billy2shots

Olympics 2016

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Controversy always rains supreme before any major sporting event and Brazil has been no different this year. Russian drug scandal, Zika and unfinished infrastructure have made the headlines this time around. 

Let's  hope the bad is quickly forgotten when the sport kicks into gear as it normally is. 

Today Chris Frome will compete in the road race in attempt to match Wiggo who won Le Tour and Olympic gold in the same year. Good luck to the Kenyan, I mean Brit. 

 

One event has pulled at my heart strings and I will be tuning in to watch the swimming this evening. I love the swimming anyway having competed pretty well as a youth myself. Read the following and tell me you can't spare 5 minutes to watch this race tonight. 

 

Women's 100m butterfly, 5.28pm

The IOC's decision to create a refugee team competing under their flag has thrown up a clutch of heart-rending stories, but none as painful as Yusra Mardini's. The Syrian fled her war-ravaged country in 2015 and was smuggled onto a dinghy bound for Greece. When the boat began to sink, she and two others jumped into the water and pushed it for four hours to the shoreline at Lesbos. Whatever her result in the women's 100m butterfly heats, she will be guaranteed a rapturous reception.

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Brazil shouldn't have got the games (nor the World Cup).

Both the IOC and FIFA ignored the troubles of the country and the fact millions live in squalor whilst the government spends billions on the events.

There are thousands of government employees that haven't been paid for months, yet they blow hundreds of millions on a vanity project.

The IOC have failed athletics with their doping decision and are a disgrace.

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1 hour ago, billy2shots said:

 

20 minutes ago, NewNiceMrMe said:

 

 

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True but now it has started I will cheer on the athletes and leave the politics to one side. 

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Looks like you've rendered Billy speechless. :grin:

When Brazil was awarded the games, and the football for that matter, they were one of the BRIC economies enjoying an unprecedented boom. Some could perhaps be forgiven for thinking that might have meant some improvements in conditions. And they weren't to know the country would be plunged back into recession by the time the games came around. 

But that, I'm afraid, is the full extent of the case for the defence. 

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Good luck to local (to me) boy, Adam Peaty in tonight's breaststroke heats. +++

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1 hour ago, garcon magnifique said:

Looks like you've rendered Billy speechless. :grin:

When Brazil was awarded the games, and the football for that matter, they were one of the BRIC economies enjoying an unprecedented boom. Some could perhaps be forgiven for thinking that might have meant some improvements in conditions. And they weren't to know the country would be plunged back into recession by the time the games came around. 

But that, I'm afraid, is the full extent of the case for the defence. 

Economically, you are of course correct.

However, even putting aside the recession they're now in, they still had (and have) millions in a level of poverty we struggle to understand. 

The IOC appear to be little more than another version of FIFA when it comes to making decisions.

Billy, I do agree with you on the fact we should now just sit back and enjoy it. 

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1 hour ago, dazdot said:

breaststroke. +++

Now there is an event that fails to live up to expectations if ever there was one. :secret:

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8 hours ago, dazdot said:

Good luck to local (to me) boy, Adam Peaty in tonight's breaststroke heats. +++

That's how you win a heat, way to go Adam. :)

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Big world record!  Semis later. 

Cycle road race was absolute carnage. Lovely course but dangerous as hell. 

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Slow mo on the ladies beach volleyball.

 

Lovely!

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Peaty is a machine.  The rest of the field must be gutted.

"I need to qualify.  I know, I'll smash my own world record.". :roflmao:

 

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9 minutes ago, NewNiceMrMe said:

Peaty is a machine.  The rest of the field must be gutted.

"I need to qualify.  I know, I'll smash my own world record.". :roflmao:

 

I just wish he hadn't got so excited after he done it:-) 

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16 minutes ago, Cuprabob said:

I just wish he hadn't got so excited after he done it:-) 

Haha!  Indeed.

Looks at the board.  Sees WR letters.  Sniffs, shrugs shoulders, looks away. :roflmao:

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Does that mean he will be REALLY going for it when it matters?

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He only swam the second fastest time in history in the semi-final last night... :roflmao:

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He's obviously losing form as the final approaches. Time to start panicking. 

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That looked like a sore one for the Dutch girl that came off during the descent while leading the road race...

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Yes, that was a truly horrific crash for Annemiek van Vleuten, they are reporting she is conscious and on her way to hospital

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Massive off. Just as the camera bike caught up with her as well. I nearly felt sorry for the girl who lead (after the crash) all the way to the line but finished 4th. Then I remembered she was from U S A, U S A, USA. 

After the big crash in the middle of nowhere I was half expecting one of those tear jerking Olympic spirit moments as a fellow competitor stops to help, sacrificing their own chances. Alas not. 

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I see the newspapers seem to have forgot that Dan Goodfellow won a medal as well as Tom Daley...

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