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Are you watching or do you plan to watch any of the Beijing Winter Olympics on TV?

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No. I will offer no support of any kind to the Beijing Olympics

27 ( +43 / -16 )

Womens Curling.

12 ( +20 / -8 )

Agree with Biggs

16 ( +29 / -13 )

Fine Aly. I enjoy watching sport. I don't think the athletes should he made to suffer by lack of support.

-9 ( +16 / -25 )

Yes I prefer the Winter Olympics to the summer Olympics. Why wouldn’t you watch it? I wish people would stop trying to spread their political agenda through the medium of sport. I’m watching it to see the athletes who have worked hard try their best at the sport of their choice. Besides for entertainment, you never know what will happen (Steven Bradbury, from Australia).

-16 ( +15 / -31 )

Fine Aly. I enjoy watching sport.

Fair enough. But you don't have to watch the Olympics to do that.

I don't think the athletes should he made to suffer by lack of support.

You really think that they will suffer by us not watching them compete? If so they don't deserve to win.

I do martial arts and lift weights and NOBODY watches or cheers for me, but I still enjoy doing them because I love those things.

-2 ( +19 / -21 )

Maybe I never noticed before in other cities, but was wondering why China is playing music on the loud speakers while the skiers are skiing. Is it possible China has linked to what the skiers are listening to in their headphones? Do these athletes listen to music while they are competing? I dunno.

But I thought it was very superficial and unprofessional. Lots of superficial things so far, especially that CG opening.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Yes. If I'm taking a break from work I watch some of it. Winter sports have never been particularly 'big' in the UK. The Winter Olympics only really dented the UK psyche with John Curry and Torvill & Dean. And then of course, there was Eddie the Eagle. If you weren't following his adventures, the movie is both watchable and enjoyable.

In the UK, the Winter games is more of a curiosity. If we don't win a single medal, nobody will mind. This weekend in the UK, for many it will have taken second place to the Afcon final and the 4th round of the FA Cup.

It's sport, so I'm not fussed where it is and ignore any political backdrop. European football tournaments featured Russian and East European teams all through the Cold War. The Covid Zero policy, Olympic bubble and nature of the sports has all but negated the location anyway - all you can see is fake snow and some conifers, losing China any 'soft power' benefit. It could be on Mars.

4 ( +9 / -5 )

Weird situation for me, but outside the opening ceremonies (which in a rare turn of events for me I did actually watch) probably not. I will say that the opening ceremonies were wonderfully done though.

For opposite reasons of many here I don't plan to watch most of the Olympics, I support China but I generally don't support the Olympics. I think hosting the Olympics was a rare mistep for China, and something I will absolutely be critical of them for.

I dislike the IOC for being an incredibly corrupt capitalist enterprise that the CPC should have nothing to do with. Maybe they thought they had the clout to shape the IOC from the outside, I don't know, but so far that has never seemed to work.

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

Not a fan of the IOC or host nation, so highlights and medal counts are the extent I’m going to be watching the olympics.

12 ( +13 / -1 )

After the non cancelation of the Tokyo Olympic games in 2020, I will not watch or support any Olympics there after.

16 ( +20 / -4 )

Not even if they threatened my life.

China is one reason, next the self-centered, self absorbed, athletes that think their sport or their needs are more important than other's health, human rights, etc...

If you tell these people the games are cancelled or postponed they will have a fit complaining about the great loss they will suffer, then talk about their rights.

But as we saw 80% of the USA team decided to participate in the opening ceremony despite everything and as far as I can find it was a similar situation for most so-called developed countries calling for human Rights.

Hypocrisy all around.

2 ( +14 / -12 )

I will see it, no doubt, but not actively watch it.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

I'm eager to watch the games! However, most of the competitions are held on workdays, so I do not have access the opportunity to watch them. Also, winter sports are largely affected by the weather condition, which causes rescheduling. I was really looking forward to Men's DownHill tournament, which was going to be held on Sunday. However, due to the heavy wind, the plan was rescheduled to the next day, when I had a job. Thanks to the Internet highlight video, I can manage to catch up with the latest information, but hopefully I want to watch the competitions on live, otherwise I cannot get the authentic enthusiasm unique to the Olympic Games.

May it be calm weather.

