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Title: THE OLYMPICS THREAD!
Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 29, 2012, 06:39:06 PM
Anyone watching the Olympics? I'm a big fan. Of everything. Winter and summer. Swimming, track and field, volleyball, gymnastics, you name it. (Except the field hockey, that seems kind of silly).

After Day 2 at London, China leads the medal count (12 total, 6 golds); USA is in second place with 11 total medals.

Did anyone see the women's bicycle road race? Very exciting finish, with the Dutch woman passing the Brit at the very end, to take gold. The Russian came in 3rd.

The USA Mens Basketball team looks good, whooping France today, but on a bad day this team can certainly be beat by one of the good teams (Spain, Argentina) having a good day. But still, a heavy face to win gold.

In gymnastics, USA women kicked ass on the vault. This is a very exciting team, already being called the Fab Five: Douglas, Raisman, Weiber, Maroney, and Ross. The shocking news was that Jordyn Wieber failed to qualify for the all-around finals. She was bested by teammates Douglas and Raisman. Weiber had the 4th best scores in the qualifiers today, BUT a max. of 2 entrants are allowed per country. Therefore, despite having the 4th best scores, she didn't make it cuz two Americans had better scores than her. I understand that the powers that be want entranst from many countries involved, so that viewers are watching from as many countries as possible, but IMO it is a silly rule. No reason why the gymnast with the 4th best scores can't make the all-around finals. This was a very shocking bit of news today from the USA Gymnastics team, which has the talent to have an amazing Games.

I also watched a bunch of the boxing qualifying rounds; I really can't stand the Olympic boxing rules, so I'll be avoiding it as much as I can. Although it's great fun to listen to tv commentator  Teddy Atlas (who also routinely trashes the Olympic boxing rules).

And finally, men's swimming: has Ryan Lochte passed Michael Phelps as the greatest? Time will tell. More events coming up in the next few days.

NBC has 5 channels covering events: NBC, NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC, and BRAVO. So you can watch virtually any event you want to, either live or on tape delay.


And join the discussion here!!
Title: Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD!
Post by: Groggy on July 29, 2012, 06:54:48 PM
I watched the basketball game and some of the synchronized diving today. It's something I tune in and out without really following.
Title: Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD!
Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 29, 2012, 07:38:30 PM
I watched the basketball game and some of the synchronized diving today. It's something I tune in and out without really following.

I saw a lot of the second and a little of the first. (Olympic basketball kinda bores me since the USA is so dominant). The USA women won silver in synchronized diving.

I just saw that Spain was eliminated from soccer. Though Spain won the last 2 World Cups and the last Euro Championship, the Olympics only allows soccer players that are under 23, so I don't know how many of the good players are playing. I'm not much of a soccer fan anyway, but frankly Olympic soccer never interested me much. And btw there's talk that the USA may adopt the under-23 rule for Olympic basketball (partly due to pressure from NBA teams that have a lor of money invested in stars that they don't want to see get injured at the Olympics). I think it would be terrible. Just let the best players play in every sport and that's it. I hate how each sport in the olympics is governed by a different set of rules and age requirements (like boxing only has amateurs). I LOVE watching the Olympics, but I wish they just had the bets players playing in every sport and that's it.

and btw, it's a travesty that they don't have baseball or softball in the Olympics. Baseball  is huge in North and South America and the Far East. That's a significant number of countries where it's probably one of the two most popular team sports. And if they don't wanna have too many events, how about eliminating some of the other shit? Is there really more interest in archery than there is in baseball? How about focusing on what the world wants to see rather than what are merely "traditional Olympic sports."
Title: Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD!
Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 29, 2012, 08:33:00 PM
Just watched Aly Raisman's floor routine. I think every gymnast should use "Hava Nagila" for their floor exercise music. I've seen it used multiple times by various Olympians (including figure skating in Winter Olympics), and no song ever gets the crowd going more than that.

And I have to reiterate a very very loud FUCK YOU to the Gymanstics organizers for the two-competitors-per-country-limit in the gymnastics all-around. Jordyn Wieber belongs in the all-around; she's better than most of the other motherfuckers. The top finishers should all go, no matter the country. Fuck you all and fuck you again. But when do you ever expect Olympics organizers to get anything right?

And most importantly of all, how about the IOC refusing to grant a moment of silence on the anniversary of the slaughter of 11 Israeli athletes in 1972 -- all because they didn't want to upset the Arab countries? This is example number 1001 -- and one of the most egregious -- of how the IOC is the absolute scum of the earth. If you are just a vile, disgusting human being but want to feel like you are a hotshot, go work for the UN or the IOC. And get AIDS and die while you're at it.
Title: Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD!
Post by: moviesceleton on July 30, 2012, 01:23:33 AM
and btw, it's a travesty that they don't have baseball or softball in the Olympics. Baseball  is huge in North and South America and the Far East. That's a significant number of countries where it's probably one of the two most popular team sports. And if they don't wanna have too many events, how about eliminating some of the other shit? Is there really more interest in archery than there is in baseball? How about focusing on what the world wants to see rather than what are merely "traditional Olympic sports."
I don't know what the hell is softball but wasn't baseball in the Olympics for quite some time? Although I don't watch it, it seems odd that such a popular game is not included - especially when field hockey is...

I'll probably keep the Olympics on my telly muted and have a glimpse at it every now and then. But the javelin throw final is something that I'm gonna really watch - it's the only sport where Finland has any chances. But of course the real fun part is catching some odd sports that I otherwise would never a chance to see - like fencing or ping pong!
Title: Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD!
Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 30, 2012, 01:51:57 AM
I don't know what the hell is softball but wasn't baseball in the Olympics for quite some time? Although I don't watch it, it seems odd that such a popular game is not included - especially when field hockey is...

