Olympic Stuff

Let me complain one more time, taped delay blows ass. If I did not have Live Extra (and the inclination to use it) I would probably be the last one here to know what the hell happened.

First off, some political stuff. Everyone night about 1 in 10 commercials have been Obama ads telling us how lucky we are to have him watching our backs, but just last night I saw my first RNC commercial thanking him for bankrupting our kids. NBC is doing it’s best to keep the riff raff out.

Has there ever been a more secure strangle hold on any Olympic event then what the Chinese have on anything diving related, its incredible.

Congrats to the American lady gymnasts, I don’t usually watch gymnastics, but that show last night was special. And it gives me another opportunity to voice my distaste for all sports where judges judge, I hate it.

Big ups to Micheal Phelps. Some nice stories about first time Olympic gold winners in swimming (Nathan Adrian, OMG, one one hundredth of a second).

Badminton gets a black eye, and that poor S. Korean fencer, she got jobbed big time.

I was watching soccer today, sorry CM about NZ getting beat, but the big story was what happened to Spain (bye bye), you can see their poor luck (have you ever seen so many shots on goal hit the cross bar?) and poor sportsmanship here. Soccer needs a rule like basketball, you bump the official, you are gone.

The host nation did some jersey popping today, nice job Bradley Wiggins.

Watched a bit of rowing today and some boxing. With most of these ancillary events, I will catch the medal rounds.

Any big ups I missed? What are you watching?

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  1. repmom

    I am a day behind in watching, so just a moment ago saw our girls get their gold in the gymnastics. Awesome! I loved the way each one walked around and congratulated the other team members.

    And finally Phelps gets a gold. But, wow, did he blow it not finishing out to get the gold in that one. Sorry, can’t think which race it was.

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  2. repmom

    China. Ugh. Always bad sports. Always protesting. Hated that they took silver from Great Britian in the mens gymnastics with their protest. Loved seeing William and Harry in the stands together enjoying themselves.

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  3. CM

    I was watching soccer today, sorry CM about NZ getting beat,

    No worries. Our girls are better than our boys. You’ll beat us in the quarters though.
    I’ve mostly been watching swimming and rowing (NZ has a crew in most of the events, and many are now in finals). We pipped the US for bronze last night (but the damn Aussies pipped us for silver, with Team GB getting their first gold of the Games). Also equestrian (only because of NZ’s chances), have really enjoyed the archery (although VERY weird seeing it at the Lords Cricket Ground, the ‘home’ of cricket). Am really looking forward to the track cycling (we have a few chances, following a horrible 4th in this mornings Women’s time trial by 2 secs) and all the athletics (we have only two competitors of note, the world champ at women’s shotput, and the Beijing silver medal winner in the men’s 1500m).
    Interesting how the swimming medals were spread around more than usual.

    It’s not really something to be proud of, but we’re taking a little joy out of this. In a good natured way though of course, they’re our closest cousins.

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  4. Mississippi Yankee

    Olympic equestrian contender Tina Konyot, a direct descendent of generations of distinguished circus riders and one of the four US Olympic dressage team members. Tina is ranked second in the US and her horse, Calecto V, on which she will go up against the best in the world beginning this Thursday, August 2, in London.

    Highest ranked in the US is German-born Steffen Peters who gained his US citizenship in 1992 and placed fourth in the Beijing Olympics. Another member is quite young for this level of dressage, 25-year old Adrienne Lyle, but media attention has focused not on the final rider, Jan Ebeling (also German born but now a US citizen) but on his horse Rafalca. The mare’s co-owner is Ann Romney, wife of GOP presidential candidate Mitt. Romney.

    There are three Olympic categories for horse events: dressage, jumping, and eventing (which combines the first two with a 3.5 mile cross-country course of 28 obstacles). Both individual and team medals are awarded in each of the three categories. Thus, there are only six gold medals for which 200 riders from around the world are competing—including Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter, Zara Phillips, who is on the British eventing team. All events take place in Greenwich Park, London’s oldest and home to the Prime Meridian Line (e.g., hence, Greenwich Mean Time).

    Tina Konyot will ride on August 2 and 3 in the individual dressage event. The US dressage team expects the team gold to be won by Germany or Britain with the U.S.’s best chance a bronze.

    Konyot comes from a seventh-generation family with a circus background that has been involved with horses for a very long time. Her father, Alex Konyot, emigrated to the USA from Hungary in 1939 where he joined the military to earn citizenship before linking up with the Ringling Circus, and he trained Tina during her early career when there were few dressage coaches working in the USA. Her Czechoslovakian mother was a high-wire walker who came to the World Fair in New York in 1939, and remains famous for being the only woman to walk the high-wire without a net.

