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Old 02-26-2018, 08:51 AM
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You're absolutely right Mirabel. Orser is Canadian and coaches and lives in Toronto.
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Old 02-26-2018, 08:54 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.
Javi is a bronze medalist from Spain and Brian is your northern neighbour, a Canadian and they train in Toronto.

I think the problem is winter sport really depends on natural environment and facility. If you participate in snow sport then you need a snowy weather, if you participate in ice sport then you need a rink or a track. When your country don't have what you need the only thing you can do is training in other country.

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I think they should change the rules. Athletes must train in the country they are representing.
I think it will kill the winter sport and the Olympics will become a monopoly of particular countries. In this Game we only have one athlete, she participated in alpine skiing and of course she has to train outside Hong Kong as we don't have snow. And for figure skating (and some other sports) training in other countries and having a foreign coach is very common for these skaters from "small countries" because good coaches would not appear out of nowhere when your country doesn't have a good foundation and development (even North Korea had send their pairs to a Canadian coach for a short training).
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Old 02-26-2018, 02:59 PM
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I think they should change the rules. Athletes must train in the country they are representing.
This is easy to say when you come from a country like the US or Canada. But when you’re an athlete from a country like mine, which doesn’t have a bob or a luge track, the only way you can train is to travel to Germany and use the facilities they have. This is far from easy or cheap, so not many get the opportunity to even try.
And even with a sport like skiing, all European skiers train on glaciers in the Alps during warmer months, there is simply no snow in the rest of Europe.
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Old 02-26-2018, 03:12 PM
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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.
You may want to read up on Esmee Visser, the winner of the 5k women's speed skating. She is NOT a professional athlete (yet) and had never even competed against all the big 5k riders (prior to the Olympics she only raced internationally twice (first in the 'B' group and second at the European championship skipped by all big riders in preparation for the Olympics), when she qualified for the Olympics she asked 'when are the Olympics?' and still she won the gold medal!

Sorry for this off-topic message; just thought you might like to read about her
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Old 02-28-2018, 01:28 AM
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The following video includes some scenes of Prince Albert with the Monegasques team in PyeongChang and an interview with the Secretary General of the Monegasque Olympic Committee:

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Old 03-07-2018, 12:15 PM
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Princess Märtha Louise follows the Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, 9 - 12 March.
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Old 03-08-2018, 03:58 PM
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And Princess Martha Louise arrive the South Korea for the games

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Princess Margriet at the opening ceremony

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Old 03-09-2018, 06:44 AM
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Princess Märtha Louise also shared a photo of herself attending the Paralympics pre-opening ceremony today, March 9:


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Old 03-10-2018, 01:41 AM
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Princess Märtha Louise does a pretty good coverage herself, filming the athletes and taking photos of herself and the athletes

At the opening ceremony on March 9:


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And during day 1 today, March 10:


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She also presented the medals for the Biathlon Women's 6km - Standing today:


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Old 03-10-2018, 02:02 AM
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Thanks iceflower!

I saw her live on NRK1 right now actually (she talked with the media).
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Old 03-10-2018, 11:11 AM
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Princess Margriet presented the medals for the Victory Ceremony of Men's Downhill Standing:

Princess Märtha Louise presented the medals of Women's Biathlon 6km Standing:

Both maybe geo-blocked (if you can watch it probably means you are the unlucky/lucky guy like me, whom Paralympics isn't broadcasted in your place ).

(OT: the plushie of the mascot with official hat is more adorable than I thought
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Old 03-11-2018, 01:45 AM
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Märtha Louise shared more nice shots from yesterday and today, March 11:


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And here's an interview with Princess Margriet:


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Old 03-11-2018, 03:54 AM
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Also Princess Martha Louise take the opportunity to visit the Woljeongsa temple.

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Princess Margriet visit the Netherland team in the Paralympic Village.

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Old 03-12-2018, 02:03 AM
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Princess Märtha Louise's stay in South Korea comes to an end. She attended a celebration with the Norwegian team yesterday and today, March 12, attended the paracurling competition and the sledge hockey match between Norway and Canada:



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Old 03-12-2018, 09:02 AM
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Princess Margriet to the snowboard games today to congratulate the Netherland athletes.

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The last day in the games Princess Martha Louise:

"Meeting local children with disabilities getting a dream day with initiative from the Finnish embassy. "
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Visit the athletes in the village
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Old 03-13-2018, 03:32 AM
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Some information about Princess Märtha Louise's stay and the results of the Norwegian athletes so far have beeen added to the official website of the Royal House:


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Old 03-14-2018, 04:11 AM
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And from today CP Victoria attends to the games and watch skiing race!!

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Old 03-14-2018, 11:26 AM
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Victoria celebrated the first swedish medal at the Paralympics, Zebastian Modin got silver. Victoria had came to follow the sprint straight from the airport and saw the final.
Paralympics_ Zebastian Modin tar silver i sprinten _ Sport _ Expressen
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At the same time as Zebastian Modin advanced against the sprint final, H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria competed against the clock to possibly end up to see the final. Right then, the Crown Princess arrived at Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Center and saw the race.
- This is really fun. You can not wish anything but this once you've just landed and I'm really happy for Zebastian, says the Crown Princess.
During the race, the Crown Princess was accompanied by Zebastian's parents, something she appreciated extraordinarily.
- I had the privilege of following the final with Zebastian's parents and the nervousness infected. We stood there and were nervous during the race together. You only want to cheer, scream and cheer, but in this case the contestants must also hear the guide so that's a small challenge. You must almost hold back a little.
During her visit to PyeongChang and Paralympics, the athletes and the competition will be given priority by the Crown Princess as she watched both curling and parahockey during Wednesday.
- I want to see as much of the Swedish athletes as possible here.
How big meaning do you think Paralympics has?
- It is the biggest competition in this context, and it is clear that it is important that we have active athletes and that the sports are shown well. In this way, new role models are created for others who also think about starting the sport.
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Old 03-15-2018, 04:14 AM
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Victoria at a paralympic curling match in Pyeongchang today, March 15:


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