Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Here we go again....

As you've undoubtedly heard, the Austrian Ski Team has yet again proven it's dubious ethics. Walter Mayer, the infamous Austrian coach from Salt Lake City 2002, has apparently continued his doping lab in support of the Austrian Ski Team. A handful of Austrian Olympians have already admitted to the use of PEDs and I'm sure we haven't seen the end of this yet. It's a damn shame, but at least we are catching them. Now it's up to the IOC, WADA, IBU and FIS to dole out sufficient whop-ass to these idiots.

the 2006 Olympics has been a fairly sad state of affairs for the Norwegian cross country team. They traveled to Torino as sky-high favorites, but with no gold medals as of yet, they have not met the expectations. But, in all fairness, the depth and level of quality over the last 5-6 years has improved drastically and it's increasingly difficult to consistently win. Sort of like what the Tour will be post-Armstrong.

But, the games are not over yet. Tomorrow the individual sprint events start. This is a fairly new cross country event, but highly popular and spectator friendly. Norway is fielding, yet again, a very strong team led by the monster from Egersund - Tor Arne Hetland. Ola Vigen Hattestad, Trond Iversen and Johan Kjoelstad complete the team. On the women's side we have Marit Bjoergen, Ella Gjoelme and Hilde G Pedersen. A healthy, on form Marit Bjoergen will be unstoppable...

4 Comments:

Blogger iain said...

What are your thoughts on how the athletes are being treated? It seems the Italian police do like a bit of drama on these occasions.
Iain

02:43  
Blogger mags said...

Iain,

With the current Italian judicial system, I think the police is simply doing their job. Yeah, it is a bit "out there", but maybe that's what we need?

14:06  
Blogger servento said...

Judging by the result, the razzia seems to have been a good idea. As long as they don't start "harrassing" athletes for no reason, I think this is a good thing.

14:45  
Blogger mags said...

Servento,

I agree.

Mags

15:02  

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