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NearPup

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    NearPup got a reaction from Vic Liu in [OFF TOPIC] Russia-Ukraine War   
    The deal was between Ukraine, the US, the UK and... Russia.
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    NearPup got a reaction from Ted in Summary of your NOC peformance in Beijing 2022 olympics   
    For : overall a disappointment, mostly because of the freakishly low gold medal count (lowest since Lillehammer, where there were significantly less events in sports Canada is good at). Though, of course, given how big the Canadian delegation is we really have to look at it sport by sport.
     
    Alpine skiing: meet expectations. James Crawford had A+ Olympics across the board and won a medal, though of course the combined is the least prestigious podium on offer. The rest of the team had fairly average results. Biathlon: exceeded expectations. The women's team had bad results, but the men's team had their best ever individual and relay finish and qualified four starters for the pursuit and three starters for the mass start. No medal, but that doesn't deter from how well Canada did in biathlon at these Olympics. Bobsleigh: bellow expectations. The medal count itself isn't bad, and winning a gold was always going to be difficult. The main thing that made these Olympics disappointing is some of the non-medal performances (Kripps in the two-man, Austin in both his events, Appiah having some horror runs, Lotholz). Cross country skiing: above expectations. Cyr and Ritchie finishing fifth in the men's team sprint was a very promising result. Curling: disaster. Figure skating: bellow expectations. Schizas and Lajoie/Lagha are promising, and seeing Messing skate is always a delight. But in terms of results it was very meh, and expectations were not high. We are likely getting a team medal that is, frankly, unearned. Freestyle skiing: bellow expectations, bordering on disaster. First time without a gold medal since 2002, when there were 4 events, compared to 13 now. Only two real bright spots: the very young aerials team performing well, and Cassie Sharpe putting on a heroic performance a year after what should have been a career-ending injury, while the other Canadians in the women's ski half-pipe also did as well as could be expected. I'll also give the women's ski cross team some kudos because they meet expectations. Everything else went badly. Most alarming is our moguls team which is both old and shallow (it's basically Kingsbury, who is ancient by moguls standard, and nobody else). Ice hockey: meet expectations. Women's won and the men did okay given the talent pool available. Luge: meet expectations. The young singles sliders look promising, but the team was obviously in a rebuild phase. Short track speed skating: meet expectations. The women's team was disappointing, but the men winning the relay with relative ease makes up for basically all the other disappointments. Skeleton: meet expectations. A top 20 is actually a good result on the men's side (as pathetic as that is), and Rahneva on the women's side did very well, the only reason it felt disappointing is that she would have won an unexpected medal if not for a disastrous second run. Ski jumping: literally salvaged the entire Olympics. Snowboarding: meet expectations. Speed skating: bellow expectations, mostly because of disappointing results on the men's side. That being said, Laurent Dubreuil's silver medal in the 1000m is going to be one of the few moments at these Olympics that will be added to Canadian sporting folklore.  
     
    What were the ups and downs, what were the highlights, what were the biggest disappointments?
    Highlights:
    Winning bronze in ski jumping. Winning the men's 5000m short track relay, in what is Charles Hamelin's final Olympic race. Women's hockey. Biggest disappointments:
    Every curling match I watched. Mikaël Kingsbury losing the men's moguls event. The women's short track team.  
    What were the most emotional events for you? Who made a suprisingly good result?
    Laurent Dubreuil coming back to win silver in the 1000m after a disappointing 500m. Max Parrot winning a gold medal after surviving his battle with cancer. Cassie Sharpe winning silver after her injury.
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    NearPup reacted to De_Gambassi in Winter Olympic Games Beijing 2022 Ceremonies   
    That much is true. But what killed it for me (well not really, when sport is on; it's on regardless of anything else), is that it comes right after the no-spectators Tokyo 2020 and Pyeongchang 2018 which allready lacked any 'real' winter olympics atmosphere. And, we could also think back to Rio which was not so great in that regard.
     
    I think, we all need the 2024/2026 Games to come out with a bang, to relive this inner olympic flame.
     
     
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    NearPup reacted to mrv86 in Summary of your NOC peformance in Beijing 2022 olympics   
    Well, like other Latin American users I wasn’t expecting a medal but rather a dignified performance of Mexican athletes.
     
    I really enjoyed Donovan’s skate, particularly that he achieved a PB, and truly believe he can achieve more in the next Olympic cycle now that he has gained more attention from bigger potential sponsors.
     
    The other members of our delegation were there to finish their races, and they all did, so great for them and hope they serve as models for some young people here that want to emulate and surpass their performances.
     
    All in all, I think our NOC’s cartoon sums up, the pride I feel on this delegation:
     

     
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    NearPup reacted to rafalgorka in Summary of your NOC peformance in Beijing 2022 olympics   
    Ice hockey? Really?
     
