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User currently offlineflipdewaf From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2006, 1811 posts, RR: 1
Posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 14558 times:
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With only 15 days to go untill the greatest sporting spectacle on earth (Moon olympics would be pretty epic) I am beginning to get pretty excited (maybe too much) and thought it time to start a thread devoted to it. I would like to keep this thread away from "oh the olympics costs a bajillion pounds and we will never see a positive ROI" I didn't get a positive ROI last time I bought a bike but I'm still glad I did it. Olympics = bajillion poounds well spent I think.

I have manged to get tickets for the dressage finals on august 7th, I didnt manage to get 100m final but I get to see a medal ceremony and my fiance is a riding instructor and I have had horses all my life so we are happy. I may make a trip down to london to see the cycling time trial (no tickets required) and maybe the marathon. I have always watched the olypics on TV whilst growing up (I remember sally gunnel and linford getting golds in atlanta despite only being 5 and have always stayed up till stupid o'clock to see the events. The olympics are very special to me as my father competed in 2 (did quite well) and coached in another.

I love how sport completely ignores any prejudices and can bring people together so well. It doesn't matter what colour skin you have, who you voted for in the last election, how much money you have (mostly), your sexual preference or whether you had both parents in your life its simply the first accross the line, the one who can jump highest, shoot straightest and make least splash who win. Simple and unadulterated!

have you got tickets?
What are you going to see?
Which part are you most excited about?
Who do you think will win what?
What will the scandals be?
Have you any stories or strong memories from other olympic games?
Did any of your family or friends compete? or even you?
Where will you be watching?
Are you having any parties to watch?
Who will win the medals table?
Will the weather hold out?
What is your favourite part about the olympic games?

Lets make this a nice fun thread for the olympics!


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User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 14547 times:

Not to be a piss on the parade, but I'm really not looking forward to this.

We get all the news of it where I live (Up North) but none of the events so it doesn't really make a difference. I'm sure it will be great but I'd rather the money spent on the horrific debt the country has.

User currently offlineDelboy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 725 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 14540 times:

Like ajd, I'm of the opinion that I can take it or leave it. It is not exiting me one iota.

I've certainly made a consious decision to avoid London and all points south for the duration of the games. My opinion has long been towards what people can 'make' from the games and not the true Olympic spirit of participation and friendship. Highlighted in a recent TV programme where a US lawyer was selling 4 x 100m tickets for £25,000 each and charities who have had there funds reduced or stopped because the money they were supposed to get was diverted towards the Olympics.

Each to their own though, the UK will deliver a quality event which will be enjoyed by millions.

User currently offlinebabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 14529 times:

Sorry to say I kinda went off it when I saw those silly mascots (gremlin and merville) which I think are actually quite frightening.

I have detested all the attempts at design; the red aerial tower thing which is too un-British and the awful athletes kit. The BA 'Dove' scheme was the final nail in the coffin.

And to top it all I can't watch it if they continue to use live animals in the opening ceremony. Cruelty is not fun.

User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 8384 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 14475 times:

Question: Is soccer (association football) really this downplayed in the olympics?!

I'm rootin' for Samurai Blue!!!!

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User currently offlinegeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 14414 times:

I have heard very little on the TV about the Games so far. But then I haven't been watching the TV nearly as much as I generally do, so I'm rather "out of touch" as to what's been going on in London, getting ready for the games.

In the past I've always spent hours and hours glued to the TV while the Olympics are going on; It looks like the U.S. has a fabulous basketball team this time, even better that the 08 team, so I'll be trying to watch as much basketball as possible; other than that, I'll probably just watch what ever is best each day.

My grandson has been in London for about 9 months or so, and will be there for about 3 more months, so I'm hoping he has an opportunity to see at least an event or two.

Speaking of the Olympics..................my very favorite big city to visit, (mainly because it's relatively nearby), Chicago, was making a huge "push" to get a future Olympics until not so long ago, but with their "year-to-date" murder rate currently breaking all existing records, I'm sure the Olympic Committee would never give them a second look, (even if Rahmfather could come up with a "scheme" to finance the thing). So I'm sure I'll be obliged to just continue on, watching the Olympic action on "the tube" as I always have.


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User currently onlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 16737 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 14406 times:

Quoting flipdewaf (Thread starter):
With only 15 days to go untill the greatest sporting spectacle on earth (Moon olympics would be pretty epic) I am beginning to get pretty excited (maybe too much) and thought it time to start a thread devoted to it.

Honestly, the Olympics really don't do that much for me. A bunch of relatively unpopular sports get shown for two weeks or so and then the athletes who are shamelessly shilled and have their stories thrown at us constantly fade back into obscurity for another four years.

Quoting flipdewaf (Thread starter):
Who do you think will win what?

USA will dominate men's basketball, which is frankly the only thing I'm really interested in watching.

It's unfortunate that Wade and Bosh both pulled out, since I was hoping for a quasi-continuation of the basketball porn we got last month in the NBA finals, but it will still be a good show. You're talking about some of the best players in the world on the same team. There's gonna be some spectacular plays along with some suffocating defense and solid technical offense if the Heat and Thunder's performance is anything of a preview. Yes, olympic basketball is a far inferior product, but I'm in basketball withdrawal and I'll take whatever high flying action I can get.

Also, I'll be watching and rooting against the UK basketball team so that Luol Deng will play as few minutes as possible and get into surgery and/or rehab to be as ready as possible for the Bulls' season. Thankfully Joakim Noah has already pulled out of the French effort.

On a slightly odd note, if it's the same as 2008, NBC will briefly bring back their old basketball theme called Roundball Rock. It's the best sports theme ever, and to me anyway, is the soundtrack of the Bulls' dynasty. I just wish they'd let Stacey King work the USA games at the Olympics and just be as over the top as he wants, plus he is good for normal analysis too. (Much more than, say, Dickie V)

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 1):
Not to be a piss on the parade, but I'm really not looking forward to this.

I'm glad Chicago didn't get 2016.

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User currently offlinegrozzy From Australia, joined Oct 2007, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 14399 times:

The only Olympics Ive been to was the Sydney games.

A few personal highlights:
The opening ceremony dress rehearsal
Cathy Freeman's Gold medal
Watching Ian Thorpe break yet another world record on the big screens
During the closing ceremony, singing with Slim Dusty and 110,000 people

During the Paralympics, I think it was the men's 5000m. Everyone had finished except this one bloke. As you can imagine, he was getting the biggest cheer from the crowd. He ran off the track and started to do his lap hi-fiving the crowd. An official came out and tried to disqualify him. After a period of loud booing, he was allowed to finish and was presented with a bouquet of flowers.

Before the games, the government was warning about how bad the traffic would be, and encouraging people to take time off work. The traffic ended up being better than its ever been since.

A couple of London questions:
How were the tickets allocated? Ballot or first in first served?
Do they still have the day passes for the Paralympics? See whatever you want during the day?

User currently offlineHywel From Sri Lanka, joined Apr 2008, 915 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 14388 times:

I knew it was a complete joke when they unveiled the uniforms for volunteers:

Why couldn't they be white, blue and red for goodness sake?

And as for the opening ceremony, they've got a Teletubbies set, Eastenders logo and other nonsense... why not have models of HMS Victory, a Spitfire, Hurricane, Lancaster. Perhaps a scale model of HMS Belfast too. How about including figures of Lord Nelson, Winston Churchill, Douglas Bader, Captain James Cook and as a reminder of Waterloo the Duke of Wellington? Instead we have this:

Then there's the logo, which looks like Lisa Simpson giving head to a guy who's got his pants down:

Then there's the ugly tower they've built, apparently to rival the Eiffel Tower. It looks more like a partially built rollercoaster that has collapsed.


I think it represents the UK very well.... a complete mess  

User currently offlinemariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 27678 posts, RR: 81
Reply 9, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 14375 times:

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 1):
Not to be a piss on the parade, but I'm really not looking forward to this.
Quoting Delboy (Reply 2):
Like ajd, I'm of the opinion that I can take it or leave it. It is not exiting me one iota.
Quoting babybus (Reply 3):
Sorry to say I kinda went off it when I saw those silly mascots (gremlin and merville) which I think are actually quite frightening.
Quoting geezer (Reply 5):
I have heard very little on the TV about the Games so far. But then I haven't been watching the TV nearly as much as I generally do, so I'm rather "out of touch" as to what's been going on in London, getting ready for the games.
Quoting BMI727 (Reply 6):
Honestly, the Olympics really don't do that much for me.
Quoting Hywel (Reply 8):
I knew it was a complete joke when they unveiled the uniforms for volunteers:

If you're all so un-interested, why contribute to the thread?


aeternum nauta
User currently offlineflipdewaf From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2006, 1811 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 14368 times:
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Quoting mariner (Reply 9):
If you're all so un-interested, why contribute to the thread?

