Winter Olympics watch

BaroqueAgain1
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:01 am

And holy crap, Nathan Chen has a painfully bad case of the Olympic Yips. :shock: :(
Could Adam Rippon end up being the only US hope for a medal?
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:15 am

Adam Rippon won't medal, he doesn't have the difficulty. But I hope he has a faboo free skate & enjoys the heck out of it.

I felt badly for Nathan, he was just wound too tight looked like. But Shoma Uno brought it for Japan toooooo. I am like biting my nails here.
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:01 am

IMHO, the pressure on Nathan has probably been more than what most athletes have to deal with, especially amateur athletes.
I can't count the television profiles I've seen on Nathan, on all the NBC channels and every local station here in SoCal. Add the all-sports outfits like ESPN, print media and even the TMZ types. The obligations of being a top (young, attractive) Olympic athlete...I can't imagine the time and energy it's taken out of his days...when he should have been given the space/privacy to completely focus.
I know he's been performing for years but he's still only 18. :(
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:50 am

lurkey mclurker wrote:
Catalina wrote:
lurkey mclurker wrote:I'm watching on Eurosport, it's a refreshing change. :mrgreen:
And so, how much does Eurosport want for a subscription, and how long is it for?
I have no idea as I am watching streams via Reddit's Winter Olympics thread. :mrgreen: It's been pretty reliable & sometimes the non-NBC commentary is hilarious (when it's not in Russian, which I don't know so I have no idea :lol: ). There were Aussie commentators for pairs and first the lady commentator echoed my thoughts about the Chinese skater, Zhang Hao, being built like a brick wall... and later in their skate, the male commentator marveled about his physique too. :lol:

reddit.com/r/WinterOlympicsStreams/
Thanks! I'll have to check it out!
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:10 am

Ditto on everything said about Nathan. The pressure and the hype have been too much for him. I hope he does well in the long/free program. Maybe now that he knows he's not in medal contention - even if he skates perfect- he'll calm down and get back his mojo. One can only hope.

The Chinese single man skater was very good, but I really liked the young man fom Spain who is now in 2nd place.
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:30 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:IMHO, the pressure on Nathan has probably been more than what most athletes have to deal with, especially amateur athletes.
I can't count the television profiles I've seen on Nathan, on all the NBC channels and every local station here in SoCal. Add the all-sports outfits like ESPN, print media and even the TMZ types. The obligations of being a top (young, attractive) Olympic athlete...I can't imagine the time and energy it's taken out of his days...when he should have been given the space/privacy to completely focus.
I know he's been performing for years but he's still only 18. :(
But he's 18, so he HASN'T been performing for years, not as the senior international level. He's so good and skates so maturely that we all forget that. He's an 18 year old kid. He'll be back in 4 years.

I also hope he has a great free skate tonight. I hope that for Adam Rippon, too - I love his long program.
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:06 pm

lurkey mclurker wrote:Yeah, that would be him. :mrgreen:

On a side note, I guess Yuzuru Hanyu just answered lingering questions about whether his ankle issues have been worked out? Holy crap that program. :shock:
I saw that program at World's a few years ago and it left me crying in my seat. Up there with American Pharoah's Belmont as one of the most extraordinary things I've ever seen. Just beyond thrilled to see that he recaptured that magic yesterday, fingers crossed for another clean performance tonight because he truly deserves to go back-to-back.

Javy is wonderfully charming and capable of winning on his best day, I really hope he medals after the disappointing 4th in Sochi. I really like both Boyang Jin and Shoma Uno- Shoma was a work in progress when I saw him a few years ago, but he's truly formidable now. I know people say skating is too technical now, but I think all of these guys are great (or in Hanyu's case, masterful) at infusing artistry with technical difficulty.

I feel bad for Nathan Chen but at the moment have no interest in him. The US men have been terrible for a while now so I imagine that's contributed to the hype and pressure, hopefully he learns from this and comes back stronger and more experienced in four years.
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:38 pm

SIX QUADS!? Alright, way to go, Nathan Chen. Or as Tara is now calling him, Nathan Quad. :D
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Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:22 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:SIX QUADS!? Alright, way to go, Nathan Chen. Or as Tara is now calling him, Nathan Quad. :D
As I suspected, the pressure is no longer there. He can get back to his ability. It's a good morale booster. He'll be back in 4 years. In the interview afterwards he said he had nothing to lose so he went for it and nailed it. I'm very happy for him.
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Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:13 pm

Ballerina wrote:
BaroqueAgain1 wrote:SIX QUADS!? Alright, way to go, Nathan Chen. Or as Tara is now calling him, Nathan Quad. :D
As I suspected, the pressure is no longer there. He can get back to his ability. It's a good morale booster. He'll be back in 4 years. In the interview afterwards he said he had nothing to lose so he went for it and nailed it. I'm very happy for him.
Agreed. I think we'll see him back at the Olympics in 4 years and he'll be better. I think the same thing happened with Evan Lysacek - he went to the Olympics, did really poorly in the short program, did really well in the long program, then came back 4 years later and won gold. I think Chen has that kind of ability.

I really hope Mirai Nagasu has a better long program. She won't beat the two Russians (holy cow, they're good) but there's a slim chance she could get bronze and that would be lovely for her.

I've been sick with the flu and haven't been watching any skating but yay Virtue and Moir got their second individual gold. They're so so good.
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Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:19 pm

Loved watching replays of the women's cross country skiing with Diggins and Randall. What an exciting finish!
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Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:33 am

What a nail biting game USA vs Canada - Women's Hockey. Came down to a shoot out after overtime period. USA prevailed. Canada not happy that game was decided by a shoot out - they would have preferred another overtime period. I guess they would have been OK with the shoot out had they won. Kudos to both teams - they fought hard, and t was close.
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Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:08 am

Ballerina wrote:What a nail biting game USA vs Canada - Women's Hockey. Came down to a shoot out after overtime period. USA prevailed. Canada not happy that game was decided by a shoot out - they would have preferred another overtime period. I guess they would have been OK with the shoot out had they won. Kudos to both teams - they fought hard, and t was close.
Great game. Good to see the USA bring home the gold.
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Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:55 pm

Canada has both won & lost vs the USA in shootouts (most recently at the junior worlds) - it's more that when both teams play so hard and so well, it seems wrong to end it with a shootout when in other contests (like the Stanley Cup) they simply play sudden-death OT after OT until somebody scores.

There's pros and cons for each, but a shootout loss always seems that little bit worse (especially for goaltenders who have been otherwise stellar). Last night's game was like that.

I'm still wrapping my head around the fact that team USA's goaltender, Maddie Rooney, was literally an infant the last time the US women's hockey team won gold. :lol:
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Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:17 pm

I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:13 pm

I enjoyed the closing ceremonies, but I have to wonder how much lip-syncing was going on by those Korean pop stars. I'm pretty sure the woman (Ciel?) was; sometimes we were hearing vocals, but she wasn't even trying to bring her mic to her mouth.
Not sure about the boys of EXO, but I wouldn't be shocked if the organizers wanted to make sure that the guys' vocals were satisfactory for the Big Show. Singing in those low temps might not be wonderful for the vocal cords. ;)
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Mon Feb 26, 2018 1:18 am

I didn't get to watch but I was mostly just happy that Evgenia Medvedeva got to meet EXO since she fangirls them so much. :lol:
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