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Everything posted by ahjfcshfghb

  1. Biathlon IBU World Cup 2017 - 2018

    Haha. I would like to see Zvaricova back though. She was such a talent but got hit by a car, and has been trying to get into the A team since..
  2. Biathlon IBU World Cup 2017 - 2018

    Why not at the World Cup? Oh... right. Brazil! Hopefully some big names will make it. The Czech coaches do tend to make strange decisions.
  3. Biathlon IBU World Cup 2017 - 2018

    Vitkova fantastic skiing as always, Puskarcikova outstanding shooting. Jessica OK. I really think Charvatova should go to the IBU Cup for a few races, she does not cope with pressure well, and her shooting won't improve unless she has some less intense races. Johanidesova.. shooting clear, but 5 minutes behind, I really can't endorse selecting her for the sprint at all. Unless there was an unforseen problem or something that she had to stop for. I say bring in Davidova and Zvaricova for the sprint. Both did fantastic in IBU Cup. Hopefully we still have 6 quotas, right?
  4. Damn. Was hoping the Czech women could squeeze in somehow. Always so close... Then again I'm hoping Russia doesn't get banned. Just because the hockey tournament would lose all of its flare. The Czechs for one would lose arguably their most heated rival.
  5. ..Yeah I don't even want to talk about that one
  6. Though in this case it might be possible if the Russian team gets banned. They've already suspended over half of their active athletes.
  7. Totally agree. In the Summer Games there is a free pass for no level athletes... The athlete from Iraq who barely failed to qualify for 2006 in men's skeleton also comes to mind. With only 20 quotas it's ridiculously difficult. In biathlon, it's worse- any rejected quotas don't even get reallocated. The only sports that actually encourage less able athletes from exotic nations are alpine and cross country skiing. I mean I do think there should be limits in that people can actually ski, but other than a demonstrated ability to do so (maybe successfully completing x number of races) I don't think there should be many more requirements. If you let absolute anyone in, this happens. Apparently some athletes only learned the basics of skiing once arriving in Albertville
  8. Just clarifying I have nothing against the Nigerian athlete at all! I wish she could qualify too. I’m just friends with the Virgin Island athlete and am really moved by her story. Her entire community was destroyed by the hurricane...
  9. Oh ok that means he’s a shoe-in. I just wasn’t sure so I did this worst-case scenario. The bad news is there’s now no hope for the Virgin Islands since Nigeria will get a continental quota in Skeleton also..
  10. Summer Olympic Games 2024 Sports Programme

    Those five sports are apparently in Tokyo 2020 only (non-core sports) and will have to reapply for Paris.
  11. Summer Olympic Games 2024 Sports Programme

    Fair enough. I mean the only new Olympic sports I really think deserve to be in the Olympics now are Squash and possibly Cricket.
  12. Summer Olympic Games 2024 Sports Programme

    Maybe, but exposure could mean more viewership later = even more $$$ As for Karate, well, the French are going to want medals one way or another. So it's either going to be that or Boules. (Maybe both...) Boules is interesting because it's the only sport at the Paralympics not in any resemblance in the Olympics (kind of) though for good reason. Would you rather have to have Boules or Karate?
  13. Summer Olympic Games 2024 Sports Programme

    Well a World Championship has been done. But yeah it would look quite different. I think as long as the well-known big names and professionals participate, though, it won't be so bad. Kinda like now with boxing, where it's alongside amateurs, except maybe a higher proportion of professionals to keep interest up. It's definitely, for me at least, one of the most entertaining martial arts around, and it has a huge base in the US. What I said about expanding was getting more federations involved, the IMMAF has fewer than 50 at the moment.
  14. Summer Olympic Games 2024 Sports Programme

    Karate will be in 2024 for sure... guess which country won the second highest number of medals at the 2017 World Championships... The only way it won't if it is bombs in 2020 but being held in Japan I doubt it will.
  15. Summer Olympic Games 2024 Sports Programme

