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    Women's Cross Country

    I'll do women's cross country à la CaroLIza_fan. On a much lower level though Help me if I got something wrong or forgot someone. Most is from my memory.

    Norway Norway, Norway, Poland, some Swedes, Fins, Germans, Slovenians and Americans. I don't know much about the Russian women. They didn't compete last weekend(Feb 2-3) and none has been that successful this season. Japan seems to have only Ishida left as a completive skier, but she is hardly a medal contender.

    Marit Bjørgen, at her fourth olympics (medaling in all former 3), will probably be in a class of her own. Queen of cross country in Vancouver(5 medals, three gold). Can do even better in Sochi. She will paticipate in five, maybe all 6 disciplines. Won the 10 km classic and free style sprint last weekend.

    Women challenging her at long distance races are her team mate Johaug, Kowalzyk(POL), Kalla(SWE), maybe Saarinen/Niskanen(FIN) and Weng(NOR). Norway will win the 4 x 5 km relay. I think they could provide two teams, and both would be gold medal contenders Relay predictions: Norway(gold), Finland, US or Germany. No medal for Sweden this time. Russia?

    Sprint (Free style), is a different matter. More contenders and unpredictable because of crashes, falls, tactics in a tight field etc. Denise Hermann(GER) is the leader of the sprint cup this season. Number two is my sentimental favorite, Kikkan Randall(US), also in her fourth olympics. If I remember correctly she fell at the semi final in Vancouver and I thought "poor her… four years until next chance". And here it is GO Kikkan! Others who can do well: Hanna Eriksson(SWE) Slovenia(Visnar, Fabjan), a Swiss and a Slovakish woman, Bjørgen and a couple more Norwegians, Kyllönen(FIN), Tjekalova (RUS) Probably not Kowalcyk, who is better at classic style.

    The team sprint will be between Norway(if Bjørgen competes they will win), US, Finland, Sweden, Slovenia and maybe Russia….

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowflake View Post
    I'll do women's cross country à la CaroLIza_fan. On a much lower level though Help me if I got something wrong or forgot someone. Most is from my memory.
    Awww! Thanks for the compliment!

    I don't like cross country skiing - I just think it looks so ungainly the way they move!

    So, although I watch a bit of biathlon (the TV directors don't show much of the cross country trails - it is mostly the shooting range they show ), I don't bother with the specialist Cross Country, or the cross country portion of the Nordic Combined.

    That's why I didn't bother starting threads for either of these!

    HOWEVER, I did prepare the TV listings last night just to see if the Women's Cross Country overlapped with anything else I was planning to watch.


    Saturday 8th February 2014
    10:00 – 10:55 CC Women’s 7.5km + 7.5km Skiathlon

    Tuesday 11th February 2014
    10:00 – 10:20 CC Women’s Sprint Free Qualification
    12:00 – 12:25 CC Women’s Sprint Free Quarter-Finals
    12:56 – 13:06 CC Women’s Sprint Free Semi-Finals
    13:22 – 13:27 CC Women’s Sprint Free Finals

    Thursday 13th February 2014
    10:00 – 11:30 CC Women’s 10km Classic

    Saturday 15th February 2014
    10:00 – 11:15 CC Women’s 4x5km Relay

    Wednesday 19th February 2014
    09:15 – 09:37 CC Women’s Team Sprint Classic Semi-Final A
    09:37 – 09:59 CC Women’s Team Sprint Classic Semi-Final B
    11:45 – 12:05 CC Women’s Team Sprint Classic Final


    There's just too much on, so I don't think I'll bother watching any of the Cross Country, especially since I am not fussed on it.

    Hope this helps

    CaroLiza_fan

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    Come to think of Chandra Crawford(Chucky), who won the free sprint in Torino 2006. Looked her up. She's still on the Canadian team, but hasn't done well this season. Injuries or other problems? Also recognized that the other Canadian olympic women have bad results from championships and world cup. That's sad.

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    Kowalczyk has a painful foot injury is barely able to put her boot on and is limping. It's possible her foot is broken but she refuses to get an x-ray done until the Olympics are over.

    So unless she gets a crazy beta-endorphin and adrenaline rush, you can probably count her out of medal contention, sadly.

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    Go kikkan!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post
    Kowalczyk has a painful foot injury is barely able to put her boot on and is limping. It's possible her foot is broken but she refuses to get an x-ray done until the Olympics are over.

    So unless she gets a crazy beta-endorphin and adrenaline rush, you can probably count her out of medal contention, sadly.
    Oh no, that sucks. Sorry for her and so much excitement is lost if she isn't fit or can't compete at all.

