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  1. 22 medals. 4 gold. 20th by medal value but 10th by medal totals. Not bad for a country where winter sports are more popular than summer sports. Not bad at all. I´m glad Canada made a good appearance in Rio 2016. Really.
  2. That´s one is easy. The Games were enjoyable, although some serious organization issues. Athletes made history and saved Rio 2016.
  3. Great memories of the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games..... http://www.gettyimages.com/photos/pan-american-games-2015?excludenudity=true&family=editorial&mediatype=photography&page=3&phrase=pan american games 2015&sort=mostpopular I planned to be in Toronto at that time but I couldn´t due to vacation re-schedule, but I watched lots and lots of Tv and online coverage. It was an excellent event. Some friends had the opportunity to go and praised both the city and the Games. Toronto and its people proved that they´re able to handle any big event with class. I´m saving money in advance to not miss Lima 2019. I must be there. And I hope my country may host the Pan Am Games once again
  4. Having good memories of Vancouver 1999, I feel excited about what Toronto is doing for the Next PamAm games. Hope they do it great !
  5. Most companies are focusing on the World Cup right now. After all, historically, football always attract more TV audience in Brazil than any Olympic events and big media conglomerates are tossing it everywhere. I believe Rio Games will be a success of tickets sales (as was the PanAms on 2007) but won´t have nearly the same impact on Tv audiences as the World Cup
  6. Sort of.... It´s in the top considering the total number of medals.. But taking the traditional ranking by gold medals, Canada finished 1st, Germany 2nd and USA 3rd.
  7. Maybe I´m not used to watch curling competitions, but from what I saw on Tv, I didn´t see anything special ou offensive about Canadian crowds. For me they seemed just enthusiastic fans. I didn´t notice any kind of behavior during swedish plays that could harm their game anyway. Sweden won because they kept their heads cool all the time. It seemed that the Canadian team had really felt the pressure of getting the gold at home. They seemed kind of anxious, specially during the three last ends of the game.
  8. A big Hoorray for Canada ! Only the most optmistic Canadian fans would imagine Canada topping the medal table like that. At least here in South America, most media makers were betting in Germany for finishing first, then USA second and Canada third. But everybody´s glad with Canada finishing first. Congratulations ! What a great Olympic Games !
  9. Brazil´s coach changed some of the setter main functions. Instead of just tossing the ball for an attacker, he introduced the act of fooling the defenses with different moves, specially when attacking from the 3-meter line. In almost every tossing two or three players jump for the attack, confusing defenses. Our previous setter, Ricardo, was excellent in doing that, even when tossing from the back of the court. Marcelo Elgarten do not do that with the same speed and technique, so it´s easier for the other teams to read his movements and either block or defend. Power never was a characteristic of the Brazilian team, since we don´t have many players taller then 2 m, like Russia or Serbia ou even the USA. Our players are not very tall, so we must use speed and strategy to win. And Bernardinho showed the world that this really make a difference between teams who rely only on power.
  10. Yes. It was dissapointing, specially in soccer. We still couldn´t get a gold medal, neither with the boys nor the girls. Hypolito (in men´s floor on Gymnastics) was another big dissapointment. As for indoor volleyball.....Actually, for us, the loss of the gold medal in indoor volleyball was not a dissapointment, as it may seems. Brazil got all important titles it could get from 2001 and 2007 - except from 1 World League, 1 PanAm games and 2 America´s Cups, where they got silver, bronze, silver and silver. They won so much that we didn´t felt they were obligated to win this time. And we´re sure our volleyball teams still can do a lot in the future. We have to consider that the US team made a work of 4 YEARS, studying Brazil´s style of play. I remember, in a interview, the american coach saying that if they wanted to win anything in volleyball they should be able to defeat Brazil. So he conducted his team in all those years with only one goal: defeating Brazil. And they achieved that. Interesting to notice that the games against Russia and Serbia were, in a certain way, more challenging than the final, simply because they spent so much time studying Brazil that they couldn´t count much on strategy against these teams. The final was a very, very strategic game and the US deserved this gold medal, as it deserved the World League title. Ah... just to complete the information. Brazil won 2 WChamps, 2 WCups, 1 PanAm Games, 1 AmCup, 6WLeagues, 1 OG, 3 SAmerican Cups, 2 ChCup in only 7 years. This can demonstrate how huge was US achievement in defeating them.
  11. Right. And while it´s important to invest in every sport, it´s important to try to keep the higher funds for the sports that the nation has more tradition and popularity, keeping them in a always high level and than developing the others. For us, brazilians, our worse performance was in Sidney (6 silver, 6 bronze, no golds), perhaps that was the edition when we had more chances of getting the gold. 2008 was just so-so for us, since we raised the total number ( 15, from 10 in Athens), but lowered of number of golds (3 from 5). The overall sentiment, though, is deception, ´cause this time we had more money and a bigger delegation.
  12. I could tell you a lot of examples, but it would take a lot of space here. Let me give you just one: I remember the Brazil-Cuba game in women´s volleyball in 1996 when there was all that screaming and fighting, the referees DID notice that it would happen if both cubans and brazilians kept talking and speaking and they did NOTHING to avoid that. Not even a single yellow card was shown. After the end of the match, they just walked out while the players were fighting over the court, like if they didn´t have anything to do with it. How irresponsible ! We hardly see this kind of thing in a World Championship, where refereeing is a lot more tight. I feel the same with judging sports like gymnastics or diving. Remember the figure skating final at the Salt Lake City Winter Games ? What was that ?? It was ridiculous to see the Russians taking the gold, they even felt embarassed ´cause they knew that the Canadian (or American?) couple was better than they.. Man, there are just so many judging and refereeing mistakes in the OG. We don´t see it as often in World Championships. It´s clear for me that the best judges/referees normally do not take part in the OG, or at least only a small part of them are called to join.
  13. Judging and refereeing are always a problem in the OG. It seems that the federations not always send their best judges/referees to the OG, opting to save them for the world championships, instead. I always feel them very unprepared when they´re on action during the OG, in almost every sport. Not surprisingly the OG is the event where we find the most unpredictable results.
  14. Another question... I´m trying to upload a personal picture for my profile. The picture I´m trying to use has just 5 Kb, but every time I try the page says that its too big.... what can be wrong ?
  15. Hello. Can anyone please tell me how can I add pictures/figures to my signature?? I've been trying to do that, not sucessfully. and what's the size limit for these pictures?? Thanks
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