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OZZ
30th December 09, 05:00 PM
So, as we all know the Olympic games don't start until February..but the most important event (Men's Hockey) is centre stage up here in Canada today as the roster for the men's hockey team was officially announced by GM Steve Yzerman and co. at 12 noon.
No surprises in Goal, Brodeur as the likely starter with Luongo and Marc Andre Fleury as his backups.
We are fortunate enough to have many skilled forwards and defenseman to choose from, so the real question is not who did make the cut, but who didn't, I guess.The team is young, mobile and skilled beyond most countries wildest dreams.
Notable players who did not make the cut: Dion Phaneuf, Jay Boumeester, Martin St.Louis and Jeff Carter ,,among others.Even the NHL's leading defenceman in points, Mike Green, did not make the cut. But this is not an all-star team, this is a team that is meant to be well rounded and tough on the opposition.A team meant to win a Gold Medal..
Scott Niedermayer was named Captain while Iginla and Pronger were named Alternate Captain's.
I am happy Mike Richards made it, even though the Flyers are not having a great year. I am sure he will do well and grind out the opposition as he is expected to.
I am a bit dissapointed tto see that Ryan Smyth is not going to be going to the games, but he is getting older and is injured often. He has had a strong presence for Canda in International play and I will miss him.
Russia is expected to give Canada the stiffest competition for the Gold Medal.But I never count out the Swedes either..although I don't think they have the goaltending this time out.
None of the other events mean that much to me, but I will watch lots of them. I like watching Skeleton (now THAT takes courage !), Downhill Skiiing and many other events.But obviously, Hockey is the event every Canadian is dying to watch.
Anyone else looking forward to this?

Sun Wukong
30th December 09, 05:21 PM
So, as we all know the Olympic games don't start until February..but the most important event (Men's Hockey) is centre stage up here in Canada today as the roster for the men's hockey team was officially announced by GM Steve Yzerman and co. at 12 noon.

No surprises in Goal, Brodeur as the likely starter with Luongo and Marc Andre Fleury as his backups.

We are fortunate enough to have many skilled forwards and defenseman to choose from, so the real question is not who did make the cut, but who didn't, I guess.The team is young, mobile and skilled beyond most countries wildest dreams.

Notable players who did not make the cut: Dion Phaneuf, Jay Boumeester, Martin St.Louis and Jeff Carter ,,among others.Even the NHL's leading defenceman in points, Mike Green, did not make the cut. But this is not an all-star team, this is a team that is meant to be well rounded and tough on the opposition.A team meant to win a Gold Medal..

Scott Niedermayer was named Captain while Iginla and Pronger were named
Alternate Captain's.

I am happy Mike Richards made it, even though the Flyers are not having a great year. I am sure he will do well and grind out the opposition as he is expected to.
I am a bit dissapointed tto see that Ryan Smyth is not going to be going to the games, but he is getting older and is injured often. He has had a strong presence for Canda in International play and I will miss him.

Russia is expected to give Canada the stiffest competition for the Gold Medal.But I
never count out the Swedes either..although I don't think they have the goaltending this time out.

None of the other events mean that much to me, but I will watch lots of them. I like watching Skeleton (now THAT takes courage !), Downhill Skiiing and many other events.But obviously, Hockey is the event every Canadian is dying to watch.
Anyone else looking forward to this?

meataxe
30th December 09, 05:26 PM
I used to follow hockey for a while. But there's just too damn many games. There's what? two months of the year without hockey?

Sun Wukong
30th December 09, 05:30 PM
You are missing the most important aspect of the Olympic games.


Canada's socialist history of oppressing it's people with national health care. I'm hoping that the US's GOP uses it as an appropriate stepping stone to politicizing the games and totally ignoring any achievements in athletics and sportsmanship.


Plus, everyone knows your Canadian Hockey players are the results of a breeding program wherein children (children mind you) are forced into competing with one another for hours out of every week as soon as they are able to skate in the hopes of producing just a few champion players. God damn commies, everyone of you.

meataxe
30th December 09, 05:37 PM
Our healthcare system may not be as shiny as yours, but just imagine in you had to pay for your own leeches.

Neildo
30th December 09, 07:19 PM
the olympics is cool, but fuck the IOC, and especially VANOC. bunch of stupid assholes.

Cullion
2nd January 10, 12:11 PM
I like the winter Olympic sports but the UK doesn't usually make much effort. It shouldn't be that damn hard for us to put on a better show, we only have tiny ski fields of our own, but we do have them, and it shouldn't be that much effort to send people to train in the Alps.

Kein Haar
2nd January 10, 12:13 PM
Where can one ski in the UK?

Cullion
2nd January 10, 12:24 PM
There are some ski resorts in Scotland. Aviemore is the most well known one.

I don't know much about skiing, but I think they're smaller and have less reliable climates compared to the main European resorts in the Alps or your resorts in the Rockies.

Kein Haar
2nd January 10, 12:26 PM
Yeah, well, just wait til climate change comes. You'll be skiing a-plenty. Or not at all. Depends how it changes.

Cullion
2nd January 10, 12:39 PM
Maybe it will change just a little bit? Or maybe it will be, like different coloured snow ?

socratic
3rd January 10, 04:01 AM
Maybe it will change just a little bit? Or maybe it will be, like different coloured snow ?

You just need one dude and a lot of water for that.

OZZ
3rd January 10, 09:19 PM
If the Jamaicans can manage to field a Bobsled team, the U.K. sure as hell could send some skiiers.

FickleFingerOfFate
3rd January 10, 09:30 PM
Brodeur is God!

I may be American, but,
I never bet against Canadian Hockey.

OZZ
3rd January 10, 09:35 PM
I never thought I would live to see Sawchuck's record get broken.Brodeur is amazing..
I have his rookie card too !

FickleFingerOfFate
3rd January 10, 09:41 PM
I never thought I would live to see Sawchuck's record get broken.Brodeur is amazing..
I have his rookie card too !

I have a collection of Goalie cards,
about 44,000 of them.

OZZ
3rd January 10, 10:42 PM
Yeah, I collect goalies too..but I don't have that many, only a hundred or so.
I spend alot of money on comics, so i limit my other hobbies.
I just sold my Patrick Roy rookie card (US version, Topps) last month for $100.00..I don't like him and I figure most of his records are getting broken anyways.

FickleFingerOfFate
4th January 10, 05:11 AM
Yeah, I collect goalies too..but I don't have that many, only a hundred or so.
I spend alot of money on comics, so i limit my other hobbies.
I just sold my Patrick Roy rookie card (US version, Topps) last month for $100.00..I don't like him and I figure most of his records are getting broken anyways.

Watching Roy's records get obliterated, while he watches, is cathartic, considering the size of his ego. As long as Brodeur stays healthy, he should have no trouble raising the bar on almost every Goalie record on the books. Ironically, he almost never talks about it.

bob
4th January 10, 05:37 AM
Australia's moment of Winter Olympic glory.

lfQMJtilOGg&feature=related

This guy is a genuine national hero. The patron saint of success through cunning and dumb luck.

Neildo
26th January 10, 12:53 AM
my moment of olympic glory

http://photos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs237.snc3/22469_272401071038_680306038_3890245_4557722_n.jpg

Commodore Pipes
26th January 10, 02:17 PM
Anyone else looking forward to this?

Yes. February in WI is LAME.

OZZ
26th January 10, 08:12 PM
My neighbor got to run with the torch too..
Did you keep yours, Neildo ?
I know you can purchase them if you want to..my neighbor's company purchased his for him so he could keep it.

Sun Wukong
26th January 10, 08:33 PM
my moment of olympic glory

http://photos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs237.snc3/22469_272401071038_680306038_3890245_4557722_n.jpg


Dude, that looks like some kind of exotic kung fu weapon.


Are you going to get to watch the games while on duty? cause that would kick ass.

Neildo
26th January 10, 09:55 PM
i heard they are installing a TV in my office so we can watch the games while working.

I didn't actually run with it BTW, I just got to pose with it.

Ajamil
27th January 10, 12:41 AM
Still cool. I thought it was some freaky scientific boomerang, and they added a new sport to the games.

EvilSteve
27th January 10, 12:43 PM
Dude, that looks like some kind of exotic dildo.

Fixed.

Seriously, it does- check the way it curves up at the end.

And for those of you who would disparage Britain's performance at the winter games, may I remind you of:

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01182/arts-graphics-2007_1182564a.jpg

Eddie the Eagle, FTW!

Ajamil
27th January 10, 04:37 PM
GOON skis?

EvilSteve
27th January 10, 04:42 PM
YES!

...and he's a Brit to boot!

Feryk
27th January 10, 05:09 PM
Thoughts on the olympics:

- how ironic is it that the Vancouver Olympics Torch looks like a giant joint?

