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  1. On the ISU FB page replies section, someone posted a screen cap of Meryl Davis landing on a flat edge during a keypoint of the Finnstep where she needed to be on an outside edge to get level 4. So once again Davis/White got credit on an element that they don't deserve. The fix started way back in 2012 after Virtue/Moir won Worlds.
  2. Maybe it's just me but I never got the same feeling from London/Vancouver/Beijing/Torino/Athens/SLC/all other ceremonies I think it's because the two sides are empty and not surrounded by people, and the stage is a bland open area with no shapes or curves. The movement of the show is mainly moving pieces from right to left so I guess the camera work couldn't do much also for the in-between segments.
  3. So which of those technical analysis do you disagree with? Meryl and Charlie constantly getting credit for incorrect edges, and at GPF some judges gave them perfect marks for their completely 180 degrees out of sync elements. It's not just 'someone' that disagrees with the scoring this time, it's pretty much the majority of the ice dance watchers including those outside of Canada/USA including past champions and coaches from other countries.
  4. There are expert blogs out there pinpointing the problems of Davis and White and how they have been getting generous technical calls and inflated component scores over the last few seasons. Not to mention many past ice dancers were chiming in on Twitter last night saying they didn't understand the judging, including the inventor of the Finnstep which was the required steps for the short dance. http://icedanceanalysts.blogspot.tw/ http://www.thestar.com/sports/sochi2014/figureskating/2014/02/16/tessa_virtue_scott_moir_second_after_olympic_ice_dance_short_program.html ISU's Facebook page LOL
  5. Watched the OC again over the weekend. I loved the use of music and the props, they were magnificently Russian. One thing I didn't like though was how empty the stage looked in-between... I think it's the way the spectators were seated, the stage floor looked like a huge empty street waiting for the marching parade to come through. The cauldron lighting sucked though... huge disappointment after the best ever from London.
  6. I love the quilted patchwork look since the beginning I think it's one of the strongest look in any Olympics. Hated the slogan until Dmitry Chernyshenko's opening speech. The Games will be hot because of the passion the Games will be cool because of the venues and the Games will be yours because of the Olympic spirit. I think it's his delivery and maybe the fact it's one of the small part of the speech I could understand
  7. The French Sports magazine L'Equipe is breaking the news that Russia and USA is trading votes at the expense of Canada's Virtue and Moir http://www.canada.com/olympics/?p=86919
  8. Totally agree with you here. Reminds me of the 2008 bid process where IOC removed human rights evaluation so benefit a certain country, 2024 is Durban's to lose. With how things are developing in the IOC I wonder how many cities will be smart and not enter the race for 2024. Can you imagine if 2024 only end up with Durban, Baku, and Doha bidding and all other mega cities sit out?
  9. Love these medals! Probably my favorite so far. I am also loving Sochi's look, it's going to be exciting to see the venues all decked up!
  10. Oh Rob... He's just a gift that keeps on giving.
  11. Make Toronto seem like a spa treatment equivalent of Olympic Games for the IOC after their years of hard work fighting in the frontiers (Sochi/Rio/PC/Istanbul(best case scenario for Toronto)). I don't mean lavish amenities for the IOC but the technical security of a highly capable bid in a world class city, also a celebration of Olympic Ideals in a living proof of a city where difference race/culture/religion/gender/sexual preference peaceful coexistence is a daily thing. I know, it's THAT cheesy and pandering but Olympic Games and IOC is all about cheese.
  12. I'm ethnically Chinese but was born in Taiwan so I consider my original nationality Taiwanese or Republic of China, and my family immigrated to Toronto when I was 9. I think Toronto really need to think of a way to play up the multiculturalism and tie it into why this is important to the IOC.
  13. &*$*(%*&@ Only Leafs could messed that up...
  14. Is a compact game a top priority? Rio won 2016 despite being the least compact bid. That's not to say Toronto shouldn't focus on a compact bid, they absolutely should but this alone won't be THE attraction imho.
  15. Well they were planned that way so I wouldn't call it glitches.
  16. The waterfront concept is great but I don't think it's THE trump card Toronto needs to have in its hands also. Is a scenic waterfront concept more compelling or close to compelling as what other cities can come up with? I really don't know. I feel Toronto needs something along the line of what olympicsfan97 said ON TOP of the technically excellent compact waterfront plan and the legacy of cleaning up the Portlands. The diversity of Toronto, a metropolis where every nationality can be found (I think I read that somewhere), home game for every nation, the living success story of the Olympic
  17. So, if Toronto 2024 bid is a reality what do you think Toronto should do to improve its narrative besides an excellent technical bid to make it compelling? In 2008 it was pretty much a game by athletes for the athletes and it obvious wasn't enough to match the Juggernaut that was Beijing and China. If Toronto go ahead with 2024 our possible opponents will be Durban/South Africa, the last frontier for the IOC; Paris and their Centennial, and USA the biggest market for the IOC. What narrative direction should Toronto go for?
  18. I'm talking about the stadium announcers. They miss the cue after the first runner and the names they called out didn't match whoever was actually holding the torch during the lap run, and finished way behind. World feed commentator was indeed horrible but that's independent from the OC.
  19. I loved London's cauldron lighting segment but the two announcers totally screwed up their cue when announcing the young athletes.
  20. Me too! Tired of looking at that maxipad...hope it contains strong Asian flavours.
  21. I guess if Wu has all that stuff from Samaranch and wants to display it on a government's dime, China is the place. Taiwanese are somewhat into the Olympics but probably only as a once in four years thing; we are not that big to build a memorial for someone we hardly care for. Especially with this memorial thing, local media would dig up every last dirt on Samaranch and accuse the government wasting money deifying someone like him. So I guess in that way China makes sense.
  22. Actually it is possible to win 3 spots in figure skating with one competing. The single entry must place first or second for three spots at the Olympics. Canada's is a powerhouse this time with good talent across all four disciplines and other countries have glaring gaps in one or more. I'd say the team gold is Canada's to lose.
  23. Hi Gucci, can you please clear your inbox
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