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#1 kirant

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 07:19 AM

Oh yeah. That's right...only one person cares about the WINTER Olympics tongue.gif

Anyways, I see things are off to a good start. Bear in mind too that L'Equipe has garnered a lot of attention after breaking Lance Armstrong's drug scandal.

http://www.canada.co...ld-says-lequipe

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L’Equipe, the French sports magazine, quoted on Friday an anonymous senior Russian coach who says Russia and the United States have set up a “proposed barter” to help each other at the Sochi Olympic figure skating events.

Because they are not in direct competition with each other in these events, the United States would help Russia win the team gold event, while Russia would reciprocate by supporting U.S. ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White win gold over defending Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the L’Equipe source said.


Ah, what would the Olympics be without idiots ruining it?

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#2 Fire Blazer

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 10:40 PM

Wait... so is this legit? I can't tell haha, is this farce actually happening or is the farce itself a farce? lol

And sadly I'd like to follow the Olympics but not enough time haha. Tbh wish it were in Turkey instead of Japan (tl;dr I'm half-Turkish so I've got a bit of bias there) but whatever. I'll probably catch a bit of it here and there haha

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 02:29 AM

QUOTE (Fire Blazer @ Feb 8 2014, 03:40 PM)
Wait... so is this legit? I can't tell haha, is this farce actually happening or is the farce itself a farce? lol

It's a madhouse. Security is everywhere, people are all confused, and attendance is underwhelming. But Putin wanted it, so Putin got it. Just was really, really expensive to put on.

One of the great guys of "freestyle skiing" (AKA skiing and artistic jumping) defended his gold. Alexandre Bilodeau, whom I truly respect because of his actions (explained later), won gold in mogul skiing. Dominated with an 87.7% score (the next highest was ~82%) during the last run.

Bilodeau is a great guy. His personal hero is his brother Frederic, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy. When he won in Vancouver 4 years ago, his first reaction was to go bring the guy out of the audience. Honestly wouldn't want anybody else to win this time.

(For you Americans, Pat Deneen make the final round, ending 6th out of 6, but doing really well given a shaky start)

EDIT - Here's a picture someone caught after with Bilodeau. One guess who's on the right.
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EDIT 2 - Going to dump a huge number of goalie masks here. The art nerd inside me loves seeing this

USA. Ryan Miller and Jonathan Quick (Click Here To Hide/Show Text)

Ryan Miller - A bit busy for my tastes
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Jonathan Quick - Simple and elegant. Keeps his knight motif that he uses for the LA Kings going.
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Norway. Lars Haugen, Lars Volden, and Stefen Soberg (Click Here To Hide/Show Text)

Lars Haugen - Really nice. Probably one of my favourite non-Jonas Hiller ones
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Lars Volden - Colour seems off for the viking. That's forgiven since last year Norway sent my favourite name ever: Tore Vikingstad.
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Stefen Soberg - TROLL HUNTER
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Sweden. Henrik Lundqvist and Jonas Enroth (Click Here To Hide/Show Text)

Henrik Lundqvist - A little cartoon-y.
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Jonas Enroth - Traditional "brick wall" motif.
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Switzerland. Jonas Hiller and Reto Berra (Click Here To Hide/Show Text)

Reto Berra - As a Flames fan, I'm obligated to like this. But it's sweet either way. The chin guard part is beautiful.
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Jonas Hiller - Okay. Hiller has amazing art taste. Always loved the matte finish on his masks. Probably my favourite mask of all time.
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Slovakia. Jaroslav Halak and Peter Budaj (Click Here To Hide/Show Text)

Jaroslav Halak - Beautiful and simple.
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Peter Budaj - See above.
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Russian Federation: Semyon Varlamov (Click Here To Hide/Show Text)
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Finland. Tuukka Rask. I'll be honest, all I can think of when I see anything related to Finland's coat of arms is Scandinavia and the World's "One special lion" (Click Here To Hide/Show Text)

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Canada. Carey Price, Mike Smith, and Roberto Luongo (Click Here To Hide/Show Text)

Carey Price - Second only to Hiller in awesomeness. He has two masks by the way.
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Mike Smith - Don't really like the totem coming up the middle, but the leaves on the side are great.
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Roberto Luongo - Pretty much kept the same one from last time - Johnny Canuck on top, "Canada" across the chin guard.
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Oh, and worst mask award ever goes to Austria's Bernhard Starkbaum
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