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      waltonl4
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      Re: The Olympics 2016
      Reply #30: Aug 04, 2016 08:56:09 pm
      Programme on BBC1 at 9pm about Mo Farah
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      Reply #31: Aug 04, 2016 09:34:37 pm
      Completely forgot about this, think I'll watch it on iPlayer tomorrow. Easily one of my favourite sports stars. When I first started watching athletics about 13 years ago all I knew about distance running was that Ethiopia and Kenya were the sh*t and nobody else can touch them. What he's been able to do to them in recent years is ridiculous!
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      Reply #32: Aug 04, 2016 10:15:46 pm
      Completely forgot about this, think I'll watch it on iPlayer tomorrow. Easily one of my favourite sports stars. When I first started watching athletics about 13 years ago all I knew about distance running was that Ethiopia and Kenya were the sh*t and nobody else can touch them. What he's been able to do to them in recent years is ridiculous!

      he must be the skinniest strongest man in the world,
      271 Russians cleared to compete which I think is a good thing if these people have worked hard and have been tested then I don't think they should be guilty by association
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      Reply #33: Aug 04, 2016 10:42:13 pm
      he must be the skinniest strongest man in the world,
      271 Russians cleared to compete which I think is a good thing if these people have worked hard and have been tested then I don't think they should be guilty by association

      I agree on the Russians mate. Always seems harsh to tarnish everybody with the same brush and punish everybody when some have been working their arses off  for years to compete at the biggest sporting event in the world.
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      Reply #34: Aug 05, 2016 02:17:25 am
      Love watching Mo Farah race and win. Just an awesome athlete and a true great of British sport. Also seen a documentary on Jessica Ennis and reminded how she was the poster girl of London 2012. Completely forgot about the pressure she had to deal with 4 years ago. Her gold in the heptathlon was something special for a special athlete! It was her and Mo along with Greg Rutherford that provided the games with its peak moment 4 years ago. 3 golds within 45 minutes in the Olympic Stadium that sent the place into a frenzy which was off the scale. Capped off an unbelievable day of achievement for British sport. Will always remember that Super Saturday.
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      Reply #35: Aug 05, 2016 02:46:43 am
      Went to Portugal 2-0 Argentina tonight. Haha it's always funny to see the Argies lose!

      Best player on the pitch in my opinion was Portugal's number 5. He started the game as CB and then moved to RB when Ilori came in. Looks like a very good player.
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      Reply #36: Aug 05, 2016 10:14:04 am
      Its going to be a late one tonight if you want to see the opening ceremony lets hope it a great one for the people of Brazil they deserve it
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      Reply #37: Aug 05, 2016 11:23:21 am
      Just watching that Mo Farah documentary. It's so weird when he records at night, he looks like a different person.
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      Reply #38: Aug 05, 2016 02:49:20 pm
      Never been less excited for an Olympics before.

      I'll still watch most of it though :D
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      Reply #39: Aug 05, 2016 03:53:28 pm
      Agree Crouch feeling very "meh"
      about the Olympics these days.

      Have a neighbors daughter running in the 800m for the Aussies-Selma Kajan will be keeping an eye out for that.
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      Reply #40: Aug 05, 2016 05:09:30 pm
      Can someone explain when the qaulifying was for the football in the Olympics, the teams involved seems really weird, like for example Iraq???
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      Reply #41: Aug 05, 2016 06:14:53 pm
      I will be trying to go for the full hit even though its going to late night stuff But I love seeing events I would normally never watch, Canoeing,Shooting,Archery,Rowing and sailing but I hope to see all of the Velodrome stuff mainly .
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      Reply #42: Aug 05, 2016 06:37:03 pm
      You'd think after hosting the games and being gripped by Olympic fever, Britain would be a bit more excited for these games. But the lack of attention towards Rio from the media and the general public has really been quite surprising. I think the Russia scandal has really sucked the anticipation out of these games but I also think that having hosted the World Cup no one is really THAT interested in Brazil as a country because we kind of got our insight two years ago. Add in the political and economic difficulties that the country has faced recently and you get the impression that this comes at an awkward time where focus and meaning has been lost. When Beijing hosted everyone went big on it because it was a statement of it's emerging power and global outlook. Sydney and London gave the Olympic movement an open, 'progressive' and inclusive voice that was refreshingly without political bravado while Athens reasserted the spirit and historical significance of the games both ancient and modern. What Rio stands for I'm not sure. However, I'm sure that after tonight everyone will embrace it and make these games a massive success.
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      Reply #43: Aug 05, 2016 06:48:56 pm
      Makes it all worthwhile to watch!

