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Meet the most dysfunctional team in Sochi (American)
Yahoo Sports ^ | February 16, 2014 | Martin Rogers

Posted on 02/15/2014 5:23:28 PM PST by cunning_fish

SOCHI, Russia. Shani Davis was bristling with frustration and trying to keep it in check, talking about how this Winter Olympics will haunt him for the rest of his life. Brian Hansen's coach was starting to weep as she spoke of the catastrophic turmoil that turned a bunch of predicted gold medals into a collective and embarrassing failure.

Joey Mantia tried to find a polite way of saying that his colleagues have yet to grasp that there is no "I" in the word "team," and coach Ryan Shimabukuro was dismissing the avalanche of criticism as nothing but the talk of a "pothead."

Welcome to the United States speedskating squad, perhaps the most dysfunctional team of the Sochi Games, in which chaos reigns and the high hopes that preceded the Olympics has turned into blame, anger and frustration.

Davis ― the two-time Olympic silver medalist, current world-record holder and owner of the season's best time in the 1500 meters ― could only place in 11th here on Saturday, three days after he failed to defend his gold medals in the 1000 meters from the two previous Games.

(Excerpt) Read more at sports.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Russia
KEYWORDS: olympics; pravda; putinsbuttboys; russia; sochi; sport
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1 posted on 02/15/2014 5:23:28 PM PST by cunning_fish
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To: cunning_fish

             

2 posted on 02/15/2014 5:25:35 PM PST by tomkat
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To: cunning_fish

It’s the fault of their speed suits, right?


3 posted on 02/15/2014 5:26:32 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: cunning_fish

Are we now seeing the result of schools having to give everyone in any kind of competition an award so their self esteem isn’t harmed ?


4 posted on 02/15/2014 5:28:26 PM PST by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: cunning_fish

Every reason described in the article is congruent with the gay subculture in America. It’s all about me, no sense of team and larger sacrifice. It’s all about me. When they decided to make the Olympics about showing the world how awesome gayness is, they were hosted on their own petard.


5 posted on 02/15/2014 5:29:05 PM PST by mongrel
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To: diverteach

Uh, no.


6 posted on 02/15/2014 5:29:16 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: cunning_fish

Gee, what other leader does this sound like?


7 posted on 02/15/2014 5:30:29 PM PST by bray (The Republic of Texas 2022 coming soon)
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To: mongrel

Uh, no.


8 posted on 02/15/2014 5:32:25 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: mongrel

Exactly my reaction and not just speed skating.


9 posted on 02/15/2014 5:34:43 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: steve86

Whining doesn’t get a medal, does it?


10 posted on 02/15/2014 5:36:25 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: cunning_fish

Winning makes a lot of problems go away. Losing, it seems, brings them out. No real surprise there.


11 posted on 02/15/2014 5:38:01 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: 1rudeboy

You’re quite persuasive. I think I’m coming around to your point of view.


12 posted on 02/15/2014 5:38:42 PM PST by mongrel
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To: mongrel

And they say values don’t matter......


13 posted on 02/15/2014 5:41:11 PM PST by griswold3 (Post-Christian America is living on borrowed moral heritage)
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To: mongrel

Thanks. Can’t blame homos for everything. /s


14 posted on 02/15/2014 5:41:26 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: cunning_fish

“There’s no ‘I’ in team! But there is a ‘T’ and that’s a drink with jam and bread.”

Coach Von Trapp.


15 posted on 02/15/2014 5:43:22 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: cunning_fish

Too much media hype? These athletes are mostly professionals, competing against mostly professionals, but distractions and overconfidence can creep in despite thoroughly professional preparation.


16 posted on 02/15/2014 5:44:42 PM PST by sphinx
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To: mongrel

zing! :)


17 posted on 02/15/2014 5:45:22 PM PST by Walrus (America died on November 6, 2012 --- RIP)
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To: cunning_fish

My stepson has been connected with the Pettit Ice center on the hockey side for years. He has no love for the speed skaters who he generally refers to as pricks.


18 posted on 02/15/2014 5:48:43 PM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep rigsupreme Splasht)
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To: cunning_fish

That was a pretty brutal article.