I'll probably keep the Olympics on my telly muted and have a glimpse at it every now and then. But the javelin throw final is something that I'm gonna really watch - it's the only sport where Finland has any chances. But of course the real fun part is catching some odd sports that I otherwise would never a chance to see - like fencing or ping pong!

softball is basically the exact same thing as baseball; the only differences are is that they use a bigger ball, they pitch underhanded, and the field dimensions are smaller (shorter distances between the bases, the pictcher's mound, and the outfield wall).
Yes, baseball and softball used to be in the Olympics but were dumped for 2012 http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/08/sports/08iht-oly.html

I am not sure how big softball is around the world (all I know is that women's college softball is a very big college sport in America). Here is a one-minute highlight clip of a game http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rhSG5XBcZA

But baseball?? I mean, are you kidding me IOC? Nevermind how big it is in America -- we know that the IOC is one of the most American-hating entities out there. But what about South America and the Far East? In places like the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico, Cuba, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea, baseball is either the most popular sport, or one of the 2 most popular.  It is nothing short of a travesty that baseball is not included. (Yeah, they mentioned that theMajor League players would not be available -- the summer olympics are always smack in middle of the major league season -- but so what? Let them use college kids, or minor leaguers. Many sports don't use pros in the Olympics, eg. Olympic basketball didn't use American pros until 1992, and boxing still only uses amateurs). I know that baseball is virtually non-existent in Europe, but considering how big it is in North America, South America, and the Far East, it's exclusion is simply a travesty. I'm hoping that men's baseball and women's softball get put back permanently in 2016, especially baseball. Those sports would get far more viewers than so much of the other shit that nobody knows about. If you look at the list of Olympics sports, you probably wouldn't have ever heard about half of them. Any one (heck, any 5!) of them could be dropped and nobody but the few people who play them would know or care. Baseball would get 100 times the viewers of field hockey.
In case I didn't mention it, the IOC are some of the biggest assholes that walk the earth. Fuck them fuck them and fuck them again.

btw, I did watch the ping pong today; it was really cool. This 16-year old American girl almost upset a  Chinese girl who is ranked second in the world.

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Unfortunately, some big events are being shown on tape delay so that NBC can get them into prime time hours. Eg. the mens team gymnastics Final is happening at 11:30 AM New York time today, and there are 4 Finals in swimming that are happening at about 3 PM in New York.... but none of those are being shown by NBC till after 8 PM tonite.  >:(

So if you are a big Olympics fan like me, and want to watch events without knowing what happened earlier, then avoid any sports reports on any other forum (on tv, internet, radio) during the Olympics. So for the next few weeks, I'll be glued to the NBC channels but I won't look at any other sports outlets, perhaps until after midnight or so when I know that I've seen all the big events of the day. Only then will I look at news roundups, and keep myself up to date on medal counts.

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Happy watching!  :)

Title: Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD!
Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 30, 2012, 12:47:00 PM
had fun watching USA beat Hungary in women's water polo. There seems to be bad blood between the teams



And at least important as the games is: Who are the hottest Olympians you've seen? (I'm talking about people that we basically only see during the Olympics; not the people we already know of like tennis star Maria Sharapova or soccer star Alex Morgan. Oh, and please don't mention anyone who is less than 18 years old. Please).
Title: Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD!
Post by: emmo26 on July 30, 2012, 03:57:40 PM
My favorite Olympic moment of all time Barca 92




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSA9xUUXj6E
Title: Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD!
Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 30, 2012, 07:01:26 PM
My favorite Olympic moment of all time Barca 92

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSA9xUUXj6E

nice! I was way too young to remember that Olympics, so this is the first I've seen of that. Thanks for sharing!

of course, there was another torch-lighting moment that is still one of the poignant moments in sports history: Muhammad Ali, his body ravaged by Parkinson's, lighting the torch in Atlanta 1996 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TaITzi64Sw

On the HOT front: this has been a pretty ugly Olympics so far. But I've finally found a pretty one: Marketa Slukova, the Czech beach volleyball player. (She is the tall blond one on the team that lost to Americans Misty May and Kerry Walsh tonight. btw, Misty and Kerry are so famous for their bikinis and that's why many men watch that sport, although they are actually two of the ugliest women you will ever see).
Marketa Slukova (she is the tall blond one): http://goo.gl/VQ2k8O
Title: Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD!
Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 30, 2012, 09:58:16 PM
Just got done watching the day's events:

In swimming, America won 2 Gold and 2 Silver. Ryan Lochte failed to medal in his event, the 200M Free, so let's not annoint him yet as the new Michael Phelps.

 In men's team gymnastics, the Americans made numerous brutal mistakes and didn't medal. But the big news was japan's successful appeal of a disputed scoring decision. China dominated and won gold. But in the initial standings, the UK won silver, Ukraine won bronze, and Japan was fourth. But a the Japanese believed that one of their gymnasts had erroneously been deducted for not making a handstand motion on the dismount; they appealed, and after review, the judges agreed. So, Japan won Silver, the UK won Bronze, and Ukraine did not medal. A very interesting turn of events there.

After 3 days of competition, China and USA are tied for the lead with 17 medals, although the Chinese lead the USA 9-5 in Golds.


