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    He is outstanding. I watched very little of the Olympics but I PVR'd his races. Arrogant, yes - not a trait I normally like or admire, but this time it's earned. The best ever, so far.
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    Great Britain has a (known) history going back thousands of years; the Opening Ceremony kicked things off in pastoral pre-industrial revolution times (age indeterminate - circa 18th century) and ignored everything preceding. So WW2 was not the only event passed over. That said, I know they can't include everything so..
    The Closing Cermony is usually more a free for all. From what I've heard, and as per above, there's going to be a lot of musical acts (Spice Girls, Jessie J, Russell Brand singing I am the Walrus (!?!) etc); it is supposed to be like an after-party if you will (someone likened the Opening Ceremony to a wedding with the Closing Ceremony being the party afterwards). I seem to recall Monty Python being mentioned but I don't know if that was supposition (something about Eric Idle and The Sunny Side of Life - I think that's a song? I don't really know anything about Monty Python). I saw a picture of mini London landmarks being offloaded (London Eye, the Gherkin building etc) as well.
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    I don't know re Costas. On a similar tack, I do know there was uproar because NBC cut the music/dance tribute to the 7/7 victims in the Opening Ceremony and then made a comment about it not being relevant to the American audience or some such. The head of NBC was also commenting that the BBC was too jingoistic in its coverage and celebrated British athletes too much while NBC doesn't do that for Americans and focuses a lot on foreign athletes. Don't know that I'd agree with him based on the NBC coverage I've seen.
    Oh my gosh, I completely disagree with that statement. Seems the only time we see foreign athletes is if they are competing against Americans. I don't believe NBC used to cover it that way - at least that's not my recollection. It's been a lot of years and I was much younger.
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    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life! I can't wait to watch!
    I do hope they do that song!!!
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    I've had quite enough of Usain Bolt, too. He is amazingly gifted, but publicly calling himself a legend, not once but several times, is not the way to celebrate. If you are a legend, you let other people proclaim it. I do admire him, but I felt the same way about his antics in Beijing. He reminds me more and more of certain NFL showoffs, like Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson and Antonio Cromartie, and that is not a good thing. I compare it to the graciousness and sportsmanship showed by James Kirani in the men's 400m and so many of the other track athletes.

    The men's platform diving was fantastic. Congratulations to all three medal winners for their outstanding performances.

    I love the rhythmic gymnastics and sync swimming and for me their uniforms are just right. Those sports blend athleticism with grace and beauty and what they wear embraces that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florimel View Post
    I've had quite enough of Usain Bolt, too. He is amazingly gifted, but publicly calling himself a legend, not once but several times, is not the way to celebrate. If you are a legend, you let other people proclaim it. I do admire him, but I felt the same way about his antics in Beijing. He reminds me more and more of certain NFL showoffs, like Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson and Antonio Cromartie, and that is not a good thing. I compare it to the graciousness and sportsmanship showed by James Kirani in the men's 400m and so many of the other track athletes.

    The men's platform diving was fantastic. Congratulations to all three medal winners for their outstanding performances.

    I love the rhythmic gymnastics and sync swimming and for me their uniforms are just right. Those sports blend athleticism with grace and beauty and what they wear embraces that.
    I really liked the little skirts they were wearing this Olympics it actually makes their long legs look even longer.
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    So all NBC has be doing for an hour is the highlights I don't need to see that when are the closing ceremony starting?
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    the closing was live. it started at 4pm. It is over now. Don't worry you didn't miss much. it was a lot of too much.

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    So if Mackayla had cried on the medal stand that would have been more acceptable than making a face? I'm not being obstinate here--I'm just trying to understand your argument. I agree that perhaps because they are all young (the gymnasts, I mean), they need mentoring, but because they are young and they don't have mirrors in front of their faces to see what they look like or how people might interpret their expressions, I tend to cut them more slack than the older athletes with more experience competing in front of world audiences. I'm also a little annoyed that tears from some people, especially the younger female athletes, are considered acceptable outlets for frustration but limits are put on what kinds of expressions of frustration are okay, when different people express emotions differently. I hate public tears (not other people's--my own) and will do anything, including probably making faces that aren't entirely pleasant, to avoid them. Comes from having a sister who ranks movies by how many Kleenex she goes through while watching them--as a kid I hated having to sit next to her in a movie while she cried and cried.
    Honestly? YES. Crying is harder to misinterpret. Although, really, I don't think they should be crying on the podium either, unless they are happy tears, which frankly, they ALWAYS should be in that situation. They just won a medal in the Olympics. There are many others who trained just as hard, but didn't get a medal and would be thrilled with ANY color medal. Like I said above, I think there are situations where you need to be told to pull it together and put on a happy face. You can cry when you're in your room later. There's quite a bit of time between the end of an event and the medal ceremony. Plenty of time to cry a bit and then pull yourself together again. McKayla may have just been frustrated with herself, but it didn't come off that way - it looked like she was just pissed off about the whole situation. You can tell she knew she blew it - she keeps tweeting pictures of herself smiling now!

    Funny that two of the medalists in the men's marathon have the same last name - Kiprotich - but are from different countries. Did the commentators say if they are related in some way? Amazing for 37 year old Meb Keflezighi to finish 4th (although I wish for him that it had been 3rd) in his final Olympics! The story about his family coming from Eritrea was incredible.

    IIRC, the 1984 marathon ended in the Colosseum right before the Closing Ceremony, so we got to see him arrive in the stadium. For some reason, I don't remember seeing a medal ceremony though. There was an awful lot going on to look at and it was a while ago. I DO remember all the darned fireworks, which seemed to go on forever. Our seats were in a location that required us to turn our heads WAY to the left and up to see the fireworks. My neck was sore for days! They did a little fireworks vignette for every Olympics. By the time they got to Rome, we were over it!
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    ACtually they are reshowing it.

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