- They are getting RAIN on some of the ski hills, so expect Global Warming hype throughout the event.

- Canada will crush the rest of you under our bootheels. Winter is our season. Hockey will be awesome at this olympics, but so will speed skating and Snow Cross. Full contact snowboarding FTW!

- Eddie 'The Eagle' was fantastic. A plumber from London, I believe, who felt like going to the Olympics. It's easy to be the best in your country when no one else does the event. Too bad they've changed the rules since then. He was kind of the everyman of his Olympics.

KO'd N DOA
28th January 10, 05:23 PM
Many Canadians do not want the Mens Hockey to win gold, because of the price tag.

First, the olympics is expensive.

Secondly, each olympic gold medal earner is paid by the government, $20,000 (cnd). On the team there are what, 20 players, so if they win our tax money will give performance players who are mostly younger, fitter, millionaires.

Thirdly in some of the less famous events, do not have the money for uniforms, while other sports are spoiled rotten.

Therefore they must beg...

http://images.ctv.ca/gallery/photo/biathletes_081022/image0.jpg

OZZ
29th January 10, 01:15 PM
Many Canadians do not want the Mens Hockey to win gold, because of the price tag.

First, the olympics is expensive.

Secondly, each olympic gold medal earner is paid by the government, $20,000 (cnd). On the team there are what, 20 players, so if they win our tax money will give performance players who are mostly younger, fitter, millionaires.

Thirdly in some of the less famous events, do not have the money for uniforms, while other sports are spoiled rotten.

Therefore they must beg...

http://images.ctv.ca/gallery/photo/biathletes_081022/image0.jpg

Yeah right, you find a Canadian that doesn't want us to win hockey gold ..gimme a break.

EvilSteve
29th January 10, 01:21 PM
Actually, Canadians HATE hockey- even more than Bostonians and New Yorkers. This is an indisputable fact.

Feryk
29th January 10, 01:22 PM
Come up here and say that. Them's fightin' words.

Neildo
11th February 10, 08:23 PM
thanks to Kiko for finding this. i was going to scan one that i saw in my local paper, but this is better:

http://neatorama.cachefly.net/misscellania/450pedobear.jpg

Commodore Pipes
11th February 10, 09:23 PM
Well, that makes sense. Alanis Morisette was, what, 14?, when Cousin Joey started dating her.

Kiko
12th February 10, 05:58 PM
Actually, Canadians HATE hockey- even more than Bostonians and New Yorkers. This is an indisputable fact.

Wait.. Canadians hate Bostonians AND New Yorkers?

That makes no sense.. We have a friend who's Canadian. At least we THOUGHT he was our friend...

Steve
12th February 10, 06:15 PM
One dead even before the games begin...

Olympic luger from Georgia dies after crash


VANCOUVER, British Columbia A men's Olympic luger from the country of Georgia died Friday after a high-speed crash on a track that is the world's fastest and has raised safety concerns among competitors. A tearful IOC president Jacques Rogge said the death hours before the opening ceremony "clearly casts a shadow over these games."

Nodar Kumaritashvili lost control of his sled during training, went over the track wall and struck an unpadded steel pole near the finish line at Whistler Sliding Center. Paramedics and doctors were unable to revive the 21-year-old luger, who died at a hospital, the International Olympic Committee said.

"We are heartbroken beyond words," said John Furlong, chief executive of the Vancouver organizing committee.

Before speaking at a news conference, Rogge took off his glasses, rubbed his eyes and said, "Sorry, it's a bit difficult to remain composed."

"Here you have a young athlete that lost his life in pursuing his passion," Rogge added. "He had a dream to participate in the Olympic Games. He trained hard and he had this fatal accident. I have no words to say what we feel."

Rogge said he was in contact with Kumaritashvili's family and officials from the Georgian government. Georgia's Olympic committee was deciding whether to remain in the games, Rogge added.

An investigation into the crash started quickly, although Rogge said this was not the time to talk about it. The men's luge competition is to begin Saturday afternoon. Officials at the Whistler track were uncertain if the schedule would be affected.

Rescue workers were at Kumaritashvili's side within seconds. Chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation started less than one minute after the crash, and he was quickly airlifted to a trauma center in Whistler.

The first sign Kumaritashvili was truly in trouble came only three seconds before the crash on Curve 13, the most perilous turn. His speed of 89.4 mph his best during six training runs on this track almost certainly means he had never gone faster.

Kumaritashvili's line as the path is known in luge entering the next-to-last curve had him traveling along a higher route than most racers prefer. That's where it got especially dangerous. His 176-pound body was no match for the gravitational forces along that sweeping turn. That, plus the high rate of speed, sent him careening up the high, banked, ice-covered wall.

Sliding diagonally down the wall, Kumaritashvili hit the corner entering the final straightaway with his lower body. The impact knocked him off the sled and flying across the track, his arms and legs flailing.

After smashing into the pole, he was motionless on a metal walkway. His left leg was in the air and his left foot was propped atop the track wall when the first rescue worker arrived and placed both hands on his helmet.

The rest of men's training was canceled for the day, with VANOC officials saying an investigation was taking place to "ensure a safe field of play."

The danger of the Whistler track has been talked about for months particularly after several countries, including the U.S., were upset over access restrictions for everyone but Canada, with some noting it could lead to a safety issue.

Kumaritashvili is the fourth competitor to die at the Winter Games and the first since 1992.

"It's a very rare situation," three-time Olympic champion and German coach Georg Hackl said before learning of the death, clearly shaken after seeing Kumaritashvili tended to furiously by medical workers.

Shortly before the accident, Hackl said he didn't believe the track was unsafe.

"People have the opinion it is dangerous but the track crew does the best it can and they are working hard to make sure the track is in good shape and everyone is safe," he said. "My opinion is that it's not anymore dangerous that anywhere else."

Five-time Olympian Mark Grimmette, chosen as the U.S. team's flag bearer, said the speeds on the track are pushing the boundaries of safety.

"We're probably getting close," he said Thursday. "This track is fast and you definitely have to be on your game. ... So it's definitely something they are going to have to take into account on future tracks."

American luger Christian Niccum crashed during a World Cup event in Whistler last year.

"When I hit that ice going 90 mph it turns into fire," Niccum said Thursday. "I remember coming around to the finish and I just wanted to rip off my suit, 'I'm on fire. I'm on fire.'"

This was Kumaritashvili's second crash during training for the games. He also failed to finish his second of six practice runs, and in the runs he did finish, his average speed was about 88 mph significantly less than the speed the top sliders are managing on this lightning-fast course.

It was unclear how fast Kumaritashvili was going, although many sliders have exceeded 90 mph on this course. More than a dozen athletes have crashed during Olympic training for luge, and some questioned whether athletes from smaller nations like Georgia had enough time to prepare for the daunting track.

At the finish area, not far from where Kumaritashvili lost control, athletes, coaches and officials solemnly awaited word on Kumaritashvili before eventually being ushered away. Access to the crash area was closed within about 30 minutes.

"I've never seen anything like that," said Shiva Keshavan, a four-time Olympian from India.

Representatives from the three U.S. sliding federations were to release a joint statement later Friday. American athletes were not immediately made available for reaction after news of the death was confirmed.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the Georgian Olympic team," U.S. bobsled pilot Steven Holcomb said on Twitter. "The sliding community suffered a tragic and devastating loss to our family today."

"RIP Nodar Kumaritashvili," wrote American skeleton athlete Kyle Tress, who did not qualify for the Olympic team. "Let's never forget how dangerous these sports can be."

Kumaritashvili competed in five World Cup races this season, finishing 44th in the world standings.

Earlier in the day, gold-medal favorite Armin Zoeggeler of Italy crashed, losing control of his sled on Curve 11. Zoeggeler came off his sled and held it with his left arm to keep it from smashing atop his body. He slid on his back down several curves before coming to a stop and walking away.

Training days in Whistler have been crash-filled. A Romanian woman was briefly knocked unconscious and at least four Americans Chris Mazdzer on Wednesday, Megan Sweeney on Thursday and both Tony Benshoof and Bengt Walden on Friday in the same training session where Zoeggeler wrecked have had serious trouble just getting down the track.

"I think they are pushing it a little too much," Australia's Hannah Campbell-Pegg said Thursday night after she nearly lost control in training. "To what extent are we just little lemmings that they just throw down a track and we're crash-test dummies? I mean, this is our lives."

At the 1992 Albertville Games, Nicholas Bochatay of Switzerland died after crashing into a snow grooming machine during training for the demonstration sport of speed skiing on the next-to-last day of the games. He was practicing on a public slope before his event was to begin.

Australian downhill skier Ross Milne died when he struck a tree during a training run shortly before the 1964 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria. British luger Kazimierz Kay-Skrzypecki also died in a crash during training in Innsbruck.

