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Much as predicted, the temperatures are balmy enough for sunbathing. Some of the cross country skiers have joked about coming to start in bikinis because otherwise they simply die of overheating...

I love this pic of the Canadian hockey team doing thier warmup:




The Dutchies are doing exceptionally well in skating (yay) and the Estonians are doing ridiculously badly at everything - not unexpected this year.
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Other than the epic asskicking we gave Slovakia in Hockey today, the US has been pretty disappointing overall this Olympics...lots of a medal hopefuls and previous winners have been disappointing at best.
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- Sisters winning Gold and Silver in the moguls.

- Winning Silver in Speedskating after the spot in the final was given to him by his teammate. (Morrison fell in the qualification round, his teammate Junio made it and gave his spot to the better competitor- there is talk about Junio being our flag bearer).

- Canadian coach giving a ski to a struggling Russian in cross-country skiing

- The always heartwarming dedication of skier Alex Biladeau to his brother with cerebral palsy.

It also helps that we are doing quite well medal wise
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Much as predicted, the temperatures are balmy enough for sunbathing. Some of the cross country skiers have joked about coming to start in bikinis because otherwise they simply die of overheating...

I love this pic of the Canadian hockey team doing thier warmup:




The Dutchies are doing exceptionally well in skating (yay) and the Estonians are doing ridiculously badly at everything - not unexpected this year.
Haha so how is the reaction in Estonia?
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Other than the epic asskicking we gave Slovakia in Hockey today....
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Sisters winning Gold and Silver in the moguls.
Yes, but they made the bronze medalist cry! Okay, she made herself cry. It was really pitiful.
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- Sisters winning Gold and Silver in the moguls.
Dutch triple win of the men's 500 m speedskating; gold and bronze went to twins. There was actually also a sweep for the men's 5000 m speedskating but I thought the twins story (and the poor guy who came second - he lost the gold by the tiniest margin: something like 0.012 seconds) was just so exciting


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That's actually pretty common in the cross-country world. Although, was it a ski or a ski stick? Because they are allowed to have extra ski sticks but afaik they're not allowed to change skis in the middle of the race, unless it's a ski-change race where they do the first half classic, the 2nd half freestyle. It has to do with the preparation of the skis, the wax they put on it to make for better slide or better grip dependingo n the weather/conditions. Kind of like... if Hamilton chose the wrong tires for the day, he'll still have to go the whole race on those tires.

As for Estonians... well, we're a small country, we've got individual sporters and this year there's just nobody good enough in the mix to win any medals. But we've pretty high hopes for the next Olympics. The juniors are doing quite well in cross country skiing AND we've a girl who's beaten some of the world top freestyle skiers in the X-games but she's not allowed to compete at the Olympics because she's 11. Maybe that's a good thing seeing as she can't do some of the jumps because she's too light and her parents refuse to put weights on her as that would probably ruin her physique later on. Even cooler, she has a little brother who might become even better... Those videos on youtube, it's cuteness overdose...
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... Although, was it a ski or a ski stick? ...
The Skier in question had crashed and was proceeding on onne and a half skis, quickly working it's way down to one and a quarter or less. When the broken ski fell completely apart, the Canadian coach provided a whole ski for the last few hundred meters.

Probably technically illegal, but it was the difference between finishing 50-something and DNF.
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The juniors are doing quite well in cross country skiing AND we've a girl who's beaten some of the world top freestyle skiers in the X-games but she's not allowed to compete at the Olympics because she's 11.
That's about the same age as the youngest gold medal winner ever. Of course, that one won when things were still a bit more relaxed, and there weren't all those pesky rules around, yet, to inconvenience teams. It was during the Paris Olympics, I think. The American rowing team had four rowers and a steersman. Then the steersman got sick, right on the day of the actual race. So the Americans plucked some kid off the street, managed to tell him to shout "Hop! Hop! Hop!" or something like that, put him in the back of the boat, and rowed to victory. Other teams protested a bit, but there were no actual rules against that at the time. Now contestants have to be officially entered in advance, rather than just showing up at the start, they have to have a certain minimum weight in rowing and such, and they must be older than whatever. I'm not entirely sure we can blame all those rules on the EU, but we can try. I'm sure the IOC wouldn't mind.
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That's about the same age as the youngest gold medal winner ever. Of course, that one won when things were still a bit more relaxed, and there weren't all those pesky rules around, yet, to inconvenience teams. It was during the Paris Olympics, I think. The American rowing team had four rowers and a steersman. Then the steersman got sick, right on the day of the actual race. So the Americans plucked some kid off the street, managed to tell him to shout "Hop! Hop! Hop!" or something like that, put him in the back of the boat, and rowed to victory. Other teams protested a bit, but there were no actual rules against that at the time. Now contestants have to be officially entered in advance, rather than just showing up at the start, they have to have a certain minimum weight in rowing and such, and they must be older than whatever. I'm not entirely sure we can blame all those rules on the EU, but we can try. I'm sure the IOC wouldn't mind.
I actually did some googling on this and apparently the Olympic authorities don't decide the age - they follow the rules of each particular sport. So, figure skaters for instance can compete as "adults" at 15 but other sports have other age limits.

