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Posted 01 April 2008 - 04:27 PM Edited by flicko, 14 April 2008 - 09:41 AM.

Welcome to the official international Athletics discussion, as well as the home of the 2008 summer olympics!


*Warning- Extreme use of tables. If you are allergic to tables, please do not scroll down

Welcome, since there isn't a topic of this magnitude, I've decided to make one. This took me a fair while, I'm actually rather ashamed to say how long, but as you can see, I've taken a lot of time out and put a hella lot of effort into this. Personally I'm a massive Athletics fan, and always manage to watch it whenever I can. I love the olympics and every event it holds, and I miss nothing whenever it's on, including the opening ceremony, closing ceremony as well as all the events. Thus why I have also created the official home to the 2008 summer olympics, which will be taking part in Beijing later on this year. In this thread will be information on athletics, World records stats complete with videos, legendary moments in the history of athletics and general chit chat about the sport. Enjoy!

Contents-

Introduction

History of Athletics, and the Olympic games

Outdoor World records

Endurance World records

Indoor World records

The greatest athletes the World has ever seen

Legendary moments in the history of Athletics

My view


History of Athletics, and the Olympic games-


QUOTE ( Wikipedia)
The original and only event at the first Olympics in 776 BC was a stadium-length foot race or "stade", run on a track.

There were several other "Games" held in Europe in the classical era:

Panhellenic Games:
The Pythian Games (founded 527 BC) held in Delphi every four years
The Nemean Games (founded 516 BC) held in Argolid every two years
The Isthmian Games (founded 523 BC) held on the Isthmus of Corinth every two years
The Roman Games – Arising from Etruscan rather than purely Greek roots, the Roman Games deemphasized footraces and throwing. Instead, the Greek sports of chariot racing and wrestling, as well as the Etruscan sport of gladiatorial combat, took center stage.
Other peoples, such as the Celts, Teutons and Goths who succeeded the Romans, enjoyed athletic contests. However, these were often related to combat training. In the Middle Ages the sons of noblemen would be trained in running, leaping and wrestling, in addition to riding, jousting and arms-training. Contests between rivals and friends may have been common on both official and unofficial grounds.

In the 19th century the formal organization of the modern events started. This included the incorporation of regular sports and exercise into school regimes. The Royal Military College, Sandhurst has claimed to be the first to adopt this in 1812 and 1825, but without any supporting evidence. The earliest recorded meeting was organised at Shrewsbury, Shropshire in 1840 by the Royal Shrewsbury School Hunt. There are details of the meeting in a series of letters written 60 years later by C.T. Robinson, who was a pupil there from 1838 to 1841. The Royal Military Academy at Woolwich held an organised competition in 1849, but the first regular series of meetings was held by Exeter College, Oxford from 1850.

Modern athletic events are usually organized around a 400 meter running track on which most of the running events take place. Field events (vaulting, jumping, and throwing) often take place on the infield, inside the track.

Athletics was included in the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and has formed their backbone ever since. Women were first allowed to participate in track and field events in the 1928 Olympics.

An international governing body, the IAAF, was founded in 1912. The IAAF established separate outdoor World Championships in 1983. There are a number of regional games as well, such as the European Championships, the Pan-American Games, and the Commonwealth Games. In addition there is a professional Golden League circuit, cumulating in the IAAF World Athletics Final, and indoor championships such as the World Indoor Championships. The sport has a very high profile during major championships, especially the Olympics, but otherwise is less popular.

The AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) was the governing body in the United States until it collapsed under pressure from advancing professionalism in the late 1970s. A new governing body called The Athletics Congress (TAC) was formed. It was later renamed USA Track and Field (USATF or USA T&F). An additional, less structured organization, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), also exists in the United States to promote road racing.

In modern times, athletes can receive money for racing, putting an end to the so-called "amateurism" that existed before.


It's so amazing to see the transformation which has occured since the first recorded Olympic games were produced. As time has progressed so has athletics, including the athletes abilities, take the 100 metres race for example, the World record in 1936 was 10.2 seconds, by Jesse Owens. As the years progressed the World's fastest man gradually got faster and faster, and todays' World record is an obliterating 9.74 seconds by Asafa Powell. How things have changed thanks to modern technology.

And now, time to remember the greatest and fastest athletes to ever grace the planet, complete with videos (click on the athletes names).

Outdoor world records-

Complete with video links (from what I can find)


Event
World record holder (male)
Time (seconds)/Points
World record holder (female)
Time (seconds)/Points
100 metresAsafa Powell JAM9.74Florence Griffith Joyner USA10.49
200 metresMicheal Johnson USA19.32Florence Griffith Joyner USA21.34
400 metresMicheal Johnson USA43.18Marita Koch RUS47.60
800 metresWilson Kipketer DEN1:41.11Jarmila Kratochvílová CZE1:53.28
1500 metresHicham El guerrouj MOR3:26.00Qu Yunxia CHI3:50.46
5000 metresKenenisa Bekele ETH12:37.35Meseret Defar ETH14:16.63
10,000 metresKenenisa Bekele ETH26:17.53Wang Junxia CHI29:31.78
100/110 metre hurdlesLiu Xiang CHI12.88Yordanka Donkova RUS12.21
400 metre hurdlesKevin Young USA46.78Yuliya Pechonkina RUS52.34
3000 metre steeplechaseSaif Saaeed Shaheen KEN7:53.63Gulnara Samitova RUS9:01.59
4x100 metre relayUnited States
Mike Marsh,
Leroy Burrell,
Dennis Mitchell,
Carl Lewis

United States
Jon Drummond,
Andre Cason,
Dennis Mitchell,
Leroy Burrell
37.40East Germany
Silke Gladisch,
Sabine Rieger,
Ingrid Auerswald,
Marlies Göhr
41.37
4x400 metre relayUnited States
Jerome Young,
Antonio Pettigrew,
Tyree Washington,
Michael Johnson
2:54.20Soviet Union
Tatyana Ledovskaya,
Olga Nazarova,
Mariya Pinigina,
Olga Bryzgina
3:15.17
DecathlonRoman Šebrle CZE9026N/AN/A
HeptahlonN/AN/AJackie Joyner Kersee USA7295
High jumpJavier Sotomayor CUB2.45 metresStefka Kostadinova RUS2.09 metres
Pole vaultSergei Bubka UKR6.14 metresYelena Isenbayeva RUS5.01 metres
Long jumpMike Powell USA8.95 metresGalina Chistyakova RUS7.52 metres
Triple jumpJonathan Edwards UK18.29 metresInessa Kravets UKR15.50 metres
Shot puttRandy Barnes USA23.12 metresNatalya Lisovskaya RUS22.63 metres
Discus throwJürgen Schult GER74.08 metresGabriele Reinsch GER76.80 metres
Hammer throwYuriy Sedykh RUS86.74 metresTatyana Lysenko RUS78.61 metres
Javelin throwJan Železný CZE98.48 metresOsleidys Menéndez CUB71.70 metres