At the 1988 Calgary Games, an Austrian team doctor, Jorg Oberhammer, died after being hit by a snow grooming machine.

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Link. (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100212/ap_on_sp_ol/oly_lug_luger_dies)

I'm wondering if any competitors will pull out of the event, especially considering the safety of the world's fastest luge track was already questionable in some people's minds.

Still, a real fucking bummer. RIP, Kumaritashvili, what a horrible situation to lose your life in.

Kein Haar
12th February 10, 06:32 PM
Ownd.

Feryk
12th February 10, 06:46 PM
The Politically Correct hand wringers will want the track closed. The track is supposed to be fast, and that means you have to be damn good to race it safely. Hopefully this is the last accident we see on it. If not, the designers will have some explaining to do.

Steve
12th February 10, 10:33 PM
Video of the accident (http://www.buzzfeed.com/akdobbins/nodar-kumaritashvili-luge-crash) (from an angle that isn't too gruesome, just shows what happened).

Artful Dentures
13th February 10, 12:10 AM
Man that was mostly a shitty opening ceremony.

however there were some highlights.

Giant flying puppet bear

Ashley MacIssac

KD Lang singing hallelujah

Hyrdaulic malfinction for lighting of the external Olympic torch

Still waiting for Gretzky to light the external torch.

Lowlights

Unknown Quebec Singer singer french song that no one in the audience understood or cared about.

Slow motion skiiers on wires slomotiion skiing

Steve
13th February 10, 01:24 AM
You must have missed where Ryan Adams missed his cue for the special Winter Olympics anthem, obvious lip syncing was obvious.

Artful Dentures
13th February 10, 09:23 AM
No But I saw Bryan Adams

Steve
13th February 10, 11:17 AM
Fucking Canadians, you all look alike.

Artful Dentures
13th February 10, 12:13 PM
It's our beedy eyes and floppy heads

OZZ
13th February 10, 02:28 PM
RIP Nadar...
I hope this doesn't happen again and that goddamn track is safe. Would it hurt to put some padding on the huge solid steel posts he smashed his back on?
I realize its a dangerous sport and being a fraction off can be a fatal mishap..but there have been a few complaints that the track is too treacherous, even before this happened.

Vieux Normand
13th February 10, 02:29 PM
The Politically Correct hand wringers will want the track closed. The track is supposed to be fast, and that means you have to be damn good to race it safely. Hopefully this is the last accident we see on it. If not, the designers will have some explaining to do.

Explaining what?

Anyone, who thinks going down an icy slope balls-first is worthwhile, should be given every opportunity to do so.

Kein Haar
13th February 10, 03:52 PM
All the first nation people were either italian or chinese.

Nice try Canada.

elipson
13th February 10, 10:26 PM
The hydraulics didn't work! BAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

And why did we showcase Katie Lang??? For gods sake, she looks like a man! And WTF was with that opera singer? She was terrifying!!

I'm still not sure why they picked a city that doesn't get snow for the winter games...

My brother apparently had a run-in with some riot cops this morning when ppl were smashing things. I'm waiting for the story from him. I told him I want a riot shield for a souvenir, and that I hope he gets pepper sprayed and then sent a bill for the spray.

I'm planning on going down to Van Feb 28th for the gold medal hockey game. Our team had better be in it or the coach is getting deported/executed.

OZZ
13th February 10, 11:06 PM
HA ! I just watched those Koreans wipe out in the Speed Skating medal race..if only one more had slipped we would have had a bronze..the Yanks got 2 medals when it looked like the Koreans were going to sweep!

Neildo
13th February 10, 11:22 PM
elipson - hit me up when you're in town, i'll totally buy you a beer.

edit: oh crap i work that day. how long you gonna be in town for?

OZZ
15th February 10, 05:05 PM
GOLD!!
Men's mogul..what a cool sport to watch.
Its pitiful that the government has only recently started to invest in our Olympic athletes to a significant degree..no wonder we couldn't win gold at the last two we hosted, how the hell can you expect an elite athlete to live on $1200.00 a month? I know they get money from other places too..but its damn embarassing when a country of our size and relative prosperity fails to win a gold on home soil until the 3rd time we host the games...
Ah well, its over now..so that little piece of trivia is obsolete.
I am looking forward to the men's downhill and the hockey tommorrow night. Although Norway won't pose much of a challenge, we need to get the guys out there skating so they can find their groove.

Artful Dentures
15th February 10, 07:19 PM
The Men's and women s mogul was awesome

What a great event in general much better than Ice dancing

Ajamil
15th February 10, 09:14 PM
US won gold in Snowboard. Go us?

EuropIan
15th February 10, 10:19 PM
Denmark's Winter Olympic medal hopes rests solely on their curling teams.


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lol

OZZ
17th February 10, 03:24 PM
I know it is still early and the Norweigans aren't the stiffest competition in the tournament..but I think Team Canada showed some really good chemistry during the game in winning 8-0. Yzerman and co. were smart to pick several players who have already established chemistry playing on the same lines in the NHL or in other international tournaments..
Russia beat Latvia 8-2..but had a bit of a lapse in the 3rd ..they will need to be better than that to beat Canada, Sweden or the USA.

OZZ
18th February 10, 11:24 PM
As if I don't already have enough stress in my life...
Sidney stepped up. Sid the Kid is maturing with every game and its great to see..



VANCOUVER - Joe Thornton guaranteed victory. Actually, it was more of a promise than a guarantee. But what Thornton wanted more than anything out of Thursday night was to erase the memory of the last time Canada played Switzerland in men's Olympic hockey.

That happened four years ago in Turin when Thornton and six other remnants from the 2006 Olympic team endured a soul-wrenching 2-0 loss to the Swiss, a defeat that sent them into a downward spiral and ended in a quarter-final loss to the Russians.

Thornton's ties to Switzerland are strong - he won a Swiss league championship playing for HC Davos during the 2004-05 lockout; and last summer, married his longtime girlfriend, whom he met in Switzerland during back then. For four years or so, Thornton's been constantly reminded about that defeat. No more.

On Thursday, in a brilliantly played game that went down to the fourth round of shooters - and permitted coach Mike Babcock to use Sidney Crosby a second time - Canada escaped with a narrow 3-2 victory over the Swiss, setting up a game on Sunday against the Americans, with top spot in Group A up for grabs.

Playing against the heavily-favored Canadians in what should have been an intimidating hostile environment, on the smaller and more unfamiliar NHL ice surface; Switzerland almost rode the acrobatic goaltending of Jonas Hiller to a monumental upset victory.

The score was tied 2-2 after regulation and when five minutes of overtime settled nothing, it came down to a shootout. Hiller foiled the first three Canadian shooters - Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Ryan Getzlaf - before Crosby finally buried the winning goal.

"[I was] lucky to get a second crack at it, I'm glad to make the most of it," Crosby said afterwards.

At the other end, Martin Brodeur was flawless, in turning aside all four Swiss shooters.

Hiller was fabulous stopping 43 of 45 shots in regulation, as Canada held a wide edge in shots and in the play, but were frustrated at every turn by the plucky and improving Swiss. Under changes made to the Olympic format, a regulation win now counts for three points. As a result, Canada fell to second place in the Group A standings behind the U.S., which has six points on two regulation victories. The overtime win, worth two times, coupled with a victory over Norway in the opener, gives Canada five points. A victory in regulation over the Americans still guarantees first place in the group and an automatic berth in the quarters.

"It was one of the best games I've ever seen from the Swiss national team," Hiller said.

Dany Heatley and Patrick Marleau scored for Canada in regulation, as Canada opened up a two-goal lead early in the second period. Ivo Ruthemann closed the gap to within one and then the Swiss scored the tying goal with 10 seconds to go in the second period - on a shot by Patrick von Gunten that deflected in off Marleau's skate - to give the visitors hope and set up the fabulous finish.

No loss at this early stage of the tournament is critical, but the Swiss signaled that they are here to play for a medal and that they're not prepared to go down without a fight.

Hiller, the Anaheim Ducks' goaltender that made J.S. Giguere expendable, is a tall, fluid lefthander that many of the Western Conference-based players on Team Canada see frequently. Hiller was the primary reason the Ducks upset the Sharks in the opening round of last year's playoffs, so Canada's Sharks' connection - Marleau, Heatley and Joe Thornton - have seen enough of him in the past 12 months to know what they were in for.

In the third period, when the Swiss started to trade chances with the Canadians, Hiller made a series of unconscious saves on his Ducks' teammates Corey Perry and Getzlaf, the latter coming on a stabbing glove save.

Switzerland was known primarily for its trapping defensive style, but it went for broke in the third period, sensing the chance for a major upset.

OZZ
18th February 10, 11:35 PM
Just so it doesn't seem like all I care about is Hockey...
Men's Skeleton started tonight and I was watching it..so far no problems on that track..

