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Davian93
08-11-2008, 08:14 AM
Since no one else has started it. Every 4 years I pause in my enjoyment of legitimate American sports like Baseball and Football and watch a crazy event that showcases the less appreciated athletic events such as swimming and running.

On that note: USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA

USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA

tanaww
08-11-2008, 08:16 AM
Speaking of swimming...How about that 4 x 100 Mens relay last night?

Davian93
08-11-2008, 08:17 AM
Speaking of swimming...How about that 4 x 100 Mens relay last night?

Booyah!!!

Simply awesome is all I'll say.

irerancincpkc
08-11-2008, 08:23 AM
That relay was more than awesome, it was... I dunno, awesomely crazy perfectly good. :D

I was standing and screaming when Lezak was chasing him down in the last 50.

Davian93
08-11-2008, 08:24 AM
That relay was more than awesome, it was... I dunno, awesomely crazy perfectly good. :D

I was standing and screaming when Lezak was chasing him down in the last 50.

And that's why the Olympics are great.

Another reason: I actually watched a full game of water polo (US v. China) and was into the game the entire time.

irerancincpkc
08-11-2008, 08:28 AM
Yeah, I knew playing water polo was fun, but watching it wasn't half bad either. Not as great as the basketball game, but it was good.

The gymnastics depressed me though, we are a bit beat up in that department...

Terez
08-11-2008, 08:30 AM
I wonder if the "global community" of the internet will have any effect on the Olympics in the long run...

Davian93
08-11-2008, 08:30 AM
I've learned an important thing over the past year or so: Most sports are at least interesting to watch as long as they're in HD...water polo (which is hard to follow on a normal TV) is very good to watch in HD. We won in Women's individual fencing too...take that World!!!

irerancincpkc
08-11-2008, 08:34 AM
Didn't we sweep in woman's indiv. fencing?

Davian93
08-11-2008, 08:36 AM
Didn't we sweep in woman's indiv. fencing?

Yup.:D

irerancincpkc
08-11-2008, 08:40 AM
Sweetness. :)

My favorite Olympic sport is Beach Volleyball, I was ticked that our top seeded men's team lost to Lithuana. (I can't even spell it.)

Ivhon
08-11-2008, 09:09 AM
They changed the ball in water polo to make it more visible.

Definitely one of the most demanding sports. Watching the swimming and polo has gotten me all fired up.

Off to go jump in the pool and forget that I am a fat out of shape 37 year old and try to swim like a 20 year old Olympian.

Dang that relay was good! DANG!

Spotted the fastest 100 freestyler in the world a full bodylength and reeled him in. For non-swimmers, a bodylength in a sprint is an unsurmountable distance (usually). That was HUGE.

Davian93
08-11-2008, 09:13 AM
He was French though...that probably explains the rapid collapse at the end. Perhaps the American shouted something in German at him?

StrangePackage
08-11-2008, 09:15 AM
He was French though...that probably explains the rapid collapse at the end. Perhaps the American shouted something in German at him?

Nah, he just had too many freedom fries prior to the match. Slowed him down a little.

Davian93
08-11-2008, 09:50 AM
http://www.nydailynews.com/img/2008/08/11/alg_swimteam-jubi.jpg

The sweetness of victory!

Sarevok
08-11-2008, 10:08 AM
I must say the women's 4×100m relay went much better :)

irerancincpkc
08-11-2008, 10:12 AM
I must say the women's 4×100m relay went much better :)
Yeah, you have to admit the men's was more exciting, even though it may not be better for you, personally. :D

Hopper
08-11-2008, 11:45 AM
I still refuse to watch the water polo matches. It's just too cruel to the horses.







Oh c'mon, someone had to say it. . . .

Gilshalos Sedai
08-11-2008, 11:46 AM
Leave it to you, Wolfy.

Ivhon
08-11-2008, 11:56 AM
Oh...and last thing on the men's 400 relay.

First swimming medal won by an African American male swimmer (maybe female either, dunno).

