Of course, you don't want to actually USE the link, if your local television coverage will show a competition delayed, and you don't want to know
how it will turn out.
(This might be obvious to seasoned TV watchers, but I did not know that my broadcast station was going to do some delayed-coverage until after they showed the delayed event, at which time they said it had happened earlier. Since I was working and watching at the same time, I may have missed an earlier mention.)
I have heard the TV announcers say a sport called "water polo" will be shown tonight.
Who would have thought of such a thing? I didn't think horses could swim all that well. . .
I note the Scots aren't doing too well.
G S B
1 CHN - China 14 6 3
2 USA - United States 12 5 12
3 GBR - Great Britain 5 3 4
What an extraordinary total to date for GBR.
I'm just in awe of *all* the performances - well done to all who managed to qualify to get there, as well as all medal winners!!
I'm astounded by China's success although this morning Sky were talking about a Chinese man who eventually earned his bronze medal for China after his best ever performance and he was forced to apologise on television to the Chinese audience for "failing his country". All competitors are at their peak and like you I can only admire the efforts involved over many many years of dedication.
In women's gymnastics, I just saw a woman age 33 win a medal in the vault competition. She's twice as old as some of the other gymnasts!
Another competitor got a zero because she went ahead before the green light signal to go was activated.
I saw an analyst point out two mistakes that a Chinese medalist made in a women's gymnastic competition, each of which should have been a .8 deduction, but the score the judges gave did not reflect those deductions. He asserts the effort was wrongly scored, and the difference resulted in a wrong medal ranking. He sounded convincing (but, of course, I did not hear anyone justify the score that was given).
If, in the course of the actual competition, they create a new personal best, then they are at their peak. If, however, they win gold, but have
performed better on other occasions, then they cannot be "at their peak".
As for the medal tally, for a small (Compared to China or even the US) country (population), guess who has won the most medals?
I've just seen Phelps' golds - wow!
And the showjumping - talk about edge of your seat stuff! Well done all - and let's hear it for the first olympian to win 10 golds, and the 61 year old silver medalist!
Absolutely! They can be, justifiably, proud.
As an aside, does anyone know why Bowls is not an olympic sport? I was playing in a pairs comp tonight and it came up.
I think the whole thing of what is and what is not an Olympic sport is highly contested... so I don't know why bowls isn't. Certainly you'd find
enough people in the UK who'd think it should be - and in France, I suspect!
Do sports ever get dropped, does anyone know? Is rythmic gymnastics still in the games?
Discontinued Summer Sports
Jeu de Paume
Tug of War
Kabaddi was played at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, and is popular in India and other parts of Asia.
I think they should include The Glass Bead Game...
Some might propose Warcraft.
Or perhaps Grant Theft Auto.
I just saw a hurdle competition in which one person clipped (tripped and knocked down) one hurdle. It so distracted the woman next to her that she
fell behind all the others, and never caught up!
Then, I saw a graphic list on TV that looked as if it had large yellow Xs by two names. I thought perhaps those people had been eliminated.
No, it was a graphic of the flag of Jamaica--a yellow X on a background of darker colors!
I saw a men's gymnast competition on the parallel bars, in which the competitor from Uzbekistan won a bronze medal. I believe the announcer said it was the first time Uzbekistan had won an Olympic medal, ever (but, was he speaking of all events, or just gymnastics?) In either case, it was remarkable to see such a great performance, and especially exciting for a country to get a first medal.
Lolo Jones, American in the hurdle competition, appeared to be heading for a gold medal, when she hit the ninth hurdle--finishing seventh. What a heartbreaker! Dawn Harper, another American, won the gold.
I'm always satisfied to see one of the "lesser" nations win a medal, especially if it's their first in an event.
I saw one of the American men's gymnastics team compete on the high bar, and it was remarkable in this respect: he added several difficult skills
beyond what his usual routine might include, because a few of the others had high difficulty marks in their routines. Any difficult skill is a
risk--a person might miss it in execution, or lose balance, or fall, or even tire so as to be unable to do other skills. This man piled them up--one
after another after another.
Some men's gymnasts from other teams actually proved to be better. Some others "reached for the stars" and failed, even falling. This man did a pretty good job in all he attempted. Others did even better (at least one Chinese did better), but he got his first Olympic medal (bronze). Good for him!