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How Norway Scores So Much Olympic Gold
Wall Street journal ^ | feb 8th, 2014 | Wall Street journal

Posted on 02/19/2014 10:29:51 AM PST by Eurotwit

In addition to physical work on the farm in the afternoons, weekends and holidays, he was regularly charged with what his father refers to as "incredibly boring stuff," like picking stones from a field, just to improve his psyche.

Every time he hurt himself, his father would tease him until he stopped crying. Eventually, he came to believe pain is cool. "My father taught me at an early age to tackle pain—I think that's my strength. I can go for hours in pain without giving up," he said.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: olympic; olympics

1 posted on 02/19/2014 10:29:51 AM PST by Eurotwit
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To: Eurotwit

Places with real winter always do well in the winter olympics.


2 posted on 02/19/2014 10:35:21 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
Places with real winter always do well in the winter olympics.

Imagine that.

Of course it helps if you are totally dominant in one sport, like the Dutch are in speed skating.

3 posted on 02/19/2014 10:36:19 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Eurotwit

Sounds like heavy doses of personal responsibility and inculcated personal motivation were applied.


4 posted on 02/19/2014 10:38:49 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Eurotwit
Medal standings
5 posted on 02/19/2014 10:39:52 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: dfwgator

It is nice that the USA got our first ice dancing gold ever. Funny that the Gold and Silver teams both practice together in Detroit of all places.


6 posted on 02/19/2014 10:41:19 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Eurotwit

I still can’t believe that American athletes blamed their loss on their uniforms. Unbelievable.


7 posted on 02/19/2014 10:43:38 AM PST by Lizavetta
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To: cripplecreek

The real medal count should be based on where athletes actually live and train.

By that count, the US wins hands down.


8 posted on 02/19/2014 10:44:11 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Eurotwit
Think figure skating, think elegance
9 posted on 02/19/2014 10:46:10 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Meh, who cares........it’s Champions League time.

Bayern shouldn’t have too much trouble against Arsenal, you would think.


10 posted on 02/19/2014 10:49:01 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Paladin2
Sounds like heavy doses of personal responsibility and inculcated personal motivation were applied.

Not to mention liberal doses of governmental support....which pretty much all other govermnents (EXCEPT the US) supply to their athletes. The US athletes have to get sponsorships and raise their own money to train & travel. Oops...better not say anything else before some ding-dong in DC gets ideas.

11 posted on 02/19/2014 10:55:02 AM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: dfwgator

Its pretty convoluted these days. Both Canadian and American ice dancing teams practiced and trained together in Detroit under a Russian trainer/coach.


12 posted on 02/19/2014 10:55:56 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: dfwgator
Places with real winter always do well in the winter olympics.

Imagine that.

Of course it helps if you are totally dominant in one sport, like the Dutch are in speed skating.

We do have real winter here. We have some very big mountain ranges with a lot of skiing. So we are winning big-time in Alpine skiing and freestyle of various kinds. Our kids love the bumps and the air.

13 posted on 02/19/2014 11:03:21 AM PST by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: Lizavetta
I still can’t believe that American athletes blamed their loss on their uniforms

It's the 0bama mentality. It's always someone else's fault.

14 posted on 02/19/2014 11:05:27 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Eurotwit

Like my drill instructor used to say...Pain is weakness leaving your body.


15 posted on 02/19/2014 11:14:31 AM PST by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Progressives spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: Eurotwit

Norwegian saying: “There’s no such thing as cold weather, only not enough clothes.”


16 posted on 02/19/2014 11:15:20 AM PST by twister881
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To: Eurotwit

I think the judges are passing the USA by because of all that gayness obama sent over.


17 posted on 02/19/2014 11:36:37 AM PST by minnesota_bound
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To: minnesota_bound
"I think the judges are passing the USA by because of all that gayness obama sent over. "

The clock is a stern judge. (Bode Miller, Ted Ligety, Andrew Weibrecht)

18 posted on 02/19/2014 11:43:03 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: hoagy62
"Not to mention liberal doses of governmental support"

Norway has been following Sara Palin's advice since before she gave it..

19 posted on 02/19/2014 11:44:58 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: AlaskaErik
"Pain is weakness leaving your body."

Some pains are Ma Nature telling you it's time to stop for a while.

20 posted on 02/19/2014 11:47:01 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: cripplecreek

dodging gunfire probably made their routines pop.


21 posted on 02/19/2014 12:57:05 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: AlaskaErik

i wish. you can try to believe that but when stuff no longer works it’s hard to believe it is only weakness leaving the body.


22 posted on 02/19/2014 12:58:55 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Paladin2

yeah put your hand over your active gas burner and see how long it takes for the weakness to leave our body. guess the guys screaming from bone breaks and gushot wounds are really weak wimpy pussies.


23 posted on 02/19/2014 1:00:46 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Lizavetta
I still can’t believe that American athletes blamed their loss on their uniforms.

Well, considering the high speed sports are predicated on aerodynamics with the winners and losers separated by tenths and hundredths of a second, and this was the first time they have worn the Under Armor suits, it could very well be a design flaw.........

I've been a lifetime follower of the alpine events, specifically, the downhill and GS......These guys are skiing a 2 mile course lasting about 2 minutes and yet the finishing times are within hundredths of a second.

What the uninformed watchers of these events aren't privy to is the equipment these skiers use and the technicians that are assigned to the skiers who's sole responsibility is to prepare their skis according to the snow and course conditions. This is indeed a science........

Races at this level are won or lost based on equipment prep............

24 posted on 02/19/2014 4:26:40 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Was Occam's razor made by Gillette?)
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