2018 Winter Olympics

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- 17 year old Chloe Kim dominates her 3rd round Gold Snowboard Halfpipe run

- 17 year old Red Gerard goes from last to first place in Snowboard Slopestyle

- Korea Hockey team is really really really really bad
- France's Martin Fourcade comes from behind in the Biathalon
- Shaun White makes historic qualifying run

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Crazy how much better Chloe Kim is then the other athletes. Bigger air, better tricks, better personality. She is going to be fun to watch over the next 4 Olympics.

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I saw one run at the X games and thought, 'Yep shes winning olympic gold'. I mean nobody is even close to her, shes on another level.

A guy Shaun White has to look out for is Arumo Hyrano (sp?). He is insane.

I want to know the science behind going up a ramp twice as high as other people doing the same thing. I just don't understand how she's that much better than everyone else.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

It's about where you land in the pipe. The higher up the pipe you land, the more speed you carry to the other side. If you notice, most competitors will throw in an easy trick (usually a basic grab) about halfway down to ensure they land high to get their momentum back.

When people lose speed it's usually because they don't complete a full rotation and slide on an edge down the pipe before straightening it out.

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I would say it's balls but it doesn't apply to her. Whatever the female equivalent is....guts? She goes faster and lands higher on the transition than everyone else.

Bigger air, better tricks,
better personality.

Sounds like FudBoster may have a bit of a crush.

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My days of crushing on 17 year olds ended 14 years ago. I just think she is good for the sport and USA.

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Hey, not judging or accusing. And you're 1K% right (about for the sport & country).

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Ah yes, the good ol' kilopercent

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Shaun White's qualifying run last night was HUGE. Couple other guys had good runs too but he put the field on notice for sure.

USA hanging in the medal standings by virtue of snowboarding. I love it. Also, first American medal in Luge the other day.

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First American men's singles medal in the luge. Our flag bearer this year was a lady luger who won a medal last Olympics. (There also might have been a doubles medal at some point, I don't feel like digging hard enough to find out.)

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Correct. The only sport we've never medalled in is Biathlon (my favorite Olympic sport).

I've complained of NBC's biathlon coverage in the past. But... they've done better this year. Maybe someday we'll get that medal and I'll get to see it.

Maybe if some of them Norwegians emigrated to America and decided to ski for Team USA.

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FYI in case people didn't know this: if you have a Roku (or similar) you can download the NBC Olympics app and watch whatever you want on-demand. MUCH better than dealing with NBC's prime time coverage where they just hang out in the studio and chat.

I'm watching the Olympics on the NBC Sports app on Roku, but it appears that you still have to have a subscription to cable, SlingTV or something similar to get access to the Olympic coverage. I had to upgrade my Sling subscription from Orange to Blue to be able to watch anything on there. But the extra $20 for one month is worthwhile for the opportunity to see all the broadcasts.

Oddly enough, I was able to watch the Super Bowl on the same app without having a subscription, but alas, no such luck with the Olympics.

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Anybody else see the EPIC comeback in the 30KM cross country ski? The guy fell at the start to last place, had to get a new pole and then won the thing.

Yeah. Team Norway looked really strong in that one, finishing 1-2-3.

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I'm glad he won, because now I can laugh at when he was trying to untangle himself from the other two guys with a clean conscience.

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- France's Martin Fourcade comes from behind in the Biathalon

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Caught women's slopestyle on Sunday night. What a shitshow that event turned into. By the end, the women were throwing simple as hell tricks just trying to not die on the jumps (which they still consistently fell on because of the gusting and swirling winds)

Out of about 50+ runs, I think only 8-10 didn't result in a fall.

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The official count was 41 of 50 fell. So your guess was pretty spot on.

That final Chloe Kim was sick. The amplitude and the arsenal are on a different level than everyone else right now. Something tells me this wont be her last gold medal.

I was hoping to see Kelly Clark make the podium in what will likely be her last Olympics.

Danny Coale Caught That Ball!!!

I didn't agree with the announcer that Kelly got hosed on her score. At least for an untrained eye they got it right. It definitely would have been cool to see her go out with a medal though. Pretty cool she was in contention though knowing that she won the event in Salt Lake City in 2002. 16 years is a long time to stay relevant at the highest level.

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I've only seen bits and pieces of the event so far, but from what I've seen and some of the recaps I've read I think most people's issue is more inconsistency in the scoring rather than the score itself. In her third run Clark hit a clean 1080 and netted an 83.5. One of the other riders hit a 900 where they missed the grab but got an 89.

Danny Coale Caught That Ball!!!

I watched the whole thing I think she got hosed. They were wildly inconsistent in scoring and she had a harder run than several people that scored higher. She should have been on the pedestal for at least a bronze.

