XXIX OLYMPIC GAMES, Comments

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    Aug 13, 2008 6:50 PM GMT
    There is a photo thread of all the favourite Olympians which is fantastic. Check it out. However, here, I thought it would be helpful to see comments about anything having to do with the Olympic Games that you want to share.

    Here are a couple of mine.

    Alexander Artemev on pommel horse the other day was a thing of beauty. It went by too fast for me. I think his legs were in the air above his head almost the entire routine (or was that just my wishful thinking?).

    After Michael Phelps received a Gold Medal he was walking around the venue and he walked up to a woman that I presume is his wife and gave her the roses that he had just received and it made her cry like a baby. Aaaah man, that was really a tender moment. What a guy!!
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    Aug 13, 2008 11:12 PM GMT
    I don't think Phelps is married. It was probably his mom or sister.
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    Aug 13, 2008 11:46 PM GMT
    Lots of thoughts about these Games;

    1. I'm so amazed at the Chinese gymnasts! They really shined no the home turf... mistakes by the other teams or not. They must really be the pride and joy of the nation right now! Huge Kudos to them. While my heart goes out to the Women's gymnastics team from the US for their foibles yesterday evening, I am sure they will pull it together for the idividual events and shine!

    2. No doubt, the general consensus is that Phelps is one of those Mozart-like geniuses when it comes to his sport! I still can't believe what I am seeing when I watch him swim. I'm sure tonight he will take the 200 IM in world record time again, and finish without even breathing hard. I also think he's a hell of a great athlete.. to get odown of the podium and be magnanimous enough to shake the French Relay Teams hand after all the trash talking is a huge thing. His answers to the reporter's questions are really humble, but intelligent. I don't know if he is just like that normally or just well-coached in PR as well as swimming, but he really leaves a good impression all around.

    3. Still with swimming, but also on the political front... watching Kosuke Kitayama take the gold in the men's 100 Breast was a fascinating thing for me, not only as a former swimmer who swam competitively while living in Japan, but also as a Japanese historian. I was very curious to see what the reaction in China was going to be when they played the Japanese National Anthem (Kimigayo) in that pool. After all the atrocities of World War II that happened in China at the hands of Japan, I'm sure it was a very bittersweet moment for the older generations to hear that anthem playing in a national arena. The cameras stayed focused on the winner, and there was not one pan shot of the crowd. Rightly so, perhaps, but I can't help wondering if we would have seen the older generation of Chinese, Koreans, and Taiwanese refusing to stand when they played it.... or if they were standing, was it because there was an expectation to be courteous?

    4. I haven't made up my mind about the Redeem Team (AKA the US Men's basketball team). I'm sure they are doing fantastically, as expected. But still it jars me a bit to see people like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Jason Kidd -- all million-dollar-earning NBA players -- out there competing at the Olympics. Don't know why, but it does. I guess I have always felt that the Olympics were supposed to be for the amateur athlete, or the NBA-hopefuls, more than the big stars of the NBA now. Even so, the reports that come from NBC say that each of the basketball players have really gotten into the spirit of the Olympics, which is good... hopefully it means that they are playing the game just because they love the game and are enjoying playing with others who love the game, rather than treating it like "another day at the office" or thinking about sponsors, commercials, contract re-negotiations and so forth. Maybe that's a part that can be "redeemed" as well.

    More anon, I am sure... sorry for being so long-winded.



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    Aug 14, 2008 5:56 AM GMT
    SAHEM62896 saidLots of thoughts about these Games;

    4. I haven't made up my mind about the Redeem Team (AKA the US Men's basketball team). I'm sure they are doing fantastically, as expected. But still it jars me a bit to see people like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Jason Kidd -- all million-dollar-earning NBA players -- out there competing at the Olympics. Don't know why, but it does. I guess I have always felt that the Olympics were supposed to be for the amateur athlete, or the NBA-hopefuls, more than the big stars of the NBA now. Even so, the reports that come from NBC say that each of the basketball players have really gotten into the spirit of the Olympics, which is good... hopefully it means that they are playing the game just because they love the game and are enjoying playing with others who love the game, rather than treating it like "another day at the office" or thinking about sponsors, commercials, contract re-negotiations and so forth. Maybe that's a part that can be "redeemed" as well.

    More anon, I am sure... sorry for being so long-winded.





    Yeah, I agree wholeheartedly here. I was watching Nadal from Spain in tennis yesterday and somehow it did seem like "just another day at the office". I like the Olympics better when it was just for the amateurs and with less commercialization, but that is part of the reality of the games now and I still like to watch it no matter.
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    Aug 14, 2008 6:53 AM GMT
    Barricade saidI don't think Phelps is married. It was probably his mom or sister.


    It was his sister, yes.
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    Aug 14, 2008 7:11 AM GMT
    It was definitely his sister..
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    Aug 14, 2008 7:18 AM GMT
    alexander7 saidThere is a photo thread of all the favourite Olympians which is fantastic. Check it out. However, here, I thought it would be helpful to see comments about anything having to do with the Olympic Games that you want to share.

    Here are a couple of mine.

    Alexander Artemev on pommel horse the other day was a thing of beauty. It went by too fast for me. I think his legs were in the air above his head almost the entire routine (or was that just my wishful thinking?).

    After Michael Phelps received a Gold Medal he was walking around the venue and he walked up to a woman that I presume is his wife and gave her the roses that he had just received and it made her cry like a baby. Aaaah man, that was really a tender moment. What a guy!!