Endurance World records-


Event
World record holder (male)
Time (hours:seconds)
World record holder (female)
Time (hours:seconds)
10 kilometres
(road)
Haile Gebrselassie ETH27:02Paula Radcliffe UK30:21
15 kilometres
(road)
Felix Limo KEN41.29Kayoko Fukushi JAP46:55
20,000 metresHaile Gebrselassie ETH56:26.0Tegla Loroupe KEN1:05:26.6
20 kilometres
(road)
Haile Gebrselassie ETH55:48Lornah Kiplagat KEN1:02.57
Half marathon
(road)
Samuel Kamau Wanjiru KEN58:33Lornah Kiplagat KEN1:06.25
One hour
(track)
Haile Gebrselassie ETH21.285kmTegla Loroupe KEN18.340km
25,000 metresToshihiko Seko JAP1:13:55.8Tegla Loroupe KEN1:27:05.9
25 kilometres
(road)
Paul Malakwen Kosgei KEN1:12:45Mizuki Noguchi JAP1:22.13
30,000 metresToshihiko Seko JAP1:29:18.8Tegla Loroupe KEN1:45:50.0
MarathonHaile Gebrselassie ETH2:04.26Paula Radcliffe UK2:15.25
100 kilometres
(road)
Takahiro Sunada JAP6:13:33Tomoe Abe JAP6:33.11
20,000 metres walk
(track)
Bernardo Segura MEX1:17:25.6Olimpiada Ivanova RUS1:26:52.3
20 kilometre walk
(road)
Vladimir Kanaykin RUS1:17.16Olimpiada Ivanova RUS1:25.41
30,000 metre walk
(track)
Maurizio Damilano ITA2:01:44.1N/AN/A
50,000 metre walk
(track)
Thierry Toutain FRA3:40:57.9N/AN/A
50 kilometres walk
(road)
Nathan Deakes AUS3:35:47N/AN/A


Indoor World records-


Event
World record holder (male)
Time (seconds)/points
World record holder (female)
Time (seconds)/points
50 metresDonovan Bailey CAN5.56Irina Privalova RUS5.96
60 metresMaurice Greene USA6.39Irina Privalova RUS6.92
200 metresFrankie Fredericks NAM19.92Merlene Ottey JAM21.87
400 metresKerron Clement USA44.57Jarmila Kratochvílová RUS49.59
800 metresWilson Kipketer DEN!:42.67Jolanda Čeplak RUS1:55.82
1000 metresWilson Kipketer DEN2:14.96Maria Mutola MOZ2:30.94
1500 metresHicham El gerrouj MOR3:31.18Yelena Soboleva RUS3:57.71
MileHicham el Geurouj MOR3:48.45Doina Melinte ROM4:17.14
2000 metresKenenisa Bekele ETH4:49.99N/AN/A
3000 metresDaniel Komen KEN7:24.90Meseret Defar ETH8:23.72
2 milesKenenisa Bekele ETH8:04.35N/AN/A
5000 metresKenenisa Bekele12:49.60Tirunesh Dibaba ETH14:27.42
50 metres hurdlesMark Mckoy CAN6.25Cornelia Oschkenat GER6.58
60 metres hurdlesColin Jackson UK7.30Susanna Kallur SWE7.68
High jumpJavier Sotomayor CUB2.43 metresKajsa Bergqvist SWE2.08 metres
Pole vaultSegei Bubka UKR6.15 metresYelena Isinbayeva RUS4.95 metres
Long jumpCarl Lewis8.79 metresHeike Drechsler7.37 metres
Triple jumpAliecer Urrutia CUB
Christian Olsson SWE
17.83 metresTatyana Lebedeva RUS15.36 metres
Shot putRandy Barnes USA22.66 metresHelena Fibingerová CZE22.50 metres
Heptathlon/PentathlonDan O'Brien USA6476Irina Belova RUS4991
5000/3000 metres walkMikhail Shchennikov RUS18:07.08Claudia Stef ROM11:40.33
4x400 metres relayUnited States
Andre Morris,
Dameon Johnson
Deon Minor
Milton Campbell
3:02.83Russia
Yuliya Gushchina,
Olga Kotlyarova,
Olga Zaytseva,
Olesya Krasnomovets
3:23.37


These records just go to show how high the level of ability athletes can acheive. Every single one of these records are unbelievable, inhumane in fact. Out of all the World records listed above I cannot select ten which stand out, they are all amazing. Sergei Bubka and Yelena Isinbayeva come to mind, the first people to pole vault over milestone lengths. Javier Sotomayor's World record in the high jump is impeccable, to jump backwards, over an 8 foot plus obstacle is quite some feat. Michael Johnson's World records in the 200 and 400 are out of this world, as are Florence Griffith Joyners and Asafa Powells. Every single World record is worth bowing down to, truly majestic.

The Greatest athletes the World has ever seen-


Asafa Powell, Jamaica-
Still only 25, Asafa Powell has the World at his feet. An absolutely explosive World record in the 100 metres of 9.74 seconds is in his grasp, and he looks certain to increase that time, judging by the fact that in his World record race, he actually slowed down towards the finish. In the top 10 fastast legal 100 metres times in history, Asafa Powell consumes six of those times; the amazing 9.74 seconds, 9.77 seconds on three occasions, a 9.78 and 9.83 times are what he's acheived, and he's still young. Since finishing fourth in the 2004 Olympic games final he has just gone from strength to strength, and probably won't stop soon. Maybe we'll see a sub 9.7 in the near future? He's acheived a bronze medal and silver medal at the World championships, as well as two gold medals in the commonwealth games, which seem to me, a little like he's underacheived. None the less, the amazingly outstanding World record is still his, and I'm sure he'll acheive greater times than his 9.74 seconds in the near future.
Maurice Greene, United States-
Like Asafa Powell, Maurice Greene was an extremely talented sprinter, especially in the 100 metres area. In the all time legal 100 metres greatest times, he holds three times in the top ten; a 9.82, 9.80 seconds time as well as his previous World record time of 9.79 seconds. His record is also sublime; He's won two golds, a silver and a bronze medal in the olympic games, as well as five gold medals in the World championships. On top of that he won a gold medal in the World indoor championships, so he's definitely had quite a career. With his typical arrogant, cocky attitude, he is one of the most iconic athletes of his generation.
Micheal Johnson, United States-
Born in 1967, Michael Johnson still holds World records for two of the most competitive events in athletics; the 200 metres and 400 metres events. His greatest time in the 200 metres is a jawdropping 19.32 seconds, and his equally amazing World record in the 400 metres is 43.18 seconds, that surmasses to 10.7 seconds per 100 metres. And his 200 metres World record equals out at 9.66 seconds per 100 metres, so possibly he could've succeeded in the 100 metres department. His medal record is astounding, five gold medals in the Olympic games, and nine gold medals in the World championships. He truly is a legend.