Enjoyed watching the bronze medal match in Mixed Doubles Curling last night.

(Anastasia Bryzgalova made it difficult to root against Russia Olympic Athletes from Russia, but I managed.)

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The gold medal winning Canadians were a very attractive pair of people as well.

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There's something missing from the above post. I can't quite put my finger on it......

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Apparently John Morris is known as the Bad Boy of curling. He's admitted to breaking over 50 brooms in his career during matches. He supposedly has it under control these days though.

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Hogwarts reject?

I always liked this Bryzgalov better /s

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The numbers the guys put up in qualifiers for halfpipe are crazy. The finals tonight will be ridiculous, I'm sure.

The funny thing about the winter Olympics is that many of the sports are so dominated by one or two countries, it's amazing that other countries try to compete. (Norway with cross-country/biathlon, Netherlands with speed skating, Germany with luge)

Granted, that gives the other athletes something for which to strive (first American luge medal for instance).

I also didn't like all the crap with Shani Davis and Erin Hamlin over carrying the flag in the ceremonies, and neither of them came close to a medal (Erin more than Shani).

The men's luge final was amazing. The commentators put it over the top for me. Great performance from Chris Mazdzer to win the first USA men's luge medal, and silver no less!

My wife and I were up that morning and watched it live, and oh boy, when the German who had been on pace to win the gold hit the wall you would have thought they were calling the World Cup final or something. It was so exciting!

I get tired of the NBC coverage. Sometimes, they fail to show one of the top competitor's event because they're showing the heartwarming background story of an American. I tape it and speed through the background stories, as I prefer watching the competitions. I'd prefer more coverage of the background on the scoring, as sometimes the scores seem inexplicable.

I didn't realize there were so many judge-scored events in the Olympics.

In the figure skating, when a technical score is under review, does it go to a different judge? Also, who is judging these events? I assume judges from all the countries who participate in that sport? I remember there were some serious scandals in the past...

I get tired of the NBC coverage. Sometimes, they fail to show one of the top competitor's event because they're showing the heartwarming background story of an American.

lol my wife and I were talking about this last night. The coverage of the team figure skating was awesome. So in the long program (?) the US girl came in second, and man did NBC hype the hell out of her. Oh, she hit this triple jump, wheee. And then they show the standings, and she absolutely got wrecked by the first place by 20+ points, but they still kept harping on how "she stole the show"....

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NBC was also harping on a supposed big rivalry between the two Russian women figure skaters. They kept going on about how they train at the same facility and have the same coach, but it didn't look like there was any animosity between them at all.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Must mean there isn't a rivalry then. I mean, Harding was pleasant to Kerrigan, right up until she had her kneecapped.

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Harding isn't the one who had Kerrigan kneecapped.

Harding also wasn't mentioned in much of he coverage that praised Nagasu, even though Harding is the first woman to do the Triple Axel in international competition, and that was way back in 1991.

Everybody should go see "I, Tonya" if you can. Amazing turns by Margo Robbie as Tonya Harding, and Allison Janney as Tonya's mother.

The movie didn't quite exonerate Tonya in my opinion, but it definitely confirmed my long held suspicions of our hit-and-run media, and anything scored by judges.

Leonard. Duh.

Tonya can not be exonerated in my eyes.

She can't be exonerated, but neither should she be convicted in the media.

I mean, the people who covered the case when it happened have said that the movie glosses over how much Tonya knew about what was going on. In reality, she was either the single most oblivious person on the planet, or she knew and had a hand in what was going on before it happened.

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Or, and I think this is likely, she whined about Kerrigan to her ex, and her ex figured he could profit by eliminating the competition. Tonya probably knew instantly who was behind it, but what is she going to do at that point?

All of this, of course, is pure speculation.

The media recognized the story as ratings gold.

I haven't seen "I, Tonya", but I suspect it doesn't shed much light on what really happened. Still, I could watch Margot Robbie sit in a chair for two hours.

It was awesome. One of my favorite movies of the 2017 cycle. I thought at this point it's pretty much well known that's how it went down though. I've got the ABC documentary recorded. Just need to watch it.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

It was Harding's ex who arranged things. She still claims innocence, but I am not sure I will ever believer her.

You said it yourself, it was her ex who did it.

Harding isn't the one who had Kerrigan kneecapped.

I don't know how you can say that with such certainty since "no one knows". She's done a fabulous job of playing the victim in all this though. She'd be more convincing if she dropped the "I knew absolutely nothing" bit though.

