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« on: August 07, 2016, 08:44:50 AM »

Are any of you watching the Olympics?  If so, which athletes or which events are you following most closely?
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2016, 12:28:14 PM »

swimming now and women's gymnastics later...two of my favorites...
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2016, 12:36:59 PM »

... I no longer watch the alleged "DopeImpics"  ...   :embarassed:
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2016, 11:25:13 PM »

Would like to watch some but we r on hol in ausyria and covetage pretty poor. I like the gymnastics as i always wanted to do that. Can't actuall tounch my toes though  :rofl;
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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2016, 05:27:05 AM »

I'm not watching the Olympics this time around. I would watch them if my husband was interested but he has no interest either. I'm not looking for any more controversy these days and there was a lot of that before the Olympics even started. Seems like each Olympics' season I've had less interest than the time before and now I've hit bottom.
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« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2016, 06:18:10 AM »

... When I was a teenager I happened to watch a documentary about former female Olympic-Champions from the USSR-years
and it shook -  as the English say -  "the daylights out of me" - because most of these former USSR-Olympic-Champions were in wheelchairs
and they were unable to walk or move because of all the drugs they were given and forced to take under Soviet rule ...
... and they all admitted that they very much regretted to have complied to taking these drugs, because in the process of complying they wrecked their body and their future.
... It was a terrible documentary to watch, because it also showed that these former USSR-Olympic Champions were given these drugs whilst they were very young
and whilst their body was still supposed to be in the process of growing ... This documentary also showed very clearly that these poor people were never given any chance...
...  As a result, I have never ever watched any "DopeImpics" from then on because state-cruelty to performing youngsters never seems to seize or get any better 
and adding to that, the "DopeImpics" have become - over the years - extremely political as well  ...
That's just my  :twocents;
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2016, 06:42:31 AM »

I also am not at all interested in watching this year.  Sports have become so blood thirsty and all about winning at any cost.  Sportsmanship is now a rare commodity.  This olympics is so fraught-- crime, zika, swimming in sewage, unhappy people in favelas.
Thanks but no thanks.  Besides, I never watch TV anymore.
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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2016, 10:23:56 AM »

I like the Equestrian.  But I haven't seen any yet.  I'll have to get the schedule.

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« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2016, 10:44:23 AM »

Gosh, I'm quite disappointed with the cynicism!  Sure, I do understand it, but ultimately it is about the athletes, and I'm not going to let Zika et al ruin the pleasure I get from watching these people try to achieve their dreams.

I happened to catch Ibithiaj Muhammed in her fencing round this morning.  She is the first athlete to compete in the Olympics while wearing a hijab, and she is representing the USA!  The US team voted on who should get the honor of carrying out the flag in the opening ceremony, and the only athlete to get more votes than her was Michael Phelps, the holder of the most medals in Olympic history.  And btw, she won!  But she still has many rounds left to win before getting a medal.

And who didn't shed a bit of a tear when the Olympic Refugee team, the first in history, marched proudly into the stadium?  Have you heard the story of the Syrian swimmer who saved her fellow refugees as their boat was capsizing?  She jumped into the sea, grabbed the boat and pulled it to safety.

I was watching the swimming last night and was interested to hear the boos from the crowd when the Russian athlete was introduced.

Women's Rugby Sevens is an Olympic event for the first time.  You go girls!!  Equal opportunity!
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« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2016, 01:09:29 PM »

I am with you Moose Mom. There are issues but these kids and adults work a lifetime  to become successful and their stories are remarkable.
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« Reply #10 on: August 08, 2016, 01:12:24 PM »

Gosh, I'm quite disappointed with the cynicism!  Sure, I do understand it, but ultimately it is about the athletes, and I'm not going to let Zika et al ruin the pleasure I get from watching these people try to achieve their dreams.

I happened to catch Ibithiaj Muhammed in her fencing round this morning.  She is the first athlete to compete in the Olympics while wearing a hijab, and she is representing the USA!  The US team voted on who should get the honor of carrying out the flag in the opening ceremony, and the only athlete to get more votes than her was Michael Phelps, the holder of the most medals in Olympic history.  And btw, she won!  But she still has many rounds left to win before getting a medal.

And who didn't shed a bit of a tear when the Olympic Refugee team, the first in history, marched proudly into the stadium?  Have you heard the story of the Syrian swimmer who saved her fellow refugees as their boat was capsizing?  She jumped into the sea, grabbed the boat and pulled it to safety.

I was watching the swimming last night and was interested to hear the boos from the crowd when the Russian athlete was introduced.

Women's Rugby Sevens is an Olympic event for the first time.  You go girls!!  Equal opportunity!

Sorry MooseMom I did not mean to dissapoint or upset you, but perhaps an explanation for my comments above could be that where I grew up,
everyone automatically watched with at least one eye, what "the Russians" were up to again and that included their shenanigans at the Olympics...
... And that close observation was certrainly not meant in a cynical way, I can assure you...  :secret;
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« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2016, 02:18:27 PM »

I also am not at all interested in watching this year.  Sports have become so blood thirsty and all about winning at any cost.  Sportsmanship is now a rare commodity.  This olympics is so fraught-- crime, zika, swimming in sewage, unhappy people in favelas.
Thanks but no thanks.  Besides, I never watch TV anymore.
Don't forget the Russian "medals over morals" scandal.

