winter olympics

The Olympic Schedule is Out!

Feb 09 /10-13:25/ Team Event
Feb 11 /10-13:35/ Team Event
Feb 12 /10-13:10/ Team Event
Feb 14 /10-13:25/ Pairs SP
Feb 15 /10-13:15/ Pairs FP
Feb 16 /10-14:30/ Men SP
Feb 17 /10-14:25/ Men FP
Feb 19 /10:13:45/ Ice Dance SD
Feb 20 /10-13:35/ Ice Dance FD
Feb 21 /10-14:30/ Ladies SP
Feb 23 /10-14:10/ Ladies FP
Feb 25 /9:30-12/ Gala

(Korean Time UTC/GMT +9)

So, I noticed a thing about our favourite Russian

See here a screenshot from episode 10 where Viktor is shown with his medals 

Hmm, that one in the centre seems to be quite prominent from the rest.. I wonder…


Having figured out the dates, Viktor would have been freshly eighteen years old right here (the men’s finals took place at the start of February). So we can take the assumption that this was his first Olympics. And that boy won gold. And with the way it’s displayed, prominent and at the centre of his chest, it appears to be the one he’s most proud of? How adorable??? 

(also I’m now assuming that he won gold at both Vancouver and Sochi - considering how he was at the height of his career during this time) 

(canon three time Olympic gold medallist confirmed)

Bonus: Imagine fourteen year old Yuuri’s reaction


200 Days until the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea!

Medal Prediction Update #7

Netherlands: The Dutch are the most recent nation to ascent into the top 5. After constantly sitting in places 6th-8th, Holland has displaced Austria and France to set into another top-five Olympic finish. All of there medals are to come from some sort of speed skating, with 4 in short track and 14 in long track. This is a change from Pyeongchang, as they went down in gold and total medals in long track, but increased in short track. 

Spain: This Spanish nation has only ever claimed a Winter Olympic Medal 2 times, all in alpine skiing. After claiming multiple world championship titles, Javier Fernandez of Spain looks to win a figure skating medal at the upcoming games. His world dominance and rivalry with reigning Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu has lead to some of the highest levels of mens skating. Can he bring home number 3 for spain?

Most Decorated Athlete: Laura Dahlmeier, Germany, Biathlon. 4 Gold, 2 Silver, 0 Bronze

anonymous asked:

Hi! Could you explain how a skater can become eligible to compete for the Winter Olympics? Because I automatically assumed that Michael Christian Martinez would go and represent the Philippines but he's not? So I'm a bit confused. (And also, are the three slots that you get for your country dependent on the division? Like did Yuzuru Hanyu and Shoma Uno secure 3 slots for the men's division?) Sorry, I just want to clarify. Thank you for taking your time to answer our questions!

Thanks for asking!

Yes, I saw this blunder by the Philippines federation. Admittedly, the Australian fed also made the same error, though not on the same scale (they explained that top 24 was enough, did not claim a skater was going when they weren’t, though). The error that both parties made was assuming that a top-24 finish was enough, when it wasn’t.

For men’s (and ladies), 24 Olympic spots are handed out at the pre-Olympic Worlds (this one). But it’s not as simple as “everyone in the top twenty-four gets a spot”. Let’s take a look at how the men’s shook out:

JAPAN: 1st, 2nd, and 19th. When there are three skaters, only the top two results count. The magic number to retain three spots is 13. 1+2=3, which is less than 13. So Japan gets three spots.

Now, we take those three spots out of the available twenty four. 24-3=21.

CHINA: 3rd (only competitor). When there is only one skater, they have to finish in the top 10 to earn two spots, or come first or second to get three. So Boyang earned China two spots for the Olympics. There go another two: 21-2=19.

SPAIN: 4th + 27th (did not make cut). Everyone who doesn’t make the cut is considered 18. So 18+4=22. Spain do not gain any spots, but they don’t lose one either. So they have two spots. 19-2=17.

CANADA: 5th and 9th = 14. So no three spots for Canada, but they retain two. 17-2 = 15.

USA: 6th and 7th = 13. They hit the magic number! So the US gains an additional spot for next year (a spot they shouldn’t have lost but don’t get me started on that). 15-3 = 12.

RUSSIA: 8th and 11th = 19. So Russia don’t gain, but they don’t lose, maintaining two spots. 12-2= 10. (See how tight this is starting to get?)

ISRAEL: 10th. Bychenko was the only competitor, and he finished top ten, so Israel gain a second spot. 10-2=8 spots left.

UZBEKISTAN: 12th. Misha Ge ensures there is an Olympic spot for Uzebekistan. However, he is retiring due to ongoing injury, so this spot may not be used. If it cannot be used, it will be put in the pool for picking up at Nebelhorn. 8-1 = 7.

GEORGIA: 13th. Moris Kvitelashvili was the only competitor. They get one spot. 7-1=6.

LATVIA: 14th. Deniss Vasiljevs was the only competitor. They get one spot. 6-1=5.

AUSTRALIA!!!!!!!: 15th. Brendan Kerry was the only competitor (HE DID SUCH A GOOD JOB I’M SO PROUD). They get ONE SPOT!!!!!!!! Ahem. 5-1=4.

KAZAKHSTAN: 16th. Denis Ten was the only competitor. They get one spot. 4-1=3. You can see where this is going.

FRANCE: 17th. Chafik Besseghier was the only competitor. They get one spot. 3-1=2.

CZECH REPUBLIC: 18th. Michal Brezina was the only competitor. They get one spot. 2-1=1.

GERMANY: 20th. Paul Fentz was the only competitor. They get one spot. 1-1 = no spots left.

So you can see that BELGIUM, MALAYSIA, SWEDEN and THE PHILIPPINES all made the cut, but did not get any pre-qualified Olympic spots, due to how they were handed out higher up the order. It is a common misconception that all you have to do is make the cut; this is not at all true. (It got even worse in the pairs.)

Additionally, it should be pointed out that the spot belongs to the country, not the skater. Brendan qualified a spot for Australia, not himself. If the ISA wanted, they could choose someone else to go to Korea (not that they would). So even if Martinez had qualified a spot for PHI, he was not guaranteed to go to the Olympics anyway. 

Now, not all is lost! The remaining six spots will go towards the Nebelhorn Trophy, where countries who have not yet qualified fight it out for those last places. Nebelhorn is the ultimate stress factor if you’re a little country supporter. It’s also a one-shot thing. If you miss Nebelhorn, you’ve missed your chance. There are no third chances.

Regarding Nebelhorn: you will generally see skaters from countries who have already qualified there. This is allowed, it’s still a regular Challenger event, but those skaters don’t count towards Olympic qualification.

I hope I answered the question and didn’t go off on too much of a tangent. Please let me know if I missed the point entirely!