Cary Sedai
08-11-2008, 11:59 AM
I have been glued to the TV since Friday night. Had to work a double yesterday at my second job. I turned the tv from the security camera feed to watch the olympics. Costumers would come in and just hang out until an event was over.

The Olympics rock, even water polo :p

Gilshalos Sedai
08-11-2008, 12:01 PM
I can't wait for the day when there are no longer those kinds of "firsts."

irerancincpkc
08-11-2008, 12:05 PM
^Yep.

Oh...and last thing on the men's 400 relay.

First swimming medal won by an African American male swimmer (maybe female either, dunno).
Really, I didn't hear them bring that up last night; maybe because they were so excited about the win.

Davian93
08-11-2008, 12:08 PM
One thing that is annoying about the 4X100 is alot of the media focus is on Phelps getting his 2nd gold instead of the incredible performance by Lezak and the team as a whole...

DeiwosTheSkyGod
08-11-2008, 12:45 PM
One thing that is annoying about the 4X100 is alot of the media focus is on Phelps getting his 2nd gold instead of the incredible performance by Lezak and the team as a whole...

Yeah, but Phelps was pretty gracious in the interviews. Made it all about Lezak, and rightly so. The guy was a monster truck on his leg.

irerancincpkc
08-11-2008, 12:49 PM
One thing that is annoying about the 4X100 is alot of the media focus is on Phelps getting his 2nd gold instead of the incredible performance by Lezak and the team as a whole...
I think that is to be expected. If he does get seven, and is going for that eighth, you know how crazy that is going to be? :D

Gilshalos Sedai
08-11-2008, 12:50 PM
Yeah, Phelps can't help the media giving him a cape and tights. All he can do is try to deflect it where it belongs, which is what he seems to be trying to do.

Davian93
08-11-2008, 01:14 PM
Yeah, Phelps can't help the media giving him a cape and tights. All he can do is try to deflect it where it belongs, which is what he seems to be trying to do.


To be clear...I wasn't bashing Phelps at all...just the media. Lezak was awesome and the team was awesome...I just feel bad for Lezak that the first thing on ESPN and CNNSI was "Phelps gets 2nd Gold" not "Lezak is Hero for Relay team" etc etc. Phelps seems to be a great guy and great teammate.

Gilshalos Sedai
08-11-2008, 01:18 PM
Well, I was bashing the media.

Davian93
08-11-2008, 01:20 PM
Well, I was bashing the media.

As was I...;)

Its one of the major things I bash on a consistent basis...though the intl. media seems far lessed biased than the major US networks.

Weird Harold
08-11-2008, 01:55 PM
I've learned an important thing .... We won in Women's individual fencing too...take that World!!!

These Olympics have taught me something potentially life-saving:

Don't tick off a Czech with gun or an America woman with a Saber. (Czehs seem to dominating the shooting events -- including Golds in 10m air-rifle and Trap.)

Weird Harold
08-11-2008, 02:03 PM
Yeah, Phelps can't help the media giving him a cape and tights. All he can do is try to deflect it where it belongs, which is what he seems to be trying to do.
Actually, the Media is only providing the cape. Speedo is providing the "tights."

How depressing must it be for teams like the Danish(? -- Fifth Place) 4x100 team to break the world's record and not even medal?

That "supersuit" that Speedo came up with is pretty much destroying the record book because two, three, four and, as happened in the mens 4x100, five people touch the wall under the existing world record and new world records are only lasting as long as it takes to swim another Heat.

Cary Sedai
08-11-2008, 02:49 PM
That "supersuit" that Speedo came up with is pretty much destroying the record book because two, three, four and, as happened in the mens 4x100, five people touch the wall under the existing world record and new world records are only lasting as long as it takes to swim another Heat.

I thought about that, too. At first I felt it was cheating, then I realized, we call it progress. The first time I watched the Tour de France a few years ago, there was a special on the first Tour, and again... I noticed that progress.

We know more about out bodies, the science behind our movements, so it only stands to reason, that we get better at what we do. We train more, and more specifically. We understand about wind/water/whatever resistence and we are constantly using our knowledge to better ourselves.

