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Old 02-19-2014, 12:04 PM   #41
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Borowitz on myface:

"Putin reacts to Russian Hockey Loss: 'This Must Be What an Actual Election Feels Like'"

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The Ukrainian Olympic team has announced that they will not participate in any further events in Sochi, in protest of the Ukrainian government's actions over the last two days.
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Of course, they were arrested [and beat up by the cops] for WALKING.

Which isn't as edgy.
They were beat up again today, although granted they were doing more than walking this time:


But, at least they weren't arrested again...
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This was the best part of the movie. The rest pretty much sucked boring balls.

In other news, I am in love with Snowboard Cross. So much fun to watch!
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Holy schnikies! Now that's an ill omen if I ever saw one...
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Holy schnikies! Now that's an ill omen if I ever saw one...
Why an ill omen? Raccoons slip into buildings, why not a wolf or even a bear?
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Why an ill omen? Raccoons slip into buildings, why not a wolf or even a bear?
Or in Alaska, moose (meese?) walk into grocery stores
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Sweet! In the women's gold medal match, Canada scored 2 goals in the last ten minutes of regulation time to tie up what was a 2-0 game for USA. Overtime!
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I loved loved loved the skater from Italy in the free skate. She was totally beautiful, and everything figure skating should be.
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Why an ill omen? Raccoons slip into buildings, why not a wolf or even a bear?
If I walked around the corner and a raccoon was standing in the hallway I wouldn't be worried about it ripping my throat out and eating my corpse.

(edited because I was in a hurry and typed like shit the first time and the meaning was totally wrong.)

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Canada won the hockey game by the way - 3 to 2 in overtime! Obama owes Harper at least one case of beer now. Men's game on Sunday!
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Most likely a Siberian Husky. I like that coloring, actually - red/tan ones aren't as common as grey/black.
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I think Yuna Kim was robbed tonight and Ashley Wagner was punished for calling her score bullshit in the team competition.

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Wow, congrats to France for taking Ski Cross 1-2-3. I was pulling for Canada, or the mustachioed Slovak, but what a great race!

And congrats to women's hockey Canada! Heartbreaker for the US, though.
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Wolf/husky hybrid, likely. Turns out it's a Jimmy Kimmel stunt.
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Canada beats USA in men's hockey semifinal, 1 - 0. USA will have to play Finland for a chance at the bronze. That's both our women's and men's teams, schooled by Canada.
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USA punished by Finland in the men's hockey bronze medal game, 5 to 1. Ouch!!! Well, good job Finland anyway!

Okay, we've got two cheaters expelled from the games now:

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SOCHI, Russia -- A Latvian hockey player and a Ukrainian cross-country skier failed drug tests at the Sochi Olympics, bringing to four the number of doping cases at the games.

The International Olympic Committee said early Sunday that Vitalijs Pavlovs and Marina Lisogor were both expelled from the Games.

Pavlovs tested positive for the stimulant methylhexanamine following Latvia's loss to Canada in the quarterfinals on Thursday. The 30-year-old Lisogor tested positive for trimetazidine on Tuesday after the women's team sprint.

The latest positive tests follow those of German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle and Italian bobsledder William Frullani.

All four cases involve stimulants that can be found in food supplements. They are all classified as a "specified stimulant" on the World Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited list. Specified substances are considered more susceptible to inadvertent use and can carry reduced penalties.

Pavlovs was tested after Latvia's 2-1 loss to the Canadians in the men's hockey tournament. Latvia finished in eighth place.

Pavlovs said he had been taking food supplements on the recommendation of the doctor of his Latvian club team, Dynamo Riga.

"The disciplinary commission unanimously concluded that the athlete had been negligent and had therefore committed an anti-doping rule violation," the IOC said in a statement.

The Latvian's doping violation was announced early on the final day of the Sochi Games.

Lisogor competed in two cross-country events in Sochi, finishing far out of the medals. She said she had been taking medication for a thyroid condition but "forgot to declare" the drug on her doping form.

Lisogor admitted she was at fault and did not request the backup "B" sample to be tested.

"The disciplinary commission unanimously concluded that the athlete had, at the very least, been negligent," the IOC said.