Its a common occurance, I come accross it all the time at work. People find it very easy to pick holes in things and think they are being critical but bring very little to the table in a constructive way. When asked to come up with a new product they will tell you exactly what it is you don't want to do.

Will you be watching Mariner?


User currently offlinemariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 27678 posts, RR: 81
Reply 11, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 14349 times:

Quoting flipdewaf (Reply 10):
Will you be watching Mariner?

Sure I will, the swimming and equestrian events especially.

All the competitors have dedicated their lives to trying to achieve something extraordinary, the pursuit of excellence, and I admire them for that. I find it exciting and sometimes quite moving.

And I'll watch the opening and closing, for the sheer spectacle - I thought Beijing was fantastic. I don't care if London is better or not as good - I doubt it will be dull.


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User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 14340 times:

Quoting mariner (Reply 9):
If you're all so un-interested, why contribute to the thread?

.... Because it's an opinion and we're entitled to have one considering it's in our country paid for with our tax Sterling?

User currently offlinedc10bhx From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 14299 times:

I am lucky enough to have been invited to see two events by one of my Customers.

I will be there on the 29th July (having just arrived back from two weeks holiday) to see the womens 10m air pistol and skeet shooting.

I did not apply for tickets (nor would I have bought them personally) but I knew there was a very good chance of getting tickets for at least some of the shooting events.

I am looking forward to the games but as I will be working do not expect to see too many of the events (apart from highlights on the television).

I'm lucky my job is my hobby
User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6537 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 14258 times:

Will be keeping an eye on the Equestrian Team Dressage, where the Danish team have two repeats from the team that won bronze in Beijing. Sadly we're without Andreas Helgstrand (look up Blue Hors Matine on Youtube), but we still have a pretty good team. We even have a Princess riding for us!  

And having watched the European Athletics Championships not too long ago, I'll be interested in seeing how Andreas Bube, who managed to grab silver in the Men's 800 metres, will fare against the somewhat stronger competition he'll be facing in London.

And finally, there's no way I'll be missing the Men's lightweight coxless fours, seeing as Eskild Ebbesen has the chance of winning his 5th consecutive Olympic medal in a single event. His tally so far is gold in Atlanta, bronze in Sydney (since one of his then team mates had shattered his knee a month before the Olympics, they were far and away gold favourites), gold in Athens and gold in Beijing.

[Edited 2012-07-13 08:04:16]

User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 3115 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 14226 times:

Quoting Hywel (Reply 8):
Lord Nelson
Quoting Hywel (Reply 8):
and as a reminder of Waterloo the Duke of Wellington

Do you want France to boycott the Olympics?       

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 30073 posts, RR: 59
Reply 16, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 14218 times:

Im looking forward to it but not over excited. I just hope all goes well and no terror attacks. With the recent cock ups with security and having to draft in the army I do have concerns .

Olympic security chaos: depth of G4S security crisis revealed


Then there was the structural issues with the M4 bridge between LHR and London .

I visited the Olympic area in Stratford and more pics can be seen in my TR :

British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge (by OA260 Jun 30 2012 in Trip Reports)



BBC HD are showing the Olympic's in 3D so since having got my 50'' 3D TV I am quite looking forward to seeing it .

Today the new restriction zone was enforced in the London area for flights.

Personally I made the decision ages ago to avoid London for the whole time the Olympic's are on . I will enjoy from the comfort of my own home.

User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6537 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 14202 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 4):
Question: Is soccer (association football) really this downplayed in the olympics?!

Not really, it's just that the Olympic tournament is played with the (I believe) Under-23 tournament rules. Which mean the players in the squads, with the exception of 3 players, have to be under the age of 23. This naturally leaves out a pretty large number of top flight players (and on top of that, the regular season in some countries have also begun by the time the Olympics are under way).

User currently offlinerampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3202 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 14189 times:

Quoting mariner (Reply 9):

If you're all so un-interested, why contribute to the thread?

Can I restart the topic for actual appreciation and enthusiasm for the Olympics? This one is such a downer.

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 12):
.... Because it's an opinion and we're entitled to have one considering it's in our country paid for with our tax Sterling?

Countries take their turns (vying for it), and paying for, the opportunity to host the most successful and agreeable meeting of nations on the planet. Sure, national rivalries continue, but nobody dies. One of the whole points is friendship and better understanding, which almost all the athletes -- apart from a few superstars and most of our NBA players   -- take home. It's massively popular. An entire planet is focusing on the competition your country is now hosting. It's a good thing.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 30073 posts, RR: 59
Reply 19, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 14171 times:

A poll has been released based on what the British public feel about London 2012 :

ComRes/ ITV News Olympics poll: Three quarters disagree that Olympics will benefit lives in their area

A new ComRes poll conducted for ITV News will reveal today that three quarters of the public disagree that the London 2012 Olympics will benefit the lives of people in their area, two thirds disagree that the ticketing system was fair and half do not believe the event is worth the public money being spent on it.

A large majority (71%) believe that the London 2012 Olympics will not benefit the lives of people in their area with a tiny 13% who think it will and 16% who are unsure. Similarly, two thirds (61%) think the Olympics will only benefit London and the people living in the capital.


User currently offlinerampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3202 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 14158 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 19):
A large majority (71%) believe that the London 2012 Olympics will not benefit the lives of people in their area with a tiny 13% who think it will and 16% who are unsure. Similarly, two thirds (61%) think the Olympics will only benefit London and the people living in the capital.

Typical small picture. I doubt it does benefit individuals much. (Yes, it may be sold that way, but it shouldn't be, nor expected.) But the sum total of goodwill toward the UK for hosting the event is hard to put a price on. Goodwill, unless of course the rest of the world catches on to the disgruntled UK majority that permeates, in which case, they don't have to hold an international event in the UK again. Rio, Havana, Istanbul, and Durban can take over. No loss to the IOC. That negativity certainly exists in the U.S., I know.

Despite my misgivings about China, and their huge manipulations to present Beijing in a good light, it was an impressive sports spectacle that many will remember.

But, it's worth mentioning, the leading nations that do host (such as the UK, Australia, Japan, the US) are more likely to derive logical use from the facilities after the games. Beijing and Athens haven't done so well on that. There was an earlier thread about establishing a permanent Olympic Games location. Alternately, each country could contribute toward building infrastructure in the host nation as it rotates between countries (proportional to the size of the team, perhaps?). Necessarily, there would be some minimizing in facilities. Some facilities are simply too grandiose and costly for use afterwords.


User currently offlineDano1977 From British Indian Ocean Territory, joined Jun 2008, 605 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 14139 times:

I have tickets for the olympics

Both are for basketball, including the ladies bronze medal playoff game.

Got a fantastic deal on train tickets down to London Kings Cross £40rtn in first class

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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 8384 posts, RR: 20
Reply 22, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 14138 times:

Quoting Hywel (Reply 8):
Then there's the ugly tower they've built, apparently to rival the Eiffel Tower. It looks more like a partially built rollercoaster that has collapsed.

Agreed. that thing looks like crap. Like the tower from the Trinity Bomb after it was done with it   

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 30073 posts, RR: 59
Reply 23, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 14131 times:

Quoting rampart (Reply 20):
But, it's worth mentioning, the leading nations that do host (such as the UK, Australia, Japan, the US) are more likely to derive logical use from the facilities after the games.

For sure the one thing that London will have and I do believe it after visiting the site is that the locals in Stratford itself will benefit from the new shopping outlets/public spaces and upgrading of what once was a complete dump. So I do feel its positive from that point of view.

Athens and Beijing put on good shows. Athens got a new Airport which was badly needed and a metro system again which was needed. Had it not been for the Olympic's I doubt the ''rush'' would have been there to get it done. With regards to the stadiums alot are now empty and falling apart and Greeks will be paying for it for decades to come but I still think much was gained in Athens . Many said the Greeks couldnt pull it off and wouldnt be ready in time and they proved everyone wrong. Of course these days there are more important issues in Greece than the Olympic legacy but they still have the infrastructure.

User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6582 posts, RR: 14
Reply 24, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 14121 times:

I live in London and often work in the East End so I have witnessed the amazing transformation some areas have had, just seeing it everyday and feeling the building atmosphere has been great. I think London is set to put on a brilliant show, the images of the opening ceremony rehearsals look really good, I've seen some of lighting at night above the stadium as well which was fantastic. A lot of things have happened in London already this summer, the Jubilee, Wimbledon, The Hackney Weekend festival which was just around the corner from the Olympic Park and the external completion of The Shard skyscraper.