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In general I agree that the over-hyping of some athletes is annoying but I disagree about this point - it was a really big deal. Everybody knew going in that Zagitova was going to crush the competition, and Mirai Nagasu had by far the lowest personal best free skate score of the five skaters. She became the third female skater (and first American) to ever land the triple axel at the Olympics, and at that point, Canada and Russia had gold and silver essentially clinched, so her getting 2nd and the Italian getting 4th was a major swing for U.S. getting bronze.

@sthvt

I would highly recommend utilizing the NBC Sports app, or just going to NBColympics.com to watch the full events uninterrupted.

It's been great, especially if you want to watch one particular event.

Kind of with you on the judging.

I was watching the long jump in skiing and watched the guy get the longest run but was judged badly for form. Wait, what??? This is the long jump competition, whoever goes the farthest should win! Who cares if his arms were flapping like a chicken, if he went the farthest, Gold.

I noticed watching some of the preliminaries that there are penalties for where you start, too.

One of the competitors was sitting on the bench ready to take off, when she stepped off over to the stairs. They moved the bench up two steps, and she slid out on it to take her position. A graphic was shown at that point saying that she had a deduction for her starting point.

Looks like that was a gate compensation.

http://www.wsjusa.com/ski-jumping-101/

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Yeah so if you move down the slope, you can get bonus points for your jump, as you are saying you don't need as much hill to get to speed (making the jump more difficult). If you move up, you're saying you need all the momentum you can get, so your score takes a hit because you're effectively making it easier.

At least I think that's it. They explained it last night.

They also tweak the score based on wind conditions. That is, if you have a helping wind, you'll get deductions from your score, and if you have a wind that's actively preventing you from getting distance, you'll get a bonus. All of that is computer calculated and automated, to remove the human element.

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They really need to just launch them all from the same spot and eliminate computers. They have how many coaches, spotters, assistants, etc that all tell them when to go. Guess you can just call me a luddite.

next thing you know we'll be having wind correction and judged style points applied to the 100m sprint.

Well, they do disqualify a result from the record books if there's a strong tailwind helping the runners. So they got that goin for them, which is nice.

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Summer Olympics: Who can get there the fastest?

Winter Olympics: Who do the judges deem to be the winner based on style points?

Both versions have plenty of both of those.

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It's really hard to watch this year with the time difference and the horrible weather they are having and moving event times around.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Can I have the summer Olympics USA ain't that good at winter sports

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Nah man. For me the winter sports are FAR more entertaining to watch. Summer Olympics can wait its turn.

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Wait, you call finishing in (at least) the Top 5 in medal count(for the winter games), all the way back to 1990 "[not] that good"!?!?

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Maybe its they are not good at sports I want to watch

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Yeah, we totally haven't crushed it at snowboarding or anything...

It's too bad the sports we're good at don't have a gazillion medals like speed skating or cross country :-/

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I want curling medals i want bobsled medals i want biathlon medals not the same medals usa wins all the time

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I don't understand how we can't get good at cross country ski events, is there no former artic trained military we can get to medal in ski shooting?

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Cross country skiing is literally a mode of transportation in some areas in Scandinavia. Our athletes are getting closer but it's a big gap.

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I definitely don't remember any attic training.

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Yeah, I have no idea what that could have been pre-autocorrect.

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arctic

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Can't believe I didn't get that.

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You didn't get training on how to get into the attic when the husband came home?

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If you are commentating on an event where performing to music is an important component of the event, STFU! Sitting on the couch trying to TKP harder while the wife has skating on, and they ruin the show. Those announcers are to skating what Valentine is to ACC basketball. (That had to have been him dancing onto the floor to make a bad call during the UNC-Notre Dame game, as most refs don't skip getting to the middle floor and do a pump fake before signaling the charge.) People are not tuning into to hear your remotely relevant banter.

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I finally got around to watching the opening ceremony and was thinking the same thing. "Stop talking!" They talked over everything and I'm trying to enjoy the artistry and ceremony of it. My girlfriend was like "We can mute it" and I said, the problem is, I want to hear the music and you can at least hear it when they aren't yapping away, and a little bit while they are.

At the very least, they need to adopt a "golf commentary" voice. If they are going to talk, they should whisper for things like that. Then you could either have closed caption on or turn up the volume if you really want to hear the commentary. If there was a "commentary off" replay of that somewhere, I'd love to see it.

Katie Couric is the worst! At one point she was talking about how the Netherlands were so good at speed skating because the Amsterdam canals freeze in the winter and that's how they get to work.

Which.... no

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Well, consider where she received her "education".

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Every time I see her on TV introducing herself at the start of a program

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After that men's halfpipe qualifying round, I'm half expecting someone to get a 99.5 and only take bronze.

most likely

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Kinda wishing I'd stayed up to watch the second round, because I almost expected Ben Ferguson and Shaun White to go 1-2 into finals. But hey, all 4 Americans made it through, so maybe we can sweep the podium :D

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Yeah, I bailed after round 1 as well. It was too late, and Shaun White's run was enough that he was making to the finals period.

