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Old 25th Jun 2021, 19:15
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Does anyone here give a toss about the olympics?

It's never been something that's interested my, especially as a lot of the "games" are really boring and pointless, (unless of course you're a Roman soldier or a Viking or something). The one with the girl and the really long ribbon was obviously added at the request of some old perv because ... well let's say I wouldn't want my daughter to do something like that in public.

Sure being able to do a back flip onto a 4" wide piece of wood is pretty impressive, but what use is it and what kind of horrible torture did you have to go through to get to that point? I'd rather watch Cirque du Soleil myself. Pretty much the same skill set, but better costumes, great music and ... actually entertaining!

If they marked that, it'd be subjective, which I never thought was a good idea, but then again if someone wins a several minute even by a couple of hundredths of a second ... did they really "win" it?

I will say one thing about them interests me though, when you see some sort of race and one guy just blows away the competition, like it was the Grammar School Sports Day. I mean they're all olympians apparently, but even at that supposedly rarified level, there can be quite a difference in performance
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Old 25th Jun 2021, 19:41
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Does anyone here give a toss about the Olympics?
Yep, the discus and javelin throwers.
(Sorry, it was too good an opportunity to pass).
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Old 25th Jun 2021, 19:58
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I watch some of the Olympic competitions, and Cirque de Solei. I also read books and listen to music.
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Old 25th Jun 2021, 19:59
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Nope. Me neither.

It seems like an enormous white elephant for the host country and a gravy train for the Olympic committee.

Winning is all about politics and propaganda not who is actually the best athlete. I suspect undetectable performance enhancing drugs and state sponsored doping are rife for this very reason, especially when some countries manage to knock whole seconds, not just fractions of seconds off records,

I just feel the whole thing has more than a whiff of jingoism and the media organisations love it because it gives them easy wall to wall coverage with not too much effort.

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Old 25th Jun 2021, 20:00
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When all is said and done, probably only the International Olympic Committee.....
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Old 25th Jun 2021, 20:04
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Originally Posted by stevef View Post
Does anyone here give a toss about the Olympics?
Yep, the discus and javelin throwers.
(Sorry, it was too good an opportunity to pass).
A good SHOT but PUT it in the bin.😇
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Old 25th Jun 2021, 20:22
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I could understand that there is a small amount of potential pleasure in individual, TRULY amateur participation in such things. However, the ludicrous money-driven nonsense which these International jamborees have become has no value beyond vanity - personal and National. Having witnessed nothing of the 2012 'Coe's Folly', I can only take other's words for it having been a 'success'. I could quite definitely have listed a number of activities which would have been far more beneficial to the Nation. The high profile involvement of the Buffoon in its production played no part in my lack of enthusiasm - running quickly in an oval pattern, or, indeed, in straight lines, seems singularly unproductive, but fellow humans can devote large portions of their existence to it. They are very welcome, as long as I remain excluded and do not have to contribute.
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Old 25th Jun 2021, 20:25
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Originally Posted by DON T View Post
A good SHOT but PUT it in the bin.😇
Discuss...............
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Old 25th Jun 2021, 20:28
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No interest here

Too much state sponsored cheating, too much brazen corporate interest, corruption, it's just so much like the EU, Created by the Olympic Committee, for the Olympic Committee.

The minute that sponsorship rocks up, amateur sportsmen and women become saleable commodities.

I feel sorry for the actual competitors because they need to make a reasonable living.

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Old 25th Jun 2021, 20:51
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I'd rather watch Cirque du Soleil myself. Pretty much the same skill set, but better costumes, great music and ... actually entertaining!
Quite a few of the major parts in Cirque du Soleil are performed by ex-Olympians...so maybe it was worth it for them. Love to go back in time and watch the Ancient Greeks playing tennis, skateboarding and baseball...
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Old 25th Jun 2021, 20:54
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I can't raise enthusiasm for any events that are marked by style or presentation. To me a proper competitive event can only be scored by measurement of time, weight or distance, anything else is just too subjective.

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To me a proper competitive event can only be scored by measurement of time, weight or distance, anything else is just too subjective.
Where does the objectivity take account of National facilities, financial backing, number able to engage, quality of equipment etc.?
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Old 25th Jun 2021, 22:29
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In a word - no.

I agree with CJ. The Corinthian spirit disappeared from the Olympics long before the War.
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Old 25th Jun 2021, 22:55
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Originally Posted by rans6andrew View Post
I can't raise enthusiasm for any events that are marked by style or presentation. To me a proper competitive event can only be scored by measurement of time, weight or distance, anything else is just too subjective.

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Ever watched ski jumping/flying?
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Old 25th Jun 2021, 23:39
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Originally Posted by stevef View Post
Does anyone here give a toss about the Olympics?
Yep, the discus and javelin throwers.
(Sorry, it was too good an opportunity to pass).
Do they not have an event for the caber?
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Old 26th Jun 2021, 00:06
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Well my favorite Summer Games event is ice dancing. Speaking of which, it's supposed to get to 115F (46C) out here Tuesday. Oddly enough, there is still four feet of snow at Chinook Pass, at least last week there was....
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Old 26th Jun 2021, 00:15
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Originally Posted by DON T View Post
A good SHOT but PUT it in the bin.😇
You two should synchronize your puns
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Old 26th Jun 2021, 00:27
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The same heavily-loaded question could probably be asked for any large sporting event nowadays. (Except for cheese rolling, of course.)
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Old 26th Jun 2021, 00:31
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I used to watch in the 60s and 70s. But not recently. And especially now that men are competing in the women’s weight lifting.
At one time various Russians or Soviet bloc countries were checked for xx and xy chromosomes. What ever happened to that?
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Old 26th Jun 2021, 01:43
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I was sad to learn that Milkha Singh died last week - a stylish Indian 400m runner from another, more innocent age. He came fourth in a tight finish in the 1960 Olympic final in Rome. A teenager at the time, I had hoped that he might win.
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