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Torino Olympics Opening Ceremonies

by Izzy Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 03:59:44 AM EST

Okay, it's 8 o'clock and I'm all hyped about the ceremonies!!  The pomp!  The pageantry!  It's starting!!!

The good stuff after the jump...

An in-depth report you will never read on the news, from the diaries (with minor edits) - whataboutbob


Shots of mountains, buildings, athletes, and... hold on, this voice over is going on a bit longer than expected.  I'm paraphrasing here, but I'm pretty sure he just said "We start in the baroque splendor of embattled Torino"  then something about flags uniting, a little history lesson about it once being the capitol of Italy... this just isn't ending!  

"2500 athletes come to, blah, blah, blah" and, I'm not kidding you, "One who competes not for money, but LOVE!"  There's also a 24 year old Swedish sensation who already has a holiday named for her and, later, I'm quite sure I heard the phrase "ailing body stitched together by 12 surgeries." about someone.  Can that be right?

We move to the "American mosaic" -- "the royalty of American figure skating return!"  Who the hell wrote this stuff?  Someone else's motto is "Live free or die!"  FINALLY, the wrap up.  "Italy was born... resistance has flourished... majesty and sanctity... succulent style (this is beyond painful)... greatness is born of fearless visions and unconditional devotion...

(SWELLING MUSIC) "In the Alpine heights the world comes to hear stories.  Old.  And new.  The stories.  OF TORINO.

Ahem, after, apparently, a half-hour of profiles of American athletes.  There's a lengthy interview with Michelle Kwan.  The most interesting part is that the interviewer is, apparently, a woman, but she sounds EXACTLY like a man!  

It's disconcerting and I miss most of the interview.  I did manage to hear that Michelle has hip problems, back problems, a groin pull, and will be using, gasp, Techno music in her short program.

This is followed by some extremely boring coverage of the first two training days of the downhill skiers.  Then, an interview with "The cover boy of the Olympic games, Bode Miller."  He's the guy who claimed he skis "wasted."  He backpedals.  I think he's kinda drunk.  Lamest exchange ever:

"How do you put a finger on that?"

"I don't have to.  That's what's good about being me.  You have to put a finger on it."

"But if I put a finger on it, you get angry"

Are they even talking about skiing anymore?  Okay, I'll spare us all and stop this madness until the actual ceremonies begin... at 9 o'clock.

Ahhh.  The stadium is bathed in red light.  A lone man, holding a giant hammer and standing in front of a giant anvil.  It's Italian gymnast, Yuri Chechi , and... okay, it looks kind of like he's wearing a welder's helmet.  He swings and a massive ball of flame erupts!  I guess that explains the helmet.

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Music swells and dancers and skaters stream into the stadium.  Everyone's dressed in sleek unitard-type things.  They do some beautiful, intricate dancing, some look almost like gymnasts.  There's almost a Busby Berkley look in the overhead shots.  Only prettier.  

The hammer guy is really in full swing now and suddenly roller bladers come zooming in.  They have these weird things on their heads and look almost like the stormtroopers from Star Wars.  They're zooming around and -- OH!  FLAMES ARE SHOOTING OUT OF THEIR HEADS!  

Sorry.  I got excited for a minute.  I probably should have seen that coming after the thing with the welding mask.  But it looks really cool.  They dim the lights and everyone's on fire.  The overhead shots are gorgeous.

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Next up is an Alpine dance number.  At first I thought those horns were giant smoking pipes.  The music is lovely and the dancers very good.  People dressed as trees come out and surround the dancers.  Rather disconcerting is the fact that there are several large, plastic cows being pulled around the ice.  But some of the dancers are wearing cute white costumes with black cow spots.  I'm liking this more and more!

Next comes the flag and the bigwigs -- the IOC President and the President of Italy.  Berlusconi is not in attendance.  Also Italy's past Olympians wearing costumes designed by Armani.  Soldiers parade in for raising the flag.  A nine year old girl sings the anthem and it's divine.  Then trumpets, an orchestra, and a choir all join in.  Okay, I'm not Italian, but I'm getting a little choked up.

