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Who's looking forward to the winter Olympics starting this Friday?  

 

I for one really enjoy the downhill sports (skiing, snowboarding, bobsledding, etc) and hockey.  Sad to see Shaun White drop an event but at least he'll be there for the half-pipe.  

 

I also find the horror stories from Sochi to be pretty funny and hope they keep on coming!  http://deadspin.com/staying-in-sochi-is-a-hilarious-adventure-1515722114

 

So what events do you like/dislike? 

 

 

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Who's looking forward to the winter Olympics starting this Friday?

 

I for one really enjoy the downhill sports (skiing, snowboarding, bobsledding, etc) and hockey.  Sad to see Shaun White drop an event but at least he'll be there for the half-pipe.

 

I also find the horror stories from Sochi to be pretty funny and hope they keep on coming!  http://deadspin.com/staying-in-sochi-is-a-hilarious-adventure-1515722114

 

So what events do you like/dislike?

 

 

 

The only event in the Winter Olympics that I will be sure to watch is the Men's Downhill. Always fun to watch these lunatics push the envelope. One of my favorite all-time sporting events was Franz Klammer's downhill in the 1976 Olympics at Innsbruck. Worth a You Tube watch if you never saw it. He knew that he needed a crazy time to win and he was on the edge of disaster the whole time.

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I really like all the events. Speed skating, skiing, luge, curling, bobsled...I find them all interesting. 

 

Unless something drastic happens, I think it's sad that this Olympics will be remembered for how bad the venue is. $50 billion+ spent and the facilities are apparently terrible from the stories coming out. 

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I really like all the events. Speed skating, skiing, luge, curling, bobsled...I find them all interesting. 

 

Unless something drastic happens, I think it's sad that this Olympics will be remembered for how bad the venue is. $50 billion+ spent and the facilities are apparently terrible from the stories coming out. 

 

The photos are damning enough without the stories.

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The photos are damning enough without the stories.

You don't like pooping while touching knees with another dude?

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You don't like pooping while touching knees with another dude?

twin-toilets-sochi-russia-olympics.jpg

 

Ha ha. Hey, it's got seat covers. That's a classy bathroom.

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I'm actually not really excited about any of it ... yet.  I'll definitely get into it after NBC shows me some back stories of the athletes I need to root for, but until then, I'm just ... whatever.

 

I do remember that I really enjoyed the Curling last time.  I like all of the alpine skiing events.  Snowboarding and freestyle skiing is also becoming quite entertaining.

 

Figure Skating just makes me nervous ... I just get scared for each of them every time they jump.  "Is this the one where they fall and ruin all of the hopes and dreams that they've been working towards the last four years?  Phew, nailed it!"  "Crap, here comes another one /cringe/"  etc etc.

 

Hockey will be exciting if USA does well, and other marquee matchups that involve Canada, Russia or Sweden will also be fun.

 

By next Monday, I'll probably be in love with ski jumping and luge and all of the rest of it, but just not yet.

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I do remember that I really enjoyed the Curling last time.  I like all of the alpine skiing events.  Snowboarding and freestyle skiing is also becoming quite entertaining.

 

I think curling might be the most underrated sport of the winter Olympics. There's a lot of skill and strategy involved. Kind of like chess on ice. With brooms. And giant ass stones.

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I think curling might be the most underrated sport of the winter Olympics. There's a lot of skill and strategy involved. Kind of like chess on ice. With brooms. And giant ass stones.
Totally agree. Curling rocks! Fun to play as well.
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I do remember that I really enjoyed the Curling last time.

 

 

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I think curling might be the most underrated sport of the winter Olympics. There's a lot of skill and strategy involved. Kind of like chess on ice. With brooms. And giant ass stones.

Yup, it's pretty much a guarantee I will be enjoying curling again this time around as well.   "Oh, Canadaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ..."

 

 

EDIT:  Just learned, to my chagrin, that these girls didn't actually make the Canadian Olympic Team.  Bummer.

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Visitors to Sochi Olympics Will Be Instantly Hacked
 

“The State Department warned that travelers should have no expectation of privacy, even in their hotel rooms,” NBC’s Richard Engel said in a report on Brian Williams’s show last night.

 

http://betabeat.com/2014/02/visitors-to-sochi-olympics-will-be-instantly-hacked/

 

You'd expect this though - nothing different than the summer Olympics in China.

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I can't get enough of the pictures.   

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

Seriously, there are so many weird things on the walls/ceilings of our apartment, I'm almost certain our place is being bugged/surveilled.

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Visitors to Sochi Olympics Will Be Instantly Hacked

 
“The State Department warned that travelers should have no expectation of privacy, even in their hotel rooms,” NBC’s Richard Engel said in a report on Brian Williams’s show last night.

http://betabeat.com/2014/02/visitors-to-sochi-olympics-will-be-instantly-hacked/

You'd expect this though - nothing different than the summer Olympics in China.

I would probably buy a cheap temporary laptop and burner cell phone if I were going.
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I might watch a couple of timed events but as usual they will lose me as soon as they cut to judged events. (Which seemed to be most of the time in the last Winter Olympics).

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I love watching most of the the Winter Olympics, I find it way more exciting then the Summer ones.

Figure Skating is really the only one I don't keep an eye on I think it is just the commentary that turns me off that.

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I think this is going to be the Olympics where I'm going to watch the BBC and CBC's coverage. Had enough of NBC and Costas.

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I think this is going to be the Olympics where I'm going to watch the BBC and CBC's coverage. Had enough of NBC and Costas.

LOL ... can't blame you.

 

Although this is Costas' bread and butter ... I like him on the Olympics because he's in announcer mode, but not candid personal opinion mode.

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Yup, it's pretty much a guarantee I will be enjoying curling again this time around as well.   "Oh, Canadaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ..."

 

EDIT:  Just learned, to my chagrin, that these girls didn't actually make the Canadian Olympic Team.  Bummer.

Mmmmmm....luv me some Canadian Cougar.....Cheryl Bernard...she was the skip in the 2010 Olympics....I'm not sure if she's on the team in 2014.....enjoy!!!!!!

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