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TreeFitty
QUOTE (bOnEs @ Mar 1 2010, 01:00 PM) *
nope, i'm not jealous because, i don't really care for the olympics...


same.





USA WON IT!!! USA WON IT!!! USA WON IT!!!
Masta
On the subject of the gold medal hockey game I was very happy to see Team USA play the way it did and make the game and the whole tournament very interesting after being considered to have no real chance of winning by most experts(American, Canadian, Russian, etc.) at the beginning of the Games.

That is because I'm a Leafs fan and Leafs GM Brian Burke and Leafs coach Ron Wilson who served in those roles for Team USA as well showed all doubters that they are both capable of fielding a winning team that at the very least is one of the best and is very hard to play against and doesn't go down without a fight. Also Kessel was repping the Blue and White as well for Team USA.

What we saw from Team USA in these Games is Burke and Wilson's vision for a winning team that they are trying to put together with the Leafs - solid goal-tending and solid defense with a strong physical core that may not be an offensive juggernaut but will be extremely tough to play against and will limit the opposition's chances to score so that it only takes a few goals from them to win a game.

So far Burkie has gotten a few good cornerstones to build that team off of in Kessel, Phaneuf, Giguere, Komisarek and a few others that when matched with some good partners in the future will provide the Leafs with one of the toughest lineups in the league to play against.

Basically Burkie and Wilson want to win using a strong physical game combined with a small amount of offensive talent, but if they do lose they want the opposition to be exhausted, battered and bruised in claiming the victory.

Team USA showed exactly that in taking the much favored Canuck squad to OT and making them pay for their gold medal right from the opening buzzer with some punishing plays.

So although I was cheering for Canada I was also cheering on the USA squad to make the game as good as possible, and if they had won it I wouldn't have been quite so upset knowing the Leafs have some good management behind them to build a winning team in the coming seasons.
Masta
So where you at Jacko?

Hockey final standings:

Mens -

Gold: Canada
Silver: USA
Bronze: Finland

Womens -

Gold: Canada
Silver: USA
Bronze: Finland


Not only did both Finnish teams deserve medals but they both actually got them, and in the Mens' case they pulled off a big win over the Slovaks to get it.

With the exception of the first period against Team USA Finland played well all tournament, and that poor showing was mainly Kipper's fault for pissing off his own team and then making a huge mistake and then having his team decide not to support him at all in that period to get back at him for it.

But I loved the Slovak game, especially when Finland was down 3-1 starting the 3rd and I was told by a few people that the game was over and I said Finland would come back to win it even though nobody agreed with me and then I went to get a drink and a snack and returned to find it at 4-3 for Finland as I had expected. biggrin.gif

Some people say it's just a lucky guess in those situations but I often am right on with such predictions since I love hockey and I know to watch the bench and look for certain signs. For example if a team is down and you see one of it's leaders on the bench becoming vocal and trying to get the guys going you can be pretty safely assured that they are going to at least pick up the energy level and try to get something going and depending on what team it is you can make a pretty safe prediction on whether or not they will capitalize on that energy.

A team like the Caps or the Devils in the NHL are the kinds of teams that 95% of the time if they pick up the energy levels and start giving more effort in a losing game they will likely get a goal or two because of the offensive talent they have available, and the Fins have some great offensive power as well and seeing them getting amped up on the bench I just knew they would net a few points yet in that game.

Of course they could have flopped and I would have been wrong but they didn't and instead proved me right, and for that I thank them. biggrin.gif

There were a lot of people who wanted Finland to beat USA in the semi's and then after that loss didn't expect Finland to finish in the medals at all, so hats off to the Finnish teams on beating out many tournament favorites for those medals.

