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Posted 16 January 2016 - 12:55 AM

This thread is for general discussion about everything Olympics related, Summer, Winter, Paralympics, even Special Olympics discussion is welcome.

 

I will be making other Olympics threads like this, but they will be dedicated to a sport having to do with the Olympics.

 

If this thread is accepted by the community, I will begin with the first Olympic sport dedicated thread at Midnight Chicago Time.

 

Let's get started.


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Posted 23 January 2016 - 02:33 AM

I can't wait to see how many people get sick from that nasty ass polluted water they'll be swimming and sailing in...
I was watching the news and saw some pics and test results from lab samples and the sh*t was disgusting.

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Posted 23 January 2016 - 10:21 AM

I can't wait to see how many people get sick from that nasty ass polluted water they'll be swimming and sailing in...
I was watching the news and saw some pics and test results from lab samples and the sh*t was disgusting.

 

Events Probably Effected:

Canoe Slalom

Canoe Sprint

Diving

Marathon Swimming

Modern Pentathlon

Rowing

Sailing

Swimming

Synchronized Swimming

Triathlon

Water Polo


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Posted 17 May 2016 - 04:36 AM

These Olympics are going to be a disaster. I can just feel it. 


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 12:31 AM

I'm inclined to agree.

 

but a disaster in what way?

it's already a political disaster and potential economic powder keg. the athletics and competition themselves should be fine though, probably.


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Posted 19 May 2016 - 06:53 AM

Athletics should be ok. It's going to be a disaster politically.

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 09:54 AM Edited by fanbrits johnson, 30 June 2016 - 11:21 AM.

I was actually right about Russia all the way. I'm surprised some guys find it that hard to predict winners. Adelina Sotnikova was great at gymnastics, and her rhythmic gymnastics leotard was absolutely lovely. I love follwoing fashion as well, though I know it's a little weird for a sport fan. Can't wait for the next Olympics


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Posted 02 July 2016 - 07:36 AM

I won't watch it,no Olympics for me without Usain Bolt

 

https://www.instagra...en-by=usainbolt

 

Maybe someone of you remember same thing with Blake,Yohan also had same injury / small amount,then no enough rest and he pulled it off the bone totally


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Posted 04 July 2016 - 02:10 AM

Wooo can't wait to see the Team USA basketball team.
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Posted 06 July 2016 - 03:25 AM Edited by Craigsters, 06 July 2016 - 03:26 AM.

I don't understand why these games well be happening this summer

 

  1. zika virus
  2. Police and fire department  haven't been paid in month's, and they are protesting at the airport that they  can't  guarantee  your safety there
  3. polluted water
  4. They showed a washed up body with missing  parts on a beach in Rio on the news here
  5. Gangs running rabid 
  6. major poverty 
  7. some venues aren't completed and transportation like subways the mayor had to go beg for funding to finish it
  8. some tickets  are only selling for $100 and I'm  unsure if that  the best seats for the venues

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Posted 06 July 2016 - 05:53 PM

the games are "happening" because the money has been spent.

 

NBC paid millions of dollars for the broadcasting rights alone.

this behind the millions that Brasil has spent on construction and the military/police in preparation. it might functionally be a total disaster and one of the more forgettable Olympics, but they're going to try and make it happen come hell or high water.

 

but you're right, it's totally f/cked, and they shouldn't be hosting these games.

the Olympics is f/cked up in general.

 

they need to install permanent, world-class sporting facilities in Athens, Greece and stop moving the Olympics around the world. every 4 years, everyone comes to Athens and they hold the games and have a good time and go home. we need to stop forcing countries to go bankrupt just for some stupid sports. these countries should be spending their money on education and welfare and housing and their economy. the Olympics doesn't help anything of these things. it just brings in tourists and puts money in the pockets of [already wealthy] businessmen.

 

the Olympics doesn't improve the country that has to host it.

it always does much more financial harm than good.

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Posted 06 July 2016 - 08:11 PM

they need to install permanent, world-class sporting facilities in Athens, Greece and stop moving the Olympics around the world. every 4 years, everyone comes to Athens and they hold the games and have a good time and go home. we need to stop forcing countries to go bankrupt just for some stupid sports. these countries should be spending their money on education and welfare and housing and their economy. the Olympics doesn't help anything of these things. it just brings in tourists and puts money in the pockets of [already wealthy] businessmen.

