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What is your favorite Winter Olympics event?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on February 10, 2006

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Photo of Dan Holman

“I’ve always been a fan of the luge. It’s fast, it’s dangerous and it’s fun. Plus, it’s something you would never see around here.”

Photo of Shelby Dalgai

“Any skiing event. I like to ski myself, and the mountains are always really pretty.”

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“I guess figure skating, because it’s athletic and artistic.”

Photo of Eric Stewart

“I think downhill skiing is my favorite. It’s more scenic than any of the other events.”


enochville 9 years, 9 months ago

Downhill skiing. It is fast and exciting.

lunacydetector 9 years, 9 months ago

my favorite winter olympic event is the Curling competition. it is amazing the skill of throwing down a stone on a piece of ice and manipulating it with a broom. plus it looks like any old shmo could do it.

...there's also that cross country skiing event where they carry rifles and have to shoot targets every so often. that looks fun too!

Linda Aikins 9 years, 9 months ago

It has to be the Roundabout competition. It takes such skill and cunning to be able to circle those things at 20 MPH.

Next would be downhill skiing.

neopolss 9 years, 9 months ago

The closing ceremony. I prefer the summer olympics to the 14-year-old ice skating strip tease. Honestly, does it not bother anyone else that many olympic events are determined by children? There should be an age limit. They may be tremendous athletes, but these are kids! When I think of olympic events, I think of grown men and women. These kids have seen the pinnacle of their careers by age 18. I know many would disagree, but just about everything else in this world has an age limit.

beatrice 9 years, 9 months ago

The Synchronized Pleather Ice Sliding Competition.

Happy 32nd birthday Ms_Canada!

beatrice 9 years, 9 months ago

Oh, and it was nice to see Fangorn make an appearance last night. I've missed his reasoned, though conservative, view of things.

RonBurgandy 9 years, 9 months ago

Eh, the winter olympics are rather boring. But I would say that the bobsled, luge, or ski jump would be the most entertaining events.

Pretty much I like seeing people go down a hill really fast. Skiing is alright, it just doesn't thrill me all that much.

Topside 9 years, 9 months ago

Until our push to get Foxy-Boxing included goes through it would have to be the event where you shoot and ski at the same time. Its a Two-fer.

Applied_Logic 9 years, 9 months ago

Roundabout! Then ski jumping!

Happy B-Day Ms Canada

craigers 9 years, 9 months ago

The wrecks and crashes on any event. The sound of the wreck and then cringing when it happens is exciting.

craigers 9 years, 9 months ago

Happy birthday, ms_canada! and somebody yesterday wanted us all to tell you happy birthday for them, but now I am not sure who it was. I'll check.

badger 9 years, 9 months ago

Since the Soviet Bloc broke up, the figure skating has really fallen off in quality and intensity of competition.

It used to be my favorite, but without a massive state-run Socialist juggernaut skating program to turn out kids who were skating their best to keep their aged mothers out of Siberia, it's just not the same.

So I have to pick the 'ski and shoot' one, cause of all the Olympic skills, I think it's the most useful. You can see that coming in quite handy.

What is ice dancing, why does it exist, and who can I enter as a target for the 'ski and shoot' event for proposing it as an Olympic sport?

sunflower_sue 9 years, 9 months ago

My favorite winter sport is singing Happy Birthday to Ms_Canada:

ahem "Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday dear Ms_Canada, Happy birthday to you."

Now, Make sure that hubby of yours gives you a nice foot massage and then takes you out (or cooks) you a delicious meal today. Maybe not in that order.

RonBurgandy 9 years, 9 months ago

And many more, On Channel Four, Scooby-Doo On Channel Two.

ms_canada 9 years, 9 months ago

Hi Guys - what a lovely surprise this morning. And BTW the fangorn household is celebrating a birthday today also. Little Miss fangorn is eight years old today. Happy Birthday, R. And thanks so much to all of you for the wishes. Yes sunny sue, hubby will be taking me out and I'll see if I can persuade him on the massage. Favourite Olympic event? Why, skiing of course. My whole family skis at Jasper, Alberta and Big White, BC. My son is skiing at Banff this weekend. It is not just the shushing down the slopes that is great but as someone above noted, the mountain scenery is awesome, especially at Jasper. The high Rockie Mountains are magnificent.

sunflower_sue 9 years, 9 months ago

Do my eyes deceive me??? Did Ms_C say skiing and NOT hockey? Simply incredible! ;o)

I like the figure skating. Gotta love it when someone goes all "Tawna Harding" on a competitor. I also love the skiing (anything but Xcountry snooze). Downhill, jumping, etc... I love the sledding too. Go Jamaica! Oh, and I love the fast skaters (don't know what it's called.) That Eric Hyden sport. OK, I pretty much love everything. But not curling! What's up with that? I need to switch to decaf.

