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    Quote Originally Posted by strawberries View Post
    this beach volleyball bizness is so porny.
    It sells.

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    "NBC confirmed that Tuesday’s prime-time coverage of women’s gymnastics and the semifinal beach volleyball delivered the network’s best prime-time Olympics ratings in 36 years."

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    Woah. Now that's a save!
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    From the economist:

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    The highest-achieving nations in the modern Olympics

    CERTAIN nations dominate certain Olympic sports. Some can sustain this dominance for decades, as America’s continuing triumphs on the athletics track and in the swimming pool make clear. Others enjoy their years of glory, but then move slowly down the pecking order: India’s hockey team won gold (and every match it played) at every summer games from 1928 to 1956, but has not come close to a medal since 1984. The last in our series of Olympic charts shows how national domination of particular sports has altered over the course of Olympic history. During the cold war, the Soviet Union and America played out their rivalry across the medals table. More recently it is China’s sporting star that has risen highest: having pushed America aside in the diving and taken control of the weightlifting, it is now challenging hard in the swimming too. Expect this progress to continue in Rio in four years’ time.

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    This Korea-Japan soccer game is a bloody grudge match. 4 yellows so far and not even halftime.

    Why this sport can't use proper timekeeping is beyond me. It's the 21st century, FFS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
    This Korea-Japan soccer game is a bloody grudge match. 4 yellows so far and not even halftime.

    Why this sport can't use proper timekeeping is beyond me. It's the 21st century, FFS.
    Agreed. I think the timekeeping is kind of stupid. If nobody knows when the game is going to be over until the official blows a whistle, that removes a great deal of potential drama and excitement from the game. Why not just stop the clock when someone gets hurt instead of adding injury time? I think the timekeeping in soccer is one of the main obstacles to full acceptance in the US. Not that FIFA should bend over backwards to please US audiences - that's not my point. But I think it's also true.
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    2 more Golds and a Silver for NZ over the last 2 days! The girls are finally coming through.


    Upsets abound in the Athletics relays. How awesome was it to see Bahamas beat the US in the Men's 4x400?



    It was also pretty amazing to see the US women win the 4x100, not only burning off the Jamaicans but getting a World Record.

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    Also I watched the BMX over the last few days and was shocked at the level of carnage. In most races at least one person crashes. And I mean crashes: the horrible, bone-crunching kind. This one from the Men's heats was pretty crazy (partly because the NZ guy was the only one who got through it ):



    Not to worry. They all seemed to get up and continue the race... once they all managed to find their bikes...
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    ... Well that was fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Kross View Post
    2 more Golds and a Silver for NZ over the last 2 days! The girls are finally coming through.


    Upsets abound in the Athletics relays. How awesome was it to see Bahamas beat the US in the Men's 4x400?



    It was also pretty amazing to see the US women win the 4x100, not only burning off the Jamaicans but getting a World Record.

    Yeah, also the men's 4x100 relay was pretty exciting.
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    Well I was going to make a post about how great NZ's medal haul was - 13 medals (5 of which were Golds) equals our best previous effort and really is pretty awesome for a country of a little over 4 million people. Check out Medals Per Capita if you don't believe me.

    But then this happened about an hour ago:


    Olympics shot put: Nadzeya Ostapchuk stripped of gold medal



    Belarusian women's shot put gold medallist Nadzeya Ostapchuk has been stripped of her title after failing a doping test, the International Olympic Committee has announced.

    Ostapchuk, 31, threw 21.36m with her third attempt to win in the Olympic Stadium last week.

    But Ostapchuk has now been disqualified after officials said metenolone was found in a urine sample she provided.

    New Zealand's Valerie Adams, who was second, has now been awarded gold.


    This is the first athlete to be stripped of a medal at the London Olympics. I personally am pretty shocked because I watched this event closely (even got up early in the morning to watch it live too!) because the NZ athlete, Valarie Adams was expected to win.

    Adams is the Beijing Olympic Champion (and my country's Olympic sweetheart), hadn't been beaten in 2 years and had been throwing well lately. Ostapchuk had apparently "suddenly" come into very good form in the last 2 months as well, throwing into the incredible 21m range. At the Games, Ostapchuk's best throw was slightly beyond Adam's PB but Adam's didn't perform up to her own standard, ending up with silver - even though her throw would have been enough to win Gold at Beijing. Adams was extremely disappointed but did her best to put on a brave face. I admit I did have a moment of suspicion about the win but didn't want to go down the sour grape route, so I applauded the Belarussian, thinking she had worked hard to improve and now, deservedly, had a Gold.

    So turns out that Ostapchuk must have gotten pissy at not being able to beat Adams and resorted to cheating. It's pretty sickening. I suppose it's great she's been caught and the rightful winner has the Gold (and I'm pretty happy about the Chinese woman getting the Bronze too, because I felt bad when she just missed out), but it leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. I feel pretty betrayed, god knows how the people of Belarus will react.

    BTW that makes it 6 Golds for us now and we finish 15th on the Medal Table
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