      Rio's Olympic Golf Course Overrun with Capybaras and Crocodiles Days Ahead of Summer Games

      With many of the world's top golfers having already bowed out of this year's Olympic Games, those intrepid athletes brave enough to make the trip to Rio may be counting on an easier path to victory.

      While it's true that the likes of Jason Day, Jordan Speith and Dustin Johnson won't be a threat to the attending golfers' Olympic hopes this year, capybaras, mini crocodiles, monkeys, boa constrictors and other native wildlife will.

      The course that will host Olympic golf next Thursday is located in western Rio's Barra da Tijuca, an upscale neighborhood situated between two large lakes and on the edge of the Marapendi nature reserve.

      The course was constructed last year despite protests from environmental activists who feared the devastating effects of encroaching on the reserve that serves as a home to rare butterflies, pines and other species not found anywhere else on the planet, according to The Guardian.



      Because of its location, the course has become a new home for a host of Brazilian wildlife – including the capybara, the world's largest rodent that can weigh up to 150 pounds.

      "They chew down on the grass at night," Mark Johnson, director of international agronomy for the PGA Tour told the National Post. "There are about 30-40 of them inside the course perimeter, but they live here and we play golf here, we co-exist."

      The course is also home to three-toed sloths, monkeys, boa constrictors, owls and caimans (small crocodiles that can grow up to five feet in length), according to The Post. These critters are such frequent visitors that they've got their own local haunts – holes, 2, 3, 5 and 9.



      The abundance of ground-nesting owls on the course could also lead to problems: They burrow into the ground and create holes about 20 centimeters in diameter, which could certainly derail even the best of putts.



      While Olympic organizers may not have foreseen these problems, with just days until the Games they're doing their best to address them.

      According to Brazilian newspaper Folha De Sao Paulo, the IOC has arranged to have a team of at least five biologists at the venue to move the caimans out of the way during the match.

      http://www.people.com/article/rio-olympic-golf-course-overrun-wildlife

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      Reply #44: Aug 05, 2016 06:49:09 pm
      I really don't buy into the legacy or the Political issues I just love the Sport . A guy from the BBC was asking how Brazil would beat the UK opening ceremony..what a cretin . Give Newcastle a watch later hoping for a good start for Rafa and then the Opening Ceremony.
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      Reply #45: Aug 05, 2016 07:00:45 pm
      Give Newcastle a watch later hoping for a good start for Rafa
      Don't respect Ashley; do respect Rafa. Hmm... I'll have a few quid on Fulham @ 3/1

      Oh... aye... the Olympics - love 'em.  :laugh:
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      Reply #46: Aug 05, 2016 07:32:10 pm
      Can someone explain when the qaulifying was for the football in the Olympics, the teams involved seems really weird, like for example Iraq???

      They qualify through participating at several youth level championships, for instance Iraq qualified as the third-place team along with South Korea and eventual winners Japan for taking part in the Asian U-23 Championship back in January.

      The link from wiki tells you how each team qualified for the competition.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_at_the_2016_Summer_Olympics#Qualification
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      Reply #47: Aug 05, 2016 07:33:08 pm
      Don't respect Ashley; do respect Rafa. Hmm... I'll have a few quid on Fulham @ 3/1

      Oh... aye... the Olympics - love 'em.  :laugh:

      Ashley is one of those people you would dearly like to give a slap too and then another one just to make sure. Rafa lives just down the road from me and he is a gentleman and a scholar I want him to do well.
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      Reply #48: Aug 05, 2016 07:39:45 pm
      I will be trying to go for the full hit even though its going to late night stuff But I love seeing events I would normally never watch, Canoeing,Shooting,Archery,Rowing and sailing but I hope to see all of the Velodrome stuff mainly .

      My record buttons are going to get abused for the next few weeks :D. I'll usually watch anything Olympic related as long as Britain are involved. I'm really not a shooting fan at all but for an hour or so during London 2012 I was a huge shooting fan as Peter Wilson won gold :D.

      You'd think after hosting the games and being gripped by Olympic fever, Britain would be a bit more excited for these games. But the lack of attention towards Rio from the media and the general public has really been quite surprising. I think the Russia scandal has really sucked the anticipation out of these games but I also think that having hosted the World Cup no one is really THAT interested in Brazil as a country because we kind of got our insight two years ago. Add in the political and economic difficulties that the country has faced recently and you get the impression that this comes at an awkward time where focus and meaning has been lost. When Beijing hosted everyone went big on it because it was a statement of it's emerging power and global outlook. Sydney and London gave the Olympic movement an open, 'progressive' and inclusive voice that was refreshingly without political bravado while Athens reasserted the spirit and historical significance of the games both ancient and modern. What Rio stands for I'm not sure. However, I'm sure that after tonight everyone will embrace it and make these games a massive success.