Next is a dance number where they form the double X for the games.  Some other people stream in wearing all different colors.  Okay, they're forming some shape...I don't know what it is... a man swinging his arm?  Is it a hammering motif?  Puffs of smoke out of the mouth?  

I'm very confused -- OH!  They're forming a guy skiing!!  It all makes sense now.  Very cool!  It's amazing -- they're forming a guy skiing, in motion!  I still don't get why he was smoking, though.  Then they shoot silver stuff all over the place and... here come the skaters with their heads on fire again!  Great stuff.

Finally, dancers converge in the shape of the Olympic rings.  Then they suddenly start ascending into the sky.  The dancers drop from the sky and the rings are raised.  Fireworks start shooting out of them.  

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Next is the parade of nations.  There's not much to say about it.  Inexplicably, they're playing quite a bit of '70s pop.  Everyone looks really happy.  Really, the only thing that can be left is the torch, right?  I'm becoming a bit concerned about that torch.  I hope it made it there okay.  

Oops, Denmark just marched in and the newscasters had to mention the cartoon controversy.  They also won't shut up about how the countries are marching into the stadium alphabetically -- but by the Italian alphabet!  Okay, I think we have our heads around that idea already.  Stop.

The parade is taking forever, but I really do love seeing the countries that only have two or three people there.  The newscasters have finally noticed the pop, but they claim it's from the '80s.  All I know is that I definitely heard K.C. and the Sunshine Band at one point.  Bob Costas hopes to hear Betty Davis Eyes.  Wait!  They're playing The Village People's Y.M.C.A. while the poor Slovakians are entering the stadium!  That's definitely the '70s, right?  

At last, the torch!  But first, an ancient tradition.  A choreographed waving of the flags representing all the regions of Italy.  This is actually very beautiful.  The colors and costumes are astounding.  And now a model rising out of a giant seashell?  Ah.  Apparently a re-enactment of The Birth of Venus.

Now this whole part is just amazing.  Giant balloon floating around with dancers dangling from them.  Dancers are all over the stadium floor wearing incredible costumes and people are dangling from the sky, doing all sorts of... fluid movements of some sort.  It all ended with fireworks.  No, not ended!  A segue into the future.  Techno music, more specatcular dancing and costumes.  I suspect there's some sort of meaning involved.

Now a red race car is coming out!  It's a Ferrari and it's doing donuts and stuff.  I suspect fire will be involved shortly... nope.  Fireworks again.  I suspected flames shooting out of the back of the car.  I'm vaguely disappointed.  

Now speeches by the Presidents!  Are they stalling because the torch is in peril?  Are they somewhere wrestling it away from anarchists?  C'mon with the torch already!  One of the guys just told the athletes to refuse doping.  I think I heard Bode Miller booing.

Wait!  Here it is.  They just opened the games!  Does this mean the torch at long last?  Dare I hope?  Who will be the mystery person carrying it?  Here comes the Olympic flag.  Is it just me, or have there been an inordinate amount of flags involved?  Sophia Loren is carrying it in front.  She is struttin' it and still looks great!

Now the Olympic hymn?!?  I don't remember this before!  I know I said I was looking forward to the pomp, but this is getting a bit much.  I'm starting to wonder if I've ever watched the whole thing before.  I know I have.  I must have.  Perhaps I just spend the intervening years suppressing the memories of the boring bits.

Oh god, oh god... I'm afraid to hope... there's, there's singing and, and movement and... acrobats?!?  On rope.  Forming the shape of a dove.  I'm sure it's lovely and impressive but, honestly, unless one of them pulls the torch out of his ass, I don't want to see it.

SHIT!  It's official!!  They hate me.  A peace poem!  A peace poem, get this, read by YOKO ONO!  And now... Peter Gabriel singing Imagine.  I know.  I should be moved.  I just... can't.  I'm a bad person.  Why can't it be over?  Shouldn't it have been over by now?  

IT'S BEEN OVER THREE AND A HALF HOURS WHERE'S THE DAMNED TORCH!!!  

Sorry.  Just a momentary... ahem.  I'm fine now.  Really.  I'll get through this.  I mean, we will.  We'll get through it together (are you still reading?).

