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Old 07-29-2012, 08:52 PM   #61
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I'm having the hardest time keeping up with the Olympics. I watch everyday at 7pm EST and it seems like people already know what the results are. I can understand if you're overseas but do they air earlier than 7pm? I usually never have the TV on before Primetime TV starts.
Blame the internet, my friend. You can find the results online pretty much as soon as the event is finished, but I guess NBC is trying to wait to air the more popular events during prime time to keep up the ratings.
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Old 07-29-2012, 11:36 PM   #62
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I don't think we'll hear any more talk about the 2012 basketball team being compared to the '92 team.
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:52 AM   #63
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Watching women's beach volleyball right now. These two girls(mitsti/kerri) have never lost a match in the Olympics yet. Amazing. That was a hell of a game with the Aussies.
That was a great match, kept tying at 18-18 and 19-19 every time and was nerve-racking to watch if you are rooting for the USA to win.

My gripe...it was 55 degrees for beach volleyball in London...they had to wear sweaters. The aussies were covered head-to-toe and still wore their bikinis on top of their compression tops, looked stupid.

London was a terrible choice as host for this reason alone.

At least our ladies wore proper bottoms. Still looking great at age 34 too.

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Old 07-30-2012, 04:00 PM   #64
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C'mon, FD, at least post some actual competition pictures.





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Old 07-30-2012, 04:07 PM   #65
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Speaking of jerkoffs. What is it with dumb athletes?


Swiss soccer player kicked off Olympic team for discriminatory tweet | Fourth-Place Medal - Yahoo! Sports


You'd think most of the Olympic athletes would have learned from the other one that got kicked off the team for a dumb tweet.


It's simple. Keep it to thanking the fans and the experience or simply delete your twitter account. Morons.
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:25 PM   #66
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Watched the 200m (mens) backstroke race tonight with Matt Grevers and Nick Thoman winning gold and silver respectively. Fantastic race with Thoman storming in at the end to claim the silver.

Missy Franklin's 100m backstroke race was also fantastic. Huge win by the 17 year old for her first gold medal.

Also, Michael Phelps looked good in the 200m breaststroke semi-final. He seemed to take it easy the first 150m, and then just blew by everybody the last 50m. Guy still has it...lol


Men's gymnastics fell off the wagon. Man that was horrible watching their performance tonight. Guy (Orozco) broke down after his failed vault. Had to be a horrible feeling.
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Did anyone else see Britain and Ukraine robbed in the Men's gymnastics last night.

What a terrible decision. The guy falls of the horse without completing the required handstand so the judges bump up the difficulty after-the-fact to, essentially, compensate for the massive deduction. Bad. Just bad.

It's why I like sports with objective measurables (i.e. - Who ran the fastest? Who threw it the farthest?) as opposed to judges deciding who looked the prettiest.
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It's why I like sports with objective measurables (i.e. - Who ran the fastest? Who threw it the farthest?) as opposed to judges deciding who looked the prettiest.
I agree, but then we get Chinese girls who come out and beat a World Record by a full second and her personal-best by a full 5 SECONDS in the Olympics. That does not happen naturally.

London 2012: Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen under fire after smashing world record - thestar.com

IOC hints that China’s Olympic swim star Ye Shiwen did not test positive | London 2012 | Sports | National Post

If she were an American, they would have stripped the Gold before she got to the podium. But China, again, no rules apply...just like 2008.

A 16-YO girl outswan Lochte? Sure...don't believe that report. Lochte's final time beat her by 23 seconds...she only beat him in one leg of the race by a fraction and the media has jumped all over that. If men and women were equally fast, they wouldn't have to separate into men's and women's events.

I'm not saying this girl can't possibly be that talented, but you don't improve your personal record by 5 seconds out of nowhere unless you were completely dogging it before. China has a long history of doping, especially in swimming.




I love the sports of the Olympics but this crap really gets me mad and turns me off from it. Whether it's Russian skating judges or China cheating in EVERYTHING and getting a pass, the Olympics have become a world-wide "how can we screw the USA since we can't legitimately beat them" free-for-all.
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Did anyone else see Britain and Ukraine robbed in the Men's gymnastics last night.

