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  1. It's been a fantastic games for the New Zealand Paralympic Team. The team has exceeded their goal of 18 medals. I was interviewed a few days ago by Fairfax Media regarding whether or not Paralympians get enough recognition for their performance. You can read the article here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/84149177/are-new-zealands-paralympians-getting-due-recognition-for-their-athleticism
  2. Great start from the Kiwi Teeam. I really enjoy watching the Paralympics. The back stories of some of the athletes are just amazing. So inspirational actually!
  3. I would love the World Cup to go to Ireland or Italy. South Africa will probably be a favourite to win though.
  4. It's ok everyone is entitled to their opinion. I certainly am forming my own opinions on my topic which is backed up with evidence and facts. I was interviewed by the media during the games and it was published online by Fairfax Media and I certainly read a lot of comments by the public following its publishing (about 159 commented on the article). My opinions aren't swayed by one opinion or one comment.
  5. This is certainly an interesting debate. The broadcasting of Rio has also received a lot of attention in New Zealand as well as Prime Television which is free to air in New Zealand didn't really provide much live coverage at all. Sky Television had plenty of live coverage, but it was user pays. The debate has become political in New Zealand as some political parties are arguing that coverage of the Olympic's and other major sporting events that New Zealanders are interested in like All Blacks test matches should be live and free to air. I am looking to find coverage of NBC Prime time so I can analyse how the US portrays athletes during prime time. I am doing this with other broadcasters as well. I am looking at Channel 7 Australia and BBC in the UK. I want to see how different broadcasters portray athletes and their native countries athletes. My phd research is looking at how New Zealand's participation in the Olympic Movement has contributed to National Identity. In the modern age, television plays a major part in what people see and think about the Olympic Games. In New Zealand, sport is a huge part of our identity, namely rugby and the All Blacks which is seen as a cornerstone of New Zealand's identity. Yet, Rugby is not a major sport compared to football and other events. The Olympic Games is the biggest sporting event in the world, hence why I want to see how New Zealand's Olympic Participation has contributed to what it means to be a New Zealanders. Part of my study is comparing New Zealand to other western countries, like Australia, Canada, Great Britain and the USA. I still haven't found any Prime Time NBC Coverage, so if anyone has a copy please PM me or leave a message here.
  6. Did anyone download or record NBC's Rio Prime Time Coverage? I am trying to get a copy of the coverage. I have plenty of coverage from BBC and Sky New Zealand that I am happy to trade for this. PM me or message below. Thanks
  7. Excellent post. Thanks very much for sharing your views and opinions!
  8. It is working for me. I have downloaded the app and also watched a bit on my computer this morning before work. Havent seen enough yet to form an opinion, but the concept is excellent!
  9. For those who might have missed it I was interviewed on Stuff about my PhD topic which is about New Zealand and the Olympic Movement and National Identity. http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/olympics/83204255/Rio-Olympics-2016-Why-the-Olympics-epitomise-our-national-identity
  10. The end of the games is always sad for me - there is such a build up to any Olympic Games and then it is over in a flash. For me its back to the PhD and writing about the Olympics - so for me the Olympics never stop I even got interviewed for a local news website about my thesis. http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/olympics/83204255/Rio-Olympics-2016-Why-the-Olympics-epitomise-our-national-identity
  11. For me I was most happy with New Zealand's performance - our most ever medals at an Olympic Games - 18 for us was a fantastic achievement. I loved seeing Fiji win their first ever Olympic medal - a gold in the sevens. It was so coon to see how Fiji reacted to their win. Its what the Olympics are all about. I enjoyed seeing Brazil win the mens volleyball and football. They will take huge satisfaction winning those team events! Team GB had an amazing games, backing up from four years ago was huge! Being placed second on the table was huge! Negatives: Australia were poor and received a lot of negative press. I thought they would have improved on four years ago. 29 medals for them would have been a disappointment for them. India: the second most populous nation doing so poorly!
  12. We were only 2 gold short of 2012 - we won 6 in London and 4 in Rio! The 18 medals is a fantastic achievement. Just remember 16 years ago in Sydney when we won just four medals - seems a distant memory now.
  13. 18 medals for New Zealand - the most we have ever won beating the 13 won in Seoul and London!
  14. A fantastic BRONZE medal for Nick Willis - a great career from the champ - 18 medals is an amazing achievement from New Zealand. We should be very proud of what our small country has done! Just brilliant.
  15. This is a tough one. Phelps went to 5 games and has won a swag of medals. Bolt has done the treble - treble which will probably never be beaten. They are the best of all time in their respective sports.
  16. Don't forget about the Women's Triathlon. I would love to see Andrea Hewitt win a medal after losing her husband in November.
  17. BRONZE for Walsh in the Shot Put. This is the first time that a Kiwi male has won a field medal at the Olympic Games after 88 years of trying. Medal number 5 for the day and medal number 15 for the games. Brilliant day today for New Zealand
  18. Seriously - I dont think anyone realistically expected 23 medals that AP predicted. HPSNZ set a target of 14 which we have met with still some chances to come. This result should be celebrated. It is the most medals we have ever won at a single Olympic Games. It is harder today than ever before to win an Olympic medal. More countries are spending mroe money on elite sport. Just look at the Aussies who havent lived up to expectations. Sure there will always be some athletes that dont live up to expectations. But that is sport. Just as there are some athletes who exceed expectations. That is the beauty of sport. Congratulations to the New Zealand team in Rio! Our most medals ever at a single Olympic Games.
  19. Absolutely devastated with the hockey That was just heartbreaking! Now just witnessed the men's 100m. Bolt is a legend! Excellent to see. I think I need to go for a run to let off some of this frustration. Very disappointing result with the hockey. But I guess it ain't over until its over.
  20. Seriously you need to get some perspective. This is sport, and this is the Olympics. It's not meant to be easy. New Zealand had chances to win more medals, and it didn't work out. But if we compare this to four years ago at the end of day seven in London New Zealand had six medals - here we have seven. Valerie's silver was cruel how it played out. But when you think about it, this was her longest throw in 2 years coming back from injury. I just saw an interview with her and she is happy. She is a legend! Depressing is a very strong word, and I think you are using it out of context. Let's wait until the games are over before we criticise our team.
  21. Yes there have been some disappointments - but I'm not sure its as dire as you make it out to be. New Zealand still has plenty of chances up oursleves - the mens sevens were a disappointment and we should have done better. The NZRU let the side down I believe and I have been told as much by people close to the team. The shooting medal was a real bonus and yes the equestrian team had some rotten luck.
  22. Bitterly disappointed with the result. The team never really got their campaign going at all. Very disappointing but I do think its awesome to see sevens in the Olympics and its also great to see that the global game is growing and is much more competitive. It will be great to see Fiji get up for the gold and win their countries first Olympic medal.
  23. Japan have really stepped up with a win against New Zealand and also running Great Britain close! New Zealand were better against Kenya but will really need to step up tomorrow if they want to progress. Lets hope they have had their bogey game of the tournament. I also see Argentina ran Fiji close in the final game. This competition really is wide open.
  24. They needed that win thats for sure. I see Great Britain only just snuck past Japan 21-19
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