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    Quote Originally Posted by Nadine View Post
    I don't know about you, Joe, but I did see the last group without any commercials/interruptions/et al. I couldn't believe it, I was in awe that there were *no* commercials. Shock! Lol, seriously it was good to see. As regards the other groups I didn't bother to watch, so I don't know if they showed them. I only tuned in during the last 1.5 hours of coverage wanting to see the final group.

    Hope you get what you're looking for.
    Nadine - My point was BIG Deal to see the last group without commercial interruptions. (No commericals for the last group was ALWAYS a part of the broadcast) It was not a big deal. We always had that on TV, Were you watching at 11:15pm when in the past it was on at 8 pm? It was done to allow a tape of Skiing,etc. to begin at 7:30 pm and with full coverage. I don't know how much interest you have in Figure Skating but some of us fans, want to see the whole event - not just 3 skaters to separate the skiing from short track and from Cross Country Skiing, and finally 6 skaters leaving out 3 groups.

    I presume your interest in figure skating is limited to the last group only and so you got what you were looking for. Lucky for you - not for me.

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    To answer your question, Joe, yes I've always watched every Olympics that has ever been on t.v. since Dorothy Hamill. I still have my old rotting tapes from the 70's/80's/90's, and not just figure skating. *smile*

    And, yes, I will watch the whole dang thing from 8PM till midnight to catch the oddball figure skating routine thrown in there haphazardly, if I'm interested enough. It just so happens that this time I'm not, thus I couldn't give a damn (oops pardon my french, lol).

    Oh yes, the NBC website has what you're looking for, Joe, you just have to look around.

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    I have to say I was disappointed and the whole thing felt disjointed to me.
    I missed more than a few favorites as well as the chance to see some of the rising stars of the future.

    With such limited coverage I never was able to get a feeling for the competition. Some said Laura was overscored - I wouldn't know because I didn't get to see her skate. Others felt Rachael was judged too harshly. Again, without seeing the skaters before her I had no idea or feel for how the judging was which makes it hard to consider her marks.

    What is surprising is that between NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, NBC/Universal and USA there appeared to be enough stations available to offer better coverage. Although I would like to have seen most of the event - even showing the last two groups could have given viewers a better chance to see how the competition was unfolding.

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    I m really surprised to read this after all poor in sponsors greek tv showed all groups in all disciplines while 1/3 of greeks dont even know Winter Olympics exist and the other 1/3 know but dont even care.
    Anyway EBU page , http://www.eurovisionsports.tv/olympics/, has all channels that broadcast in real time, many are without commenting, and many of them will show the gala. It is also has many hightlights of sports with english comments. I m not sure if it can be seen outside europe.

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    My cable subscriber is Comcast and they have all of the figure skating disciplines up on "On Demand". The ladies LP was added today.
    So I will get to see the complete ladies Competition without any interruptions.

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    The best skating ever (women's)!!! The worst coverage, ever!!! Why did we see Cheltzie Lee? Why did we see Tugba? And NOT SEE Lepisto, Korpi, Leonova, Kostner? (All except Korpi have been European Champion! And Lepisto beat Flatt!!!) We wuzrobbed!!! Big deal to see the last 6 without commericals. With DVR, one doesn't have to see commercials unless one chooses to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlkksk8fan View Post
    I hated NBC's coverage. One skater then commerical, will be back later. Then another skater, commerical, back later. The final six with no interruption was fine, but the overall coverage of the skating was awful. At least let us see the top 10-15
    skaters without so many breaks. Why did they have to show a segment on logging instead of skating?!!! NBC's overall grade for skating coverage a D+.
    Two words: Epic Fail! That logging segment was ridiculous. They showed it while the next-to-last flight was skating. I am not sure who made this genius decision and in any case, wasn't this supposed to be a "green" olympics? Somehow cutting trees doesn't seem that "green" to me!

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    I hated it. I stayed tuned from 8 p.m. and they showed what? Only Tugba and Chelzie?? Not that I have anything aganist those ladies, but I mean it wasn't even live and when they showed some recorded performances, why these two of all ladies??? I was so pissed!!!
    Thanks for the live stream I managed to watch all the ladies anyway even though it was low quality. But it's not like watching it on big screen TV.
    Come on seriously!! You could've done better than that NBC!
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    I hated too! I didn't get to watch ladies on tv because I live on the west coast and I already knew who won by 9pm.. but they didn't show it until like 11pm or so and I was too sleepy to stay awake. I have to get up 5am to go to work!

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    I had no problem with NBC's coverage. We may all be figure skating fans here, but does every American want to see OES rather than, say, Speedy Peterson land a clean hurricane for the silver in men's aerials? I don't think so. I'm a huge Olympics junkie. It's the only TV I watch (aside from other skating) and I only started watching/following skating at all because I watch all the Olympics. Every hour, every night, every Olympic year.

