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Old 08-15-2016, 11:09 AM   #211
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Exactly. It's their national sport. If Bolt were born in the US he may not be a sprinter. With his body type he'd have likely played football.

To me that's the most amazing thing about him is how tall he is and is still so dominant at the sprints.

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Exactly. It's their national sport. If Bolt were born in the US he may not be a sprinter. With his body type he'd have likely played football.

To me that's the most amazing thing about him is how tall he is and is still so dominant at the sprints.

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It is astonishing watching him unfold his height and then just pass everyone.
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In Jamaica, you either run track or you bobsled, those are the country's sports passions.
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Roger Cohen with some truths today:

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i recall reading a lot of complaining from britons about the london olympics before they happened. i think it's just the nature of the olympics now that everyone can tweet or blog about every little inevitable issue that comes up when an event of this magnitude is organized.
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i recall reading a lot of complaining from britons about the london olympics before they happened. i think it's just the nature of the olympics now that everyone can tweet or blog about every little inevitable issue that comes up when an event of this magnitude is organized.
There was, because the UK government was cutting a significant amount of social funds from neighborhoods in need while pouring absurd amounts of money into the Olympic Village. IIRC there were also efforts to move various "undesirables" out of Tottenham and other areas close to the Olympic facilities.
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Here's another NBC gem: beach volley semifinal starting at midnight local time so it can be broadcast live at prime time in the West Coast.
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Exactly. It's their national sport. If Bolt were born in the US he may not be a sprinter. With his body type he'd have likely played football.
There have been many good crossover athletes, and playing multiple sports is common in high school. He may have played football in the fall and ran track in the spring for example.
Devon Allen of the Oregon Ducks is running the 110 hurdles in Rio.
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I think you've both missed the point? In the leadup to London there wasn't a story every second day about how it would be disaster, because it's a Western, English-speaking, first-world" country. It happened with Beijing, too. Endless stories about pollution that ended up being a load of crap, just like all the scare stories about Rio in the leadup.

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Here's another NBC gem: beach volley semifinal starting at midnight local time so it can be broadcast live at prime time in the West Coast.
(I'm here on the West Coast) The whole NBC coverage generally SUCKS. I've watched more volleyball than I care to, and missed some of the smaller but just as interesting sports. Next time, I'll buy on demand....
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Holy shit, our guy just beat the super-favorite Lavillenie in the pole vault with an Olympic record. Automatically one of my favorite Olympic moments ever. Damn.
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Wow, what a day. The men's 800m was great, with David Rudisha becoming the first man since Peter Snell in 1964 to defend his title. Then holy fucking shit the end to the women's 400m, it's going to be talked about for ages. And finally that fight for gold in the pole vault.

A bunch of my colleagues and I were clustered around a computer for the 400m and we exclaimed so loudly at the end that suddenly the rest of our floor came rushing in to find out what had happened.
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Grr, wish I'd seen the 400m and pole vault live. So annoyed with myself. The pole vault is nuts. You could easily die doing it.
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I know athletes say stupid things right after they lose, but Lavillenie just compared himself to Jesse Owens in 1936 to complain that the crowd was against him. The money quote:

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Haha what. The hostility from the crowd was a bit extreme - I especially feel for that poor gymnast who got cheered for every misstep - but it's also the sort of parochialism you expect and should know how to cope with as an athlete.
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