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2012 Olympics (TM) (belated)

  1. Aug 7, 2012 #1

    cobalt124

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    This thread is for anyone to comment/share any favourite moments/experiences/whatever from the Olympics, primarily to stop Dangers specific thread being derailed.
     
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  3. Aug 7, 2012 #2

    cobalt124

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    I also wanted to comment on this without derailing said thread. The mens 10k was the high point for me too, our first 10k gold. Point taken about the coverage, BBC bias is annoying.
     
  4. Aug 7, 2012 #3

    arildno

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    Unless this thread becomes an ovation of Tom Daley's "little thing", I will lodge a formal protest.
     
  5. Aug 8, 2012 #4

    cobalt124

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    Well, thats my point exactly. Coverage is so concerned with the GB medal haul, the real issues are not being sufficiently covered.
     
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    Chi Meson

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    I can understand BBC spending all their time covering Mo, but I'm talking about the American broadcaster, NBC, also barely giving notice to Rupp. They missed a fantastic story (or maybe they did one and I missed it?) about them being training partners and working with Salazar (hero of my running youth) and specifically training to beat everyone else in the final 200 meters (which is exactly what happened).

    Rupp is the nicest guy you'd ever want to meet, too. And a continuance of the great Oregonian running tradition.
     
  8. Aug 10, 2012 #7

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    Sounds like Mo Farah got some of the best training there is.

    I hear that NBC hold the coverage rights in the U.S. for the Olympics and are only showing highlights. I was surprised at that, it seems a great shame.

    What I've been waiting to see is a U.K. medal won truly on individual efforts without sponsorship or an army of trainers behind them. Nicola Adams achieved this yesterday in the flyweight boxing. There must be other examples of this type of achievement in the current Olympics, unfortunately I'm not gettng to see as much coverage as I would like.
     
  9. Aug 10, 2012 #8
    I'd prefer a discussion about Henrik Rummel's "little thing."

    (For anybody who doesn't get the reference... here)
     
  10. Aug 10, 2012 #9

    arildno

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    There are, in general, far too few erections in competitive sports these days, and even worse, a total lack of intelligent strategies how to take advantage of them (say, in judo or wrestling).


    This erection-hostile environment in international sports is the major impediment to the popularization of sports to significant groups of women and gays, and thus lowers profits of advertizing, contributing to large scale unemployment (in addition to unwarranted penis pride).

    Critical scrutiny of athletic phallii ought to become a major focus in the next Olympics.

    Pathological megalophallism should, of course, be discouraged, Rummel's is perfectly Ok, and the hype, rather than the thing itself, has become too large.
     
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  11. Aug 11, 2012 #10

    BobG

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    Best of Olympics so far? US vs Canada in womens soccer semi-finals. What an incredible second half!

    And I have to admit Canada got jobbed on the keeper infraction and the subsequent penalty kick. A really bizarre call (I don't know how long Canada's keeper held the ball, but that's a call that's usually only made for blatant violations intended to run out the clock, and Canada was trying to run out the clock, so it might have been a correct call) followed by a really bad call (being hit by the ball isn't the same as handling the ball).

    And that was followed up by a great finals game, as well. Great game by Solo who barely deflected two shots into the crossbar to save goals (plus Japan's keeper barely deflected a potential own goal into the post - all of Japan's "shots" were hitting woodwork!)
     
  12. Aug 11, 2012 #11

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    Where to start.. the last couple of weeks have been fantastic. From an epic opening ceremony (which I hope people outside the UK understood.. at least in part), things have only got better. Biased of course, but I think we've put on a brilliant show, and it also helps that GB far exceeded anyone's expectations in the medal haul. For me, one of the highlights was Chris Hoy standing on the podium having received his 6th (and last) olympic gold medal and visibly fighting back the emotion while the national anthem was played.

    I didn't apply for any tickets when they went on sale months/years ago, since I didn't think it'd be worth the hype, but then kind of regretted it. I did get to see a football game, though, which was fun: GB v Korea in Cardiff... which we lost on penalties (as per usual!).
     
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