      I always look forward to the Olympics but it's definitely not been given the attention it deserves by the media IMO, certainly not for the good reasons anyway. My grandparents usually buy numerous papers during the week, watch the news regularly, go on line etc. and they've asked me a couple of times in recent weeks about when the Olympics is due to start. This time 4 years ago people knew everything.

      I agree with practically everything in your post mate. I think the fact that the turmoil in Brazil, the conditions over there (the bacteria in the lake, athletes being robbed, buildings/arenas not being fully completed), the doping scandal etc. are all huge problems existing at the same time just makes it even worse. It also doesn't help when so many athletes from 2012 are being found to have cheated just puts a dent on the prestige of the event.


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      Reply #49: Aug 05, 2016 07:49:36 pm
      It's still the pinnacle  for any athlete that's  the very reason so many take the risk to get to the top. Looking forward to seeing Usain tearing the track up again , a once in a lifetime type of athlete , honest funny good with the fans and most of all fast as fck when it counts ,
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      Reply #50: Aug 05, 2016 08:47:02 pm
      It's still the pinnacle  for any athlete that's  the very reason so many take the risk to get to the top. Looking forward to seeing Usain tearing the track up again , a once in a lifetime type of athlete , honest funny good with the fans and most of all fast as fck when it counts ,

      Bolt is worth staying up for I just love the guy he really does have life sorted doesn't he a born natural athlete I do wish he would take on the 400m he would destroy it
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      Reply #51: Aug 05, 2016 09:01:14 pm
      Bolt is worth staying up for I just love the guy he really does have life sorted doesn't he a born natural athlete I do wish he would take on the 400m he would destroy it

      There was talk of him turning to the long jump towards the end of his career wasn't there?
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      Reply #52: Aug 05, 2016 09:55:42 pm
      There was talk of him turning to the long jump towards the end of his career wasn't there?

      I wouldn't bet against him doing anything he wanted to do and be the best at it.
      Sounds as if Pele will not be there tonight which will be gutting. For those of us who remember the world on a black and white TV this man was the first world superstar and I truly hope he will be fit enough to attend
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      Reply #53: Aug 05, 2016 10:29:35 pm
      I wouldn't bet against him doing anything he wanted to do and be the best at it.
      Sounds as if Pele will not be there tonight which will be gutting. For those of us who remember the world on a black and white TV this man was the first world superstar and I truly hope he will be fit enough to attend

      I read that about Pele, something about having an operation a couple of weeks ago. I wonder who will light the torch.
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      Reply #54: Aug 05, 2016 10:35:33 pm
      https://twitter.com/RollingStone/status/761664760332980224

      Hilarious when Americans try to interpret cultural references that can only be understood by the host nation as seen at the end of the video above. 'London 2012: The Bizarre Goodbye. The ceremony ended with Batman running out of a burning car'!  :lmao:
      « Last Edit: Aug 05, 2016 10:47:37 pm by Frankly, Mr Shankly »
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      Reply #55: Aug 05, 2016 10:37:52 pm
      I wouldn't bet against him doing anything he wanted to do and be the best at it.
      Sounds as if Pele will not be there tonight which will be gutting. For those of us who remember the world on a black and white TV this man was the first world superstar and I truly hope he will be fit enough to attend
      Watched a programme not long ago about the Brazil team of 1970 ,don't believe there has been another team like that in my lifetime , incredible footballing machine with Pele at the helm of it worth a watch for anyone .
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      Reply #56: Aug 05, 2016 11:59:01 pm
      Now the moment is upon us I actually can't wait for the opening ceremony. 4 hours though? Definitely not gonna manager to watch all of this tonight.
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      Reply #57: Aug 06, 2016 12:12:45 am
      Now the moment is upon us I actually can't wait for the opening ceremony. 4 hours though? Definitely not gonna manager to watch all of this tonight.

      Surely the ceremony isn't 4 hours long?
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      Reply #58: Aug 06, 2016 12:22:17 am
      Surely the ceremony isn't 4 hours long?

      The London 2012 ceremony was. I'm sure I heard them mention 4 hours earlier. Might be a bit less but the programme is on til 4am.
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      Reply #59: Aug 06, 2016 12:23:49 am
      The London 2012 ceremony was. I'm sure I heard them mention 4 hours earlier. Might be a bit less but the programme is on til 4am.

      I watched the London one live and a re run and it didn't feel like 4 hours.

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