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davef
01-08-16, 15:38
The water is heavily polluted and we want you, mr athlete who spent most of your life training, to swim in it. Risk a horrible illness or wait an extra 4 years.

I'm speechless

bicicleur
01-08-16, 16:21
would the anciant athletes have doped themselves?
if so, with what?

not a nice picture we get from Brasil, but the country is not in a nice state either

Angela
06-08-16, 03:07
I've been watching the opening ceremonies: lovely visuals, great music and dance.

Now we're going to watch a lecture about global warming, caused by all those terrible first world countries.

You know what? I've had enough. Why didn't you pass on hosting this damn thing and use the money to start fixing your own backyard, like cleaning up your filthy coastline and lakes with their two million times the recommended level of pollution, so bad that our rowers have to wear protective suits and dip the oars in bleach.

The rooms have exposed wires, bathrooms are collapsing; it's like a huge Potemkin village.

I don't know if I can even watch it long enough to see the parade of nations.

Latin America is a mess.

Well, one cute thing: U.S. Swim Team-Car Pool Karaoke

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92P2mmpzZrk


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92P2mmpzZrk

davef
06-08-16, 14:13
The man who oversaw the construction of the hotel faced termination due to its unsafe living conditions.

Angela
08-08-16, 19:16
Of course, I am watching it. They got me because of the swimming and the tennis. :)

Phelps, old man that he is at 31, can still bring it home. The U.S. swimming team is doing very well, as always, as is Australia. I was happy to see Detti get his bronze too. I was happy altogether to see the nice reception that both the U.S. and Italian teams got from the crowd. I'm sure part of the reason for the nice reception for the Italian team is because of how many Italians there are in Brazil, if not in Rio.

Quite the upsets in tennis. Wow, the Williams sisters out in the first round of the doubles. That must have hurt. I was very sorry for Novak Djokovic as well. Another top seed out in the first round. If you guys didn't catch it and like tennis, you should watch it. That was GREAT tennis. Someone should put the whole match up on youtube. I wish I had learned how to play when I was young, instead of just living vicariously through my children in that as in swimming. Well, I can swim, but nothing like them or these young people. It's just beautiful, and thrilling to watch, especially with all these underwater cameras. They're like human fish.

Tennis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxO7mu1zLFY

Kudos to the Hungarian swimmer for the medley too:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVupDj51BIA

Ladecky:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRocek0zrmQ

I don't watch gymnastics anymore because these little girls are almost deformed by their training.

Oh, congrats to Belgium for their cycling win.

Current results:
http://www.cbssports.com/olympics/news/2016-rio-olympics-usa-gymnastics-day-2-simone-biles-medal-count/

Angela
09-08-16, 18:23
Kudos to Lily King for winning the 100 meter breast stroke against Yulia Efimova. The whole Russian team should have been disqualified. This so and so got a sixteen month long suspension for doping and then dares to wag her finger at King pre-swim? Well, King got the last laugh. Brava...

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/08/sports/olympics/schedule-results-rio.html?_r=0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBxf39Tae2k

The crowd at the tennis matches really should be told to keep it quiet. Haven't they ever been at one before? Those poor players.

Oh, and Piers Morgan should shut his mouth, while I'm at it. How dare he come down with his supercilious, ignorant comments on the poor girl who won a gold in the air rifle competitions. Just typical. Besmirch poor Ginny Thrasher's bright shining moment to make a cheap political point about gun violence in America. And no, Piers, not all gun owners and users are hillbilly morons. The girl is a bio-medical engineering student. How do you compare, in brains and athletic ability, not to mention common human decency?

bicicleur
09-08-16, 18:49
my new avatar

https://ssl.gstatic.com/onebox/media/olympics/photos/o16/live/RIOEC861GF3XR_1536x864.JPG

to win such a race you have to be good and you need some luck
to bad for Nibali and Hennao who fell in the last descend
this time it was the lucky day for Greg

davef
10-08-16, 01:52
OLD MAN at 31?

Angela
10-08-16, 03:03
OLD MAN at 31?

In swimming it's pretty darn old. I think he's already said this will be his last Olympics. It's not chance that so many of the Gold Medalists are 19, 20, 23.

It's unfortunate, but you have to commit really young if you're going to make a name for yourself in these sports. These kids are swimming five days a week, often at 6AM, because that's when the pools are free, when they're fourteen.

