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Everything posted by BTHarner

  1. That list is far from final. More nations will qualify athletes and some of those who have only one athlete run the risk of not being able to participate should that athlete suffer an injury in the months leading to the Games (I hardly believe the Bahamas have another athlete to replace the one who has qualified). I remember the final list at Torino was only set the day of the opening ceremony and a number of nations that were listed the day before such as Mexico, Jamaica, Pakistan, and Peru were deleted and did not participate.
  2. Great article. Have we ever had a discussion in these forums about the best OC presidents? I can't remember seeing one.
  3. Looks great. Those archived sites are cool and they do bring back memories.
  4. These people are too caught up in their self-importance to realize that hosting events such as these can have long-term benefits for the city such as needed infrastructure improvements. They always seem to cite the effect such games have on the impoverished, but haven't many past hosts used their athletes villages as low and middle income housing?
  5. FILA may conduct the contests, but the IOC owns the event. Any attempts at redress will need to go through them. I would not hold my breath though after his tantrum. I'm going to leave this discussion now. Pillan, I think you need to cool off. You are refusing to listen to reason. You may feel free to fire off another emotional diatribe, but I will waste no further time reading them. I have an Olympic Games to follow.
  6. Pillan, calm down. You are getting a little irrational about this. I don't detect any anti-Sweden bias in any of this discussion and I personally am quite fond of your country. This thread is about an athlete who displayed inappropriate behavior and spoiled the dignity of the occasion for the other medallists. It wouldn't matter if he was Swedish, Russian, American, etc, I would be appalled the same regardless. The IOC might look more favorable on his complaint if he didn't ruin a truly cherished ritual.
  7. Sorry Pillan, sometimes life just isn't fair. Anyone who has been associated with sports has been on the wrong side of a referee or judges decision. A true sportsman will accept such setbacks with grace and dignity. I find acts of poor sportsmanship such as this one or, as another example the 1972 basketball final, to be absolutely deplorable. If Ara had a legitimate complaint, then there would have been more appropriate channels in which to protest. Instead he acted like a spoiled baby who didn't get what he wanted and for that I have no sympathy for him regardless of the particulars of his situation.
  8. Here's an early favorite for the gold medal in the sore losers event. http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/news?slug...s&type=lgns I can't stand that kind of an attitude. does he realize how many of those athletes, and how many people in general would love to win an Olympic medal, regardless of color? I hope the IOC strips him of it, just as they did the weightlifter from the Unified Team in 1992.
  9. I know for certain that I don't feel the emotions swell up in me for Phelp's medal ceremonies as I do for, to give an example, the judo victors who worked hard for four years for that one brief moment on the podium. Phelps gets to spend more time on the podium than some people spend in competition. The guy is an awesome swimmer though and we are truly blessed to see such an accomplishment in our lifetime.
  10. Well, it's is the night before the opening ceremony here in the Eastern US, Friday morning in Beijing, and I just wanted to wish all my fellow GamesBidders a very enjoyable Games. This is what a lot of us seem to live for and even though the buildup to Beijing has been cluttered with issues that cannot and should not be swept under the carpet and ignored during the course of the Games (they will be brought up, constantly, lets face it politics in the Olympic Games is a reality, like it or not). Nevertheless, the Games are here and they should be memorable on many fronts. For those who are in Beijing, I hope you have a very inspiring experience, especially if this is your first Games in person. I think one needs to attend at least one Olympic Games to truly understand the magnitude and the scope of the event and appreciate what it is truly about. I hope you have a safe and enjoyable time and I look forward to reading about your experiences. For those of us consigned to the TV or internet, I hope we are able to get a true feel for the event regardless of distance. This is one of the truly great spectacles in sport and even though the Olympics sometimes fall short of its lofty ideals, it is still a magical gathering of peoples united in one of our few social common denominators, sport. It's time for the Games, let the wonderful moments begin.
  11. As far as the competition is concerned, my excitement level is about where it is for any Olympic Games. I could live without all the extra baggage that these Games are carrying (I'd much rather be looking forward to a Games in Toronto, a mere seven hour drive from my home). I'm at the point in my in my life that I just can't wish four years away to get to London 2012. I'm going to enjoy these upcoming competitions, then take a short breather, and start getting ready for Vancouver.
  12. At this rate, I'll have to make NBCOlympics.com my official games-time destination for results.
  13. I, too, wouldn't take SI's predictions too seriously. They ignore these sports for four years and then they try to come off as experts on everything on the Olympic program. But then, NBC ignores a lot of these sports for four years too.
  14. SI is always a little patriotic with their predictions. They were way off in 1996 when they predicted something like 130 medals for the US.
  15. I personally prefer a simple one color look, like Atlanta's use of green or Sydney's use of blue.
  16. That is a good question, but I am one of the most technology-challenged people around. Ever since I got my satellite dish, I have no clue what is hooked into what or how I would even hook anything else into it.
  17. I'd have to go through them. It's fair to say there in probably a bit of everything other than the main NBC offeringof track, swimming, and gymnastics since I didn't tape any primetime shows. It's mostly the cable coverage. I know I have every US women's soccer match, but my wife would kill me if I got rid of them since she is a big Mia Hamm fan.
  18. I have the opening ceremonies of every games since Seoul, as well as about 50 hours from Sydney and over 200 hours from Athens, plus a smattering from Salt Lake and Torino, and truth be told, I watch them once (except for the ceremonies) and then they just sit on the shelf, yet I don't want to tape over them for fear I may actually watch them again some day. With the advent of the online, on-demand coverage, I will not be using the VCR for the upcoming Games. I may use the DVR to record a few must-see middle of the night events (for example, the men's soccer final) that I'd rather see on the TV as opposed to the computer screen.
  19. That's a shame, I hope they consider bringing him to do hockey in Vancouver.
  20. That is probably what disappoints me most. The only place to find a detailed schedule is on the ticketing website.
  21. As of now, its not much of an improvement over the previous version. It just has a new look.
  22. I second that. Most games-time sites are up by this time.
  23. I will watch anything except artistic gymnastics, dressage, baseball, and softball.
  24. I had heard mention of the basketball and soccer channels a few weeks back in an article pertaining to my satellite provider. So I am assuming I will have another viewing option, as if there weren't enough already. Watching these Olympic Games will be a lot like trying to figure out what to get off the buffet at an Italian restaurant, there are going to be some impossible decisions.
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