Olympics

football, cricket, darts, athletics - the lot
Post Reply
User avatar
knibbles
Posts: 1043
Joined: Fri Sep 28, 2007 17:46
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/
Location: Nottingham

Olympics

Post by knibbles » Sun Jul 06, 2008 14:47

I'm not trying to be funny or silly but I do genuinely think it would be really interesting and good if the wheelbarrow race was taken seriously and became an event in the Olympics. I'd like to see how with intense training and dedication, just how accomplished two people could become at wheelbarrow racing. I think it would be visually interesting to watch. I'd be interested to see if people end up taking different tactics with where to hold legs, how they coordinate arm and leg movements etc, or whether one method becomes clearly superior to all others and is adopted by all competitors like the Fosbury Flop. There would also be the exciting possibility of dramatic spectacular accidents. Other things like three legged racing would be interesting too, to see how co-ordinated two people can become.
Daddy is dead on a sunshine day

User avatar
meepmeep
Posts: 295
Joined: Wed Oct 17, 2007 23:54
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/sanglot/
Location: Stockholm
Contact:

Re: Olympics

Post by meepmeep » Sun Jul 06, 2008 14:54

That's all very true. Not to forget the spoon-in-mouth and egg race! Or maybe some of the classic "sports" from (primary)school, like the one where you are in the gymnasium with all the matresses and ropes and crazy stuff out and you jump and climb and run around but are not allowed to touch the floor. That could be really interesting. It could be done both with national teams, or individually. I don't know how you win or lose in that game though.
beepbeep

User avatar
cuppie
Posts: 877
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 02:12
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/cuppie
Location: Ostrava

Re: Olympics

Post by cuppie » Sun Jul 06, 2008 17:34

I was watching a bunch of women swimmers in the qualifying races, and the woman who came in first is over 40 years old. She's an 'inspiration.'

Concrete
Posts: 1031
Joined: Fri Sep 28, 2007 23:17

Re: Olympics

Post by Concrete » Tue Jul 08, 2008 22:38

I've just seen on the telly that BMX racing is in the Olympics this year. I like that. It's a surprisingly serious sport really; Britain has Olympic track cycling medallists who are ex-BMX racers, I believe. I'm hoping the mountain biking gets a bit more TV coverage than normal this time as well.

Wheelbarrow races, let's face it, constitutes "real" sport as much as synchronised swimming or rhythmic gymnastics does. I say get it into the 2012 games as an exhibition sport at the very least. If the IOC refuses that, then just fill the opening ceremony with it.

a layer of chips
Posts: 18616
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 09:17
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/
Location: Nottingham, UK
Contact:

Re: Olympics

Post by a layer of chips » Wed Jul 09, 2008 07:49

You krazy katz.

Despite the fact that it's run by a corrupt, anti-worker, money-obsessed clique, I fucking love the Olympics. I can't wait. I also hope the BOA let Dwain Chambers run. He's clearly our best 100m runner even when he's not smacked off his happy tits on liquid dooby. And he did actually admit that he'd injected the jangly bifta - unlike most of the other cheating bastards.

islandhopper
Posts: 3441
Joined: Sun Sep 30, 2007 00:44
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/mi-fhein
Location: I belong to Glasgow

Re: Olympics

Post by islandhopper » Wed Jul 09, 2008 09:20

I bloody love the olympics too. There's no chance you'd find me watching gymnastics or diving or whatever crap they have on for the rest of the 4 years, but come Olympic time it's all as important as can be.
It's going to be on at stupid times of the day since it's in China though isn't it?

a layer of chips
Posts: 18616
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 09:17
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/
Location: Nottingham, UK
Contact:

Re: Olympics

Post by a layer of chips » Wed Jul 09, 2008 09:23

Ooh, yeah, I suppose you're right. Hmm. That means watching well out of date stuff on BBC1 every night.

Insomnia could prove useful.

islandhopper
Posts: 3441
Joined: Sun Sep 30, 2007 00:44
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/mi-fhein
Location: I belong to Glasgow

Re: Olympics

Post by islandhopper » Wed Jul 09, 2008 09:29

a layer of chips wrote:Ooh, yeah, I suppose you're right. Hmm. That means watching well out of date stuff on BBC1 every night.

Insomnia could prove useful.
If it wasn't a really busy time at work then I'd be entirely tempted to take some time off and live in olympic time.

