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    Have your flagbearers for the opening ceremonies been named yet? Today in Ottawa, it was announced that ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will be leading Team Canada into the stadium
    I haven't heard anything yet, usually we decide it very late for Sweden, but I should put my money on cross-country skiier Charlotte Kalla. She has 2 gold and 3 silver medals from the two recent olympic games and is one of the most popular athletes in Sweden. The only problem could be that she will compete the very next day, so if not her, than probably some male skiier might do it, like Marcus Hellner, who has 3 gold and 1 silver from the two recent Olympics.

    I am wondering though, who might light the torch here? I hope they select a famous athlete, and if so, then I suppose former figure skater Yuna Kim is the one, I know she still is huge in Korea, so she would deserve it a lot.

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    The opening ceremony is 10 days ahead and I guess the nomination deadline passed yesterday. I'm bored, so I'm going to write something about the german squad and their medal chances in each sports (Don't mean I'm an expert. Luckily Germany didn't qualify in Curling )

    Alpine skiing
    The german chances always related to just a few athletes. Always. Bad luck this time two of them got knee injuries leaving the men's slalom and giant slalom qiute in despair. So it's all up to Viktoria Rebensburg to win one medal. Good for Germany she's first in the giant slalom leaderbords, so a medal should be safe. Out of nowhere the male downhill team developed some Top 10 racers, but I do not see them winning a medal. The only chance left is the new team event. But all our athletes need a brilliant day on that, so I say the chances overall are up to...

    2 medals max.

    Biathlon
    Finally there's a winning athlete like Magdalena Neuner was back in the german team. Laura Dahlmeier is probably the best worldwide these days and would be leading in the world cup, if not her instable health. With former cross country skiier Denise Herrmann there's even a 2nd option to win the sprint maybe, but she just won two races in the beginning and got no podest since then. The womens relay is a big contender for gold, except for Dahlmeier I guess all spots in there are still free. Also the mens relay is a contender for a medal as always, just things rarely worked out so far this season. Nevertheless, a few shining moments happened for every athlete, showing that they can win a medal if things turn out right for them. Sadly 9 medals are already given to Martin Fourcade and Johannes Boe (who may leaves a spot free in the individual or so. Don't have to mention that the mixed relay is also in for the medal, right? So it's...

    4-5 medals min.

    Bobsleigh
    Not the sports I follow, but I heard that they are far away from getting another blank like in Sochi 4 years ago. Looking at the leaderbords Germany placed 5 teams among the Top 3 and 3 more in the Top 6 of Two-(Wo)man. I doubt that there will be a triple win in the Four-Man so I say it's...

    3 medals min.

    Cross-country skiing
    It's just zero. Even when only 4 norwegians will compete the germans are too far away from the medals. All the athletes struggled reaching the qualifications standards from our NOC, I guess some of the nominated athletes still didn't meet them full in the end. Some just wanted to make sure Germany can compete in the relays at least, because more shameful than getting bad results would be not competing. That sounds logic to me somehow. But hey, they can only surprise us all.

    Zero medals.

    Figure skating
    I doubt that Germany developed some more athletes there, so the only chance still is the french-ukrainian pair Massot/Savchenko. But that sounds like a safe bet iirc, so it's...

    One medal.

    Freestyle skiing
    The best ski crosser got the same knee injury like the slalom racers, the last german world cup winning ski jumper, and a world champion in ski slopestyle. That minimizes our chances here to almost zero, but another ski crosser just won a race lately. A little bit surprising, but still...

    One medal max.

    Ice hockey
    It's a little bit tricky here. The best national teams are out due to the olympic boycott of the NHL. Russia also almost got lost, but now it's up to them to win gold. Well the NHL absence also means that the best hockey players from every nation can't play in Pyeongchang as well, but that's the tricky thing about it. Germany clearly loses many great players, with Leon Draisaitl one of the best of the league, but the german hockey league belongs to the 5 best leagues of Europe (Russian KHL excluded). Bad luck that Sweden and Finland as the best of rest that is left are opponents in the prelimanry round, so a medal would come sensational.

    One medal max.

