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  1. I have dinner plans Friday night so this will be the first opening I have not watched live since 1976.

    In fact, this is the first time my Olympic Flag is not going up the pole since 1992.

    I will DVR it but I just don't care.

    I am hoping Vancouver and London will save the games from what they have become. A repeat of Berlin and Moscow.

    Olympic champion Joey Cheek had his visa revoked today by the Chinese Govt.

    The U.S. cyclist come under fire because they wore face masks into the nasty Chineese air. Hell, I would do the same. Have you seen the crap still floating about Peking? (Ooops - I meant Bejing - sorry)

    Preliminary reports show that a protester today at the Chineese Consult in San Francisco was almost killed by people from consult (this is preliminary)

    :angry:<_<

  2. Ok, the US flag bearer will be an ahtlete named, Lopez Lomong.... he was one of the 'Lost boys of Sudan'

    here is the link,

    http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/news?slug...p&type=lgns

    I think that this is a great and unexpected choice....

    Oh geez :rolleyes:

    I guess I have to take back what I said about Canada's choice. If this wasn't a marketing choice I don't know what is.

    Bob Costas will get a stiffy when he chatters on about this PC choice. <_<

  3. Not everyone in CHina attaches great signifcance to an early or late carrying of the torch as some of you here do. Everything so far is geared to what will make China shine internationally - and Yao Ming is a proven entity. He doesn't have to be sold unlike the what's-her-name Liu Xiang or whatever...

    Did announcers have to explain who Epi was in Barcelona? Midori Ito of Japan? Muhammed Ali in Atlanta? Cathy Freeman? The 1980 US Hockey team? etc., etc.? No. Their names spoke for themselves.

    Only what's-his-name, Karamanaklis... or something, really a "B" star in a "B" sport, had to be explained...and that was because Kenteris had this dark cloud hanging over him. And then spinning that story about he was a "water" athlete so it was in keeping with the marine theme of those Games. Yeah; right. Couldn't have fooled me.

    Unless there is some weird background tale, I think Yao Ming is/was the first choice.

    Probably, but is there some obscure historical Chinese athlete we are missing?

    Sohn Kee-chung was somewhat of a surprise during Seoul. Although he didn't actually light it. And I can't tell you right now who did . . .

  4. It has more to do with coincidence. He's the poster boy of the Canadian Olympic Team, the most successful athlete for Canada in Athens and the most successful athlete since those Games. He has won a ton of world titles.

    He's young - he's attractive. He has a Dutch name and nobody has heard of him before.

    This is a Bob Costas moment to advertise Vancouver and block out some of the more uninteresting Parade of Nations.

  5. Well~G spot ~No cuming but much more stronger organsm if those male athletes don't mind bringing some dildos while passing the x-ray on their trip to Beijing.

    but that needs some practise. :rolleyes:

    Oh, it is easy getting those through x-ray. All you have to do to not make it look like a pipe bomb is . . .

    Oh, I have said too much. ;)

    I recall in '84 that Peter Vidmar's coach told him not to have sex with his wife 2 weeks prior to the games.

    Must have worked. They won the team gold.

  6. Well, a dramatic way to end a former Olympic venue. Not like the way another former Olympic velodrome of another former Olympic host city became.

    Are you speaking of Montreal? The best reuse of what is essentially an expensive, later on worthless sports venue I have ever seen. B)

  7. And God help us if we're critical of the Ceremonies, lest we be called racist Westerners who only believe what the media tells us, right?

    For me, to be called excellent ceremonies, frankly, Barcelona and MAYBE Sydney still set the standard. Not a slam on either Atlanta or Athens at all, the problem with them was:

    Atlanta was too inconsistent. I LOVE the opening with Summon the Heroes, the tribute to the ancient Olympics, the Parade of Nations, et al, but the chrome trucks? The tribute to the South? FFward button land.

    Athens had strong points too but just didn't grab me the same way Barcelona and Sydney did. The historian in me adored those ceremonies, but I just couldn't develop an emotional attachment to them.

    So, we'll see about Beijing. I'm trying to keep an open mind, but am wary.

    Everyone has their own preference. There is no such thing as "best ever" being bestowed on any single ceremony. I used to work with a Korean woman who was part of the '88 Seoul opening and she still believes that they were the best ever. I personally think L.A. was. I met a guy from Toronto who still talks fondly of Montreal's opening. Doesn't mean they were the best - just an emotional attachment as you pointed out.

    I thought the fashion show and the human pyramids in Barcelona was lame; the trucks and cheerleaders in Atlanta stupid; I was so over Nicky Webster about a quarter into the Sydney ceremony that I went to the kitchen and made a casserole, not to mention the cauldron mishap and Athens overall just left me cold - so much so I went to bed before they were over. Doesn't mean anything as somewhere someone thinks any one of these ceremonies was the best.

    I will say 12 years later that I have started having a greater appreciation for Atlanta's Opening.

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