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Old 08-15-2004, 06:46 PM   #16
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"being from Woodstock"

Aye, I do live here but only have for two years. . .I am a Yankee!


You really wanna move back here?




I loved watching swimming today but volleyball couldn't keep my attention.
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Old 08-15-2004, 07:05 PM   #17
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and what is with all of the hurling at the thorpedo?????
Tall poppy syndrome?

I love seeing Thorpey win, although I always feel a bit sorry for Grant Hackett. I'd love to see them go 1 2 in the 200m as well! It'll be great to see him win the 1500 and I hope Craig Stevens gets silver.

As for the women - the relay was brilliant! And I was so excited to hear that Petria Thomas has finally won an individual gold medal, it's so great for her!

Nice to hear we've done well in some of the other sports e.g. diving, road race, shooting etc.

It's amazing that we do so well when we've got such a small population (even if most of us are sports nuts, doesn't make us all GOOD at sports!!)
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I gotta say that the one bad thing that I have found so far with the Olympics is the shit channel 7 coverage. Yesterday morning I woke up at 7am put the telly on and waited until midday to see the replay of the 400m's race. Knowing that the majority of the population would not of seen the race at the lve time, they waited and waited to show the replay and there were no good highlights of the night before- I think seven is doing a shit job, thank goodness sbs is also there for a bit of a change!!!!!
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What really chaps my ass is that Canada should be able to do as well if not better than the Australians! We're similar countries, have similar population sizes, etc. But Australia always does terrifically well in medal count while Canada usually gets 10-15. The reason?

Australia's funding of amateur sports beats Canada's by almost 5 to 1.

What's with this? We can't win because we don't have the funding! We could be doing equally as well as Australia if only we had the damn cash to build adequate facilities to support our athletes. Morale among Canadian amateur athletes is so low because they don't feel supported. This needs to change. Hopefully having the Olympics back in 2010 will finally wake the government up and get some money for our athletes.

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Australia's funding of amateur sports beats Canada's by almost 5 to 1.

We could be doing equally as well as Australia if only we had the damn cash to build adequate facilities to support our athletes.
And if you did that the rest of your cultural activities would be just as fucked as Australias

All the money goes on sport and not much else

sport, sport, sport!
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And if you did that the rest of your cultural activities would be just as fucked as Australias

All the money goes on sport and not much else

sport, sport, sport!
This is so true, it is rather sad how much money and attention is given to sport here, but then again it is only certain sports too. I spent my younger years as a swimmer, I was never going to be great, but I was better than average and the amount of support and help that is available to swimmers is phenomenal....I do think that we pay too much attention to sport here but then again things like the Olympics and the fact that our culture is so imbedded in sport makes it hard to get around, maybe the defence budget could be spent on the arts and then things would be a bit more equal.....

and Dave, what about Canada's role in winter sports??? I thouhgt the Canadians always did well in those sports- is there much funding for them???
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maybe the defence budget could be spent on the arts
And the world would be a better place, my friend
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and Dave, what about Canada's role in winter sports??? I thouhgt the Canadians always did well in those sports- is there much funding for them???
Winter sports are slightly better - but not by much. At the 2002 Salt Lake City games, we got 6 gold, 3 silver, 8 bronze for 17 medals total.

Funding is a bit higher for winter sports, which is because there is traditionally more of a TV audience for winter Olympics here. The only sport that really gets anywhere close to the funding it needs is Ice Hockey. The reason for that should be obvious, Canada is hockey-mad, especially when it comes to the Olympics. We went ballistic in 2002 when we won the gold...it was incredible...the entire country just stopped and went to the closest TV. Streets were completely empty and people were crammed into Future Shop (our equivalent of Best Buy, don't know if it's anywhere but Canada) just to watch the game on the walls of TV's. It reminded me of September 11th, to be honest, the way everyone just stopped what they were doing to get to the nearest television set.

But enough of my rambling. Point is that our athletes need cash. Bad.
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"being from Woodstock"

Aye, I do live here but only have for two years. . .I am a Yankee!


You really wanna move back here?




I loved watching swimming today but volleyball couldn't keep my attention.
You damn Yankee!!!!!!!!!

jk.

I am a native of GA. Born and raised in Marietta. I moved to Woodstock a few years ago then moved to Atlanta to be closer to work. Now I am in the process of buying a home so yeah I am thinking about moving to Woodstock because the home prices are more affordable, it is a pretty there, and I have a lot of friends who have bought homes in the area.
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Bummer, Courtney McCool made a huge mistake in her balance beam routine.
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Who was that who fumbled on the floor? USA woman . . .someone.

I been loving the swimming. I don't care who wins. . .it's fun to watch.


Woodstock is bleh in my opinion but that doens't matter. I am in Towne Lake. . .the Fairways. . .
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Courtney McCool just fumbled up floor, too.

Eek. It's a shame after working so hard.
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The US girls are not doing so well.
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The U.S. girls were a bit of a mess on floor exercise, unfortunately.
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Winter sports are slightly better - but not by much. At the 2002 Salt Lake City games, we got 6 gold, 3 silver, 8 bronze for 17 medals total.
We might do really well at the summer olympics, but we suck at the winter olympics. I think our total winter olympic medal count is 3. Ever. And one of those was Steven Bradbury, who won the race because everyone fell over.
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