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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/29/2012 4:04:54 PM   
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Not as good as Berlin '36. Those guys really knew how to throw a well organised spectacle


I always find it hilarious when the pundits make such a fuss about all the history and tradition of the Olympic torch relay. The same history and tradition that started in, erm.. 1936.

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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/29/2012 4:32:16 PM   
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Excellent opening for the Olympics England.....Great job.

Not as good as Berlin '36. Those guys really knew how to throw a well organised spectacle

Cheers, Neilster

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Indeed so - and the Germans had much more.... ahem...effective... crowd control methods


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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/29/2012 4:39:37 PM   
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Not as good as Berlin '36. Those guys really knew how to throw a well organised spectacle


I always find it hilarious when the pundits make such a fuss about all the history and tradition of the Olympic torch relay. The same history and tradition that started in, erm.. 1936.

warspite1

Why is that "hilarious"? The history and tradition started with ancient Greece - the torch relay was just revived in 1936 and has been used ever since. History and traditions have to start somewhere.


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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/29/2012 7:11:22 PM   
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Just watched a game of Womens Beach Volleyball for the first time - I'm definitely a fan

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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/29/2012 7:55:11 PM   
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Just watched a game of Womens Beach Volleyball for the first time - I'm definitely a fan

The games I've seen indicate they've got a "flat-chested chicks only" policy. Hopefully things improve.

Cheers, Neilster

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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/29/2012 8:10:37 PM   
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The history and tradition started with ancient Greece - the torch relay was just revived in 1936 and has been used ever since. History and traditions have to start somewhere.


Nope. The flame burning throughout the games was Greek (and revived in 1928) but the whole running with torches thing was a purely German wheeze.


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Just watched a game of Womens Beach Volleyball for the first time - I'm definitely a fan


Apparently as a consequence of the Group 4 fiasco that particular event needed extra security. Oddly enough, the Queen's Dragoon Guards volunteered en masse, being about to return to Blighty from Afghanistan!




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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/29/2012 8:33:03 PM   
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The history and tradition started with ancient Greece - the torch relay was just revived in 1936 and has been used ever since. History and traditions have to start somewhere.


Nope. The flame burning throughout the games was Greek (and revived in 1928) but the whole running with torches thing was a purely German wheeze.

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So the Germans combined two Greek wheezes to create their wheeze. The Olympic flame and the torch relay - albeit that the latter was not a feature of the Olympic Games, but was a big part of Greek sport. Good to see the Germans of the 1930's actually did something good

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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/29/2012 8:38:59 PM   
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Well done Becky Addlington. A bronze for the Nottinghamshire lass, with her favoured event still to come.

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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/29/2012 9:08:59 PM   
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Just watched a game of Womens Beach Volleyball for the first time - I'm definitely a fan

The games I've seen indicate they've got a "flat-chested chicks only" policy. Hopefully things improve.

Cheers, Neilster

warspite1

An attitude that does you credit Neilster. I have petitioned Jacques Rogge to request a rule changes for 2016. said rule changes will feature minimum er...ahem...sizes.

I trust a positive response will be forthcoming imminently.

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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/29/2012 9:12:14 PM   
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Well done Becky Addlington. A bronze for the Nottinghamshire lass, with her favoured event still to come.


We hates you! guess what nationality came 4th

Gratz, grrr

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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/29/2012 9:15:15 PM   
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Well done Becky Addlington. A bronze for the Nottinghamshire lass, with her favoured event still to come.


We hates you! guess what nationality came 4th

Gratz, grrr

Rasmus
Warspite1

Call me old fashioned, but I suspect she is Danish

Apparently Lotte is better at 800 too.

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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/30/2012 1:21:22 AM   
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Fine performances by the American women in synchronized diving and women's trap shooting. 99/100 shots hit in trap-a new record. Simply amazing. Good haul for the US of A thus far, with 11 medals in 2 days-neck and neck with the Chinese.

ETA: Glad to see our British hosts on the board with two medals today too...

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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/30/2012 1:37:02 AM   
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Excellent opening for the Olympics England.....Great job.

Not as good as Berlin '36. Those guys really knew how to throw a well organised spectacle

Cheers, Neilster



Nobody beats my Vaterland for putting on a great fireworks show. Our last one lasted nearly 6 years.

Be sure to tune in tomorrow when I participate in a re-enactment of the 1940's special Olympics, when we swept Europe...LOL.

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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/30/2012 2:40:44 PM   
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Hey Robert,

To show my keen sense of sportsmanship. Hey im not british, but more of the marauding viking type.
Any chance u could go down and sabotage any further races in the saling competition. Kinda a couple of gold medals in it.
Small nations gota take the chances they get kinda thing and we havent been superlucky so far.
Just a warning. If Ben Ainslie ends up beating Jonas Hoegh. U better prepare for a shellacking in a game of WiF when ever it gets out! I know thats not much of a threat considering it has been on the near release list since the dawn of times.