I really dislike the branding they've gone for though, it all started with that horrible logo and continued with the garish colours and uniforms, ugly structures and weird mascots. Maybe it was all a desperate attempt at making Britain look modern and contemporary but whatever the idea was, it just ended up looking silly instead.

The BBC advert is really good in my opinion though; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cVrjFlt4hI

One thing I do seriously worry about is the transport system and the Tube in particular, I just don't think it will cope during the games. It's a great system, the trains and stations are way cleaner than any I've seen in North America or Europe, it's also so easy to use with the Oyster Card which covers every possible mode of public transport in the city, everything from London Underground to Thames River services to London Cable Car! When something goes wrong however, it really is a nightmare, it only takes a signal failure, someone under a train or a security threat to suspend an entire line for hours.

Oh and the weather is going to be awful but there's nothing we can do about that.

25 Post contains links and images OA260 : The first Gold medal has been won by China . China's Yi Siling shot straight into the history books today, clinching the first gold medal of the Lond
26 Post contains images CPH-R : And a major bummer for one of the Danish shooters, who missed out on the final by virtue of a single bullet/pellet shoot-off, resulting in a 9th plac
27 BarfBag : Such a dull opening ceremony. For warmth and friendliness, I prefer Sydney. For faux spectacle, Beijing. This one looked like some self-absorbed insid
28 kiwirob : Happy to see the NZ crews dominated on the first day of the rowing regatta.
29 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : I only watched the first part. I thought it was really strange. I did not like it so I stopped watching, also it got very late. I should have waited.
30 Post contains images OA260 : The medal tally so far :
31 mariner : I can't think there are many people in the world - if any - who thought it was actually the Queen parachuting from a helicopter. She is an 86 year ol
32 Post contains images MasterBean : Well I thought the openign ceremony was pretty awesome, maybe too much music for the old timers but I enjoyed it plus I learned the names of some new
33 Post contains links MadameConcorde : This opening ceremony is getting weirder and weirder this one was highly suspicious... A German dignitary at the Olympic Opening Ceremony appeared to
34 srbmod : Please keep your posts relevant to the Olympics and refrain from making comments that have the potential to provoke other users. Blanket statements ab
35 GDB : I did spot that, not that it's anything to do with the actual organisation and artistic choices of the ceremony itself. Most likely the camera angle
36 Post contains images fxramper : Best thing going at Olympics right now - Misty May & Kerri Walsh taking 1st set.
37 Post contains links and images Rara : Yeah I noticed it as well. My first thought was "boy I hope he isn't German!", but apparently he is. Well I guess it's safe to say that he didn't int
38 Post contains links tugger : My guess? Because everyone else will be wearing or more likely to be wearing something that is white blue and red and all the other colors of their c
39 ltbewr : With the massive and 'distinctive' opening ceremony over, finally real action. I saw this morning in the USA a good part of the men's long road cyclin
40 Post contains links and images OA260 : New Zealand beat Australian rivals New Zealand drew first blood in the women's Hockey with a close 1-0 victory over neighbours Australia at the Riverb
41 AirframeAS : Disagree. These opening ceremonies was probably the best I've seen, very well directed and very well played! I enjoyed seeing the show! The special e
42 GDB : Agreed. Not at all 'self absorbed', in fact it was hugely inclusive and free of monolithic, nationalistic chest beating. Danny Boyle has said he took
43 trident3 : I know I'm being a bit pedantic here but shouldnt Her Majesty have addressed him as Commander Bond not Mr Bond? I thought it really suprising, enjoye
44 bjorn14 : I found the 'Mr.Bean' skit quite amusing in the OC and good show overall. Norway wins bronze in the Road Race on the first day!
45 kiwirob : I was on the edge of my seat watching that game this morning!
46 Post contains links GDB : When I first read that the theme from Benny Hill was on the PA during breaks in the beach volleyball events on Horse-guards Parade, I assumed it was s
47 canoecarrier : It's unfortunate that it was cold enough during the women's beach volleyball events today that all the women were wearing full body leotards... I wat
48 fruitbat : The archery is taking place at Lords - yes, it's a fabulous place and oozes atmosphere. Congrats to Lizzie Armitstead and Becky Adlington - first med
49 GDB : Yes, rained some here today, but they got good weather saturday, which considering it's been very unusually wet for much of the past couple of months
50 flipdewaf : 4x100m gold = France? Awesome race! Fred
51 Post contains images Rara : O la la amazing French relay team faster than Phelps and Lochte... what a race!
52 fruitbat : Cheered them all the way! Vive le difference! Ole, ole ole ole! Europe! Europe! (getting ready for the Ryder Cup!)
53 Post contains images canoecarrier : That hadn't even been shown here in the western US yet.. I hate NBC. Even the CBC (who always has better coverage than NBC) and BBC America aren't al
54 sbworcs : Enjoying what I have seen of the games so far as been working for the last 2 days. BBC coverage seems good although some of the commentators are sligh
55 canoecarrier : I read some article about how people attending the games are mad that the "Olympic flame" isn't visible outside the stadium. I was surprised they didn
56 trident3 : Part of the problem for the BBC is that they are being very ambitious and providing televised coverage of almost everything, there are 24 Olympic TV
57 OA260 : Indeed but fair play to the BBC they really pulled out all the stops. Free HD channels and free 3D broadcasting with quality coverage . Another top c
58 canoecarrier : Not that I have a 3D tv, but the 3D channels weren't free here. So, my wife was mad that she couldn't see the women's gymnastics today live, since th
59 Post contains images OA260 : Yeah my Family in Greece are really wanting to get BBC HD too as they love the British TV channels and radio stations. Im lucky living near the borde
60 us330 : You have no idea. When I was watching the 400 IM final online live, NBC was showing......an interview with the female gymnasts. Just show the event t
61 RussianJet : Still seeing lots of pictures of empty seats. I don't care what the reason is, it is just disgraceful. No matter what, there simply should not be any
62 Post contains links OA260 : Good news that they have reacted to public opinion and released them : More Olympics tickets back on sale More Olympic tickets will go back on sale af
63 QFA380 : I'm thoroughly enjoying these games. The Opening Ceremony was incredible. Channel Nine here is painful, thankfully at home we have a paytv subscriptio
64 canoecarrier : The canoe paddler kneels to paddle during a race while a kayaker paddles sitting down. Also, a canoe paddle has a flat blade on only one end of the p
65 GDB : They probably cannot win, likely the Mail and Murdoch press are bitching about excessive coverage, over the top etc, but if the BBC failed to cover O
66 RussianJet : Great performance from the GBR men's team gymnasts. Well done lads.
67 OA260 : Really enjoying the coverage of the events today . The quality of the venues is good and the empty seat issues seem to be addressed so hopefully more
68 Post contains links Mortyman : Olympic opening ceremony included a tribute to all victims of terror--specifically the victims of the bombings that took place in London on July 7, 20
69 canoecarrier : I would imagine this is an organization problem as well. In the future they should develop a system where they don't give a bunch of tickets away to
70 OA260 : Actually it was the day after London got awarded the games . I remember it well. As for NBC doing what they did its like 9/11 victims being shunned a
71 qantas077 : can't wait to see Yi Shiwen in the IM...hope she smashes them all and sticks it up those obnoxious jounalists who call her a drug cheat.
72 rampart : This burns me. I later saw the segment, it was beautiful and well done. Yet, there were protests here that the IOC would not observe a minute of sile
73 CPH-R : There were a few moments of holding ones breath, that's for sure (one of the horses slipping and sliding at the entrance to the water grave springs t
74 GDB : It's long been the case that some US networks treat their audience with contempt, presumably they assume that their own shallowness is the same for e
75 Post contains links CPH-R : They didn't exactly help themselves, by throwing out the "It needs our expert commentators' context to make sense!"-line, and then having said commen
76 Post contains images Aleksandar : First of all, I have to say something to all my fellow A.netters from the UK: "Don't be so cynical, enjoy the moment. You will regret it if you don't"
77 ltbewr : The Olympics are always very important to the hosts. For the London Games, the UK people badly need something to rally around, to do well, to show tha
78 Post contains links OA260 : But they also got many things which are vital in today's modern Athens/Greece so when the country is in crisis they are still benefiting from these p
79 bjorn14 : Huh huh, a 16-year old girl swims a faster 50m free split than the Men's 400 IM winner Ryan Lofte after swimming 300 meters? She swims the race 7 sec
