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Old 08-09-2012, 08:04 PM   #691
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:58 PM   #692
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But hopping, skipping, and jumping aren't analogous to fly, back, breast and free.
This. There's simply no track equivalent to the various swimming strokes. I guess maybe if you had some sort of "medley" event where you had to alternate, say, race walking with running, then that might be somewhat comparable. But differences in distance (it's the same "stroke" for all sprints, i.e. 100-400m; the difference is in pacing), hurdling (swimming has no obstacle event), combined track and field events like decathlon (again, swimming has nothing like this)--those aren't analogous at all.

To me the most amazing thing about Bolt isn't his ability to set records in both the 100m and 200m--he's the very best, absolutely, but others have been world-class at both--but rather that someone who's frickin' 6'5" can block start and drive like that. That he can (seemingly) coast ahead so easily once at maximum velocity is less surprising, at that point the height's an advantage, but that's more than halfway through the race. He's great despite his build, not because of it.
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Jamaica is really bolting up the medal table, huh.
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But hopping, skipping, and jumping aren't analogous to fly, back, breast and free.
How about vault (two totally different types), bars, beam, and floor ex?
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To me the most amazing thing about Bolt isn't his ability to set records in both the 100m and 200m--he's the very best, absolutely, but others have been world-class at both--but rather that someone who's frickin' 6'5" can block start and drive like that. That he can (seemingly) coast ahead so easily once at maximum velocity is less surprising, at that point the height's an advantage, but that's more than halfway through the race. He's great despite his build, not because of it.
And he's the first person to have successfully defended his Olympic titles on both the 100m and 200m. And this is not because the others are bad as those might've been the strongest 100m and 200m line-ups ever. At the 100m, everyone finished below the 10 seconds (Powell excluded, but he got injured midway through). At the 200m 5 runners finished in 20.0 seconds or less, compared to only 3 four years ago.
And Bolt beat them all. Amazing!
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love it ~ that poor girl is never gonna live it down!

um, those rhythm gymnasts (you know the sparkly bendy ones?) are slightly unnerving but oddly compelling!
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The Olympics would be so much better if rhythmic gymnastics, sychronised swimming, and dressage were just cut from the programme.
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The Olympics would be so much better if rhythmic gymnastics, sychronised swimming, and dressage were just cut from the programme.
No no no no no! The point and giggle ( ) factor alone makes the synchronised swimming and sparkly gymnastics fun in small doses - not sure that I've ever watched dressage and there must be an audience for it, hell there's an audience for the 10k swim so anything is feasible

oooh, more sailing gold for the Aussies! yay!
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Rhythmic gymnastics is fine, I don't care about the other two.
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I'm surprised insomniacs aren't sent to watch synchronised swimming.
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Synchro is hella hard, yo. Seriously. Those girls are in shape.
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I'm not doubting that!

Still, if I can't sleep during the Olympics, I know what to watch.
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