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post #51 of 258
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The '84 games also almost entirely utilized existing facilities for their events (I think they only built two new venues), which helped keep the costs relatively down. And avoided the sight of unused buildings going to waste that we've seen in so many other Olympic cities.

 

I remember even back then that Peter Ueberroth was (rightly) hailed as a genius for his part in organising the games and the event being so financially (and otherwise) successful.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Ueberroth

post #52 of 258
The super nifty pyre was moved to Downtown Rio after the opening ceremony last night. I'm hoping to heading over there and take some pics, but here are ones I didn't take anyway:



post #53 of 258

.

 

 

I admit, is really cool, although the build up to it was disappointing. I don't think Barcelona will ever be topped.

 

 

post #54 of 258

Not to sound like a shill for the parent company, but the NBC Sports app is fantastic for Olympics coverage.  I'm switching around between events with zero issues, and I'm getting stuff that's just raw feed, no announcers or commercials or anything.  You need a cable provider to activte it, but it accepts Playstation Vue so no worries there for cord cutters.

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Controlled explosion of unattended bag. Racers were still about 70km from finish line.
post #56 of 258
Turns out it was nothing. No explosives found in the bag.

The paranoia over unattended bags has been happening for at least a month over here. Still, better safe than sorry.
post #57 of 258
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USA with the first Gold medal of the games for 10m women's air rifle.  Nice!

post #58 of 258
Internet is having a field day with America, OF COURSE, winning at shooting.

Also, 14 minutes of Rugby sounds exhausting. I can only imagine what 80 goddamn minutes is like.
post #59 of 258
Beach Sports Arena in Copacabana:



Olympic Megastore, also on Copacabana Beach:

post #60 of 258
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Internet is having a field day with America, OF COURSE, winning at shooting.

Also, 14 minutes of Rugby sounds exhausting. I can only imagine what 80 goddamn minutes is like.

14 minutes of Rugby Sevens is a tougher bargain than 14 minutes of Rugby Union or League to be fair. It's a faster-paced game and because the teams are half as big, there's twice the field real estate to cover compared to Union or League.

There's also the tournament nature of Sevens, which means you can play two or three games a day, while the Union and League codes typically have a week to recover between games.

It can be a very fun game to watch though, especially for casual non-Rugby sports fans, since while it has some of the power and physicality of Union and League it's much simpler and moves faster than Union in particular. And while the US teams aren't favourites, they've been a Top 6 ranked side for the last couple of years and have proved in the past they have the skills and athleticism to give the top sides trouble. Madison Hughes for example scored more points than any other player in the world in the most recent season and the US finished 3rd in the last tournament prior to the Games. They're live dogs in the Rio Olympic Sevens for sure, and any time there's a sport in which the US can go in as underdogs while having a shot at gold there's some good drama to be had, since it feels like in most other sports they should be the superpowered favourites.


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Edited by Bucho - 8/6/16 at 5:15pm
post #61 of 258
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Originally Posted by andrevellozo View Post

Beach Sports Arena in Copacabana:

Olympic Megastore, also on Copacabana Beach:

It's a pity you're outta there Andre, since a Tops-Off-off between The Most Shirtless Chewer and Tongan taekwondo god Pita Nikolas Taufatofua at some point would be a dream come true.

post #62 of 258
Oh I'm still here. Traveling on Tuesday only.

And NO WAY I am going anywhere near that dude with my shirt off.
post #63 of 258
You know what you don't hear gymnasts say? "I started training five years ago and now I'm a winner!" Like the shooting girl.
post #64 of 258

Gotta love how the Olympics brings people together.
post #65 of 258

No wonder the citizens of potential future hosts are overturning decisions to bid for the Olympics in ever increasing numbers.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/aug/06/charities-demand-return-olympics-london-2012-lottery-cash

post #66 of 258

http://i.imgur.com/IasIVBd.png

 

We're Number One! We're Number One!

 

(I'll edit in the actual image when I'm allowed to instead of a never-ending "loading" which stops me from both trying to upload a picture or even use the link option to display it either.)

post #67 of 258
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http://i.imgur.com/IasIVBd.png

We're Number One! We're Number One!

(I'll edit in the actual image when I'm allowed to instead of a never-ending "loading" which stops me from both trying to upload a picture or even use the link option to display it either.)

Whatevs cuz, unless it's an image of Medals per Head of population don't even bother. Everyone knows that's the only medals table that really matters.
post #68 of 258

Really nasty crash in the women's cycling road race.  Head first over the handlebars onto the ground.  The race is continuing and they haven't shown any update on her so far.

post #69 of 258
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Originally Posted by Richard Dickson View Post

Really nasty crash in the women's cycling road race.  Head first over the handlebars onto the ground.  The race is continuing and they haven't shown any update on her so far.

