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The greatest show on earth has taken place & we've been looking at anything quirky, off beat or newsy that's caught our eye in PyeongChang. Here's Week Two. NEW & UPDATED

 

On this rolling blog we will bring you some slightly quirky and more unusual stories that catch our eye at the Winter Olympics in #PyeongChang in South Korea.

And some snippets of news too.

This is our selection from the second week of the 2018 Winter Olympics.  If you've missed any of our snippets from last week then read PlanetSKI's Olympic Diary Week ONE here.

WEEK TWO

SUNDAY 25TH FEBRUARY

IT'S A WRAP FOLKS .... THE PARTY'S OVER

AND TO END OUR OLYMPIC DIARY ......

BILLY MORGAN CARRIES THE FLAG

Hello.... that's an odd way to carry the Union flag.

Billy's final act is balancing the flag on his chin!

Our TeamGB are full of surprises. 😎   Read more here on our take of the Highlights and Lowlights.

Balancing actBalancing act

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE TONGAN RETURNS

.... and this wasn't exactly a surprise.  He was at it again in the closing ceremony - Tonga's bare-chested cross-country skier surely needs no introduction.

Tongan at the closing ceremonyThe shirtless Tongan strikes again

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A COUPLE IMAGES FROM THE CLOSING CEREMONY

Closing Ceremony (twitter)Closing Ceremony (Photo: Twitter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closing Ceremony (Photo: Twitter)Closing Ceremony (Photo: Twitter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POPULAR GOGGLES AT THE OLLIES

Yes, we know it's an ad for this particular brand of goggles, but we like the compilation of the ad.

SATURDAY 24TH FEBRUARY

RACING SQUIRREL

Austrian snowboarder Daniela Ulbing was competing against Russia's Milena Bykova in the women's parallel giant slalom heat when a squirrel made an entrance.

The squirrel narrowly missed being squished by Bykova.

 



Squirrel darts in front of Snowboarders at PyeongChangSquirrel darts in front of Snowboarders at PyeongChang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE LOVE OF CURLING!

It's dominated our lives over the past couple of weeks.... curling that is!

Loving the video below as the curling frenzy is taking over .... 🤣

THURSDAY 22ND FEBRUARY

EDDIE SAYS BRITAIN IS 'SPENDING TOO MUCH ON WINTER SPORTS'

Britain's famous ski jumper, Eddie the Eagle Edwards, appearing on BBCRadio2 Jeremy Vine show said "Britains aren't a Winters nation." Listen here to the Jeremy Vine show (on air 21 February 2018 - available for 28 days only)

Michael Edwards aka "Eddie the Eagle Edwards", became the first competitor to represent Britain in Olympic ski jumping at the Calgary Games of 1988 - for the record he was self funded.

UK Sport allocates its funding to sports it believes have the best prospects of winning Olympic medals.

For the PyeongChang Games 59 athletes were entered in 11 different sports.

The total of about £32.3m allocated for Pyeongchang was almost double the total it provided for Sochi 2014 (about £17.8m), where Britain equalled their record medal haul of four, set in 1924.

UK Sport predicted a total of between four and 10 medals for Britain at Pyeongchang 2018, but set a target of at least five.

So far in South Korea, Britain has won four medals - one gold and three bronze.

"While we should be supporting our athletes we shouldn't be spending tens of millions of pounds on trying to keep up with the Austrians, with the Swiss, with the Germans, who have got the snow and the facilities," says Edwards.

UK Sport responded to Edwards' comments, saying its mission is to "inspire the nation" with Olympic and Paralympic success.

UK Sport told BBC Sport, "We don't discriminate between winter or summer or Olympic or Paralympic sports or athletes."

So what is your opinion?

Should we continue taking part in the Winter Olympics?

Listen to the Jeremy Vine show - should PyeongChang be the last one for TeamGB? 

#SupportOurAthletes  #ListenToChemmyAlcott  #BeInspired

Olympic snowmanOlympic snowman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY 21ST FEBRUARY

HOW MANY SKIS DOES A SKI RACER NEED?

By all accounts at least 35 pairs of skis at PyeongChang!

US skier Mikaela Shiffrin often takes at least 70 pairs of skis when she travels to competitions, but to keep her luggage weight down for her travels to South Korea, and because she's 'only' competing in three Olympic events, this time she only needs 35 pairs.

Unlike most racers, who only ski in a couple of events, Shiffrin needs so many pairs because she competes in each of the 5 Alpine events ... so she needs 70 pairs.

At PyeongChang she's only in 3 events ... so she needs 35 pairs.

Each event requires a specifically designed ski, some longer, shorter, wider or flatter.

For example her slalom skis are 155cm long and have an hourglass shape; her downhill skis are straight and might be around 225cm long.

Within each race category, a range of skis is needed, possibly as many as 25 per race.

Her ski technician, Kim Erlandsson, spends most of his waking hours waxing and maintaining her skis.

Some of Shiffrin's skisSome of Shiffrin's skis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team GB's slalom skier Dave Ryding has a close relationship with his ski collection...  (below).

