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    2012 Summer Olympics

    We always enjoy following the Olympic Games -- winter or summer. The 2012 Summer Olympics have a special meaning to me though.

    First, someone I worked with for many years is in the Opening Ceremony. She (Helen) has also been selected to take part in both the Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies. (The Legal Division had staff in many countries. Helen was the U.K. Manager of the Patent Staff and had visited the U.S. many times. A very charming lady.)

    Second, one of the stars of the U.S. women's soccer team, Abby Wambach, is from my home town. It was very exciting to see her score in the match yesterday against France.

    Aside from those two special reasons for following the games, we enjoy seeing the top athletes from around the world.

    Anyone else follow the Games?
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    Re: 2012 Summer Olympics

    I don't have any particularly special reason to follow these Olympic Games, apart from living in the UK (quite close to London, in fact). I will watch as much as I can on TV, but I am not going in person.

    The reason for this is my father (who doesn't really care much about the Olympics or sport in general) deliberately (I can only assume deliberately) booked our holiday straight over the Olympic season. I was like NOT AMUSED!

    But I still get to watch it on TV (which probably has better views anyway). It just would have been nice to go to London to experience it, especially as it is in my country this year.

    But yeah, looking forward to it!

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    Re: 2012 Summer Olympics

    Oh, and in case anyone doesn't know what the "Olympics" are, courtesy of Urban Dictionary:

    Quote Originally Posted by "Olympics", Urban Dictionary
    n. Loose assemblage of activities undertaken quadrennially by over-ripped folk with an odd view of life and difficulty prioritising. Small trinkets on coloured ribbons and needlessly ostentatious flower arrangements are commonly given to several of the better entrants as stirring tunes play. Flags and advertising signage tend to be prominently displayed and portly men in suits shuffle about needlessly.
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    I couldn't sleep yesterday so I flicked on the olympics and caught some women's arm wrestling; it looked like the 85kg class. I think a Bulgarian won. Then there was rhythmic gymnastics. I swear to God. Rhythmic gymnastics.
    Source: http://www.urbandictionary.com/defin...&defid=6686147

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    Re: 2012 Summer Olympics

    I don't watch them in general, but I am interested in some events. Although they don't deal with martial arts (and wrestling doesn't even count), much of what I did for 2 hours or so every day for over 30 years to attain what's in my profile is very much similar to the skills shown in gymnastics so I do try to tune in to them (both men and women - different things but equivalent levels of expertise required). Otherwise, I quite simply can't fit any more than that into my impossible and limited schedule even if I were interested.


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    Re: 2012 Summer Olympics

    Quote Originally Posted by niemiro View Post

    The reason for this is my father (who doesn't really care much about the Olympics or sport in general) deliberately (I can only assume deliberately) booked our holiday straight over the Olympic season. I was like NOT AMUSED!

    Smart man, get out of Dodge while the getting is good
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    Re: 2012 Summer Olympics

    Yes.
    Interested mostly in the swimming, aths, cycling, tennis & rowing.


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    Re: 2012 Summer Olympics

    There were a lot of soccer/football matches televised today. The Japanese men's team really looked good.


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    Re: 2012 Summer Olympics

    Waiting for the Opening Ceremony to be televised here in the U.S. My friend reported that she is . . .

    in the historic section of the Olympic Opening Ceremony wearing a long dress, apron and bonnet and shall be coming into the stadium from one of the tunnels at about 9.10 straight after 'the tree moment', at about 2 o'clock with the tree at 12, heading right for the centre ring and later moving to 3 o'clock clock near a machine and then at the end I will be at the very front on the edge of the ring. Our segment lasts 15 minutes. Very much doubt that I will feature - there are over a 1000 in my segment but you never know!


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    Re: 2012 Summer Olympics

    To put it simply i love the olympics bringing all the countries of the world together and try and give each other a spanking and get a great medal haul for their nation.

    Now it might surprise you that i am with the brits and we need to show the world how we have improved we are able to field a full team for once since we are hosting this year

    Great opening ceremony Danny Boyle and all involved did a fantastic job last nights show was impressive to say the least gives you an insight to our history and struggles we faced over the centuries.

    Looking forward to the gold ribband event the 100metres even tho Usain Bolt will win no doubt and the greatest 100metre runner of all time even better than Carl Lewis who ranks 2nd now IMO.

    100metre relay always look forward to USAvGBRvJamaica with the french about there.

    Lets have a memorable games and i am sure we will.

