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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    I can't believe the officials did that, that is awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
    I can't believe the officials did that, that is awesome.
    It's pretty cool (if you read the article, you'll see the Chinese have been doing it for awhile).

    I think it sucked that the Games were being abused like that, and that spectators paying to get into those competitions were being shown crap.

    However, it apparently wiped out the top four players in the competition, and it seems to be a procedural issue -- they really need to go back to knockout rounds, since technically the players were just gaming the procedure.
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    Can you call it a sport if losing can ultimately be favorable though?

    I don't think they should sanction the players but change the mechanics of the tournament.

    At one stage, both teams appeared to be trying to lose.
    Whoever lost that game should get a medal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffywolf View Post
    Can you call it a sport if losing can ultimately be favorable though?
    I don't think they should sanction the players but change the mechanics of the tournament.
    That's why they need to change the mechanics.

    But it's kind of like the end of a "Few Good men," I guess. They got off on the technical charges because they were just following the system but were still dismissed for "behavior unbecoming of a US Marine." Throwing games in order to make future matches easier, I guess, is against the competitive spirt of the Olympics.

    Whoever lost that game should get a medal.
    "You are the Biggest Loser. Here is your gold medal." ha!
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    Awwwwwww....

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    I think the US is being stupid here, considering the winnings won't even pay for all the specialized training, etc., and that the US benefits from their victories at least in terms of bragging rights....

    When Olympic medalists return to the United States, they're in high demand. Everyone, from Michael Phelps to a bronze medalist in judo will be sitting for television interviews, talking to newspapers, going to assemblies at local schools and celebrating with friends, family and young athletes. They'll also draw some unwanted interest from everyone's favorite bureaucrats: the IRS.

    Medalists will have to pay hefty taxes for standing on the podium in London. It's not the value of the medal itself that will require a separate line on this year's tax returns, it's the tax on the prize money that comes with a gold, silver or bronze.

    The United States Olympic Committee rewards Olympic medalists with honorariums. A gold medal brings $25,000. Silver medals get you $15,000. And a bronze is worth $10,000.

    The Weekly Standard, a conservative news magazine, ran the numbers and tabulated that the tax bill on a gold is $8,986, silver is $5,385 and bronze is $3,500.

    It notes that Missy Franklin, an amateur who has yet to cash in on her fame with endorsements, already owes $14,000 in taxes from her gold and silver medals. By the time the Games are finished, Franklin's tax bill could reach $30,000...
    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympi...5961--oly.html

    Give me a break....
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    I'm posting the link to this article. But, really, it's more effective to just..

    .. look at Fox News's graph...


    ... then look at ...


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    @bologna: That chart is pathetic. The scale they are using is completely useless and simply meant to mislead. It's amazing they think they can do something so blatantly fabricated and get away with it... and it's scary that they probably will.
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    That'll 4 teams being thrown is BS. I agree with whoever said the first Chinese team to do it should have been thrown put to make an example instead of letting them infect the field. Obvioiusly if they're gaming the system and getting away with it then their nearest competitors will do the same in order to level the playing field. IOC needs an 3rd party oversight committee. And change the rules to be more competitive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    @bologna: That chart is pathetic. The scale they are using is completely useless and simply meant to mislead. It's amazing they think they can do something so blatantly fabricated and get away with it... and it's scary that they probably will.
    Yep... It's amazing the amount of people that never look at the actual numbers... And only at the difference in the bars height...


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