I was really pleased by Ben's first run - Mt Bachelor's been all over the Olympic hype for 'their' three athletes, but I hadn't heard anything about them in the general coverage. Even the commentators last night were shocked by his first run... really flying under the radar there. Fingers crossed he can do even better tonight!

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We had it on all day at work. Started with USA-RussiaButNotTechnicallyRussia Women's Hockey. Absolutely thrashed them. Won 5-0, had 50+ shots on goal, and one of our girls scored twice in 6 seconds, which is the new record for either gender. Then watched the luge, and the American woman that totally lost control of the sled. Looked terrible, but she ended up not being injured. Lots of speed skating today, and those people are fucking RUTHLESS in the last turn. Also, England's record setting women's speed skater Elise Christie is qualified as hell.

I am still wondering if the Korean guy (2nd at the time) in the short track 1500 took a deliberate dive to guarantee his fellow countrymen the gold. The favorite Canadians were in 3/4 position with two laps to go and bam wipeout takes out the next three people.

That one was sketchy, as was the Canadian chick taking out Cristie in the final. That also ended in a photo finish that the Korean thought she had won, but ended up being dq'd.

Luge had me so hype the other night. After watching an American medal in an event in which I had no idea what was going on, I had to research the sport and figure out how those things can be steered. Needless to say, I want to try it now.

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

I wanted to try it too, but provided I wouldn't go more than 30 mph. Like seriously, those folks going 80+ mph down a solid ice tube on a piece of wood wearing nothing but a helmet and a onesie? I'm not that crazy.

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[On "The Luge," a winter sport]
Robin Williams: What drunken, German gynecologist invented this sport? What guy went, "I want to dress like a sperm, shove an ice skate up my ass, and ride balls first down an ice chute. Ya. That would be fun." ?

We put the K in Kwality

Robin Williams: What drunken, German gynecologist invented this sport?

Some guy from Poland (probably) - Feet first, on my back, I can't see where I'm going - Hold my beer

Run to Win. Pass To Score
Josh Jackson on Ricky Walker - ““He is the captain of this team, He’s the leader. He’s the bell cow, the Pail Holder.“

Woowee Shaun White is just an animal.

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You mean Macklemore? Yeah that run was nuts. I don't know how you do that without dying

Here lies It's a Stroman Jersey I Swear, surpassed in life by no one because he intercepted it.

DAMN. Shaun White's last run was so clean.

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Man I gotta say, Ayumu put down an amazing run. I think Shaun is literally the only person that could top him today. Amazing competition.

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Yeah they were both solid, I was awed by both of them. Wow.

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Legend... dude can ride off into the sunset now.

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My. Goodness. That run....

Would that Aussie Commentator just STFU!!!!! I have never wanted to punch a commentator as much as I wanted to last night...

I remember as a kid I used to get SI for Kids and they used to do a thing on a handful of "faces in the crowd" of kid athletes that were on the up and coming. I vividly remember Shaun White being being in one of those features. I say they knocked that one of the park. Love that dude.

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Wow, the USA men's hockey team just completed a huge choke job. They were up 2-0 to Slovenia to start the 3rd period, then lost the game 3-2 35 seconds into OT.

Is this a team full of former Caps or something? Sheesh.

I watched until the beginning of the 3rd period and then left for work thinking "alright we're fine."

It's my fault and I won't be watching any more hockey, I guess.

@sthvt

Is this a team full of former Caps or something? Sheesh.

No NHLers in these Olympics. Those are future Caps you saw.

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Does anyone know where the whole Opening Ceremony can be found online. We were riding on a bus to the airport for a trip and had to miss the ceremony. Thanks much for any help you can offer!

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Any chance we can edit the top to show links or clips of all of the medal winning events? After 11 hours in the field yesterday, I couldn't stay up for the skiing.

Why isn't NBC using more of its MANY channels to show events live? The coverage gets worse every year.

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NBCSN has live events in the mornings. During the day they'll show replays of the previous day's events while it's the middle of the night over there. You can also stream any event that is live online.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Again NBC/Comcast owns around 11 stations in the US. During the Olympics every one of those channels should be showing whatever live event is on. NBC is keeping some live events off the air here to replay in prime time for viewership. It's poorly done. I don't care that they are streaming it. I own giant TV's to watch on them.

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You're going to have a hard time finding enough events that are live to fill 11 time slots any time other than 3 in the morning. If there is an event you want to see live on your TV that isn't on cable you can get the NBC sports app on Roku, Chromecast, Fire TV for $30 or for free if you have a Samsung TV.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

In addition to NBCSN, they're showing live events on USA and CNBC as well. It just so happens that most of that live coverage is happening in the middle of the night.

