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Title: 2018 Winter Olympics - PyeongChang
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on February 11, 2018, 08:16:29 PM
Thought I'd give the Olympics their own thread. As I no longer have cable, I'm limited to NBC and online coverage.

I've lucked out and managed to see the coverage of the first 2 United States medalists. Also got to see some of the men's 10k biathlon this afternoon. I just love the combination of skiing and shooting.
Title: Re: 2018 Winter Olympics - PyeongChang
Post by: euro60 on February 11, 2018, 11:11:11 PM
I'm watching here and there. Don't care at all for the figure skating, and instead am watching stuff like curling and the like... just for the heck of it

I have Spectrum, and am a bit surprised the Olympics are showing on only 3 channels (NBC, NBCsports, the Olympic channel), given so many events are happening.
Title: Re: 2018 Winter Olympics - PyeongChang
Post by: Butter on February 12, 2018, 10:16:22 AM
Are there a lot of events going on though?

I looked it up for yesterday, primetime, trying to figure out what NBC could cover. 

Yesterday evening (Monday morning in PyeongChang), there was:

Women's Super G - POSTPONED
Mixed Doubles Curling Semifinal - CAN v. NOR
Figure Skating Team Event which was covered basically in its entirety by NBC
Women's and Men's Skeleton training only
Ladies' Snowboarding Slopestyle, which was shortened from 3 runs to 2 due to weather, and was postponed from its initial start time of 8 PM Eastern.

Then, overnight (from about 1 AM - 8 AM), there was:
Biathlon - Women's 10km pursuit
Biathlon - Men's 12.5km pursuit
The other Mixed Doubles Curling semifinal - OAR v. SUI
Freestyle Skiing - Men's Moguls
Ice Hockey - 2 Group B games
Luge - Women's Singles Runs 1 & 2
Nordic Combined - 10k / Normal Hill training only
Ski Jumping - Women's Normal Hill
Speed Skating - Ladies' 1500m

Most of the action is going on overnight, and almost all of it is being covered in part or in whole on NBCSN, with the hockey games generally airing on USA Network. 

There are only about 1/3 as many events in the Winter as in the Summer.

I found that last night even if I wanted to watch something else through the NBC app (which is quite extensive in its coverage, and broadcasts all of the Olympic feeds of events from start to finish), there was nothing going on besides Figure Skating.
Title: Re: 2018 Winter Olympics - PyeongChang
Post by: Kwyjibo on February 12, 2018, 11:07:34 AM
NBC always has some misses in coverage.  It's all supply and demand.  Figure Skating is far more popular than most of the other sports in the winter games, and swimming (which has overtaken gymnastics) is more popular in the summer games.  So that's what they show the most and other stuff loses out.  We tend to tape whatever coverage NBC has on it's main broadcast and that tends to be more than we can watch.  I suppose we miss stuff that way, but there are only so many hours in the day, and only so much space on the DVR.
Title: Re: 2018 Winter Olympics - PyeongChang
Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 12, 2018, 03:39:41 PM
I wish they would take the Olympics away from NBC so I wouldn't have to hear that stupid Olympic mash-up theme anymore.  Either use Bugler's Anthem or use Olympic Fanfare.  Either one is a fine choice.  But pick ONE.  Don't just tack one onto the other.  It sounds like ass.

It's not even a real Olympics theme.  It's just something NBC and ABC before them decided to play.  I bet people in other countries get really cool songs.  Maybe a different one for every Olympics. 

Either everyone gets their own new songs every year, or the entire world gets together and decides that World in Motion is the official anthem for every international sporting event every where at all times.  Just have different bands play it as long except everyone has to the John Barnes' rap verse, and leave it untouched.
Title: Re: 2018 Winter Olympics - PyeongChang
Post by: euro60 on February 13, 2018, 10:47:05 PM
Shawn White wins gold again! Are you kiddin' me? He's a senior for that sport (he's 31 now) Good for him!
Title: Re: 2018 Winter Olympics - PyeongChang
Post by: Dan on February 14, 2018, 12:54:32 PM
The comments from one of the reddit threads truly amused me:

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[–]LoveOfTurkey 11.7k points 14 hours ago
Grabbing the chicken salad on the switch mcflip. That mans a national treasure

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[–]justafigment4you 3908 points 14 hours ago
This guy snowboards.

Or bullshits.

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[–]Ace_of_Clubs 538 points 13 hours ago
Honestly, the announcer could have said literally anything and I would have believe that's what the move was called.

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[–]Jackie_McMackie 499 points 12 hours ago
he totally sawed the wood there, pulverized the milkshake, then immelmanned the rotor into a 1999 and took it all the way to a full kitchen renovation. truly a legend

linky: https://www.reddit.com/r/sports/comments/7xf1oq/shaun_white_9775_gold_metal_run/
Title: Re: 2018 Winter Olympics - PyeongChang
Post by: Butter on February 14, 2018, 01:32:33 PM
I read that moments before coming on here to see it again. 

Was amazed to find out "Grabbing the chicken salad on the switch mcflip" is actual terminology.

My personal favorite is hearing "fakey to fakey".  They could say fakey 47 times during a dude's run and I would be amused every time.
Title: Re: 2018 Winter Olympics - PyeongChang
Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 14, 2018, 02:41:05 PM
From what I've read, that Red Gerard kid sounds like another Tony Hawk/Shaun White.  Good for snowboarding as a sport, maybe not so good for snowboarding as a culture.
Title: Re: 2018 Winter Olympics - PyeongChang
Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 14, 2018, 09:11:53 PM
Jesus Christ, Tara Lipinski.  If one person in pairs screws up, they both lose the points.  I get it.  No, I don’t think it’s unfair and also don’t ever ask me to be on your team for anything. 
Title: Re: 2018 Winter Olympics - PyeongChang
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on February 14, 2018, 11:46:24 PM
Talk about perseverance - 5 Olympics to finally get gold in Pairs Figure skating. It was a beautiful routine.

