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Zoe



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Erin - I loved the Polish couple's performance, too, and thought they were undermarked; it was just as you wrote - a skate that made you smile. Unfortunate for them not to have been in one of the final two groups - I think they'd have gotten better marks had that been the case.

Re the Israelis, they are very good but tend to be favored by the commentators more than by the judges. Their top finish was 3rd at 2002 Worlds, but I think anything in the top 5 would be a good result for them here. I'm not as big a fan of the ice dance because I find it very difficult to tell the good performances from the great ones. The Russians are probably favored in this event, too, but not overwhelmingly.

The other Israelis at the games are a junior ice dance pair and a skier. Don't know a thing about them but good luck to them, too. Winter sports just aren't that big over here (we don't really have the weather for it).

Will check out the Vancouver link later. Maybe I should relocate? Or look for a PhD program based on its proximity to the venues? Any recs? Very Happy
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Erin



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love hearing about winter athletes from warm climates, like the Jamacian bobsled team or Grandma Luge from the Virgin Islands. It gives me a bit of a chuckle. You have to have respect for them, they must have a real love of the sport I imagine it isn't as easy or cheap to train.
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Zoe



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely! Have you ever seen the movie Cool Runnings? It's the (highly ficitionalized) story of the first Jamacain bobsled team who competed in Calgary in 1988. I love it!

In our case, the few winter sports athletes who represent Israel tend to be people who immigrated from the former USSR in the 1990s or a bit later - there was a huge wave of immigrants during that time. So it's not like they had to get their start here in the land of the single ice rink.

I imagine most (if not all) athletes from smaller countries with no strong winter sports tradition have to go abroad to train.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm putting together a group for the 2012 summer games in London (leaving Vancouver organization to those who live up north). We can take over an entire hotel if we book soon, and I've been promised that we need only pay 2006 rates. Because of the publicity value, though, the hotel (probably the Connaught) wants to be assured that at least half of the group are athletes who will be participating in the games. I have the feeling just from the entries that I've seen that C&Z bloggers are serious athletes who generally follow Olympic training schedules as part of their daily routine, so this should not be too difficult. Who's in? I will volunteer for one spot on the 400 meter relay team because I like those snappy batons.
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Donna



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Put me down for tennis, but if that's full I'll take synchronized swimming! Laughing

Don't you think we could put together an Olympic Eating team???????????? Cool
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Erin



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Donna, I will join your syncronized swimming team!.......I need to learn how to swim first. Anything that gets me a glimpse of the men swimmers, I'm feeling light headed already.
CB, you have two for your team!

Zoe, I have not seen that movie, though that is where I got the reference. I was 9 when the Calgary Olympics went on, Katerina Witt was me hero.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2006 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love Donna's idea: Culinary Olympics
synchronized eating
cabernet/shiraz/zinfandel/merlot medley
giant bratwurst slalom
speed sushi
nordic combined: herring and akavit
chocolate luge: 34 bite-sized truffle stations
pairs beer drinking
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about

• Stewed Stewing - a combination wine tasting, stew making competition?

• Dessert diving - off the high board for a dessert of your choice in Tupperware on the bottom of the pool

• Movaeable Feast cross country skiing - long distance course with appetizer, main course, salad, cheese and dessert stops along the way. Different wines with each course.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Erin,
The curling season is usually late October to early April depending on your club. It seems a bit long if you live in a more temperate zone, but if you live in Saskatchewan... Things have changed since curling has become a medal sport, but back in the early 90's there were more curlers in Saskatchewan (which is one of the less populated provinces) than in the entire United States. In the deep, dark northern winters it's 20 degrees warmer in the rink than in the outdoors! You can definately come up and curl with me next year, see how you like it. Most clubs have member guest bonspeils (tournaments) to get new blood into the club.