Other than commitments to WWE programming on Monday & Tuesday, you can certainly question why USA isn't showing more live Olympics coverage the rest of the week. My guess though, is that they're confident they get more viewership with re-runs of NCIS or Chrisley Knows Best over live coverage of curling or early luge/skeleton runs. It's about knowing the audience for each channel that NBCUniversal owns.

You've got to remember, the stuff that's happening in primetime here are morning events in South Korea. So other than a couple major events they've purposely scheduled in the morning to gain primetime viewers in this part of the world, a lot of the other stuff going on in the mornings in South Korea is the prelim type stuff.

Which, as VT_Fencer says, can be found streaming live.

Mikaela Shiffrin won gold in the giant slalom late last night.

She's expected to compete in at least three other events during these Olympics. Hopefully she can bring home a few more medals for Team USA.

Is this the part where I say something about her being very qualified?

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Her mom said she is pulling out of the Super G due to the compressed time frame.

That's too bad. She definitely has the talent to medal, if not take gold, in all three events (Super G, Giant Slalom, and Slalom), and considering she just won gold in what she considers her weakest event, it would have been interesting to watch.

Damn Korea and your crappy weather, I really would have liked to see that!

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Well, the good news is, she'll still be competing in downhill and the super combined, in addition to slalom today. From my understanding, she's far more of a medal threat in those events than in Super G.

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I don't know much about figure skating, but I know that Evgeniia Medvedeva was the best figure skater I've ever seen. I don't know how to find out what else she'll be competing in, but I fully expect her to get the gold medal in any solo event she has moving forward.

Also, super glad I watched the XGames a few weeks ago, gave me the heads up on who Red Gerard was and I decided during that competition to devote all of my snowboarding fandom to him moving forward and it made his gold medal in slopestyle (my favorite event) that much sweeter.

She seems qualified.

No, really. Two-time World Champion ('16 and '17), two-time European Champion, two-time Russian National Champion, along with several junior championships. She doesn't seem to have lost recently on the biggest stages. I'll have to keep an eye out for when she's skating.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evgenia_Medvedeva

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I see that she is a fan of Sailor moon. I ain't mad at that

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Story time, when I was a little kid (some time in early elementary school) I had a huge crush on I believe Sailor Uranus (lol) who is also a lesbian in the show, or at least heavily implied to be one (double lol @ me)

I don't blame ya

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Sailor moon = every 13 year male kid dream

I feed off of nightmares

Sailor moon cosplay = every >13 year old male's dream

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Yee Yee

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I'm just gonna say, be very... careful, perhaps?... going down the qualified route here...

I think I recall the announcers saying she turned 18 only a few months before these Olympics.

Is it okay that im 20?

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No!

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Hey its better than some stuff I heard like 20 with a 14 year old shes 18 anyway

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She could easily pass for Rachel Weisz' daughter

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Mikaela Shiffrin just missed out on a medal in the Slalom, her best event. She was second at about a half second behind after the first run (it probably didn't help that she vomited before the start due to nerves), but slipped up a bit on the second and finished fourth. "It's nice for me to beat her for once, because she has been beating me so many times," said gold-medalist Frida Hansdottir of Sweden after the race.

She's already pulled out of the Super-G, and says she will decide on running the Downhill after her training run there. If she decides not to run the Downhill, all she has left is the Alpine Combined.

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/16/sport/mikaela-shiffrin-slalom-intl/index.html

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I was really confused during Frida Hansdotter's run and the coverage after until they interviewed Frida and put her name up on the screen. The whole time I was like, what is Frida Hans daughter's name? Like, give the woman some credit. It was driving me crazy... I'm an idiot.

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It's a common thing in Scandinavian countries and Iceland, from what I hear.

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so... would her brother be be O'Hans in Ireland, Hanson in England, McHans in Scotland, Hansovich in Russia...?

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Uh....I suppose?

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Hansonvich in the Adriatic coast and Hansonov in Russia*

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Question for those who are more knowledgeable about the Olympics:

I realize Mikaela has every right to pull out of the Super G since the schedule got shifted due to bad weather. However, by doing this did she cost a fellow american to miss out on competing in the Super G? I realize we have trials to determine who is the best to send but are there alternates sent as well for when people get injured in trial runs or have to pull out of events?

Rules for qualifying for the 2018 Olympics in alpine skiing can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpine_skiing_at_the_2018_Winter_Olympics_%E2%80%93_Qualification

It appears that there is a maximum of 22 allowed per nation (both men and women), and they are ultimately assigned based on individual athletes' appearances on the top 500 list.
Basic Quota: 1m, 1f (if not otherwise qualified)
Host Nation: 1m, 1f (not us)
Top 30 List: 3m, 3f
Top 500 Lists: as many as athletes appear on the lists up to 22 max

Looking at the roster (link), there are 10 women and 22 men on the US Alpine Skiing team. So it appears that we hit the max number of athletes.

