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The Sochi Olympics

Mar 27, 2014 | Canadian, 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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