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DaveC 08-13-2004 09:44 PM

The Official Athens 2004 Olympics Thread
 
I just realized we don't have a thread to discuss results and things, so here it is! The Ceremonies just finished and the games have begun!

Give'r!

Eirinn 08-14-2004 08:51 AM

The ceremony was superb. Certainly the best I've seen so far, a true 21st century thing. Here's to the Greeks!

OzAurora 08-14-2004 05:49 PM

Now I probably am very biased, but in all honesty I do think that the sydney opening ceremony was a little better than the Greek one. Here on Australian telly they showed a replay of the entire opening ceremony before the live feed crossed to Athens at 3.30am. Seeing the sydney one again and then seeing a replay of the athens ceremony made me realise that the Sydney one was just superb- especially the lighting of the cauldron- all that fire and water with Cathy Freeman doing the honours!!! and who could forget that amazing tap dogs scene and the opening with the horsemen clad in their driza bones. I really liked the timeline through Greek history- those costumes were just beautiful and I give a big two thumbs up to having DJ Tiesto mixing up the tunes as the athletes arrived in the stadium, I think that was a really progressive move, but what was with Bjork???? even as a big fan of her, I thought that song was rather ordinary. I gotta say though that it did seem a little short, but all in all it was a great opening ceremony.....

Now for the competiton- "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi!!!" to the Thorpedo grabbing the gold in the 400m freestyle:wink:

Jack In The Box 08-14-2004 07:57 PM

1. Barcelona
2. Athens
3. I don't know

^for opening cenemonies...

now, I'm wainting for Tae Kwon Do... :hyper:

and 400 m. for women

beli 08-14-2004 08:20 PM

I only saw the second half of the opening ceremony. I enjoyed it but wished I had a list of the Greek alphabetical order of the nations in the procession.

I dont speak nor read Greek so the order was too difficult for my anal little mind to cope with. :crack:

Does warm the cockles of my oversized mutant heart that the Greeks actually get to hold an Olympics again :hug:

Saracene 08-14-2004 08:34 PM

I LOVED "Greece through history" parade, and the arrival of teams is always fun (mostly it's a golden opportunity for my sister, mum and I to pick apart everyone's uniforms, :) We agreed that US and Russia take a golden Razzie this year for worst-dressed Olympians.) I agree with OzAurora though, I liked the lighting of cauldron in Sydney much better.

Yay for Thorpie and Grant Hackett taking gold and silver in 400 freestyle, and double yay for Aussie girls winning 4 x 100 freestyle relay! :) Men's 200 freestyle should be very interesting tonight.

beli 08-14-2004 08:40 PM

Uniforms - was it just me or were there a lot of beige pant suits at the ceremony this year?

In the effort to not highjack this thread I will make a frock thread :up:

DaveC 08-14-2004 09:39 PM

I want to kick that shit-eating grin right off Ian Thorpe's face. :|

MySuicidalTurtle 08-14-2004 10:13 PM

I am waiting for both mens and womens water polo. . .they won't be on for a couple day though. So, I am fine with swimming until then!

Synchro should be good, too!

Justified 08-14-2004 10:19 PM

The opening ceremony was awesome.

As usual Atlanta's ceremonies looked like shit compared to all the others. :der: :der:

I love watching the male swimmers! :drool:

MySuicidalTurtle 08-14-2004 10:27 PM

I love watching male swimmers, too. I am a swimmer and polo player myself so I have seen and do see many men. . .in speedos and jammers.


Though I have always been against the full boudy and half body suits.

beli 08-15-2004 12:44 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by DaveC
I want to kick that shit-eating grin right off Ian Thorpe's face. :|
i havent seen it this time but im with you. Go Pieter vandenhaagendaas :up:

Justified 08-15-2004 04:07 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by MySuicidalTurtle
I love watching male swimmers, too. I am a swimmer and polo player myself so I have seen and do see many men. . .in speedos and jammers.


Though I have always been against the full boudy and half body suits.

first :up: for you being from Woodstock. :D I used to live there and I am thinking about moving back there.

second :up: for you being a swimmer and polo player. My ex was a swimmer and water polo player. He taught me a lot about both sports. I have great respect for swimmers and those who play water polo. :yes:

Jack In The Box 08-15-2004 04:32 PM

where's the "dream team"? :rolleyes:

OzAurora 08-15-2004 05:15 PM

Boasting time- I no it is only the second day of competition but already Australia is second on the medal tally- not bad for a country of only 20 million sports nuts:wink:


and what is with all of the hurling at the thorpedo????? I cant wait to see him win again and I am personally looking forward to the 1500m, hopefully Hackett will get to have his day in an event that Thorpey dosnt compete in:)


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