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Pyeongchang, South Korea to host 2018 Winter Games

Pyeongchang, South Korea has won the rights to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Pyeonchang had also attempted to host the 2010 games that ended in Vancouver as well as the 2014 ones that ended up going to Sochi, Russia. Pyeonchang ended up beating out Munich, German who were looking to become the first city to host the Summer and Winter Olympics.
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NBC is bringing back live coverage of the Olympics

NBC will broadcast every event of the 2014 Olympics live on one of its platforms. This comes in the aftermath of them securing the broadcasting rights for all Olympics until 2020. ESPN and Fox who were competing against NBC had vowed to show every event live if they had secured the rights.

All I can say is that it is about time. I’ve written about this in the past as well because they tape delay their tennis coverage as well. They took it to an extreme this past weekend during the French Open final when they tape delayed the trophy presentations to fit in extra commercials after having showed the matches live! I was talking to my brother in Canada as the trophy presentation started here and he told me it was about to end there.

Tape delayed coverage in the 21st century made no sense to me whatsoever. I don’t think NBC’s prime time ratings will be hurt all that much by airing events live during the day because the people who were at work, at school or sleeping will still tune in to watch the prime time show. NBC has way too many platforms for them not to be to show everything live. Between NBC,MSNBC,CNBC,Bravo, USA,Syfy and Versus they have more enough options. Heck, I’m sure I missed a couple more.

I hate tape delayed coverage because next to locking yourself into some room without any piece of technology it is next to impossible for something to not be spoiled for you. News shows up on twitter before it does anywhere else. I have a ton of friends who are sports fans so a text message or a facebook post can easily spoil a score. Turning on ESPN or even something like MSNBC or CNN is out of the question because they would report on the events. Going to pretty much any news site would leave you with the same problem as well.

Is there anyone out there who developed a good strategy to not have result spoiled?

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Blogs with Stones

Admit it, you’re getting sucked in by Curling at the Olympics.

Sure you started off mocking the sport. I’ve heard it all. “Bowling for Janitors” was one remark I saw on twitter but face it, the sport is sucking you in. There are of course those people who say it isn’t a “real sport.” Do you want to try throwing that stone weighing 42 pounds? Can you run on ice like that? I didn’t think so.

I grew up watching the sport in Canada. Unfortunately I now live in New Jersey and as you are aware Curling has no presence on TV here aside from the Olympics. As you may have realized from watching the crowds during the Olympics, Curling is a pretty big deal north of the border. It has a huge following around the country and it gets good coverage on sports networks in Canada. Curling has been on TV during the Olympics in the past but I just can’t remember whether the networks of NBC carried all US matches live like they did this time around.

Social media tools like Twitter are definitely helping the popularity of the sport. People like me have been able to explain the rules of the game to curious Olympics fans. Some sports bloggers though took the internet connection to a whole different level. That is where “Blogs with Stones” comes in. If you follow me on twitter, you probably saw me use the hashtag #blogswithstones today. It is an online curling tournament with all the games being played at “Play Curling” The tournament is the brainchild of Dan Levy of “On the DL Podcast.” You can follow the progress of the tournament courtesy of Google Documents. It started off tonight with 48 bloggers like me separated in 12 groups.

The top 32 teams have advanced to a knockout tournament to be held Thursday night.

If you join “Play Curling” get in touch with me if you want to play. If you’re already playing in the tournament…best of luck the rest of the way.

There are more curling games out for the Wii/PC/DS than I thought. Click on the pictures for more info.

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Bob Costas interviews Stephen Colbert

Did you guys catch Stephen Colbert with Bob Costas last night on NBC? Hilarious stuff as you would expect. Check it out here. As you may or may not Colbert is in Vancouver with the US Speed Skating team. He was recently on the cover of Sports Illustrated, He is also taping bits for his show which will return with new episodes on Monday.

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Who will light the Olympic Cauldron?

As an Olympics buff and being a Canadian on top of it I’ve been thinking the last couple of days about who the organizers from the Vancouver Olympic Committee (VANOC) have in store for us tonight to light the Olympic cauldron. As has become custom there is a lot of secrecy involved. VANOC CEO John Furlong said yesterday that Wayne Gretzky would not be the one lighting the cauldron. Was that just a decoy?