I find some good and some bad with progress, but on a whole, I feel that the only way to grow is to use our knowledge, and make our mistakes and learn from them... so onward we go...

Shock Lance
08-11-2008, 07:29 PM
I have to agree that Phelps is getting to much of the credit, especially as he got smashed by Eamon Sullavian the Australian who set an individual 100m world record in the first leg.

irerancincpkc
08-11-2008, 07:36 PM
To be fair to Phelps, Sullivan is a specialist in the sprints...

Crispin's Crispian
08-11-2008, 07:43 PM
I thought about that, too. At first I felt it was cheating, then I realized, we call it progress. The first time I watched the Tour de France a few years ago, there was a special on the first Tour, and again... I noticed that progress.

We know more about out bodies, the science behind our movements, so it only stands to reason, that we get better at what we do. We train more, and more specifically. We understand about wind/water/whatever resistence and we are constantly using our knowledge to better ourselves.

I find some good and some bad with progress, but on a whole, I feel that the only way to grow is to use our knowledge, and make our mistakes and learn from them... so onward we go...
At first I had reservations about it too, but then I thought as long as everyone has the same chance to wear the suit, what's the harm? All it does is put previous records in perspective and, IMO, make new records less special.

It's kind of like how movie ticket sales are always breaking new records, but then ticket prices keep going up and up. Eventually even crappy movies are going to better than some hits from, say, the 80s.

tanaww
08-11-2008, 08:01 PM
I just really dig getting to watch all the sports you normally can't on TV. Today, for example, I was watching Team Handball. Looks fun!

Oh but the dressage... it isn't (well, okay it is) fun watching those poor riders fall off. It has to hurt more than your ass to get all the way to the big show and THEN get dumped off. Pride injuries are the worst.

Realnow
08-11-2008, 10:02 PM
Yea everyone has a chance to wear it, but at like 300-500 a pop and good for only a few races at most before stretching it might be pricy for some swimmers. Maybe not in the Olympics with a country's backing, but lots of countries don't put much money into their athletic programs for non-Olympic years and that might get hard on some swimmers.

I'm no expert, just guessing.

But one thing the media didn't mention was the horrible performance of the African American swimmer in that relay. He almost cost them the race after they were ahead; only Lezak's amazing finish saved them.

Davian93
08-11-2008, 10:20 PM
Just watched Michael Phelps get his 3rd Gold by a Freaking Mile!!!

USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA
USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA

Davian93
08-11-2008, 10:25 PM
Picked up 2 more medals in the Women's 100 Backstroke!


Booyah!!!

tanaww
08-11-2008, 10:27 PM
Oh DC? Time for you to update your blog, dude.

Davian93
08-11-2008, 10:34 PM
2 more medals in the mens 100 backstroke.

USA!!!

Ozymandias
08-11-2008, 11:53 PM
As was I...;)

Its one of the major things I bash on a consistent basis...though the intl. media seems far lessed biased than the major US networks.


I don't know about that. The Australian media has put no emphasis on Phelps, which is a story that DOES deserve a lot of attention, and has put a ton on the Australians. I think the US being the most biased media is part myth. I mean, every country panders to its audience. The difference is, a station like BBC or SkyNews can't really rely on one audience to keep it going. They're very international stations. The American audience is so large that NBC or CNN or whatever can heavily bias its coverage and lose a lot of its international viewers, and still be economically viable because there are 300 million sets in the US which tune in to them.

DeiwosTheSkyGod
08-12-2008, 01:47 AM
Oh man, Lisa, I was thinking about my updates all day. There you go, one for each night :D

Frenzy
08-12-2008, 01:48 AM
These olympics have me craving Chinese food something fierce.

Sodas
08-12-2008, 02:55 AM
Anyone see Team USA women's softball smash Venezuela? Wow. Inside the park standing home-run for superstar Catlin Lowe on the way to another blow out. We dominate softball even more so than our basketball teams do.

