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#301 WeatherWise

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 11:57 AM

There has been an upset!


South Africa's Chad le Clos passes Michael Phelps at the last moment to take the gold medal in the men's 200-meter butterfly event. Phelps led throughout the entire race, relinquishing his lead at the final moment as Chad le Clos surged past him. He finishes with the silver medal in what is apparently his preferred event.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 11:59 AM

Is it really in the spirit of the games if one country has, for example, all 6 competitors in a final?


A matter of opinion, I suppose. Is it really in the spirit of the games that someone in the top four in the world has zero chance at a medal?
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 12:00 PM

Telus has been unable to connect my TV despite repeated tries in the past month. Do you guys know where I can watch the Olympics online? CTV is supposed to stream them but every time I click on 'Watch Live', I get a picture but no video.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 12:05 PM

A matter of opinion, I suppose. Is it really in the spirit of the games that someone in the top four in the world has zero chance at a medal?

If she's 4th best from her country, yeah. It sucks for her, but the games are about countries competing, not individuals from the same country.

This isn't the only sport it happens in. What if the USA were allowed to enter more basketball teams? I'm sure a B and C team could compete at the olympics. Or imagine how badly China would dominate if they could have more teams compete in diving, gymnastics and racquet sports?

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 12:17 PM

Phelps loses his signature event after leading the entire race and looking quite dominant. No commentary? If he was to claim gold in any event, it would have been here.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 12:20 PM

Phelps loses his signature event after leading the entire race and looking quite dominant. No commentary?


He was never that far into the lead.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 12:23 PM

i didn't see it, but i'm not sure why he chose to lead, he usually stays in 2nd/3rd and comes from behind on the last length.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 01:08 PM

US wins the relay and Phelps becomes the most decorated Olympian in history.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 01:15 PM

Michael Phelps wins his 15th gold and Olympic record 19th career medal!

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 01:17 PM

Lochte and those other two swimmer preceding Phelps sure made the job easier.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 01:29 PM

Here is the list for Most Olympic medals:

Michael Phelps (USA) 19
Larisa Latynina (Russia) 18
Paavo Nurmi (FIN) 12
Mark Spitz (USA) 11
Carl Lewis (USA) 10

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 01:36 PM

At least Phelps is retiring after London. Go out on top!
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 01:42 PM

Anyone else watching Water Polo on NBC? It's USA vs. Romania.

Water polo seems like such a difficult sport, to be honest.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 01:49 PM

Water polo seems like such a difficult sport, to be honest.


Agreed
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 02:22 PM

Women's Beach Volley ball is on CTV right now. Women's Canada vs Russia. Close game. I wonder why the Canada's team wear long pants when everyone show bare legs.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 02:31 PM

Women's Beach Volley ball is on CTV right now. Women's Canada vs Russia. Close game. I wonder why the Canada's team wear long pants when everyone show bare legs.


Maybe the weather? I watched the Canada vs GB match yesterday and they weren't wearing the long pants then.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 02:31 PM

Women's Beach Volley ball is on CTV right now. Women's Canada vs Russia. Close game. I wonder why the Canada's team wear long pants when everyone show bare legs.


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Posted 31 July 2012 - 03:01 PM

Anyone else watching Water Polo on NBC? It's USA vs. Romania.

Water polo seems like such a difficult sport, to be honest.

I COMPLETELY take back what I had said previously about Pierre McGuire reining in the creepiness.

"If I were drafting players, I'd draft you"


But yeah, water polo is intense. This was only the 2nd match I've ever seen and I think I'm hooked.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 03:22 PM

Pretty sad how Phelps still has more gold from the last 4 Olympics including these Olympics than Canada as a whole does.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 03:35 PM

How the hell are 115lb women lifting almost 300lbs over their heads? I still have a hard time believing that.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:06 PM

I don't like Michael Phelps's label as "most decorated Olympic athlete ever"

It should come with an asterisk because swimming is a sport where he can enter multiple events. Such is not the case for other sports. Imagine getting a medal for each hockey game Team Canada won in Vancouver. They'd be decorated too!

But a great accomplishment for him nonetheless
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:09 PM

I don't like Michael Phelps's label as "most decorated Olympic athlete ever"

It should come with an asterisk because swimming is a sport where he can enter multiple events. Such is not the case for other sports. Imagine getting a medal for each hockey game Team Canada won in Vancouver. They'd be decorated too!

But a great accomplishment for him nonetheless


100% in agreement. You pretty much can take all the track events and multiply them by 5 to get what swimming does.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:12 PM

I don't like Michael Phelps's label as "most decorated Olympic athlete ever"

It should come with an asterisk because swimming is a sport where he can enter multiple events. Such is not the case for other sports. Imagine getting a medal for each hockey game Team Canada won in Vancouver. They'd be decorated too!

But a great accomplishment for him nonetheless

I don't know if that's necessary, since everyone else on the list (swimmers, gymnasts and sprinters) had the same advantage. If you consider a medal a "decoration" then the description is accurate.

Now if you were to say he was the best or most successful, then you'd have a point. I'm sure there are other athletes that have dominated their sport just as much but without the ability to collect up to 8 medals at a time.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 06:22 PM

What a great day for the Canadians! So stoked!

