OT: Favorite Winter Olympic Sport

Submitted by nmumike on January 24th, 2014 at 7:28 AM

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...



January 24th, 2014 at 8:23 AM ^

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!


January 24th, 2014 at 8:56 AM ^

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)


January 24th, 2014 at 12:35 PM ^

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.

Doc Brown

January 24th, 2014 at 7:42 AM ^

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. 

French West Indian

January 24th, 2014 at 11:38 AM ^

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.


January 24th, 2014 at 7:58 AM ^

It combines Ski Jumping and Cross Country Skiing.  Each person (or team) jumps from the ski jump and the higher your score and distance, the further you get to start from #2, #3, etc.  Combines two completely random winter sports into an exciting event.


January 24th, 2014 at 8:01 AM ^

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?


January 24th, 2014 at 8:03 AM ^

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.

oriental andrew

January 24th, 2014 at 8:08 AM ^

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!


January 24th, 2014 at 11:53 AM ^

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.


January 24th, 2014 at 8:16 AM ^

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.


January 24th, 2014 at 8:23 AM ^

the downhill skiing events, Downhill and Super G.  Also like the sliding events, particularly 4 man bob and skeleton.

Unfortunately this year the Winter Olympic Games will include a new event in which all participants will be able to compete, the Sochi Combined.  Winners are those that are able to complete their events and make it out of country alive.


January 24th, 2014 at 8:39 AM ^

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.


January 24th, 2014 at 8:32 AM ^

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.