80 Post contains links us330 : In the ongoing saga of "NBC fails the Olympics," this might have been one of the network's more boneheaded moments: http://deadspin.com/5930359/nbc-ru
81 KiwiRob : Considering she swam a faster final leg than Lochte somethings got to be up with that. It's like Flo Jo, she came from absolute knowhere in 1988 and
82 Post contains images GrahamHill : Tony Estanguet (canoe slalom) has won his 3rd gold medal after Sydney and Athens! Quite a performance. France get their 4th gold medal. We're 3rd behi
83 canoecarrier : GDB is right, NBC treats its audience with contempt. We're force fed what they want us to watch and they try to maximize profits by editing down the
84 Post contains images Rara : Yay, double-gold for Germany in the equestrian! Took a while... Hint: if she "smashes them all", this will do the opposite of silencing critical voice
85 StarAC17 : CBC doesn't have the Canadian Olympic broadcast rights anymore, CTV now has them and probably the only American's that don't get screwed by NBC's cov
86 Post contains images tugger : Well remember, Mr. Bond is a "deniable asset" so you couldn't really have the queen addressing by anything beyond a generic title! . Tugg[Edited 2012
87 Aleksandar : Everybody is innocent until proven otherwise, but...one cannot help but remember the cases of drug cheat in China's swim team and track and field in
88 Aleksandar : I'm afraid you are not completely right about it. Olympics can be a several nails in coffin if not the coffin itself. Remember that Montreal is still
89 KiwiRob : They paid off their games in 2006.
90 canoecarrier : She did swim five seconds quicker than her own personal best, which is why everyone is wondering how she could improve that much at the Olympics. I k
91 OA260 : Well I know Greece and Athens and was there at the time before the Olympics and saw the projects being planned and built and see now the aftermath. I
92 fruitbat : 'Cos they are the rules - everyone knows them when they start, and if you've got to beat your team mates so be it. Having said that, it does seem to
93 david_itl : Considering British Gymnastics has not had a medal in the team event for 88 years, I don't think it wasn't disappointing. Indeed, as one of the free
94 Post contains images Aleksandar : You are right about that. If it wasn't for the Olympics, Athens wouldn't have all of that, but, we, as spotters would discuss this while spotting pla
95 Post contains images OA260 : Lol well sometimes you just have to As for our beloved Barfbags daily motivational posts I would kind of miss them TBH Lets hope their power grid doe
96 Aleksandar : Oh...and speaking of Daley and Twitter...what really surprised me was that police arrested that bloke.
97 Post contains images Mir : If she were in her late 20s, there might be more to it, but Thorpe said that he cut a lot of time off his races when he was between 15 and 16. -Mir
98 Post contains links fruitbat : Arrested on suspicion of malicious communications - an offence brought in to do with preventing stalking and harassment. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk
99 GDB : Until the battery on the PC that posted it goes! Excellent! I read an article today saying if ever results can be unexpectedly good, it's in their mi
100 Aleksandar : I mean....this tweet was disgusting, but I thought it would all end up with closing the account.
101 CPH-R : Anyone saw the Women's badminton doubles earlier? Absolutely disgusting to watch the Chinese and South Korean pairs outdo each other in underperforman
102 Post contains links OA260 : Swimming: Michael Phelps wins a record 19th medal as US takes 4x200m Relay Spectators at the Aquatics Centre witnessed drama and history tonight as Mi
103 Post contains links qantas077 : ummm...Lochte's swim was actually quite poor for a male and if you put them side-by-side he would still obliterate her. overall she swam 25 seconds s
104 canoecarrier : I'm all for patriotism but what does the fact that she trained in Australia have anything to do with whether or not she took PEDs? Andrew Wyper was A
105 blink182 : Absolutely agreed, and a classy guy all around. I saw Phelps joke around with Le Clos after the 200 butterfly race, a race traditionally dominated by
106 canoecarrier : NBC didn't have a choice tonight but show us athletes from other countries than the US. We didn't qualify for the 10m women's synchronized diving.
107 bjorn14 : Yeah, Donna DeVarona was on CNN sort of defending her saying the same thing that she improved most in her mid teens also. She said Ye also has really
108 RussianJet : BBC says the Koreans and Chinese have been charged for trying to lose. Good.
109 Aleksandar : I am surprised..How? Why?
110 gingersnap : Just hearing the teams charged have been disqualified altogether.
111 Post contains links bjorn14 : Yep and a team from Indonesia, http://www.dailystar.co.uk/olympics/...n-stars-kicked-out-of-London-2012/
112 flipdewaf : Glad they are out, not in the spirit of things for me and I feel for all those people who paid to watch a badminton game and got a farse. Good riddanc
113 BMI727 : That's just ridiculous. There's nothing wrong with playing the system, just change it for the next Olympics. Seems like a classic case of, and I can'
114 KiwiRob : It's against the spirit of the games, fair call to remove them from the competition.
115 BMI727 : The spirit of the games is to win medals. Losing in that game furthers that goal.
116 Rara : No, the spirit of the Games is to compete and do your best.
117 Aleksandar : If I could make any decision, I would ban them for life. If doping is cheating that cannot be tolerated, than other kinds of cheating should be banne
118 Post contains images Aleksandar :
119 BMI727 : Bull. Just win, baby. They weren't cheating, they were exploiting the rules, which is different and not illegal.
120 flipdewaf : The rules of the game say you have to try your hardest to win. I think that says everything we need to know. Great news for wiggo! Awesome guy, most
121 Aleksandar : At first, I had no idea what it was all about and thought that it was an exaggeration but when I saw what happened: well, it was mockery
122 BMI727 : Crummy rule. The only winning that matters is who gets gold and who doesn't. By the way, the greatest basketball player on the planet logged only 19
123 tugger : Every time. If you can, if you are good enough. "Exploiting the rules" yeah that is full of "spirit". That is business and the idea of the Olympics t
124 BMI727 : It doesn't work. There's a lot of money on the line, and they would probably face penalties from the league if they decided not to play. But any smar
125 BarfBag : The continuing ticketing fiasco reflects very poorly on the LOCOG and Coe certainly isn't helping with his Baghdad Bob 'all is well' act, after dismis
126 StarAC17 : Do you really think this differs in any other sport, you get caught throwing games it opens a can of worms to whether someone is bribing the athletes
127 BMI727 : It's one thing to be throwing games to help gamblers or for a bribe. In that case the sanctioning body can and should come down hard on the athletes
128 Post contains images Mir : It was ugly. There's a HUGE difference between resting your guys for later games (which is fine) and throwing games (i.e. intentionally playing like
129 zckls04 : Sportspeople need to remind themselves occasionally that they are entertainers. Without the audience, they are nothing. With that in mind it would be
130 Post contains links StarAC17 : Or to ensure in the Case of China that they earn more medals which I think is Bush league, if opponents from the same country are going to play each
131 BMI727 : It's effectively the same thing: a team not performing at their peak in order to increase their chances of achieving a bigger goal. That's not sports
132 CPH-R : The annoying thing is, it's been going on for years now, with strong Chinese players throwing matches against their weaker countrymen, in order to en
133 Mir : It's really not the same thing. Saying "it's okay if we don't win this" is in a whole different league from "we're going to try to lose this". -Mir
134 zckls04 : Unless you're participating, that's the limit of what sport is. I don't watch either of them; US coverage of sport is universally abysmal, and the Ol
135 fruitbat : It all looks a lot better today as far as I can see. Coe didn't dismiss the security breach, he said he would speak to the Indian delegation and I'd
136 fruitbat : Anyway, enough of the whinging, back to the sport: Respect to Helen Glover and Heather Stanning for winning Team GB's first gold medal in the Womens P
137 LX138 : It's awesome, I'm so proud of them and their coaches. The games are going great and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves! Can't wait to be attend
138 OA260 : Very well said . There will always be people who want to highlight the bad news and glitches but for the 99% of us that are using this thread to disc
139 Post contains images CPH-R : And it does to lead to some odd encounters. Jonathan Agnew, who normally commentates on cricket with the Test Match Special team, has been commentati
140 sq_ek_freak : I was in tears when I saw this. Especially when they showed footage of her fellow servicemen and women in Afghanistan celebrating! Another massive mo
141 canoecarrier : I think the UK did a wonderful job pulling all the venues together. There as some beautiful venues like the swimming/diving stadium and as I mentione
142 bjorn14 : Mr. Redgrave might disagree 1919 Black Sox scandal.
143 david_itl : 7 medals for Bradley Wiggins. 6 for Sir Steve Redgrave; admittedly his 5 golds are better than Wiggins. It's hard to actually compare between sports
144 Post contains images OA260 : Great hope it works out for you ---- Congrats to Team GB finally getting the Golds. ,
