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    I just watched the triathlon, some of them were keeling over at the end, the winner got led away in a wheelchair. Thatís proper hardcore stuff doing that event.
    Missed it. It's awful when they collapse, looks like a military training exercise as opposed to a competitive sport.
    I'll watch the swimming and athletics on catch up. The time difference is a bummer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by lord bunberry View Post
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    I just watched the triathlon, some of them were keeling over at the end, the winner got led away in a wheelchair. Thatís proper hardcore stuff doing that event.
    I genuinely didn't think the Norwegian guy had that in him at the end, total mind over matter

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    Just watched a bit of the gymnastics. The ladies beam quite amazing, Im wondering if I could actually just walk across that.
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    But itís also a big deal for these countries as well as for the individuals; I read that was Ecuadorís second ever gold medal?
    Absolutely a big deal

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    The panel are clearly a bit suspicious of the Russia Olympic Committees gold in menís gymnastics, beating Japan by a whisker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hibsbollah View Post
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    The panel are clearly a bit suspicious of the Russia Olympic Committees gold in menís gymnastics, beating Japan by a whisker.
    People should be very wary of any Russian Sports Persons achievements, state sponsored doping and tampering galore, the documentary Icarus on Netflix is staggering in the lengths they went to

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mon Dieu4 View Post
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    People should be very wary of any Russian Sports Persons achievements, state sponsored doping and tampering galore, the documentary Icarus on Netflix is staggering in the lengths they went to
    The pundit (British gymnast) reckon the Russian top gymnast ruptured his Achilles 3 months ago, it is unprecedented to be able to even walk after 3 months, let alone fly through the air landing after three twists Whether theres a drug programme that can do that I donít know. Long lingering close ups on muscles also made it obvious what was being suggested.

    I like it that the skaters arenít wearing any protection, just Adidas and Etnies

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    Quote Originally Posted by hibsbollah View Post
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    The pundit (British gymnast) reckon the Russian top gymnast ruptured his Achilles 3 months ago, it is unprecedented to be able to even walk after 3 months, let alone fly through the air landing after three twists Whether theres a drug programme that can do that I donít know. Long lingering close ups on muscles also made it obvious what was being suggested.

    I like it that the skaters arenít wearing any protection, just Adidas and Etnies
    I've been watching sports I forgot I like, Handball for example, I can go 4 years without thinking about it and when the Olympics comes round I remember that it's brilliant

    I'm also reminded that I hate the way the British Badminton lady screams like mad every time she wins a point, wish someone would just scream back at her

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mon Dieu4 View Post
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    I've been watching sports I forgot I like, Handball for example, I can go 4 years without thinking about it and when the Olympics comes round I remember that it's brilliant

    I'm also reminded that I hate the way the British Badminton lady screams like mad every time she wins a point, wish someone would just scream back at her
    Handball is a weird one, absolutely massive in most of Europe, we just donít seem to have got the bug for some reason

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    Some performance by Georgia Taylor-Brown in the triathlon. Punctured her back tyre on the last lap of the bike ride and was well adrift in 5th at the transition. Ran a brilliant 10K to take silver. Flora Duffy won to give Bermuda their 1st ever Olympic gold.
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    First time Iíve watched rugby sevens, what a great game it is, brilliant comeback from GB 21-0 down at HT and won 26-21.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouse Hibee View Post
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    First time Iíve watched rugby sevens, what a great game it is, brilliant comeback from GB 21-0 down at HT and won 26-21.
    I can take or leave normal Rugby, I will watch it if it's a big game but 7s is amazing and really exciting

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    I can take or leave normal Rugby, I will watch it if it's a big game but 7s is amazing and really exciting
    Similarly, the 3x3 basketball has been great to watch, Iíd never sit and watch a regular basketball match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mon Dieu4 View Post
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    I genuinely didn't think the Norwegian guy had that in him at the end, total mind over matter
    Neither did I, he looked the least likely to win as it came down to the last part of the run. He also looked the least fittest, but that was obviously not the case as he was amazing.

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    Some performance by Georgia Taylor-Brown in the triathlon. Punctured her back tyre on the last lap of the bike ride and was well adrift in 5th at the transition. Ran a brilliant 10K to take silver. Flora Duffy won to give Bermuda their 1st ever Olympic gold.
    I agree brilliant performance, if she hadnít had that puncture she wouldíve been much closer to Duffy. I doubt anyone wouldíve beaten Duffy though as she was immense.

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    she is so good, sheís had several moves named after her on the various disciplines. She does things that either have never been done before (or even thought of!), or are so much more difficult than anyone else taking part
    Dropped out today citing mental health concerns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hibsbollah View Post
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    Dropped out today citing mental health concerns.

    yeah I saw that, shame for her, and her team mates

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    Softball is a rubbish spectacle.

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    Gold for the GB men in the 4 x 200m swimming relay, with Scotland's Duncan Scott adding to his individual silver. Great effort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hibsbollah View Post
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    Dropped out today citing mental health concerns.
    Without sounding like a dinosaur and genuinely trying to be as sensitive as possible what does that mean. Genuine issues or didn't do as well and then didn't fancy failing. She does appear to be on a ridiculous pedestal and am sure there are loads of stresses to her life however don't really get it she is a performer and her life is built around it seems strange to me that outside of a physical injury she would choose to stop doing what she will be trained both mentally and physically to do at the highest level. Probably not expressing myself well and admit to not knowing a huge amount about the subject.

