Norwegian winter olympics hit rock bottom in Calgary in 1988. We didn't win a single gold medal. This revved up an impressive program that saw us win 9 golds in Albertville in 92, 10 at home at Lillehammer in 94, the same in Nagano in 98 and 13 in Salt Lake in 02. In 2006 in Torino/Turin/whatever every god damn Norwegian failed horribly except for Lars Bystøl, a ski jumper who had one of his few drug free periods (drugs as in narcotics) and won the small hill and our veteran Kjetil Andre Aamodt who won the Super G. Two golds. We don't talk about it anymore. These olympics are supposed to be different. We all have high expectations and there is a reason behind that. Last year there were Worlc Championships in both alpine skiing, nordic ski events (xc, ski jump, combined) and biathlon. The events during those championships are for all intents and purposes the same as those in the Olympics. Over the course of those three championships Norway won a grand total of 10 gold medals, 5 in the Nordic events (Petter Northug 2 individual xc golds, men's xc relay, Ola Vigen Hattestad in men's xc sprint and men's xc sprint relay), 4 in biathlon (3 individual by Ole Einar Bjørndalen and men's relay) and 1 in alpine skiing (Aksel Lund Svindal). So we should be able to expect the same just from those kinds of events and maybe one or two golds from other events. So far, we've got nothing. And if the athletes doesn't want me to try and sue them for treason they can start fixing that today.
Here are today's events:
- The curling starts. We are outsiders, but could have a chance.
- The Super Cobination alpine skiing (downhill+slalom) is supposed to go today. Aksel Lund Svindal is reigning world champion and the big favourite there.
- Helene Olafsen has won a couple of big races in snowboardcross lately and is a contender tonight.
- In the women's biathlon pursuit we only have two girls. Our best, Tora Berger, probably starts to far behind after a bad sprint, but everything can happen. And Ann Kristin Flatland should be in position to compete for medals.
- In the men's biathlon pursuit Emil Hegle Svendsen is the favourite. He starts as number 2, just a few seconds behind sunday's french surprise winner.
- The hockey team will start their parade towards the gold with a win against Canada. More on that later, but rumours (per @ABern55 who has talked to some of the guys says Tollefsen won't go. He will have more on that at Cake @ the Devil later today.
11 months ago