Recap from Sochi Olympics

Recap of The MG Republic’s Performance at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia

The Sochi Olympics are history and the team from The MG Republic (TMGR) came away with no medals but undaunted and vowing to return in 4 years.

During the Opening Ceremonies (the world missed their entrance due to a commercial break) the team entered smoking cigars and wearing vintage MG regalia. The clothing appeared to be from a wide range of eras and events but all bore the classic MG marque in some form or fashion with the lone exception being black polos from a recent GoF that bore no MG markings whatsoever.

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Opening Ceremonies

Greg Poffenbarger, recent winner of the country’s coveted Tim Moorhead award, was selected to carry the flag, which he chose to do in a most unusual way.

Greg Poffenbarger, recent winner of the country’s coveted Tim Moorhead award, was selected to carry the flag, which he chose to do in a most unusual way.

While ceremony organizers were devastated when one of the Olympic Rings failed to deploy, the TMGR team laughed it off saying, “Our rings are always failing...it’s one of the ways we produce the magical smoke that we are known for.”

While ceremony organizers were devastated when one of the Olympic Rings failed to deploy, the T.M.G.R. team laughed it off saying, “Our rings are always failing…it’s one of the ways we produce the magical smoke that we are known for.”

 

World journalists made much of some of the last-minute preparations and unfinished work...

World journalists made much of some of the last-minute preparations and unfinished work…

To which members of the TMGR delegation replied, “Hey...2 words for you: Stagecoach. Inn.”

To which members of the T.M.G.R. delegation replied, “Hey…2 words for you: Stagecoach. Inn.”

The Events

One of the events in which the TMGR team expected to excel was the 2-man bobsled. Their vast experience with pushing their cars was expected to carry over and, indeed, they had some of the fastest start times ever recorded. However they had trouble controlling their sleds in the steep curves and would often stop while other team members brought them beers and talked about what the best course of action would be

One of the events in which the T.M.G.R. team expected to excel was the 2-man bobsled. Their vast experience with pushing their cars was expected to carry over and, indeed, they had some of the fastest start times ever recorded. However they had trouble controlling their sleds in the steep curves and would often stop while other team members brought them beers and talked about what the best course of action would be

 

Another sport our team was expected to medal in was curling. Years of polishing and cleaning of their cars has made the curling team one of the world’s best. However, never having actually been on ice – their sole experience was in parking lots – proved to be their downfall.

Another sport our team was expected to medal in was curling. Years of polishing and cleaning of their cars has made the curling team one of the world’s best. However, never having actually been on ice – their sole experience was in parking lots – proved to be their downfall.

 

Mishaps and Scandals

There were some scandals that arose over the course of the games.

There were some scandals that arose over the course of the games.

 

No amount of polishing could erase the shame...the team's #77 was busted for taking performance-enhancing drugs.

No amount of polishing could erase the shame…the team’s #77 was busted for taking performance-enhancing drugs.

 

An international outcry went out when 2 of the Olympic Rings went missing for a night.

An international outcry went out when 2 of the Olympic Rings went missing for a night.

It was never discovered what happened, but we think we have a clue.

It was never discovered what happened, but we think we have a clue.

Another embarrassing moment for the team occurred when they actually missed an afternoon's events. A team spokesperson blamed it on the inability to read the Cyrillic signs. Let's just say they did alright with signs that had pictures.

Another embarrassing moment for the team occurred when they actually missed an afternoon’s events. A team spokesperson blamed it on the inability to read the Cyrillic signs. Let’s just say they did alright with signs that had pictures.

 

And, as is often the case at the Olympics, the judges came under scrutiny. This photo, taken by a security camera, shows the unprofessional voting method used

And, as is often the case at the Olympics, the judges came under scrutiny. This photo, taken by a security camera, shows the unprofessional voting method used

 

 

Relaxing at the Team HQ in the Olympic Village

Despite all the tension surrounding the games, Vladimir Putin graciously visited the TMGR team and even brought along the Olympic flame to light up cigars with the group. Here Frank and Michael chat it up with the Premier.

Despite all the tension surrounding the games, Vladimir Putin graciously visited the TMGR team and even brought along the Olympic flame to light up cigars with the group. Here Frank and Michael chat it up with the Premier.

 

Matt Lauer visited the team enclave and had some laughs with members of the Women's team

Matt Lauer visited the team enclave and had some laughs with members of the Women’s team

 

Bob Costas came to the team's closing ceremony. He revealed that his pink eye was caused by riding from Texas to Indianapolis with the top down

Bob Costas came to the team’s closing ceremony. In addition to flirting with the ladies, he revealed that his pink eye was caused by riding from Texas to Indianapolis with the top down

 

 

 

 

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