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Re: Beijing Olympics by johnnythemonkey on 9 August 2008 4:43pm
There has already been a competitor send home for failing a drug test. A Greek, I did'nt catch what his sport was.
Re: Beijing Olympics by Ken Dunn on 11 August 2008 7:28pm
Well done the ladies from UK. One from Wales has won a cycling gold and another has won a swimming gold.
Re: Beijing Olympics by tucsonmike on 12 August 2008 3:10am
Saw the American relay race. The French team after their comments will have to eat their words.
We have a Frenchman in our department. Today was his first day back from seeing his parents in France. He was not a happy camper. Someone had a sign up the street that said "Vive la France."
There is a South African, who has challenged Michael Phelps.
Yesterday, I watched the United States China basketball game. China will be a basketball country, just not soon. They are getting there.
Re: Beijing Olympics by Ellerd on 12 August 2008 8:48am
And weren't the American relay team so humble in victory...

You've got to feel sorry for 14 y.o. British diver Thomas Daley. Not only did the poor kid and his diving partner come last in the 10m synchronised diving event, he's now being bad-mouthed by his partner. So much for the Olympic spirit!

Re: Beijing Olympics by tucsonmike on 12 August 2008 1:45pm
What rudeness from his partner. You are right Ellerd, certainly against the Olympic spirit.
Re: Beijing Olympics by tucsonmike on 12 August 2008 1:52pm
Many thought we should have boycotted the Olympics. On that one, I am taking a page out of Theodore Roosevelt when he was Police Commissioner of New York City.
Dr. Karl Ludwig, the Anti-Semitic Mayor of Vienna was going to speak in New York. Members of New York's Jewish community asked Roosevelt if it could stopped. Roosevelt said "no, that will make him a martyr, you want to make him look ridiculous. It worked. Ludwig was guarded by forty policemen, all Jewish.
If an athlete feels that strongly, take it out fairly on the field. Jesse Owens showed Hitler up in 1936. You had the Georgian and Russian athletes embracing on the medal stand.
I think the athletes are smarter than the politicians.
Re: Beijing Olympics by sighthound on 12 August 2008 8:48pm
The sports I'm mainly interested, the equestrian ones, are never covered on American tv except for a snippet here and there. NBC now has a site where you can see almost every competitor in every discipline. I watched hours of the 3-day dressage which I'd only ever seen when the Olympics were in L.A. and I could go in person. I'm now about to watch the cross-country and I'm in heaven. Phelps? Who's Phelps??? <G>

Re: Beijing Olympics by Ken Dunn on 12 August 2008 9:46pm
We had a chunk of horse eventing this morning on TV. I remember NZ, Oz, Germany and UK in competition for team and individual medals.

Even better was the Emms/Robertson badminton game against a Chinese pair. E & R are through to the last 8.
Re: Beijing Olympics by peripatetically on 12 August 2008 11:41pm
I'm a big fan of Michael Phelps. He's such an ordinary guy in many ways and lives about 15 minutes from me. Have to cheer on the hometown boy. Gooooooooo Michael, go USA!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHa But I admire all the athletes for their determination and talents.
Re: Beijing Olympics by tucsonmike on 13 August 2008 2:26am
Last night, NBC showed a clip of all the places Michael Phelps eats at near his home and the portions, LOL!
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