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2006 Winter Olympics
« on: February 12, 2006, 07:59 PM »
I can't believe there isn't already a thread for this. I'm pretty excited for the Olympics this year, mainly hockey, but I'll watch some snowboarding and bobsleding.

Here is the men's Olympic hockey schedule:

Group A: Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

Group B: Sweden, Slovakia, USA, Russia, Latvia and Kazakhstan.

All times are local Turin time. For Eastern Standard Time subtract six hours.

Wednesday, Feb. 15
Kazakhstan vs. Sweden, 11:30 a.m.
Italy vs. Canada, 1 p.m.
Switzerland vs. Finland, 3:30 p.m.
Germany vs. Czech Republic, 5 p.m.
Russia vs. Slovakia, 8 p.m.
Latvia vs. United States, 9 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 16
Finland vs. Italy, Noon
Switzerland vs. Czech Republic, 1 p.m.
Sweden vs. Russia, 4 p.m.
Slovakia vs. Latvia, 5 p.m.
Canada vs. Germany, 8 p.m.
United States vs. Kazakhstan, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 18
Kazakhstan vs. Russia, 11:30 a.m.
Italy vs. Germany, 1 p.m.
Canada vs. Switzerland, 3:30 p.m.
Sweden vs. Latvia, 5 p.m.
Slovakia vs. United States, 8 p.m.
Czech Republic vs. Finland, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 19
Germany vs. Switzerland, Noon
Russia vs. Latvia, 1 p.m.
Slovakia vs. Kazakhstan, 4 p.m.
United States vs. Sweden, 5 p.m.
Czech Republic vs. Italy, 8 p.m.
Finland vs. Canada, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 21
Latvia vs. Kazakhstan, 11:30 a.m.
Switzerland vs. Italy, 12:30 p.m.
Finland vs. Germany, 3:30 p.m.
Canada vs. Czech Republic, 4:30 p.m.
Sweden vs. Slovakia, 8 p.m.
United States vs. Russia, 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 22
Quarterfinal (A1-B4), 4:30 p.m.
Quarterfinal (A2-B3), 5:30 p.m.
Quarterfinal (B1-A4), 8:30 p.m.
Quarterfinal (B2-A3), 9:30 p.m.
**order of quarterfinal games is subject to change

Friday, Feb. 24
Semifinal, 4:30 p.m.
(winner A1-B4 vs. winner B2-A3)

Semifinal, 9 p.m.
(winner B1-A4 vs. winner A2-B3)
**order of semifinal games is subject to change


Saturday, Feb. 25
Bronze Medal Game, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 26
Gold Medal Game, 2 p.m.

I'm pulling for the old US of A, but I'd like to see the Sweeds, Czechs, or the Canadians win it as well. It should be a good Olympics this year.
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Re: 2006 Winter Olympics
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2006, 11:22 PM »
I can't get in to the Olympics at all

One thing I do wonder though...how do any of those snowboarders pass their drug tests?


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Re: 2006 Winter Olympics
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2006, 11:40 PM »
LOL, remember the first snowboard gold medal?  A Canadian won that and no way was he free.  I think he tested positive for marijuana too, but blamed it on accidental inhalation from those using around him ::)

I like the Olympics and try to watch it when I can, but man, some of the sports are distinctly European.  But once the hockey gets rolling, there should be some awesome games there on both the men's and women's sides.  The US women are pretty awesome and the presumed final between Canada and the US should be downright nasty.  Men's hockey is more nerve wracking because we should have a shot at winning, but we may not.

That said, I'm hoping to make it to some events out in Vancouver in 2010. 
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Re: 2006 Winter Olympics
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2006, 04:19 PM »
The US women are pretty awesome and the presumed final between Canada and the US should be downright nasty. 

 :o

And once more for good measure :o

You wanted another miracle on ice?  You got it.  But I don't think it'll make you happy and I'm darn pleased I put in the word 'presumed'.   :o  Maybe they ought to run the score up more :P

And in equally bizarre news, Canada actually has more medals than the US at this point :o  Youse guys have more gold though and I expect as the games wear on you'll pass us. 

Oh, you should try to find highlights of skeleton.  Those guys are nuts!
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Re: 2006 Winter Olympics
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2006, 04:51 PM »
Oh, you should try to find highlights of skeleton.  Those guys are nuts!

Skeleton or as I like to call it - "C4 Paralysis Waiting to Happen".

Sure, I'm just going to RUN AS FAST AS I CAN for 40metres (on ice no less), then , jump on a tiny sled and zoom head first at 70-80mph downhill on an icy track...  where's that crazy smilie when you need it.
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Re: 2006 Winter Olympics
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2006, 05:13 PM »
NASCAR without a seatbelt (or 8).  Or a car.  Or a frame.  But hoo doggies, that helmet is going to save your life, no doubt about it. 

