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Old 08-01-2016, 12:32 PM   #1
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2016 Rio Olympics Discussion

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?

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Old 08-01-2016, 12:35 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 08-05-2016, 06:00 AM   #3
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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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Old 08-06-2016, 09:26 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 08-06-2016, 10:19 PM   #5
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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.
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People watch the Olympics?
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Old 08-06-2016, 10:32 PM   #7
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Yeah, about half the world's population.
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Old 08-06-2016, 10:34 PM   #8
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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?
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Old 08-06-2016, 10:42 PM   #9
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You're just gonna dispute whatever response you get to your question, so not worth answering.
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Old 08-07-2016, 12:12 AM   #10
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I just didn't know the Olympics were still popular.
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Old 08-07-2016, 01:09 AM   #11
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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
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Old 08-07-2016, 09:09 PM   #12
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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.
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Old 08-07-2016, 09:36 PM   #13
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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.
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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.
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I would love to see the The World of Coke.
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It was surprisingly entertaining.
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Michael Phelps won his 19th Gold Medal today in the 4x100 Relay.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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