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Olympic Coverage of Skiing

post #1 of 23
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NBC is having one of those online polls about what sport you most want to watch at the winter olympics. Alpine Skiing is one of the options. Go to

http://www.nbcolympics.com/vancouver...id=161427.html

The poll is on the right side of the page.

Richr
post #2 of 23
Snowboarding takes almost 80% of the votes and skiing is merely 1%. How can that be? Younger crowd?
post #3 of 23
Methinks a few members of the Snowboard crowd have gotten the word out to other Snowboarders to Vote a whole lot faster than the Skier crowd did.

Hopefully, NBC will realize those gobs of 'Old People' who typically watch all the classic Alpine Events are not CompuLeetir literate enough to Vote their own preference via website.

.ma
post #4 of 23
What does it matter? NBC's coverage of Olympic events is so horrendous, it's not worth watching. The events (or should I say 'event snippets') merely get shoehorned between all the 'fluff' segments. If you want good Olympic coverage and educated commentary (winter or summer) without the useless fluff, you need to be close enough to the Canadian border to pull down their broadcasts.
post #5 of 23
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Originally Posted by exracer View Post
If you want good Olympic coverage and educated commentary (winter or summer) without the useless fluff, you need to be close enough to the Canadian border to pull down their broadcasts.
troof.

this has been true for as long as I've been around.
post #6 of 23
Skeleton???? 17% C'mon.
post #7 of 23
Why is it that figure skating always comes out on top?? Im moving to Austria! No wait.. Do they have White Castle in Austria??
post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by kryptoboy View Post
Why is it that figure skating always comes out on top?? Im moving to Austria! No wait.. Do they have White Castle in Austria??
Mmmmm.... [Homer drooling] Whiiiite Cassstle [/Homer drooling]
post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by exracer View Post
What does it matter? NBC's coverage of Olympic events is so horrendous, it's not worth watching. The events (or should I say 'event snippets') merely get shoehorned between all the 'fluff' segments. If you want good Olympic coverage and educated commentary (winter or summer) without the useless fluff, you need to be close enough to the Canadian border to pull down their broadcasts.
You nailed it.
post #10 of 23
I'm fortunate enough to be in a country with a broadcaster that actually shows the sports instead of 50 daily puff pieces on the athletes (although CBC lost out on bidding for 2010 and 2012 to CTV, but hopefully the quality will remain).
The good news is that based on what I saw with Beijing, even if they don't show it on the main network, we should be able to watch and rewatch anything we want online, either realtime streaming or later on. I was very impressed with the CBC's site this time around, definitely looking forward to seeing what CTV does.
post #11 of 23
One more vote for Canadian coverage. I quit paying attention to the US networks long ago. Too slick and too much "yak, yak, yak."
post #12 of 23
I admit I do like some of the the "Up Close and Personal" spots, but not in lieu of covering the event! Are you listening, networks?
post #13 of 23
I did my bit, but can't seem to "vote early, vote often"....
post #14 of 23
One man (or woman) .... and only one vote ...

What's this country coming to ... ?

Yeah, I tried to log a second vote too ..
post #15 of 23
If you really want to vote more then once you may clear nbcolympics.com cookie from your browser cache and vote as many times as you want. I really doubt it will result in better coverage for alpine skiing though )
post #16 of 23
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Originally Posted by StevensMan View Post
If you really want to vote more then once you may clear nbcolympics.com cookie from your browser cache and vote as many times as you want. I really doubt it will result in better coverage for alpine skiing though )

Fark!! I wish I had known that earlier.. I just went out and bought 20 new computers so that I could vote multiple times!!
post #17 of 23
Alpine skiing is showing up as 0% . . . WTH?
post #18 of 23

Could be worse..

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Originally Posted by MarcusFire View Post
Alpine skiing is showing up as 0% . . . WTH?
The good news is that we are finally ahead of Hockey.

OK.. call me Polyanna but I'm thinkin' the glass is at least 1/2 full. (Hmmm.. that permission might be dangerous in this forum...)

I liked the coverage of the summer olympics. There were between 3 and 4 channels going at once, several in HD, plus coverage on the web. That made for lots of coverage that brought back the suspense of competition. I became addicted and severely sleep deprived -- I even watched women's race walking late one night.

My local cable company has Universal Sports so I might get to see a few WC races this winter on the big screen.

Life will be good as long as one of those channels covers all the racers in each alpine and nordic competition. (Hint..hint.. NBC!)
post #19 of 23
I'd pay a premium for hi quality video online from Universal - rout it to the 1080i. Oh yeah.

And their on-line World Cup schedule is looking good for '09 - less than 5 weeks 'til Solden -

My bet is Svindal takes it all this year.
post #20 of 23
I watch all of my skiing, Olympics and World Cup, on the Canadian channel (available on basic cable here in Seattle).
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post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by CanuckInstructor View Post
I'm fortunate enough to be in a country with a broadcaster that actually shows the sports instead of 50 daily puff pieces on the athletes (although CBC lost out on bidding for 2010 and 2012 to CTV, but hopefully the quality will remain).
The good news is that based on what I saw with Beijing, even if they don't show it on the main network, we should be able to watch and rewatch anything we want online, either realtime streaming or later on. I was very impressed with the CBC's site this time around, definitely looking forward to seeing what CTV does.
One thing that I've always liked with the CBC coverage is being able to get two good coverage versions (English & French) with different focus areas.
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by whygimf View Post
For anyone in southeastern Penna., Comcast is now broadcasting Universal Sports on channel 249. Finally, a full season of World Cup ski racing on TV.
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