Today, as we celebrate the opening of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, I am proud to announce a contest of Olympic proportions.  Kosmo is going head-to-head with John from LivingWithBalls.com in a fantasy Olympic contest.

The basic rules are:

You can have 12 athletes on your team.  The following limitations apply:

  • No more than two athletes from any one discipline (the disciplines are in the left hand column below)
  • No more than six athletes from any continent
  • An athelete can consist of a single individual or a pair

Each person also selects two teams.  A team is defined as any group larger than a pair.

Scoring is as follows:

  • Gold medal = 10 points
  • Silver medal = 5 points
  • Bronze medal = 3 points

Check back during the Olympics for updates.  The Soap Boxers will be on the ground in Vancouver on the couch in Iowa bringing you coverage of the games as they unfold.

Without futher ado, the picks:

Alpine Skiing Lindsey Vonn, USA

Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway
Lindsey Vonn, USA
Biathlon Helena Jonsson, Sweden Helena Jonsson, Sweden
Bobsled Lange/Kuske Germany  
Cross Country Skiing Ola Vigen Hattestad, Norway Justyna Kowalczyk, Poland

Petter Northus, Norway
Curling Canada Canada
Figure Skating Evan Lysacek, USA

Kim Yu-Na South Korea
 
Freestyle Skiing    
Hockey Russia  
Luge Armin Zoeggeler, Italy Erin Hamlin, USA

Armin Zoeggeler, Italy
Nordic Combined   Jason Lamy Chappuis, France
Short Track Lee Jung-Su, South Korea Apolo Anton Ohno, USA

Wang Meng, China

China, 3000M relay
Skeleton    
Ski Jumping Gregor Schlierenzauer, Austria  
Snowboarding Shaun White, USA Shaun White, USA
Speed Skating Shani Davis, USA Shani Davis, USA

Sven Kramer, Netherlands


BOLD indicates that an athlete is on Team Kosmo as well as Team Balls.  Between the two of us, we’ve managed to pick an athlete in 13 of the 15 disciplines.

Who are you keeping an eye on in Vancouver?

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