The friggin' Olympics

The friggin' Olympics

Postby Starine » Sun Aug 07, 2016 1:58 pm

Really? No thread?

Impressed with swimmers Katinka Hosszu and, of course, the indomitable Katie Ledecky -- both of whom have already set records in Rio.

And I'm hearing a rumor that gymnast Laurie Hernandez is not being used in the all-around despite her breakout performance in the trials... is this true??
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Re: The friggin' Olympics

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Sun Aug 07, 2016 2:28 pm

Yes.
http://www.nj.com/olympics/index.ssf/20 ... ition.html

I've mainly been watching equestrian, which so far has been the dressage tests for the Three-Day competitors.
Boyd Martin's OTTB, Blackfoot Mystery, is clearly not a natural in the demanding discipline, but I look forward to watching the 17.2-hand gelding do what he does best...the cross-country section, which IIRC is tomorrow.
Also interested in leading rider William Fox-Pitt's mount, who is a stallion. That's almost unheard-of in eventing, where nearly all the horses are geldings, with a handful of mares. The commentators yesterday were making a big deal of how unusual...and how good...the sixteen-year-old entire is. Also mentioned that Chilli is 58% TB, with Northern Dancer and Secretariat (!) in his pedigree. I'd love to see a five-generation chart on Chilli, to see how close Secretariat is in his family. :D
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... c-eventing
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Re: The friggin' Olympics

Postby lurkey mclurker » Sun Aug 07, 2016 3:09 pm

I've been watching the eventing dressage too : ) I missed William Fox-Pitt's ride (I'm sure I can catch it on YouTube later) but totally fell in love with the Mathieu Lemoine's gorgeous push-button young bay gelding Bartl. <3

It makes me itch to ride again. I was just doing training level but real life has been so crazycakes the past few years I haven't had any time... : (((((

So far I've seen a Russian men's gymnastics stream, Aussie commentators for men's archery (holy cow the Koreans and their bullseyes in the gold medal match O_o), a Russian stream for fencing (Cyrillic text onscreen) with French commentary, and yesterday's dressage was from Viasat so it had Swedish (or Danish?) commentary.

You may be interested to know that "Zimbabwe" sounds the same in Swedish/Danish as it does in English. :lol:
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Re: The friggin' Olympics

Postby Kelly Ann » Sun Aug 07, 2016 7:08 pm

There was also a scare at the Olympic Equestrian Center as a military bullet pierced the roof of the media tent and landed on the floor.

The incident occurred during the lunch break at the dressage event Saturday. The competition was not disrupted and nobody was hurt.

The bullet landed inches from one of the media tables at the end of the room where the press conferences are held, leaving a clear hole in the roof. An official statement is expected shortly.

The arena is located near a military compound.

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national ... 20161.html


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Re: The friggin' Olympics

Postby Leapsandbounds » Sun Aug 07, 2016 9:15 pm

Yep Hernandez was excluded from the all around. Gabby Douglas is in her spot because only Coach Karolyi picked her. She says Douglas always peaks at big performances. Made me mad because Hernandez deserved it big time. Oh well its the last year for Coach Karolyi.
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Re: The friggin' Olympics

Postby lurkey mclurker » Sun Aug 07, 2016 10:28 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote: Also mentioned that Chilli is 58% TB, with Northern Dancer and Secretariat (!) in his pedigree. I'd love to see a five-generation chart on Chilli, to see how close Secretariat is in his family. :D


4th generation back (? or 5th? if Chilli counts as the "first" generation?), according to the "stud card." :mrgreen: (Although they wrongly identify Northern Dancer as UK, rather than Canadian-bred :roll: )

http://gauntlett.me.uk/Chilli-Morning-Stud-Card-July-2011.pdf
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Re: The friggin' Olympics

Postby Starine » Sun Aug 07, 2016 11:12 pm

Exciting day in swimming, with UK's Peaty and USA's Ledecky both breaking their own world records. And the men's relay was very exciting, with US edging out France.

Also caught some of the gymnastics, and Aly Raisman and Simone Biles looked rock solid. Their landings were terrific. And young Madison Kocian is just fantastic on those uneven bars.

The only damper was a really scary fall earlier in the day by a female Dutch cyclist. She wasn't moving at all after the crash and I found out later she suffered a concussion and "minor" spinal fractures.
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Re: The friggin' Olympics

Postby Spahny » Sun Aug 07, 2016 11:17 pm

I thought the road cycling course was unsafe. The shadiness of the steep and windy downhill section guaranteed wet spots. But worse than that, those wet spot are very hard to see when traveling 30-40mph in those kinds of conditions.

Annemiek van Vleutenof was the likely winner of the women's event. She had a terrible accident that I think was caused by the course conditions. Her rear tire slipped very slightly on a wet spot she did not see and she went over on to a cement curb. She is in the hospital with a broken spine.

Too many crashes in both the men's and women's races. These athletes are very adept on their bikes. They live on them and can change their wardrobes while in the saddle.

Bad start for Rio.
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Re: The friggin' Olympics

Postby Starine » Sun Aug 07, 2016 11:30 pm

You may very well be right. There were a lot of crashes going downhill in both the men's and women's races.

Also adding:

Rio Highlights: Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps Win Gold; Simone Biles Wows
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetorch/20 ... gymnastics
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Re: The friggin' Olympics

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Mon Aug 08, 2016 12:02 am

And let's not forget a rowing team who capsized after striking a COUCH floating in Rio's lovely lake. Thank goodness it was just practice, but I also read that the sculling teams complained about how rough the waters were for their event, and one team capsized...had to be assisted back into their scull by a safety team.
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