Is anyone interested in discussing the upcoming Olympics? Is anyone going, and if so, to what events? I was in Montreal for the 1976 Olympics and attended a men's gymnastic event (no Nadia, unfortunately) and watched the marathon pass by my grandma's apartment window.What events are you looking forward to seeing? Selena
I enjoy many more events in the Summer Olympic games. However, I do enjoy the men's downhill & slalom. I enjoy the women's figure skating. And, I enjoy virtually all of the speed skating events.
Selena,I was in Montreal in '76 too. I did see Nadia! I even got to go to the Opening Ceremony. Amazing. As other boards know I am an Olympic fan of the highest degree. The Opening Ceremony last night was wonderful, and I am watching as much of the games as I can.Charlie
I really enjoy the Olympics. Summer or Winter. There is something about the spirit and the pride that all of these dedicated people have. I love the Olympics!
What events are you looking forward to seeing?The closing ceremonies. I have enjoyed Olympics in the past but I'm tired of them adopting new sports for both the summer and winter games. Just an attempt at filling more hours (and more commercials) for the TV coverage. I'll admit I'm not a big fan of the snowboard competition and any other "new" areas that dilute the value of the medals. Let the kids have fun in their "radical" ways but why add it on to the Olympics? Just so America has another chance at more medals? You think these guys really care about Olympic tradition (see Nagano '98) or marketing themselves into big bucks?Geez, let's make a sport out of running onto the frozen pond and sliding on your rear end....measure the distance and award the gold for the longest slide. No arbitrary judging necessary. How about ice sculpting? Etc. Etc. ad nauseumWake me up when it's over....Sorry to be such a downer about it all but that's my two cents.
<<I'll admit I'm not a big fan of the snowboard competition and any other "new" areas that dilute the value of the medals. Let the kids have fun in their "radical" ways but why add it on to the Olympics? Just so America has another chance at more medals? You think these guys really care about Olympic tradition (see Nagano '98) or marketing themselves into big bucks?>>Well, I'm with you on some (much?) of the old spirit seeming to be gone, replaced by rampant commercialism and marketing.Still, I think that it's reasonable to add new events from time to time. After all, many of the events we've enjoyed fro many years were probably added at some point. And even though snowboarders might seem to be kids, within 20 years, they'll be in their 40s and 50s and likely still interested in snowboarding.I found the snowboarding competition interesting. Some of the competitors didn't put in performances that seemed too interesting to me, but I blame that to some degree on NBC, for not educating me enough about the sport. For example, what's a regular stance vs. a "goofy" stance? Maybe when I'm seeing boring-looking moves, there is actually something interesting or difficult going on.Still, there was plenty that I *did* like. The heights that some of the snowboarders reached were really impressive. Some of the moves were amazing. Overall, I liked it.Now the figure skating judging... THAT is crazy. And seemingly always has been!Selena
"Geez, let's make a sport out of running onto the frozen pond and sliding on your rear end....measure the distance and award the gold for the longest slide."In college, we had the "Bare Arse 500", where we soaped the tile hallway of the dorm, pushed off from the door at the end, and measured who went the farthest backwards butt naked.In high school, we had broom ball. You had to wear shoes, not skates, and you played a "hockey-like" game hitting a basketball with a broom and trying to score a goal. It helped if you were over 18 and had a brewski first. A lot of 0-0 ties though.Perhaps we could add these to the Olympics?
Selena,I am loving the games. I have enjoyed the skiing, speed skating(Go Apolo Anton Ohno), curling(go figure), the snowboarding, moguls, oh heck, everything but the Pairs Figure Skating(Canada was robbed). I have no problem with the hipper sports added. It exposes the games to a group which may not typically get into the games. I think that is survival for the IOC. I look forward to the second week. Charlie
JavaTraveler, I never thought I would enjoy watching curling, but it hasn't been too bad. Once I understood the rules then I understood the strategy and the difference between a good curl and a bad curl. Now, I wouldn't buy a ticket to go see it, but I don't mind catching some of it on TV, where they can present you with an 'edited' version to speed it up a bit.Snowboarding is a legitimate winter sport and the half-pipe and slalom competitions are also legitimate. I do understand where the criticism comes from in regards to that sport, but let's not say they are not committed athletes who train hard to compete. There seem to be several countries that are good at it. Did you see the Finnish Snowboarder with the Mohawk? That was interesting.I was in SL during the pre-olympic run up and the first few days of competition and let me tell you, walking around downtown, taking in the atmosphere, is wonderful. Everyone should go to an Olympics just to meet people from all over the world. Despite all the commercialism, scandal etc., it truly is a blast while the games are going on.Roger
Hey Charlie,I saw you had posted on the 2002 Winter Olympics board and I wanted to let you know that there's now a board to discuss the Olympics on. So if you wanna gab about something other than The Amazing Race head on over!Here's the link:http://boards.fool.com/Messages.asp?mid=20779429&bid=116752=) Megan
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