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To which Michelle responded "Fuck off!!!"

I poured her a cider....

Michelle

I said it nicely, though!

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The next big showdown: Friday's gold medal game between Canada and the USA in women's hockey.

To make it to the gold medal game, the Canadian women slipped by Finland 6-0 and the American women squeaked by Sweden 9-1.  So much for those naysayers who keep insisting that there's "no meaningful competition" in women's Olympic hockey!! Tongue out

Michelle

Our chicks are gonna kick your ass, Sven.  You heard it here first. ;)

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I love the "Point/Counterpoint" thing rabble has going on, re: the Olympics.

Point:  "The Olympics are a KKKorporate circus held on stolen land, distracting the sheeple from the real problems we face, and should be boycotted or disrupted however possible, to send a message to the ruling Elites that this racist, ableist, sexist spectacle has no place in our Canada"

Counterpoint:  "Go Canada!!!!  Yes!!  Yes!!!!"

Laughing

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Michelle wrote:

Our chicks are gonna kick your ass, Sven.  You heard it here first. ;)

[Pullin' Chain]

Kinda like our boys got their asses kicked by your boys on Sunday?!?

[/Pullin' Chain]

Michelle

Sven - I know.  Seriously, I feel guilty about watching any of it, but it's hard to resist - especially the hockey.  I suppose I should resolve to ignore the rest of it, because I do agree with the political arguments against holding it in Vancouver.

I actually wasn't going to watch any of it.  But my son was so excited about watching the opening ceremony, and I didn't want to say he couldn't watch it, so then of course I watched with him, and it's been kind of downhill from there.

Caissa

Were your last three words an Olympic pun, Michelle?

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Michelle wrote:

Sven - I know.  Seriously, I feel guilty about watching any of it, but it's hard to resist - especially the hockey.  I suppose I should resolve to ignore the rest of it, because I do agree with the political arguments against holding it in Vancouver.

I actually wasn't going to watch any of it.  But my son was so excited about watching the opening ceremony, and I didn't want to say he couldn't watch it, so then of course I watched with him, and it's been kind of downhill from there.

I think you are responding to Snert's comments, no?  Snert was the one making the political observation.

Michelle

Sven...Snert...what's the diff? ;)

Seriously though...sorry, yes, I meant Snert.

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I was going to keep quiet and let Sven take the heat.  :)

Actually, against my own wishes, I did end up watching a bit of Olympics last weekend.  We went skiing with in-laws, and the little suite we were in had a television, and of course when kids see a television, they turn it on.  So I saw our first gold, and some skating.  Thing is, I don't really like sports at the best of times.

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Michelle wrote:

Sven...Snert...what's the diff?

Indeed.  We are both exceedingly charming and devilishly good looking.

Wink

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Norway has been coming on strong, and Germnay is close on the heels of the USA.

 

USA - 26

Germany - 23

Norway - 17

Russia - 13

Canada - 11 (fifth place)

These elite athletes win by nano-seconds. I wonder how many 4th & 5th place finishes Canadian athletes have.

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This is a little better, I think

Germany, only 4 behind, could still overcome USA

USA - 28

Germany - 24

Norway - 18

Canada - 15

Russia - 13

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At the moment, there are 90 medals yet to be won.  Assuming that the Americans do not win any more medals, the German do not win more than 2 more medals, and the Norwegians do not win more than 9 more medals, then Canada will have to win about 1 out of every 6 remaining medals to take the overall lead.

Doable?

Maybe.

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Actually the gap is growing, not shrinking, between Canada and the USA

USA - 32

Germany - 26

Norway - 19

Canada - 17

Russia - 13

Austria - 12

Korea - 11

 

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Those pesky Germans right on the USA tail. And check out those Norwegians and those Koreans, eh!

USA - 32

Germany - 27

Norway - 20

Canada - 17 (Fourth)

Austria - 15

Russia - 15

Korea - 11 (Seventh)

 

 

Wilf Day

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Beauceville is a town of 6,226 people southeast of Quebec city. Marie-Philip was the youngest member of the Canadian team. She was no Joannie Rochette. No one expected this. Yet 1,500 people had packed the municipal arena to watch on giant TV screens, just to see Marie-Philip play in the Olympics. Boy, did they get their money's worth, when she scored both goals!