Would the Greek public approve though, even if it's done in the name of tradition? Also I imagine someone other than the local government would need to fund that for several years.

 

I also hate to see money get thrown away by countries that need to do a lot of constructing for big sporting events though. A particularly egregious example was that last FIFA World Cup, where Brazil built about a dozen new stadiums (didn't they have any Cup eligible ones beforehand) that are no longer even in use. Ugh.

 

The Sochi olympics were probably even worse, considering everything was built so late, the location was crap for winter sports, and people got evicted from the area as the facilities needed to be built over their houses for some reason. :sui:


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Posted 06 July 2016 - 09:17 PM

Wooo can't wait to see the Team USA basketball team.

 

Truuuu! Even without the superstar lineup of the 2008 and the 2012 teams, this team is still extremely talented. It'll be great to see Paul George at it again after that disaster two years ago during that USA Scrimmage; he made such an amazing comeback this season, I'm glad to see him at full health again. :)

 

As for locations, I do agree on Athens. Also, cities in the United States have stupid amounts of stadiums in constant use whether for sports or other major events, but we haven't got chosen to host the Olympics in a while. Question is, would it benefit us to host here?


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Posted 07 July 2016 - 04:33 PM

Well the traffic will be a f*cking nightmare and taxes might go up in the area but it's much better than f*cking the lives of poor people and hiding them from the public in the name of tourism.

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Posted 07 July 2016 - 05:41 PM

As for locations, I do agree on Athens. Also, cities in the United States have stupid amounts of stadiums in constant use whether for sports or other major events, but we haven't got chosen to host the Olympics in a while. Question is, would it benefit us to host here?

the funny thing about professional sports and stadiums in general is that they really don't benefit anyone aside from the team owners and the people who sell merchandise. it doesn't really help the economy, it doesn't really help tourism, or any of the false promises they claim every time they want to build something new.

 

 

I hate to be 'that guy,'  but for as much as I love pro sports, I have to admit that our society focuses way too much attention and energy and MONEY on this relatively shallow form of entertainment. we pay athletes and coaches way too much money. we spend more money on sports facilities and TV contracts than we do on hospitals or education tools by a factor of at least 10.

 

athletics and sports are great but we place too much importance on them.

this is a vapid culture. pro athletes are just playing children's games at a high level. aside from a few fleeting moments of excitement, they don't actually provide anything tangible to the world. frankly put? we care way too much about sports. our priorities are out of whack.

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Posted 07 July 2016 - 09:26 PM Edited by Sir Michael, 08 July 2016 - 07:10 PM.

Lol @ the Detroit part. That didn't make any sense on the city's part.
 
I agree with what you're saying, especially about our culture putting sports above everything else. This may sound daft, but I willing to bet that NBA fans were probably still in shock from the Kevin Durant deal that they're oblivious to what's happened the past few days, even the past few weeks (shootings, political news, terrorist attacks and whatnot), because they wanted to know where he would go. I'll freely admit that I drift away from reality when some major sports discussion/event is about to occur, same thing happens with me and video games.. but I won't go into that right now. Sports, even culture as a whole, has our society snared by the balls that we're willing to dump limitless funds to keep/improve something that's not benefiting anybody outside of entertainment purposes.
 
As for stadiums, there's been this discussion about building a new stadium here in Seattle for years in hopes of a return of an NBA team or even the introduction of an NHL team. At first, a few years back, I was all for it because other than the Portland Trailblazers, Seattle has been deprived of basketball ever since the relocation of the Sonics to Oklahoma City*... but looking at it now, it would be a very expensive project on top of the other projects currently in construction or on the planning board for the city, including a tunnel project that's been postponed due to a breakdown. Even with our economy (Microsoft, Starbucks, Boeing, to name a few), a modern stadium could be detrimental to the city with their costs being in the hundreds of millions. That part about Cincinnati getting rid of a hospital and 1700 jobs is pretty disgusting also.. that doesn't help anybody, and the city shouldn't suffer because their team sucks at generating revenue and/or just sucks in general.
 
