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  1. Emotional scenes from the ski stadium in Sochi; the female norwegian ski team huddled in tears before and during medal ceremony. Astrid Jacobsen, a female skier participating in Sochi, lost her brother yesterday. He was a friend and training mate for several of the skiers.
  2. Cross country: women's duathlon 7,5 (classic) + 7,5 (free) : 1. Bjørgen 2. Kalla 3. Weng Ooh; interesting attack from Kalla. Luckily it didn't hold up against Marit. Good start.
  3. Oh I'm alright. --- That was pretty intense.., good for Sage and very happy for Ståle. Sorry canadians. Didn't get much help from the judges.
  4. That was a lot of missed runs for the favs. Lots of nerves in play now. Really feel they should have 3 runs in the final. Parrot still the fav for me. All or nothing. If he lands it, he'll beat 94. Happy if one of our guys just survives a decent run.
  5. New try: 1. Kadono Yuki 2. McMorris Mark 3. Kotsenburg Sage 4. Morgan Billy 5. Nicholls Jamie 6. Braaten Gjermund 7. Toutant Sebastien 8. Thorgren Sven 9. Piiroinen Peetu 10. Tonteri Roope 11. Sandbech Staale 12. Parrot Maxence Very good start by Sage.
  6. Good podium, I agree, but don't know who I fear the most, us or canada overall. Both look very strong with the new events. But Kotsenburg is a good snowboarder. Alright, here we go. Exciting! Start list: 1. Yuki Kadono. - 24 McMorris Mark CAN 2 next - - - - - - 22 Kotsenburg Sage USA 3 - - - - - - - 1 Morgan Billy GBR 4 - - - - - - - 14 Nicholls Jamie GBR 5 - - - - - - - 16 Braaten Gjermund NOR 6 - - - - - - - 7 Toutant Sebastien CAN 7 - - - - - - - 21 Thorgren Sven SWE 8 - - - - - - - 12 Piiroinen Peetu FIN 9 - - - - - - - 18 Tonteri Roope FIN 10 - - - - - - - 8 Sandbech Staale NOR 11 - - - - - - - 19 Parrot Maxence CAN 12
  7. Prediction for slopestyle. Maxence Mcmorris Sandbech Canadians trying to lower expectations in their own thread lol, yea, well you guys are okay. Max Parrot on a different level since x games, looks ridiculously comfortable and scoring 97-98 with ease. I don't know what's going on with the scoring on Mcmorris, but I expect him to do something in the finals despite the pain. Judges can't keep undervaluing him. 2 runs only, so we might see some favs with a failed competition. Sage Kotsenburg on the podium would be nice.
  8. They're prob reliable. Numbers are real for the population as a whole. Olympics get a lot of bad press due to the Sochi/Putin/gay/IOC/crazyprizetag thing. Some regions are bound to be opposed at this stage. There's a question of democracy here, that is interesting and should be taken seriously, but fact of the matter is that it's a representative democracy, so the politicians will decide, although IOC ( politician - for simplicity I refer to the institution IOC, though I agree with your point well made about its fragmented and individual-oriented nature) and (everyone else involved) would prefer to see as high popular support numbers as possible. I don't think it's realistic with high popular support across the nation at this point in time. Much like London 2012 and what you'd see in other european countries.
  9. About a lighter matter, the logo:-) Wow, it was a bit hard to "swallow" at first sight. But it could grow on me.
  10. As if you hate to mention it. Someone once told me "you're so fake it's a joke". Someone who also speak fondly of not resorting to insults. You know what I'm a big fan of? I'm a big fan of correct representation of facts and reasonable conclusions. What you've written in this paragraph is simply not true. There's not a surge of far right extremism or violence; that's a ridiculous statement; there is generally little violence and very little violence related to race or such things. There's basically next to none neonazism or organized racism. The issues all countries in this hemisphere faces are serious and important, but not something to distort and emphasize the way you do. Huge hostility towards LGBT? What are you on? About security. I see no reason to go into a debate about the police's efforts that particular day, which is a complex matter of its own. What's clear is that there's generally little violence and that security is taken seriously, is heavily invested in and that efforts and budgets for that department will be more than adequate if the olympics arrive in 2022. "Norway/Sweden/scandinavia". Hm, no. You never told me remember. I do know that you wrote this in september: And I know that something happened between then and now, and that it explains your views. To be clear, I've no problems with you or anyone else for that matter opposing the bid. I have a problem with your gross misrepresentation of facts in matters which are not trivial at all, as welll as "intellectual dishonesty".
  11. Krow. yea. My hair is just average. --- So I've been up all night and watched a freaking qualification event, and it was pretty great. Maxence is taking this easily.
  12. Your understanding of the specific situation in Norway is very flawed.
  13. Btw, Weissenbacher lucky as hell he didn't go over the first rail (think it was the first).., both runs he clipped it on the way up, like Horgmo did when he broke his collar bone. First heat sees Sandbech, Piiroinen, Toutant and Nicholls through.
  14. dtd2, Lol.., local commentators said 4, but I checked online and read everything from 4 to 6 to 8. I think it might be 4.., so my guess 29 male snowboarders. 4 from each heat today through to final and 4 among the 21 that didn't qualify today in the semifinals.., totalling 12. Btw, Nicholls is through for GB. That's cool.
  15. Wow, the weather! Conditions, course, landscape..looks great. Nice run Ståle! Those who don't qualify directly to the final from each heat today will get the opportunity to battle it out in the semifinal.
  16. Only 5 mins before the first qualifying event begins! Wow:-) Happy with TV2s studio. Looking forward to see the course.