Although, the colour commentator guy for judo was starting to reach nails-on-a-chalkboard level.


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Posted 31 July 2012 - 06:55 PM

We are currently plotting to destroy Olympic Park. You have been warned.

You're not even funny, grow up.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 07:33 PM

We are currently plotting to destroy Olympic Park. You have been warned.


Careful you're going to get Danks hopes up.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 08:08 PM

Canadians competing tomorrow:


1:00am-3:00am Basketball – Women’s Preliminary (CAN vs. FRA)
1:50am-2:10am Rowing – Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls: semi-final C-D
1:51am-2:00am Judo – Men’s -90 kg: first round [Emond (CAN) vs. Gordon (GBR)]
2:00am-2:20am Swimming – Women’s 100 m Freestyle: heats
2:20am-2:47am Swimming – Men’s 200 m Backstroke: heats
2:30am-3:00am Rowing – Men’s Eights: final
2:47am-3:14am Swimming – Women’s 200 m Breaststroke: heats
3:00am-3:15am Rowing – Men’s Pair: semi-final
3:08am-3:30am Judo – Women’s -70 kg: second round [Decosse (FRA) vs. Zupancic (CAN)]
3:14am-3:39am Swimming – Men’s 200 m Individual Medley: heats
3:30am-4:45am Road Cycling – Women’s Individual Time Trial: race, final
3:39am-4:00am Swimming – Women’s 4x200 m Freestyle Relay: heats
4:00am-4:30am Sailing – Men’s RS:X: race 3
4:00am-4:30am Sailing – Men’s 49er: race 5
4:00am-5:00am Sailing – Women’s Laser Radial: race 5
4:02am-5:15am Archery – Women’s Individual: 1/32 elimination [Beaudet (CAN) vs. Laursen (DEN)]
4:05am-5:05am Sailing – Men’s Laser: race 5
4:30am-6:00am Weightlifting – Women’s 69 kg: group B
4:45am-5:15am Sailing – Men’s RS:X: race 4
4:45am-5:15am Sailing – Men’s 49er: race 6
5:15am-6:15am Sailing – Women’s Laser Radial: race 6
5:20am-6:20am Sailing – Men’s Laser: race 6
5:50am-6:45am Fencing – Women’s Sabre: round of 32 [Socha (POL) vs. Sassine (CAN)]
6:00am-6:30am Sailing – Women’s RS:X: race 3
6:15am-8:00am Road Cycling – Men’s Individual Time Trial: race, final
6:45am-7:15am Sailing – Women’s RS:X: race 4
7:00am-8:15am Diving – Men’s Synchronized Springboard: final
12:00pm-12:50pm Beach Volleyball – Men’s Preliminary (BRA vs. CAN)
12:20pm-12:27pm Swimming – Men’s 100 m Freestyle: final
2:45pm-3:00pm Boxing – Men’s Super Heavyweight: round of 16 [Kean (CAN) vs. Yoka (FRA)]

Huge day, as Canada competes in Men's Eights rowing and Brent Hayden looks to medal in the 100 m Freestyle.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 08:44 PM

Would be happy if we get one medal tomorrow.......possibly a silver?

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 09:03 PM

Crap. Canada compete for a medal at 2:30am.

Thank God for PVR.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 09:35 PM

8 Olympic badminton players charged with throwing games:

It’s one thing to have an off day in the field of play, and then there’s what transpired Tuesday in a pair of women’s badminton matches at the London Olympics.


The end result was the World Badminton Federation charging eight players from China, South Korea and Indonesia with misconduct for attempting to throw preliminary-round games to secure a more favourable draw later in the tournament.


"The pairs have been charged … with 'not using one's best efforts to win a match' and 'conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport'," the federation said in a statement.


The questionable play began courtesy of China’s Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang, the world doubles champions, who were booed off the court at Wembley Arena after appearing to intentionally lose their match against the South Korean pair of Jung Kyun-eun and Kim Ha-na whose play also looked suspicious.


At various times, both teams dumped serves into the net and made simple errors. Even a warning from the umpire midway through the first game followed by words from tournament referee Torsten Berg seemed to have little effect.


China fell 21-14, 21-11, meaning the top seeds, Wang and Yu, wouldn’t have to face their No. 2-seeded teammates until the final.


Yu attempted to explain the lacklustre play by saying she and her partner were simply saving energy for the knockout rounds, which begin Wednesday.


“We would try hard in every match if they were elimination games,” Yu said. “Because they are group stage, that’s why we are conserving energy.


“If we’re not playing the best it’s because it doesn’t matter – if we’re the first or the second [group] we’re already through. The most important thing is the elimination match [Wednesday].”


The South Koreans filed a protest, with head coach Sung Han-kook noting such play isn’t part of the Olympic spirit.


“How could the No. 1 pair in the world play like this? They start playing mistakes,” he said.


In a later match, South Korea’s Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung, along with Indonesia’s Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii were talked to for deliberately losing points in a match won by South Korea 18-21, 21-14, 21-12.


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