'Nearly every athlete is scared to death' of the Olympic luge track
By Trey Kerby

Things just keep getting worse for the organizers tasked with setting up the Vancouver Olympics luge course, as reports continue to surface that the track was too dangerous. According to the New York Times, Canadian officials were warned in November of the dangers of the course where Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed last week.

On Nov. 13, Venezuelan luger Werner Hoeger was knocked unconscious during a training run. After his recovery, he began corresponding with international luge officials about the riskiness of the track and the shortage of training time for smaller countries, such as Kumaritashvili's Georgia.

[Hoeger] demanded that Ed Moffat of Canada be removed as race director for luge at the Olympics, that all athletes be offered equal runs in the future, that Canada forfeit the surplus runs negotiated for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi and that the Canadian Luge Association be reprimanded for unethical actions and failing to provide a safe sliding environment.


Hoeger said he was denied additional practice runs after an unrelated injury elsewhere. Upon his arrival in Vancouver for training in 2009, he was denied any make-up runs, and was instructed to truncate his training time, the New York Times said. When he was told his final run would be from the men's start, he refused, saying that attempting to run the course before properly learning it "would be suicidal."

"I knew the track was extremely difficult," said Hoeger. "I had heard enough horror stories. Every athlete treats this track with the utmost respect. Nearly every athlete is scared to death of this track."


Obviously, this is just one 56-year-old man's opinion of the track, and he's not a guy who ever set the luging world on fire. However, it is more evidence that competitors were concerned about track safety with the course in Whistler before Kumaritashvili's death.

Considering too the fact that speeds were 10 mph faster than expected, it seems as if changes could have been made to protect everyone who took the course.

The Times reports that a spokesman for the Canadian Luge Association declined to comment, but officials have said in the past that athletes have received almost three times the number of training runs than were offered in the run-up to the Turin Games in 2006

Artful Dentures
19th February 10, 12:58 AM
Venezuelan Luger..

Come on now that's just silly

OZZ
19th February 10, 03:43 PM
I was surprised yesterday to see that Russia was so far down the standings in the medal count thus far...apparently it is causing furor back home. On top of the poor showing in other areas, the Russian Men's Hockey team fell to the Slovaks in a shootout last night as well in what is considered an upset - even though they lost to the Slovaks in Turin back in 2006...
Well, Canada lost to the Swiss in Turin and ended up in a downward spiral afterwards.That is why the win last night was so important, it was about redemption for Turin.
I think the Russian's are overrated anyways. They play as individuals..the real competition for Gold in Men's Hockey will be between Canada, the USA and Sweden. Finland only has an outside chance if they get super hot goaltending, same with Slovakia - Halak is really hot and has been the main reason the Habs are in position to make the playoffs.

Russia Fuming Over Lackluster Olympics
February 19, 2010 1:33 PM


The blows just keep on coming. First Russia fails to win the pairs figure skating for the first time in four decades. Then the defending men's figure skating Olympic champion Evgeny Plushenko loses the gold to American Evan Lysacek despite his quadruple jump. In the latest disappointment, hockey superstar Alexander Ovechkin missed two penalty shots to lose a shootout against Slovakia.

What's going on? This is Russia we're talking about, a storied winter sports powerhouse somehow in a lowly 11th place with just four medals after six days of competition.

"Russian sport is mired in corruption and shady deals having nothing to do with sport," the head of the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party said Thursday in an angry statement. "The best coaches go abroad, and our fellow countrymen perform for the teams of other nations."

"The current state of Russian sports elicits bitterness and offense among all Russian citizens," said Igor Lebedev.

Ledvedev called on the head of Russia's Olympic committee to resign and said the sports minister should do the same "If in the remaining days our sportsmen do not take the leading positions and do not start to win."

The speaker of Russia's Duma didn't call for immediate firings but made it clear that 11th place isn't going to cut it.

"Anything less than an overall fourth-place finish for the team would absolutely be a failure," said Boris Gryzlov.

The poor performance is particularly painful as Russia gets ready to host the 2014 Games in Sochi. But as might be expected, the blows are quickly being followed up with excuses.

"The [judging] system needs to be changed," the mulleted Plushenko said Thursday night following his skate, arguing that Lysacek's routine was simpler than his. "This is men's figure skating and not pairs. I am not ready to lose with a quadruple jump."

Looking to ease the hurt of the man whose face is plastered on billboards around Moscow, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told Plushenko in an open letter Friday that his "silver is worth gold."

And despite the loss to Slovakia, Russia is optimistic about its men's hockey team's chances. Less so for the women who lost to the US 13-0.

Reports in Russia say that before the Games started officials privately expected to bring home 30 medals. A poll by the independent Levada Center said Russians expected their Olympians to win some 28 medals. With just over a week to go, they better get to work.

Ajamil
19th February 10, 03:58 PM
Next time they should just send Putin to do everything.

Feryk
19th February 10, 04:33 PM
I love the line where they talked about Russians winning the pairs for four decades straight. Figure skating has had the worst judging scandals in modern sport. And in Salt Lake, it finally bit them in the ass. Jamie Sale and David Pelletier from Canada were robbed, then the French judge let the cat out of the bag that the Russians were vote swapping with her.

I watched both routines. Plushenko's routine was weird and bad. Lycasek (sp?) had a fantastic skate, including a lot of triples, all done beautifully. I would have voted for Lycasek as a judge too.

Artful Dentures
19th February 10, 04:49 PM
Hey!!

HEy Hey!!!

You guys know what?

Dog Sledding?

Why isn't that in the winter Olympics?

KO'd N DOA
19th February 10, 04:59 PM
Dog Sledding was just behind Whaling #1 and Sealing #2 as a sports that most likely would bring out the violence in the hippies of BC.

All those police, with nothing to do...

Artful Dentures
19th February 10, 05:19 PM
Why? Dogs love pulling shit. Why would they object to that?

Whaling as in old Inuit Style Kayak whaling would be awesome.

for the hippies we could replace the whales with some sort of mechanical device.

OZZ
20th February 10, 12:26 PM
Hey how about that guy from Manitoba..GOLD in Men's Skeleton..
I just like to say that ..Skeleton, it just sounds cool.
Seriously though, that takes some major balls.

Oh, and Figure Skating - most corrupt sport EVER..even worse than Boxing.
Although they are trying to clean things up after the Salt Lake fiasco..at least it seems that way.

Ajamil
20th February 10, 01:14 PM
If we're building the whales ourselves, can a suggest a few...modifications?
http://www.j-rhythm.com/covers/dariusremixcover.jpg

OZZ
20th February 10, 07:33 PM
Here's a new one:
And another chance for me to use the word Skeleton.

Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:06 pm EST

Did helmet make a difference in skeleton win?
By Maggie Hendricks




Amy Williams won the women's skeleton on Friday night for Great Britain, the country's only medal so far in the Vancouver Olympics. She won with a lead of more than half a second, an eternity in the skeleton race. (In comparison, Canada's Jon Montgomery won the men's skeleton by a mere 0.07 seconds.)

How did someone who hadn't placed above fourth in any World Cup events this season suddenly vault to the top of the Olympic podium? According to protests from the United States and Canada, it was her helmet.

The U.S. filed two protests and Canada filed one with the International Federation of Bobsleigh and Tobogganing, the governing body that oversees skeleton. The two countries claimed that ridges on Williams' helmet didn't conform to aerodynamic standards set by the FIBT. In skeleton, the athletes race down the track headfirst, so the helmet can make a difference in race times.

All three protests were denied by the FIBT, which ruled that the aerodynamic ridges were an integral part of Williams' helmet.

The protests can be seen as sour grapes, since the U.S. and Canadian athletes came in fourth and fifth, respectively, although one of the U.S. protests came after Thursday's preliminary heats. But even if Williams had been out of the medal equation, Canadian competitor Mellisa Hollingsworth would still have been off the medal

Neildo
20th February 10, 08:44 PM
I'm reminded of last years F1 and the braun diffuser. lol pwnt

SoulMechanic
20th February 10, 09:13 PM
Denmark's Winter Olympic medal hopes rests solely on their curling teams.


....
....


lol
Norway should win a fucking gold just for their curling teams outfits. On second though, maybe not, they are already making the rest of Scandinavia look horrible.

http://content.usatoday.com/_common/_scripts/big_picture.aspx?width=490&height=350&storyURL=/sports/olympics/vancouver/2010-02-16-talk-of-vancouver-wednesday_N.htm&imageURL=http://i.usatoday.net/sports/_photos/2010/02/16/norwayx-large.jpg

EuropIan
20th February 10, 09:46 PM
I think the common mix of alcohol and curling explains a lot.


Danish team:
NSFW

http://multimedia.ekstrabladet.dk/eb/archive/00509/No_name_509651m.jpg


Yes, really.

