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surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 261.2 - Posts: 2770)
Sun, 10th Aug '08 5:46 AM

OFFICIAL OLYMPICS UPDATE

Hey, hey USA!

Lil' ol' Wales are chasing you in the Gold race - 1 to 2 just now!


donleigh
Donleigh  (Level: 147.8 - Posts: 5087)
Sun, 10th Aug '08 1:14 PM

Any minute now, Wales will pass those Yanks

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 10th Aug '08 1:22 PM

And howabout those Dutch girls?

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 1935)
Sun, 10th Aug '08 1:23 PM

But when are we going to show up

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 10th Aug '08 1:39 PM

we meese are waiting OC!

donleigh
Donleigh  (Level: 147.8 - Posts: 5087)
Sun, 10th Aug '08 2:49 PM

Row, row, row your boat Randy. It's a safe bet all our medals are gonna be from the rowing events - anything else is a bonus in the summer. We still have Despatie in the diving to come and the soccer teams' a good bet.
I'm happy if we have Canadians setting new Canadian records and personal bests - which they are doing - the summer games are not our best Olympics.
Bring on the snow

leeze83
Leeze83  (Level: 35.2 - Posts: 70)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 6:15 PM

good luck with that. we plan to take all the rowing medals. sorry, but it's just the way it is.

oh and the sailing/boardsailing ones. i'm claiming those as well...

and that will be about it.

leeze83
Leeze83  (Level: 35.2 - Posts: 70)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 6:16 PM

oh yeah! go cymru! (is that spelt right?)

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 6:23 PM

I was thinking of a way to make the rowing events more interesting, cause they are boring as hell.

I think they should give one member of each team a gun, let them blast holes into the other team's boat and while they are rowing they have to bail out the water.

Now THAT I'd watch.

Me.

leeze83
Leeze83  (Level: 35.2 - Posts: 70)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 6:34 PM

OMG that would be cool. So as well as bailing fast, and shooting straight, you would need to row extra fast, to get across the line before you sink. It could be the ultimate sport - you need to be multi talented!!!

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 6:45 PM

While we're on the subject of the Olympics, I thought I'd mention that the IOC voted this spring to eliminate two sports from the summer olympics as there are "too many events".

So they voted and the two eliminated sports after these olympics are Baseball and Softball. If that's not an "F You America", I don't know what is.

So...in 2012, I can continue to be ENTHRALLED with the likes of synchronized swimming, synchronized diving and rythmic gymnastics.

I thought the IOC was supposed to be unbiased. Bunch of total crap.

Me.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 6:50 PM

Thank god we still have badminton, slalom kayaking, trampoline, and handball.

What a bunch of a-holes.

donleigh
Donleigh  (Level: 147.8 - Posts: 5087)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 6:56 PM

Count your blessings that they didn't eliminate two womens' events.

Leeze83, Kiwis don't have a hope of beating the Canucks across the line.

leeze83
Leeze83  (Level: 35.2 - Posts: 70)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 6:58 PM

seriously? baseball and softball are in the olympics?

they're basically the same sport.



chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 6:59 PM

Leeze, baseball is for men. Softball is the female sport.

Different sized ball, but same sport.

Me.

donleigh
Donleigh  (Level: 147.8 - Posts: 5087)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 7:02 PM

Kelly, I have long held the belief that the Olympics could be improved with weaponery.
Cannons in the boats, paint ball guns in the marathon, sharks in the pool for the synchronized swimming (synch THAT), and various other cool additions. The IOC has yet to respond to my many letters, and no longer takes my calls - I don't know why.
If I can convince VanOC to listen, wait 'til you see what we have in store for 2010.
Donna

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 7:08 PM

Not to mention someone on the cliff with a crossbow.

Oh wait, that's a different thread.

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 1935)
Tue, 12th Aug '08 8:19 PM

I actually like most of those obscure sports but I sure wish they hadn't dropped softball. They're aren't enough female sports as is. Baseball should have stayed too, the more the merrier Sorry, Olympic fever has taken over me, once again

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 261.2 - Posts: 2770)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 8:58 AM

Well, if we're going to have single-country sports (or almost!) like baseball, how about cricket ... snooker ... darts ... tossing the caber ...

