mens downhill

northernneil
northernneil Posts: 1,549
edited February 2010 in The bottom bracket
this is proper olympics

not twirling round in a dress on ice

Comments

  • I prefer the girls with the guns myself, but they're not on until tomorrow evening.
  • too many Didiers.
  • disappointing lack of crashes

    going to watch the 'dudes' now in that cross thing - you get plenty of action in them
  • Pokerface
    Pokerface Posts: 7,960
    'Cept maybe for Men's hockey (and I say this as a Canadian who grew up in Vancouver), nothing says Winter Olympics like the Men's Downhill.

    Exceptionally spectacular in slow mo in HD.
  • Pokerface wrote:
    'Cept maybe for Men's hockey (and I say this as a Canadian who grew up in Vancouver), nothing says Winter Olympics like the Men's Downhill.

    Exceptionally spectacular in slow mo in HD.

    yeah I like Ice Hockey, my first NHL game was in the MSG, NYC a fight started and both players were at it for like 4 minutes, then the game restarted and the time on the clock:- 14m 57secs !
  • Pokerface
    Pokerface Posts: 7,960
    Pokerface wrote:
    'Cept maybe for Men's hockey (and I say this as a Canadian who grew up in Vancouver), nothing says Winter Olympics like the Men's Downhill.

    Exceptionally spectacular in slow mo in HD.

    yeah I like Ice Hockey, my first NHL game was in the MSG, NYC a fight started and both players were at it for like 4 minutes, then the game restarted and the time on the clock:- 14m 57secs !


    I went to MSG for the Stanley Cup Finals - Vancouver vs NY, Game 5, 1994. One of the Meccas of hockey...
  • meh - load of macho idiots in loads of padding fannying about on ice.
  • RonB
    RonB Posts: 3,984
    After the downhill what a treat..more proper Olympics, and another gold for the Swiss with Dario Cologna winning the free cross country skiing (time trial style event). This was compelling viewing (no really).

    Hmmm I wonder when we'll see some Swiss guy having a go at road cycling time trialling then :)
  • afx237vi
    afx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Was the BBC commentator taking the mick, or have the American team really employed some fat bloke to stand in the starting gate and shout "come on Bode"? How extremely annoying... dude.

    Where did the plucky Brit finish?
  • iain_j
    iain_j Posts: 1,941
    Didn't see the downhill, but I got exhausted watching the cross country 15km TT :shock: :lol:
  • hammerite
    hammerite Posts: 3,408
    afx237vi wrote:
    Was the BBC commentator taking the mick, or have the American team really employed some fat bloke to stand in the starting gate and shout "come on Bode"? How extremely annoying... dude.

    Where did the plucky Brit finish?

    37th I think.
  • Slapshot
    Slapshot Posts: 211
    Westerberg wrote:
    meh - load of macho idiots in loads of padding fannying about on ice.

    So......Westerberg, you want to come and try it, then still call us a bunch of macho idiots fannying about on ice???
  • Slapshot wrote:
    Westerberg wrote:
    meh - load of macho idiots in loads of padding fannying about on ice.

    So......Westerberg, you want to come and try it, then still call us a bunch of macho idiots fannying about on ice???

    Having played American Football with several former hockey players (one of whom was a sub 22 minute 10er too), I can confirm they are nails.
    "In many ways, my story was that of a raging, Christ-like figure who hauled himself off the cross, looked up at the Romans with blood in his eyes and said 'My turn, sock cookers'"

    @gietvangent
  • Gazzaputt
    Gazzaputt Posts: 3,227
    Real quality the mens downhill. I take my hat off to them 70mph on skis they have to be mad. Just as mad as the ski jumpers.
  • Gazzaputt wrote:
    Real quality the mens downhill. I take my hat off to them 70mph on skis they have to be mad. Just as mad as the ski jumpers.

    girlys board cross tonight - hope its as good as the mens, really good racing in these
  • Tim Farr
    Tim Farr Posts: 665
    Snowboard cross - the only event to excite me
    T Farr
  • beverick
    beverick Posts: 3,461
    It was actually quite boring. The conditions (and draw) favoured the early starters making the last 20 or so runs totally irrelevant.

