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I’ve always loved both Summer and Winter Olympics. Had delusions of running the 800m in the Dave Wottle era. Ah, the folly of youth.

This is the only time I’ll watch weird sports...got up this morning and watched ski jumping. That’ll put hair on your chest.
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TUPF wrote:I’ve always loved both Summer and Winter Olympics. Had delusions of running the 800m in the Dave Wottle era. Ah, the folly of youth.

This is the only time I’ll watch weird sports...got up this morning and watched ski jumping. That’ll put hair on your chest.
Great interview on Adam Schefter podcast with Al Michaels last week before SB. The 70's and 80's were a different time, and the Olympics had meaning behind the playing field. I think globalization and political shifts have taken away the intrigue of the Olympics -as well as all the scandals and failures of the host cities. Let's hope that Paris and LA can turn that tide. The last several have been failed ventures by subpar hosts. The Olympics need a captivating, interesting venue, and Korea is just not it, despite the N. Korea element.
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You certainly won't get that venue out of the next Winter Olympics. Almost nobody wanted those games, to the point that all three European finalists pulled out. The only two left standing were Almaty, Kazakhstan and Beijing, China, both under authoritarian regimes. Beijing won by default. The Chinese have set aside two sites for those games, with the closest being 100 miles from Beijing.

I don't think having a venue like Paris and LA is the problem with the Olympics. I think the Olympics themselves are the problem. The financial equation doesn't work and the lack of rule enforcement (see Russians are banned...uh except those 160+ that aren't) makes the games a joke. I want to watch and cheer on USA, but I really have a hard time with all the noise in the background.

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I’ll mark you two down as no. :-D
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I enjoy watching the competition. I don't enjoy all the talk, scandals, interviews, even the endless "human interest stories". Unfortunately, that's what sports on TV have become (see ESPN). Somehow, networks have determined that Americans don't want to actually see sports, they just want to hear the stories around sports. So I find myself watching the games less every time around.

I also hate when it's in a time zone where we run across results on the internet hours before NBC shows it. Nothing like spoiling the surprise... Almost makes me want to avoid the internet. Almost.

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PeteRasche wrote:I enjoy watching the competition. I don't enjoy all the talk, scandals, interviews, even the endless "human interest stories". Unfortunately, that's what sports on TV have become (see ESPN). Somehow, networks have determined that Americans don't want to actually see sports, they just want to hear the stories around sports. So I find myself watching the games less every time around.
I agree. Also the X games sports are a turnoff for me too. I like the old school stuff like curling luge biathlon
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Watching the women’s mogul competition and I envision every one of them in a wheelchair in their 50s.
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TUPF wrote:Watching the women’s mogul competition and I envision every one of them in a wheelchair in their 50s.
Fake knees and fake hips...

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PeteRasche wrote:I enjoy watching the competition. I don't enjoy all the talk, scandals, interviews, even the endless "human interest stories". Unfortunately, that's what sports on TV have become (see ESPN). Somehow, networks have determined that Americans don't want to actually see sports, they just want to hear the stories around sports. So I find myself watching the games less every time around.

I also hate when it's in a time zone where we run across results on the internet hours before NBC shows it. Nothing like spoiling the surprise... Almost makes me want to avoid the internet. Almost.
Think NBC has given up the fight against the internet. Almost everything is aired live now.

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windywave wrote:
PeteRasche wrote:I enjoy watching the competition. I don't enjoy all the talk, scandals, interviews, even the endless "human interest stories". Unfortunately, that's what sports on TV have become (see ESPN). Somehow, networks have determined that Americans don't want to actually see sports, they just want to hear the stories around sports. So I find myself watching the games less every time around.
I agree. Also the X games sports are a turnoff for me too. I like the old school stuff like curling luge biathlon
Totally agree here...I'll add ice dancing to these modern day fake sports.