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Poor Cheryl Bernard!!!!

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I think Canada just picked up 3 medals on the USA - only 12 to go to share ownership of the podium with them. Laughing

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NorthReport wrote:

I think Canada just picked up 3 medals on the USA - only 12 to go to share ownership of the podium with them. Laughing

Day ends with a 13-medal lead over Canada.  Only nine medal events left (and, in one of those events -- the hockey game on Sunday -- both Canada and America will win a medal).  So, it will be tough to bridge that gap.

Good news for USA: They will beat their 34-medal record from the 2002 Winter Olympics (with at least one more medal on Sunday).

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So far, of the 80-some countries participating in these Olympics, the BIGGEST WINNER is Norway.  Norway only has about four million people and, as a percentage of the total populations represented by those 80-some countries, Norway's "proportionate share" of the medal take is only a fraction of a single medal.  But, so far, they've raked in 20 medals (or about 20 medals more than they are "entitled" to -- you know, fairness-wise).

The BIGGEST LOSER (so far)?  India.  With a total population of 1 billion + about the population of Canada, their proportionate share of medals is about 61 medals.  But, their take so far?  ZERO.  So, their running about 61 medals short.

Tongue out

West Coast Greeny

I'm not sure what the funding is in India for winter sport....

And I have a bet going with Norway that we'd win more medals, I only just stopped holding my breath yesterday.

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CANADA LEADS IN gold MEDALS

Maybe we do own the podium after all. Wink

bekayne

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CANADA LEADS IN gold MEDALS

Maybe we do own the podium after all. Wink

The top of the podium, at least

Michelle

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The BIGGEST LOSER (so far)?  India.  With a total population of 1 billion + about the population of Canada, their proportionate share of medals is about 61 medals.  But, their take so far?  ZERO.  So, their running about 61 medals short.


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Uh, yeah. Okay. Now calculate your percentages based on the number of people each country sent to the Winter Olympics, as opposed to population of the country. They sent three athletes.

RosaL

Canada is getting harder and harder to like. 

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RosaL wrote:

Canada is getting harder and harder to like. 

Why?

A_J

Two more gold medals in snowboard slalom and speed skating pursuit. Canada is now guaranteed to surpass the medal count from Torino. Good shot at a medal in men's bobsled too.

"Own the Podium" suddenly doesn't sound like so much of a failure after all:

- Canada leads with gold medals won

- Canada leads with medals won in women's events

- These are the most medals ever for Canada in any Olympics (other than Los Angeles in 1984)

In fact, with 12 gold medals, Canada has a good shot at tying or beating the record for most gold medals ever, which is 13, held by Norway (2002) and the Soviet Union (1976).

doodle21

Sven wrote:

RosaL wrote:

Canada is getting harder and harder to like. 

Why?

We're not supposed to compete, win or be happy. Losing is best, but if a medal has to be won make it a bronze at the most. If for some horrible reason a Canadian actually wins gold, they should hang there head and offer to it to the last place finisher.

 

I'm happy Canada has made an effort and applied resources to something and it's been a success. I'd like us to make the same effort on other problems too.

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Michelle wrote:

Uh, yeah. Okay. Now calculate your percentages based on the number of people each country sent to the Winter Olympics, as opposed to population of the country. They sent three athletes.

But that's kinda my point: It is amazing that a tiny little country like Norway, with a mere 4.6 million people (less than the state of Minnesota), is able to produce 85 Olympic-caliber athletes for these games (which is one Olympian for every 55,000 people -- about the same numer of people who live in my suburb).  China, by contrast, has 1.3 billion people and it sent 88 Olympic-caliber athletes to these games (which is about one Olympian for every 15 million people).

To put it another way: If China sent athletes to the Olympics at the same rate as the Norwegians do, the Chinese would be sending over 23,000 athletes to these Olympic games!!

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