Discussion in 'General Sports' started by mymerlincat, Feb 7, 2018.
Björgen will probably get her act together again and bring in a few gold medals. However with the Season Kalla has had I'm optimistic. Plus pretty much 50/50 between Nilsson and Falla in the sprint
We're away in the women's skiathlon!! Cmon Kalla!
I'm watching this skiathlon and if you're in the back you're pretty screwed. There's not much passing going on.
Has anyone started from the back and medeled before.
I don't watch this event very much.
The freestyle technique provides more opportunities to pass. It's on the climbs where people can make their moves.
The person who's leading now had bib 35 which meant she was about middle of the pack. Maybe had to extend a bit more energy getting to the front, but it's not like it's a 1 km race. If you're good enough to break with a pack you'll just pass those that aren't. Far from screwed.
Not very often as the strongest often start in the front rows.
Where I am at the top 10 are single digit bibs. I think number 8 is winning and pulling away at this stretch.
The climbs are the eaqulizers. It's like the amazing race.
That's got more to do with the best skiers getting the lowest bib numbers than it does with them starting at the front.
Ski change for the laps in the modern technique. No big surpises so far.
So they switch skis?
This is like cross country meets Nascar. Time for a pit stop.
Ok that pit stop is so much more exciting than what Nascar provides.
Skating skis are shorter and the tip have a different shape.
So the bib number isn't starting position? That's interesting.
So this race is almost over then. They are in the second half according to the announcer. I thought this was like a 2 hour race.
Nope. 15 kilometers.
It is, but it's not random they give the best skiers the lowest bib numbers and put them at the front. Them leading has far more to do with them being the best skiers than it does them being at the front. Put them at the back to start and they'd quickly get to the front first chance they get, or the first pack that breaks off. It's not that crowded that they stay in the same order for very long.
This is a steep climb. Probably the steepest of the race.
The NBC stream takes thier ads at the worst and random possible times.
US is in the top 10. The Norway skier looks strong.
Kalla broke away from everyone.
Looks like Kalla is running away with it. What power on the climb.
So our commentators don't know that Finland is not a part of Scandinavia.
USA top 5 is not bad.
They get put together all the time. In Germany we have that tendency, too. There are different definitions, I don`t think there is a definitive one. Geographically, the north west of Finland is on the peninsula.