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    Without sounding like a dinosaur and genuinely trying to be as sensitive as possible what does that mean. Genuine issues or didn't do as well and then didn't fancy failing. She does appear to be on a ridiculous pedestal and am sure there are loads of stresses to her life however don't really get it she is a performer and her life is built around it seems strange to me that outside of a physical injury she would choose to stop doing what she will be trained both mentally and physically to do at the highest level. Probably not expressing myself well and admit to not knowing a huge amount about the subject.
    There was a 3 part documentary on in the lead up to the Olympics delving into the creation and evolution of 'Team GB' after the embarrassment that was Atlanta 96 into something of a juggernaut.

    A few of the athletes, most notably Victoria Pendleton and Chris Hoy, spoke about the horrendous pressure they felt throughout their time in the elite set up. Pendleton in particular said it was an environment in which it was difficult to thrive as a person and athletes were essentially treated as machines who had to deliver optimal performance on command. She said that on winning gold in 2012 she felt relief and the removal of a huge mental burden rather than any joy.

    On a more local level Scottish speed skater Elise Christie has spoken very openly and honestly about her self harm and struggles with depression. She is a multiple European and world champion but has performed poorly at the Olympics twice and been subjected to some horrendous mocking and abuse on social media (including on here at the last winter games Iirc). Add to that the fact she holds down a job delivering for Pizza Hut whilst trying to prepare for another Olympic appearance. I also like reading Eilish McColgan's thoughts on Twitter. She speaks openly about all the reasons why she might underperform on occasions and why for an elite sportswomen it's not always as simple as turn up and perform at your optimum level.

    For Biles the mental pressure to perform must be immense. She is an absolute icon, the flag bearer for her sport and is so good there are moves named after her because no one else can or will perform them. I can understand how the expectation that she can just turn up and switch it on can cause her to struggle mentally. I think with the actions of Naomi Osaka recently we have reached a point at which more elite sportspeople are going to take a step back when they have to.
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    I watched some of the table tennis last night, couldn't get over how intricate and flamboyant they make the serves, couldn't stop laughing at it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mon Dieu4 View Post
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    I watched some of the table tennis last night, couldn't get over how intricate and flamboyant they make the serves, couldn't stop laughing at it
    I refuse to watch until they call it itís proper name, ping pong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mon Dieu4 View Post
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    I watched some of the table tennis last night, couldn't get over how intricate and flamboyant they make the serves, couldn't stop laughing at it
    I immediately thought youíd like this podcast about Olympic history, the Ďblood on the waterí Hungary-Soviet Union water polo sounds like a good watch

    https://open.spotify.com/episode/4aOVEKSuBJVvMl3WlJBgvk?si=Ix5ARaGcR2CGzhl2ZHUCYw&d l_branch=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by hibsbollah View Post
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    I immediately thought youíd like this podcast about Olympic history, the Ďblood on the waterí Hungary-Soviet Union water polo sounds like a good watch

    https://open.spotify.com/episode/4aOVEKSuBJVvMl3WlJBgvk?si=Ix5ARaGcR2CGzhl2ZHUCYw&d l_branch=1
    Will give it a listen, I've been down the rabbit hole of Ping Pong V Table Tennis all morning, it's a controversial topic seemingly

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    Without sounding like a dinosaur and genuinely trying to be as sensitive as possible what does that mean. Genuine issues or didn't do as well and then didn't fancy failing. She does appear to be on a ridiculous pedestal and am sure there are loads of stresses to her life however don't really get it she is a performer and her life is built around it seems strange to me that outside of a physical injury she would choose to stop doing what she will be trained both mentally and physically to do at the highest level. Probably not expressing myself well and admit to not knowing a huge amount about the subject.
    A good slap from her coach might have shaken her out of it

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n85Xay3zfKk

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    Alex Scott is my favourite.
    BMX in the olympics. Imagine that in the 80s cutting about on your mongoose😆

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimBHibees View Post
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    Without sounding like a dinosaur and genuinely trying to be as sensitive as possible what does that mean. Genuine issues or didn't do as well and then didn't fancy failing. She does appear to be on a ridiculous pedestal and am sure there are loads of stresses to her life however don't really get it she is a performer and her life is built around it seems strange to me that outside of a physical injury she would choose to stop doing what she will be trained both mentally and physically to do at the highest level. Probably not expressing myself well and admit to not knowing a huge amount about the subject.
    There is chat that she has taken pills for ADHD for years and that they are illegal in Japan so she's not been able to take them, could go some way to explain why she isn't feeling 100% focussed and able to compete

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimBHibees View Post
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    Without sounding like a dinosaur and genuinely trying to be as sensitive as possible what does that mean. Genuine issues or didn't do as well and then didn't fancy failing. She does appear to be on a ridiculous pedestal and am sure there are loads of stresses to her life however don't really get it she is a performer and her life is built around it seems strange to me that outside of a physical injury she would choose to stop doing what she will be trained both mentally and physically to do at the highest level. Probably not expressing myself well and admit to not knowing a huge amount about the subject.
    Years of last position "tried hard" stickers at school sports coming home to roost 😎

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    3 x 3 basketball, rugby 7s, skateboarding, mountain biking to name but a few. Give it 20 years the Olympics will go on for 2 months & every sport on the planet will be in there.

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