Off-Topic The Olympics

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by FirstHonda, Monday 15th Aug, 2016.

  1. FirstHonda Premium Member Club Supporter

    I'm quite surprised that there isn't a thread on The Olympics yet.

    I haven't watched that much of the coverage (what with most of it being in the middle of the night) but 'our' performances have been amazing. :jumpup:

    Little old Great Britain (& Northern Ireland) second in the medals table...Germany, France, Italy? Pah! Look at our sporting prowess and bow down to us in the Brexit negotiations. :Bye:

    Land of Hope & Glory / Rule Britannia / God Save the Queen etc.

    Medal Table - Rio 2016 - Olympic Games - BBC Sport

    Brexit to be huge success ‘because Britain is good at the pommel horse’
     
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  2. vincemince Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    Helps if you get funding from the lottery !
    Got to admire the effort these Olympians put in to get where they are
    Seen it first hand with one of my nephews - world no 2 in his discipline a couple of years ago -
    The time devoted and dedication is unbelievable
     
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  3. FirstHonda Premium Member Club Supporter

    Yes, the difference since Atlanta in 1996 (one Gold, 15 medals in total) and then especially Beijing, London and now Rio is spectacular, and lottery funding must be a huge part of that success.

    For reasons that I'm not entirely sure of, it makes me feel proud even though a) most of the events are individual therefore supporting one person based on an accident of birth is counter intuitive and b) I have virtually no knowledge or interest in most of the sports we are competing in!

    Man not interested in random sport things

    What with this and voting to leave in the referendum, my next steps must be to start reading The Daily Mail and buying a Union Flag waistcoat a la Tim Brooke-Taylor...:Laughing:
     
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  4. jimjams Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    The first week of it was a bit dire, but it started to get interesting a couple of days ago.

    I saw Mo Farah live, what an incredible race that was. Then I watched Andy Murray live as well, I had to keep swapping to other channels when the Argie broke serve, then when I peaked back at the match Murray had broken back, and so it kept going on :jumpy:

    I don't recall watching anything live 4 years ago.
     
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  5. vincemince Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    We could always petition for political debating to become an Olympic sport - but we may end up with a final for the Gold / Silver Medal like the following. LOL - ( or after winning not accepting the prize - Boris / Gove ! ) -

     
  6. FirstHonda Premium Member Club Supporter

    A parade in Manchester? A missed opportunity IMHO,

    If they want as many people to go and be inspired as possible, they should have split the medal winners and had events in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.

    That's the way to include the whole nation...by including the whole nation!
     
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  7. jimjams Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    you forgot Portsmouth, Plymouth, Norwich, Newcastle, Bangor, Glasgow .....


    btw, Jolly Hockey-sticks looks a fit bunch
     
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  8. 1066Boy Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

    I know what you mean about the female hockey team. I worked for GrayNicolls a few years back supplying
    the sticks to a lot of the top players. Always a good day when they turned up to collect new equipment! :dribble:
     
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  9. jimjams Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    So we came 2nd in the medals table, beating China

    Or is it actually that China didn't do so well for some reason ??
    i.e. we didn't beat China, some of their athletes just didn't turn up


    2012 Table
    RankcountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal
    1USA462829103
    2CHN38292188
    3GBR29171965
    4RUS22233277
    5KOR138728
    6GER11191444
    7FRA11111234
    8AUS8151235
    9ITA891128
    10HUN84618
    11-85others108137192437
    Total300304356960

    2016 Table

    RankcountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal
    1USA463738121
    2GBR27231767
    3CHN26182670
    4RUS19181956
    5GER17101542
    6JPN1282141
    7FRA10181442
    8KOR93921
    9ITA812828
    10AUS8111029
    11-87others125149183457
    Total 307 307 360 974
     
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  10. FirstHonda Premium Member Club Supporter

    I also heard that we had about one third fewer team members than in London, and that if you were to remove swimming medals Great Britain beat the USA!

    Remarkable. That secret programme of genetic engineering using alien DNA is clearly going well...

    :Laughing:
     
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  11. BB Baboonface Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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    Think i'm in love with Sam Quek :Wub: (Ladies hockey team member btw)

    The US did have about 200 more athletes there than us, surely someone can do something statisicy with that figure...
     
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    Lol. Epic find Zebster, about as much statistic as is required right there.
     
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  14. jimjams Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    It also seems to be a contradiction that the countries with a high proportion of obese school-kids also does well at the Olympics.
    So as well as the paralympics, maybe there should also be a fatolympics , rules are that each "athlete" has to have body-fat > 40% the marathon would be fascinating to watch
     
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  15. Zebster Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Olympic national teams should comprise solely members of the public chosen at random for each event. Then we'd really see which nations had the most athletic populations.
     
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  16. BB Baboonface Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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    I like both the above ideas.

    It's obvious some countries have an issue with athlete populations getting wildly out of hand, perhaps measures should be taken to reduce numbers? NKkmuJY2dZeb.
     
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  17. jimjams Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    ^ especially if the athletes are spreading diseases LOL
     
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