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They should add this to Beijing 2008....

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Dragon Boat Racing

This topic hasn't been in the forefront for a while. By the way, has dragon boat racing ever been in a multi-sport international event before? If not, then next year could be the first time: the 2007 World Police and Fire Games in Adelaide, Australia, will have it in these Games.

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i found this:

Natural Track Luge (Natur Bahn), has no banking on the corners, so tracks can be built anywhere by packing down snow or making ice. The course is then outlined with cones, flags, hay or fencing. Average slope varies according to the location, but will never exceed 1.5%.

The Olympic luge competition is called Artificial Track Luge (Kunstbahn). Artificial Track Luge uses banked curves like bobsleigh tracks and an average slope of 8% to 11%-similar to a steep road. The basic components of all tracks include start and finish areas, two straight-aways, left and right turns, and a curve combination such as an "S."

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The decision as to the format for the team events at the Olympic Games 2008, to be staged in Beijing, was decided by the International Table Tennis Federation at the meeting of the Olympic Commission in Linz on Thursday 15th December 2005.

It will be the first time that team events have been staged at the Olympic Games; there will be a Men’s Team event and a Women’s Team event; the new competitions will replace the Men’s and Women’s Doubles events.

Principles

The principles followed by the Olympic Commission when making their decision were that a maximum of five matches should comprise a fixture, three players must compete with all players having the opportunity to play in two matches in each contest.

Furthermore, there was an obligation to the International Olympic Committee to have doubles included in each fixture, as the team event would replace the existing doubles competitions. Therefore, the members meeting in Linz believed that is was important to include doubles in one of the first three matches, thus ensuring that a contest could not be determined without a doubles match being played.

Format

Therefore, after extensive discussion the following format was decided:

No player will play more than two matches in each fixture.

The contest will start with two singles matches

The third match will be doubles and must include the player who has not been selected in either of the preceding singles matches.

Following the doubles, there will be two further singles matches; those involved being the player who competed only in the doubles and the player who did not participate in the doubles.

Order

Team captains may select the order in which the players appear and they must initially nominate which two players will compete in the first two singles matches.

Following those matches, the team captain can then decide who plays doubles with the player who has not participated in the first two singles. The system avoids any repetition of matches; no players can face each other on two occasions in singles matches in one particular fixture.

Teams

There will be a total of sixteen teams in the men’s event and sixteen teams in the women’s event.

One place is allocated to the hosts; one place is allotted to each of the six continents with the remaining nine places being determined by the highest ranked players relevant to those who have qualified to compete in the singles events.

It is mandatory that the number of athletes present does not exceed the numbers established by the International Olympic Committee for the Athens Olympic Games; therefore, reserves are not permitted and it is quite possible that some players will compete in the team events only.

It doesn't say this in the article, but i'm guessing that it's a single elimination tournament(except for the medal rounds) and whichever team wins three matches will move to the next round. sounds good to me.

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the top time for the 10km open water at the 2005 world championships was an hour and 46 minutes in the men's event and an hour and 56 minutes in the women's event. how the heck do they do that? and if you think that's incredible, there's also a 25km event(which won't be in the olympics) which had a best time of 5 hours flat in the men's event and 5 hours and 25 minutes in the women's. whoa!

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Just as the GB article has stated, here's what the IOC article has to say about this topic:

Beijing 2008: Games Programme Finalised

yea i see 302 events very similar to athens but bmx racing, 10km swimming marathon. womens double trap shooting has ended as well! the 10km swimming marathon will be an interesting event, is it going to be held in open water or in a pool?

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Just as the GB article has stated, here's what the IOC article has to say about this topic:

Beijing 2008: Games Programme Finalised

yea i see 302 events very similar to athens but bmx racing, 10km swimming marathon. womens double trap shooting has ended as well! the 10km swimming marathon will be an interesting event, is it going to be held in open water or in a pool?

I'm pretty sure it will be in open water (that's what they've done at the FINA World Champs). The question then is, where in 2008? Does Beijing have a river, or will they hold it on the coast, maybe where the sailing is being held?

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Just as the GB article has stated, here's what the IOC article has to say about this topic:

Beijing 2008: Games Programme Finalised

yea i see 302 events very similar to athens but bmx racing, 10km swimming marathon. womens double trap shooting has ended as well! the 10km swimming marathon will be an interesting event, is it going to be held in open water or in a pool?

I'm pretty sure it will be in open water (that's what they've done at the FINA World Champs). The question then is, where in 2008? Does Beijing have a river, or will they hold it on the coast, maybe where the sailing is being held?

yea it will be interesting where it will be held

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