Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - Men’s 15km Individual
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  • Some sports are hard to enjoy over television, and in my opinion, cross country events are in that category
  • The problem is that unless you're there, I don't think the excitement comes through until you get to the end

    • by Orrymain
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      Some sports are hard to enjoy over television, and in my opinion, cross country events are in that category. The Men’s 15km Individual for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics featured competitors from 50 nations. There were actually 96 skiers. It’s a timed race, with 15 seconds between starts, and 10 unseeded skiers to begin the track. They are the sacrificial lambs, skiers not expected to do anything but prepare the course with their skies as they make their way across the mountain.

      There was some controversy that this course was too easy, but


      judging from how the competitors were when they cross the finish line, I don’t believe it. They were exhausted, and the ones who weren’t, you just had to figure really weren’t putting their best effort into the event.

      The favorites all went early, being in the top forty to begin. The cameras are set up at various checkpoints so that we can see how well someone is doing and if they’ve passed anyone who started before them, or on the flip side, if they themselves had been passed.

      Much of this event doesn’t thrill me.


      • It’s too difficult to really have a handle on how good or bad someone is doing, except maybe by looking at them. There was one competitor who looked like an oil well dredger, each foot looking sluggish. Then you’d see some guys really digging in and just flying by. The problem is that unless you’re there, I don’t think the excitement comes through until you get to the end.

        There isn’t always that race feeling. These men are still going against the clock, but if they are in range of one another, you

        can tell that A needs to pass B to beat him.

        I will admit that at the end, it was exciting. More than anything, it’s their heart that really comes out at the end. The way they collapse onto the ground, having given all they had. That’s the thrill of this sport.

        You had to feel for the Norway contingency, who just didn’t figure anywhere worth mentioning. This isn’t a big success story for the Americans, either. It was, though, an exciting end for Switzerland, Italy, and the Czech Republic, whose skiers took the podium.




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