The IOC is conducting 2,453 drug tests in Sochi, a record for the Winter Games. The Olympic body also stores doping samples for 10 years to allow for retesting when new methods become available.

There was only one positive test at the previous Winter Olympics four years ago in Vancouver.
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Cossack "accountable" for band whipping

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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said Saturday the Cossack who horsewhipped members of Pussy Riot has been "held accountable" for the attack.

The punk group spent five days in Sochi this week, filming footage for its new video criticizing President Vladimir Putin and the Sochi Olympics. A group of Cossacks armed with whips was in central Sochi on Wednesday. Minutes after the group started to perform its song, one Cossack began lashing his whip.

Asked about the band's treatment in Sochi, Kozak would not specifically say what action was taken against the attacker. Local media reported Friday he was fined, but they did not identify him.

Kozak insisted the women "came here with the purpose of provoking a conflict" and added that the "conflict" they had was with "local residents."

Russia has mounted a massive security operation for the Olympics, deploying more than 50,000 police and soldiers amid threats from Muslim insurgents. A Muslim militant group in the Russian province of Dagestan claimed responsibility for back-to-back suicide bombings that killed 34 people in Volgograd in late December and threatened attacks on the games.

The Cossacks have been used since last year as an auxiliary police force to patrol the streets in the Krasnodar province, which includes the Winter Olympic host city.

Kozak said Russian officials "worried" about security, but "just as any government in any country would no matter if it is holding the Olympics or any other major public event."

Kozak lauded the work of the intelligence and law enforcement agencies at the Sochi Games, which so far have been uneventful regarding security.

"We were confident that our law enforcement agencies would be up to the task, and they did brilliantly," he said.

Cossacks trace their history in Russia back to the 15th century. Serving in the czarist cavalry, they spearheaded imperial Russia's expansion and were often used as border guards. Under communism, they virtually disappeared, but have since resurfaced, particularly in the south. They are now recognized as an ethnic group, but it is largely a self-identification by those who consider themselves descendants of the czarist-era horsemen.
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That group of Cossacks that attacked Pussy Riot in Sochi deserves to be jailed. I doubt that a "fine" will accomplish anything except to establish a going rate to be allowed to whip a woman.
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So the closing ceremonies are going on right now, although as usual us Americans will have to wait for primetime. Waiting: a drumline, a flying rowboat, grand pianos, and a choreographed joke about the opening ceremonies ring mishap.
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I thought Busby Berkeley had done the massed grand piano thing already.

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How easy is it to become an Olympian for Dominica?

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The small Caribbean nation of Dominica made its Winter Olympics debut in Sochi thanks to Gary di Silvestri and Angelica Morrone di Silvestri. The married couple qualified for cross-country skiing events and carried the country's flag during the opening ceremony. Gary, 47, and Angelica, 48, were among the oldest competitors in Sochi.

Although the story of Olympic tourists was initially viewed in a favorable light, they are now facing more skepticism about the actions that allowed them to reach the 2014 Games.

Mark Zeigler of U-T San Diego reports there was initially an open line of communication with the couple through Angelica when discussing the Games. When the questions shifted to how they actually became citizens to compete, the exchange ended:

"But in recent days, when asked to elaborate on the fuzzy specifics of their humanitarian aid and the basis for their newfound citizenship, the emails stopped. Gary has not returned emails, either. Nor have three different government ministries in Dominica."

There are three requirements to compete in the Olympics:
- Full citizenship in the nation you are representing
- Internationally recognized national governing body for the sport you are competing in
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Here's how the di Silvestri's were able to meet all three.

Dominica is a nation that basically allows people to buy citizenship. The report states, for a couple like the di Silvestris, the base fee would be $175,000 plus any applicable administrative costs, and actually going to the country is optional.

Gary di Silvestri claimed in multiple interviews, he and his wife were awarded citizenship in the Dominica for their philanthropy. After establishing the first Olympic criteria, they formed the National Ski Association of Dominica to check off the second box.

As for their athletic accomplishments, Dave McKenna of Deadspin reported that much of the information used during the build-up to the Olympics wasn't accurate.

Gary di Silvestri claimed to be a state wrestling champion and national championship rower during his time with Georgetown. Further research with a New York wrestling historian and a crew coach at the university showed there was no information available to back up those claims.