Now, if we could only learn to dive, we might win the medal count this year.

Ozymandias
08-12-2008, 02:59 AM
Anyone see Team USA women's softball smash Venezuela? Wow. Inside the park standing home-run for superstar Catlin Lowe on the way to another blow out. We dominate softball even more so than our basketball teams do.

Now, if we could only learn to dive, we might win the medal count this year.

Wait for track and field. US is never leading the gold medal count during the water sports... or not by as much. Almost all the track medals go to America. Moreso now that that Kenyan was granted US citizenship

irerancincpkc
08-12-2008, 07:55 AM
Our swimming team was on fire last night, we got bronze in men's team gymnastics, and our woman's beach volleyball team won in straight sets. Nice. :D

tanaww
08-12-2008, 08:18 AM
Oh man, Lisa, I was thinking about my updates all day. There you go, one for each night :D

Yay! I read 'em too! Love the swimming blogs, man. Love 'em.

caladanbrood
08-12-2008, 10:38 AM
*waves tiny, un-noticed British flag*

We've won literally some medals so far!!

DeiwosTheSkyGod
08-12-2008, 10:53 AM
*waves tiny, un-noticed British flag*

We've won literally some medals so far!!

Yeah, your women did really well in the 400 m freestyle.

caladanbrood
08-12-2008, 11:32 AM
They did. First women's swimming gold we've won for about three thousand years...

Davian93
08-12-2008, 11:34 AM
They did. First women's swimming gold we've won for about three thousand years...

I'm surprised the UK isn't better at rowing...you practically invented it and have that prep school tradition that doesn't exist in the US outside of new england (irony).

caladanbrood
08-12-2008, 12:08 PM
Meh, I suspect we got complacent with Pinsent, Cracknell and especially Redgrave, didn't nurture enough talent to follow them. Still, we do ok, but not as well as we used to.

irerancincpkc
08-12-2008, 12:11 PM
I believe it was the UK that had that 14 year old diver I watched last night... pretty impressive for a little dude. :D

Cary Sedai
08-12-2008, 12:15 PM
I have to agree that Phelps is getting to much of the credit, especially as he got smashed by Eamon Sullavian the Australian who set an individual 100m world record in the first leg.

Shock! I miss you! Everytime I see a beach volleyball match I think of you, and I cheered for Stephanie Rice! Who I think is pretty freaking amazing! (Cute, too.)

Team USA did so good in gymnastics last night. I think they'll do really well next time around, since they now have Olympic experience.

irerancincpkc
08-12-2008, 12:17 PM
Team USA did so good in gymnastics last night. I think they'll do really well next time around, since they now have Olympic experience.
If it wasn't for that dang pummel horse... we did really good on the high bar. I was holding my breath the whole time! :D

Cary Sedai
08-12-2008, 01:16 PM
Jonathan Horton, was amazing! He stuck every single landing! And Justin Spring on the high bar...holy moley! That boy is part monkey! :p

(Stupid pummel horse!)

Gilshalos Sedai
08-12-2008, 01:42 PM
They beat up a horse?

DeiwosTheSkyGod
08-12-2008, 02:00 PM
How bout the 33-year old German gymnast? Phew, I thought gymnasts, especially female ones, had a short shelf life, but apparently this Olympics is about breaking the age barrier...

Gilshalos Sedai
08-12-2008, 02:16 PM
Apparently no one's going to get it.

The apparatus y'all are referring to is a POMMEL HORSE. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pommel_horse)

Cary Sedai
08-12-2008, 02:20 PM
Apparently no one's going to get it.

The apparatus y'all are referring to is a POMMEL HORSE. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pommel_horse)

LOL, I just looked at how Ire spelled it! I bonded Sare to correct my spelling... ~looks at Sare~ You didn't say anything!:p

Gilshalos Sedai
08-12-2008, 02:26 PM
Hey, I tried joking. Apparently, the horse was dead already from all the pummelling.