  17. Hm, all societies have problems. No, the progress party is not a "far right movement" party.They are a right wing populist party that is all over the place, including more government spending, a very pro-Israel stance, christian values etc, yet at the same time cheaper booze, better roads and less immigration and many other things depending on which brilliant ideas enter their heads. I say they are not a "far right movement" to distinguish them from other european parties such as SD, which has its roots in neonazism. FRP (the prog. party) has its roots in neoliberalism and populism. That being said, it's very difficult to place FRP in the political landscape, due to the traditionally conflicting nature of many of their viewpoints, so that it's often labelled far right abroad is understandable. They are a populist, (centre-)right party with roots in neoliberalism. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right-wing_politics , Here you can see how it's distinguished from "far right". I can't keep track of what bad things and associations individual members of this party are responsible for, in france or other places, though I have to say, knowing you and what you've said about FN, I think you wouldn't only dislike them (frp). Breivik tried to radicalize a local youth group of FRP, but he was rejected and spoke negatively of the party, saying it was too moderate and didn't "have the balls". Uhm, my disgust of political or moral view points are not limited to far right parties. FRP is not SD. Yes, there's absolutely xenophobia among their ranks, especially among elder folks, which alone does not make it a far right party, which is an issue of political orientation, not degree of "evilness". The progress party has had several openly gay politicians (and several scandals relating to these having sex with minors in the youth org, but I digress...) and they are now fighting for gay rights. Why? because it's become unpopular to do the opposite. See article: http://www.nettavisen.no/politikk/article3628809.ece What do you mean Breivik wasn't a lone wolf? If you have evidence of the contrary, I suggest you present them to the police which would be highly interested. The knights templar order he claims to lead is by all accounts imaginary. Yes, Breivik killed 77 people. The scale of the crime does not change whether he was a lone wolf or not. Are you saying everything would be different if Breivik had only killed 4? I don't get your logic. Let's stick to the evidence. Needless to say, far right violence should be taken extremely seriously and be combated. Neonazi and far right movements in norway have been relatively small and disorganized. If you don't believe me you can ask various watch groups. You and I both know very, very well, that it's not true that you don't have anti-feelings, a fact that I can easily support with evidence, though I will not. You shouldn't perpetuate that lie anymore, when it becomes so relevant for the discussion.
  18. The progress party is not a "far right movement party". They are populists. Their main policy will always be fewer taxes, cheaper booze, more libertarianism (when it see their popular points fit) and less immigration. They're the party for people on benefits, pensioners, uneducated people that live in smaller, homogenous cities or suburbs. That's their social basis, supported by not only their rhetorics, observation of their members, but also more scientifically sound research. The bid committee hired a gay choir. You apply the simplistic interpretation. I don't really want to discuss Breivik with you, seeing as you're using a very tragic event (also on a personal level) to support a very strong viewpoint that in general has less to do with the arguments you bring forward and more to do with an extreme anti-scandinavian antipathy. In the spirit of intellectual honesty, it would be refreshing if you just said what you meant. The two sets of principles that one can infer from your arguments against Stockholm and Oslo are not consistent and points to an underlying guidance. Though I want to say this, Breivik and Vikernes were lone wolves and both have experienced rejection from the milieus they tried to fit in to. There are few skinheads, neo-nazis etc here. Racists both here and elsewhere disgust me, as does also the progress party for a variety of reasons, xenophobia being one of them, but I would be careful about using the Breivik case to explain vastly more than circumstances around Breivik himself, even when there are important implications for society as a whole. I hope my view points do not come across as creating a picture of Norway as heaven on earth.
  19. Firstly, your posts are appreciated:-) I've seen you mentioned Oslo's, or rather, Norway's non-membership of the EU as a possible big factor several times. I really, really doubt that it's a factor at all. Norway's a member of Schengen, and the european economic area through the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and adopts all kinds of EU legislation. Whether norway's stronger or weaker within or outside the EU is a perpetual debate, but nonetheless, not very relevant for this bid race. Those supporting Krakow would might want to see the olympics in a different region (from europe) if Krakow has made it clear they will try again.
  20. To be clear, it so happens that the bid committee chose a very popular gay choir for entertainment at their presentation tomorrow and a local newspaper wanted to make a spin on that. It'd be overly cynic to view it as machinistic propaganda.
  21. Shaun White fell and hurt his wrist, but it's not serious. The slopestyle course is apparently demanding and should hopefully induce a bit of creativity. But no more injuries now, please. Terje Håkonsen is cited in newspapers here being very critical to how standardized and "olympified" snowboard has become. Sage is prob the athlete who's closest to Terje in "ideology" among the competitors in the olympics and he was very positive of the course, so maybe there's some light after all. So Horgmo and Sjåstad Christensen are both out with injuries. Big blow to norway's medal chances in snowboard and freestyle skiing.
  22. Oslo 2022 hires norway's "most smashing" gay choir for logo presentation From the article: In Russia, recent legislation has limited LGBT rights. Oslo 2022 has different thoughts in mind, and has decided to use Oslo Fagottkor as entertainment for their official logo presentation. (..) There's been a heavy storm around Sochi and the russian gay legislation, this engagement isn't a nod in that direction? - No. I have honestly not thought so much about what other thinks of us hiring them, just whether they fit in with us. And they do. We're focused on promoting our values, openness among other things. If it's noted, then that's of course a good thing. But first and foremost, it's important that the choir stands for the same things that we do..they're fun, playful and entertaining, and I also believe their show will compliment nicely the logo that we're presenting on thursday.
  23. I believe we're following the same SSC threads:-) Chobham Manor looks very promising London as a whole is buzzling. Must be exciting times.
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