Jesse Owens, United States-
Perhaps the most iconic athlete ever, competing in the 1930's, life for a black person was generally tough. At the 1936 olmpics in Germany, Owens was competing in front of Adolf Hitler, and was set out to destroy his myth of Aryan supremacy. Owens did just that, and how. He won four gold medals, and quickly became a legendary icon. To this day Owens is still a legend, for his remarkable acheivements.
Sergei Bubka, Soviet Union/Ukraine-
The ultimate pole vaulter. Bubka won six consecutive World championships, as well as gold in the 1988 olympics. Bubka broke the World record for the pole vault 35 times, yeah, thirty five times! He was the first man to jump over six metres, and the first and only man to clear 6.10 metres. Truly outstanding. Before Bubka jumped six metres, that height was considered unattainable and really highlights how amazing Sergei actually was.
Haile Gebrselassie, Ethiopia-
A veteran of the sport. He has accomplished just about everything an athlete would wish to accomplish. He still holds five World records and has broke World records a total of 25 times, and is obviously one of the greatest endurance runners to ever grace the sport. Having won two gold medals in the olympic games, six medals in the World championships, four of them gold and four gold medals in the Indoor campionships, he certainly hasn't underacheived.
Florence Griffith-Joyner, United States
The fastest female who ever walked this Earth. Her times in the 100 metres and 200 metres races were so quick, that people actually didn't believe they were possible and many accusations of drug abuse were thrown against her. These accusations became stronger due her her premature death in 1998. However, the records to this day still stand, and they are quite unbelievable. 10.49 seconds in the 100 metres, and 21.34 seconds in the 200 metres. Not one athlete has ever come close to those records, barring herself, by far the fastest woman ever. What an athlete.
Yelena Isinbayeva, Russia
Still only 25, Yelena Isinbayeva has already made history many times. She's won a gold medal in her first Olympics, two gold medals in the World championships, three gold medals in the World indoor championships and two gold medals in the European championships, and won the jackpot in the IAAF Golden league after winning all six events. As well as breaking the Pole vault World record 21 times. Not only that, she was the first, and still is the only woman to jump over 5 metres, a feat on itself. With her peculiar style, she's got the World at her feet.
Carl Lewis, United States
With ten olympic medals, nine of them being gold, and ten World championship winning medals, eight of them being gold, Carl Lewis is widely regarded World wide as the greatest athlete ever. His main events were the 100 metre, 200 metre, 4x100 metre relay races as well as the Long jump events, and he previously set World records in the 100 metre, 4x100 metre and 4x200 metre events, and still is the World record holder for the long jump indoors. He also holds dear to one of the longest unbeaten streaks in history, having won 65 consecutive long jump competitions, spanning a total of ten years. A World great.
Hicham El Guerrouj, Morocco
"The King of the mile". Hicham currently holds World records for the 1500 metres event, with a time of 3:26.00, and obtains seven of the top ten fastest times in said event ever. He also holds the World record for the mile, with a time of 3:43.13, and obtains seven of the top ten fastest times ever in that event as well. He also holds the World record for the outdoor 2000 metres race with a time of 4:44.79. Not only that, he's the second fastest man ever to run the 3000 metres, with a time of 7:23.09, only the great Daniel Komen is faster than him in that department. Furthermore, Hicham has won three medals at the Olympics, two of them being gold. And has won six medals at the World championships, with four of them being gold. A truly iconic athlete.
Micheal Edwards, Great Britain and N.I
Better knwon as "Eddie The eagle", Micheal Edwards was the first British ski jumper to represent in the Olympics. And was the British national ski jump record holder, as well as the stunt jumping World record holder. Not to mention his World's number nine in amatuer ski jumping (106.8mph). And on top of that, he has a rule named after him, The Eddie the eagle rule! Due to his phenomenom in 1990, the IOC instituted the rule, which requires Olympic hopefuls to compete in international events and place in the top 30 percent or the top 50 competitors, whichever is the lesser. A true British hero.
There are no doubt many more truly legendary, unforgettable athletes, these are just a select few of what I can think of in my head. If anybody would have any suggestions as to anybody else I could add on there, please, feel free to let me know. smile.gif


Legendary moments in the history of athletics-


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Jesse Owens versus Adolf Hitler
A very talented, native American black athlete, against the most powerful man on the planet's myth of Aryan supremacy. Nevermind the Olympics, this was, and still is one of the greatest and iconic moments in the history of sport. The 1936 Olympics, completely dominated by white Europeans, and along comes Black American Jesse Owens, who set out to destroy this myth. Owens wins not only one event, but four. The 100 metres, 200 metre, 4x 100 metre relay, as well as the long jump were all completely annihilated by Jesse Owens, at the watchful eyes of the demonic Adolf Hitler. Truly mesmorising stuff.




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Ben Johnson drug scandal
The line up for the 1986 olympic games 100 metre final was in place, and all eyes were on two people; the formiddable Carl Lewis, and World record holder Ben johnson. The winner, in a truly unbelievable time of 9.79 seconds, completely smashing the World record, was Canadian Ben Johnson, who completely annihilated the field, including the great Carl Lewis. Unfortunately he didn't do it alone, fuelled by anabolic steroids which helped him win the race, Ben Johnson was inevitibly disqualified and removed of his gold medal, as well as his World record time. One of the biggest cheat scandals in Athletics history.




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What a Beamer!
On October 6th, 1968, history was truly made. The long jump finals were currently ongoing, and up steps lucky-to-qualify Bob Beamon. Having only just qualified (two fouls in qualifying), Bob Beamon wasn't exactly the favourite for the long jump title. Views had changed, however, after his first jump. The distance, a truly unpresidented 8.90 metres, further than any human had jumped before. And he was also the first man to jump over 28 feet, AND 29 FEET! To show how amazing the jump actually was, the previous record was 21 inches lower. The record lasted almost 23 years until it was broken in 1991 by American Mike Powell. Quite possibly the leap of the century. Brilliant.




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Eric the eel
Probably my favourite moment EVER! It was the 100 metre freestyle swimming qualifiers in the 2000 Olympic games. Eric Moussambani (eric the eel) only qualified for the Olympics because more countries without decent training facilities had the chance to experience something. The Equitorial had never seen a 50 metre pool before the Olympics, and only learnt to swim eight months before the Olympics began, in a 20 metre pool. But this didn't affect his performance. He actually won his race, as the other athletes were disqualified. All he had to do was to finish the race, as quick or as slow as he wanted. Seems easy, was it f*ck. Eric managed to complete the race in a whopping... 1:52.72 seconds, which is even slower than the 200 metre freestyle World record, but hey, The Equitorial Guinea record was completely smashed!




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Spitz' seven
To win one gold medal in the Olympics would be pretty intense, to win seven would literally be off the scale! That's what American Mark Spitz did in the swimming department, as well as breaking the World records in every race. One of, if not the greatest performance by an athlete in the Olympic games.




