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Old 02-26-06, 12:35 AM   #1
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while watching the olympics...

i decided that short track speed skating is the keirin of the ice. your thoughts?
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Old 02-26-06, 12:39 AM   #2
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very much agreed. i didn't even know it existed... once i saw it i was hooked.
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Old 02-26-06, 12:43 AM   #3
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Actual thoughts? Or thoughts specific to your question?

Actual thoughts: ****, I have to get up early. Whoah, I"m more drunk than I thought! I wish I had a bag of chips. What's the over/under on E___ ever ____ ___ with me again?

Specific to your question: Uh, sure. Seems that way!
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Old 02-26-06, 01:01 AM   #4
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I thought of this too. I then became a little pissed when you consider that track cycling received about 20 minutes total of air time during the summer olympics. Yet, speed skating of some sort has been on every night. A friend of mine and I decided that if Americans started winning gold medals in track cycling it would get more coverage. So, who is going to fix this and win some medals in '08?
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Old 02-26-06, 01:15 AM   #5
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Heh. This is funny. I was just watching some speed skating tonight and it occurred to me that it's a lot like track racing.

Then I saw this thread, and before even clicking I completed the sentence "you decided that speed-skating is a lot like track cycling?"

Great minds...

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Old 02-26-06, 01:18 AM   #6
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how about track racing on the ice with blades for wheels! now that would be entertaining!!
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Old 02-26-06, 01:19 AM   #7
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Clara Hughes is a Canadian long track speed skater who just picked up a gold yesterday in the 5000m and a silver earlier on in the team pursuit. She also won two bronze medals for cycling at Atlanta in the individual road race and the individual time trial. It would seem that both sports benefit from having huge legs and superhuman cardio.
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Old 02-26-06, 01:19 AM   #8
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**** yeah. Bicycles with pizza cutters for wheels. Disc wheels *****es!
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Old 02-26-06, 01:24 AM   #9
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haha. the crashes would be bloody as hell.
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Old 02-26-06, 01:26 AM   #10
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Just one more positive. People would watch that.
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Old 02-26-06, 01:27 AM   #11
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Short track crashes already are bloody as hell - my club ran the junior Nationals last year and we had two skaters leave with cuts, one that was like 6 inches long.

That's why all skaters are wearing cut proof suits this year...
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Old 02-26-06, 01:32 AM   #12
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Clara Hughes is a Canadian long track speed skater who just picked up a gold yesterday in the 5000m and a silver earlier on in the team pursuit. She also won two bronze medals for cycling at Atlanta in the individual road race and the individual time trial. It would seem that both sports benefit from having huge legs and superhuman cardio.
Not only that, she's the first athlete to ever win medals in both the summer and winter Olympics. I love the long track skating events.
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Old 02-26-06, 01:52 AM   #13
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one of my firends father was an olympic speed sketer and also cross trained as a track racer. lots of these athletes do that so they can develop similar muscles, but also develop others and not totally burn out. its pretty ****ing sweet.

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thinkin the same thing. However, i have no tv and in sweden the only things they watch are xc skiing and curling. To hell with both.
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My boss is a cyclist, and he skates lakes and rivers in the winter. He keeps telling me I should take up skating because it uses the same muscles as cycling.
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Old 02-26-06, 06:47 AM   #17
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Apolo Anton Ohno made recent short track popular for American viewers. The coverage and hype seem to follow the real possibility of Americans to win medals.
Nevertheless, short track is super exciting to watch.
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i wonder if you could make a banked ice rink/track?

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they even wear the same kinda bubble helmets...
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kalavinka sells speed skating suplies. keirin racers become speed skaters!
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my girlfriend's comment one night was, "these guys are the same kinds of nerds who race around in circles at the velodrome. doesn't it look like ohno has a well-trimmed vagina on his chin?"

i just shrugged.

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Old 02-26-06, 04:08 PM   #22
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they're actually bike helmets
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watch out for the Austria biathlon team! Whilst accused of taking drugs they took up their weapons...

http://www.burorenkema.nl/2006/02/bi...e_je_raakt.php

press the video to play it..

the translation is: "biathlon: a sports that strikes you"

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What a stupid video.
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A friend of mine and I decided that if Americans started winning gold medals in track cycling it would get more coverage. So, who is going to fix this and win some medals in '08?
Hell....I'll fix it! I'll ride my Steamroller in track and win some medals in '08.
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