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Old 02-23-2018, 11:46 AM
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On Friday morning king Carl Gustaf followed Sandra Näslund competing in skicross.
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Näslund became fourth and was very disappointed. The king met her after her competition.
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In the evening the king followed men's biathlon relay.
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And Sweden got their sixth gold medal. The king cheered for the team and congratulated them after the race.
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Photo from court Instagram, the king with the swedish gold medalists.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BfiqJmNn...-by=kungahuset

On Thursday evening the king had dinner with the team.
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Old 02-23-2018, 12:39 PM
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Sweden is doing great these games, fun to see the king there!
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Old 02-24-2018, 01:18 AM
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King Carl Gustaf on Friday evening with the swedish gold medalists in men's biathlon relay
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bfi1sVuB...by=sportbladet

King Carl Gustaf was interviewed by SVT on Friday. He expressed his admiration for the swedish efforts.
- It has been fantastic. You have really set the bar high, but you have to do it, otherwise you go nowhere. Some things we should not talk about, where it did not go exactly as you wanted. But then you have just take another chance.
The king also thinks about the different sports, where some seem to fall more into the taste than others.
- Here (in ski cross) it goes quite fast. The long distance ski races last longer and curling competitions end almost never. They are quite long. But I heard that they might change over so that in the future they only run eight rounds, because it takes insanely long time.
Kungen_ ”Curling tar vansinnigt lång tid” - Sport _ SVT.se

On Saturday king Carl Gustaf was watching curling final for men. Sweden got silver, USA won.
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Also Ivanka Trump was there.
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Photo from court Instagram
King Carl Gustaf congratulated the swedish curling team, which got silver.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BflTseon...-by=kungahuset

Another photo with the curling team
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DWysdkhV4AIMJZa.jpg
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Old 02-24-2018, 06:42 AM
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It looks like King Carl Gustaf was bored by the length of the curling game. Personally, I was surprised the US team beat Canada in the semi and Sweden in the final. Both Canada and Sweden are normally ranked higher than the US in world championships.
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Old 02-24-2018, 10:07 AM
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It looks like King Carl Gustaf was bored by the length of the curling game. Personally, I was surprised the US team beat Canada in the semi and Sweden in the final. Both Canada and Sweden are normally ranked higher than the US in world championships.
Brrr having to watch curling and to seem interested about it must be one of the downsides to be a king...
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Old 02-24-2018, 10:26 AM
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Oh come on, this game waa really interesting. The case is that Swedes lost their matches only when the King was there
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Old 02-24-2018, 12:52 PM
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Brrr having to watch curling and to seem interested about it must be one of the downsides to be a king...
I actually like it a lot. It is a very strategic sport.
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Old 02-24-2018, 04:32 PM
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I actually like it a lot. It is a very strategic sport.
Me too Mbruno! Curling on TV in the US has often been at 5 or 6 AM. So my pattern has been to wake up and hit the channel covering curling in the last weeks. It's a (mostly) gentle, honorable sport and it's a lot like chess in that one throws a stone in anticipation of what your foe will throw and how it will play out for several stones. It's, frankly a genteel background to greeting the day for me. I will miss it as I will go back to US news, which is never fun these days...

And let me just say congrats to ALL the curling teams this year. There has been a changing of the guard, which is hard for the stability of the sport. But Curling has all the elements to endure for the future. It is social, it is technical, it is athletic and it definitely has a psychologic element. Frankly, curling makes me HAPPY!
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Old 02-24-2018, 05:12 PM
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I actually like it a lot. It is a very strategic sport.
I had never really paid attention to curling before the Sweden vs. USA for the gold match. It reminded me too much of cleaning. The other half filled me in on what goes on and the strategic moves being made and it actually started to be a bit interesting. Of course, like baseball and chess, its slow and I could easily be doing something else on my computer too but I know more about curling now than before. It grows on you.
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Old 02-25-2018, 01:00 AM
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I find watching curling extremely boring. I love to watch cross country skiing, biathlon, alpine skiing, ski jumping, nordic combined and figure skating.

