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Old 08-07-2008, 11:30 PM   #1
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Beijing 2008

Less than 24 hours until the opening ceremonies and I'm starting to get excited...

Favorite Olympics ever - 1968 Mexico City. I was 8. Jim Ryun, George Foreman, the Fosbury flop, medal-stand protests, an awakening to how big and diverse the world is...I was hooked.

Favorite event - track & field, especially the 100 meter dash and the relays

Least favorite event - women's gymnastics. The athleticism is impressive, but the hype and the endless TV coverage just wear me out. Diving is similar - the judged events just don't keep my interest like the timed events or the team sports.

Can't get excited about - men's basketball, stories about polluted air

Offbeat event I will seek out - The Lopez family competing in taekwondo.

Secretly want to be - a gold medal-winning swimmer. Second choice - trainer for the Norwegian women's soccer team.
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And don't forget Bob Beamon's long jump...
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And don't forget Bob Beamon's long jump...
Doh! How could I leave out the greatest individual, single-event Olympic performance in my lifetime??

From wikipedia: "Prior to Beamonís jump, the world record had been broken thirteen times since 1901, with an average increase of 6 cm (2Ĺ in) and the largest increase being 15 cm (6 in). Beamonís gold medal mark bettered the existing record by 55 cm (21ĺ in.) as he became the first person to reach both 28 and 29 feet...Beamon's world record stood for 23 years, and was named by Sports Illustrated magazine as one of the five greatest sports moments of the 20th century. Beamonís world record was finally broken in 1991."

What will be the greatest sports achievement in Beijing?
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What will be the greatest sports achievement in Beijing?
Somebody breaking 2:15 in the marathon, in that smog and heat.

I just got HDTV in time for the Olympics. The opening ceremonies look incredible!
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Aren't they amazing! Certainly done on a large scale. Naturally my favorite part so far has been those adorable children, representing the different Chinese ethnic groups. Well, and who can do fireworks better than the Chinese?
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I thought the opening ceremonies were wonderful. So much creativity on a grand scale, and beautifully synchronized! Who would have thought that a tableau on paper and printing could be so exciting! I really enjoyed the paper and printing scenes, when the dancers painted a picture and especially when they did the "wave" and highlighted characters. It was focused on China's four great inventions (paper, printing, the compass and fireworks). One of my staff is Chinese. She wondered why they hadn't included China's fifth great invention, which is.....

ICECREAM!

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Simply amazing! i just watched the recording this morning and there were several times i had to say WOW!

it was beautiful, artistic, modern, incredibly syncronized and amazing... i'll likely watch it several times over with the kids...

i've watched every opening ceremony since i was a kid and this has to be my favorite.
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1968's Summer Olympics also opened my eyes to the world and the majesty of what it takes to be a world class athlete!

Now.....if this Olympic's athletic performances even come close to the opening ceremony's "gold medal" perfomance - we are all in for the Olympics of our lifetime!!
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I love the Olympics but I tend to be a little different in what I like and dislike than many.

Favorites are Track and Swimming but I also like to watch most of the obscure minor sports. Least favorite of the major sports is gymnastics.

I don't like the way the networks cover the Olympics. They seem to assume that the audience has a 30 second attention span. I prefer to see the entire event not just the high-lights. Can you imagine if they only showed the touchdowns in a football game yet that is how they show much of the Olympics.

Since I do a lot of endurance sports I would be happy if they showed the entire marathon or triathlon or bike road race but realize that will not happen because 99.9% of the audience would be bored to death.

I attended the Sydney Olympics and saw track, beach volleyball, diving, gymnastics, mens basketball and field hockey. Beach volleyball and track were the best. I saw the mens 10k running race and it was great, all 25 laps. Gymnastics was only ok, even though the tickets were for the men's team medal competition and were the most expensive tickets that we had.

I'm also not real big on the opening ceremonies. It is mostly just pageantry. Same for the Super Bowl halftime. I turn off the TV at half time. What I do like about the opening and closing ceremonies, particularly the closing ceremonies, is seeing the emotions of the athletes.

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Though I am a pretty big sports fan, I am not at all excited about this grand event. I used to enjoy it, but it has gotten way, way to nationalistic, almost jingoistic, for my taste. I'll check the medal count each day in the paper and hope that the USA wins gold in every event.
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Lucky mb!
I am going to try to get tickets for the winter games in 2010. I know several people who will be volunteering there, and one who is volunteering for the Paralympic Games next month in Beijing.
Has anyone on the board volunteered for the Olympics?
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Favorites are Track and Swimming but I also like to watch most of the obscure minor sports. Least favorite of the major sports is gymnastics.

I don't like the way the networks cover the Olympics. They seem to assume that the audience has a 30 second attention span. I prefer to see the entire event not just the high-lights. Can you imagine if they only showed the touchdowns in a football game yet that is how they show much of the Olympics.

Since I do a lot of endurance sports I would be happy if they showed the entire marathon or triathlon or bike road race but realize that will not happen because 99.9% of the audience would be bored to death.
There are too many sports to show entire events, unless they want to just cut out some sports. The alternate channels that NBC broadcasts on do help. We'll see what all they show, but I'm seeing channels dedicated to soccer and basketball.

The bike road race was interesting, but so were the beach volleyball matches. I thought they compromised with enough bike race coverage, and allowed full coverage of the two US matches. I think they do a pretty good job of showing a variety of sports. You like swimming. I'd be bored to death if they showed all of the swimming heats.

The marathon is one of the few events of the final day and as I recall there has been a lot of coverage on it in the past.
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The bike road race was interesting, but so were the beach volleyball matches.
Apparently you aren't the only fan of beach volleyball...

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Apparently you aren't the only fan of beach volleyball...
I saw beach V-ball in Sydney. A Brazilian team was in one of the matches and the Brazilian fans were absolutely crazy. The Bondi beach song was blaring in the background the entire time and the atmosphere was incredible.

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There are too many sports to show entire events, unless they want to just cut out some sports. The alternate channels that NBC broadcasts on do help. We'll see what all they show, but I'm seeing channels dedicated to soccer and basketball.

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Lucky mb!
I am going to try to get tickets for the winter games in 2010. I know several people who will be volunteering there, and one who is volunteering for the Paralympic Games next month in Beijing.
Has anyone on the board volunteered for the Olympics?
Yes, and it was (sort of) free (if you don't consider the long hours) because it was a performance award from DWs company. I think I'll keep her.

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I just loved that they cut short the US National Anthem during Michael Phelps' first gold medal ceremony. Everyone was looking so emotional with tears welling up in their eyes, and there, the anthem suddenly ended half-way. Bush and his wife were there too in the audience and they looked quite surprised. Phelps started laughing, and then everyone was at ease again. Funny moment.
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What will be the greatest sports achievement in Beijing?
Hopefully Phelps' 8 golds.

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Apparently you aren't the only fan of beach volleyball...

Dude, this is a great albeit funny angle!
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Unfortunately I don't have cable
I hate to tell you, but you're missing a lot of good stuff, especially if you like full coverage of a match.
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