*A point I like to add, one of the main reasons the Sonics were relocated was because the city didn't build a new stadium to replace Key Arena.
 
On the subject of the athletes themselves, with the current max contract situation we're witnessing in the NBA (lol, Conley's 5-year $155 million) alongside the discussion of stadium development, it's time to examine where money should be going; truth be told, this whole situation with salaries have been something of a discussion since the Jordan era, maybe even before that. On top of their rather ludicrous salaries, superstars in these sports are getting major endorsements from their sponsors, be it Nike, Adidas, Samsung, or any other major company out there. Nobody that plays a sport for a living needs this amount of money, but I can't be one to judge how much they deserve because it's weird calculating worth in sports nowadays. I don't know the numbers for international stars like Messi, Neymar, or Ronaldo, but I can imagine that given their fame in their respective nations, they must have huge salaries for what they do.

Edit: Funny, yet sad, how I can talk about sports like this instead of real-world problems like the ones in D&D.. I think I just reinforced your point. :p
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Posted 09 July 2016 - 08:36 PM

Wooo can't wait to see the Team USA basketball team.

 
Truuuu! Even without the superstar lineup of the 2008 and the 2012 teams, this team is still extremely talented. It'll be great to see Paul George at it again after that disaster two years ago during that USA Scrimmage; he made such an amazing comeback this season, I'm glad to see him at full health again. :)
 
As for locations, I do agree on Athens. Also, cities in the United States have stupid amounts of stadiums in constant use whether for sports or other major events, but we haven't got chosen to host the Olympics in a while. Question is, would it benefit us to host here?
His injury last time was not pretty, still cringe looking at it its a wonder he recovered.

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Posted 17 July 2016 - 09:01 AM

Brazil Solves Olympic Zika Problem <--- original imgur title

 

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Posted 23 July 2016 - 10:17 PM

Is Sam Mikuluk going I saw his vault from last year and I wonder if he wants to go back for the kill?


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Posted 29 July 2016 - 02:45 AM

I am watching the Real Sports special on the past few Olympics, specifically Bejing and Sochi, where horrible human rights violations and mass press blackouts prevent word of the aftermath of the Olympics from reaching people.

But the one thing I never knew but blew me away, was that the Olympic Torch Relay was created by the Nazi propaganda ministry.

The Olympics is f*cked up. Not sure I'm going to watch this year. I can't imagine those poor athletes swimming through human waste in Rio.
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Posted 29 July 2016 - 08:59 AM

Only a week until the opening ceremony. I'm excitd but it's a mess. Apparently there is believed to be a flaw in the bulidings and the Australian team refuses to move in. 


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Posted 29 July 2016 - 07:19 PM Edited by Sir Michael, 29 July 2016 - 07:20 PM.

The Olympics is f*cked up. Not sure I'm going to watch this year. I can't imagine those poor athletes swimming through human waste in Rio.

 

The sad thing about this is that the water has been like this for years and it's taking a major event like the Olympics to highlight the problem to the world. Just two months ago, there was a surfing tournament being held and one of the world's top surfers did an interview about the condition of the water, mentioning he got sick from swimming in that crap.

 

I thought this was pretty disturbing though: http://www.nytimes.c...mpics.html?_r=0

Romario Monteiro, 45, a second-generation fisherman who has spent a lifetime plying Guanabara Bay, recalls when the waters were crystalline and the fish were plentiful.

 

Now his net often yields more trash than fish, including television sets, dead dogs and the occasional dolphin killed by ingesting plastic bags.

 

“It’s disgusting,”

 

Mr. Monteiro said. He has sailed past more than a few dead bodies, including the corpse of a man bobbing in the water last month, his legs bound in rope.

 

I don't think I'll be watching any water-based events, but I'll for sure be checking out the U.S Basketball team and maybe the Track & Field events.

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Posted 30 July 2016 - 08:14 PM Edited by El Diablo, 30 July 2016 - 08:42 PM.

I don't think I'll be watching any water-based events, but I'll for sure be checking out the U.S Basketball team and maybe the Track & Field events.

at this rate I'm afraid that I'll just skip the 2016 Olympics.

