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Old 08-01-2012, 07:59 PM   #376
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Damn, what a shame that Kiwi cyclist Linda Villumsen came within less than two seconds of the bronze in the women's time trial. Sounds like she put in a mighty effort to even be within contention though. Maybe we'll score some medals at the velodrome; the events there have been good to us in the past.

As for the badminton thing, surely some blame lies with the people who drew up the schedule? If you design a schedule where teams will end up in a position where losing actually improves their prospects, what do you think they're going to do, try to win emphatically?
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:01 PM   #377
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I have successfully managed to avoid spoilers all day, and will now be settling in to view NBC's primetime coverage as if all of these events are happening live. I have no idea who wins the men's gymnastics all-around, or what happens in any of the swimming swumming. Let's go.

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Old 08-01-2012, 08:02 PM   #378
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As for the badminton thing, surely some blame lies with the people who drew up the schedule? If you design a schedule where teams will end up in a position where losing actually improves their prospects, what do you think they're going to do, try to win emphatically?
That's what I was thinking. They could have done what FIFA (eventually) did to combat match fixing by having the last games of the round robin played at the same time.
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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.
A little form going onto the table, beyond that not much. Anyone who aspires to be anything on vault needs to sit down and study the physics of her vaulting.

But no, you won't see perfect scores any more. We have not seen one at the Olympics since Lavinia Milosovici's 10.0 in the floor final in 1992.
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As for the artistry on floor, the problem is not just the increasing amount of tumbling passes (and the length requirements never changing) but also IMO the entire sport has suffered since compulsories were scratched after 1996. So they were boring for anyone unlike myself (who eats, sleeps, breaths gymnastics) but they forced technique and versatility, not just sets of tricks. That goes for every event.
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As for the artistry on floor, the problem is not just the increasing amount of tumbling passes (and the length requirements never changing) but also IMO the entire sport has suffered since compulsories were scratched after 1996. So they were boring for anyone unlike myself (who eats, sleeps, breaths gymnastics) but they forced technique and versatility, not just sets of tricks. That goes for every event.
I noticed that myself. It seems all the routines started to look alike with the same moves after 1996. Even the Chinese stopped being so creative and doing mindblowing moves, and became as nearly compulsory as everyone else.

BTW, thanks for the Milo video. Brings back good memories of when I first discovered gymnastics
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I actually like contemporary bars and beam (I love the combinations people are doing these days, rather than just seeing who can fit as many layouts in a row on the beam). Vault has come a long way but with the difficulty comes the mistakes. I'd almost rather watch people do easier vaults that look effortless (like all the layout Yurchenkos we saw in the 1992 Olympics) than throwing vaults and getting hurdled sideways our on their face. Floor....I don't know, I never did floor myself (I've never taken dance, other than some required PE college credits I did after I quit gymnastics) and since I hurt my back early on I was a beam and bars specialist before it was cool to be a specialist. So I can't really say I miss the artistry because I'm not real dance-y myself and really, some of the older routines look rather silly with all the arm flailing and jazz hand stuff...but I definitely miss compulsories (and the old team format with seven members, and the 40/60 where the prelim scores *did* carry over....).
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Wow, the 100-meter free. Doesn't get much closer than that. Nathan Adrian. What up.
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My first reaction was "Wow, what a gorgeous shot!"

My second reaction was "What kind of doping are they doing where that poor gymnast now has a foot where her head should be?????"
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Dannell Leyva's stepdad was cracking me up - dude was PSYCHED!


I can't watch while the events are airing live, so I have to wait for the highlight shows in the evenings. It's frustrating how choppily they've been edited. I understand they have limited time in which to do this, but the amount of events that are cut off at really weird points (mid-sentence, even) to go to a commercial break or something is annoying. At least the Canadian channels are good about showing the entire events, even when there aren't Canadians competing.
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Loved Allison Schmitt, even if she does sound like Julia Child.
Hahaha, I saw a video of her on NBC on a regular day and she didn't sound like that, she just sounds like that after races. I notice in her post-swim interviews she seems more out of breath than anyone else. But hey, it works.
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Wow, the 100-meter free. Doesn't get much closer than that. Nathan Adrian. What up.

I know, right? And the fact that he's adorable and smart makes things all that much better.

I'm picking Lochte to pull off the double gold tomorrow. Phelps looks exhausted. It's too bad.

But then again, the way these Olympics are going, some unknown could upset. What a great meet on the whole -- live seeing some of the shiny-suit records being taken down. And from the drunken blind nationalist perspective, Team USA is having a great meet.
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Everyone in my office was watching the Women's Gymnastics final. Balance beam always gives me a heart attack. I felt bad for the Russians, but I honestly think the Americans would have won even without the Russian disaster on Floor. The US was flawless today. Lastly, Jordyn Weiber could teach some much older athletes about how to deal with a little disappointment. SHe was great today.
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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.

Stop it guys. You're going to break California!

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Oh my god, Channel Nine is showing gymnastics highlights! I can barely believe my luck. Every time I'd switched on their highlights packages before, it was all swimming, replays of swimming, interviews with swimmers crying over the oh-so-terrible disgrace of winning a medal not coloured gold, and perhaps occasionally some token footage of an Aussie sports team or rower.

What the hell is Mark Nicholas doing, though? He sounds so bored and confused by the gymnastics. Does he even know sports other than cricket exist?
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