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#1015728 - 08/08/08 02:10 PM The Olympics are here...
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Let's hope the Americans have a kick-ass showing. Louisiana has 20 people participating in the Olympics this year, the most ever from our little ol' state.
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#1015735 - 08/08/08 02:16 PM Re: The Olympics are here... HappyGilmore
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#1015746 - 08/08/08 02:30 PM Re: The Olympics are here... kitten
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#1015783 - 08/08/08 02:55 PM Re: The Olympics are here... Miscuit
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Looking forward to it!!
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#1015826 - 08/08/08 03:11 PM Re: The Olympics are here... kitten
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Originally Posted By: flank steak
USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!


I agree, however, I also love to root for the smaller nations as well. Or for nations that have contenders in a sport that you think "NO FREAKING WAY!". (i.e. Jamaican Bobsled Team).

More than anything, I love the stories of courage and determination that come out of the Olympics. I was so excited when Keri Strug secured the gold medal for the US on a bad ankle in 96 games.

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#1015830 - 08/08/08 03:12 PM Re: The Olympics are here... E.E.G.B
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I can't wait!! My oldest son is coming over tonight for an opening ceremony party with me. We have watched the Olympics together each time and we are both fans of the opening and closing ceremonies.

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#1015833 - 08/08/08 03:13 PM Re: The Olympics are here... kitten
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#1015870 - 08/08/08 03:29 PM Re: The Olympics are here... kitten
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Rumor has it one of the MODs on this board was at the first Olympics, in Ancient Greece...
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#1015879 - 08/08/08 03:34 PM Re: The Olympics are here... HappyGilmore
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I've always enjoyed the Winter Olympics more than the Summer, but this year I find myself not interested at all in these games. I may watch, but I may not.

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#1015898 - 08/08/08 03:44 PM Re: The Olympics are here... buggs
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I make every effort to watch as much as of the games (winter or summer) as I can. All of the athletes (US or otherwise) put in so much time, dedication, determination and commitment (as do their families) to their chosen field, that I figure the least I can do is watch.....and be in awe.

I can't run 26 miles
I can't hurdle....anything
I can't pole vault
I can't dive
I can't tumble and jump around on a beam
I can't skate and spin
I can't ski (or ski jump)
I can't luge

but I admire them for their dedication and hard work....so I watch. And learn the joy of perseverence.
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#1015905 - 08/08/08 03:48 PM Re: The Olympics are here... Pepper's Sister
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I usually make it a point to record the equestrian sports (they are always aired at off-peak times) but am undecided about this year. There's been so much upheaval in our sports to begin with and uproar over the conditions of the facility there that I'm having a hard time getting very excited about it. My particular sport (eventing) has been all but gutted by the IOC (and the FEI) to make it more spectator friendly and accessible to smaller nations, and the resulting effects on the participants has been downright dangerous.
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#1015926 - 08/08/08 04:01 PM Re: The Olympics are here... HappyGilmore
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Originally Posted By: Happy Gilmore
Rumor has it one of the MODs on this board was at the first Olympics, in Ancient Greece...



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#1016003 - 08/08/08 04:48 PM Re: The Olympics are here... Pepper's Sister
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Originally Posted By: Pepper's Sister
I make every effort to watch as much as of the games (winter or summer) as I can. All of the athletes (US or otherwise) put in so much time, dedication, determination and commitment (as do their families) to their chosen field, that I figure the least I can do is watch.....and be in awe.

I can't run 26 miles
I can't hurdle....anything
I can't pole vault
I can't dive
I can't tumble and jump around on a beam
I can't skate and spin
I can't ski (or ski jump)
I can't luge

but I admire them for their dedication and hard work....so I watch. And learn the joy of perseverence.


I totally agree, PS. I feel the same way - I am in awe of their abilities and talents - all of which I wouldn't have a prayer in the world of tackling. But I can admire their athleticism and dedication and that can be amazing to watch.

I am also in the same frame of mind as BF. I love to hear the human interest stories that always arise. I'm not as interested in the "bragging" stories where they just tout someone as the greatest athlete in the world but I am more interested in hearing about the runner from the unheard of country struggling and perservering.

I don't really like it when it turns into a medal counting event but rather watching the human stories of strength and determination.

