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2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
« on: February 05, 2014, 10:47 »
It appears we didn't have a thread for this yet. So I started one. :D

And I start it with this brilliant ad: :lol
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #1 on: February 05, 2014, 12:11 »
    Fus, that ad is fantastic. Cheers for that.  :D
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #2 on: February 05, 2014, 12:22 »
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #3 on: February 05, 2014, 15:19 »
    That is just awesome.  :D
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #4 on: February 05, 2014, 16:04 »
    I am really looking forward to the games, from a sportive perspection. I will not be around for the first couple of days unfortunately, but we should see some thrilling competitions.
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #5 on: February 07, 2014, 17:03 »
    I shouldn't be watching it on principle, but I love Olympic opening and closing ceremonies.
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #6 on: February 07, 2014, 17:44 »
    Hi Deping, :welcome to Velorooms!
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #7 on: February 08, 2014, 17:59 »
    My favourite athletes of these games.

    And even better, they are sisters!!






    Edit:

    And the sisters win a gold and silver, sadly Maxine did not medal.

    Happy parents I would guess.
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #8 on: February 11, 2014, 17:59 »
    Mens cross skiing sprint final was amazing did anyone see it? reminded me a bit about this.
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #9 on: February 14, 2014, 13:54 »
    Men's hockey tournament: *cz 4 - 2 *lv

    It was a nice game. Latvia played well, and the Czechs finally showed some good, fluid and technical hockey - just the kind I love to see. The first 30 minutes were pretty even, but then the Latvians weren't as good anymore; their skating-heavy play, always attacking with four players, must have been too much in the end.
    Good combinations between Plekanec and Jágr as well. Although he'll turn 42 tomorrow, Jágr is still a hell of a player, with a great touch. :cool
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #10 on: February 14, 2014, 14:01 »
    Lots of anticipating on BBC at the moment, as Great Britain brace themselves for a gold medal courtesy of Lizzie Yarnold. Nothing decided just yet, but it is certainly looking that way.

    And Curling.. what a sport :pray Lovely performance by the GB women this morning. Utterly dominated the Japanese in the end and they helped their chances of going through. GB men also looking strong there..
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #11 on: February 14, 2014, 14:10 »
    I didn't realize Russia had  both the last 2 NHL MVP winners and that Ovechkin is the best player of the last decade.

    The bbc intro into the ice hockey mens just made them sound like a decent team who might win a medal through home rink advantage.
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #12 on: February 14, 2014, 14:51 »
    I didn't realize Russia had  both the last 2 NHL MVP winners and that Ovechkin is the best player of the last decade.

    The bbc intro into the ice hockey mens just made them sound like a decent team who might win a medal through home rink advantage.

    I wouldn't trust the BBC commentators at all. They don't know that Olympic Games is played by the international rulebook and not the NHL one. As there's significant differences in the rules between the two books. Such knowledge is elementary imho.

    They don't read the game well and sometimes they just describes what's happening on the ice rather than putting it in to a context.

    Before the tournament Russia, Canada, Sweden and USA are favorites. Possibly the first two had an advantage.
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #13 on: February 14, 2014, 16:09 »
    I'd say that no matter what tournament it is and what players are on the team, Russia is to hockey what Brazil is to football:
    They didn't invent it, but they're always a big favourite in an international tournament.


    I have to say that after watching one full match (and the first period of *cz - *se), I am positively surprised by the DR commentators. It helps that one of them is a former Denmark player and current coach (and the father of the Montreal Canadiens' Lars Eller).
    Of course I don't watch a lot of hockey, but they analyse the match and know the players.
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #14 on: February 14, 2014, 16:26 »
    I am positively surprised by the DR commentators.

    DR normally does a good job at finding commentators, it seems like they because they air so little sport hires their guys from time to time finding people that know the sport whereas other Danish channels just use the guys they have on staff, having a guy that is primarily a cycling commentator voicing his opinion on Hockey. Even with their NBA broadcast they just decided to hire the people that does the show on DK4 to work for DR3 as well, lovely. No TV3 NFL failure.
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #15 on: February 14, 2014, 18:47 »
    Time to rack up the medalcount tomorrow! 1500 m mens speedskating!
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #16 on: February 14, 2014, 20:33 »
    I'd say that no matter what tournament it is and what players are on the team, Russia is to hockey what Brazil is to football:
    They didn't invent it, but they're always a big favourite in an international tournament.


