The friggin' Olympics

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Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:37 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:It's possible that it didn't happen, but what would be the motive for the guys to have made up a story like that? What would they have gained?
I gather the Olympic Village has a curfew, and they were out past it.
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Thu Aug 18, 2016 1:32 pm

Catalina wrote:
BaroqueAgain1 wrote:It's possible that it didn't happen, but what would be the motive for the guys to have made up a story like that? What would they have gained?
I gather the Olympic Village has a curfew, and they were out past it.
Good grief... and at what point in that scenario does fibbing about a robbery at gunpoint seem like the best solution? I sure hope that isn't true. Now I am hearing that they were involved in a gas station altercation and vandalism.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetorch/20 ... ds-a-break
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Thu Aug 18, 2016 1:42 pm

Good fracking grief...why can't the American sprinters hang on to the baton!? It is insane that a team which was likely to repeat in the 4x100 can't even get past the heat.
Duuuuuude...first rule of Relay Club; DON'T DROP THE STICK. :roll:

ETA: The women's team gets a second chance to qualify this evening, as their appeal was upheld.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ol ... /88951744/
If only the runners were allowed to rosin their hands like the gymnasts. :P ;)
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Thu Aug 18, 2016 3:23 pm

Lochte! You're far less hot now because you proved to be too stupid to be hot! Good grief, what a bone-headed move!
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Thu Aug 18, 2016 3:26 pm

Admin wrote:Lochte! You're far less hot now because you proved to be too stupid to be hot! Good grief, what a bone-headed move!
Generally the hot ones are stupid.
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Thu Aug 18, 2016 3:39 pm

He's literally known for being stupid, but I never thought he or our other athletes would do something like this while representing their country. I am so disgusted.
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Thu Aug 18, 2016 4:15 pm

Admin wrote:Lochte! You're far less hot now because you proved to be too stupid to be hot! Good grief, what a bone-headed move!
Jeah!

I'm including the link to Seth MacFarlane's impersonation of Ryan Lochte on SNL a few years ago, which is probably one of the funniest impressions I have ever seen:

http://www.hulu.com/watch/401526

Pretty spot on, eh?
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Thu Aug 18, 2016 7:20 pm

Love the platform diving. Girls are badass.
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Thu Aug 18, 2016 7:30 pm

Spahny wrote:Love the platform diving. Girls are badass.
I enjoy it too. It's the synchronised swimming I can't get into.

Also, how terrific was it to see an American podium sweep in the women's 100 meter hurdle?

And I got a kick out of the playful exchange between Usain Bolt and Andre De Grasse on the track.
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Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:46 pm

The track & field women are bringing it for the US. The men? Not so much. :oops:
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Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:52 pm

I love watching the track and field.

Usain Bolt--- all I can say is wow! The man can fly. He actually makes it looks easy.
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Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:29 am

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:The track & field women are bringing it for the US. The men? Not so much. :oops:
I think it may seem that way because the coverage has focused heavily on the most popular events like the 100, 200, 400 and 800 meter races. And while the US men didn't win any of those they did score a number of medals:

Justin Gatlin -- 2nd -- 100
LaShawn Merritt -- 3rd -- 400
Clayton Murphy -- 3rd -- 800
Evan Jager -- 2nd -- 3000m Steeplechase
Jeff Henderson -- 1st -- Long Jump
Christian Taylor -- 1st -- Triple Jump
Will Claye -- 2nd -- Triple Jump

And today alone:

Kerron Clement -- 1st -- 400m Hurdles
Ryan Crouser -- 1st -- Shot Put
Joe Kovacs -- 2nd -- Shot Put
Ashton Eaton -- 1st -- Decathlon

And I am probably forgetting one or two others.

So yeah... they are doing all right. ;)
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Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:50 am

The Field dudes are doing great. It's the Track guys who are less than great.
Of course, it's hard to look good when Usain Bolt is casting such a large shadow.
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Fri Aug 19, 2016 1:12 am

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:The Field dudes are doing great. It's the Track guys who are less than great.
Of course, it's hard to look good when Usain Bolt is casting such a large shadow.
He won't much longer -- he's said repeatedly that this will be his last Olympics. He's also stated that he believes Canada's Andre De Grasse is the heir to the throne.
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Fri Aug 19, 2016 1:53 am

I know he's hanging up his running shoes after the 4x100. He has said that he doesn't like training as hard as he has to to stay on top, and he's had some injuries in the last year or so.
He's so much taller than the other sprinters and, even though he has that perfect stride, keeping that big body in shape while working around injuries must be like trying to keep Dortmund fit and sound. ;)
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Sat Aug 20, 2016 12:37 am

So Jamaica won it's third straight men's 4x100, giving Usain Bolt an unprecedented three straight golds in the relay, 100 and 200. (While the U.S. team was disqualified to last when it initially appeared they had secured a spot on the podium in third.)

And while Bolt is truly a marvel of a man, I was most excited about the women's 4x100 relay. Bartoletta, Felix, Gardner and Bowie had an eventful past two days, having dropped the baton in the qualifier and then having to run a time trial last night to earn a spot in the final. I thought that it would be a tight contest between the U.S. and Jamaica, particularly considering the former had to put in an extra run just to make it into the race. But they really ran the Jamaican team off their feet.
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Sat Aug 20, 2016 1:11 am

O M G.....that men's 4x100 team is so snakebit that they need an exorcist. :roll:
I don't know how many times they have fracked up the baton pass in the Olympics, but it's a lot.

But yeah, the women's team was superb.
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Sat Aug 20, 2016 8:20 am

Japan won a historic silver medal in the men's 4x100 relay with its accurate baton passing. ;)

Japan has been doing very well at Rio and its total medal already count to 41, the highest ever in an Olympic.

But the biggest shock came when Helen Maroulis of the United States defeated Japan's iconic athlete Saori Yoshida, three-time Olympic champion, in the women's wrestling freestyle 53-kg. :shock:
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Sat Aug 20, 2016 11:01 am

tachyon wrote:Japan won a historic silver medal in the men's 4x100 relay with its accurate baton passing. ;)

Japan has been doing very well at Rio and its total medal already count to 41, the highest ever in an Olympic.
The commentators had been talking about Japan's relay team before the race; saying they might surprise some people and to keep an eye on them. They surprised me; it was a very, very good effort to get the silver.

I also noticed that Asuka Cambridge and Julian Walsh are of mixed race with Jamaican fathers like myself. ;) So I was happy for them as well.
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tachyon wrote:Japan won a historic silver medal in the men's 4x100 relay with its accurate baton passing. ;)

Japan has been doing very well at Rio and its total medal already count to 41, the highest ever in an Olympic.
The commentators had been talking about Japan's relay team before the race; saying they might surprise some people and to keep an eye on them. They surprised me; it was a very, very good effort to get the silver.

I also noticed that Asuka Cambridge and Julian Walsh are of mixed race with Jamaican fathers like myself. ;) So I was happy for them as well.
:D

This is the first time Japanese sprinters get a silver medal in the Olympics.
And their 'Samurai pose' (you can see in the video below) is now very popular in Japan. :lol:

-- video of the men's 4x100m (from a Japanese broadcast)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RWr2KwBoIY
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