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Re: An Olympic random thread for small things that don't really etc etc etc
« Reply #275 on: August 11, 2012, 08:02:10 pm »
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Re: An Olympic random thread for small things that don't really etc etc etc
« Reply #276 on: August 11, 2012, 08:21:35 pm »
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Small things that don't really matter ?  Deserves better !  ;)
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Re: An Olympic random thread for small things that don't really etc etc etc
« Reply #277 on: August 11, 2012, 08:28:39 pm »
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Re: An Olympic random thread for small things that don't really etc etc etc
« Reply #278 on: August 11, 2012, 08:42:42 pm »
Tom Daley's asking for a re-dive because the flashes of spectators' cameras put him off. Why do they allow flash photography in there?
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Re: An Olympic random thread for small things that don't really etc etc etc
« Reply #279 on: August 11, 2012, 08:48:22 pm »
Tom Daley's asking for a re-dive because the flashes of spectators' cameras put him off. Why do they allow flash photography in there?

They probably don't but some idiots ignore TEH ROOLZ

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Re: An Olympic random thread for small things that don't really etc etc etc
« Reply #280 on: August 11, 2012, 08:49:51 pm »
He got his re-dive, the crowd got a telling-off, and he nailed it.

If I was diving in that competition, and if I was in last place in the last round and knew I couldn't win, I might finish with a running bomb.
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Re: An Olympic random thread for small things that don't really etc etc etc
« Reply #281 on: August 11, 2012, 09:03:08 pm »
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Looks like he's going to be around for a while: -
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/news/9469795/London-2012-Olympics-Mo-Farah-storms-to-second-gold-in-a-week.html

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Mo Farah has won the 5,000 metres final of the London 2101 Olympics, exactly seven days after taking gold in the 10,000 metres.
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Re: An Olympic random thread for small things that don't really etc etc etc
« Reply #282 on: August 11, 2012, 09:03:38 pm »
That was a bit fast, wasn't it?
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Re: An Olympic random thread for small things that don't really etc etc etc
« Reply #284 on: August 11, 2012, 09:47:48 pm »
Grrr. As they've done it in track cycling to nobble GB's medal tally, why doesn't the IOC introduce one nation/one competitor across all events to break up the dominance of

1 Ethiopia and Kenya in women's long distance running and

2 Jamaica and USA in men's sprinting?
That would certainly curtail their relay medal haul!

Actually, scrub that as far as the Jamaicans go. They come across as entertaining in the post race interview, nice blokes. Funny and cool, especially Bolt who I admit I did find a bit irritating at first. They constantly big up Birmingham Uni and Brunel too. One love.

Did you see the bantamweigt boxing? Campbell was magnificent following through with his left arm. Not something I'd want to be on the end of. And a Gold too for GB!!
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Re: An Olympic random thread for small things that don't really etc etc etc
« Reply #285 on: August 12, 2012, 12:53:43 pm »
Why is the marathon a boring circuit race?  Why couldn't they have used the usual London Marathon course?  Security? 
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Re: An Olympic random thread for small things that don't really etc etc etc
« Reply #286 on: August 12, 2012, 01:18:55 pm »
I believe it was a deliberate choice to make things more visible to the crowd, because they'd all get three chances to see the athletes going past.

I think it worked, it certainly gave the cameras a chance to show off the city!

That was a hell of an impressive finish by Stephen Kiprotich.  He was behind Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich and Abel Kirui for so long, and even the commentators were making mutterings about whether he could hang on to Bronze, or whether Marilson Dos Santos would take that off him, but then, bang, and the Ugandan just went off like a rocket.

He was looking behind a lot in those last few kilometres, checking that he had the lead, but for the last few hundred metres, he obviously knew he had it, and was grinning like a mad thing. ;D
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Re: An Olympic random thread for small things that don't really etc etc etc
« Reply #287 on: August 12, 2012, 01:49:03 pm »
Something that's puzzling me from the few glimpses of the Wenlock mascot in the stadium is this...

What - if any - role had been given to the poor sod(s) who had to wear the suit? Cheerleader? Presenter of wierd cuddly toy to record breakers? Or what?  ???
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Re: An Olympic random thread for small things that don't really etc etc etc
« Reply #288 on: August 12, 2012, 01:50:02 pm »
And why wasn't he at other venues?  Might his fur get wet?
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Re: An Olympic random thread for small things that don't really etc etc etc
« Reply #289 on: August 12, 2012, 02:30:21 pm »
Something that's puzzling me from the few glimpses of the Wenlock mascot in the stadium is this...

