Your PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics anticipation thread!

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It's never too early to feel the warmth!

https://thelibertarianrepublic.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Parallel-Lines-Diverging-Lives-Revisiting-Korea%E2%80%99s-DMZ_main.jpg

But at least PyeongChang is a little farther from the DMZ than Seoul.

Official site

And we got mascots! Please enjoy Soohorang the white tiger and his bud Bandabi the Asiatic black bear. (The latter is the mascot for the Paralympics Games.)

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f3/Soohorang_and_Bandabi.jpg

Ned Raggett, Monday, 30 October 2017 18:11 (three months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Mixed doubles in curling has started, we are under way!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I for one admire your relentless enthusiasm about this foolish charade called Olympics. And I genuinely mean that in the nicest possible way.

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 8 February 2018 01:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Mixed doubles seems like a pretty sweet mix-up of the format. Shorter, fewer, different team dynamics.

abcfsk, Thursday, 8 February 2018 06:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Curling <3

brimstead, Thursday, 8 February 2018 21:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I for one admire your relentless enthusiasm about this foolish charade called Olympics. And I genuinely mean that in the nicest possible way.

First Olympics I ever remember seeing on TV was 1980 Lake Placid. Some things are just ingrained.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 9 February 2018 00:30 (one week ago) Permalink

Couple of hours until the opening ceremony is GO. Tomorrow though, cross country and biathlon, the real deal.

abcfsk, Friday, 9 February 2018 08:25 (one week ago) Permalink

<3 the Japanese figure skaters performing to Yuri On Ice.

Looking forward to the ski jumping tomorrow.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Friday, 9 February 2018 08:34 (one week ago) Permalink

Some really neat shit happening in this opening ceremony, but I guess Americans will get it delayed for prime time

abcfsk, Friday, 9 February 2018 11:16 (one week ago) Permalink

Bermuda will regret their shorts decision. Poor flag bearer looks miserable.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 9 February 2018 11:41 (one week ago) Permalink

Having the nations do their walk in Korean alphabet order is a nice touch. That music in the background though...

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 9 February 2018 11:50 (one week ago) Permalink

I take it back, there's 'Likey likey'!

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 9 February 2018 11:52 (one week ago) Permalink

Feared we'd just get Gangnam Style at one point

abcfsk, Friday, 9 February 2018 11:56 (one week ago) Permalink

Jamaica <3

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 9 February 2018 11:58 (one week ago) Permalink

This is nice, North and South Korea together. Surely no leader of the free world will put them in harms way.

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 9 February 2018 12:15 (one week ago) Permalink

Who is the Korean Bill Bailey?

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 9 February 2018 12:45 (one week ago) Permalink

Kim Yuna is the greatest... of all time!§

abcfsk, Friday, 9 February 2018 13:28 (one week ago) Permalink

So a simple question: where the hell can I stream a replay of the opening ceremony as is? (Because NBC did do that, very nice, only I was, quite logically, asleep, and they're not offering it for replay yet, thanks guys.)

Ned Raggett, Friday, 9 February 2018 17:09 (one week ago) Permalink

They're airing it tonight, might not want to offer up a replay before that. Just guesswork. I'm in Europe though.

abcfsk, Friday, 9 February 2018 17:35 (one week ago) Permalink

The North Korean athletes/musicians at their Olympic welcoming ceremony. They don’t seem too impressed with a South Korean breakdancing (to “A little less conversation, a little more action” no less) pic.twitter.com/egssLISeJQ

— Anna Fifield (@annafifield) February 8, 2018

papa poutine (∞), Friday, 9 February 2018 17:56 (one week ago) Permalink

xpost -- No worries, found a feed. (With Canadian commentary rather than none at all but I'll take that.)

Ned Raggett, Friday, 9 February 2018 17:59 (one week ago) Permalink

i am watching the incredibly crappy livestream at: http://stream.nbcolympics.com/2018-winter-olympics-primetime-show-feb-9

is this what people are saying on tv? are people paying to see this shit? this is fucking awful

Karl Malone, Saturday, 10 February 2018 02:31 (one week ago) Permalink

a third of the screen is dedicated to a series of the least interesting trivia possible

https://i.imgur.com/Bx7V7U2.png

for serbia they literally just listed the three languages spoken there

Karl Malone, Saturday, 10 February 2018 02:32 (one week ago) Permalink

another 10% is dedicated to letting you know what you're watching

apparently the stadium is packed with people and the light show just makes it appear like no one is there. the seats closest to the floor are reserved for the ~2,000 athletes. but that stadium holds 35,000, and no matter how the light flashes across the seats, it looks like the stadium is mostly empty

this is weird

Karl Malone, Saturday, 10 February 2018 02:34 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah it was a little odd.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 10 February 2018 03:25 (one week ago) Permalink

what is a little odd is this cover of imagine

El Tomboto, Saturday, 10 February 2018 03:29 (one week ago) Permalink

Indeed

fgti spinner (Spottie), Saturday, 10 February 2018 03:30 (one week ago) Permalink

Already looking like a classic Olympics for over-hyped British athletes falling flat on their faces - quite literally in many cases. Few things in life are funnier than Team GB failures.

