Making the Winter Olympics Interesting

Lindsay Vonn

U.S. Medal Hopeful Lindsay Vonn

The Winter Olympics have finally arrived!  I’ve been waiting for this moment ever since the closing ceremonies of Torino back in 2006.  I just can’t contain my enthusiasm for such great events like ice dancing, cross-country skiing and curling!  Are you noting the sarcasm here?

Truthfully, the Winter Olympics suck.  Why should I care about some Swedish ski jumper or a German bobsledder? Other than watching figure skaters fall and cry off the ice, the Winter Olympics provide little entertainment value.    

However, this time around, I have found a way to make the Winter Olympics worth watching (and it doesn’t involve pictures of Lindsay Vonn in a bikini, although that helps).  I am going head-to-head with Kosmo from The Casual Observer in a battle of obscure sports prognostication. 

Each us of have created a Winter Olympics fantasy team.  Points will be awarded for each of our competitors that medal. In the end, one of us will be declared the king of knowing the most about boring sports that people only care about for two weeks, every four years. 

Here are the rules: We must pick 12 individual athletes or pairs and two teams (a team is defined as anything greater than a pair).  We can’t have more than two athletes from any discipline and no more than six athletes from a single continent. 

The scoring is as such:
Gold Medal : 10 points
Silver Medal: 5 points
Bronze Medal: 3 points

Here is Team Living with Balls:
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Here’s a little background on my team. For the team sports, I decided to go with Russia for Hockey and Canada for curling. I really don’t follow hockey but I know Alexander Ovechkin is a monster so I like Russia’s chances. As far as curling, I would be shocked if the curling crazy Canadians didn’t win gold on their home turf.

For the individual players, most of the people listed are expected to medal in their respective events. I chose Shani Davis because he is competing in five events and has a chance to medal in all of them. Shaun White is pretty much a lock to win in snowboarding, while Even Lyscek and Kim Yu-Na are expected to compete for the gold in figure skating. I took Armin Zoeggeler in the luge because, as a full-blooded Italian American, I needed to have someone from the motherland on my team.

Here is Team Casual Observer:
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We only picked a few of the same people, which will make things interesting. Be sure to check back next week for an update in the standings. For more background on the Casual Observer’s team check out his article here



6 comments for “Making the Winter Olympics Interesting

  1. February 14, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I haven’t had a chance to do a complete analysis yet, but I have a gold in my pocket at this point (Sven Kramer) and a silver (Ohno) and I think you just have a bronze (Gregor Schlierenzauer). Lots of action yet to come.
    .-= kosmo @ The Casual Observer´s last blog ..Super Bowl, NASCAR, Olympics, and Baseball =-.

  2. February 14, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    That’s a great idea, I’m going to mention this to my friends for the next Olympics. It’s just about tha same as fantasy football that we all play. Thanks for the great idea.

  3. February 14, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    holly crap for something you aren’t very interested in you’ve gone to town!!!

    This is a fantastic idea though! May the best collection of teams and individuals win!

    My money is on Team Casual Observer…only because Kosmo has a dude called Wang Meng in his squad…..that is plain awesome!
    .-= drFaust´s last blog ..6 Things I Learnt from a Men’s Islamic Dating Website =-.

  4. February 17, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    You’re right. I guess I’m more into it than I led on!

  5. Future Mrs. S
    February 17, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    YES, and your favorite sport so far has been men’s figure skating :)

  6. February 17, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Only because I enjoy making fun of their outfits

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