King Carl Gustaf at the final of women's curling Sweden - Republic of Korea. Sweden won their seventh gold medal.
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The king congratulated the swedish team
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King Carl Gustaf followed Ladies' 30km Mass Start Classic in cross country skiing and met after the race Stina Nilsson, who got bronze medal.
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King Carl Gustaf met Stefan Holm (left), swedish olympic champion in high jump in 2004
https://www.instagram.com/p/BfnJ70dHe5m/?tagged=kungen

King Carl Gustaf took his cap off when he congratulated Norway's 37-year-old Marit Bjørgen, who won Ladies' 30km mass start with a fantastic performance. Bjørgen became the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time.
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Olympia 2018_ König Carl Gustaf XVI. feiert Curling-Gold für Schweden - Bild.de

From court Instagram
The king with the curling ladies and their gold medals
https://www.instagram.com/p/BfnVATLH...-by=kungahuset
With Stina Nilsson, who got bronze in cross-country skiing.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BfnY9KaH...-by=kungahuset

Getty has a gallery of celebrity appearances, among them royals.
KOR: Winter Olympics - Celebrity Appearances Pictures and Photos _ Getty Images
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Old 02-25-2018, 03:46 AM
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I grew up in a country where rugby, cricket and soccer are religion, and where we have little snow. Currently we share our time between living in South Africa and Canada. Consequently, I have been introduced to the wide range of Sports making up the Winter Olympics. And I love all of them! Having tried my hand at skiing and knowing how difficult it is to just stay upright, I can only admire the skill and fearlessness of those athletes. Speed and aerobatics seem to be key elements in many codes and it takes my breath away just watching them.

We are currently in SA, and though we had only one athlete there, there was continuous coverage across 4 channels! Curling reminds me a lot of Lawn Bowling, the aim and skills required being similar.

Canada has enjoyed their most successful Winter Games to date - well done to all. A pity about the Hockey and Curling, next time!

I am sorry I missed P Albert’s commentary at the bobsled events- he gets so excited!
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Old 02-25-2018, 05:40 AM
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Congratulations to the top 3 countries in the medal table: Norway, Germany, and Canada. The United States finished 4th and the Netherlands were 5th. Using the number of gold medals as ranking criterion, Sweden would come 6th.
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Old 02-25-2018, 12:56 PM
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Accompanied by a 'selfie' she last Saturday on the podium made to the skating station, the King and Queen today sent the following tweet: Koninklijk paar: "Wat een geweldige prestatie van ons TeamNL!" | De Oranjes
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Old 02-25-2018, 11:41 PM
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Gallery of king Carl Gustaf
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Old 02-26-2018, 12:01 AM
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I really enjoy the curling. Sadly didn't get to see as much of it as i would have liked at these games. Just enjoyed the closing ceremony. Wonderful.
Congratulations to the Norwegian team. What a wonderful games they had.
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Old 02-26-2018, 07:56 AM
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The Belgium wins to these Olympics the first olympic medal in 20 years!!

King and Queen of the Belgians cheer country’s first Winter Olympic medal since 1998 – Royal Central
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Old 02-26-2018, 08:11 AM
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I used to like the Olympics so much more in the past! When it seemed athletes came out of nowhere to turn in an amazing performance, and there were fewer events.

Now, people end up with 20 medals or something. It seems somehow less special.
There's all sorts of corporate sponsorships.
When Peggy Fleming won skating, I read she competed in a dress that her mother made for $8. Now costumes are all designer and cost thousands.

AND, there's been a lot of poor sportsmanship in these particular games.

Maybe it is just me, but I think past games were far more true to the Olympic spirit.
(But perhaps I'm just being grumpy).
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Old 02-26-2018, 08:38 AM
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Perhaps the thing that has detracted much from the Olympic games for me is that if an athlete is representing a country, its very common that the athlete does not live in or train in his country.

For example. Figure skating. We saw Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu take the gold medal and Italy's Javier Fernandez taking silver. Both of them are coached and trained by a former US Olympian himself, Brian Orser, in the US.

Even the Olympic Games are becoming more and more globalized.
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Old 02-26-2018, 08:40 AM
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I am able to follow the Olympics quietly closely this time, thanks to the Lunar New Year holiday and very less time difference . I agree that there are some acts of poor sportsmanship, but there are also many moving and inspiring moments. Everything has its good side and bad side . (Actually I think the past always looks better than it was, there were many controversies and scandals in previous games too but because of many reasons people don't know them)
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Old 02-26-2018, 08:42 AM
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Perhaps the thing that has detracted much from the Olympic games for me is that if an athlete is representing a country, its very common that the athlete does not live in or train in his country.

For example. Figure skating. We saw Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu take the gold medal and Italy's Javier Fernandez taking silver. Both of them are coached and trained by a former US Olympian himself, Brian Orser, in the US.

Even the Olympic Games are becoming more and more globalized.
YES!
And Brian Orser himself is Canadian!
(At least, he was when he competed).

I think they should change the rules. Athletes must train in the country they are representing.
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