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Mar 27, 2014Canadian, Sports

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Which countries do you cheer for in the Olympics?

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José: I uh, really enjoyed watching the Sochi Olympics.

Alex: Yeah, me too you know, ah I’ve got uh, three countries to cheer for. You know, uh, being from Canada.

José: Oh, that’s right, that’s right, that’s right, yeah yeah.

Alex: Yeah, you know, I’m from Canada (Canada) right, we both are and uh, my parents were born in Poland (mm-hmm) and of course living in Japan right now.

José: And, uh you know, you have your choice of countries, four choices of sports. uh, Canada, well of course hockey, (yeah) although we’re really good at a lot of stuff lately.

Alex: Yeah, in the winter Olympics especially Canada has been very good in the last couple Winter Olympics.

José: And Japan figure skating you know (yeah) um and uh, Poland is good at what again?

Alex: Uh, this year has been good for Poland, uh, ski jumping and cross country skiing. I don’t know about anything else.

José: Ski jumping? I I I, I wouldn’t think of ski-well, I don’t, I’m sorry I will confess my ignorance (mm-hmm) about Poland, but I really don’t know much about Poland, so I don’t even know what the terrain is like. It’s mountainous I suppose?

Alex: The southern border of the country is mountainous, right, the border with the the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

José: I can understand the cross-country part, I mean, you know, you’re you’re in that part of Europe so that’s… with the Finns and the Norwegians and stuff that’s all they do. They pickle herring and they go cross-country skiing basically. Oh, they’re good at hockey too you got to say that about the Finns and the Swedes. (yeah they are) I remember the very first time I saw an Olympics with their teams and I thought wow, I, they play hockey really well. I was really surprised.

Alex: Yeah yeah, they’re one of the big big hockey countries, yup.

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José: Which do you prefer though overall, winter or summer? I would guess winter.

Alex: Oh yeah, I prefer winter.

José: Yeah OK. And that’s because of the Canadian thing?

Alex: Yeah, it’s nice to see Canada get all those medals, you know. Um, I don’t have anything against the summer olympics, you know, I wish all the athletes well, uh, it’s nice to see athletes uh, who’ve trained so hard for so many years to to uh, give their best performance.

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Which Olympics do you like better, winter or summer? Why?

Why does Alex prefer watching the Winter Olympics?

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  1. The sport that I am most interested in at the Winter Olympics is still figure skating.
    One of the reasons is that Japan is a strong figure skating nation, but figure skating has the fun of not knowing what will happen.
    At the Sochi Olympics, Yuzuru Hanyu achieved an unprecedented 100 points in the short program, but in subsequent free skating, he fell with a four-turn salchow and failed to land on an ice with a three-turn flip. The score was far from, and it was provisional first place, but since Patrick Chan who acted after that was a candidate for the victory, everyone thought that Yuzuru Hanyu would be a silver medal. However, he also touched the ice with a quad tow loop and a triple accelerator, and in the middle three consecutive jumps, the triple salchow made two revolutions and the last two accelerators also made many small mistakes, such as stepping out, resulting in a result. Yuzuru Hanyu won the championship.
    At the Pyeongchang Olympics four years later, Yuzuru Hanyu was injured, which threatened his participation rather than the victory, but at that time, he was the No. 1 in the world ranking, and there is a prospect of recovery, so the Olympic representative Was elected to. At the tournament, he took painkillers and participated in the tournament, achieving his second consecutive Olympic title.
    Figure skating is a miracle and a fun competition, so it’s interesting.

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