We're wracking our brains to find the collective noun for a 'collection' of skis?  Possibly a rack of skis? 🤣

"My precioussssss... #fischerracefamily"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY 20TH FEBRUARY

BODE MILLER EXPLAINS WHAT WENT WRONG WITH VONN'S RUN

Alpine skier, and one of PlanetSKI's fav downhill athletes, Bode Miller, provides a detailed analysis explaining what went wrong with Lindsey Vonn's SuperG run, and what Ester Ledecka did to achieve her Olympic Gold medal.

Ester Ledecka wearing Bib #26 skied the SuperG beautifully and became the first Snowboarding Olympic athlete to win Gold in a Skiing race.

Yes, it seems a little topsy-turvey  - read more in the February 17th post below, where Ledecka can hardly believe her good fortune.



SAFE & SLOW SWANEY IN THE HALFPIPE

Who is Elizabeth Swaney?

She just swaned into the halfpipe at PyeongChang and scored 30.00!

Her Instagram Bio says she's, "Hungarian Olympian 2018 Harvard & Berkeley Alum Thumbtack & Instaviser Halfpipe Skier ⛷ Former Skeleton Ath. Hungarian & American 🇭🇺🇺🇸 ."

Moreover, we understand she also tried to run against Arnie Schwarzenegger as governor of California, she seems a gutsy kind-a girl.

Swaney is an American who was allowed to compete for Hungary via her heritage status.

Her score was 30.00 which ended up being last.

On the bright side, she didn't crash, the announcers were polite toward her during her turn in the pipe and she didn’t have a wardrobe malfunction.

What more would we want?

Possibly a trick or two!

 

It seems that Austria House, the official Austrian Tourism HQ in South Korea, is staging an alternative games to PyeongChang Olympics.

They've got their own mini sled run that launches on to a bouncy inflatable.

The short run is attracting a lot of local attention, and is being shared on Social Media.

Even Chris Mazdzer who won the first Olympic luge medal ever for the USA had a turn - watch the You Tube video below:

#GoAustria

USA's Chris Mazdzer takes on the Austria House challengeUSA's Chris Mazdzer takes on the Austria House challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A post shared by JUNVOTIVE (@junvotive) on Feb 13, 2018 at 11:39pm PST


A post shared by Minji (@thisisminji) on Feb 10, 2018 at 3:33am PST

 

A post shared by Jon Berry (@jonberrydesign) on Feb 20, 2018 at 11:52am PST

 

THE WIND RETURNS

Oh no! The infamous Pyeongchang wind is coming back.

Gusty conditions disrupted competition last week with alpine events postponed and huge problems for the women's slopestyle snowboarders:

The forecast is for strong winds to return on Friday this week.

This time the organisers have acted quickly "for the safety of the athletes and spectators".

They've made two changes to the schedule with two events moved from Friday to Thursday.

They are the women's snowboard big air final and the women's alpine combined, which involves a downhill and a slalom. 

The result of moving the alpine combined is that the American Mikaela Shiffrin has decided to pull out of the downhill, which will take place just 24 hours ahead of the combined.

She also pulled out of the super G last week because a change in the schedule change would have meant racing in three events in three days.

Shiffrin won gold in the giant slalom.  She was the strong favourite in the slalom but finished fourth.  

Mikaela ShiffrinShiffrin in the giant slalom


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


MONDAY 19TH FEBRUARY

FRENCH ICE DANCER SUFFERS WARDROBE MALFUNCTION

French ice dancers Guillaume Cizeron and Gabriella Papadakis held things together through a wardrobe malfunction.

Gabriella Papadakis' costume became unhooked at the neck seconds into the music in the short programme.

Despite the bad luck, she and Cizeron were still able to score 81.93, good enough for second place behind Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

The duo are one of the favourites to win the gold medal, and continued their performance as Papadakis struggled to keep her top from falling down.

She tried in vain to readjust her costume but her left breast became exposed towards the end of the programme, and it was broadcast worldwide.

Nevertheless amid the embarrassment Gabriella Papadakis managed to finish the programme.

They still have a chance for the gold.  The free programme takes place on Tuesday.

This is the second wardrobe malfunction in Ice Skating at Pyeongchang.

We commented on the wardrobe malfunction by a South Korean ice skater in our week one diary (see the entry for 11th February).

The big take-away consideration for all Ice Skating costume designers... make sure the outfits are fit for purpose!

Guillaume Cizeron & Gabriella Papadakis hold things togetherGuillaume Cizeron & Gabriella Papadakis hold things together

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wardrobe malfunctionWardrobe malfunction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guillaume repairs Gabriella's outfitGuillaume repairs Gabriella's outfit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY 18TH FEBRUARY

NORTH KOREAN CHEERLEADERS VIDEO GOES VIRAL

North Korea sent 22 athletes to PyeongChang Olympics and hundreds of cheerleaders to support them.... in fact an army of them, dressed in red!

The troupe of cheerleaders are awesome and deserve 'Gold' for their superb synchronised performance.