    Keeping in mind if a sport is high on the list does not mean I would prefer it, it means I think it's more/less likely to make it. As for preference I think Lacrosse could grow a ton in the future (fastest-growing sport in the US, for one). Sport Climbing is pretty fun, so I like that idea, too, and I bet Bowling would be a hit because it's just so accessible. I just don't think there's any doubt around Baseball, Surfing or Skateboarding being there. Love Baseball (and Czechs are quite decent at it), not particularly a fan of the other two. Skateboarding is too much like snowboarding, surfing is just meh. Reason I put American Football/MMA there is on the chance that the IOC goes the full consumerism route for TV audiences in the US. Both sports do need to grow globally some more, of course, but it can happen.
  16. Summer Olympic Games 2024 Sports Programme

    Also my Top 20 Picks for LA 2028: (Most likely to get there. I’ll update it every year if I don’t forget ) 1) Baseball/Softball (obviously interest will be huge) 2) Surfing (established and huge part of LA culture) 3) Skateboarding/Roller Sports (same as Surfing) 4) Lacrosse (fastest growing sport in US, popular among youth, growing globally, Olympic history) 5) Mixed Martial Arts (most popular spectator martial art in US, amateur competition growing) 6) American Football (over 100 federations, most popular US sport) 7) Sports Climbing (established, not as popular in the US though as other sports) 8) Bowling (very popular activity, accessible to anyone, used to be huge spectator sport but viewership is down) 9) Karate (established, may face competition with MMA, but still very popular) 10) Powerlifting (to replace Weightlifting if doping problems don’t go away, which isn’t unlikely) 11) Jai Alai (US name for Basque Pelota, played often, large Mexican population in LA as well, federation needs to grow though) 12) Wakeboarding (also popular in LA but will likely have to compete with Surfing) 13) Pool/Snooker (sport huge, not necessarily among youth though) 14) Wushu (not specifically US or youth, but may be added for a change if MMA doesn’t work) 15) Netball (US is growing in this sport, huge lobby in Commonwealth countries, women-only) 16) Floorball (global youthful sport but not much in US) 17) Bodybuilding (at Pan Am Games, though many consider it not a real spectator sport) 18) Racquetball (at Pan Ams, but too many racket sports already) 19) Dance sports (at YOG, somewhat unique) 20) Polo (it’s a fun, special sport, could find appeal in time)
  17. Summer Olympic Games 2024 Sports Programme

    I agree with @De_Gambassi‘s predictions. I’m not too sure about surfing since it’d have to be held awhile outside of Paris (or, god forbid, indoors) and it’s not quite as popular in France as Karate or Sport Climbing, so maybe I’d say 5/10. Boules, well, it’s hard to think of a sport that’s LESS youthful! But yeah I think it has a shot. It’s still popular and appears to have a strong campaign behind it. For Basque Pelota it would need to be played in 70 countries to become Olympic but its only played in about 30 Now for some other sports: Cricket (6/10)- Is the third most watched sport in the world behind football and baseball. Has a huge global presence, not just a Commonwealth game anymore. Would give the Games a huge new audience from eg. the Indian subcontinent. Also there is a historical link (France would be the defending silver medalists from 1900 ). Pretty attractive to watch and can be staged on most existing sports fields. BUT there is some opposition in the ICC so uncertain if they will bid. Cricket seems to evade Games (only at Commonwealths once and Asian Games twice before). Plus it would be odd organizing the UK/Ireland/West Indies teams. And there probably wouldn’t be much popularity among French spectators. Billiards (3/10)- France has a traditional version, Carom, which could be held alongside less known events such as Snooker. Snooker has a huge global audience as well. Nothing preventing the best players from showing up. Is unique, both a precision and strategy sport, which the Summer Games does not have. Easy to host, too. BUT has many of the problems boules has. Slightly better image but still considered more of a game than a sport. Plus lacks the base in France that boules has (though has a much wider world one). Snooker non existent there. Simply doesn’t have much up on boules at the moment. Wushu (2/10)- Only major traditional martial art to not be in Olympics so far. Has 144 federations, is cheap to host and fun to watch. Has applied for Games multiple times, said they’re ‘feeling optimistic’ about this year. BUT no tradition in France or indeed out of Asia. Karate would be much, much more successful on every front. I think those were all the seriously competing sports. Theyre also thinking of bringing back C2 in canoeing. They held a ‘mixed C2 event’ in Prague recently... don’t like that at all. If they can just develop it among women we can have two C2 events, maybe in time for 2024. Shooting 50m prone is most likely to return (some women shoot it). Double trap nearly impossible. 50m pistol is love to see back most- but no female equivalent. Maybe if women started shooting rapid fire pistol, they could get that event and men could get 50m. There will probably be women’s Greco Roman wrestling too. Last summer discipline to not include women. They said they’re working on it for 2024. Hope it’s rewsonably competitive though. The problem with all these new events is that non competitive ones are wastes of quotas. At least in the Summer Games. Also mixed synchronized swimming would be interesting. I think they’ll do it for sure. Not in Tokyo but that’s probably because it’s too new. It’s already at the FINA World Champs.
  18. Summer Olympic Games 2024 Sports Programme

