Sun Feb 12th, 2006 at 04:43:12 PM EST
Technically, this is the first (and perhaps only) of the Olympic open threads, but you guys are tomorrow or... I'm yesterday? In any case, the time zone thing is messing with my head and if I want to say it's Day 2, I expect you to go along with it.
So yesterday (or was it?), I recapped the opening ceremonies and we ended up live-blogging the Day 1 action in the comments. And by "we" I mean me and Metatone. It was obvious to us that there would be a huge demand for this sort of thing (hey -- Fran said she'd like it!), so here it is.
Follow me after the jump for a brief recap of Day 1 events! Marvel at my ignorance of sport! Mock my figure skating obsession! Jump into the comments with commentary on your favorite sports! C'mon, it'll be fun...
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So I guess we have to start with the obligatory medal count. I have no idea who got these medals or for what reason, but here are the Day 1 numbers:
Medal totals from left to right:
Country, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Total
Germany: 2 0 0 =2
Canada: 1 0 0 =1
United States: 1 0 0 =1
Norway: 0 2 2 =4
Austria: 0 1 0 =1
Netherlands: 0 1 0 =1
France: 0 0 1 =1
Italy: 0 0 1 =1
On Day 1, I watched two competitors in women's freestyle mogul skiing (it looks like it hurts) and about 30 seconds of the biathalon (if it wasn't for the skiing part, I think I could be competitive in that sport).
It was in the mogul that the Canadians got their Gold medal (which looks sort of like a CD with a HOLE in the middle!?!) with skiier Jennifer Heil. Metatone believes second place winner, Kari Traa of Norway was robbed.
The only thing I really watched was the Pairs Figure Skating Short Program. There were no big upsets and, with the exception of one pair skating to a Led Zeppelin song, no nasty surprises.
The top US pair, Inoue and Baldwin, made history by landing the first throw triple axel in Olympic competition and still managed to come in sixth. I wasn't devestated because I don't care for this team. I mean, Inoue seems nice, but I can't stand Baldwin.
The Russian and Chinese pairs dominated and took the top five spots. The winners were Totmianina and Marinin who were mesmerizing:
They were followed by Zhang and Zhang in second place, and Petrova and Tikhonov in third. The pairs free skate is Monday.
It looks like I missed a lot. The schedule says there was Women's Hockey, Luge, Men's Downhill, and Speedskating.
The schedule for Sunday (today?) seems busy with more Men's Downhill, Snowboarding (when did this start?), Cross-country, Speedskating, Jumping, Short track, and, in Women's Hockey, it's the US vs. Germany.
If I missed something from Day 1, let me know! Feel free to live-blog the Day 2 events in the comments. Oh, and if anyone knows the difference between
luge: and skeleton: please enlighten me!