 

I might watch the opening ceremonies out of... morbid curiosity.

but I've really lost the will power to just enjoy the events in spite of the greater social and political upheaval.

 

for all of its recent growth, Brasil has endured serious economic and civil unrest for decades now.

it's a beautiful place with beautiful people and a rich culture that deserves a lot better. Western powers are just raping the place. the Rain Forest is disappearing thanks to f/cking palm oil and their most troubling social problems are being swept under the rug in favor of tourism. watching these Olympics would just make me sad.

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Posted 02 August 2016 - 01:25 AM Edited by Mion, 02 August 2016 - 01:26 AM.

I don't think I'll be watching any water-based events, but I'll for sure be checking out the U.S Basketball team and maybe the Track & Field events.

I feel for the canoe sport guys, they're going to contact so much parasites for just competing, btw thankfully PG-13 didn't get injured.
 
The gymnastics team is complaining about inconsistent outlets in the village.


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Posted 02 August 2016 - 03:43 AM Edited by El Diablo, 02 August 2016 - 03:45 AM.

I don't know if you guys have HBO or can find a place to watch Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, but they did a special last weekend and devoted an entire episode to covering the abuses and corruptions and negligence of the International Olympic Committee and the history of the modern Olympics. it's pretty damning to say the least. I was already prepared to skip Rio 2016, but at this rate I may never watch the Olympics again. I just saw the show tonight.

 

 

 

 

http://jakeelman.spo...eal-sports.html

http://www.flotrack....ption-and-greed

 

dating back to Nazi Germany, the modern IOC has been a mockery of everything that Olympic ideals stand for.

courting the games has been a way for illegitimate leaders to consolidate their political support and populist fervor while pandering to the international community who would otherwise ignore them. the IOC understands that it gets more out of the games when they're hosted by poor/developing countries or countries without democratic freedoms. the Olympics bolstered and unified a fledgling Third Reich before they went ahead and invaded Poland. the Olympics has ignored and legitimized the human rights abuses of the Chinese government. the Olympics provided Vladmir Putin with a desperate boost to his waning popularity ratings before he went ahead and invaded Ukraine.

 

and of course we've since learned that China and Russia were involved in massive doping schemes, cheating their way to gold medals in an attempt to mask their social and political problems with patriotism and pride.

 

billions of dollars being spent.

not a penny is seen by the athletes. most Olympic medals are pawned or sold to charity so the athletes can buy groceries.

not a penny is seen by the people or the communities who actually have to host the games.

 

nations are literally sacrificing their own citizens lives and wellbeing for these games and getting nothing in return. and this year the Olympics is actually asking the participants (competitors and visitors alike) to make a choice between enjoying the events and risking their own health. countless foreign/illegal laborers have died and will continue to die during the construction and preparation phase. untold numbers of local residents will die and have already died as a result of the massive cuts in poverty services and health care to offset the cost of new facilities; facilities that will rot and crumble and sit empty immediately after they're used.

 

it's really sickening.

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Posted 02 August 2016 - 06:14 AM Edited by Craigsters, 02 August 2016 - 06:15 AM.

Due to all the health hazards surrounding the Rio Olympics, I figured they could use a new logo <--original imgur title from it's front page  gallery
 
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Posted 04 August 2016 - 03:48 AM

Brazilians BTFO

 

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Posted 04 August 2016 - 06:37 PM

she's right.

the IOC should've never let the games be held in this country at this time under these conditions.


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Posted 04 August 2016 - 06:53 PM Edited by Craigsters, 04 August 2016 - 07:02 PM.

The  USA basketball  team showed in a luxury  cruise ship and they showed the athletes  living quarters pavilion on Inside edition, the athletes  living quarters pavilion had leaking showers and plumbing and backed up toilets!..

 

Also they only built one new sewage plant and it's at  half capacity, this was mentioned on the CBC national news the other night in Canada 

 

 

here's a CBC News article about the sewage issue, there are pictures at the link showing the  water condions
 
here's the youtube video that the link above plays at it's site

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Posted 05 August 2016 - 02:01 AM Edited by Mion, 05 August 2016 - 02:46 AM.

Basketball is probably going to be US locked for awhile.

 

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