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 Post subject: Pjongsjang Olympics
PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:51 
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So , any brits we should watch out for? always love the winter olympics, much more gamey than the serious summer ones... we've got speedskating, shorttrack, and maybe skeleton and snowboard...

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 Post subject: Re: Pjongsjang Olympics
PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 13:07 
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As a british, I watch the Winter Olympics with facsination as we rarely have a snowball's chance in Hell of winning anything. Our best bet this year broke her foot in training yesterday, for fuck's sake.


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This is one of the absolute highlights of TV for us. I don’t watch (anything) with any national/competitive support interest, so no Brit angle, but goodness the Ski Cross has to be one of the most amazing and crazy sports ever. I thought the Snowboard Cross was just the best thing ever, and then they introduced all of the extra limbs, and skis, and sticks. Amaze.

And of course the return of Lindsey Jacobellis who I both admire and dislike in equal measure. Always looking to see what she’ll do next!

And the pretty ice skating people.

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I like the bobsleigh / skelington / luge events, not least because I can imagine myself doing it and just screaming, non-stop, the entire way down.


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 Post subject: Re: Pjongsjang Olympics
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I remember watching loads of the last Winter Olympics when I was off work recovering from an operation and high as a kite on all the various painkillers I was on. Pretty colours, moving fast, against pretty mountains!

Will probably catch what I can, especially the ice hockey this time round.


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 Post subject: Re: Pjongsjang Olympics
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I just don't get the winter Olympics. Most sports look way too elaborate to be called sports. Or maybe because i don't have anyone to root for. Besides, I hate cold and i'm not fond of snow.

Seriously, why make sports in snow? It's seems all so unpleasant.


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RuySan wrote:
I just don't get the winter Olympics. Most sports look way too elaborate to be called sports. Or maybe because i don't have anyone to root for. Besides, I hate cold and i'm not fond of snow.

Seriously, why make sports in snow? It's seems all so unpleasant.

When your country is under snow for half the year, you make do.


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I like the bobsleigh / skelington / luge events, not least because I can imagine myself doing it and just screaming, non-stop, the entire way down.


I have been down a bobsleigh run and can confirm this is the best way to do it. That or gritting your teeth and hoping it all goes away soon.

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DavPaz wrote:
RuySan wrote:
I just don't get the winter Olympics. Most sports look way too elaborate to be called sports. Or maybe because i don't have anyone to root for. Besides, I hate cold and i'm not fond of snow.

Seriously, why make sports in snow? It's seems all so unpleasant.

When your country is under snow for half the year, you make do.


I don't understand why the Norwegians, with the massive amounts of money and energy reserves they have, don't make giant domes in every city with wave gardens and hot weather. Seems like a no brainer.


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Curiosity wrote:
Squirt wrote:
I like the bobsleigh / skelington / luge events, not least because I can imagine myself doing it and just screaming, non-stop, the entire way down.


I have been down a bobsleigh run and can confirm this is the best way to do it. That or gritting your teeth and hoping it all goes away soon.


Why are bobsleigh and luge sports, and going down a slide in a water park isn't? Because the first has people with a more serious look and attire doing it?


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Tradition, mostly.


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I’d totally watch waterside racing in the summer Olympics!

Also, those slidey water sheet things. People sliding down that doing tricks.

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And by people I mean Grim... and Craster.

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I'm not sure what tricks I'd do, other than that crowd favourite "look at the fat guy trying to stand up!"

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The whole thing apparently comes from pissed up British idiots. Amazing!

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The sport of luge, like the skeleton and the bobsleigh, originated in the health-spa town of St Moritz, Switzerland, in the mid-to-late 19th century, through the endeavours of hotel entrepreneur Caspar Badrutt. Badrutt successfully sold the idea of winter resorting, as well as rooms with food, drink, and activities. His more adventurous English guests began adapting delivery boys' sleds for recreation, which led to collisions with pedestrians as they sped down the lanes and alleys of the village.


