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John Drake

The Winter Olympics

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Anyone looking forward to the start of the Winter Olympics on 7th Feb?

 

I was, though I'm less keen now, having heard about all the homophobic nonsense emanating from the host country and its President.

 

I'm not sure me boycotting it by turning the telly off will achieve anything, so I'll probably end up watching a great deal of it.

 

Should it be boycotted, or is it more effective to do things like the BBC are doing and send Dame Clare Balding over to Sochi to lead their coverage or as the USA are doing in sending Billie Jean King as their chief representative in place of Barack Obama, thus demonstrating to ignorami like Vladimir Putin that non-heteros are just like everyone else really, living their lives and doing their jobs, and are not out to corrupt his or anyone else's children?

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It seems Vanessa Mae is now a Thai skier. Bit of a fiddle if you ask me!

I wonder how big her insurance premium is?

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The ice hockey's going to be immense, always is at the Olympics as it's the only time the national teams really get all their best players together, and I love watching the ski/snowboard cross. I'll probably watch some other bits and pieces too, like the speed skating and luge/bobsleigh.

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What are Team GB's medal chances? Much slimmer than in London, no doubt, but better than the days of Eddie the Eagle, hopefully?

 

Are we still any good at the sweeping up thing?

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Targetting 3 medals apparently. We have good chances in some of the newer disciplines like ski cross or something similar....

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It seems Vanessa Mae is now a Thai skier. Bit of a fiddle if you ask me!

I wonder how big her insurance premium is?

 

It could be a bridge too far for Vanessa and she could be stringing people along. She's likely to be pegged back and will have to bow out early.

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I'm looking forward to the Winter Olympics.

 

Jamaica has qualified for the men's bobsleigh.

 

Lots of different ways of sliding to watch - great stuff.

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Targetting 3 medals apparently. We have good chances in some of the newer disciplines like ski cross or something similar....

We have two very good medal prospects in the Women's Skeleton Bob, including Lizzie Yarnold, who is likely to be World Champion by the time the Winter Olympics begins.

 

We have a few guys'n'gals in the freestyle board/ski events who could get on podiums. No realistic chances in the Alpine disciplines, as usual, but a Brit won a major Nordic event the other week, which is unprecedented - LINK TO STORY.

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It could be a bridge too far for Vanessa and she could be stringing people along. She's likely to be pegged back and will have to bow out early.

 

 

Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!   I think you are out of tune with the rest of us.   :P

 

I'll be watching though. Will Clarkson be doing that thing with the Mini on the ski jump.

 

As for the reprehensible homophobic stuff, we do use Saudi oil, Nigerian scams and Chinese whispers.....

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Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!   I think you are out of tune with the rest of us.   :P

 

 

 

Well, Vanessa may achieve a minor place and that would strike a chord with everybody. She must make a concertoed effort, be natural and not fall flat in an accidental way. 

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Well, Vanessa may achieve a minor place and that would strike a chord with everybody. She must make a concertoed effort, be natural and not fall flat in an accidental way.

More power to her (fiddlers) elbow!

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Where's she staying in Sochi? In A flat?  That would B natural. 

 

She's just tweeted that she's gone Chopin, and hopes to be Bach soon.  She's Offenbach  quite late though.

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Where's she staying in Sochi? In A flat?  That would B natural. 

 

She's just tweeted that she's gone Chopin, and hopes to be Bach soon.  She's Offenbach  quite late though.

 

Give it a rest!

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don't be so crochety...and try to be breve next time.  :wacko:  :wacko:

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I am looking forward to the Olympics, as I am a really big fan, especially of Skeleton, where we have a great chance of 1 or 2 medals, JJ Jackson finished a World Cup in 3rd, so has hit form in the 4-man bobsleigh at the right time, so should be interesting,

 

Short-Track, and normal Speed skating is always fascinating to watch, and we have a great skater in womens STSS, I'm looking forward to the Ice Hockey as well, Canada had a super win on home ice in 2010, Sydney Crosby's goal in the final must have got every Canadian roaring loud enough to be heard in Florida.