The video below, shot by Thomas Schuurman, has gone viral with 4.79 million views on his Twitter handle, and 666,394 views on other bogus sites.

(The choreographer should have briefed the Korean minder on the various moves involved - poor chap he looks so awkward!)

 

One woman, in black, finds herself out of place amid the cheerleaders and moves away from the noisy throng in red.

Woman in black in the wrong seat!Woman in black in the wrong seat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch more of the Korean propaganda in action in the You Tube video below.

It appears the candidates were carefully selected from North Korea's elite universities and they have undergone strict background checks.

IT'S RAINING POOHS

Instead of raining cats and dogs... it's raining Pooh Bears in PyeongChang.

Fans of Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu, are pelting the ice with fluffy toys in support of the Olympic figure skater who says the bears fill him with joy.

Now, to admit his penchant for bears was probably a big mistake!

Every time he performs, loads of Winnie the Pooh's are chucked on to the PyeongChang ice rink, and social media is fueling the trend.

Pooh Bear has been the skater's mascot and he has carried a fluffy replica to most of his competitions.

Clearing up the Pooh Bears at PyeongChangClearing up the Pooh Bears at PyeongChang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY 17TH FEBRUARY

SOMETIMES THERE'S MORE THAN WINNING GOLD

The men's 15-km cross country ski race at Pyeongchang had another winner.

While Dario Colagna from Switzerland took Gold, 26 minutes later Mexican athlete German Mdrazo crossed the line... last... but he was given a massive hero's welcome by the other athletes.

German Mdrazo 43, took up skiing for the first time last year, and after only a year of training he managed to qualify for the games.

As Madrazo approached the final stretch of the race he was handed a Mexican flag, which he proudly waved as he crossed the finish line.

German Madrazo commented,  "Speechless! All I can say is thank you! Thank you a million times!"

German Mdrazo crosses the line waving the Mexican flag (photo: German Mdrazo)German Mdrazo crosses the line waving the Mexican flag (photo: German Mdrazo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other skiers that finished near the end of the pack included rivals from Colombia, Tonga, Morocco and Portugal.

They came 111; 113; 114; 115 ; 116 (out of 116) and were all buzzing with excitement at their own personal achievements.

Mdrazo congratulated by fellow athletes (photo: Pita Taufatofua)Mdrazo congratulated by fellow athletes (photo: Pita Taufatofua)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pita Taufatofua, the bare chested Tongan who came 113th commented, "Couldn't be happier! Got my best time, finished the race and didn't ski into a tree! But more importantly I got to share the experience with all our friends from the other exotic countries who never gave up! Soo much respect to them, the medalists and all athletes from around the world who represented their countries with pride!"

MASSIVE SHOCK IN SUPER G

In what must be the shock result of the Winter Olympics so far, Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic has won the women's Super G.

Not a shock because the rank outsider beat the likes of the American Lindsey Vonn (who came joint sixth), Switzerland's Lara Gut and Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein.

A shock because Ledecka is a snowboarder.

Yes - a snowboarder has won the alpine super G - on skis!

The look on her face when it happened says it all.

Ester LedeckaSurely some mistake?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"No.... must be some mistake," she was heard to say on the television coverage.

And later when she realised it was no mistake:  "how did that happen?"

Apparently Ledecka borrowed a pair of skis from Mikaela Shiffrin in order to compete.

She will change from two planks to one later in the Games to compete in the snowboard parallel giant slalom.

She is a double world champion in snowboard events and it would be remarkable if she were to win golds in both skiing and snowboarding.

Obviously to say she's a decent ski racer is an understatement but, even so, respect.

Utter respect.

 

HOW DID BOBSLEDDING GET ITS NAME?

Bobsledding or Bobsleighing began in 19th Century, and when the sport started the crew would bob backwards and forwards to shift the sled and to increase their speed at the start. 🤣

 

SO WHO ARE THE SPEED FREAKS!

Some of the fastest events take place at the Winter Olympics, with athletes reaching incredible speeds, measured down to thousandths of a second.

Some of the ultra fast ones include the Skeleton, Bobsleigh, downhill skiing, the luge and speed skating.

Though one of the fastest skiing sports, "Speed Skiing' is deemed too fast for the Olympics, where in 2016 Italian skier Ivan Origone set a skiing-speed record of 254.958km/h.

Below is an indication of speeds the athletes reach in some of the Olympic disciplines, starting with the fastest at the top and the slower ones at the end of the list.

The Luge:  World record - 153.99Kph

Bobsleigh (four person):  World record - 153Kph

Skeleton: World record - 133.36Kph

Ski Jumping:  Speed on the hill - 99.77Kph; and top speed in the air 109.43Kph

Speed Skating: Average speed -  54.20Kph

Slalom Skiing:  Average speed - 40.23Kph

..... And the slowest .... we guess it must be curling with the  'stones' weighing 19k that can travel around (1.7mph) or 2.73Kph across the ice.

Now the Curlers wouldn't want the stones to travel along the ice too fast!

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