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Beijing Olympics 2008

  1. Aug 10, 2008 #1

    Gokul43201

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    For all your Olympics related posting.

    Who just watched the 4 X 100 Men's Swimming? What an amazing finish by Lezak!
     
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    I want to see the opening ceremony but NBC wont let anyone post it on youtube. I missed it.
     
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    I saw some of women's singles badminton this morning...This chick from Mauritius (who looked fine) was doing badly...meh, to many sports to keep track of.
     
  5. Aug 10, 2008 #4
    I also been googling for it for more than 2 days.

    Damn everyone, they all embeded youtube on their pages...:shy:
     
  6. Aug 10, 2008 #5

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    That was a pretty incredible finish.

    Btw, cyrus, nbc does have the opening ceremony footage on their website. http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/nbcencore/index.html

    You have to download a buggy new MS plugin for it....
     
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  7. Aug 10, 2008 #6

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    GO AUSTRALIA! =D
    yay for tennis
     
  9. Aug 11, 2008 #8

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    The most unexpected results of the day, however, belong arguably to the Women's 400m freestyle team from Britain. Adlington stunning Hoff with a great comeback finish was one thing, but Joanne Jackson claiming 3rd place (beating out Balmy, Pellegrini and Potec) must be pretty sweet too.
     
  10. Aug 11, 2008 #9

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    Why do you all want to watch it on YouTube? NBC is still a free channel to watch. :confused:

    I've watched some of it while inside, but a lot of it has been events I'm not particularly interested in...water polo (what a strange sport to watch), and I think it was some sort of boxing (they were in a ring with head protection on, I didn't watch any more than that). I caught some swimming the other night, some of it while sitting in a bar (so, yeah, even if you don't have a TV, all the bars are playing the olympics on their TVs too), but I can only watch a little of that before I get bored. I missed the gymnastics, which I usually enjoy. Will they televise any equestrian events, and if so, does anyone know the schedule? Those along with gymnastics are my favorite summer events (I'm more of a fan of winter olympics).
     
  11. Aug 11, 2008 #10
    I never understood the equestrian events. I could understand if everyone rode the same horse, but as it is doesn't the person with the best horse win? How much difference can the skill of the rider make?
     
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    That was truly an amazing race. I do believe the French were actually dumbfounded that they lost. One of them had boasted rather loudly that they were going to beat the USA and Phelps out of a gold in that event.
     
  13. Aug 11, 2008 #12

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    You'd make one horse do the same run over and over again? That poor horsie :frown: ...
     
  14. Aug 11, 2008 #13

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    Very interesting relationship between Pellegrini and Manadou (the 2004 Olympic Gold Medal winner that also made the finals). Pellegrini already had Manadou's ex-lover and was a big favorite to take her Gold Medal, as well. For a while, it looked like Manadou was going to have a truly inspired performance. I think she was still leading half-way through the race, but, eventually, physical reality set in and she wound up in last place way behind all of the other swimmers.

    Hoff looked kind of shocked, too. She beat the person she had to beat (Pellegrini) by a decent margin. Who'd of thought Adlington and Jackson would put in that kind of performance?
     
  15. Aug 11, 2008 #14

    BobG

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    The horse and rider are a team. Of course, the rider probably cares more about winning a medal than the horse. The horse would just like a carrot.

    The training of the horse factors into how well the team does as well, so the rider actually does affect who has the best horse - more than a relay runner affects the performance of his team mates. I'd almost compare it to dog agility competition. The training of the animal has at least as much affect as the animal's natural abilities do.
     
  16. Aug 11, 2008 #15

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    The horse and rider train together, and the skill of the horse is a direct reflection of the skill of the rider in training that horse. Also, it does take a LOT of athletic skill to ride a horse at that level. You could not take a bad rider and put them on a good horse and get a good outcome. I also like it because it requires a true skill along with athletic ability to ask a horse to do what they do and get it to happen (especially events like dressage). Much better than people who win events by hundredths of seconds because they had a faster swimsuit.
     
  17. Aug 11, 2008 #16

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    I agree. They should ban swimsuits so all of the swimmers are competing on a level playing field.

    Maybe the field should be filled with water first. :uhh:
     
  18. Aug 11, 2008 #17

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    :rofl: I dunno, some of the swimmers may naturally have more drag than others without suits. :uhh: Though, hmm...I might be able to watch the swimming competition longer. :tongue2:
     
  19. Aug 11, 2008 #18
    As long as this isn't the reason you like the equestrian events.
     
  20. Aug 11, 2008 #19

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    The entire schedule is available at www.nbcolympics.com and there is a also a lot of high quality online-only broadcasts - thousands of hours worth. No equestrian today, but there is some tomorrow morning (you were just going to sit at your desk and pretend to work anyway, right?).
     
  21. Aug 11, 2008 #20

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    I'm on vacation, so don't have to worry about pretending to work. :biggrin: I don't have any morning plans for tomorrow other than staring at a coffee cup, so I should be able to watch before heading out for the day. Thanks.
     
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