EDIT: And some stats from Vancouver -

By the numbers: The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games

February 12 to 28, 2010

* 17 days of thrilling competition and athletic accomplishments
* 15 sport disciplines
* 9 competition venues
* 3 Olympic training facilities
* 86 medal competitions
* 86 Victory Ceremonies (16 in-venue medal presentations, 25 at BC Place and 45 at Whistler Medals Plaza)
* 615 medals awarded
* 1,055 athlete bouquets presented
* 82 participating National Olympic Committees (NOCs)
* 6,500 athletes and team officials in total
* 2,632 registered athletes
* 50,000 workforce members for the Games, including paid, contractor and volunteers
* Of that total, 18,500 were volunteers; 6,500 volunteers will also work during the Paralympic Winter Games
* 25,000 workforce uniforms distributed
* 96,409 people accredited for the Games
* 10,800 media representatives: 7,000 rights holding broadcasters, 2,800 press reporters and photographers and non-rights holding broadcasters, as well as 1,000 host Olympic Broadcast Service (OBSV) personnel
* 3.5 billion worldwide television viewers are estimated to have tuned into the Games
* Olympic rights holding broadcasters have offered Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games coverage on more than 300 TV stations and on more than 100 websites worldwide
* 47 per cent more global television coverage of the Games than for the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games
* This represents approximately 24,000 hours of coverage
* 50,000 hours of total broadcast hours of the Games across all media platforms around the world
* 6,000 hours of coverage worldwide on mobile platforms
* As of Day 15, 33.1 million Canadians (99 per cent) have watched coverage
* 27.7 million cumulative audience or CUME (meaning 82.7 per cent of Canadians) experienced the Games on February 27 through the platforms of Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium.
* 1,500 appearances by the Vancouver 2010 mascots: Quatchi, Miga and Sumi by the end of the Games
* 20,567 deliveries made to Olympic venues
* 1.6 million tickets available for the 2010 Winter Games
* More than 3.3 million pairs of Vancouver 2010 Red Mittens sold
* $500-million target for gross retail sales of Vancouver 2010 branded merchandise met by end of Games
* 2.2 million people engaged to date by the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Oympiad, which will continue for three more weeks
* More than 4,000 artists at 600 events, over 60 days in 60 venues are taking part in the Cultural Olympiad
* More than 12,500 volunteer hours clocked for Olympic Closing Ceremony. The thousands of volunteer performers range in age from 10 to 68
* More than 450 racks of costumes, 3,600 metres of elastic, 4,100 pairs of shoes, 18 kilograms of glitter, 10,000 green sequins, 200 giant spheres and balloons, as well as 20 zygote balls were used in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies
* 275 million visitors in total to www.vancouver2010.com, shattering the previous record of 105 million set during the Beijing 2008 Games
* 78 million total unique visitors to the site
* A record of 9,185,306 unique visits in a single day ― set on February 24. The previous record set during the 2008 Summer Games was 8,797,614 on August 11, 2008
* Vancouver2010.com was visited 85 million times this month from within Canada and reached more than 70 per cent of Canadians with Internet access and over 50 per cent of the total Canadian population
* 19.1 per cent of North Americans with Internet access visited the website this month
* 4.6 per cent of people worldwide with Internet access visited the site this month
* 14,000 followers on Twitter.com/2010Tweets
* More than 1.25 million downloads recorded for the official mobile spectator guide, which for 10 days of the Games was the No. 1 free app in Canada
* 1.1 million Facebook fans, nearly four times the total amount for Beijing at the conclusion of the 2008 Games
0bs3n3
Some of those are crazy. Still can't believe the Winter Olympics had more views then Beijing. Then again Beijing was a pretty terrible Olympics.

QUOTE
* 27.7 million cumulative audience or CUME (meaning 82.7 per cent of Canadians) experienced the Games on February 27 through the platforms of Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium.


Wow, if you get 10% over here it is a success.
Skinny 
QUOTE (Bain @ Mar 2 2010, 03:23 AM) *
QUOTE (Masta @ Mar 1 2010, 11:14 AM) *
Most Golds is what matters the most.

