Happy Friday! With the Olympics starting soon, I wanted to ask what your favorite Winter Olympic sport is?
I love Olympic Hockey, it has to be number 1 for me, but I also love Curling, there is just something about it...
I dont know why.
I just heard that it is literally in the rules for curling that the winner MUST take out the loser for drinks.
I cannot confirm it is 100% true. But man, that is awesome.
And my favorite olympic sport? The men's 4x relays in speed skating (short track). That shit is a mess!
You are not kidding. I forgot about that relay. If I had to pick one thing, I think that would be it. total mess.
but Ono alone is pretty awesome to watch. I wish they'd let the guy in who just lost and flipped off the guy who won... (norway?? Can't remember where he was from)
This guy? Looks like the Netherlands unis if I'm not mistaken.
We normally go by the most sober after playing drives home.
I find the individual races usually more entertaining than the relays though. 4 or 5 skaters going head to head and jockeying for position for a short time, and frequently something bizarre happens like a dude from Australia winning the gold because the 4 guys in front of him all wiped out. I also love snobocross for much the same reason.
I would say either freestyle skiing or hockey. Both are awesome sports. Four years ago the bars in Ann Arbor were pretty fun watching the USA/Canada gold medal game.
Same here. I love hockey and freestyle skiing. I like a lot of the winter olympic sports now that I actually think about it. I enjoy far more than the summer olympics.
Figure skating is my favorite, but I like to watch bobsledding and snowboarding, too.
Can't do it but love watching it. I do reserve the right to change my mind if the US and Canadian women's hockey teams fight again.
snowboarding. Slopestyle and superpipe
But I think you realy need to visit a ski jump to appreciate how insane it is. Just walk up to the base, look up to see where they start and think look down to see where they land and it's like, "holy shit, you've got to be kidding me".
Must have been some seriously drunk nutcases taht invented that sport.
(Visited a ski jump, not actually jumped.)
There is a ski jump in Iron Mountain. I saw it when I was there on business this fall. To stand at the bottom of it and imagine that people actually ciimb to the top and voluntarily ski down it and jump off it gives a whole new meaning the phrase "totally f'ing nuts!"
I was in Innsbruck (last hosted Olympics in 1976) back in 2007 and the thing I most wanted to see was their Olympic Ski jump. I didn't get terribly close to it, but it could be seen pretty well from where I stood. Impressive for sure.
Cross country sking for some reason
Hands down. Also a big fan of downhill and super g.
Yep. Gravity + ice/snow = Speed.
Because it's something I might actually be able to do.
i was able to go curling this year and it is MUCH harder than it looks. its tons of fun though!
I'm hoping to try it at the local curling club someday, but I'm not sure I get what you mean, because choosing the right weight and curl looks brutally hard to me.
Bobsledding and luge
And Ski Jump
I'm not sure I can pick a favorite. It's definately not figurestaking. That is mostly because I have no idea how it is scored and if someone is doing well.
I really kind like them all.
Without going and counting, I feel like there are far fewer team sports in the winter olympics than the summer. Does anyone else get this feeling?
Like others, I actually do enjoy curling as well, but I will also watch speed skating and the bobsled throughout the Olympics too. For some reason, I have really gotten into watching snowboarding on the last couple cycles - that's is pretty entertaining viewing. I'll catch a lot of other events sporadically.
Forgot about speed skating. One of the most intense winter games sports in my opinion.
...because I liked that James Bond movie where he ski's away from the biathlon guy and ends up getting the girl.
aside from the biathlon, you just described every Bond flick.
I end up watching and enjoying every event though.
speed skating is so much more strategic than you'd think
figure skating is so graceful, yet with elements of power (not unlike gymnastics in that respect)
bobsled, luge, skeleton, downhill skiing - just pure unadulterated speed!
ski jumping - that's just scary
snowboarding in all its facets - i snowboard, so i love it
curling - slow, but strategic, and surprisingly tense as you have to wait to see where the stones end up. also, potential stone shortage.
ice hockey - USA! USA! USA! I was working with a canadian client during the vancouver olympics. they were pretty damn psyched about the hockey outcome.
biatholon - XC skiing and rifles - yeah, baby!
