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  1. Even though the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games does not officially start until Friday, tomorrow is the day that starts the Olympic football (soccer) tournament. The men's one starts on Thursday; the women's start tomorrow.

    Here is the schedule for the women's tournament tomorrow (in local Beijing timezone):

    - Argentina vs. Canada -> 17:00 (5:00pm) @ Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium

    - China vs. Sweden -> 19:45 (7:45pm) @ Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium

    - Germany vs. Brazil -> 17:00 (5:00pm) @ Shenyang Olympic Stadium

    - DPRK (North Korea) vs. Nigeria -> 19:45 (7:45pm) @ Shenyang Olympic Stadium

    - Japan vs. New Zealand -> 17:00 (5:00pm) @ Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Center Stadium

    - Norway vs. USA -> 19:45 (7:45pm) @ Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Center Stadium

    Good luck to all teams here.

  2. Looks like we have the full order for the Parade of Nations.

    NOTE: Yes this is unsourced and from Wikipedia. The person who provided it says he is "asst Chef de Mission for Canada". So as always, take it for what its worth.

    It must be accurate or mostly accurate considering the order is on number of strokes in the character.

    Parade of Nations order

    It looks good to me. This is going to make some commentators confused on why the parade of athletes is in order like that, but I would love to see how the name placards look like, once they come out. I bet it would be a bit awkward for Germany to be at the seventh LAST team to enter the stadium; never mind that Australia is third LAST team to enter, just before Zambia and host China and so forth.

  3. If the trend continues, the CBC will not have the whole parade of athletes shown without commercial interruption. Also, I know one European network will have the whole thing shown without any such interruption. It will be interesting on how it will do, when the Canadian team shows up at the Bird's Nest. I did not like its previous attempt, when it came to wanting to interview the athletes then at Athens 2004 much.

  4. For starters, I cannot wait to see who will battle at the men's 100m race final. It looks like the atmosphere favors the Jamaicans so far because of their potential for breaking the world record here. Of course, the environment could play a role here.

  5. Hey, Maryjane, I thought there are NINE strokes with the two examples of Great Britain and the USA there.

    Anyway, if you want to know what your country translates into Chinese, you could ask her for advice.

    By the way, 英国 or 英國 (Yīng guó) could be at the BACK, if the pin yin system is used here because of the ROMANIZATION (English TRANSLITERATION) way of reading Chinese. Essentially, that is what "pin yin" is.

    Also, to Maryjane, what kind of Chinese script would the placards show: the traditional (like what the Cantonese mostly use) or the simplified one (like what most Mainland Chinese use)? That example somewhere in this topic, it looked like it used the TRADITIONAL one for practice.

  6. Oh, I see. The radical and/or strokes idea is not a bad one. For those not knowing what this means, it means that the number of "single movements before picking up the brush again" of the first Chinese character could determine the parade of athletes order. There are SEVENTEEN (17) radicals in the Chinese language, PLUS what Maryjane has provided in her post. For examples, look up this Chinese-English Dictionary site for your information.

  7. NOT IN PINYIN~please.

    Then, what do you suggest? Just outright English, like the way they did it for the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics?

    Anyway, I know a couple of them, like Canada 加拿大 (jiā ná dà) and the United States of America 美國 (měi guó).

  8. PD: Can anyone tell me the number of order Venezuela will march? O_O (yeah, that's my country)

    The Chinese translation of Venezuela is: 委內瑞拉. In Mandarin, it is said like this: wěi nèi ruì lā.

    So, if the "pin yin" system is used, it would be at the back end of the parade. Come to think of it, I think I should do this, to help you guys out what is the Chinese equivalent of the English country names.

  9. Anyone got that "lucky loonie" yet in your change, according to that SkiFreak list at his previous post?


    In 2007:

    Curling - February 23, 2007

    Ice Hockey - April 3, 2007

    Wheelchair Curling - July 11, 2007

    Biathlon - September 12, 2007

    Alpine Skiing - October 24, 2007


    Snowboarding - February 20, 2008

    Freestyle Skiing - April 16, 2008

    2008 Lucky Loonie (Dollar coin) - July 23, 2008

    Figure Skating - September 10, 2008

    Bobsleigh - October 29, 2008


    Speed Skating - February 18, 2009

    Cross country skiing - April 15, 2009

    Ice Sledge Hockey - June 17, 2009

    Bronze Medalist - August 5, 2009

    Silver Medalist - September 9, 2009

    Gold Medalist - October 7, 2009

    2010 Lucky Loonie (Dollar coin) - November 4, 2009

  10. Adam Van Koeverden was just named flag bearer in the opening ceremonies.


    It is like the way Catriona Lemay-Doan, now a CBC sports commentator, went through when she was a winter Olympian. She carried the flag at the Nagano 1998 closing ceremony and at the Salt Lake City 2002 opening ceremony.

    Congratulations to him for getting the nod. He carried the flag at the Athens 2004 closing ceremony.

  11. Hey guys, i don't know if this are the actual pics of the ceremony, but i think i have found the placard designs:



    Like the others, I think they are practice placards. Besides, the main thing about this segment of the opening ceremony is the ORDER, starting always with GREECE (希臘), of the parade itself. I am rather surprised that TRADITIONAL CHINESE writing could be used here, instead of the SIMPLIFIED version where most Beijing citizens would easily recognize. Would pin yin (Romanization of the Chinese language) be used here?

    Link: Wikipedia: Pinyin Entry

  12. Thanks, MJ, for trying.

    But all we get are 'impressions' and how high tech it will be.

    So, they're doing the 4 great inventions which would be:

    - paper (that giant scroll),

    - gunpowder (so - fire & fireworks). What are the other 2?

    I knew there would be a Great Wall sequence.

    Baron, the other 2 are the COMPASS and the PRINTING PRESS (the book and movable type).

    Link: YouTube Entry

  13. To me, I would choose the men's swimming events, especially the ones that Michael Phelps are confirmed to be in. You see, if he does win that many Olympic gold medals, as some commentators are saying, he will be the most decorated in Olympic history that may not be matched for many future Olympiads to come. That is and at least, in terms of the gold medal category. The bigger question would be whether Phelps would want to go to London 2012 or not.

  14. The changes in qualification hadn't been posted until today, so I did not know.

    Canada really has only 1 female archer, so its fairly obvious the choice.

    Can someone find out affirmatively how many Judoka we have, some say 5 some say 6.

    Based on conservative estimates and recent corrections Canada's team is at 298, with provisions for at least 12 track and field athlete's that are sure to get selection, we will have a 300+ team.

    Also what is going on with female MP, everything I have seen says 1 female for Canada, but others have said 2.

    This Canadian team will be bigger than 4 years ago for Athens, right?

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