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The Winter Olympics

Postby Pepper Pig » February 8th, 2018, 9:08 pm

Am I the only one who enjoys these? Not all sports - I'll never get the hang of some of the weirder cross country skiing things - but I do like more than I used to when we were completely useless. Love curling, some of the skating things, the tea tray events and snowboarding. Also quite interested in how a combined Korean team is going to get on. ;)
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby Busybee » February 8th, 2018, 10:15 pm

I will be glued to the tv...........I know absolutely nothing about most of the sports but the olympics always reel me in.

Great fan of the tea tray events, snowboarding, ice skating and skiing but I know I will watch something for the first time and will end up glued to it.

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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby TeresaFoodie » February 8th, 2018, 10:24 pm

I don't even know what a tea tray event is, that's how much notice I've taken in the past. But in case I have been missing out on something spectacular I will be paying more attention this year.
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby Busybee » February 8th, 2018, 10:33 pm

TeresaFoodie wrote:I don't even know what a tea tray event is, that's how much notice I've taken in the past. But in case I have been missing out on something spectacular I will be paying more attention this year.


Think John Noakes hurtling down the Cresta Run..........basically skeleton bob, luge etc

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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby StokeySue » February 8th, 2018, 10:43 pm

Perfect demo of the tea tray event (I love this)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aGZ9ruoC3M8
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby Gruney » February 8th, 2018, 11:26 pm

Brilliant, Sue - thanks a lot.
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby earthmaiden » February 9th, 2018, 1:13 am

I have little interest in Summer Olympics but find Winter Olympics far more entertaining. DS's thing is ice hockey but he did speed skating for a while and a girl who started st the same time went on to compete at Olympic level so we got interested. I like watching skiing and tobogganing too.
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby TeresaFoodie » February 9th, 2018, 5:35 am

Oh that pooch! Hours of fun! :luv:
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby cyprusmoira » February 9th, 2018, 6:08 am

We shall watch the Opening Ceremony but will then get bogged down in the usual pundits pontificating

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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby suffolk » February 9th, 2018, 7:20 am

Many many many years ago I did some temporary work for a family who had two members in the GB skiing team ... those were the days when skiing Brits were likely to be a privileged few ... and they weren't very good either! things have changed haven't they ... niece is a proficient snowboarder and indeed it is an element in her 'sports' GCSE!

I love watching the summer Olympics ... I'm not quite as gripped by the winter sports but will certainly watch quite a bit ... a lot of knitting is likely to be done :D
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby Seatallan » February 9th, 2018, 9:54 am

I like that event where they have to negotiate a series of obstacles including a big slope. Can't remember what the event is called but it's well entertaining in an 'It's A Knockout' sort of way. :D
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby karadekoolaid » February 9th, 2018, 10:12 am

Absolutely no interest whatsoever from here :shock: Anything to do with snow and cold gives me the shivers :lol:
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby StokeySue » February 9th, 2018, 10:33 am

Giant slalom Sea?

It's the most spectacular of the skiing events IMO

My friend's son was in the GB junior skii team but lost interest as he got older, he was brough up in the Italian alps though, his Mum's Italian. Don't think he was ever quite good enough for team Italy, and that's why he lost interest.
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby Sloe-Gin » February 9th, 2018, 11:23 am

I'll be watching too. Basically, anything which involves hurling themselves downhill, twizzling about on skates, the later stages of the bowls on ice.. think that just about covers it.
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby WWordsworth » February 9th, 2018, 10:27 pm

Nope
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby Zosherooney » February 9th, 2018, 10:30 pm

Not my :mug:
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby patpoyntz » February 10th, 2018, 5:07 pm

Yes, I will be watching. We are a family of avid skiers....though I’m not sure when I will get back on the slopes now with my 2 new knees. We live near Cairngorm and usually get season tickets. The snow is good this year and OH is getting his moneys worth. It’s lovely to see really good conditions for the Olympics, but I’m glad it is not as cold as that here.
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby Badger's mate » February 10th, 2018, 7:02 pm

that event where they have to negotiate a series of obstacles including a big slope


This could potentially describe me coming home from the pub...
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby Zosherooney » February 10th, 2018, 7:06 pm

:lol: :lol: BM I'd rather watch you coming home from the pub than TWO
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby Badger's mate » February 10th, 2018, 7:08 pm

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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby TeresaFoodie » February 11th, 2018, 7:49 am

