2010 Winter Olympics Worst Ever?


Bar Sinister
#1
I've been hearing a lot of nonsense, especially from the Brits about how bad the Vancouver games are. The following article puts things into proper perspective, pointing out that the death of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 games may have given Munich that dubious honour. Honourable mentions are the "Nazi" 1936 games in Berlin, the polluted 1996 Atlanta games, and the fact that although 20,000 tickets were cancelled in Vancouver due to warm weather, 59,000 were refunded in Nagano and 130,000 were refunded in Calgary. And of course there are the recent Beijing Olympics where just breathing the air was considered the equivalent of smoking several packs of cigarettes a day.

Olympic critics leave out facts
 
Kreskin
#2
Their just jealous and butt ugly.
 
gopher
#3
The Games have been fabulous! I just wish we could have won a few more weighty medals but I'm not complaining.
 
Kreskin
#4
Gopher, last I looked you guys were kicking ass.
 
gopher
#5
Thanks but I think you're being too generous. Apolo Ohno and local girl Lindsey Vonn only got Bronze, while Shani Davis only got Silver in their matches today. I was hoping they would win Gold. Of course, their opponents won fair & square.

My favorite events are bob sled (which you call bob sleigh), Nordic, and biathlon. And we stunk up royally in those sports! Hopefully, we'll make up for it in other sports.
 
talloola
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by gopher View Post

Thanks but I think you're being too generous. Apolo Ohno and local girl Lindsey Vonn only got Bronze, while Shani Davis only got Silver in their matches today. I was hoping they would win Gold. Of course, their opponents won fair & square.

My favorite events are bob sled (which you call bob sleigh), Nordic, and biathlon. And we stunk up royally in those sports! Hopefully, we'll make up for it in other sports.

we call them bob sleds
 
gopher
#7
Aha! I stand corrected - thought only us Yanks did so.
 
talloola
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by gopher View Post

Aha! I stand corrected - thought only us Yanks did so.

unless they say it that way in eastern canada, but I would think
one would have to go to england to hear that rendition.
 
bill barilko
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by Kreskin Voice of Reason & Knowledge View Post

They're just jealous and butt ugly.

*X2*
 
Liberalman
#10
At least Vancouver Will have something in common with Montreal
 
gopher
#11
What a game twixt USA & Canada! Canucks ran the crease and made many more SOGs but it didn't intimidate goalie Ryan Miller. Yanks win 5-3.

Thought the game would be discussed on this thread but perhaps it was discussed on another one.

Canadians are still in it though as they have an easy draw vs Germany in their next match.

Also glad to see Bode Miller win Gold in down hill combo.
 
talloola
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by gopher View Post

What a game twixt USA & Canada! Canucks ran the crease and made many more SOGs but it didn't intimidate goalie Ryan Miller. Yanks win 5-3.

Thought the game would be discussed on this thread but perhaps it was discussed on another one.

Canadians are still in it though as they have an easy draw vs Germany in their next match.

Also glad to see Bode Miller win Gold in down hill combo.

u.s. had two excellent millers today.
 
countryboy
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by gopher View Post

Thanks but I think you're being too generous. Apolo Ohno and local girl Lindsey Vonn only got Bronze, while Shani Davis only got Silver in their matches today. I was hoping they would win Gold. Of course, their opponents won fair & square.

My favorite events are bob sled (which you call bob sleigh), Nordic, and biathlon. And we stunk up royally in those sports! Hopefully, we'll make up for it in other sports.

Interesting point on the bob sleigh/bob sled. I hadn't thought about it until I read your post here, and then a few hours ago, I was watching the event on TV and lo and behold...there it was "bob sleigh" right on the screen. Now I don't know if it's a "Canadianism" or a term the Olympic folks use internationally. I always called it a bob sled myself.

By the way, the U.S. is doing great with the medals and from what I've seen, they've really earned them all. Even the figure skater guy, although that one seems to be controversial for some. But figure skating has always been a bit weird on their scoring system anyway. I just ignore all that stuff and enjoy the show.

Anyway, congrats to all the athletes who have won medals thus far...they seem to be having a ball and they're putting on quite a show...the games are exciting and great.
 
gopher
#14
"there it was "bob sleigh" right on the screen"


Back in the 1960s this was one of the most popular winter Olympics events. I remember when ABC Sports used to broadcast it during those years and it was always called 'bob sleigh' except in the few times it was conducted in the USA. I honestly thought only us Yanks used the term bob sled. Guess we all learned something new!
 
JLM
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by gopher View Post

"there it was "bob sleigh" right on the screen"


Back in the 1960s this was one of the most popular winter Olympics events. I remember when ABC Sports used to broadcast it during those years and it was always called 'bob sleigh' except in the few times it was conducted in the USA. I honestly thought only us Yanks used the term bob sled. Guess we all learned something new!

I noticed that too. "Bob Sled" was always the term we used in British Columbia.
 
Risus
#16
The Toronto Star calls it Bobsled, one word, Macleans magazine calls it Bobsleigh, one word...
 
VanIsle
#17
Quote: Originally Posted by countryboy View Post

Interesting point on the bob sleigh/bob sled. I hadn't thought about it until I read your post here, and then a few hours ago, I was watching the event on TV and lo and behold...there it was "bob sleigh" right on the screen. Now I don't know if it's a "Canadianism" or a term the Olympic folks use internationally. I always called it a bob sled myself.