Goodness, another top seed is out: Serena Williams. Her French opponent certainly doesn't get my vote as the most sportsmanlike player ever, but she had grit, and Serena was off her game.

Lordy, the dive pool turned green. Who believes the officials that the water is perfectly safe?
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/09/sports/olympics/rio-schedule-medals-results.html

"Clean" athletes against "Dopers":
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/10/sports/olympics/doping-swimming-russia-lilly-king-yulia-efimova.html

davef
10-08-16, 04:04
Ok so it's relatively old for the Olympics. And the green water....this on top of the fact that they leveled people's homes to build the stadium. The committee who made the decision to destroy people's homes and businesses is pure evil and is part of the reason why I choose not to watch the olympics. If I were to express my true feelings in words about the committee that made the decision to wipe out those homes to make room for a stadium that may never be used again I would get an infraction from a moderator because it may be overly disturbing. Those individuals are evil and dark hearted.

Angela
12-08-16, 22:01
My favorite swimming event-200 meter Individual Medley-Phelps/Lochte one and two...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EktKs3lJTpM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EktKs3lJTpM

OK, I have to say it...I'm good...I looked at Ryan Lochte and said to myself, he's got to be at least half Italian. Looked it up...half Cuban...close, as the white Cubans are almost all Southern European.

http://i0.wp.com/www.fitzness.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/ryan-lochte-swimming-abs-abs-abs-olympics2.jpg

http://www.aceshowbiz.com/images/wennpic/ryan-lochte-arrives-at-los-angeles-international-airport-01.jpg

Diurpaneus
12-08-16, 23:02
This hit must be seen,I'm sure that even Nadia is jealous:

7934

http://indianexpress.com/sports/rio-2016-olympics/romania-upends-china-to-win-womens-team-fencing-2970006/

She had to have tremendously fast and unpredictable reflex.
This picture reminds us why do we love sports like (European)
football so much-it definitely does matter the way you win.


https://gfycat.com/WelcomeSourAdder

oriental
19-08-16, 01:19
https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/how-ryan-lochte-turned-a-drunken-frat-boy-night-into-an-international-mess-170734189.html

(https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/how-ryan-lochte-turned-a-drunken-frat-boy-night-into-an-international-mess-170734189.html)http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/18/sport/us-swimmers-olympics-robbery-questions/index.html

oriental
19-08-16, 01:23
CNN headlines: There was no robbery. Frat boy attitude. I remember those 'panty raids' by the frat boys at university. I couldn't figure out what was so special about getting girls' panties at that time. Of course, I never smelled a girl's soiled panties. Maybe it would be a different story. LOL.

davef
19-08-16, 01:45
I know, this years Olympics is about as ridiculous as the elections. Did you read about the Russian boxer who got his butt kicked by his irish opponent and won? The Russian guy looked like he was crying in one photo. I was about to laugh when I read the Russian left because he couldn't continue to box other opponents. I'll have to read the details later btw.

oriental
19-08-16, 01:59
Ha, ha. What can you expect from young men with high testosterone - especially athletes aiming for gold medals?

davef
19-08-16, 04:30
Here is a quote from the irish boxer who "lost":
“I’ll never box in this competition again. If people watch this Olympic Games (https://www.theguardian.com/sport/olympic-games) and they see some of the decisions … I think boxing is dead. It’s about whoever pays the most money. Whoever has the biggest [influence] wins.”

This man is right. Thumbs up for speaking against the commission. They are corrupt pigs willing to level people's property for an event that lasts about two weeks. It's all about who pays the most f*****g money. But what can I expect from these pigs to begin with? They accepted Rio as an appropriate place to host the Olympics due to it's governments ability to pay the most amount of money that should've gone towards Brazil to begin with. Only 12 percent of the tickets were sold...gee I wonder? Maybe because hardly anyone would want to risk getting robbed or shot in a city full of crime?

THE IOC IS FULL OF CORRUPT PIGS. OINK

Vallicanus
19-08-16, 10:13
Brazil should have spent the billions on a more equitable society rather than a showy prestige project like the Olympics.

However if Latin America is a mess it is partly because the USA interferes in any regime that supports the poor or seems in any way Socialist.

Angela
19-08-16, 13:37
Yes, next America is going to steal Santa Claus.