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Lorz of the rings
The year was 1904 at the Saint Louis Olympic games, and the marathon race was underway. Less then half of the 31 starters of the race actually finished due to the heat, and the winner was American Fred Lorz. There is however, a story behind this. After nine miles of the race Lorz was suffering from cramps, so his manager gave him a lift in his car, an 11 mile lift! before it broke down. Lorz then carried on running and finished the event in first place. Although initially going along with it, Lorz then told officials he had a lift in his manager's car, and only finished the race for a joke. But the officials weren't laughing, and Lorz was inevitibly disqualified.


Unfortunately there isn't a video for thise one, it was in 1904, after all!

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Louganis' headache
Greg Louganis, who at the time was the greatest diver in the World, was about to make his ninth preliminary dive in the 3 metre springboard competition. Unfortunately, on the way down he banged his head against the board, and splashed into the water. He suffered from cuts to his head which led to stitches. Still manged to win the competition though.




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1968 Olympics black power
The 1968 Olympics Black Power salute was a noted black nationalist protest and one of the most overtly political statements in the 110 year history of the modern Olympic Games. It was the ceremony for the 200 metres final race, where black man Tommie Smith won gold, Australian Peter Norman finishing second and black man John Carlos finishing third. Tommie Smith and John Carlos, wore black socks when they were on the podium, with no shoes, to represent black poverty. Smith als wore a black scarf around his neck for black pride, whereas Carlos wore beads which he described were for black individuals that were killed and no prayer was said for them. The picture above became Worldwide news and sparked a mass political debate. While there national anthem was playing, they both held there arm held high, each with a black glove on, to salute black power. They ended up getting booed off but held no regrets.




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The Munich massacre
About two weeks into the 1972 olympics a tragic event happened. Members of the Israeli olympic team had been kidnapped and held hostage by Yaser Arafets organisation. In the end 11 Israeli athletes and coaches were killed, aswell as a German police officer and 5 terrorists, totalling 17 deaths. The three terrorists who survived were arrested and later released following the hijack of Luthansa airliner. Israel responded to this by a series of air strikes and assasinations of those Israel claimed were planners of the killings. There was later a film mad about the incident, directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg.






Again, if anybody has any suggestions for stuff to add to this section, feel free to let me know. smile.gif

Well that's it, this is basically a factsheet and general discussion about the history of athletics, greatest athletes ever, legendary moments and World records. What is your favourite athletics event? Do you aspire to be an athlete one day? who is your true iconic athletic hero? what is you favourite World record?

For me, my favourite atletics event has always been the 100 metres, and was the event I was best at, at my school. The buzz of the final of the 100 metres is electrifying, and alway entertaining. Thus my favoruite World record would have to be Asafa Powell's blistering time. As for my favourite athlete of all time, I simply cannot choose, if I were to write a shortlist, you'd be reading all night. Jesse Owens, Michael Johnson, Eric Mousambani to name a few, the list is endless.

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 04:28 PM Edited by flicko, 04 June 2009 - 07:28 AM.

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Not only is this the official home of international athletics, but the home of the 2008 Summer Olympic games, which will be kicking off in the polluted country of China, on August 8th-24th. Hopefully it will be as enjoyable as the last one, with the thrill of the opening ceremony, and the sheer excitement of the finals of events. Last year I missed virtually nothing, if you love the Olympics as much as me, neither will you. There will be approximately 10,500 athletes participating in this year's olympic games from a total of approximately 205 countries (may not be accurate), in a total of 302 events spanning across 28 sports, so there is a lot on offer. Definite entertainment is a certainty.

Events like the 100 metres, 200 metres, 400 metres, and practically every other track event are all absolutely astounding to watch, and are also tense, as well as brilliantly entertaining. Bike races at the velodrome are always so entertaining, as well as tense and gripping, and are also great because it's virtually the only event us British really do well in. tounge.gif Swimming events are usually on at the beginning of the games, and are also fantastic to watch, it's unbelievable how amazing some of the athletes are. I also love watching the rowing races, flatwater canoeing/kayaking, archery, the marathon, the rings, boxing, weightlifting and practically everything else in the olympics. The only events I don't really enjoy watching are the women's dancing and gymnastics, not really for me.

Contents-

Countdown to the Olympics

Introduction

Origin of the Olympic games

The Olympic flame

Olympic mascots- The Fuwa

The Venue

Opening ceremony

Countries participating

List of events

Winners from 2004 and blank table for this years winning roster
2004 champions

Olympic records

My view


Origin of the Olympic games-


QUOTE (wikipedia)
The Games first started in Olympia, Greece, a sanctuary site for the Greek gods near the towns of Elis and Pisa (both in Elis on the peninsula of Peloponnesos). The Sanctuary of Zeus in Olympia housed a 12 meter high statue in ivory and gold of Zeus, the father of the Greek gods, sculpted by Phidias. This statue was one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World.

The Olympic Games were held in four year intervals, and later the Greek method of counting the years even referred to these Games, using the term Olympiad for the period between two Games. The historian Ephorus who lived in the 4th century BC is believed to have invented the use of Olympiads to count years, much as we today use AD and BC. Previously every Greek state used its own dating system, something that continued for local events, which led to confusion when trying to determine dates. "Diodorus states that there was a solar eclipse in the third year of the 117th Olympiad, which must be the eclipse of 310 BC. This gives us a date of (mid-summer) 776 BC for the first year of the first Olympiad".[4] Nevertheless, there is disagreement among scholars whether the games truly began at this time or not.

The only competition held then was, according to the Greek traveller Pausanias, the stadion race, a race over about 190 meters, measured after the feet of Hercules. The word stadium is derived from this foot race.

The early Olympics were also held to be the place where the Greek tradition of athletic nudity was first introduced in 720 BC, either by the Spartans (and Acanthus in particular) or by the Megarian Orsippus.

Related to the Elis/Pisa conflict, is the Heraea Games, the first sanctioned competition for women, held in Olympic Stadium. It originally consisted of foot races only, as did the men's competition. Some texts, including Pausanias's Description of Greece, c. AD 175, state that Hippodameia gathered a group known as the "Sixteen Women" and made them administrators of the Heraea Games, out of gratitude for her marriage to Pelops. Other texts indicate that the "Sixteen Women" were peace-makers from Pisa and Elis and, because of their political competence, became administrators of the Heraea Games.


It's amazing how much it's changed as time has progressed. Pretty phenomenal stuff. None of this stuff really appeals to me, but for you people interested in the hstory of the games (if any), this is your burden.