145 Aleksandar : The Games are great! I am just sorry that I cannot see it live.
146 SHAQ : Oshimura made a great presentation at gym! Looking forward for athletics, where some Panamanians are competing!
147 KiwiRob : Anyone know why they give out two bronze medals in judo? Today should be a good day for NZ, we are almost guaranteed two gold in rowing.
148 Rara : Please do share!
149 bjorn14 : All the 'combatant sports' (boxing, judo, taekwondo, wrestling) at the Olympics do not have bronze medal matches. So if you lose in the semi-finals y
150 Post contains links and images OA260 : Congratulations to Greece for their first Bronze medal. Its going to be a tough games for them and probably will be their worst medal count ever but g
151 Aleksandar : I am glad Greece got at least one medal and I am sure it won't be the last in London 2012
152 imiakhtar : A big well done by the South African LW4 in getting the gold. Excellent race. Probably the best row of the Olympics. Need we mention the farce of the
153 CPH-R : Indeed, just a bit gutted that Eskild Ebbesen couldn't finish with a 4th gold medal (5th medal in total). Then again, he seemed quite happy with it,
154 Post contains links OA260 : I think thats something most Indians would rather forget. http://www.pamil-visions.net/india-commonwealth-games-disaster/219300/ They just cant cope
155 Post contains links Aleksandar : Not to forget, but there was something where London completely met my expectations. They gave us great music to accompany those games http://youtu.be/
156 OA260 : Thanks for that link . There was so much at the ceremony that was iconic and enjoyable but this was just amazing this bit . Love the music. Im hoping
157 Aleksandar : They definitely will make DVDs but I am afraid it would be too expensive.
158 Post contains links canoecarrier : Here's the article I found that has been running around Twitter the last few days. Not sure if it will work overseas but I can't imagine there's not
159 GDB : That's the modius operanti . The commentators during the ceremony mentioned that the soundtrack would be available to download once the show was over
160 Post contains images OA260 : Yes I think so I also saw it earlier on iTunes . Congrats to Team GB . Another Gold .
161 777 : Another great gold medal for our women's fencing team foil! These girls are really in the legend!!! After the horrible performance of the Italian swim
162 Post contains images gingersnap : What are you Americans feeding Phelps?
163 777 : Phelps=alien O_o
164 Rara : Things are decidedly turning sour for the German swimming team as well. Worst performance since, wait for it, 1932 - a couple of functionaries will lo
165 Post contains images canoecarrier : I watched the diving last night and told my wife that the Chinese don't train their divers they program them. They are amazing. I'd be worried about
166 Post contains images fruitbat : Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water / back on the track.....Team GB canoeists / rowers / cyclists turn up!! Plus some bloke with a sh
167 Post contains images CPH-R : And me being an Underworld fan, I found it amusing just how many samples from their own tunes they managed to sneak into the Opening ceremony. There
168 gingersnap : I must say our Cyclists are lucky Mr Hindes didn't screw it up for them. In the BBC interview immediately following the Gold medal win, he stated that
169 Post contains links and images blink182 : Big congrats to the hosts GB on the first two golds in two classically british sports, though its a shame they couldn't capture a gold in either the m
170 Post contains links canoecarrier : So proud of the US women's 8 rowers today! I know a lot of women that rowed in college and all their friends are now rowing for the US. My Facebook bl
171 Post contains links BMI727 : There's a difference between being entertained by the events themselves, versus getting interest based on the stories behind the events. Most of the
172 LX138 : Don't worry I'm sure they will win in a few events! You have the rowers too (there was the mens eight!) and the cyclists to rely on. The Australians
173 Post contains images zkojq : Through the performances of Mahe Drysdale, Eric Murray and Hamish Bond, New Zealand has won two golds in the last two hours, both in the rowing. Our f
174 KiwiRob : I read an article today in some online paper where they said Murray and Bond produced the most dominant display of rowing excellence in the history o
175 Post contains links OA260 : Medal count for Team GB so far : Gold 7 Silver 6 Bronze 7 Also in other news : Australian Rower Josh Booth has been sent home after being arrested for
176 gingersnap : That's another Gold for Team GB just come through in the last 5 minutes. It's taken them a while, but they're bringing them in. Medal Tally Gold 8 Sil
177 fruitbat : Go Becky! Go Becky! Go Becky!
178 fruitbat : Congrats to Ledecky - gutted for Becky Adlington, but otherwise what a day for Team GB - and particularly for Pendleton after the trials and tribulati
179 sbworcs : So can we assume then that Micheal Phelps is on something after all it is unusual for someone to win so many medals? What about Katie Ledecky who jus
180 Post contains images gingersnap : We had a few family over, and 3-4 of them are adamant Ledecky is on PEDs Then again if the US coach can question other country's competitors... It is
181 Post contains links flood : This sums up NBC's coverage: http://deadspin.com/5931689/nbc-spor...rcial-right-before-a-critical-goal
182 BMI727 : Reality. If you insist on being naive and idealistic go ahead, but don't try and guilt everyone else into doing the same. If it walks like a duck and
183 bjorn14 : Congrats to USA's Cullen Jones who is the first ever black person to win an individual medal in Olympic swimming. He took silver in the 50m free.
184 zckls04 : You're referring to the NBC montages; the pathetic inserts they put in every time the rest of the world is actually watching some athletes from other
185 sbworcs : So do you accept that MIchael Phelps and Katie Ledecky are likely on something too then?
186 BMI727 : They do. They just aren't stories that I, and a lot of other people apparently, are interested in. So many athletes have come out of the woodwork, bu
187 gingersnap : Ian Thorpe's comment that Ledecky's improvement was more impressive than Ye Shiwen's has turned a few heads on various forums I frequent. I wonder if
188 ltbewr : As to Phelps carzy number of medals (20 , 17 Gold in has cumulative multiple Olympic appearances), it is indeed a great performance. Still, he is winn
189 zckls04 : Precisely- and winning is not a guarantee of being remembered, nor is losing a guarantee you won't. As it happens, the Chinese badminton players prob
190 Post contains links zkojq : That sounds about right. They paired up just after Beijing and have yet to be defeated. In the following video you can see that they won their race l
191 blink182 : I agree fully, though the online coverage is much more comprehensive and CNBC and MSNBC show events not involving the US or swimming/T&F/gymnasti
192 Kiwiinoz : It wont last long. We are only good for one, and possibly two more golds and they have at least seven more in them. But I reckon their head swimming
193 KiwiRob : I think potentially we have 4/5 more golds in us, Adams, Willis, Hewitt, lightweight double sculls, womans single sculls, either way you look at it o
194 sbworcs : So what would it take (apart from all the testing carried out) for you to believe that these various sporting feats were not chemically enhanced?
195 BMI727 : Probably nothing. It's just the reality of sports today and we have to accept the fact that no event will ever be guaranteed to be completely free of
196 us330 : This Brazil-Honduras game is rather interesting. More cards than at a poker table in Vegas...and an epic dive by Neymar.
197 Post contains links varigb707 : Meanwhile at the brazilian delegation team... http://www.imperfectenjoyment.com/wp...ads/2012/07/lucimara-da-silva1.jpg[Edited 2012-08-04 13:05:50]
198 varigb707 : Congratulations to Michael Phelps!!!
199 canoecarrier : I disagree. We don't have a choice but to watch what NBC is broadcasting. My wife mentioned that they only showed 3 of the men's gymnastics events du
200 canoecarrier : Congrats to Farah and Rupp going 1-2 in the 10K meters. That was very exciting. Rupp is only the 3rd American in 100 years to win a medal in the 10K m
201 Post contains links GDB : Ennis! Rutherford! Farah! The greatest night ever in the history of British Athletics. And the crowds at the stadium seemed to have rather enjoyed it
202 Post contains images astuteman : We'll be talking about it for the rest of my lifetime, that's for sure. Farah? Icing on the cake. Some icing!!!! And some cake!!!!! Rgds
203 kaitak : I'm so glad for all of them, but (with due respect to the other two) particularly for Jessica Ennis, because she IS the face of the British Olympics
204 david_itl : And in terms of gold medals won, this is GB's 2nd greatest day ever. Only one that beat it was is 1908.
205 Post contains images StarAC17 : Jamaica is back on the track!!! A gold and a Bronze in the women's 100m , with the potential to go 1,2,3 in the men's 100m tomorrow night!!!
206 Post contains images blink182 : Ssshhh! Only the 10K, to the best of my knowledge, has been televised yet in the US . I think NBC showed the 10k live because they didn't expect an A
207 Post contains images fruitbat : #### Chuffed as beansprouts #### #### So proud of Team GB #### #### So proud to be British #### And, fingers crossed, more to come for Team GB........
208 Post contains images gingersnap : Good on Phelps for his total Gold medals overall, well won. It is my opinion that there are too many swimming events, and if we get rid of Swimming me