Every athlete goes to the games to win Gold, they don't go to win Silver or Bronze(with a few exceptions who just wanted any medal period). Silver and Bronze medals are the consolation prizes, Gold is what everyone trains and competes for.

Total medals is important but not as much as total Golds, the difference between the U.S and Canada in these Games is that we were the best at being #1, America was best at being #2 and best at being #3. Congrats USA. smile.gif

Never mind the fact that Canada set records for most Gold's by a host nation and most Gold's for any nation in the history of the Games period.

No matter how you slice it Canada emerged as the top country in these games, even many of the American athletes have stated as much.

Given the amount of money invested in our athletes over the past 4 years meant to ensure as much we damn well should be, the question is how much of that funding is going to continue now that our home soil event has passed and it's on to Russia next time. Already many corporate sponsorships have been canceled or not renewed for many of our athletes and I doubt we'll see another performance like that from Canada's Olympians in 4 years.

I mean I'm sure now that they have a taste for Gold Canada's athletes will push themselves to win even more next time around but I'm sure Russia is dumping money into it's athletics programs just as we did and they will most likely be the ones to beat come 2014. Every host nation always dumps loads of cash on it's athletes to ensure a good performance on home soil, but that funding usually dries up once the Games move on to the next country and it seems Canada will be no different. sad.gif


I dont even know what the word is for a person like you....

Do you want us to say America sucks, Canada is the shit every time you enter a topic?

Do try and lose gracefully.

I've never cared for Canada, but now that I know which country is the better one...
0bs3n3


Anyone seen this?
demon
QUOTE (Masta @ Mar 1 2010, 11:14 AM) *
Most Golds is what matters the most.

Every athlete goes to the games to win Gold, they don't go to win Silver or Bronze(with a few exceptions who just wanted any medal period). Silver and Bronze medals are the consolation prizes, Gold is what everyone trains and competes for.

Total medals is important but not as much as total Golds, the difference between the U.S and Canada in these Games is that we were the best at being #1, America was best at being #2 and best at being #3. Congrats USA. smile.gif

Never mind the fact that Canada set records for most Gold's by a host nation and most Gold's for any nation in the history of the Games period.

No matter how you slice it Canada emerged as the top country in these games, even many of the American athletes have stated as much.

I'm happy for Canada, they were the best nation this time.

Norway came 4th (Vancouver 2010 medal table) which was a big disappointment - to me at least. I generally think of silver medal as failure and it was alot of Norwegian failing. We only got 9 gold medals. mellow.gif It could easily have been 4-5 more golds but margins wasn't on our side.

But it's comforting to behold the all-time medal table for winter olympics. Norway is on top with 107 gold medals. (All-time Olympic Games medal table). Second is USA with 87 gold medals. Now consider that the population in Norway counts only 4.5 millions, whereas USA counts 280.5 millions (2002 figures). smile.gif

The Wall Street Journal thinks we are a mystery lol. The Mystery of Norway. It's a good little article. (It's written on February 24th which was in the middle of the games.)



QUOTE (Masta @ Mar 1 2010, 02:59 PM) *
This entire Olympics the huge rivalry was Canada vs USA, down to the very last event. This was promoted by the media on both sides of the border.

It's a natural rivalry born of two very similar countries sharing long borders and cultures that transcends just sports.

I repeatedly heard and saw Canadians cheering on American athletes in numerous events and I personally left messages of congrats via the Olympic forums for a few of the American athletes(and a 'good game' message for team USA after the gold match for womens hockey), but all I've seen and heard from non-Olympian Americans since the games ended last night is how America did better than Canada cause you got more overall medals.

It was a huge rivalry between Norway and Sweden too in media, and Swedish media in particular. The swedish media was so hostile that Sweden's embassador had a press conference and apologized. It was an embarrassment. I think it's envy because Sweden hasn't done that great in winter sports. I and everyone I know are happy when our neighboring country do well and I don't understand the need to get all rude and hostile about it. They are better than us at summer sports anyway.
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