My day started well when I switched the TV on. A beautiful performance from Canada in the ice skating to a lovely piece of music by Adele. This is an event that I will happily watch for hours! Incredible really how two people can be so synchronized and there is so much that can go wrong, so when it doesn't go wrong for that whole sequence you just have to watch in awe and wonder exactly how many hours training must have gone in to perfect that routine. Just beautiful that one!
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby icelesley » February 11th, 2018, 8:17 am

I a m Fed up of them already.....sorry to dedicated watchers, it's just not my cup of tea.
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby Ratatouille » February 11th, 2018, 10:24 am

I watched teenage boys doing very dangerous things on bits of wood on ice and snow yesterday. So nothing too unusual there I suppose :lol:

I rather enjoy some of the events like figure skating, downhill skiing, curling and the teetray racing. Dand S-I-L are all keen skiers in fact S-i-L and partner are in the alps right naw. I hope she managed to stay upright this year because she has damaged herself quite seriously more than once!
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby TeresaFoodie » February 11th, 2018, 10:40 am

Whenever I've been on the ice (about three times) I have just froze on the spot, which is ironic really. Eldest nephew put me to shame once when I took him to a winter wonderland rink, an absolute natural! Not for me thank you.
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby suffolk » February 11th, 2018, 1:24 pm

Ratatouille wrote:I watched teenage boys doing very dangerous things on bits of wood on ice and snow yesterday. So nothing too unusual there I suppose


That takes me back to the early 60s ......... at our tiny rural village school one hard winter (probably 62/63) the bigger boys made a slide on the compacted snow/ice along the length of the playground fence. Every playtime they had a few minutes of great fun ... some girls had a go too but given that back in those days we all wore skirts it wasn't as easy for us. Then one morning playtime we went out to find that the neighbour next door to the school had leaned over the fence and sprinkled a lot of roadsalt on the boys' slide and all the children were very upset ... the boys said they'd made the slide there as it was along the edge where the little ones could be kept away from it so they didn't slip over ............... even Ma who was a school governor was furious about it, calling him 'a right old misery guts and a kill-joy'.

Later that year some of the lads put a lit 'jumping jack' through his letterbox ......... unforgiveable I know and the lads responsible had their ears soundly boxed by PC Painter (in the days when that sort of thing was considered ok) ... but even Ma said 'he did rather ask for it.

Not desperately on topic but it does involve ice and fireworks ;)
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby Pepper Pig » February 11th, 2018, 1:47 pm

Those were the days Suffs! :lol: :lol:
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby suffolk » February 11th, 2018, 3:02 pm

Hope everyone's enjoying Google's contribution to the Winter Games https://searchengineland.com/winter-oly ... now-games-

I particularly like today's effort :D
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby Grasshopper » February 11th, 2018, 8:38 pm

'fraid I won't be watching, not being a sport-lover, but that collie in the vid looks like she's having loads of fun.
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby suffolk » February 13th, 2018, 4:16 pm

A sports commentator just described the snow as 'over-aggressive, ........ OH quipped back that he didn't see why the snow couldn't keep its cool ........ :lol: 8-)
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby cyprusmoira » February 13th, 2018, 4:21 pm

I watched the Women's Skeleton event earlier this afternoon, they were sliding down he ice faster than I drive on the Main Highway :o

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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby suffolk » February 13th, 2018, 4:48 pm

It's crazy ...... bro did the Cresta Run years ago ... he said he's never been so scared in his life ....... and that's slow compared to what they do nowadays :shock:
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby Seatallan » February 13th, 2018, 6:26 pm

suffolk wrote:A sports commentator just described the snow as 'over-aggressive, ........ OH quipped back that he didn't see why the snow couldn't keep its cool ........ :lol:


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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby TeresaFoodie » February 18th, 2018, 7:49 pm

I am in total awe of anyone who can tackle these slopes at such high speeds, and so gracefully. My osteopenia does groan when I watch it.

I'm addicted though!

Such agility! The crowds are really making this special with flags and cheering.

Is anyone else here still keenly watching?
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby Gruney » February 18th, 2018, 8:20 pm

Yes - but I was a bit disappointed to learn that one of the bobsleigh teams - I can't remember which - complained that the run was too dangerous, and refused to participate until it was gritted.
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby TeresaFoodie » February 18th, 2018, 10:11 pm

Was that before or after he/she complained that his/her feet felt a bit cold?
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Re: The Winter Olympics

Postby Pepper Pig » February 19th, 2018, 2:28 pm

Just when I think I’ve got the hang of the scoring in curling something happens . . . . :o :o :o
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