The Olympic flame-


The Olympic flame is one of the most important and popular symbols for the Olympic games. The flame is derrived to commemorate the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, and is obviously originated in ancient Greece. The flame was introduced in 1928 and to this day is still Olympic tradition. The Olympic torch is ignited several months before the opening of the games in ancient Greece. Eleven women, all representing the roles of priestesses, perform a ceremony in which the torch is kindled by the ray of the sun via a parabolic mirror. The flame stays lit right through until the Olympic games have finished, when it is extinguished. The torch travels from continent to continent, visiting various countries along the way, and many celebrities hold the Olympic flame while running, to pass it on in a sort of relay. The relay ends at the Opening ceremony of the games when a specially selected celebrity/athlete will run out into the stadium with the flame, run towards the cauldron, usually placed at the top of a grand staircase, and then uses the torch to start the flame in the stadium. Which in turn, states the beginning of the Olympic games.


The mascots-

The Fuwa


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The Fuwa (Chinese: 福娃; pinyin: Fúwá; literally "good-luck dolls") were unveiled as the mascots of the games by the National Society of Chinese Classic Literature Studies on November 11, 2005, at an event marking the 1000th day before the opening of the games. They were originally named "The Friendlies", but this name was dropped as Chinese officials were worried that it would be misunderstood as "friendless" or "friend lies."

The Fuwa consist of five members that incorporate fish, giant panda, fire, Tibetan antelope, and swallow designs. They roughly correspond with the five elements of Chinese philosophy: water, metal, fire, wood, and earth. The Fuwa each have as their primary color one of the colors of the five Olympic Rings that stand for the five continents. The five Fuwa are named Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, Yingying, and Nini. When the first syllable of each of the five names are said together, the result is the phrase 北京欢迎你 (Běijīng huānyíng nĭ) which means "Beijing welcomes you".



Venue-


Being as the Olympic games is labelled largely as Beijing 2008, that is obviously the place it will be taking place. Beijing is the capital city of China, and has a population of around seventeen and a half million people. So obviously it is a very large area, but there's also a major downside, pollution.

The amount of pollution in Beijing is on average five times as much as the World health standards organisation for safety, mainly because of the inefficiency of China's main source of energy; coal. As you can probably guess this would cause major problems for athletes taking part in the olympics, especially endurance runners. Haile Gabrselassie being a main example. Due to his asthma, the favourite and World record holder for the marathon, has opted not to run in the marathon, fearing for his health. He will however, run the 10,000 metres race. Paula Radcliffe, who is also an ashtmastic, has vowed that she will run the marathon, amidst the dangers of high pollution.

Because of this, as well as the dangerously high levels of pollution the city produces, the Chinese government announced that it would close 144 gas stations in Beijing, to improve air quality, prior to the olympics.

Overview of the venue-

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The twelve New venues in Beijing-

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Click here and here to view the remaining two new venues.

You will be able to view the remaining venues (31 in total) on the official website, by clicking on the first image. As you can see, China haven't dissappointed with the venues, both new and old are absolutely beautiful, unique and indifferent, and will no doubt make for a great tournament, complete with fantastic scenary.

Opening ceremony-


Like every other opening ceremony, this one is sure to be a majestic thing to witness. Athens 2004' opening ceremony was fantastic to watch, and really was the best way to kick off the Olympics. I'm sure this one will be no exeption, China are a wealthy nation and will no doubt impress at both the opening and closing ceremonies. Just for memory, here's the 2004 olympic games' opening ceremony in pictures excuse the sh*te music)-



Countries participating-


Afghanistan AFG
Albania ALB
Algeria ALG
American Samoa ASA
Andorra AND
Angola ANG
Antigua and Barbuda ANT
Argentina ARG
Armenia ARM
Aruba ARU
Australia AUS
Austria AUT
Azerbaijan AZE
Bahamas BAH
Bahrain BRN
Bangladesh BAN
Barbados BAR
Belarus BLR
Belgium BEL
Belize BIZ
Benin BEN
Bermuda BER
Bhutan BHU
Bohemia BOH
Bolivia BOL
Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH
Botswana BOT
Brazil BRA
British Virgin Islands IVB
Brunei BRU
Bulgaria BUL
Burkina Faso BUR
Burundi BDI
Cambodia CAM
Cameroon CMR
Canada CAN
Cape Verde CPV
Cayman Islands CAY
Central African Republic CAF
Chad CHA
Chile CHI
China CHN
Chinese Taipei TPE
Colombia COL
Comoros COM
Congo CGO
DR Congo COD
Cook Islands COK
Costa Rica CRC
Côte d’Ivoire CIV
Croatia CRO
Cuba CUB
Cyprus CYP
Czech Republic CZE
Czechoslovakia TCH
Denmark DEN
Djibouti DJI
Dominica DMA
Dominican Republic DOM
Ecuador ECU
Egypt EGY
El Salvador ESA
Equatorial Guinea GEQ
Eritrea ERI
Estonia EST
Ethiopia ETH
Fiji FIJ

Finland FIN

France FRA
Gabon GAB
Gambia GAM
Georgia GEO
Germany GER
Ghana GHA
Great Britain GBR
Greece GRE
Grenada GRN
Guam GUM
Guatemala GUA
Guinea GUI
Guinea-Bissau GBS
Guyana GUY
Haiti HAI
Honduras HON
Hong Kong HKG
Hungary HUN
Iceland ISL
India IND
Indonesia INA
Iran IRI
Iraq IRQ
Ireland IRL
Israel ISR
Italy ITA
Jamaica JAM
Japan JPN
Jordan JOR
Kazakhstan KAZ
Kenya KEN
Kiribati KIR
North Korea PRK
South Korea KOR
Kuwait KUW
Kyrgyzstan KGZ
Laos LAO
Latvia LAT
Lebanon LIB
Lesotho LES
Liberia LBR
Libya LBA
Liechtenstein LIE
Lithuania LTU
Luxembourg LUX
FYR Macedonia MKD
Madagascar MAD
Malawi MAW
Malaysia MAS
Maldives MDV
Mali MLI
Malta MLT
Mauritania MTN
Mauritius MRI
Mexico MEX
Micronesia FSM
Moldova MDA
Monaco MON
Mongolia MGL
Montenegro MNE
Morocco MAR
Mozambique MOZ
Myanmar MYA
Namibia NAM
Nauru NRU
Nepal NEP
Netherlands NED
Netherlands Antilles AHO
New Zealand NZL
Nicaragua NCA
Niger NIG
Nigeria NGR
Norway NOR
Oman OMA
Pakistan PAK
Palau PLW
Palestine PLE
Panama PAN
Papua New Guinea PNG
Paraguay PAR
Peru PER
Philippines PHI
Poland POL
Portugal POR
Puerto Rico PUR
Qatar QAT
Romania ROU
Russia RUS
Rwanda RWA
Saar SAA
Saint Kitts And Nevis SKN
Saint Lucia LCA
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines VIN
Samoa SAM
San Marino SMR
Săo Tomé And Príncipe STP
Saudi Arabia KSA
Senegal SEN
Serbia SRB
Seychelles SEY
Sierra Leone SLE
Singapore SIN
Slovakia SVK
Slovenia SLO
Solomon Islands SOL
Somalia SOM
South Africa RSA
Spain ESP
Sri Lanka SRI
Sudan SUD
Suriname SUR
Swaziland SWZ
Sweden SWE
Switzerland SUI
Syria SYR
Tajikistan TJK
Tanzania TAN
Thailand THA
Timor-Leste TLS
Togo TOG
Tonga TGA
Trinidad And Tobago TRI
Tunisia TUN
Turkey TUR
Turkmenistan TKM
Uganda UGA
Ukraine UKR
United Arab Emirates UAE
United States Of America USA
United Kingdom UK
Uruguay URU
Uzbekistan UZB
Vanuatu VAN
Venezuela VEN
Vietnam VIE
Virgin Islands ISV
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Yemen YEM
Zambia ZAM
Zimbabwe ZIM