Happy birthday little Miss Fangorn! 8 is a great age. Wait 'til your 29 like Ms_C! Then you'll be REALLY old! ;o)

RonBurgandy 9 years, 9 months ago

Wait, we have contradicting posts. Either Ms_C is 29 or she is 32 according to this thread.

I am confused...not that it is that big of a deal.

unfrumpy 9 years, 9 months ago

Happy birthday ms_canada. I think 29 is wonderful. In fact I celebrate my 29th every year and it just keeps getting better ;)

avhjmlk 9 years, 9 months ago

Happy BD ms_c! Mine was not too long ago, either.

Ahh, growing older.

RonBurgandy 9 years, 9 months ago

Nice link blue...I wondered what Tommy Morrision was up to these days. That is pretty scary though...

Linda Aikins 9 years, 9 months ago

Happy Birthday Ms_C! Sorry I didn't get to meet you when you were in town. Next time!

Yes, I love 29. I've had lots of 29ths.

acg 9 years, 9 months ago


I'm a fan of curling, only because two weekends ago, on a particularly boring Sunday I got sucked into a movie about guys that curl called Men With Brooms. Anyone see that flick? There was an actual sports training montage in this horrible movie. After an hour and a half I was like "what are you doing sitting here watching morons sweep ice?" But by then it was too late to give up, I had to see it thru to the end. P.S. The underdog curling team went on to win the great curling competition. You gotta love it, baby!

sunflower_sue 9 years, 9 months ago

prospector, they show the footage from ski jumping 101 along with the phrase: "the agony of defeat." (Can you hear the music?)

Harding: The really sad, sad thing is that the girl (if on her game that day) would have easily won the gold. As for the whole "shoestring breaking" reap what you sow and somethimes we see justice. ;)

linux_chick 9 years, 9 months ago

Disclaimer: this is random given today's topic, but I remember this board showing some interest in the smoking ban. Ergo, I'm sharing this story.

Last night, I went out to dinner with some new friends I've made here in CA. One of the girls was complaining about walking to class behind a group of smokers and having to stink for the rest of the day.

When they asked why I was laughing, I mentioned that I was from the only city in my home state with an (indoor) smoking ban. The rest of the conversation went something like this:

Joanne: You guys let people smoke... inside? LC: Yeah. Everywhere, but Lawrence. Joanne: So, isn't that really unhealthy for people who don't smoke? LC: Yeah. Joanne: What about the kids? You let them breathe in that stuff? LC: Yeah. Joanne: But you guys don't let people under 18 buy cigarrettes, right? LC: Right.


Joanne: ...Weird.

:) I guess it's all about perspective...

BTW: Happy Birthday, MsC

ms_canada 9 years, 9 months ago

prospector - Whistler is presently preparing for some big games (Olympics?) and there is much controversy because of the expense of widening the highway to the resort. Whistler Village is quite small and so accommodation must be elsewhere and the highway is very winding. I drove there once and was wobbly when alighting from my car. The village is gorgeous, but very expensive. It was a good two + hours from Vancouver, perhaps with the widened hiway it will not be too far. You really should join your friend for the trek. Well worth the effort. The mountain scenery is spectacular. And Vancouver is a great city, I lived there for 14 years. Lots to see and do.

Staci Dark Simpson 9 years, 9 months ago

I like womens ice skating. THe men in those ice skating costumes are a little weird to me. I also want to watch snow boarding this year.
prospctr-too funny!! I used to wonder how skaters learned to do those fancy lifts. Then I watched skating with the stars and saw what happens when you are not very good!!

beatrice 9 years, 9 months ago

Has anybody noticed that the NHL strike is over?

Linda Aikins 9 years, 9 months ago

It's a league in which you compete to see who can make the biggest "bruise" marks on your neck.

RonBurgandy 9 years, 9 months ago

bruises marks on necks...there must of been a lot of kids in my high school that played in the NHL...

Linda Aikins 9 years, 9 months ago

Yep Ron, that was the National Hickey League.

badger 9 years, 9 months ago

When I was in college, one of the girls in my dorm refused to watch the Olympics with the rest of us because we all adopted her pronunciation for one of the sports - to much hooting and laughing. She hadn't ever watched the televised coverage, only read about it in the newspaper, so it may be understandable that of all the winter sports she liked to read about, her favorite was the loogey.

sunflower_sue 9 years, 9 months ago

That poor girl!

Once again, Happy B. day Ms_C!!!!!!