Sinistrum
08-12-2008, 02:31 PM
Yeah I'm not paying any attention to the Olympics. Here's an example of why.

http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/news?slug=ap-china-lip-synchedsong&prov=ap&type=lgns

Cary Sedai
08-12-2008, 02:44 PM
Yeah I'm not paying any attention to the Olympics. Here's an example of why.

http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/news?slug=ap-china-lip-synchedsong&prov=ap&type=lgns


We already know China is like this, but what exactly does that have to do with the Athletes themselves? Sure, China is obsessed with looking good, and has gone to great lengths to achive that (some of them questionable...).

Seriously though, that aside. The Olympics aren't about who's putting on the show, it's about the effort of the athletes, the trials they've gone through to get there, and representing thier countries.

I won't condemn the whole thing, because I don't approve of some of the choices China made with thier opening ceremonies. They were given the oppurtunity to show the world what they could do, they have.

Gilshalos Sedai
08-12-2008, 02:45 PM
Yeah, cause substuting a pefectly fine 9 year old's supposedly homely face for a prettier one remotely ranks up there with Luciano Pavarotti's pain in battling the cancer that claimed his life.


Right.


And C & C Music Factory and Milli Vanilli are still recording.

Sinistrum
08-12-2008, 03:02 PM
Because the forum makes the entire thing a farce. The Olympics are supposed to stand for an ideal world of cooperation, unity, freedom, hardwork, sportsmanship, ect. China is the antithesis of just about everyone one of those ideals and behavior such as what I just linked is just one of the many numerous glaring examples of the inconsistancy between the spirit of the games and the forum they are in. Sorry, but I can't take any athletic competition seriously when you've got things like that, the faked fireworks, the media censorship, or the multiple gafs of IOC President Jacques Rogge when he's tried to explain the poor conditions both in terms of human rights and pollution in China. If they are rigging things such as their national anthem, the opening ceremonies, or the media coverage, then it is not too much of a stretch to think they might be rigging other aspects of the games as well. It may be purely coincidence that China is currently ahead in the medal count. But on the other hand, it might not be.

Gilshalos Sedai
08-12-2008, 03:06 PM
Except for the fact that the home country usually leads the medal count.


Unless you're accusing the Canadians of fixing things, too? ;)

irerancincpkc
08-12-2008, 03:08 PM
LOL, I just looked at how Ire spelled it! I bonded Sare to correct my spelling... ~looks at Sare~ You didn't say anything!:p
Ah, my spelling is horrible. :D I spell it as I hear it, and Pommel sounds like Pummel to me. :D

Gilshalos Sedai
08-12-2008, 03:10 PM
Your pronounciation is apparently horrid, too. ;)

Sinistrum
08-12-2008, 03:13 PM
Unless you're accusing the Canadians of fixing things, too?

I wouldn't put it past theme. Those dirty Canucks. :p

Brita
08-12-2008, 03:17 PM
I wouldn't put it past theme. Those dirty Canucks. :p

~~contemplates dirty comeback...decides to take the highroad~~

I'm glad I don't live in China, that's all I have to say.

Crispin's Crispian
08-12-2008, 03:18 PM
Hey, I tried joking. Apparently, the horse was dead already from all the pummelling.
I got it as soon as I read it, but I was already behind on the thread. :(

I thought it was clever.

Sinistrum
08-12-2008, 03:45 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/basketball/news?slug=ap-bkw-chinesecheers&prov=ap&type=lgns

Apparently they need to fix their fans too.

Cary Sedai
08-12-2008, 03:57 PM
Just a few days into the Beijing Olympics, the egg-yoke yellow cheering sections have been spotted at every Olympic venue, part of a government-run program to make sure cheers are polite, organized and atmospheric—even if there isn’t much to cheer about.

The cheering squad from Capital Steel—a sprawling complex in west Beijing that is closed during the Olympics to cut down pollution—shared space with a few groups from other labor unions. But the mission was the same.

All right, they hired cheerleaders & made sure the workers still get to work, even though thier plant is closed.

What is wrong with cheerleaders?

