Downhill just went Ooh-la-la!!  

helga_hansen 50F
3122 posts
2/12/2006 9:23 am

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Downhill just went Ooh-la-la!!

There I was, snuggled on my couch, Norwegian flag draped around my cold shoulders, cow bell on hand for the boys...

One of the most exciting events for me, in the Winter Olympics HAS to be the Mens Downhill. Toned, fit bodies hurtling down icy slopes, skis cutting and gliding their way over the snow, each man bravely trying to win a medal for his country. The downhill discipline is the most spectacular of the alpine skiing specialties. Downhill skiers always seek to maximise their aerodynamic efficiency where possible over the course: choosing the shortest trajectories and allowing their skis to slide over the snow thereby creating as little friction as possible. They sometimes reach speeds of over 120 km/h.

Norway's hopes in the Mens Downhill at Sestriere were Kjetil Andre Aamodt, Bjarne Solbakken, Aksel Lund Svindal, Kjetil Jansrud, Lasse Kjus and Lars Myhre. Qualifying in the Top 30 (also known as the "seeds" ) were Kjetil Andre Aamodt, Bjarne Solbakken, Aksel Svindal and Lasse Kjus.

I was hopeful, and very excited. We had chance of a medal here, especially with veteran Kjetil Andre Aamodt, who, at 32, was an old hand in this event.

And they were off!

As each skier went hurtling down that hill, the time splits were getting smaller and smaller. Switzerland's Bruno Kernen was sitting in silver medal place, and Austria's Michael Walchhofer had the gold medal spot when Kjetil Andre Aamodt grabbed the bronze place by 400th of a second!! It was all looking so good, and I was happy that Kjetil was going to get a bronze. This is his last Olympics, and he deserves to go out on a high!

Now, back to those seeds. In the qualifier, the first 30 (out of 55 this year) go through as seeds, and the fastest qualifier gets to go last. This year's fastest qualifier was Frenchman Antoine Deneriaz, and the commentators were doubtful that he could do the same thing two days running. So many athletes give it their all in qualifying, and fail to deliver on the day.

Beep, beep, beep... and he was OFF!!

Well, f***... the bugger was shaving time off Michael Walchhofer's time at the first marker.... bloody hell... this boy was GOOD!!

Hell's bells... he'd shaved off even more time at the second... Michael... I think you've just lost that gold, hun!!

Now... there was a part of me that was horribly disappointed for Kjetil Andre Aamodt. He'd lost the bronze, but there was another (much larger part of me) that was absolutely thrilled at the win Antoine Deneriaz had just snatched from Michael Walchhoffer!!! The boy had done France proud, and the crowds were just loving the race they had witnessed.

Kjetil has 4 more chances at gold, as he is participating in the Men's Combined, the Slalom, the Giant Slalom and the Super-G... I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he will come away with a medal or two!

Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥

freetime648 53F

2/12/2006 11:16 am

You sure it wasn't just watching the men's in their tight little skiing suits swooshing down the hill that got you all excited?????

xx FREETIME648 xx

rm_hockey609 53M
413 posts
2/12/2006 12:13 pm

I can't say I saw that, but I have been watching the women's hockey. The US and Canada are looking unbeatable.

And, who thinks doubles luge is the strangest sport going ?
Who would want to try out for that ?

sexyblokeinlincs 55M
470 posts
2/13/2006 1:34 am

Bring back Eddie the Eagle!


kansjeoss3 58M
2 posts
2/13/2006 8:38 pm

have good time in FIAT -district Helga
Dont forget to flash into the lenses of the TV-camera around your self.
Remember it is just a game
Conquest in a good competishion, those who loose are lost - somewhere

papyrina 52F
21133 posts
2/14/2006 5:21 am

<marquee width="90%" behavior="scroll">Happy Valentines</marquee>

I'm a

i'm here to stay

Babel__Fish 46F

2/14/2006 10:29 am

I have not been watching the games but I wanted to come in here today to tell you Happy Valentines day!

Babel {=}

Efilnikufecin69 48M

2/15/2006 3:15 am

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<font color="white"><font face="tahoma">Happy Belated valentines Day Helga!</marquee>

mfrancis67 50M

2/15/2006 2:53 pm

downhill is a great sport. happy valentines day

oldman1776 79M
3164 posts
2/15/2006 4:29 pm

Hope you a a nice Valentine's day.
Enjoy to Olimpics Im

angelofmercy5 60F
17881 posts
2/16/2006 9:46 am

I love the Winter Olympics too! I love the figure skating....and the ski events fascinate me. Good luck to your favorite!

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