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Winter Olympics

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by totallyfixed, 31 Jan 2014.

  1. Mad Doug Biker

    Mad Doug Biker Bikeoholics Anonymous

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    Only if you have ADHD or the attention span of a 5 year old or something.

    Its one of these sports where there's actually a lot more to it than meets the eye, beleive me, I know!
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  2. Mad Doug Biker

    Mad Doug Biker Bikeoholics Anonymous

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    Also, interestingly, if Scotland got its Independence, then an English/UK Curling team would still probably be made up of Scots!!

    Except for the ice sheets at Fentons in Kent, the majority of people have to train in Scotland, including the English team, who are made up of Scots with English heritage anyway! :giggle:

    The Irish and Welsh are in a similar situation, obviously!
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  3. snorri

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  4. Dayvo

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    My sister-in-law's son (himself a very good skier and now top ski mechanic/engineer with Fischer skis) is very good mates with Andrew Musgrave and reckons he has serious chances of getting a medal in several of the cross country skiing events.

    Peter Northug (the bad boy of cross country skiing) could well take a hatfull of gold medals.

    An ex girlfriend's niece (Therese Johaug) , who is already a world and Olympic champion in cross country skiing is another I'll be looking out for. And I'll be cheering on Finland's ice hockey team.
  5. Andrew Musgrave is a class act, I have been watching him since he first emerged on the world cup scene but his only realistic chance is in the sprints in freestyle and although I haven't seen them yet I believe the tracks at Sochi are testing and in sprinting you have to be in the right place at the right time.
    Therese Johaug, along with Ole Einar Bjoerndalen are my favourite athletes to watch, Therese is incredible and a role model for any woman in sport, workaholic is an understatement. Unfortunately, as in cycling the FIS is run by old men so the women always ski much shorter distances than the men which is ridiculous because athletes like Therese Johaug are built for long distance and this does them a huge disservice.
    Northug missed a lot of training earlier in the year so is playing catch up, so will be interesting, Martin Johnsrud Sundby is the man on form from 10 km upwards.
  6. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

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    I used to be fascinated by ski-jumping when I was a kid. Always wanted to have a go (and I've not seen 'The Jump' yet... is it pants? I love Davina though... mmm :wub: )
  7. Ganymede

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    Pants in parts but quite enjoyable. They are wearing odd ski gear though, looks like it's made of foam rubber, most unflattering. Davina in fake fur of course, much better!
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  8. snorri

    snorri Guru

    I visited an earlier edition of the Holmenkollen jump featured in the game above (post23) when cycle touring a few years ago. Believe me, I held on tightly when standing on the 'launch pad' and looking down over the landing zone:biggrin:. ,
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  9. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry Age is just a number.

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    This. Precisely.
  10. Living a bit on past glory, I was a Biathlete and cross country skier before that, very fortunate to have had a go at quite a lot of the winter sports including the bobsleigh which is mental. If anyone has not watched the Biathlon, do so, it's absolutely fascinating with no guarantee of winning until the last shoot is over, as I know to my cost, once did a clear shoot on the next lane's targets, 5 laps of the magic roundabout made sure I never made that mistake again :blush:.
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  11. Doseone

    Doseone Über Member

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    I'm glad to hear that the British Biathlon team have got funding again. The partner of someone I work with is currently in Germany with the British team at the moment - helping out, he's not one of the athletes.
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  12. ScotiaLass

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    Ooooh is that the one where they do a cross country ski then have to lie down and shoot at targets??
    I love that one!
  13. Ganymede

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    Cool! Or as we say in my family, Kewl!
  14. Mad Doug Biker

    Mad Doug Biker Bikeoholics Anonymous

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    I'm surprised the Russian Authorities have allowed it!! :giggle:



    I'll get me coat...
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  15. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Well-Known Member

    I'll be watching with my kids. We became a skiing family three years ago, love anything snow - always have. Love slalom, but the ski cross is mental!

    @totallyfixed
    Love the biathlon - well done.

    I'm trying cross country skiing this season, trying to find a winter triathlon for next season - don't suppose you know of any?
  16. Yes, imagine trying to hit a 5 golf balls next to each other while your heart is yammering away at typically 160 - 175 bpm depending on the approach to the range. You also have to repeat this in the standing position where the targets are a bit bigger but still harder, in some events there are 2 shoots and in some 4. Easily the toughest sport I have ever done.
    I'm afraid not as I don't even know what winter triathlon is!
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  17. VamP

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    So is snooker apparently. Equally as uninteresting to me.
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  18. ScotiaLass

    ScotiaLass Veteran

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    I love watching as they regulate their breathing to steady themselves before they take a shot....that's some discipline and made to look so easy by the pro athletes!
  19. VamP

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    Although you have let the side down a bit by referring to it as ice hockey... Go Czech Republic.
  20. Dayvo

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    If I had just put 'hockey', I'm sure someone would have put me 'right' and said 'hockey' was a summer Olympic sport. ;)