Yes, I agree, China has done some things that I personally wouldn't decide to do, if it were up to me. However, isn't being upset over cheerleaders a little over board?

Gilshalos Sedai
08-12-2008, 03:57 PM
Organized cheering?

Sarevok
08-12-2008, 03:58 PM
LOL, I just looked at how Ire spelled it! I bonded Sare to correct my spelling... ~looks at Sare~ You didn't say anything!:p
Hey... I know a lot of English spelling, however, gymnastics isn't included in my vocabulary...

tanaww
08-12-2008, 04:05 PM
I wouldn't put it past theme. Those dirty Canucks. :p
Wait! The Canadian team is at the SUMMER Olympics?

What sports do they have in Canadia other than hockey,eh?

Brita
08-12-2008, 04:13 PM
Wait! The Canadian team is at the SUMMER Olympics?

What sports do they have in Canadia other than hockey,eh?

~~sigh~~ I have no comeback for this- we really don't do amazingly well at the Summer Olympics. Ummm....our medal count last time I checked.... is.... zero, yup, still zero.

But wait until Vancouver 2010 baby. I'll be singing a different tune then!

Sarevok
08-12-2008, 04:24 PM
Hehe, yup, 2010 is gonna be good :D

Netherlands is gonna get a LOT of gold in speedskating :D:D

tanaww
08-12-2008, 04:26 PM
~~sigh~~ I have no comeback for this- we really don't do amazingly well at the Summer Olympics. Ummm....our medal count last time I checked.... is.... zero, yup, still zero.

But wait until Vancouver 2010 baby. I'll be singing a different tune then!

Of course you will. The 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, BC, Canadia will have HOCKEY.

Gilshalos Sedai
08-12-2008, 04:41 PM
Oh, God, SBX will be insufferable.

irerancincpkc
08-12-2008, 05:01 PM
Your pronounciation is apparently horrid, too. ;)
I'm just a little bit stubborn in that department... :D

On the Chinese people note, a lot of them, the past seven years, have paid money out of their own pockets to learn English... I have respect for them; I don't think we would do that...

Gilshalos Sedai
08-12-2008, 05:08 PM
Berlitz would disagree. They make a business out of it, after all.

I also paid a great deal of money in college to study Russian and French. As did Bryan for Japanese.

Birgitte
08-12-2008, 05:25 PM
OMG, Gil! You're picture is online!

http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/funny-pictures-cat-proofreads-your-essays.jpg

DeiwosTheSkyGod
08-12-2008, 08:13 PM
You're

Was that deliberate? ;) :D

Shock Lance
08-12-2008, 08:39 PM
I agree that China very concerned about their image during the Olympics; with no athlete allowed to post non-official emails or Blogs etc, a wide ban on some types of media and the organised cheering squads and other bans but all Olympic hosts do things to make themselves look better during the games.

I know in Sydney that all homeless were housed during the games and instead of organised cheering squads in egg-yellow we let in school children for free to help create an atmosphere. I was an athlete at Sydney and i can say that being in the village you are very locked away from the outside world, the athletes are just there to eat sleep and go to games, events or training they don't care so much about the political aspects. Let's keep the politics out of sport and just support the athletes.

Aussie Aussie Aussie!!!

tanaww
08-12-2008, 10:11 PM
Was that deliberate? ;) :D

ROFL
And they're both English majors!

tanaww
08-12-2008, 10:12 PM
I agree that China very concerned about their image during the Olympics; with no athlete allowed to post non-official emails or Blogs etc, a wide ban on some types of media and the organised cheering squads and other bans but all Olympic hosts do things to make themselves look better during the games.

I know in Sydney that all homeless were housed during the games and instead of organised cheering squads in egg-yellow we let in school children for free to help create an atmosphere. I was an athlete at Sydney and i can say that being in the village you are very locked away from the outside world, the athletes are just there to eat sleep and go to games, events or training they don't care so much about the political aspects. Let's keep the politics out of sport and just support the athletes.

Aussie Aussie Aussie!!!