Neildo
20th February 10, 11:56 PM
Japanese speed skaters FTW
http://sites.google.com/site/neildato/_/rsrc/1266728105586/home/miho-takagi2.jpg
http://sites.google.com/site/neildato/_/rsrc/1266728105586/home/miho-takagi1.jpg

Neildo
21st February 10, 12:05 AM
http://pic.phyrefile.com/2008/03/05/PedobearPeekLeft.jpg

Kiko
21st February 10, 07:08 AM
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0120a88e8a68970b-600wi


Beware the lynx! (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/unleashed/2010/02/hey-thats-no-skier-wild-lynx-makes-an-appearance-at-vancouver-olympics-downhill-skiing-course.html)

OZZ
21st February 10, 02:44 PM
That's wicked !! You don't see them out in the open very often, they are notoriously shy and sneaky..that's why hunters consider them such a trophy.

OZZ
21st February 10, 03:49 PM
I am predicting an OT win by Canada in the game against the USA tonight..it will be a fast, tough game and Canada will have to come from behind to win.

Ajamil
21st February 10, 03:57 PM
All the comments are saying Bobcat. I'm glad there were no collisions/encounters but...that would've made a damn fine gif loop if thee had been. Skier flies down the mountain to get clotheslined/tackled by lynx. Or lynx is unaware and all of a sudden they hit in a big explosion of fur and snow.

This was also cool:

A few years ago at a World Cup downhill in Val Gardena, Italy, a deer loped onto the course and ran next to Italian star Kristian Ghedina (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristian_Ghedina) for the final part of his run. Ghedina made the deer his personal logo for the rest of his career.

Cullion
21st February 10, 04:27 PM
Whilst the jap has impressive camel-toe, she/he also has no boobs, a square face and a jacked-up complexion. I'll take the Danish blonde thnx.

SoulMechanic
21st February 10, 04:34 PM
I need to see her Jap ass before I can feel confident in making such an important decision.

Cullion
21st February 10, 04:39 PM
The Dane is already showing her ass. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. I call dibs.

Neildo
21st February 10, 08:12 PM
L9upWn_eNYs

Ajamil
21st February 10, 09:33 PM
Thankfully they sit on that part, or their aerodynamics would be ruined.

Stick
22nd February 10, 12:54 AM
I don't watch too much hockey, but seeing America stomp Canda 5-3 in their own territory was pretty much awesome.

Steve
22nd February 10, 04:23 AM
OZZ, what say you?

EvilSteve
22nd February 10, 08:52 AM
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0120a88e8a68970b-600wi


Beware the lynx! (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/unleashed/2010/02/hey-thats-no-skier-wild-lynx-makes-an-appearance-at-vancouver-olympics-downhill-skiing-course.html)

Vancougar.

Artful Dentures
22nd February 10, 01:16 PM
OZZ, what say you?

I hate sports

Japuma
22nd February 10, 01:43 PM
If it weren't for Miller having one of the games of his life and Brodeur playing uncharacteristically bad, USA would of had no chance whatsoever. They couldn't clear the zone and were outplayed in every other aspect of the game as well...If the US doesn't step up their game against the Czech Republic it might be a painful game to watch. That being said...

WOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!1!1!11ONE!!!EXCLAMATIONPOINT! HOW DOES IT TASTE CANADA???? HOW DOES IT TASTE!?!?!?!

Also how bout Ovie killing Jagr in a clean open ice hit?

OZZ
22nd February 10, 02:06 PM
OZZ, what say you?

I am not one to blame the goalie right off the hop..but Brodeur has been far from spectacular. Ryan Miller outplayed him and the US deserved to win because of that.Martin Brodeur has had his chance to shine and he faltered..get him out of there now before its too late.
As for the rest..there were times when Team Canada completely dominated the game (we outshot them 43 - 22 or something like that) so I am really not panicking yet.
Better to lose now, make a goaltending change - which I guarantee you will happen - and fight through to get to the medal round, then to lose an elimination game. The Russians, despite Ovechkin, don't really worry me.
It could very well be that we play the US again - but next time for a medal.

Neildo
22nd February 10, 02:16 PM
i think brodeur just isn't used to the strength of vancouver crack, he's used to jersey crack.

they should have pulled him in the first period, especially after his showing in the swiss game. it's like they're saving luongo for the gold medal game, but they may not even get there if they don't play him. stupid gamble. and that last minute play putting a sixth man on the ice was retarded. i don't think i've ever seen that plan work.

OZZ
22nd February 10, 04:00 PM
He made a couple of big saves in the 2nd..but for a guy who is touted as one of the all-time greats? He hasn't stolen a game in International competition in a loooong time.
I look forward to seeing Luongo in the net. I wouldn't write off the Canadians just yet.
The Americans are riding high, especially considering they won the World Juniors this year as well. But they were outplayed last night as well as outhit...so they're not invincible.
Let's just worry about getting the Germans out of the way first.

OZZ
22nd February 10, 04:04 PM
If it weren't for Miller having one of the games of his life and Brodeur playing uncharacteristically bad, USA would of had no chance whatsoever. They couldn't clear the zone and were outplayed in every other aspect of the game as well...If the US doesn't step up their game against the Czech Republic it might be a painful game to watch. That being said...

WOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!1!1!11ONE!!!EXCLAMATIONPOINT! HOW DOES IT TASTE CANADA???? HOW DOES IT TASTE!?!?!?!

Also how bout Ovie killing Jagr in a clean open ice hit?

You are a meanie...

That was a sweet hit. But give Jagr credit, he got right up and didn't miss a shift.

Edit: For those of you who are curious, here's the All-Time Medal Standings for Men's and Women's Hockey (from NBC Sports Website). Women have only been playing for the last 4 - including this one.

All-Time Medal Standings
Overall Men&Women
Nation TOTAL
Canada 8 5 2 15
United States 3 7 2 12
Soviet Union 8 1 1 10
Sweden 2 3 5 10
Czechoslovakia 0 4 3 7
Finland 0 2 3 5
Czech Republic 1 0 1 2
Great Britain 1 0 1 2
Russia 0 1 1 2
Switzerland 0 0 2 2
Germany 0 0 1 1
West Germany 0 0 1 1

OZZ
22nd February 10, 04:34 PM
Here's a better chart..with just the Men's stats.

Olympic Ice Hockey: Medal Winners
Year Gold Silver Bronze
1920 Canada United States Czechoslovakia
1924 Canada United States Great Britain
1928 Canada Sweden Switzerland
1932 Canada United States Germany
1936 Great Britain Canada United States
1948 Canada Czechoslovakia Switzerland
1952 Canada United States Sweden
1956 Soviet Union United States Canada
1960 United States Canada Soviet Union
1964 Soviet Union Sweden Czechoslovakia
1968 Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Canada
1972 Soviet Union United States Czechoslovakia
1976 Soviet Union Czechoslovakia West Germany
1980 United States Soviet Union Sweden
1984 Soviet Union Czechoslovakia Sweden
1988 Soviet Union Finland Sweden
1992 CIS Canada Czechoslovakia
1994 Sweden Canada Finland
1998 Czech Republic Russia Finland
2002 Canada United States Russia
2006 Sweden Finland Czech Republic


* NHL players did not participate until 1998 (But we all know the Soviet Red Army Team was on par with NHL professionals)
* Canada did not enter a team in 1972 or 1976
* The Soviets did not participate until 1956
* CIS stands for 'Commonwealth of Independant States' - the name briefly adopted by Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union

OZZ
22nd February 10, 05:14 PM
One of the Belarussian Hockey Team's Player's , and a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, was arrested for a bar fight in Vancouver..
Think someone made a smart ass comment about his team's performance so far?


Yahoo!Sports
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski was taken into custody on Friday night following an altercation in a Vancouver bar.

Grabovski, an injured member of the Belarussian team, was later released.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

"Our hockey club is aware of reports that forward Mikhail Grabovski was involved in a minor altercation in Vancouver early Saturday morning," said Maple Leafs president and general manager Brian Burke. " Since we are presently investigating this matter, the team will not provide any further comment at this time."

The National Hockey League is also aware of the incident, however the League will not pursue anything or take any action until such time all information is in and completed by Vancouver police.

Ajamil
22nd February 10, 10:52 PM
Canada just trounced US in curling though - and I think that's more popular than hockey.

Artful Dentures
22nd February 10, 11:26 PM
Canada just trounced US in curling though - and I think that's more popular than hockey.

Imagine if the US trounced Canada in bowling and you would start to feel how I feel

Proud that we won and embarrassed at what we won at.

Ajamil
23rd February 10, 12:01 AM
I like to go bowling, but watching it is worse than golf. Golf at least isn't usually decided by one person getting all holes in one and everyone else getting birdies.

Artful Dentures
23rd February 10, 12:04 AM
I like to go bowling, but watching it is worse than golf. Golf at least isn't usually decided by one person getting all holes in one and everyone else getting birdies.


