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  Quote Toots Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Feb 2014 at 09:07
Originally posted by deborah31

I'm not really watching, had my fill of winter/snow watching the jump!!
Had far too much in my lifetime of snow, and feeling cold living in Canada-so brings back many cold/bad memories for me, of almost frostbite etc.. and nightmare driving in several feet of snow sometimes (why we left in the end- couldn't take anymore- sorry Canadians who couldn't understand us!)
I did watch the UK lady win the bronze medal though on the News last night (snowboarding?) and watched about 2 mins of the 'jump' much higher than the TV series just on.
I would watch if the Jamaicans doing bob-sleigh again!!! or maybe if we were in the middle of a heatwave here and we needed to cool down!!
 I may watch the hockey final tho (or last 10 mins ) if it's a Canadian final!!! would love them to beat USA, or Russia in it.


Blimey Deborah! I don't know where you lived, but when I lived in Canada I had no trouble getting about. Even the day we had had 3ft overnight. And as for frostbite, when I lived in the Arctic Circle, if we dressed properly no frostbite. The ploughs, (plows as they call them) were out all day all night and the roads were kept open even in the country districts.
I can quite understand the Canadians thinking you were peculiar.
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  Quote Toots Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Feb 2014 at 08:14
I'm just loving that free skiing,,, can't spell what they call itConfused The one over the bumps and then throwing themselves up in the air. Jenny Jones won our first medal at it. If they had had this back in the 60's, I'd have had a go.
Also loving the speed skating. Remember our British hope Wilf 20 year ago? He's part of the commentary team I think. My cousin lived in Norway for many years and the little kiddies used to either skate or ski to school. No wonder they are so good.
The most 'daring' thing I have done, is to drive across a frozen lake in the winter time, when I lived over seas. Everyone took it as the norm I was shivering and shaking the whole time my car was on the iceBig%20smile
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  Quote Jo Bird Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Feb 2014 at 13:18
It looks so dangerous. I held my breath every time someone set off.

You drove on a frozen lake Toots!! 'Daring' doesn't cover it   
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  Quote Toots Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Feb 2014 at 13:30
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It looks so dangerous. I held my breath every time someone set off.

You drove on a frozen lake Toots!! 'Daring' doesn't cover it   


Oh it wasn't as bad as it sounds Jo, but I have to say that to start with I was a lily-livered wimp, who until the weather made it impossible, would drive an extra 30 miles to avoid the lake.  The ice was feet thick and huge lorries carrying heavy loads went across in convoy it was so safe. In the spring, the warning boards went up giving the ice conditions. Trembling Toots was the first to stop using it!
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  Quote BambionIce Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Feb 2014 at 19:32
Finally got some time off work to sit and watch as much as I can for the next few days. Blow Dancing On Ice - this is so much more fun!

Screeched my head off for Jenny Jones (and I'll admit hearing the three in the commentary box going all unprofessional and sobbing set me off as well!) but it's the skating I've really loved. Little Miss Lipnitskaya stole the team competition for me - what a star!

The two Russian pairs tonight were just spellbinding too.

Margi - it's such a pity Torah hasn't got herself a medal so far; what a delightful girl she seems to be!

I'll tell you what fascinates me about these freestyle skiing/snowboarding events; who in Heaven's name first looked at a whopping great mound of compacted snow and thought "Yes, I know what I'll do; I'll go throw myself over that and turn base over apex a couple of times before landing again!"
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  Quote Toots Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Feb 2014 at 08:28
Yep Bambi. I also liked the French pair.
 I regret so much, that free skiing and snow boarding wasn't well known in the 1960's. I'd have loved a go.
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  Quote MargiABC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Feb 2014 at 10:27
Torah finally has a medal - silver in the half pipe. That is interesting to watch their manoeuvres. I watched the men's final too. We had an Australian in that one, but no medal. It was great he got into the final.
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  Quote Toots Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Feb 2014 at 13:01
Originally posted by MargiABC

Torah finally has a medal - silver in the half pipe. That is interesting to watch their manoeuvres. I watched the men's final too. We had an Australian in that one, but no medal. It was great he got into the final.


Your Australian was unlucky in the final Margi. Also well done to Toah
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  Quote Jo Bird Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Feb 2014 at 17:24
Hey Bambi. The skating is marvelous isn't it...
My favourites were the canadians who came in fifth.

Struggling to get into some of the sports. Curling?
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  Quote BambionIce Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Feb 2014 at 21:03
Hi Jo. I'm quite getting into the curling, but then my sister swears I'd watch grass growing if they put it into the Olympics She could be right!

Oddly enough the one sport I struggle with at the Winter Games is ice hockey. It's probably got more to do with my lousy eyesight making it hard to follow the puck than anything else though.

It's a pity Plushenko had to pull out tonight, but the two young Japanese skaters were beautiful to watch. I hope they manage to get medals tomorrow.
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  Quote MargiABC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Feb 2014 at 01:49
I just read that someone else did "do a Bradbury" in similar circumstances. China's Li Jianrou steered clear of a three-skater pile-up to sprint to gold in the women's 500m short track at the Winter Olympics on Thursday.

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  Quote Toots Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Feb 2014 at 09:43
I can watch those 'Bradbury' skates time and time again.

I'm with you on the curling Jo... bowls on ice.

The Ice Hockey in the games is a bit too tame for me. When I was overseas, I missed rugby no end so I was taken to a hockey match and was hooked. If there wasn't blood on the ice when it finished we reckoned we hadn't had out money's worthLOL

I'm fed up with T&D and that blinking Bolero. I caught a bit of DOI by mistake last Saturday. Dean in leather trousers was a sight to beholdErmm
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  Quote Jo Bird Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Feb 2014 at 16:05
We have a gold medal. Hooray!

I'm fed up with Bolero too. Time to move on now.
Let's see what Penny & Nick can do. No comparisons.

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  Quote BambionIce Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Feb 2014 at 13:31
Well done Lizzy Yarnold I still think skeleton is a very odd sport!

On Bolero - I think the incessant revisiting doesn't do it any favours, all these "new versions" T&D have done over the years. It was marvellous first time around - I remember sitting absolutely spellbound as a fourteen year old - but it does now feel it's ben done to death.

Personally I preferred 1983's Barnum routine. And Mack and Mable from '82.

Good luck to Penny and Nick today though. Top 10 would be terrific for them this year.

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  Quote Tups Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Feb 2014 at 15:27
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  Quote Jo Bird Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Feb 2014 at 15:29
Penny and Nick are 21 of 24 so will skate about 6pm (approx).
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