    Luge
    Germany seems the only country with strong competors in every category, so they're the only gold fave for the team race. The last time a non-german female winning the world cup or the olympics was somewhere in the 90's and tbh Natalie Geisenberger has been hardly beatable the last 5 years from what I know. The doubles are racing for a double victory. The greatest chance for a non-german gold medal will be the men's race. Even though Felix Loch won the world cup, but he lost that last year and is not the dominant racer he was. Still these competitions won't leave the germans dissatisfied. That's not possible in any way.

    4 medals min.

    Nordic combined
    One year ago the olympics would've been like the octoberfest with germans celebrating everywhere. This sports shows how fast things can change and now it seems the Norwegians will dominate once again, with a few spots left for World Cup leader Akito Watabe and one german, as they almost always gain a podium anyway. It's just up to them not to screw up their jumps. And here it's another team competition to win a safe medal is left, so it's possibly...

    2 medals min.

    Short track speed skating
    It's a two-woman team and this sports is there for the asians and especially koreans to improve their ranking in the medals table. From what I know it's another...

    zero medals

    Skeleton
    I heard something about this season that is doesn't run too bad for the germans. A look at the leaderbords tells me that two women are first and seconds and one man can also be found among the top 3. So I just say...

    2-3 medals.

    Ski jumping
    It's also 2-1 so far. Two Men and one woman among the top 3 in the leaderbords. And luckily there are three other men strong enough to give Germany realistic gold chances in the team competition, fighting with Poland and Norway and possibly "losing" still. And Carina Vogt who'd won every gold medal since the last olympics is also in a position from where it's not unlikely she wins another medal at least.

    3-4 medals min

    Snowboard
    Great sports, but there's no real infrastructure in Germany to develope a freestyle team, so the medals there are far away for that one athlete Germany's sending. The cross racers are also not often on the podium, so it's up to the giant slalom team to save the stats. I guess we can forget about the men. I haven't seen them gain a podium this year. Actually a podium happens rarely to them, even though they can even win then. But there are three women who reached the podium this year and one who didn't even won once this year but also reached the Top 4 a few more times. Hopefully once she reaches the semi she won't come fourth, or another german is there to back her. Still it's...

    One medal max.

    Speed skating
    I don't know why, but I know that Claudia Pechstein can still win races and Nico Ihle gains the podium more often than one could've expected from a german male speed skater few years ago. Then there's a female team qualified and I could find the stats to say that they rarely do bad when they're qualified. I just say that's...

    2 medals max.

    Well, I'm staying quite optimistic for the sports where it's worth it to keep that. The NOC got rid of the medal expectations for each sport, they just said they want to reach the same medal count like in Sochi, and hope to improve that. The official motto says "19+X" like the 19 medals they won 4 years ago. If the minimum of my analysis is about to happen it should be 21 medals in the end. Goal hopefully reached.

    Oh and about the flagbearer. There's an online survey right now. It's between hockey player Christian Ehrhoff (played 800 times in NHL), nordic combined Eric Frenzel (won olympic gold, the world cup 5 times and 5 gold medal int he world championships), luge racer Natalie Geisenberger (Olympic Gold, World Champion several times, 6 world cup victories, ...), alpine racer Viktoria Rebensburg (World and Olympic Champion) and speed skater Claudia Pechstein (is going for her 7th olympics, won gold there as well/her nomination is quite controversial as she missed the Vancouver olympics due to a positive doping test)

    EDIT: I guess one can see how my motivation left Or which sports I might not be that enthusiastic about ^^
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamieBrown View Post
    The opening ceremony is 10 days ahead and I guess the nomination deadline passed yesterday. I'm bored, so I'm going to write something about the german squad and their medal chances in each sports (Don't mean I'm an expert. Luckily Germany didn't qualify in Curling )
    I just finished exams and I'm bored as well. I'll write about the Canadian squad and our hopeful medal chances.

    Alpine Skiing
    Our only real chance at a medal is 2017 Super-G world champion Erik Guay. He injured himself at the start of the season and hasn't competed since. I'm doubtful that he can preform the level that he was last year, although one can only hope!!

    1 Medal Max/ 0 Medals Min

    Biathlon
    The Canadian Olympic Committee gave up on biathlon. They severely slashed their funding and tried to limit the amount of money spent on biathlon programs. The only athlete who medaled on the world cup circuit is veteran Rosanna Crawford. I would be so wonderful if she could prove COC wrong and win a medal in PyeongChang but I'm doubtful.

