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Olympics: 7/28/2012 18:49:45


dunga • apex 
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A thread so we talk about the olympics, the sports and the results.

We Brazilians are pretty happy because its 1st day and we are having one of the best days in olympic history with 1 gold 1 silver and 1 bronze so far. And its the best beggining for sure.

Italy already have a gold and silver from fencing, with a final to happen soon.


And the big question, Eua or China, who will be 1st in the final stands?
Olympics: 7/28/2012 20:30:30


AWESOMEGUY 
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haha, I was thinking of making this thread myself. I guess i got beaten to it. :P
Olympics: 7/29/2012 00:55:57

(Lost)SGV_STH
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My hopes on the medal count:
USA - 1st
GB - 2nd
JPN - 3rd
CHN - 4th
I will admit I am a bit bias in this. :)
Olympics: 7/29/2012 02:05:42


[中国阳朔]TexasJohn 
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I will always root for USA first, but I hope China will win every silver medal!
Olympics: 7/29/2012 09:50:18


Moros 
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Woohoo, NL got silver on swimming! Now we're waiting for Anky van Grunsven to take gold for the fifth time on dressage, and then we'll have two medals!
Olympics: 7/29/2012 10:01:41

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[P]SGV_STH you think team GB will come 2nd in the medal count, well I am English and I will tell you these olympics are going to be a complete and utter faliure for us as we have wasted billions on it and 1 day down no medals for us and to be completely honest I was sick of the olympics before they started as the media were really in your face about it the only two things on the news were the olympics and syria
Olympics: 7/29/2012 11:25:11


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Well dunga, your team is probably my team's main threat in the olympics volleyball tournament. We got a serious beating every time from you in a major tournament last 8 or so years, but this year it really feels like we're ready to claim your spot, so be ready... And don't try to run into us in the quarterfinals ;)
Olympics: 7/30/2012 10:27:20


Min34 
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First gold for the Netherlands :)
Olympics: 7/30/2012 10:55:42


Urfang
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Hungary wins the gold medal in fencing :)
Olympics: 7/30/2012 13:47:19


dunga • apex 
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sze
Brazil is in the worst shape in 12 years in all voleyballs, you are favorites all right.
Although our best players are back in the men team. And our coach is a genius.

I dont know how is the comparison to the last olympics at this point, but China is having a good start.
Olympics: 7/30/2012 16:33:37

Killer23{Warlighters}
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meh us chinnese are winning the chart i tell you winning the chart
Olympics: 7/30/2012 16:43:12


ChrisCMU 
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Guess I am in the minority but I root against China. Until their human rights can catch up to the 21st century I just can't root for them.

I personally root for Sweeden and Norway after US, since that is where my great-great grandparents were from. I sort of root for UK/GB also since they are the host (good for the fans).
Olympics: 7/30/2012 17:09:14


Gnullbegg 
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Sadly, it's the Summer's Games so there won't be no women's curling...

"Haard, haard HAAARD!!! :P"
Olympics: 7/30/2012 17:18:25


myhandisonfire 
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Guess I am in the minority but I root against China. Until their human rights can catch up to the 21st century I just can't root for them.

You mean until their human rights reach US "standards"?

If you only cheer for countries that respect human rights, you should cheer for scandinavian countries only.
Olympics: 7/30/2012 17:38:04


ChrisCMU 
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The US does have good human rights, at least compared to China. Most of the reason why US doesn't rank as high as Scandanavian countries is because the republican party is filled with racists/sexists/etc and filibuster any policies that would advance human rights. That and Guantanamo, which needs to close. And I root for them #1 because I am American. I would expect people in China to root for their team as well.
Olympics: 7/30/2012 21:32:39

Darth Mylor {Warlighter}
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Come on. Gold medal for Canada...any day now.
Olympics: 7/30/2012 21:41:50


Min34 
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OW and Moros, of course we can be happy with that silver medal, but it should have been gold if you look to the skills of the swimmers.
Olympics: 7/30/2012 21:55:15


[Illuminati]
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China will get probably the most (as they have more so far). they dominate table tennis as they always do, and USA will have to settle 2nd, if not 3rd.
Olympics: 7/31/2012 05:59:50


Moros 
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I watched table tennis today and laughed very hard, because there was a woman in a Dutch uniform playing for the Dutch team, but she was obviously Chinese.
Olympics: 7/31/2012 12:17:22


Ironheart
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wow mroros thats your sense of humour,no comment.
Olympics: 7/31/2012 12:49:24


Moros 
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You should have seen it. She even had a very Chinese name (I forgot it). It made me wonder if she signed up for the wrong team, or took the wrong door in the stadium.
Olympics: 7/31/2012 12:50:49


dunga • apex 
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despite that, his general knowledge.

i would bet that more than 50% of all non asian players in table tennis are natural chinese playing for the other teams,
Brazil just now has a chinese woman that met the criteria for naturalization and played table tennis for Brazil for the first time.

As most of the european nations have now Brazilian naturals in their soccer team squad. (do i need to name them?)
Olympics: 7/31/2012 12:53:17


dunga • apex 
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http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2012-07/30/c_131746711.htm

almost a third of the woman are Chinese born, and 12 of the men.
Olympics: 7/31/2012 12:55:20


Moros 
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Oh, I didn't know that. It's still strange though, what is it with Chinese that makes them so good at table tennis?
Olympics: 7/31/2012 13:04:28


dunga • apex 
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general interest

the same reason brazilians plays well soccer, americans basketball, australians rugby, and so on.

I would imagine that every chinese kid has his own racket, as here we all have soccer balls.
Olympics: 7/31/2012 21:17:28


Gnullbegg 
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Incredible table-tennis between Ovtcharov and Maze!
Next up: Basketball - USA vs. Tunisia...
Olympics: 8/1/2012 00:25:13


[中国阳朔]TexasJohn 
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Thoughts regarding China's performance in this Olympics:

First the issue of Chinese-born players on other teams, particularly Ping Pong. My Chinese buddy told me that the selection tourney for the Chinese team had over 200 competitors, and a maximum of 2 from each country are allowed to compete. Thus, Chinese players become naturalized citizens of places like Singapore, so that they can have a chance to compete. He called them traitors, but I guess I can see why someone would do that.

Secondly, the medal count. I was cursing the Chinese for being tops in the medal count (although that might have changed since last night), but I was told that most of the sports Chinese excel at (ping pong, weightlifting, air rifle) were at the beginning of the Olympics, while track and field will start soon and swimming is just finishing. So I would imagine the US will start to pull ahead of China once these things get started. Last I saw, GB was at 20 in the medal count. Poor showing from the hosts.

Chris, you shouldn't bring politics into the Olympics. That is kind of the whole point, to escape the petty political bickering, and cheer for whatever country you like best. You disagree with China's policies, fair enough. But don't try to convince us that we are aiding human rights violations because we are supporting a country we are born in or live in.
Olympics: 8/1/2012 01:15:39

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China is only leading if you look at total medal count... US has more golds.
I know that many media outlets, particularly in the US, sort by total medals as opposed to gold, then silver, then bronze, but I never understood how that makes any sense.
1st place is worth just as much as 3rd, but 4th is worthless?
Olympics: 8/1/2012 01:17:43

FD
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Sorry, that's wrong... I was looking at the medal count in Google, which is weirdly aligned. They are tied in total medals, but China has way more golds, so clearly ahead.
Olympics: 8/1/2012 04:10:26


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Aha noobs only total noobs would waste time watching TV when you could be hacking halo 4 like a boss like me, or getting a million wins on warlight, noobs.
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