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Old 02-19-2014, 07:10 PM
 
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true. They obviously care much more about speed skating and skiing than the rest of the world. What about the majors - Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Britain? I'd guess citizens of Britain and Germany have a higher interest level due to their country's relative success at the Olympics.
My cousin and I were speaking of the Olympics today...she is Parisian, and even though France is not having a great Olympics, she and her friends certainly seem to be following it.

Europe is a large place, some will follow, others won't. You can't say that ALL European care or do not care.
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:21 PM
 
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Here in The Netherlands, we definitely care. Every major media outlet covers the Olympics on the front page. Speed skating in particular is very popular here and people watch these events as if they were watching a WC final. To give you an illustration, here are the Dutch TV ratings of yesterday:

1 SCHAATSEN OS 10KM HEREN HUL 4.326.000
2 SCHAATSEN OS NB 3.138.000
3 SCHAATSEN OS 10KM HEREN 2.891.000
4 SCHAATSEN OS 10KM HEREN VB 2.455.000
5 BOBSLEEN OS TWEEMANSBOB SV 2.343.000
6 IJSHOCKEY OS HEREN SV 2.203.000
7 GOEDE TIJDEN SLECHTE TIJDEN 2.078.000
8 STUDIO SPORTWINTER 1.906.000
9 SOTSJI VANDAAG 1.853.000
10 JOURNAAL 20 UUR 1.832.000

The ones in bold are related to the Olympics (in case you're wondering, "schaatsen" means speed skating ). Take into account that yesterday was a regular working day. If you look at the ratings on Sunday, the interest in the Olympics becomes even more obvious. Even a random sport like curling drew 1.7 million viewers. Out of the 25 most watched programs on Sunday, 16 were related to the Olympics.

Still, I would say the Summer Olympics are more popular here. There are far more sports we compete in and we are much more successful (although this WO has been great for us). We have won 2.5 times more summer medals than winter medals. Besides, the summer sports we traditionally win a lot of medals in (the water sports, cycling, equestrian, field hockey, judo) are much more global than speed skating which gives it more prestige. Make no mistake though, we take a lot of pride in our speed skating domination

Nice

Ratings are down here in the US. 4 years ago, we were able to watch all the events live. This time around we are made aware of the results before the events are aired on TV, so there's less inventive to watch.
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:25 PM
 
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My cousin and I were speaking of the Olympics today...she is Parisian, and even though France is not having a great Olympics, she and her friends certainly seem to be following it.

Europe is a large place, some will follow, others won't. You can't say that ALL European care or do not care.
Wait, I thought Europeans only cared about futbol?


sarcasm... calm down calm down.
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:27 PM
 
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Do you care dunno? Does skate dancing or sledging on a tea tray interest you? :-)
I like ice skating. Some of the skaters aren't bad looking
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:34 PM
 
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I'd imagine they are sick of turning on the television and watching the United States dominating everything.

**grabs popcorn**
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:40 PM
 
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Not as much as Eurovision.
her voice kinda sucks, but I love her


Germany "Satellite", Lena - Winner of Eurovision Song Contest Final 2010 - BBC One - YouTube
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Old 02-20-2014, 01:04 PM
 
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I'd imagine they are sick of turning on the television and watching the United States dominating everything.

**grabs popcorn**
I think this man has something to say about that:



What a rant of epic proportions
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Old 02-20-2014, 08:15 PM
 
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I think this man has something to say about that:



What a rant of epic proportions
lol well if he wants a challenge, he should come coach over here.... a la Jrgen Klinsmann
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Old 02-20-2014, 08:43 PM
 
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I'd imagine they are sick of turning on the television and watching the United States dominating everything.

**grabs popcorn**
Well, not *everything* Invincible))))

This one was simply amazing. The Russian school of ballet is as good as ever; I didn't watch figure skating for long time, so it was a nice surprise.


Выступление Юлии Липницкой на зимней Олимпиаде в Сочи 2014 720 - YouTube
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Old 02-21-2014, 06:07 AM
 
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true. They obviously care much more about speed skating and skiing than the rest of the world. What about the majors - Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Britain? I'd guess citizens of Britain and Germany have a higher interest level due to their country's relative success at the Olympics.


France and Italy are one of the most successful countries at the Olympics.

This is the World ranking: (summer)

tats-Unis
Union sovitique
Allemagne
Grande-Bretagne
France
Italie
Sude
Hongrie
Chine
Australie


UK+Germany+ France+ Italy won more medals than USA.
USA have never been good in sports.

Winter:

Norvge
tats-Unis
Allemagne
Autriche
Union sovitique
Finlande
Canada
Sude
Suisse
Italie
France
Russie
Pays-Bas
Core du Sud
Chine
Japon
Tchcoslovaquie
Grande-Bretagne

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