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Vancouver Opening Ceremony Director Wins Emmy

August 30, 2010 Leave a comment

If you thought the opening ceremony for the 2010 Winter Olympics was underwhelming, apparently you’re pretty alone in that regard. Bucky Gunts (seriously), who directed the 2010 Olympic opening ceremony, won the Emmy for best directing of a variety, music or comedy series.

And after all the attention presenter Ricky Gervais gave to his name, Bucky Gunts probably was the big winner in tonight’s festivities.

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Grading My Medal Predictions: Cross Country

Men

1.4 k Classical

Predicted:

Gold – Emil Jonsson, Sweden

Silver – Nikita Kriukov, Russia

Bronze – Ola Vigen Hattestad, Norway

Actual:

Gold – Kruikov

Silver – Alexander Panzhinsky, Russia

Bronze – Peter Nortthug, Norway

Joensson didn’t even make the finals, finishing 7th, and Hattestad finished 4th.

Team Sprint – Freestyle

Predicted:

Gold – Norway

Silver – Sweden

Bronze – Russia

Actual:

Gold – Norway

Silver – Germany

Bronze – Russia

Sweden finished out of the top 10. The United States ended up finishing 9th.

15k Freestyle

Predicted:

Gold – Peter Northug Jr., Norway

Silver – Marcus Hellner, Sweden

Bronze – Dario Cologna, Switzerland

Actual:

Gold – Cologna

Silver  – Pietro Piller Cotterer, Italy

Bronze – Lukas Bauer, Czech Republic

Northug finished a disappointing 41st, and Hellner finished 4th. The best American finished 58th.

50k mass start classical

Predicted:

Gold – Lukas Bauer, Czech Republic

Silver – Alexander Legov, Russia

Bronze – Georgio di Centa, Italy

Actual:

Gold – Petter Northug, Norway

Silver – Axel Tiechmann, Germany

Bronze – Johan Olsson, Sweden

Whoops on this one. Bauer finished 12th, Legov 14th and de Centa 11th. The best American finished 28th.

4 x 10k Relay

Predicted:

Gold – Norway

Silver – Germany

Bronze – Russia

Actual:

Gold – Sweden

Silver – Norway

Bronze – Czech Republic

Germany finished 6th and Russia 8th. The US finished 13th.

Women

1.2 k sprint (classical)

predicted:

Gold – Justina Kowalczyk, Poland

Silver – Petra Majdic, Slovenia

Bronze – Hanna Falk, Sweden

Actual:

Gold – Marit Bjoergen, Norway

Silver – Kowalczyk

Bronze – Madjic

Hannah Falk finished a disappointing 29th. Madjic recovered from falling into a ravine and breaking ribs to win a bronze.

Team Sprint

Predicted:

Gold – Sweden

Silver – Italy

Bronze – Slovenia

Actual:

Gold – Germany

Silver – Sweden

Bronze – Russia

Italy finished 4th and Slovenia, without Madjic, didn’t enter a team.

10k freestyle

Predicted:

Gold – Marit Bjoergen, Norway

Silver – Charlotte Kalla, Sweden

Bronze – Irina Khazova, Russia

Actual:

Gold – Kalla

Silver – Kristina Smigun-Vaehi, Estonia

Bronze – Bjoergen

Khazova finished 20th. The best American finished 30th.

15k pursuit

Predicted:

Gold – Petra Majdic, Slovenia

Silver – Justina Kowalczyk, Poland

Bronze – Alno-Kaisa Saarinen, Finland

Actual:

Gold – Marit Bjoergen, Norway

Silver – Anna Haag, Sweden

Bronze – Kowalczyk

Madjic didn’t start due to her rib issue, and Saarinen ended up 5th.

30k Mass Start

Predicted:

Gold – Marit Bjoergen, Norway

Silver – Justina Kowalczyk, Poland

Bronze – Anna Haag, Sweden

Actual:

Gold – Kowalczyk

Silver – Bjoergen

Bronze – Alno-Kalsa Saarinen, Finland

Haag ended up not entering the race. American Holly Brooks finished 36th.

4×5 K relay

Predicted:

Gold – Norway

Silver – Sweden

Bronze – Finland

Actual:

Gold – Norway

Silver – Germany

Bronze – Finland

Sweden finished 5th. Not a bad way to end it, eh?

Grading My Medal Predictions: Bobsled

Bobsled – Men

2 men

Predicted:

Gold – Andre Lange and Kevin Kuske, Germany

Silver – Beat Hefti and Thomas Lamparter, Switzerland

Bronze – Thomas Florschutz and Marc Kuhne, Germany

Actual:

Gold – Lange and Kuske

Silver – Florschutz and Richard Andjei, Germany

Bronze – Alex Zubov and Alexey Voevoda, Russia

Hefti and Lamparter apparently didn’t start? Google has nothing. Sorry, folks.

4 man

Predicted:

Gold – United States

Silver – Germany

Bronze – Switzerland

Actual:

Gold – United States

Silver – Germany

Bronze – Canada

Switzerland finished 6th.

Women

2 Women

Predicted:

Gold – Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse, Canada

Silver – Cathleen Martini and Romy Logsch, Germany

Bronze – Shauna Roebock and Michelle Rzepka, United States

Actual:

Gold – Humphries and Moyse

Silver – Helen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown, Canada

Bronze – Erin Pac and Elena Meyers, United States

Roebuck and Rzepka of the US, who won a medal in 2002, finished 6th. Martini and Logsch were disqualified.

All in all, I’m happy with these. Hey I got all three gold medals right!

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Grading My Medal Predictions: Biathlon

So they shoot AND ski?

Starting again with the men:

10k Sprint

Predicted:

Gold – Ole Einar Bjoerndlen, Norway

Silver – Simon Fourcade, France

Bronze – Dominik Landertinger, Austria

Actual:

Gold – Vincent Jay, France

Silver – Emil Hegle Svendsen, Norway

Bronze – Jakov Fak, Croatia

I’ll start right off the bat and say that I wouldn’t expect too much from my biathlon predictions. Biathlon is probably the most volatile sport in the winter games because one missed shot can end your medal hopes. In fact, in the first two events the most shots a Gold medalist has missed is 2. Einar Bjoerndalen, the King of Biathlon, finished 17th, Fourcade finished 35th and Ladertinger 34th. Of note: American Jeremy Teela finished 9th. Nice job by him.

12.5k Pursuit

Predicted:

Gold – Simon Eder, Austria

Silver – Arnd Pieffer, Germany

Bronze – Simon Fourcade, France

Actual:

Gold – Bjorn Ferry, Sweden

Silver – Christoph Sumann, Austria

Bronze – Vincent Jay, France

Because the starting positions for the pursuit are based on the finishing spots in the sprint, it’s much easier to medal in both. Hence Jay’s bronze. Ferry was 8th at the start and as low as 6th three-fourths of the way into the race, but great shooting rocketed him to gold. Eder finished 4th, but Pieffer and Fourcade each finished outside the top 15.

15k Mass Start

Predicted:

Gold – Emil Hegle Svendsen, Norway

Silver – Evgeny Ustyuov, Russia

Bronze – Ole Einar Bjoerndlen, Norway

Actual:

Gold – Evgeni Ustyugov, Russia

Silver – Martin Fourcade, France

Bronze – Pavol Hurajt, Slovakia

20k Individual

Predicted:

Gold – Sergei Sednev, Ukraine

Silver – Daniel Mesotitsch, Austria

Bronze – Tim Burke, United States

Actual:

Gold – Emil Hegle Svendsen, Norway

Silver – Ole Einar Bjorndalen, Norway

Bronze – Sergey Novikov, Belarus

Neither Svendsen nor Novikov was in the top 15 to start the race. Ustyugov finished 4th, but neither of my other predicted medal winners finished in the top 15.

4 x 7.5k Relay

Predicted:

Gold – Norway

Silver – Russia

Bronze – Austria

Actual:

Gold – Norway

Silver – Austria

Bronze – Russia

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Grading My Medal Predictions: Alpine Skiing

March 2, 2010 1 comment

Bode Miller won a silver, which I predicted. He also won a Gold and Bronze.

I am planning on doing medal grades for each of the sports so I can get as many posts as possible out of it. As soon as Olympics Reference gets updated with Vancouver data I’ll be able to do some more in depth stuff, so this will have to whet your appetite.

Let’s start with the men:

Downhill

My predictions:

Gold – Manuel Osborne-Paradis, Canada

Silver – Didier Cuche, Switzerland

Bronze – Carlo Janka, Switzerland

Actual Results:

Didier Defago, Switzerland

Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway

Bode Miller, United States

Well, that didn’t exactly go well. Osborne-Paradis finished all the way down in 17th, Cuche got 6th and Janka got 11th. Hopefully it gets better from here.

Super G

My Predictions:

Gold – Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway

Silver – Didier Cuche, Switzerland

Bronze – Erik Guay, Canada

Actual Results:

Gold- Svindal

Silver – Bode Miller, United States

Bronze – Andrew Weibrecht, United States

Woot! My first correct answer. Svindal had been doing very well on the World Cup circuit, so he seemed the natural choice. Obviously Bode Miller is one of the most (and honestly probably the most) talented alpine skiier in the world, so it was inevitable that he would put it all together in a big competition. Cuche finished 10th in part of what was a disappointing Olympics, and Guay finished just out of the medals in 5th. No idea what Weibrecht put that run together with to be honest.

Combined

Predicted Results:

Gold – Benjamin Raich, Austria

Silver – Bode Miller, United States

Bronze – Carlo Janka, Austria

Actual Results:

Gold – Bode Miller, United States

Silver – Ivica Costelic, Croatia

Bronze – Silvan Zurbriggen, Switzerland

Me going out on a limb for Bode Miller worked well in this event. Raich ended up getting 6th. American Ted Ligety, who won Gold in Torino and is the World Cup leader, ended up getting 5th. Janka finished 4th. So I was pretty close to nailing this event. I’ll take it.

Giant Slalom

Predicted Results:

Gold – Benjamin Raich, Austria

Silver – Ted Ligety, United States

Bronze – Marcel Hirscher, Austria

Actual Results:

Gold – Carlo Janka, Switzerland

Silver – Kjetil Jansrud, Norway

Bronze – Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway

Well, whoops. As I said before, Raich had a disappointing Olympics, though his 6th place in this event isn’t terrible. Ligety finished 9th due to a poor second run, and Hirscher finished 4th, just .08 out of a medal. The Olympics are cruel, folks.

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A Respected Journalist On Why College Hockey Is a Big Winner From These Olympics

March 2, 2010 2 comments
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Closing Ceremonies Open (Closed?) Thread

February 28, 2010 12 comments

Time to say goodbye

Well here it is folks. The last day of coverage from Vancouver. Coming up there will be a look back at the best moments of the games on NBC, and then after that we’ll see the Closing Ceremonies, also on NBC.

I really don’t have it in me right now to sum up the games in a couple paragraphs, so feel free to leave any thoughts in the comments.

I do want to say, however, that the past 2 weeks have been a blast for me, and I couldn’t have done it without you guys. All the pageviews and all the comments were so amazing to me. When I first started the blog I just did it because the Olympics are my favorite sporting event out there, and I never expected that it would grow like it did. So once again thank you guys and keep stopping by, as I will definitely keep on posting after the games. Read more…

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