This is interesting, Shocky. I'd been hoping you'd start handicapping volleyball the way DC does on his blog.

Gilshalos Sedai
08-13-2008, 08:23 AM
ROFL
And they're both English majors!

Hey! I can spell "your" correctly!

irerancincpkc
08-13-2008, 08:30 AM
Getting back on topic, (Sorry :D )...

YIPPEE PHELPS!!!

Zaela Sedai
08-13-2008, 09:09 AM
I love the Olympics...

Thats all .....

~crawls back in hole~

Hopper
08-13-2008, 09:13 AM
Getting back on topic, (Sorry :D )...

YIPPEE PHELPS!!!

I'm curious when they're going to test him for the obvious dolphin/human genetic manipulation. You'd think that someone would have noticed the blow-hole in the back of his head.

Did anyone else watch the 4x200 freestyle relay last night. I swear that with the lead that Phelps gave the team Taer, RS and I could have swum the last three legs of that race and still won.

tanaww
08-13-2008, 10:15 AM
Did anyone else watch the 4x200 freestyle relay last night. I swear that with the lead that Phelps gave the team Taer, RS and I could have swum the last three legs of that race and still won.

While I was impressed by Phelps' performance, Mr. Vice President, having seen pictures of you and 'Taer and knowing my son, I doubt he could give you THAT much advantage.

irerancincpkc
08-13-2008, 10:26 AM
I'm curious when they're going to test him for the obvious dolphin/human genetic manipulation. You'd think that someone would have noticed the blow-hole in the back of his head.

Yeah, the Chinese or Russians or someone should put a shark in one of the races; it might give Phelps some competition. :D

Gilshalos Sedai
08-13-2008, 10:37 AM
OK, I need to stop reading Harry Potter. Totally just flashed on Viktor Krum.

Cary Sedai
08-13-2008, 11:51 AM
Phelps was amazing, as usual!

I was so heart-broken when Alicia Sacramone fell off the balance beam, and then botched her floor routine... I wanted to give her a great big hug. I wouldn't want that kind of pressure, no way!

Oh and womens synchronized diving last night... jeez o petes, the Chinese girls were - OMFG Amazing! Plus the Mexicans winning the first medal for diving - ever, that was awesome, they must have been on cloud nine!

Mens volleyball was pretty good, though I find watching the girls more interesting. Phil Dahlhauser is a monster!

Weird Harold
08-13-2008, 11:55 AM
I'm curious when they're going to test him for the obvious dolphin/human genetic manipulation. You'd think that someone would have noticed the blow-hole in the back of his head.

Did anyone else watch the 4x200 freestyle relay last night. I swear that with the lead that Phelps gave the team Taer, RS and I could have swum the last three legs of that race and still won.
Actually, I seriously doubt that he gave them quite that much advantage: I swim 2500-3000 yards a day in my quest to swim 366 nautical miles by the First of November (starting from my annual pool pass purchase last November) and those guys swam 800 meters three times as fast as my best efforts and almost four times as fast as my normal pace.

The really scary thing is that I see obvious ways that Phelps could be even faster than he already is -- he's not a very technical swimmer and relies on brute force and huge hands and feet to generate his speed.

Davian93
08-13-2008, 11:57 AM
The really scary thing is that I see obvious ways that Phelps could be even faster than he already is -- he's not a very technical swimmer and relies on brute force and huge hands and feet to generate his speed.

Scary huh? Imagine having that much natural athletic ability.

Gilshalos Sedai
08-13-2008, 11:58 AM
The fact that he apparently has paddles on the ends of his limbs, you mean?

irerancincpkc
08-13-2008, 12:18 PM
I was so heart-broken when Alicia Sacramone fell off the balance beam, and then botched her floor routine... I wanted to give her a great big hug. I wouldn't want that kind of pressure, no way!

US officials complained, and maybe (I'm not sure) put in an official complaint about the way Sacramone was treated going up to the beam... said we would have won had it not been for the Olympic officials.