User avatar
Mr Bear
Posts: 2816
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 11:48
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/cold_discovery
Location: Here and there

Re: Olympics

Post by Mr Bear » Thu Jul 24, 2008 14:46

I'm really looking forward to the start of the Olympics - I'm off work for the first 5 days of it, so will take advantage of some late nights to watch it. I'm trying to find an event schedule at the moment, but just read about a citizen's anti-terror attack manual that the Chinese government have issued. I don't know what the bending down is all about -

How to detect terrorist suspects

Terrorist suspects won't put a sticker on their faces to say they are terrorists. However they will have some abnormal behaviour that can make us alert, such as:
• Those who look panicked and strange in their words and behaviour
• Those who dress in clothes that don't fit their identity or the weather
• Those who pretend to be close friends, and flatter
• Those who refuse to do security checks, and sound arrogant
• Those who frequently appear at big event venues
• Those who frequently appear around security areas
• Those who look like wanted suspects

What should you do after being kidnapped by terrorists?

• Keep calm. Don't resist. Believe the government
• Don't make eye contact with or speak to the terrorists. Bend your body down to the ground slowly
• Try to keep and hide your telecommunication device. Put your mobile phone into silent mode at the appropriate moment and send messages to police or call 110. If you send a text message, the content should include your location, the number of hostages, and the number of terrorists
• Pay attention to the number of terrorists and remember who their leader is for subsequent investigations
• At the moment of the police action, try your best to bend down and leave under the police protection

User avatar
andyroo
Posts: 1831
Joined: Mon Oct 01, 2007 12:15
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/
Location: Irlanda

Re: Olympics

Post by andyroo » Thu Jul 24, 2008 16:09

PandaBear wrote:How to detect terrorist suspects

Terrorist suspects won't put a sticker on their faces to say they are terrorists. However they will have some abnormal behaviour that can make us alert, such as:
• Those who look panicked and strange in their words and behaviour
• Those who dress in clothes that don't fit their identity or the weather
• Those who pretend to be close friends, and flatter
• Those who refuse to do security checks, and sound arrogant
• Those who frequently appear at big event venues
• Those who frequently appear around security areas
• Those who look like wanted suspects
Oh my God, I've just found out I'm a terrorist.

I likes the Olympics too. All the scandals and all still haven't quite dampened my enthusiasm for the whole malarkey... I got absolutely obsessed when Moscow 80 was on and now I'm hooked for life.

Although I've no time for those opening and closing ceremonies. After Barcelona and the bloke with the arrow, it's all been done.
There ain't no-one gonna turn me round

User avatar
Gordon
Posts: 5351
Joined: Tue Feb 05, 2008 22:33
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/GreenGordon
Location: King's Landing
Contact:

Re: Olympics

Post by Gordon » Thu Jul 24, 2008 16:16

andyroo wrote:
I likes the Olympics too. All the sandals and all still haven't quite dampened my enthusiasm for the whole malarkey... I got absolutely obsessed when Moscow 80 was on and now I'm hooked for life.

Although I've no time for those opening and closing ceremonies. After Barcelona and the bloke with the arrow, it's all been done.
You can't run the 400m in Sandals.
Toot toot.

User avatar
Mr Bear
Posts: 2816
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 11:48
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/cold_discovery
Location: Here and there

Re: Olympics

Post by Mr Bear » Thu Jul 24, 2008 16:21

Ah bollocks, I'm missing all of the 100m because of Green Man. That's it, I'm boycotting the Olympics.

User avatar
cuppie
Posts: 877
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 02:12
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/cuppie
Location: Ostrava

Re: Olympics

Post by cuppie » Sat Aug 02, 2008 20:08

I can't wait to see Nastia Liukin. She is insane.

Image

Concrete
Posts: 1031
Joined: Fri Sep 28, 2007 23:17

Re: Olympics

Post by Concrete » Sat Aug 02, 2008 23:25

a layer of chips wrote:I also hope the BOA let Dwain Chambers run. He's clearly our best 100m runner even when he's not smacked off his happy tits on liquid dooby. And he did actually admit that he'd injected the jangly bifta - unlike most of the other cheating bastards.
I reckon if the authorities give someone a 2-year ban or whatever, that should be it. They should maybe keep them on a tighter testing schedule from then onward, but you can't justify letting someone run in races for prize money every week, then just ban them from one meeting every 4 years simply to make a point that they're a former cheat. They're either banned or not banned. Ban them for 4 years if necessary, just to make sure they miss at least one of every major competition, but don't have a lifetime ban from the Olympics and a 2-year ban from everything else, that's just rubbish.

