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Leo C
04-08-2008, 09:55 AM
This is finally the year for the Summer Olympics. This may be a tough thread to have. I embrace the Olympics and the feeling of internationalism. It's also a display of the host country. It would be China's revelation to the world of what it is and where it is going. I think there was world hope that China would be showing signs of moving in a right direction to the opinion of the rest of the world. I think we were hoping it was going to be a departure from what we have today. Slight hope is that it's a socialist nation that has been becoming more capitalistic. Here it is; 2008 where everything hits the fan, there's protests about China and its policies. Can this be about the games though? It's confusing. Other than the Olympics yes, I have thoughts about China. I am still not in much knowledge about the Tibet situation but trade and the environment move me.

The Olympic torch recently made its way from France to San Francisco. I don't want the Olympic spirit to suffer and pale to the rest of the issues. The Chinese government made things sour recently when they said they may not allow live shots of their famous city square. That turned me to see that this was the start of it not looking pretty this year.

Wes
04-08-2008, 10:47 AM
I think the protests are in poor taste myself. If you want to stand on the street and yell things like "Free Tibet!" or whatever as the torch passes, then that's fine.

But trying to snuff it out and knock down runners that have nothing to do with it is just stupid IMO.

I love the Olympics and what it is all about, communicating with and understanding other cultures.

Ryan F
04-08-2008, 10:48 AM
This wouldn't have happened if they had picked Toronto...That was a huge blow to our city. But, that's besides the point...


Anyways, all these protests are getting on my nerves. Yes, China may have a poor human rights record, but is trying to stop athletes from representing their country really the way to show it? I mean they had to put out the flame 5 times in France because of protesters. People were throwing water on it and police caught a few people with fire extinguishers. It really irked me when I read that protesters were even closing in on wheelchair bound athletes.

There's ways to get your message across, but trying to ruin the games for the participants and the entire world isn't how to do it.

Carowinds 73-03
04-08-2008, 03:29 PM
I really didnt know they had protesters but i really have not heard anything about the Olympics since they named the city years ago so i have no clue whats going on. I'm looking foward to the olympics like i do every year and the summer is my favorite.

I used to hate the Olympics until i spent a week in Atlanta in 1996 and just feel in love with them. I even spent a week in Utah in 2002 to see if i would like the Winter Olympics even more and i do watch them on tv now so it was awesome.

I hope to have another Olympics in the U.S soon so i can attend again. It's like the streets turn into this massive 20 block party. It was awesome.

Summer Olympics in Charlotte, NC would be awesome. Maybe 2020 or 2024.

miamidolphins
04-08-2008, 04:44 PM
Yes, they took it to far, but we really do need to put pressure on China to stop giving Sudan money. The situation in Darfur is not good, and we shouldnt support someone who is giving Sudan more weapons and stuff to make the Darfur crisis worse.

...unless the protests were for something else. either way we still need to pressure china to stop helping sudan

slipknot8527
04-08-2008, 05:02 PM
What in the hell is this "olympics?"

Leo C
04-08-2008, 08:41 PM
I see no point nowadays either if there was a political protest of not attending the games either for a country. That seems so very 1970's-80's to me.

Wes
04-08-2008, 08:59 PM
Summer Olympics in Charlotte, NC would be awesome. Maybe 2020 or 2024.

If Atlanta was considered the smallest city to ever host the games, then you can bet that Charlotte will never have it.

And frankly I'd hate to get it for the cost. These cities/countries spend millions on facilities that are only used one time and then never again. It's a total waste of money IMO.

Leo C
04-08-2008, 09:49 PM
Like if Charlotte ever hosted an Olympics and built a velodrome would Wes go to it? I don't think so.

BGWfanatic
04-08-2008, 10:18 PM
If Atlanta was considered the smallest city to ever host the games, then you can bet that Charlotte will never have it.

And frankly I'd hate to get it for the cost. These cities/countries spend millions on facilities that are only used one time and then never again. It's a total waste of money IMO.

Definitely not a waste of money. Sure when you look at everything as an immediate gain or lose, but the long term positives of having the Olympics at your city or country are extraordinary.

As for my opinion on the Olympics in China this year, I do agree that some of the protest are a bit excessive, But I agree with their point. I for one will not be supporting the Olympics this year, I do not wish to support China anymore than I already do (and pretty much have to) in my daily life. And I am glad that people are having their voices heard. People are not happy with what China is doing, but they are such a powerhouse, and such a threat militarily, people are too scared to do anything about it (for good reason I might add). The olympics are giving people the chance to truly show their dislike for China's politics, and I know a lot of people think this is all petty, and none of it will be making a difference. But you have to remember, China was hoping the Olympics would be their big chance to create good PR with the world, and it has completely turned around against them. They will take notice of that.

VekomahangNbang
04-08-2008, 10:30 PM
The Chinese put themselves in this situation. I would actually like to applaud the people who hung the banners from the Golden Gate Bridge. They did their protest peacefully while making it well known

BGWfanatic
04-08-2008, 10:39 PM
The Chinese put themselves in this situation. I would actually like to applaud the people who hung the banners from the Golden Gate Bridge. They did their protest peacefully while making it well known

Agreed. No random runners or security had to be punched or attacked to try and get to the flame or something silly like that. Not gonna lie, when I saw the Golden Gate thing this morning, I just had to smile.

Jimmy B
04-08-2008, 10:41 PM
This wouldn't have happened if they had picked Toronto...That was a huge blow to our city. But, that's besides the point...


I hear your pain from that and I agree Toronto was also deserving, but you know you've got Vancouver to look forward to coming up in a couple of years, and Canada has already seen the Olympics -- both summer and winter -- in Montreal (which isn't that far away from Toronto I might add) and Calgary. But this is the first time the world's most populous nation is hosting the games; they've never had it before so here's their chance to show what they can do.

I really think Beijing is going to do well hosting the games (despite the problems concerning Tibet and Darfur) although I still think Shanghai would have been a more suitable host city for China being the main financial, industrial, and economic engine that runs the country besides being China's largest city, whereas Beijing is more about politics, history, and culture.

Leo C
04-08-2008, 10:46 PM
That's interesting about the fact that China had yet to host the games yet they're the most populous nation.

Montreal hosted the summer games - No one remembers the ugly Olympic Stadium, home of the Montreal Expos with the tower that would pull off the roof of the stadium? The roof would hardly work I hear and was mostly permanent.

I agree Toronto would have been a great site. I do really look forward to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games - aye.

Ryan F
04-08-2008, 11:38 PM
Thing with Montreal and Calgary was that they were both before my time. But, some of the sites from Montreal are cool to visit when I go every year. Olympic Stadium and Tower are nice, and it was nice to see Expos play in there a few times; I actually never knew the roof was meant to rise off. People still do remember it, but maybe that's because I'm in Canada...It's a part of Montreal's sky line. Plus, habitat (the apartments that look like stacked boxes) just looks cool.

It would be nice to go to the Vancouver games, but 2010 is going to be my 4th year at university, so visiting Vancouver probably wouldn't be in my best interest. Plus flights within Canada aren't as cheap as flights within the USA. It would be an expensive trip. I'm just glad one Canadian city got it again; hopefully Toronto puts in a bid again someday soon. It really is a great city.

Anyways, I love watching the Olympics when they are on, and I find it unfair to the athletes that only want to represent their country have to suffer because of these protests. People can protest all they want and ask their governments to put pressure on China, but the fact is that China is still going to host the games whether people like them or not. Hitler and Nazi Germany even hosted the games.

Leo C
04-08-2008, 11:45 PM
North and South Korea are going to send joint cheer teams even for the Olympics I read.

Jimmy B
04-09-2008, 12:49 AM
That last paragraph were my thoughts precisely; I'm not bothered the protests, but don't ruin it for the thousands of athletes who have worked their lives -- some have even given their lives -- to their country to represent them in the game in the name of government and politics. They have nothing to do with what's going on in the troubled areas so leave them out of it. The show must go on!

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In a whole other matter, let's look at countries, even continents that have yet to host the Olympics....

Starting with other Chinese cities, Shanghai and Hong Kong would have made great hosts being two of the elite economies in the world. Its neighbor to the south, Delhi and (though less likely) Mumbai (formerly Bombay) might be possibilities in the future. It's mindboggling to think the two most populated nations -- combining for almost 40 percent of the world's population -- have not seen the Olympics to date. The reason I think Delhi's bid would outdo that of Mumbai is due to Mumbai's sheer overcrowdedness and lack of sporting venues/preparation.

Cairo, Egypt, the largest African city, is the most overcrowded city on the planet Earth, so it's hard to fathom how many more people it can accommodate, and I don't believe the city is financially capable to do so either.

Here in the United States, it was very disheartening for me that my second hometown of Houston, Texas has lost both their bids for the last two Olympic selections (2012 and 2016) after making it so far in each try; I believe it's probably because we just don't have a subway or any kind of mass public transit that all other great cities have and everybody uses the many freeways to get around. Chicago, Illinois actually had won the bid for 1924 but did not host it and still has never hosted one yet, but 2016 just might be their year.

Two cities in South America, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo, have had bids in vain to host the Olympics, and to this day, that continent has not seen a host city yet.

So there are still so many cities/nations that are either deserving, capable, or should at least be given a chance to prove themselves that have never received the honors of hosting the Olympic Games.

Leo C
04-09-2008, 12:53 AM
The India and South America sites I would greatly welcome in the future then. I hope to be pleasantly surprised. I too agree with Wildfyre's last paragraph.

Carowinds 73-03
04-09-2008, 02:55 AM
If Atlanta was considered the smallest city to ever host the games, then you can bet that Charlotte will never have it.

And frankly I'd hate to get it for the cost. These cities/countries spend millions on facilities that are only used one time and then never again. It's a total waste of money IMO.