Hoyas crew coach Whit Fosburgh told the site he wasn't in any boats that won medals for the school:

"Gary wasn't in the boats that medaled those years, so it wouldn't be accurate to say he was on the medal stand, getting the medals around his neck. But working as hard as he did for as little success as he had, that made him very popular."

As for Angelica di Silvestri, her seemingly only connection to the Games before this cycle was back in the 1990s, according to Deadspin. A 1998 report from the Los Angeles Times links her to a bribery scandal about gifts in exchange for the awarding of winter events:

"However, Howard Peterson, former president and CEO of the U.S. ski team, corroborated Hodler's charges. Peterson said two executives—Fiat President and CEO Vittorio C. Vellano and external relations manager Angelica DiSilvestri—offered him two cars before the vote to decide the host city for the championships."

In terms of actually qualifying for the Olympics, the standards are different for each country. It's far easier to earn a berth from a country like Dominica than the United States (Gary) or Italy (Angelica)—the respective countries where the di Silvestris were born.

Obviously, the couple faced no competition in a country that had never sent an athlete to the Winter Games. So, the only barrier they faced was getting under the cutoff for smaller countries, which is at a lower bar because the Olympics pushes to involve as many nations as possible.

U-T San Diego notes the qualifying number for the couple was anything under 300 (like golf, the lower the better). Skiers earn the points by competing in qualifying races, which the couple gained by entering lower level tournaments in New Zealand and across North America. Gary finished last in four of six races and Angelica finished in the bottom three in 13 of the 14 races she participated in.

Gary still met the standard, but Angelica was in danger of missing out until she went to a small competition for college students in Maine. The report states she only finished in 74th place out of 95 finishers in the freestyle race, but that was still enough to get her point total under the Olympic threshold.

That is enough to stir up a debate about the merits of the Olympic system. Finishing outside the top 70 against college competition doesn't exactly scream Winter Games.

Yet, the way the rules are currently set, both di Silvestris were heading to Sochi. Things only got weirder from there.

Angelica was the only scheduled athlete who didn't start the women's 10-kilometer classic after an apparent training injury. She reportedly skied off course during training and shattered her nose running into a fence, requiring three surgeries. Gary started his race but didn't even make it to the first checkpoint of the men's 15-kilometer classic due to an apparent illness.

She explained the issues in an e-mail provided by Jim Waggoner of the Staten Island Advance, including the following excerpt explaining their status:

"I am at the hospital for a few more days looking like the phantom of the Opera. Tomorrow I will need to undergo another surgery—this time a very small one they told me—to remove a blood clot that dried up in my sinus and if left there would be extremely uncomfortable …

Gary is at the Olympic village, he was thoroughly checked by the doctors there and is under therapy for the next 10 days. He caught an acute bacterial gastroenteritis due to tainted water."


When you put all of the surrounding factors together, the prevailing question is whether the couple simply gamed the system to get their chance at an Olympic experience.

For its part, the Dominica Olympic Committee denied anything was handled improperly. The committee's president, Felix Wilson, told Christopher Clarey of The New York Times there was never an Olympic demand in return for money or anything of that nature:

"Felix Wilson, president of Dominica's Olympic Committee, said any suggestion that the di Silvestris had used their purchasing power to get a spot on the Olympic team was unfounded.

"Gary never came to us and said, 'Look, I'm spending this; I'm doing this and doing that, so I want be on board to go to the Olympic Games,'" Wilson said. "That was not the approach. No way.""


Moving forward, the story will probably fade away. There really isn't anything that can be said or done to change the fact the di Silvestris were allowed to make the Olympics, march in the opening ceremony and in Gary's case compete for a short time despite questions about the backstory.

The situation should, however, at least get the International Olympic Committee to reconsider its standards and procedures for Olympic tourists. Involving more countries is a positive, but leaving an avenue like this available for people to qualify is a mistake.
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Looks like the city of Rio has given up on trying to clean up Guanabara Bay as promised; which means the 2016 Summer Olympic sailing events will be held in what is essentially an open sewer that the city warns its own residents not to swim in. There is also similar concern over the venues for other boat and marathon swimming events. To their credit, the city has promised to hold the sailing events in the part of the bay that has the least amount of garbage and human waste floating in it.
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