It's here!  The torch, I swear!  I'm not hallucinating.  The torch is in the stadium.  I feel like sobbing.  A man has it.  He then hands it off to four men.  They're jogging... in a group, yes... yes... getting closer... it's passed to another man... I don't even care who anyone is anymore... some woman has it now... now to the mystery torch bearer... Stephane Bellmundo?  I'm sorry.  I can't look it up.  I'm tired.  Very tired.  She's someone famous and special and remarkably talented and... ahhhhh... she's done it.  The cauldron is lit.  I love that woman.

They're promising a final surprise after the commercial, but I'm done people.  I'm spent.  I'm overcome.   It was... it was glorious.  Truly.  You shoulda seen it...

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The surprise was Pavoratti singing!  It was stupendous!  I'm completely rejuvinated!!  Man, I love the Olympics.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 02:52:44 AM EST
I knew it!!! :-) I mean I knew I could depend on you! Your diary gave me a much better impression of what happend at the olympic ceremony than what I read in the newspaper articles this morning. Thank you Izzy.
by Fran on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 03:04:57 AM EST
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You're welcome, Fran.  And thanks for wading through it!

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 03:13:48 AM EST
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Totally seconding Fran.
I will not even bother to buy the morning papers today.
Thank you so much Izzy !!!

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 03:25:12 AM EST
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Thanks, Agnes.  I'm sure, though, that the papers have all kinds of, y'know, real details.  Like who everyone was and what everything meant.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 03:27:26 AM EST
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You know Izzy, the facts are in the newspaper - but they are sterile, what do I care about them. Reading your diary made me feel sitting next to you, feeling bored as I am sure I would have been at times while watching it, being impressed, or just having overload, etc...
by Fran on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 03:41:18 AM EST
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Oh and I forgot, most important it made me laugh!
by Fran on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 03:42:22 AM EST
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Oh, good.  I'm glad about that.  It was actually quite fun.  I was thinking of you guys while I was writing it.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 03:45:19 AM EST
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Me too, which the press definitely fails to achieve.
Fran is unquestionably our ET gold medallist in the press coverage category, but I claim for a special award for Izzy.

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 04:09:19 AM EST
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As Izzy loves ice skating, how about giving her the gold medal for the 'free style' reporting. I don't know what the other one is called in English, in German it is 'Pflicht' - that one sounds more like me. But whatever, thanks anyway for the gold medal, Agnes.
by Fran on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 04:16:57 AM EST
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You love me!  You really love me!  I'd like to thank my agent...

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 12:43:26 PM EST
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Did you doubt it? :-)
by Fran on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 03:46:33 PM EST
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WE (ie, izzy) offer commentary you will read nowhere in a newspaper!! Thank you, izzy...excellent!!

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 04:05:12 AM EST
lol, Bob!  Thanks.  So did the part about the hokey American pre-coverage make you homesick? ;-)

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 12:41:38 PM EST
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Great diary, Izzy, thanks!
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 08:25:05 AM EST
You're welcome.  Did you watch it at all?

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 12:39:41 PM EST
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No, I didn't get the chance at all.

There is some skating today though, so I'm hoping to catch that.

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 01:15:55 PM EST
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BTW, if you get the chance to watch the final of the Women's Moguls freestyle skiing, I highly recommend it. It's on now here and the judging and the jumps make a good spectacle...
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 01:32:00 PM EST
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Thanks -- is that the one with all the bumps and the jump at the end?  I think that's what I'm watching right now on the Canadian station (CBC).

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 01:44:50 PM EST
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Sandra Laouroa (sp?) of France just took 2nd?

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 01:46:50 PM EST
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That's the one. Some of the judging seemed a bit controversial to me, but perhaps that's just how I see it.
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 02:10:05 PM EST
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I missed most of it!  I realized after I blurted a name that I shouldn't have.  Obviously, we're not watching it at the exact same time, right?  But it's over here now.  Which part did you think was iffy?

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 02:14:16 PM EST
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Well, I think it was over here slightly before it was there. And for me, the wrong woman won! There wasn't an appropriate weight given to the difficulty of jumps, IMO...
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 02:19:40 PM EST
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I wondered about that.  I was on the Canadian broadcast, and it seemed to me they went on a suspicious amount about how she really deserved it.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 02:25:51 PM EST
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It was daylight robbery, I reckon... If I was Norwegian I would be burning the maple syrup warehouse down by now...  ;-)

I had an evil thought for the Winter Olympics time... ET-Winter Olympics-irc... Truly a productivity killer...