    I have to say that after watching one full match (and the first period of *cz - *se), I am positively surprised by the DR commentators. It helps that one of them is a former Denmark player and current coach (and the father of the Montreal Canadiens' Lars Eller).
    Of course I don't watch a lot of hockey, but they analyse the match and know the players.

    Really? I would have thought Canada. Afterall in Canada hockey really is the number 1 sport
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #17 on: February 14, 2014, 21:15 »
    Really? I would have thought Canada. Afterall in Canada hockey really is the number 1 sport

    Russia has far more people though. But I would say they are pretty much option 1a and 1b followed by the other of the big 7 nations. Sweden a likely 3rd imo.
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #18 on: February 15, 2014, 14:54 »
    Absolutely awesome hockey at the moment. :cool
    *ru 2 - 2 *usa (going into overtime)
    Incredibly fast-paced match, Russia playing a bit better in my opinion. The Russians simply have a better technique than the Americans who play more physically.
    No matter who wins, this is awesome.

    Also, *sk Slovakia really going down, lost 1-3 to *si Slovenia!
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #19 on: February 16, 2014, 09:14 »
    This tutorial on hockey 101 is quite good.  There are some small differences between NHL and international rules. However as for understanding the game it's perfect.



    One difference that is notable in Olympics is that the rink in Europe is much bigger (4 m wider) which mean that defencemen usually needs to skate more whilst defending their zone.  Goaltenders will recieve shots from different angles than in NHL. Which is important to adjust to because goal tenders style of play today is to cut off angles and deflect shots rather than react to shots.

    An example of this is the Czech first goal against Sweden (besides recieving no help from defencemen) Henrik Lundquist is somewhat misplaced in the goal and Czechs score their first goal.
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #20 on: February 16, 2014, 10:31 »
    For those of you who think that waxing is a trivial over emphasized issue in cross-country skiing these numbers could be of interest. Sweden has spent 1,5 million $ on waxing and gathering data on weather/snow conditions in Sotji. However, Norway has spent twice as much since the last olympic games in Vancouver.
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #21 on: February 16, 2014, 12:03 »
    Norways glide project costs even more. Over 4 million $ or about 3 million € over the last 4 years since Vancouver. And Norway have had terrible skis the last couple of distances. And no one seems to know why. Maybe it is too many cooks in the million € waxing trailer. In to this olympics it has been a cooperation between xc-skiing and biathlon for the first time. Its's frustrating. Luckily there are other sports to follow  :)
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #22 on: February 16, 2014, 17:37 »
    Any time I see Canada and Finland play hockey I know it's going to be a good game.   So far this is not disappointing me.
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #23 on: February 16, 2014, 17:58 »
    I've made a rough principal sketch on Canandian hockey tactic. Take the puck to the net. Put the puck into the net.

    Combine that with individual skills as the Russian players has, and you'll get an effective game.
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #24 on: February 19, 2014, 18:03 »
    :win :win :win

    When Eden played the decisive shot which handed the match to GB I got up and did a little dance (ok I ran around the room screaming). What a match and what a sport curling is, the snooker of ice (ok maybe not). But the match was so incredibly tense and GB did enough to hang in, start losing it in the final end and then the second last shot which handed Murdoch an opportunity for the two and Eden's miss which handed it to GB!!!

    This ensures GB's record Winter Olympic tally of 1936 will be equaled here and could even be bettered if the Christie and the GB women have anything say in the matter.
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    2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #25 on: February 20, 2014, 03:09 »
    Screw it.
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #26 on: February 20, 2014, 03:36 »
    Finland is so awesome. Definitely deserve to be in the Final against Canada.
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #27 on: February 20, 2014, 04:10 »
    Finland is so awesome. Definitely deserve to be in the Final against Canada.

    Problem is, I don't see Canada in the final.  Not unless a very different team shows up on Friday.
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #28 on: February 20, 2014, 13:19 »
    The Hockey tournament in Sochi has been really strange compared to Vancouver were basically every game was epic. I wonder if most NHL players are more or less suffering from the jet lag and that causes the ups and downs in the games and the lack of consistency.
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    Re: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
    « Reply #29 on: February 20, 2014, 15:55 »
    I am watching the women's curling final and the Swedish team have made a couple of fatal errors in this 9th end that really surprise me. Not cleaning the ice in front of the Second's last rock, and the rock picked up some debris on the ice.  Just quit turning.   Then the Swedish third completely missed her shot and threw right through the house.   Ouch.
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