My take, after reading all this: it doesn't look like Shiffrin took anybody's spot, per se. She was included probably because she was in the Top 30 list in Slalom (her best category). If she wasn't going to race in the Super G from the get-go, it doesn't appear that another name could have been added to the team, as she would still already be on the team in another category.

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I'd like to point out that, just because we may have had other athletes who qualified for her events, it doesn't mean they were more qualified than she is. I'd have to see pictures to determine that

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Doubtful they would be more qualified than Miss Shiffrin...

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Yes, she's qualified.

Congratulations, Pita Taufatofua, on finishing 114th (of 116 finishers) in the 15km free cross-country race today.

Seriously, though, grats to the guy. He was able to pick up a sport in less than two years and make the Olympics, and not come in last. That's not unimpressive.

Results: clicky

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Still pretty impressive.

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He finished. I give him credit for that. The athletes that give up when they are that far behind infuriate me. Represent your country with some pride, at least finish.

all swedish no finish

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Anybody else think of Mac Brown when trying to read that last name?

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Not really, but I think it's pronounced "Kevin".

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Swaney — whose other notable exploits have included a run for governor of California as a 19-year-old and an attempt to become an Olympic skeleton athlete for Venezuela — insists her motivations are pure and says that she hopes her trip to the Olympics can be an inspiration.

Sounds like she is just trolling everyone, I hope. Otherwise, someone just needs to tell her "no" for once in her life.

EDIT: NVM, just trying to get famous in Cali.

Somewhat NSFW. I wouldn't want my boss walking by

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Damn

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I guess she's just trying to find a shortcut to celebrity.

You can't blame a girl for trying.

You can't blame a girl for trying.

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She's playing within the rules so no big deal IMO. If you want to blame anyone then blame Hungary Athletics and the Olympic Qualifying rules that allowed her to get to this point. Otherwise it's kind of great to see someone with what I'll politely call average skill at skiing trying the halfpipe amongst the real athletes. Really shows how unbelievably talented the rest of them are.

She gamed the shit out of the system. She got invited by running this routine at every tournament enough people would fall each time that she could finish not last, and to complete the effort, while all the major contenders were at one of the major championships she went to China where there were only 13-15 entrants. Her finish pushed her average finish above 30th and as such she qualified.

I've read the IOC is already looking at ways to close this kind of loophole for the future. They don't take kindly to competitors making a farce out of the competition itself.

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She gamed the crap out of that.

In the process, she wasted a lot of people's time at both World Cup and Olympic events, got on the Venezuela and then the Hungarian Olympic teams, and didn't bother to learn any actual tricks that score points.

What did she really accomplish? Nothing, other than exposing that the event doesn't have enough female participants outside of the U.S. to justify it as an Olympic sport.

What did she really accomplish? Nothing, other than exposing that the event doesn't have enough female participants outside of the U.S. to justify it as an Olympic sport.

That's a stretch. The US fielded 4 of the 24 participants and only won bronze.

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U.S. took the gold in the men's competition.

I was under the impression that the U.S. had a lot of influence in getting all of those halfpipe and snowboarding events added.

She only qualified because countries are capped at 4 participants and US has 6 of the top 30 in the world at that particular event.

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Huh?

If anyone's time was wasted, then that's all the fault of the World Cup and Olympics organizers. But who's time was actually wasted? Their time wasn't wasted because they're literally there to run sports competitions. Viewer's time isn't wasted because they don't have to watch. Clearly Hungary and Venezuela supported the bids to make the team so their time wasn't wasted as it was their choice.

She wasn't there to compete. By her own admission, she was there to check the box of having participated in the Olympics. She's an average skier. She's a sub-average half pipe participant. I don't think we need people who can barely survive the venue competing in order to realize how tough it is.

Her participation was a waste of the time of the folks who watched those events. The few moments we spent watching her on the half pipe could have been spent on watching two minutes of olympic competition, or, if you're an NBC coverage fan, two minutes more of listening to commentators wax on about how great Lindsey Vonn is.

Never said she was there to compete.

I don't think we need people who can barely survive the venue competing in order to realize how tough it is.

Then your problem is with the Olympics Organization and how its run

Her participation was a waste of the time of the folks who watched those events.

then don't watch. freedom of choice. grab a beer. take a bathroom break. Or if you do choose to watch and don't like what you see blame NBC for choosing to cover it. No matter she sucks or not her being there is a product of the rules and her determination.