I don’t understand what they mean by having the training camp “at altitude”. At what altitude? Too high up? Sochi’s at sea level, isn’t it?

Thanks if anyone can fill me in.

Normally I’d be inclined to say “suck it up” but it does seem like something went sideways for these folks, since they were so favored and have done so poorly.


19 posted on 02/15/2014 5:51:09 PM PST by jocon307
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To: UB355
He has no love for the speed skaters...

You know what the difference is between a porcupine and a BMW?

A BMW has its pricks on the inside.

20 posted on 02/15/2014 5:53:36 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: cunning_fish
i didn't hear this much whining when the US faggots got out faggoted last night... just sayin
21 posted on 02/15/2014 5:53:40 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: cunning_fish

Shouldn’t be that much of a shot to their egos as there are probably only the equivalent of CNN’s prime time audience (both of them) watching.


22 posted on 02/15/2014 5:55:31 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (Anything regarding this administration ..... remember I told you so first!)
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To: cunning_fish
Everybody trains separately, so obviously that is a little bit detrimental

Wow. What kind of bizarro system has the folks on a TEAM train SEPARATELY?

Imagine Russell Wilson practicing without Golden Tate.

Imagine Robert Plant practicing without Jimmy Page.

Imagine Stan Laurel practicing without Oliver Hardy.

23 posted on 02/15/2014 5:56:49 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: diverteach

Star athletes are always treated like somebody special. What we’re seeing here is people who were legitimate favorites (previous gold medal winners, world record holders, season leaders) to win losing. Star athletes aren’t generally good at dealing with failure, they always say winning isn’t nearly as good as losing is bad, and now here they are with a bunch of unexpected loses.


24 posted on 02/15/2014 6:00:21 PM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Outside of a few relay events they’re a team in name alone, most races they’re racing against each other.


25 posted on 02/15/2014 6:03:09 PM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: cunning_fish

I have a feeling we’re going to be seeing more—a lot more—symptoms of America in decline.


26 posted on 02/15/2014 6:05:20 PM PST by matt1234 (Hitler blamed the Jews. Obama blames the Tea Party.)
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27 posted on 02/15/2014 6:06:20 PM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: cunning_fish

Just picking up where Apollo Ohno left off when he was dq’ed for cheating in the last winter Olympics.


28 posted on 02/15/2014 6:09:01 PM PST by bramps (Go West America!)
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To: cunning_fish

watched the womens speed skating tonight. the American (a woman w/ long blond hair) went from 2nd to last. at one point, she claimed to have been ‘bumped’ and fell from 3rd to last in a blink. you could see her lack of drive the entire race.

watching her, i never had the impression she was fighting to win

i wonder how many others have not given it their all... and i wonder if it relates to the massive tax debt that awaits them if they win


29 posted on 02/15/2014 6:11:09 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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>>watched the womens speed skating tonight. the American (a woman w/ long blond hair) went from 2nd to last. at one point, she claimed to have been ‘bumped’ and fell from 3rd to last in a blink. you could see her lack of drive the entire race.<<<

Well, she might be a good lesbian or feminist. You know, it is impossible to combine every merit within one person.


30 posted on 02/15/2014 6:16:18 PM PST by cunning_fish
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To: cunning_fish

All participants will get a nice medal as they leave commemorating the Games, so everyone does get a medal - just like hometown recreation park sports.


31 posted on 02/15/2014 6:33:06 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: hal ogen
I said "winning" not "whining" sheesh...


32 posted on 02/15/2014 6:42:56 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law and does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mongrel

Yes. The potus’ first “gay” Olympics has made a joke of the US.


33 posted on 02/15/2014 7:09:41 PM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: blueunicorn6

But wait, there is an I in TEAM!

http://uberhumor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/resized_F6mGA2.jpg


34 posted on 02/15/2014 7:24:00 PM PST by rightthinkingwoman
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To: rightthinkingwoman

There is no ‘I’ in TEAM, but there is an ‘M’ and an ‘E’ - “ME”


35 posted on 02/15/2014 7:26:26 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: diverteach
Are we now seeing the result of schools having to give everyone in any kind of competition an award so their self esteem isn’t harmed ?

