They were unprepared for the Olympic final. Even when they marched out, they looked nervous & scared. Only one guy on the team is over 21, and he's the only that had ever been to the Olympics before. I think the whole team peaked at trials, unfortunately.
sorry Bearcata. I wanted to edit but couldn't . i found it on Front page Yahoo.
I also enjoyed the ceremonies. Some parts were not quite as entertaining as other, and Beijing was an impossible act to follow, but in addition to Bannister, I loved Kenneth Brannagh reading Shakespeare and the bit with James Bond and the Queen. She showed her sense of humor just be agreeing to do it in the first place. Although I'm not a big fan of the whole royalty thing, I think she looks wonderful for 86 and Philip at 90 looks amazing.
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I'm pretty sure the requirement for spoiler tags is only in the reality tv threads. Otherwise, it's nice but not required according to forum rules. Especially considering that the outcomes are long since known before they are shown on TV (NBC, Canadian channels are better at showing things live), it's hard not to find out who won what. Maybe a mod could confirm.
Regarding the gymnastics thing...while it sucks for Wieber if those are the rules, those are the rules. Everyone knew them coming in and had to perform accordingly. She wasn't the only athlete who missed out on the all-around because of the "only two from any one country" rule - there were three other athletes affected. That said, I think it's silly that someone who comes in fourth isn't allowed to advance. I know the rule was put into place to stop any one country from dominating but, whatever, who cares...if the best three are all from one country, so be it. I kind of felt bad for Raisman as the whole focus seemed to be on Wieber not getting in rather than her getting into the final (sort of how there was a lot of focus on Phelps coming in fourth in the IM, with some of the attention drawn from the actual winner, Lochte).
Off to watch Olympics on the dvr!
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Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.' - Isaac Asimov
I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"
In more gymnastics news nonsense, apparently Japan challenged the judges decision on a score and the judges raised the score from 13.466 to 14.166--effectively shifting the overall placement of 2nd and 3rd and denying the Ukranians a bronze medal. Japan argued that Kohei Uchimura was underscored (and even though he messed up) said his difficulty was much higher. A half point (especially with a mistake) seems like a large increase and I can't believe the FIG has the audacity to defend this as well....basically, they have admitted that the ENTIRE judging panel missed something as significant as a incredible difference in difficulty (if they can't identify moves why are they olympic judges) and are open to awarding and taking away medals at any time. If this is the case then maybe they should review everyones' scores or get some new judges--right after they change their ridiculous 2 gymnast rule that denies the bests gymnasts in the world the opportunity to compete for Olympic gold. If this is how the International Gymnastics Federation is running things then maybe it's time for a new regime.
Last edited by mindy384; 07-30-2012 at 08:06 PM.