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...is the same reason they watch NASCAR: for the spectacular crashes.

And last night there were plenty. Crashes on ice, I mean. I told my wife that the couple that would win would be the first ones to complete their program without one or the other slamming into the ice, and that is exactly what happened. They had a couple of bobbles, but neither one fell, and they got the gold.

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And here I thought it was for the flesh-colored outfits that make them look naked while they skate.

You mean they crash, sometimes, too?
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I watch it only because the wife has it on when I'm in the living room....

















...that and because Evgeni Plushenko is absolutely FABULOUS!
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And here I thought it was for the flesh-colored outfits that make them look naked while they skate.

You mean they crash, sometimes, too?


Oh, yeah, big time. Dislocated shoulders, torn ligaments, multiple fractures -- you'd think some of them had played football, or some other real sport.
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I watched it because it was on between the snowboard cross races.

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...is the same reason they watch NASCAR:


The gratuitous crotch shots?
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The gratuitous essential crotch shots?

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claymore_57 wrote:
And last night there were plenty. Crashes on ice, I mean. I told my wife that the couple that would win would be the first ones to complete their program without one or the other slamming into the ice, and that is exactly what happened. They had a couple of bobbles, but neither one fell, and they got the gold.

False. The American couple skated 2 clean routines and I don't even know if they finished in the Top 10. I'll never understand how a team that has one skater fall flat on their butt receives a silver medal and one that skated well (and remained on their feet) gets nothing.
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erak wrote:
claymore_57 wrote:
...is the same reason they watch NASCAR:


The gratuitous crotch shots?


No, that would be the male speed skating yuk
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Every Winter Olympics I try to give that "sport" a chance. And after the first couple of routines I remember why I don't care about it -it is judged either: 1) by third graders 2) through bribery or 3) by sentimental favorites.

We all knew the Chinese pair was going to win the gold before the first performance. Why don't they just have interviews to determine the winner instead and save the ice for less subjective activities?

Where is my Prime Time curling coverage?!?
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Thank-you for posting that. I saw them preform the routine live about a month after the Olympics and it still impressed me. I am a former national level figure skater and can appreciate the athleticism that goes into the performances. And although I was hoping that the Canadians would have done better, I do think that the Chinese couple deserved to win. It is not always about a flawless performance.

On the other hand I think that figure skating judging on the whole sucks, it is one of the reasons I quit. Of course some of the hockey referees are no better.
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...that and because Evgeni Plushenko is absolutely FABULOUS!

Johnny Weir's outfit made me ashamed to be an American. I mean really, in a sport that struggles to not be identified as gay, you come prancing out in pink ribbons and a tassel? shake
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...is the same reason they watch NASCAR: for the spectacular crashes.

Although I don't like the term 'straight' because it implies that there is something crooked about those to whom the label doesn't apply, my being happily married to a woman seems to make the label applicable to me. Nevertheless, I enjoy watching figure skating, but hate the crashes. And I do not enjoy watching car racing or any of those childishly violent and/or excruciatingly boring games that most Americans seem to confuse with sports.
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Johnny Weir's outfit made me ashamed to be an American. I mean really, in a sport that struggles to not be identified as gay, you come prancing out in pink ribbons and a tassel?

Obviously, nothing is as shameful as being associated with homosexuality.






I think that the sentiment expressed in your remark is infinitely more shameful than any collection of pink ribbons.
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Leezer wrote:
Johnny Weir's outfit made me ashamed to be an American. I mean really, in a sport that struggles to not be identified as gay, you come prancing out in pink ribbons and a tassel? shake

I don't know about the sport as a whole, but I guarantee you one thing...Johnny Weir would never struggle to not be identified as gay.
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A conversation from last night:

J: What are you going to watch on TV?

L: Figure skating. Want to watch with me?

J: No thanks.

L: I know: if you watch figure skating, it might turn you gay.

J: It's not that I'm afraid it will turn me gay, it's that I have absolutely no interest.
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For me, watching figure skating with my 5 and 6 year old daughters is fantastic (mostly because they try to imitate the moves in their socks on our wood floors). However, this year, I also really began to appreciate the abilities of the skaters. Wow!

As for the falls, I mostly find myself feeling sorry for them. After all the years of training and practice. I am especially impressed when the fall happens on the first jump and they pick themselves up and continue on with the rest of their routine, knowing the gold is gone.

All in all, I'd still rather watch hockey, though.

(And for the record, openly homosexual atheletes competing in the olympics for our country AND being treated with the same respect as heterosexual atheletes, that would definitely make me a little more proud to be an American. Hopefully, some day it will happen).
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claymore_57 wrote:
And last night there were plenty. Crashes on ice, I mean. I told my wife that the couple that would win would be the first ones to complete their program without one or the other slamming into the ice, and that is exactly what happened. They had a couple of bobbles, but neither one fell, and they got the gold.

False. The American couple skated 2 clean routines and I don't even know if they finished in the Top 10. I'll never understand how a team that has one skater fall flat on their butt receives a silver medal and one that skated well (and remained on their feet) gets nothing.
Same thing happened in mens last night. Some 19-year-old kid skates his ass off, wowing Scott Hamilton, and in the end, he's something like 10th place. All Scott says is something about it "not being his time" yet. And that's the big problem with this non-sport. You are expected to participate for X years and then if you only fall twice, you get your gold watch medal. It's a sham and a shame.
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Same thing happened in mens last night. Some 19-year-old kid skates his ass off, wowing Scott Hamilton, and in the end, he's something like 10th place. All Scott says is something about it "not being his time" yet. And that's the big problem with this non-sport. You are expected to participate for X years and then if you only fall twice, you get your gold watch medal. It's a sham and a shame.


That's why I have difficulty calling this a "sport": The outcome is based on both the performance and the opinion of unseen judges, not on the performance alone. The same thing applies to some of the snowboarding events.

To me sports are humans competing directly against humans in tests of skill, speed, and stamina, such as the downhill, slolam, super G, biathlon, ski jump, nordic combined, speed skating, etc. As soon as you bring in one or more judges who will use their personal opinion to decide the "ranking" and "winners" the activity has switched from a genuine sport to performance art masquerading as sport.

(I also feel the same about synchronized swimming, gymnastics, and diving in the Summer Games.)

For the record: I don't watch NASCAR or any other "motor sports" because those aren't humans competing against each other -- they are machines competing against other machines. The only human skill involved is the ability to drive at high speeds. Unless the vehicle is human powered, it's a test of who built the better machine, not who is better at running, swimming, skiing, skating, etc.
 
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i don't watch racing either (I just don't care for it) but my understanding is that the teams are working very close to the edge of what the cars are capable of. So you've got human engineers working hard to eke out a minor edge over the competition, and human drivers using their skills to either take advantage of that edge or make up for it (if the other team has it).

Either way, sounds like direct human competition. Then again, maybe this is a poor post, because I a) don't watch, and really don't know anything about it, and b) even though I think it's certainly human vs human, not sure what defines a 'sport' anymore...

(On the first one - not knowing anything useful has never stopped me from posting in the past, so I guess it won't this time, either... )
 
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As a straight male, I have to say that the best thing I saw last night was the Japanese guy rocking out to Hendrix.

And he didn't crash . . .
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