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    Olympics

    I wish they were more about the sports. I also think it's a little embarrassing that every 10 minutes we criticize Russia with some if the things we do in the U.S..



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    Re: Olympics

    Not a fan of all the political BS that NBC is interjecting into their broadcast either. Save it for another time.




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    Re: Olympics

    Can someone help me understand this odd thought I have about the Olympics?

    In both the summer and winter olympics, there are multiple swimming races, skiing races, and other events where different distances are separate medal events. Because of this, people like Phelps have won multiple medals in each games. The major team sports, like soccer, hockey, and basketball have one tournament for the duration of the games. Usually on the final day there is the championship game. These athletes compete for two weeks in one event for the chance to win one medal.

    Couldn't someone compare the timed events to a separate medal event for one-period hockey, two-period hockey, a medal for a shootout tournament, a hockey game with no line changes, etc? Why are team sports only one medal while individual sports care multiple events?


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    Re: Olympics

    Quote Originally Posted by mtowncyclone13 View Post
    Can someone help me understand this odd thought I have about the Olympics?

    In both the summer and winter olympics, there are multiple swimming races, skiing races, and other events where different distances are separate medal events. Because of this, people like Phelps have won multiple medals in each games. The major team sports, like soccer, hockey, and basketball have one tournament for the duration of the games. Usually on the final day there is the championship game. These athletes compete for two weeks in one event for the chance to win one medal.

    Couldn't someone compare the timed events to a separate medal event for one-period hockey, two-period hockey, a medal for a shootout tournament, a hockey game with no line changes, etc? Why are team sports only one medal while individual sports care multiple events?
    I've always thought that was a little odd, too. One swimmer can bring in 7-ish medals for his country's medal count, but a team of 15-20 can play for weeks and contribute 1.

    I wasn't sure if I was going to like when the snowboarding events were added to the Olympics (since the X-Games seem to cover them pretty thoroughly) but I appreciate the comaraderie the athletes have towards each other. I know there's a ton of pressure for the competitors to do well, but I enjoy watching people from other countries cheer on their opponents. They seem like they actually have fun.



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    Re: Olympics

    Quote Originally Posted by mtowncyclone13 View Post
    Can someone help me understand this odd thought I have about the Olympics?

    In both the summer and winter olympics, there are multiple swimming races, skiing races, and other events where different distances are separate medal events. Because of this, people like Phelps have won multiple medals in each games. The major team sports, like soccer, hockey, and basketball have one tournament for the duration of the games. Usually on the final day there is the championship game. These athletes compete for two weeks in one event for the chance to win one medal.

    Couldn't someone compare the timed events to a separate medal event for one-period hockey, two-period hockey, a medal for a shootout tournament, a hockey game with no line changes, etc? Why are team sports only one medal while individual sports care multiple events?
    Part of it might be that team events have a designated time that they're supposed to last, but other sports don't. A hockey is three periods, but how far should a speed skating race be? There are different lengths which all work. It also probably has to do with the development if each sport. A track and field meet has multiple races but you only play one soccer game at a time



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    Re: Olympics

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUAgronomist View Post
    Not a fan of all the political BS that NBC is interjecting into their broadcast either. Save it for another time.
    IMO, the way to watch the Olympics is on DVR. You can skip the crap figure skating, commentary and human interest stuff.


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    Re: Olympics

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUAgronomist View Post
    Not a fan of all the political BS that NBC is interjecting into their broadcast either. Save it for another time.
    I think a lot of that has to do with left over hatred from the cold war. All these people doing the broadcasting are old dudes that remember hiding under their desks in school to "protect" them from a nuclear blast.


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    Re: Olympics

    The Olympics and politics have been intertwined forever. Or are you new to the games?

    Also, no one should apologize for criticizing Russia. It's well deserved.


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    Re: Olympics

    Quote Originally Posted by WooClone15 View Post
    Part of it might be that team events have a designated time that they're supposed to last, but other sports don't. A hockey is three periods, but how far should a speed skating race be? There are different lengths which all work. It also probably has to do with the development if each sport. A track and field meet has multiple races but you only play one soccer game at a time


    ok. hockey medal for first to score 1 goal. another medal for first to score 2 goals, etc. no doubt hockey is premier event (along with women's figure skating) but it is silly to think 20 pros can contribute 1 medal while a no-name skier contributes 4 medals. I guess that's the fun of the games- no one cares about moguls except every 4 years?



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