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WTF

climber
Feb 11, 2014 - 11:24pm PT
Wish I could last time I was there I saw Mini Kiss play in the village.

I love it up there and thanks for the offer.
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Feb 11, 2014 - 11:52pm PT
WTF this ones for you.




WTF

climber
Feb 12, 2014 - 12:24am PT
Thanks Ryan. In the end that's classic Brushie and Jacoby.
Jason Ford has a girl in every port. Those guys weren't lying.

I rode with those guys in Tahoe in the 89/90/91 seasons. It was some great fun. Craig only hung in the early season. You can hear him say in the film he was looking for more roofs and he just wanted to hit the backcountry and make turns with his Bro's.

Another gone too soon but at least he went in the BC.
fluffy

Trad climber
Colorado
Feb 12, 2014 - 01:44am PT
My first board was a Burton Kelly. He was one of my heroes for sure.

Wish I still had it, gave it away in 94 when I moved to the desert :-/

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 12, 2014 - 02:04am PT
Cris Collinsworth talking about Shaun White as Peyton Manning is about the
dumbest thing I've ever seen. Are there NBC execs with an IQ higher than
the 79 of Collinsworth? I mean that guy can't even spell his own name!
Is his brother Ludicris?
moosedrool

climber
Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Feb 12, 2014 - 02:58am PT
Hey, Poland got Gold.

We will probably count it as two medals, the first and the last ;)

Most of you probably don't know that Poland is pretty flat. The highest peak is 8200 feet toll. There are just a few ski resorts.

Andrzej
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Feb 12, 2014 - 03:02am PT
GO Team Poland!
Lollie

Social climber
I'm Lolli.
Feb 12, 2014 - 04:52pm PT
Did Anders delete his post? :-(
;-) but welcome back, my friend.


And Swedish guys played an utterly lousy game towards Denmark, of all countries.
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose and south lake tahoe, ca
Feb 12, 2014 - 05:09pm PT
Wtf is with the snowboard announcer that doesn't know anything about snowboarding? Probably the worst announcer I have heard.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Feb 12, 2014 - 05:10pm PT
You mean Bob Costas is calling the snowboard events? I was wondering where he went ( but don't miss him ).
o-man

Social climber
Paia,Maui,HI
Feb 12, 2014 - 06:16pm PT
Julia Mancuso. Bronze in Alpine Super Combined!
She lives directly across the street from me here in Kuau,Maui. I think that's pretty cool!
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Feb 12, 2014 - 09:35pm PT

The forgotten Olympic city: The Sochi Games aren't actually in Sochi
By Dan Wetzel 7 hours ago Yahoo Sports

ADLER, Russia — After the opulent sporting venues, hundreds of box hotels, the freshly built amusement park, the new roads and train lines, the colorful, if questionable, brick boardwalk along the Black Sea, and the waterfront "McMansions" (strangely unoccupied) — after all of that — the first thing you notice in Adler are the fences.

The fences are everywhere.

They are a metallic construct with a stonewall design on the bottom and five wide, brown, faux-wood slats rising up to about eight feet. They line roads, run along back alleys and sometimes fence in other fences.

Government contractors threw them up all over the place, locals say, to keep tourist eyes from seeing what's behind them: construction sites, swamp, poverty — in other words, Adler.

These are officially the Sochi Olympics, but the games are not being played in Sochi. They are happening in unheralded Adler, technically a microdistrict (in Russian city planning parlance) of Sochi, its larger neighbor up the coast.

Adler remains a city under construction. (Yahoo Sports)
Adler is the town the Olympics ignore and the Russians prefer you not see behind the fences. Yet it is — especially the area south of Olympic Park — the center of Vladimir Putin's big, bold bet to turn this sleepy village, once mostly swampland hard by the closed border of Abkhazia, into an international vacation destination.

Adler is very much its own world, different from Sochi, whose city center takes two buses and a 45-minute train ride to reach. That is if you can afford the train. Many here can't. Then it's two hours by bus, they say.

Putin promised the International Olympic Committee that if it awarded Russia the 2014 Winter Games, he would essentially construct a new city to host them. He estimated he had just 10 percent to 15 percent of the infrastructure.

Seven years and $51 billion later this is it, an area of stunning contrasts and hopeful momentum, with plenty of warning signs of too much ambition and too little quality construction.

This is where new meets old but with questions about whether much will change at all.

According to locals from street corners to small restaurants, there is a clear appreciation for some of Putin's billions that came here, that once-rocky, unpaved streets are now smooth.

Yet, there is also a wariness about the government getting this right, even as literally hundreds of construction workers continue to pound nails, lay brick and spread paint in a furious attempt to finish what is way behind schedule.