    1 Medal Max/ 0 Min

    Bobsleigh/Skeleton
    The Canadian Bobsleigh/Skeleton is on the best form I've seen them in years. For the first time in Olympic history we've qualified the maximum amount of sliders for the Olympics, a feat only matched by a super strong German contingent. I'd expect Kallie Humphries to be a favourite to medal, at her third Olympics!! Justin Kripps is leading the two man standings going into the games and I think he's a favourite to medal as well. The women's skeleton team has a lot of depth and I think they will slide into the medals in PyeongChang.

    3 medals Max/ 2 medals Min

    Cross Country Skiing
    Canada's only real opportunity at a medal is Alex Harvey, the reigning 50km world champion. He hasn't quite been on the same form as he was last year though. I'm hoping he medals but I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't.

    1 medal Max/ 0 medals minimum

    Curling!!
    There are three curling disciplines at these games and I think Canada is a favourite to medal in all three. Rachel Homan skips the women's team and she is at the top of her game right now. She's played this game since she was 9 and her experience shows. Kevin Koe skips the mens team, I don't think he's quite as successful as our women's curlers but he is still a force to be reckoned with. The newest discipline is Mixed Doubles. I'm not sure how our team of Olympic medalists, Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris will do, but hopefully they can tap into their Olympic experience to win a medal.

    3 medals max/ 2 medals min

    Figure Skating
    Our figure skating team is full of veterans and is probably the strongest we will see in a while. On a good day I think Canada can medal in all five events, our weakest is the mens individual event, where Patrick Chan is the poster boy for inconsistency. In pairs veterans Duhamel and Radford are looking to add second medal to their collection and in ladies Osmond and Daleman went 2 and 3 at the world championships last year and are looking in fine form this year. Our flag bearers are ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. They are real Canadian royalty. Their figure skating is so fantastic and I really hope they take home the gold in PyeongChang. I think one of Canada's best bets at winning a medal is the team event as we are really strong across all four disciplines.

    6 medals max(very generous)/ 2 medals min

    Freestyle Skiing
    Somehow, in Sochi, we won nine medals in freestyle skiing. It was amazing! I don't think we will repeat that performance in PyeongChang although I think it will be very solid. Mikael Kingsbury went undefeated in the World Cup moguls circuit and I think he is a lock for medal in Korea. In Women's moguls and Women's Ski Slopestyle Olympic champions Justine Dufour LaPointe are looking to defend their titles, they aren't on the same form they were four years ago but I think certainly could medal. In women's ski cross, Marielle Thompson tore her ACL at the beginning of the season and has been in recovery every since. It's up in the air as to if she will compete but if she does, I think she could win a medal.

    5 Medals Max/ 1 Medals Min

    Ice Hockey
    Russia are a favourite to win gold on the mens side. Their team is soooo unbelievably stacked. It's a real tragedy that NHL stars aren't allowed to compete. Our team wouldn't have been as strong as Sochi but still would be a force. I'm salivating at the idea of seeing Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid on the same line. On the women's side, I think they are a lock for a medal. The only question is the colour. Every Olympics the United States seems to have an edge over Canada but we seemingly always find a way to win. I'm hoping the same thing happens in PyeongChang.

    2 medals max/ 1 medal min

    Luge
    Our best hope at a medal is Alex Gough and the team relay. If they win in PyeongChang it will be Canada's second luge medal ever. I'm hoping they can pull/slide thorugh.

    2 medals Max/ 0 min

    Nordic Combined
    We aren't even competing.

    0 medals

    Short Track Speed Skating
    I have a feeling the Koreans will dominated the skating rink. Their team seems to be stronger then I have ever seen it. I'm not sure how Canada will do. Russia's Victor Ahn being banned on the mens side certainly improves our chances at medals. The star of our short track team is Charles Hamelin who is competing at his 3rd Olympics, but he's not on the same form he was four years ago. His wife on the other hand is doing great! She's skating better then I've ever seen and is a favourite to medal imo.

    3 medals max/ 1 medal min

    Ski Jumping
    It's a developing program, check back at the next Olympics!

    0 medals

    Snowboard
    Our Big Air/ Slopestyle team has soo much depth. All four of the snowboarders that we're sending to the Olympics have a chance to medal and imo are the favourites to win gold. We don't factor in snowboard cross but in slalom snowboarder Jasey-Jay Anderson is set to compete at his sixth Olympics. He's 42 and I can't imagine how sensational it would be if he medaled.