I've watched this run multiple times and my time has definitely not been wasted. It brings me so much joy.

I enjoyed it as well, for the novelty of it.

But given a choice of watching her, or someone with Olympic level skills in the event, I'd choose to watch the person with skills.

As far as determination, nothing beats it. Everyone participating in the Olympics has it.

As far as determination, nothing beats it. Everyone participating in the Olympics has it.

Except for the athlete in question. If she had determination, she would've been able to at least appear like she was trying.

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You and me both

most impressive Olympics performance since this

Can't believe a John Shuster-skipped team made the medal round in curling. Really hoping he can pull out another win over the Canucks tomorrow.

I never thought I would actually see this. The US wins gold in cross country skiing.

Mind you, I'm not talking about the first in a long time, not the first in women's or anything like that. The first ever gold medal in any cross country event, men's or women's. Ever. Hell, its the first ever medal of any kind for women's cross country skiing, and the 1st medal since 1976 when Bill Koch took silver in the 30k at Innsbruck. Until this morning, that was the only medal US cross country skiing has ever earned.

And now we have our American Olympic made for TV story of the 2018 Olympics.

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That was an awesome thing to wake up to this morning.

Take that Norway!

*looks at medal count

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Sweden and Finland should really be embarrassed by how good Norway is in the Winter Olympics.

I got spoiled on this by the NBC Olympics homepage, naturally. I still ended up yelling GOOOO at my computer when I watched the replay though.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

USA men's curling is on fire right now they got all the momentum I think they can medal this Olympics

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Team USA defeats Canada to head to the gold medal match!

I would like to have a beer with these guys.

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It looks like they've qualified for the four-team playoffs, playing Canada in the semifinals. Sweden is playing the winner of the Great Britain / Switzerland tie-breaker, however that is going to play out.

https://www.olympic.org/pyeongchang-2018/results/en/curling/round-robin-results-men.htm

I'm just sad that Norway is no longer playing. Love their pants. *sigh*
https://www.thestar.com/sports/olympics/2018/02/18/norwegian-olympic-curlers-taking-gold-for-choice-of-pants.html

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I hope you're following the pants' Facebook page, if you facebook.

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I am now. Hilarious.

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USA women's hockey headed to OT vs Canada, scoring late in the 3rd after trailing. Hoping for redemption!

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USA women's hockey wins gold in an OT thriller!!!!

USA USA USA USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Won it with probably one of the greatest moves in shootout history. My ankles felt that one for the poor Canadian goalie

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This perfectly captures the moment

Source

Had to get up early today but I'm really glad I stayed up to watch the ending

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In one night Team USA just beat Canada in both Curling and Ice Hockey.

If I'm sweden i would be scared Shitless rn

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I cannot wait to not sleep Friday night, for curling of all things.

I am seriously struggling today. Between the 2 month old and staying up to catch the hockey game last night, I got about 3 and a half hours of sleep before rolling into the office.

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I'm really upset at myself for not fighting through my heavy eyelids last night - I fell asleep at the beginning of the 3rd period. Then again, I only needed one cup of coffee today.

FYI - NBCSN will rebroadcast the Gold Medal Women's Hockey game today, 4 pm-ish (the tweet from USA hockey said 4 pm, my cable schedule says 4:30.). Network is allocating 2.5 hours for the broadcast.

She salty

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like poutine

The only difference is that I like poutine Canada can lose every hockey game the rest of time

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They can drown their tears binge eating cake off their last 5 gold medals

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Anybody up for the curling gold medal match? Historic day no matter the result!

What a shot to end the eighth round! 5 points! US UP 10-5!

JOHN SHUSTER HOLY SHIT

WOW! In control now, just gotta get through this last end to win the gold!

Amazing.

Im going to say this This was the most satisfying gold medal i ever witness from going last and 2nd to last place in the last 2 Olympics to going winning a gold medal is so fucking awesome!!!!

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That. Was. Epic.

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Woke up this morning like

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best tweet from an olympian

"Austria: We are the best in super-G!:
Swiss: No, we are the best!
USA: Shut up, we are the best!
Italia: Mamma mia!
Ledecka: Hold my beer ... and snowboard."

E. Ledecka

And then she won gold in snowboarding too... Fugging awesome

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So these were the expectations heading into the Olympics by the USOC.

Here are the results:
Biathlon - 0
Bobsled - 1
Skeleton - 0
Curling - 1
Figure Skating - 2
Ice Hockey - 1
Luge - 1
Ski - Alpine - 3
SKI - Freestyle - 4
SKI - Snowboard - 7
SKI - XC -1
SKI - Nordic Combined - 0
SKI - Jump -0
Speedskating - LT - 1
Speedskating - ST - 2

Looks like LT Speedskating and Freestyle Skiing were big disappointments. ST Speedskating was a big surprise. Steve Holcomb's death hurt Bobsled, and those new hybrid sleds weren't that fast.

