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Winter Olympic Games 2018 Final Review

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From a personnal perpestive, it was awfull; from a more borader view, it was ok I guess:

 

- The look/feeling of the games: Meh to say the least.

The venues were boring and the decorum was allready seen a thousand of times. Nothing will make history here. The snow events were held in front of empty crowds and the fandom in the ice events leave me quite puzzled. We didn't feel any passion for the games, and considering the reviews from people that were there, I don't think there was any. Vancouver was so much better in this regard, without even speaking of Lillehammer

 

- Organisation: Good.

We didn't have any drama with the venues before the games. Everything was ready way before the Games started. On the field, everything went smooth with very helpfull locals.Security was tight but not over the top. On the other hand, the schedule was awfull.

 

-Performances: Ok

We only had a few of historical moments (White, Ledecka, the german ice hockey team, etc.), but I'm not sure we could ask for more with the winter Games.

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I forgot one of my main negative points, definitely the biggest one from a personal point of view: seeing Jaqueline Mourão of Brazil not competing at her level, which made it just impossible to not think things like "well, that could have been done better by my girlfriend, who was the 2nd in line for that quota spot and missed out because of being a few seconds too slow and competing in much harder competitions in terms of getting FIS points."

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It's hard to remember all the moments at once, but I'll give it a try...

 

Positive stuff...

-Iivo Niskanen - nuff' said. Best 50km mass start ever.

-Awesome Tina Weirather winning an awesome medal for Liechtenstein. Watching the medal ceremomy where Princess Nora of Liechtenstein proudly handed the bronze to Tina was just. :cry:

-Carlijn Achtereekte's amazing win in the 3000m from an early pair.

-Hungary's gold in the short track relay. After million near misses.

-Women's 30km was quite exciting as well, though not in terms of a winner.

-Men's singles luge was right up there in terms of excitement. Ledecka is a popular choice for the biggest upset, but for me that title definitely goes to Gleirscher.

-Mixed curling turning out to be a success, but not as exciting as men's event where USA came from nowhere and played masterfully in the knockout stages. Bronze medal match between SUI and CAN was quite exciting as well.

-Men's 15km freestyle, not that much the battle for the medals, but rather following the Project Bogota and other exotic skiers whose qualification we've been following for months. German Madrazo crossing the finish with Mexican flag was the icing on a cake.

-Unbelieveably exciting women's biathlon relay.

-Great women's ice hockey that went to a shootout. Emotional ending was fulfilled when the stadium DJ played "Don't stop believing", loved that.

-Croatia getting back on the sliding track with luge and bobsleigh, even though the injuries prevented some better results.

-Slovakia's win over OAR in hockey.

-Belgium, Liechtenstein, Hungary, Spain and New Zealand all winning their first medal in this century.

-Spellbounding performance from Savchenko/Massot. Couple of other briliant figure skating routines (Shibs, Ivett Toth and short dance as a whole come to mind).

 

Negative stuff...

-Scheduling. Not all blame could be put on TV houses. We often had 5 events at the sam time and yet zero events couple of hours before. If anything, that goes against TV scheduling.

-Delays, both weather caused and technically caused (slopestyle)

-Sparse crowd at a lot of events. Very one sided crowd in other events.

-Women's short track relay, women's slopestyle, PGS, men's NH and all other robberies/unfair competitions.

-Annouk's 4th place :(

-Ridiculously hard slopestyle and/or cross courses. If those sports need to get very dangerous to be exciting then they have no place at the Olympics!

-Plenty of injuries.

-Bobsleigh ties.

-Makarainen finishes her Olympic career with no medals.

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These were the weakest Olympics in the last 30 years .. Empty arenas, bad schedule and weather, lack of excitement and passion, hockey without NHL, the transformation in x-games, and most importantly - a very nervous and difficult atmosphere. Too much negativity. Such this Olympics will remain in history. 

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The worst WOG i`ve seen

Cabaret with Russians (u either take them or leave them), no atmosphere - i felt it like an artificial creation on Korean territory just to have it done (sth like Hurghada in Egypt), terrible schedulling. Plus some "zero-feeling" of snow sports.

 

Poles - a bit under expectations, again bad atmosphere + lost potential 2010+2014

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Sochi's artifical $51 billion dollar games were the worst games ever. They runied the Olympics and no one wants the games because of them.

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Il y a 1 heure , intoronto a déclaré:

Sochi's artifical $51 billion dollar games were the worst games ever. They runied the Olympics and no one wants the games because of them.

 

Not even close. The Olympics survived Montreal 76, they'll survive Sochi 2014 :whistle:

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2 ore fa, intoronto ha scritto:

Sochi's artifical $51 billion dollar games were the worst games ever. They runied the Olympics and no one wants the games because of them.

 

part 1: I don't agree at all...the competitions and the atmosphere around tracks and venues was million times better in Sochi than in Pyeongchang...

but that's just my opinion...

 

part 2: that's absolutely false...and it's not just my opinion...no one wants the Games anymore because they're too expensive in general (and it's an issue from well before Sochi) and for many other reasons that don't have anything to do with Russia and the Sochi Olympics, reasons that go well beyond the sports politics only...

 

p.s. and about artificial overpayed Olympics...what should we think of Beijing 2008, then?

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12 minutes ago, phelps said:

 

part 1: I don't agree at all...the competitions and the atmosphere around tracks and venues was million times better in Sochi than in Pyeongchang...

but that's just my opinion...

 

part 2: that's absolutely false...and it's not just my opinion...no one wants the Games anymore because they're too expensive in general (and it's an issue from well before Sochi) and for many other reasons that don't have anything to do with Russia and the Sochi Olympics, reasons that go well beyond the sports politics only...

 

p.s. and about artificial overpayed Olympics...what should we think of Beijing 2008, then?

That it'll be nothing compared to Beijing 2022 :evil:

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Regarding Sochi (Why are we talking about that here btw :rolleyes:) and its pricetag, the $50b meme should really be revisted one day, possibly cut in half:

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/did-the-winter-olympics-in-sochi-really-cost-50-billion-a-closer-look-at-that-figure/2014/02/10/a29e37b4-9260-11e3-b46a-5a3d0d2130da_story.html?utm_term=.76063b896db5

 

But, it won't serve the anti-russian Sochi 2014 narrative. So...

 

And yes, other cities didn't wait for Sochi to happen to drop their bids left and right.

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1 hour ago, phelps said:

 

part 1: I don't agree at all...the competitions and the atmosphere around tracks and venues was million times better in Sochi than in Pyeongchang...

but that's just my opinion...

 

part 2: that's absolutely false...and it's not just my opinion...no one wants the Games anymore because they're too expensive in general (and it's an issue from well before Sochi) and for many other reasons that don't have anything to do with Russia and the Sochi Olympics, reasons that go well beyond the sports politics only...

 

p.s. and about artificial overpayed Olympics...what should we think of Beijing 2008, then?

My comment had nothing to do with atmosphere.

Look at 2022 bid process. Many cities withdrew because of Sochi's cost. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2014/10/28/stockholm-regrets-withdrawal-of-2022-games-bid/18057133/

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