The Dutch female cyclist you're referring to is according to the latest reports conscious and "okay". But she's taken to the hospital for further care and observation.

Despite this, Anna van der Breggen gave Holland its first gold medal.

105057997_Dutch-SPORT-medium_trans++6W5U3i7aIsD-FFe7YFdv_vEi38nb9f9N23qsv8eHXH8.jpg
post #70 of 258

Is the embed an image feature broken or is that just for me?

 

We're still Number One! We're Still Number One (I'm totally riding this train until we fall off).

 

http://i.imgur.com/PeFLuep.png

 

Then there's ...

 

"Great Britain haven't been awarded any medals yet."

post #71 of 258
I've never been able to embed video from mobile, if it makes you feel better.
post #72 of 258
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Really nasty crash in the women's cycling road race.  Head first over the handlebars onto the ground.  The race is continuing and they haven't shown any update on her so far.

I just happened to look up at the exact moment she crashed. The camera went back to her a couple of times, and she wasn't moving. Glad to hear she's up and about, the crash looked soooo bad.

King just called out Efimova for being a drug cheat. I really hope the US doesn't get busted.

Is anybody else's ad time taken up with commercials for Eric Church's furniture collection? Not sure how a country music guy decides to launch a furniture line, but I'm oddly hypnotized by the ads' crappiness.

post #73 of 258

Yes but not half as much as the "This Is Us" commercials. Two days into the Olympics and I am dead certain I will never watch a minute of that show after watching 300+ minutes of commercials for it over these next two weeks.

post #74 of 258
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I've never been able to embed video from mobile, if it makes you feel better.

 

Unfortunately, I'm using a laptop and it was working fine earlier. I even tried disk cleanup and restarting the computer but no joy there either.

post #75 of 258

Just when my cynicism at the Olympics had fully taken hold, Michael Phelps shows up and Aquamans all over the place. Fantastic.

post #76 of 258
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I'm very, very pleased to see that NBC is giving a lot of air time to the various Brazilian teams.  Obviously I want to see the USA teams compete and win, but I love seeing that a lot of the Brazilian competitors are doing extremely well.  Great job, Rio!

post #77 of 258
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Just when my cynicism at the Olympics had fully taken hold, Michael Phelps shows up and Aquamans all over the place. Fantastic.

 

Look, these things generally come together well enough on the day.

 

It's the years afterwards when our attention turns away after the event and that the host nation has to deal with that often don't.

 

Not trying to be a downer, just trying to strike that elusive balance.

post #78 of 258
In general, it has been a good night of exciting viewing. That Ledecky performance was out of this world.
post #79 of 258

Ledecky was incredible. She was pumping her fist while everyone else was still swimming!

post #80 of 258
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Ledecky was incredible. She was pumping her fist while everyone else was still swimming!

 

It's furn to watch someone who is in an entirely different league than anyone else just GO, regardless of the country that they represent.

post #81 of 258
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Whatevs cuz, unless it's an image of Medals per Head of population don't even bother. Everyone knows that's the only medals table that really matters.

 

Come on, we're on the same side.

 

And that side is beating the British.

post #82 of 258
Update on the female cyclist.

She's in the intensive care and has a severe brain concussion and 3 small fractures in her lumbar spine.

The fall was a nasty one that one commentator thought that she had broken her neck. So yeah she's doing relatively "okay" than what could've happened in the worse scenario. I think it will take a long time for her to recover.
post #83 of 258
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Update on the female cyclist.

She's in the intensive care and has a severe brain concussion and 3 small fractures in her lumbar spine.

The fall was a nasty one that one commentator thought that she had broken her neck. So yeah she's doing relatively "okay" than what could've happened in the worse scenario. I think it will take a long time for her to recover.

 

The science behind possibly why that awful bike crash happened.

 

http://gizmodo.com/the-science-behind-the-horrific-crash-that-hospitalized-1784950831

post #84 of 258
Yikes! That crash!

Here's some lighter fare:

http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/article/17211754/41-year-old-oksana-chusovitina-most-incredible-athlete-olympics

I love how people one third her age won't even try her moves because they're so scary.
post #85 of 258
That French gymnast broken leg was gruesome. Apparently they dropped his stretcher too.
 
post #86 of 258
Saw Van Vleuten's fall a couple of minutes before I was out the door this morning as I was tying on the old Chucks. When that second placed rider came round and it was clear Van Vleuten hadn't moved I was in half a mind to miss my bus and keep watching to find out if she was ok. Most of the time a road cycling crash is just a big old wince due to the flaying, but seeing someone out cold like that for that long after hitting the road that hard was sobering. And I say that as a doofus fan of cage-fighting.

