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-Jasey Jay Anderson is a gold medal favorite in Snowboarding PS

-Mans team pursuit vs Poland for the bronze medal (Gonna be tough)

Those are two medal possibilities for tomorrow.... any more?

Actually no. JJ Anderson won gold for the Giant Parallel Slalom in Vancouver.

That event has already passed, on Wednesday. He finished 5th in qualification, then 17th in elimination.

The Parallel Slalom (which takes place on a shorter course) is not his best event.

But we do have 2 other Canadians competing; I still hope they all perform well.

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I was talking about short track. I am too nervous to watch the hockey game.

Krow, understand these Olympics from a Canadian perspective. The Winter Olympics are all we got, we are not good at any other major global sporting event. To look at the list of results and know that a few 1 in a 100 events (the Hamelin's 3 falls, that fall in biathlon, Chan making 3 mistakes in 1 f-ing program) are the difference between Canada finishing 3rd in the medal table and 1st.

Not really. I mean you got 12 bronze at the 2012 games. The 7th most! 3rd on the medal tally for these games is better than Australia gets at the Summer games which is where we are good at!

You've had some screw ups but had some amazing triumphs, try rooting for Australia at these games, it's just screw up left right and centre.

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Not really. I mean you got 12 bronze at the 2012 games. The 7th most! 3rd on the medal tally for these games is better than Australia gets at the Summer games which is where we are good at!

You've had some screw ups but had some amazing triumphs, try rooting for Australia at these games, it's just screw up left right and centre.

Yeah, but this is winter sports and the winter games. 98 per cent of Oz doesn't really care and probably more than half don't even know they're on.

Not that I like resorting to medal totals, but three in hand is still equalling our all-time best winter total from Vancouver. Yeah, it sucks when we're a gold hungry country that we stepped back from the 2010 results into the silver and bronze categories, but I'm actually coming out of these games impressed with the depth of our field this time round - we've been qualifying multiple team members into most of the sports we've been targeting, sometimes getting our full quotas through and finishing pretty respectably in the rankings of many of those.

To tell the truth, I'm coming out of these games with more confidence in the future of the Oz winter team than I did from Vancouver, when I thought we were too reliant on our one or two stars to deliver, but didn't have a lot looking like breaking through in the future.

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it's a common theme this time to say "x country is really screwing everything up!"

but for someone to screw up -- and lose -- someone also has to win, so who's benefiting from all these screw ups? we've heard alternately that every country except, possibly, belarus and the netherlands are having a "disappointing" olympics.

maybe it's an olympics of individual success, and not national. viktor ahn is certainly having a good games, but we've heard russia was hoping for better overall. or maybe equating one person's individual achievements on one day with that of an entire country is finally starting to ring a little hollow for me.

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Yeah, but this is winter sports and the winter games. 98 per cent of Oz doesn't really care and probably more than half don't even know they're on.

Not that I like resorting to medal totals, but three in hand is still equalling our all-time best winter total from Vancouver. Yeah, it sucks when we're a gold hungry country that we stepped back from the 2010 results into the silver and bronze categories, but I'm actually coming out of these games impressed with the depth of our field this time round - we've been qualifying multiple team members into most of the sports we've been targeting, sometimes getting our full quotas through and finishing pretty respectably in the rankings of many of those.

To tell the truth, I'm coming out of these games with more confidence in the future of the Oz winter team than I did from Vancouver, when I thought we were too reliant on our one or two stars to deliver, but didn't have a lot looking like breaking through in the future.

98% seems a bit too much imo.

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98% seems a bit too much imo.

An exaggerated guesstimate, of course. Though I wouldn't put it too far of to say perhaps only about 2 per cent have an active interest in the WOGs. It gets swelled a tad a bit when they're on, but it's far from a compulsive interest.

TV-wise, Sochi's been rating respectably but not spectacularly for some of its anticipated highlight events like Torah and Chumpy's runs (which were nicely times for prime time here). But I don't think any of the games outside the graveyard midnight to dawn slot has rated better than third spot on any night.

It's still all a bit of a novelty event for most, especially when we're still in summer, the cricket's still on and the football codes pre-seasons are starting to ramp up.

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it's a common theme this time to say "x country is really screwing everything up!"

but for someone to screw up -- and lose -- someone also has to win, so who's benefiting from all these screw ups? we've heard alternately that every country except, possibly, belarus and the netherlands are having a "disappointing" olympics.

maybe it's an olympics of individual success, and not national. viktor ahn is certainly having a good games, but we've heard russia was hoping for better overall. or maybe equating one person's individual achievements on one day with that of an entire country is finally starting to ring a little hollow for me.

Depends on the sport. Sweden and Belarus are benefiting greatly from Norway, Russia and Germany's underperformance in most of the Nordic events. Russia is taking medals away from Switzerland, Sweden, Canada, and USA in sports like short track, snowboarding and freestyle skiing. Russia has significantly over-performed, especially given the near disaster in the Nordic events. The Dutch have taken a huge chunk of medals away from Russia, Poland and the Americans.

Look at the USA, 10 medals in speed skating (short and long) in Vancouver, 1 in Sochi.

Korea has had a huge disaster on their hands heading into their home Olympics. While France has had their best Winter Olympics EVER.

In the end. For national performance: Gold: Slovenia Silver: France and Bronze: Belarus

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Russia has also benefited from foreign talent and questionable judging for most of its golds.

Five of the Russian gold medals come from athletes that where not Russian citizen in 2010. In addition, Volosozhar (two golds in figure skating, pairs and team) competed for Ukraine in 2010 but I'm pretty sure Russia would have won those two events without her anyway.

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Yikes, what a nasty crash! They had such a great run going too. That happens though, it's sport. Canada will finish up with 25 medals, looks like fourth in the overall medal count. 3rd in the official medal standings possibly. Our best performance outside of a home Olympics so I think it is a successful games for Canada.

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Canada and Slovenia have appealed the results of the men's ski cross claiming the French had worn illegal suits. If it goes through Leman will win gold.

...that would be a really crappy way to win gold. Would be surprised if anything came of it.

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