(Closed) Have you been watching the Olympics?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What is your favorite event?

    I have been watching the Olympics.

    I haven't watched any Olympic events.

    Alpine Skiing

    Biathalon

    Bobsledding

    Cross Country Skiing

    Curling

    Figure Skating

    Freestlyle Skiing

  • Post # 32
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
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    Nope. Every so often I’ll google to see what place the US is in, but I don’t watch the Olympics.

    Post # 33
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    Buzzing bee

    I’m doing my best to avoid insipid and internationally humiliating American coverage (Canadian, Aussie, UK, etc. bees, I hope you sacrifice a goat or something in honor for that great coverage–I may actual mail checks to the CBC and BBC since I ‘borrowed’ their feeds once or twice), but I am watching.  I will watch anything, but I have special obsessions with luge and curling.  For the shallow among us: check out the Swedish men’s curling team–they’re really out of Central Casting…LOL  There’s a blond hair/blue-eyed guy; a tall, dark, handsome prince type; a cute hipster; and a smoldering, serious one as well.

     

    Post # 34
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    Bee Keeper

    No. Not interested. I think most Olympians are equally the best in the world at what they do and the difference comes down to luck, doping, and how rich their country is to give them top quality equipment and so on.

    I find the country medal counts divisive rather than promoting world unity (I consider myself a global citizen, not “belonging” to a particular government that claims ownership of me based on my passport).

    I think the Western media picking on Russia is extremey hypocritical and really obviously transparently for political reasons, but I also see the games as a huge, HUGE waste of money that could have gone to many much more worthwhile causes. 51 billion is the estimate for what Sochi cost. Really, this silly event is worth 51 billion when so many Russians and other people around the world are in such a bad place. Heck, how about the money needed for re-fixing Chernobyl now that its temporary seal is cracking apart and re-endangering us? That’s much, much more important, and a global health issue. And, speaking of that, my stomach twists when I think of Japan being so irrresponsible as to take on the Olympics when they are spending the bare amount possible not to cause mass hysteria about the horrific job they’re doing to stop Fukushima which is even today spewing and spewing out into the Pacific Ocean. And I feel everyone who participates in the Olympic games is complicit in these types of unethical allocations of funding,  not just the host countries. Everyone agreed to turn a blind eye and participate. Not cool.

    Finally, I also feel there is something unethical about many of the events in the Olympics that have a high degree of serious injury. Broken backs, concussions, collapsed lungs, etc., if these are “normal” risks for Olympians, what they have done is taken (in most cases) a normal sport to an unhealthy extreme, it is now a torture and real-life survival game that frankly comes across to me like a real-life version of something like the Hunger Games. So I feel sickened to watch that, too. Especially when the contestants are like 17 years old and risking these serious injuries. Yay for their parents and coaches that not only allowed but pushed them to destroy their bodies and risk their lives like this? Yay for their going in for major surgery after major surgery to continue to compete and having a lifetime of future chronic pain and disability ahead of them for a chance to win a gold-plated medal and a chance to shill cheerios and watches? I’m. not. feeling. it.

    Post # 35
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    Bumble bee

    Not really. The schedule is too random. I don’t support the Olympics moving around either. It should always be held in the same place every time. I mean Russia is spending $50 billion dollars…for what?!

    Post # 37
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    Buzzing bee
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    @VikingPrincess:  Just because Russia is rife with corruption and a disgusting amount of money has been spent… doesn’t mean that happens every Olympics.  Sure, it’s not the best use of money for each host and I’d wager the winter venues don’t see as much return on investment as the summer, but part of the fun of the olympics for me is seeing it in a new place each year.

    Changing the subject… I absolutely love some of the feel good stories that have come out of the games this year…

    Freeskier Gus Kenworthy saving stray puppies http://www.buzzfeed.com/lyapalater/this-hot-american-olympic-skier-is-also-a-puppy-saver

    Swiss gold medallist sticking around to congratulate the last man through (someone pointed out in the comments that they had their maths wrong & it was closer to an hour) http://www.buzzfeed.com/ellievhall/gold-medalist-is-the-definition-of-olympic-sportsmanship-wai

    Canadian coach helps out Russian cross-country skiier whose ski broke so he could finish the course – while his own coach ignored him http://www.buzzfeed.com/ellievhall/a-canadian-coach-replaced-a-russian-athletes-broken-ski-so-h

    Post # 38
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    Busy bee
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    I’ve been watching! I love speed skating, ice skating (particularly ice dancing), and cross country skiing.

    Post # 39
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
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    @joya_aspera:  I disagree that the medal count by country is divisive.  When else would a figure skater from Kazikstan be on the same rink as a skater from America?  And then skate together, and congratulate each other later?  It doesn’t happen.  The Olympics is a dream for many athletes, and when you see the few people from the smaller or less represented countries walk into the opening ceremony…I love it.  It’s about everyone coming together to do sports.

    Although…that one guy from India is competing under the flag of the Olympics, because India f’ed up and was all corrupt (unlike Russia, lol).  I think it would be neat if everyone went to the Olympics as global citizens…but I’m find with the way it is now.

     

    I do think the costs are ridiculous.  They should identify a location on each continent and switch each time.  So, North America, Europe, and Asia would have the winter games, and South America, Africa, and Australia would have the summer games.  I wonder if there is any information about the lasting economic impact of the Olympics on a given area.  I wonder if Google would help with that question…=)

    Post # 41
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    Sugar bee
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    @senglish0410:  Same here, but I hope Gracie Gold gets silver! 

    Post # 42
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    Blushing bee
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    @joya_aspera:  I agree that the games have cost way too much money, but you do know that Chernobyl is in Ukraine, not Russia, right? Also the shelter is mainly funded by EU, USA, and Ukraine.

    I do cheer for other nationalities thsn my own. For instance Noriaki Kasai’s silver medal and team bronze are so great at his age, I am so happy for him.

    Post # 43
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    Sugar bee
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    Lol no I honestly thought it was a one day thing, was surprised that’s still going on >.> I’m not into sports :p

    Post # 44
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    @Alsace:  I know it is in the Ukraine (right near the borders of Russia and Belarus) but did not know that the sarcophagus is not funded in part by Russia. That’s interesting and disappointing to hear because it was property of what was then the the USSR and IMO they are still obligated. These nuclear disasters start but never disappear, even if the imaginary power structures or “states” that people created them under, do.

    I can’t imagine why other nations would not require Russia to continue to have significant responsibilty for Chernobyl. Where did you find that info? I’d like to read more about it.

    Post # 45
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    Blushing bee
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    @joya_aspera:  I found it from Wikipedia, there’s an article on Chernobyl Shelter Fund.

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