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The Deadman
08-01-2016, 11:32 AM
So the opening ceremony is Friday and who's going to watch? Who's watching to see how many people can get sick because the govt was too lazy to clean up it's waters?

http://espn.go.com/olympics/

TheSkeletonMan939
08-01-2016, 11:35 AM
It must suck for the athletes and their families. They train so hard and their reward is going to this pit of filth and disease (aka Rio) and probably get sick. Maybe really sick.

Refractive Reflections
08-05-2016, 05:00 AM
To make things worse on top of everything else, they are reporting that the Olympic Village (the rooms the athletes stay at) is in deplorable condition:
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Wesley
08-06-2016, 08:26 AM
Nah, I never had an interest in watching the Olympics. It doesn't help that there are so many sports events nowadays. I think it's a waste of time/money.

sdp
08-06-2016, 09:19 PM
Sad to see this thread getting almost no posts and the few that it got had nothing to do with the games. I'm not really fond of team sports, and don't really like them at the Olympics but I really like them. I haven't been able to watch now but hope to make up for it tomorrow.

CyberCubed
08-06-2016, 09:26 PM
People watch the Olympics?

Cure
08-06-2016, 09:32 PM
Yeah, about half the world's population.

CyberCubed
08-06-2016, 09:34 PM
I'm rather surprised. Is it just a sense of nationalism that people feel when some athlete does well and they think he represents their entire country?

Cure
08-06-2016, 09:42 PM
You're just gonna dispute whatever response you get to your question, so not worth answering.

CyberCubed
08-06-2016, 11:12 PM
I just didn't know the Olympics were still popular.

snake
08-07-2016, 12:09 AM
I know this is all part of his "act", but Cubed has really stepped up quite a few levels on the annoying scale these past few days

plastroncafe
08-07-2016, 08:09 PM
Right?
It's equal parts impressive and pathetic as all get out.

I caught a lot of the opening ceremony on Friday night. Haven't watched a whole lot since, though I really should. I like the Olympics. Or at least the spirit behind the games themselves. The execution and logistics the last few games leaves quite a bit to be desired. There's so much corruption in that organization.

Part of me is legitimately sad that Boston won't be hosting the games.
Logistically it'd be a nightmare, but the idea of using Fenway Park and the Marathon route in the games would be amazing.

ProactiveMan
08-07-2016, 08:36 PM
Used to be that hosting the Games put your city on the map, and even though it cost a sh*tload of capital to do it, the boost in tourism made it worthwhile. Nowadays I think a lot of cities/countries are having second thoughts. It costs so much money, and the return isnít necessarily good enough to justify anymore.

Aside from the money put into public transport, stadiums, roads, security, logistics, and things youíd expect, there is the seemingly never ending stream of cash going to the IOC itself that is essentially money down the drain. The city benefits somewhat from the upgraded infrastructure, but putting IOC delegates up in luxury accommodation for months on end, providing them with cars, escorts and letís face it, huge bribes, is tax payer money that weíll never see again.

Iíve been to post Olympics Sydney and London, and the Olympic sites are a little depressing when the games have finished. Sydney turned theirs into a business park, and London was still messing around with theirs when I was there, although they had built the biggest shopping mall Iíve ever seen on part of it.

plastroncafe
08-07-2016, 08:43 PM
The only Olympic site I've seen first hand is Atlanta.
I'm not a local, and so I don't know what it's like to be a local and have to deal with the building and aftermath, but the grounds are pretty cool.

They've got a really nice aquarium there now, and The World of Coke.
Which...is exactly as cheesy as you'd think it'd be, but they have a decent collection of Norman Rockwell paintings. I thought that was neat.

Not whaleshark neat, but still neat.

ProactiveMan
08-07-2016, 08:52 PM
I would love to see the The World of Coke.

plastroncafe
08-07-2016, 09:01 PM
It was surprisingly entertaining.

TigerClaw
08-07-2016, 09:32 PM
Michael Phelps won his 19th Gold Medal today in the 4x100 Relay.

Mayhem
08-08-2016, 02:22 AM
Finally, an Olympic men's swimming gold for the first time in 28 years! The sad thing is, I remember Moorhouse winning our last one in 1988. Been too long.

I’ve been to post Olympics Sydney and London, and the Olympic sites are a little depressing when the games have finished. Sydney turned theirs into a business park, and London was still messing around with theirs when I was there, although they had built the biggest shopping mall I’ve ever seen on part of it.
At least with the London games, a number of sites already existed, or were upgraded/rebuilt on existing locations for the same purpose. The Olympic Park took a bit of time to get repurposed, but it's doing well now afaik.

TigerClaw
08-08-2016, 10:08 AM
Finally, an Olympic men's swimming gold for the first time in 28 years! The sad thing is, I remember Moorhouse winning our last one in 1988. Been too long.


At least with the London games, a number of sites already existed, or were upgraded/rebuilt on existing locations for the same purpose. The Olympic Park took a bit of time to get repurposed, but it's doing well now afaik.
I bet it's a tourist attraction now.

Mayhem
08-08-2016, 11:48 AM
I bet it's a tourist attraction now.
It's many things - the athlete's village area I believe has become an actual complex of accommodation, a university, a park, allotments, the tennis and swimming pool are open to the public, and yes a tourist attraction. Also the main stadium has hosted athletics events and the Invictus Games.

BubblyShell22
08-08-2016, 02:36 PM
I have watched a few events here and there. I liked the opening ceremonies for what they were and was surprised at how laid back it was since most of them are usually very formal occasions. My favorite part was when they were jumping across the buildings as it reminded me of the TMNT.

BubblyShell22
08-08-2016, 02:51 PM
I really enjoyed the women's gymnastics yesterday and really like Simone Biles and Aly Raismen.

The Deadman
08-12-2016, 04:49 PM
Watching the men's basketball game and find it incredibly boring. It's like adults playing with a bunch of children in a pickup game...can you be at least a little competitive?

BubblyShell22
08-13-2016, 12:47 PM
I've been watching gymnastics, swimming, and just finished watching some golf. Going to watch Phelps again tonight.

The Deadman
08-18-2016, 03:27 AM
U.S. swimmers stopped from leaving Brazil (http://www.espn.com/olympics/swimming/story/_/id/17332952/2016-rio-olympics-us-swimmers-jack-conger-gunnar-bentz-ordered-stay-brazil)

Refractive Reflections
08-18-2016, 01:41 PM
To add to the previous post, here's a video clip:
"Ryan Lochte Defends Robbery As Reports Say Swimmers Covered Up Gas Station Brawl"
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BubblyShell22
08-19-2016, 02:59 PM
Yeah, this is a big stain on the Olympics as a whole and makes me hate Lochte even more than I did before.

I'm also shocked that a lot of the Americans who are winning gold are not putting their hands over their hearts and saluting the flag which they should be doing.

Refractive Reflections
08-19-2016, 04:31 PM
Update on Ryan Lochte:
Surveillance shows that Lochte made up robbery story, and he apologizes.... sort of:
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BubblyShell22
08-20-2016, 12:41 PM
I don't buy his apology one bit when he blames a language barrier. That dude has disgraced everything and is a disgrace to our country for his little stunt. He should be locked up for falsifying a report.

Refractive Reflections
08-24-2016, 03:02 AM
Hmmm, so what actually happens in the Olympic Village? :P
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