Of course, none of it has anything to do with the fact that Spain and Portugal drained these countries dry and mismanaged them for hundreds of years, and then after independence the same thing continued to happen under their home grown oligarchs. It was a paradise until the U.S. got involved.

As for the "Lochte affair", I finally saw footage of the press conference in Brazil. Something smells to high heaven. If a guy in uniform waves a gun in your face and asks for money, pardon me, but I'd think I was being robbed. I wouldn't go to Rio if they paid me to go...it's a hell hole where, from everything I've heard, it's not at all unusual for the "authorities" to hold you up for money. It's corrupt from top to bottom, and while the visuals may be pretty, you'd better get a massive dose of antibiotics before you put a toe in the water. So much for another one of the "next superpowers" of the world.

That said, Lochte's just another one of those man-boys who never grow up, a category which seems to be increasing by leaps and bounds in the developed world. This is how a thirty-two year old is till acting? In twenty years he'll be at some bar, with a hair piece or a comb over, a gut, and trying to hit up the twenty-year olds. Pathetic.

Vallicanus
19-08-16, 14:51
Whether Latin America was a paradise or not, badly ruled or not, no foreign power is allowed to intervene in their affairs unless that power is called in by the legitimate government.

No outside power, the USA included, has the right to intervene if a rebel faction calls it in.

If there is no legitimate government, however we wish to define "legitimate", all outside powers should butt out.

bicicleur
19-08-16, 15:10
Brazil should have spent the billions on a more equitable society rather than a showy prestige project like the Olympics.

However if Latin America is a mess it is partly because the USA interferes in any regime that supports the poor or seems in any way Socialist.

the olympics are an expensive game indeed
however it is peanuts compared to Brasil social security expenses
and I disagree that the olympics are a useless event

and the problem with Brasil is corruption, I don't know why you call that socialist, but indeed it happens a lot with socialists
anyway, no need to find any excuses abroad

Vallicanus
19-08-16, 15:15
I'm not Socialist but I am still convinced that foreign intervention in South and Central America does nothing to help inequality and poverty there.

Vallicanus
19-08-16, 15:20
Also, corruption is a worldwide problem but more important is the greed and meddling of western corporations in the economic and political affairs of the Third World and the BRICS nations.

Angela
19-08-16, 15:34
A lot of these countries would be better off with more interference from the U.S. rather than less. They're a mess. Unfortunately, the problems are so deep seated in the very fabric of their societies that I don't know what will help at this stage. Any aid you give them gets stolen by their blood sucking upper classes. If you try to start a business there or you want to do trade, their hands are out for bribes and kick backs before your plane lands. Corruption has been endemic there since Cortez and Pizarro. All they ever wanted to do was steal anything that wasn't nailed down.

Any so called "reformer" or Socialist messiah winds up making things even worse because they too are corrupt, and in addition they don't have the faintest clue how to get these economies up and running. Communism/socialism may be the most destructive ideology ever to be imagined, perhaps worse than fascism.

How'd Chavez and Socialism work out for Venezuela?
Venezuela is falling apart:
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/05/venezuela-is-falling-apart/481755/

Read it and weep. Shutting down a factory over toilet paper, or rioting because you want a two day work week. TWO DAYS! Yeah, you'll compete on world markets that way, for sure.

"But why? It’s not that the country lacked money. Sitting atop the world’s largest reserves of oil (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2244rank.html) at the tail end of a frenzied oil boom, the government led first by Chavez and, since 2013, by Maduro, received over a trillion dollars in oil revenues (http://nationalinterest.org/feature/chavezs-legacy-venezuela-shambles-12353) over the last 17 years. It faced virtually no institutional constraints on how to spend that unprecedented bonanza. It’s true that oil prices have since fallen—a risk many people foresaw, and one that the government made no provision for (http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2015/02/09/guest-post-venezuelas-collapse-has-nothing-to-do-with-falling-oil-prices/)—but that can hardly explain what’s happened: Venezuela’s garish implosion began well before the price of oil plummeted. Back in 2014, when oil was still trading north of $100 per barrel (https://ycharts.com/indicators/average_crude_oil_spot_price), Venezuelans were already facing acute shortages (http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/13/world/americas/venezuela-bread-shortage/) of basic things like bread or toiletries.The real culprit is chavismo, the ruling philosophy named for Chavez and carried forward by Maduro, and its truly breathtaking propensity for mismanagement (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-chavez-fund-idUSBRE88P0N020120926)(the government plowed state money arbitrarily into foolish investments);institutional destruction (http://www.ibanet.org/Article/Detail.aspx%3FArticleUid=6f6148b6-d036-4cf5-9b46-693d1c3b66e5) (as Chavez and then Maduro became more authoritarian and crippled the country’s democratic institutions); nonsense policy-making (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/07/opinion/francisco-toro-dorothy-kronick-venezuelas-currency-circus.html) (like price and currency controls); and plain thievery (http://www.insightcrime.org/news-briefs/us-expands-probe-of-venezuela-pdvsa-to-money-laundering) (as corruption has proliferated among unaccountable officials and their friends and families)."