For Tuesday's major Finals events: there will be the women's gymnastics team final; and 4 swimming Finals, including the 200M butterfly, which Phelps won in '04 and '08. I guess that tonight's events will be a big test for all the Phelps panic. If Phelps does well tonight, then his 4th-place finish a couple of days ago will be viewed as an aberration. But if he does not do well (which for him means anything less than Gold), then the talk about Phelps being done will renew tenfold.
Title: Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD!
Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 31, 2012, 12:42:39 AM
Is anyone aware of any websites, perhaps in the UK, that show live coverage of the Olympics? I've mentioned previously how in America, NBC is not showing the major events live, but holding them off until "prime time" (the  8PM -- midnight time New York time. Therefore, besides not being able to watch the events as they happen, I also have to avoid all tv and internet throughout the day, so that I won't hear of any results before I can watch it). So I'd love it if there was some website in some other country that showed these events live, or perhaps posted video of each event shortly after it takes place? I know there will be many unofficial sites, but those often have terrible picture quality and can have viruses and shit; so I am looking for official sites, which most likely would be run by whatever tv network is showing the Games in that country? I'd prefer if the website was in English so that I'd be able to navigate it; if anyone knows of any such site I'd greatly appreciate it  O0
Title: Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD!
Post by: Jill on July 31, 2012, 05:24:39 PM
That Barcelona torch lighting is badass. Definitely better than this year's which ripped a hole in the fabric of time and space by changing a fixed point.

I saw Barcelona but don't remember the opening. Only our Egerszegi and her 3 gold medals.
Title: Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD!
Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 31, 2012, 11:11:56 PM
well what a day Day 4 was for USA. The women gymnastics team won gold in the all-around; Americans medaled in all 4 swimming events; including team gold in the men's 4X200 freestyle relay, in which won Michael Phelps won his Olympic record 19th medal (15 of them gold). In Phelps's individual race earlier, the 200M Fly, he only won silver, so we're again gonna hear about how he is slipping.

So after 4 days, China and USA are still tied with 23 medals, although China continues to lead USA in the gold medal count 13-9.

Big story is Chinese 16-year old swimmer Ye Shiwen. She's absolutely been destroying the field in her events; shaving 5 seconds off her previous time, and equaling the men's gold winning time. So there's been lots of allegations about her doping, although no hard evidence. Especially after an IOC official said he has no confidence in China's dope testing.


Anyone see the Canada-Sweden women's soccer game today? Sweden led 2-0 but Canada came back to tie, so both teams advance. One of the Swedish girls missed a wide open net when the score was still 2-1.

Good times  O0
Title: Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD!
Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 31, 2012, 11:16:00 PM
The BBC provides the main coverage in the U.K.

www.bbc.co.uk (http://www.bbc.co.uk)

 

Thanks. Do they show live video of events? I need a site that shows the video live, so that I can watch the events before I hear the results.
Title: Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD!
Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 31, 2012, 11:33:42 PM
I can't stand NBC's continual insistence on showing these mini-documentaries about the athletes' lives, right in the middle of events, so that we have to wait to watch the performance. I don't give a fuck about how small their town is, how much their family sacrificed for them, how many hours of practice they've put in, and how everyone in their town is rooting them on. All I care about is watching them perform. It's enjoyable to see someone do something that they're great at. That's why people watch. That's why someone is successful: cuz they can do something better than anyone else can. That's all. I don't give a fuck about their personal lives any more than they give a fuck about mine  ::)

Title: Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD!
Post by: Groggy on August 01, 2012, 03:29:55 AM
Phelps lost haw haw!
Title: Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD!
Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 01, 2012, 04:58:06 AM
Phelps lost haw haw!

did you catch his interview with Bob Costas last night?

Costas asked him about the fact that he's lost a tad since Beijing 2008, and the allegation by his team member that he hasn't been working as hard. I thought Phelps would say it's not true, he still feels like he is the same and that's he's working hard, but he basically agreed with Costas. He pretty much said (not in so many words), that since 08 he has taken it easier, and that's that.... And you know what, I can't blame the guy. I mean, I am sure that for that period between 04 and 08 he was training like a madman and had absolutely no life. And now he decided he's gonna enjoy life a little more. Most athletes would have responded with shit like "no, I think I'm at the same level, I'm training just the same, etc." I never expected to hear an athlete -- especially one as intense and competitive as Phelps -- actually admit that he's not training the same way and not at the same level.

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NBC Sports Network just showed a Badminton match between a Chinese and an Indonesian. In what I can only interpret as an attempted justification to the viewers for subjecting them to Badminton, the hosts' entire introduction consisted of the following: "These two players do not like each other; that's all you need to know." If this was judo rather than fucking BADMINTON, I might find that interesting.
Title: Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD!
Post by: emmo26 on August 01, 2012, 12:40:40 PM
Thanks. Do they show live video of events? I need a site that shows the video live, so that I can watch the events before I hear the results.


bbc sport site might not accept American IP addresses.

try http://www.rtve.es a Spanish site that I´ve been using.   Also they have live feeds.

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Also, I agree with you about doing more to remember 72.  They say its too political, but they allowed injured soliders to carry the torch and they remembered the victims of 7/7....so it seems to be one rule for one and another rule for another.


Title: Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD!
Post by: Groggy on August 01, 2012, 06:28:59 PM
did you catch his interview with Bob Costas last night?