True but the way Charlotte is growing just imagine what the city will look like in 20-25 years. Plus the buildings would not be a waste. By then the Bobcats & Panthers could use new venues and i'm sure we'll have a Major Leauge baseball stadium by then for them to use so maybe they won't have to build alot. Maybe a new aquatics center.

Look at the massive stadium they built in Atlanta. Its still used today but it was cut in half.

My point is in 20-25 years i would not be suprised to see Charlotte in the running for the Summer Games and have a very good shot at getting them.

Leo C
04-09-2008, 10:27 AM
The Stadium in Atlanta had a temporary section for the Games. It was probably all metal and just disassembled after the games. It went through its transformation to become the Braves new home. It was weird to see the typical bend of a stadium around home plate in it during the Olympics.

I read that the current torch relay team has Chinese Paramilitary men to protect the flame. They mean business. The article mentioned the relay came to the modern games with the 1936 Berlin Games. It was Hitler then that brought us this torch relay tradition in today's age.

Leo C
07-22-2008, 11:07 PM
It's time to bring this back. The Olympics are just a short few weeks away. The city has begun a ban on vehicles 3 weeks ahead of time to try and clear the air of some pollution in the host city. We've learned more about The Nest, the Olympic Stadium. I've also learned of the domicide that the Chinese government took part in to reshape this city to prepare it for the Games, that makes it looks so shocking this day.

Carowinds 73-03
07-22-2008, 11:10 PM
I always get excited about the Olympics. I hope i'll get to see alot of events this year while working on a boat but chances are i'll miss alot of them.

Leo C
07-23-2008, 01:16 AM
I read that NBC will really go into overload with broadcasting these games. There's well over a day's content they will spread over all their networks throughout each Olympic day.

Carowinds 73-03
07-23-2008, 01:34 AM
Its about the same every olympics. NBC usually shows the big events on their main channel and the not so popular events on like MSNBC and a few others channels i can't think of right now.

Leo C
08-01-2008, 12:32 AM
Bravo, USA. Table tennis is going to unseat Conan?

Pretty soon we'll be seeing Michael Phelps once again. Basketball should be interesting with the world catching up.

Carowinds 73-03
08-01-2008, 01:15 AM
I'm very excited its only a week away. I got to see 2 very intresting shows on NatGeo Channel covering the construction of the stadium & aquatic center which was very cool to see how much went into makeing both.

Leo C
08-01-2008, 08:50 AM
I read that headline about the US Swim Team using a really advanced swim facility.

Locally to me there is a couple participating Olympians. There's Carli Lloyd a US women's soccer player and two baseball players from the local AA Reading Phillies that are going to play.

BMX is a new Olympic sport.

I am really hoping China doesn't try to edit too much in this.

steel
08-01-2008, 08:53 AM
If you don't already, you are all going to come to know Shawn Johnson in the coming weeks. She will probably be interviewed billions of times, and she is going to seem like a sweet kid to you. I went to school with Shawn from 6th grade through 8th grade and I am still in regular contact with people who continue to go to school with her. So take it from me. She is the nastiest, most arrogant little b**** you will ever meet. Not a day went by in sixth grade when she didn't make fun of me or degrade me somehow. Example: I see her on the news. Next day, I say, "Hey Shawn, I saw you on the news last night." She says, "So?". This is the only behavior I ever got out of her. And it isn't just me. Even today, I continue to get reports from friends about how conceited she is and how awful she is to people who aren't at her level of popularity.
So, I'm not trying to influence you in any way (she is a phenomenal gymnast), but I will not be cheering for Ms. Johnson this year.

Carowinds 73-03
08-04-2008, 01:19 PM
4 Days till the opening!!!!!

My Favorite events are Track & Feild, Swimming, Basketball, Volleyball, Gymnastics & Baseball.

How many Gold medals does everyone think USA will win this year? I say 40.

Leo C
08-04-2008, 08:49 PM
I can't believe it's this week. I read the newspaper and the fact it starts Friday surprised me.

Cuddy
08-04-2008, 10:46 PM
Table Tennis is an Olympic game. They want to get rid of baseball, yet BOWLING still cannot get in. And best yet, the US would not need professionals to garner them a gold.

Leo C
08-04-2008, 11:29 PM
I've seen on tv that they're reporting a soupy sky just days before the Opening Cermony, this Friday. Emergency plans are going into effect to close factories in 5 other cities to try to clear up the sky. Even-Odd days for cars were already in effect for Beijing. The smog is serious enough for some high endurance athletes suffering already from asthma to pull out of the marathon race.

I read today about another local Olympian to me. He will be going back to try to win another gold medal in rifle shooting. He won in 2004 in Athens before. On my local Comcast Sports I saw a local woman will be on the ladies' rifle team.

slipknot8527
08-05-2008, 03:43 AM
And frankly I'd hate to get it for the cost. These cities/countries spend millions on facilities that are only used one time and then never again. It's a total waste of money IMO.


hate to bring up such an old quote, but actually, a lot of our olympic stuff is still in use. The stadium for opening and closing ceremonies is now the Braves Stadiumand most of the venues at stone mountain park (cycling, archery, tennis) are all used today. Also, all the soccer was at the Georgia Bulldogs Stadium in Athens.

Leo C
08-05-2008, 09:28 AM
Here's to a safe one without terrorism. There's reported threats.

Carowinds 73-03
08-05-2008, 10:26 AM
I hope we don't see any of that either. I always hope for a peacefull Olympics.

Jimmy B
08-05-2008, 02:43 PM
A number of new flights in and out of Beijing International Airport to the US airports has started or will begin after the Olympics:

-- American Airlines will begin service from its main hub and HQ at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Beijing next spring 2009.

Continental Airlines started service from Newark Liberty International Airport to Beijing last year.

Northwest Airlines will begin service from Seattle/Tacoma and Detroit to Beijing in 2009.

US Airways will begin service from its largest hub Philadelphia to Beijing in 2010.

United Airlines began service from Washington Dulles International Airport to Beijing last year.

Hainan Airlines will begin service service from Beijing to Toronto Pearson International Airport this fall, to Chicago O'Hare International Airport next year, and to Newark in 2010.

Air China will begin service from Beijing to Toronto and Washington next year.

China Southern Airlines will begin service from Beijing to Detroit in 2009 and to Newark in 2010.

Kyle L
08-05-2008, 05:57 PM
My college (San Jose State) was the processing center for all U.S. Olympic Athletes. Aren't I special?

coasterlove
08-05-2008, 06:34 PM
Basketball should be interesting with the world catching up.

With Team USA not faring so well always over the last few competitions in recent years, it could be said that the world has caught up, if not passed us. I hope and look forward to Team USA going gold this time.

Leo C
08-05-2008, 09:27 PM
They look to Andrew's favorite guy, His Highness, King Lebron.

Wes
08-06-2008, 04:40 PM
Something about this just doesn't look quite right...
http://www.thrillnetwork.com/boards/attachment.php?attachmentid=16358&stc=1&d=1218055217

Carowinds 73-03
08-06-2008, 10:15 PM
Nothing about any of that looks right. Their mascots are really freaky looking with their mount right between their eyes. Assuming those are eyes.

Carowinds 73-03
08-08-2008, 11:27 AM
It all begins tonight! From what i hear the Opening should be amazing.

I'll be tunned in tonight.

Oh yeah.... Have they already started some events? I saw Soccer on last night but it could have been a qualifying game. I do remeber some events before the opening in years past.

89magnumxl200
08-08-2008, 01:41 PM
The Parade of Nations was boring as usual, but I cheered when USA, Canada, and Ireland entered. I have to ask too, what's with all the formal wear this time around? If you haven't seen it yet, you'll see what I'm talking about. I guess it's nice though not to see everyone in track suits. The lighting of the torch was pretty cool. I wasn't quite sure what they were doing at first, but it turned out pretty good.

Carowinds 73-03
08-08-2008, 02:08 PM
The parade of nations is always the worst park and it take like 2-3 hours so i usually watch something else dirring that.

I can't wait to see everything. I like the idea of everyone in formal wear so i look foward to seeing that and i always look foward to seeing the torch lit.

I try to not watch any pre-olympics coverage cause i like to be suprised to see what the torch looks like every 2 years. Winter & Summer that is.

The only torch i saw before the opening was Atlanta cause i showed up for the Olympics 2 days before.

williard2194
08-08-2008, 07:39 PM
Wasn't that the year of the bombings at the Olympics?

89magnumxl200
08-08-2008, 11:23 PM
The parade of nations is always the worst park and it take like 2-3 hours so i usually watch something else dirring that.
Yeah, but I had just woken up and there's nothing else on at 9 in the morning. At least I can say I got to see it live. That's why I love watching the Olympics on CBC; their coverage is so much better than NBC and they show things as they actually occur.

Carowinds 73-03
08-09-2008, 12:20 AM
Wasn't that the year of the bombings at the Olympics?


Yes it was. I was in Olympic park that night as well. The scareist thing i have ever gone through and hope to never again.

A couple next to me got grazed but some flying parts. I got a few cuts and bruises but that was only because i was i tripped over a bench trying to run.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Amazing ceremony tonight. By far the best opening i have ever seen. The guys with the LED drums were the highlight for me. That was just simply amazing.

I was wondering how they were going to light the torch until i found out the torch was in the stadium. I thought the torch was that tall structure well outside the stadium for some reason. The lighting was awesome as were all the fireworks.

Leo C
08-09-2008, 12:45 AM
I was watching three events at once, the EAGLES preseason game versus the Steelers, the Phils game versus the Pirates (See the whole Pittsburgh theme), and this Opening Ceremonies. Since there is a 12 hour delay at least and being a night event a 24 hour delay I heard it was really expensive, extensive to do so I had to tune in. The artistic portion before the whole Parade of Nations was a pure mind----. I wasn't watching in HD and wasn't on anything and it was mind blowing. I know we've come a long way in projection and lighting. With the scenery, screened platforms, projecting on the roof, the costumes with the hundreds of dancers was really elaborate. The fireworks shot outside the stadium was really wide. I was confused into thinking I was looking at animation because the pyros were that layered and extensive. I think it's the best I've seen.

