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Old 08-01-2012, 07:47 AM   #361
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Kazakhstan are a strong sporting nation, not all that surprising.
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:29 AM   #362
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Chuffed the New Zealand women's rowing pair of Haigh and Scown got bronze. They'd not been fancied too much and were struggling with form but put in a damn good race. Almost snuck in for silver, but by the looks of the interview they were pleased to make it home with a medal at all rather than collapsing from pain just before the finish line. Barely beat the fast-finishing Yanks too.

Looks like we might soon be in on the gold. The pair of Bond and Murray look incredible, pornstaches aside (friggin' Cobbler, I can't un-see that now), and I really, really hope Mahé Drysdale can get the single sculls gold this year. He was favourite in 2008 before he was struck down with a severe stomach bug on the day of the final ... he still rowed, limped home for bronze, and was immediately loaded into a waiting ambulance. Guy's a champion.
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:31 AM   #363
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Oh, and best TV of the Olympics? Gruen Sweat. Even if I had to miss part of it tonight to watch Haigh and Scown. The ads in The Pitch tonight were to try to convince the world to add Aussie Rules to the Olympics - fucking hilarious, especially the second one.
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Bugger, had to go pick my sister so I missed the end. I will iView it tomorrow.

How good is the canoe slalom?!
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Love the slalom, one of my favourite sports in the Olympics. Hoping to stay up for the final tonight, will just record it watch it in the morn probably cause I'm well fucked
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I was able to have a complete blackout on the results again, so it was exciting to see the gymnastics unfold. I agree about the artistry, it's gone the same way as figure skating. The Russian women have always been so artistic, but they were making so many mistakes that you couldn't even see that. We only got to see the Russians and the US. I'm no gymnastics expert by any means but how was McKayla's vault not perfect? They used to give out perfect scores in the Olympics, no more I guess.

I think it's obvious from the interviews with Michael Phelps, especially last night, that he just wanted a break from the grueling training. And how can he motivate himself to that extent again after all he has accomplished? Even though he has seemed to be a machine he's only human.

And I haven't seen any equestrian, it must be on during the day or not at all. Unless the royals are there.
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Looks like we might soon be in on the gold. The pair of Bond and Murray look incredible, pornstaches aside
Those guys look amazing - like they have a propeller, haha.
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interesting that the medal count totals have been tied everyday, China - USA


with two Chinese badmitten teams tossed and track and field starting soon, this will surely change
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0.01 of a second is all that separated gold and silver - WOW!
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big well done to Bradley Wiggins!! what a star!! Tour de France and now this!!
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Not a bad couple of weeks for Wiggo, good to know he's a big fan of Smiths and Stone Roses.

Bit disappointed Cancellara didn't medal.
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0.01 of a second is all that separated gold and silver - WOW!
Yes, that was an exciting race!
The Dutchie also did quite well. He finished fifth with a personal best (which is always good, no matter which position you finish) and only the second Dutchman to swim under 48 seconds (Pieter van den Hoogenband being the first one). After the race he was interviewed and it was funny to see how his mood was constantly switching between satisfaction and disappointment. Satisfaction for having swam such a good race (personally). Disappointment as he missed the bronze medal by 0.08 of a second, which is also almost nothing.
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interesting that the medal count totals have been tied everyday, China - USA


with two Chinese badmitten teams tossed and track and field starting soon, this will surely change
They've built up their walking and throwing events quite a bit, actually, but they've never regained the strength in middle- to long-distance running they had 20 years ago, so, yeah, no contest in depth. They do have one big star, Liu Xiang (110m hurdles)--he lost to Aries Merritt (US) by just a few hundredths of a second at the World Championships last spring (in the 60m), and now they're facing off against each other in London, so, that should definitely be one to watch.

The badminton match throws were bizarre. Lamest thing I've seen at the Olympics in a while.
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Man, anyone that follows sports didn't need that article to put things into perspective, but, it was a decent read anyway. His medal haul/sustained excellence more than speaks for itself. I'm happy for him, but I look forward to his last race because that'll be the last time I have to watch his annoying Mom and sisters.

Martina, I'm with you. I am glad the USA women's gymnastics team won gold but I kind of miss the grace and artistry that used to be a little more important.....alas, times change.

Oh, and, the very first time I heard Lochte talk I could tell that he's a borderline moron, but, it doesn't take a brain surgeon to be an elite athlete. We all could cite countless examples of such.

I continue to enjoy watching things like Archery and Table Tennis and Rowing and Handball and Indoor Volleyball Live, at work......that being said, I'm pretty ready for Track & Field to get going soon.

I'm loving the Olympics, kids.
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They've built up their walking and throwing events quite a bit, actually, but they've never regained the strength in middle- to long-distance running they had 20 years ago, so, yeah, no contest in depth. They do have one big star, Liu Xiang (110m hurdles)--he lost to Aries Merritt (US) by just a few hundredths of a second at the World Championships last spring (in the 60m), and now they're facing off against each other in London, so, that should definitely be one to watch.

The badminton match throws were bizarre. Lamest thing I've seen at the Olympics in a while.
It's really only a question of when, not if, China takes the #1 position in the summer Olympics. They clearly aim for sports with a lot of medals - swimming is a great example, track would be another one, but they haven't done well there yet. I think the US will be at the top of the podium this time (number of medals-wise, not gold), but to me it's probably likely to be the last. Once the Chinese take over swimming, or at least increase their competitiveness in that discipline, it will be over, regardless of what happens in athletics.

With 1.2 billion people and their training regimen, is it that surprising?

I have a family friend who won 4 gold and 2 silver medals and is the most successful female skier at the Olympics of all time. Her father was her coach for her whole life and she came from a country which basically has no winter except in a very small pocket. He has always said that he wanted to show the world that you didn't need to be the richest country, you didn't have to have the best resources and you didn't even have to have an established culture in a particular sport - all you needed was a naturally-born athlete (ie. somebody with a strong predisposition for a particular sport), a competitive spirit, and a will to train three times as much as the next person until you were the best.
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