There's about 4 million Canadian kids trying the same **** every day on the hills up here.  Man I remember tobogganing on ski hills and we tried to run each other into the huge I-beam poles that held the rope tow up.  Monstrous v-shaped dents in the front of the aluminum toboggan on the way home.  Oh those were the days...
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Re: 2006 Winter Olympics
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2006, 06:07 PM »
Somehow I get the feeling you hit a couple of those I-beam poles without a sled.   ;D

As for the Olympics, I can say that I haven't watched a single event yet.   :-\   Bad Canadian, go to your room.    :-[

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Re: 2006 Winter Olympics
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2006, 04:52 PM »
Good time for a wake up call for the Canucks.  Shutout by the Swiss ???  Uh, whoops.  Czech Republic vs Slovakia for the gold??

Was able to catch the skeleton highlights last night - 125 KPH (75 MPG) headfirst on a kiddie sized sled :o 8)
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Re: 2006 Winter Olympics
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2006, 01:54 PM »
Watched a little bit of the Sweden/USA game yesterday - couldn't watch it all since we had lunch plans and was disappointed I only saw the 1st period since it looked like a good finish.   :(

Wow, are things going weird in this tourney. 

USA = 1-2-1
Canada = 2-2-0
Czeck Rep = 2-2-0

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Finland = 4-0-0
Slovakia = 4-0-0

Might have to revise those Gold Medal game prediction to Finland vs. Slovakia...  :o



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Congrats to the USA Women's Ice Hockey Team.  You got "Miracle On Ice"-ed by Sweden, but you pulled it together and spanked the Fins 4-0 for the Bronze.   :)

Nagano - Gold
Salt Lake - Silver
Torino - Bronze

Not a good trend... guess the rest of the world is catching up in Ladies Ice Hockey?   :P
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Re: 2006 Winter Olympics
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2006, 02:13 PM »
Sucks that the men's team is struggling but I had them no higher than 4th and even that was a generous prediction.  I'm not surprised to see Canada struggling cause I didn't have them winning gold either.  I thought it would be a country like the Czech Republic or Sweden taking it this year and obviously Slovakia and Finland are looking strong as well.

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Re: 2006 Winter Olympics
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2006, 02:32 PM »
Sucks that the men's team is struggling but I had them no higher than 4th and even that was a generous prediction.  I'm not surprised to see Canada struggling cause I didn't have them winning gold either.  I thought it would be a country like the Czech Republic or Sweden taking it this year and obviously Slovakia and Finland are looking strong as well.

Canada's stuck in an old boys mentality.  How you leave Spezza and Staal behind is completely beyond me.  Not trying to pick on Bertuzzi, but it made no sense to take a guy that's been struggling and is obviously still struggling over those two guys.

I'm hoping we can still pull it out, but it'll have to be just like '02 to do it again and I don't know if there's enough heart there this time. 
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Re: 2006 Winter Olympics
« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2006, 04:02 PM »
Things aren't going well for Team USA today vs. Russia.  Score is 3-1 Russia after 2 periods.

On the positive side, Latvia managed to lose to feeble Kazakhstan allowing the USA squad to advance to the next round.

USA (1-2-1) v.s Finland (5-0-0)

Oh yeah, that looks like a good matchup.   ::)

Finland is on a tear... they posted shut-outs against 4 of the teams they faced and only allowed 2 goals overall so far in the tourney.  Not looking good for a weak scoring USA team, that's for sure. 

Should be interesting to see how the rest of the bracket shakes out once the Slovakia vs. Sweden game is over...
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Re: 2006 Winter Olympics
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2006, 05:49 PM »
The whole rest of the men's hockey tournament should prove really interesting.  Canada's trying to relive 2002 for a come from behind win but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that's a pretty stupid thing to do.  I don't know that they can pull it off again. 

Interesting Canadian women's win in the hockey too.  Didn't really tear up the Swedes but they pretty much dominated.  I'm not convinced the Swedes are a legitimate #2 though, I think the US women were clearly guilty of looking to the next game rather than playing the semifinal.  I still think there's a pretty good gap and aside from a huge mental lapse, the final should have been US/Canada and the winner wouldn't have been clear. 
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Re: 2006 Winter Olympics
« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2006, 02:06 PM »
Stick a fork in us...

Intellectually, I knew the USA didn't have much of a chance, but you always have to cheer for your team, right?   :-\

Oh well... I guess I'll jump on Slovakia's bandwagon now.   ;)
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Re: 2006 Winter Olympics
« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2006, 06:26 PM »
Can I borrow that fork >:(  I'll second guess the brains at hockey Canada in a while...
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