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Saturday, 10 February 2018 10:26 (one week ago) Permalink

Shame about Katie Ormerod though

abcfsk, Saturday, 10 February 2018 10:50 (one week ago) Permalink

Feel sorry for the athletes, obviously, but hard to suppress a giggle when listening to some BBC correspondent solemnly reporting another sporting disaster.

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Saturday, 10 February 2018 10:55 (one week ago) Permalink

Speed skating is a bit like greyhound racing, the one who gets to the first bend in the lead usually stays there while the rest take chunks out of each other in behind

i know kore-eda (or something), Saturday, 10 February 2018 12:23 (one week ago) Permalink

what kind of maniac looks at skeleton/luge and thinks ‘yeah i could do that’

he facked his death (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 10 February 2018 12:34 (one week ago) Permalink

luge gives me the phear

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 10 February 2018 17:32 (one week ago) Permalink

what kind of maniac looks at skeleton/luge and thinks ‘yeah i could do that’

um

El Tomboto, Saturday, 10 February 2018 17:39 (one week ago) Permalink

do tombots dream of olympic luge

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 10 February 2018 17:41 (one week ago) Permalink

luge control to major tom
take your clenching skills and put your helmet on

El Tomboto, Saturday, 10 February 2018 17:53 (one week ago) Permalink

i heart the biathlon - it’s like a james bond event

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 10 February 2018 19:21 (one week ago) Permalink

^ Specifically The Spy Who Loved Me

abcfsk, Saturday, 10 February 2018 20:33 (one week ago) Permalink

Parachute off a cliff to end the race or nothing.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 10 February 2018 20:36 (one week ago) Permalink

"The bronze medallist couldn't actually be here but..."

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 10 February 2018 20:36 (one week ago) Permalink

Egg on my Bond-fan face, it was of course For Your Eyes Only that featured the undercover biathlete henchman Erich Kriegler

http://www.007museum.com/Eric_Kriegler.jpg

abcfsk, Saturday, 10 February 2018 20:40 (one week ago) Permalink

i could get with curling more if there wasn’t so much shouting

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 10 February 2018 21:05 (one week ago) Permalink

^^^ I was watching this with the sound muted last night because the amount of shouting from the Canadian mixed doubles team was stressing me out

soref, Saturday, 10 February 2018 21:10 (one week ago) Permalink

The yelling is what makes it fun!

fgti spinner (Spottie), Saturday, 10 February 2018 21:34 (one week ago) Permalink

it is very similar to lawn bowls & i am kind of into that aspect

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 10 February 2018 21:38 (one week ago) Permalink

plus all the competitors look like league ten-pin bowlers 😂

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 10 February 2018 21:38 (one week ago) Permalink

I had it on at about 4am because I couldn't sleep and I was kind of groggy and this guy was sweeping so frantically it was like I was having an anxiety dream where I was forced to play a sport with incomprehensible rules while someone bellows at me

soref, Saturday, 10 February 2018 21:45 (one week ago) Permalink

lol

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 10 February 2018 21:50 (one week ago) Permalink

the whole sport seems like an snl sketch with the brooms & shit but it is kinda engaging once u lock in

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 10 February 2018 21:51 (one week ago) Permalink

she paid for her trip herself & she isnt technically hurting anyone so idk

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 19 February 2018 17:13 (three days ago) Permalink

carry yourself with the confidence of a mediocre Olympic halfpipe skier

while my dirk gently weeps (symsymsym), Monday, 19 February 2018 17:19 (three days ago) Permalink

that was hilarious to me.

the new 'big air' competition was so bad, cant believe that got approved to be an olympic sport. the jump isnt even as high as the slopestyle jumps!

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Monday, 19 February 2018 17:32 (three days ago) Permalink

VG I was referring to the details further down in the article where she got on the Hungary team via some ancestry.com crap, ran for governor of california, etc.

