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  1. I didn't thing anyone could top Rogge in having little personality, but our favourite 1976 gold medal winner just about triumphs,
  2. Chagall and Rach II, unapologetically high brow, with a light touch, I'm liking this CC more and more
  3. Canada's flag-bearer is keeping to the beat, New Zealand's stopped trying!
  4. I'm no great fan of Meryl and Charlie, they're a bit too plastic fantastic for my tastes, but had it by a country mile in my (inexpert) opinion.
  5. I don't feel very patriotic about Austria these days having lived outside for a long time, but really pleased for Fenninger and Hosp as we were having a bit of a poor games, but I don't like the fact that one of the Austrian coaches designed the super g course, seems a bit of an advantage. Amazing come back from the Swede in the women's x country, watching her reel them in and take out the German has been my favourite moment of the games so far!
  6. 1cm inside the line is harsh, but she should have made contact. I know there are now pictures of skaters who skated even more inside in other races and qualified, but that's a referee issue and doesn't make her infringement less. There was no appeal, Team GB did the right thing. I hope she can keep concentration next week for her best event and not let the weight of expectations get to her. Short track is a rollercoaster - look at Hamelin crashing out in the 1000m - several disqualifications, penalties and advances all round. It's pretty thrilling.
  7. I've been impressed by the australians taking losses on the chin. Torah B and Dale BS were gracious and funny, unlike Bode 'the clouds, the clouds' Miller!
  8. Clare has got balls of steel, all those outside broadcasts snubbed by russians, in a fuschia fleece jacket with a stolen shopping trolley for company.
  9. The judging seemed patchy, but great news about Jenny Jones - even if there are no other medals, Sochi will now go down as one of the better British outings.
  10. I'm flipping between the Beeb and ORF (Austria) for my coverage - thank god for Robin and his expert commentary in the pairs skating. Grew tired of the maths errors during the luge - how hard is it to read the screen?
  11. I love the fact that the luge has uphill sections, but the look is rather rough compared to the Whistler slides for Vancouver. Lots of unfinished wood, and random debris in the sight lines as the camera followers the competitor round the track. One might argue it doesn't matter if the course is great ...
  12. I liked the use of the visual space, where vast 'floats' were drawn across the air, reminding me of the May Day Parades in the Soviet era. Wonderful to showcase the depth of the repertoire in Russian classical music - particularly good in the 'elegant' sections - like the voyna-i-mir Ballroom and the constellations. Less sure about the kitsch elements. I didn't mind the simplicity of the lighting of the flame, but yep, surrounded by a sea of people would have made a more lasting impression than 2 Olympian Putinistas navigating an empty plaza. . My favourite bit was the oath - we had the athlete who sped through the thing, then the official who ponderously incanted his memorisation, and then the coach who managed to croak it out through the botox - most human thing of the night.
  13. Athan. thanks for an informative post. The information here in the English press is slightly coloured, often with distaste for Rajoy, because he has been difficult about Gibraltar *lol*. The British media seem to want to tie in Catalunya with Scotland, and the comparison isn't a good one, mainly because Artur Mas is an opportunist, whereas the Scottish Nationalist Party has wanted independence since the 1970s. It is interesting that the Spanish government can prevent a referendum. The British government realised it could not and surveys suggest the majority of English people now favour an independent Scotland. i wonder if this will affect the IOC members' preferences - I guess it depends on how things develop. Certainly riots and demonstrations would not be good press.
  14. A dream is all it is going to be unless Blanco starts getting his act together. Expecting the Olympics to help with youth unemployment or the economy shouldn't be part of the narrative. Isn't it only relatively later in the cycle that the kind of service/hospitality jobs that young people often fill become available anyway?