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I've never cared for the summer olympic. I grew up obsessed with the winter. But somewhere in early adult hood all of the x games stuff killed my interest
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US women beating the Russian women in hockey 3-0 in the second
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WaveProf wrote:I've never cared for the summer olympic. I grew up obsessed with the winter. But somewhere in early adult hood all of the x games stuff killed my interest
Track & Field and boxing are the best. Nothing better. You've never been to a track meet. Very exciting and it's a sport that is under-exposed.
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Rotorooter wrote:
WaveProf wrote:I've never cared for the summer olympic. I grew up obsessed with the winter. But somewhere in early adult hood all of the x games stuff killed my interest
Track & Field and boxing are the best. Nothing better. You've never been to a track meet. Very exciting and it's a sport that is under-exposed.
If you ever get the chance, attend a whole day of the Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. It runs like clockwork from morning to night, with races running every few minutes. Everything from top level high school teams to colleges and beyond including all age groups from all over the world. I’m pretty sure I saw Usain Bolt run there as a HS phenom from Jamaica. Since Franklin Field was built a million years ago and is hemmed in on Penn’s campus, it retains that old world feeling. It’s like you are watching Chariots of Fire.
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TUPF wrote:
Rotorooter wrote:
WaveProf wrote:I've never cared for the summer olympic. I grew up obsessed with the winter. But somewhere in early adult hood all of the x games stuff killed my interest
Track & Field and boxing are the best. Nothing better. You've never been to a track meet. Very exciting and it's a sport that is under-exposed.
If you ever get the chance, attend a whole day of the Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. It runs like clockwork from morning to night, with races running every few minutes. Everything from top level high school teams to colleges and beyond including all age groups from all over the world. I’m pretty sure I saw Usain Bolt run there as a HS phenom from Jamaica. Since Franklin Field was built a million years ago and is hemmed in on Penn’s campus, it retains that old world feeling. It’s like you are watching Chariots of Fire.
I will. Have always been a T&F fan, and the Penn Relays have been a top meet since I can remember. Some day...
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The absolute best part of the PyeongChang Olympics:

https://twitter.com/annafifield/status/ ... 4779577344

everything else will pale by comparison. Always love it when a brutal dictator and his dictatorial regime are lampooned with humor and shown up for what they really are.
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While I haven't been watching closely, I've been seeing headlines and checking the medal table. Even if my interest isn't all that all high, I still want to see the USA on top. Unfortunately this is swiftly turning into one of the worst Olympics for the US in a long time. The games are halfway over and we have a measly 8 medals. We are tied with Austria for 5th place in total medals. Several US favorites to win or medal in their events haven't reached the podium. Meanwhile, Norway, a Winter Olympic powerhouse for sure, has 19 medals.

To put this into perspective, the US finished the 2014 Olympics with 28 medals, second only to Russia's 29 total medals (and we know how legit that number is). I suppose there's still time to make up some ground, but this Olympics performance is becoming an embarrassment.

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Ski jumping, downhill, speed skating, hockey, maybe bobsled. Everything else irritated. And I miss the coverage style of the 70s, when we just got run after run down the mountain without the extraneous human interest crap. I blame gymnastics and figure skating enthusiasts for that nonsense.

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Well prof will be happy

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I cannot hear the Russian national anthem without thinking back to the Cold War.

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Hey Russians, if you are going to cheat at least do it in something cool.

Curling? Are you kidding me? Anything that can be played with a beer in one hand is not exactly taxing.
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Exactly why they had no business being at these Olympics. Sorry if that isn't fair to the clean Russian athletes (if there are any), but what they did 4 years ago wasn't fair to any athlete from any country.

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Krushelnitzky took meldonium. Is it me or does that sound like a James Bond movie plot?

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PeteRasche wrote:Krushelnitzky took meldonium. Is it me or does that sound like a James Bond movie plot?
If they claimed they were injected with meldonium by a umbrella tipped with a dart, I’m with you!
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