In the parade of nations I was happy to see Poland well dressed, very disappointed that the two Koreas did not march together. The US was classy. I like the Ralph Lauren hats. There were some really remote countries included. It was a geography lesson. The Olympic spirit was shown in all the nations coming together in the center of the stadium. Olympians from all over the world were able to take photos with Kobe Bryant.

The lighting of the torch was pretty cool with the Chinese past Olympian participant from the 1984 games "running" around the screened part of the roof and then lighting a quickly spiraling path up to the top of the cauldron that just suddenly emerged out of nowhere. That was some real Transformers action right there.

With the 12 hour delay already as we speak the first gold was given to a lady from the Czech Republic for rifle shooting. US Basketball men I think is going to play China first. Swimming is as we speak.

Chip
08-09-2008, 01:46 AM
The opening ceremony was the most spectacular thing I've ever seen. It was phenomenal. That GIANT LCD screen was so cool. And the lighting of the flame was really great. I'm glad I watched it. They should put that opening ceremony on DVD!

Leo C
08-09-2008, 01:50 AM
Definitely Chip. I want to watch that in HD. I forgot to mention that huge LCD screen that laid on most of the length of the stadium floor. With LCDs I remember reading about a flexible LCD screen that was developed in Korea by Samsung or LG. It had to be that technology.

Carowinds 73-03
08-09-2008, 02:10 AM
I want that LCD screen. It was mind blowing.

I'll watched it in HD in one of the bars on the ship. It was amazing.

That is basically the product of being given endless money to put that show on. I think there was a limit but it was like 600 million or something. Can't remeber what the announcer said.

Leo C
08-09-2008, 02:12 AM
Pushing towards a billion I thought I casually heard. Either I heard it earlier in the day on the radio or my mother told me. At least it wasn't the Dippin Dots guy.

Carowinds 73-03
08-09-2008, 02:16 AM
That was most likely the cost. I couldn't remeber if i heard 600 or 900 million.

Either way unless the next city is given a budget like that we will never see anything top that show in the near future.

Atlanta 1996 drops to #2 on my favorites list.

williard2194
08-09-2008, 09:35 AM
I thought the opening ceremonies were somewhat impressive, but I tell ya I haven't been that bored while watching the Olympics before in my life.

My favorite part was when they built the Great Wall and then like tore it down and replaced it with the flowers. That was really neat, especially since it was people down inside there doing that.

Carowinds 73-03
08-09-2008, 11:30 AM
I was amazed by that segemnt. I honestly had no idea people we're in those boxes.

Leo C
08-09-2008, 04:20 PM
Looks like the first US metals were in fencing. The former President George Bush was in attendance for that match. The lady I mentioned earlier that won the very first metal of the Games, the Czech rifle shooter, is married to the Gold metal winner Olympian from my area that is returning to compete in male rifle shooting. I watched some volleyball this afternoon.

Carowinds 73-03
08-10-2008, 01:46 AM
I got to see a little vollyball and most of the swimming. Can anyone beat Phelps!!!!

Leo C
08-10-2008, 08:38 AM
Yesterday I saw some of the men's volleyball. The US men had a tough match versus Latvia. I saw a split second of boxing. I was waiting for men's swimming and I finally got it: Michael Phelps swimming for gold. Really nice. Lochte, a fellow American, got bronze. The President was at Phelps' match.

A father of a past US Olympic winner visiting in Beijing got stabbed and killed by a Chinese man.

Leo C
08-10-2008, 10:57 PM
This morning I saw the Live USA versus China Mens Basketball, Rowing, a minute of water polo, I believe Women's Gymnastics Qualifier, and some Women's Swimming. President George Bush talked to Bob Costas on NBC. The Bush family was in attendance for most of the televised events.

Adam420
08-10-2008, 11:45 PM
Wow the swimming relay race was insane!

Leo C
08-11-2008, 12:23 AM
France was talking a lot of smack to the US about that. Phelps could only help being a 1/4 of that relay team. I'm reading that we made the French eat their words in the relay.

Carowinds 73-03
08-11-2008, 01:13 AM
That was an amazing race by the US in the relay. I think that pretty much shut the french up who had said they would crush the americans.

Not only did they get beat the US beat their world record by a stunning 4 sec.

GO USA!

James R
08-11-2008, 01:43 AM
That 4x100m Free Relay was incredible! The busted world record (by four seconds!) leads me to believe that Jason Lezak was, and still is a freaking bad a$$ swimmer! In high school, I swam that exact relay almost every meet and I thought I might die every time. Lezak was a great anchor and put that French team to shame.

I was sad to find out Katie Hoff has been edged out of Gold medal standing so far, but I'm hoping she can land several, if at least one!

Carowinds 73-03
08-11-2008, 02:45 AM
Not sure just how up-to-date this is but US leads the medal count.


Gold: 3
Silver: 4
Bronze: 4
Total: 11

Kyle L
08-11-2008, 02:53 AM
That relay was amazing. Reminds me of my High School Swimming days. There's something about being behind the final leg, you find some strength somewhere and haul ass.

Adam420
08-11-2008, 03:06 AM
2008 Summer Olympics - Beijing, China - Total Medals By Nation - SI.com (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/olympics/2008/medals/tracker/)

Here, if you want to keep up to date with all the medals.

steel
08-11-2008, 10:41 AM
That was maybe the best relay I've ever seen.
Keep in mind, though, that France was going to beat us for half the race and that they also broke the world record by 4 seconds. It's not like we pummeled them or anything. That wouldn't have been fun to watch.

Carowinds 73-03
08-11-2008, 11:02 AM
I would agree. It was so much better beating them by a fraction of a second then whooping them by 4-5 sec. It was just simply amazing how he turned on the gass in the last 20ft.

Leo C
08-11-2008, 09:38 PM
India wins it's first individual gold medal ever. Abhinav Bindra won gold in the 10m air rifle event. His mother joked that his Olympic triumph had made him “the country’s most eligible bachelor” India had only won four individual medals, none of them gold, since sending their first team to the Summer Games in 1928. That's amazing considering the country is at least about 3 times the population size of the US at 1 billion people.

I'm digging the Team USA logo for these games but it's a shame the merchandise is not covered by Reebok but by Ralph Lauren. I had an Olympic hat for the 1996 Atlanta Games by Champion.

williard2194
08-11-2008, 10:23 PM
Phelps got another gold!! Whooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Leo C
08-11-2008, 10:53 PM
Rebecca Soni from New Jersey won a silver in the 100M Women's Breastroke. Liesel Jones of Australia won the gold.

Carowinds 73-03
08-12-2008, 01:16 AM
Big congrats to the US mens gymnastic team for sqeeking out with the Bronze!

Not bad for a bunch of guys who have never been to the Olympics.

89magnumxl200
08-12-2008, 01:37 AM
I'm completely confused as to the scoring system for gymnastics. The Chinese guy stepped out of bounds on his landing and hardly even got penalized for it, but a US guy doesn't dismount from the horse just right and he gets egg in his face for a score. Then the one guy's horse was awesome, but because there's automatic deductions for some inane reason he doesn't get that high of a score. I hate judged events.

Carowinds 73-03
08-12-2008, 01:46 AM
I (along with everyone else in the world) have never under stood the judging in Gymnastics and most likely never will.

I wonder how the winners would be picked if we took judging out of Gymnastics.

Some of the scores were just insaine. I do know why US scores were so much lower than China though.

Almost every event China had a degree of diffuculty at over 7 where as US had 6's the entire event so in that aspect i can understand how their scores were alot lower and explains why US never got anything over a 16.000 or 15.975 for that matter.

I think it was just because these were all new guys and clearly were not ready for anything over a 6 in diffulculty.

LOL.... I know thats sounds really confusing but thats Gymnastics for you.

Leo C
08-12-2008, 10:30 PM
10!!! Michael Phelps gets gold medal number 10! He's in a whole new category. He passes Carl Lewis and other athletes that were at 9.

Chip
08-12-2008, 10:46 PM
Michael Phelps is amazing. I've seen most of his races in these Olympics, and he's so fast. He keeps breaking world records, which were already his. It's crazy.

Ryan F
08-12-2008, 11:36 PM
I haven't been able to watch many of the events this year except for a few today. I'm more of a winter Olympic person myself though.

Anyway, I try to catch any event that features the words Swedish + Female. Those usually provide some of the most decent eye candy.

Leo C
08-13-2008, 12:01 AM
Speaking of which, I like the Alicia Sacramonie on the US Women's Gymnastics team but she is sure sucking in her events.

I also just saw the end of the swim relay with Phelps but this is keeping me from my Phils-Dodgers West Coast game. Must get back to it!

Carowinds 73-03
08-13-2008, 12:45 AM
Phelps is so amazing. The best swimmer in Olympic history and now he has the medals to prove it not to mention 26 world records.

I would love to see him go a perfect 8 for 8.

Leo C
08-14-2008, 01:40 AM
Surprise, surprise. I read on the Facebook my cousin was watching Badminton so I did as well. China won a women's singles gold medal and had a big day with multiple sport medal wins.

Carowinds 73-03
08-14-2008, 03:24 AM
LOL. Some sports i think are really funny but clearly some sports like Badminton and others are bigger in different areas of the world.

Leo C
08-14-2008, 09:42 AM
Korea came back to beat US baseball in the 9th 8-7 sending the US players off the field in silence.

http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/blog/fourth_place_medal/post/The-mystery-of-the-hot-Paraguayan-solved-?urn=oly,99910 I saw this Olympian on a montage of sports/Olympians featured late night on NBC. She had an Olympic rings tatoo on her cheek. Mystery solved.

