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Old 07-31-2012, 09:55 AM   #41
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What - you aren't inspired by an overweight woman shooting a shotgun? That has to be an American icon.
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What - you aren't inspired by an overweight woman shooting a shotgun? That has to be an American icon.
But...but...she set an Olympic record, shooting a near perfect 99 out of 100 targets! Why isn't NBC showing her in prime time instead of women's beach volleyball?
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I am a former diver, gymnast and college distance runner, so I am interested in much of the Summer Olympics. I do find that unless there's a great personal story, I'm not too interested in the sports I don't have a background in; Equestrian for example...I couldn't care less how anyone does in that.
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But...but...she set an Olympic record, shooting a near perfect 99 out of 100 targets! Why isn't NBC showing her in prime time instead of women's beach volleyball?
The intense competitiveness and outstanding athleticism?
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The intense competitiveness and outstanding athleticism?
I think you nailed it.
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The intense competitiveness and outstanding athleticism?
BTW, I really enjoyed watching the British mens' gymnastics last night, especially the red-headed gymnast on their team, Daniel Purvis..... Amazing what he can do on the floor exercises.

Too bad that they didn't get the silver after all (Japan was awarded the silver on appeal), but at least the British team got the bronze.
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I find the Olympics TV coverage does not capture or convey the absolute joy felt by most of the athletes and visitors, who are so happy just to be there to compete or participate.
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Speaking about Olympic games and athletes in bathing suits,



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There are some nice photos of the 1912 Stockholm Olympic Games participants here Stockholm Olympics photos: What did Olympians look like in 1912? - Slate Magazine
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I love how NBC tries to introduce suspense in the evening broadcasts of the taped events, like showing the athletes anxiously awaiting their scores to be announced. Hello, we know those events have already been won.

This twitter account from "NBC" takes the fake suspense for things that already happened way beyond the Olympics: https://twitter.com/NBCDelayed Sample tweet: "Team USA Hockey wins gold, being dubbed "Miracle on Ice"
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Merideth Viera HAS to be the WORST Olympics broadcaster ever. We need to leave it to the "old pros" like Bob Costas. Outside of the Olympics, I find Costas annoying. But, noone since Jim McKay does it as well..............
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But, noone since Jim McKay does it as well..............
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But...but...she set an Olympic record, shooting a near perfect 99 out of 100 targets! Why isn't NBC showing her in prime time instead of women's beach volleyball?
or the synchronized thong divers.
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Here's something unexpected, reported by ESPN 2012 London Olympics -- Eight badminton players disqualified for trying to lose matches - ESPN
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LONDON -- Eight female badminton doubles players were disqualified from the London Olympics after trying to lose matches to receive a more favorable place in the tournament, Indonesia's team leader said Wednesday.
The Badminton World Federation investigated two teams from South Korea and one each from China and Indonesia. It accused them of "not using one's best efforts to win a match" and "conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport" in matches Tuesday night.

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The eight disqualified players are world doubles champions Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang of China and their South Korean opponents Jung Kyun-eun and Kim Ha-na, along with South Korea's Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung and Indonesia's Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii.

The IOC said it would allow badminton's ruling body to handle the matter.
No reports of this on the London Olympics, Badminton World Federation, or NBC Games, for some reason.
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What is the British equivalent of the DMV?

Do they have a unique name for a police department booking office?

It appears to me the London host committee drafted photographers from those fine establishments to handle portrait duties for the athlete biography pages.

http://www.london2012.com/athletes/

I've heard they like their soccer over there...

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What is the British equivalent of the DMV?

Do they have a unique name for a police department booking office?

It appears to me the London host committee drafted photographers from those fine establishments to handle portrait duties for the athlete biography pages.
Those are hilarious photos of the most physically perfect people alive today. Maybe just an example of British dry humor.
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For your amusement here are a few stories from the British press (you've got to love them or hate them!) about certain goings-on during the Olympics.

Can't get a seat??

London 2012 Olympics: 'fiasco' of the 12,000 empty seats - Telegraph


Can't advertise?

Olympic Merchandise 2012: Clothing store's novel attempt tries to get round strict merchandising rules | Mail Online

Can't get any customers?

London 2012: Olympics would earn billions, we were told. Some hope! | Mail Online
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What is the British equivalent of the DMV?

Do they have a unique name for a police department booking office?

It appears to me the London host committee drafted photographers from those fine establishments to handle portrait duties for the athlete biography pages.

http://www.london2012.com/athletes/

I've heard they like their soccer over there...

Great photos - NOT

In the UK the DMV is called the DVLA.
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At least NBC didn't lead off tonight with synchronized diving for a change. Bob Costas will win the gold for hair dye and face-lift.
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No, they led off with 20 minutes on events that happened 16 years ago!
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Is Bela Karolyi speaking English?
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