Winter Olympics - who cares?
Muy
8:03a, 01/21/14
Muy
72550 posts, joined 10/11/1999
Clearly it's not worth the life of anyone (athlete or fan) to risk taking the US teams to Russia. Without the US there, the odds of a terrorist attack goes down significantly, and the Russians simply do not have things 100% locked down. No worth it, what say you?
Captain Pablo
8:04a, 01/21/14
Captain Pablo
21922 posts, joined 08/07/2009
What say me?

Me say the team USA should show up
Muy
8:05a, 01/21/14
Muy
72550 posts, joined 10/11/1999
No right or wrong answer, opinions are like... well, we have a lot of them let's just say.
LOYAL AG
8:06a, 01/21/14
LOYAL AG
22402 posts, joined 02/15/2000
No sense hiding from them. That's basically conceding defeat.
aggiedent
8:07a, 01/21/14
aggiedent
7058 posts, joined 06/10/2005
I guess if the athletes, coaches, and some fans show up, then your first sentence is incorrect. I'm further guessing not a single athlete is going to miss the chance to compete.
chosin
8:08a, 01/21/14
chosin
17218 posts, joined 07/28/2010
Curling or GTFO.

No, but seriously. Everything but curling can EAD.

If our athletes don't attend, how can Obama show Putin he won't tolerate his refusal to not let Russian homosexuals indoctrinate the children of Russia??

[This message has been edited by chosin (edited 1/21/2014 8:18a).]
aggiedent
8:09a, 01/21/14
aggiedent
7058 posts, joined 06/10/2005
quote:
No right or wrong answer, opinions are like..


Sorry, this is the politics forum. There is always a correct answer. Never any shades of gray.
Muy
8:09a, 01/21/14
Muy
72550 posts, joined 10/11/1999
I agree they want to be there, just saying that - when you have to move ships into the area, and teams are hiring private planes to be on alert to get them out of the country in an emergency - the goal of the Olympics is lost.
DavidWallace
8:09a, 01/21/14
DavidWallace
5321 posts, joined 08/14/2001
Team USA should not back down to threats. If the individual athletes feel unsafe, then it should be up to them to decide to attend or not.

If the USA backs out because of threats, then the bad guys win without actually doing anything.

If the bad guys actually kill some of our athletes, then they will bring a hell storm upon themselves. It would be a global man-hunt for the bad guys until they are killed.
Sasappis
8:10a, 01/21/14
Sasappis
18903 posts, joined 08/31/2005
The us has almost nothing to do with the terrorist threat. These are Muslim terrorists who are mad at the Russians.
ABATTBQ11
8:14a, 01/21/14
ABATTBQ11
11918 posts, joined 08/25/2012
quote:
Without the US there, the odds of a terrorist attack goes down significantly


Chechnya says hello...
Muy
8:17a, 01/21/14
Muy
72550 posts, joined 10/11/1999
Giving the Russians the Olympics was a cluster-^#*# from the get-go. The terrorist alerts are about as surprising as the sun coming up everyday.

I get the Chehnyan Muslims wanting to hit Russia, but let then work out their own issues without us being in the middle of it.

[This message has been edited by Muy (edited 1/21/2014 8:18a).]
rjamizon
8:25a, 01/21/14
rjamizon
9513 posts, joined 03/12/2006
Didn't care until Jamaican bobsled team qualified.
amercer
8:26a, 01/21/14
amercer
15081 posts, joined 04/24/2003
quote:
The us has almost nothing to do with the terrorist threat. These are Muslim terrorists who are mad at the Russians.


This. For once we really aren't the big target. Bad **** may still happen to our people though.
aggiedent
8:31a, 01/21/14
aggiedent
7058 posts, joined 06/10/2005
quote:
Didn't care until Jamaican bobsled team qualified.


You betting the whole farm on a gold medal??
Icecream_Ag
8:35a, 01/21/14
Icecream_Ag
11080 posts, joined 11/24/2003
quote:
Curling or GTFO.
How dare you forget womens ski jump
LOYAL AG
8:35a, 01/21/14
LOYAL AG
22402 posts, joined 02/15/2000
quote:
These are Muslim terrorists who hate everyone.


FIFY. Muslims hate everyone. We could have the Olympics in Dubai and there would be a threat of terrorism. It's who they are. Muslims are at war with everyone, all over the globe.
CJS4715
8:41a, 01/21/14
CJS4715
51989 posts, joined 11/29/2002
I love the Olympics… allegedly a symbol that the world can come together in peace for athletic competition, and we send a war ship and Russia is on high alert for domestic terrorism. Awesome.
DannyDuberstein
8:58a, 01/21/14
DannyDuberstein
11662 posts, joined 02/20/2012
Muslim terrorists are the little ****head in your kids' class. It doesn't matter who or why, they are always trying to start **** with someone.
conspiracy ag
9:07a, 01/21/14
conspiracy ag
2772 posts, joined 08/05/2013
these terrorist threats aren't about the US.