    After Tokyo, I thought you're land of golfers now ;-)
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    NearPup reacted to rafalgorka in Winter Olympic Games Beijing 2022 Polls Final Results (Provisional)   
    Final standings of the Beijing 2022 olympics polls.
     
    Thank you all for participating in the polls, that was FUN!
     
    @Wumo 29
    @mrv86 28 1/3
    @phelps 24 1/3
    @Topicmaster1010 23 1/3
    @rafalgorka 23
    @orangeman 22 1/3
    @Gianlu33 21 1/3
    @Styrka 20 5/6
    @Henry_Leon 19
    @NearPup 19
    @hckošice 18 1/2
    @Einarsen 18
    @Belle 16 1/2
    @Monzanator 16 1/2
    @ChandlerMne 16 1/3
    @james89 16
    @Agger 15 1/2
    @maestro 15
    @Dunadan 14 1/4
    @mester 13 1/2
    @Fly_like_a_don 13
    @vinipereira 12 1/2
    @Ted 12 1/2
    @FireRun 12
    @Federer91 10 1/2
    @LowerSaxony 10
    @IoNuTzZ 9 1/2
    @Adriano 9 1/2
    @Joshi 9 1/2
    @Jinzha 9
    @JoshMartini007 8 1/2
    @Sindo 8 1/2
    @Kirkpatrick 7 1/2
    @Griff88 7
    @Ros 7
    @rybak 7
    @Andry84 7
    @Dennis 6 1/2
    @LEVARTOZ 6 1/2
    @Vic Liu 6
    @EupenM 5 1/2
    @uk12points 5 1/2
    @Illya 5
    @FancyFenchel 4 1/2
    @Trebron92 4
    @Jan Linha 3 1/2
    @dcro 3 1/2
    @Benolympique 3 1/2
    @heywoodu 3 1/2
    @pdr4332 3
    @Arnoud Beldman 2
    @intoronto 1 1/2
    @Morten Jensen 1 1/2
    @Olympian1010 1 1/2
    @Swewi 1 1/2
    @jfpseijo 1 1/2
    @Speedy 1
    @stamura84 1
    @gualty80 1
    @De_Gambassi 1/2
    @Walter Egow 1/2
    @Orangehair43 1/2
    @Vektor 1/2
    @OlympicsFan 1/2
    @Peterpeer 1/2
     
     
     
     
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    NearPup reacted to Monzanator in [PREDICTION CONTESTS] Discussion Thread   
    I was one of them But @hckošicewas not! He's got some explaining to do!
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    NearPup reacted to hckošice in [PREDICTION CONTESTS] Discussion Thread   
    Ehm...
     
     

     
    for the requests of interviews with guruhckošicesan or autographs, please use the PM, thanks 
     
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    NearPup reacted to brunamoura in Cross-Country Skiing 2021 - 2022 Discussion Thread   
    Hey! Thanks for asking 😊 I am doing well, recovering a little day by day.
    Arm, ribs, abdomen, shoulder and lungs still hurt but much less nowadays  (painkillers are making their miracle everyday)
    My foot is the main thing for now, but the doctor said we will have to be patient with it, which means it will take time to recover. Not much about the broken bones, but the wounds (it still looks like a zombie foot 😬😅). But it will get better  I need to keep it high as much as possible during the day and do not put any pressure on it. So, wheelchair it recovers.
     
    For sure, no trainings for me in a soon future. First goal is to get on my feet again.
     
    Watching the Olympics was painful in some moments (including today) but mostly I enjoyed seeing some friends doing well.
     
    I enjoy this reply to thank everyone who sent their good wishes since the accident happened. I wasn't able to reply at the moment, but I read everything and @heywoodu kept me updated too. Thank you so much for all kindness 💙💙💙 I am a totallyimpian not Olympian yet, but the word "yet" will drop off in 2026 😉 thank you all!
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    NearPup reacted to Sindo in Canada Club   
    Hi guys,
     
    I hope you have enjoyed the Olympics and you have liked this new "club" thing. I think for communities with more than 3-4 users it is a great idea, and I will use Team Canada club as an example to create more clubs for national communities.
     
    After a normal Olympic detox, I also hope you will be able to keep the club active also outside of the 16 Olympic days, following here the qualifications to Paris 2024 and Milano-Cortina 2026 and all sports with Canadian athletes involved.
     
    The new sections have already been created so feel free to use them!
     