They never did get it all done in time for the Olympics. It's getting it right that matters now.

Consider the waterfront, where a new brick path stretches for miles along the Black Sea. It's beautiful and ornate, each brick laid individually in decorative and colorful patterns. There is a knee-friendly bike and jogging path running along it. You can see generations of Russian families taking strolls, glancing west at the water and east at the towering mountains.

A fence separates old Adler from new Adler. (Yahoo Sports)
Yet sitting just a few feet from the rocky shoreline, with only a concrete seawall in between, how does the ground underneath the bricks not shift, even subtly, and ruin the entire thing? You can already see the signs of it, buckling and doomed for repair.

And what of the waterfront buildings? Many are beyond nice, with swimming pools, concrete patios and floor-to-ceiling windows. There are hotel complexes with indoor-outdoor pools. Yet almost all are empty, not ready for the biggest event this town will hold. There are mattresses on beds, but exterior walls lack siding, suggesting a backward construction process. So who buys them? Who uses them? Maybe dignitaries will stay in them for the upcoming G8 summit.

Landscaping features areas where dirt was thrown down only to have seed planted before the clumps and mounds could be raked smooth. There is no way the grass survives long term.

Then there are the approximately 200 "hotels" built to house volunteers and media in tightly clustered projects. They are supposed to be sustainable, yet are cheaply put together. Where do the people come from to fill all of those? And what are they coming to?

It's almost maddening. This could have been great, an incredible scene for these Games and beyond.

And it points to a strange dichotomy.

It's not that this is cheap. It's just not put together quite right.

It's not that this isn't better, more modern. It's just too often this feels and looks like a movie soundstage, so much thrown up you wonder what's real and what's an illusion.

It's not that this can't work. It's just impossible to say at this point.

Putin says it will transform this region of the country and give Russia a winter playland to help maintain and attract the young and affluent.

It is folly for a Westerner to live here for two weeks and define what a complicated place such as Adler really is or will be.

What is clear is that here where the Games are being played and where the buildings have risen and where the legacy will play out are government fences everywhere.

What remains behind them is the question.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Feb 13, 2014 - 12:14am PT
The Women's Downhill coverage is confusing.

First skier crashes. Second skier finishes, but they say her time is only good enough for third.

How the hell do you get third place, in a field of one?

Apparently, two other skiers' runs were edited out, but both of those runs were better than the run NBC chose to broadcast. WTF?

I thought the whole idea was Faster, Higher, Stronger. So why edit out the faster, NBC?
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Feb 13, 2014 - 12:22am PT
The race was almost 24 hours ago. NBC does not even show 1/4 of the competitors.

Once again the course was terrible. Too warm and rapidly deteriorating.

I will say the gal they got commentating is really good..has a great eye and it's really cool getting her well explained analysis. She should have been doing the mens commentary too.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Feb 13, 2014 - 12:42am PT
What's NBC broadcast during the daytime, that they can't make time then for the premier Olympic event, the freaking Downhill? Soap operas and judge shows?

It's funny, because NBC does Formula 1 now, and it's always broadcast live. Monaco, Singapore, Bahrain, Sao Paolo, Shanghai, Toronto, Austin, etc, doesn't matter. Always live. Start-to-finish. Like it should be.

NBC does a good job with the NFL, too ( with the exception of Al Michaels, but he's gotta work somewhere ).

But with the Olympics, it's like NBC has the Midas Touch, only in reverse. They're handed a gold nugget, but when we get it, it's just a turd.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Canada
Feb 13, 2014 - 12:52am PT
Congratulations to Tina Maze, representing Slovakia for tying with the Swiss competitor, Dominique Gisin for Women's downhill gold ! A remarkable event considering win or lose is decided by hundredths of a second...
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Feb 13, 2014 - 12:54am PT
Very remarkable considering the later start and the lower course conditions..

Really she shoulda won that by at least .4 exceptional run.

Much like the mens silver medalist.

But the tie is very cool. She didnt get robbed and both winners were great.
bhilden

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA/Boulder, CO
Feb 13, 2014 - 01:05am PT
It's definitely not going to happen, but they need to remove any sport in the Olympics which involves judging. I remember when Seth Westcott won his first gold medal in the Snowboard Cross in Torino. A reporter asked him why he switched from Half Pipe to Snowboard Cross. His quick reply was "no judging!"

I used to date a competitive figure skater. She would get a list of judges for her upcoming competitions. She didn't go to the ones where she felt the judges didn't like her.
wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
Feb 13, 2014 - 07:57am PT
Carlson rips to the top corner.USA 1 Sovakia 0

An awesome goal to start em up.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Feb 13, 2014 - 08:19am PT
When is snowshoe cross going to be made an olympic event..?
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