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    The Women's Road Race - what a great race. Congratulations to the Netherlands and what a great sprint by Voss. And good for GBR on the Silver - always good when the host country does well in unexpected sports.

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    As a spectator, you get a bit blase about the olympics over time. But watching the 400m mens swimming final with my son, I said "that man just swam 8 laps faster than anybody else in the world" and it struck me just how amazing that is. On one day to be the very best in the world at something, thats just incredible.

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    I'm not sure how the time zones and coverage works for Australia but the Women's 100m Butterfly was exciting tonight. As was the Men's 100m Breast stroke. Very fun night for swimming.

    I like to watch the favorite sports but I enjoy the less popular sports as well. Did you see the Polish Table Tennis player? You don't have to be in the running for a medal - it can still be about competing for your country and your sport.



    On an unrelated note, can we just shoot whoever picked the version of the USA anthem that they are playing this time?

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    Hi all, I've been watching the 58kg women's weightlifting this afternoon. So cool.

    I've never seen any competitive weightlifting before and a couple of things have occured to me. Can anyone help with my questions?

    --The BBC commentators have been talking a fair bit about the widespread dehydration to get into weight classes and the fact that this dehydration leads to cramps and other bad stuff. Question: are the lifters not allowed to hydrate (and perhaps have a snack) during the actual competition?

    --Several of the women have very bad skin--this makes me think of steroid use. Is that what it is? Are there rules about only having to be clean for a week or something prior to the competition, so that lifters can take steroids to gain strength and then go off them prior to the competition?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by "LisaS":2zdnppzt

    On an unrelated note, can we just shoot whoever picked the version of the USA anthem that they are playing this time?
    Yes. It's too fast, too busy, the harmonization is stupid, and in the key of C!! Ugh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by "AuntSat":3gbdwzbb
    Yes. It's too fast, too busy, the harmonization is stupid, and in the key of C!! Ugh.
    And heavy with strings for a weird effect. Yuck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by "baffled111":yjkd99si
    Hi all, I've been watching the 58kg women's weightlifting this afternoon. So cool.

    I've never seen any competitive weightlifting before and a couple of things have occured to me. Can anyone help with my questions?

    --The BBC commentators have been talking a fair bit about the widespread dehydration to get into weight classes and the fact that this dehydration leads to cramps and other bad stuff. Question: are the lifters not allowed to hydrate (and perhaps have a snack) during the actual competition?

    --Several of the women have very bad skin--this makes me think of steroid use. Is that what it is? Are there rules about only having to be clean for a week or something prior to the competition, so that lifters can take steroids to gain strength and then go off them prior to the competition?

    Thanks!
    They are dehydrated due to having to make weight in the morning but after that they eat and drink to get their energy levels back up. Think it just takes a while for anything consumed to take effect, especially due to the energy they're expending during the lifts.

    I very much doubt they're using steroids.

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    well ... if you put it that way ...

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    And I still have not seen or even heard about a single weight lifting session.. damn. Anyone who knows how to see some footage.. (of course Youtube!).
    On national tv (or radio) there's absolutely nothing about Oly lifting as nobody ever excelled in the past 25-50 (?) years.
    However.. did tremendously enjoy watching Marianne Vos cycle towards her 2nd golden Olympic medal after winning her first one on indoor (?) cycling). Interesting how so many indoor cyclists then go on to have a splendid road racing career.

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    To see the events replay from the US NBC Coverage you have to be affiliated with a US Cable TV company so that won't help you. Is there BBC coverage available to you?

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    1 complication: I don't have a tv.. otherwise it would be easy. I may try to see if I can receive their channel on the internet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by "Espi":1qzgll68
    1 complication: I don't have a tv.. otherwise it would be easy. I may try to see if I can receive their channel on the internet.
    Yes - the NBC option in the US is an online option so I meant BBC online.

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    Americans can watch BBC online. I'm not sure about places like Atlantis.

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    I'm watching BBC online using Expat Shield, which is free. You can pick a sport and then watch the entire day's competition, or you can watch one of their live feeds. It's cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by "LisaS":3610epbk
    And heavy with strings for a weird effect. Yuck.
    I know for sure it sucks because I haven't seen an American gold medalist cry YET. You know they want to but they can't -- the Anthem is too wretched. :tongue

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    The sprinters amaze me! For those of you who sprint, how fast do you sprint 100m, for comparison? I'd love to see these runners in person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by "missjane":3cls7vye
    The sprinters amaze me! For those of you who sprint, how fast do you sprint 100m, for comparison? I'd love to see these runners in person.
    Check THIS out Jane...it's cool.

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    That is VERY cool!

    I'm thinking that Bolt would have had time to finish his 100m and go change his clothes before I crossed the line! lol

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    The 100m sprint was slightly tainted by a stupid act of a drunk guy throwing a beer can (bottle) . Turns out our best female judoka (bronze medal) hit him on his back afterwards before he was caught by guards taking him away.

    Then just a few minutes ago another weird incident: the fastest steeple chase runner had a very nasty fall on the first steeple (hurdle?) hitting it with his left shin and hindering another runner.
    This Chinese guy then limps back on 1 leg to the exit and.. realizing he's not being polite runs back on one leg again to the final hurdle , kisses it, crosses the finish line and congratulates the winners who pat his back and 2 other runners support him while all 3 run/limp along.

    Oh.. and I finally am able to pronounce the name of the Dutch-Surinam-Moluk/Indonesian lady swimmer who won 2 gold medals ! Ranomi Kromowidjojo! It only took 2 weeks of training that tongue breaker!

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