All sports are basically some stupid crap that people end up taking far too seriously.


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 Post subject: Re: Pjongsjang Olympics
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In my head you’re both in swimwear but also hats and shades, like the Blues Brothers, if that helps.

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 Post subject: Re: Pjongsjang Olympics
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Mimi wrote:
And by people I mean Grim... and Craster.


There's a particular episode from the last season of "its always sunny in philadelphia" with danny devito sliding down in a water park. It's not Grim or Craster but it's an hilarious episode that i should rewatch.


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Giphy "craster on a water slide":
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 Post subject: Re: Pjongsjang Olympics
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The whole thing apparently comes from pissed up British idiots. Amazing!

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The sport of luge, like the skeleton and the bobsleigh, originated in the health-spa town of St Moritz, Switzerland, in the mid-to-late 19th century, through the endeavours of hotel entrepreneur Caspar Badrutt. Badrutt successfully sold the idea of winter resorting, as well as rooms with food, drink, and activities. His more adventurous English guests began adapting delivery boys' sleds for recreation, which led to collisions with pedestrians as they sped down the lanes and alleys of the village.


All sports are basically some stupid crap that people end up taking far too seriously.


If it was up to me, any sport that has a huge financial barrier to start shouldn't be considered for big serious events. I would put the arbitrary number of 500€ so that Surfing and Bodyboarding could be included.


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500€ won't get you much surfing if you live in the Alps.


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markg wrote:
500€ won't get you much surfing if you live in the Alps.


travelling costs shouldn't be considered.


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€500 is a huge financial barrier to most people in the world, though.

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Mimi wrote:
€500 is a huge financial barrier to most people in the world, though.


It is, so you can only imagine what kind of financial barrier are sports like Sailing, Horseback riding and most winter sports.

We could lower it to 200€, but then there's no budget for wetsuits.


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Goose fat and clingfilm would do until you get sponsorship.

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RuySan wrote:
markg wrote:
500€ won't get you much surfing if you live in the Alps.


travelling costs shouldn't be considered.

If you live in a resort in the Alps then skiing's not that expensive.


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 Post subject: Re: Pjongsjang Olympics
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€200, €100, €50... These are all massive financial barriers to many of the people living on our planet. It’s just whichever arbitrary limit you deem to be too high make no different. €500 might as well be €500,000 to many people. Sadly, we are never going to make all sports affordable. Formula 1, skiing, trampolining, crown green bowls... all out of reach for many people. It’s pretty impossible to say where a ‘fair’ limit would lie as wealth and access to sponsorship and facilities, or even basic food and clothing, are not fair.

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Mimi wrote:
€200, €100, €50... These are all massive financial barriers to many of the people living on our planet. It’s just whichever arbitrary limit you deem to be too high make no different. €500 might as well be €500,000 to many people. Sadly, we are never going to make all sports affordable. Formula 1, skiing, trampolining, crown green bowls... all out of reach for many people. It’s pretty impossible to say where a ‘fair’ limit would lie as wealth and access to sponsorship and facilities, or even basic food and clothing, are not fair.


Well, somewhere there's quite a big divide between sports which only demand a pair of sneakers and a ball, and others which demand more elaborate equipment. And those people for whom 500.000 isn't that much can't be too many. They're in the 1% after all.

This is something that kind of bugged me ever since i've remembered. When a sport has such a high barrier entry. Can i admire a good horseback rider the same way i can admire a good long distance runner? After all, they're not competing in a pool of even a comparable size.

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I don’t think you’re in any way incorrect to feel the way you do, and really it’s a large part of a much wider discussion on equality, privilege and barriers to experience and opportunity. I think if that stops your enjoyment of F1, rowing, skiing, etc tgen that’s an entirely personal distinction. I’d still call them sports, though, and I can’t imaging large events like this without them.

Not chess though. That’s a game.

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What about ChessBoxing?


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