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Old 08-13-2012, 06:49 PM   #841
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I must say, CTV's coverage in Canada was perfectly balanced between supporting our athletes and showing a nice variety of foreign athletes. Couldn't have asked for better
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Seriously. His Australian trip, plus the Jamaican colours, make him "our Bolt".

Sadly, Andrew got all excited because he thought people finally liked him.
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Aussie Usain?
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Old 08-13-2012, 07:45 PM   #844
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Referring to it as 'accessible' is silly. It's exciting, visceral, and about as pure a sport as you can get. That's why people watch
It's also that pretty much every human on the planet has been in a foot race for 100m or some equivalent. Very few people will ever run a 10K race.

That's for me why I find Bolt to be the most amazing of the athletes - he is the best at the one thing that probably every one of the 6 billion of us have tried at some point - running fast, racing against another kid down the block, etc. He's really the only one who can say that he knows that he is the best ever. With other sports, you can never be 100% sure because there are many, many people who may have been naturally gifted but never tried. Most people will never try the pole vault or diving, many people will never learn to swim, etc.
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Plus, the 100m and 200m are over in 10 and 20 seconds respectively. No kid is sitting down to watch all two hours of the marathon.
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Old 08-13-2012, 07:54 PM   #846
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It's also that pretty much every human on the planet has been in a foot race for 100m or some equivalent. Very few people will ever run a 10K race.

That's for me why I find Bolt to be the most amazing of the athletes - he is the best at the one thing that probably every one of the 6 billion of us have tried at some point - running fast, racing against another kid down the block, etc. He's really the only one who can say that he knows that he is the best ever. With other sports, you can never be 100% sure because there are many, many people who may have been naturally gifted but never tried. Most people will never try the pole vault or diving, many people will never learn to swim, etc.
well put
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:00 PM   #847
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Everyone knows who Donovan Bailey is; A special event was even created when Michael Johnson arbitrarily declared himself the fastest man when he ran the 200m. That 150m race between Bailey and Johnson was a huge deal.
It's been a long time but I thought it was NBC that started the 'Johnson is faster' dispute and Johnson then took it from there. I seem to remember them showing a split screen of Bailey and Johnson side by side running over the same stretch of track and Johnson covered it faster so they declared him to be faster. Guaranteed that if Bailey had been American it would have never come up. Up until then it had been taken for granted that the 100m winner was the fastest man. If Michael Johnson wanted to prove he was fastest he should have run the 100m.

Edited to add that I just checked Wikipedia and it turns out it was NBC and Bob Costas in particular that started the 'Johnson is fastest' thing. From Wikipedia:

"In 1996, Bob Costas, the host of NBC's Olympics coverage, and others, pointed out that Johnson's gold-medal performance in the 200 m (19.32 seconds) was faster than Bailey's 100 m performance (9.84 seconds) in that 19.32 divided by two is 9.66. Bailey later dismissed Costas' comments as "a person who knew nothing about track talking about it with a lot of people listening", nonetheless, the sportscaster's remarks touched a nerve. The 200 metre time almost always yields a "faster" average speed than a 100 metre race time since the initial slow speed at the start is spread out over the longer distance. In other words, the second 100 metres is run with a "flying start", without the slow acceleration phase of the first 100 metres and without the greater than 0.10 s reaction time of the start. In fact, each 200 metre gold medalist from 1968, when fully electronic timing was introduced, to 1996 had a "faster" average speed at the Olympics, save one, yet there had been no controversy over the title of "world's fastest man" previously, until Bob Costas' remarks during the 1996 Olympics."

Ahh, Costas. Hating on foreign sprinters who are faster than ours for decades. And yes, I'm still annoyed about his snotty remark about Bolt the other night.
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Everyone knows who Donovan Bailey is; A special event was even created when Michael Johnson arbitrarily declared himself the fastest man when he ran the 200m. That 150m race between Bailey and Johnson was a huge deal.
Michael Johnson vs. Donovan Bailey - YouTube
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Like it or not, some events are vastly more popular than others and the athletes in the former will be getting most of the attention.
That's why I said it was a rhetorical question, dude. I get why the men's 100m is the most popular event with many audiences--I wasn't complaining about it! I love watching it too.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:12 PM   #850
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Wow. That is the most anticlimactic thing I've ever seen
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Yep. I remember watching it.

Johnson totally wussed out cause he knew he was beat.
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He could have at least clutched his hammy or something...
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:39 PM   #853
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It's been a long time but I thought it was NBC that started the 'Johnson is faster' dispute and Johnson then took it from there. I seem to remember them showing a split screen of Bailey and Johnson side by side running over the same stretch of track and Johnson covered it faster so they declared him to be faster. Guaranteed that if Bailey had been American it would have never come up. Up until then it had been taken for granted that the 100m winner was the fastest man. If Michael Johnson wanted to prove he was fastest he should have run the 100m.

Edited to add that I just checked Wikipedia and it turns out it was NBC and Bob Costas in particular that started the 'Johnson is fastest' thing. From Wikipedia:

"In 1996, Bob Costas, the host of NBC's Olympics coverage, and others, pointed out that Johnson's gold-medal performance in the 200 m (19.32 seconds) was faster than Bailey's 100 m performance (9.84 seconds) in that 19.32 divided by two is 9.66. Bailey later dismissed Costas' comments as "a person who knew nothing about track talking about it with a lot of people listening", nonetheless, the sportscaster's remarks touched a nerve. The 200 metre time almost always yields a "faster" average speed than a 100 metre race time since the initial slow speed at the start is spread out over the longer distance. In other words, the second 100 metres is run with a "flying start", without the slow acceleration phase of the first 100 metres and without the greater than 0.10 s reaction time of the start. In fact, each 200 metre gold medalist from 1968, when fully electronic timing was introduced, to 1996 had a "faster" average speed at the Olympics, save one, yet there had been no controversy over the title of "world's fastest man" previously, until Bob Costas' remarks during the 1996 Olympics."

Ahh, Costas. Hating on foreign sprinters who are faster than ours for decades. And yes, I'm still annoyed about his snotty remark about Bolt the other night.
Another reason to hate Costas. Thanks for pointing that out. By all accounts, Michael Johnson is actually a fairly nice guy
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That's why I said it was a rhetorical question, dude. I get why the men's 100m is the most popular event with many audiences--I wasn't complaining about it! I love watching it too.
rhetorical questions like that are meant to stimulate conversation, so that's what you get

gawd, stop complaining that you don't like watching the 100m!
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Wow. That is the most anticlimactic thing I've ever seen
Johnson was about to get his ass handed to him, so he went gimpy. I remember Bailey saying right afterward that Johnson pulled up because he was scared
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