    I think the detox for @intoronto started some days before the end of the Olympics but I hope you will be back here soon with more motivation than before!
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    NearPup got a reaction from FancyFenchel in Cross-Country Skiing at the Winter Olympic Games Beijing 2022   
    Well there was some excitement in the end.
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    NearPup got a reaction from FancyFenchel in Cross-Country Skiing at the Winter Olympic Games Beijing 2022   
    The biggest drama during this race was Johaug trying and failing to wave the  flag.
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    NearPup got a reaction from maestro in Cross-Country Skiing at the Winter Olympic Games Beijing 2022   
    They should have shortened this to like 10k because the race has been over since then.
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    NearPup reacted to Grassmarket in Cross-Country Skiing at the Winter Olympic Games Beijing 2022   
    That was a foolish move in retrospect; could easily have become No 1 in the “Most spectacular Olympic Failures” highlights reel.
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    NearPup got a reaction from Ted in Winter Olympic Games Beijing 2022 Medal Count   
    "Canada matches it's standing from the Summer Olympics" is never a good thing when talking about the Winter Olympics xD
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    NearPup got a reaction from Kirkpatrick in Cross-Country Skiing at the Winter Olympic Games Beijing 2022   
    They should have shortened this to like 10k because the race has been over since then.
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    NearPup reacted to Grassmarket in Winter Olympic Games Beijing 2022 Replay Videos   
    After Tokyo the complete archive went upon Olympics.com very quickly.  Literally a day or so.  I’d expect the same here.  Will keep my eyes peeled.
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    NearPup reacted to rafalgorka in Winter Olympic Games Beijing 2022 Polls Final Results (Provisional)   
    Hello, everyone!
     
    First of all, congrats to all our Finnish users for a hockey win! I would like to be in Helsinki now!!! 
     
    And secondly,
     
    looks like we have our polls-winner!!!
     
    Provisional rankings show that @Wumo won the whole thing.
     
    And that was pretty close - looks like the decisive move was predicting that Victoria Carl will finish 12th in 30k cross-country race. Man, how the fuck did you know that???
     
    Congratulations @Wumo There is a bottle of best Polish vodka prepared for you. Well-frozen. You'll find it in the post. Enjoy!
     
    Congrats for @mrv86 and @phelps for the other medals. That was so close!!! Don't give up, maybe next season...
     
    But I would like to say it loudly that @Wumo is such a deserved winner here. I have written this earlier in these polls series, but I will repeat it now - I would like to THANK YOU for all the efforts in your prediction contests. I can see now how much time and work it takes, so big respect for you from me and all of us, I guess!!!
     
    I think there may be some minor mistakes in the peleton scores but a winner looks to be certain. If you find any mistakes, please let me know.
     
    You will find the provisional rankings table attached to this post in a doc file.
     
    I have promised a Super-Sunday for my family today, after all these 16 days in Beijing, so the final rankings with all these fancy flags&tags will be published rather later than sooner, forgive me that.
    It will be here altogether with all the behind-the-scenes reports, special honorary awards and doping violations summary.
     
    Thank you all for your participations, that was FUN!!!
     
    Have a good Sunday, everyone...
     
    and now let's only hope there won't be a war next week or later on... i am just too afraid to watch non-sporting news these days... how the fuck could we all get that close to this shit?
    so everyone, stay safe, please...
     
    Bye!
     
     
     
     
    22.02.20 final poll.docx
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    NearPup reacted to hckošice in Men's Ice Hockey Tournament at the Winter Olympic Games Beijing 2022   
    AWARDS
     
    MVP
    Juraj Slafkovsky
     
    https://www.iihf.com/en/events/2022/olympic-m/news/32248/slafkovsky_voted_mvp
     

     
    ALL-STAR TEAM

    Goaltender:
    Patrik Rybar

    Defenders:
    Mikko Lehtonen
    Yegor Yakovlev

    Forwards:
    Juraj Slafkovsky
    Sakari Manninen
    Lucas Wallmark
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    NearPup reacted to Vic Liu in Winter Olympic Games Beijing 2022 Early Predictions   
    Time to recall the early prediction on December now.
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    NearPup got a reaction from hckošice in Men's Ice Hockey Tournament at the Winter Olympic Games Beijing 2022   
    Well, for me these were bummer Olympics (for a lot of reason, including the lack of NHLers) but I have to say that both the men's gold and bronze medal games did manage to put a big smile on my face.
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    NearPup got a reaction from hckošice in Men's Ice Hockey Tournament at the Winter Olympic Games Beijing 2022   
    is *finally* ahead of in the all time ice hockey medal table.
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    NearPup reacted to Topicmaster1010 in Men's Ice Hockey Tournament at the Winter Olympic Games Beijing 2022   
    Congrats  Finland! Well deserved
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    NearPup got a reaction from Triplecast in Men's Ice Hockey Tournament at the Winter Olympic Games Beijing 2022   
    Also huge congrats to for winning a silver medal in their first ever Olympic tournament!
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    NearPup got a reaction from heywoodu in Men's Ice Hockey Tournament at the Winter Olympic Games Beijing 2022   
    Also huge congrats to for winning a silver medal in their first ever Olympic tournament!
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