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 Posted:   Feb 19, 2014 - 5:36 AM   
 By:   Stefancos   (Member)

Is that referring to the article from The International Business Times that says that the reason why Holland excels in the sport is because

"in winter months, skating is a sensible form of transportation, as commuters skate along frozen canals to visit family or friends who live many villages away."

Quite ridiculous if you consider we haven't had a severe winter in decades. Or that a sustained periods of frozen lakes or canals is quiet rare.

No snow here all winter, it's basically been a 5 month October here. Most of my generation and younger dont know how to ice skate, and if they do they probably learned it indoors.

Plus the fact that we actually do have a sophisticated infrastructure. You know. Roads...public transport.

I'm sure Norway has far longer and colder winters.

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2014 - 8:25 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Spoiler Alert!

Russia hockey team knocked out of the competition! eek

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2014 - 8:32 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Is that referring to the article from The International Business Times that says that the reason why Holland excels in the sport is because

"in winter months, skating is a sensible form of transportation, as commuters skate along frozen canals to visit family or friends who live many villages away."

Quite ridiculous if you consider we haven't had a severe winter in decades. Or that a sustained periods of frozen lakes or canals is quiet rare.


How did this go then?wink

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/9068881/The-Netherlands-prepares-its-frozen-canals-for-the-Eleven-Cities-ice-skating-marathon.html

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2014 - 9:14 AM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

Spoiler Alert!

Russia hockey team knocked out of the competition! eek


Holy Hockey Pucks Batman!!!

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2014 - 2:54 PM   
 By:   Stefancos   (Member)

Is that referring to the article from The International Business Times that says that the reason why Holland excels in the sport is because

"in winter months, skating is a sensible form of transportation, as commuters skate along frozen canals to visit family or friends who live many villages away."

Quite ridiculous if you consider we haven't had a severe winter in decades. Or that a sustained periods of frozen lakes or canals is quiet rare.


How did this go then?wink

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/9068881/The-Netherlands-prepares-its-frozen-canals-for-the-Eleven-Cities-ice-skating-marathon.html


A heroic feat. But the last one was in 1997. The one before that in 1986 and 85..before that the 1960's.

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2014 - 2:59 PM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

I lived in Limburg for a few years in the mid to late 80s and can remember going to see skating on a canal somewhere. Can't recall where though.

 
 Posted:   Feb 20, 2014 - 1:56 AM   
 By:   Stefancos   (Member)

Oh I'm sure. There were plenty of times where the canals were frozen for a week or two. But the myth that we use them go to work and visit our families in neighboring villages during the harsh winter months is a myth.
These days having organized skating competitions on natural ice is a rare thing. To be cherished.

Global warming I guess.

 
 Posted:   Feb 20, 2014 - 4:30 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Well done to the Team GB girls winning the Curling bronze against the Swiss today. Pleased for them.

 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2014 - 8:36 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Norway has had a couple of DISASTROUS days now, and the chance of becoming the best nation is now practically nill. Something has gone wrong for our favourites in the preparations for the Olympics. Extremely disappointing.

Seems like you have to eat your words.

 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2014 - 8:51 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Devastating loss for the US women's hockey team yesterday. frown

 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2014 - 1:26 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Embarrassing (shameful?) loss for the US Men's Hockey team. WTF? Oh well, guess I will be rooting Canada for the Gold.

 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2014 - 9:43 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Congrats to Russia for becoming best nation with 13 gold, 11 silver and 9 bronze.

And also congrats to Norway on second place, 11 gold, 5 silver and 10 bronze!

 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2014 - 9:48 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Congrats to Canada for getting the Gold in Hockey!

 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2014 - 1:10 PM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

Oh I'm sure. There were plenty of times where the canals were frozen for a week or two. But the myth that we use them go to work and visit our families in neighboring villages during the harsh winter months is a myth.
These days having organized skating competitions on natural ice is a rare thing. To be cherished.

Global warming I guess.


"Hans Brinker And The Silver Skates" (my childhood notion of skating in the Netherlands) refers back to 19th century winters = much colder.

I used to skate on rivers in the US back in the 1960's, but there wasn't much of that available til this latest Illinois winter.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2014 - 1:44 PM   
 By:   Doug Raynes   (Member)

I liked the stylish closing ceremony with everything set to classical music. So much better than the closing of London 2012 with mainly pop music.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2014 - 1:46 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

And they played several film music cues by dimitri tiomkin too!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2014 - 5:30 PM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

Nine minutes (!) of Tiomkin at the start, according to someone who watched live.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2014 - 7:23 PM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

Nine minutes (!) of Tiomkin at the start, according to someone who watched live.

Yes, it was the GIANT theme. Texas by the Black Sea.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2014 - 8:47 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

So the home team won, does someone know off hand how often that happens. I know Britain didn't win the Summer Olympics 2 years ago. Did America win the Olympics in Atlanta?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 12:10 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Nine minutes (!) of Tiomkin at the start, according to someone who watched live.

Yes, it was the GIANT theme. Texas by the Black Sea.


And cyrano de bergerac.

 
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