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 02:33:28 PM EST
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Hmmm.  Depends on your definition of productivity, no?

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 02:45:39 PM EST
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You have a definition which works in this case? I'd love to hear it!
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 02:47:40 PM EST
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Honing our mad bloggin' skillz?

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 02:49:10 PM EST
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hehe, perhaps I should look into creating #eurotrib somewhere...
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 02:59:23 PM EST
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Now I'm glad I didn't watch any or all of this on TV, because it's SO MUCH BETTER by Izzy! I really enjoyed that. What a ceremony!

BTW, the "ailing body stitched together by 12 surgeries" is Berlusconi. Serious.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 12:32:09 PM EST
Thanks, afew!  I was motivated by all the people who said they didn't have tv's.

Thanks you for letting me know who the ailing body is!  That was really bugging me.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 12:39:06 PM EST
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Here's one of the fire skaters:

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More photos at the Seattle PI.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 02:19:37 PM EST
Here's one of the balloons with the people dangling from them as they floated around the stadium:

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And here are two of the elaborate costumes of the dancers.  These dancers in the tables were swirling around the floor:

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And this woman was swinging inside the costume of another dancer:

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Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 02:24:22 PM EST
This stuff with the big balloons and the fire is a knock-off from the show that La Fura dels Baus put on for the closing ceremony of the 1992 summer olympics.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 02:30:56 PM EST
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Forgive my bad memory -- where were the 92 summer olympics?  92 was sort of a bad year for me, but wasn't that the year we got both summer and winter and then they split and winter was held again in 94?

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 02:47:56 PM EST
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The clue is in the writer of the comment... although it would be a better clue if it had been kcurie...
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 02:58:37 PM EST
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Well, Spain, yeah... I knew that... really... I was just sort of wondering which, uh, city?  area?  I mean, it's not like I'm totally ignorant (cough)...  lovely place, Spain.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 03:11:09 PM EST
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kcurie will be crushed...  ;-p

hmmm, next clue... Freddie Mercury And Montserrat Caballe...

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 03:22:47 PM EST
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Kcurie will not be crushed!  If you'd said it was the best city, most beautiful city, most wonderful city in the world, then of course I would have known it was Barcelona! ;-)

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 03:31:07 PM EST
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When do you get the couples short program today?
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 03:33:44 PM EST
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I have no idea.  Our tv guide just shows massive blocks of time that says "Olympics."  I think there'll be a detailed guide in tomorrow's paper.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 03:55:07 PM EST
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ok, I'll wait for you to comment on it then...
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 03:58:50 PM EST
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Right now on CBC, they're showing the biathalon.  So far, the shooting hasn't been great.  Our network coverage on NBC starts in an hour.  I hope I don't have to watch all day to see the skating.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 04:01:42 PM EST
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it's on now -- I commented below.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 04:23:46 PM EST
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Quite the spectacle...
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 02:33:22 PM EST
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The Canadian's come through!

Just saw the Chinese pair, can't spell their names but he had a ruptured tendon.  I thought that they were amazing after a bit of a shakey start.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 04:21:33 PM EST
Yes, they did well given his confidence after the injury.
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 04:31:34 PM EST
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The commentors on CBC were saying that only France's Surya Bonaly (sp?  I loved her, btw) has come back after that type of injury.  It's usually a career-killer.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 04:43:06 PM EST
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Wasn't she fantastic? I was just musing that the new scoring system might well have done her some favours, given her athleticism and willingness to try the really hard moves...
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 04:52:27 PM EST
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She was amazing!  I think she still does the pro circuit where she was exceedingly popular.  It was nice to see her getting the adulation she deserved!  Finally!!!  I loved that moment when she did the back flip right in front of the judges.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 05:18:10 PM EST
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hehehe, me too. I guess we just are anti-judge at heart!
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 05:21:07 PM EST
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WOW!  They were great.  That was a huge throw triple loop!  They were a little far apart in the side by side spins, but other than that and the Led Zeppelin song -- perfection.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 04:30:05 PM EST
Yes, I thought so too. But music interpretation is part of the score...
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 04:32:47 PM EST
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Yeah, I know, I just... well, I don't like Led Zeppelin.  

