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 2008 Beijing Olympics, Anyone watching?
Xuanwu
Posted: Aug 20 2008, 07:36 AM


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I have to admit: I haven't been this glued to an Olympics since 1996 in Atlanta. And even then I didn't watch nearly as many events as this time! I missed the opening ceremony due to Otakon, unfortunately, though I'm told it was pretty much the most spectacular opening in Olympic history. I'm going to try and get my hands on the DVD version so I can see it for myself.

China's really brought their A-game on the events. While they aren't competing in as many as the US, they're winning a lot more gold medals, so they really invested time in building up their athletes. An excellent job on their part. Hopefully it'll motivate the US to start revving up, as well.

Phelps was amazing to watch. I also enjoyed the diving, gymnastics, and the China vs. China beach volleyball match. It was the most evenly pitted match I'd seen. Seeing Guo Jingjing compete again (I'd seen her back in 1988 when I was a little kid) was cool. I do wish China hadn't stacked their gym team with some 12-14 year olds, they didn't need to do that to win and it kind of cheapens the thing. The men's gymnastics were fair, though, and it was nice seeing Yang Wei finally get gold.

I like the news coverage as well: the little tour tidbits NBC has done are great. I really liked the one where the newslady went to Beijing's snack market. It's nice to see they're still tops for food diversity over there. I also like how they spread it across four channels so you can watch more of the events.


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bulmabriefs144
Posted: Aug 20 2008, 09:47 PM


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No. American egocentrism, and China's relative naivete on the athletic field makes this one a bummer. For quite a great portion during its history, China was isolationist. Then it finally opens up and agrees to play with the rest of the world, and who does it get? The guy who can't stand losing. This is why Americans are getting straight gold medals like this, the Chinese, unlike the Russians, are kinda new to this and despite it being their turf, it isn't really their game yet.

Not that they're bad. It's that they are unseasoned in comparison, since the US regularly holds sports competitions.


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Xuanwu
Posted: Aug 21 2008, 02:06 AM


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Wait, what? You do realize that China has 10-15 more Gold medals than the US, right (last I saw the numbers, anyway)? The US is doing well at getting medals overall, but China is going a very good job at getting first in the events they send athletes into.


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bulmabriefs144
Posted: Aug 21 2008, 06:42 AM


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No, I didn't, thanks for informing me. I read the news, but of course it's US-biased since we're a stupid small town, so Phelps winning 8 medals is like on blaring letters in the front page, and somewhere in the back, it talks about China's 15 gold medals.

But I still think the events were too easy or something.


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Posted: Aug 21 2008, 08:30 AM


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...too easy? When was the last time you did an iron cross?

For that matter, excepting the case of biased judging, it would be hard to make an event easy for one team's athletes without making it easy for everyone.


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bulmabriefs144
Posted: Aug 21 2008, 12:40 PM


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Never, but I'm sure I could beat all of them myself, np (:is joking:).


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bulmabriefs144
Posted: Aug 21 2008, 07:13 PM


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Oh btw, here is a list of medals per country with a run-down link to who won what.

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Frey
Posted: Aug 23 2008, 09:33 AM


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I have been watching the events on TV except for when I am working at my summer job from the late afternoon to the evening.


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