I think you are on to something.

The entire country seems to have lost much of its drive and edge.

The brain washing of political correctness is taking its toll in almost every aspect of life in America.

Forced equality translates into forced mediocrity.


36 posted on 02/15/2014 7:47:10 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Show me the man, and I'll show you the crime." - Lavrentiy Beria (& Eric Holder))
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To: cunning_fish

After reading the article I have to think that a country like the Netherlands is very small so it isn’t a problem for everyone to train together and get to know one another. I saw there was a big disagreement by one of the coaches about training at altitude in Italy and they could be right.
“I am tired of being told that science is the only answer, that intuition and experience are not good enough. You can’t teach a scientist to be a coach.”
I could see this as holding true and placing too much emphasis on gadgets and the latest tech wizardry.

I would imagine they could take a few hints from the Canadians but...

It seems that all the focus on gay stuff and years of liberal propaganda has taken it’s toll also as is alluded to.


37 posted on 02/15/2014 7:56:50 PM PST by Sheapdog (Chew the meat, spit out the bones - FUBO - Come and get me)
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To: diverteach
Are we now seeing the result of schools having to give everyone in any kind of competition an award so their self esteem isn’t harmed ?

Could be, excellent correlation on your part!

38 posted on 02/15/2014 7:57:26 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: jocon307

The decision to train at altitude and compete at sea level was flawed and dispenses with previous sports performance research. Hypoxia inducible factor (from altitude training) increases iron absorption from the gut to theoretically provide for higher levels of red blood cells but offers no potential advantage when competing at sea level. The same hypoxia inducible factor does, however, impair Krebs cycle oxidative efficiency by upregulating the pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase inhibition on pyruvate dehydrogenase.


39 posted on 02/15/2014 8:11:27 PM PST by kruss3
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To: kruss3; a fool in paradise
The same hypoxia inducible factor does, however, impair Krebs cycle oxidative efficiency by upregulating the pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase inhibition on pyruvate dehydrogenase.

That's what I've been saying all along!

40 posted on 02/15/2014 8:17:47 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: kruss3

Thank you, I understand completely now. (Er, were all those real words?)


41 posted on 02/15/2014 8:24:53 PM PST by jocon307
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To: Revolting cat!; kruss3

Just took the words right out of my mouth. :=)


42 posted on 02/15/2014 8:29:18 PM PST by Bob
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To: blueunicorn6
“There’s no ‘I’ in team!

"Ain't no 'we' neither." - Leon

43 posted on 02/15/2014 8:31:10 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: cunning_fish

I must admit, I like Putin even more after reading this. I just don’t think he is the monster most of his detractors make him out to be.

From Russia with Love! Putin makes a surprise visit to American Sochi base wearing a TEAM USA Valentine’s Day pin

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2559500/Guess-dropped-USA-House-Vladimir-Putin.html


44 posted on 02/15/2014 8:33:49 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: rightthinkingwoman

Well.....I’ll be......You’re right.


45 posted on 02/15/2014 8:52:33 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: cunning_fish

It ain’t the suits. It’s the drugs and sex the night before the race.


46 posted on 02/15/2014 8:57:21 PM PST by batterycommander (a little more rubble, a lot less trouble)
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To: batterycommander

No, it was the IRS threat to tax the winners $10,000 for each gold medal they won.


47 posted on 02/15/2014 9:01:30 PM PST by batterycommander (a little more rubble, a lot less trouble)
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To: hal ogen

They just don’t want to have to pay taxes on their gold...


48 posted on 02/15/2014 9:13:03 PM PST by goat granny (.)
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To: cunning_fish

The coaches and teams should have listened to Nancy Pelosi’s advise on the new Olympic uniforms: “You have to put them on at the competition, not before it, to see how they feel”.

Thank you Nancy, Matt, Bob “One-Eye” Costas, and others for a very bland reporting week.

I got more excited by old “Spongbob SquarePants” reruns.


49 posted on 02/15/2014 10:10:55 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: dfwgator

Well, national presidents are usually hanging around to encourage their teams. As far as Obamao is absent someone has to fill the space.


50 posted on 02/15/2014 11:31:51 PM PST by cunning_fish
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