on other news, I can't find an English-language source for this but apparently the IOC flat out forbade the staging of a "Russian Army Liberates Europe From Evil Nazis" spectacle during the Opening Ceremony. Or any reference to WW II whatsoever.
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Very cool. I also really enjoyed the tie for gold.
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Unfortunately for you north americans we're going to take back the hockey gold this year.

And Naz, Finland will be the first to fall on their knees before the greatest nation on earth and beg to be a part of Sweden again.

And that goes for you Norwegians as well, DahLliA.

After all, isn't the Olympics a time during which people of different nations are coming together in harmony.
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Unfortunately for you north americans we're going to take back the hockey gold this year.

And Naz, Finland will be the first to fall on their knees before the greatest nation on earth and beg to be a part of Sweden again.

And that goes for you Norwegians as well, DahLliA.

After all, isn't the Olympics a time during which people of different nations are coming together in harmony.
Or if that doesn't work, by force.
How did you know about my plans of conquering Sweden and then the rest of Northern Europe including my original homeland?
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Unfortunately for you north americans we're going to take back the hockey gold this year.

And Naz, Finland will be the first to fall on their knees before the greatest nation on earth and beg to be a part of Sweden again.

And that goes for you Norwegians as well, DahLliA.

After all, isn't the Olympics a time during which people of different nations are coming together in harmony.
Or if that doesn't work, by force.
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The apocryphal story tells of the Finnic and Slavic tribes in the area calling on "'the Varangians [i.e. Scandinavians], to the Rus' … The Chud, the Slovenes, the Krivichi and the Ves said "Our land is vast and abundant, but there is no order in it. Come and reign as princes and have authority over us!"' Three brothers came with 'their kin' and 'all the Rus' in response to this invitation. Rurik set up rule in Novgorod, giving more provincial towns to his brothers. There is some ambiguity even in the Primary Chronicle about the specifics of the story, "hence their paradoxical statement 'the people of Novgorod are of Varangian stock, for formerly they were Slovenes.'" However, archaeological evidence such as "Frankish swords, a sword chape and a tortoiseshell brooch" in the area suggest that there was, in fact, a Scandinavian population during the tenth century at the latest.[3] The "Rurikid Dynasty DNA Project" of FamilyTreeDNA commercial genetic genealogy company reports that Y-DNA testing of the descendants of Rurikids suggests their non-Slavic origin.
Whether you actually *want* to take over Russia is something totally different though.
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Unfortunately for you north americans we're going to take back the hockey gold this year.

And Naz, Finland will be the first to fall on their knees before the greatest nation on earth and beg to be a part of Sweden again.

And that goes for you Norwegians as well, DahLliA.

After all, isn't the Olympics a time during which people of different nations are coming together in harmony.
Or if that doesn't work, by force.
Men's Olympic Hockey is kinda funny over here. Silver is looked upon as an utter failure, and the heads of those responsible would roll.

That said, Karlsson (and Alfie...and Silfverburg ) are on team Sweden...so they're probably my next favourite team. They should have also taken Lehner & Zibanejad though.
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Whether you actually *want* to take over Russia is something totally different though.
I hear doing that during winter works out pretty well.
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I actually did some googling on this and apparently the Olympic authorities don't decide the age - they follow the rules of each particular sport. So, figure skaters for instance can compete as "adults" at 15 but other sports have other age limits.

on other news, I can't find an English-language source for this but apparently the IOC flat out forbade the staging of a "Russian Army Liberates Europe From Evil Nazis" spectacle during the Opening Ceremony. Or any reference to WW II whatsoever.
Good thing WWII isn't like a big deal for Russia or anything...

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Probably technically illegal, but it was the difference between finishing 50-something and DNF.
He had already fallen like 2 more times due to the busted ski...and you had to feel for the guy going through that in his home country. Nice move by the Canadian coach to let him "finish" the race like that...dont care about it being legal or illegal, it was just good sportsmanship and a classy move by him.
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That's Canada for you. AND the majority of the medals won by Canada so far have come from Quebec.

There's been a lot of stupid politicians superimposing the Quebec flag over the Canadian one. It pisses me off.
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