List of events-

The shortlist of every event in this year's olympics

(Click on the sub category sport to see the full list for said category)


Diving
Swimming
Synchronised swimming
Water Polo
Archery
Athletics (track and field)
Badminton
Baseball
Basketball
Boxing
Flatwater canoe/kayak
Slalom canoe/kayak
BMX
Mountain biking
Road cycling
Track cycling
Equestrian
Fencing
Field hockey
Football (soccer)
Artistic
Rythmic
Trampoline
Handball
Judo
Triathlon
Modern pentathlon
Rowing
Sailing
Shooting
Beach volleyball
Softball
Table tennis
Taekwondo
Tennis
Indoor volleyball
Weightlifting
Wrestling


There's a total of 302 events, in almost every department of sports. So there's practically entertainment for anybody. It's certainly going to be a hectic few weeks, shame it only comes around once every four years, I get mentally unstable when the closing ceremony is on. cryani.gif

Just so nobody forgets, here's the winners concerning medal count from 2004's competition-


Pos.
Nation
Gold
Silver
Bronze
1United States363927
2China321714
3Russia272738
4Australia171616
5Japan16912
6Germany131620
7France11913
8Italy101111
9South Korea9129
10Great Britain9912


And here is a blank table, which will hold place for the winners of this year's competition-


Pos.
Nation
Gold
Silver
Bronze
1.............
2.............
3.............
4.............
5.............
6.............
7.............
8.............
9.............
10.............


Medal winners-

2004's champions


Event
Winner (male)
Time (seconds)/Points
Winner (female)
Time (seconds)/Points
100 metresJustin Gatlin USA9.85Yulia Nesterenko RUS10.93
200 metresShawn Crawford USA19.79Veronica Campbell JAM22.05
400 metresJeremy Wariner USA44.00Tonique Williams-Darling BAH49.41
800 metresYuriy Borzakovskiy RUS1:44.45Kelly Holmes UK1:56.38
1500 metresHicham El Guerrouj MOR3:34.18Kelly Holmes UK3:57.90
5000 metresHicham El Guerrouj MOR13:14.39Meseret Defar ETH14:45.65
10,000 metresKenenisa Bekele ETH27:05.10 OR Xing Huina CHI30:24.36
100/110 metre hurdlesLiu Xiang CHI12.91 =WR Joanna Hayes USA12.37
400 metre hurdlesFelix Sanchez DOM47.63Fani Halkia GRE52.82
3000 metre steeplechaseEzekiel Kemboi KEN8:05.81N/AN/A
4x100 metre relayGreat Britain
Darren Campbell
Marlon Devonish
Jason Gardener
Mark Lewis-Francis
38.07Jamaica
Aleen Bailey
Veronica Campbell
Tayna Lawrence
Beverley Mcdonald
Sherone Simpson
41.73
4x400 metre relayUnited States
Derrick Brew
Otis Harris
Andrew Rock
Jeremy Wariner
Darold Williamson
Kelly Willie
2:55.91United States
Crystal Cox
Monique Henderson
Monique Hennagon
Sanya Richards
Moushaumi Robinson
DeeDee Trotter
3:19.01
DecathlonRoman Šebrle CZE8893 OR N/AN/A
HeptahlonN/AN/ACarolina Kluft SWE6952
High jumpStefan Holm SWE2.36 metresYelena Slesarenko RUS2.06 metres OR
Pole vaultTim Mack USA5.95 metres OR Yelena Isenbayeva RUS4.91 metres OR
Long jumpDwight Phillips USA8.59 metresTatyana lebedeva RUS7.07 metres
Triple jumpChristian Olsson SWE17.79 metresFrançoise Mbango Etone CAM15.30 metres
Shot puttYuri Bilonog UKR21.16 metresYumileidi Cumbá CUB19.59 metres
Discus throwVirgilijus Alekna LIT69.89 metres OR Natalya Sadova RUS67.02 metres
Hammer throwKoji Murofushi JAP82.91 metresOlga Kuzenkova RUS75.02 metres OR
Javelin throwAndreas Thorkildsen NOR86.50 metresOsleidys Menéndez CUB71.53 metres OR


=WR = Joint World record
OR = Olympic record
N/A= Not applicable

I'm only listing the track and field winners from the last Olympic games (aside from endurance), otherwise there will be a stampeed of tables polluting this topic, which there probably will be anyway. If anybody is interested in other winners from the previous tournament (like me) then go to here, and click on option number nine on the contents. icon14.gif

Olympic records-

..In athletics (track and field)


Event
Winner (male)
Time (seconds)/Points
Winner (female)
Time (seconds)/Points
100 metresDonovan Bailey CAN9.84Florence Griffith-Joyner USA10.62
200 metresMichael Johnson USA19.32Florence Griffith-Joyner USA21.34
400 metresMichael Johnson USA43.49Marie-José Pérec FRA48.25
800 metresVebjřrn Rodal NOR1:42.58Nadezhda Olizarenko RUS1:53.43
1500 metresNoah Ngeny KEN3:32.07Paula Ivan ROM3:53.96
5000 metresSaďd Aouita MOR13:05.59Gabriela Szabo ROM14:40.79
10,000 metresKenenisa Bekele ETH27:05.10Derartu Tulu ETH30:17.49
100/110 metre hurdlesLiu Xiang CHI12.91Joanna Hayes USA12.37
400 metre hurdlesKevin Young USA46.78Fani Halkia GRE52.82
3000 metre steeplechaseJulius Kariuki KEN8:05.71N/AN/A
4x100 metre relayUnited States
Mike Marsh
Leroy Burrell
Dennis Mitchell
Carl Lewis
38.07East Germany
Romy Müller
Bärbel Wöckel
Ingrid Auerswald
Marlies Göhr
41.60
4x400 metre relayUnited States
Andrew Valmon
Quincy Watts
Michael Johnson
Steve Lewis
2:55.74Soviet Union
Tatyana Ledovskaya
Olga Nazarova
Mariya Pinigina
Olga Bryzgina
3:15.27
DecathlonRoman Šebrle CZE8893N/AN/A
HeptahlonN/AN/AJackie Joyner-Kersee USA7291
High jumpCharles Austin USA2.39 metresYelena Slesarenko RUS2.06 metres
Pole vaultTim Mack USA5.95 metresYelena Isenbayeva RUS4.91 metres
Long jumpBob Beamen USA8.90 metresJackie Joyner-Kersee USA7.40 metres
Triple jumpKenny Harrison USA18.09 metresInessa Kravets UKR15.33 metres
Shot puttUlf Timmermann GER22.47 metresIlona Slupianek GER22.41 metres
Discus throwVirgilijus Alekna LIT69.89 metresMartina Hellmann GER72.30 metres
Hammer throwSergey Litvinov RUS84.80 metresOlga Kuzenkova RUS75.02 metres
Javelin throwJan Zelezny CZE90.17 metresOsleidys Menéndez CUB71.53 metres