Carowinds 73-03
08-14-2008, 02:36 PM
I have seen hundreds of people with thw olympic rings tattod on them somewhere. I wonder if some are just Henna and some are real.

Leo C
08-14-2008, 09:10 PM
When I watched the women's volleyball I too like a lot of people noticed the black tape on US Kerri Walsh's back. It's been revealed it's medical tape; she had shoulder surgery last year.

My Jersey girl Rebecca Soni wins a Gold medal in the Women's Breaststroke. Ryan Lochte wins his first individual Gold medal in swimming.

Cuddy
08-14-2008, 11:18 PM
Anyone catch sight of the Swede who decided to act like a spoiled little brat after he got DQ'ed in his wrestling match?

The BIG One - WTAM 1100 (http://www.wtam.com/cc-common/news/sections/sportsarticle.html?feed=104670&article=4097998)

What a spoiled little b*tch.

Carowinds 73-03
08-14-2008, 11:41 PM
I have seen about 6 different girs with that weird medical tape on. Some black, some blue and even pink.

They talked to the doctor who operated on one of them and he said he was thinking about selling it since there was such a demad for the tape.

Ryan F
08-15-2008, 12:13 AM
Anyone else see the Hungarian Weightlifter pretty much end his athletic career?
Olympic Weightlifting Accident Video (http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/858455/)
(Warning, the video is somewhat disturbing)

Leo C
08-15-2008, 12:35 AM
I believe it's the guy I heard about on talk radio this morning. He popped his elbow out and they put visors around him as he was in agony. There were plenty of camera shots still.

Carowinds 73-03
08-15-2008, 01:30 AM
I did see that on the news but i was also able to catch live another guy in the same sport tear his calf muscle lifting and even that looked amazingly painful.

steel
08-15-2008, 09:22 AM
Yay! Nastia Liukin beat Shawn Johnson!
That was a fun meet to watch.

Did anyone else hear the commentators talk about China as "trying to ruin the American dream"? That was very offensive to me. I'm so sick of this unending, jingoistic approach to the Olympics. The whole point is to promote cultural awareness and understanding, but all we see is the US basically fighting a war with everyone else. I wish I were Canadian./

Leo C
08-15-2008, 09:47 AM
Close to one week in. I'm about ready for the change to track n field. I've seen enough gymnastics blunders this week. Not as much into it as in the past. I'm ready for my Nike USA team hat and shirt order. Hopefully it comes before the games end.

89magnumxl200
08-15-2008, 11:16 AM
Did anyone else hear the commentators talk about China as "trying to ruin the American dream"? That was very offensive to me. I'm so sick of this unending, jingoistic approach to the Olympics. The whole point is to promote cultural awareness and understanding, but all we see is the US basically fighting a war with everyone else. I wish I were Canadian./
That's why I like watching CBC during the olympics. Some of the US comentators do get hepped up on the "us against the world" mentality.

Chip
08-15-2008, 02:06 PM
Did anyone else hear the commentators talk about China as "trying to ruin the American dream"? That was very offensive to me. I'm so sick of this unending, jingoistic approach to the Olympics. The whole point is to promote cultural awareness and understanding, but all we see is the US basically fighting a war with everyone else. I wish I were Canadian./
I don't find it offensive. Though I hadn't heard that comment, that's true. It's also the Nigerian dream. And the Russian dream. Every country wants medals, and a high medal count is the dream. Even a single medal for some countries is the dream.

I watched some of the Olympics on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., and it's just like NBC's coverage. Except they focus on the Canadian athletes. Duh. It's the same for every country's coverage.

I don't think we see the U.S. "fighting a war with everyone else." We've got athletes in every event, so of course they'll take an us-against-the-world approach. Unlike some countries that only have six athletes.

I have no problem with it. It's fun to watch the competitions. And Michael Phelps is cooler than you.

steel
08-15-2008, 06:11 PM
Michael Phelps is cooler than me. No question.

But we do see the Olympics as the US against everyone else. That is definitely the mentality of most of the American commentators. You only have to listen for a few minutes to figure that out. In Canada, they see the Olympics, not the Canadians in the Olympics. They get to watch the games. The commentators don't have that same mentality there. It just gets on my nerves.
Don't get me wrong, though. I am totally fine with them rooting for the United States, but there is a limit to the tastefulness. As I said, the Olympics are about promoting cultural awareness and understanding. That means not being hostile toward other countries. I exaggerate, but only slightly.

James R
08-15-2008, 06:40 PM
I love watching the games, but I get really tired of the commentators. I want to watch the swimming, the races, and the athletes not hear how they can glorify Michael Phelps, or any other athlete for that matter, is and how he's [they're] perfect. I can see that with my own eyes and I don't need a nasal voice recounting their abilities to me. I usually mute the sound when they replay after the heats.

Adam420
08-15-2008, 10:27 PM
Wow he won his 7th gold by 1/100th of a second...that was close.

James R
08-15-2008, 11:39 PM
That really sucks for the Serbian who Michael out-touched. Michael's mom's reaction was priceless, she looked completely shocked. Michael did amazing! She must be so proud of him.

raptorpoint93
08-16-2008, 09:46 AM
That really sucks for the Serbian who Michael out-touched. Michael's mom's reaction was priceless, she looked completely shocked. Michael did amazing! She must be so proud of him.
Did I tell you, I swim 50 and 100 free, and the 4X50 and 4X100 relays. I usually swim second leg. I am not the best, because i am vertically challenged.

Carowinds 73-03
08-16-2008, 04:28 PM
Phelps is amazing. 7 for 7 now. That last swin was scary cause it was so close. Even i thought he lost.

Its basically been the same every olympics. Most countries are out to get the US case they are honestly tired of us winning everything and winning the nedal count ever olympics.

imakecoasters
08-16-2008, 09:31 PM
Shawn Johnson (Girl gymnast, USA, she's 16) has inspired me, a 15 year old boy to do some awesome flips and re-improve my upper body strenght. I always disliked Gymnastics but she's too cool and smiles too much to dislike, so I'm working on smiling more and becoming athletic like when I was a lot younger. I've improved already. Can't wait to work on backflips, :D She's like my hero. You should seriously watch her, she PWN's and is in Hy-Vee ads and is in the middle of the Coca-Cola 12 pack boxes. AND SHE EATS MEAT!!! w00t! I'm like anti-vegatarian because my brother is and annoys the crud out of me.

GO SHAWN, :D She's literally the #1 gymnast world-wide, despite getting 2 silvers everyone still considers her that, and she OWN'd. I've gone from 10 hours of video games + 3 hours of forums a day to 5 hours of training by myself and no video games and maybe 10 minutes of computer. So yeah, I'm a proud supporter considering it's all from inspiration from her.

-IMC-

Jimmy B
08-17-2008, 01:35 AM
Michael Phelps is cooler than me. No question.

But we do see the Olympics as the US against everyone else. That is definitely the mentality of most of the American commentators. You only have to listen for a few minutes to figure that out. In Canada, they see the Olympics, not the Canadians in the Olympics. They get to watch the games. The commentators don't have that same mentality there. It just gets on my nerves.
Don't get me wrong, though. I am totally fine with them rooting for the United States, but there is a limit to the tastefulness. As I said, the Olympics are about promoting cultural awareness and understanding. That means not being hostile toward other countries. I exaggerate, but only slightly.


I agree with you whole-heartedly on that and I've always wished for an olympics free of political controversy, but that's just the nature of it when it's nation vs nation (Olympics, World Cup, etc). But at the same time, in reality, players won't take their competitors lightly when it comes to Olympic medals, they will use mind games, unsportsman like tactics, or any edge they can get to use to their advantage.

Again, ideally, it would be more about cultural awareness; but in reality what it comes down to more than anything is who can take home the gold. Based on the competitive field of a given sport, the Bronze and Silver medals can just as easily feel like a crushing defeat for some as it would an honor for others.

Carowinds 73-03
08-17-2008, 02:16 AM
Well if anyone knows more about bringing home the gold its now Michael Phelps. A Perfect 8 of 8 this year.

It was very exciting seeing Olympic history and the fact that it was the US makes it that much sweeter.

He know own a record that will most likely not be touched in my lifetime and he still has another Olympics in 4 years to increase that.

Kyle L
08-17-2008, 03:49 AM
He know own a record that will most likely not be touched in my lifetime and he still has another Olympics in 4 years to increase that.

I highly doubt he is going to be swimming 8 events in 4 years. The program he swam this year was insane and brutally taxing physically and mentally. I can barely muster 4 events in a day at full speed.

Chris L
08-17-2008, 03:52 AM
Just came back tonight from Beijing...I was out there for a little over a week. Had tickets to the rowing event, but there was a huge thunderstorm that passed through the city that day that they canceled it while we were waiting in the stands being soaked (even through the ponchos).

Leo C
08-17-2008, 07:42 AM
Wow, it was just a dream for me on the East Coast. I'm really glad one of us made it out to the Games. I took Friday and Saturday off, watching my usual MLB. I'll probably get back on it today. My Team USA gear comes in Tuesday.

Chip
08-17-2008, 03:58 PM
Chris! Photo trip report! Now!

James R
08-17-2008, 07:15 PM
http://img115.imageshack.us/img115/6910/600xpopupgallerybq4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Probably one of my most favorite pictures of Yao Ming, ever.

steel
08-17-2008, 08:04 PM
Shawn Johnson (Girl gymnast, USA, she's 16) has inspired me, a 15 year old boy to do some awesome flips and re-improve my upper body strenght. I always disliked Gymnastics but she's too cool and smiles too much to dislike, so I'm working on smiling more and becoming athletic like when I was a lot younger. I've improved already. Can't wait to work on backflips, :D She's like my hero. You should seriously watch her, she PWN's and is in Hy-Vee ads and is in the middle of the Coca-Cola 12 pack boxes. AND SHE EATS MEAT!!! w00t! I'm like anti-vegatarian because my brother is and annoys the crud out of me.

