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1 minute ago, TorchbearerSydney said:

The one thing I do know, the Champion de Fencing a Montreal 1976 will deliver a long, boring, pointless speech that goes for EVER.

The Master of Sweet Nothings....

Thank you athletes. Peace and Solidarity. A beacon of hope. Competition and Fairness. New Normal. Rah rah rah.....

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19 minutes ago, krow said:

how do you qualify for the summer games and then the winter games in a different sport 6 months later?

and he's a student?

That probably wasn't too uncommon when the Winter & Summer Olympics were held in the same year. Oil slicked Pita almost qualified to be here. But he's on a different mission now. 

14 minutes ago, krow said:

NOT NBC calling austria a scandinavian country :( i fucking hate it here

No way! I missed that. Just further solidifies the stereotype that most Americans know squat about geography. I'll have to catch it on the replay later tonight lol.

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The German commentator is rightfully calling BS on this one. He just said that it is odd how the organisers are currently displaying harmony and understanding while so many people in China are not allowed to show their individual talents and qualities due to repression. Good man.

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1 minute ago, FYI said:

No way! I missed that. Just further solidifies the stereotype that most Americans know squat about geography. I'll have to catch it on the replay later tonight lol.

i can only pray they cut it out. 

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1 minute ago, Olympian2004 said:

The German commentator is rightfully calling BS on this one. He just said that it is odd how the organisers are currently displaying harmony and understanding while so many people in China are not allowed to show their individual talents and qualities due to repression. Good man.

The clever thing is that although it's certainly BS in the context of China, it isn't quite so much BS in the context of the Olympics (currently being held in China)

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2 minutes ago, Olympian2004 said:

The German commentator is rightfully calling BS on this one. He just said that it is odd how the organisers are currently displaying harmony and understanding while so many people in China are not allowed to show their individual talents and qualities due to repression. Good man.

Its very Chinese though - its all about saving face through virtue signalling. 

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Just now, TorchbearerSydney said:

Q: I'm surprised how full the stadium is, and how silent the audience was for most parts of the parade. In 2008, they were cheering a lot louder. Or something is wrong with the audio.

I think I have heard in the past most of the crowd has gloves on ... that would muffle clapping.

Yes, but in 2008 they also cheered and shouted a lot more. I remember how surprised I was back then that Chinese audiences don't seem to be as restrained and calm as other Asian audiences (or at least Japanese ones).

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2 minutes ago, TorchbearerSydney said:

Q: I'm surprised how full the stadium is, and how silent the audience was for most parts of the parade. In 2008, they were cheering a lot louder. Or something is wrong with the audio.

I think I have heard in the past most of the crowd has gloves on ... that would muffle clapping.

Even more so, when one's not allowed to cheer.

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1 minute ago, TorchbearerSydney said:

Q: I'm surprised how full the stadium is, and how silent the audience was for most parts of the parade. In 2008, they were cheering a lot louder. Or something is wrong with the audio.

I think I have heard in the past most of the crowd has gloves on ... that would muffle clapping.

Then give them vuvuzelas like at the South African World Cup. oh wait, they'd just be blowing covid everywhere.

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1 minute ago, Olympian2004 said:

Yes, but in 2008 they also cheered and shouted a lot more. I remember how surprised I was back then that Chinese audiences don't seem to be as restrained and calm as other Asian audiences (or at least Japanese ones).

Spectators were told to restrain from cheers and stick to clapping instead.

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