    https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1051981/exclusive-almost-impossible-for-some-axed-events-to-return-to-olympics-issf-president-says They’re looking at the 50m prone and other events to possibly come back too. Just need women to start doing them...
  19. Biathlon IBU Cup 2017 - 2018

    Greenland single mix relay??
  20. Biathlon IBU Cup 2017 - 2018

    What’s with Bruna’s name change? And apparently the IBU Cup will have a ‘super sprint’ now. Interesting.
  21. Beijing 2022 Olympic Sports Programme

    No speed skiing. It was a long shot to begin with, though I'm gutted all the same. But, if Sion wins the 2026 Games, they have a nearby venue (Verbier) that last hosted the World Cup four years ago. Fingers crossed! Ladies' Nordic Combined really seems a shoe-in. I really don't like mixed teams all that much, I'd rather have a 3-person ladies' competition for ski jumping or something. Or even a ladies' large hill- I know they don't jump it as much in the World Cup, but they do on occasion, and they will likely do so more in the coming years. Big Air could be good but not nearly as interesting as Aerials. Totally opposed to the freestyle and team events (except possibly snowboard cross) and alpine skiing parallels. They add nothing new. Telemark could be interesting somewhat. Not many people know what it is though. It would be interesting if the FIS proposed Grass Skiing for the Summer Olympics!
  22. Could be good news for the athlete from Ghana, too. As it stands he's over 100th, and needs to be in the top 60. UPDATE: This is the Men's Skeleton Ranking List, but I've included only the top 3 athletes from each nation. Not sure if they would all count or if only the top 3 athletes from the top 2 NOCs would count, but this is the worst-case scenario for the Ghanian, and he still makes it (though only just) in the top 60. Since there are no other Africans- he just needs to hold his position and he's made it. 1 KOR YUN Sungbin 435 2 LAT DUKURS Martins 435 3 GER JUNGK Axel 392 4 RUS TRETIAKOV Alexander 376 5 LAT DUKURS Tomass 368 6 RUS TREGUBOV Nikita (Junior) 344 7 GER GROTHEER Christopher 336 8 AUT GUGGENBERGER Matthias 296 9 USA ANTOINE Matthew 288 10 GER GASSNER Alexander 248 13 CHN GENG Wenqiang (Junior) 230 14 KOR KIM Jisoo 224 15 CAN GRESZCZYSZYN Dave 224 16 CAN BOYER Kevin 224 18 GBR WYATT Marcus 206 19 NZL THORNBURY Rhys 202 20 RUS KULIKOV Pavel 202 21 GBR PARSONS Dominic Edward 196 22 CAN ROONEY Patrick 188 26 USA WEST Greg 170 27 USA DALY John 168 29 UKR HERASKEVYCH Vladyslav (Junior) 152 31 KOR JUNG Seunggi (Junior) 150 32 GBR RICE Jeremy 149 35 AUS FARROW John 142 36 AUT AUER Alexander 140 39 LAT NETLAUS Krists (Junior) 140 40 ESP MIRAMBELL Ander 136 44 JPN MIYAJIMA Katsuyuki (Junior) 125 46 ITA CECCHINI Joseph Luke 120 47 AUT MAIER Samuel (Junior) 120 48 JPN TAKAHASHI Hiroatsu 118 50 SUI AUDERSET Ronald 110 54 JPN SASAHARA Yuki 100 58 ROU VELICU Dorin 88 62 ISR SELIGSTEIN Joel 83 63 SUI ROHRER Marco 81 66 AUS TIMMINGS Nicholas 72 67 SWE OTTOSSON