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Old 07-26-2012, 08:46 PM   #106
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I do think the games need to be rejigged a bit. Because, honestly. Who gives a fuck about equestrian? Or synchronised swimming?
I don't know why you'd say equestrian, since that's hugely popular (well, the showjumping and cross country is; the less said about the snoozefest of the dressage, the better), but sychronised swimming has to go. Sure, that'll upset about three people, but they'll get over it ... and just switch over to the synchronised diving, which is rather awesome.

As for the amount of sports, I suppose there is something of a problem in that everybody wants "their" sport recognised as an Olympic sport but there's only so much time. I like a large, diverse Olympics though - if you find one event boring, it's not hard to find something else on that day that you like. That said, I'd be inclined to suggest that team sports should only be included when an Olympic medal is one of the highest honours in the sport. That would exclude soccer, despite its global popularity, because an Olympic medal means nothing compared to even a half-decent placing in a World Cup. Does anybody in Australia even remember how well any Aussie soccer team has ever performed in the Olympics? Meanwhile, I think the entire country still remembers that World Cup match in 2006.

I am very pleased that rugby sevens will be added at the 2016 games. It can be held over just a weekend, so it's much quicker than your average Olympic team sport, it doesn't require any special venues, it's been very successful in the Commonwealth Games, and it gives a good number of smaller countries a realistic medal chance that they've never had before, e.g. Fiji. It'd be a much better fit than some of the stuff currently in the programme.

Plus it's hopefully another gold for New Zealand. We've never lost a rugby sevens match in the Commonwealth Games.

I'm a bit skeptical about this push by some people to get Twenty20 cricket added to the Olympics though ...
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Well, I was referring to dressage. Forgot about the others. Who the fuck finds dressage even remotely interesting?

Watch this. This is fucking hilarious.

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Dude could have (and should have) just ducked under the hurdles.
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Well, I was referring to dressage. Forgot about the others. Who the fuck finds dressage even remotely interesting?
Ask Charlotte. She defends it every time I rubbish it!

But then she practically grew up on a horse.
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Dude could have (and should have) just ducked under the hurdles.
My favourite bit is that after about three hurdles he doesn't even bother to jump anymore
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there's one version of that video with "you're the best" from one of the karate kid movies mixed in. always make me laugh.
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I watch more Women's Soccer than Men's at the Olympics, but I do enjoy seeing some of the future men's stars. Women's has some continued storylines from the WWC, though its still not as good as the previous years womens world cup.

Last year's World Cup was amazing. Great drama, there should be a highlights DVD of the tournament.
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I'm a bit skeptical about this push by some people to get Twenty20 cricket added to the Olympics though ...
Cricket? It would never, ever qualify. You need x number of countries, with a spread representing all continents, all playing to an acceptable standard. A small number of ex colonies of varying standard falls way short. Even rugby doesn't stand a chance and it is legitimately far more global than cricket.
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The only reason I don't want to see cricket in there is because 20/20 is a shit game.

There was a quidditch exhibition match a few days ago in Oxford. I did a story on some of the Australian players, and when I jokingly asked if they'd like to see quidditch in the Olympics, one of them quite seriously said "we'd like to think so, within about 20 years"
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The only reason I don't want to see cricket in there is because 20/20 is a shit game.

There was a quidditch exhibition match a few days ago in Oxford. I did a story on some of the Australian players, and when I jokingly asked if they'd like to see quidditch in the Olympics, one of them quite seriously said "we'd like to think so, within about 20 years"
Perhaps in 20 years we'll have perfected the flying broom.
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HAHA at that drinking game. Kerri Strug! I think she's going to be doing coverage for NBC. Lots of shots.

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I've got to pick a men's soccer/football team to pull for.
I'm thinking New Zealand.
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Oksana Chusovitina shouldn't be here. Not wearing a leotard anyway. A coach's sweat suit maybe, but certainly not a uniform.

Yet there the well-traveled 37-year-old was on Thursday, grinding through gymnastics podium training at The O2 Arena with German teammates closer in age to her 12-year-old son Alisher.
Precise on beam. Powerful on vault. Same as it ever was for one of the most remarkable athletes of her generation.
In a sport where 20 can be considered ancient (just ask the recently retired Shawn Johnson), London will be Chusovitina's sixth Olympics.
Yes. Sixth.
At 37, German gymnast Oksana Chusovitina still going strong
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