209 Kiwiinoz : The female BMX rider is also an outside chance. I only rate Adams as a chance of gold. If Willis gets up, it would truly be our best Olympic moment o
210 imiakhtar : A Somali immigrant winning the gold for the UK? Should make for a pleasant read in the Mail on Sunday. I was in Headingly watching the cricket yester
211 Post contains links david_itl : And why should that be? One of my facebook friends posted a mocked-up Daily Mail front page with the headline "Outrage" with picture of Mo with Union
212 Post contains links and images astuteman : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ins-busiest-day-Olympic-Games.html I enjoyed reading that. I don't have an issue with a refugee from the Somali
213 GDB : I'm thinking that Team GB have properly defined the title 'Britain's Got Talent'. That awful TV show needs a name change. If indeed it should exist at
214 astuteman : Credit where credit's due. Watching Galen Rupp literally cheering Mo Farah on as if they were teammates as they crossed the line will be one of my en
215 imiakhtar : Lol. Mea culpa. I obviously wasn't very clear. I was just having a dig at the DM which for the most part spent the entire run up to the games lambast
216 Post contains links OA260 : Yep they covered it well. The Daily Mail gets slated for some of their articles. Some I agree with and some not but its become a stereotype to mentio
217 imiakhtar : Does anyone know how to access the full coverage of the events? I can only find the severely abridged highlights on the bbc sport website.
218 Post contains links and images OA260 : So Mr Murray is playing in the Tennis today . British number one Andy Murray is certain to win silver or gold when he plays in two tennis finals. He w
219 gingersnap : Is it definitely in that order? If so then I feel for Miss Robson because win or lose, Murray is going to be knackered coming off a best of 5 set mat
220 Post contains images AeroWesty : So why couldn't Murray have done this a month ago?
221 Post contains links petertenthije : All sports are streamed live here, but of course with Dutch commentary. http://nos.nl/os2012/
222 KiwiRob : I really didn't want him to win, but Fed didn't play well and Murray had a better than average game.
223 Post contains links and images fruitbat : They're all available in full on the BBC website if you're in the UK http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/2012/live-video All the catch-up stuff is at
224 blink182 : That footage struck me too, and I hope that is of the lasting images of these games. Congrats to Andy Murray! Even if hasn't won Wimbledon, he can sa
225 OA260 : Congrats to Andy Murray really chuffed for him and his Family who have been right behind him . His Mum must be so proud.
226 Post contains links and images imiakhtar : Thankyou. Understandably so as they both live and train under the same coach in Portland. Nevertheless, excellent sportsmanship from the two and a su
227 KiwiRob : Nice 100m from Bolt, I'm thinking he's been laying low this season.
228 david_itl : One can only imagine what he would do with a good start!
229 GDB : Bolt will have had his chicken nuggets!
230 OA260 : My colleagues gave me a good App that can be downloaded free on iPhone / iPad and some Androids called FILMON . Allows you to watch BBC and other UK c
231 gingersnap : It's a shame other countries have such poor coverage of the event, as it's not the BBC filming it all...rather the OBS. But I guess the TV license we
232 MD11Engineer : Apparently the Olympic games are a huge PR success for the British military. Originally a private company, G4S, was hired to provide security during t
233 par13del : The Olympics is such a money event now that the organizers should have their own electronic coverage, rather than selling rights to the highest bidder
234 GDB : But a negative is that some of them were just back from Afghanistan and would have had plans for their leave, holidays, for some even marriage. Inste
235 Post contains links and images OA260 : Well we have to pay EUR160 a year for the crap we get . Id rather pay it to the BBC if I had a choice and get iPlayer and other things legitimately.
236 Post contains images scbriml : Huh? If you're in the UK, you can stream every Olympic event live on a PC - all via the BBC's website. Their web and TV coverage has been astonishing
237 MD11Engineer : It really is for another thread, but I understand the dissatisfaction within the military and the police with the government´s ideology of outsourci
238 HAWK21M : Just wondering what makes CHINA is sporting superpower........
239 KiwiRob : Easy a huge population to find potential athelets and a system that trains thems from the moment that potential is found. So one has to ask the quest
240 Post contains images OA260 : You were right Im pleased to say Two Bronze medals for Greece won by Christina Giazitzidoy and Alexandra Tsiaboy.
241 Post contains images par13del : Under the Communist System, all (other than the politicians) are equal thus the bulk of the population is available. Under the western systems one's
242 KiwiRob : I think the only reason the US are a sporting superpower because of college sports scholarships; which at the end of the day isn't too far removed fr
243 bjorn14 : Most USA Olympians are far removed from their college careers and have professional sponsors. The only thing I will say is that college athletics MAY
244 par13del : Oh, the USA system especially where college scholarships are concerned is all about economics and is far removed from the Chinese system and from mos
245 Post contains images eicvd : Hard luck to Ireland's Annalise Murphy in the sailing today, after a great effort all week she only just missed out on a medal in a sport nobody was e
246 canoecarrier : They had an interview with one of the US women's weightlifting team today on the news. She lives off a $450/month stipend from US Weightlifting so sh
247 Bongodog1964 : Surely this is what happens now ? I understand that the BBC as host broadcaster provides the feed, but the IOC sells the rights to the highest bidder
248 Aleksandar : I am watching BBC One via Internet (don't ask me how, I won't say :P ) and it is very nice to watch everything from the opening of Olympic Park early
249 par13del : In traditional Olympic sports yes, in colleges most such sports are subsidized by the sports which have professional leagues - football, basketball,
250 Post contains images Jalap : Belgium had a historical day today with the Borlee twins both running the final of the 400m. Unfortunately they stranded at 5th and 6th position. A sh
251 Post contains links BMI727 : USA Basketball just gave put the world on notice when they decided to start playing in the second half. After holding a one point lead at the half, th
252 KiwiRob : I don't think many in the world care.
253 QFA380 : Finally Australia has been able to get another Gold. Japan and ourselves seem to be the perpetual runners up. Fundamental value to the tune of ~$250 m
254 Post contains images scbriml : Australia's position in the table and lack of Golds has been something of a shock. Ian Thorpe is a pundit on the BBC here and he's taken some serious
255 Kiwiinoz : The swim team have definitely coppoed most of the blame, and rightfully so. 2/3 of the Aussie swimmers did not improve on their qualifying times from
256 Bongodog1964 : Ridiculous idea; to have a dedicated broadcast team who only wholly work for two weeks every 4 years, with a winter Olympics every other two years, w
257 Post contains links and images KiwiRob : So much so that they have to include NZ as part of Australia to make them feel better. Not happy that big Valeri didn't defend her shotput title, I f
258 bjorn14 : Team GB just added two medals in the Men's Triathalon, a Gold and a Bronze from the Brownlee Brothers.
259 zckls04 : I'm in America and even I don't care. Nobody I know does actually. Of the three major sports which predominate in the US, it's a distant third behind
260 gingersnap : Well done to Anna Meares on winning the Gold medal in the cycling. Shame she had to cheat to get it, but well done all the same.
261 GrahamHill : What happened?
262 gingersnap : She elbowed Vicky Pendleton coming into the final straight causing her to lose balance and move out of the sprinters lane in the Velodrome. Even thou
263 U2380 : Well said. I haven't watched much of the Olympics, I'm only really interested in the swimming and diving. I'm pleasantly surprised at how well GB are
264 GDB : Perhaps, though in context, the team (with one gold to their name) of the 1996 games had shoe-string funding levels, that you'd associate with a impo
265 KiwiRob : You could play an ODI tournament. It'll be like rugby sevens from 2016, it's a gold which will belong to NZ for as long as rugby is played in the gam
266 par13del : Essentially the problem with the modern day Olympics, a number of nations could care less about a large number of the sports involved, perhaps it is
267 Post contains links and images RussianJet : Seems that one US rower showed an extraordinary level of 'pride' over his medal win. http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other-...ower-shows-rather-too-much
268 Mir : Why do we need Olympic soccer, and why do we need Olympic tennis? I'm not saying those sports aren't popular, but what I like about the Olympics is t
269 par13del : In a big country with a large population you will have all the sports and be able to support them via private funding, in smaller countires where gov
270 BMI727 : It's silly to enjoy a game any less because of how much the players got paid. But it's impossible not to enjoy seeing the best in the world all playi
