OpinionWomen's freestyle events at the Olympics should go BEFORE the men's
      – Thelevellers, 2010-02-20 at 10:27:05   (7 comments)

On 2010-02-20 at 10:29:43, Thelevellers wrote...
The boarder cross is the best example - the women's event wasn't that bad really, it just happened AFTER the men's, which was FANTASTIC, and left your expectations a little higher - even though you know they'll be slower/less aggressive/etc it was still disappointing... The half-pipe was the same - the men went first and the winner did a brand new trick (first time in competition, I believe), followed by the women having only a couple doing any flips... They got it right for the freestyle moguls - women first, they impressed me as I haven't seen it before, then the men, who just took it to the next level, which was perfect :)
On 2010-02-20 at 11:09:01, Lee J Haywood wrote...
It all seems very sexist to me. They should have the men and women's events at the same time! Even if you score them separately, they can take turns to play. ☺
On 2010-02-20 at 12:00:15, Thelevellers wrote...
Nah, that would make each event take too long - they take long enough as is... Separate is fine, at least until the women can compete at the same level - cause the women are quite simply slower. On the moguls the women's fastest time (which was a course record I think, for them) was about 5 seconds slower than the men's, so they are just slower, at least at the moment. I'm not annoyed by anything other than the men going first really, cause like I say, the women's events are still impressive, it's just that if you have just watched the men go so much faster/higher/more technical it's a bit of a let down. :(
On 2010-02-20 at 12:01:28, Lee J Haywood wrote...
You could just watch the women and forget the men. Or record it and watch the later part first.
On 2010-02-20 at 15:59:14, Thelevellers wrote...
You can;t forget the men! They were the highlight of both boarder cross and the half pipe! I'd love it if the women were competitive to the men's standards, but they just aren't. Watching them after risks having the result of the prior event being spoilt by the commentator - I've already had about three events spoilt like that while watching unrelated sports :(
On 2010-02-20 at 17:45:27, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I don't watch any sports, but if anything were to inspire me to do so it wouldn't be the men...
On 2010-02-20 at 21:11:16, Thelevellers wrote...
Lol! I admit, the women's bob-skeleton was far more enjoyable than the men's - aerodynamics is essential for that... And we got the gold :D I'm not one for watching sports either really, all I make an effort to watch on my own is Formula 1 (I'm an engineer, what can I say?) and 'extreme' sports - which don;'t often get on TV, and are basically ALL the winter Olympics events! The summer Olympics could learn a thing or two by taking a leaf out of their books - boarder cross is awesome and inspired by mountain bikes doing 4cross...