Your Favorite Part of the Olympics

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  1. cujays

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    first im sad to to see the games go

    i loved watching micheal phelps dominate in the pool
    and i liked watching shawn johnson and nastia lukin give it there all in gymnastics
    the opening cerimony was great
     
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  2. Feña14

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    Winning everything in the cycling was brilliant!

    I also liked watching the fencing, although the scoring system was a bit strange.

    Coming 4th overall in the medal table was also quite an achievement.
     
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    Seeing Kobe and Bron in the stands, watching Michael Phelps.
     
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  4. shavenyak

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    And May/Walsh :)
     
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  5. dave333

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    Phelps, basketball, Bolt.

    And the ceremonies were absolutely amazing. No way tiny London can top that.
     
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    The closing ceremony was great, maybe even better than the opening ceremony.
     
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    Pfft, London pwns enough as a city, who cares if Beijing 2008 is a better spectacle than 2012.
     
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  8. saram

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    One thing:

    Michael Phelps
     
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  9. saram

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    I agree....
     
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    My favourite part of the Olympics?
    The fact that it's over and that the scumbag Chinese government's 2 week "party of goodwill and diplomacy" is over.
    What a charade.
     
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    THEY ARE OVER!!!!!! YAY!!! now i don't have to listen to people talk about sports who know nothing about sports.
     
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  12. chrisf

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    women's volleyball slow motion replays... ya
     
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    agreed.


    Let's hope London's ceremony is 100% real.
     
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    Did they ever approve a single protest application? The last I heard was that 77 groups had applied to "demonstrate" in the designated area, but none of them were approved by the Chinese government.
     
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    I'd agree. The Chinese government falsified documents about the gymnasts in question--no doubt about it. May their world and government crumble....
     
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    No one was EVER allowed to protest.
     
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    They were "allowed" to. They just had to let the government know who they were so that they could be given the proper paperwork (aka monitored more closely) to fill out.
     
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    According to NPR (national public radio) this week, no protest was officially or formally allowed to be held as no request was accepted nor recognized due to a delay....
     
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    My favourite moment of the Olympics was when I saw Matthias Steiner breaking the Olympic Record and though he was the strongest man on earth,go on celebrating like a small child and then crying and pulling up his dead's wife picture in the medal ceremony.

    My second favourite moment was when I saw Du Toit finishing her race.Amazing.
     
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    Watching Oksana Chusovitina win silver in the vault.

    For those that don't know: Her son has leukemia and she couldn't get a hospital bed for him in her native Uzbekistan. She struck a deal with German coaches that if she would compete for them, they would treat her son. She and her husband moved to Germany, waited out the three years for citizenship while her son was being treated. Once she got citizenship in 2006, she started competing for Germany, culminating in the silver medal in vault at the age of 33.

    I was hoping she'd win gold. The last girl surpassed her.

    Edit: Oh, and her son is doing well, his leukemia is in remission.
     
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    I'd say Bolt's 200 meters and Phelps' one hundredth of a second win were the greatest moments. Track was the most fun event, by far. The basketball final was quite entertaining as well.
     
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    Phelps winning 8 gold medals whilst the rest of the men's swimming won a combined amount of 7 gold medals.

    Bolt pretty much raping the competition in both 100m and 200m (way to celebrate before the race is over).

    And the two Thai gold medals in boxing and weightlifting (the silver, for Karate was pretty entertaining).

    I never did see it but, is it true that Bryan Clay helped up Roman Serble in the 1500m yet came last? I read it from an article, but not that sure:

    You guys should read this article too.
     
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    Yes, Great Britain committed the money to cycling and it showed!

    My favorites were the swimming, cycling, and distance races. No surprise there, eh? I was happy to see Rafa get the gold medal too. He's a great kid.

    -Robert
     
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    basketball, swiming, and tennis
     
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  25. helloworld

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    The best part is China beating the crap out of America. 51 to 36 medals, lol.
     
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    Seeing Benjamin Boukapeti of Togo Africa win a bronze medal in the kayak event, has to be my favorite part of the Bejiing Olympics.
     
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    A very good ego booster for a third world country.
     
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    Yeah money well spent. Track cycling is really exciting to watch and it's something kids can get into easily enough.
     
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  30. goober

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    too bad world respect is not related to gold medal count- lol
     
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    This story is heartwarming. I was in tears when the story was aired on TV.

    WTF.

    True. Their girls are still awesome.


    My favorite part was the 100m Fly finish by Phelps. I closed my eyes 5 seconds before the finish. Then I knew he just won by .01 secs. Unbelievable.

    Bryan Clay. I've always wanted to try decathlon. They should start awarding the decathlon winners during the closing ceremony rather than awarding the marathon winners.
     