271 scbriml : I would agree pretty much - even though I personally fail to be impressed by synchronised swimming and rhythmic gymnastics.
272 bjorn14 : Table tennis (ping pong) and rhythmic gymnastics.
273 CXfirst : I agree. Not only that, but for football there is a requirement for multiple large stadiums, which is fine in locations like Britain, but difficult a
274 KiwiRob : You must be the only man alive who like synchronised swimming, that should be kicked from the games ASAP. Golf along with football and tennis are the
275 Post contains links melpax : One of the papers here in Melbourne (the Mx) has copped it from North Korea over calling them 'Naughty Korea' & South Korea 'Nice Korea' in their
276 Post contains images LX138 : That is hilarious. I was thinking the same when I saw it live myself. I don't know why people are so against the Football - it should stay! The compe
277 KiwiRob : They already have 4 major championships, like golf and football they don't need the exposure the Olympics will bring to their sport.
278 Post contains images LX138 : About half of the sports have the same exposure, that doesn't mean it shouldn't be in the Olympics.
279 JJJ : Plus Davis/Fed cup.
280 Post contains images OA260 : Indeed they have been doing a fantastic job and the visitors have been posing for photos with them and being the characters they are they seem to be
281 canoecarrier : I agree. None of them really belong. Women's soccer/football might be able to make a case for being in the Olympics over men's but I don't think any
282 Aleksandar : Well, golf is becoming an Olympic sport in Rio. Speaking of venues and its costs...it all depends how you plan the future Games and the future of the
283 KiwiRob : What's strange about BMX racing, it's popular, and is about the only major form of cycling not covered in either the Olympics or the X games.
284 canoecarrier : It's really not that different from ski or snowboard cross in the winter Olympics.
285 canoecarrier : I'm friends with a lot of ex-national champion college rowers. I sent them that article today since they know a lot of people that rowed in Athens an
286 rampart : Yes, but the athletes probably enjoy the opportunity to participate in the Olympics. Major sports, international appreciation, why shouldn't they get
287 LTBEWR : As we approach the last days of these Summer Olympics, although the Paralympics are to be held, is that clearly one can say they have been emotionally
288 Post contains links and images scbriml : Sadly, there has been some sniping at Team GB's cyclists by others who, presumably, are fed up with seeing the Golds end up in the same place time aft
289 bjorn14 : Well they do have a close cousin in Mountain Biking on the last day of the OL.
290 Post contains images scbriml : Historic moment as GB's Nicola Adams becomes the first ever woman Olympic boxing champion.
291 shamrock350 : The Irish crowd at the Excel for the Women's Boxing has been amazing throughout these games, they were earlier recorded as the loudest crowd at an Oly
292 KiwiRob : Hmm close I think not, I was a BMX kid when I was young and am getting back into mountain biking (after a 7 year break) apart from the bike bit they
293 Post contains images OA260 : LOL... there is a huge ex pat community in that area of London anyway and also 2nd generation . Great to see Ireland get a Gold. Nothing like it to l
294 fruitbat : Sniff........sniff.....ah yes, definitely sour grapes!!! Great work from Brailsford et al - respect!
295 Post contains images eicvd : Delighted for her, possibly Ireland's best ever sportsperson. I dont think there was a dry eye in the country watching that. Good luck to Paddy Barne
296 Post contains links CaliAtenza : http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012...-minute-of-silence-requests-racism pretty rediculous stance by the palestinians..
297 Post contains links bjorn14 : Much to my surprise they do have BMX in the OL. http://www.london2012.com/cycling-bmx/index.html
298 david_itl : I think we can safely say Usain Bolt is a legend now. 1st person to defend 100m and 200m Olympic title. I'm sure he could have got in the high 19.1s o
299 randyh3253 : So far another great day for Team USA!
300 Aleksandar : Unfortunately, the results of my country are below all expectations. The final blow was yesterday's withdrawal of Mihail Dudas from decathlon competit
301 Post contains images Klaus : Wow. Brink & Reckermann win gold for Germany in – of all sports – beach volleyball, and against Brazil! The final was actually fun to watch. N
302 Post contains images imiakhtar : Am I the only one who finds the olympic mascot kind of freaky? It looks like something out of Arthur Clarke's sci-fi novels.
303 Post contains images Klaus : No, you're not. It's positively creepy. But it probably just symbolizes the 1984-like camera surveillance in Britain...!
304 aloges : far from it I was in London just before the games and the bloody thing saved me some money - I simply couldn't buy any souvenirs with it on them.
305 Post contains images rara : Go USA! Two golds ahead - wouldn't surprise me if they could get the title as most successful nation back. Other than that, very enjoyable evening at
306 randyh3253 : Agreed...where has the time gone? Seems just like yesterday the Olympics started. It has been a welcome sight to have the Olympics coverage on the ne
307 GDB : Hell of a day for UK women, first ever Boxing Olympic Gold for Nicola Adams - like it or not, either the sport or just having women doing it - it's he
308 KiwiRob : Undoubtedly the star of this games, I can't see the Jamacians not winning the 4x100m. Michael who?
309 Post contains links and images Aleksandar : A BBC anchor said "it is almost over, but I don't want to think about it. I want to live a bit more in this bubble". This is exactly how I feel about
310 scbriml : That really depends on your perspective. We'll see. They'll obviously start as favourites, but it's way too easy to screw up a relay. IMHO, the singl
311 Post contains images MadameConcorde : They are so weird. I wonder why they were created with only one eye? Couldn't they just do something more normal? I really liked Mischka the Moscow O
312 scbriml : Just to put that 800m race in perspective - it was, by any measure, the greatest 800m race ever run. By way of comparison, GB's Andrew Osagie came in
313 bjorn14 : Yep. Especially the 4x100m, the 4x400m not so much. One of Norway's few bright spot is the Women's Handball team plays Montenegro in the gold medal g
314 Post contains links and images Aleksandar : And this cute bear made us all cry during Closing Ceremony. http://youtu.be/t3G1vl5UAxU It seems that Russians made cute mascots for Sochi as well ht
315 bjorn14 : I read that 8 of 9 runners set personal bests in the race.
316 KiwiRob : A bit like the 100 with 7 of the 8 competitors dipping under 10 seconds, which has never happened before, probably the greatest 100m's of al time. Ha
317 flipdewaf : Hey! What about Charlotte Dujardin, amazing test by her in the dressage. Fred
318 rampart : Yes, which is why I wrote in my reply: I'm officially tired of him at this point. Beware of media overexposure. Charismatic, sure, but the attitude d
319 scbriml : A double-gold winner who is living proof that equestrianism isn't an exclusive playground for the idle rich.
320 Post contains images MadameConcorde : I'd rather see Dujardin winning at the Olympics than Charlotte Casiraghi. The Monaco celeb thinks she is the best equestrian sportswoman the world ha
321 Post contains images astuteman : Can't beat that for perspective... Bummer for Andy though.... Rgds
322 Post contains images fruitbat : Brilliant race, best 800m I've ever seen - and I've been a fan since Coe vs Ovett in the early 80's. Sub 1.41 without a pacemaker - I was genuinely g
323 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : Details about the London Olympics closing ceremony are starting to emerge. Olympics: Closing ceremony 'party' details promised The Olympics closing ce
324 Aleksandar : I like them. I know that certain band is having 50th anniversary this year and they are from the UK and, if Sir Paul was on Opening Ceremony....
325 GDB : Another wonderful performance from Mo Farah! 2nd gold. Mad scenes in the stadium.
326 RussianJet : Oh God.....please no. He was embarrassing in the opening ceremony. Why can't he just retire gracefully and accept that he's past it?
327 Post contains images fruitbat : I think he was hinting at the Rolling Stones...........could be fun...........maybe Back to the sport - Go Mo !! Hope Aiden Burley was watching......
328 RussianJet : Ok good. Still wish Macca would sod off though.
329 fruitbat : What a way to finish the athletics - Jamaican WR in the 4 x 100m - will that be the last time we see Bolt on an Olympic track?
330 OA260 : Amazing the time has flown by hard to believe its coming to a close soon . Its been an amazing games so far .
331 Aleksandar : Well...I would love to have a chance to hear Sir Paul once live despite everything. I was born too late to hear Fab Four, two of my favourite Beatles
332 bjorn14 : Norway gets a gold in Women's Team Handball after disappointing finishes by Andreas Thorkildsen in the javelin and Gunn Rita Dahlen in the MTB events
333 Post contains images Aleksandar : Well done!
334 Post contains links and images Mortyman : Fantastic achivement from the Handball woman of Norway, after a troublesome start in the olympics. Norway also won the gold in the 2008 olympics and a
335 GEEZER : I doubt if anyone will be reading this thread any longer, but just in case anyone does, here's my take on the open ceremony; it was just fine, right u
336 Klaus : I've always felt more of a resonance with George Harrison among the four, but I still don't get all the hate towards Paul McCartney. His performance
