Olympics 2018 Pyeongchang

Talk about upcoming events

Moderator: Moderator Group

User avatar
Neuro
World Cup
Posts: 670
Joined: Sun Nov 06, 2016 1:56 pm
Location: Oslo, Norway

Olympics 2018 Pyeongchang

Postby Neuro » Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:38 pm

Let's have all the chatter here.

Personally I have a love-hate relationship with the olympics in that it's always an amazing 2 weeks with some nail-biting excitement, but also that it's slightly unfair with some people lucking into becoming olympic champion when someone else has been dominating for years luck out etc.

Also unfair in that lately they are held in some unusual locations with unusual and unknown conditions where teams luck in or luck out, Sochi was a good example.

And also, at least here in Norway, TV rights are given to channels other than the normal ones with experts who do this year-in, year-out, and you get first-timers commentating etc which can be a disaster and usually is. (The normal XC commentators Post and Bjørn are simply amazing, and I can say that having heard many good commentators like for example Moody and Ryder in MotoGP and others).

User avatar
dcpattie
xcskiforum 40K
Posts: 209
Joined: Sat Apr 04, 2015 3:33 pm
Location: Nordic Virginia

Re: Olympics 2018 Pyeongchang

Postby dcpattie » Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:30 am

Also, since the nordic countries are limited to 3-athletes per event its less competitive than the WC. For example, who's faster, the 20th best Norwegian female or the fastest female skier from Panama? Exaggeration - but you get the point.

And then their the IOC who is completely destroying women's athletics!
Dave in Nordic Virginia

User avatar
Neuro
World Cup
Posts: 670
Joined: Sun Nov 06, 2016 1:56 pm
Location: Oslo, Norway

Re: Olympics 2018 Pyeongchang

Postby Neuro » Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:27 am

True. It's not really about finding the best athletes.

Another thing is the sheer cost of the Olympics. It's way over the top, and usually they will build in a new place.

Even here in Norway where everything is still up from the Lillehammer games, was discarded in favor of a new spot when we applied.

And this was against the will of 2/3 of the population. There's a certain arrogance among sporting organizations, and none more so than IOC.

trotro
xcskiforum 20K
Posts: 86
Joined: Wed May 17, 2017 7:08 am

Re: Olympics 2018 Pyeongchang

Postby trotro » Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:16 pm

It is fun to watch but really organizing the Olympics seems to appeal to corrupt politicians who want to cream a lot of the money for themselves.

tvcrider
xcskiforum 10K
Posts: 18
Joined: Sat Dec 02, 2006 2:05 pm

Re: Olympics 2018 Pyeongchang

Postby tvcrider » Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:01 pm

I once really enjoyed watching any Olympic Nordic sport (if they were aired at all by U.S. networks) until 2014 in Sochi.

Initially I knew nothing of the behind the scenes state sponsored cheating by Russian athletes, but I became highly suspicious when the Russian men swept the final 50K event.

I will likely watch the upcoming games, but with a healthy dose of skepticism.
Last edited by tvcrider on Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:05 pm, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
JeffOYB
Ski Forum God
Posts: 1410
Joined: Tue Feb 13, 2007 6:44 pm
Location: Williamston, MI
Contact:

Re: Olympics 2018 Pyeongchang

Postby JeffOYB » Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:06 am

the unification team seems special to me
Jeff Potter
http://OutYourBackDoor.com
indie outdoor adventure, culture, heritage
...bikes, boats, skis, luggage, media & more!

Pat
xcskiforum 30K
Posts: 117
Joined: Mon Oct 12, 2015 9:37 am

Re: Olympics 2018 Pyeongchang

Postby Pat » Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:11 pm

Do the Olympic venues tend to have challenging courses? I watched the sprint race that was in Slovenia and thought it was a lot of fun to watch because there was a lot of uphill and some real sporty down hills with hard turns. I felt that it was more of an all around skills event than a flatter event -- more of like NASCAR on a road course. So is the 2018 course anything like that?

Also I thought by watching the hill work that the viewer could pick up some good technique points.

Pat

User avatar
Neuro
World Cup
Posts: 670
Joined: Sun Nov 06, 2016 1:56 pm
Location: Oslo, Norway

Re: Olympics 2018 Pyeongchang

Postby Neuro » Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:07 am

I found the opening ceremony almost painful this time. Couldn't watch it all.

It reminds me of dictator countries where the people march past their leaders in uniform greeting them, and then in the end the greatest leader of them all appear. It's really old fashioned. Kim Jung Un loved it for sure.


Return to “Races and Racing”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests