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PAlady
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   Posted 2/13/2010 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not a huge sports fan, and wish I had been more of a participant in my youth, but I must admit I do enjoy parts of the Olympics. So I thought I'd start a thread for any of us who might be watching to just chat about it, what we like to watch, winners and losers, etc.

It did have a very sad start with the death of the luge Olympian from the Republic of Georgia, but I admire the athletes for being able to go on.

My favorite is the ice skating. If I had my life to live over, I'd be a dancer and/or an ice skater! The pairs in skating starts tomorrow.

And now I'm going to go see if Apollo Ono wins a gold medal tonight!

Anyone else watching? :-)

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   Posted 2/13/2010 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I love the Olympics - both summer & winter!

I watched a little of the 5000 m speed skating this afternoon, but I had to leave before it was over. Having been a highly competitive athlete most of my life, I really get into it. I understand a lot of what is going through the minds of the competitors. It makes me really miss racing though.

It's also fun because I've known several people who have competed in the last few Olympics (both summer & winter). I used to know one of the girls competing in this Olympics when I was younger. She was from my home town & is my sister's age, but she moved up north a while back so that she could train more easily.

I really hope that I get to watch these Olympics, but this semester is really crazy, so I might not get a chance. sad You'll all have to keep me posted!

Skeye

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   Posted 2/13/2010 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been popping in on it, watching back and forth. I watched some speed skating, trials I think though. USA won that. It was cool to watch him come upn from the back.

And checked out a little skiing. Will be watching it off and on.

Good thread, I am glad somebody started it. Thanks.

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   Posted 2/13/2010 7:49 PM (GMT -7)   
The winter Olympics are my favorite. I am upset because I cannot get regular tv on the upstairs bedroom tv something to do with the dish thing. I have a terribly swollen foot and planned to prop it up and watch them tonight. Now I am really aggravated. I am not a tv fan to begin with but this is something I wanted to see. Love the ice skating, did a lot of roller skating including playing on a girls hockey team when I was a kid. It was great. I was at the rink every weekend.
 

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   Posted 2/13/2010 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Straydog,

I am sorry that you can't watch the olympics in comfort, but I hope that you do get to see them. I remember ice skating, I sprained my ankle, but had fun up until then. lol...

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   Posted 2/13/2010 8:39 PM (GMT -7)   
We got the Silver and Bronze in the skating!!!
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   Posted 2/14/2010 1:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok, I feel like I need to go to bed with ice packs and heating pads just from watching the speed skating and the moguls!! LOL But they are cool to watch!

The figure skating (pairs) starts Sunday night, and they said there will be 3 straight nights of figure skating. I'm guessing the pairs free style might be Monday night, and Tuesday night the men's singles start.

Skeye - which of the sports are you most interested in? One of the young women who skates on the hockey team at a local college (the place I used to teach) is on the Canadian team - Megan Agosta. She scored 3 goals tonight, although I'm not a huge hockey fan (tho' the Olympics aren't violent like the NHL games are).

When I was still teaching college many years ago one of the Olympians (Karen Kadavy -sp?) used to rent the ice rink for private practice sessions and I snuck in once in awhile and watched her. Sometimes I was the only one in the entire rink watching her. I tried to be respectful of her practice, but it was a real treat!

I also think it's neat here because we've got members on the forum from several of the countries - USA, Canada, Aussies, Brits, and heaven knows who else! We have our own Olympic Village!

PaLady

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   Posted 2/14/2010 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
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   Posted 2/14/2010 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
That is so cool PALady, to be able to watch her. Like your own private showing. I am sure that she didn't mind.

What the heck with the skiing, those mobos would jar the heck out of somebody, but we did good too, so that is cool. USA I mean. I do keep forgetting how many different people we have on here from different locations. It is awesome.

I can't wait for the skating. I love to watch them and wish I was coordinated. lol...

Have a great day everybody.

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   Posted 2/14/2010 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Tonight I am going to go downstairs and find a room that the husband can come in and get me lined up for an evening of watching the Olympics, lol. Husband always says well I just showed you how to work this, I always say yes and I have totally forgot too. lol. There are far too many remotes with the tv's in this house and I can never get the tv on with a picture, its either sound that does not match the picture or nothing. This is another reason I gave up watching tv. What happened to the good ole days of one tv and one remote. lol... Now that I can deal with.
 

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   Posted 2/14/2010 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I know what you mean about the remotes, they are convenient but can be bothersome. And when the batteries run low, they do all kinds of things. lol...
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   Posted 2/14/2010 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hubby and I are both watching the olympics together.
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   Posted 2/14/2010 3:27 PM (GMT -7)   
PaLAdy, I have been watching a little of it, but hurt too bad to hang with it at the moment.

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   Posted 2/14/2010 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Pairs skating tonight! WOO HOO!!!!

Straydog - LOL at the remote thing. When I was cat sitting for my goddaughter & her husband (he's a videographer and has tons of electronic gadgets!) they have so many remotes I couldn't even turn the tv on. I said next time they want me to keep an eye on things while they're away they've got to set the tv up so I can at least watch something!

Just watched some of the skiing. I never did any skiing except for a little cross country. But it is cool to watch them - especially the jumps! smhair

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   Posted 2/14/2010 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Palady,

In the winter Olympics, the ice skating is my favorite. But I also really like the speed skating & skiing. Bobsled is always fun too. Oh, I like most of the sports! Not a fan of the hockey or curling though. I never quite understand the point to curling...

The girl I know this Olympics is a snowboarder. She just missed the gold last time because she did something really stupid in attempt to show off & then ended up falling because of it. Hopefully she'll be more sensible this time around.

Skeye

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   Posted 2/14/2010 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, I think I know who you're talking about - I can't recall her name (you may not want to mention it and that's ok) but I think someone was interviewing her about that and her new attitude this time. She has very curly blond hair, I think.

I think a lot of people have trouble understanding curling!

I hope you get to watch some of it, Skeye. Can you at least tape the events you like and watch them when you have breaks?

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   Posted 2/14/2010 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I enjoy both the Summer and Winter games! Wasn't the opening Ceremony fantastic?! I always enjoy watching, but this year I was totally glued to my seat. David Adkins is a technological genius! The part where the floor of the arena was made to look like an ocean, with the whales swimming around was amazing!
 
I am always in awe of these olympic athletes. For one thing, here I am, complaining about trying to do housework while my back/neck is aching, and there is a luger (can't remember his name) shooting down the slide @ 90mph, with 3 HERNIATED discs and a severely bruised foot!! These men and women are so inspirational - their determination and dedication to achieve their dreams is awe-inspiring! In the Winter games, I enjoy just about every sport - skating, skiing, biathlon, luge. I'll be watching every day. But today was the Daytona 500, so I was watching that - I LOVE my NASCAR!!

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   Posted 2/14/2010 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I think the whales "swimming" across the ocean floor was the best part, too! Amazing how much was done with laser lighting - and creating images that aren't really there! (holograms) I have to admit, though, I still think the opening ceremonies in Beijing were the best I've seen. The choreography and unison of so many people was awesome. Of course, I think every ceremony is different and awesome in its own way. I like "seeing" different parts of the world.

Oh - wait - the part where the snowboarder was coming down the pristine mountain side....maybe that was better than the whales! It all makes me wish I was young and healthy again and I'd be trying one of these sports.

It does amaze me how many of these athletes have had back surgery, one of the skaters tonight had a pin put in her ankle in 2008 and then had it removed in a second surgery....Skeye knows all about this.

Did you realize our Skeye was a competitive swimmer and close to making the Olympic team (have I got it right, Skeye?).

More pairs skating tomorrow - lots of lifts and throws. Should be exciting!

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   Posted 2/15/2010 12:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I am always amazed at how the ice skaters (figure/dancing) make what they do look so 'easy'! Oh, how I enjoy watching them. They just look so natural and are so graceful - like I could just skate onto the ice and do the same thing. Of course I would attempt one simple spin and end up shooting to the end of the rink like a hockey puck!
 
And Skeye - I admire you and wish that I would have attempted a shot at my own dreams when I was younger.

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   Posted 2/15/2010 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Palady,

I was very close to making Olympic trials, but still a far shot away from the team. I want to say that there are usually 100+ girls per event competing for 2 spots on the team. I really doubt that I would have ever come that close to the team, but it would have been an honor just to swim at the trials. Oh well, in another lifetime, I guess.My shoulders are so shot now that I'm lucky if I can swim 10 (short course) laps consecutively! I do really really miss the competition, though. I'll always regret that I never was able to "decide" to quit, but rather injury suddenly forced me to -- I never got to say to myself "okay, this is the last meet I'll ever compete in" or "this is the last race I'll ever swim." Watching the Olympics is bitter sweet because it makes me miss racing very much, but yet I still enjoy just watching.

You're sure right about that skater! That is absolutely amazing that she came back so fast from such a devastating injury! I wish it was as easy as she made it look!

Oh, and you're also right about the snowboarder, too! That's the one.

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   Posted 2/15/2010 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Skeye,
You still had to be pretty darn good to make it even that close! But I sure can understand how it must be bittersweet to watch Olympics and other competitions. It's probably food for another thread, but you make a great point about how it would be so different if we could decide when we were done - for you it was with competition, for me it was with my career. CP is a very unkind guest.

I see the "older" (in their 30's!) Chinese pairs team has come out of retirement to try one last time for a Gold Medal. I guess I'm kind of cheering for them to get it. They do such phenomenal throws! We'll know tonight!

Skeye - I can't imagine coming back from such an injury and moving into such a punishing sport. I mean, she gets tossed up in the air and has to land on that ankle! Oh, well, I'm glad all the top notch health care work for some people. (wish it did for all of us!)

I'm going to be watching for those blond curls with that snowboarder! But she seems to have learned her lesson!

PaLady

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   Posted 2/15/2010 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
It'll be nice if the USA Men's Hockey team could win again, yeah...
I like to watch'em win, as it can be so sad to see them lose..I watched the speed skaters the other night and it was nice to see that two American's win and one that had such a horrible fall and had such a nice comeback to take the bronz, what a finish, but it was hard to watch as two people did fall and I sure hope they are not hurt badly...
I also think it's such a huge sacraifice(sp?) these young kids make just to be there and part of it all. Many people don't believe how much it costs us over the last 5 years for our daughter to have Flute lessons and the Flute's she's had, one Flute cost us $8,000.yes that was eight thousand dollars, just so she could make State, for which we had to buy the patch for her jacket. It takes a lot of money to have these kids do anything when they have talent;...
Anyways, I hope you enjoy those figure skaters PALady. have fun watching it, okay...
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For those of you who want to see the Olympics online (if you don't have TV like me, or it's not working), you can go to http://www.ctvolympics.ca/video/ctv/index.html?cid=sbctv and see most stuff there. I hope it's okay to post this link...if not, please let me know.

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   Posted 2/15/2010 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I knew we had some Canadian friends here! I've only been to Ontario - mostly Niagara Falls and Toronto, which aren't far from where I live on the south shore of Lake Erie. But seeing the pictures of Vancouver and B.C. made me want to visit there. Sure looks like a beautiful city!

Chart - no problem mentioning your daughter's flute talents! It's sad that it has to cost parents so much to enable their children to follow a positive pursuit. I'll bet Skeye's parents spent some money going to swim meets and such. And all the training and when you get up in the competitive arena, coaching. I think one of the American figure skaters was talking about all the jobs he had trying to keep his dream alive - and he and his wife have maxed out their credit cards just for him to get to the Olympics.

The Canadian women's hockey team area playing now. I'm flipping channels all over the place, but sure won't miss the pairs skating!

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   Posted 2/15/2010 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
everyone must be watching tonight, because there aren't to many members on here tonight! :)

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