Everyone talks about "the Olympic spirit" as if the games have some kind of fair play policy that other events lack. As far as I know, the Olympic motto translates as "Fastest, highest, strongest" or something, not "least full of drugs, cleanest past, jolly well nicest". Dwain Chambers is the fastest man in Britain and is not serving a ban or believed to be currently cheating; he should therefore be there.

That aside, I'll probably try to watch some of the various cycling disciplines and that. Triathlons can be fun to watch sometimes as well, if the fastest runner gets off his bike a bit behind someone else, for example.

User avatar
Sootyzilla
Posts: 1096
Joined: Sun Dec 16, 2007 01:31
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/sootyzilla
Location: lounging about at the edge of the dancefloor

Re: Olympics

Post by Sootyzilla » Sun Aug 03, 2008 00:59

Concrete wrote:I've just seen on the telly that BMX racing is in the Olympics this year. I like that. It's a surprisingly serious sport really; Britain has Olympic track cycling medallists who are ex-BMX racers, I believe. I'm hoping the mountain biking gets a bit more TV coverage than normal this time as well.
what's the difference between riding a BMX bike really fast and riding any other kind of bike really fast? :confused:
As wrong as it was to do,
Those eyes were made to look into.

a layer of chips
Posts: 18616
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 09:17
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/
Location: Nottingham, UK
Contact:

Re: Olympics

Post by a layer of chips » Sun Aug 03, 2008 07:31

Concrete wrote:
a layer of chips wrote:I also hope the BOA let Dwain Chambers run. He's clearly our best 100m runner even when he's not smacked off his happy tits on liquid dooby. And he did actually admit that he'd injected the jangly bifta - unlike most of the other cheating bastards.
I reckon if the authorities give someone a 2-year ban or whatever, that should be it. They should maybe keep them on a tighter testing schedule from then onward, but you can't justify letting someone run in races for prize money every week, then just ban them from one meeting every 4 years simply to make a point that they're a former cheat. They're either banned or not banned. Ban them for 4 years if necessary, just to make sure they miss at least one of every major competition, but don't have a lifetime ban from the Olympics and a 2-year ban from everything else, that's just rubbish.

Everyone talks about "the Olympic spirit" as if the games have some kind of fair play policy that other events lack. As far as I know, the Olympic motto translates as "Fastest, highest, strongest" or something, not "least full of drugs, cleanest past, jolly well nicest". Dwain Chambers is the fastest man in Britain and is not serving a ban or believed to be currently cheating; he should therefore be there.

That aside, I'll probably try to watch some of the various cycling disciplines and that. Triathlons can be fun to watch sometimes as well, if the fastest runner gets off his bike a bit behind someone else, for example.
I agree. There's also the reason why athletes feel they have to take these drugs to make them win races. Which is money, etc, etc. The Olympic ideal doesn't exist when atheltics is totally dehumanised by the existance of massive amounts of money to the winner of each event. Of course people are going stick stuff in themselves in order to gain a financial advantage.

Concrete
Posts: 1031
Joined: Fri Sep 28, 2007 23:17

Re: Olympics

Post by Concrete » Sun Aug 03, 2008 14:53

Sootyzilla wrote:what's the difference between riding a BMX bike really fast and riding any other kind of bike really fast? :confused:
Well, mostly the terrain... You do jumps and stuff in BMX racing, so the bikes are designed to go up in the air then land again. You wouldn't be able to do it on a track bike, and it requires different skills.

a layer of chips
Posts: 18616
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 09:17
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/
Location: Nottingham, UK
Contact:

Re: Olympics

Post by a layer of chips » Mon Aug 04, 2008 06:12

Anyone see Sprint last night?

User avatar
Miss 9
Posts: 634
Joined: Mon Oct 01, 2007 09:03
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/

Re: Olympics

Post by Miss 9 » Sat Aug 09, 2008 07:30

I hate a sport, but sweet baby Jesus was that some opening ceremony! If there's anything the Chinese are excellent at it's fucking practicing.

You foreign, non-NBC watching viewers were not lucky enough to see a shot of Pres Bush checking his watch during the March of Nations or whatever it's called. He doesn't give a fuck about various Pacific island nations, true story.
Q: I know you are, but what am I?
A: A garbage man.

User avatar
RITH
Posts: 3355
Joined: Mon Oct 01, 2007 08:35
Last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/RITH
Location: Almere
Contact:

Re: Olympics

Post by RITH » Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:22

Anyone watching the cycling road race? Fantastic race.

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest