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Everything posted by JoshMartini007

  1. Canada National Thread

    It'll be tight, especially if we completely fail in curling and men's ice hockey.
  2. Canada and China got disqualified so we act as if they don't exist. Netherlands, originally ranked 5th moved up to 3rd.
  3. Freestyle Skiing at the Winter Olympic Games 2018

    I feel so, she can clearly do some tricks so obviously she isn't a total beginner. Though to be fair I'm not really angry about all this, she'll be forgotten in a week or so.
  4. Freestyle Skiing at the Winter Olympic Games 2018

    I think it comes down to attitude. The athlete is known to act like a spoiled brat. I don't think she bought citizenship (she was eligible to become Hungarian). It would be like if someone made the 100m and decide to casually run it for the publicity. People can tell if someone is trying, even if they aren't good at it. That's the difference.
  5. Freestyle Skiing at the Winter Olympic Games 2018

    That's a general issue with the Winter Olympics. If there were quota restraints like in the Summer Olympics these events would be closer to 16-24 entrants than 24-30.
  6. Men's Ice Hockey Tournament at the Winter Olympic Games 2018

    It's been like that since 2010 and I doubt Canada and Russia needed help reaching the quarter-finals . I think it was done so that the players had fewer games to play at the Olympics (6 or 7 vs. 8 in 2006). I imagine the NHL led that charge for the format change.
  7. Freestyle Skiing at the Winter Olympic Games 2018

    I'm not sure how that's any different than someone becoming a citizen of a different nation to have an easier time qualifying. The Olympics were never just about having the best, it's also about having a diverse field. I guess they can have a rule where all athletes must score above 50 points in a certain number of competitions or something to prevent people from getting free points.
  8. It worked for Australia in 2002. It was their first ever gold medal too.
  9. Women's Curling Tournament at the Winter Olympic Games 2018

    We could have quite the log jam with six teams potentially finishing with 5-4 records. Going by tiebreakers the best result for Canada (besides winning their two matches, which they have to do) would be for Sweden to defeat China which would remove two teams that defeated Canada from any potential tie, giving them a better head to head ratio.
  10. Overall Italy had the right plan, stay clean and wait for a penalty. There's no way a Canada/China/South Korea race ends with no penalty.
  11. Men's Ice Hockey Tournament at the Winter Olympic Games 2018

    I'm glad we avoided Sweden and Russia in the quarter-finals, but I'm very nervous against Finland too...
  12. Speed Skating at the Winter Olympic Games 2018

    Here's a couple... Pyrros Dimas won gold in weightlifting in 1992, 1996 and 2000, but "only" won bronze at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Viktor Saneyev from the Soviet Union won gold in triple jump in 1968, 1972 and 1976 and then won silver at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow
  13. Speed Skating at the Winter Olympic Games 2018

    Speed skating would be a good platform for South American nations to perform well at the Winter Olympics. Nations like Argentina, Chile and Venezuela could also be regulars in this sport.
  14. Winter Olympic Games 2018 Medal Count

    True, but at the same time the Olympics were less competitive in the early years where Norway won 1/3 of the medals. We'd have to do some complex analysis for a fairer picture.
  15. Winter Olympic Games 2018 Medal Count

    In terms of total medals, yeah Norway has it. All that's left is to see if it breaks the all-time record (which is likely). In terms of most gold there's a chance for Norway to fail, but they pretty much have to be limited to a couple of golds for the rest of the games which is also unlikely.
  16. Bobsleigh at the Winter Olympic Games 2018

    Everyone just lost it with that...
  17. Bobsleigh at the Winter Olympic Games 2018

    So does Red Stripe just have a sled lying around?
  18. Canada National Thread

    Quiet day for Canada, most people performed as expected. It's a shame Vathje had such a poor first run in women's skeleton. She did gain 0.19 seconds on the competition, but that was a great second run and even if she does repeat it she may only finish at around 5th by the end. Women's curling is something else right now... It isn't like she's a no name team that lucked out in the Canadian Trials, she's arguably the best rink in Canada (though I think Jones is better) and the defending World Champion so she's been in stressful situations, including representing Canada when they were hosts in 2014. I'm wondering if there was politics by Curling Canada at play. The replacement of their alternate for Bernard may have appeared that the federation didn't trust that the team could perform well.
  19. Winter Olympic Games 2018 Medal Count

    Yes. They only predicted one medal for Italy among the events that happened already. Overall they predicted 2 alpine skiing medals (other in women's downhill) and 1 biathlon (plus one each in cross-country, snowboarding and speed skating for a total of six)
  20. Winter Olympic Games 2018 Medal Count

    Italy won medals in both alpine skiing and biathlon, just not in the event Gracenote predicted.
  21. Winter Olympic Games 2018 Medal Count

    The website had Italy winning silver in biathlon (women's 15km individual) and bronze in alpine skiing (men's downhill). Funny enough neither of them happened, though Italy did win a medal in both sports. The issue with Gracenote is that it only shows the top three and ignores how close other competitors are. For the bigger nations these eventually even themselves out, but for mid-size nations like Italy it wouldn't take much to turn a 4-5th place prediction into a medal. This is why the Netherlands are doing a lot better, I imagine most of their speed skaters were ranked in at least the top 8 in Gracenote's formula.
  22. Winter Olympic Games 2018 Medal Count

    Comparing Gracenote's predictions to completed events here are the nations which have over/underperformed so far (by total medals). (+3) (+3) (+3) (+2) (+2) (+2) (+1) (+1) (+1) (+1) (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) (-1) (-1) (-1) (-1) (-2) (-2) (-2) (-2) (-3) (-3)
  23. Doping Cases and Bans Thread (2018)

    That was poorly written. Own the Podium being funded by the government is no secret and catching dopers should be the priority of all nations.
  24. Canada National Thread

    Good day for Canada, winning three medals, including a gold in the 10,000m speed skating event. Both ice hockey teams got their win as did men's curling. Women's curling on the other hand had a bad start to the tournament, losing both games. It's not over for them, but they need to use the mixed doubles team as inspiration and try to turn things around. Tomorrow will be another quiet day, but women's skeleton will begin along with men's figure skating and of course curling will be in action.
  25. Luge at the Winter Olympic Games 2018

    Medal for the team this time.