Costas asked him about the fact that he's lost a tad since Beijing 2008, and the allegation by his team member that he hasn't been working as hard. I thought Phelps would say it's not true, he still feels like he is the same and that's he's working hard, but he basically agreed with Costas. He pretty much said (not in so many words), that since 08 he has taken it easier, and that's that.... And you know what, I can't blame the guy. I mean, I am sure that for that period between 04 and 08 he was training like a madman and had absolutely no life. And now he decided he's gonna enjoy life a little more. Most athletes would have responded with shit like "no, I think I'm at the same level, I'm training just the same, etc." I never expected to hear an athlete -- especially one as intense and competitive as Phelps -- actually admit that he's not training the same way and not at the same level.

That's very much to his credit. Most of my derision goes towards the news media for thinking "guy is four years older, isn't as sharp" is news worthy of dozens of featurettes.
Title: Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD!
Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 02, 2012, 05:07:35 AM

Also, I agree with you about doing more to remember 72.  They say its too political, but they allowed injured soldiers to carry the torch and they remembered the victims of 7/7....so it seems to be one rule for one and another rule for another.

You are definitely right. A few minutes after I read your post, I received this week's Sports Illustrated in the mail, and there was a very good article about Israel and the Olympics, called "Never Forgotten," by L. Jon Wertheim. One of the many things discussed in the article:


At each Summer Olympics beginning in 1976, Ankie Spitzer, --the widow of Israeli fencing coach Andre Spitzer, one of the 11 victims at Munich -- has requested an official moment of silence at the opening ceremony, but has been refused every time. In 1976 "they told us very clearly, 'there are 21 Arab delegations that will leave if we say something about the Israeli athletes,' " Spitzer said.
This year, she met with IOC President Jacques Rogge -- who btw just a disgusting human being, and that is a gross understatement.

 "[Spitzer] says that at first Rogge told her that a memorial wasn't part of the protocol. Spitzer pointed out that at the Salt Lake Games in 2002 there was a moment to acknowledge the victims of 9/11. 'I can only conclude that you're not willing to do this because they were Israeli,' Spitzer told the IOC President. According to Spitzer, Rogge finally said, "There are now more than 40 Arab delegations. It's a difficult decision, but my hands are tied." (Rogge did not respond to SI's request for comment). Spitzer, irrepressible at age 66, was ready with a quick response: "Your hands are tied? No. My husband and his teammates' hands were tied. So were their feet. To the furniture. Then they came home in coffins."


But this should be expected from that idiot Rogge.


And I always laugh when I hear the oft-repeated nonsense about the "Olympic spirit." I remember how Rogge directed harsh criticism at Husain Bolt in 08 for showboating at the end of his record-breaking race, and how it supposedly was against the "Olympic spirit." The "Olympic spirit" was pure bullshit a soon as they gave the Olympics to China, one of the most brutally oppressive countries in the world. Rogge spewed some nonsense about how getting the Olympics would supposedly bring China more freedom. Bullfuckingshit.
As detailed in this fantastic article by Jeff Jacoby called "China's Totalitarian Games," those Olympics were "a showcase for dictatorship" http://www.jeffjacoby.com/423/chinas-totalitarian-games  Political oppression, terrorism, murder, whatever it is is fine with Rogge -- just don't showboat while doing it; after all, THAT would violate the "Olympic spirit."  ::) ;D ;D What a douche >:D

If one day Rogge would accidentally choke on a sausage, the world would be a better place.
Title: Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD!
Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 02, 2012, 06:31:03 AM
That's very much to his credit. Most of my derision goes towards the news media for thinking "guy is four years older, isn't as sharp" is news worthy of dozens of featurettes.

I have little use for the media, but I have to disagree with you here:
In 2008, Phelps was going for an insane 8 golds; that was a major story, and was understandably covered extensively in the media. And he succeeded. So it's natural that this year, when he was going for an insane 7 golds, it would just as major a story, and covered just as extensively, whether he succeeded or failed. If you walk over to any average American on the street,  and say "can you name one Olympian?" "name one Olympian's quest that you are following" I bet that Phelps's name would be mentioned an outright majority of the time. He is the biggest story, and it's going to be covered, win or lose.
Title: Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD!
Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 02, 2012, 06:41:51 AM
anyone see the women's beach volleyball match today between USA's Kessy/Ross and Spain's Steiner/Baquerizo? Unbelievable  O0  

and Spain's Liliana Fernandez Steiner has an ass that words can't describe   :-*  
http://goo.gl/OpI5mm
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 02, 2012, 09:46:59 PM
GABBY DOUGLAS IS A ROCK STAR!  
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 04, 2012, 11:15:12 PM
It's always sad when the swimming events are over. And that Michael Phelps is done. And btw, it seems that reports of Phelps's demise were at least somewhat exaggerated; in 7 events, he won 4 golds, 2 silver, and one 4th place finish. (And one of the silvers was in a relay that he was awesome in; it was Lochte who screwed that one up, so you can't blame Phelps for that one). So while he may not have been at his 2008 level of unfathomable awesomeness, he leaves London as STILL the greatest swimmer in the world. He ends his Olympic career as the greatest Olympian ever, with 22 medals -- 18 Gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze (in 24 events!)

Personally, I'd bet that he'll take a couple of years off to chill out and party, and then get the itch back, and go for Rio 2016. Even though he's said again and again that he is, done, I've seen this happen with way too many athletes. At 27 years old, and yes, STILL AT THE TOP, I don't think he'll actually retire. My guess, or at least it's my fervent hope, is that we see him in Rio as a 31 year-old.

Unbelievable performance overall by the USA swimming team.

Also, it was very touching to see Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee from South Africa, on the track today, where he made it into the semifinals. There has been a lot of controversy over his being here, there's a big debate with the scientists over whether his prosthetic legs give him any sort of advantage. But I think we can all agree it was a very touching moment to see him out there.


