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Old 07-29-2012, 11:17 AM   #211
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I haven't had time to watch any Olympics until this morning. Sad to have missed the Opening Ceremony because I was working, but it's taped and I'll get to it next weekend.

Woke up in time this morning to watch some synchronized diving and see Canada win the bronze.

I need to figure out which events are on and when, so I can plan my TV watching.
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Old 07-29-2012, 11:19 AM   #212
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the swimmer that criticized phelps was tyler clary. 1st time olympian.

the funny thing, if i remember right, is the only reason clary made the team was because phelps backed out of one of the events.
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Old 07-29-2012, 11:35 AM   #213
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That's nice



I can't wait for the women's gymnastics. They're showing it now, but I guess that's from last night? I haven't watched any of it online, I went on the NBC Olympics site yesterday and just the schedule made my eyes cross. All you have to do is pick your cable system and log in with an account that you already have-or create a new account.

I'm rooting for Aly Raisman. She's from MA-she's incredible on floor exercise.

This morning I watched some of the tennis on Bravo-which is actually live. Andy Murray was playing.
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Old 07-29-2012, 11:45 AM   #214
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the swimmer that criticized phelps was tyler clary. 1st time olympian.

the funny thing, if i remember right, is the only reason clary made the team was because phelps backed out of one of the events.
Yes that was him. That seems like terrible form to me, to criticize your sport's icon when he's the reason you made the team. Plus it's the rookie and the "elder". There was also some female athlete (not a swimmer) who said that she didn't like Phelps because he didn't hang out and socialize with the other Olympians, that even the NBA players did that. She was talking about the last Olympics. Maybe that's just what he needs to do to focus, and obviously it worked last time. They say he's loosened up and become more social. Maybe that's just his personality too, who knows.
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I can't wait for the women's gymnastics. They're showing it now, but I guess that's from last night?
No, it's from this morning. Jordyn Wieber failed to qualify for the individual all-around, huge upset.
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Old 07-29-2012, 11:51 AM   #216
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gymnastics has been going on live since this morning. some of the countries who historically aren't very good at gymnastics were first up. there was a lot of ladies going out of bounds and falling off beams and bars.

the nbc site was confusing for me at first too. i couldn't sign in and then read the fine print: "To watch NBC Universal's live coverage, full events and rewinds online, you must subscribe to Cox TV Essential or Cox Advanced TV"

luckily i was able to borrow a friend's information to sign in

some of the feeds don't have commentary (which can be both good and bad), but from what i read after the fact was...

 
aly did very well and will be going for the all-around title. jordyn wieber was the third best american and will not
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Old 07-29-2012, 12:18 PM   #217
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We watched it live and she was unreal in her final 100, almost comical. I wouldn't be surprised if something was amiss.


the trend seems to be Chinese athletes blowing people away on the last 100 (or 50). Sun Yang did it in the 400 free, destroying Park, and he also broke Grant Hackett's world record in the 1500 at the 2011 worlds with an unreal final 50. one difference is that Sun Yang has been on the rise for years and at least his splits are in context ... whereas Ye's final 100 in that IM was almost 3 seconds faster than any woman has ever swum a final 100 in the IM, including Stephanie Rice's suit-assisted 2008 WR from Beijing (where everyone was suit-assisted). it's just ... weird. all the swimming blogs are unhelpful as you're either yelling "HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED EPPO!" or "YOU'RE A RACIST" -- but discussion has begun. as it always does in women's swimming, thanks to the legacy of the GDR.

poor Rice. i liked her, despite the homophobic tweet a while back. she seemed like she'd be fun.

but except for her, the Aussie women are swimming lights out so far.
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the swimmer that criticized phelps was tyler clary. 1st time olympian.

the funny thing, if i remember right, is the only reason clary made the team was because phelps backed out of one of the events.

Clary was 3rd in the 400 IM at Trials, beaten by Phelps and Lochte, and he would have been an easy medal contender if more than 2 athletes were allowed from a single country. he was pissed, because he didn't think Phelps was going to swim it. Clary made the team in the 200 fly (behind Phelps) and the 200 back (behind Lochte), and it is his first time. the swimmer who made the team when Phelps dropped the 200 free was Ricky Berens.

Clary said that Phelps had been "asking to get beat" for years, and that he has so much more talent than anyone else and doesn't have to work as hard, and when it comes to a distance event like the 400 IM in recent years, it seems to have come true. what was unfair about Clary's comments was that it seemed to be about Phelps' entire career, which is untrue -- he famously swam every day from the end of the Sydney Olympics through Athens (when he was 15-19).

i also think it's unquestionable that he's not in the same shape as he was in 2008, and i think it's also understandable. he was a phenom from the time he was 11, and has essentially been raised in a pool and wrapped in a bubble when not in the water. he also has millions of dollars and fame after 2008, and the mundanity of training for swimming must seem awful when you finally have the money to jet to Vegas for the weekend and party with girls in bikinis.

still, Phelps has had bad swims before and bounced back. so unless he's totally missed his taper, i expect him to swim well in the shorter events.
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That was tough for Wieber. She seemed pretty devastated when the result came in. I was rooting for her to take home the all-around Gold. Damn. Now we just need Aly and/or Gabby to bring it.

I call bullshit on all of the sensationalist headlines saying stuff like "Wieber's Olympic Dream Is Over", though. Shit ain't over. She can (and probably will) still win Gold in the team competition, and be a huge contributor there. And, correct me if I'm wrong, but she can still compete for a medal in an individual event competition, right? If she qualified in the Top 8 or whatever on a certain event? I think her floor routine might have been good enough. I'll have to check the numbers again.

And Maroney is gonna win the fuck out of Gold on the vault, and it's gonna be awesome.

I'm enjoying this water polo match on NBC right now.
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Beach volleyball on a Sunday afternoon.

It's been four years. I forget. Do these women always hug after every point they score? Is that a thing?
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What a great day of Olympics so far.

US dominated the French. Not that surprising.

I've really loved watching archery. The women's team final was close and had a lot of weather.

Watched most of the Women's gymnastics qualifications. US has room for improvement but still finished first. Russia looked damn good and I feel bad that Jordyn Weiber didn't make the All-Around final.

Love watching volleyball and water polo and the US won in both today!

Finally, the swimming was so good. Glad to see Dana Vollmer get that World Record. The crowd reaction to Rebecca Adlington winning bronze in the freestyle was awesome. And finally the relay. Well, the French got their revenge. What a great anchor leg. Oh and Michael Phelps had the fastest split for the US. Good to see him bounce back.

Last of the day for me, beach volleyball. Watching the jennifer Kessy and April Ross from the US, and they are just dominating.
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are you watching online?


womens volleyball is 4 pm on my cable
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are you watching online?

womens volleyball is 4 pm on my cable
Yeah, I'm watching online. I can't wait for NBC to finally show these things 3 hours later.m
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I really didn't know much about Glastonbury itself, other than it was a place, and they had a big music festival there.

Thanks to U2's little ditty about it, I learned a little more about it, and then on one of the Palladia airings of the festival, the camera would occasionally pan to the distance, where the hill stood. You could tell there was something on top of it, but the camera never got close enough to see what it was. (is it a shrine or something?)
it's a little tower, i think it's called St Michael's tower (off the top of my head)...
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Old 07-29-2012, 04:52 PM   #225
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loved Danny Boyle's opening show, and loved Mr Bean - that made my night ha

was also amazed how much music history he got into the show, but i guess that's one of Britain's biggest exports!

haven't managed to watch any of the events yet though lol, but hoping to catch some equestrian footage this week!
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