Imagine the thrill of bowling except it involves ice, brooms and people screaming.

You would think that makes it exciting

But it doesn't, no sir not one bit

EuropIan
23rd February 10, 12:11 AM
the answer is alcohol.

Artful Dentures
23rd February 10, 12:31 AM
the answer is alcohol.


The answer is always alcohol

All activities that are not real sports.

Golf
Darts
Curling
Nascar

Started off as reasons for men to get away from their wives and drink

EvilSteve
23rd February 10, 08:52 AM
The answer is always alcohol

Nascar

Started off as reasons for men to get away from their wives and drink

So- NASCAR started off as drunk driving?

Commodore Pipes
23rd February 10, 09:58 AM
So- NASCAR started off as drunk driving?

Moonshine running.

EvilSteve
23rd February 10, 10:03 AM
LOL. And for the record, I think ski jumpers should all be required to wear capes, cause how cool would that be?

Artful Dentures
23rd February 10, 10:18 AM
So- NASCAR started off as drunk driving?


Go straight, go left, go straight, go left repeat adnauseaum

Sounds like drunk driving to me

Artful Dentures
23rd February 10, 10:19 AM
LOL. And for the record, I think ski jumpers should all be required to wear capes, cause how cool would that be?

And sparklers don't forget sparklers

Ajamil
23rd February 10, 10:39 AM
I was trying to figure out the rules to curling yesterday. Do you get points for hitting the other dude's rocks? Close as I came, it looked like a cross between marbles and shuffleboard.

Kiko
23rd February 10, 02:07 PM
Imagine the thrill of bowling except it involves ice, brooms and people screaming.

You would think that makes it exciting

But it doesn't, no sir not one bit
Don't forget clown pants...

http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/MSNBC/Components/Video/100218/tdy_curling_pants_100218.standard.jpg

That and if there was a Sociocide ski team, they'd be worth watching... alot!

OZZ
23rd February 10, 02:43 PM
I don't give a shit about Figure skating..but it was nice to see those two kids from London win the Gold in Ice Dance last night..Tessa is from London and Shawn lives just outside London in a little village called Ilderton . They met each other at the skating rink when they were 7 and 9 respectively and have been skating together ever since at the Ilderton Figure Skating Club..really nice kids and a really nice story, good for them.

Canada should be able to dispatch of Gemany tonight..but the Germans will be playing hard so I hope Luongo is on his game. They need a decisive victory and Crosby needs to get it in gear.

Feryk
23rd February 10, 02:50 PM
I hope that USA was the wake up call for Thornton and the rest who thought they could just talent their way through.

Yes, Canada has the talent to win. At this level, however, it's all about the will to win. I'm not convinced they have that as much as Russia or the US.

OZZ
23rd February 10, 10:41 PM
Well, I guess we will find out tomorrow. Canada just beat the Germans 8-2 so they will face Russia on Wednesday with the loser going home and the winner going on to the medal rounds.
They seemed energized and they have all the tools to win, they just need to shoot more often and start making it harder for the opposing goalies to see the shots coming. If Ovechkin starts running around the ice like a maniac - they need to to lay into him with a nice solid body check ans take the wind out of his sails. He often crosses the blueline with a zig zag from the left side ..just catch hiim coming in and BANG !!
I am glad Iginla scored tonight, he is one I am counting on to be a hero in the next game.

Feryk
24th February 10, 12:15 PM
To beat Russia they will need to be a physically dominant presence. Punish Malkin (he's a pantywaist) every time he crosses the red line. Make Ovy pay for each shot he takes. Hopefully, Pronger will WAKE THE FUCK UP and hit somebody!

OZZ
24th February 10, 12:46 PM
Yes..Pronger has looked slow at times..he needs to make the Russkies pay the price EVERY TIME they are in our zone. In front of the net, in the corners, crossing the blue line - wherever - fill'em in and by the beginning of the 3rd they will be worn out. Richards can help out in this department as well, he hits in the open ice area nicely.
A nice elbow to the jaw in front of the net , by accident, of course, can go a long way towards preventing a goal too..

OZZ
24th February 10, 10:43 PM
I told you I wasn't worried about the Russians..
:owneddance:

EuropIan
24th February 10, 11:35 PM
Sweden is looking pretty strong this year hockey wise.

Feryk
25th February 10, 12:29 PM
I'm sure Slovakia felt the same way...oh, wait...:)

I'm hoping that Finland trashes the US, but that's only because I like Finland. If we end up meeting the US in the final, that would be an epic rematch.

OZZ
25th February 10, 04:04 PM
That seems like the most likely scenario...but maybe Finland will bore the US into making a mistake or two and upset them.
I am hopeful that the pressure will get to Halak in the Slovak net and that will give us the edge in Friday's game.Not to mention the huge advantage we have offensively over them..
Notice how all the boo birds have stopped chirping? Must be too cold out for them...
We needed a nice decisive win like that..every once in a while we need to remind the Russians who's boss. The media was making a big deal about Canada not having beat the Russians at the Olympics since 1960..but the most important games like the Summit Series '72, and the Canada Cups in '76 and 1987 were all victories over the Russians/Soviets for Canada.not to mention World Junior play..
The other thing that was nice was that neither Crosby or Ovechkin were really a factor..all the hype surrounding their rivalry took a back seat to the bigger rivalry that is on the line every time Canada and Russia play each other.
The USA - Canada rivalry has grown significantly over the past 10 years or so..but I still consider Canada vs. Russia to be the classic hockey matchup.

Also great to see the Women's Bobsleders kicking ass..with a Gold and a Silver. Actually, its been our female athletes bringing home the majority of the medals for us..and a lot of them are cuties too.

Feryk
25th February 10, 04:20 PM
Actually, its been our female athletes bringing home the majority of the medals for us..and a lot of them are cuties too.

I know. The skip of the Women's Curling team is very good looking. Apparently she's 43. But the cutest curler has to be the skip of the English Team.

http://media.sanluisobispo.com/smedia/2010/02/21/16/2Vancouver_Olympics_Curling.sff.mi_embedded.prod_a ffiliate.76.jpg

I'm not alone in this, btw.

http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/olympics/vancouver/curling/news?slug=dw-bernard022410&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

EuropIan
25th February 10, 08:14 PM
I'm sure Slovakia felt the same way...oh, wait...:)

I'm hoping that Finland trashes the US, but that's only because I like Finland. If we end up meeting the US in the final, that would be an epic rematch.
Sweden beat Finland 3-0

Edit: nvm have been keeping up to date, hope Canada beats Slovakia

Feryk
26th February 10, 12:54 PM
Canada's story of the olympics has to be Joannie Rochette. Gutsy young lady skates the short program of her life, right after losing her mother suddenly.

Does well enough in the long to take the Bronze.

She was just hoping for top 10.

OZZ
26th February 10, 08:52 PM
Yes..I watched her skate..I am happy for her, even though I thought the girl who came in 4th was a bit better.But I am not a figure skating judge..
Can you believe my wife actually wanted me to go move a damn couch tonight during the game? Because she just HAS to have it for tommorrow..and 10pm is the only time we can go.
I told her to forget it..the damn couch can wait.
Women..

Artful Dentures
26th February 10, 09:04 PM
Yes..I watched her skate..I am happy for her, even though I thought the girl who came in 4th was a bit better.But I am not a figure skating judge..
Can you believe my wife actually wanted me to go move a damn couch tonight during the game? Because she just HAS to have it for tommorrow..and 10pm is the only time we can go.
I told her to forget it..the damn couch can wait.
Women..


Hey look who's not having sex tonight

OZZ
26th February 10, 09:08 PM
Hey look who's not having sex tonight

Yes..but I WILL be watching the Game - and ALL of it !!

OZZ
27th February 10, 12:48 AM
I hope Slovakia wins the Bronze - they played a hell of a tournament and they have never won an Olympic medal in Men's Hockey..

USA VS CANADA - it will be epic, the game everyone wants to see.
Tommorrow we have a neighborhood Ball Hockey game scheduled to get us all pumped for Sunday's matchup.
3pm EST - don't miss it !!

Also 2 more Speed Skating medals in the Mens , Gold and Bronze..we are now tied with Germany for most Gold medals at the games!!

OZZ
27th February 10, 12:57 AM
In a disappointing turn of events...
There are two sports Canadians are generally expected to get Gold in, one is Hockey, the other is Curling.
The men still have a chance at Gold though..
Actually, the Labatt Brier is going to be here in London in 2011 at the JLC where the Knights play.

Canada's Cheryl Bernard settles for Olympic silver after up-and-down women's curling final


1 hour, 46 minutes ago


By Sunny Dhillon, The Canadian Press



VANCOUVER, B.C. - The final stone that had been so kind to the Canadian women's curling team at the Vancouver Winter Games finally betrayed Cheryl Bernard - and it happened at the worst possible time.