After a week of competition, the USA continues to lead China in medals 54-53, and in Golds 26-25.

This week, I'll be watching the apparatus finals in gymnastics (women's vault is Sunday; McKayla Maroney is the heavy favorite to win Gold), some of the track and field events, and probably some new sports that the Olympics has a way of introducing you to  :)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 05, 2012, 06:07:41 PM
Saw that Italian beach volleyball player Marta Menegatti crying during a timeout in middle of the game? What a fucking disgrace, crying in middle of the game cuz Misty and Kerry were giving her an Olympic-sized ass whooping  ::)
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Post by: titoli on August 06, 2012, 10:30:54 AM
These are the only images I've watched so far.

http://www.corrieredellosport.it/video/olimpiadi/2012/08/06-49462/Olimpiadi+a+luci+rosse%2C+via+gli+slip+prima+del+salto
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 06, 2012, 11:37:52 AM
These are the only images I've watched so far.

http://www.corrieredellosport.it/video/olimpiadi/2012/08/06-49462/Olimpiadi+a+luci+rosse%2C+via+gli+slip+prima+del+salto

haha wtf is that? a bunch of girls putting on their sneakers?
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 06, 2012, 02:18:16 PM
DID YOU SEE THE USA vs. CANADA WOMEN'S SOCCER GAME? DID YOU SEE IT?

UNMOTHERFUCKINGBELIEVABLE!!!
Title: Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD!
Post by: titoli on August 06, 2012, 02:19:39 PM
haha wtf is that? a bunch of girls putting on their sneakers?


Sneakers? The blonde girl is changing her panties...
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 06, 2012, 03:06:07 PM

Sneakers? The blonde girl is changing her panties...

 I wasn't exactly sure of what to look for, but now that you mention it.... what happened, did she come out with the bikini bottom but then get cold and switch to the shorts?  ;D


And that camera guy is such a jerk, he doesn't even stay in his place and zoom in; once he spots her, he actually walks up to her and shamelessly stick the camera right on her! One of her fellow athletes there should have shooed him away.

Reminds me of this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltsSie5i5Do very famous moment from the (American) football season: at the end of the game, Chargers kicker Nick Novak was filmed on the sideline down on one knee, with the equipment guy (no puns, please) blocking the view with a towel. Emptying his bladder obviously didn't help him, cuz a few minutes later, he missed a potential game-winning field goal....

(and it makes me laugh cuz of the old debate among football players of whether kickers are athletes. Real athletes never have to piss   in middle of a game. Even though you drink a lot, I guess your body sweats it out or something; I've never had to piss while playing a game. But kickers, who do nothing all game, they are the ones that have to piss  ;D )

But in both instances, the camera guys are jerks. They're like 10-year old boys peeping under the teacher's skirt  ::)
Title: Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD!
Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 06, 2012, 09:35:08 PM
so I guess that in the Olympics, nothing is ever a sure thing.

In the women's gymnastics individual apparatus finals: Macayla Maroney, who is by far and away the best vaulter in the world (by as wide a margin as China is the most populous country in the world)  falls on her ass on her final vault and winds up with Silver, which was about ten times more shocking than any of Michael Phelps's silvers. Then on the parallel bars, American rock star Gabby "The Flying Squirrel" Douglas -- not the clear favorite on this apparatus, but still great, she kicked ass on it during the team and individual all-around qualifications and finals -- was unable to complete turn over the bar, her body was arched too far backward, and finished dead last.

So, you never know shit. That's why we watch  ;) And I'll definitely be watching Tuesday night as Gymnastics concludes with Womens Floor Exercise and Balance Beam, and Mens Parallel Bars and Horizontal Bar  O0
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 09, 2012, 08:40:36 AM
Anyone see the Equestrian Individual Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle? That's where the riders dance to music with the horse. sooooooo beautiful!


Gold Medal match in women's soccer coming up in 3 hours, USA vs. Japan.
Title: Re: THE OLYMPICS THREAD!
Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 13, 2012, 04:27:12 AM
Always sad when an Olympiad ends. Had a great time watching all the events; USA had the most overall medals and most Golds.

For the athletes, now the victory tour begins! You won't be able to turn on a tv or buy a box of cereal without seeing some Olympic medalist on it  ;)

Sochi 2014 is only a year and a half away!  :)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on March 14, 2013, 12:56:00 AM
so the jackarses at the IOC  just removed wrestling from the summer olympics. But they didn't touch dumbass sports like badminton that I can't believe anyone watches. And no less than Rummy is trying to get it changed! http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-02-15/opinions/37115730_1_original-olympic-sports-olympic-spirit-olympic-games


every American college and high school with an athletics department has a wrestling program; not having wrestling in the Olympics -- the highest level a wrestler could attain -- will significantly harm those programs. I'm not sure what it's like in other countries, but again, there ain't no way in motherfucking hell that it's less popular than shit like badminton.

this is probably an anti-American job by those bastards. Like when they got rid of baseball and softball. Though almost non-existent in Europe, baseball is the #1 or #2 most popular team sport in the United States, Latin America, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea.

The IOC has long been known to be comprised of jackarses among whom a swift outbreak of the clap would improve the world greatly
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Post by: Senza on March 14, 2013, 04:27:40 AM
The closest I've ever been involved in the Olympics was when it came here to Sydney back in 2000, I was about 6 years old, and got to hold the Sydney Olympic Torch at school, along with everyone else in my class.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on March 14, 2013, 03:07:09 PM
The closest I've ever been involved in the Olympics was when it came here to Sydney back in 2000, I was about 6 years old, and got to hold the Sydney Olympic Torch at school, along with everyone else in my class.

nice!

