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Re: Vancouver Winter Olympics - News and Views
« Reply #30 on: February 20, 2010, 02:06:52 am »
I've been watching the Curling events. For some reason that sport fascinates me.

They scoot this rock ( or rather this rounded piece of granite) down an alley of ice hoping to get it into the center of the "bullseye" or as close to it as possible. Knocking your opponents' rock out of place is also considered a good thing. In the meantime, they will sweep the ice with brushes in order to "steer" the granite rock into the desired position.

It is facsinating.

I remember watching this sport during the 2006 Winter Olympics. They don't have Curling events around here. I suppose it doesn't get cold enough and the ice never gets thick. But it is a popular sport in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Also in Canada. According to Wikipedia, it was invented in Scotland many centuries ago.

Lots and lots of fun to watch!

Yesterday I watched the United States play Denmark, and today I watched Canada play Germany! :D
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Re: Vancouver Winter Olympics - News and Views
« Reply #31 on: February 20, 2010, 02:31:42 am »
medal standing, after 34 events; early day 8
         
                          gold  silver  bronze  total
1  United States       6      5       7         18
2  Germany             4      4       3         11
3  Norway               3      3       2          8
4  Canada               3      3       1          7
4  France                2      1       4          7
6  South Korea        3      2       0          5
6  Austria                1      2       2          5
8  Switzerland         3      0       1          4
8  China                  2      1       1          4
8  Russia                 1      2       1          4
8  Italy                    0      1       3          4
12 Sweden              2      0       1          3
12 Netherlands         1      1      1          3
12 Japan                  0      1      2          3
15 Australia              1      1      0          2
15 Slovakia               1      1      0          2
15 Czech Republic     1      0      1          2
15 Poland                 0      2      0          2
15 Belarus                0      1      1          2
20 Estonia                0      1      0          1
20 Finland                0      1      0          1
20 Latvia                  0      1      0          1
20 Kazakhstan          0      1      0          1
20 Croatia                0      0      1          1
20 Slovenia              0      0      1          1


Damn! The Netherlands only has 3 so far?!! What a disgrace!! :P

They need to pick up the pace!




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Re: Vancouver Winter Olympics - News and Views
« Reply #32 on: February 20, 2010, 03:30:12 am »
I've been watching the Curling events. For some reason that sport fascinates me.

They scoot this rock ( or rather this rounded piece of granite) down an alley of ice hoping to get it into the center of the "bullseye" or as close to it as possible. Knocking your opponents' rock out of place is also considered a good thing. In the meantime, they will sweep the ice with brushes in order to "steer" the granite rock into the desired position.

It is facsinating.

I remember watching this sport during the 2006 Winter Olympics. They don't have Curling events around here. I suppose it doesn't get cold enough and the ice never gets thick. But it is a popular sport in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Also in Canada. According to Wikipedia, it was invented in Scotland many centuries ago.

Lots and lots of fun to watch!

Yesterday I watched the United States play Denmark, and today I watched Canada play Germany! :D

Is it actually a sport and not really just a skill?

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Re: Vancouver Winter Olympics - News and Views
« Reply #33 on: February 20, 2010, 07:04:17 am »
medal standing, early day 9              (bold indicates new victories in previous 24 hours)
          
                          gold  silver  bronze  total
1  United States    6      6       8         20
2  Germany            4      5       4         13
3  Norway              5      3       2         10
4  Canada              4      3       1          8
5  France                2      1       4          7
6  South Korea        3      2       0          5
6  Austria                1      2       2          5
6  Russia               1      2       2          5
9  Switzerland         3      0       1          4
9  China                  2      1       1          4
9  Sweden             2      1       1         4
9  Italy                    0      1       3          4
13 Netherlands         1      1      1          3
13 Poland                0     2       1          3
13 Japan                  0      1       2          3
16 Slovakia               1      1      0          2
16 Australia              1      1      0          2
16 Czech Republic     1      0      1          2
16 Latvia                  0      2      0          2
16 Belarus                0      1      1          2
21 Great Britain      1      0      0          1
21 Estonia                0      1      0          1
21 Finland                0      1      0          1
21 Kazakhstan          0      1      0          1
21 Croatia                0      0      1          1
21 Slovenia              0      0      1          1
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Re: Vancouver Winter Olympics - News and Views
« Reply #34 on: February 21, 2010, 07:13:11 am »
medal standing, early day 10              (bold indicates new victories in previous 24 hours)
          
                          gold  silver  bronze  total
1  United States    6      7      10         23
2  Germany            4      6       4         14
3  Norway              5      3       3         11
4  South Korea      4      4       1          9
5  Canada                4      3       1          8
6  Austria              2      2       3          7
6  France                2       1       4          7
8  Sweden             3      1       2          6
9  Switzerland       4      0       1          5
9  China                 3      1       1          5
9  Russia                 1      2       2          5
12 Netherlands      2      1       1         4
12 Poland               0      3       1         4
12 Italy                    0      1       3          4
15 Japan                  0      1       2          3
16 Australia              1      1       0          2
16 Slovakia               1      1       0          2
16 Czech Republic     1      0       1          2
16 Latvia                  0      2       0          2
16 Belarus                0      1       1          2
16 Slovenia             0      1      1          2
22 Great Britain         1      0      0           1
22 Estonia                 0      1      0          1
22 Finland                 0      1      0          1
22 Kazakhstan           0      1      0          1
22 Croatia                 0      0      1          1
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Re: Vancouver Winter Olympics - News and Views
« Reply #35 on: February 21, 2010, 11:02:09 am »
Is it actually a sport and not really just a skill?

In terms of the description, I'd be more than comfortable calling it a sport.

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Re: Vancouver Winter Olympics - News and Views
« Reply #36 on: February 21, 2010, 11:07:40 am »
Is it actually a sport and not really just a skill?

I'd ask the same question about synchronized swimming and rhythmic gymnastics, but they're also "Olympic sports."  :-\
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Re: Vancouver Winter Olympics - News and Views
« Reply #37 on: February 21, 2010, 11:58:41 am »
I'd ask the same question about synchronized swimming and rhythmic gymnastics, but they're also "Olympic sports."  :-\

But both of those sports require physical exertion, extreme flexibility and physical endurance.  What about curling?

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Re: Vancouver Winter Olympics - News and Views
« Reply #38 on: February 21, 2010, 01:35:04 pm »
I don´t see why curling wouldn´t be considered a sport

"A sport is commonly defined as an organized, competitive, and skillful physical activity requiring commitment and fair play. It is governed by a set of rules or customs. In a sport the key factors are the physical capabilities and skills of the competitor when determining the outcome (winning or losing). The physical activity involves the movement of people, animals and/or a variety of objects such as balls and machines. In contrast, games such as card games and board games, though these could be called mind sports, require only mental skills. Non-competitive activities such as jogging and rock-climbing, are usually classified as recreations."



I think curling indeed demands "skillful physical activity" and it´s easy to see why chess for example, isn´t considered a sport.

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Re: Vancouver Winter Olympics - News and Views
« Reply #39 on: February 21, 2010, 02:08:10 pm »
It strikes me as being a little like hockey, but without the busted teeth.   ;)