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    Two medals and a fourth place for Norway today. All Norwegians skiing with mourning bands honoring their training friend who passed away the other day. He was the brother of Astrid Jacobsen, who was not on the team today(but could have been a medal contender, the competion in Norway is fierce) The tragedy united the four Norwegian women in a long hug, crying after the race. Tears on Björgen's and Weng's cheeks at the flower ceremony podium

    Congrats to Charlotte for winning silver her first skiathlon medal.

    Skiathlon 7,5 km classic + 7,5 km free:
    1 Marit Bjørgen(NOR)
    2 Charlotte Kalla(SWE)
    3 Heidi Weng(NOR)

    Kowalczyk was obviously not fit, but had fighting spirit as usual. 6th place for her. I heard she will have an x-ray done after the 10 km classic, which is usually her best chance for gold.

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    Now that all the spam has been removed from the General Olympics forum, I think it's safe to post now.

    Just a wee reminder that the Qualification for the Women's Sprint is starting NOW.

    Official BBC Livestreaming Channel

    The BBC 's TV coverage is not joining the Cross Country until 12:30 GMT, so it will just be the Semis and the Final that will be shown on BBCi2.

    Digital terrestrial (UK only): Ch. 302 on Freeview
    Digital cable (UK only): Ch. 992 on Virgin Media
    Digital satellite (Europe): Ch. 978 on SkyDigital
    Astra 28.2E, Transponder 76 (12.551V. MBaud 22,000. FEC 5/6).
    NOTE: The channel you want for the biathlon is labelled “BBC RB 2

    Hope this helps

    CaroLiza_fan

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    Kowalczyk's foot has been x-rayed and it's broken. She's can barely walk but she is going to compete, having a very precisely timed very strong pain killer injection to last through her events.

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    SO bummed for Kikkan, that was supposed to be her event.

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    Just a wee reminder that the Women's Classic will be starting in about 10 minutes

    I've just gone through the TV schedules, and it looks like the BBC are not showing it on the TV at all! So, if you want to watch it, it'll have to be the online streaming that is used.

    Official BBC Livestreaming Channel

    Hope this helps

    CaroLiza_fan

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    I know Sochi is a warm holiday resort, and so it's not real snow.

    But boys, this is weird watching so many of the skiiers going out in short sleeves!

    And then out comes Sophie Caldwell with no sleeves at all! She's just in a vest-top!

    Patrick Winterton pointed out in commentary that he went down to the beach yesterday, and it was warmer than the summer is in Oban (the town on the west coast of Scotland where he now lives)!

    But, he also gave a warning: yes, it is very warm. But if you fall, the snow crystals will rip the skin off you, just like if you crash a bicycle.

    So, you're better off with sleeves!

    I hope nobody finds this out the hard way...

    CaroLiza_fan

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    Tough 10 km in sunny warm weather. Some skiing with sleeveless tops

    Wow, Kowalzyk number one with a broken foot

    2 Kalla(SWE)
    3 Johaug(NOR)

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowflake View Post
    Tough 10 km in sunny warm weather. Some skiing with sleeveless tops

    Wow, Kowalzyk number one with a broken foot

    2 Kalla(SWE)
    3 Johaug(NOR)
    I don't know if your commentator(s) pointed this out, but on the BBC coverage, Patrick Winterton made an interesting observation.

    What do the Top 2 in today's race (Kowalczyk and Kalla) have in common?

    Both of them skipped the Tour de Ski over the New Year period, and both of them skipped Tuesday's Sprint race.

    So, he was suggesting that, in an Olympic year, it is not always best to enter as many races as possible in the run-up to the Games.

    And, once you get to the Olympics, don't enter all disciplines, and you'll end up doing better in the others.

    Interesting...

    CaroLiza_fan

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    Right, none of the medalists today did Tuesday's sprint.

    Johaug in 3rd place, though did Tour de Ski(won). Kalla deliberatly skipped TdS. Kowalczyk was going to go, but boycotted it because it held too many sprints(due to the weather conditions lacking snow for longer races) Bjørgen did TdS, but had to back out because of stomach problems. She looked really tired today. In Vancouver she did 5 races and medaled in all. Saarinen in 4th place today did TdS but not Tuesday's sprint. Hard for me to see a pattern. I suppose it's individual. Depends on which form you are in, your skis, how you plan your training and things you can't control. Also age. Cross country skiers build stamina each year and usually peak after 25.

    I think we'll see most of the top skiers do 5 competitions.

    Anyway real tough race today in hard tracks under the dazzling sun at 1500 meters. Kudos to all fighters

    Quote Originally Posted by CaroLiza_fan View Post
    I know Sochi is a warm holiday resort, and so it's not real snow.
    It's not plastic (kidding) The competitions are at 1 500 m so there is lots of real snow. Maybe they used artifical snow as a supplement. But to make snow the temperature must be below zero.

    ETA I didn't watch the whole competition so didn't hear all the comments. But probably they talked about how many races it's smart to do for certain skiers. And I'm sure they will talk abput it again.

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