Just in case some of you have not seen the opening ceremony uniforms for Team USA. I am leaving this here...
This has Dave Brandon all over it.
...wouldn't mind if Michigan tried Ralph Lauren. He tends to be quite respectful of tradition and I bet would produce some very stylish fan wear for the wine-and-cheese tailgate crowd.
Those outfits make my eyes hurt.
I like the boots though.
Just in case there were any foreigners who didn't think the average American is some combination of an asshole and a douche, we wanted to set the record straight.
You forgot rich asshole and douche.
Actually, based on their advertisements, that is a perfect description of "The World of Ralph Lauren."
Weren't the uniforms made in China or something last Olympics?
Yes. They also looked a lot better. These look like a cross between a yacht club blazer and a terribly ugly Christmas sweater.
It looked ugly in the drawing, but it translated even worse to reality.
C'mon Ralph, would a tasteful navy peacoat have been so damn hard? You could even keep the cap and the boots for flair.
Needs more stuff going on.
/s - Maryland's football helmet
It is hard for me to get into the individual sports other than tennis and golf (the former of which being in the summer). But for some treason figure skating is pretty entertaining. But Ice hockey is easily my favorite.
I guess ski jumping really isn't the most exciting thing ever for me. It's amazing to see them jump that far, but the actual competition itself doesn't thrill me that much.
I like everything that is timed. Bobsled, luge, skeleton, downhill skiiing, cross country skiiing, speed skating (long and short track). The judged sports like figure skating are maybe one notch below, but I'll still watch them. And I would never watch curling on CBC outside the Olympics, but something about the Olympics really raises the bar on that sport.
2 man luge..also Putin's favorite event
Honestly it's ice hockey and then everything else way behind that. Hockey is the only part of the winter olympics I make any effort to watch. I might catch a couple minutes of other stuff here and there, but that's it.
The summer olympics, on the other hand, is just littered with great sports. I get frustrated just because I don't have enough time to follow all of it that I'd like to.
Has to be Apollo Ohno and his $5 Footlongs.
But yeah...the luge. By far. Single, or two-man -- both great events.
I think that's what their called.
Whether the women have moguls or mountains, they're still worth watching.
Side to side, up and down, repeat. Yeah. Good wa...what was I saying?
Short track speed skating, easily, especially the relays. I also recently got into skiing, so I'm particuarly interested in watching those.
I will say I have a natural aversion to the judged events (ice skating, half pipe, etc...) because of all the issues that can come along with having judges. Though, I will be pulling for Louie Vito in the half pipe and ANYBODY AT ALL to beat Shaun White.
You could not PAY me to attend these games. I wonder how many people will watch just to see if "something happens" given the ugly, ugly situation there right now.
May God be with our's and all other athletes and their families there.
and not the short track version.
I love all of it. I realized it about 3 olympics ago when I couldn't stop watching the curling.
Downhill skiing, definitely. I'm not really into the X-Games stuff, too much judging. Even in gymnastics you can kinda tell who's going to get a higher score - not so much in halfpipe and stuff. Give me a straight-up race - and the fun thing about downhill races is that they go one at a time (as opposed to speed skating where the winner usually just leads most of the race) so you never quite know where everything stands until they cross the finish. This goes for any downhill skiing event, any sledding event, and ski jump. (That said, snowboard cross has its appeal, too.)
Curling is a blast too, and of course, always, the hockey.
Last Winter Olympics I was still an undergrad and my roommates and I spent a surprising amount of time watching curling.
12m Drunken Polar Bear Dive
100m Shitfaced Beer Barrel Carry
500m Freestyle Vodka Ice Fishing
Let me tell you, a double-fault final-play elimination hasn't occurred since the Helsinki episode of 1919, and I think we all remember how THAT turned out!
Skeleton, Luge,Bobsled, and Ice Hockey and speed skating ( short track and regular)
They should eliminate men's figure skating
But then What would Brian Boitano do??????