GO SHAWN, :D She's literally the #1 gymnast world-wide, despite getting 2 silvers everyone still considers her that, and she OWN'd. I've gone from 10 hours of video games + 3 hours of forums a day to 5 hours of training by myself and no video games and maybe 10 minutes of computer. So yeah, I'm a proud supporter considering it's all from inspiration from her.
That's great that you want to do that and everything, and I don't want to rain on your parade, but Shawn Johnson is one of my least favorite people in the world. I went to school with her for three years (6th-8th grade) and she is the most conceited person I have ever known, by miles. Not only that, she has an attitude and she doesn't understand that not everyone has the ability to be an Olympic gymnast. Most common response I get to that is "well, you haven't gone to school with her for two years, she probably changed." I remain close friends with a lot of people who still go to school with her, and by their accounts, it has only gotten worse. She's treated like this perfect little town hero here, but about 90% of the people my age can't stand her, because we know what a snob she is.
That said, I do enjoy watching her and I think she has a very bright future as a gymnast (until she turns 25 or so, at least).
(Again, I really don't want to discourage you or anything like that. It's awesome that you want to do this.)

Leo C
08-17-2008, 11:21 PM
Maybe she had to fight off having a guy's name and thus having that chip on her shoulder. I didn't think she was too cute either. I'm finally watching coverage this weekend. It is that women's floor exercise. As I typed this the coverage shown she got bumped down to a silver. There you go Steel.

Finally I got to see some Track. In the women 100 it was a sweep by Jamaica. Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica.

Carowinds 73-03
08-18-2008, 12:00 AM
I agree i don't see him doing all 8 events in 2010 but he could do 4 or 5.

steel
08-18-2008, 09:16 AM
^^Yep, I saw that. I thought Liukin's routine was much better than Johnson's. I think Johnson always looks so rigid and structured on floor and beam. Liukin, on the other hand, performs with grace and beauty, which really are what *artistic* gymnastics are about.
I also agreed that the Romanian routine was a touch better than Shawn's.

Carowinds 73-03
08-18-2008, 11:06 AM
So whats left now besides Basketball & Track & Field?

Kyle L
08-18-2008, 02:53 PM
So whats left now besides Basketball & Track & Field?

BMX. The most exciting event will be on Tuesday. I'm pretty excited cause I know/met a few of the riders competing for Australia.

Carowinds 73-03
08-18-2008, 03:03 PM
Oh wow! I didn't even know BMX was in the Olympics. I'll be keeping an eye out for that as well.

Is skateboarding an Olympic sport as well?

imakecoasters
08-18-2008, 03:22 PM
That's great that you want to do that and everything, and I don't want to rain on your parade, but Shawn Johnson is one of my least favorite people in the world. I went to school with her for three years (6th-8th grade) and she is the most conceited person I have ever known, by miles. Not only that, she has an attitude and she doesn't understand that not everyone has the ability to be an Olympic gymnast. Most common response I get to that is "well, you haven't gone to school with her for two years, she probably changed." I remain close friends with a lot of people who still go to school with her, and by their accounts, it has only gotten worse. She's treated like this perfect little town hero here, but about 90% of the people my age can't stand her, because we know what a snob she is.
That said, I do enjoy watching her and I think she has a very bright future as a gymnast (until she turns 25 or so, at least).
(Again, I really don't want to discourage you or anything like that. It's awesome that you want to do this.)

Hehe, well she does kinda deserve it. I mean she's considered the World Reigning champion at all Gymnastics. Out of almost 7 billion people, I think that's pretty worthy of being treated like a "perfect little town hero", especially for being in an outskirt city town in a state in which is thought for being known for pure farming. Man, so you've actually talked to her?! Or just went to school.... I think people should be jealous, :D

If you put yourself in her shoes I think you'd be the exact same way. She's never experienced what's it like to be a normal kid. I look at most of young athlete's who are in their teens that way. They are pretty much just machines with little experience in the real world.

-IMC-

Leo C
08-18-2008, 03:40 PM
This morning I saw the last 5 minutes of US women's soccer with Japan. US won 4-1 and will meet Brazil in the Gold Medal match Thursday. I saw Carli Lloyd attempt a goal. She is from my county. I also recognized Heather Mitts. She's a cutie I saw reporting outside the LINC before during an EAGLES game a few seasons ago.

Kyle L
08-18-2008, 06:16 PM
Oh wow! I didn't even know BMX was in the Olympics. I'll be keeping an eye out for that as well.

Is skateboarding an Olympic sport as well?

Nope. The only "X-Treme" media labeled sport is BMX. Its a great new addition to the games, I hope they one day add Downhill Mountain Bike Racing to the games, the world cup circuit is INSANE, no American will ever win it if they decide to put it in.

steel
08-18-2008, 07:59 PM
Hehe, well she does kinda deserve it. I mean she's considered the World Reigning champion at all Gymnastics. Out of almost 7 billion people, I think that's pretty worthy of being treated like a "perfect little town hero", especially for being in an outskirt city town in a state in which is thought for being known for pure farming. Man, so you've actually talked to her?! Or just went to school.... I think people should be jealous, :D

If you put yourself in her shoes I think you'd be the exact same way. She's never experienced what's it like to be a normal kid. I look at most of young athlete's who are in their teens that way. They are pretty much just machines with little experience in the real world.
First of all, I would hardly call West Des Moines an "outskirt city town," since Des Moines is the capital of Iowa, West Des Moines is by far the largest (and richest) suburb, and she goes to the biggest school in Iowa.
Yeah, we had the same homeroom (therefore the same schedule) in sixth grade and we had CM together in eighth grade.
I hear all the time that she "deserves to be that way" because she's so decorated. Whatever. No one "deserves" to be conceited and snobby. She has a faculty parking spot at Valley, for goodness' sake. It's a little revolting to most of her peers here. If I were in her shoes, I certainly would not be the exact same way. She was one of the main people who made sixth grade the worst year of my life. I am happy for her and I do appreciate her talent, but she is so overblown.
(Thanks for not biting my head off, by the way. ;party;)

Leo C
08-18-2008, 08:38 PM
West Des Moines sounds like what Hamilton, NJ is to Trenton, NJ, a the large surburban city surrounding Trenton.

williard2194
08-18-2008, 09:48 PM
What do ya'll think is better, the Summer Olympics or the Winter Olympics? And why?

Leo C
08-18-2008, 09:57 PM
I was thinking of the Jamaican bobsled team and how many more nations could participate in the Summer games so I believe Summer games.

Cuddy
08-18-2008, 10:11 PM
Winter easily. I love the snow. Skiing is my favorite along with the half-pipe.



Anyhow, back on the topic of the SUMMER Olympics. Did anyone see the cheap Chinese against Team USA in Baseball? After Akron Aero's player, Matt LaPorta took out the Chinese catcher on a close play, in the 5th inning, the Chinese pitcher threw at LaPorta, thankfully the ball glanced off the helmet. The damage? Mild concussion, CAT scan and Day-to-day.

Can we bomb the Chinese any time now??

Oh, and a page from the clueless. In the Cleveland Plain Dealer, they run a Monday section called Monday Moaning. One moron wanted to know why Yao Ming was playing for the Chinese team and not for the US team since "He plays for the Houston Rockets". If that were the case, then why doesn't Dirk Nowitski play for Team USA? Why don't Kobe and the so-called "chosen one" play for Italy or Greece?

Chip
08-18-2008, 10:14 PM
What do ya'll think is better, the Summer Olympics or the Winter Olympics? And why?
I'd definitely go with the Summer Games. I love track and field, and now I'm excited over swimming. Thanks, Michael Phelps. :heart: Haha. (Not gay)

I only like the luge in the Winter Olympics. I don't care much for the biathlon or speed skating. The ski jump is neat. But the Summer Olympics are where it's at.

The U.S. women's beach volleyball team of Walsh and May-Treanor just beat Brazil to advance to the gold medal game.

Leo C
08-18-2008, 10:43 PM
I think we need to find a blue heart. HAHAHA
I was more excited about the World Cup FIFA but what Phelps done was pretty amazing.

A USA sweep of the 400m Mens Hurtles. Angelo Taylor wins the Gold medal.

Finally got to see Nastia perform on the uneven bars. She lost to the Chinese girls. Suspicous of their age I am. Nastia got I think silver. I don't see many Americans naming their kids that name.

Carowinds 73-03
08-19-2008, 12:31 AM
I still say she was robbed of that gold. If only the games were in America.

I tend to watch Summer Olympics more and like alot more of the events but i have been slowly getting into the Winter games.

I watched about 90% more of the events then i did last winter games and even attended a few events. That was the first ever Winter games i have attended and i think it got me more into it.

I have been to 2 summer Olympics. Atlanta & Sydney.

Jimmy B
08-19-2008, 01:21 AM
Since I have never seen snow in person, let alone playing in it, I have very little interest in the winter games. So the Summer Olympics is my choice of the two.

Leo C
08-19-2008, 01:38 AM
Chicago's still in the 2016 running right? I thought about needing the Games back here or in Brazil.

Carowinds 73-03
08-19-2008, 02:42 AM
Chicago, NY & Paris i think.

Maybe Charlotte can throw their hat in the ring for 2020.

Kyle L
08-19-2008, 03:00 AM
Maybe Charlotte can throw their hat in the ring for 2020.

EL OH FLIPPIN EL.

The Olympics go to cities that are, you know, worth visiting? Sorry, Charlotte isn't on my travel list.

Carowinds 73-03
08-19-2008, 06:52 AM
Yeah cause im looking foward to visiting Beijing to see all that polution.

