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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 4:35 pm 
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How is this not a topic yet? :O

Any Olympics fans here? I've always loved the Winter Olympics but I'm extra into it this time around b/c it's being hosted by my hometown(!!!). Watching the Opening Ceremonies happening in BC Place and the various times they'd show streets I'm so familiar with and the cityscape was so so SO rad, and a couple of times I got a bit emotional (but had to hold it in b/c I was in a big boisterous pub in Montreal and that would have been awkward. lol) and homesick. But I am SO PSYCHED for the games!

Who are you all rooting for and what games are you looking forward to? I know we have a pretty diverse group here, so our home countries will vary. I'll be cheering on Canada and Korea, who are doing pretty well after the first day. Canada DOMINATED Slovakia, no joke, in Womens Hockey with an epic record breaking 18-0 score and have 1 Silver so far, and Korea's got 1 Gold and 1 Silver. So woooooo! I heard on the radio a few days ago that some American economist dude who's got a 95% accuracy rate predicted that Canada's going to win this year with 26 or 27 metals and that the US and some other country that I don't remember will come in second with 25 or something. So if the guy's right, looks like it'll be a nail biter!

Oh, and as for games, I love watching everything, but I'm always particularly stoked to watch alpine skiing, bobsleigh, luge (R.I.P. Nodar Kumaritashshvili :( ) curling, figure skating, speed skating, snowboard, and what else ... oh yeah, um, HOCKEY!!!!!!!! :wink:

Please tell me I'm not the only one totally pumped for this! The Summer Olympics do nothing for me, but the Winter ones are so exciting! :D :D

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The Olympics don't do much for me. There's just too much politics to it, plus too much money sunk into it by countries. Lookit the Olympian's 'village'. It was supposed to be built privately, the company had problems, so the government of Vancouver decided taxpayers will foot the bill. the total for the olympian's village? 1 BILLION Dollars.

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You raise a good point. Those aspects of the Olympics are always unfortunate. Far be it for me to condone all the negative effects from a multi-billion dollar industry more focused on revenue than actual glory of sport. But I watch the games, and most people I know watch them, because of our athletes and what they represent. Because I don't know a time when (where I'm from, at least) people are more vivacious, supportive, community-driven and proud ... and, apart from those few who concentrate on fiscal issues and such, care less about politics and taxes and all those things. It's supposed to be a time of sportsmanship and respect; and sport, I think, is one of the few natural and unbroken heritages that we retain. Yes, there are things that happen in preparation for and creation of each Olympics ceremony that are far from great. And I'm the last person in the world who'd say you shouldn't bother protesting something because it's not going to do any good. But I think the Olympics are an important symbol and tradition that we should preserve, while still making some important changes in our approaches to its administration.

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I've been watching when ever I can .
Hockey and skiing are probably the two I look forward to the most but I still get hooked on all of the other events.
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It's supposed to be a time of sportsmanship and respect; and sport, I think, is one of the few natural and unbroken heritages that we retain.

I agree. It's too bad that it is often overshadowed by the politics and scandals.


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QuickBen wrote:
I've been watching when ever I can .
Hockey and skiing are probably the two I look forward to the most but I still get hooked on all of the other events.


Oh man, hockey! My friend's roommate's boyfriend and boyfriend's brother (whew), who we watched the game with, were killing themselves laughing at the final game score the first night in Women's hockey ... poor Slovakians. And Nowegians now. haha. I just hope I don't have classes or anything during the finals ... but I love it enough that if that does happen I'll skip ...
Great signature pic, Ben! Seeing other people support our teams makes me happy.

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We better win gold today!

GO CANADA!


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Only thing I watched is the curling, find it very.....soothing

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CipherStyle wrote:
We better win gold today!

GO CANADA!


GOOOOOOLLLLLDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We owned this year! Record breaking number of Gold medals at any Winter Olympics! Previous holder was 10, and we got 14! Oh man oh man ... damn #$@%ing straight!

SO PROUD!!!!!!

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faloola wrote:
SO PROUD!!!!!!


Oh yeah! The last two weeks have been amazing..I've never seen Vancouver so alive..and probably won't again till the Canucks win a Cup..! So actually, like never again =____=

Seriously though, its never felt so good to be Canadian. Too bad you're off in Toronto :? , it was a pretty magical two weeks here
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It was great to see the you lot host a really great Winter Games, you really got into the spirit of it. I hope we can do the same in 2 years time for the Summer Games. :)

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I really enjoy the olymics especially the speed skating


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