2.08.2014

Les nouvelles



Three days of Olympic competition has passed and yet another Olympic Winter Games opening ceremonies malfunction. I'm sure you've heard about this before but in case you haven't...

Sports:
  • The current medal standings: Norway stands atop the medal boards with four medals, two in gold, and one in both silver and bronze. Canada and the Netherlands are tied in second with three medals, one in each category. Fourth in the medal boards, USA holds one gold and one bronze. Austria, Sweden, and the Czech Republic all hold one medal each; Austria and Sweden both with one silver and the Czechs with one bronze.
  • Let's play a little catch up, shall we?
    • On Saturday (the 8th), Norway won the first gold (and the first medal of this year's games)! Who can they thank? Ole Einar Bjoerndalen in the men's 10 km biathlon sprint. Austria's Dominik Landertinger won silver, whilst Czech Republic's Jaroslav Soukup grabbed the bronze.
    • In the same 24-hour period, Norway stole their second gold in the women's skiathlon 7.5 km classic + 7.5 km free skiathlon courtesy of Marit Bjoergen. Norway also nabbed the bronze medal with Heidi Weng. The silver medal was awarded to Sweden's Charlotte Kalla.
    • In the speed skating event, the Netherlands asserted their dominance (as if it was ever forgotten). In the men's 5000 m, Sven Kramer, Jan Blokhuijsen, and Jorrit Bergsma stood on top of the podium. Yes, they are all Dutch. Yes, I am serious.
    • Now where Canada comes in. One of the new events to be introduced to the Olympic Winter Games is the snowboard slopestyle. Norway attained another medal in this event, only this time it was the silver, thanks to a man named Staale Sandbech. The USA won their first medal of the games with a gold from Sage Kotsenburg. But the important fact is Canada got their first medal of the games thanks to the young Mark McMorris winning the bronze!
    • The next day (the 9th), Canada got their first gold medal! In the women's freestyle skiiing moguls event, Justine Dufour-Lapointe demanded the gold! Her fellow Canadian (and older sister) Chloe Dufour-Lapointe stood beside her with the silver around her neck. The USA's Hannah Kearney polished her bronze next to the sisters.
  • Not related to the Olympics, Vancouver dropped yet another game today. This time to the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-1. I do not know what to do with myself at this point of the losing streak.
Movies:
  • If you haven't seen my post on the Lego Movie, well the Lego Movie just came out. 
  • Monuments Men was released to the public yesterday as well. This movie directed by George Clooney sports a namely cast. Some of those names being Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, and George Clooney himself just to name a few. This movie seems very interesting and is based on a true story. If I hadn't already saw the Lego Movie, this would be my choice to see.
  • Vampire Academy came out yesterday too. Don't know how I feel about this one... 
Other:
If you happen to be in Vancouver, are artsy, are geeky, and happened to not have heard of it yet and you happen to have found this post about it, go see One Man Lord of the Rings! I'm not going to say much more than that other than you'll get a good kick out of it if you're the geeky-artsy type. It's going on at the Fringe Festival, so follow this link and get on it! 

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