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These Olympics Have Been Great After All  
User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1308 times:

What a turnaround. After all the negativity about unfinished facilities and chaotic organisation, the Athens Olympics up till now have been terrific. Difficult to compare with Sydney yet because the athletics have only just started but one factor in Athens' favour is the lack of the disgraceful ultra-nationalistic patriotism that the Aussies subjected everyone to 4 years ago. Sure the Greeks have gone wild when they have won a medal, but they haven't been ramming it in everyone's faces.

So, what does everyone else think? I reckon these games could turn out to be the best olympics ever (shame about the half empty stadiums though) as these Olympics have been far less commercialised and more historical than previous games. The use of the historic sites for events like the archery and the marathon is just terrific.

Well done the Greeks!  Smile


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User currently offlineMauriceB From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 2490 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1296 times:

indeed it looks great, in sydney it was a fun and real big party, here its more about the history wich is exposed in a great display, things about acropolis and all other things that deal with sience, history, and not forget the olympic's. its also a great city for non-valid people (say a documentary yesterday). the last 4 year they rushed against the clock but it all became a great sensational event.......


great job




maurice


User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24961 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1290 times:

"factor in Athens' favour is the lack of the disgraceful ultra-nationalistic patriotism that the Aussies subjected everyone to 4 years ago"

Yes, those Aussies tend to spoil everything, dont they?  Big grin

What a good summer its been for Greece though, first winning Euro 2004, and now hosting a wonderful Olympic games  Big thumbs up  Smile



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User currently offlineDelta767300ER From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2562 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1285 times:

So far so good but it is going to take a lot to beat the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. I am really hoping the Iraqi Soccer team excels this year!

-Delta767300ER


User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8465 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1271 times:

AUSSIE! AUSSIE! AUSSIE!

OI! OI! OI!

Whats wrong with getting behind our athletes and supporting them? Sydney was the first time many people in Australia had the opportunity to goto the olympic and it will probably be another 40 years before they come back. We simply love our sport in general.

I find it offensive that you think were an ultra-nationalistic country who were merely supporting our own country.

I didn't have the opportunity to goto the olympics in Sydney but I did however have the opportunity to goto the Rugby Union World Cup last year. I went to the game between Tonga and Wales and the crowd was very supportive of both teams. It was one of the best rugby games I've ever been to, probably only second to the Super 12 grand final this year.

I think your perceptions about us are very wrong.


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29813 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1270 times:

OH sure, and when us Yanks do it, everybody grips about it.

Glad to see somebody else is getting some flack Big grin



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User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24961 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1268 times:

Dont get me started on the Yanks L-188, eating all the hot dogs and hamburgers  Big grin  Laugh out loud


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User currently offlineLewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3672 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1219 times:

I am very happy about the Olympic games so far. I started working at the Athens 2004 superstore in the Olympic stadium yesterday and I am very excited to be taking part (unfortunately I was not chosen for a volunteer). The venue is magnificent and all the visitors that I have talked to seem very happy and excited to be here in Athens.

User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4857 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1209 times:

Except of the audiences, it has been a great time so far. I have no problem with supporting your own athletes, what I don't like is disrespect or disinterest in the athletes of other nations, and to be honest this seems to be more present in Athens than it was in Sydney.

I should go to bed now, what an amazing tennis double final.


User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4634 posts, RR: 36
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1209 times:

It hasn't been great for Canada, 3 medals? We're behind Thailand and Zimbabwe in the medal standings. How embarrassing...


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User currently offlineFLYtoEGCC From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 947 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1208 times:

It's nearly 1am here and the BBC1 is STILL showing Olympics coverage, most of it repeats, despite the fact that it's been on since about 7am non-stop. I hope Great Britain do well, and it's obviously a massive event. I'm delighted that Athens has been able to host the Games in the way it has with such a magnificent stadium and facilities, and I congratulate the Greek people on their hospitality and the way they have provided such a stage for the Games to take place.