If you are going to troll, at least try and get your information correct, this isn't rivalries... or do you have a weird obsession with your political opponents as you do with the sips?
ABATTBQ11
9:08a, 01/21/14
ABATTBQ11
11918 posts, joined 08/25/2012
quote:
We could have the Olympics in Dubai and there would be a threat of terrorism. It's who they are. Muslims are at war with everyone, all over the globe.



But could we have the Winter Olympics?
Rev_86
9:08a, 01/21/14
Rev_86
5996 posts, joined 12/17/2006
quote:
Curling or GTFO.

No, but seriously. Everything but curling can EAD.

If our athletes don't attend, how can Obama show Putin he won't tolerate his refusal to not let Russian homosexuals indoctrinate the children of Russia??

[This message has been edited by chosin (edited 1/21/2014 8:18a).]


And beer. Curling and beer were meant for each other.
titan
10:03a, 01/21/14
titan
29347 posts, joined 12/20/1999
quote:
The us has almost nothing to do with the terrorist threat. These are Muslim terrorists who are mad at the Russians.



quote:
FIFY. Muslims hate everyone. We could have the Olympics in Dubai and there would be a threat of terrorism. It's who they are. Muslims are at war with everyone, all over the globe.



The Osamist variety, the Islamists, certainly do. Both quotes are true.

Where the Osamists are concerned we share a common enemy with Russia, or any civilized power. To back out of going to an event because of a terrorist threat would send a terrible message of timidity. To insist on precautions and pre-emptive measures is reasonable. (Have a feeling Putin won't shirk from those anyway)

As for the Winter Olympics in general, not sure if it is the climate or timing, but it has always been over-shadowed by the `summer' Olympics, which for one reason another, when they open, seem the `real' Olympics to many to by the `who cares' remarks about the Winter.

Not sure why that is---perhaps because the ancient and also earlier phase of Olympics in the last century emphasized the warm weather sports in imagery and symbols.
FriscoKid
10:12a, 01/21/14
FriscoKid
8362 posts, joined 09/12/2011
I like just about all of it except for the figure skating. Downhill, curling, speed skating, and snow boarding are great...

Go USA


(if the terrorists do attack, I hope they target the NBC media center and not the athletes. The athletes are innocent)
Muy
10:59a, 01/21/14
Muy
72550 posts, joined 10/11/1999
Not sure why this could be considered a troll post, get your panties out of a wad. It's a serious concern.
B-1 83
1:50p, 01/21/14
B-1 83
23243 posts, joined 01/03/2001
There is no serious plan for a terrorist attack at the Olympics. This is just pure genius on the part of the terrorists.

1. They have just cost the Russians millions of rubles (which they don't really have) in beefed up security
2. They have placed world wide distrust in the Russian security after recent bombings
3. They may have shifted Russin security away from a possible different target
4. WINNING!

Successful terrorists think out of the box. Make them look here, while attacking over there. If nothing else, make them run around chasing shadows.
Sasappis
2:01p, 01/21/14
Sasappis
18903 posts, joined 08/31/2005
quote:
As for the Winter Olympics in general, not sure if it is the climate or timing, but it has always been over-shadowed by the `summer' Olympics, which for one reason another, when they open, seem the `real' Olympics to many to by the `who cares' remarks about the Winter.

Not sure why that is---perhaps because the ancient and also earlier phase of Olympics in the last century emphasized the warm weather sports in imagery and symbols.


Access is probably a big factor as well. For the most part the events of the winter olympics are upper crust hobbies. Most summer olympic events are actual competitions involving the world's best athletes.
LoudestWHOOP!
2:09p, 01/21/14
LoudestWHOOP!
12110 posts, joined 08/16/2000
I don't think politics should be involved in the Olympics, but sadly they are.

Danger is everywhere. If you have the talent and you have qualified, it only happens once every 4 years so you go.

I always wanted to be an Olympian, but in track and field.

1980 Olympic hockey was incredible, wrapped up in amazing and covered in awesome.

Biathlon - looks like my future past time if I lived where you had snow year round.

A bobsled run is on my bucket list.
Ag of Northern Virginia
2:59p, 01/21/14
Ag of Northern Virginia
1248 posts, joined 11/21/2003
quote:
But could we have the Winter Olympics?
[FIFA/IOC]given the right price
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