Or how about the poor Sandinistas, those heroes of the left? How'd they do? They did so well that tens and tens of thousands of Central Americans have illegally immigrated to the big, bad, U.S. Sometimes I think half of Central America has come to the northeast.

That's how well socialism has worked out in Latin America, and how well their managerial and government classes are managing things there. I'm absolutely underwhelmed with how well they're doing on their own.

Plus, a lot of these countries actually asked the U.S. to intervene in order to prevent Spain and Portugal from taking them over again. That's how much they appreciated the way they'd been governed. Compare that to the British colonies. Yes, in the case of the U.S. they fought for their independence, but the fundamentals established by the British were sound. As a Brit yourself, I presume, you should be proud of that, yes?

@Bicicleur,

That's all it ever is: excuses, excuses, excuses. They're sitting on top of all these natural resources and they have no clue what to do with them.

Vallicanus
19-08-16, 15:48
"Race" is very important in Latin America.

The upper classes in the Latin American countries are white or near-white who care little or nothing for the masses of black or Native American or mixed people.

Only Subsaharan Africa is worse because the few rich and many poor are ethnically identical. The corruption and classism there is inexcusable.

Back to the Olympics.
Great Britain is second in the medal table for golds spread over 13 sporting disciplines and third for the total of medals.
She could surpass the total in London 2012!

davef
19-08-16, 16:13
Yes, next America is going to steal Santa Claus.

Of course, none of it has anything to do with the fact that Spain and Portugal drained these countries dry and mismanaged them for hundreds of years, and then after independence the same thing continued to happen under their home grown oligarchs. It was a paradise until the U.S. got involved.

As for the "Lochte affair", I finally saw footage of the press conference in Brazil. Something smells to high heaven. If a guy in uniform waves a gun in your face and asks for money, pardon me, but I'd think I was being robbed. I wouldn't go to Rio if they paid me to go...it's a hell hole where, from everything I've heard, it's not at all unusual for the "authorities" to hold you up for money. It's corrupt from top to bottom, and while the visuals may be pretty, you'd better get a massive dose of antibiotics before you put a toe in the water. So much for another one of the "next superpowers" of the world.

That said, Lochte's just another one of those man-boys who never grow up, a category which seems to be increasing by leaps and bounds in the developed world. This is how a thirty-two year old is till acting? In twenty years he'll be at some bar, with a hair piece or a comb over, a gut, and trying to hit up the twenty-year olds. Pathetic.

I'm more of a half man-boy in that I work and put the gaming controller down a while ago; but I still like to watch re runs of beavis and butthead, engage in "silly" conversations with a close friend of mine, stay up late on weekends listening to my metal, and other stuff I can't quickly pull out of my head atm.

And I think rio harmed itself by hosting the olympics because I'm sure now more people are growing more aware at how messed up the city is so that reduces tourism.

And where would the other .88 of the tickets go? Are they going to drop them in the waters? Lol

bicicleur
19-08-16, 17:31
For those following the daily news, it was quite clear that Brasil was pretty messed up long before the Olympics.

Angela
20-08-16, 16:55
Current standings as of 8/20. Russia is definitely not having a good Olympics.

Angela
21-08-16, 22:17
Nice...the Ukrainian wrestler started biting when he realized he was losing. :startled: They should have disqualified him; not that it mattered, he lost anyway.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZEfwcjBquU

davef
22-08-16, 04:18
https://www.reddit.com/r/apocalympics2016/

Best place for (occasionally) comedic Rio Olympics issues. Warning: some of the comments read like a bunch of men at a bar so don't read them if easily offended.