The Sydney Olympics is the first one I watched extensively. I was 16, must have watched 6 hours a day.

 I don't think there's a track and field athlete from that Olympics who hasn't been implicated in some steroids scandal
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Post by: Senza on March 14, 2013, 05:43:54 PM
I remember us having a competition as to who could draw these three guys the best - http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/olympics/images/attachement/gif/site1/20070807/0013729ece6b0822958e4d.gif and we'd get some sort of voucher if we won, and I remember going home that night and practicing drawing these guys over and over again, but came in fourth place the next day.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on January 07, 2014, 05:02:56 PM
before we begin our discussion of the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi, I must leave you all with the most beautiful image from the 2012 summer Olympics in London (other than that of a USA athlete winning gold) .... the incredible ass of Spanish beach volleyball player Liliana Fernandez Steiner http://goo.gl/OpI5mm


okay, now we begin to look forward to.............

The Opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia is one month away - Feb. 7, 2014!

I'll open the discussion with my favorite part of any winter olympics - MENS HOCKEY!

Team USA will include three of my New York Rangers: Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan, and Ryan McDonagh

four additional Rangers will be on various Olympic teams: Rick Nash (Canada), Carl Hagelin and Henrik Lundqvist (Sweden), and Mats Zuccarello will be the only current NHL player for Norway.


one of the most important questions for any Olympics that takes place in a foreign country is the tv coverage - whether it'll be live or taped, how much will be shown


http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/sochi-2014-winter-olympics/2013/dec/21/nbc-live-tv-coverage-sochi-winter-olympics-schedul/


this is a really good article -  it says that NBC will be showing lots of stuff live on tv, even though Sochi is 9 hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone... and that every single event will b streamed live online. it's a really good article with lots of useful info; if you are an American Olympic fan, read it  :)


Looking forward to a great Olympics for the boys and girls in red, white, and blue.... and looking forward to some great discussions here  :)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 06, 2014, 02:59:09 PM
Olympics begin today!!!!

In addition to all the tv channels showing the events, I believe you can watch all events live at nbcolympics.com
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 11, 2014, 01:57:40 PM
Been watching Olympics all nite on NBC (and avoiding ESPN in the meantime, cuz I don't wanna hear reports of who's won what, since the sports shown in primetime on NBC are all tape-delayed)...
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Post by: mike siegel on February 12, 2014, 11:03:06 AM
By sheer luck I watched all six German Gold medals 'live'.
Guess I'll watch some more :)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 12, 2014, 08:05:23 PM
it hasn't been a very good Olympics thus far for the US of A.

Shaun White (snowboard halfpipe) and Shani Davis (spedskating 1000M) were aiming to become the first men in Winter Olympic history to win gold in the same event 3 Olympics in a row.... but failed to even reach the podium (for the record, 2 women have won three straight golds in a particular Winter Olympic event).

As usual, the Dutch have been kicking ass in speedskating

Oh well, there's still a ways to go... and my favorite Olympic sport of them all, men's hockey, begins Thursday  :)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 14, 2014, 12:32:10 AM
USA hockey team kicks Slovak ass, 7-1. (The one Slovak goal was scored off an uncalled offside violation....) Much tougher test comes against Russia on Saturday.... I think there are 4 teams with a chance at gold: Canada, Sweden, Russia, USA. Should be fun :-)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 14, 2014, 10:12:19 AM
USA sweeps podium in mens ski slopestyle  :) :) :)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 17, 2014, 02:44:56 AM
great USA-Russia hockey game   O0

IMO it's dumb how they let the same guy shoot over and over again in the shootout; in the NHL, you have to go through the whole team, you can't have the same guy taking every shot. But hey, it worked for USA  :)
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Post by: mike siegel on February 17, 2014, 10:25:01 AM
yeah, that was a thriller. Felt like a 'final'.
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Post by: titoli on February 17, 2014, 11:32:22 AM
Let's enlarge the scope:

http://blog.chillisauce.co.uk/naked-sledding-race-world-championship/

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Post by: moviesceleton on February 22, 2014, 07:19:40 PM
Suck on that, US! The ice hockey bronze is ours.

I hope Canada beats the Swedes tomorrow.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 22, 2014, 08:03:55 PM
moviesceleton, I wouldn't celebrate bronze. in individual events maybe, but when it comes to the hockey tournament, it's gold or bust. So, we're all bust  :(

I'm rooting for Sweden to win; mainly cuz my favorite athlete in the world is Henrik Lundqvist, so once USA is out, I root for him.

Very disappointed about USA losing to Canada. (I don't give much of a damn about losing the bronze medal game; especially cuz we won silver in Vancouver, it was gold or bust now. And we went bust.) Of course, part of any tournament is luck of the draw. If we wouldn't have played Canada till the gold medal game, maybe we'd have reached that game. Who knows. You gotta play the draw. So USA is probably among the top 2-5 teams in the world, but we gotta get that gold already. I am sick and tired of hearing about 1980

That's it. we gotta get that gold in 2018 in PyeongChang (say that fast 3 times  ;) ) btw, USA skiing star Mikaela Shiffrin says she's aiming for 5 golds in PyeongChang http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/sochi/2014/02/22/winter-games-skiing-women-mikaela-shiffrin/5723213/

that's pretty much it; all that's left is women's figure skating. USA has some big stars, especially Gracie Gold.
 
