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Hmm, I m also pretty sure that when the Olympics were on back then,english language wasnt even a spoken one, not in the form we know it, so no they didnt speak english, but they used the greek word meaning "championship", I dont even understand the point of this comment, I suppose that even if our discussion were in japanese, still the statements would be the same.
Originally Posted by moviechick
And I meant "title" in sports, not books and movies, I just asked if there is a definition of title meaning championship.Out of curiocity but nevermind.
I dont care if Plush will be Olympic Champion for the second time, I hope he will if he deserves it but I would also like to see Takahashi there. I think he is the only one from the new skaters that has all the ingredients to be a memorable champion.
Last edited by seniorita; 06-10-2008 at 04:29 AM.
It is not my motivation to be argumentative on this subject, but since several people recently placed my comment at the center of debate in this thread - and have continued to keep it there, I feel I have the right to defend my position.
Originally Posted by Buttercup
As I have explained ad nauseam, I grasp the fact many people view the title of Olympic Champion as belonging to the 1st place winner (as you say, in the sense of common use of the English language). However, I posted those links to show moviechick this is not always this case, that there are reputable sources who have a broader definition of the title. I agree IOC would be the final authority, but I have heard their representatives call silver and bronze medalists Olympic Champions on occasion. Maybe the person speaking was in error, but all I can do is tell you what I've witnessed since I have no evidence to corroborate this.
Based on the definitions you both have posted, Evgeni would be considered a champion because he did win, he just won silver instead of gold. If it were a contest in which there is only one winner - as in 1st place only (like several of the examples moviechick used), then I would say the arguments you both use are valid. I mean, if the actions of the Committee were to reflect there only being one winner, then why go to the trouble of giving second and third place if those doesn't count as a win.
Really, we are all entitled to opinions and point of view, and though I wish to defend mine because I feel I'm being unjustly attacked for something I've already expressed numerous times is an opinion, I'm done debating this because I don't see any further point to it.
Evgeni Plushenko is a two-time Olympic Champion to more than just me.
Originally Posted by EvgeniRocks
May I point out something that I don't understand?
In the link you have provided above, regarding to Olympic-Champions-XX-Winter-Games-Turin
scroll down to figure skating section, it stated that the gold medalist Yevgeny Plushchenko (although I don't know who he is, I assume that it's Evgeni Plushenko), silver medalist Jeffrey Buttle, and bronze medalist Evan Lysacek.
Would you please kindly light me up that in what Olympic winter game that Buttle got silver and Lysacek got bronze?
Also the third link is a Chinese website link. I am pretty sure that Chinese don't speak English as their mother tongue.
The first link seems not an English based organization link either.
Last edited by jennylovskt; 06-13-2008 at 02:21 AM.
Stéphane Lambiel got silver and Jeffrey Buttle got bronze.
Originally Posted by jennylovskt
I'm shocked at such a big mistake in such a prestigeouse encylopedia. I've sent them a message for them to correct it.
There is only ONE winner at the Olympics. It's just that the two runner-ups also get a physical prize (silver and bronze medals). This is true for many other sports as well like tennis. The winner gets the big cup trophy while the 2nd place finisher gets that plate thing. There is no way in hell that the two are considered equal in any way. No one would call the 2nd place finisher the "champion" or the "title-holder", yet you could say he still "won" that silver plate thing; but he's NOT the champion. It's in the freakin' dictionary that champion = the winner of a competition. How much clearer can it get?
Yes, I suppose you can see Plushenko as anything you'd like. Hell, to you he could even be a 4000-time Olympic champion, but only in your mind.
Last time I checked, we're all using English here. Since that is the case, I think it's better to stick with the English definitions of words. Perhaps there is less of a distinction in other languages, but since we're not using those languages, it's probably better not to make up definitions. Especially since there is nothing wrong with being a ONE-time Olympic champion. To try to inflate his record is just ridiculous considering he already has a great one and he doesn't need fans stretching the rules of the English language to give him titles he doesn't have. Do you also consider him a 5-time world champion as well? Somehow I feel like you wouldn't be arguing this point so tenaciously if it were say, Michelle Kwan or Elvis Stojko, who were being touted as a two-time Olympic champions... I mean, I have yet to encounter any Irina or Michelle supporters so fanatic that they'd call them 2-time Olympic champions.
Plus, if you truly believe that just making it to the podium makes you an Olympic champion, then I must say, the term "Olympic champion" loses a lot of its prestige/luster since there would be three times as many.
Anyways, this argument is pretty ridiculous and is completely off-topic/annoying. Definitions are all in the dictionary. People are free to ignore them as they wish.
BTW, those sites linked-- none of them specifically refer to anyone as "olympic champions". It seems the page is titled Olympic champions because they show who won each event, and its like oh, btw here are the 2nd and 3rd place finishers. I have yet to see any legit reference that calls Plushenko or like Phillipe Candelero (2-time medalist, no?) 2-time Olympic champions.
Last edited by moviechick; 06-18-2008 at 01:05 AM.
Anyways, back to the original topic. I think it'll be between Takahashi, Joubert and Lambiel (if he can regain consistency). If any of these three falters, I would include Buttle, Weir or Lysacek as contenders as well (but if those three skate well, probably not). But you never know these days-- it could be anyone's game at the Olympics.
North Americans will have an edge, but Canadians have traditionally had such unbearable pressure on them. My 'wish' would be for Buttle, and Chan has a real chance (not amongst the choices I notice). Weir and Lycacek could cancel each other out and an artistic newcomer with little pressure like Jeremy Abbott could rise to the occassion (think, Paul Wylie in Albertville). Canadian audiences are so knowledgeable and the preparation that screaming fans in Japan give to someone like Takahashi, could put him in good stead heading into the pressure cooker of the Olympics. Russian come backs... will be too tough. Lambiel... love him, but 'meal ticket' moves like Triple Axel... too unreliable.
why not Buttle? After all.....
Why not Buttle, after all he did win Worlds with a beautiful sp and lp. I bet you thought he would never have won Worlds, huh? He did with many points over 2nd place Joubert. Maybe the judges like to see beautiful flawless programs? He will be working on the quad soon. I have seen jeff do a perfect quad with a double toe on the end of it. Jeffrey has a World, gold, silver and an Olympic bronze to his credit, so don't count him out.
Originally Posted by doubleaxel
Ladskater, don't forget.....
Don't forget Jeff won Worlds gold and silver too.
Originally Posted by doubleaxel
why take them off the list?
Why? Jeff won Worlds gold and Johnny won Worlds bronze.
Originally Posted by slutskayafan21
Exactly. Hardly anyone said he'd be a world metal contender this year either.
If there's anything that this year taught me is....
NEVER count anyone out...
Addicted to handsome, artistic male skaters ;-)
Off the ice
I think the question with Jeffrey Buttle is whether or not he can skate clean & with the planned content. Up until 2008 Worlds - which he deservedly won - this was often an issue at major competitions, which is why I think he was discounted as a serious contender (yes, I know he won a medal in Torino - but that was not a night of great skating, to say the least). Obviously if he can skate his SP and LP as he did at Worlds this year in Vancouver, he's got a good shot at it. If not, he'll finish off the podium unless we have another Torino-like competition (as a skating fan, I certainly hope not).