To save time, and a mountains amount of space, if you want to view the other Olympic records for every other event, simply go here and click on the sub category events to view the records. smile.gif

Who are your favourite ahletes, and who would you tip to win this year's events? Aside from a few, event have no outrunner, somoeon who if they don't win, it will be ridiculous. But the majority of events are closely competitive, and it's gonna be a great tournament, I seriously can't wait! biggrin.gif

Special thanks got out to Ottae, JoeyLeone25, Tank and obviously Wikipedia. icon14.gif

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 04:30 PM Edited by flicko, 21 July 2008 - 03:21 PM.

The country game-


Let's add some fun and entertainment into this thread. If anybody wants to take part in this, let me know, the rewards for the winners are somewhat... rewarding. This is how it works; As many people as possible can take part, you'll have to let me know if you want to. And whoever is taking part, once the countries for Beijing 2008 are revealed, I will write them all down, and place them into a hat. Then, judging from the order people entered, I will pick a country out of the hat, which will be a certain members' chances of winning. At the end of the tournament the member with the country who have won the most amount of medals (5 points for a gold medal, 3 for silver and 1 for bronze) will win the competition. Understand? Good. The rewards are as follows-

The country game results
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*1st place- The right to control any other competitor's signature space for a whole week!
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*2nd place- A pixelated cookie!
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*3rd place- Absolutely f*ck all. No wait, self respect?


As you can see, a lot is on offer, and, potentially, this can be really fun. Just let me know if you want to take part. icon14.gif

Participants-


Member name/randomly selected country
Eddie280- France

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flicko- Oman

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Tommy vs. Claude- Moldova

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Member name/randomly selected country
Runey.- Indonesia

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Andyserb- Ghana

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OH NO- Greece

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Member name/randomly selected country
Radicell- Romania

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Stefan.- Bulgaria

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Lazlow chatterbox- Germany

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*Coming soon (August 8th)...

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 04:32 PM Edited by flicko, 10 August 2008 - 12:17 PM.

The country game cont.


Member name/randomly selected country
Greebo-man- Hungary

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TenaciousD.- Georgia

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Ottae- Lithuania

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Member name/randomly selected country
pimp_60cent- Rwanda

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*Coming soon (August 8th)...

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 01:29 AM

Good work dude.


Must have taken you AGES. Good work man, good work.

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 10:04 AM Edited by flicko, 02 April 2008 - 10:23 AM.

QUOTE (ceedot @ Apr 2 2008, 01:29)
Good work dude.


Must have taken you AGES. Good work man, good work.

Cheers mate, and yeah it did. All in all it took me a few weeks, but I wasn't working on it all the time. Thus it felt like an eternity. Glad I got it finished though, I only hope it kicks off.

So who is everybody tipping to top the medal table at this year's Olympics?

As always The United States will be the favourites, many talented athletes there. And they always seem to bring the most competitors to the games. But because this year's competition is in Beijing, China will probably bring in more competitors, and will probably be up there at the top as well. Russia will also be up there, as well as the Australians. Swimming was completely dominated by the Aussies last time round. I highly doubt Great Britain and N.I will do anything, in 2004 I was actually surprised at the amount of medals we won, I doubt we'll do as good this year. Hope we can though.

Is anybody going to Beijing this year to go and watch the Olympics? I was going to, but money has become a major issue, I'll be sure not to miss te 2012 Olympics though.

Does anybody have any suggestions I can and to the "Greatest athletes ever" or "Legendary moments in the history of athletics" list? I'm only sixteen, so I haven't really been around too long to witness great athletes and historical moments from years ago, from the looks of it, the 1988 Olympics were the greatest in terms of World records etc, can anyof the older fish enligten me?

A serious question, has anybody atually rea through the whole of my first two posts? lol.gif

Edit- Added "Eddie the eagle" at request. smile.gif

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 10:30 AM

Your first post is the biggest post made on the forum I think. Well done on getting it all done though. cool.gif

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 02:07 PM

Great topic flicko, really does look awesome, i can see alot of effort went in with the table codes, i bloody hate table codes, so it must of been a pain in the arse to do.

As always America will be the favourites for most medals as they always pawn in the Olympics tounge.gif , Hopefully Britain can rake in a fair few aswell. They seem quite far off at the moment but it will end up flying upto us.

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 03:36 PM Edited by flicko, 03 April 2008 - 08:30 AM.

QUOTE (Seddo @ Apr 2 2008, 14:07)
Great topic flicko, really does look awesome, i can see alot of effort went in with the table codes, i bloody hate table codes, so it must of been a pain in the arse to do.

As always America will be the favourites for most medals as they always pawn in the Olympics tounge.gif , Hopefully Britain can rake in a fair few aswell. They seem quite far off at the moment but it will end up flying upto us.

Yeah the tables were a right pain in the arse. Consumed a hell of a lot of space up aswell (if you quote the first post, you'll see just how much). Was worth it though. And cheers.

Definitely, look at the greatest athletes of all time, the majority of them are yanks. tounge.gif As for Britains chances, I can definitely see us winning medals, however not as many as 2004's competition. I feel in 2004 we exceeded expectations a bit, hopefully we can this year, I just can't see it. Pollution levels may affect our athletes aswell, but I suppose it'll affect the majority of athletes.

While we're on the subject of Country's winning medals, this brings me to "The Country game" I have devised and only recently updated into the thread, located on the third post. Like it says, let me know if you wish to take part, you'll have my word that I won't cheat, chances are the majority of people will have sh*t nations!

@Yatesyz- Cheers, I don't know about that though, but it's certainly my biggest topic to date.

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 10:30 AM Edited by flicko, 07 April 2008 - 12:40 PM.

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Demonstrators grabbed at the Olympic torch, blocked its path and tried to snuff out its flame Sunday in raucous protests of China's human rights record that forced a string of last-second changes to a chaotic relay through London.

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I don't really understand this. Can somebody enlighten me?

Edit, The Olympic flame was extinguished in Paris not too long ago-

Source.

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 12:37 PM

The protestor are dick heads what the hell does the Olympic Torch have to do with Tibet. China yes not the Olmpics.

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 12:46 PM Edited by Eddie280, 07 April 2008 - 02:52 PM.

