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Re: Beijing Olympics by Lounge Trekker on 13 August 2008 5:45am
Wow. A guy can get all googly-eyed trying to watch all the sports on.We have 'live' telecasts from about 11 pm pacific time right through breakfast.We can complain about seeing all the Canadian guys plus whoever wins, but there isn't time in the day to see all of it. Still have an outside life to live.

Oh, CBC always shows a guy like Michael Phelps on his quest for total domination.We can always watch NBC for all the American athletes that win their event.

Where I live we only see the two networks broadcast of the Olympics. They obviously can't show it all on two networks. Maybe a guy can buy The Olympic Channel and stay up all night watching sports. The Canadian guys have to show all the Canadian kids. The US guys don't have enough air-time to show all of theirs so they show the American winners.

The volleyball is good viewing no matter which Olympic teams are playing. I watch it ALL...haven't slept in six days.

Lounge Audience
Re: Beijing Olympics by johnnythemonkey on 13 August 2008 9:47am
How's this for Olympic spirit Ellerd ?
p.s. It'll be the English he's referring to. :)

Re: Beijing Olympics by peripatetically on 13 August 2008 1:17pm
MIke, I saw the very end of that. But I later heard one of the commentators talking about what his breakfast consists of. WHEW! He's a very lanky fellow , and even if he didn't spend all that time in the pool, he wouldn't be much heavier. One of those lucky people who can eat and not gain too much weight. SIGH. Sadly, I can't claim that. I gain just looking at food.
Re: Beijing Olympics by peripatetically on 13 August 2008 1:24pm
I feel like a zombie since the Olympics began. I've been up well past midnight watching it every night.

A disaster for the US ladies gymastic team. However, had they not made errors, the Chinese would still have won the gold. That's a big relief for them knowing that. Still proud of them, too.
And what do others think about the age of those Chinese gymnists? A couple of them don't look older than 13 or 14. Delicate features are often Chinese traits, but it was more than that... Also, a few subtle mannerisms on the sidelines by one of them in question also didn't seem age appropriate. And the look in her eyes as well. WOuld love to know the truth, but it won't happen. I know the govt. made their passports and that stands as "proof". Any thoughts? Did anyone else take note of anything? You had to really really really pay attention and it's not something you can actually explain. But, in the end, they sure were good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Re: Beijing Olympics by tucsonmike on 13 August 2008 1:40pm
LOL! Patty, I go to the gym and try not to look @ food.
No question, the Chinese fudged ID's so those young kids can be on the team. Then there was the kid singing the anthem, only it was lip sincing. The Chinese decided the kid with the voice was too ugly, so they had her singing from a room @ the top of the stadium.
I get to do a speech tonight for my Toastmasters club on the Olympics and China.
Re: Beijing Olympics by Ellerd on 13 August 2008 1:41pm
Not quite the same, John. We're just stirring you up. Poking fun at the Brits - one of our national pastimes. :-)

China are really dominating the diving events so far. They've won gold in all four synchronised diving events - often by a huge margin. Will be interesting to see how they perform in the singles event. Hopefully a few other countries will start bringing home gold!

Speaking of gymnastics - did you guys see the American gymnast Alexander Artemev on the pommel horse the other day? Wow!
Re: Beijing Olympics by Ellerd on 13 August 2008 1:44pm
Lounge Trekker - we have two free-to-air TV networks covering the Olympics here in Australia. Channel Seven covers the bulk of the events, but they allow SBS - one of the minor broadcasters - to cover sports not quite as popular here (basketball, indoor volleyball, handball etc.) With the exception of an hour-long news break in the evening, you can sit and watch the Olympics non-stop from 11am to 2am. Googly-eyes indeed! :-)
Re: Beijing Olympics by peripatetically on 13 August 2008 1:57pm
It's on non-stop here as well, on several channels, it seems.

Oh yes!!!!!!! Alexander was totally amazing pommeling away! A very special performance!
Re: Beijing Olympics by kazzzz on 13 August 2008 2:24pm
The little girl who sang in the opeing ceremony wasn't actually singing, the child that actually sang wasn't pretty enough to appear so they got a child to stand in who was more attractive and the voice was dubbed. Nice, eh?
Still watched none of it.
Re: Beijing Olympics by tucsonmike on 13 August 2008 2:31pm
I have to watch Karen, I am a China specialist. I have had to be able to answer questions about the Olympics. Plus, I'll say it again. Don't boycott, but use actions.
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