I'm sure in the next 12 years Charlotte will be double in size or more. Its already one of the fastest growing cities in the country.

I could see Charlotte hosting the Olympics. We just need Pepsi, Bank Of America & Wachovia to fork over some big money to make that happen. How do you think Atlanta got the games. Coke passed out hundreds of millions if not billions to get that to happen.

So if Atlanta can get them i don't see how Charlotte getting the Olympics is that far off.

If a dirty & nasty place like Beijing can get them then we should have no problem. People won't have to worry about polution here.

Leo C
08-19-2008, 09:20 AM
I was looking at India as a future host but that country does not have an Olympic training infrastructure I learned. That's the reason they only won one metal so far and that was the first individual gold medal they ever got, in rifle shooting.

steel
08-19-2008, 09:29 AM
I think Chicago would be spectacular, but Paris would be SO cool to watch. NYC sounds awful to me, since Lake Placid already got the Winter Games.
Have we ever had Winter Olympics in Alaska?

Leo C
08-19-2008, 09:41 AM
NYC is awful. They can't get rid of the Giants and Jets(who I'm not as against) out of New Jersey because of the roadways/flow of traffic in the area. I wouldn't want the Olympics to come and brush off the host New Jersey site as New York once again. Chicago is a fresh approach.

imakecoasters
08-19-2008, 12:04 PM
First of all, I would hardly call West Des Moines an "outskirt city town," since Des Moines is the capital of Iowa, West Des Moines is by far the largest (and richest) suburb, and she goes to the biggest school in Iowa.
Yeah, we had the same homeroom (therefore the same schedule) in sixth grade and we had CM together in eighth grade.
I hear all the time that she "deserves to be that way" because she's so decorated. Whatever. No one "deserves" to be conceited and snobby. She has a faculty parking spot at Valley, for goodness' sake. It's a little revolting to most of her peers here. If I were in her shoes, I certainly would not be the exact same way. She was one of the main people who made sixth grade the worst year of my life. I am happy for her and I do appreciate her talent, but she is so overblown.
(Thanks for not biting my head off, by the way. ;party;)

Hehe, so you're mad she has a parking spot at school? I think she deserves it for getting 3 silver medals and 1 gold. If it weren't for her, China would have more medals than USA right now. She also has better Medals than any Gymnast in the 2008 Olympics, and it'll be that way. Nastia only has 2 Silver, 1 Bronze and 1 gold, where-as Shawn has 3 Silver and 1 gold as I just mentioned, :D She may have made you mad, but local news programs are saying she and Phelps have inspired kids, and it shows packed out Gymnasiums and pools.

She's gotten me off the couch and chair for 16-20 hours less a day, and I can do back-hand springs now, :D I don't care how annoying she is in school, she's inspired thousands to become fit, like me, and I'm beyond happy. I used to purposely never smile always, and couldn't even do a real smile if I tried, but now I'm always smiling, :D

-IMC-

Jimmy B
08-19-2008, 12:30 PM
New York City and Paris are not in the running. Los Angeles and Chicago are the two American Finalists for 2020.

Other cities in the 2020 running are Madrid (Spain), Rio de Jeneiro (Brazil), and Tokyo (Japan). Of those cities, the Rio has to be the most favored due to South America having yet to host the Olympics.

And no, Alaska has also not hosted the Winter games yet.


As far as Charlotte, NC goes, I kind of agree with Carowinds 73-03 that who knows what Charlotte will look like a decade from now. After all, it is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation and in the top three largest financial hubs in the US. They do need to do more to upgrade their sporting facilities. But come 2020, I wouldn't completely rule out Charlotte yet. A bigger question is would the city or its residence want to host it?

steel
08-19-2008, 01:53 PM
Hehe, so you're mad she has a parking spot at school? I think she deserves it for getting 3 silver medals and 1 gold. If it weren't for her, China would have more medals than USA right now. She also has better Medals than any Gymnast in the 2008 Olympics, and it'll be that way. Nastia only has 2 Silver, 1 Bronze and 1 gold, where-as Shawn has 3 Silver and 1 gold as I just mentioned, :D She may have made you mad, but local news programs are saying she and Phelps have inspired kids, and it shows packed out Gymnasiums and pools.

She's gotten me off the couch and chair for 16-20 hours less a day, and I can do back-hand springs now, :D I don't care how annoying she is in school, she's inspired thousands to become fit, like me, and I'm beyond happy. I used to purposely never smile always, and couldn't even do a real smile if I tried, but now I'm always smiling, :D.
I'm sorry, but you don't know her. You've never met her, and even if you did, the meeting would have to do with gymnastics and wouldn't be on a personal level. I've been in Shawn's world and she isn't the sweetie-pie the media makes her out to be.
She doesn't just have a parking spot, she has a faculty parking spot and she's had it for a year already. She's treated like royalty at Valley. She's every teacher's favorite. The year below us tells us that all their teachers love to brag about where Shawn Johnson sat last year. It is completely gross. She isn't that important. I'm happy for her, yes. I'm glad she did well, yes. I respect her immense talent, yes. But she is an a-hole to many of her peers, and that is not cool. I'm so thankful I don't go there anymore.
I am, for the hundredth time, not trying to say that you shouldn't be doing what you're doing or that she isn't a good gymnast or that anyone who has been inspired by her is stupid or anything like any of that. All I'm saying is that you should know that she isn't as wonderful as she seems on TV.

Chip
08-19-2008, 01:56 PM
Hey. Stop talking about Shawn Johnson being spoiled and conceited or not. Let's just talk about the Olympics. Like how the U.S. women's water polo team beat Australia to advance to the gold-medal game. And how the U.S. softball team is dominating as usual.

steel
08-19-2008, 02:00 PM
*(Shawn Johnson is part of the Olympics, I don't consider this off topic, but have it your way)*

Who else watched trampoline last night? SWEET. If I went to the Olympics, I would watch trampoline, equestrian, and diving.

imakecoasters
08-19-2008, 04:13 PM
Yeah, I know, I know. Most Athletes are that way, you gotta understand that. I know she's probably very preppy and viewed as perfect to many. With Olympians, personality outside of their athletic life is a bit irrelevant. Like Micheal Jordan, people respect him because he's inspired and amazed millions. And it's the same way with all Athletes, including Shawn. It's just how they roll, haha.

I don't respect her for her school life, or life outside of Gymnastics, but I respect her for making people that don't know her happy and inspired to do exercise.

EDIT- And that's the reason she the main topic on MSN, :P And our local news papers.... Although the 24 Coke can boxes and card board cut outs at Hy-Vee were a little sell-out-ish, haha. I also think that's a little too far.

-IMC-

Kyle L
08-19-2008, 05:01 PM
Yeah cause im looking foward to visiting Beijing to see all that polution.

I'm sure in the next 12 years Charlotte will be double in size or more. Its already one of the fastest growing cities in the country.

I could see Charlotte hosting the Olympics. We just need Pepsi, Bank Of America & Wachovia to fork over some big money to make that happen. How do you think Atlanta got the games. Coke passed out hundreds of millions if not billions to get that to happen.

So if Atlanta can get them i don't see how Charlotte getting the Olympics is that far off.

If a dirty & nasty place like Beijing can get them then we should have no problem. People won't have to worry about polution here.

Let's see. A city based on thousands and thousands of years of history, tradition, and legend (Beijing) or a city based on decades of white trash (Charlotte).

You tell me bud.

Carowinds 73-03
08-19-2008, 08:09 PM
True but honestly how many Americans really care about Beijing history. I know i sure dont. Why should i care about another countrys history. I don't live there.

I can tell you people are not there for the History. They are there to watch the Olympics.

I'm trying to explain that any city in the world can get the Olympics provided they have enough money to dangle in the IOC's face.

Let's get back to more positive Olympics talk.

Kyle L
08-19-2008, 08:14 PM
True but honestly how many Americans really care about Beijing history. I know i sure dont. Why should i care about another countrys history. I don't live there.

Way to be respectful of another country.

Leo C
08-19-2008, 08:35 PM
In Korea last year, my whole world opened up when I realized there was 5,000 years of history there. I was so intune with the present it was really hard to crack the surface of it all. I think Chicago has the American tradition but Charlotte can make the continued gains in growth and probably take a shot of the infrastructure for the games. Is Charlotte any better than San Antonio or Phoenix with its stunning growth?

The US ladies I think as a whole has been the biggest highlight on our side of the games. We have Phelps and the rest of this week to see what materializes.

Leryn Franco of Paraguay didn't qualify for the javelin final. :( Maybe she could move to the US to model. :)
http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/blog/fourth_place_medal/post/The-hot-Paraguayan-goes-cold-at-Olympics?urn=oly,101791

The speed through the hurtles is just nuts.

Chip
08-19-2008, 11:29 PM
NBC is showing gymnastics now, and Shawn Johnson just got gold in the balance beam. Don't complain about her. No one cares that she's a conceited kid. She's 16. She's in the Olympics. You'd have a huge head too.

But she got the U.S. another gold, and Nastia Liukin got silver. That's excellent. They deserve it.

Leo C
08-19-2008, 11:57 PM
I like my Shannon Miller, I remember Kerri Strug. They grew up and did new things. Shawn will change too and get a better idea what's going on. I was glad to watch this ending. After learning Nastia won overall I was glad then that Shawn got a gold in this last chance. The girls both have golds. I was interested in finding that connection Shawn had with that coach that originated from China. Great ending how they came back to his home country to do this. Tonight I was torturing my sister with "Nastia this, Nastia that" comments.

BMX is late night. Weird, I may watch it.

Carowinds 73-03
08-20-2008, 12:14 AM
I was so happy to see her gat a gold before it was over. I too might be up late watching a little of the BMX.

