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Old 17th Aug 2008, 15:35
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Olympic topics (merged)

No not the airline

Warning - Not pleasant viewing - Ouch!

This is the moment Hungarian weightlifter Janos Baranyai's first Olympics ended in agony when he dislocated his right elbow in the ugliest moment yet of the Olympic weightlifting competition.
Baranyai was trying to snatch 148kg in his third lift in the men's 77kg division, when his elbow popped out of its socket.
No longer able to support the weight of the barbell, his right forearm bent backward. The 24-year-old Hungarian fell to the floor in shock, shaking and crying out in pain.
Hungary's coaching staff and competition officials rushed to Baranyai's aid as he lay trembling on the floor, his arm limp and twisted out of position.

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Old 18th Aug 2008, 08:34
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Olympics...A love/hate relationship!

Well the Olympics have certainly polarised pruners, some dislike the event itself, but others are scathing in the criticisms of their own athletes!

Inspired by the Paula Radcliffe thread, here is a thread to let the World know your most loved and most hated Olympic competitors, so here's mine:

Most Loved - Michael Phelps (predictable I know, but how could I go past this champion?)
Most Hated - In the absence of Jana Rawlinson, Tamsyn Lewis (what a waste of space! "I did my best I promise")

So don't hold back now...
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Old 18th Aug 2008, 09:22
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Slightly off topic, I took the liberty of Bablefishing your post into Korean and back again. I was going to go via Swedish, but that wasn't an option.

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...which about sums up the Olympics for me. T'aint personal.
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Old 18th Aug 2008, 09:27
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Unworthy Olympic events.

Having a bit of free time this morning, one was watching the Olympic coverage and the men's 'beach' volleyball was on. Now I've enjoyed playing this game in the past, great fun, competitive etc....... but worthy of the Olympics ???? Not a chance IMHO. The attire, the music in the background (Sex-bomb by Mr T Jones!), the judges waddling across the sand to make a line call where the 'line' was not straight in the sand.... it just seemed like a joke. Even the women's event comes across as flippant with their tiny costumes and blatant coquetishness (apparently sanctioned by their controlling body to improve viewing figures ). There already was team volleyball and at least this had a seriousness to it.

Then I thought about the horse events...... open only to a miniscule section of society due to costs, how can this 'sport' exist as a true Olympic sport open to all nations, rather than a leftover dinosaur of the early games where one had to be a toff to take part.

Number 3 that came to mind was cycling BMX....... Now the UK has a near cert for the gold in the women's event (and she could probably win the men's event too!) and it requires a very explosive athletic sprint to win, but an Olympic sport ??? It's something that teenagers do before they discover the internal combustion engine, NOT worthy in MHO to be a medal event.

So fellow ppruners, what sports do you feel shouldn't be there and why ?


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Old 18th Aug 2008, 09:35
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The 2 Gold and 1 Bronze in the Mens and Womens Triathalon.
Unbelievable!!
Golds in the Mens and womens 470 sailing. (anybody believe the conditions for the K19s?).

The Girls blew the blokes out of the pool.
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Old 18th Aug 2008, 09:37
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Must be a right bastard just winning silver,no TV presenter job waiting for you back home and winners of bronze must slink around wi a bag over their heads for six months lest anyone recognise em.
Spent all week trying to avoid the Olympics but it is virtually impossible even a small war didn't attenuate the coverage much.
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The Girls blew the blokes out of the pool.
Is that so they didn't have to change the water?
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Old 18th Aug 2008, 09:45
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There's a letter in today's South China Morning Post (admittedly from a suspected nutter) suggesting that shooting events should be banned on the grounds (a) that guns hadn't been invented in ancient Greece and (b) they are too militaristic and against the spirit of peace and goodwill.

Mind you, beach volleyball hadn't been invented then either.
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Old 18th Aug 2008, 09:48
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I'll second that Howard. As a former Ansett employee, I'd appreciate if Tamsyn would hand back the sponsorship money we gave her. Myself & the rest of the creditors would appreciate it! Anyway, as far as heroes in the Olympics go, I'm a Stephen Bradbury fan myself. Running a close second would be the Chinese security at the games. Anyone who locks up a Journalist who's shouting "I'm a Journalist!" gets my vote!
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Old 18th Aug 2008, 09:55
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Not seen nowt of my favorite event yet,the combined Scottish Sport of Cheese Racing and Sweeping Brush Fencing on Ice.
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Old 18th Aug 2008, 10:05
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You can catch the the cheese racing in the Winter Olympics Herr Drapes.

For me the air rifle shooting is all a bit pointless (sorry to all target shooters out there, but lets face it, as a spectator sport, it is like watching a girder rust).

They should have live squirrel shooting.

Release a batch of 20 greys in a 25m2area with some vegetation, creepers etc, place contestant in middle with a 22 and see how long it takes him/her to despatch them.

This of course is eco-friendly as it will help red squirrels, trees, fledglings etc. The cadavers could be given to the local 'travellers' encampment.

I nominate Gainesy as a contestant.
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Old 18th Aug 2008, 10:07
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Wrong year/season Herr D, try 2010 and somewhere bloody cold!

(buggerit, Angels beat me to it!)
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Table Tennis - (OK, ping pong is fun, going to add 8 ball? Darts? foosball?)

Badmitton - (name any 2 of your friends... nay, anyone you know, who badmitton)

Syncronized anything - (if you can't do it by yourself why make a couple of it? that just doubles the fee.)

Athletes? I think not.
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Old 18th Aug 2008, 10:10
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Anyway, as far as heroes in the Olympics go, I'm a Stephen Bradbury fan myself.
Me too, he is without doubt, the quintessential Australian sporting hero, but I was trying to stick to the Summer Games...
what spatial lichen waste - Jana Rawlinson, Tamsyn Louis hates!
I couldn't have said it better Mr Wolf...
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Darts, dominoes, ballroom dancing .....

Oh, they haven't yet added these? Give them time ........
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Most Hated - In the absence of Jana Rawlinson, Tamsyn Lewis (what a waste of space! "I did my best I promise")

As they say Tamsyn Lewis couldn't run out out of sight on a dark night
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Old 18th Aug 2008, 10:34
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I was going to say about shooting, and I like shooting. Clay shooting, brilliant, but target shooting. Please... Keep it in, but don't televise it for any length time.
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Old 18th Aug 2008, 10:35
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Annoying "Sports"

Personally I can't abide anything where you can't tell who has won objectively. So that rules out gymnastics and diving to start with. And don't let me get started on the Ice Dancing in the Winter Olympics.

And who dreamed up Synchronised Diving? If that's a valid sport where are the Synchronised Gymanstics, Synchronised Pole Vault, Synchronised Triple Jump, etc.....

Drifting off thread slightly..... there was an article in the Daily Telegraph a few days ago by a guy who was saying that Phelps is not the greatest Olympian as swimming has too many events that in his words were "contrived", such as various medleys and relay medleys. After I read that I watched some cycling and, while the competitors are clearly exceptional athletes, who have devoted their lives to competition, how many ways have they found for men and women on bikes to race round an indoor track? I particularly liked the one where they follow a guy on a moped round for a while, then only race for 2.5 laps.
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Someone should point out to mr chinese chap writing to his newspaper that the javelin etc aren't exactly based on giving your neighbour a hug either....
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Old 18th Aug 2008, 10:59
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I particularly liked the one where they follow a guy on a moped round for a while, then only race for 2.5 laps.
This event originated in Japan and is called the Keirin

Keirin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The speeds are pretty amazing and the competition for the derny and the front pretty brutal, all the riders are built like brick sh1t houses


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