The 43-year-old Calgary skip will have to settle for silver as a result, dropping a 7-6 decision to Sweden in the Olympic final.


Bernard had opportunities in both the 10th and 11th ends against defending Olympic champion Anette Norberg to clinch sport's biggest prize


Bernard was up 6-4 in the 10th end and had to make a routine takeout with her final stone. The crowd rose in anticipation of the win, then gasped as Sweden's stone stuck in the rings, leaving Norberg with an easy takeout of her own to force an extra frame. She didn't miss.


In the 11th, Bernard's rink made the choice to wipe out a guard with the skip's first stone.


That decision opened up space for Norberg to hit and roll and she sat two rocks on the edge of the button as Bernard readied her hammer. But Bernard would have to make a double takeout for two and when one of the Swedish stones wouldn't budge, Sweden had won gold.


"I can't believe it yet," said Cathrine Lindahl, Sweden's second. "It felt like an easy shot for her and we just said, 'Oh a silver medal is good anyway' and then we got the gold. It's unbelievable."


The finale was shown on the big screen at Canada Hockey Place during the warmup before the Canada-Slovakia men's semifinal. The crowd groaned as Bernard missed the shot.


"I had two chances to win that game and my team gave them to me in 10 and 11, couldn't ask for anymore," said a teary-eyed Bernard, her voice breaking at times. "That's kind of it.


"Eventually this silver's going to feel really great. Just right now, the gold was very close."


Bernard had been trying to become the first Canadian women's skip to win Olympic gold since Sandra Schmirler in 1998.


Bernard trailed 4-3 in the seventh end but Sweden had control of the hammer and time appeared to be running out on Canada's quest for gold. But Bernard made a masterful takeout with her last shot, tapping one of her rocks that had been sitting in the four-foot back into a Swedish stone. The shot left Canada lying two and forced Norberg into a difficult draw.


Norberg, who had outplayed Bernard through the first half of the match, picked a terrible time for her first big miss of the day. Her hammer didn't even get close to the house, giving Canada a steal of two, a 5-4 lead and control of the game.


The teams blanked the eighth end but Norberg had a chance to pull even in the ninth.


Canada was lying two in the rings but all the Swedish skip had to do was hit and stick in the eight-foot. Her shooter, however, slid out of the house, giving Canada a steal of one and a 6-4 lead.


Norberg retained the hammer for the 10th end but needed to score two to force an extra frame.


Her journey to a second Olympic gold medal appeared over when Bernard lined up her final stone, needing only a simple takeout to secure the win for Canada.

The crowd readied to explode but the party was put on hold - Bernard couldn't remove the Swedish stone from the house.

Norberg scored two with her next throw and to the 11th it went.

"I threw good in the 10th end and it didn't come up so you know the girls were great - lets go - we'll get them in the extra end. Same thing - we were on it and I mean - I rubbed it. I missed it and it was so close. It will be one of those shots that I won't forget."

If the Canadians were tense going into the extra end, they didn't show it. Bernard, third Susan O'Connor, second Carolyn Darbyshire, and lead Cori Bartel shared a laugh with coach Dennis Balderston during the break.

"Obviously we wanted the gold," said Bartel. "But what an awesome game and it was great to be there in it til the end. Honestly half an inch. That's the difference of winning and losing that game. We have beautiful silver medals and what an amazing experience."

Sweden had two rocks in the four-foot when Bernard was given another chance to win with her hammer.

Bernard needed a double-takeout but could only wipe out one of the rocks. The crowd gasped and the Swedes started celebrating.

As was the case for much of the tournament, the Canadian rink played it close to the vest to start the game. Bernard landed a takeout with her final stone in the first end but deliberately slid her shooter out of the rings to ensure the blank and retain the hammer.

In the second end, Sweden was lying shot-stone when Bernard lined up for her first throw.

As was the case every time she stepped into the hack Friday, Bernard received a thundering chorus of cheers from the 5,600 people in attendance.

Among those in the crowd were Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell and King Carl Gustaf of Sweden. Canadian men's skip Kevin Martin, was also in the seats.

Bernard didn't disappoint the fans with her first rock, sliding her stone into the four-foot circle to lie shot-stone and she caught a break one delivery later when Norberg wrecked on a guard.

That left Bernard with an open draw for two but this time she couldn't come through. Her stone slid to a stop in the 12-foot circle, giving Canada the 1-0 lead but handing Sweden the hammer.

Norberg took advantage of that hammer in the third end. She knocked one of Bernard's rocks out of the rings with her final stone and stuck in the eight-foot marker to take a 2-1 lead.

Canada evened the score at two one end later. With Sweden lying a pair of stones in the eight-foot circle, Bernard snuck a draw through a bevy of yellow rocks, much to the crowd's delight.

In the fifth end, Sweden held shot-stone when Bernard went for a freeze at the edge of the button with her last rock. But once again, she came up short, mere inches this time.

Norberg drew for two and took a 4-2 lead into the break.

Bernard curled 78 per cent through the first five ends and O'Connor checked in at 70 per cent. Norberg, on the other hand, was at 85 per cent.

Bernard cut into the lead in the sixth end, but had to settle for just one point after Norberg drilled a takeout with her final stone. Bernard answered with a takeout of her own, but Sweden regained control of the hammer.

With files from Bill Graveland

OZZ
28th February 10, 01:08 PM
Not surprisingly..tickets for the Men's Hockey Gold medal Game are going for astronomical prices...

Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press
The hottest ticket in Canadian sports history
The Canadian PressBy Dene Moore, The Canadian Press Posted Saturday, February 27, 2010 8:35 PM ET


VANCOUVER - It may be the hottest ticket in Canadian sports history.
Seats for the gold-medal rematch between Canada's men's hockey team and their U.S. rivals on Sunday have long since sold out but were still up for grabs online and from ticket brokers - for the right price.

ShowTimeTickets.com was asking $138,000 for a suite, or $6,900 per suite ticket. Seats in the A section of Canada Hockey Place were on special, down to $3,995 from $4,995.

Tickets were available on eBay Canada for as high as $15,000 for a pair in prime territory. There were also some seats in the nosebleed section offered up for sale for about $1,000 each.

On Craigslist, seats in the front section were up for grabs for $9,000 for the pair.

Vancouver organizers warned once again, though, that any tickets bought from unofficial sources could leave buyers on the sidelines.

"We would remind people that if you buy a ticket from anyone except from one of our authorized ticket sellers... or from our website... there is no guarantee that it's a valid ticket; there is no guarantee that you will get into the venue," said Renne Smith-Valade, spokeswoman for the committee, known as VANOC.

"And the last thing that we would want to see is anyone to show up having paid potentially several thousand dollars for a ticket and when it's scanned, they're refused entry. So it's just a good reminder to buyer beware."

Smith-Valade said demand was so high for tickets to the gold-medal game, even before the tournament began, that organizers could have sold out Canada Hockey Place 18 times over.

"We were happily surprised by the interest and are not surprised by the interest now in the last-minute tickets," she told reporters Saturday.

Seats were being offered for several thousand dollars apiece on VANOC's fan-to-fan auction site before sales were cut off 24 hours prior to the game start time. Smith-Valade said prices on the site are capped at 10 times the original $350 to $750 ticket price.

One seller listed four "A" level tickets for $100,000. No word on whether there were any takers at that price.

Mark Adams, spokesman for the International Olympic Committee, lauded VANOC's ticket resale site, which allows the Vancouver organizers a piece of the scalping action they seemed unable to prevent.

"No one is being forced to buy tickets they don't want and it is offering a service," Adams told reporters.

The game could well be the most-watched sports event in Canadian history. The preliminary-round match between the two countries set a new record with 10.6 million viewers.

California-based FanSnap, a live event ticket search engine, said tickets to the game were on their way to being the most highly anticipated matchup in the history of Canadian sports.

Tickets to see Team Canada take on Team U.S.A. were averaging $4,313 (U.S.), "more than three times the average price of Stanley Cup finals tickets and $1,000 more than the average price for Super Bowl tickets

OZZ
28th February 10, 01:12 PM
In a Winter Games where many thngs seem to be going Canada'a way, the men claimed gold in Canada's OTHER national pastime - Curling. It was the crowning achievement for Kevin Martin..who had to settle for Silver his last time out.



VANCOUVER -- The Old Bear is now the Golden Bear.

After an eight-year wait for a second shot at a gold medal, Kevin Martin made no mistake, taking down Norway's Thomas Ulsrud 6-3 in the gold medal game. Unlike 2002 when he missed his last shot to let the top medal slip away, he clinched the victory this time with an open hit, pumping his fist and broom in the air to celebrate the end of his long journey.