I just had to put together a little list of people who could be the person to light the cauldron.

  1. Wayne Gretzky – Is there a more recognizable Canadian anywhere in the world? A legendary hockey player he never did win the Gold Medal as a player but he did put together the 2002 Gold Medal winning Canadian team that ended a 50 year drought. A recent poll showed that 25% of Canadians want him to get the honors
  2. David Suzuki – A prominent Canadian scientist who’s done a lot of work studying climate change around the globe. He happens to be a Vancouver native. In 2004 he was named the 5th greatest Canadian of all time by the people of Canada. 
  3. Barbara Ann Scott – She was a Gold Medalist at the 1948 Winter Olympics. She is one of the oldest living Canadian Gold Medalist and as far as I can tell she is the oldest Canadian Woman still alive who won Gold. 
  4. Betty Fox – A name most will not recognize but is one that has been floating around. She is the mother of Terry Fox, who is widely recognized as one of the greatest humanitarians Canada has ever seen. He died of cancer but helped raise a lot of money for research running across the country even after one of his legs had to amputated. The IOC has already announced that they will give out a “Terry Fox Award”
  5. Trevor Linden – He played parts of 16 seasons for the Vancouver Canucks. He is well respected in the community for his charity work
  6. Nancy Greene – She was voted Canada’s Female Athlete of the 20th Century. She won a Gold and a Silver at the 1968 Winter Olympics. 
  7. Larry Walker – A native of nearby Maple Ridge, Larry Walker played 17 seasons in the MLB. He is one of the greatest baseball players Canada has ever produced but with this being a Winter Olympics he is a long shot. 
  8. Rick Hansen – Paralyzed from the waist down at the age of 15 he has gone on to become one of the greatest Wheel Chair athletes of all time. 
  9. Gordie Howe – How can you go wrong with Mr. Hockey? His numbers more than speak for themselves. 
  10. Paul HendersonScored one of the most famous goals in Canadian history
Edit: Just realized that I forgot to mention Michael J. Fox

Who did I miss? Who will it end up being? One thing is for sure though. Whoever ends up with the honor will not top the greatness that was Muhammad Ali’s appearance at the 1996 lighting ceremony.

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Pakistani man qualifies for the WINTER Olympics

Yes, you read that headline correctly. A Pakistan man has qualified for the Winter Olympics. Ok, so this isn’t like the Jamaican Bobsled team qualifying at the 1988 Olympics but it isn’t far from that. Pakistan has no history whatsoever in winter sports and has no National training structure for winter sports. They’ve had a decent history in the Summer games winning 10 medals (3 of them Gold).

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Cool Runnings

Summer Olympics: Week 1

I haven’t had a chance to post at all this weeks but I’ve been tuning in to these Olympics a lot. They may not be as big as they were in the past but in my family it is still a big thing. I just love the Olympics….the summer ones even more then the Winter ones.

What a week for Phelps. His 8 gold medals were amazing. It is going to be a long time before someone else matches that. Granted it pretty much has to be in swimming. What a great story this has been. I love Olympics swimming. They should spread these events out more over the course of two weeks.

Congratulations to Usain Bolt. The World’s fastest man shattered his own world record running the 100 meter Final in a time of 9.69 seconds. The craziest thing is he could have ve ran it even quicker. He wasn’t even trying at the end. I was disappointed because I caught the result of this race earlier in the race so watching it in prime time wasn’t as fun as it could have been. This event is usually one of the highlights for me during the Olympics. Correct me if I’m wrong….but isn’t this race usually on much later in the Olympics?

The “Redeem Team” continues to do its thing for now. They destroyed Spain yesterday but I truly believe a rematch will provide for a much better game.

NBC’s coverage so far has been really good other then the Gymnastics where Bella Caroli ruined the coverage. Can’t argue with his resume…but I don’t want him anywhere near a mic. Bob Costas continues to do his thing. Doesn’t get enough credit for all that he does.

My highlight of the week so far? We have to go back to swimming. The Mens 4×100 Freestyle relay. What an anchor leg by Jason Lezak.

I’m sure I’m going to think of more to add to this but that will come in a separate post later.