And apparently the US vs Canada women's hockey game is really intense.
Title: Re: 2018 Winter Olympics - PyeongChang
Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 15, 2018, 01:36:08 PM
US Men's hockey went from being my favorite winter event to something I don't even care about.
Title: Re: 2018 Winter Olympics - PyeongChang
Post by: trixi on February 15, 2018, 09:43:26 PM
Can't believe the snowboarder who broke his neck (horrific to see) got up and finished his race. 
Title: Re: 2018 Winter Olympics - PyeongChang
Post by: Dan on February 16, 2018, 12:37:27 PM
I can't help rooting for Lindsey Jacobellis. She's never in my life and I never think of her, and then I see one glimpse of Snowboard Cross and I'm all like, "yeah, Lindsey! You can do this! Win the gold!"
Title: Re: 2018 Winter Olympics - PyeongChang
Post by: Butter on February 16, 2018, 01:54:08 PM
Spoiler alert: She couldn't do this.
Title: Re: 2018 Winter Olympics - PyeongChang
Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 16, 2018, 08:07:43 PM
True fact:  The Method Grab got its name because when they had skateboard air competitions, they would measure to the bottom of your feet/board.  So a guy named Christian Blender decided that arching your back and lifting your feet and board was the “best method” of scoring higher points.  You could get extra measured height without actually going any higher.   Kind of like the Fosberry flop in high jump.  Only they didn’t call it the Blender Grab. 

The Method Grab did not get its name for being the best method to win snow cross, though.  They should just call it the Jacobellis Grab.  She earned it.  I bet she would consider that a cooler honor than a gold medal anyway.
Title: Re: 2018 Winter Olympics - PyeongChang
Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 17, 2018, 09:35:40 PM
I don't know what to make of that Nathan Chen performance.  Yeah, it had 500 quadruples that was the most in Olympic history and all that.  But he does that all the time. 

It's insane how much better he is than everyone else.  And yet still managed to not even medal.  It's kind of hard to see that as anything other than a historic choke job.  Like, you have to be incredibly awesome just to be able to choke that hard.
Title: Re: 2018 Winter Olympics - PyeongChang
Post by: Dan on February 20, 2018, 01:29:01 PM
Bummer for Jacobellis.
Bummer for Chen. But as ZK points out, he's crazy good. And if he's that crazy good, he shouldn't have been that far behind!
Title: Re: 2018 Winter Olympics - PyeongChang
Post by: Butter on February 20, 2018, 02:34:37 PM
(https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--KYfYqIq6--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ekgojwashstl7kp2dfba.gif)

The Winter Olympics Feature 2,951 Of The World’s Greatest Athletes, And Also This Woman (https://deadspin.com/the-winter-olympics-feature-2-951-of-the-world-s-greate-1823138678)
Title: Re: 2018 Winter Olympics - PyeongChang
Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 20, 2018, 03:44:52 PM
If you can find the BBC telecast, the BBC announcers call of that is awesome.
Title: Re: 2018 Winter Olympics - PyeongChang
Post by: notoriouspbake on February 20, 2018, 11:04:24 PM
If you can find the BBC telecast, the BBC announcers call of that is awesome.

i have yet to decide if i loathe or love what she did.
Title: Re: 2018 Winter Olympics - PyeongChang
Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 20, 2018, 11:18:49 PM
I was talking to my co-worker about figure skating today.  I was saying that if I fell horrendously way early on my routine and knew I was out of it, I would just be like screw it and leave the ice.  Or just skate around and do fun stuff.  She was highly critical and said I was not a competitor.

But then we were talking about the pairs where the woman's top came undone, and she was like "Oh, I would have stopped."  I wouldn't have.  If in some weird hypothetical situation my pants fell apart completely and I had to skate my routine with my ass and dong out, I totally would.  You don't lose points for skating naked so you're still totally in it. Why would you give up for no reason?

I mean, don't get me wrong.  I'm not saying it would be easy.  I think it would probably be a  major distraction, and cause me to mess up.  And then I would leave the ice.  But I'm just saying, I'd still be trying as long as I have shot.  I wouldn't just stop because of a wardrobe malfunction.

Doesn't that make me a better competitor that I won't give up when I have a chance to win in an unusual and potentially embarrassing circumstance, but I don't really care about a fairly routine event that takes me out of the competition?
Title: Re: 2018 Winter Olympics - PyeongChang
Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 20, 2018, 11:23:14 PM
If you can find the BBC telecast, the BBC announcers call of that is awesome.

i have yet to decide if i loathe or love what she did.

I was indifferent to the performance itself.  It's silly, but I mean, she legitimately qualified under the rules.  She's not messing anyone else up.

I thought it was lame that once she was in the Olympics, she could have gone for it.  I realize whatever she did was going to be simple and lame because she can't actually freestyle ski.  But I mean, at least TRY the coolest trick you know.  It's not like you have anything to lose.

I thought it was super lame when she was like "I'm just out there trying to inspire people to get into freestyle skiing."  No you're not.  You're just trying to be in the Olympics.  That's what made me hate her. 

If she'd said "Hey, I know I suck.  I just think the Olympics are really cool, and I wanted to be here and compete anyway I can" I would have been okay with it all.