Now don't everyone go telling me how great they are.  I've heard it all before.  I know they're accomplished musicians, etc.  I just don't like them.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 04:41:26 PM EST
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Heh... Stairway to Heaven on "The Song Remains the Same" Album. That's all I will say.
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 04:54:41 PM EST
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The crowd wasn't happy with their score on artistic.  It seemed fair to me.  I thought they got off to a slow start.  But after they did that incredible lift where he swung her down and then up, the program really took off and they were great.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 04:39:43 PM EST
Well, I sometimes think there should be a small score element for "crowd engagement" all the same. "Artistic interpretation" surely involves touching the heart of the viewer and that's what they did...
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 04:44:01 PM EST
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You would think that would be taken into account.  Surya and Nicole Bobeck would've done better back in the day.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 05:24:07 PM EST
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The CBC broadcasters were absolutely gushing over this pair.  And they were gorgeous.  And the program was very good, but there were quite a few bobbles here and there.  They're very young and were happy with the score.  I'll be keeping an eye on them -- it looks like they have the potential to be really great.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 04:52:18 PM EST
Hehe, the one joy of not having a UK couple in the competition is that I get reasonable neutral commentary.. ;-)
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 04:55:35 PM EST
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That would be nice.  OTOH, unless I somehow completely missed it, CBC didn't show the American pair.  Now I'm going to have to watch our network's coverage as well.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 05:09:18 PM EST
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Less gushing over these guys.  I loved the program to Hey big spender, and her with the fringe and pearls, but why was he dressed like a waiter?

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 05:02:30 PM EST
Don't you know that all Canadian waiters are secretly millionaires? It's part of why Canada isn't competitive in the world economy...
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 05:08:04 PM EST
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(I'm not even gonna attempt to spell their names)... were mesmerizing.  I didn't see a single mistake.  He is still just the teensiest bit tentative when he lifts her, but hardly noticable unless you remember their old lifts.  That was such a terrible fall.  I'm glad she's okay.  I don't know if I'd skate again after that.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 05:07:54 PM EST
Indeed, I really liked their program. I guess if you are that good, you have more incentive to come back to it...
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 05:10:12 PM EST
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I really love this pair, it's a shame their program didn't go so well.  I think they were shaken after she put her hands down on the throw loop landing.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 05:15:36 PM EST
Yes, they did similar in the Europeans but managed to come back in the free program. Of course, it's a lot harder with the Chinese couples in the mix. How did their music come over? The microphones of British TV could barely pick it up it seemed...
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 05:19:27 PM EST
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To tell you the truth, I didn't even notice!  It must have been fine or I would have.  OTOH, I was distracted by their unitards and that string thing on her back.  I'm also thinking a verticle white stripe was a bad idea -- you could see every leg wobble and had a definite point of comparison for their synchronicity.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 05:22:46 PM EST
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Always the tactician, Izzy...
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 05:25:38 PM EST
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I've never been accused of that before!  I'm oddly flattered...

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 05:34:16 PM EST
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;-)
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 05:36:11 PM EST
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It's over now.  Do you think we should post an Olympics open thread diary for tomorrow?

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 05:19:48 PM EST
Sure... Free program is tomorrow, right? But looking at this conversation I really think IRC is a good idea. Mind you, I suppose we are inflating ET traffic statistics...
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 05:23:01 PM EST
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hmmm, maybe they don't know we're in here?  We could try it for one day and see what happens.

Is IRC an intant messaging thing?  I don't have one of those...

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 05:28:01 PM EST
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heh, I really am a geek, hey...

Why don't you open a thread tomorrow when the mood takes you and we'll see if it brings the server into the mud...

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 05:33:23 PM EST
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YES!!! and good night!
by Fran on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 05:41:23 PM EST
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Goodnight, Fran.  Sweet dreams.  I'll put up a thread around your Breakfast time.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Feb 11th, 2006 at 05:45:04 PM EST
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