    We have great medal prospects in rowing, cycling, sailing and track and field and even in gymnastics we have a hope.

    Oh not forgetting Tennis and other events.

    Sorry being jingoistic.

    I like it when we spank the US in particular the rivalry but in a nice way

    One thing i do hope that it is not blighted by doping scandals by any country but especially from My country Great Britain.

    I am hugely patriotic when it comes to stuff like this and mean no offence but i am passionate and think i have to give us a boost.

    Lets have a great games.
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    Re: 2012 Summer Olympics

    Very nicely said, Cyber. Despite my earlier comment, I too enjoy competition (but doing rather than watching) and think that the Olympics are quite possibly the best world-wide method where the rivalries are good-spirited and everyone can root for their particular country (or individuals from other countries if they choose too). It's the best example I know of patriotism done in a very favorable and positive way. Many if not most other forms of patriotic behavior are not so pleasant (war, genocide, economic/financial efforts to the point of ruin, nasty or worse attitudes that exist not only in the countries but throughout the world between the nations involved, terrorism, hideous actions,...). It's nice to see this shining example of how it can be done pleasantly. There are other examples (international chess or go tournaments, etc...), but none of these draw anywhere near the same levels of attention and spirit by average citizens as the Olympics.

    So being patriotic myself (notice my Avatar - and while chosen for a variety of reasons involving that character, patriotism was also one of them even if not as "friendly" as Olympic competition though always in a way where the actions could be totally justified), I suppose I should be watching and rooting for team USA. When I check out the news, I do look to see what happened and I'm pleased when the USA does well and disappointed when they don't - but I just can't find the time or inclination to actually watch (except I hope some of the gymnastics).

    When I was in international ninjutsu and aiki-jutsu tournaments (on those rare times they occurred in the USA and I could fit it in - after all, it's not often I otherwise get to compete with people at or above my levels), I did so both for personal achievement as well as national pride. It's too bad that the true grandmasters are in Asia where you must train for the higher ranks than I have (and typically can only do so in very limited places - e.g., Japan for ninjutsu). The net result was almost always, except for rare exceptions/accidents, that all other countries/locations were eliminated relatively quickly because even those of officially equivalent levels trained by the grandmasters who competed learned more about some of the otherwise never seen techniques that blew the rest of us away. So it was hard to take pride when the chances of winning were about the same I'd have of beating Roger Federer in a single game (if even scoring one point) let alone a set or match - aside from never having played Tennis before. But we did have some wins (even I had a couple) and those were intensely satisfying. The less official matches (which I never entered but know some who did) had nothing to do with national pride and were all focused on individual achievements - something totally different (and often exceeded and still do what I'd consider normal competition which is one of the reasons I avoided them besides them never being in the USA).

    So, nothing personal to you or anyone else from anywhere else, I hope team USA does well this year. While not a certainty, I imagine Venus and Serena will be in it to the end and probably come up with some medals - maybe even gold ones. I don't keep up enough on anything else to hazard a guess at where USA has a chance, where USA is a certainty, or where USA is going to be crushed - but I'll hope for the best anyway as I read the results (I don't spend time on analysis and predictions and such). Too bad my avatar doesn't exist and can't compete or USA would need a truck to carry all that gold. LOL!

    And while I too hope for no drug or other similar scandals to mar things, I hope much more (and would even prefer the scandals) that there's no repeat or anything similar to Munich.
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    Re: 2012 Summer Olympics

    Ah yes the Captain would do an impressive haul for sure, i always preferred the Hulk myself strenth and power the field events Hulk wiould smash.

    I studied Karate years ago Styles of Shotokan i studied under sensei Aidan Trimble former world champion and studied Wadoryu also the shorterned version of Shotokan unde senseir Mick Brough a former british champion and former european british team champion team.

    Is Stephen K Hayes still the only westerner to attain master(shinobi) in Ninjitsu.

    Are there any real practising ninja's still around from what i read the last died in 1969 don't ask me to spell his name.

    Unfortunately i never made it to represent my country just was not good enough or the competition had the ede over me at the time.

    I remember back in the days i trained and sparred and fought no pads or gloves just using control of power bare knuckle stuff.

    Have you ever heard of a guy called Phil Milner he headed up an association called the International Budo Association not an official association at the time was a bit crazy but nice guy went on to break the world record for demolishing a house with his bare fists. I have heard he is dead now was a nice guy tho but took black belts thru future gradings including locking them in a room and beating the crap out of them as part of the grading.

    I regularly went on what they called ninja's which was a weekend of stamina training mixed in with Karate training and sparring.