El Tomboto, Monday, 19 February 2018 17:55 (three days ago) Permalink

oh yeah that was pretty O_o

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 19 February 2018 19:22 (three days ago) Permalink

no way this lady sounds awesome

frogbs, Monday, 19 February 2018 20:54 (three days ago) Permalink

Croatia has by far the coolest looking bobsleigh livery

El Tomboto, Monday, 19 February 2018 21:52 (three days ago) Permalink

Commentator does read out at least two other competitions she's been in.

Eddie the eagle still dines out on his ski jumping...

koogs, Monday, 19 February 2018 21:57 (three days ago) Permalink

Bah, keep missing Scotland the UK in the curling.

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:54 (two days ago) Permalink

have we discussed Robert Johansson yet

imago, Tuesday, 20 February 2018 01:09 (two days ago) Permalink

amazing stuff on the two man bobsled results

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Tuesday, 20 February 2018 02:53 (two days ago) Permalink

imo Bode Miller is very bad calling skiing. so dry.

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Tuesday, 20 February 2018 03:12 (two days ago) Permalink

yeah his technical info is good but he’s hard to listen to for a long time, v flat

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 20 February 2018 03:14 (two days ago) Permalink

even his technical info is way too 'inside baseball' for me, he's gotta realize 95% of people listening dont know what he's talking about and dumb it down a hair. learn form weir and lipinski.

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Tuesday, 20 February 2018 03:21 (two days ago) Permalink

i love weir & lipinski, they are v good color commentary

whats the snowboarding color guy, i like him the best

but i always picture them rolling their eyes at each other like mean girls in high school when they talk abt other skaters

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 20 February 2018 03:23 (two days ago) Permalink

weir & lipinski i mean

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 20 February 2018 03:23 (two days ago) Permalink

even his technical info is way too 'inside baseball' for me

Miller is flat, but I like the wonkery...there's not nearly enough technical info in TV sports commentary for me. I want less inspiring heroic narratives and more "here is the little technical things that make this person that little bit better than that other person."

ryan, Tuesday, 20 February 2018 04:00 (two days ago) Permalink

i dont disagree, i liked the inside stuff, just feel like he doesnt get it stuff across in an interesting or enlightening way

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Tuesday, 20 February 2018 04:06 (two days ago) Permalink

a little variation in voice would go a long way

byton frylock (alomar lines), Tuesday, 20 February 2018 06:26 (two days ago) Permalink

the nz skipipe family is fun

byton frylock (alomar lines), Tuesday, 20 February 2018 06:27 (two days ago) Permalink

Ivett Toth skating to a medley of "Back in Black" and "Thunderstruck" is my idea of absolutely fucking brilliant.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 03:09 (yesterday) Permalink

Yes! And Johnny Weir has the full Hunger Games up-do tonight, LOVE IT.

davey, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 07:35 (yesterday) Permalink

Toth was rad

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 21 February 2018 08:19 (yesterday) Permalink

What about the woman who chose the score from EWS though? And Johnny actually said “Really awkward moments like these are why sometimes I wish everyone just went out there and danced to Swan Lake.” Classic.

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 12:06 (yesterday) Permalink

I freely admit I stopped watching skiing coverage because of his dumb ass.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 17:14 (yesterday) Permalink

This part made me laugh and makes listening to him sound more fun than it is:

To hear Miller describe it, the outcome of an event like the women’s downhill—contested last night to his crushing, terminal disdain—has been determined by the time the skiers get out of bed in the morning, and possibly was determined by the time the youngest of them was born. The medal-winning runs happen because of a combination of favorable external conditions and fixed personal attributes over which the skiers have no real control or recourse and into which genuine insight is impossible. The early contestants post good times because they went early and did just enough not to squander advantages that all but guaranteed their spots on the podium, not because they raced brilliantly. The later contestants are wasting everybody’s time, because no matter how well they race the developing course conditions have doomed their efforts. You are watching the rote, bloodless recitation of a script written and published at the dawn of time. It’s like having the games narrated by Anton Chigurh, only without the enlivening possibility that he will murder someone.

A dogmatic deterministic doing sports commentary is a great idea!

ryan, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 17:20 (yesterday) Permalink

matt chilton for the bbc, bombastic as he is, has been great fun. he had a particularly good moment in the esther ledecka race, after he'd been giving her a full-throated commentary all the way down, and she's stunned, in that famous moment we all know now, and she finally approaches the camera and all she can say, with a weird half smile on her face, is "no. no." and chilton, invisible, on voice-over - only we can hear him - replies directly to her, on our behalf: "yes. yes!"

