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Interested to know how you guys from the US view the Olypics. I mean you're pretty much certain to win it overall, and you have so many medal winners that they can't have the same heroic status over there as they do do here. I mean all our Gold Medal winners are considered massive heroes over here cos we never get into double figures (unless you count the team events as one each)

Matt

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Over here we just view them as another example of our moral, mental and physical superiority over the rest of the world. The athletes don't become instant heroes because they are merely representative of all of us. Besides, they can't really be heroes because most of the sports are "non-revenue" so they'll never be rich, and you can't be a hero if you're poor.

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I am looking forward to watching the Olympics, too. I am grateful that other cable networks like CNBC and Bravo are carrying the lesser-known sports like badminton and fencing, because I think these are the most interesting to watch.

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Grrrr. I only have basic cable, so Bravo, CNBC, et. al. aren't available to me. AUGH!

Well heck, do something about it. You can always cancel in September! It'll be worth it. I was one of, what, only 1000 subscribers to the Red White and Blue networks in '92. For the only time in my life I could see what I wanted instead of those damn competition summaries you get in prime time.

I'm a Track & Field buff and am tired of the view that this is chiefly comprised of sprints and a marathon. I likethe modern pentathelon and decathelon, as well as the more arcane field events. I'll ditto fencing and add target shooting and archery.

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So many drug busts in Track and Field this year; however, it will still be pretty exciting...lots of young fast young americans out there....Jeremy Wariner, Allyson Felix, Alan Webb, Dathan Ritzenhein...to name a few..

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all our Gold Medal winners are considered massive heroes over here cos we never get into double figures (unless you count the team events as one each).

And we can't even count on a rowing gold medal with Sir Steve spectating dry.gif

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all our Gold Medal winners are considered massive heroes over here cos we never get into double figures (unless you count the team events as one each).

And we can't even count on a rowing gold medal with Sir Steve spectating dry.gif

I know - who do you reckon will be our winners? Loughborough Girl Radcliffe is obviously a big hope round here, but I'm not sure whether she's the country-wide major hope as well.

I reckon we should pick up at least one rowing gold, but other than those two I have no ideas. It could be a thin year for us.

Matt

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I know - who do you reckon will be our winners? Loughborough Girl Radcliffe is obviously a big hope round here, but I'm not sure whether she's the country-wide major hope as well.

Yeah, Radcliffe has been picked as pretty much the only serious GB gold contender. Although let's not forget the strength of that athletics team. Darren Campbell and Kelly Holmes both have world championship silvers to their name, and Denise Lewis is still a powerhouse even if she hasn't had the sort of form we've wanted to see lately. And given the doping scandals etc. I'd be *very* surprised if we didn't see at least one scandal of a big name being thrown out of the games. As sad as that is, it might well benefit team GB.

Could be a breakout year for our performances in some lesser known sports. I know we have medal hopes in the gymnastics and, for the first time in several years, shooting. Of course, they say *that* every year!

Phil.

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My own preferences for what to see or skip:

To See:

Wrestling (as much as possible - show me a Costa Rican/Albanian match and I'll watch it)

Diving

Gymnastics (both men's and women's)

In track & field: decathalon, longer races (especially steeplechase and marathon), "big guys heaving heavy objects" events.

boxing

baseball

To Skip:

swimming

sprints in track and field (especially prelim heats)

rhythmic gymnastics

water polo (a good game, but one that doesn't do well on TV)

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Could be a breakout year for our performances in some lesser known sports. I know we have medal hopes in the gymnastics and, for the first time in several years, shooting. Of course, they say *that* every year!

Did you know Great Britain hasn't won a gymnastics medal in 76 years?

The more obscure sports definitely seem to be our most hopeful. Sarah Stevenson in Taekwondo was fourth in Sydney at the age of 17. And now SHE'S BACK!user posted image

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Shooting got us a gold and a silver last time out, and both medallists are back at Athens defending their precious metals.

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Yeah, Radcliffe has been picked as pretty much the only Could be a breakout year for our performances in some lesser known sports. I know we have medal hopes in the gymnastics

As a Yank, I have to laugh at this statement. Over here there is little that is hyped more than "women's" gymnastics. The major broadcasting network that owns the rights to the Olympics literally shoves all out of the way for the showing of anything relative to this, even the medal ceremony when we don't win. The men are almost ignored unless some of our guys are in the finals. They even do the annual world championships. I suppose that I should not mock the women's aspect right now as two of our team are in their mid-twenties (vault specialists).

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As a Yank, I have to laugh at this statement. Over here there is little that is hyped more than "women's" gymnastics. The major broadcasting network that owns the rights to the Olympics literally shoves all out of the way for the showing of anything relative to this, even the medal ceremony when we don't win. The men are almost ignored unless some of our guys are in the finals. They even do the annual world championships. I suppose that I should not mock the women's aspect right now as two of our team are in their mid-twenties (vault specialists).

Well, you guys are blessed. I'm a hardcore gymnastics fan and we don't get nearly enough coverage of it in this country. Probably because we're rubbish at it. But, then, that's *why* we're rubbish.

When the Americans had their womens' "dream team" in 1996, they couldn't get enough support. Shannon Miller, Dominique Dawes and, of course, little Domonique Morceanu. Since then the US has gone all hoo ha over the sport. Rightly so, I feel, but until we get our one solitary medal we ain't getting enough!!

Phil.

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Actually, the U.S. addiction has always been there and bonkers since Retton in '84 over here.

This just in: Iraq over Portugal 4-2 in a prelim soccer match. Iraq spots 'em an own goal early and minutes later scores on the rebound off of a one on one attack. I might be checking out the soccer. A lot. Story here:

www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5673094

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Please - no mention of football & Portugal. Some of us are still sore over the outcome of a certain match involving them in the summer's real major football championship.

Matt

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Please - no mention of football & Portugal. Some of us are still sore over the outcome of a certain match involving them in the summer's real major football championship.

Matt

I didn't mind that one too much, as England played well enough to deserve to win. The loss I remember really stinging was the Euro 2000 loss against Portugal. 2-0 up within 17 minutes and then throwing it away to lose 3-2.

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With all of that, I thought you gentlemen would be dancing in the streets. Lowly Iraq has only its (euphemism deleted) team and one other guy in Athens. They weren't supposed to win any games at all and haven't been to the Olympics since '88.

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So, did anybody see the opening ceremony?

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What did people think? I only joined it as Bjork was finishing up. All those people flying through the air with giant glowsticks was wonderful, as were the fireworks. And did anybody notice how one of the bits of Olympi-muzak they had playing was a blatant rip off of the Dance of the Knights from Romeo and Juliet?

Ben.

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What? Bjork was in the opening ceremonies? Is this after the parade of nations or before.

After. I tuned in just as she was finishing, so I'm not sure what she was singing.

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Yikes!

My wife and I turned on the Olympics for the first time tonight, just in time to catch a game of women's beach volleyball...

Yeah, I guess that'll do until jello-wrestling becomes an Olympic sport...

My goodness. How can they seriously play a sport in those skimpy whatevers? I can't call them uniforms, because there's not enough cloth to tell if they are indeed uniform. That's the first time I've ever gotten sweaty WATCHING a sport on TV.

Had to shut it off.

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