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C1yde
Caldari
The Barrow Boys
Posted - 2010.02.20 13:43:00 - [1]
 

Check It Out

The Canadians tried to get her booted out though :-(

Xen Gin
Silurian Operations
Posted - 2010.02.20 14:22:00 - [2]
 

Originally by: C1yde
Check It Out

The Canadians tried to get her booted out though :-(


LOL, they and the US complained over the aerodynamics of her helmet? Surely as long as it doesn't have a jet engine on it there's nothing to complain about.

Nebulous
Minmatar
Mirkur Draug'Tyr
Ushra'Khan
Posted - 2010.02.20 15:42:00 - [3]
 

Originally by: Xen Gin
her helmet?



Does it fit in the bread bin? Smile



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Slade Trillgon
Endless Possibilities Inc.
Posted - 2010.02.20 15:48:00 - [4]
 

Originally by: C1yde
Check It Out

The Canadians tried to get her booted out though :-(


The Russians are also not very happy that their male figure skater did not get gold for sketchily landing a 4 rotation jump.

Man Olympic angst makes me laugh. It is pure international carebear tear gold.


Slade

Zions Child
Caldari
The Resident Haunting
Posted - 2010.02.20 17:30:00 - [5]
 

Honestly, the olympics are about psuedo friendly competition, and *****ing isn't going to get you anything. Once something has been decided, it's history. Plushenko just needs to get an attitude adjustment.

Keorythe
Caldari
Terra Rosa Militia
Posted - 2010.02.20 19:30:00 - [6]
 

Originally by: Xen Gin
LOL, they and the US complained over the aerodynamics of her helmet? Surely as long as it doesn't have a jet engine on it there's nothing to complain about.


The United States lodged a complaint, supported by five other nations, against Williams' helmet after Thursday's two runs but it was dismissed by skeleton's international governing body.

The US had claimed ridges on Williams' helmet gave her an illegal aerodynamic advantage.


When you're involved in a sport where a tenth of a second can separate gold and bronze then yes they have something very legitimate to complain about.

Technology has always been a "big deal" in the Olympics. Remember the fuss over the shark skin suits used by swimmers that supposedly gave them an advantage from water resistance? What about the huge uproar about the one legged athlete who wanted to compete using a carbon fiber leg? Or even the constant douchebaggery over bicycle technology and weight.

Technology removes some of the human element which is the essense of the games.

Zeba
Minmatar
Honourable East India Trading Company
Posted - 2010.02.20 19:41:00 - [7]
 

Originally by: Keorythe
Technology removes some of the human element which is the essense of the games.
Which is the entire point of the olympics as superiour technology can enable a sub par athlete to beat a world class one if the world class is still relying on the advantage only his/her body is giving them. Tbh there should be some sort of olympic standard equipment requirement that everything is exactly the same. The olympic commitee publishes the official specs and the athletes must use only those to have their stuff built. Alas with the multi billions in advertising revenue at stake I rather doubt that would ever happen.

Irida Mershkov
Gallente
The Reformed
Chaos Theory Alliance
Posted - 2010.02.20 19:47:00 - [8]
 

Nice rear end.


we shall fight them on the beaches... we shall fight them in Vancouver... Laughing

Keorythe
Caldari
Terra Rosa Militia
Posted - 2010.02.20 20:04:00 - [9]
 

Originally by: Zeba
Tbh there should be some sort of olympic standard equipment requirement that everything is exactly the same. The olympic commitee publishes the official specs and the athletes must use only those to have their stuff built.


There is something of the sort which is what was used as the basis for the original complaint filed by the US. Now that the committee has said the helmet design is a GO, you can expect alot of money being spent to find out if it really does give that much of an advantage and new helmet designs pushing the rules.

Zeba
Minmatar
Honourable East India Trading Company
Posted - 2010.02.20 20:14:00 - [10]
 

Edited by: Zeba on 20/02/2010 20:14:23
Originally by: Keorythe
Originally by: Zeba
Tbh there should be some sort of olympic standard equipment requirement that everything is exactly the same. The olympic commitee publishes the official specs and the athletes must use only those to have their stuff built.


There is something of the sort which is what was used as the basis for the original complaint filed by the US. Now that the committee has said the helmet design is a GO, you can expect alot of money being spent to find out if it really does give that much of an advantage and new helmet designs pushing the rules.
Yeah but those are more guidelines than actual rules which gives a lot of leeway in shaving that last .005ths of a second off through equipment design which completely invalidates the spirit and meaning of the whole competition. So what I'm talking about is no deviation at any level past the normal variations in size for the specific body type. That way even if a design is not as optimal as it could be it won't make a rats arse difference because everyone will be using them.