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 21 February 2018 17:39 (yesterday) Permalink

didnt read the article but otm. last night one of the contestants was doing well (i think it was whoever got silver) and he was like "her skis must be running great" taking all credit away from the skier. what an asshat. add all this to his sexist joke about Anna Veith racing poorly cos she got married and i cant see a way he is invited back in 4 years

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Wednesday, 21 February 2018 17:44 (yesterday) Permalink

Big air snowboard qualifiers. Only half watching it tbh - if I miss a 1440 they'll be another one along in a minute...

(It's very slight as sport goes, but entertaining enough. And the second heat did step it up a bit)

koogs, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 19:28 (yesterday) Permalink

Can I be mean & say it wouldnt be the Winter Olympics without Lindsey Vonn crying

sorry

but she always cries!!

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 21 February 2018 19:33 (yesterday) Permalink

heh, I thought the same. I am finding it a bit annoying, but that's the cynic in me. I mean, to cry *all the time*? That can't be right.

She did good though, and it was nice to see she was accepting of winning bronze instead of gold.

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 19:46 (yesterday) Permalink

yeah, it can't be easy with all the expectations and pressure you put on yourself as well

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 21 February 2018 20:08 (yesterday) Permalink

Big air snowboard qualifiers. Only half watching it tbh - if I miss a 1440 they'll be another one along in a minute...

(It's very slight as sport goes, but entertaining enough. And the second heat did step it up a bit)

― koogs, Wednesday, February 21, 2018 12:28 PM (thirty-nine minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

big air is hella lame to me compared to how good it should be. and compared to big air skateboard/bmx

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Wednesday, 21 February 2018 20:15 (yesterday) Permalink

Snowboarding and skiing sports that are about 'tricks' or 'entertainment' instead of speed and have juries to decide the outcome aren't sports and don't deserve to be at the Olympics at all. /controp

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 20:21 (yesterday) Permalink

boooo

imago, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 20:25 (yesterday) Permalink

Whereas I find people doing exactly the same as everybody else at a slightly different speed very dull.

koogs, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 20:27 (yesterday) Permalink

This female snowboarder had to start first yesterday. She did an 'element' really well, but the jury didn't give her the maximum score, because, and I paraphrase "maybe someone after her will do it even better". Lmao, fuck that shit man.

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 20:27 (yesterday) Permalink

xp It's all dull, but at least it's an objective way of deciding who's better.

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 20:28 (yesterday) Permalink

And I rue the day X games started showing big air. It's very much a one trick pony. It's the kind of thing I always assume American TV companies have introduced because it leaves lots of advert time. (Or because American sports fans all have the attention spans of newts)

koogs, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 20:30 (yesterday) Permalink

You've Americans posing as Hungarian to make it to the Olympics. Of course it's because of the said newt's attention span of Americans.

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 20:34 (yesterday) Permalink

big air bmx is insane and awesome imo

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Wednesday, 21 February 2018 20:35 (yesterday) Permalink

The first person does seem to have a disadvantage, yes.

The luge commentator kept talking about how a lot of it was due to having the best equipment. Is that fair?

koogs, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 20:37 (yesterday) Permalink

(didn't bmx / SK8 big air replace best trick? That's mostly why I took against it, I used to like best trick, it was more varied than tricks that were just BIG)

koogs, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 20:41 (yesterday) Permalink

Equipment should be equal imo. How you treat it is a different matter though. I saw a report about the Norwegian squad having their own weather man in their midst, who's an expert on all things snow. He measures the snow on the slopes every day. Not sure what he measures. The snowiness of it idk. But they base how to wax the ski's or the boards according to his info, at any given time of the day. That, I respect.

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 20:45 (yesterday) Permalink

The photo finish pics of the pointing at the finish line in ski cross tickle me.

koogs, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 20:50 (yesterday) Permalink

It's tough as a judge to score events for which the factors that make up a strong performance are multiple, complex, and/or impossible to measure. You don't get to go back and lower the score you gave competitor A when competitors B through G do all the same things even better. The first athlete up is always at a disadvantage because judges have to leave room for the possibility of having to award higher scores later.

Brad C., Wednesday, 21 February 2018 21:29 (yesterday) Permalink

Lindsey Vonn going all out. Her run was so aggressive, it was stressing me out.

Moodles, Thursday, 22 February 2018 02:57 (two hours ago) Permalink

Hingham represent!

Moodles, Thursday, 22 February 2018 03:12 (one hour ago) Permalink

I'm going to be a total stereotype but I hope our Canadians girls wipe the US girls out into oblivion in this gold medal game (and for all the next gold medal games in history).

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 22 February 2018 04:56 (fifty-nine seconds ago) Permalink


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