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Vancouver Winter Olympics Thread

Discuss as a whole. This should be used for the other on-going events that are not hockey.

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Such as failing to get the torch to work

oooooooooo Canada

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Wayne's got alot of security.

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Wayne lighting the torch doesn't sit well with me.

I would have been happier to see real Olympians light it.

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Wayne lighting the torch doesn't sit well with me.

I would have been happier to see real Olympians light it.
Exactly....like Matt Stairs. I wanted to see him hit a flaming baseball 400ft into the torch...

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Such as failing to get the torch to work

oooooooooo Canada
Don't be hatin'.

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The thing is with Wayne, is that Canada doesn't have a ton of Olympic legends who are truly world renowned legends like he is. Based on comments around here, they generally fall short in the Olympics as it is.

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The thing is with Wayne, is that Canada doesn't have a ton of Olympic legends who are truly world renowned legends like he is. Based on comments around here, they generally fall short in the Olympics as it is.
Pretty accurate. I couldn't think of anyone better than Wayne to do the honours.

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The thing is with Wayne, is that Canada doesn't have a ton of Olympic legends who are truly world renowned legends like he is. Based on comments around here, they generally fall short in the Olympics as it is.
********. And just how many of the people who light the torch in the Olympics are world renowned? Very, very few. And the ones who are (Ali, for example) made their mark in the Olympics. It's typically a national Olympic hero, and Canada has lots to choose from.

Catriona LeMay Doan and Nancy Greene were great choices. Steve Nash and Wayne Gretzky were not. Rick Hanson is a summer Olympian and a national hero - definitely qualifies, more for the hero than the Olympics.

Gretzky is an American citizen and resident, his kids and wife are Americans, and he hasn't lived in Canada in years.

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********. And just how many of the people who light the torch in the Olympics are world renowned? Very, very few. And the ones who are (Ali, for example) made their mark in the Olympics. It's typically a national Olympic hero, and Canada has lots to choose from.

Catriona LeMay Doan and Nancy Greene were great choices. Steve Nash and Wayne Gretzky were not. Rick Hanson is a summer Olympian and a national hero - definitely qualifies, more for the hero than the Olympics.

Gretzky is an American citizen and resident, his kids and wife are Americans, and he hasn't lived in Canada in years.
Wayne will light the torch when he is 60 or 70 and the games are held in Toronto.

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Wayne will light the torch when he is 60 or 70 and the games are held in Toronto.
Are you kidding me? It'll be Sid then.

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Are you kidding me? It'll be Sid then.
Well it should be Carcillo.

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I was fine with the final torchbearers. Like him or not, Gretzky is hockey to a lot of people and Nash is from BC. If it had been Gretzky alone I would have been pissed, I don't really see him as Canadian anymore but at least he had other great Canadians alongside him. It's better than Crosby!

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Wayne achieved most of his success in Edmonton and the Olympics are held in Vancouver.

I know I'd feel awkward if the Games were held in Finland and Mats Sundin would light the fire.



Okey okey, not exactly the same scenario but you got the point am I right?

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********. And just how many of the people who light the torch in the Olympics are world renowned? Very, very few. And the ones who are (Ali, for example) made their mark in the Olympics. It's typically a national Olympic hero, and Canada has lots to choose from.

Catriona LeMay Doan and Nancy Greene were great choices. Steve Nash and Wayne Gretzky were not. Rick Hanson is a summer Olympian and a national hero - definitely qualifies, more for the hero than the Olympics.
They do, but they're not on the same level as Gretzky, not even close. Gretzky was an Olympian himself, as well as a national legend, but on the Olympic side he was behind the 2002 Gold Medal team, so that just adds a facet to his resume.

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Gretzky is an American citizen and resident, his kids and wife are Americans, and he hasn't lived in Canada in years.
That doesn't mean he still isn't a true Canadian. Joe Sakic settled in Colorado, but he's still revered in the Vancouver area as one of their own.

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Wayne achieved most of his success in Edmonton and the Olympics are held in Vancouver.

I know I'd feel awkward if the Games were held in Finland and Mats Sundin would light the fire.



Okey okey, not exactly the same scenario but you got the point am I right?
Gretzky's prowess in Canada transcends that of his Oilers career.

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So raise your hand if you felt Canada had an awesome opening ceremony...


-Peter Forsberg comes out
*Raises hand

-Weird ass emo tap dancer's + fiddle competition
*Lowers hand.

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So raise your hand if you felt Canada had an awesome opening ceremony...


-Peter Forsberg comes out
*Raises hand

-Weird ass emo tap dancer's + fiddle competition
*Lowers hand.
KD Lang was pretty awesome too.

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It always gets so boring after a while, I insisted that we flip back for Forsberg, but the other glimpses I saw was some jackass floating over the plains and extremely weird fake fiddling.

And while I can understand that Canadians might be a little PO'd that Gretz got to do it, he is the most recognizable Canadian in the world, nobody who I was with recognized Stephen Harper.

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Nelly Furtado and Bryan Adams were brutal.

I loved the fiddlers - it takes a lot of guts to have Ashley MacIsaac play live and in a kilt. He's awesome, but a total loose cannon.

I loved the orcas and the trees. Most of it was really well done.

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Nelly Furtado and Bryan Adams were brutal.

I loved the fiddlers - it takes a lot of guts to have Ashley MacIsaac play live and in a kilt. He's awesome, but a total loose cannon.

I loved the orcas and the trees. Most of it was really well done.
Did you notice that Adam/Furtado's lyp synching was so bad that Adams had his mike down at the start when his singing started

KD Lang's song was good and damn she is sexy and the orca's were real cool.

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Did you notice that Adam/Furtado's lyp synching was so bad that Adams had his mike down at the start when his singing started

KD Lang's song was good and damn she is sexy and the orca's were real cool.
That was absolutely fantastic, I busted a nut laughing so hard.

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Did you notice that Adam/Furtado's lyp synching was so bad that Adams had his mike down at the start when his singing started

KD Lang's song was good and damn she is sexy and the orca's were real cool.
They were horrendous. Possibly the worst lip synching in the history of the world. The song is a little too poppy for my liking, but they just stood there like statues. Perhaps if she hadn't worn hooker shoes, she might have been able to move around the stage and get the crowd into it at least.

KD Lang and Sarah MacLachlan were great. KD is looking a little more manly than she has in the past - I didn't think that was possible, but apparently it was.

The girl who sang the anthem has a beautiful voice, but I'm not a fan of her rendition. It's not a pop song, it's the anthem. Don't add an extra "O Canada" at the end, you dumbass. And don't pop it up.

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k.d. lang I thought was really good, has a few good songs, even won a VMA (yes, once upon a time MTV's main focus was music - of most genres)

Sarah McLachlan I've always appreciated.


Bryan Adams/Nelly Furtado - that was obvious from the start. You could barely hear Bryan Adams in it anyways.

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