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    Quote Originally Posted by Jungle Jumbo View Post
    Any biathlon at the Winter Asian Games? I know the Bangladeshis are good at shooting, if only there was snow...
    There was a sprint race yesterday. Hidenori Isa from Japan shot flawlessly and won ahead of Zhang Chengye and Zhang Qing. Little participation from the more obscure winter nations, though Taipei's Liu Yung-Chien came in last...21 minutes after the winner. (50 minutes in a 10k...I reckon I could do that, even with ten penalty loops), and Mongolia's Ankhbayar Otgonbayar finished 17th out of 19. Also, there was a women's pursuit race today (China won all three medals), but no men's pursuit is scheduled...

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    OK, it's been two weeks since the latest update, so it might be time for another.

    We start by wrapping up the Winter Asian Games, where China eventually dominated the medal tallies, taking 61 of a possible 150 medals with 19 golds. Biathlon and speed skating helped plenty, as the speed skaters won five golds (all in women's events). Of obscure nations, Mongolia won a bronze in mysterious circumstances (China won all three medals, but you can't do that in the Asian Games, so the Mongol skier Maral Unenbat somehow got a bronze from out of nowhere. Uzbekistan also won a bronze in the pairs' figure skating by this rule. From the cricketing nations, Pakistan's Muhammad Abbas achieved two respectable 24th-placings in alpine skiing, admittedly about half-a-minute adrift.

    This did, however, significantly damage Asian athletes' chances of winning medals elsewhere. Due to jetlag, the Chinese biathletes didn't take part in the sprint and pursuit at the World Championships in Antholz, Italy, and with none of them shooting specialists they weren't particularly prominent at the individual. Thus, they didn't qualify for the mass start either, and now rely on a good women's relay to save their World Championships - which has been thoroughly dominated by the big three nations, Germany, Norway and Russia. They have won 17 of 27 medals; the others have been through Michal Slesingr of the Czech Republic, who has surprised many with strong skiing which resulted in a silver in the sprint and bronze in the individual, Raphaël Poirée, who announced his retirement after winning the individual through a faultless shoot, and Anna Carin Olofsson and her mixed relay team from Sweden. Oh, and Ukrainian veteran (as in: having done the sport for 10-15 years and been on the TV occasionally but never actually won owt) Andriy Deryzemlya, who won bronze in the sprint and promptly got accused of drug use by the number four, Sweden's Björn Ferry.

    In alpine skiing, the World Championships began in Åre, Sweden...sort of. They never actually got going. The Super G was postponed by three days before Patrick Staudacher of Italy became a surprise winner; Anja Pärson from nearby Tärnaby then won the Super G, and yesterday the combined, making for an excellent championship for the hosts thus far - when events have taken place. The men's downhill (always a good watch if there's anyone here who have Eurosport) is postponed till tomorrow.

    Ski jumping has seen a number of events, in a desperate attempt to make up for all the cancellations thus far. In Neustadt, Adam Malysz dominated and won two events to advance to third in the World Cup standings, while 17-year-old Gregor Schlierenzauer won the single event in Klingenthal. Today, Anders Jacobsen leapt 148 metres in the massive Mühlenkopfschanze in Willingen (the largest non-ski-flying hill), with Norwegians, Slovenians and Japanese showing signs of form before the World Championships in two weeks.

    Some cross-country skiers have prepared for the World Championships in Sapporo by skiing the last event for a while, in Davos last week-end. It ended in Switzerland's first win for quite some time, as Toni Livers shocked the skiing world by registering the same time as Vincent Vittoz in the 15k time trial. The Asian leg begins with sprint and a free style time trial in Changchun, followed by the six World Championship races.

    The last nordic combined competitions were held in Zakopane, Poland; Björn Kircheisen showed signs of form with third and first, while World Cup leader Christoph Bieler has a severe form slump, placing 38th and ninth.

    In freestyle skiing, Australian Dale Begg-Smith placed second and third at a meet in La Plagne (Sami Mustonen and Geegoire Dufosse won), while the Czech site of Spinderluv Mlyn doesn't have enough snow to their meet.

    And finally, the Royal Dutch Skating Federation celebrates its 125th-year anniversary with a three-day party in Thialf IJsstadion, Heerenveen, as they host the 101st World Championships. The city is clad in orange, spurring the national heroes to absolutely stunning performances. Particularly the TVM professional team have been fantastic; yesterday, their Sven Kramer and Carl Verheijen were well ahead of all competition on the 5,000 metres (with Wouter Olde Heuvel finishing fifth), and today Ireen Wüst, who lost the European Championship to Martina Sablikova, eradicated the track record on 1,500 and 3,000 on her way to the allround World Championship. Sablikova trails by more than 50 seconds; Wüst leads by 11 seconds on Anni Friesinger, five-time World Champion, and 18 seconds on Cindy Klassen, who won the 2006 Championships by a record margin. Kramer was disappointing today, finishing some way down after a very long last lap, but all he has to do to win the Championship is to skate level with Enrico Fabris in the final 10,000 metres.

    Finally, one question for everyone (as I'm curious about how mad I am myself):

    Take the decathlon competition in track and field. Would you be more, less (or equally) interested if the best, say, six athletes before the final 1500 metres were to run said 1500 metres one by one, against the clock, with the time differences before the competition added to the final time. Thus, before the final athlete were to run, you'd know he would have to beat a set time (naturally shown on TV screens and on the stadium) to beat to win the decathlon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes View Post
    Finally, one question for everyone (as I'm curious about how mad I am myself):

    Take the decathlon competition in track and field. Would you be more, less (or equally) interested if the best, say, six athletes before the final 1500 metres were to run said 1500 metres one by one, against the clock, with the time differences before the competition added to the final time. Thus, before the final athlete were to run, you'd know he would have to beat a set time (naturally shown on TV screens and on the stadium) to beat to win the decathlon.
    No, I like the general confusion caused by the 1500m, as no-one has a clue what is going on. Otherwise it could turn into some sort of victory lap for the winner. TBH the decathlon scoring is pretty confusing anyway.

    EDIT: Would it not take too long for most people to sustain interest though?

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    I was at a snow sport on Friday.


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    Plucky Brit bests mighty Norwayanese

    From the BBC.

    Not sure if this is really a big deal over in Norway but the BBC is bigging it up. Our resident Norseman to comment.

    Sounds as if Musgrave's Britishness may be slightly exaggerated too (raised in Alaska from 5-10, left school to study in Norway, fluent Norwegian speaker, etc), but hey, we love a ringer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    From the BBC.

    Not sure if this is really a big deal over in Norway but the BBC is bigging it up. Our resident Norseman to comment.

    Sounds as if Musgrave's Britishness may be slightly exaggerated too (raised in Alaska from 5-10, left school to study in Norway, fluent Norwegian speaker, etc), but hey, we love a ringer.
    Yeah, this was fairly huge (although I'm not in the country any more so only have to rely on my mates). XC skiing is probably our second biggest sport after football and the national championships are nationally televised important selection trials for the Olympics. Almost as embarrassing as Norway beating England at football.

    Musgrave's attempts at Norwegian reveal he's Scottish at heart, too.

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