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heywoodu

Speed Skating ISU World Cup 2017 - 2018

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heywoodu    2,239

By the way, 35.37 for Colombian Pedro Causil in the B-division, arguably his best ever result and very, very promising in terms of a 34-second race for when we're going to Calgary and Salt Lake :cheer:

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heywoodu    2,239
10 minutes ago, dcro said:

Yay, Lorentzen.

 

But I can already see him finish 11th at the Olympics... At least Poutala isn't in his top shape at the start of the season, maybe a good sign... :p

 

2nd one day, 18th the other day, Poutala is never in good or bad shape, he is just Poutala and anything can happen on any given day :d 

 

Although it's not as inconsisent as Pekka Koskela used to be, down the rankings one day, 1000m WR the next :lol:

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dcro    1,986

Lol, Dubreuil wins today's 500m (placed 3rd in the B division yesterday). This is so random.

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heywoodu    2,239
13 minutes ago, dcro said:

Lol, Dubreuil wins today's 500m (placed 3rd in the B division yesterday). This is so random.

Not that random, mostly a matter of 'Dubreuil shouldn't have been in the B division based on pure quality' :p 

 

But yeah, apart from that, this is yet another reason why it's absolutely insane that they changed the Olympic 500m to one heat. Apart from things being so close, that's nothing less than 'falsifying' the competition, since there's always one skater that has an advantage by having the last outside turn. That was eliminated by the normal system of two 500m races, but apparently a fair competition is not what the IOC/ISU wants.

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heywoodu    2,239

Dutch NOS has a new segment called 'Masters of mass start', where they're introducing the main mass start riders throughout the season. Today was the first one, Francesca Lollobrigida, and she agrees: 16 laps is way too short :d 

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dcro    1,986

Mass start is cool because a decent number of nations could actually qualify for Olympics. :DEN:SUI:BLR:GBR:COL are all provisionally qualified after the first stage, and yet none of them competed in Sochi.

 

But apart from that, mass start is just stupid.

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heywoodu    2,239
8 minutes ago, dcro said:

Mass start is cool because a decent number of nations could actually qualify for Olympics. :DEN:SUI:BLR:GBR:COL are all provisionally qualified after the first stage, and yet none of them competed in Sochi.

 

But apart from that, mass start is just stupid.

 

Colombia doesn't need the mass start, Causil will qualify in the 500m :p 

 

GBR qualified provisionally without making the final? That's odd. 

 

Still, in the end an event needs to be good too and this is just way too short. It might be fun if it's 50+ laps and those crappy points are taken away.

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dcro    1,986
14 minutes ago, heywoodu said:

 

Colombia doesn't need the mass start, Causil will qualify in the 500m :p

 

GBR qualified provisionally without making the final? That's odd.

 

Still, in the end an event needs to be good too and this is just way too short. It might be fun if it's 50+ laps and those crappy points are taken away.

 

Those who just missed the cut in semis received a couple of WC points.

 

Zapata is the Colombian in mass start though. Along with the alpine skier they can break their record number of athletes by 200%. :p

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Gianlu33    672

The boring and wrost format is the only one where we are good :p Great 3rd place for Lollobrigida 

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25 minutes ago, Gianlu33 said:

The boring and wrost format is the only one where we are good :p Great 3rd place for Lollobrigida 

 

well, Francesca would be even better if those idiots of the ISU and IOC adopted the Dutch Marathon Cup format...the races would be a billion times more exciting (and fair to the better athletes)...

when they skate in the traditional 400m ovals, they normally make 80 laps (32km)...and of course there are no silly (and senseless) intermediate sprints...:evil:

p.s. the boys usually skate over 125 laps (50km)

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