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(NBC Olympics)   Regardless of what you think about the Olympics, it is a time we can all put our petty politics and our heated nationalism aside and just enjoy, even if just for a few days, the magnificent spectacle of winter athletes wiping out   (nbcolympics.com) divider line 118
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2014-01-14 02:37:38 PM

underwhere: Would've been better as videos, or at the very least, GIFs.


I liked the stills. Some of them captured that 'oh damn!' moment better than a video IMHO.
 
2014-01-14 02:40:03 PM

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Thank god I wasn't the only one thinking that.
 
2014-01-14 02:42:29 PM

R.A.Danny: Who is that? She's beautiful.


Indeed she is.  That's Allison Baver, part time US Olympic speed skater and swimsuit model.  Definitely worth a Google image search.
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2014-01-14 02:58:04 PM

No Such Agency: Carousel Beast: No Such Agency: Set aside nationalism for the Olympics? Hell, my country has a govt funded program called "own the podium" and in committed to increasing our medal count every time.

IMO this is utterly insulting to the athletes who don't win medals. They're still the super elite, who have dedicated their lives to sport, but omg if you don't come in first you are nobody. Fu#k the Olympics and every country, including mine, that uses it as an international dick-slapping competition.

You're all about participation ribbons, aren't you?

Anyone who makes it to the Olympics at all deserves more participation ribbons than your fat ass or mine, is all I'm saying.


Have you ever participated in physical competition with skilled athletes? I was only a middling fighter (back when I wasn't all old and fat) in my martial arts days, and I would have been downright offended at the notion that I "deserved" anything for my efforts. I got pretty high in some tournaments, and enjoyed a lot of bragging rights, but when I got beat, I didn't pout or carry on, and I never saw the best ones do so either.

My point being, their reward is being there, and they're recognized plenty in their own fields, even if they're not plastered all over TV for the sake of Joe Couchpotato or Suzie Cluesless.
 
2014-01-14 03:07:24 PM
mikaloyd: I think we all know the correct answer here. We should not watch the Olympics. We should not eat at Chic Fil A. We should not watch Duck Dynasty, and we should do all in our power to stop boys from joining boy scouts. FOREVER! Death to the oppressors!

I'm gay homosexual and it's been hilarious to read the gay-oriented blogs I go to since the Sochi thing blew up. You have the guys who were bullied by jocks in high school who hate sports no matter what; there's the activists who jump on anything to screech "Homophobia!!!" without knowing a damn thing about the particular situation; then there's the people who are simply hypocrites, the ones who say boycott all companies who sponsor the Sochi Games but when it's pointed out that that person uses at least one product a day from one of those companies say "But......but.......that's different, we have to make our voice heard!!!!".

Then there was the whole "Elton John is the Worst Human Being Ever In The History Of Humans for daring to playing two gigs in Russia" thing. When those talent-free hags Madonna and Gag(a) played there, they were brave guardians of free speech!!!!, but when EJ wouldn't cancel his gigs, he was a money-grubbing Quisling who once played Sun City and said mean things about Madonna. Yes, EJ is a money-grubber and shoots his mouth off to an embarrassing degree, but it was hilarious that when the video of him reading that awesome speech about freedom and gay rights at the Moscow concert showed up, there was crickets, most of the blogs who had spent months ripping him to bits didn't even post it. Most of the assholes criticizing him wanted him to say nothing so they could screech at him about playing Sun City 30 years ago. When I mentioned that their beloved Cher did too, I got a bunch of "But....but.....that was different because she's a beloved gay diva!!!".

When I pointed out that The Gay Community (tm) got its ass kicked on Chik-Fil-A and Duck Dynasty and that the Professional Gay orgs like GLAAD and HRC actually make things worse by jumping all over things that in the grand scheme of things don't amount to a hill of beans in this world, I was roasted for being a closet case (nope, first came out to someone in 1971) or self-loathing (what bullshiat) or a Republican (nope, registered Socialist since 1985).
 
2014-01-14 03:13:04 PM

Henry Holland: mikaloyd: I think we all know the correct answer here. We should not watch the Olympics. We should not eat at Chic Fil A. We should not watch Duck Dynasty, and we should do all in our power to stop boys from joining boy scouts. FOREVER! Death to the oppressors!

I'm gay homosexual and it's been hilarious to read the gay-oriented blogs I go to since the Sochi thing blew up. You have the guys who were bullied by jocks in high school who hate sports no matter what; there's the activists who jump on anything to screech "Homophobia!!!" without knowing a damn thing about the particular situation; then there's the people who are simply hypocrites, the ones who say boycott all companies who sponsor the Sochi Games but when it's pointed out that that person uses at least one product a day from one of those companies say "But......but.......that's different, we have to make our voice heard!!!!".

Then there was the whole "Elton John is the Worst Human Being Ever In The History Of Humans for daring to playing two gigs in Russia" thing. When those talent-free hags Madonna and Gag(a) played there, they were brave guardians of free speech!!!!, but when EJ wouldn't cancel his gigs, he was a money-grubbing Quisling who once played Sun City and said mean things about Madonna. Yes, EJ is a money-grubber and shoots his mouth off to an embarrassing degree, but it was hilarious that when the video of him reading that awesome speech about freedom and gay rights at the Moscow concert showed up, there was crickets, most of the blogs who had spent months ripping him to bits didn't even post it. Most of the assholes criticizing him wanted him to say nothing so they could screech at him about playing Sun City 30 years ago. When I mentioned that their beloved Cher did too, I got a bunch of "But....but.....that was different because she's a beloved gay diva!!!".