    4 medals max/ 2 medals min

    Speed Skating
    Our contingent isn't as strong as it was in 2010 but I think could still medal. The biggest speed skating story is Denny Morrison who broke is femur in a motorcycle accident and a few months later suffered a stroke on a 25 day bicycle ride. If he medals I think it will really represent one of the greatest comebacks and a testament to the true Olympic spirit.

    3 medals max/ 1 medal min

    Our squad this year is full of veterans athletes planning to retire after these games. I think it will be so devastating to have a terrible games on their last shot. We're in contention but not the favourites in a lot of sports which means it could either go really well for us, or not so great. @JamieBrown the COC keeps talking about how strong the German team is this year. They interviewed the head of the Canadian Olympic Committee and she mentioned how strong the team is compared to four years ago. I also read that the Germans could win over 10 medals in biathlon. Personally I think Germany will easily eclipse 21 medals, my prediction would be around 35 maybe even challenging USA's record of 37.
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    I'm surprised to hear the canadian biathlon program is not going to be developed. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Nathan Smith won a world cup race, a silver medal plus another bronze with the relay in world championships during the last 4 years? Why throwing that all away? I think they should develop the sports based on these great results. About your ski jumping analysis I wished they could become true. I heard that US/Canadian team is progressing a little bit, but I wonder if they're going to compete for a Top 10 result.
    Also I don't know anything about the hockey squad. I guess these are players that had no chance playing in NHL or turned a little bit too old. Is it still enough to fight for a medal? What do you think? And yeah, that Crosby/MCDavid pairing We were robbed :/

    Then about your calculations. Maybe I did a little understatement, we may see soon. I just thought it's better not to expect too much. About the 10 medals in Biathlon. The competition is actually to narrow to expect that much medals. Laura Dahlmeier won 6 medals last year, that's true. But she was on fire that season. This year she suffered from a few little injuries/diseases,. As I said she's probably winning 1-2 medals still, but any more cannot be expected so far. I also updated the medals table from Schlagerman for now and Norway's even going to do better. They have chances to win like 50 medals. The olympics luckily never turn out fully like the seasons are ongoing (especially in Cross-Country, otherwise we would suffer 20 norwegian medals from there), but the competitions too strong for Germany to beat any record. Well, they can do nicely in almost every sports, even though we can not take this as a granted medal. But the team is defo stronger than last time. They recovered almost everywhere and didn't lose strenght in the other sports, only one or two exceptions.

    I'm looking forward to the competitions now. I hope it will be all fine, fantastic images, beautiful snowy landscapes, the "exotic" nations winning a one or two medals (and not only in the ice competitions ) and my favourite sports biathlon, ski jumping, alpine skiing and snowboard turning out to be exciting (that means Martin Fourcade and Johannes Boe leaving some medals for the other athletes^^)

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    As a big wintersports fan (I'm basically a walking database) I'm obviously beyond excited for the upcoming Olympics.
    Here are my predictions for the German team and the Games in general...
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    I will try a lil prediction..

    Alpine Skiing

    We are literally cursed.
    we were unlucky to lose Neureuther due to injury at the beginning of the winter. I dont think he could have beaten Hirscher this season, but he could have gone for silver at least. Now, we dont have a contender in men's slalom. Another unluck happened when Luitz suffered from cruciate rupture in december
    Still, In men's downhill we have a shooting star this season called Thomas Dre▀en. If he is lucky and in good shape he can fight for a medal. In Super-G Josef Ferstl has underdog chances
    The only chance for a golden medal lies in the hands of Rebensburg in giant slalom. But the competition is strong here.
    no idea about the combined events... they are mostly random

    Prediction: 2 medals, no gold (Shiffrin will win GS)

    Biathlon

    Somehow I feel the Biathlon events will tip the scales for us in the fight for the upper places in the medal table.
    We have 3-4 very good male athletes who however arent consistent and scraped past the top 3 many times. I stiill have trust on of the boys will get a bronze in an individual race and we get another bronze medal in the relay.
    in the female events I hope for some gold... Herrmann lost her great early shape of the season but Dahlmeier gains momentum more and more and already won two races this season. She will win us one golden and one silver medal. We will win another golden medal in the relay

