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Old August 8 2008, 12:38 AM   #31
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Re: 2008 Olympics!

The soccer tourney has started - Canada is doing well so far in the ladies' tourney, while the USA won their first group match in the men's.

And the men's final looks like it'll be in the Bird's Nest!
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Old August 8 2008, 05:52 PM   #32
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Pretty impressive opening ceremony - one favourite bit was the nod to the Baochuan of Admiral Zheng He!
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Old August 8 2008, 06:05 PM   #33
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You need our CBC coverage. Any event where the Canadians have a medal contender or even just a participant are covered live. And it's not only Canadian participants -- any event with well-known or interesting athletes tends to get covered live.
You mean our utterly useless CBC coverage? The bastards who put entire events entirely on digital cable, beyond the reach of most Canadians? Don't talk to me about those bastards.

I'm going to have to find an internet stream to be able to watch pretty much ANY show jumping coverage - it's all on a digital channel. If anyone knows of streams that Canadians can actually watch, I'd love to hear about them.

I'm all about the show jumping. I saw the Canadian and Mexican teams competing around a month ago (at Spruce Meadows), and I think it's going to be quite the competition. My money is on a battle between the US and Germany for Gold, with the Dutch for bronze.

In individual, I'm all about Eric Lamaze and Hickstead for gold, yes, that Eric Lamaze, previously banned from Olympics. And I'm proud he's representing Canada. For silver and bronze, I'd love to see Nick Skeleton, but realistically I'm thinking someone Dutch or German, probably a Beerbaum! Beezie Madden is my dark horse pick to pull out a medal.
Sorry, I didn't realize you couldn't watch the equestrian events. I don't care for that stuff myself, so I never even thought of it. I'm mostly interested in the gymnastics, diving, rowing, and the races that let the viewer see something of the countryside -- like the triathlon. Most of all, I want to see how Kyle Shewfelt does in men's gymnastics after recovering from two broken legs.

As to the opening ceremonies, it was adequate... nothing I'd write home about, though.
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Old August 8 2008, 07:03 PM   #34
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^They've done it with a few things, not just the horses. It's really lame, to take entire events and put them beyond the reach of most. And especially with something like show jumping, where we actually have medal chances. Eric Lamaze is ranked 3rd in the world right now, and is sitting on a horse that rivals Big Ben.

I'm wishing to be in the US right now so that I could watch the NBC streams - if they work as planned, it really puts everyone else to shame.
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Old August 9 2008, 01:24 AM   #35
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I'm not much of a summer olympics fan, I prefer the winter games, although I suspect I'll tune in to women's beach volleyball.
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Old August 9 2008, 01:26 AM   #36
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As much as I can't wait for the actual games, I have a lot of issues with how these games might go. For political reasons and the whole climate, and pullution, I don't think the US should be sending anyone there.
Nor do I. But the world of the moment is sad and mediocre, and our nation is unexcepted.
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Old August 9 2008, 05:15 AM   #37
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Woah, who here saw the lighting of the torch? That was just plain awesome!
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Old August 9 2008, 06:45 AM   #38
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Woah, who here saw the lighting of the torch? That was just plain awesome!
I'm planning to see it in about an hour and 15 minutes. Don't spoil anything ok.
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Old August 9 2008, 07:28 AM   #39
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Why were they playing Mexican music for China?

By the way, I'm watching Fencing on USA and that sport is "interesting" to say the least. Ah the olympics. The only time you get Diving, fencing, Archery, Rowing, and Equestrian as "sports."
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Old August 9 2008, 07:39 AM   #40
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^Hey now, archery and fencing are sports! They both take practice, a decent amount of effort, and you're trying to beat some one- I think that counts.
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Old August 9 2008, 10:01 AM   #41
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This final 20km of the road race in the cycling will be very interesting. Can the Austrian be brought back?
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Old August 9 2008, 10:33 AM   #42
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This final 20km of the road race in the cycling will be very interesting. Can the Austrian be brought back?
It was obvious he was only doing it for show (or more exactly for getting a contract next year ), but the finish was exciting; I'm happy Sanchez won, and not one of the captains. Also, he and Rebellin are two of the more likable pro cyclists imo (Cancellara is doped for sure though...)
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Old August 9 2008, 11:32 AM   #43
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Why were they playing Mexican music for China?

By the way, I'm watching Fencing on USA and that sport is "interesting" to say the least. Ah the olympics. The only time you get Diving, fencing, Archery, Rowing, and Equestrian as "sports."
The music they used for the Parade of Nations was dismal. It's like they played 52-Pickup with a collection of ethnic music from around the world, edited it together, and put it on an endless loop. There was no imagination, the renditions were blah, and as much as I love bagpipe music, I got really tired of it after the fifth time it played. There was no attempt at all to match the music to the countries.

I would classify diving and rowing as sports. But it still flabbergasts me that people consider target shooting and table tennis legitimate Olympic sports. Why not add Tiddly-winks?
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Old August 9 2008, 11:51 AM   #44
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btw., Bush in Beijing:



What are you looking at there, W?...
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Old August 9 2008, 01:23 PM   #45
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I would classify diving and rowing as sports. But it still flabbergasts me that people consider target shooting and table tennis legitimate Olympic sports. Why not add Tiddly-winks?
The Chinese love their table tennis.

Anyways, currently watching the swimming. Also checking what is to come for the rest of the night.
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