    Yes, Phelps is great!!! Was his sister.
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    Aug 14, 2008 7:22 AM GMT
    Phelps is a phenom. Even if you don't like him or swimming. I think if you see him compete and his comments after each event, you would respect the man and what he has accomplished especially at such a young age.


    I think he's a phantastic physical specimen, phorged for his phield of phitness sport. If you phriggin pheel nothing phor the phastest man in water u can feed on my phalice!!icon_twisted.gif
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    Aug 14, 2008 10:20 AM GMT
    MikemikeMike said
    I think he's a phantastic physical specimen, phorged for his phield of phitness sport. If you phriggin pheel nothing phor the phastest man in water u can feed on my phalice!!icon_twisted.gif


    Phuckin Phay, Phat was Phunny!! But I wonder now, should I write something negative now just so I can Pheed on your Phalice.

    Ya know, I shoulda realized it was a relative, (Phelp's sister cause she did look a lot like him but I thought maybe he might have married like) but it was still sweet, hey, even sweeter now that I know it is his sister. Thanks for the info guys!!
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    Aug 14, 2008 11:11 AM GMT
    There was an athlete of the day spot on one of the channels last night and they were doing Phelps. I was icon_eek.gif to learn that he consumes between 10,000 and 12,000 calories daily.
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    Aug 14, 2008 12:04 PM GMT
    McGay saidThere was an athlete of the day spot on one of the channels last night and they were doing Phelps. I was icon_eek.gif to learn that he consumes between 10,000 and 12,000 calories daily.


    That's my idea of heaven - to eat that much a day!
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    Aug 14, 2008 2:38 PM GMT
    Kosuke Kitajima successfully defended both 100m and 200m breaststroke crowns! icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 14, 2008 4:34 PM GMT
    I'm all for Phelps being an amazing athlete and breaking all kinds of records. But, I'm over NBC's coverage of him 24/7. It's almost all they show in prime time anymore. The Olympics are about competing just as much as winning a bazillion gold medals. It'd be nice if they mixed it up just a little and didn't have to be Phelps this and Phelps that in every broadcast.

    Does anyone know when the Australian diver is going to be on - Matthew Mitchum?
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    Aug 14, 2008 5:06 PM GMT
    Great thread.

    Current thoughts on the Olympics...

    Phelps is amazing. I've heard his name enough. Even when he's not in a race they somehow throw his name out there. One of the tackiest moments was when the second relay team he was on won their gold and the female interviewer kept asking him how it feels to be the most decorated Olympian blah blah ( all good and well ) but right there in front of those other guys who had just won a gold medal as a team. Just came off tacky. He slightly annoys me. He comes off goofy and un-aware yet I think everything he is doing is well thought out.

    I can't stomach that bitch that does the commentary for gymnastics. I think his name is Tim Dagget? I wish there was a direct number to call to tell him to SHUT UP! I enjoyed seeing some of the mens all around because we got to finally see other gymnasts from other nations besides the USA and China. Had fun playing spot the gay guy or spot the guy you wish were gay and even if he wasn't who gives a shit I'd still do him. icon_smile.gif

    I'm one of the few that isn't buying that China was so great in gymnastics. Some of those scores sure did help things along when they all had their moments of bobbles and falls. Although I do laugh at the underaged girls. Especially the alleged 16 year old with her one tooth missing hahaha. They got balls just blatantly shoving her right out front.

    Blake eliminated Fed. I am one of the happiest Tennis fans on this planet at this moment.


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    Aug 15, 2008 3:32 AM GMT
    I wish my parents made me stick with swimmingicon_sad.gif
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    Aug 16, 2008 1:47 PM GMT
    Strangely for me, the women volleyball games between China and USA last night was hugely entertaining for me icon_neutral.gif
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    Aug 16, 2008 6:10 PM GMT
    I promised more... and here it is....

    1. What a kick ass 100 Fly for Phelps! He beat the Serbian swimmer by .001! Incredible. I was so sure he got touched out... 100% sure he got touched out, as a matter of fact! Wow! If only I could have been there to see it! Congratulations to him. One more race to go!

    2. You heard about this Swedish wrestler who got stripped of his Bronze medal for throwing a temper tantrum during the medal ceremony? Read all about it here:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/wrestling/news;_ylt=AuDvqiG55Ibo2oSUxAKRJJWVTZd4?slug=ap-wre-medalstripped&prov=ap&type=lgns

    The guy acted like a big baby... kudos to the IOC, I say, for enforcing good sportsmanship.

    3. So there's a new world record in the Men's 100-meter dash! 9.69 seconds... one of the Jamaican sprinters was quoted saying that no one will ever touch that. I think he may be right!

    4. So sick of watching synchro diving... time for the individual divers to shine! My apologies to anyone who loves that sport, but I just don't understand it. Isn't diving solo enough of a challenge?

    5. Wanna see that decathalon! Very psyched to see how that one turns out!

    6. So... men's basketball wins again. How could they not, right? Although I am sure the Redeem Team is doing a stellar job and being magnanimous in their victory, just knowing that it's a bunch of professional players is killing the fun of watching the game. I feel like it is hardly a contest. Am I alone in that assessment?

    That's all for now. Probably have more to say after the weekend.
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    Aug 16, 2008 7:01 PM GMT
    I've enjoyed watching the Olympics at a local sports bar among other guys who are as excited and interested as I am. After a while it was like hanging in someones TV room with everybody commenting and yelling.

    Lot's of fun.