I'm in such a good mood because the hubby is home today putting up trim around the windows in the addition. I've been waiting 3 years for trim. I'm so thrilled I may repay in kind. (And the countdown to removal starts.............);oP

avhjmlk 9 years, 9 months ago


NICE ONE!! Made my day. Probably'll make your husband's, too!

sunflower_sue 9 years, 9 months ago

YDP be nice to me. I'm not as savvy as a classic cheeseburger condiment.

avhjmlk 9 years, 9 months ago

Wow, Sue! 20 whole minutes. You might be safe, after all...

avhjmlk 9 years, 9 months ago

Then again, maybe I just jinxed it...

Linda Aikins 9 years, 9 months ago

Sue, you're will be......don't tell me - ORDERING THE PIZZA TONIGHT????

You are such a giver. Really!

sunflower_sue 9 years, 9 months ago

Gootsie, Pizza is exactly what we're having for dinner tonight. How did you guess that. You must be psychic! I can't get enough of that "steak-lovers" 'za.

RonBurgandy 9 years, 9 months ago

What about the new pizza where the crust is actually little cheese bites? I haven't had that yet, but I think it looks good.

TOB: Nice severed head article. Is it just me or is it not as disturbing as harley's find earlier?

avhjmlk 9 years, 9 months ago


The new cheese bites crust requires dip of some kind--ranch, pizza sauce, garlic sauce, etc. It's a little salty, but if the pizza actually arrives warm, it's not too bad. Definitely worth a first try to form your own opinion, but have the ranch handy.

RonBurgandy 9 years, 9 months ago

Oh, there is always ranch in hand when pizza is involved here. but thanks for the tip avhjknowsalotaboutpizzamlk!

Linda Aikins 9 years, 9 months ago

It's a close call RB. But somehow connected...

avhjmlk 9 years, 9 months ago

Pizza is a healthy food, you know. Depending on your toppings, you can cover all six sections of the food pyramid. You get a minimum of four just by ordering!

avhjmlk 9 years, 9 months ago

Ooh. Also recommend the new parmesan breadsticks at Papa John's. FABULOUS, also VERY TASTY upon oven reheating for a second or third night. (You can stretch one or two orders across three meals EASY. 10 sticks per.)

avhjmlk 9 years, 9 months ago

Also, Ron, nice touch on the name. You're todays winner.


Linda Aikins 9 years, 9 months ago

I can't help but think that somewhere, Jared from Subway is crying.

beatrice 9 years, 9 months ago

TOB: Any paperwork needed for buffalo heads?

Tonya -- now she is the trailor, not just the trash.

beatrice 9 years, 9 months ago

oops, that trailor line was elitist of me. How much paperwork needed for a head with a foot in the mouth?

beatrice 9 years, 9 months ago

If you prop open a door with the foot-in-bucket, would this be called a toe-jamb?

(I just get a kick out of that story.)

RonBurgandy 9 years, 9 months ago

Bea, you are on a roll...

You know, thinking about disturbing websites, I am reminded of one of OMB's classics...

avhjmlk 9 years, 9 months ago

Gootsie tootsie--Tell Jared to mop it up. I eat at subway whenever I forget to bring lunch to work (nearly daily) as it is quite convienient to my location.

RonBurgandy 9 years, 9 months ago

You know its weird to start the day reading one article:

And then finish the day reading another article:

Oh, this is breaking news people (the second article really).

bearded_gnome 9 years, 9 months ago

like to be the baggage screener who opened that bag? and why does some one travel with a human head in her luggage? any answers off the top of your head? [pun intended]

is bobsledding called that because it once involved a "bob?"

thanks for the quote sentiments exactly.
put the smokers outside means you walk on the sidewalk, you breathe the smoke...duh.

bearded_gnome 9 years, 9 months ago

MS_Canada, a very happy birthday to you there in the cold canadian air mass... and please explain the three or four different ages...although I expect it involves something to do with the top-secret Canadian spy agency, and all the ages are actually correct, depending on which identity you're using at the time? what are the Canadian spies workin' on these days anyway?

happy birthday from yellowrose too.

beatrice 9 years, 9 months ago

bearded: yes, bobsledding did once involve a "bob" -- Pleather Bob. This takes me back to my first post this morning and my original response to the question -- "The Synchronized Pleather [Bob] Ice Sliding Competition."

Before the days of sleds, there was only Pleather. The greatest athlete of his day was named Bob. And the rest is history.

Fangorn 9 years, 9 months ago

Beatrice: "toe-jam"! LOL!

I like watching the luge. Those guys are crazy!

bearded_gnome 9 years, 9 months ago

okay, its late and many may not see this.
via the woman with the head in her luggage...charged with smuggling, failure to declare the head, and transporting hazardous materials!
she is haitian, bought the head, she says, to ward off evil spirits.
think it'd work for this board?

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