The friggin' Olympics

Re: The friggin' Olympics

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Sat Aug 20, 2016 2:11 pm

One reason the Japanese athletes are doing so well may have to do with the fact that the Summer Olympics are going to be held in Japan in 2020. The country has probably put a lot of effort into grooming talented youngsters and improving their teams so that four years from now, they're really strong.
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Re: The friggin' Olympics

Postby BlindLucky » Sat Aug 20, 2016 2:43 pm

Admin wrote:That's a funny onion.

I'm sorry if this offends anyone (not really ;-), but ping pong shouldn't be an Olympic sport. You can tell these guys spend a lot of time in the gym. What's amusing are the frequent breaks and towel offs. I'm sure these guys are as spent at the end of their game as Phelps afte swimming two heats and a race in one day.

:lol:

There will be 5 new sports in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo:
BASEBALL/SOFTBALL
KARATE
SKATEBOARD
SPORTS CLIMBING
SURFING

How do you have surfing in Tokyo?
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Re: The friggin' Olympics

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Sat Aug 20, 2016 3:44 pm

Could surfing be held in one of the islands that has a good surf break? Are there good waves off Okinawa?
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Re: The friggin' Olympics

Postby Tessablue » Sat Aug 20, 2016 6:53 pm

Equestrian at the Beijing Olympics was held in Hong Kong; it's not at all unusual for events to take place in venues separate from the main city.

Speaking of, no mention of Nick Skelton?? By far my favorite story of the games!
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Re: The friggin' Olympics

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Sat Aug 20, 2016 6:57 pm

The 58-year-old Briton who won the individual jumping gold? The dude with the legs flying up in the air when his horse went over the jumps? Yeah, that was cool. :D
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Re: The friggin' Olympics

Postby Tessablue » Sat Aug 20, 2016 7:06 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:The 58-year-old Briton who won the individual jumping gold? The dude with the legs flying up in the air when his horse went over the jumps/ Yeah, that was cool. :D

I remember how magnificently Nick Skelton rode for his team in 2012, only to finally finish fifth with a rail down on the last day of individual jumping. Add that to his age and various physical difficulties and it's just a wonderful story that he managed to get the gold this time- and on the same horse! Not to mention the fact that he had to go first in the jump-off; never an easy task. Big credit to Eric Lamaze too, who was absolutely spectacular all week on board a really wonderful mare.

Roger Yves-Bost (Bosty) was the rider with crazy form who won it for the French. My second-favorite story :D
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Re: The friggin' Olympics

Postby tachyon » Sat Aug 20, 2016 9:17 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:Could surfing be held in one of the islands that has a good surf break? Are there good waves off Okinawa?


We don't know yet where surfing will be held.
But it won't be Okinawa whcih hasn't nominated itself.
Maybe either Chiba or Kanagawa, both near Tokyo.
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Re: The friggin' Olympics

Postby lurkey mclurker » Sat Aug 20, 2016 9:28 pm

tachyon wrote:
This is the first time Japanese sprinters get a silver medal in the Olympics.
And their 'Samurai pose' (you can see in the video below) is now very popular in Japan. :lol:

-- video of the men's 4x100m (from a Japanese broadcast)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RWr2KwBoIY


Pooh, the vid is not available/viewable in the US. : ( But yay for Japan! : )
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Re: The friggin' Olympics

Postby tachyon » Sun Aug 21, 2016 7:44 am

lurkey mclurker wrote:
tachyon wrote:
This is the first time Japanese sprinters get a silver medal in the Olympics.
And their 'Samurai pose' (you can see in the video below) is now very popular in Japan. :lol:

-- video of the men's 4x100m (from a Japanese broadcast)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RWr2KwBoIY


Pooh, the vid is not available/viewable in the US. : ( But yay for Japan! : )


Japan men's team's 'Samurai Pose'
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I thought US women's team was very cute, too!!!
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Re: The friggin' Olympics

Postby Della » Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:30 pm

Tessablue wrote:
BaroqueAgain1 wrote:The 58-year-old Briton who won the individual jumping gold? The dude with the legs flying up in the air when his horse went over the jumps/ Yeah, that was cool. :D

I remember how magnificently Nick Skelton rode for his team in 2012, only to finally finish fifth with a rail down on the last day of individual jumping. Add that to his age and various physical difficulties and it's just a wonderful story that he managed to get the gold this time- and on the same horse! Not to mention the fact that he had to go first in the jump-off; never an easy task. Big credit to Eric Lamaze too, who was absolutely spectacular all week on board a really wonderful mare.



On top of all the injuries Nick Skelton has had to overcome (two broken cervical vertebra; hip replacement, etc) which necessitates his using that stepladder to mount his horse, Big Star also overcame two suspensory ligament injuries - one in front, and one hind - which held him out of major competitions for two years following the London Olympics in 2012. They did a phenomenal rehab job to get him back to Olympic competition, but Nick commented that final round was the first against the clock Big Star had jumped since coming back.

Truly an amazing journey for both horse and rider to made it to the gold medal spot atop the podium :)
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