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 Post subject: Olympic Snowboarding
PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:27 pm 
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As a life-long skier, I have come to regard snowboarders as a bunch of interloping punks. However, after watching the men's "open slope" competition, especially in slow motion, I am satisfied that they are the best athletes in the Games. Their combination of coordination, balance, presence, and fortitude performed upside down at speed is truly amazing.


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 Post subject: Re: Olympic Snowboarding
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:19 am 
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I've been watching a lot of the snowboarding too. Absolutely astounding to me how they can somehow keep track of up and down while doing some of those things.

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 Post subject: Re: Olympic Snowboarding
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:55 am 
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I like curling.


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 Post subject: Re: Olympic Snowboarding
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:25 am 
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JD,

Also a lifelong skier. As such, my attitude towards snowboarding has been that God gave us two legs, so there ought to be two "boards" not one. Over the last few years, I've been able to go on a few "ski" vacations with my family and my kids snowboard. My respect for the sport has grown and I actually think I would enjoy it, but given my age and preference for not falling anymore, I have declined trying it.

I agree, these kids are amazing athletes with a serious combination of guts/stupidity. It's fun to watch.

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 Post subject: Re: Olympic Snowboarding
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Doug G wrote:
I like curling.


Doug,

Yesterday I told a good friend, "I never thought I'd say these words, but I'm really tired today because I stayed up too late watching curling." While it may not make for the most exciting television, after giving it some time, I can see how it would be a fun game to play.

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 Post subject: Re: Olympic Snowboarding
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:08 pm 
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As a lifelong skier I hated what the snowboarders did to the good mogal runs.
That, and they sit in large groups in the middle of a run. Just being morons.

That being said my ski partner switched to snowboarding due to kneed issues and he loves it. Says that was done skiing for good he thought until he learned to board. Now's he back to buying season passes.

As far as those kids in the Olympics, they are fricking nuts. Fun to watch the really good ones.


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 Post subject: Re: Olympic Snowboarding
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:32 pm 
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ColoradoNative wrote:
As a lifelong skier I hated what the snowboarders did to the good mogal runs.
That, and they sit in large groups in the middle of a run. Just being morons.

That being said my ski partner switched to snowboarding due to kneed issues and he loves it. Says that was done skiing for good he thought until he learned to board. Now's he back to buying season passes.

As far as those kids in the Olympics, they are fricking nuts. Fun to watch the really good ones.


I find the snowboarders not to be an issue on the steeper runs. When you get into really steep territory, it's the skiers who don't belong who cause the real problem...all that sliding back and forth across the face of the slope kills the shape of the moguls.

When I was about 15 or 16, I got to spend a weekend in Park City and was encouraged to find some runs restricted to people with skis 185 cm or longer. Those were some fun moguls!

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 Post subject: Re: Olympic Snowboarding
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:43 pm 
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Doug G wrote:
I like curling.


I like women's curling.


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 Post subject: Re: Olympic Snowboarding
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:23 pm 
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I have missed the events so far, but short track racing has become one of my favorites, probably for the same reason short tracks are popular in NASCAR.


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 Post subject: Re: Olympic Snowboarding
PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:40 pm 
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Gene L wrote:
Doug G wrote:
I like curling.


I like women's curling.


That's the sport that involves hot irons and curlers, isn't it?


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