Great work flicko. icon14.gif

Poitics shouldnt get mixed up in Athletics but then again politcs gets mixed up in a lot of things it hasn no right to get mixed up in. confused.gif


EDIT: Yeah, flicko count me in on your Country game....where's your dad's stash? ph34r.gif

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 12:57 PM

So basically problems between Tibet and China have lead up to protests during the Olympic torch run?

Forgive me for being misinformed, but what's the ongoing fued between China and Tibet all about?

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 06:34 PM

Lets not bring politics into this topic,theres D&D for that.

Good topic flicko icon14.gif i'm looking forward to these games,and i hope some guys won a medal or two for Serbia!

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Posted 08 April 2008 - 11:56 AM Edited by flicko, 08 April 2008 - 02:10 PM.

Update- Added "countries participating" table onto the second post. Added countries to ahtletes names on medal winning tables, updated special thanks, added "participants in the country game" table. icon14.gif

I've drawn your country out Eddie, and you've got France, which isn't too bad considering all the other countries. But still, BAP!!

I've also drawn my country, wish I hadn't now. I've got f*cking Oman, for f*ck sake! sad.gif

Andyserb- Are there any Serbians in contention for medals at this year's games? I'm only aware of track and field, perhaps in other events?

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Posted 08 April 2008 - 05:11 PM

Remove Yugoslavia from participating,that country doesnt exist anymore. lol.gif

Anyways,we have a soccer team,a volleyball team(m and w),waterpolo team,Tennis players will participate,Milorad Cavic in 50 and 100 m butterfly(he got banned from euro champs a few weeks ago because he wore a Kosovo is Serbia shirt,he did win gold on 50 m before that though ),Jasna Sekaric in sharpshooting,we have some more swimmers and athlets dunno which one,we are trying to qualify in boxing and some other minor events too!

Also great work,you should get a medal for this !

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Posted 08 April 2008 - 05:24 PM

Ah sh*t, cheers for that. Just noticed I added both West and East Germany in there aswell.

So there's quite a lot of athletes then, and some with decent chances of winning medals. There football team isn't too bad either. Regarding tennis, is Djokovic taking part? Usually the better tennis players don't participate in the Olympic games.

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Posted 08 April 2008 - 10:06 PM

f*cky ball bags.

Im France. tounge.gif

PEOPLE GET INVOLVED IN THE COUNTRY GAME

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Posted 08 April 2008 - 10:26 PM Edited by tommy vs. claude, 09 April 2008 - 02:01 AM.

QUOTE (Eddie280 @ Apr 8 2008, 22:06)


Im France. tounge.gif


Cheer up, France is good at running away.

@flicko The USSR is no longer a country, and add me into your Country Game.

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 11:14 AM

QUOTE (Eddie280 @ Apr 8 2008, 22:06)
f*cky ball bags.

Im France. tounge.gif

PEOPLE GET INVOLVED IN THE COUNTRY GAME

Yeah, look at the participants table, look which country I've got, then come back to me. mad.gif

@Tommy vs. Claude- f*ck, the source where I got this from can't be accurate, ah well, aside from the countries that don't actually exist, it might well be. Cheers for that.

And I've drew your country. Turns out you've got Moldova. Not the best draw, but still better than f*cking Oman!

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 03:06 PM

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Posted 09 April 2008 - 08:02 PM

I'd like to participate in the Country Game.

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 10:40 AM

QUOTE (Runey. @ Apr 9 2008, 20:02)
I'd like to participate in the Country Game.

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Sure thing. The country you've been drawn with is Indonesia, which isn't the worst country in the World.

I know I've asked this before, however it went unresponded. Does anybody have any suggestions for athletes I could add into the "Greatest athletes of all time" section? Or perhaps can think of historic moments that I have missed?

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Posted 13 April 2008 - 05:59 PM

Sporting moments? Well there have been loads of pivotal moments at the olympics, not so much to do with the sport itself but a few off the top of my head are the Black Civil rights action at the 68 Olympics in Mexico City and the 72 Munich Olympics in which the Israeli team was held hostage by Palastinian terrorists.

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 09:07 AM Edited by flicko, 14 April 2008 - 09:43 AM.

QUOTE (Eddie280 @ Apr 13 2008, 17:59)
Sporting moments? Well there have been loads of pivotal moments at the olympics, not so much to do with the sport itself but a few off the top of my head are the Black Civil rights action at the 68 Olympics in Mexico City and the 72 Munich Olympics in which the Israeli team was held hostage by Palastinian terrorists.

But Ill get back to you on the Athletes question. smile.gif

How could I forget the Munich incident?!?!?!

I've even got the film Steven Spielberg directed about the whole incident. Cheers mate, I'll look them up and add them in. And thanks for re-booting this topic. smile.gif

Edit- I've added the two.

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 04:45 PM

The topic is pretty cool

I'm in that country game 100 %,hopefully i get a good draw eh colgate.gif


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Posted 15 April 2008 - 09:01 AM

Not the worst draw Andyserb, but you have to bear in mind that out of the 212 countries, about 20 are actually decent, maybe less. The country you've been drawn, as you may already know as it's in my third post, is Ghana.

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 10:40 PM Edited by OH NO, 21 April 2008 - 03:20 PM.

Jesus christ Flicko this is immense. Ill take a good look tmorrow when im less stoned... will make good reference. Well in. icon14.gif


..oh and put me in the hat. colgate.gif



edit: yeah some serious things going on here. Good to see Colin Jackson still holding the indoor 60m hurdles record. Just looking at the long jump results and record holders..crazy the distances they can jump. Never realised also that the womens discus record is longer than the mens.

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 10:00 AM

Thanks a lot for the feedback mate!

Yeah it's the only one he's still holding isn't it? Shame his long lasting 110 metre hurdles record was beaten, twice in one race. But Liu Xiang is one immense athlete. The High jump event World records really bemuse me, they're atually unbelievable. To jump, backwards over an 8 foot pole without knocking it off is mesmorising. Oh and about the Discus, the reason the Women's WR is greater than the men's is because the discus women throw is lighter, just like the Shotputt and Javelin etc, although men are greater in those two departments. All of the World records are sublime though, just goes to show the lengths and limits people can actually push there body's to.

And I've drawn your country out, turns out you're stuck with Greece. I'd be very happy with that considering. smile.gif

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 11:10 AM

Haha yeah I asked my old man about it and he called me a numpty for not realising that the discus was actually lighter in the womans event. Hes an olympics/sport in general nut, ill be watching it a lot down his (Hes a Forest fan as well, youd get on lol)


As for the high jump, yeah, every time I see it im thinking along the lines of "what are you doing up the top of that 8ft pole" I mean, its bizzare, on some superhero sort of level. Such slight margins of error.

Colin Jackson ive met a few times, used to eat in a carribean restaurant down at Cardiff Docks/Bay. As nice a guy in real life as you would imagine. Absolute legend.


Oh and Greece eh, No bad. colgate.gif




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