337 GDB : Not that I would go to one of his shows but maybe give McCartney a break? Even allowing for his post Beatles output! He would have been invited by Boy
338 Post contains images Aleksandar : What happened to Ringo?
339 GDB : Doesn't really perform much, does he?. Wasn't one of the creative core of the group.
340 Post contains images Aleksandar : Well...you're right about it, but he's still the fourth. Speaking of this Games again, I really enjoyed it so much. I envy you folks from the UK and
341 Aleksandar : There is one thing that really impressed me about organization. Costs were controlled and even now, there are still ideas how to earn more money and p
342 rara : Yeah, me neither. He's a Beatle - that should be enough to put him beyond any doubt, as far as status as a legend of music is concerned.
343 Post contains links OA260 : Im looking forward to the closing ceremony tonight on BBC HD also available in 3D . Closing Ceremony in 3D DURATION: 2 HOURS, 40 MINUTES 3D coverage o
344 Aleksandar : Woow., it will be an awesome experience in 3D
345 RussianJet : Hm, especially the part where he started hesitantly, and restarted, ending up a line out of sync with the crowd, and then really obviously had to mis
346 Post contains images MadameConcorde : Most times these BBC internet feeds are not accessible to countries (IPs) outside the UK but there will be other ways!
347 BMI727 : The Olympic planners should be embarrassed at the officiating in the gold medal basketball. It's been terrible for both sides.
348 PHX787 : Friend of mine saw a drum presentation by Ringo and he also is a drum teacher in NYC.
349 LTBEWR : Apparently for the USA market, NBC has relented and will have Llive Internet steaming of the Closing Ceremony as well as a tape delay on broadcast. At
350 StarAC17 : He's only 25 and barring an injury or a sudden decline to the point where he can't win we will see him in Rio in 4 years. Also he only gave it his al
351 Post contains links aznmadsci : NBC will actually be livestreaming the Closing Ceremony starting at 16:00EST in response to not showing the Opening Ceremony live. http://nbcolympics
352 gingersnap : Well that's the last event finished. Quite appropriate that in the last medal ceremony of these games, we saw both the British and the Brazilian flag.
353 david_itl : Perhaps one of the best quotes from a competitor: "Honestly, if you have a goal - if there's anything you want to achieve in life - don't let anybody
354 KiwiRob : He's only 25, there's a good number of years left in his career, I'll just about guarantee that he'll be back for another 3 in Rio. Saw him a few yea
355 Post contains links and images Aleksandar : I found this photo from London 2012 and it really touched me. I hope you will like it too
356 Post contains images MadameConcorde : oh good thanks for the link the BBC stream is shut down in my country I don't know why they block it apparently it's the same with NBC NBC is only al
357 PHX787 : What time does it begin?
358 Klaus : The celebration is about to begin now.
359 PHX787 : Unfortunately I can't sign into the live cast unless I have some tv thing (and I use a third-party via my apartment building to get tv)
360 Post contains images OA260 : Very nice Watching the ceremony now so far very good and iconic British music loved the Only Fools and Horses reference dressed as Batman and Robin j
361 Post contains images Klaus : Indeed. It reminds us that there are more important things than politics. And in their best moments the Olympics exemplify that. Thanks! That's a pit
362 Aleksandar : That is what I like about Olympics! The idea that all can be friends despite everything.
363 Klaus : Yes, and especially in the final celebration this spirit is particularly present.
364 KiwiRob : Why should you care, you live in France don't you? It's showing on three channels here in Norway. Pretty impressive, it's the music that really makes
365 KiwiRob : George Michael can still sing, don't know what he's thinking with the Lemmy Kilmister like facial growth!! A career relaunch care of the Olympics?[Edi
366 KiwiRob : Geri is still super hot!!! dang she's aged well, can't really say that for the rest of em!
367 CPH-R : A bit of a slow start for the closing ceremony, but it got there in the end. Loved the Rio bit, see you in 2016!
368 Post contains images MadameConcorde : Magnificent closing ceremony. What a happy spirit!!! Congratulations and thank you to London for these 2012 Olympic games! See you all in Rio de Janei
369 Dano1977 : Roger Daltry 1 - 0 Paul McCartney What a way to close out the Olympic Ceremony with "The Who" Bit of a slow start as people have said, but it was bril
370 Arsenal@LHR : Well that's that! The Opening/Closing ceremonies were spectacular. I had a slight doubt about London 2012 after the spectacle in Beijing. But boy did
371 Post contains images Klaus : Excellent games indeed, from beginning to end. Thank you, Britain!
372 Post contains images OA260 : WOW what a show and what an Olympic Games. Everyone in London and the UK can be so proud. They showed off their best and I have no doubt many lives wi
373 Dano1977 : Ringo's son Zak was playing the drums tonight for "The Who"
374 Post contains links and images OA260 : Some images to look back on and uniquely London : . . . .
375 Post contains images blink182 : London, amazing job. I think LOCOG's secret to such a successful games was to predict gloom and doom ahead of time . Seriously though, very, very well
376 KiwiRob : Daltry didn't sing Pinball Wizzard, which was odd.
377 GDB : Not seen the closing ceremony yet, I was in Hyde Park for the concert there - though as we entered the park Team GB had just got it's final Gold, Anth
378 Kiwiinoz : What a great Olympics. In my opinion, the Olympic spirit was prevalent at these games more than any that I can recall before this. And I do put it dow
379 Silver1SWA : Despite the problems with NBC and their coverage and even though, no matter how hard I tried to avoid it, the world insisted on spoiling the major pri
380 Post contains images Aleksandar : Goodbye, Wenlock ! Thank you London and the UK. I already miss the games [Edited 2012-08-13 01:38:36]
381 Post contains images MadameConcorde : A great night for London and for the World Let's keep the Olympic Spirit going!!! Our house... in the middle of our street... Our house... in the midd
382 Aleksandar : Speaking of Olympic Spirit, there is one thing that makes me wonder. Why the Olympic flame has to be extinguished? Why can't it be a living legacy of
383 Post contains images MadameConcorde : Isn't there a permanent burning Olympic flame in Olympia, Greece, the original place of the Olympic Games? I think Baron Pierre de Coubertin was happ
384 Post contains images Aleksandar : Actually not. They are using Sun rays to lit the fire. My idea is simple. You can close the Game after 16 days but you don't extinguish Olympic spiri
385 Post contains links NZ107 : The first person to be stripped of their medal for drug cheating: http://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-with...t-athlete-nadzeya-ostapchuk/172684
386 Aleksandar : Unfortunately, there will always be someone who will cheat. Now, her result is more understandable. Speaking of cheaters....do they really lose when
387 Post contains images oldeuropean : This won't be the last one. I expect 40 - 50% of all gold medals as a result of doping. Some will be caught, but the others have used methods, which
388 KiwiRob : Did I call it or what, I never thought it was possible for a drug free athlete to throw like that.
389 Post contains images zkojq : What a great Olympics, certainly the best of the ones I watched - though the being on the other side of the world, watching them was a bit difficult.
390 Post contains images rara : Too bad it's her! Apparently along with her gold medal, some Belarussian sausage producer had promised to send her one sausage per day for the rest o
391 stealthz : For some reason I was not that into these Olympics. Didn't see much of them, have not yet watched the opening. Currently watching a delayed replay of
392 us330 : A lot of speculation has centered around the Algerian 1500M men's gold medalist. Supposedly this guy's improvement rates were off the charts.
393 KiwiRob : Would also like to see them catch Phelps, I bet he's on the same juice Armstrong was, one that's so far evaded detection.
394 melpax : He was damn annoying commentating the Marathon as well, suprised Rob De Castella didn't whack him one on a few occaions. Though, whould McAveney have
395 Post contains links melpax : It had to happen sooner or later, Melbourne considering another Olympic Games bid. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/vic...urvey/story-e6frf7kx-1226450
396 KiwiRob : Big difference here is that Carl Lewis wasn't clean either, he tested positive 3 times in 88 before the Olympics, which the US Olympic Committee cove
397 Kiwiinoz : Bruiser is a legend. Don't knock him
398 LTBEWR : I think one long-term affect of recent Summer Olympics in London, is that only the biggest cities/metro areas in the world in largest countries will b
399 Bongodog1964 : Too many Australian gold medal winners ? Amply backed up by the passenger numbers for LHR released today, down 4.6% on July last year. The usual visi
400 stealthz : No not at all, my indifference was well established before the cauldron was lit!! In fact that lack of Gold medals is a non issue, Australia's medal
401 melpax : At least he knows when to shut up, or let his special comments person speak, unlike Eddie..... You could feel the frustration in De Castella's voice
402 gingersnap : Doubtful due to the constant funding that is going into the team from the lottery fund. Team GB were already on the rise through the Beijing games in
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