 

Saw a nice interview on the One Show about Olympic Curling stones only being made on Aisla Craig (forgive the spelling if it's wrong) in Scotland because that's where the best Granite comes from, and we have a chance of a medal there too.

 

Downhill Skiing has been devalued a bit this year with so many skiers being injured, and I think taking an unfit Chemmy Allcott is a mistake, but at least we have someone qualified in Men's & womens biathlon this time after years of no cross-country skiiers from GB, maybe the tide has turned.

 

I hope the Lugers are more careful this year than 2010 when one of the Ukranians was killed on a practice run.

Snowboarding is beginning to grow on me, but still seems out of place, a bit like BMX in the Summer Olympics.

 

 

and no split pants please.

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I love Short Track Speed Skating - there's usually some good racing there.

 

Ski Cross and Board Cross was introduced in the last games and is excellent entertainment - effectively the Winter equivalent of BMX Racing.

 

As for Chemmy Alcott, there really isn't anyone else competitive enough to be worth entering (fnarr fnarr) in the women's Alpine events.

 

Look out for some sporting crossover with former track sprinters Craig Pickering (GB) and Lolo Jones (USA) taking part in the Bobsleigh.

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. No realistic chances in the Alpine disciplines, as usual, 

 

Not sure I understand this to be honest. Posh British folk all seem to jet off to colonise the slopes at this time of year.

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Not sure I understand this to be honest. Posh British folk all seem to jet off to colonise the slopes at this time of year.

Unlike the Swiss, Austrians, Scandinavians and such-like, who have been on skis since they were infants.

 

There does seem to be a new skiing heartland for the UK, however, based in the North of England, where there are several dry slopes and indoor skiing centres, and where several of our 2014 Winter Olympians have learned their trade. 'Ski Sunday' did a piece on the facilities in Halifax, Castleford and Sheffield last weekend.

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Look out for some sporting crossover with former track sprinters Craig Pickering (GB) and Lolo Jones (USA) taking part in the Bobsleigh.

 

 

Britain has always had great track athletes, and I think Pickering has made a difference to the team, Sir Ben Ainslie has hit the nail on the head when he talked about British aerodynamic teams in the UK being about the best there is, so why can't they get involved in Bobsleigh as well as the Americas cup?

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Britain has always had great track athletes, and I think Pickering has made a difference to the team, Sir Ben Ainslie has hit the nail on the head when he talked about British aerodynamic teams in the UK being about the best there is, so why can't they get involved in Bobsleigh as well as the Americas cup?

A ton of money is spent in Americas Cup campaigns, not a lot in Winter Sports.

 

Also, Bobsleigh design is heavily regulated, so there may not be many areas where major improvements can be made.

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There does seem to be a new skiing heartland for the UK, however, based in the North of England, where there are several dry slopes and indoor skiing centres, and where several of our 2014 Winter Olympians have learned their trade. 'Ski Sunday' did a piece on the facilities in Halifax, Castleford and Sheffield last weekend.

 

'appen it's summat to do with the Pennines. Or is that 'appenpennines?

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'appen it's summat to do with the Pennines. Or is that 'appenpennines?

Possibly, but one of the places (Cas, I think) is an indoor centre, with snow instead of dry slope matting.

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'appen it's summat to do with the Pennines. Or is that 'appenpennines?

There're lots being built all over the place these days - indoor ones anyway. They're good for learning the basics but that's about all, the runs are too short to get any proper skiing/boarding done. I suppose it's making it easier, and cheaper, for kids to get into the sport in the first place which is obviously a good thing.

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We have two very good medal prospects in the Women's Skeleton Bob, including Lizzie Yarnold, who is likely to be World Champion by the time the Winter Olympics begins.

Yep, she's now the World Champion! :) 

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