Winnipeg Jets Fans Getting Antsy Waiting For Playoffs

The NHL playoffs have arrived. The Winnipeg Jets are in the thick of it. Since relocating from Atlanta to Winnipeg back in 2011 the Jets have made the playoffs once. Back in 2015 they lost 4 straight games to the Anaheim Ducks. Didn’t win a game. But this year could be different.

The drastically improved team this year finished 2nd overall in the league regular season. Suffice it to say the fans are hysterically excited. The Jets play the Minnesota Wild tomorrow night in the first game of the opening round. Expectations are high, but trepidation is also very apparent. The nerves are tingling, hearts are pounding, and the sweat is flowing. Let it start!

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I’m sure the Jets are ready. They are big and strong and very fast. They have also been honing their skills for the much anticipated playoff run.

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It’s going to be a White-Out!

There is a tradition that started in Winnipeg back in the 80’s where all the fans wear white for playoff games.

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Memorable Images from The Pyeonchang Games

The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, which ended on Sunday, yielded 102 gold medals in 16 days.

The Olympic stadium is seen in an aerial shot during the closing ceremonyImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES

The closing ceremony was a colourful event, complete with drones depicting the official mascot, a white tiger named Soohorang, with white lights (below).

Artists perform as yellow and red lines of light follow behind themImage copyrightREUTERS
Team Great Britain athletes walk holding flags and recording on their phonesImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionTeam Great Britain walked in the Parade of Athletes, with snowboarding bronze medallist Billy Morgan holding the Great Britain flag
Red fireworks explore over a crowded Olympic stadiumImage copyrightREUTERS
Figures gather around a giant projected logo of the Beijing 2022 OlympicsImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionThe upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics were advertised in style

We take a look at some of the best pictures taken by sports photographers during the Games.

Four male skaters race each other with the Olympic rings image seen in the ice beneath themImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionSkaters race in the Men’s Mass Start semi-final
Ice skater Anna Duskova spins in the hair horizontally as her partner Martin Bidar looks up at herImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionAnna Duskova and Martin Bidar of Czech Republic in action during the Pair Skating competition
Shaun White hugs a friend in celebrationImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionShaun White (right) of the US hugs a friend as he wins gold at the Men’s Halfpipe
Team Sweden hug each other in celebrationImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionTeam Sweden celebrate their curling win against South Korea
Dawid Kubacki is seen on skis in mid-airImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionDawid Kubacki of Poland competes at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre
Skater Nathan Chen is seen with arms outstretched with coloured Olympic signs in the ice beneath himImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionUS skater Nathan Chen performs
A South Korea fan smiles with logos on her faceImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionA South Korea fan shows her support for her team
Nicola Tumolero and Riccardo Bugari seen on the ice, one with arms outstretched, the other sitting on the iceImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionSkaters Nicola Tumolero and Riccardo Bugari of Italy fall after a final
Phoebe Staenz lying on the groundImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionPhoebe Staenz of Switzerland scores a goal against South Korea
Magnus Nedregotten slides along the ice whilst CurlingImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionMagnus Nedregotten of Norway in action during a curling event
Yura Min and Alexander Gamelin perform their routine with Yura's arms outstretchedImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionFigure skaters Yura Min and Alexander Gamelin of Korea perform
Adam Rippon spins on the iceImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionAdam Rippon spins during a figure skating event
Kaori Sakamoto holds her ice skate up to her head whilst competingImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionKaori Sakamoto of Japan competes in a Single Free Skating event
Thomas Bing lies in the snow whilst looking at the cameraImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThomas Bing of Germany lies on the snow during a cross-country quarterfinal
North Korean cheerleaders hold unification flagsImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionNorth Korean cheerleaders hold unification flags
Lizzy Yarnold competesImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionLizzy Yarnold of Great Britain slides during the Women’s Skeleton

Germany issues ‘travel advisory’ after beating Canada in 2018 Winter Olympics hockey

Mason Raymond of Canada, skates off as Germany players celebrate after the semifinal round of the men's hockey game against Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Feb. 23, 2018.

 

Mason Raymond of Canada, skates off as Germany players celebrate after the semifinal round of the men’s hockey game against Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Feb. 23, 2018.

Germany is warning its citizens in Canada to exercise “a high degree of empathy,” after the men’s hockey team beat Canada to advance to the gold-medal final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Team Canada lost to Germany in a hard-fought semifinal match going down 4-3.

“A tough loss for us and we let our country down today. It’s a tough pill to swallow,” said Canadian defenceman Mat Robinson, who scored one of Canada’s goals.

Shortly after Canada’s loss, the German Foreign Office, based in Berlin, tweeted a “travel warning” for Germans in Canada, urging them to “hug” a Canadian.

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Canada returned a diplomatic tweet, to point out the fact that the Germans are playing for their first-ever Olympic hockey gold.

“Thanks @GermanyDiplo. Congrats on your first shot at gold! We remember our first gold medal match in #IceHockey like it was yesterday… 1920 to be exact,” reads the tweet from Foreign Policy CAN.

 

Russian Curler Caught Doping At Winter Olympics

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Victoria Moiseeva, in a high-stakes match, found it impossible to push a brewing scandal out of her mind on Monday morning at Gangneung Curling Centre. It was the first time in her life, she said, that she could not fully focus while competing.

“It’s a catastrophe,” she said.

Moiseeva, the skip, or head curler, of the Russian women’s team was referring to the possible effects of a failed doping test by a fellow Russian curler here at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

She and some other Russian athletes fretted that the damage from this single case could be widespread.

“This is simply terrifying to think about,” she said.

The athlete, Alexander Krushelnytsky, is the first from Russia to come under investigation at these Games for using a banned substance, jeopardizing the bronze medal he won last week in the mixed doubles competition with his wife. It also complicates Russia’s effort to rehabilitate its image after a vast state-backed cheating scheme at the 2014 Sochi Games it hosted left it nominally barred as a team from the Games.

The International Olympic Committee had been considering allowing Russia to march under its own flag at the closing ceremony Sunday. But several members now privately suggested that allowing that would risk appearing to appease Russia and could undercut an effort to play up the peacemaking presence of a North Korea delegation at the Games.

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On rare occasions, there have been doping violations in curling, since it is, on balance, a taxing feat of endurance to sweep the broom round after round. The sport, however, is not accustomed to being at the center of such a high-profile case, so the news sowed confusion and puzzlement among the curlers here.

Curling is a sport in which players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four concentric circles. It is related to bowls, boules and shuffleboard. Two teams, each with four players, take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones, also called rocks, across the ice curling sheet towards the house, a circular target marked on the ice. Each team has eight stones, with each player throwing two. The purpose is to accumulate the highest score for a game; points are scored for the stones resting closest to the center of the house at the conclusion of each end, which is completed when both teams have thrown all of their stones. A game usually consists of eight or ten ends.

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Not to be confused with another Scottish sport called Hurling.

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