Cary Sedai
08-13-2008, 12:36 PM
US officials complained, and maybe (I'm not sure) put in an official complaint about the way Sacramone was treated going up to the beam... said we would have won had it not been for the Olympic officials.


I missed that... what happened? I was at work, and trying to clean the store and stock, before closing. I just caught her routine, and nothing just before or after!

(Darn work!)

irerancincpkc
08-13-2008, 05:38 PM
This is what they say happened. (http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080813/sp_afp/oly2008gymnasticswomenteamus_080813110636)

Cary Sedai
08-13-2008, 05:55 PM
I watched it again online today, they did keep her on hold for a while. I can't even imagine how nerve-wracking it would be. I don't know how much that really contributed, though. I'm not Alicia....

caladanbrood
08-14-2008, 03:38 PM
So first the opponents are too young, and next they officials have been distrupting the US athletes?


Sore losers much?? :rolleyes:

Cary Sedai
08-14-2008, 03:41 PM
So first the opponents are too young, and next they officials have been distrupting the US athletes?


Sore losers much?? :rolleyes:

It does seem that way, doesn't it? I though China did an amazing job. So did the USA, just not as amazing. :D

caladanbrood
08-14-2008, 03:44 PM
Aye, they're all astonishing, no doubt! Shame about the people who claim to organise them...

DeiwosTheSkyGod
08-15-2008, 01:10 AM
YEAH NASTIA!

irerancincpkc
08-15-2008, 08:29 AM
Yes, great job Nastia! We got gold and silver even wiith the judges being a little jerkish on the first two events. :D

JSUCamel
08-15-2008, 10:54 AM
I don't think the judges were being jerkish.

I did some research into the judging and scoring and how it works, and it's pretty interesting.

I'm no gymnastics expert, but I think it was done pretty fairly.

irerancincpkc
08-15-2008, 11:03 AM
I don't know; Nastia's vault and a lot of the beam scores seemed a bit off to me... I don't mean to nitpick; I mean, overall we did great, but I like the ten rating system better.

Brita
08-15-2008, 11:13 AM
I have absolutely no comment on the Summer Olympics whatsoever- so don't even ask me 'cause I won't comment...

~~grabs a litre of ice cream to drown my and my nation's sorrows~~

DeiwosTheSkyGod
08-15-2008, 11:35 AM
Nastia's landing on the vault was beautiful.

Cary Sedai
08-15-2008, 11:43 AM
Yay Nastia! She was amazing! After her vault, her dad smiled so big. I said, that's the first time I've seen him smile like that during the competition, and then a few seconds later the comontaters said the same thing.

I love watching gymnastics and swimming and diving and volleyball and running and... all of it!

Phelps was awesome, again...no suprise there! Piersol and Locthe, too!

Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor...rock!

irerancincpkc
08-15-2008, 11:46 AM
It was, which was why the 15.1 (I think) was off; the annoucers seemed to agree...

But I really though that Nastia's balance beam was super. I was holding my breath the whole time in that, and in the floor exercise.

Misty May and Kerri Walsh are awesome! :D

DeiwosTheSkyGod
08-15-2008, 12:14 PM
I KNOW, did you see that first set against Belgium? I was so nervous for them!

tanaww
08-15-2008, 12:23 PM
I KNOW, did you see that first set against Belgium? I was so nervous for them!

It was a bit stressful. I loved how they came back and just put a beat down on the second set. Happy Birthday Kerri Walsh.

Cary Sedai
08-15-2008, 01:50 PM
It was a bit stressful. I loved how they came back and just put a beat down on the second set. Happy Birthday Kerri Walsh.

Seriously!

irerancincpkc
08-15-2008, 04:42 PM
Yeah, I thought I was going to die towards the end of that first set... :D

Walsh is a blocking genius and May's defense... wow. :D

Sei'taer
08-15-2008, 04:56 PM
I never know if they win or lose...I'm too busy watching other things...

caladanbrood
08-15-2008, 06:26 PM
Yay that the cycling has started properly now! The only thing Britain are probably the best in the world at :D