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  32. helloworld

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    Whao dude, it's just a joke. Calm down, man. We lost this Olympics because we still have this kind of mentality thinking that they're still third world country and poses no threat to us. The truth is China has already surpassed us in sport, and they will soon surpass us in millitary, economy, and political influence, if we still have this kind of mentality.
     
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    What exactly is a joke? That China takes children from their families at an early age and moves them to sports academies run by the Chinese government?


    We didn't "lose" the Olympics. We got the second highest gold medal total and the highest overall medal total.

    And as far as your other comments, anyone that knows anything about world politics knows that China has been a major military and economic power for a long, long time. Their political influence is limited by the fact that they are a communist country in a world that has pretty much abandoned communism.
     
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  34. xpaulinabearx

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    michael phelps.
    nastia liukin and shawn johnson.
    actually, i liked eberything :D
     
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    That's totally false. But then again, why let facts get in the way of a bias.
     
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  36. shavenyak

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    So I guess the gymnastics commentators were lying during the olympics?
     
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    Those children were not forced by the government to do Gymnastics. They are willing to devote themselves, because they have passion for the sport. If you don't respect the chinese government, at least respect the athletes who devote their lives to the sport.
     
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    The chinese don't just take them away in the night, they have to ask permission to do so.

    But once they do, then yes, the government has complete control over those kids. But they chose it. If not them, the government would probably find someone else, and it's a great chance for people in the country to escape the poverty that comes with agricultural life.
     
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    China an economic power? What do you base that on? Their GDP is 5th best in the world, slightly higher than Italy’s and lower than France’s. Meanwhile China has a population of 1.3 Billion+ while France and Italy have populations of 57-58 million (approximately). Somehow I fail see how China can be an economic power based on these facts.
     
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  40. Phil

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    Where do you get your "facts"? China hasn't surpassed anyone in sport. Just those sports that are held once every four years-like diving and ping pong. China didn't win a single TEAM SPORT medal and most of their medals were won on judging events-like the Chinese gymnast who fell on her butt and yet was STILL awarded a bronze medal.

    As for the military and the economy, China will not "soon" pass the USA and, there's no guarantee that it will ever do so in those areas. I dunno about political influence-mainly it's just paying people off in places like Africa and the Middle East.

    Anyway, the picture you paint is, as it always is with you, way too simplistic. While China is a military and economic power now, it is also still a developing country and there may be limits as to how much a fascist-governed country can actually grow until it reaches its limits (or implodes).
     
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    ha! technically you dont know what you're talking about. 3rd world country?
    First, that term (as well as 1st world and 2nd world countries) are not being used anymore after the fall of berlin's wall and the desintegration of Soviet Union.
    If any, China is a 2nd world country as it still remains as comunist one.
     
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    i do have to agree here. but let me add the same goes for the US.
     
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    This is EXACTLY the type of mentality that I'm talking about. Typical american excuses to make themselves feeling better. America needs to accept losses rather than sitting in front of the computer and making non-sense excuses, or we better start getting used to second places.
     
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  44. helloworld

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    That is not true. China's economy is second only to the US with PPP measurement, and 3rd with nominal measurement. In addition, their growth rate is over 11% which is astounding compared to the size of their economy.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP))
     
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  45. Phil

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    "We" came in second in the Olympics a number of times-being beat out in the medal count by the Soviet Union. And like the China, the USSR was a fascist dictatorship desperate for international "respect". Didn't seem to bother us then. As someone else said, Olympic medal count doesn't confer status on a country. Takes a bit more than that...
     
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  46. goober

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    Well of course. The US won the Gold medal count in 2000 and 2004. I don't remember people thinking it was some huge deal. It is just sports not life or death or anything meaningful. Even among sporting events I would not even put the Olympics in the top 5 events as far as Americans are concerned. People just don't care about table tennis, synchronized diving, weightlifting, ect.

    China has 1.3 billion people and they commit money and training of children to many obscure Olympic sports. It is inevitable what the results will be.
     
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    here we go again.AMERICANS don't care about table tennis,synchronized diving, weightlifting.Same like Greeks don't give a **** for 100 m butterfly.Don't generalise.
     
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    What are you going on about? I wasn't generalizing to other countries. I was simply stating a fact. If Greeks don't care about the 100M butterfly, so okay.... what are you upset about?
     
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  49. malakas

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    sorry when you said
    by people you meant americans? :p
    lol
     
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    Oh, I can't believe that we Americans are the ONLY people who don't give rat's arse about synchronized sports. Or weightlifting. I'm guessing that YOU and a few others are the exception here, not "Americans".
     
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