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Old 3rd Feb 2022, 06:11
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Winter Olympics Feb 2022 China

I cant see a thread on the winter olympics. Even before the opening ceremony I have been watching a bit of the curling. Being a pom in Oz its nice to see sports that Australia are not good at. But what interested me was that whilst watching the curling which I presume is in an indoor stadium, there were regularly heard jet overflights. Sounded like a CAP around the arena to me. Anyone with information on these flights?
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Old 3rd Feb 2022, 06:45
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A caller on radio here was saying that the stone makes a sound like a jet aircraft. Could that be what you heard.
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Old 3rd Feb 2022, 07:18
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A caller on radio here was saying that the stone makes a sound like a jet aircraft. Could that be what you heard.
I dont know the sounds of curling as have not really watched it before. Still think it sounded more like a military jet orbiting overhead in a CAP like pattern. This would be the sort of thing Chinese gov't would do to impress all the foreigners and press in their capital city.

If it is the sound of the stone, then that makes curling even more impressive, as I struggle to enjoy watching some sports like tennis any more, with the grunting that often occurs now!
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Old 3rd Feb 2022, 08:50
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Just had a listen on the Olympics channel. Yes that is the noise of the stones on the ice. It is pretty much continuous because of the several lanes in action but it does not start until play begins.
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All the curling events are being held at Aquatic Centre, also known as The Water Cube, not close to the airport.
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Old 3rd Feb 2022, 12:33
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As the curling arena, it is now The Ice Cube.
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Old 3rd Feb 2022, 12:45
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Leaving aside for the moment the iffyness of the decision to give the Winter Olympics to China there are other (apolitical) concerns including the environmental impact of having manufacture most of the "snow" for the Alpine and Nordic events since the venue (nowhere near Beijing really) is essentially a mountainous desert with very little snowfall. There are also issues relating to the events themselves.

The region is extremely cold, with temperatures in the minus 15 to minus 20 degree range. These temperatures are too low for some events, particularly the cross country skiing and biathlon to take place from a health and safety aspect for the athletes. A lot of the biathlon is taking place in early evening when under clear skies the temperature is going to plummet. I guess that similar concerns also exist for the alpine events, though the athletes will be exposed to the cold for far less time than for cross country or biathlon where events are generally between 30 and 90 minutes in length.

Thankfully the next Winter Olympics are to be held between Milan and Cortina D'Ampezzo and it is to be hoped that in the future the IOC will make more sensible decisions regarding the host cities, or more likely regions for the very weather dependent winter games at least. However I guess the alleged bungs and backhanders that are so beloved of the IOC members will probably lead them to make more strange decisions in the future, as FIFA has with the ridiculous decision to hold the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.
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I can remember skiing downhill at very high speed in an air temperature of -25C and with the resultant wind chill, it got pretty parky pretty quickly and I wasn't wearing a go faster suit. I do not envy them.
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Don't mention Skis to me...As a 14 year old we went to skiing to Switzerland on a school trip, myself and a mate at the bottom of the run decided to go up a road back to the site, but a leaking drain pipe on a house had turned it to ice, we decided to remove our skis and walk up, I can still remember as I foolishly undid the safety binding on the first ski to be removed it and sliding away from me, cresting a cleared snow mound at the roadside and almost stopping, then in an instant nosing down and disappearing down the bloody mountain.. A school trip search was organised and eventually one of our group found it hiding up a tree having crossed a road lower down and catapulted itself at speed into the branches. I had to buy them the biggest bar of chocolate I could find for the person that discovered it.
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Downhill ski runs tend to ice up on the curves under the best of conditions. I hope all goes well.

Mind you, I like the Winter Olympics better than the summer Olympics.

At least the half-pipe for the snowboarders won’t be slushy.
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I skied at Kananaskis at -28C in the lift line.
2C above the temp at which they close the field.
I doubt that it was any warmer at the top.

Was still sweating at the end of a run.
Thank god for gluhwein.
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Originally Posted by ChrisJ800 View Post
I cant see a thread on the winter olympics. Even before the opening ceremony I have been watching a bit of the curling. Being a pom in Oz its nice to see sports that Australia are not good at. But what interested me was that whilst watching the curling which I presume is in an indoor stadium, there were regularly heard jet overflights. Sounded like a CAP around the arena to me. Anyone with information on these flights?
The ice or 'sheet' is not smooth. After it is prepped, they apply a pebble texture to it.
The rock gliding over the pebbling makes that sound.

Here's the whole process. Skip to 17:20 to see the texturing.

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Also known as "the roaring game" because of the sound the stones make while traveling over the pebble (droplets of water applied to the playing surface).
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I have to admit to a new found appreciation for these athletes. Sure we know the hard work and sacrifices most make to plug away at something they have found themselves to be good at, but the Winter Olympics/Winter Sports carry with them very real dangers. We have all been skiing, for example, but hurtling down the mountain at those speeds with those forces on the body is another world

For me it has been a recent purchase, for the Mrs. of course, of a big TV. I remember, in years well past, watching events such as bobsled and luge, and thinking that's fast but doable. Well, watching a luge run on a telly big enough to make you feel as if you are there really hammers home just what is going on. It is not doable for an average person--not in the slightest. This is seriously intense stuff with great risks. A 90 or 120 meter ski jump? Breathtaking.

Yes, I know the crooked politics and the commercialization, and all the rest that taints and spoils modern sports, but then there are those moments when sport is utterly compelling. Franz Klammer in Innsbruck comes to mind along with many others.

Good on these young athletes. Youth passes quickly so let them seize and savour the moment.
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Old 5th Feb 2022, 02:33
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Yes having watched another few minutes of curling today I accepts that its the sounds of the stone. As if the chinese govt would conduct jet training flights whilst the games are on. Or are they?
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First competion over, first Norwegian Gold. 🥇👍
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Plus one. 🥇😁
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Old 6th Feb 2022, 05:58
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First competion over, first Norwegian Gold. 🥇👍
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And this time she did it without the anabolic steroids.
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And this time she did it without the anabolic steroids.
So far as we know.....

After Mr Bolshunov's performance in the 30km Skiathlon today the result of post race tests might be interesting as he blew the field apart.
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And this time she did it without the anabolic steroids.
She's never won gold before, and I'll suggest you read up on her doping history, but not in British tabloids. 😉
Oh, and plus 🥉
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Forgot, she has one previous Olympic gold in the women's relay.
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