Ended up spending half my journey into town refreshing The Guardian website's live blog until they reported she was "okay" while remembering that Olympic luger who died just a few years back.
post #87 of 258
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Yikes! That crash!

Here's some lighter fare:

http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/article/17211754/41-year-old-oksana-chusovitina-most-incredible-athlete-olympics

I love how people one third her age won't even try her moves because they're so scary.

 

Even better?  She's not ruling out Tokyo in four years.  Just incredible.

post #88 of 258

I was totally addicted to the archery coverage this weekend.  So many dramatic swings back and forth, where one team would shoot 10-10-9 and look unstoppable, then throw up a 7 and two 8s in the next round and choke it away.  Plus I enjoyed the way their coaches had to stand in this actual wooden box while the team was shooting.  They should expand that to more sports.

post #89 of 258
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I was totally addicted to the archery coverage this weekend.  So many dramatic swings back and forth, where one team would shoot 10-10-9 and look unstoppable, then throw up a 7 and two 8s in the next round and choke it away.  Plus I enjoyed the way their coaches had to stand in this actual wooden box while the team was shooting.  They should expand that to more sports.

Yeah, i really loved the archery coverage, too. 

 

Using the NBC Sports app to just watch any sport I want has made these Olympics infinitely more enjoyable than I would have expected. 

post #90 of 258
Brazilian Gold Medalist Rafaela Silva:

"Ever since I was a kid everybody in the favela told me judo wasn't for me and that I was an embarrassment to my family and now I'm an Olympic champion in my hometown."


I'm not crying, YOU are!
post #91 of 258
I heard an NPR report that said while the games look good on TV, it's actually kind of a mess. Low ticket sales and unfilled seats, poor organization, etc.
post #92 of 258
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I heard an NPR report that said while the games look good on TV, it's actually kind of a mess. Low ticket sales and unfilled seats, poor organization, etc.

 

The crowds for the women's road race on Sunday were thin compared to prior Olympics, and there did appear to be a lot of empty seats for the women's gymnastics yesterday.  The stands for swimming appeared to be full, but I couldn't tell for sure...I think NBC is trying to avoid showing too much of the stands in an effort to downplay the fact that they aren't selling out.

post #93 of 258
Alright, alright, alright, guess who's a Rugby Sevens fan and suddenly New Zealand's favourite Hollywood star ...



http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11689912
post #94 of 258
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Originally Posted by COULD432 View Post
 

Yeah, i really loved the archery coverage, too. 

 

Using the NBC Sports app to just watch any sport I want has made these Olympics infinitely more enjoyable than I would have expected. 

 

The only annoyance I have with the streams is that the commercials seem to be on an automatic timer and go off even if it's the middle of something happening.

post #95 of 258
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Originally Posted by Richard Dickson View Post

The only annoyance I have with the streams is that the commercials seem to be on an automatic timer and go off even if it's the middle of something happening.

I haven't had any commercials. Unless you mean that "content will resume shortly message", which does pop in at inopportune times but leaves for me in 3-5 seconds and wasn't really happening too much.
post #96 of 258

No, I get pretty regular commercial breaks.  Usually a rotation of the same five or six over and over.

post #97 of 258
So, dressage, a sport I only know existed because Mitt Romney owned a horse who competed in it in 2012 is, as many here know, basically "horse-dancing".

Much to my surprise, Brazil is participating in this year's dressage Olympic contest. What's the horse's name, you ask? A Brazilian equivalent to "Pie-oh-My" or "Snowflake" or something?

Oh no... The Brazilian horse is named differently. He goes by... SUMMON UP THE BLOOD.

[insert metal guitar solo here]

post #98 of 258

Hungarians are all doped.

post #99 of 258
So Usain bolt had an official press conference:




He also posted a snapchat video from the same event where a Norwegian journalist sings him a lovesong. If these are his last Olympics, the world will not recover.
post #100 of 258
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Originally Posted by Bucho View Post

Saw Van Vleuten's fall a couple of minutes before I was out the door this morning as I was tying on the old Chucks. When that second placed rider came round and it was clear Van Vleuten hadn't moved I was in half a mind to miss my bus and keep watching to find out if she was ok. Most of the time a road cycling crash is just a big old wince due to the flaying, but seeing someone out cold like that for that long after hitting the road that hard was sobering. And I say that as a doofus fan of cage-fighting.

Ended up spending half my journey into town refreshing The Guardian website's live blog until they reported she was "okay" while remembering that Olympic luger who died just a few years back.


My wife was convinced she was dead. My son missed it and she wouldn't rewind it for him to watch because she thought she might be dead. All they talked about during the men's and women's cycling was how dangerous those curves were. Yet here we are, running the race right down the dangerous hill. Rio Olympics!

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