Years ago, a fencer jumped back as the Russian fender thrust - and the buzzer that goes off when the foil or epee makes contact with the opponent went off with the sword in thin air.  When the IOC sought to examine the Russian team's equipment, the reply was "sorry, someone broke into the Olympic compound and stole ever last sword we had."
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« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2016, 02:55:43 PM »

Oh, not to worry, Kristina!  I understand your perspective, and I don't blame you.  As we have seen just this year, there are still cheaters out there!  It's such a shame, isn't it.
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« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2016, 12:45:10 PM »

Even as a kid I never liked watching the Olympics, I find it boring. I am the type who has to be there or playing in the games to enjoy.. I just wish that NBC could just have it on one channel.


I find it funny what John Oliver had to say about the opening of the games, https://youtu.be/7-LPcVo7gC0


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« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2016, 02:26:05 PM »

LOL, y'all are just one long wet weekend.

"Every party needs a pooper.
That's why we invited you.
Party pooper,
that's you!"

BOOOOO!   :rofl;
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« Reply #15 on: August 09, 2016, 03:31:34 PM »

LOL, y'all are just one long wet weekend.

"Every party needs a pooper.
That's why we invited you.
Party pooper,
that's you!"

BOOOOO!   :rofl;


Don't worry, I am the same with other sports on TV.  ;D

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« Reply #16 on: August 10, 2016, 11:22:50 AM »

I think all the empty seats are a shame.
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« Reply #17 on: August 17, 2016, 10:48:52 PM »

Something is up with 4 US swimmers.  They say they got robbed by gunpoint by some fake cops but their stories are not jiving.

One made it home.  Brazilian officials have detained 2 and one didn't show up at the airport.

So far I believe the boys.
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« Reply #18 on: August 18, 2016, 09:25:32 AM »

Are the athletes getting more Naked, or am I getting older and more conservative.   :waiting;

How the hell do those Beach Volleyball players keep those suites (strings) on?  Press-n-Seal?

Now the Track athletes are practically Naked.  After a run over hurdles the cameramen have a great time getting butt shots.   :banghead;

I would be constantly pulling it out of my butt.  Run over one hurdle ... pull.... second hurdle...  pull  pull  pull  pull.  No medal.. 

I don't get it.  I would like to see someone from Iran.  I wonder what they wear?   ??? 
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« Reply #19 on: August 19, 2016, 05:30:47 AM »

well, as you may know from another thread I am starting a new fistula.  So as cynical as I am about the Olympics and how professional it has become....... doing smaller needles means 5 1/2 hour runs. Thank heavens they are on TV during that time or I would really go crazy. :banghead;

I've seen some stuff I did not even know were in the Olympics.





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« Reply #20 on: August 19, 2016, 01:58:57 PM »

Are the athletes getting more Naked, or am I getting older and more conservative.   :waiting;

How the hell do those Beach Volleyball players keep those suites (strings) on?  Press-n-Seal?

Now the Track athletes are practically Naked.  After a run over hurdles the cameramen have a great time getting butt shots.   :banghead;

I would be constantly pulling it out of my butt.  Run over one hurdle ... pull.... second hurdle...  pull  pull  pull  pull.  No medal.. 

I don't get it.  I would like to see someone from Iran.  I wonder what they wear?   ???

There was an interesting comparison photo I saw - a women's beach volleyball match between Egypt and Germany.  The Egyptian women had long leggings, long sleeve shirts, and were wearing hijabs.  The Germans were in very tiny bikinis!

My husband asked me, "if the women (of track & field) are showing their stomachs in order to run faster, why don't the men do that too?".  Of course it's the opposite with the divers - I wonder how many of the men have lost their *very tiny* speedos!
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« Reply #21 on: August 19, 2016, 02:25:24 PM »

Something is up with 4 US swimmers.  They say they got robbed by gunpoint by some fake cops but their stories are not jiving.

One made it home.  Brazilian officials have detained 2 and one didn't show up at the airport.

So far I believe the boys.

This was a rather shameful episode and doesn't reflect well on our nation.  At least Ryan Lochte apologized and the Rio Olympic Committee has accepted his apology.  Lochte is 30 years old, old enough to know better. 
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« Reply #22 on: August 19, 2016, 02:28:47 PM »

I don't get it.  I would like to see someone from Iran.  I wonder what they wear?   ???

Good question.  I found these photos.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2183262/Olympics-2012-The-Muslim-women-overcame-odds-make-London.html

And this:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/rio-2016-kimia-alizadeh-zenoorin-becomes-first-iranian-woman-win-olympic-medal-bronze-taekwondo-a7201246.html
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« Reply #23 on: August 22, 2016, 10:51:36 PM »


Dang ~ there needs to be a happy medium.   :cheer:
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