    Prediction: 5 medals, 2 gold

    Bobsleigh

    Just like Ben aka JamieBrown I dont care about Bobsleigh. But yeah, we wont see another historical disaster as we had in Sotchi 4 years ago. The results look amazing. Shame, there are only 3 finals in Bobsleigh To put it in a nutshell: golden medals in 2-men and 4-men sleigh, some other medal in 2-women

    Prediction: 3 medals, 2 gold

    Cross-country Skiing

    3 finals in bobsleigh and 12 in cross-country, huh? Thats why Norway will probably win the medal table and we wont. I know some pundits put their hope into team sprint because we have some decent sprint racers and we germans do better in team events anyway … 4 years ago we won a bronze in female team relay but there were still Claudia Nystad (retired) and Denise Herrmann (changed the sport) so we will hardly be able to repeat it. Sad story we used to be a big Cross-Country Skiing nation… I grew up with athletes like Sachenbacher, Teichmann, Sommerfeldt and Angerer.. We are miles away from this level
    Prediction: I cant see any medal here…

    Figure skating

    No Idea… the naturalized pair should win us a medal here, I suppose? From what Ive heard they even have chance for gold, but I wouldnt bet on it
    Prediction: 1 medal

    Freestyle skiing

    Heidi Zacher is a worldclass ski-crosser but sadly she got injured so I dont see any contender left.
    Prediction: zero

    Ice Hockey

    The Scandinavians are too strong and then there are still USA and Canada

    Prediction: nada

    Luge

    our domain..meanwhile in the female events we have a bit of competition. However, as far as I know Tatiana Ivanova wont go to Pyeongchang so we should surely aim a golden medal here + another medal. We have 2-3 contenders here. Felix Loch can win a gold in the male event, but I predict a silver medal. Ludwig and Langenhahn can also make a top 3 result.
    In the double event we must win gold + another medal.
    Team relay is a safe gold too if we dont mess it up

    Prediction: 6 medals, 3 gold

    Nordic combined

    finally a sport I am familiar with. Olympics take place one year too late for our nordic combiners cause we were overwhelmingly dominant last season. Now we still have four world-class athletes, all of them lack consistency. But when you have 4 world class athletes you can still expect one of them winning a medal… so I hope we will win a medal in both individual events. Golden medal is realistic, but atm Watabe looks unvulnerable. And our athletes struggle with their ski jumping performances.
    The team evens is a head-to-head-fight against Norway. Weve got 4 athletes in the top 11 of world cup. Norway’s got 4 athletes in the top 8 of world cup, though. Norway is favorized but I feel like we can surprise here

    Prediction: 3 medals, 1 gold

    Short Track

    Did we ever do well here?

    Prediction: nothing

    Skeleton

    the ugly little sister of luge. Although we are good at it, it rarely get broadcasted here. Our women are amazing, I expect gold here. Our men have improved lately and seem to be able to fight for the win, too.

    Prediction: 3 medals, 1 gold

    Ski Jumping

    My favorite wintersport! Freitag returned in brilliant fashion after his injury and Wellinger is on fire, too. But I better contain my excitement.. The ski jumping competition is very balanced. Many jumpers have high ambitions and who knows the plans of the wind god… moreover, in the world cup they dont use normal hills anymore but only the large ones. So I guess the normal hills event tend to be “surprise bags”. Athletes with powerful jumps should benefit from the small hill rather than the “flyers” or “gliders”. Regarding team event… our team is amazing, we have two world-class jumpers but same can be said about Norway and Poland. We should head for the 1st place but shouldnt be disappointed about a 3rd place in any case. We must be careful of the Slovenian team. Austria and Japan shouldnt be a danger for us.
    In the women event Karina Althaus should get a medal but I guess it wont be a golden one… The Norwegian girl Lundby is the new Takanashi of womans ski jumping so I consider her unstoppable.

    Prediction: 3 medals, no gold

    Snowboard

    The IOC removed the slalom from the olympic schedule, thank god they maintained the giant slalom though. in the female GS race we have very good chances to win one, if not even two medals. Both Ramona Hofmeister and Selina J÷rg are among the best starters here.
    The men arent competitive enough.