Kind regards,

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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/30/2012 4:56:24 PM   
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Jonas Hoegh,

Starts out by htting the refere boat at the start line. After the penalty he is last aka 24th place. Finnished as 7th!
7 races to go so much can change but its looking good. Male 49ers team is leading too. Guess not all vikings are dead yet.

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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/30/2012 6:10:56 PM   
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Rasmus - I am too nervous to look at what's going on - we have not got off to a great start - and I am seriously worried London 2012 is going to turn into a damp squib for Great Britain.

Tom Daley blew it earlier and every time I go for an update on the website it's ...and the Briton goes out.....

I'm too old for all this



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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/30/2012 6:15:32 PM   
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Well atlased ur not german. Apparently they are in a state of near riots. 0 medals so far.

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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/30/2012 6:19:03 PM   
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....and right on queue, we've just mucked up the Gymnastics too.......

Can I apply for Chinese nationality?

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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/30/2012 7:01:32 PM   
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SILVER!!!!!

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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/30/2012 7:03:26 PM   
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SILVER!!!!!
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We've won the silver in Gymnastics Gymnastics, of all the sports!!!

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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/30/2012 7:04:34 PM   
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Uh- oh Japan have appealed against their score.....

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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/30/2012 7:05:49 PM   
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Gymnastics, of all the sports!!!


I bet the athletes are from a land southeast of Britain...WAY southeast.

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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/30/2012 7:13:04 PM   
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...Japan appeal accepted.....

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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/30/2012 7:17:12 PM   
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Gymnastics, of all the sports!!!


I bet the athletes are from a land southeast of Britain...WAY southeast.
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Nope - all born and bred in the UK. Whitlock, Purvis, Smith, Oldham and Thomas you did us proud boys.

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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/30/2012 7:36:25 PM   
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With the Games just a week away I thought I would start a thread for any Olympic related stuff. I will also include any interesting bits and pieces I get from the Olympic book I bought earlier in the week (and mentioned in the book thread).

Did the book include any interesting bits about "the greatest athlete in the world" Jim Thorpe?

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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/30/2012 7:55:54 PM   
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With the Games just a week away I thought I would start a thread for any Olympic related stuff. I will also include any interesting bits and pieces I get from the Olympic book I bought earlier in the week (and mentioned in the book thread).

Did the book include any interesting bits about "the greatest athlete in the world" Jim Thorpe?
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I'm sure it does - I will post something soon.

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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/30/2012 8:11:45 PM   
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Gymnastics, of all the sports!!!


I bet the athletes are from a land southeast of Britain...WAY southeast.
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Nope - all born and bred in the UK. Whitlock, Purvis, Smith, Oldham and Thomas you did us proud boys.


Jolly good. Chip, chip cheerio and what.

USA packs on a few more medals in swimming, keeping steady with PRC.

I watched several of the archery matches this weekend. Interesting stuff.

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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/30/2012 8:44:57 PM   
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I watched several of the archery matches this weekend. Interesting stuff.


Female matches too?
I understand the whole beach volleyball thing, lota nakid skin, but i couldnt help to notice there was alot of cute female archers and they actually looked female too.

Oh well, each to his own

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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/30/2012 9:08:42 PM   
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With the Games just a week away I thought I would start a thread for any Olympic related stuff. I will also include any interesting bits and pieces I get from the Olympic book I bought earlier in the week (and mentioned in the book thread).

Did the book include any interesting bits about "the greatest athlete in the world" Jim Thorpe?
warspite1

Interesting story. Thorpe won the Pentahlon and Decathlon in the same Olympics in 1912 (Stockholm). The later despite the fact that he had never completed a decathlon before or even thrown a javelin until a few months before. He score was so good, he would have won the silver in 1948 (London).

Sadly he lost his medals due to the fact he had been paid $25 pw to play minor league baseball in 1909/10 - and so was deemed a professional. A campaign was mounted for his reinstatement before he died in 1953, but this was not successful until 1982. His medals were presented to his children the following year.

In fact, he should never have been stripped of his titles as under 1912 rules challenging an athletes status, an appeal had to be launched up to 30 days after the event; not the case with Jim Thorpe.


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RE: All things Olympics and London 2012 - 7/30/2012 11:47:37 PM   
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Chinese and Americans starting to distance themselves from the 'also rans' in the games. Both nations stand at 17 overall medals now. US of A picked up some more swimming medals and another pair of synchronized diving (!) medals for good measure.

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