26 February 2006

Torino 2006 Closes

Category: Interesting Links,Randomness — Posted by Michael at 2114

Torino 2006It’s hard to believe that it was 16 days ago that I sat here in fron of a roaring fire watching the Opening Ceremony of the XX Olympic Winter Games in Torino. Now here I am sitting in front of a roaring fire watching the Closing ceremony. Lucky for the althletes and attendees of the ceremony it’s actually warmer there than it is here. It’s aout 40 degrees in Torino tonight, here it’s only in the teens!

If you’re looking for info on the next Winter Olympics, check out vancouver2010.com. If you want info on the upcoming Summer Olympics check out beijing2008.com or london2012.org.

In the meantime, I’ll still be watching the Torino Games for a few more days because I still have some left on my DVR that I haven’t watched yet. 🙂

25 February 2006

Nothing predictable in Torino

Category: Interesting Links,Randomness — Posted by Michael at 0051

While watching the Olympics over the past 14 days, I couldn’t quite put my finger on why I thought this year’s has been more interesting than some other years. The main reason that I could come up with was that this is the first time I had a DVR while watching the Olympics. It lets me completely skip over the really boring sports like hockey, figure skating and cross country.

However, tonight while watching the primetime broadcast I realized that there was something else. Jimmy Roberts mentioned during his nightly “Chevy Olympic Moment” that nothing has gone as predicted in these Olympics. He pointed out that there were no real sure things in these games. He also pointed out that so far during the Olympics, 26 different countries have won medals. There were some Japanese gold medalists, Croatian gold medalists, and many others you might not expect.

You can read/view tonight’s “Olympic Moment” on NBCOlympics.com.

20 February 2006

Torino 2006 Widget

Category: Interesting Links,Randomness — Posted by Michael at 0051

Looking for a way to keep up with the latest from the Olympics in Torino without having to head to the web? I finally found a good way. You very likely already use Konfabulator (now known as Yahoo! Widgets.) If not, go get it and then continue reading.

The Turin 2006 Winter Olympics widget puts the current medal count on your desktop and continuously updates it. It also gives you all the latest photos from the games and the day’s latest news.

Get the widget right here. It works on both Macintosh and Windows.

14 February 2006

The appeal of curling

Category: Randomness — Posted by Michael at 2003

NBC airs some of the Olympic curling matches live in the middle of the night on its cable channels. The beauty of having a DVR means that time doesn’t matter so I decided to record a few of them. It might not have the excitement and speed of the luge, but it involves strategy and careful consideration, etc.

After watching a men’s match and a women’s match, I learned something new about curling. It’s insanely boring! Don’t get me wrong, it’s interesting for an end or two but then it just keeps going and going and going at the slowest pace you could imagine. Oh well, I guess there’s a reason they show it live instead of saving it for primetime on the network. 🙂

13 February 2006

Luge

Category: Randomness — Posted by Michael at 2355

Singles luge has always been one of my favorite Winter Olympic sports to watch. I’ve also always thought it would be fun to try. Not that I’d probably ever have that chance, but if I had to try one Olympic sport, I’d pick the luge.

After watching the women’s singles luge yesterday my opinions changed slightly. It’s still loads of fun to watch. But I’m not so sure about wanting to try it now! There were a few pretty fierce crashes, but the worst was Samantha Retrosi an American girl who got knocked out and slid down half the course unconcious. Read the details here.

Oh well, maybe trying the skeleton would be safer. What? Face first? Oh…

12 February 2006

Day 1 over

Category: Interesting Links,Randomness — Posted by Michael at 0053

Day one of the Torino Olympic Games is over. I just remembered what one of my favorite parts of NBC’s Olympic coverage is. It’s the late night coverage that begins at midnight. Maybe it’s the cozy set with the leather chairs and fake video fire; maybe it’s the fact that watching Bob Costas late at night brings back fond memories of watching Later with Bob Costas; maybe it’s the fact that they do more in-depth stories and summarize the day’s events.

Speaking of summarizing the day’s events, the US team came out of day one with their first gold medal. It’s their only medal at the moment. It was won by Chad Hedrick in 5000m speed skating.

10 February 2006

High definition heaven

Category: Randomness — Posted by Michael at 2100

Torino 2006
Some evenings are better than others, but at the moment I can’t think of a better evening than sitting here watching the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in high definition with a fire roaring in the fireplace. This is the first year that the Olympics are being broadcast in HD. Very cool!

08 February 2006

Olympic Games and Genealogy Merge

Category: Genealogy,Randomness — Posted by Michael at 0014

As the Winter Olymics in Torino get ready to get underway, I have to point out that there’s a connection between the games and my genealogy research.

The Gatti family is originally from Casrozo, Italy. Casorzo is a tiny village very near to Torino where the games are being held. I haven’t resarched it, but I’m sure there are some distant cousins of mine helping out with the games. 🙂 Visit my family tree site for more info about my family’s history. (It’s a little sparse now due to some family problems, but a great new one is coming soon.)

06 February 2006

Olympic info delivered to you

Category: Interesting Links,Randomness — Posted by Michael at 2249

I’ve told you a few ways that you can get all the Olympic info that you want, but what if you don’t have time to go the those sites. Well, then you should have your info delivered right to you!

NBC provides this service via e-mail or your cell phone. Just go sign up because it’s free!

05 February 2006

Olympic Medals

Category: Interesting Links,Randomness — Posted by Michael at 1223

The medals that will be given out at this year’s Olympics have a different look to them HTey are round like a doughnut with a hole in the center. I think the reasoning behind this is pretty cool. It’s represents the Italian tradition of having a piazza (or town square) in the center of each town.

You can see the design here and read an USA Today article about it as well.

04 February 2006

NBC Olympics

Category: Interesting Links,Randomness — Posted by Michael at 1238

There are always a few websites that I stick on my dock during the duration of the Olympics. One of course is the official site for that year’s Olympics.

The other big one that I visit constantly during the games is www.nbcolympics.com. We all know that the Olympics are carried on NBC and all of its various networks, but the website is more than an advertisement for their coverage. It includes tons of great information including running medal counts, athlete info, sport info, venue info and much more. It’s an invaluable resource.

03 February 2006

Torino 2006 is coming

Category: Interesting Links,Randomness — Posted by Michael at 2340

Torino 2006You never really see me posting anything about sports in my blog, but it’s that time again. Sure, there’s some football game being played this weekend, but more importantly, the 2006 Winter Olympic Games start in a week. You probably already know that I have no particular interest in or use for sports, but the Olympics are different. First of all, they suport world unity, etc., which is always a good thing. Additionally, they are entertaining. You get to see those sports that you usually never get to see and they are fun sports to watch. They aren’t team sports, but instead more individual sports such as the luge, etc.

This will be the first of several posts over the coming weeks about this topic. Watch for more to come!

Check out the official site at www.torino2006.org.

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