Rasmus 72 68 ISR EDELMAN Adam 71 71 ITA RETTENMYER Nicholas Adam 70 73 CHN YAN Wengang (Junior) 68 75 AUS TIMMINGS Dean 66 77 SUI GRAF Riet 66 80 ITA SCHWAERZER Manuel (Junior) 59 82 NOR HESTENGEN Alexander (Junior) 58 87 CHN CHEN Wenhao (Junior) 52 88 POL JAKOBCZYK Michal (Junior) 50 89 ISR SIDNEY Lawrence 50 90 LUX BAUER Jeff 48 91 ROU PACIOIANU Mihai Daniel (Junior) 48 94 ROU ENACHE Mihail Sebastian (Junior) 42 95 IRL DOYLE Brendan 42 96 JAM WATSON Anthony 38 97 TPE CHIANG Chun-Hung (Junior) 38 98 NOR HANSSEN Alex 36 99 BUL BANGIEV Marin 34 100 NOR SCHEIE Hakon (Junior) 34 102 POL POLYVACH VLADYSLAV (Junior) 28 106 GHA FRIMPONG Akwasi 24 107 SWE SAHLIN Ludvig (Junior) 23 108 SLO LORENCIC Denis 22 109 SWE ADLERS Carl (Junior) 20 110 NED ZEEGERS Bram (Junior) 20 119 MEX SOSA Reynaldo Arturo 11 120 NZL DELLA SANTINA Joe 9 121 ESP BELLVER CATALAN Sergi (Junior) 5 122 BRA PADUA Guilherme Augusto da Cunha 3 123 BEL FREELING Colin (Junior)
  23. That's great! I think it's too late for accreditation now, but I definitely think we'll see them next time.
  24. Helmy told me his federation wouldn't let him unfortunately He is now going to try for 2022, which he said is his 'realistic' goal anyways. What has to happen is for a certain number of skiers to actually be active before the Egyptian Olympic body approves the federation. They did just build an indoor ski slope, so it's a start. I said he might be better off representing Algeria or Sudan or something and he said no, it's Egypt or nothing. As for Jordan I wrote them a couple of additional times, but they haven't replied. Since they weren't on your accreditation list, I doubt be possible for them to compete anyways. But again from their email they seemed 2022 was their objective. Haiti wrote me back just now after 2 months (lol). And they have a 'secret project'! Sorry to answer 2 months after your message but sometimes, with new technology, Emails are going in the wrong files. We are just starting the new season so we pay more attention at this time. Haiti will probably not compete in the 2018 Olympics. We could have Ski, but our only 2 racers who could have any chance (Benoit ETOC and Celine MARTI www.facebook.com/haitiski ) have difficulties to be present. We planned also to have a new winter sport for Haiti, skating but the Haitian winter spirit is too young to accept that. We have a skater (Maxime Billy FORTIN that took part to the French skating gala one year agowww.youtube.com/watch?v=u4u7qmYzZ58 ), but not the federation until now. But: In ski, we have some younger Haitians (until 13yo) that can maybe compete for Haiti. The best and closest goal could be LAUSANNE 2020, the young Olympics game. Then we can have also the skater. And we have also another secret project but we need a lot of money to develop it. Best regards Thierry MONTILLET
  25. Well, they've never fielded an actual Azerbaijani, ever. Maybe they'll realize they have to actually start developing something in their own country instead of shopping for athletes.