I really love watching the opening and closing ceremonies as I love to watch the excited and awe-filled faces of the athletes - they just seem so happy and thrilled to be there. I can't even imagine what it would be like to be determined to be the number one in the world at anything - it must be awesome!!

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#1016146 - 08/08/08 06:26 PM Re: The Olympics are here... Mocha's Mom
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Originally Posted By: Mocha's Mom
I am in awe of their abilities and talents - all of which I wouldn't have a prayer in the world of tackling.

I must be jaded or strange (or both), but I am not in awe of their abilities. It takes hard work to get where they are. If I'm in awe of anything it would probably be how dedicated and committed these athletes are to their training to get to the level they have achieved.

I'm not [dinging] your opinion, Mom. Just expressing mine.

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#1016155 - 08/08/08 06:32 PM Re: The Olympics are here... buggs
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The story of the runner who is carrying the US flag in the opening ceremony is awesome. He was one of the 'Lost Boys' of the Sudan. Eight years ago, he did not know what the Olympics was. He became a citizen about a year ago. The whole story was on cnn.com.

Now, that's an inspiration!
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#1016201 - 08/08/08 07:15 PM Re: The Olympics are here... kitten
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#1016202 - 08/08/08 07:16 PM Re: The Olympics are here... kitten
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#1016216 - 08/08/08 07:27 PM Re: The Olympics are here... Miscuit
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#1016227 - 08/08/08 07:41 PM Re: The Olympics are here... Peepers
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#1016277 - 08/08/08 08:39 PM Re: The Olympics are here... buggs
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Originally Posted By: Bugs Bunny
Originally Posted By: Mocha's Mom
I am in awe of their abilities and talents - all of which I wouldn't have a prayer in the world of tackling.

I must be jaded or strange (or both), but I am not in awe of their abilities. It takes hard work to get where they are. If I'm in awe of anything it would probably be how dedicated and committed these athletes are to their training to get to the level they have achieved.

I'm not [dinging] your opinion, Mom. Just expressing mine.


Don't worry, Bugs. That's what makes the world interesting is differing views and opinions. I don't get insulted if others don't agree with me - life is too short to spend it insulted and irritated.

But my sense of awe does come from the fact of how hard they have to work to attain their level of achievement - I feel the same sense of awe at a musical virtuoso or a talented artist. It's not in the sense of being star struck or envious, it's a matter of appreciating someone else's talent and recognizing that I don't possess that particular talent - just appreciating when someone else can excel that well at something that is not attainable by the general population. Perhaps awe is a misleading way to word it.

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#1016291 - 08/08/08 08:50 PM Re: The Olympics are here... Mocha's Mom
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Mocha - I'm only in awe of myself

but seriously, they are amazing athletes, but with proper training and coaching have taken that extra step, that, when coupled with their drive and dedication, makes them the best. Want to watch a really good one? Watch Taylor Phinney in the cycling pursuit. 17 years old, parents were both professional bike racers, started competitive cycling at 16 (that is 1 year ago) and is already the world champion in pursuit...talk about a "holy craap" moment...
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#1016309 - 08/08/08 09:06 PM Re: The Olympics are here... HappyGilmore
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"Mocha - I'm only in awe of myself"

Happy, I fully expected someone to make that comment!!

Thanks for the tip about the cyclist - to me that is the best part is seeing the truly inspiring stories come to life. Think of it - these are people that we never knew existed doing amazing things and we are lucky enough to witness it. That's what I love about the Olympics!

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#1016312 - 08/08/08 09:07 PM Re: The Olympics are here... Mocha's Mom
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Did competitive eating make it in as an event this year?

Joey Chestnut is my hero.
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#1016333 - 08/08/08 09:19 PM Re: The Olympics are here... Peepers
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I've come to the conclusion that the following aren't "sports" since they aren't in the Olympics:

NASCAR
Golf
American Football

These are various forms of entertainment, but they can no longer be classified a sport. Hey, don't blame me, blame the Olympics. After all, the Olympics are all about sports...
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#1016345 - 08/08/08 09:35 PM Re: The Olympics are here... HappyGilmore
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I thought they were the Olympic games.

Like:

Connect Four
Monopoly
Table Tennis
Soccer

And other lame 'events'.

(seriously though, they're great athletes, I just don't get into the Olympics, but this years' games make me crave Chinese food)
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