James R
08-20-2008, 12:15 AM
There is a BMXer, Kyle Bennett, from my home town here in Texas. He actually lives right down the street from where I lived last year. I saw him biking around a lot at super human speeds...

Leo C
08-20-2008, 01:45 AM
I just watched BMX now. Kyle got 4th in a round. The corners are asphalt and an Argentinian got roughed up there catching a wheel.

Next round Kyle was second in that first asphalt turn and did an endo when the first place rider went down. They didn't have to use a stretcher with him good but he was able to get up and slowly pedal to finish the round for 8th place.

steel
08-20-2008, 09:36 AM
NBC is showing gymnastics now, and Shawn Johnson just got gold in the balance beam. Don't complain about her. No one cares that she's a conceited kid. She's 16. She's in the Olympics. You'd have a huge head too.

But she got the U.S. another gold, and Nastia Liukin got silver. That's excellent. They deserve it.
I've said over and over that I respect what she does with gymnastics and that I am happy for her. But she is not just conceited, she is vicious. She is the one responsible for a good chunk of the stuff that made sixth grade and junior high hell for me and she probably doesn't even remember my name. She acts like a humble, gracious princess in public, but get her alone, and you're less than dirt. I don't know where people get this idea that people can't be famous and grounded. Having a lot of self-confidence and being happy with yourself as a person is one thing. Being stuck up out of your mind is quite another.
Talk to any 15-17-year old in the Des Moines area and you'll hear the same thing.
For the millionth time, I agree that she deserves the medals (even though I think Nastia is better, from the most objective point of view I can muster), but I am certainly allowed to dislike her as a person.

On another note, Lolo Jones, who graduated from my high school, clipped a hurdle and got 7th place instead of 1st. :(
That was heartbreaking.

Byron
08-20-2008, 09:57 AM
Yeah cause im looking foward to visiting Beijing to see all that polution.

I'm sure in the next 12 years Charlotte will be double in size or more. Its already one of the fastest growing cities in the country.

I could see Charlotte hosting the Olympics. We just need Pepsi, Bank Of America & Wachovia to fork over some big money to make that happen. How do you think Atlanta got the games. Coke passed out hundreds of millions if not billions to get that to happen.

So if Atlanta can get them i don't see how Charlotte getting the Olympics is that far off.

If a dirty & nasty place like Beijing can get them then we should have no problem. People won't have to worry about polution here.

That's http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/6660/54373259201354fa98cmnp7.jpg happen.

imakecoasters
08-20-2008, 11:05 AM
I've said over and over that I respect what she does with gymnastics and that I am happy for her. But she is not just conceited, she is vicious. She is the one responsible for a good chunk of the stuff that made sixth grade and junior high hell for me and she probably doesn't even remember my name. She acts like a humble, gracious princess in public, but get her alone, and you're less than dirt. I don't know where people get this idea that people can't be famous and grounded. Having a lot of self-confidence and being happy with yourself as a person is one thing. Being stuck up out of your mind is quite another.
Talk to any 15-17-year old in the Des Moines area and you'll hear the same thing.
For the millionth time, I agree that she deserves the medals (even though I think Nastia is better, from the most objective point of view I can muster), but I am certainly allowed to dislike her as a person.

And I respect her for that, :D, hehe, I mean what do you expect from someone like that?It'd be impossible not to rub it in people, haha. Plus school is only half her day, after it she trains 4-5 hours at Chow's. You can't expect people to be perfect, and be nice humble people 100% of the time through out life. You should have just ignored her, :D

I'm kinda Anti-Nastia only because she never smiles, and in return I never smile watching her, haha. Athlete's that smile are always the most liked. It just makes them really follow-able. Anywho, I can't wait for Table Tennis! I'll be cheering on Ma Lin as he's my favorite Table Tennis player. The Chinese has the best team ever.

-IMC-

Chip
08-20-2008, 11:29 AM
The pentathlon starts today. That's got to be intense because those athletes have to show so many skills. I watched some of the BMX yesterday. That was cool. There were a few crashes. It looks like this could be a good sport to watch.

James R
08-20-2008, 11:32 AM
New York City and Paris are not in the running. Los Angeles and Chicago are the two American Finalists for 2020.

Other cities in the 2020 running are Madrid (Spain), Rio de Jeneiro (Brazil), and Tokyo (Japan). Of those cities, the Rio has to be the most favored due to South America having yet to host the Olympics.


Umm... Chicago's a candidate city for 2016, not 2020.

Picture this in Chicago (http://www.chicago2016.org)

Carowinds 73-03
08-20-2008, 11:52 AM
The BMX was kinda intresting. I have never watched it before this but i think it will be a good addition to the Olympics & fun to watch.

Jimmy B
08-20-2008, 01:07 PM
^^ Sorry, I meant 2016, but all this talk about 2020 made me type that instead without realizing it.

Leo C
08-20-2008, 09:50 PM
Bolt, from Jamaica, is something else in track. He's no T.O. but he loves to act and he's backed it up. Just when I was going to recall the glory of watching Michael Johnson in 1996, Bolt took Johnson's World Record in the 200. Got to love Johnson's reaction.

Wet rainy women's Volleyball Gold Medal Match - China - US - Yeah.

Carowinds 73-03
08-21-2008, 12:30 AM
The Volleyball match was amazing to watch. 2 Straight Golds and 108 Straight wins not to mention 481-16 in the last 6 or so years.

Well since the IOC wants to take out softball & baseball because USA wins all the time i guess beach volleyball will be the next to go.

Might as well remove Swimming too.

Kyle L
08-21-2008, 12:31 AM
The BMX was kinda intresting. I have never watched it before this but i think it will be a good addition to the Olympics & fun to watch.

Good to hear. Everyone else like it? Curious to know cause this is the closest kind of cycling to some of the stuff I'm into (Downhill Mountain Bike Racing, Four Cross and Dual Slalom).

Go Jared Graves!

Leo C
08-21-2008, 12:34 AM
The women's volleyball in the rain was amazing. China was so close I finally got aggressively nasty "nastia" in my support.

I can't believe I just watched racewalking. It was still raining for that.

Carowinds 73-03
08-21-2008, 12:49 AM
Same here. I really ticked me off how that one girl from China faked an injury to slow the game down. The only reason i say it was fake is because it was mentioned that she does it alot.

Kyle L
08-21-2008, 09:06 PM
All the talk about how the Chinese Gymnasts looking really underage and not 16 (Compared to the others) has become an issue: IOC orders investigation into He Kexin's age - Fourth-Place Medal - Olympics - Yahoo! Sports (http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/blog/fourth_place_medal/post/IOC-orders-investigation-into-He-Kexin-s-age?urn=oly,102564)

Chip
08-21-2008, 09:24 PM
Women's beach volleyball was great. That team is so good. They really earned that gold.

The U.S. softball team got silver. I was surprised since they dominated every game they played. But they lost to Japan.

I'm watching athletics right now. I can't believe the men's and women's 4x100 teams dropped the baton and got disqualified. That's nuts.

Carowinds 73-03
08-21-2008, 11:38 PM
I was very dissapointed that the US lost the siftball game but thats whats the Olympics are all about. One team rises to the challenge and i guess the US team was off today which they never seem to be.

I'm watching the mens beach vollyball right now. US not looking good at first but have gotten into the game now.

As for the underage china girl i really hope they get busted for this. You can't look at that girl and tell me she is 16yo. Clearly her birth records were changed so i hope it all comes out in the end and her medals are taken away.

Even if the IOC can not find any proof her records were covered up i think everyone will still know that the Chinese cheated.

Kyle L
08-21-2008, 11:48 PM
Even if the IOC can not find any proof her records were covered up i think everyone will still know that the Chinese cheated.

That's how I felt at first; they're breaking the rules.

But now I think about it, and if she is indeed 14, then thats more insult to anyone that scored less than her...

Chip
08-22-2008, 12:08 AM
This beach volleyball game is really exciting. Anyone else watching?

Carowinds 73-03
08-22-2008, 12:10 AM
Yep! I love it when i get no sleep for 2 weeks thanks to the Olympics.

Chip
08-22-2008, 12:17 AM
The U.S. men's beach volleyball team just won gold in three sets over Brazil. It was really exciting.

Bob Costas is talking about the age controversy with China's gymnasts. Kyle, it'd actually be more insulting to lose to someone older. The younger girls are more flexible and nimble, so they've got a slight edge when it comes to landing the moves correctly.

If these reports are true, that's a real shame that China would do that. But you've got to play by the rules.

Kyle L
08-22-2008, 12:23 AM
Yeah that's true about the age thing. I'm not too knowledgeable on Gymnastics, so I have no idea what prime age is.

Leo C
08-22-2008, 12:40 AM
I suck for missing the last set of the US-Brazil gold medal volleyball game. I liked the first two rounds. I also saw the tail end of the Women's BMX in primetime. We got bronze there I think. In men's BMX we got a silver and bronze. Our one TN connection to a USA BMXer; that guy dislocated his shoulder. I didn't see him in the final. :(

I finally watched my first Olympic coverage via internet video. I saw a round of table tennis. Maybe I could catch a past video of rifling shooting maybe the US softball. I really suck for missing Jenny Finch this time around. After the Athens games I wanted another chance to see her. I screwed this one up. I heard she's married now and has a kid.

On CNBC I saw about an inning of Korea-Japan at it in baseball.

Kyle L
08-22-2008, 12:54 AM
I suck for missing the last set of the US-Brazil gold medal volleyball game. I liked the first two rounds. I also saw the tail end of the Women's BMX in primetime. We got bronze there I think. In men's BMX we got a silver and bronze. Our one TN connection to a USA BMXer; that guy dislocated his shoulder. I didn't see him in the final. :(

And your TN connection to the Australian BMXer got 6th. Weak.