  15. I've never bought the Spain in meltdown shtick but a video isn't going to work sadly.
  16. I'm not at all sure a meteoric rise should be championed either. Coe's quite hard to like - just ask the voters of Falmouth and Cambourne who voted him out as an MP after one term. He hasn't suggested anything about the IOC in public - it's all typical British press fizz, although I wouldn't be surprised if his pr people are whispering to journos whilst they ply them with free booze and pies. There's obviously enough eurochatter to wind up Rogge though. And it seems he's sold his private consultancy business to a key olympic advertising contractor for 12 million pounds right after the games - raising eyebrows as it would contravene public sector guidelines. But hey ho, it's alright, because LOCOG was a private enterprise, just kept afloat with taxpayers' sweaty cash. At least Gianna and Mitt Romney were already billionaires before they took the gig ... sigh
  17. Not sure if people outside the UK can see this but LEXI from Ch4 also gives a user friendly guide. http://lexi.channel4.com/ They've also produced a teacher's guide so it can be used in schools to teach/talk about disability, and more importantly, people with disabilities.
  18. I've just got back from Japan. I'm afraid I'm less excited by this bid than I was, although I'm sure it's robust enough. Every single one of my friends and colleagues do not want it. There is a strong feeling in the regions that Tokyo gets enough government subsidy and corporate dosh at a time when the Northeast is still sifting through the ruins and a third of a prefecture really rather close to Tokyo is still in nuclear lockdown. They are trying hard to shift public perceptions in Tokyo itself, and maybe that will work. One problem is that the bid team is stacked full of failed, troubled or extremist politicians, not least the chairman himself, who is more Lyndon Larouche/Jean Marie Le Pen than Boris Johnson. Tokyo really could do with a Seb as its CEO, Mizuno is no doubt a very good operator, and his company makes sports equipment, but it's hardly an inspirational choice, and that's what Japan needs. The Turks and the Spaniards have got bids that seem to be going tits up for various reasons, but they've certainly got quite a lot of never-give-up support amongst the locals, sometimes to the point of absurdity.
  19. Michel Platini is much more of a ticking timebomb than the civil war in Syria. Istanbul is as close to Vienna as to Damascus.
  20. CAF, I agree with you in the main, but I also think you are in danger of being just a little disingenuous. Your Tahiti analogy is flawed as it did not acknowledge that the Tahitian Broadcasting Service had made all the events available online, if your visitor had bothered to look. I was watching the BBC rowing stream and saw the German eight victory ceremony together with the 'drowning' of the cox (albeit with the sound down for your National Hymn which is a bit of a tradition in my family). Whilst I think your proposal for people perhaps to 'buy' a pass to their national broadcaster whilst abroad has a lot to recommend it, I think your criticism of the host broadcaster would be more robust if the BBC site had not made the OBC livestreams of every sport available via their web portal. The rowing was available on the 'red button' - that's how I watched it. Whilst I am appreciative that people who do not regularly live in the UK may have found using the additional olympic digital channels, or the bbc websites unwieldy, it was also not rocket science! I hope you've managed to see the medal ceremony since, I do remember thinking that the Canadian cox was extremely short, and one of the Germans was staggeringly tall, with a good few cms on all the other 2 meter oarsmen. It was comical. The British were terrible losers, scowling and walking off asap. That was comical too.
  21. I feel sorry for Atlanta, I didn't think it was a bad games at all, and the IOC decided not to award the Olympic Cup to the volunteers and people of the city, even choosing not to give any award in 97, when it could have easily been generous.
  22. So many British people say they would prefer to be an American state than in the EU, for continental Europeans it is both funny and depressing!
  23. I agree the table is a bit muddle headed but not altogether invalid. Surely it depends on the comparison - if we're comparing medal performance by placement in the ranking rather than event against event, the point of comparison is nation against nation? With less competing nations one might expect the US performance in the paras to be better than the OG, all other variables being equal. But variables aren't equal. No surprise that China and Ukraine do so well, with large institutionalised populations of disabled people who can be readily trained for national glory, so to speak. Equally not surprising that the US, which led the charge to get disabled people out of institutions and 'special' education struggles to identify and develop a talent pool in comparison. My bet is that Britain will continue on a downward trajectory in real terms (you only have to look at its medal table history in the PGs to see its decline) - as social trends in terms of disability become closer to those seen in North America.
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