What a terrible decision. The guy falls of the horse without completing the required handstand so the judges bump up the difficulty after-the-fact to, essentially, compensate for the massive deduction. Bad. Just bad.

It's why I like sports with objective measurables (i.e. - Who ran the fastest? Who threw it the farthest?) as opposed to judges deciding who looked the prettiest.
One of my friends is actually a trainer at WOGA, and this was her exact comment in regards to that dismount.

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Looks like he got vertical, but his legs passed through together to a crazy 'omg I'm falling' split right away. If it's just the vertical that counts I don't see why he wouldn't get it
Which is why they changed the score. It did suck for the Brits and Ukraine, but it was the right call apparently.

Got to admit, I've learned so much about gymnastics from my friend this year (probably more than I want to know). She works with Valeri Liukin so she knows her shit, but it's interesting to learn how these kids are picked at a young age. Believe it or not, physical makeup actually plays a huge part in it. (overly flexible, hips wider than shoulders, particular knee alignments....are generally all NO gos when deciding) That's your useless information for today. :P
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:23 PM   #70
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Interesting shot of England's Olympic uniforms.

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One of my friends is actually a trainer at WOGA, and this was her exact comment in regards to that dismount.

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Looks like he got vertical, but his legs passed through together to a crazy 'omg I'm falling' split right away. If it's just the vertical that counts I don't see why he wouldn't get it.
Which is why they changed the score. It did suck for the Brits and Ukraine, but it was the right call apparently.
I get what your friend is saying and I, in fact, did watch it a couple times (via DVR) when it happened to see if the guy ever, even if for a split second, got his legs together as he was going over. Maybe I missed it, but I remember thinking his legs never even got close to what one would call a handstand. As to the scoring adustment:

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Gymnastics scrapped its perfect-10 high score in 2006, replacing it with one that was supposed to remove some human error by instituting one score for the difficulty achieving certain moves, alongside a second, more subjective score for execution. But even the difficulty points have to be assigned by humans. "Everybody is human and everybody can make errors," Gueisbuhler said. "The dismount of Kohei was a very tricky thing to judge. You are talking about angles, and those decisions have to be given in quick time."

Teams can only appeal—or, in the parlance of the sport, "inquire"—the difficulty portion of their own scores. They can't object to the points they get for execution, or to other teams' scores.
London 2012: Chinese Men Take Gymnastics Gold - WSJ.com

So, after reviewing the tape, I guess the judges thought he had done the required move and adjusted the difficulty of the move since they couldn't change their subjective "execution" score. Seems pretty ass backward to me. Reading more on it, the Japanese guy is sort of rock star gymnast and, it seems to me - like MJ in the NBA finals - he gets the call (or no call in MJ's case).

I still think they were robbed.
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Old 08-01-2012, 12:06 AM   #72
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Incredible night for US women's gymnastics. Pulled out the team gold after Russia did their best impersonation of the US men's team. The girls did a fantastic job overall


Michael Phelps lost the 200m breast stroke for the for the first time in his Olympic career. He was in the lead all the way until the last 1/2 second when he lost it. He had to settle for the silver. Was disappointed.

Incredible job by the men's relay team for destroying the competition. Lochte, Dwyer, and Berens won this race by giving Phelps a 3+ second lead going into his anchor run. This medal brought Phelps career total to 19 making him the leader in overall medals in Olympic history. Incredible career, and a shame he'll be retiring.


Still impressed as hell with the women's gymnastic teams performance tonight. Remarkable.
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I'm ready for track and field already.
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Incredible night for US women's gymnastics. Pulled out the team gold after Russia did their best impersonation of the US men's team. The girls did a fantastic job overall


Michael Phelps lost the 200m breast stroke for the for the first time in his Olympic career. He was in the lead all the way until the last 1/2 second when he lost it. He had to settle for the silver. Was disappointed.

Incredible job by the men's relay team for destroying the competition. Lochte, Dwyer, and Berens won this race by giving Phelps a 3+ second lead going into his anchor run. This medal brought Phelps career total to 19 making him the leader in overall medals in Olympic history. Incredible career, and a shame he'll be retiring.


Still impressed as hell with the women's gymnastic teams performance tonight. Remarkable.
The women's gymnastic team was amazing. Their talents are incredible. Did you see that story about Domonique Moceanu and her sister?
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