The Winter Olympics thread
I’m not watching any of it.. due to Putins state sponsored demonisation, arrest, harassment and even torture of gay people…
Not watching is going to change nothing, there are far more proactive things you could do to register your protest. This is sport, the altheletes are caught up in this. A good friends brother was hot favourite for a sailing Gold at the Moscow Olympics but his sport boycotted the games (GB allowed individual sports to decide) and he never got another chance.Posted 4 years agojambalayaSubscriber
@CFH that must have been a laugh and somewhat intimidating ! Showing my age but we where in Meribel in 94 and skied some parts of the ladies downhill, there was one section we could barely manage from a standing start and in the event there where tons of crashes as the girls where coming in at 60mph. When you stand at top of Bevlarde in Val and imagine the Olympic DH just went straight down that.Posted 4 years agoslackaliceMember
Going to be watching and enjoying all of it, with perhaps the exception of the figure skating. Particularly following the ice hockey and will watch the mogul boy’s and girl’s with complete and utter awe and admiration whilst holding my knee’s in empathy. 🙂
Been looking forward to it for a while now. The Beeb sports site has some good vids on each discipline too.Posted 4 years agoandylMember
Doesn’t look like this has been posted yet: https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/british-olympic-organisation-accept-emily-sarsfield-s-invitation-from-fis-to-participate-in-the-ski-cross-event-at-the-2014-winter-olympics-in-sochi
She’s the sister of a friend of mine. I’ll let you read up on the link posted but time is running out for her.
She is easily good enough to compete and the offer has even been made to the BOA that she will pay her own way at the Olympics too but even that has been ignored. 🙁Posted 4 years agoscandal42Subscriber
Easily the most entertaining Olympics.
Cannot wait for most of it to be honest.
The real story so far has got to be the Jamaica bobsleigh team. Outsiders actually qualified and then turned up in Russia without any equipment due to it going missing, meaning they miss the 1st practice.
They should make a film 😆Posted 4 years agoesselgruntfuttockMember
The hockey for me, best team game on the planet (imo). I’ll be rooting for Canada but Ovechkin’s lot will be going balls out for gold.Posted 4 years ago
I love the long track speed skating too, graceful yet powerful, the biathlon is just nuts & can’t understand how those lot can be puffing & chuffing one second then holding a rifle stock still the next, awesome athletes.jaymoidMember
Yeah I got up early and watched all the slopestyle mens and womens. Amazing Stuff, Jamie Nicholls representing yorkshire landing that massive 1440 got him a ticket straight into the finals. Was feeling pretty proud as I’ve seen him ride at castleford a fair few times. Will be getting up early for the semis and finals on saturday too. Now we’ve seen style and nice spins awarded well and triple corks are not the be all and end all, Jamie could well be in with a good medal chance, he’s got a triple cork in his arsenal as well, depends if he wants to pull it out.
Worth a watch: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/winter-olympics/26063907
+1 Ed Leigh – he’s done a great job so far, him and Tim make a good team. It’s pretty funny when they pull each other up on calling the wrong moves.Posted 4 years agocrankboyMember
“I’m not watching any of it.. due to Putins state sponsored demonisation, arrest, harassment and even torture of gay people…
Did you give the same treatment to China? “
Is China’s governmets attitude to homosexuality the same as Putin’s then?
I’m not watching it due to Putin’s attitude and also the marked failure of our athletes to sign up to the “principle 6” campain.Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
Those not watching in protest, I’d be more impressed if they actually went to Sochi and protested in front of the cameras. Not watching is utterly meaningless.Posted 4 years ago
And I’ll be watching pretty much anything that’s on, I enjoy all of it, even the curling! Discipline agnostic, that’s me! 😀JoeGSubscriber
There was an article in the local (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) newspaper whose sports reporter is in Sochi to cover the Olympics. He found a Pittsburgh themed bar there! 😯 Very odd…
Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
I will watch, because the Olympics is about much more than Sochi, Russia or Putin. If it were the festival of Sochi laid on by Putin then perhaps. But it’s not, it’s the world’s most prestigious sporting event, irrespective of where it is. Shitbag politicians don’t change that.Posted 4 years agocrispoSubscriber
Mainly looking forward to the alpine skiing.
DH is always a great watch and the skier cross is fantastic viewing too. Se of the crashes on there are fantastic comedy. Most looking forward to the Slalom and GS. I used to race with Dave Ryding (who will be competing in those disciplines) so I’ll be watching with great interest.
Going to try and watch a bit of everything really!Posted 4 years agostumpyjumperMember
I felt the need to stand up for my sideways standing brethren and agree with Jmoid, Ed Leigh is a great pundit to have on the beeb for boarding. He knows the tricks , the riders and he gets genuinely and enthusiastically excited at a good run. Anything, anyone as long as it’s not bloody balding.
I have been looking forward to this for the last year! Iv even worked my schedule around it.Posted 4 years ago
“And the people you are protesting against “
except it’s not it is keeping the issue on the agenda and massively embarresing for Putin and the Olympic sponsors look at how the media coverage is constantly refering to it .
But not watching any of it won’t make any difference at all.
The media coverage might, but not watching it won’t.
Each to their own though I suppose.Posted 4 years agoscuttlerMember
Leaving aside the corruption and vileness of Russia, let’s try and keep this one on the sporting front shall we?
So, what are you looking forward to?
Naysayers, lobbyists and protesters need not apply. There’s a special discount today only on starting your own thread. Thank you.Posted 4 years agoklumpyMember
There’s snowboard dual slalom – that’s damn impressive. Watching these guys laying down in corners while skittering right on the bitter edge of distaster carving on a 45 degree slope of sheet ice. The second run of each pair is also sort of a head to head race – if I read the rules correctly.
Keep seeing people mention ski cross – so they do boardercross on skis now do they..? 😆Posted 4 years ago
Keep seeing people mention ski cross – so they do boardercross on skis now do they..?
Yep, and pretty much everyone I know, from either side of the snow fence, found that the ski version at the last WO was the best sport there! It’s utterly batshitmentally awesome!Posted 4 years ago
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