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Post by: moviesceleton on February 23, 2014, 05:41:04 AM
moviesceleton, I wouldn't celebrate bronze. in individual events maybe, but when it comes to the hockey tournament, it's gold or bust. So, we're all bust  :(
Yeah I know, but it was still good entertainment to beat you 5-0 >:D
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 23, 2014, 02:47:05 PM
NBC is having a show NANCY AND TONYA this evening, just before the closing ceremonies. It's pretty much the first time in 20 years that Kerrigan has agreed to speak about the incident.....
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 24, 2014, 09:18:10 PM
final medals count http://www.nbcolympics.com/medals

USA comes in second place (28 medals, to Russia's 33), but USA only had 9 golds, behind Russia (13), Norway (11), and Canada (10). Overall, this was a pretty disappointing Olympics from Team USA, especially after an amazing performance in Vancouver in 2010. And the only reason USA did win 28 medals is cuz we kicked ass in the new sports; if all these new events hadn't been added, it woulda been an awful Olympics for USA.

Anyway, that's that. Let the talk show tours, endorsement money, Wheaties boxes begin for the winners; as the losers (and winners) look forward to PyeongChang 2018.... But first, summer Olympics in Rio 2016, only 2.5 years away  :)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 08, 2016, 02:27:34 PM
-- USA takes back the gold in th4 4X100 mens swimming relay. USA had won this event in 2008 in a major comeback (remember Jason Lezack chasing down the Frenchie in the last 25 meters!), France won in 2012, but USA took it back this year.

-- There is probably a bigger gap between Katie Ledecky and those competing against her, as there has ever been in sports history since Babe Ruth hit more home runs than any other American League TEAM in 1927.

-- Simone Biles is obviously the greatest gymnnast in the world. By the time she's done, she may be the greatest in history. The USA is heavily favored to win team all around, Biles is heavily favored to win individual all around, and Biles may win up to 3 of the 4 gold medals in individual disciplines.

Saw Team USA in gymnastics last night. The whole team is incredible. The newbie, Laurie Fernandez, amazing in floor exercise. So was Aly Raisman. Gabby Douglas has lost some of her luster compared with her legendary performance in 2012.

Shaping up to be an exciting Olympics!
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Post by: titoli on August 09, 2016, 01:41:59 AM
AS usual, ain't gonna waste a minute on this crap.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 11, 2016, 09:05:39 PM
It's been an incredible Olympics thus far for the USA. Team gold in women's gymnastics, gold and silver in individual all-around women's gymnastics; four golds thus far for Michael Phelps; 3 for Katie Ledecky.
This USA team is the greatest female gymnastics team ever, Simone Biles is the greatest female gymnast ever, Michael Phelps is the greatest swimmer ever, and by the time she is done Katie Ledecky will probably be the greatest female swimmer ever. And none of this is hyperbole  :)

Yup, it's been great viewing  O0 O0

After the 6th day of competition, USA leads with 16 golds and 38 total medals; China is second with 11 golds and 30 total medals.
Still some swimming events to come (Phelps and Ledecky each going for more golds!) and individual events in female gymnastics; then track and field coming up next week  :)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 11, 2016, 09:07:14 PM
By the way ... Fiji won gold medal in rugby for its first ever medal in Olympics  O0
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Post by: noodles_leone on August 12, 2016, 02:00:25 PM
After a rough start, France is back in the game, guys.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 10, 2018, 08:19:04 PM
Anyone watching?

I am upset that the National Hockey League is not allowing its players to participate in the Olympics this year. The Olympic hockey games with NHL players are among my quadrennial highlights. I am boycotting the NHL during the Olympics  >:D

Watching short-track skating now on my DVR :)
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Post by: mike siegel on February 11, 2018, 03:49:56 AM
Sure - nice opening, 2 Gold Medals the first day :).
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Post by: Cusser on February 11, 2018, 08:08:20 AM
I was in training for the Olympics decades ago as a teenager; then I found out that the breast stroke was a swimming event !!!
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 11, 2018, 10:20:10 AM
17-year-old named Red Gerard won gold in men’s slopestyle. First USA medal in PyeongChang and youngest American to ever win a snowboarding medal. Kid’s a rock star now  >:D
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 14, 2018, 12:20:19 AM
U.S. dominating snowboarding, winning gold in men's and women's slopestyle and halfpipe (and bronze in the women's halfpipe).

The men's halfpipe was amazing: Shaun White got an incredible 94.25 (out of a possible 100) on his first run to go to #1. On the second run, a Japanese guy got 95.25 and White washed out. So it'd all come down to the third run (each competitor has three runs, and only the best score counts).
Remember, White had won gold in 2006 and 2010, but finished a disappointing fourth in 2014.
So now, back to 2018,  it all comes down to the final run. White was in second place, guaranteed at least a silver, but needed to beat the amazing score of 95.25 for gold. White was the last competitor to run .......... and he BOOMED a 97.75!!! Incredible. You can watch the video here http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/shaun-white-wins-halfpipe-gold-epic-final-run (you can skip the first 90 seconds)

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As usual, the Dutch are dominating speedskating (and probably not much else?  ??? )

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You can follow the up-to-the-minute medal count at http://www.nbcolympics.com/medals
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Post by: XhcnoirX on February 14, 2018, 01:57:02 AM
As usual, the Dutch are dominating speedskating (and probably not much else?  ??? )

No probably about it, speed skating is the only sport we dominate in  ;D Ireen Wüst has now won a gold medal at 4 consecutive Winter Olympics, incredible...