For those who don't want to do math on a Monday morning, that's 24 23 medals. Less than the minimum. Ouch.

Deltas from minimum projections:
Bobsled -1
Curling +1
Ski Freestyle -2
Ski Snowboard +1
Speedskating LT -2
Speedskating ST +2 +1

Edit: NBC's Olympic site has a total of 23 medals. The discrepancy is in Short Track, where the US earned one medal (John-Henry Krueger won a silver in men's 1000m).
http://www.nbcolympics.com/medals/united-states#2018-standings

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Thanks for the catch. I mistakenly count the Ladies' Team Pursuit under Short Track. Here's a link to all of the medals and the sports for Team USA.

Team USA Medals

My wife and I were talking about this last night.... This Olympics just felt different than the past. At no point did I really feel like I was missing out if I didn't catch anything. I would watch if the events were on, but would often flip to another channel or check out the DVR/Netflix for something more entertaining. And we were trying to figure out why that was...

I mean, its not like there was a lack of American storylines. Yes, our medal count disappointed, but there were still enough stories (women's hockey, curling, the figure skating meltdown, cross country skiing, etc) to keep us entertained... we just really weren't. Between the time zone differential and a lackluster broadcast by NBC, it just felt off this year. I am beginning to wonder if the decision about 20 years ago to split the Summer and Winter games has created a little bit of market saturation in the Olympics where the luster isn't quite what it was because its being shown more frequently. Or maybe it was just me. Who knows.

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Oddly enough, my girlfriend kind of pointed out something that has a little bit of merit. There was no "medal ceremony" after the event. The athletes were given this doll, and there was a ceremony at a time we couldn't watch. It was difficult to have any patriotic spirit to this Olympics because there was no moment to really celebrate being American when our athletes medaled in events.

Aside from that, I know I was disappointed, in general, in our athletes not performing to expectations for this games, and that kept me from enjoying it as much. Not because they were losing, but because they were barely in competition where they should have been (save for the story lines mentioned).

Just saw on Deadspin that NBC only aired 60% of the Closing Ceremony last night, completely editing out entire speeches, the ski marathon medal ceremony, a DJ segment at the beginning and the grand finale fireworks show at the end.

Its this kind of sterilization of the event that is really making me grow apathetic toward the games. I know I could stream everything online, but its bullshit they didn't use one of their networks (NBC Sports) to air the opening and closing ceremonies in full, especially if they could do it without the blatting idiots in the booth talking over everything. And this kind of editing is applied across the board to the point where you're not really able to follow the events being shown, you're being force fed the American storyline while ignoring the rest of the competition.

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That is how it has been for the Winter Olympics since 2002. The medals are given out at a nightly Medals Ceremony and with the Olympics in Korea, that means the medals are being handed out around 5 am EST.

Usually, the athletes are given flowers right after the event, but recently host countries have been replacing flowers with something else for sustainability reasons (which is hilarious, because these massive structures that they built for the games may never be used again).

I've been a little less excited this year as well and I chalk it up to NBC's antics and those stupid Chevy "Not a real actor" ads. I simply can't take it anymore.

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Those Chevy commercials have me convinced to never ever buy a Chevy.

Ugh... I hate those commercials. I also hate how they tout the JP Power awards as some great industry award winning accomplishment, when its really just essentially something you get for signing your name to the application. Even more hilarious that they keep touting the initial quality award... which, as Mahk keeps saying, makes you question the long term quality.

That being said, my wife and I are probably going to be getting a new Traverse later this year.

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Not to mention they are JD awards from 5 years ago...

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Commercials I never need to see again:
- any Chevy commercial
- Can/Can't - Samsung
- Walmart mom doesn't know how to disinfect a pacifier.

I saw that Walmart commercial and immediately thought that family had too much money if she was going to buy a replacement anytime something hit the floor. What happens when the baby is crawling across the floor, does she buy a replacement baby?

I have to believe she orders a new set of dishes and silverware on a daily basis.

You should check out Mahk on youtube. He has some hilarious parodies of them

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Do yourself a favor and picture Mark in all the commercials and you will enjoy them much more. He has a couple of Youtube vids mocking the ads that are worth a watch if you haven't seen them.

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You know what would be funny, a mashup of the women's figure skaters from the US team falls to the tune of Yakkity Sax (just for shits & gigs, of course).

#FUENTEenFUEGO
Waho's suck
Uva swallows

Help, I'm going through curling withdrawal while still being overjoyed at the gold medal. It's a strange mix of feelings that I never expected to feel.