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

Aly - If you can tell me where I can watch Woman's curling at International Level with English commentary please let me know :)

-9 ( +0 / -9 )

Watching sports bores me to death, unless I am drunk and surrounded by cheerful drunk people.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

I never watch winter Olympics anyway as the winter sports hold no interest for me. But I would not support anything from China these days anyway.

7 ( +10 / -3 )

You bet I am. Watching them from my ski patrol room whenever I get a chance.

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

No, Sorry, the country makes people disappear and has forced labor, (That is called slavery.) They even kill people for their body parts. Whenever a party member needs a body part, they get it right away. No waiting time in China if your the right person.

9 ( +12 / -3 )

Part of my mind tells me I am watching to support the hard working athletes, the other part of my mind is saying screw China!!

9 ( +10 / -1 )

No, but mostly because I don't have access to NBC (no cable/satellite TV).

2 ( +3 / -1 )

We don't have TV. Better off without it.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Nope, haven’t watched a single event on TV especially these games. China can kiss off.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

No never! Reason: China and it's limitations on athletes.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Aly - If you can tell me where I can watch Woman's curling at International Level with English commentary please let me know :)

Youtube

-7 ( +1 / -8 )

Figure skating and Ice Dancing for us. I decided not to record the luge, though it is like waiting for a car to crash - almost have to look. We aren't watching anything live. Record then strip all the commercials and other sports from the recording before we sit down to watch.

We don't have CATV. Just using an antenna to record broadcast stuff free. The NBC/Peacock streaming stuff is too hard to use when you don't pay for TV.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Our tv is on as normal and showing it now and again. We pay it intermittent attention, as we do with other tv. I guess most families will be the same.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Only via news.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Don't do YouTube mate - not enough live quality TV and their Audio/Video codecs suck for any meaningful watching.

NBC/Peacock easy with a VPN and an AWFUL lot of content for $10 a month, and that's the premium version without the deluge of ads.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Don't do YouTube mate - not enough live quality TV and their Audio/Video codecs suck for any meaningful watching.

NBC/Peacock easy with a VPN and an AWFUL lot of content for $10 a month, and that's the premium version without the deluge of ads.

Fair enough. But you can still watch Woman's curling at International Level with English commentary on Youtube so I was just answering your question.

For myself, I like the sychronized swimming, and I watch that on youtube.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

..come on Aly - you know I'm not serious :)

1 ( +3 / -2 )

..come on Aly - you know I'm not serious :)

You're a good bloke mate

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Nah. I don't support regimes that commit genocide, use child slave labor, and limit the freedoms of their people.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

ThanatosFeb. 7  08:18 am JST

I wish people would stop trying to spread their political agenda through the medium of sport.

You mean like how China won't let Taiwan participate as Taiwan?

0 ( +7 / -7 )

OssanAmerika:

You mean like how China won't let Taiwan participate as Taiwan?

It is participating. Open your eyes. BTW, Eileen Gu's win was spectacular. Just saying.

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

Out of the zero respect of human right, Uyghur people etc...they destroyed proctected forest and are using artificial snow! I wont watch one minute neither.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

You both can @theResident and @AlyRustom watch Japan’s “Soda,ne” women’s curling team LIVE, right NOW (10amJST) on Yomiuri TV Channel 10.

(So, no English commentary but the Swedes are carrying on in mixed English : ))

*- @theResident 5:35pm: “Aly - If you can tell me where I can watch Woman's curling at International Level with English commentary please let me know :)*

*- @AlyRustom 1:23pm: [..come on Aly - you know I'm not serious :) “You're a good bloke mate”*

… and world peace was restored through sportsmanship.

btw: to answer the poll, obviously ‘watching it’.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

OssanAmericaFeb. 8  09:31 pm JST

You mean like how China won't let Taiwan participate as Taiwan?

Are you kidding?

If you think back to the 5th grade, you’ll remember that the official name of Taiwan is the Republic of China (ROC). Look at the medal chart on the front page.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Not a fan of China for sure, but I do want to support our athletes!

1 ( +2 / -1 )

The luge relay was really good.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Definitely not. Even when I tried to watch a bit it was old Hanyu reruns and announcers fawning over him. Don't need it. I will check out the results online and that's about it.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Sorry, I have better things to do with my time. Give a prayer for Japanese team and move on.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Got to watch Hanyu. He’s still the best imo.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

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