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Poll results: Would you rather watch the summer or winter olympic games?

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    Winter Olympics

    I liked the opening cermonies. That was pretty cool what they did with all those projectors (create ice flows, whales, leaves, etc.) and it was especially cool that they had the indigenous 'first nations' greeting all the athletes. It was also nice seeing an opening ceremony that wasn't overfilled with nationalistic overtones.

    They've had more than their share of hiccups between the luge tragedy and the uncooperative weather (shoulda held the olympics in DC this year) but at least the facilities look great and it sounds like they're doing a good job of moving people around in an efficient manner.

    Are there any winter olympic events you particularly like to watch? figure skating...speed skating.....snowboarding....alpine skiing....biathalon?

    Do you enjoy watching the winter games more than the summer games?
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    I enjoy watching the winter games more. I think it's because it's more of a novelty for me - I've never been skiing, and I've always lived somewhere where the winter sports aren't too popular. I particularly enjoy watching the slalom, mogul, bobsled, and figure skating (... I suppose I have my long childhood spent with my mother and sister, and my classical music training to thank for this [it's like ballet on ice]). I'll pretty much watch any Olympic sport that's televised, however, whether winter or summer event, and in the summer games I also particularly enjoy track events, swimming events, and diving events. I just love the Olympics, really.

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    The winter games have more action sports, but the summer games have women's volleyball.
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    Quote Originally posted by Cardinal View post
    The winter games have more action sports, but the summer games have women's volleyball.
    Which venue - indoor court or beach ?
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    Which venue - indoor court or beach ?
    Does it matter.
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    Where's the both option? I like different events, the winter is more novel to this southern girl but there are events in the summer olympics that are great, swimming, gymnastics, track & field, marathon. Hmm...
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    We were discussing different events to go see if we were there. The luge would kinda be boring to watch live because you couldn't see the entire course. The only thing you'd see is a blur for a 1/2 second and then waiting for the next one. You could literally sneeze and miss one go by.

    Our little girl wanted to see figure skating last night and got to see one short program before see fell alseep on the sofa with us. She was upset this morning cause she thought she missed it all, but I told her there would be more to see.

    Summer vs. Winter? Don't know which I like better since each have some very interesting events (and some snoozers too).
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Are there any winter olympic events you particularly like to watch? figure skating...speed skating.....snowboarding....alpine skiing....biathalon?
    Oh yeah ...



    Yup, it happens every two years around the Olympics: message board users everywhere, at least those from the United States, gather together in unity to condemn NBC Olympic television coverage. I've got no love for the network, but so much of the criticism is undeserved, IMHO.

    "They show too many sob stories, wah wah wah!" The sappy "up close and personal" stories were predominant in the 1990s, when NBC was trying to attract more female viewers to the games. NBC learned their lesson, but they still haven't lived down their legacy of glurge. In the past decade, the stories are shorter and much less frequent, and they tend to air more during figure skating, ice dancing and other sports that attract a large female audience.

    I'm watching CTV right now, and there's a "Power of Community" sob story about a First Nations athlete who overcame bullying and adversity to become a world-class snowboarder. The glurge isn't just an NBC thing.

    "They only show the popular sports where Americans are likely to win a gold medal, wah wah wah!" Hey, they're trying to attract viewers, and they're not going to do that by airing obscure sports in prime time. Yes, message board users may be clamoring for more biathlon and skeleton coverage, but the masses want their figure skating and downhill skiing. The NBC-owned cable networks are pretty good at showing more obscure sports, including those where Americans aren't competing.

    "They do too much cheerleading for American athletes, wah wah wah!" What country doesn't have coverage that is biased toward their own athletes? I receive both American and Canadian networks, and the level of cheerleading on the CTV is an order of magnitude more intense than on NBC. There was quite a bit of attention given towards Alexandre Bilodeau's gold meal in the moguls on NBC. Look at the NBC schedule online, and there's plenty of Team Canada coverage on the cable networks.

    Wait, I forgot ... when those in other countries cheer on their own, it's an exhibition of national pride and unity. When Americans cheer on their own, it's jingoistic patriotism.
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    I wish they showed more curling. Seriously.

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    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post
    The NBC-owned cable networks are pretty good at showing more obscure sports, including those where Americans aren't competing.
    I am pretty sure is one sport Dan would/will watch
    Men's Curling on USA network
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    Women's Curling on CNBC
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    I like both Winter and Summer Olympics for many of the reasons others have pointed out. Summer Olympics are especially enjoyable since my wife was a pretty good swimmer back in the day and really enjoys watching that sport. I did notice her cheering on the Americans in the Men's Nordic Combined yesterday, however.

    I get frustrated by the sports that rely on judging, however. Last night's short dancing judging seemed really whacky to me, as if 'the fix is in'. Salt Lake City redux, anybody?

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    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post
    Oh yeah ...



