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Old 02-14-2010, 01:50 AM   #21
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I usually get a kick out of the Winter Olympics. So far, I'm not enjoying the 2010 games.

Opening ceremony...
Sweet opening scene. Neat effects. Bored me to tears. Malfunction.

Luge accident...
Extremely sad. My heart goes out to the family and teammates.

Media sensationalism of said accident + graphic crash video shown repeatedly...
I'm considering unplugging the TV for two weeks.

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Old 02-14-2010, 12:52 PM   #22
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I read an article last night calling the accident coverage "death porn".

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Old 02-14-2010, 01:12 PM   #23
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The "investigation" of the luge death kind of bugs me. They decided that there's nothing wrong with the track and how it's designed and that it was the rider's fault. They said “It appears after a routine run, the athlete came late out of curve 15 and did not compensate properly to make correct entrance into curve 16,” and it was his mistake that killed him.

People make mistakes! All the time! So you have to have a perfect run if you want to live? Mistakes should mean you lose, not that you get killed. You should be able to make a mistake and not fly off the track and die.
We have different degrees of mistakes and sometimes people die. It's a mistake to make a left turn in front of a rig but it happens and people die. They have made more than 5000 runs down that track without someone getting hurt, my conclusion **** happens I feel bad but it happens. Nobody will ever know what happened, maybe he turned the wrong direction, maybe he swerved to miss a dog on the track. If we could read his mind we would know exactly what happened before the crash.

To think that a sport that involves rocketing down a hill on a toboggan at 140 km/h involves no risk of death is foolish.

I think that they should ban horse riding if they did that Christopher Reeve and countless others would still be alive.
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Old 02-15-2010, 12:23 AM   #24
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Is it just me, or was (is) the audio horrendous? I mean is the on-air announcer supposed to be completely drowned out by the background? Heck, there's better audio engineering when I watch public access coverage of the local junior-high basketball team. The only thing that makes it half-bearable is to mute the damn tv and use the closed-captioning...and endure the typing delays. /grumble/

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Old 02-15-2010, 03:49 PM   #25
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There are a few olympic events which could very easily cause serious injury or death. Flying down an ice track on a tiny sled at close to 90 MPH is one of them. Luge is a dangerous sport.

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People make mistakes! All the time! So you have to have a perfect run if you want to live? Mistakes should mean you lose, not that you get killed. You should be able to make a mistake and not fly off the track and die.
make a mistake racing motorcycles and you're in for some hurt too. or flying an airplane.

it's a very dangerous sport, and this is a world-class track. it's going to be fast, tight, and technical.

i'm not trying to defend the track. did they end up shortening it after the incident?
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I think that they should ban horse riding if they did that Christopher Reeve and countless others would still be alive.
Chris lived for 10 years after his accident

i'll also add, the scoring on the figure skating short program was amazing in its randomness.

granted, i don't know much (anything) about figure staking, but the announcers seemed to be shocked at times. not that that means anything.

but couples who fell down were scoring higher than couples that didn't. maybe that's not a big a deal as i think it is.
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Chris lived for 10 years after his accident

i'll also add, the scoring on the figure skating short program was amazing in its randomness.

granted, i don't know much (anything) about figure staking, but the announcers seemed to be shocked at times. not that that means anything.

but couples who fell down were scoring higher than couples that didn't. maybe that's not a big a deal as i think it is.
I don't care for that part of the olympics. Too much room for personal opinion.

I enjoy watching the skating, but too often I see some scores that really don't seem to match the performance I just saw. Favoritism?
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What bothered me was the mens short track finals.

First off, if Apollo Ohno is a homebrewer and is reading this....dude, your "lag behind the whole race then sprint to the front in the last lap" routine works pretty well...in Qualifying and Semis. You're gonna pull that **** in the FINALS? Really?

With that being said, I thought short track was supposed to be an Individual event. It seems to me that those S. Koreans were working together, which I get to a point. But they were REALLY going out of their way to screw Ohno over.

Ohno got damn lucky those two wrecked.

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I just liked that the Chinese couple skated the to Queen.

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