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 9:19 AM

Hey Surreyman, how's Wales vs Phelps stacking up medalwise

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 9:32 AM

And if it were up to me "curling" would be included in both summer and winter events. I don't skate, or sweep, but it looks so fun!

spacecat
Spacecat  (Level: 159.0 - Posts: 667)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 10:15 AM

Even Ping Pong eer Table Tennis is an Olympic Sport. China should easily take the gold. Perhaps for the 2012 Olympics in London Snooker, Darts and other pub games can be included.

zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 224.7 - Posts: 1088)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 11:52 AM

They tried cricket -- once.
I thought this was interesting:

At the 1900 Summer Olympics, a cricket tournament was contested. Although four teams were originally expected to compete, Belgium and Holland (the Netherlands) pulled out of the competition, leaving a Great Britain side to play a France side. Neither team was nationally selected. The British side was a touring club team, Devon & Somerset Wanderers. The French team consisted of Britons living in Paris, reportedly mostly members of the British Embassy. By Captain's agreement the game was played as a 12-a-side game, unlike the usual 11 in most cricket matches.

The two-day game was played commencing on August 19, 1900. Great Britain batted first and scored 117. France were then bowled out for 78. Great Britain then scored 145 for 5 in their second innings, setting the hosts a target of 185, who were promptly bowled out for 26. This meant that Great Britain was convincingly the winner of the contest.

The Great Britain team was awarded silver medals and the French team bronze medals, together with miniature statues of the Eiffel Tower.

With the match billed as part of the 1900 Universal Exposition, neither side appears to have realised they were competing in the Olympics. The match was only retrospectively formally recognised as being an Olympic contest in 1912, when the International Olympic Committee met to compile the definitive list of all events in the five modern Olympiads up to that point.

Since then cricket has not appeared in an Olympic Games.

[Wikipedia]



suzannec
Suzannec  (Level: 247.4 - Posts: 616)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 12:16 PM

I called in sick for work today so I could watch the Olympics and play radio trivia. Two stations asked an Olympics question. Do you know the answers?
1. Which country is the only one who did not win a gold medal when they hosted the games?
2. Which country has won a medal at every single modern Olympics game?

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 12:27 PM

Is it Canada for the 1st one?

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.3 - Posts: 1302)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 12:45 PM

Yes, Canada is the answer to the first one.

I found that Great Britain is the only country to medal in every SUMMER Olympics, but I'm not sure about the winter.

suzannec
Suzannec  (Level: 247.4 - Posts: 616)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 1:17 PM

The answers that the DJ's gave were Canada (not winning at their own games) and Great Britain (winning a medal at every game. Great job!

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 1935)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 4:58 PM

Here are the medal stats for both Baseball & Softball in the recent past. Not so much of a slap for the US men but pity the poor women. Unfortunately only 13 countries have participated in the Softball in the previous 3 Olympics, that & it requires a large venue, might be the reason for the dropped sport. Take heart though Kelly, they did not add any sports, so both may be added again in 2016. WE best get a Sploofus Lobby group going

Baseball Gold Silver Bronze
1992 Barcelona Cuba Chinese Taipei Japan
1996 Atlanta Cuba Japan United States
2000 Sydney United States Cuba South Korea
2004 Athens Cuba Australia Japan

Softball Gold Silver Bronze
1996 Atlanta United States China Australia
2000 Sydney United States Japan Australia
2004 Athens United States Australia Japan

foogs
Foogs  (Level: 267.9 - Posts: 848)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 5:28 PM

I heard a news interview that golf plans to petition to be
added in 2012.

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 1935)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 10:30 PM

Sure you guys, make fun of our national disgrace, boo hoo And us without even a medal, so far, this time). I'm getting Olympic depression. On the bright side, we did get a surprise Silver in 1988 by Elizabeth Manly, in women's Ice Skating. Liz did us proud when she out-skated the 2 top women (Katarina Witt & Debi Thomas) in the free skate. Sorry, I have to be grateful for our small victories Hope the rowers bring one home.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 10:45 PM

Wasn't there some Canadian skating couple once? Or am I remembering Blades of Glory instead?

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 10:57 PM

Bwhahaha Lodi...

I vote that we eliminate ANY olympic event that begins with the word "synchronized" or involves the combination of two sports.

Me.

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 1935)
Wed, 13th Aug '08 11:24 PM

MOM, Lodi's being mean

donleigh
Donleigh  (Level: 147.8 - Posts: 5087)
Thu, 14th Aug '08 1:38 AM

Lodi, go to your room. NOW! Stop picking on us.


surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 261.2 - Posts: 2770)
Thu, 14th Aug '08 5:30 AM

Phelps sounds like a bit of a Welsh name to me, Sandracam ..................

Now, about Eddie the Eagle .........

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 1935)
Thu, 14th Aug '08 5:41 AM

I loved Eddie the Eagle Gutsy

zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 224.7 - Posts: 1088)
Thu, 14th Aug '08 5:59 AM

There is a film in pre-production on Eddie's life. It's due to be released next year.

Apparently it includes the following line from Eddie: "I realised two years before the Olympics that I might be able to get to Calgary because no one else was going to apply and so started training. I got a lot of advice from Austrian and French ski-jumping coaches, but because I can't speak French or German, a lot of it went over my head."



markieboy
Markieboy  (Level: 260.0 - Posts: 198)
Thu, 14th Aug '08 8:34 AM

Personally I think we should bring back some other discarded Olympic events...

Tug-of-war 1908 - 1920
Club Swinging - 1908, (not to be confused with Swinger's Clubs)
Rope Climb - 1896, 1904, 1906, 1924, 1932
Long Jump for Horses 1900

Nice to think that baseball and tug-of-war can be lumped together in forgotten Olypic Sports!!!!!

bluemnguy
Bluemnguy  (Level: 141.9 - Posts: 41)
Thu, 14th Aug '08 8:43 AM

Being Norwegian I think they should add a lutefisk eating contest!

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 1935)
Sat, 16th Aug '08 5:02 AM

Oh Canada We finally got on the board with a Silver in Men's Rowing Pairs, Frandsen/Calder. I'm so damned happy we didn't get skunked

larefamiliaris
Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Sat, 16th Aug '08 5:11 AM

I heard the Eddie the Eagle movie was cancelled.

Project just couldn't get off the ground.


Ok, ok I'm leaving...
But only if they bring back synchronised trampolining.

davidf
Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Sat, 16th Aug '08 8:58 AM

Rebecca Adlington won two golds yay

donleigh
Donleigh  (Level: 147.8 - Posts: 5087)
Sat, 16th Aug '08 11:19 AM

Here we come! 3 medals and all the rest of the rowing tonight - look out Phelps, we 're gonna pass you.

suzannec
Suzannec  (Level: 247.4 - Posts: 616)
Sat, 16th Aug '08 9:46 PM

After watching two incredibly dull hours of women's cross country running, does anyone know if it will get exciting anytime soon? I wish I could get a hold of Bob Costas to ask him to please move on to a different sport!

suzannec
Suzannec  (Level: 247.4 - Posts: 616)
Sat, 16th Aug '08 9:59 PM

Hooray, it's finally over and I must admit, the ending was wonderful. Congrats Romania!

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 16th Aug '08 11:52 PM

The romanian runner looked readyto collapse at the half way mark I thought. She kept it going though for an inspirational win.

kaelin
Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sun, 17th Aug '08 12:04 AM

Gymnastics is probably my favorite - volleyball I can do without - although I thought finding the lost wedding ring via reviewing the tapes was kinda cool. I love the swimming (probably because I was a swimmer) - and Michael Phelps just blew me away. The winter sports is topped for me with Ice Skating and the downhill skiing -

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 261.2 - Posts: 2770)
Tue, 19th Aug '08 3:16 AM

Seeerrriioouussly, USians ...........

Have just noticed that if one takes away the medal machine, Phelps, the USA Gold count is the same as the UK's.

A few years back that would have been unimagined, when the US (and USSR) traded zillions of medals beyond everyone else.

What has happened in the US? Has there been aa deliberate policy or swing away from sports for some reason?

No gettin' at yer (for a change!), just genuinely interested?

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.2 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 19th Aug '08 6:11 AM

Probably more of the Rest of the World getting better. Including those athletes who get most of their training here and who then go back and compete for their homelands.

But you can't just totally go and discount the Phelps count; even without him, the US would probably have at least medaled in most of those relays.

donleigh
Donleigh  (Level: 147.8 - Posts: 5087)
Tue, 19th Aug '08 10:38 AM

Look at us, today! Silver, silver, and a totally unexpected bronze in the hurdles. Maybe we should just skip the first week in London - we seem to have picked it up very nicely since the weekend.

bbear
Bbear  (Level: 161.7 - Posts: 2301)
Tue, 19th Aug '08 10:47 AM

"Phelps, here we come"???? You mean a huge country with a ton of people can't get as many medals as on little ole American man??? Geezzzzzz. My Canadian husband needs to hand his head and mutter "wait until the winter games" (oh, wait, that's exactly what he is doing....

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 1935)
Tue, 19th Aug '08 11:13 AM

BBear, if you're referring to Canada, we may be a big country but we have a small gene pool. The population of Canada is less than that of California. Actually, we are the 36th most populous country in the World

The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat Canadian Priscilla Lopes-Schliep just got an unexpected Bronze, unfortunately at the expense of LoLo Jones of the US, the clear class of the field, who clipped the ninth hurdle & finished 7th. Hugs to her. Apparently they are good friends & will be vacationing together after the Olympics. Congrats to Dawn Harper of the US for her Gold & Sally McLellan of Australia for her Silver. Hurdles at that speed is amazingly tough & dangerous

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 261.2 - Posts: 2770)
Tue, 19th Aug '08 11:34 AM

Don't forget that lil' ol' GB is only twice Canada & 20% of US.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Tue, 19th Aug '08 11:41 AM



donleigh
Donleigh  (Level: 147.8 - Posts: 5087)
Tue, 19th Aug '08 4:57 PM

Don't you roll your eyes at me, missy!

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Tue, 19th Aug '08 5:00 PM

Fine. Then build me an emoticon that shows my tongue sticking out.

donleigh
Donleigh  (Level: 147.8 - Posts: 5087)
Tue, 19th Aug '08 5:55 PM

You mean like this

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Tue, 19th Aug '08 5:57 PM

No, more of a raspberry. Less hubba hubba.

suzannec
Suzannec  (Level: 247.4 - Posts: 616)
Wed, 20th Aug '08 8:40 PM

Why I didn't make the Olympics
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfwM1DWGmsc

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 220.4 - Posts: 1935)
Thu, 21st Aug '08 1:11 PM

Oh Canada We just got a Gold Medal in individual Equestrian Jumping, our first ever, by Eric Lamaze & his champion horse Hickstead Eric has quite a different background to most Equestrians. No father, raised by drug addicted mother & alcoholic grandmother, quit school at 13 then getting into drugs(cocaine) himself & being booted off the team for 2 Olympic Games. Through guts & determination he worked his way back to the pinnacle of his sport. An inspiration to all & pure proof that youthful mistakes & disadvantages can be overcome. Hugs to Hickstead, you gallant steed.

bbear
Bbear  (Level: 161.7 - Posts: 2301)
Thu, 21st Aug '08 2:17 PM

Yea for the Yankee ladies for a gold in volleyball and a silver in softball. Yea for Japan for the softball gold.
Boo for the IOC for taking softball away.
How are the Canadians doing, by the way.

donleigh
Donleigh  (Level: 147.8 - Posts: 5087)
Fri, 22nd Aug '08 1:25 AM

I am speaking for the whole of Canada when I say THANK YOU USA and Great Britian for screwing up the mens 4X100. That is one more solid medal chance for us.
What the heck was Tyson Gay doing, flagging down a cab?

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 261.2 - Posts: 2770)
Fri, 22nd Aug '08 4:13 AM

I must confess to enjoying the BBC TV commentator this morning - "We do apologise for taking so long in bringing you the latest UK Gold today".

It was 8.30 a.m.!

suzannec
Suzannec  (Level: 247.4 - Posts: 616)
Fri, 22nd Aug '08 10:48 PM

I must admit that I was pretty bummed out after the double baton drop and the possibility that a few of the Chinese girl gymnasts may be only 14, but today something happened to boost my spirits. So heads up ladies - check out the gorgeous Derek Miles. He is a 35 yr. old pole vaulter from the USA and has made these Olympics even more enjoyable!


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