When I pointed out that The Gay Community (tm) got its ass kicked on Chik-Fil-A and Duck Dynasty and that the Professional Gay o ...


That's what happens when the professional protesters are more concerned about their internal standing with their colleagues, or being a go-to source for a journalist, than actually making anything happen.  If they solve the problem, then their cushy K Street jobs go away.
 
2014-01-14 03:17:47 PM
Read that as "Elton John once played SimCity".

That would be inexcusable if he gave money to EA for neutering the franchise.
 
2014-01-14 03:29:26 PM

No Such Agency: Carousel Beast: No Such Agency: Set aside nationalism for the Olympics? Hell, my country has a govt funded program called "own the podium" and in committed to increasing our medal count every time.

IMO this is utterly insulting to the athletes who don't win medals. They're still the super elite, who have dedicated their lives to sport, but omg if you don't come in first you are nobody. Fu#k the Olympics and every country, including mine, that uses it as an international dick-slapping competition.

You're all about participation ribbons, aren't you?

Anyone who makes it to the Olympics at all deserves more participation ribbons than your fat ass or mine, is all I'm saying.


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2014-01-14 04:35:15 PM

dj_bigbird: Farkage: Lindsey Vonn isn't in it this year, so that takes a lot of interest out of watching...

Women's curling is where it's at
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The one on the left has 2 heads. That's kinda hot.
 
2014-01-14 04:35:57 PM
FrancoFile: That's what happens when the professional protesters are more concerned about their internal standing with their colleagues, or being a go-to source for a journalist, than actually making anything happen. If they solve the problem, then their cushy K Street jobs go away.

There's the group Queer Nation that does protests. It started in the mid-80's and I was part of it for a few months in Los Angeles until they wanted to start protesting things that had nothing to do with being gay. They disappeared but turned up again last year in New York and it was embarrassing: the gay blogs would run breathless coverage of them, like they were the 2012 incarnation of the 2004 anti-war protests and....it turns out that they'd have less than a dozen people show up.

CleanAndPure: That would be inexcusable if he gave money to EA for neutering the franchise.

[To the tune of Little Steven's hideously bad protest song Sun City] I-I-I-I-I don't wanna play SimCity! I-I-I-I-I don't wanna play Sim City!
 
2014-01-14 04:50:22 PM

dbrunker: R.A.Danny: Who is that? She's beautiful.

Indeed she is.  That's Allison Baver, part time US Olympic speed skater and swimsuit model.  Definitely worth a Google image search.
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Many thanks.
 
2014-01-14 05:11:54 PM
I remember when I was young, the Olympics seemed like a big deal.  Now, there always seems to be an Olympics going on.  Didn't we just get done with one in London?
 
2014-01-14 05:41:55 PM

Pumpernickel bread: I remember when I was young, the Olympics seemed like a big deal.  Now, there always seems to be an Olympics going on.  Didn't we just get done with one in London?


They staggered the Summer/Winter Games in the early 90's.....

There was an extra Winter Games in 94 to set them off....

Albertville, France - 1992

Lillehammer, Norway - 1994

Nagano, Japan - 1998
So now you get one or the other every two years...

/TMYK
 
2014-01-14 07:27:04 PM
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2014-01-14 07:42:22 PM

BigNumber12: hailin: Russia has hinted if any gay athletes happen to show or express their "gayness" at any Olympic event (because it is evil to want to share affection with your same sex partner after winning a medal, but fine for hetero couples) they will be punished by Russian law. Whether or not they have the balls to do it is one thing

I sincerely doubt that Russia has the balls to arrest a member of the American Olympic Team for "gayness." Even other Western nations are only slightly more vulnerable. And you know that the Major Powers would rally around a small nation if one of its athletes was arrested.

This is political posturing - "we'll have our laws, and there's nothing the international community can do about it." More than likely, the Olympics will pass with Russia saying "nope, didn't see anyone acting gay, didn't need to arrest anyone."


i'd be willing to bet that the athletes are just fine and dandy here, unless they BLATANTLY do something designed to piss russia off, and even then it'll most likely just be a diplomatic thing where there's a reprimand issued and they get booted home...

anyone else there for the olympics, however...  last i heard in order to prevent protesting, they've flat out stated they will arrest, fine and deport people...  and i'd be willing to bet they'll have no qualms doing it...

they may be hosting the olympics, but the spectators are still just tourists.
 
2014-01-14 07:45:33 PM

BigNumber12: ciderczar: I'm still pushing for dick-slapping to be a recognized Olympic sport.

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The World Fish Slapping Dance Association would like a word with you.
 
2014-01-14 08:21:19 PM
In other news, downhill slalom and ice skating is dangerous/on the edge of control.

Thanks Ric.
 
2014-01-14 10:28:58 PM

Tax Boy: The one on the left has 2 heads.


And an enormous ass.
 
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