    Prediction: 1 medal

    Speed Skating
    The sport that makes Netherlands look like a huge winter sport nation in the medal table.
    However, We are on decline here and still rely on 45-years old Claudia Pechstein. The longer the distance, the better her chances. She has so much experience, I believe she can do it again and win another medal. Women team relay is another chance for a medal, but Japan and Netherland probably take away 2 places already… I am sceptical here.
    The men have been improving through the years but they arent good enough yet

    Prediction: 1 medal

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    In Total: 28 medals, 9 golden medals

    Wow, 28 medals would be pretty amazing. I didnt expect to predict such a high number, I tried to be not too optimistic but this looks actualy too good to come true. 9 more than Sotchi.. then again, we should point out that Sotchi was a disaster for us. Whereas Ben’s prediction might be a little too careful, Jchans prediction looks very… bizarre 35 medals? That would be almost the level we had 2002 in Salt Lake City when our wintersport level was on its peak.. and we still had good cross country ski athletes But well… I’d take it when everything turns our perfect for us we can probably win 35 medals or more…
    Anyway, I guess Norway will win the medal table but despite of that I still consider us the best wintersports nation in a way that we are competitive in almost every sport. In curling and short track we are not. but that’s all.. I think that both Norway and USA and every other nations are underdeveloped in more than one or two sports… tell me Norwegian luge and bob racers… or American ski-jumpers… you can get my point. I think we can be a little bit proud of having such a firm and broad basement in wintersports.
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    Trendsetting

    If we could now have wintersports fans from other nations, like Norway and the US and not only germans...

    At least we have 3 different predictions, one optimistic, one pessimistic and the one that's hopefully realistic
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    My prediction is 1 silver and 1 bronze
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    I have no idea why they are defunding biathlon. I think it's because we are really poor in both cross country skiing and biathlon and they want consolidate all our resources into one nordic sport. We've gotten better results in cross country skiing over the years, plus theres more grass roots support for it. It's a shame because I really think that biathlon is a lot more fun to watch. I have no idea if our ski jump team is going to become top-10 worthy it's just that it is super young right now. (Apart from Mackenzie Boyd Clowes)

    The mens side of hockey is a total disaster this year. Essentially no NHL players are going EXCEPT at the beginning of the season a lot of Russian hockey players mysteriously failed to renew their contracts and went to play in Russia. Generally speaking, the nhl is considered a step up from the khl(russian league) mainly because the players are paid a lot more but Russian players still decided to leave. A lot of really great players left nhl teams and the Russian team is stacked. I would be shocked if russia won anything less then the gold. The womens hockey will be the best in the world though!!

    I agree that the women's side of biathlon is very open this year (unlike the mens ugh) BUT I think Germany is easily the strongest relay nation and maybe Dalhmeier is trying to peak in February??

    I really hope the Koreans do well. So far it looks like they are doing a fantastic job hosting the games. (Under budget, on time). Plus its been relatively controversially free, which is really refreshing after the past two games we've had.

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    Ah. I see. Well, maybe it works out for Canada to focus on cross country instead of trying both, despite Nathan Smith being good for any surprise, I see Alex Harvey being a strong contender everyday (and his gold medal didn't come out of nowhere). But I also think Biathlon is far more interesting. I sometimes watch the sprint competitions in cross-country but that's it. Maybe I will turn on the mass start events, when I am awake and have nothing to do
    About ski jumping, let's just wait for the next years then. I remember that Italy had to rebuild a team for the Torino olympics and 6-7 years later 2 of them were at least competitive. There already was a young canadian team at the olympics on your home soil, so I worry that being young and slightly talented is not enough in ski jumping. And probably all kids who could be big talents in ski jumping decide for hockey as it is the national sports, right?

    Speaking I'm hockey I'm a little bitter I must say. I think the organisation I hate more right now is the NHL, as from what I heard they just wanted to make money with the olympics. As if they had have not enough already. Or am I missing something? I wouldn't blame the russians for transferring to KHL. They're literally worshipping the olympics. It was a tragedy they didn't won any medal 4 years ago in hockey and it's been the russian players like Ovechkin who first said they want to play at the olympics anyway (fuck NHL for punshing that). But what has happened is the best that can have happened for an "average" russian team, where I don't see many world class players next to Ovechkin and Malkin. At least these two are among the best, but they're missing anyway, so that KHL team will win and Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic and maybe Switzerland will fight for the other medals. I just hope that the viewing figures for NHL will be poorly during the olympics, due to people being fed up with watching hockey 24/7. At least the non-americans/canadians should have other interests. And we will have McDavid at the World Championships possibly.

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