    Remember doing 8 mile runs in bare feet havin to drop on the knuckles doing press ups then continue run and dropping for sit ups and squats and bunny hopping while carrying logs crawling thru nettles and the like, i am sure this rings bells with you training in the disciplines you did.

    The finale on a sunday night was to run off and hide in the woods and the black belts seeking us out and having a set to.

    Punishment circles and more.

    Was all good stuff to increase fitness levels and toughen you up.

    Yes the games will be really interesting and be enjoyed by all.
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    Re: 2012 Summer Olympics

    The opening ceremony was definitely interesting. I loved the whole sort of like, steampunk theme in some cases. Today I appeared to randomly switch to the channel broadcasting the Olympics. Surprisingly enough, a Dane made it on a 3rd place in the Swimming!

    I think it's interesting overall.
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    Re: 2012 Summer Olympics

    There was plenty of coverage on the net https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=ol...w=1280&bih=603
    and something I just found out http://www.examiner.com/article/olym...-unknown-woman

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    Which Olympic Sport Is Most Tech-Dependent?


    Been watching the Olympics? Good! You are a true patriot. And along the way, you've also probably noticed that a lot of these sports seem to lean pretty heavily on the technology that accompanies them. Archery bows look like post-apocalyptic bunker defense. The shooting portion of the modern pentathlon is basically laser tag at this point.

    All of which is fine, but sometimes it starts to feel as though the athletes are becoming increasingly irrelevant. Even seemingly stripped-down sports like running and swimming have shoes and suits that that give tangible boosts. Progress is progress, and nothing about it is inherently bad. But which in which sport do you think machine matters more than man the most?

    http://gizmodo.com/5929909/which-oly...tech+dependent


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    Re: 2012 Summer Olympics

    The unknown woman was part of the opening ceremony cast apparently according to Lord Coe.

    Technology is now an intregral part of everyday life now, doesnt make the athlete irrelevant at all they still have to train hard and cannot and should not rely on the technology alone it won't make them winners only the mindset and hard physical work in training can prepare them and equip them with the tools neccessary to be able to win, technology is used as an aid.
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    Re: 2012 Summer Olympics

    Dsiappointment yesterday with Vicki Pendleton making that mistake in the velodrome in the team sprint and then china making the same mistake woooe.

    Chris Hoy and the boys brought it home tho and other medals gold in shooting and silver in Judo.

    Medals Gold and Bronze today.

    Wooo Hooo we up into fourth in medal table we aint gonna catch the US or China but South Korea in our sights and athletics started today everythings looking rosy in the garden at the moment.

    What a great games this is turning out to be but i would say that i am British

    Well done to all countries for making it such a great spectacle performances, attitude and good feeling, what more could you ask for.

    Feel a bit for aussies in swimming not gone well for them but Phelps awesome and record haul of medals for all time what a high to go out on.

    We've had some good results in swimming also and Becky's big one tonight c'mon Becky
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    Re: 2012 Summer Olympics

    Not a great moment for the Aussies, but proud of all of them nonetheless.
    They'll definitely be some soul searching when they get back. Seems like the AOC deciding to push the team-qualifying standards to the limit has backfired. Cutting out potential athletes and making the benchmark ones push themselves hard just to qualify to qualify to win a medal. :|

    Been enjoying the Weightlifting immensely! Such a great crowd everytime, and so many amazing characters. There was a 34yo (old by standards) Micronesian guy who was hilarious.

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    Re: 2012 Summer Olympics

    Ah, still, Jack, 20 medals overall to date for the Aussies. http://sport.uk.msn.com/olympics-201...px?country=AUS

    I don't understand some of the qualifications for qualifying to go to compete either. There were soccer/football qualification events completed as long ago as February 2011!


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    Re: 2012 Summer Olympics

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    Ah, still, Jack, 20 medals overall to date for the Aussies. http://sport.uk.msn.com/olympics-201...px?country=AUS

    I don't understand some of the qualifications for qualifying to go to compete either. There were soccer/football qualification events completed as long ago as February 2011!
    You just wait though - the media will whip up a fuss about it. Just the way Ch9 comes up to the athletes after winning silver and saying "You must be so dissapointed! What happened?"

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    Re: 2012 Summer Olympics

    That is just plain rude and uneducated! Then again, it seems that the media is the same all over the world. Even when interviewing a Gold Medal winner, they ask stupid questions. As to disappointed! The darn media should be fawning all over them and congratulating them for their achievement.
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