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03-01-2010, 12:52 AM
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Obama has much better taste in beer than Harper.
Probably a better taste in hockey team too

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you can find gold all over the world... but most of it is right here, in canada

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you can find gold all over the world... but most of it is right here, in canada
Actually its probably in South Africa

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Actually its probably in South Africa
not accoring to the mcdonalds commercial

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He's saying interval starts makes it exciting to watch the race for a longer period of time.

With the mass start you only have to start watching with a couple KMs to go near the end and you get to see every important finish right then and there.

With the staggered starts you have to watch the first people cross the line then you might have to wait a few minutes to see the next group but the next group might actually have been faster. With the mass start you know that everyone beyond the first 3 finishers doesn't really matter.

I'm not sure if I agree with him but he does make an interesting point.
OK, thanks. I get the point, but I don't agree. By that argument, you might as well just watch the last minute of any sports event. The plot develops throughout any game or race, so it's worth watching the whole thing. With a head-to-head race, you SEE who wins. A staggered start means you see people skiing separately, and then somebody tells you who wins. Less immediate, less dramatic = not as good.

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50 kilometres with mass start doesn't really show who's best to ski 50 kilometres, while 50 kilometres with interval start does that. It's easier to start too hard and then lose much time in the end.

The traditions in skiing are in interval starts except at relays. And in this case I'm for traditions. Also, in the current format skier who does well in either classical or freestyle (but not both) and who is not good at sprinting, basically has chance for Olympic gold once in eight years. This time it was for those who are better with freestyle. In Turin it was for those with classical.

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