not the largest international hockey blowout, though, Korea-Thailand Asian Under-18s: 92-0 Korea)
  24. Yes, but only by a few months, as last time they didn't start 'till November 2004 (for Torino 2006). Essentially, part of the reason is that for the first time the women have a 'pre-qualifying' segment, with the winners then advancing to the normal qualifying in November. The men will play three rounds of qualifying, starting in October in Turkey.
  25. I'm not sure if this is like Athens, but I did watch probably around 10 minutes of what was listed on CBC as the Pre-Opening Ceremony Show, though I don't remember it much. It was hosted in a stadium (I am assuming it was the Bird's Nest, but I'm not 100% certain), and had group of 2 or 3 presenters, and if I recall correctly a singing act, along with dancers on the field below where the presenters were. While this isn't really helpful, I can say that it was a direct stream of some sort of Olympic-related event occurring in Beijing, meaning that it wasn't like a CBC preview show, or a news/interview show. This was some sort of unfiltered, un-commented upon Olympic event, and was the same in style, to my recollections, as the other non-commentary cbcsports.ca streams. I don't know if that's helpful at all, but I did want to mention that I watched at least part of this stream.
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