By the way, the U.S. is doing great with the medals and from what I've seen, they've really earned them all. Even the figure skater guy, although that one seems to be controversial for some. But figure skating has always been a bit weird on their scoring system anyway. I just ignore all that stuff and enjoy the show.

Anyway, congrats to all the athletes who have won medals thus far...they seem to be having a ball and they're putting on quite a show...the games are exciting and great.

We've always called it the "Bob Sled" and many many moons ago they also had Bob skates. Double bladed skates that you strapped onto your shoes like the old time roller skates.
 
Risus
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by VanIsle View Post

We've always called it the "Bob Sled" and many many moons ago they also had Bob skates. Double bladed skates that you strapped onto your shoes like the old time roller skates.

I can remember those double bladed skates being called 'cheese cutters', lol
 
#juan
#19
Through the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, Canada has won a total of 379 medals in the Summer and Winter Olympics.

Here is the breakdown:

Summer Games
Gold: 58
Silver: 94
Bronze: 108
Total Summer: 260

Winter Games
Gold: 38
Silver: 38
Bronze: 43
Total Winter: 119

This answer will be updated after the final results of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games.

Great Britain has won a total of 46 medals, both Summer and Winter. They are hardly in a position to criticize Canada.
 
talloola
#20
I have noticed there hasn't been a sign of Ron McLean at
these Olympics, or Don Cherry, hope that continues, they
are a toronto act, should stay there.

I saw a guy walking around the olympics yesterday with a
big fluffy dog head on, we thought maybe it was McLean,
as he probably shouldn't show his face in Vancouver,

lol
 
#juan
#21
Quote: Originally Posted by talloola View Post

I have noticed there hasn't been a sign of Ron McLean at
these Olympics, or Don Cherry, hope that continues, they
are a toronto act, should stay there.

I saw a guy walking around the olympics yesterday with a
big fluffy dog head on, we thought maybe it was McLean,
as he probably shouldn't show his face in Vancouver,

lol

If he stopped to lick his bum, it was McLean. Cherry couldn't find his bum with both paws...
 
coldstream
#22
This all started with the rancid British tabloid press, who look for any angle, always negative, to characterise things in the most hostile and aggregious light.. to sell papers. They started off declaring it the most dangerous Olympics after the death of the Georgian luger.. and went on from there, blowing up, out any proportion to reality, complaints they could cherry pick from athletes or spectators to make their case.

These are in fact extremely well organized and operated games. The facilities are great. Even the inclimately warm weather has not affected the competition, the atmosphere is friendly and sporting. Every games develops its own character, and will see its share of problems.. but this 'worst game's' is an invention of some bottom dwelliing 'journalists'... and is not worth giving any more attention to than the National Enquirer.
Last edited by coldstream; Feb 23rd, 2010 at 01:35 PM..
 
mt_pockets1000
#23
Our own reporters went to London to seek out the reason why Britain has been so negative about our Vancouver Olympics. An editor at one of their major newspapers admitted they are trying to make us look bad so they can push their own summer Olympics in London in 2012.
 
talloola
#24
Quote: Originally Posted by mt_pockets1000 View Post

Our own reporters went to London to seek out the reason why Britain has been so negative about our Vancouver Olympics. An editor at one of their major newspapers admitted they are trying to make us look bad so they can push their own summer Olympics in London in 2012.


very tacky but typical of the media, too bad they have
so much power, and also suck people in with lies, and
so many think it is the truth, media need to have more
control over them, but by who, government, no thanks, but
by an independent group who make them be accountable and
truthfull, instead of gossipy and untruthful.
 
JLM
#25
[quote=#juan;1225196]Through the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, Canada has won a total of 379 medals in the Summer and Winter Olympics.

Just the other day I was amazed to learn from a friend (Norwegian) to learn that Norway holds the record for number of medals won over the years in the Winter Olympics. (Vat's de matter vith dem Svedes?) There's three times as many of them.
 
JLM
#26
Quote: Originally Posted by talloola View Post

I have noticed there hasn't been a sign of Ron McLean at
these Olympics, or Don Cherry, hope that continues, they
are a toronto act, should stay there.

I saw a guy walking around the olympics yesterday with a
big fluffy dog head on, we thought maybe it was McLean,
as he probably shouldn't show his face in Vancouver,

lol

A tiny bit of Cherry goes a hell of a long way.
 
Risus
#27
Quote: Originally Posted by talloola View Post

I have noticed there hasn't been a sign of Ron McLean at
these Olympics, or Don Cherry, hope that continues, they
are a toronto act, should stay there.

I saw a guy walking around the olympics yesterday with a
big fluffy dog head on, we thought maybe it was McLean,
as he probably shouldn't show his face in Vancouver,

lol

Thats because they both work for CBC, not CTV.
 
talloola
#28
Quote: Originally Posted by Risus View Post

Thats because they both work for CBC, not CTV.

CBC is in vancouver all through the olympics.
 
darkbeaver
#29
Great that'll keep them out of the rest of the country then.
 
Risus
#30
Quote: Originally Posted by talloola View Post

CBC is in vancouver all through the olympics.

true, but not doing any live broadcasts, where cherry and mclean would come in.
 

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