I know it only happens once every four years, but I just wish the BBC would realise that we don't need almost 24hr coverage on one of only five major TV channels in the UK. I am lucky enough to have Sky Digital, but I know quite a few people without that luxury, who are complaining that the BBC's coverage has gone over the top, and they don't want it nearly 24hrs on TV as well as in all the newspapers. I see their point. Even when Euro 2004 was on, they showed two 90-minute matches, the build up and post-match analysis, and a highlights programme - nowhere near the extensive coverage the Olympics, which is in all probability much less popular here than football, is being given.

[Edited 2004-08-22 02:28:35]


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User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1168 times:

Well.....as a Canadian...I have to say that Canada Sucks!!! I can't believe we have only got 3 metals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think that Canada should provide more funding for athletes.......

Phyllis  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29813 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1166 times:

Yeah, but usually your sports require more ice and snow..... Laugh out loud


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User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1166 times:

L-188, you gotta admit......it is really sad! Canada should be right up there with the US....I mean you guys are doing great!!!!!!!!!!!

Hell, maybe we'd do better if the sport included ice or snow...but sorry I just don't buy that!!!

Phyllis  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29813 posts, RR: 58
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1164 times:

Yeah....why isn't your rowing and kayak teams doing better?

I would have though Canada would have been a powerhouse in that regard.


Edit, maybe if their was a summer sport that involved housework....like say Curling...then maybe....

[Edited 2004-08-22 10:13:02]


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User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1159 times:

L-188.......hell, your funny!!!

If they had a "housework" sport..........I'd win GOLD for sure!!! LOL And I even do windows!!!

Phyllis  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29813 posts, RR: 58
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1158 times:

You don't go in for Curling then.....with the brooms and all?


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User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1157 times:

LOL, nope..........no brooms!!!!!!!!!!! The only broom I use is the one around the house....and I don't ride it!! LOL

Phyllis  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29813 posts, RR: 58
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1155 times:

Well I can't speak to that or not.

Frankly though getting back to subject, I have found that over the years that the winter games are better then the summer ones. Smaller, less commercial.

Hope they stay that way.



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User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 1145 times:

L-188, I agree.........the winter games have always been much more successful for Canada! Lets hope it will stay that way!!  Big thumbs up

Phyllis  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineQantasclub From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 757 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 1122 times:


Yes, I have long suspected that Australia's ultra-patriotism at times has annoyed other nations, just like the arrogance and in-your-face-ness of the American Dream team annoys us and everyone else as well.
We in Australia are extremely passionate about sport, and it is clearly one of the things we punch above our weight in. For a country the size of greater Los angeles/San Diego or even less than the population of Shanghai (20 million), we are currently 4th on the medals table (28 medals, 11 gold) which is pretty impressive. Our Gold medalists are instant heroes, get huge parades in every city upon thier return, endless repeats and playbacks of their special moment on TV's, they are truly embraced by the public for years and years to come. Sports is not just recreation here, it's a mode of social cohesion and an integral part of our national identity.
So it is a big thing here, and i apologise if this seems offensive to other nations, but I hope that instead, it inspires them to get behind their athletes to compete and be the best that they can be, in the spirit of Olympic competition.

Go IRAQ!!



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User currently offlineCaribb From Canada, joined Nov 1999, 1639 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1093 times:

Well Canada won it's first gold so all's not lost. Anyways Athens has done an excellent job. The stadium is impressive. The Opening Ceremonies were great and the show itself has been as good as always. I just saw the men's 100 meter and it was a nail biter. I've been glued to the TV all day.. thank God it's in Europe because it's so much easier to watch than in Sydney.. at least I get to see some live events. So congrats Athens, you're doing great!

User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4128 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1086 times:

For a country the size of greater Los angeles/San Diego

The greater Los Angeles Area and San Diego area is pretty large...but I dont think it's THAT big  Laugh out loud.



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