What - if any - role had been given to the poor sod(s) who had to wear the suit? Cheerleader? Presenter of wierd cuddly toy to record breakers? Or what?  ???

It was attempting to start a Mexican wave at the footie final yesterday, although the crowd had already been starting them by themselves anyway. And it periodically charges up to athletes to gets it photo taken with them while they mostly ignore it (Usain Bolt aside who played along).

AndyK

Re: An Olympic random thread for small things that don't really etc etc etc
« Reply #290 on: August 12, 2012, 05:04:24 pm »
Team GB sing Queen:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/aYtpL5YhWOQ&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/aYtpL5YhWOQ&rel=1</a>

Re: An Olympic random thread for small things that don't really etc etc etc
« Reply #291 on: August 12, 2012, 06:05:26 pm »
That's ace! I'm guessing it was done for giggles and not charidee.
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Re: An Olympic random thread for small things that don't really etc etc etc
« Reply #292 on: August 12, 2012, 09:27:00 pm »
About those rankings:

I made a little spreadsheet into which I pasted the medals table, then added a formula for a weighted ranking: 4 points for gold, 2 for silver, 1 for bronze.

Russia moves from 4th to 3rd, displacing GB.
S. Korea drops below France & Germany.
Japan moves up 3 places, Australia 2.
Various minor shuffles lower down, with the biggest differences I've spotted being North Korea (down 7), Spain (up 7) & Canada (up 6).
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Re: An Olympic random thread for small things that don't really etc etc etc
« Reply #293 on: August 13, 2012, 10:20:56 am »
For Beijing, I upgraded to HDTV, and watched most of the footage in high def. I assumed at the time, that for London I'd be watching high def and in 3D. In reality, I watched a lot on a computer monitor and on my phone.

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Re: An Olympic random thread for small things that don't really etc etc etc
« Reply #294 on: August 13, 2012, 10:47:16 am »
We watched the closing ceremony streamed on the computer as we are in a house with no TV. We upgraded to HD for this Olympics, and watched a reasonable amount in HD. Some in 3D. Very different experience to normal definition.

As for the 3D? Well, a lot of sports worked well, but fast ones did not. Sprinters legs moved too fast and stuttered. I suppose that is because the fame rate for 3D is half the normal rate. 3D via a projector, covering the most part of a wall worked well; I'm not sure if it would work so well on a more normally sized TV. Since we don't have one, there's no way I can check.
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Re: An Olympic random thread for small things that don't really etc etc etc
« Reply #295 on: August 13, 2012, 10:59:21 am »
Something that's puzzling me from the few glimpses of the Wenlock mascot in the stadium is this...

What - if any - role had been given to the poor sod(s) who had to wear the suit? Cheerleader? Presenter of wierd cuddly toy to record breakers? Or what?  ???
He/she is smaller than I first thought:
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Re: An Olympic random thread for small things that don't really etc etc etc
« Reply #296 on: August 13, 2012, 11:17:12 am »
And why wasn't he at other venues?  Might his fur get wet?

He was. Here he is at the Rowing 'Get involved' tent.

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Re: An Olympic random thread for small things that don't really etc etc etc
« Reply #297 on: August 13, 2012, 12:09:47 pm »
Last Monday British discus thrower Brett Morse got in hot water due to a Tweet he had posted about the Belarusian winner of the women's shot putt final, which effectively accused her of doping on the grounds that she looked like a throwback to the Cold War-era SovBloc piano throwers.

Quote from: Brett Morse
"I've had a bad day but it could be worse, I could look like Ostaptchuk [sic]."

Well, lo and behold, Ostapchuk has been stripped of her title after failing a doping test, the International Olympic Committee has announced.

Who's sorry now, I wonder?
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Re: An Olympic random thread for small things that don't really etc etc etc
« Reply #298 on: August 13, 2012, 01:36:15 pm »
My Kenyan colleague is saying that Kenyans are saying really they got all three medals in the men's marathon because Kiprotich is a Kenyan name, and the winner is from a place just on the Kenyan/Ugandan border so he probably has Kenyan genetics.  ;D
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Re: An Olympic random thread for small things that don't really etc etc etc
« Reply #299 on: August 13, 2012, 01:38:35 pm »
OK, we get seven for the team pursuits then, and so on..
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