Winter Olympics 2014

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PostWinter Olympics 2014
by Lotus » Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:15 am

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The Events

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The Schedule

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The Coverage

All of Team GB's medal moments will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 5 live throughout the event.
All the main events and races live across 5 live's daytime schedules.
BBC Two will start live coverage every day from Sochi from 07:00 GMT with an hour-long daily highlights programme starting at 19:00.
The 11th Winter Paralympic Games, which are being held from 7-16 March, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 5 live.


Britian's 10 Best Medal Hopes

Bobsleigh
John Jackson: British bobsleigh's lead pilot narrowly missed out on a medal with the four-man team at the 2013 World Championships and he has since made a remarkably swift recovery from serious injury.
When to watch: John will be competing in the Men's four man bobsleigh on Sunday 23 February on BBC Two from 13:30.*

Curling
Eve Muirhead: The 23-year-old, who is coached by 2002 Olympic champion Rhona Martin, led Scotland to the world title in March.
When to watch: The women's curling medals will be decided on Thursday 20 February. The bronze medal from 08:30 and the gold medal match at 13:30 on BBC Two.*

David Murdoch: The skip has won two world and three European titles and is aiming to win the first Winter Olympics medal by a British men's curling team since 1924.
When to watch: The men's curling medals will be decided on Friday 21 February with the bronze medal at 08:30 on BBC Two and the gold at 13:30.*

Freestyle skiing
Katie Summerhayes: The teenager, who won the first World Cup skiing medal by a British female in 19 years last season, was so star struck by Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill that she ran off.
When to watch: Tune into BBC Two to see how Katie gets on in the Freestyle Skiing - Slopestyle, 09:45, Tuesday 11 February.*

James Woods: In 2013, the Sheffield star became Britain's first freestyle skiing World Championship medallist for 20 years when he won slopestyle silver.
When to watch: James will be in the Freestyle Skiing - Slopestyle event, Thursday 13 February, 09:30, live on BBC Two.*

Short track speed skating
Elise Christie: Reigning European champion over 1,000m and 1500m, Christie is also the first British woman to win a World Championship medal in short track.
When to watch: Tune in to BBC Two from 18:00 on Friday 21 February to see how she gets on in her favoured 1,000m event.*

Skeleton
Shelley Rudman: The reigning skeleton world champion is vying to go one better than the Olympic silver medal she won in Turin in 2006.
When to watch: Shelley will compete in the Women's Skeleton Bob, live on BBC Two, Friday 14 February at 17:10.*

Lizzy Yarnold: A former heptathlete, Yarnold won the world junior skeleton title in 2012, four years after a UK Sport talent search aimed at finding future Olympic champions.
When to watch: Lizzie's women's Skeleton event takes place on Friday 14 February, 17:10 on BBC Two.*

Snowboarding
Jenny Jones: The Bristolian will make her Olympic debut in Sochi but has been a British trailblazer for over a decade.
When to watch: Jenny will be competing in the Women's Slopestyle, with the Final, live on BBC Two, 09:15, Sunday 9 February.*

Billy Morgan: Former acrobat Morgan ended last season second in the slopestyle world rankings.
When to watch: Billy will be competing in the Men's Slopestyle, with the Final live on BBC Two from 08:45, Saturday 8 February.*

*schedules may vary, please check listings for details.


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http://www.sochi2014.com/en

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PostRe: Winter Olympics 2014
by Rax » Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:26 am

Nice one, no idea how much of it Ill watch but I always enjoy checking out some obscure sports. I assume on that event schedule the coloured in days are when events take place and the dots are days medals are handed out?

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PostRe: Winter Olympics 2014
by Poser » Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:32 am

I love the winter Olympics, but I don't think I'll get the chance to watch much live. Will have to stick to the highlights packages.

My favourite events are the downhill, Skeleton and Bobsleigh, Ice Hockey and the speed skating.

However, figure skating is based on subjectivity of individual judges and is therefore not a sport.

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by Lotus » Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:44 am

Rax wrote:I assume on that event schedule the coloured in days are when events take place and the dots are days medals are handed out?