"When that rock was going to make contact," said Martin, "that's about as good a feeling as you get. All the hard work and it all comes to fruition."

Martin and his team of John Morris, Marc Kennedy and Ben Hebert were the dominant rink throughout the competition, becoming the first team to go undefeated in the Olympics. The win finished off a committed plan the team put in place four years ago that saw them win Canadian and world championships, but this was the one victory they were after.

"That was a big game, honestly it was," Martin said.

"Because we wanted to get that one step higher on the podium. The other stuff was done and this feels really good."

"When you put that much effort and time and sacrifice into something there's a big sense of relief but it's just the best feeling in the world," added Kennedy.

The curlers got some motivation before their game by watching the short-track speed-skaters and Jasey Jay Anderson win gold earlier in the day, watching Anderson's last run in the locker room moments before taking to the ice.

"It was a pretty special day for Canada today with the third gold medal," said Martin. "It feels really good to be Canadian today."

For Ulsrud, the skip of the team that grabbed worldwide attention with their flashy pants, the loss was tempered by the fact he earned a silver medal. But he knew that anything less than a perfect game wouldn't be enough over the powerhouse Canadians.

"It's a well-deserved gold," he conceded "That's how good those guys are. It was a pretty good game but we gave them some chances and they just smacked us."

Through the first half of the game, neither skip was performing as they had through the round robin. Martin missed a few routine shots and was also the victim of some uncharacteristic sweeping errors by his team.

But those may have been the only mistakes Martin's three young teammates made. While the skip strived to find his game, Morris, Kennedy and Hebert were stellar. In the first five ends, Morris alone made a triple takeout and three doubles, sometimes using some body English to help the Norwegian stones out of the house.

"We just wanted to weather the storm for the first couple of ends," stated Kennedy. "We just had to wait for a couple of misses and we got them."

And while Martin was flat at the start, Ulsrud was just as bad, missing draws and crashing on guards.

By the half-way point of the game, the Canadians had staked themselves to a 3-0 lead, thanks largely to missed draws by Ulsrud in the fourth and fifth ends that allowed single steals.

In the seventh, with the score 3-2, Martin played a perfect freeze on a Norwegian shot his first one, and when Ulsrud was unable to remove it, the Canadian skip drew for two and a 5-2 lead. Two ends, later, Martin played a delicate tap for one to take a three-point lead to the final end.

The crowd, perhaps sensing the inevitable, rose mid-way through the 10th end and broke out in a loud, proud rendition of the national anthem, causing the players to pause. The cheering continued and when Martin used his first shot to kill off the last of the Norwegian stones, the Vancouver Olympic Centre, erupted in a roar heard back in the team's hometown of Edmonton.

"It was like having an extra player, that crowd," Martin stated of the raucous fans. "You can see by the amount of gold medals that Canada's getting, not just in curling but in every sport, to have that crowd on your side is huge."

The victory adds to Martin's long list of achievements - a Canadian Junior, four Briers, a world championship, millions of dollars in cash and now, the richest of prizes, Olympic gold.

After losing the semi-final of the 2005 Canadian curling trials and a spot at the Torino Games, Martin re-built his team, convincing two-time world junior champion Morris to move west and suit up with the veteran.

Morris agreed under the condition that second Marc Kennedy come as part of the deal. Powerhouse sweeper Ben Hebert was added to round out the rink.

The veteran Martin guided his young charges -- Hebert, 26, Kennedy, 28 and Morris, 31 - into as many finals as possible, hoping to battle-test them for the ultimate goal of the Olympic final. They reached the playoffs of three consecutive Briers, winning the last two by going undefeated.

But he was on a mission to get the gold and his teammates wanted nothing less for their leader.

"I'm pretty sure he didn't want another silver in that trophy case at home so it was nice to get that gold medal for him," said Morris. "We put a lot of hard work in the last four years and it's great it's paid off."

I don't think you can ever top this one, especially on your home soil," Kennedy said. "Could you have pictured a better script, especially for Kevin?"

Earlier in the day, Switzerland's Ralph Stoeckli earned the bronze medal with a 5-4 victory over Niklas Edin of Sweden.

jnp
28th February 10, 06:12 PM
Congratulations to the Canadian hockey team.

Neildo
28th February 10, 06:25 PM
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

OZZ
28th February 10, 06:35 PM
Thanks..JNP..that was so close it was unbelievable. Crosby had been taking heat for not producing against the Russians and he came through in the end..he is now a bona fide Canadian hero...
Ryan Kesler made some pretty arrogant remarks between periods about the Canadian team and I am glad it bit him in the ass. He does realize he has to go back and play with Roberto Luongo now that the Olympics are over, doesn't he?
But I guess its take no prisoners when it comes down to the Gold Medal final.
Trust me, this country was about as quiet as it can get betwen the third and the OT period..it was a nail biter. But Canadians usually play their best when it comes to the crunch.
Miller was awesome.Ron Wilson and the coaching staff did a great job, considering the USA was not even projected to win a medal back in December..it was all about how great the Russians were.. NOT !!
Well, I am going downtown to join the party and get drunk.
Canada had a fantastic Olympics and it has been a great couple of weeks. We now hold the record for most Gold medals at a Winter Olympics games with 14. Breaking the old Soviet Union record which was 13, I believe.
HOORAY !!

Robot Jesus
28th February 10, 09:02 PM
people are still honking horns, that bit is getting old fast

Ajamil
28th February 10, 09:51 PM
Just watched closing ceremonies. Glad to see they could poke fun at their own snafus. The big snowboard choreography seemed...deliberately off to me. Especially when you consider how well they froze into formation for pretty designs, but then went back to badly timed movements with each other.

OZZ
1st March 10, 01:39 PM
Yeah, I usually only watch the closing cermony, not the opener..last night I watched a bit of it and was impressed with the show.
Canadians are usually pretty good at poking fun at themselves..if we weren't we wouldn't be handing out moose antlers to people lol.
It was nuts here last night..but no car smashing or window breaking, I did see a young punk get a couple of punches in the head fropm a girl that he grabbed a bit too lovingly on the street though. That was funny.the chick looked like she was ready to kick his ass - and probably could have too.
I am a bit hung over today..but not too bad, I knew I had to come in to work this afternoon so I didn't overdo it.
I spent a lot of time reading articles on both Canadian and USA sports pages and internet forums this morning and you know something, its really ridiculous how ignorant people can get over something like this. From comments about how the US is 'sucking Canada's dick' right now to how 'Canada will always be America's bitch'..its just sickening and really immature.:bsflag:
The thing about Hockey and Canadians is this : we identify with the sport in a cultural manner that the USA does not. Some of our proudest moments on the international stage have been on the ice ..this game didn't have the Cold War ramnifications that the Summit Series or the Canada Cup in '87 did - but because we lost the World Juniors to the USA and their hockey program is growing and producing such great players now, the rivalry is more intense and , let's face it, we seem to have an inferiority complex up here in a national sense - it comes from living next to a military superpower I suppose. Personally, I don't think there is much that separates us from Americans culturally. But it seems there is just enough to give us our own identity..as times like this exemplify.If the USA had won, half the country wouldn't have given a shit, whereas 90% of Canadians would have been in mourning for a month...
Anyways, enough blabbering.Its been fun keeping this thread going and watching the games unfold, its too bad we don't have more people from countries besides the US and Canada on here to make it more interesting.
The Olympics are awesome and I have been slacking in other areas the past two weeks because I have spent so much time watching the events on TV. Its time to get back to real life.
Now , off to the comic store..

Steve
1st March 10, 04:32 PM
LOL. And for the record, I think ski jumpers should all be required to wear capes, cause how cool would that be?

To repeat a joke I heard a couple weeks ago: they should combine ski jumping with the biathlon and call it "skeet jumping." Now THAT could be pretty damn entertaining.

And congratulations to all our Canadian posters for winning the gold!

Artful Dentures
1st March 10, 05:06 PM
To repeat a joke I heard a couple weeks ago: they should combine ski jumping with the biathlon and call it "skeet jumping." Now THAT could be pretty damn entertaining.

And congratulations to all our Canadian posters for winning the gold!

Thank you

I worked very hard to get the gold.

Not touting my own horn but I am 100% responsible for it.

If I didn't will Crosby to score from my couch all would have been for naught and sadness would have reigned in Mudville

Steve
1st March 10, 05:23 PM
Thank you

I worked very hard to get the gold.

Not touting my own horn but I am 100% responsible for it.

If I didn't will Crosby to score from my couch all would have been for naught and sadness would have reigned in Mudville

I knew it would be so.

Because of that I spent my night beating Batman: Arkham Asylum, there was really no point watching the game (for me, that is).

Feryk
5th March 10, 01:06 PM
Curling cat looks like he swallowed on of the rocks.

Kiko
6th March 10, 08:22 AM
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