PyeongChang 2018

MUNICH -(MunichNOW Sports)- Though we would never support, condone or aid an independent Bavarian movement (though the idea of a king and queen would be rad), we thought now at the half way point might be a good time to see how many medals Bavaria would have if it competed as an independent country.

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Bavaria hosted the Winter Olympics at Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936
Germany has been killing it at the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. There have been medals in the usual disciplines, those almost never seen on American TV like the biathlon, cross country skiing, luge and something called the Nordic combined, which exists we are told by our crackpot researchers.

There have been a few surprises too. Germany won the pairs figure skating with a German-passport-carrying Ukrainian, who can flat out skate better than most of us can walk, and a Frenchman whose biggest task is to throw the Ukrainian as high and far as he can and make sure he does all of the other things in the program without being noticed. Also, a German won a snowboarding competition, which is usually dominated by the Americans.

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This would be the halfway Closing Ceremonies Parade. Bavaria would have at this point: 8 individual or team golds, a silver and a bronze.

Announcer: “And here they come now. The Bavarian Winter Olympic Team, the beautiful white and blue flag carried by a woman, and rightfully so, their dominance in the endurance events a testament to their strength and fortitude.”

Color Commentary: “Wait! Look! It looks like the Bavarian flag is being carried by two women, a statement on the importance of the team or club or group over the individual, a typical and honorable trait found in the Bavarians.”

Announcer: “Yes, no competition between teammates and the flag is being carried by Laura Dahlmeier and Natalie Geissenberger, two of the most decorated Bavarian Olympians of the last decade. Dahlmeier from Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Munich’s own Geissenberger got the Bavarian ball rolling with their dominance in the early events, perhaps allowing some of the other Bavarian athletes a chance to relax and let their performances flow.”

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Laura Dahlmeier at Biathlon WC 2015 Nové Město
Laura DAHLMEIER—Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Biathlon 7.5 km Sprint, 10 km Pursuit
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Natalie GEISENBERGER—Munich, Luge
Color Commentator: “Flowing performances are not usually something found amongst the Bavarians, but yes, those early medals may have given the squad a collective sporting soma.”

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Andreas WELLINGER—Traunstein, Ski Jumping
Announcer: “We would be remiss, however, if we failed to mention the early gold last Saturday, in the event of ski jumping, the Normal Hill Individual, won by the mighty mite Andreas Wellinger, from Traunstein.

His performance and execution were sublime and his exuberance on the podium helped remind many of us exactly what it is the whole Olympic Games are about.”

Color Commentary: “Back to the ladies, Dahlmeier, with two golds and a bronze this Games in the biathlon, has been an absolute beast, and Geissenberger with her two golds in the individual and team luge, to go with another gold from Sochi and a bronze from Vancouver has been a consistent champion for many years.”

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Tobias ARLT—Berchtesgaden, Luge Doubles
Announcer: “There’s Tobias Arlt, from Berchtesgaden, has repeated in 2018 what he won in 2014, a double gold in the luge doubles and the team relay.”

Color Commentator: “Most people would not recognize Tobias on the street, unless he wore his combined four gold medals.”

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Katharina ALTHAUS—Obertsdorf, Ski Jumping
Announcer: “And there are the final two, silver-medalist in ski jumping Katharina Althaus, and the now certain-to-be-soon-naturalized Bruno Massot! What a skate he had the other night! It had been 66 years since Germany won a pair figure skating gold, and though it took two persons not born in Germany to pull off the trick, Massot lives in Oberstdorf and he will be recognized on most streets in Germany for a long, long, time!”

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Bruno Massot—lives in Obertsdorf, Figure Skating Pairs, with pairs partner Aliona Savchenko
Color Commentator: “Massot lives in Obertsdorf and so does Althaus. He’s French and well, any chance he’s rendezvousing with Kathi near the ski jump?”

Announcer: “C’est la vie. And here comes Belorussia…”

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Michael V. Owens
Born in San Diego and raised in Florida, Michael grew to appreciate the ocean deeply. This changed when he moved to Munich but the Bavarian Alps are a suitable substitute for the Atlantic Ocean. Like many here, he enjoys hiking, biking and swimming during the 6-week long summer. He has diplomas in History and English literature. Michael gives lectures at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München on English writing skills, English grammar and American culture. He has lived in Munich for nearly two decades, the last 12 years with his wife. They have an eight-year-old daughter who speaks German and English equally. Michael does not. He hopes to (at some point) learn German, but is convinced Oscar Wilde was correct when he said, “Life is too short to learn German.” Michael can be read with fewer constraints from his editors at He can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram under the name LaptopsAndLederhosen.