Leo C
08-22-2008, 01:25 AM
Learning that Michael Phelps is already in London, I'm reminded the next Olympics is in London 2012 and I make sure I plan my weekend to be home Sunday night to see the sad end, the Closing Ceremonies.

Wait a minute, my Phils are playing too; Sunday Night Baseball.

TopGun77
08-22-2008, 01:26 AM
Even if the IOC can not find any proof her records were covered up i think everyone will still know that the Chinese cheated.

Right, because no one in America, in the history of the world, has ever cheated. I really hope the Western world stops picking a fight with China. It's like they can't handle anyone else having more power than them. If they cheated then shame on them, but everyone seems to be jumping to conclusions before the investigation has even begun.

On topic, The Korean baseball team is amazing, I'm pretty upset that they didn't take the whole thing. The Korea-Japan and Korea-Canada games were intense.

Carowinds 73-03
08-22-2008, 07:25 AM
I'll jump on any country that cheats. Even the USA. Its not fair and its now what the Olympics are all about.

I'm jumping on China cause i'd be willing to bet its true and we are owed some medals that were stolen in the first place. I only hope it all comes out soon enough.

What an embaressement for China if it's true. It might help a little if they just come clean instead letting the IOC uncover it. Either way those Golds are gone.

I did just find out that you can be 15 and compete in the Olympics just as long as your 16th birthday falls on an Olympic year. I think i heard that right.

Leo C
08-22-2008, 09:22 AM
I was surprised to see a burly guy in the Korean baseball lineup hitting 6th. "They have a large guy in Korea?" I chuckled. Maybe he came back from America.

This morning my local paper had an unusual Gold font on the front page of the paper. The big surprise is our local Olympian Carli Lloyd of Delran, NJ scored the only goal in USA Soccer's 1-0 win over Brazil in the Women's Soccer Final. Just a few minutes later I saw the goal replayed on our local news minute and then again on the Today Show and then again. That was pretty big to be a part of the team but to be the one that had the defining goal, nice. With the time difference I was already reading reactions of the local soccer coaches, family in the paper. The return home is to come.

I might catch some USA basketball this morning.

I'm messed up with sleep too.

Just watch, you accuse the Chinese and you end up in a shipping crate like Jack Bauer.

Byron
08-22-2008, 09:31 AM
Right, because no one in America, in the history of the world, has ever cheated. I really hope the Western world stops picking a fight with China. It's like they can't handle anyone else having more power than them. If they cheated then shame on them, but everyone seems to be jumping to conclusions before the investigation has even begun.

Yes, but has the US ever knowingly/willingly helped their athletes cheat? And then kept their medals?

TopGun77
08-22-2008, 12:16 PM
I wouldn't put it past them, but that's not my point. My point is that everyone is assuming China cheated, because they want to see China embarassed and defeated. If this were one incident I wouldn't mind, but the past few months everyone has just been looking for anything they can to criticize China about, and I'm willing to bet none of these people know the first thing about China, its history or its people. Anyway, I don't want to derail the discussions so I'll shut up again :).

89magnumxl200
08-22-2008, 05:07 PM
I missed it since I've been so busy with moving into school, but a few days ago a woman from my hometown won a gold medal in sailing. My older brother went to school with her brother. I wonder if they'll have a parade for her back home. Knowing my hometown, probably not; and if they do, it'll be 3 cars and a few horses.

Leo C
08-22-2008, 09:01 PM
At least the parade will end at Dairy Queen.

Chip
08-22-2008, 10:42 PM
Did anyone see the Great Britain athlete taunt the men behind him in the men's 4x400? They just showed it on NBC. That's so uncalled for.

Leo C
08-22-2008, 11:11 PM
I guess it was paid for by the ladies side. The Jamaicans screwed up passing the baton and bumped into the Great Britain ladies, screwing them up and knocking them out of the race. There you go.

Carowinds 73-03
08-23-2008, 12:12 AM
I was watching but i guess i missed the Great Britain athlete taunt. What did he do?

Just 2 more days until closeing ceremonies. I hope USA can pick up another 5 golds before its all over and done with.

Men's & Woman's Basketball, Men's Indoor Volleyball & Men's & Woman's Water Polo.

Jimmy B
08-23-2008, 12:27 AM
The USA Men's basketball team is now a lock for another medal -- they play Spain to decide the Silver and Gold. Without the injured Manu Ginobili, the shorthanded Argentina team couldn't get past USA (who were at full strength) and were blown out by 20 points in a rematch of the 2004 semifinals, playing again in the 2008 semis.

Argentina beat USA in Athens in 2004 in the semis and went on to take the Gold; USA aimed for revenge for that loss and seized it.

Chip
08-23-2008, 12:29 AM
He waved his baton as if to encourage them to follow him, and he turned and looked at them. If I find a video, I'll post it.

Leo C
08-23-2008, 12:46 AM
I watched US-Argentina basketball this morning. The men's volleyball on Thursday Night was great rally from that first crappy match they had against Latvia I watched opening weekend.

imakecoasters
08-23-2008, 05:40 PM
Hey, I just learned there's a Gym (as in Gymnastics, for flipping and stuff) 2.5 miles away. I think it's bike-ride-able to get to. I've only lived in this town a like 20 days. I should check it out.

Oh, and Table Tennis will be awesome to watch. My favorite guy Ma Lin has been doing insane, beating the previous best. He's never gotten a medal before, but this year he's just stomping the former bests. Starts tonight, but too late, so I'm just going to record it, :)

-IMC-

Kyle L
08-24-2008, 04:32 AM
Gold medal for USA basketball. Huge props to the Spain team, they gave the USA serious run for their money.

Cuddy
08-24-2008, 05:49 AM
I was talking with people in the break room the other day, and one person questioned if I was cheering on Team USA at all (being that I'm a Michigan fan, which somehow he thinks is related). Its one thing cheering on rivals in the NFL, NBA, NCAA, but to question if I'm cheering on Team USA?

The only person from Team USA I haven't cheered on was LeBron James.

Leo C
08-24-2008, 11:13 AM
Father during homily today took a minute out to say he was watching the basketball game last night. I could only see the headline that we won the gold in basketball. Redeem Team Indeed.

Yesterday I watched some boxing and Women's indoor volleyball.

Today is the day. The conclusion is here. Olympic Closing Ceremonies are tonight.

TopGun77
08-24-2008, 09:01 PM
Soooo happy Korea won gold in baseball. I love when the underdog triumphs.

williard2194
08-24-2008, 09:45 PM
Whoooooooooooo Jimmy Page was playing guitar at the closing ceremonies!!! My favorite part of the whole Olympics! Lol

Carowinds 73-03
08-24-2008, 10:44 PM
Great Olympics. I was very glad i got to watch so much of them and personally see Olympic history. Now i look foward to the winter games and London 2012.


I must say although the closing ceremonies were amazing i really was not as impressed as i was with the opening. I guess its like that every Olympic games.

Anyway, amazing games and glad it went over without any major incidents.

Leo C
08-24-2008, 11:43 PM
^Russia invading Georgia with the convenient backdrop of the Olympics if anything.

Wow, we made it! I've seen so much and then there was so little I've seen. 2 whole weeks where I caught events nearly every day on tv and with a brief check on the internet. I'm so beat. I've seen plenty of triumphs and the fail share of stinkers. Through the US coverage I've seen other nations that triumphed. Some events surely did not involve the US for medals. There's plenty of touching stories. It was great to see in the Olympic stadium the gathering of so many different nations for one big party. This is one place where there seemed to be peace.

I'm glad the games came to China. As controversial their dealings are in the world, they proved they were up to the challenge and did remarkable things to showcase their talent, drive, their presence as a nation. The largest nation in the world, you can not ignore that. Though the games are over, I still will not forget the challenges about the place that still exist. We may have forgotten them in the background of the games but they're still there. In the end I got my view of Tiananmen Square I didn't think I saw the entire games. We even had a TNer, Chris L, who was lucky enough to attend.

The double decker bus pulling into the Chinese National Stadium looked pretty cool for the Brits during the Closing Ceremony. Just when I made the comment it should transform it did. The huge human torch the Chinese performers created was pretty cool. The real Olympic torch being extinguished was a sad moment I wanted to see. We got to see Michael Phelps at a welcoming rally for the 2012 London Games. There's a curiousity about how that will be pulled off. I waited for the very end to see NBC's closing montage, the same I've seen for the Games in the past. At the very end we got the reminder, just 18 months away, the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games in 2010. It seems so close now. Here we go Canada. :) Show us what you got.

steel
08-25-2008, 08:54 PM
Who else has had "I Love Beijing" playing in their heads since last night?

Leo C
08-25-2008, 08:59 PM
Not me but I was happy to learn Alicia Sacremonie was really 20 and a Brown University student. See the truth about age came out during these Olympics.

Carowinds 73-03
08-25-2008, 11:26 PM
The song was in my head for about 2 min but then i went to my Ipod to get something better stuck in my head.

Leo C
08-27-2008, 01:01 AM
Three buses of family, fans, local soccer players came to see Carli Lloyd come back to the Philly airport with her gold in soccer. I guess seeing the pic of her wearing the medal at the airport it finally hit home that she has a gold medal. The township of Delran will have a parade Labor Day for her.

Carl Lewis was also from the next town over.

Carowinds 73-03
08-31-2008, 07:59 AM
Phelps parading it up at WDW!

http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/5484/phelpsbn1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

imakecoasters
08-31-2008, 02:55 PM
ROFL, that's hilarious... that man must be stressed! Hosting SNL, media, doing these things. You'd imagine it'd get really annoying to deal with. Oh well!

I'm going to a MN Twins game next Saturday, and me and my friend are making signs, mine will be a Korea sign cheering on Korea because they beat America, haha. Despite the Twins playing the.... Detroit Tigers, :P Yeah, I watched Olympic Softball, haha.

-IMC-