Unity Love
Caldari
Deep Core Mining Inc.
Posted - 2010.02.20 20:46:00 - [11]
 

Just shows that the UK have better sport technology institutes.

USA is just ****ed cause they didn't do it first.

Was watching the news today and she practices on these little train track like things which go down a hill. Go figure, she may have a funny hat, but she must be very good.

annoing
Amarr
Dirt Nap Squad
Dirt Nap Squad.
Posted - 2010.02.20 20:55:00 - [12]
 

To all you johnny foreigners complaining about her helmet:

We in the UK can feel your tears and we are lapping them up, please cry more ... many thanks Wink


PS: Shaving 0.05 secs off per round with her 'special' helmet means that with a normal helmet she still would have won with a mere 0.36 gap after 4 runs instead of of the 0.56 she recorded. That still means she saw, she came, she conquered and rubbed your baby tears into her helmet as lube .. again, many thanks.




Zions Child
Caldari
The Resident Haunting
Posted - 2010.02.20 21:03:00 - [13]
 

Skeleton isn't timed to the thousandths of a second, only the hundredths, so if it did shave off .005s, it wouldn't matter. Whats done is done, and when the Olympic judges decide on something, it can't be undone, so there is no point in complaining. Just congratulate the competition and kick their ass in Sochi.

Vogue
Short Bus Pole Dancers
Posted - 2010.02.20 21:14:00 - [14]
 

It was sweet how the 2nd and 3rd place Germans congratulated Amy Williams and hoisted her on their shoulders. Good sportsmanship.


Neyro7830
Gallente
Red Federation
Posted - 2010.02.21 02:04:00 - [15]
 

just keep in mind who is leading in the gold medal department and overall medals. Razz

M'ktakh
Posted - 2010.02.21 16:49:00 - [16]
 

Originally by: Neyro7830
just keep in mind who is leading in the gold medal department and overall medals. Razz


Medal/capita is a much more telling indicator, if you want to engage in national **** contests.

C1yde
Caldari
The Barrow Boys
Posted - 2010.02.21 16:54:00 - [17]
 

Now now! play nice.

Im just gobsmacked Britain got anything let alone a gold. Notable though its in a discipline which can be fairly accurately simulated. Ice skating rinks and toboggan runs are the usual place to find Britons i guess.

I would think the helmet would have to be fairly unique to each competitor as the body shape is different for them all. Thats what annoyed me, i just thought it was silly to raise that when nearly all helmets are going to be a shape and size different to any others. Seems the commitee see it that way too.

Zeba
Minmatar
Honourable East India Trading Company
Posted - 2010.02.21 16:56:00 - [18]
 

Originally by: annoing
To all you johnny foreigners complaining about her helmet:

We in the UK can feel your tears and we are lapping them up, please cry more ... many thanks Wink


PS: Shaving 0.05 secs off per round with her 'special' helmet means that with a normal helmet she still would have won with a mere 0.36 gap after 4 runs instead of of the 0.56 she recorded. That still means she saw, she came, she conquered and rubbed your baby tears into her helmet as lube .. again, many thanks.
Actually I wasn't complaining about her helmet. I'm sure she earned the medal on her own merits and not some slight technical edge. All I was trying to say is if everyone went to identical equipment then stupid controversies like this would moastly go away.ugh

Cornaris
Posted - 2010.02.22 04:32:00 - [19]
 

Originally by: Zeba
if everyone went to identical equipment


The next step would be to ensure the track is a steady left turn.

haulindude
Gallente
Center for Advanced Studies
Posted - 2010.02.22 21:44:00 - [20]
 

Originally by: Cornaris
Originally by: Zeba
if everyone went to identical equipment


The next step would be to ensure the track is a steady left turn.



Poor reference is poorRolling Eyes

Kazuo Ishiguro
House of Marbles
Posted - 2010.02.22 22:03:00 - [21]
 

Edited by: Kazuo Ishiguro on 22/02/2010 22:04:12
Originally by: Zeba
Tbh there should be some sort of olympic standard equipment requirement that everything is exactly the same. The olympic commitee publishes the official specs and the athletes must use only those to have their stuff built. Alas with the multi billions in advertising revenue at stake I rather doubt that would ever happen.


This is already done for some events - sailing in particular, in which all the yachts are provided by the games organisers.

I don't see an issue with sponsorship - just have an accredited list of kit from a range of manufacturers and let people choose whatever they want from the list, to be supplied on the day by the organisers.

Originally by: Zions Child
Skeleton isn't timed to the thousandths of a second, only the hundredths, so if it did shave off .005s, it wouldn't matter.


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