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Old Feb 20th 2010, 11:53 am
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clutching at straws!??
Yup. The US also put in a complaint about the same thing.

Congratulations to her

Both complaints have been thrown out
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Old Feb 20th 2010, 11:55 am
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Too bad she cheated, this medal is tarnished and makes a mockery of the spirit of the Olympics. She should give her medal to the German girl. I bet she was on steroids too. Why isn't the British press all over this? Two protests in two days, the first by the US and 5 other countries, the second by Canada who finished 5th and wouldn't have won a medal even if she was disqualified, that says something. I doubt she is very popular among her peers. She should admit she is a fraud. I'm pissing on this parade.

from the article posted above in someone else's post
International Bobsleigh and Tobogganing Federation (FIBT) jury president Wolfgang Strauss said the helmet's manufacturer confirmed the ridges, or spoilers, "are an integral part of the helmet".

I bet they are "integral" this was her first time ever on the podium in a skeleton race.

http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com...n-protest.html

"Williams was a surprise leader at the midway point of the women's competition, 0.30 seconds ahead of Germany's Kerstin Szymkowiak. Williams, who has never won a medal on the World Cup tour, posted two of the three fastest times in Thursday's heats at the Whistler Sliding Center.

"We can run races throughout the season by a strict rulebook," U.S. assistant skeleton coach Greg Sand told the AP. "And at the Olympic Games something blatant like this and out in the open will be overlooked."

Other nations involved in filing the protest including sliding powerhouse Germany and host Canada. Only one nation, by FIBT rule, can actually sign the protest document and pay the $100 filing fee.
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Old Feb 20th 2010, 12:07 pm
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...speaking of helmets, morning Lord Vader.
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Old Feb 20th 2010, 12:09 pm
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...speaking of helmets, morning Lord Vader.
howdy B Smith, late night or early morning?
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Old Feb 20th 2010, 12:12 pm
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I bet they are "integral" this was her first time ever on the podium in a skeleton race.

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Nope, she won silver in the world championships last year
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Nope, she won silver in the world championships last year
oh, I was going by the article,

I don't want to upset anyone, enjoy the medal and well done by Williams. If the federation says it's ok, well then, it is ok.
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I don't want to upset anyone...
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For Oink:-

Woo Hoo, in your face GB.

Yeah, in your face again GB, we're number one.

And we won ours without any question about an possible illegal helmet.

Total Medals now Canada 8 Great Britain 1.
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Old Feb 20th 2010, 2:21 pm
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What's the betting that the UK media will now change their tune and this will suddenly be the best games in 30 years!!
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"Canada then lodged a complaint after Williams' winning run on Friday but that too was thrown out"

Pull on your big boy shorts you whining Canuks and suck it up......do you want ALL the goddamn medals?
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Ah, so it's a great course after all!
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Ah, so it's a great course after all!

I would not know....was just commenting on the 'whining' (as opposed to the winning)
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What's the betting that the UK media will now change their tune and this will suddenly be the best games in 30 years!

Well BBC sport is still listing Vancouver 2010 (currently happening) lower down the importance ladder than London 2012 (two years away), so I'm not sure there's much chance of that!

Nice to see a Brit win a medal. Can't fathom Oink's Canada-hating but then I guess we have a few on the forum. Great to see Canada win the men's event yesterday too (I was up in Whistler and it was a top day all round!). Maybe that's worthy of an "IN YOUR FACE OI..". Oh, no, that would just be silly.


Ah, so it's a great course after all!

Of course it is, there was never anything wrong with it. There were over *five thousand* runs down it before that tragic accident, plenty of which were not by team Canada members, and that bend had never been highlighted as a problem by anyone. It's fast. Go figure, it's an Olympic track.

The only criticism that can be fairly leveled is that the bar required to compete in the Olympics is too low (lower than would, for instance, get you into a World Championship), and that's a problem for the IOC to deal with. They, of course, want as many countries fielding participants as possible to maximize media coverage potential and create revenue, and to enhance the image of a global spectacle. Is the net too wide? Maybe.

However, throwing yourself down an ice tube on a tea-tray is inherently risky. The fatality rate for ski-jumping is approximately 12 per 100,000 jumps (or 1 in 8,300). Every time of those happens should we lower the jump? No, because people pushing the limits and that frisson of risk offers an exciting spectacle that draws both spectators and competitors alike; no-one is compelled to participate. If we followed the risk-averse process to it's logical conclusion all we'd be left with was curling (not that it's not enjoyable to watch!).

Believe it or not, pole vaulting is one of the most dangerous athletic sports by statistic, maybe we should lobby that to be removed from the 2012 games, just in case.

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Well BBC sport is still listing Vancouver 2010 (currently happening) lower down the importance ladder than London 2012 (two years away), so I'm not sure there's much chance of that!

Nice to see a Brit win a medal. [B]Can't fathom Oink's Canada-hating but then I guess we have a few on the forum[/B]. Great to see Canada win the men's event yesterday too (I was up in Whistler and it was a top day all round!). Maybe that's worthy of an "IN YOUR FACE OI..". Oh, no, that would just be silly.





Of course it is, there was never anything wrong with it. There were over *five thousand* runs down it before that tragic accident, plenty of which were not by team Canada members, and that bend had never been highlighted as a problem by anyone. It's fast. Go figure, it's an Olympic track.

The only criticism that can be fairly leveled is that the bar required to compete in the Olympics is too low (lower than would, for instance, get you into a World Championship), and that's a problem for the IOC to deal with. They, of course, want as many countries fielding participants as possible to maximize media coverage potential and create revenue, and to enhance the image of a global spectacle. Is the net too wide? Maybe.

However, throwing yourself down an ice tube on a tea-tray is inherently risky. The fatality rate for ski-jumping is approximately 12 per 100,000 jumps (or 1 in 8,300). Every time of those happens should we lower the jump? No, because people pushing the limits and that frisson of risk offers an exciting spectacle that draws both spectators and competitors alike; no-one is compelled to participate. If we followed the risk-averse process to it's logical conclusion all we'd be left with was curling (not that it's not enjoyable to watch!).

Believe it or not, pole vaulting is one of the most dangerous athletic sports by statistic, maybe we should lobby that to be removed from the 2012 games, just in case.

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Seems to be a lot of people working and living in Canada that well hate it
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