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Sochi Olympics

I honestly thought that Superpipe and Slopestyle were the only events still in the Olympics, turns out BoarderX, Parallel Slalom, and Giant Slalom are still in there..

.i must live in a virtual cave bc i have not heard squat about the other 3, there is even a picture out of the US team and it's just Slope and Pipe riders.


or maybe i don't know who some of these peeps are

there is nothing about the other disciplines, nothing about them on the NBC schedule, i guess they are not even televised? no one gives a fuk? do we even have riders for the 'other' sb event

(also, if anyone knows where to stream live covertly, i no longer have cable and NBC won't let you watch on the computer unless you have a cable account somewhere)

also...are you psyched? i am

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Slushi Olympics. Team Terje.
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i agree with everything terje says

Terje Haakonsen: Why I still hate the Olympics | Whitelines Snowboarding

but i still like to watch, putting aside all the politics and backstory, i just like to watch people ride snowboards, sometimes i cry

i'll follow Arctic challenge too, as always, for me the two are not mutually exclusive
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I agree with Terje also, but I also see why people do it. I mean when you look at all the athletes who do it for free, on their own time, or have to take out loans to make this possible -how can you not want to do it too. I had a substitute teacher/assistant gym teacher (basically he did whatever the school needed him for) who was a bronze medal winner in the 19?? Olympics, and the man had so much respect for the other athletes and the games, it would be hard for me to not want to be apart of it if, I had the opportunity.

I also think most events judging are fucked up. In my ideal contest I would have the riders judge themselves:
  • You have a jam session
  • You tell every rider to pick the best 1st, 2nd, & 3rd riders (you can't pick yourself)
  • 1st=5pts, 2nd=3pts, 3rd=1pt (or something)
  • Most points is the winner (and have some tie breaker mini-jam session)

Granted there is a chance people will pick their buddies, but overall I think they would respect each other's skill.
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I agree with Terje also, but I also see why people do it. I mean when you look at all the athletes who do it for free, on their own time, or have to take out loans to make this possible -how can you not want to do it too. I had a substitute teacher/assistant gym teacher (basically he did whatever the school needed him for) who was a bronze medal winner in the 19?? Olympics, and the man had so much respect for the other athletes and the games, it would be hard for me to not want to be apart of it if, I had the opportunity.

I also think most events judging are fucked up. In my ideal contest I would have the riders judge themselves:
  • You have a jam session
  • You tell every rider to pick the best 1st, 2nd, & 3rd riders (you can't pick yourself)
  • 1st=5pts, 2nd=3pts, 3rd=1pt (or something)
  • Most points is the winner (and have some tie breaker mini-jam session)

Granted there is a chance people will pick their buddies, but overall I think they would respect each other's skill.
No way the riders would judge themselves in a high-calibre, high-stakes contest. For one, their focus should be on their riding, not in what others are doing. Second, it would be so biased nobody would value the results.

The "idea" of the olympics is not bad. The problem is the bullshit politics and commercial arrangements associated with them.

Private leagues are also flawed, but they're private. The olympics is trying to sell itself as a world contest for the benefit of the sport/athletes, when the truth is it's just another bs commercial enterprise.

I dont follow the olympics, but i definitely respect and understand why the athletes do it.
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about the contest, Mcmorris broke some ribs apparently...ribs take a long time to heal, like more than 10 days

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Mcmorris is still competing.
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yeah, it's gonna hurt but McMorris said he'll be competing. Hopefully he'll be fine, i remember Torstein Horgmo competed in the Dew Tour with injured ribs or something as well and threw down a good slopestyle run.


Also i know there's been threads (pun intended) about this, but that picture... the US Olympic snowboard team, brought to you by Burton and Goodwill.
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yeh i heard mcMorris was still in, but that's going to have to be a factor both mental and physical...maybe he's one of the freaks that can feed off it and do even better because of it, to be seen

i like the idea of a strait air/tweak jump...but can you force it like that?

i'd like to see someone, maybe one who knows they can't really medal, do a 'protest' run and just try to go 20+ft on every hit and show their style...could be a watershed moment in that worldwide spotlight

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Mark hit hard. You could hear him screaming.
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