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2010 Olympics are over.
Did you enjoy them
rocker




msg:4089076
 3:14 am on Mar 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

I really enjoyed watching the Olympics. Although I do wish USA won in hockey, but it was a good game. For some reason I got hooked on watching curling. I always thought it was more a game of luck, now I see there is a lot of skill involved.

That was a great choice having Neil Young closing the ceremony with "Long May you Run"

/edit/ added correction

I stand corrected. I thought it ended with Neil Young when they extiquished the torch apparently the closing ceremony is still going on :)

 

lawman




msg:4089078
 3:25 am on Mar 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

Everytime I tuned in curling was on. Never could find ski jumping, my favorite. About 30 minutes of curling at one time is all I can stand. Ski jumping I could watch all day

astupidname




msg:4089101
 6:01 am on Mar 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

I also highly enjoyed watching these 21st Winter Olympics. I must confess I have never paid too much attention to them before this one. But it just worked out with my schedule lately that I was able to watch an awful lot of it, and boy did I ever enjoy watching these Olympics! I'm actually a bit sad it's over.
A sincere, heartfelt thank you goes out to all the athletes who competed, from all countries, and gave us very many memorable victories, spills, thrills and efforts. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Me being from the U.S.A. I am certainly very proud of our athletes accomplishments in this Olympics. I believe it was said to be our best showing in the Winter Olympics ever, taking home the most medals overall [vancouver2010.com] (we did better than anyone else at coming in 2nd and 3rd, this time around... lol!). And hooray for Canada too, our friendly neighbors to the north, with achieving the most Gold medals, and taking home the bronze in the 'most medals' competition. And of course Germany with an outstanding showing, taking silver in the 'most medals' competition.

Yeah, I would have liked it if we (U.S.A.) would have won the men's hockey gold, but hey, when it comes right down to it, Canada capping off the last event of their home Olympics by winning hockey gold in a thrilling nail biter of a sudden-death overtime game.... well it just doesn't get any better than that. Just a perfect ending for them, congrats. Priceless.

A few favorite moments of mine:

Shaun White. Need I say more? (I will..) Seeing him take the Gold in the Halfpipe was absolutely incredible. Though his other competitors are certainly very highly talented, not one of them can quite hold a candle to him. The things he can do and the way he does them... no one comes close. Having the gold already totally wrapped up after his first run, the guy is clearly all about the moment, the trick, hammering out McSwirly thing-a-ma-jigs in the air. He did not have to take his second run, nor did he have to perform at an even higher level than his first run. But he DID, and omg it was astonishing. The epitomy of sport for the pure love of sport, that's what that was in it's rawest form. Impressive as heck.

Lindsey Vonn winning the Gold in the downhill and then collapsing in joy. Just perfect.

Julia Mancuso's fantastic performances for her 2 silver medals.

All the speed skating, I really love watching that. Especially the short track speed skating. That's just as thrilling as can be. It's like sharks on ice skates trying to eat each other at 35mph around a tight icy oval. Many memorable moments there. The U.S.A. skaters had a fine showing, and I enjoyed immensely watching Apolo Ohno and all the others. The Canadians too, as well as the highly impressive Korean skaters. Boy are they strong on the short track.
Too many moments... I could go on and on..

Yeah, it was great having Neil Young in the closing ceremony to do his song 'Long May You Run'. Ranks right up there, as far as finale's go, with his appearance on Conan's final show, doing 'Long May You Run', and then Conan closing out with Will Ferrell doing 'Freebird'. Now that was awesome.
Olympic Athletes, long may you run!

engine




msg:4089174
 10:41 am on Mar 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

For me, the time difference made it tough to watch anything but highlights and news reports. However, yes, I did enjoy it.

It was sad to hear of the loss of Olympic luger Nodar Kumaritashvili. It reminds us of the dangers and the bravery of the competitors.

The highlight was Amy Williams winning the Olympic Skeleton Gold [news.bbc.co.uk] medal.

There's not much more that creates a feel-good atmosphere by the home country winning the final event. Canada winning the Ice Hockey event was one of those kind of occasions.

Despite the challenges of the adverse weather, I'm happy to say, well done Canada on staging the event.

tangor




msg:4089202
 12:21 pm on Mar 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

I have to say the Olympics (and most sports these days) have become so commercialized I no longer enjoy them. I did not watch. News reports of outcomes was sufficient.