Yeah seems that way, coloured squares seem to be heats/prelims/qualification rounds.

Will try and update the OP where necessary. The BBC have sent twice as many staff as we have athletes competing. :fp:

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by Scotticus Erroticus » Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:46 am

I've met Eve Muirhead. She's a pretty lady :wub:

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by Return_of_the_STAR » Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:02 am

Im looking forward to some of these events. I like the bob and luge. Last time I really enjoyed the snowboarding too. Is it the same this time with 4 or 5 racers at the same time kinda like in the bmx at the summer Olympics?

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by Lotus » Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:18 am

I know there's a parallel slalom in the snowboarding, but I think that's only two people. Not sure about 4 or 5 people.

Personally I like the ice hockey, downhill skiing (moguls in particular) and the bobsled and skeletons. Probably won't be able to catch much live, but will see most of the highlights shows if I can (Clare Balding though :dread: )

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by Return_of_the_STAR » Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:13 pm

Just checked theres 5 snowboarding events this year. The one I was referring to is snowboard cross with 4 competitiors at a time.

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PostRe: Winter Olympics 2014
by Mafro » Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:30 pm

I'll probably just be watching the snowboarding and ice hockey.

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PostRe: Winter Olympics 2014
by Scotticus Erroticus » Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:30 pm

Do GB have an Ice Hockey team this year?

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by Lotus » Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:21 pm

Scotticus Erroticus wrote:Do GB have an Ice Hockey team this year?

Nope.

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PostRe: Winter Olympics 2014
by Ironhide » Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:36 pm

I'll be watching Bobsleigh, luge, skeleton bob and the skiing/snowboard events.

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by Lotus » Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:43 pm

The slopestyle snowboarding 'debate' goes on, with Shaun White now expressing concern over the possible danger of the course. This is after the favourite for the event broke his collar bone when training on it. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/winter-olympics/26030389

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by Captain Kinopio » Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:24 pm

Looking forward to this.

Speed Skating, Ski Cross and Ice Hockey should all be great.

The ludicrous amount of money they've spent and stolen on it as well should hopefully give us an opening ceremony too.

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PostRe: Winter Olympics 2014
by 1cmanny1 » Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:20 am

Ice Hockey is the only good thing.

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PostRe: Winter Olympics 2014
by Mini E » Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:56 am

Did anyone watch that truly gooseberry fool programme "the jump" on channel 4? "Celebrities" doing Olympic winter events. Thoroughly entertaining to see a pussy cat doll screaming at 96km/h going head first down the skeleton bobsleigh run...

Anyway I shall be watching as much of this as possible!


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by Hyperion » Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:23 pm

I'd love to try out skeleton but I'm not a Z-list celebrity and so won't get flown out to Austria to try it :(

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PostRe: Winter Olympics 2014
by chalkitdown » Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:57 pm

This Sochi place and the whole preparations sound like a total strawberry floating shambles.

There's been some amazing twitter posts and pictures from athletes that have been arriving in the past few days.

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Russian organizers saw the media uproar, changed it to this. :lol:

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Many more amazing pictures here.

http://imgur.com/a/0muGY

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PostRe: Winter Olympics 2014
by Mini E » Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:02 pm

In all fairness having toilets next to Russia without a barrier between is pretty common in my experience and it's very common to not be able to drink the tap water in even major cities.

Some of those mistakes are just amazing though :lol: You'd think they'd put the effort in to accommodate foreigners and what they'd expect in terms of accomodation - especially when it's something as big as the Olympics.

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PostRe: Winter Olympics 2014
by chalkitdown » Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:18 pm

Mini E wrote:In all fairness having toilets next to Russia without a barrier between is pretty common in my experience and it's very common to not be able to drink the tap water in even major cities.

Some of those mistakes are just amazing though :lol: You'd think they'd put the effort in to accommodate foreigners and what they'd expect in terms of accomodation - especially when it's something as big as the Olympics.


You'd expect living quarters to be up to high standards when these games have had a bigger budget than all previous winter games combined.

DAT Russian corruption. :datass:


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