    Yup, it happens every two years around the Olympics: message board users everywhere, at least those from the United States, gather together in unity to condemn NBC Olympic television coverage. I've got no love for the network, but so much of the criticism is undeserved, IMHO.
    ......
    Sorry Dan, NBC coverage sucks balls.

    They should have shared coverage with ESPN or something. Then they could keep their limp and teary eyed coverage and let professionals show the sports.

    I want to see the whole match at whatever they are doing, not snippets.

    I can't wait to watch the curling and hockey. Lots of others as well. Maybe NBC will give up and the professionals at a network than knows how to do sports will get their shot.
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    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post
    Yup, it happens every two years around the Olympics: message board users everywhere, at least those from the United States, gather together in unity to condemn NBC Olympic television coverage.
    "They show too many sob stories, wah wah wah!".

    "They only show the popular sports where Americans are likely to win a gold medal, wah wah wah!"

    "They do too much cheerleading for American athletes, wah wah wah!"
    You forgot - they've turned it into one big medal counting/tallying exercise.
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    re: NBC Coverage - I was disgusted that they repeatedly showed the footage of tragic luge accident. Sensationalism at its worst.
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    I would say that I enjoy both equally, though the percentage of Winter Olympics sports that I watch and keep track of is significantly higher than the percentage of Summer Olympics sports. But of course, there are so many more Summer Olympics sports that it probably is about the same number for each.
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    Okay, I just saw a Harvey's commercial on NBC. Harvey's has no locations south of the Canada-U.S. border. Just as Americans who live near the border often say "Thank God for the Canadian channels" during the Olympics, it looks like this is evidence of the vice cersa occurring.
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    The Snowcross was really cool! Didn't even know there WAS such a thing!

    Better yet, that crowd had the sound and look of an awful redneck crowd!
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    For me the winter Olympics have too many events I just cannot stand to watch...(i.e. figure skating).

    With the recent inclusion of snowboard things (half pipe, snowcross, etc) it has gotten much better. I think it is amazing how many sports you can create on snow, but I just think the summer games have a bit more to offer. (also, I am partial to track and field)

    I think it could have something to do with the ability of summer games hosts to be pretty much anywhere and winter games always having to be in the northern hemisphere where it snow (although this years choice wasn't the best...). Also, after Beijing, I think I will have a hard time picturing a more 'cool' Olympics in terms of showmanship. Sorry Vancouver but this Olympics isn't very good in terms of showmanship (open ceremony..ugh), or quality (snow, broken equipment, etc.).
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    As a native of a state that produces a good number of winter Olympic athletes I have to say I like the winter Olympics better. The summer is good too but there seems to be a lot more really good action in the winter Olympics; nearly every sport wears a helmet and there are more speed sports. The summer really disappointed me by removing baseball by saying it wasn't popular enough. Growing up in a town with multiple curling facilities, I can tell you baseball was still far more popular than curling, yet one is included and one is excluded?

    What I've never understood and hopefully someone can enlighten me, is to why hockey (the premier winter event) takes two weeks but some sports are one race and done? Isn't having a 500, 1500, and 3000 meter speed skating race the same as a separate one period, two period, or three period hockey game? Why the differences?

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    This may be sexist, but the female Winter Olympics athletes are a fair bit hotter then those playing in the Summer games. I'm guessing it's because except for a couple of sports, like speed skating, they tend to have more normal body proportions.
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    ^^^Also- Winter sports occur in ritzy mountain areas where rich men and their hottie trophy wives mate and create super-attractive winter athletes.
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    I like any event with an objective method of assessing the winner, which means I prefer timed events and head-to-head events. My only exceptions to that rule in the winter are aerials and snowboard half-pipe, simply because of the crazy factor involved in those. I can watch ski jump for the appreciation of the physics involved. I tend to prefer winter events to summer events, despite the fact that I was once a pretty good butterfly stroke, breast stroke (no, I don't mean that) and individual medley swimmer.

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    I have never been a fan of the Winter Olympics...it seems like all the sports are a derivative of a summer sport or is some made up competition that seemed like a good idea.

    I like watching bobsled, luge, skeleton and the downhill skiing races where they actually ski...no tricks just speed. The moguls with the stupid jumps would be like having a 400m race where you have to do a skateboard like trick off two ramp.

    Also the Winter Games seems like a competition for those poor country club rich kids living in New England and New York whose sports are not appreciated...not a lot of kids in poverty that learn to luge or ski. There are sports in the summer games for the country club set that few care about like equestrian and team handball but the Winter games seem especially full of these types of events.
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    Quote Originally posted by Brocktoon View post
    The moguls with the stupid jumps would be like having a 400m race where you have to do a skateboard like trick off two ramp.
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    Dude!! The moguls are teh bestest! There's a lot of skill in straightlining those moguls. Those guys/girls are pretty much out of control the entire way down the hill. Its fun as heck to watch.
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