    The snow-board racing was much more like it.

    Bob
  • beverick wrote:
    It was actually quite boring. The conditions (and draw) favoured the early starters making the last 20 or so runs totally irrelevant.

    The snow-board racing was much more like it.

    Bob

    That's how downhill works - the best 20/30 or so skiiers always go first so they can compete on similar quality snow and the dross bring up the rear.

    Other good sports to watch out for are:

    Slalom
    Ski cross (faster and more exciting than snowboard cross)
    Snowboard cross (still pretty good!)
    Short track speed skating (so much better than normal speed skating - four people race at a time - lots of overtaking and crashing)
    Moguls
    Freestyle aerials

    Giant slalom and Super G are ok, but not up there with donwhill and slalom I reckon.

    Also a big fan of biathlon, but it's probably not everyone's cup of tea. You've got appreciate the ridiculous levels of fitness on display though - the highest VO2 Max ever recorded was from a Norwegian cross country skiing legend - Bjorn Daehlie - and biathlon is more dramatic because they have to stop every now and then shoot miniscule targets from a huge distance! The control they have to have over their breathing and the steadiness off their hands after they've just been working flat out is pretty incredbie. One miss and it could cost you gold so the shooting is incredibly tense.
  • berliner
    berliner Posts: 340
    I skiied down the Hahnenkamm, Kitzbühel, 1984, the year Klammer won. The day after in fact. (I'm in the backround video when he takes his googles off)
    He did it in 2' 2"
    I did it somewhat slower staining the piste with my adrenaline.
  • hopper1
    hopper1 Posts: 4,389
    Any discipline on a 'board, rocks!!! :wink::wink:
    And, now I'm home, so I can watch the rest of it... :wink:
    Start with a budget, finish with a mortgage!
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 42,243
    Other good sports to watch out for are:

    Slalom
    Ski cross (faster and more exciting than snowboard cross)
    Snowboard cross (still pretty good!)
    Short track speed skating (so much better than normal speed skating - four people race at a time - lots of overtaking and crashing)
    Moguls
    Freestyle aerials

    Be waiting a long time for them, they were resolved over the weekend :wink:
  • berliner wrote:
    I skiied down the Hahnenkamm, Kitzbühel, 1984, the year Klammer won. The day after in fact. (I'm in the backround video when he takes his googles off)
    He did it in 2' 2"
    I did it somewhat slower staining the piste with my adrenaline.

    I've done the Hahnenkamm too. Sheet ice when I did it, but then I guess all downhill courses are! Anyway, unless you're really gunning it, downhill courses aren't too tricky - the streif on the Hahnenkamm is even just a red run! (or is that blood?) :wink:
  • The burds downhill at 6.30 this evening. I doubt there will be much for the girls in lycra thread. :lol:
  • [Also a big fan of biathlon, but it's probably not everyone's cup of tea. You've got appreciate the ridiculous levels of fitness on display though - the highest VO2 Max ever recorded was from a Norwegian cross country skiing legend - Bjorn Daehlie - and biathlon is more dramatic because they have to stop every now and then shoot miniscule targets from a huge distance! The control they have to have over their breathing and the steadiness off their hands after they've just been working flat out is pretty incredbie. One miss and it could cost you gold so the shooting is incredibly tense.[/quote]


    Totally agree, have followed Biathlon for years. Two(2) events tonight;

    Womens 15km and mens 20km, both live on Eurosport this evening, which by
    the way runs rings!!!! :lol: round the BBC coverage.

    Am I the only one who wishes they would put Claire Balding on a chair lift and
    leave her there!!!


    'Another coffee or are we off'
  • Tim Farr
    Tim Farr Posts: 665
    Talking about commentators - I watched the women's snowboard quarters, semis and final on Eurosport. Hopeless - poor identification of racers, no drama created, no suggestions why Gillings did not make an effort in the minor final. Nothing much on the recent 'history' of the event.

    Then saw the BBC version - far superior
    T Farr