My food olympics event...plate curling! Slide loaded plates down the counter to the appropriate place. They can have different meals to change the weight/balance and make it different.
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Erin



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My husband will enter Speed Sushi, I have never seen anyone pack it in like him. It is like eating dinner with a baleen whale.
I think stewed stewing will be my main event. I think Julia had it right, a little bit in the pan and a bit more in the glass!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yep...amazing stuff.....we catch a glorious mix of stuff each night...although I'm still back on the opening ceremony...Roberto Bolle thank you very much! The commentator mentioned he's the new Nureyev...such dancing...such presence!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and as for the acrobats as doves...and the magnificent scrambling at the end to form the single dove...their legs as the feathers...I'm in awe of that wonder...such a symbol..

AND THE EIGHT WOMEN ...OLYMPIC FLAG BEARERS!!!!!!
from a web page:For the first time, eight women carried the Olympic flag: Italian actress Sophia Loren, Chilean writer Isabel Allende, American actress Susan Sarandon, Nobel Peace-prize winner Wangari Maathai of Kenya, and three Olympic medal winners. They were Nawal El Moutawakel of Morocco, Manuela Di Centa of Italy, and Maria Mutola of Mozambique. The eighth was Cambodian human rights activist Somaly Mam.

I think of the monumental effort that has gone into these competitions...the time involved...by the athlete and by the athlete's family etc...

oh...how about the mountain dresses worn by the country-name carriers...talk about fun!

There are some things I can do quite well...skiing isn't one of them Wink How well I remember falling over (the struggle as I kept slipping and slipping and slipping and ...)and tears of frustration welled up in my goggles...forming little lakes of sorrow! enough said..

finals of the speed skating..Svetlana from Russia the winner....a gentle smile as she realises she's won...talk about strength..

Isn't it fun that a batch of us is enjoying this Winter Wonderland...

thought you might enjoy this...seeing that the Agnelli name is so Torino!!!

http://www.noticias.info/asp/aspComunicados.asp?nid=146717&src=0

maybe I can ski in cyberspace Wink
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Erin



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have taught many to ski and have seen the "little lakes of sorrow" forming in their goggles, very dangerous in the freezing cold.
I too enjoyed the opening ceremonies from the acrobats to the Armani. The dresses representing the Alps were amazing, as was the jaw dropping silver dress worn by the equally jaw dropping woman bearing the Italian flag.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 1:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Erin, the jaw-dropping woman is Carla Bruni...yep...she sure as eggs came to the planet with a set of features!

if you get into gettyimages.com...then to editorial...type in carla bruni...up comes a series of photos...sort of close upish snaps of the Armani dress..

She was born in Torino..

You never know Erin...it might be YE who teaches me to ski..one day!

'n how about Dale Begg-Smith...once a Canadian..however it seems his coaches or ...whoever...said he couldn't continue with his internet business AND be on the team...not too sure...decided to take out Australian citizenship...'n there you have it...Australia's 3rd gold medal EVER in a Winter Olympics...just wait until I'm zooming down those slopes..

"He had chosen tricks of an inversion with cross and a 720 off-axis spin which impressed the judges and he was second quickest down the run, but again it was his silky turns that won the day." Erin, I look forward to the day I too can do an inversion with cross! Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 3:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't seen Begg-Smith compete yet, it should be coming up pretty soon. Yay for the third gold medal!
Madame, I would be happy to be your coach. Together we can bring many more medals to your country. What will your event be, ski jumping, the combined, oh I know, freestyle?

FoodSciGeek,
What does eighth end mean?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Erin..I specialise in here to there and back again, via somewhere else! so that sort of thing on ice or snow I guess..

anyonce catch the men's figure skating...the young Amercian as the swan..so so his own style...we were entranced...and as for the Russian...no words for his performance...breathtaking...amazing movements...

and as we watch, I remind myself of how wonderful it is...to be sitting in a room in Australia, watching the Winter Olympics in Italy...I know I know technology is technology...however I'm still gobsmacked by it all...

haiku for Erin

brave woman Erin
the offer Winter-wrapping
madame the pupil!
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