    The equestrian events are the only Olympic sport in which men and women compete against each other. The equestrian category is also the only event in which humans and members of the animal kingdom compete together.

    Story by Richard Flynt @ Buckles Blog

    Welcome to Buckles Blog. This site is for the discussion of Circus History all over the world.

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  5. Xetrov

    China. Ugh. Always bad sports. Always protesting. Hated that they took silver from Great Britian in the mens gymnastics with their protest.

    That was Japan’s protest China won free and clear by more than four full points.

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  6. repmom

    That was Japan’s protest China won free and clear by more than four full points.

    I thought it was China. My bad. Thanks for the correction. My apologies to them.

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  7. JimK

    Watching Cancellara collapse after that TT was slightly heartbreaking. He’s had just the worst luck this year. But Wiggo rode like a man on a mission, as has been his wont whenever he’s not injured…I ain’t hatin’ on him getting gold. Or the Tour. I just wish the other teams hadn’t worked so hard to stop Cav from getting gold.

    On the other hand it’s hard for me to hate Vino leaving the sport as an Olympic champ.

    Yes. I rooted pretty much for Brits and not the US in cycling. We sent a mediocre team and didn’t deserve to win. We need four more years to season Taylor and TeeJay. Then maybe we can play with the big boys. And by then Canada will figure out Ryder has a real shot & build him a team, and the Brits will be sending Froome for the road race and we’re fucked. :)

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  8. Hal_10000

    Wait, I just read that baseball and softball have been replaced by rugby and golf for the 2016 games? What the hell? Do those have more universal appeal?

    It really does drive home that the Olympics are designed around European interests and to maximize European medal counts. Any sport they suck at is doomed to be replaced by one they suck less at.

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  9. ilovecress

    Wait, I just read that baseball and softball have been replaced by rugby and golf for the 2016 games? What the hell? Do those have more universal appeal?

    They may well do Hal actually. It might be by Eurocentric view, but I’ve never really met a baseball fan outside of the US. not sure about Rugby, but golf? Everywhere has its 60 year old ex car salesmen.

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  10. Hal_10000

    Baseball is very popular in Japan, South Korea and central america; has some popularity in Australia and South America. Certainly more than Rugby.

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  11. CM

    Wait, I just read that baseball and softball have been replaced by rugby and golf for the 2016 games? What the hell? Do those have more universal appeal?

    Questionable. We’re happy though, as that’s two new excellent gold medal opportunities for us.

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  12. CM

    Speaking of which, we took two gold in rowing last night. We’ve shot up to 10th on the medal table, 6 places above Australia. They’ll be looking for the closest bridge on hearing that news.

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  13. CM

    Yes. I rooted pretty much for Brits and not the US in cycling. We sent a mediocre team and didn’t deserve to win. We need four more years to season Taylor and TeeJay. Then maybe we can play with the big boys. And by then Canada will figure out Ryder has a real shot & build him a team, and the Brits will be sending Froome for the road race and we’re fucked. :)

    NZ (expectedly) took bronze in the men’s pursuit. Aussie and GB too good.

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  14. Xetrov

    It really does drive home that the Olympics are designed around European interests and to maximize European medal counts. Any sport they suck at is doomed to be replaced by one they suck less at.

    Basketball is doomed then after what Kobe and crew are doing to teams this year.

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  15. CM

    Told you the Aussies wouldn’t be happy about us winning more gold than them (so far anyway).

    Did you see Stambolova stumble over?

    Olympics of Sexy:

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other-sports/athletics/hottest-and-sexiest-athletes-fans-and-cheerleaders-1201517
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1268942-the-hottest-athlete-from-30-different-countries
    http://coedmagazine.com/2012/08/02/hottest-female-heptathletes-2012-london-olympics/
    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/08/03/hottest-olympic-athletes-_n_1739749.html#slide=1328410
    http://msn.foxsports.com/olympics/swimming/gallery/olympics-2012-sexiest-olympic-athletes-062812#tab=photo-title=Lauren+Cheney+%2509&photo=31162420
    http://www.celebuzz.com/photos/hottest-olympians-from-around-the-world/iaaf-world-indoor-championships-day-two/

    And for repmom:
    http://www.examiner.com/article/top-five-olympic-studs-2012

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