Men's short track 3000m relay hands down... imagine gus johnson calling that
Why isn't this a thing? MAKE THIS HAPPEN!
I really enjoy the vast majority of Olympic events, but I'm not fond of the ones in which judges determine the outcome. I prefer objective results over subjective decisions.
My favorite by far is short-track speed skating, so fun to watch.
A lot depends on the personalities and how well we're doing. Speed skating was must see when Ohno was around but I'm not sure it will hold it's appeal now. Same with figure skating -huge ratings if we've got a recognizable personality doing well. And so on.
I don't think there's a really compelling sport if we aren't competing at a high level. Hockey is the only other sport I'd watch even a bit of if it weren't the Olympics and even at that if it's Russia and Canada in the finals I don't really give a #$%^.
That's the best part of the olympics. Just when someone like Ohno leaves, a new hero is born man.
that Shaun White does. The half pipe or something. That guy is good.
I . . . I . . . can't look away! Oh nooooooooo.
/falls on floor, has seizure and dies.
Eat your heart out, Don Cherry
I prefer the age old sport of Hibernation.... I tend to zzzzzz like a champ through the winter olympics.
Ski jumping seems like it would be terrifying to me. I can't imagine what your first jump must be like.
If I had to pick, probably hockey or bobsled. I think that would be so much fun (if I knew I wouldn't wreck).
Love myself the Winter Games. It fits my U.P. blood so well.
1. Hockey. Coming of age during the Miracle on Ice years does this to you.
2. Luge. Rocketing downhill on a glorified sled with runners is so kick ass.
3. Bobsled. Speed, wipeouts, the sounds of blades on frozen surfaces.
4. Biathalon. Kinda boring, but combining X-country skiing with guns is so....weird.
Honorable mention: Curling. Why am I so fixated on this sport?
The 2002 Olympic hockey tournament is still the best hockey I have ever seen in my life, and the Olympic tournament continues to be a fantastic event. Of course, this crosses over from natural hockey fandom, so it isn't hard to like.
I like a lot of the winter sports, and more so now that I live in a city beset with them. I actually follow the World Cup skiing scene a bit, because I find events like the downhill to be among the greatest visual spectacles in sports. So I'll be watching that closely.
I also, like many, enjoy curling. I grew up watching it on the CBC, and now I live in the hometown of the US men's team (and I've met John Shuster, this year's skip). And I'll enjoy watching some of the other speed events.
But the must-see appointment dates are US men's hockey games and the two downhills.
I love to snowboard so i do enjoy the snowboarding events. Though i don't really think of those as Olympic sports since they are pretty new to the Olympics. I like the Super G Downhill. Whats better than seeing someone flying down about 2 miles or so of iced over snow at 70 mph on the edge of their skis. I also watch the speedskating, big track and short track. And yes hockey too.
Edit: I forgot to add bobsled in there.
Curling. Mainly because I had a huge crush on Cassie Johnson from the 2006 US women's team.
I enjoy hockey, curling and bobsledding. But really, I'm a total Olympic junkie and will watch about whatever is on.
As an aside, a friend of mine does lighting for NBC and told me the other day that it's in the 50s there pretty much every day. He's been there for two weeks setting sets up.
Men's figure skating!! LOVE IT!!
hockey is no 1 for me, and I like to snowboard so I like to watch that, but seconds place for me is ski slalom, I think. whichever one had the skier going over moguls and doing a jump, then more moguls and another jump.
There is nothing sexier than watching a woman sweep!
Seriously though for whatever reason the sport fascinates me. And some of the countries put out supermodels to compete in the event.
Ski Jumping is definitely my favorite, but unfortunately it doesn't get nearly enough TV coverage (at least not on NBC) because the U.S. rarely has a team, let alone any medal contenders. Hmmm... wonder if I can stream Finnish TV somehow...
Also love the various sledding sports...luge, bobsled, skeleton.
A lot of the winter sports are pretty terrifying, but I think the one that makes me hold my breath the most is the aerials portion of freestyle skiing. Those fools are one wrong move from lifelong paralysis or death.