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Everybody is free to love hockey again, and curling. Get your culture on with some figure skating. Reach for some huge air bro at the half pipe with snowboarding. Or just enjoy the greatest winter athletes and athletics in the world. I would say, let the games begin, but they already have so have fun!

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I'm watching mixed doubles curling.  USA v China.  The American insists on wearing a red hat; he wore it last night as well.  His teammate/sister looks like she'd be more likely to bench-press a Buick compared to everyone else on the ice.  USA USA USA.

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I do like how Americans react when our Olympians do not medal "Hey, it's okay, you did us proud representing our country." 

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Mexican skiers will be wearing Dia de Los Muertos inspired uniforms. Also interesting that Korea women's hockey team have 7 players from North America on the team, all are using their US or Canadian names here but use their Korean names in college games.

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(Olympic Athletes from) Russia's three-letter code this year is OAR. If they win any gold medals, this should be their anthem.

 

 

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2 hours ago, Viper said:

(Olympic Athletes from) Russia's three-letter code this year is OAR. If they win any gold medals, this should be their anthem.

 

 

You should tell that to the IOC. Great tune. I wonder if any of the Atheletes of Russia thought the same thing? Morning session of Skiing and snowboarding qualifiers on NBCSN now. 

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3 hours ago, MJWalker45 said:

Mexican skiers will be wearing Dia de Los Muertos inspired uniforms. Also interesting that Korea women's hockey team have 7 players from North America on the team, all are using their US or Canadian names here but use their Korean names in college games.

 

They mentioned on the NBC broadcast that the North Korean Players are having to learn "Western values" from their Canadian coach. 

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Watched a bit of the luge this afternoon.  Reminded me instantly of this gem:

 

 

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So I hear that Men's Hockey in this year's Olympics is not an international tournament of NHL players.  I wonder if Olympic basketball could follow suit by no longer making it an international tournament of NBA players.

 

I enjoy NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics better than their coverage of the Summer Olympics because they don't have to use the Winter Olympics to promote another sport like they have done with the last two Summer Olympics when you had Cris Collinsworth as a special correspondent in London and they flew in Tony Dungy to Rio de Janeiro in the last days of the Rio Olympics. 

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47 minutes ago, GDAWG said:

I wonder if Olympic basketball could follow suit by no longer making it an international tournament of NBA players.

 

I doubt it, especially since the Olympics don't interfere with the NBA season the same way they did with the NHL.

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Just like last time, I'm super excited to see my friend Jamie Anderson throw down in slope style. Hoping she brings home the gold again! 

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3 hours ago, chrysleraspen08 said:

 

I doubt it, especially since the Olympics don't interfere with the NBA season the same way they did with the NHL.

 

For me, the Olympics is about seeing athletes you don't see everyday, and having the Olympic Basketball Tournament be an international tournament of NBA players taints that for me a little bit.  But I get why they are in the Olympics. 

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54 minutes ago, GDAWG said:

 

For me, the Olympics is about seeing athletes you don't see everyday, and having the Olympic Basketball Tournament be an international tournament of NBA players taints that for me a little bit.  But I get why they are in the Olympics. 

Team Not Russia has several NHL caliber players who "retired" early to go play for CSKA Moscow or SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL, while the other teams are made up of players either too young or not good enough to have an NHL contract. I doubt you'll find many hockey fans who are happy about not having a best on best tournament. 

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1 hour ago, DrAwesomeberry said:

Team Not Russia has several NHL caliber players who "retired" early to go play for CSKA Moscow or SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL, while the other teams are made up of players either too young or not good enough to have an NHL contract. I doubt you'll find many hockey fans who are happy about not having a best on best tournament. 

 

That's fine.  My issue is that the Olympics to me is about seeing athletes you don't see everyday.  I mean this weekend was the first time I heard the name "Shani Davis" since Sochi.  In the 2016 Summer Olympics, most casual Olympics fans hadn't heard names like Allyson Felix, Gabby Douglas, Ryan Lochte and others since the London Olympics.  Meanwhile we see The USA Men's Team play for their individual teams for 6-8 months in any given year.  I have friends who are big NBA fans and who also watch the Olympics and root for Team USA, but won't watch Men's Basketball for the very reason being "We'll see most of them again around Halloween."  I do understand why Men's Basketball is like this, as basketball is probably the #2 most popular team sport in the world.  It also does not disrupt the NBA season.  The NHL might not ever be back for future Winter Olympics and MLB won't ever participate in Olympic baseball, but (unless thing change), the Olympic Men's Basketball Tournament will always be an international tournament of NBA stars.  They will also remain the most popular athletes on Team USA by a mile (especially with Michael Phelps probably retiring again).

 

Look at Team USA for these games, most of these people we won't see again for another four years.  They are still competing in their individual sports, but those sports (except Hockey) are visible during the Olympics.  Some of these hockey players we may see play in the NHL between now and the next Winter Games in Beijing, but it's not like Olympic Basketball where we are pretty much certain to see those guys again after the Olympics. 

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Been impressed with quite a few athletes but at the same time I haven't enjoyed the coverage or the commentators lack of knowledge.

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Chris Mazdzer wins silver in the luge This is the 1st time ever that an American has won a medal in this event Huge accomplishment

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I like NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics better than NBC's coverage of the Summer Olympics. 

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Watched the ski jumping last night with my sis and bro in law. We gave it the MST3k treatment. We were trying to figure out what was going through their minds and came to the conclusion it's, be really skinny, or as I said the politically correct term is aerodynamic, go down the ramp really fast, and a combination of don't die/don't fall. Also that wind graphic was both cool and ridiculous. The end result, though was that those guys are pretty damn brave. 

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On 2/10/2018 at 4:32 PM, Bucfan56 said:

Just like last time, I'm super excited to see my friend Jamie Anderson throw down in slope style. Hoping she brings home the gold again! 

Boom.

 

 

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HELL. YES. 

 

Couldnt be any more proud. 

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