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Re: Olympics

Post by sweepingthenation » Sat Aug 11, 2012 13:56

Heads up, as the kids say, for the modern pentathlon equestrian discipline this afternoon from 3.20. Riders who aren't strictly horse experts plus random horses they've only just been introduced to. In Beijing riders were totting up literally hundreds of penalty points.

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Re: Olympics

Post by sweepingthenation » Sat Aug 11, 2012 19:54

Well, BBC Sports Personality Of The Year is going to be a headache this year.

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Re: Olympics

Post by sweepingthenation » Sun Aug 12, 2012 17:46

Only one of the BBC Olympic channels is still running. It's nearly all over.

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Re: Olympics

Post by Gordon » Sun Aug 12, 2012 19:21

Paralympics!
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Re: Olympics

Post by DoNotDisconnect » Sun Aug 12, 2012 21:51

As somebody who doesn't own a (tuned) television, I naturally haven't seen much of the Olympics this year, but last night I watched the diving with my parents, and this morning I watched the marathon with my nan. Both were ridiculously exciting and impressive. I wish I'd watched more Olympics.

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Re: Olympics

Post by Gordon » Mon Aug 13, 2012 08:41

Verdict on the closing ceremonies: not that bad, but thank Christ we didn't open with them.
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Re: Olympics

Post by tompony » Mon Aug 13, 2012 09:25

I thought the Olympics was great. I really enjoyed pretty much everything that I saw sport-wise, and the opening ceremony was a nice surprise and a great way to kick it off. But the closing ceremony was absolute piss with pretty much nothing to redeem it whatsoever.

I shall strip it from my mind now and try to remember the good stuff, i.e. everything else.

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Re: Olympics

Post by islandhopper » Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:21

Yeah, fuck the closing ceremony. Let's just forget that and remember how great everything else was and how bloody lovely all those athletes seemed to be.

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Re: Olympics

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Re: Olympics

Post by mkgleeds » Thu Aug 16, 2012 21:00

islandhopper wrote:Yeah, fuck the closing ceremony. Let's just forget that and remember how great everything else was and how bloody lovely all those athletes seemed to be.
I was lucky enough to goto some Olympics stuff pretty much everyday, 14 days in total and 12 in the Olympic Park - and apart from being absolutely exhausting - it may well be the best thing i've ever done. Some absolutely fabulous sport including unlikely things like Handball and Water Polo.

I thought the organisation was brilliant - transport worked wonderfully, barely a queue to get to and from the Javelin to Kings Cross in 6 minutes and only queued twice in 2 weeks to go through security in the Olympic Park. Football and drink predicatably expensive - but few queues here either and good choice of food. This may sound odd coming from a grumpy old Leeds fan but the Olympic often seemed like a different world of happy excited people - Disneyland for adults - and the jolt when i got back on the tube at KX amid normal commuters in the morning and pissed Londoners in the evenings was stark.

The Volunteers did a top job - we did wonder how they allocated the tasks - just pick it out of a hat so you could be the bloke who gets to hand Usain Bolt a bottle at the end of the race or you could be checking the toilets havent flooded. My top 3 volunteer jobs;

3) The person who had to swim to the middle of the pool to put the ball in place at start of each quarter of Water Polo - they had nothing else to do.
2) The 2 people who came onto the Hockey pitch to clean the blood up after an injury - i saw this happen twice
1) The person who drove the remote control car in the stadium that picked up the Discus and Javelins and carried them back to competitors

I was going to my best 5 sporting moments but its already grown to 15 !

Matt

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Re: Olympics

Post by humblebee » Thu Aug 16, 2012 21:36

It's a little microcosm of what Britain could be like if we invested properly in public services!

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Re: Olympics

Post by RITH » Sat Feb 15, 2014 20:47

Not 3 seconds. Not 0,3 seconds. Not 0,03 seconds.

0,003 seconds: the difference between gold (Brodka, Poland) and silver (Verweij, Netherlands) after 1500m of speedskating.

I can't even imagine 0,003 seconds.

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