I watched some of those halfpipe runs... Insane stuff, very impressive to watch  :o
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 14, 2018, 08:36:06 AM
No probably about it, speed skating is the only sport we dominate in  ;D Ireen Wüst has now won a gold medal at 4 consecutive Winter Olympics, incredible...

IMO, short-track is much more interesting than speedskating  ;)
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Post by: XhcnoirX on February 14, 2018, 01:15:09 PM
IMO, short-track is much more interesting than speedskating  ;)

Only when they fall over each other  ;D
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 23, 2018, 12:09:48 AM
It’s been a somewhat disappointing Olympics for the USA ...
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Post by: noodles_leone on February 23, 2018, 12:30:16 AM
It’s been a somewhat disappointing Olympics for the USA ...

Don’t act like you cared:I now know what you’re really interested at the Olympic, and it isn’t the medals...
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Post by: dave jenkins on February 23, 2018, 01:30:51 PM
I was in training for the Olympics decades ago as a teenager; then I found out that the breast stroke was a swimming event !!!
The humor judges have finished deliberating: 10s across the board!  O0 O0 O0
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 26, 2018, 06:46:23 AM
US finished fourth in golds (9, one below its all-time high from 2010) and fourth in overall medals (23). Some heads have to roll ...

But hey, there were some great moments (gold in snowboarding slopestyle amd halfpipe, gold in women’s hockey over Canada!!!)

Just 2 1/2 years to the Summer Games in Tokyo 2020!  :) :) :)
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Post by: dave jenkins on February 27, 2018, 11:32:01 AM
Just 2 1/2 years to the Summer Games in Tokyo 2020!  :) :) :)
If you want to go I might be able to rent you a room for the summer.  ;)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on February 27, 2018, 04:41:13 PM
Don’t act like you cared:I now know what you’re really interested at the Olympic, and it isn’t the medals...

now I know why you are not interested in the Olympics.

France doesn't have an Olympian half as hot as Lyndsey Vonn  :P
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Post by: noodles_leone on February 28, 2018, 02:27:49 AM
We have some gorgeous ones but not at the winter games.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 24, 2021, 06:43:41 PM
The Olympics are back, baby! (better late than never)

Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte may be gone, but the Americans just won 2 medals in the mens 400m individual medley: Chase Kalisz gold and Jay Litherland bronze
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Post by: Cusser on July 25, 2021, 07:21:21 AM
Zero interest for me, so much politics.

Like when a bunch of countries teamed up to nix softball, to get back at USA.  Apparently it's back in this year as a one time thing.

Maybe if I understood winter sports like curling.....but many countries have zero access to snow and ice, so are greatly handicapped...
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 25, 2021, 06:56:24 PM
Zero interest for me, so much politics.

Like when a bunch of countries teamed up to nix softball, to get back at USA.  Apparently it's back in this year as a one time thing.

Maybe if I understood winter sports like curling.....but many countries have zero access to snow and ice, so are greatly handicapped...

An Algerian judoka quit the Olympics rather than face an Israeli

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.timesofisrael.com/algerian-suspended-from-world-judo-for-refusal-to-face-israeli-at-olympics/amp/
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 27, 2021, 03:05:03 PM
An Algerian judoka quit the Olympics rather than face an Israeli

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.timesofisrael.com/algerian-suspended-from-world-judo-for-refusal-to-face-israeli-at-olympics/amp/

Winning judo silver in Tokyo, Iranian defector Mollaei dedicates medal to Israel

https://www.timesofisrael.com/winning-judo-silver-in-tokyo-iranian-defector-mollaei-dedicates-medal-to-israel/

I figure n_l would rather face a Turk than an Israeli ...


Meanwhile, Simone Biles, the greatest gymnast in the world, screwed up in the team all-around, then dropped out claiming mental illness ...........
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Post by: noodles_leone on July 28, 2021, 12:02:10 AM
I figure n_l would rather face a Turk than an Israeli ...

Of course, like any Armenian. For two reasons:
- we'd lose any conventionnal military confrontation against the Turks. At least in 1 to 1 we have a chance. So, yeah, we lost Mount Ararat but let's see how these Turks do in judo!
- we have a teeth against the jew because or genocide never got publicised like the jewish one did.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 07, 2021, 09:04:23 PM
USA just won gold in women's basketball

This is a day after men beat France in mens basketball. (Bad news for n_l. Even worse news for him: Israel won two golds in this Olympics - previously the'?d only won 1 ever.)

Right now USA is one gold behind China (but leads in overall medals by 22).

There are a few events left, including a women's volleyball gold medal game, and two boxing matches, so America can still overtake China in golds  :)
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 08, 2021, 08:07:23 AM
So America did pull ahead of China on the final day, and got 39 gold medals to China's 38.

In total medals, America easily won, with 113 to China?s 88.

Next summer Olympics is 2024 in Paris. I'm moving into n_l's house for two weeks. I'll bring the babes. Send Lucie on a trip with her global warming people.

Winter Olympics in just six months!
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Post by: dave jenkins on August 08, 2021, 11:07:05 AM
Next summer olympics is 2024 in Paris.
Uh huh. And the Tokyo Summer Olympics were held in 2020.
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Post by: drinkanddestroy on August 08, 2021, 10:21:17 PM
Uh huh. And the Tokyo Summer Olympics were held in 2020.

you're right, the lockdown will probably still be going on in Paris in 2024. And in the liberal states here. All normal people will move to Florida to get away from lockdowns