    I wouldn't mind if NBC ran live coverage of all the competitors in MSNBC or CNBC or Universal Sports. But no way should they run it on the regular NBC channel. I tune in to watch the Olympics, and yeah, that means cheering on the US 2 man women's bobsled team go for a bronze or a historic gold/silver in nordic combined. I do love the skating. But it's not ALL that I love. I know by now if I want to see it, I'll have to find an online feed, or check it out afterward on nbc.com.

    I think it would be grand if NBC ran it on another channel. But I do not think NBC should replace other olympic programming with more skating, at the expense of the other sports. And I think we should be reasonable before we start demanding that kind of thing.

    For the record, I missed Alena, and think my parents would really have enjoyed her programs. It would have been great to see Joubert as well. But I keep my demands reasonable. I was really pleasantly surprised to see that NBC ran practically both the ultimate and penultimate men's groups, I was not expecting that much coverage of non-podium finishers.

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    I was happy with the coverage. Why Cheltzie Lee? I assume it was because her mother was born in the USA? Why Tugba? She & her family live in Canada. Why Cynthia Phaneuf? She is Canadian. Why Flatt over Lepisto? Rachael is the US champion. You needn't be a rocket scientist to figure it out. Did I want to see poor Carolina or Julia bomb on the Olympic ice? No. North American athletes were winning medals or in contention in other sports that same night. Their fans had a right to see them in action. Why as a figure skating fan do you think you are more entitled than any other sport fan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by merrywidow View Post
    I was happy with the coverage. Why Cheltzie Lee? I assume it was because her mother was born in the USA? Why Tugba? She & her family live in Canada. Why Cynthia Phaneuf? She is Canadian. Why Flatt over Lepisto? Rachael is the US champion. You needn't be a rocket scientist to figure it out. Did I want to see poor Carolina or Julia bomb on the Olympic ice? No. North American athletes were winning medals or in contention in other sports that same night. Their fans had a right to see them in action. Why as a figure skating fan do you think you are more entitled than any other sport fan?

    You gotta be kidding me. So living in Canana is more important than having better performance to be on US TV?? They didn't show those skaters you mentioned live except the final flight. It was recorded and delayed. I know this because I was watching online streaming at the same time. They had all kind of ideas who did better performance and who did not. No I didn't want to watch Carolina bombing. I wanted to watch Laura and Akiko, even Min-Jung doing their wow performances.
    By the way, if you try really hard, I think everybody has some sort of US/Canada connection-like so and so's music is of American composer or so and so's choreographer is Canadian or so and so used to train in the US etc etc etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by gourry View Post
    You gotta be kidding me. So living in Canana is more important than having better performance to be on US TV?? They didn't show those skaters you mentioned live except the final flight. It was recorded and delayed. I know this because I was watching online streaming at the same time. They had all kind of ideas who did better performance and who did not. No I didn't want to watch Carolina bombing. I wanted to watch Laura and Akiko, even Min-Jung doing their wow performances.
    By the way, if you try really hard, I think everybody has some sort of US/Canada connection-like so and so's music is of American composer or so and so's choreographer is Canadian or so and so used to train in the US etc etc etc
    So what makes you so special or entitled? I didn't care about those skaters. Figure skating is not the only sport contested. You can see their performances at Worlds when you buy your ticket & fly there. You could have seen all the skaters if you'd cared so much about Olympic performances by attending them live. I'm tired of all the belly aching about television coverage & how someone in particular has had their wishes ignored. How do you feel about putting it all on Pay-TV? $25.00 per event/discipline. Sounds good to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merrywidow View Post
    So what makes you so special or entitled? I didn't care about those skaters. Figure skating is not the only sport contested. You can see their performances at Worlds when you buy your ticket & fly there. You could have seen all the skaters if you'd cared so much about Olympic performances by attending them live. I'm tired of all the belly aching about television coverage & how someone in particular has had their wishes ignored. How do you feel about putting it all on Pay-TV? $25.00 per event/discipline. Sounds good to me.
    Excuse me?? Did I say anything about me being special or not? It's not even about me.
    Maybe I wasn't clear. Okay, let's put it this way. I 'expected' for them to air 'better' performances rather than just so-so performances knowing that it was recorded and delayed, and the skaters were rather equally 'unknown' ones. Isn't it logical? What part of this is so difficult for you to understand?? Isn't it natural for figure skating fans to wish they show better performances, in case they won't show everyone, so that hopefully more people will get more interested in the sport? Do you work for NBC??? Or are you Chelzie's mother or what????
    By the way, yeah, when it is possible I buy tickets and go to the arena myself. That's how I recognized Tugba because I saw her live past two times. This was not one of those occasions unfortunately for me.

    ETA: I really don't have anything against Tugba or Chelzie. I actually quite enjoyed Chelzie. The thing is that when NBC showed Chelzie, I was pleasantly surprised and expected they were gonna show more of those 2nd group or 3rd group skaters if they skated well, which they didn't. That's why I was so upset and pissed.
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    Before this thread devolves any more...
    Does anyone know if Universal Sports will be showing more than just the final flight + 3 random skaters.
    I really wanted to see Akiko and Lepisto -- and not on my puny laptop.

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