Olympics, wednesday and thursday

26 02 2010

Wednesday was not such a good day for the speed skating but it was known that the 5k would be the weakest distance fo the dutch ladies. Jorien Voorhuis ended in 10th place and Elma de Vries was number 11. The winner was the best woman for years on this distance, Martina Sablikova. Germany’s Stephanie Beckert was 2 but the difference between 1/2 was very small. Maybe next year it will be Beckert at number 1. She has made huge progress in the last 2 years. Canada’s Clara Hughes won the bronze at her 5th Olympics(summer as a bicyclist included) Today will be the start of the men’s and women’s pursuit. The dutch men are clear favorites with probably Korea and Norway as the numbers 2 and 3. U.S has a small chance for a medal. The dutch ladies had a horrible draw and have to face Germany first and title favorite Canada next if they beat Germany. I think Canada will win, Russia will be 2 and Germany or the Netherlands will end with the bronze.

With the skiing there has been a lot of talk between the catfight of American’s Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso. Mancuso had complained about Vonn getting almost all media attention and then Vonn fell at the Giant Slalom which resulted in Mancuso having to ski again, after already having completed half of the track and she lost a sure medal in that race. Still I am team Vonn, she seems nicer.

Johnny weir had the perfect comeback after people asked him what he though about the reporters that said boys will not be allowed to figure skate because parents are afraid they will turn into Johnny. He thinks kids should only be so lucky as to turn into him. I totally agree with him. He is a two-time Olympian, World Championships medal winner, U.S champion and has his own reality show on the Sundance Channel. Nothing wrong with that.

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Olympics day 5

18 02 2010

One another day, another disappointment for the dutch speed skaters in Vancouver. The big favorite for the title on the 1000m was Shani Davis and he totally did what he had to do and won the race. 3 Dutch skaters were in the race for the silver though but in the end they ended 4, 5, and 6. Mo from Korea won silver after his gold on the 500m and Chad Hedrick from the U.S won bronze and that should have gone to a dutch guy, they beat him the whole year around on this distance. Groothuis ended 4th and had a nasty bacterial infection for 2 weeks that only cleared up this weekend so he did as good as he could, the other 3 were just not good enough yesterday.





Olympics day 4

17 02 2010

The speed skating did not go as planned today on the 500m for the ladies. In the first heat medal favorite Annette Gerritsen(cute and good) fell after having a great opening. Then the other great dutch short distance skater Margot Boer ended 4th. The worst place at the Olympics to have. Still she raced good so has a great tournament ahead at the rest of her distances. Winner was Sang-Hwa Lee from Korea who beat the two favorites Jenny Wolf and Beixing Wang. Korea has 2 gold and a silver so far with the speed-skating!

With the biathlon there was gold for Magdalena Neuner at the 10k pursuit. She was a little behind Kuzmina at the start but was very strong today, even 2 penalties did not stop her. Kuzmina won silver after Sundays gold. Another bronze was for France, this time Brunet. German Andrea Henkel had one of the quickest races of the day and came in 10th after starting as the number 27, even after 3 mistakes. Wilhelm and Hauswald were 12/16. Bryan Ferry from Sweden won gold at the men’s pursuit, before Christoph Sumann and Vincent Jay.