StoutFiles




msg:4089229
 1:32 pm on Mar 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

Shaun White. Need I say more? (I will..) Seeing him take the Gold in the Halfpipe was absolutely incredible. Though his other competitors are certainly very highly talented, not one of them can quite hold a candle to him. The things he can do and the way he does them... no one comes close.


The problem with a lot of winter sports is that it's hard to make money doing them so you take a regular job and practice with whatever time you're given. Unless you're someone like Shaun White who makes 7.5 mil a year and had his sponsor build him a halfpipe to practice on.

Shaun is the best because he has the best. He can practice moves that many of the others can't afford to practice.

Yeah, I would have liked it if we (U.S.A.) would have won the men's hockey gold, but hey, when it comes right down to it, Canada capping off the last event of their home Olympics by winning hockey gold in a thrilling nail biter of a sudden-death overtime game.... well it just doesn't get any better than that. Just a perfect ending for them, congrats. Priceless.


I'm happy Canada won. They cared about that game a lot more than we did.

Rugles




msg:4089236
 1:59 pm on Mar 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

I'm happy Canada won.


How do you think we feel? wooo hoooo!

That was too close a game, it could have gone either way. The rumour up here this weekend is that Crosby has had the flu for the last several days, hence the poor production from his line. He was apparently very winded after a 20 second shift. But he got the winner and is our hero!

Great games, glad to see Neil represent.

weeks




msg:4089314
 3:43 pm on Mar 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

I went skiing during part of the Olympics. It was a great combo, as you might expect. We would ski during the day and watch the downhill at night over beer and stew or pizza.

Hannah Kearney's gold medal in women's moguls impressed us. We were watching the runs and the folks on the TV did not seem that impressed with Kearney. But we were, like, wow, who is THAT?!? Her form coming down the mountain was perfect. So, when she won the gold, it was like-ha, we know what we're talking about!

Then the next day I met a little girl--about 6, maybe, dressed in blue--in the lift line with her hair tied up like this outside her helmet.
[theskichannel.com...]

I asked her mother, "Hannah Kearney fan?" The little girl and her mother, both, nodded an enthusiastic reply. Too cool.

LifeinAsia




msg:4089341
 4:51 pm on Mar 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

I watched the opening ceremony and women's ice skating finals (actually, my wife taped that :) ). I only watch the Olympics these days with 2 indispensable tools: Tivo and the mute button. I can't stand all the commercials nor the inane comments. I have been saying it for years- someone needs to tell the NBC announcers that sometimes you just need to SHUT UP and let people enjoy the event! Do these people get paid by the word or what?

Maybe it's been so long, but I don't remember that the ABC announcers yacked this much. Long live Jim McKay!

Rugles




msg:4089541
 10:18 pm on Mar 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

NBC's coverage is horrible. All the tape delays and endless back stories about athletes over coming adversity. Thank goodness I didn't have to rely on NBC coverage and can watch the Canadian coverage which is way better, not tape delayed and spread over 10 channels and focuses on the actual sport instead of back stories.

dbcooper




msg:4089543
 10:23 pm on Mar 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

Olympics? They still do that?

astupidname




msg:4089606
 12:52 am on Mar 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

The problem with a lot of winter sports is that it's hard to make money doing them so you take a regular job and practice with whatever time you're given. Unless you're someone like Shaun White who makes 7.5 mil a year and had his sponsor build him a halfpipe to practice on.

Shaun is the best because he has the best. He can practice moves that many of the others can't afford to practice.

Fair points? Maybe, maybe not. It is true of all sports, really, and true for all competitors including Shaun White. You can not make substantial money at any sports until you have already reached a particular level. Then, and only then, the money starts to flow. Shaun also won gold back in Torino, well before Red Bull built him a halfpipe. Shaun is not the best because he has the best, rather the other way around. He has the best because he is the best and sponsors want to help promote him to be even better. I really don't think he was born with a golden halfpipe in his back yard that magically makes him in to a boarder. So I guess it would be fair to say Shaun has the best backing because of the culture he is fortunate to be in, and because he already was the best.
At any rate, the second half of my original statements about Shaun White were pointed at the spirit that makes him the champion he is, endorsements or not.

Hannah Kearney's gold medal in women's moguls impressed us.

Yup, I saw that too and was equally impressed with Hannah Kearney. What a great show that was, you were dead-on!

claus




msg:4089703
 3:56 am on Mar 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

Well, combined with show everywhere outside and a public holiday, it gave a rise in traffic :)

That's literally all I've noticed about the olympics. Wouldn't watch it even if people would pay me to.

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