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As a kid I always looked forward to the summer Olympics.
I would stay up all night and watch the recaps.

What happened to the Olympics popularity???
No one seems to watch or care anymore.
Come on turn the TV on and get your Flags outside your windows and doors!!!
RRRRRRRRROOOOTTTTTTTTT for the Red--White----Blue!!!!!!!!


NBC Olympics

45min to go!!!

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I'm not sure what happened over the years but it has lost its appeal somewhat to me.I prefer the Winter Olympics these days.
I was at the Barcelona Olympics in '92 and it was one of the best experiences of my life.It truly was a "world event" and to me it had everything...
Dream Team
Flo Jo
A special city

This China one I'm not thrilled about.This is not a nice country to their people

The more I know of China the less I like the Government.I'm not sure why it was given the Olympics but maybe having the worlds light shone upon them will be good.
Also there was a time when I would see the lead up to the Olympics on ABC or NBC.Tons of commercials that would get you ready for the Olympics.
These days my TV watching is The History Channel,The Learning Channel,Weather Channel,a bit of ESPN and Yankees on 70.
Thats it!I watch no shows on any of the big TV stations so I have seen no Olympic stuff whatsoever.

With that said I will look forward to watching it

To me it has always been about the story behind the athletes.
The Kip Kenos who emerge from their country and make the world take note and their homeland proud.
The Spitzs and Heidens...
Ono and Jensen...Holyfields...
Sugar Ray
Young kids who emerge onto he worlds stage and make us sit up and applaud them.

I'll watch

Been watching since Tokyo in 1964 tho I don't remember much about that one other than a young kid named Smokin Joe Frazier winning the boxing gold...


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I'll watch soem of it, but with a 12 hour time difference it's not going to be easy. I think that's the problem with many olympics the time differences make it almost impossible to watch the events most epople are interested in.

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Lattitudechange wrote:
canyonfvr wrote:
How can you go from Woman's Volleyball to mens swimming :rolleyes::rolleyes:
Ask NBC, they're in charge of what games are aired. I'm just watching and cheering....Go USA.......

K just dont post no swimming azz shots

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What a way to ruin the Olympics. They just had an interview with Bob Costas and the ashole george bush...:mad: That guy is such a slouch.
What a P..O..S.. Will he ever sit up straight when he's speaking. Why someone hasn't taken him out is beyond me...:rolleyes::rolleyes:


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What a finish to the 4 man swim relay.
The favorite France talked alot of crap!!!!
But Look whos 2nd!!!!!!!!

France got their butts kicked!!!!!!!!!


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Watched Phelps win #10. Man!

Seems the Chinese did it again....

Beijing Olympics: Faking scandal over girl who 'sang' in opening ceremony
Chinese officials have admitted deceiving the public over another highlight of the Olympic opening ceremony: the picture-perfect schoolgirl who sang as the Chinese flag entered the stadium was performing to another girl's voice.

The girl in the red dress with the pigtails, called Lin Miaoke, 9, and from a Beijing primary school, has become a national sensation since Friday night, giving interviews to all the most popular newspapers.

But the show's musical designer felt forced to set the record straight. He gave an interview to Beijing radio saying the real singer was a seven-year-old girl who had won a gruelling competition to perform the anthem, a patriotic song called "Hymn to the Motherland".

At the last moment a member of the Chinese politburo who was watching a rehearsal pronounced that the winner, a girl called Yang Peiyi, might have a perfect voice but was unsuited to the lead role because of her buck teeth.

So, on the night, while a pre-recording of Yang Peiyi singing was played, Lin Miaoke, who has already featured in television advertisements, was seen but not heard.

"This was a last-minute question, a choice we had to make," the ceremony's musical designer, Chen Qigang, said. "Our rehearsals had already been vetted several times - they were all very strict. When we had the dress rehearsals, there were spectators from various divisions, including above all a member of the politburo who gave us his verdict: we had to make the swap."

Mr Chen's interview gave an extraordinary insight into the control exercised over the ceremony by the Games' political overseers, all to ensure the country was seen at its best.

Officials have already admitted that the pictures of giant firework footprints which marched across Beijing towards the stadium on Friday night were prerecorded, digitally enhanced and inserted into footage beamed across the world.

Mr Chen said the initial hopefuls to sing the anthem had been reduced to ten, and one, a ten-year-old, had originally been chosen for the quality of her voice. But she, too, had fallen by the wayside because she was not "cute" enough.

"We used her to sing in all the rehearsals," Mr Chen said. "But in the end the director thought her image was not the most appropriate, because she was a little too old. Regrettably, we had to let her go."

At that point Yang Peiyi stepped up to the plate.

"The main consideration was the national interest," he said. "The child on the screen should be flawless in image, in her internal feelings, and in her expression. In the matter of her voice, Yang Peiyi was flawless, in the unanimous opinion of all the members of the team."

That was until attention turned to Yang Peiyi's teeth. Nevertheless, Mr Chen thought the end result a perfect compromise.

"We have a responsibility to face the audience of the whole country, and to be open with this explanation," he said. "We should all understand it like this: it is a question of the national interest. It is a question of the image of our national music, our national culture.

"Especially at the entrance of our national flag, this is an extremely important, an extremely serious matter.

"So we made the choice. I think it is fair to both Lin Miaoke and Yang Peiyi - after all, we have a perfect voice, a perfect image and a perfect show, in our team's view, all together."

One question remains: why was Lin Miaoke allowed to give interviews in which she lapped up the praise for her singing. Mr Chen said she might not have known that the words she was singing could not be heard. She had, in fact, only known she was going to perform at all 15 minutes beforehand.

Yang Peiyi is said to have reacted well to the disappointment. "I am proud to have been chosen to sing at all," she is reported to have said.

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MakoMike wrote:
How come almost all of the competitions we are seeing involve either U.S. or Chinese athletes? I thought there were a few more countries competeing?

No ratings in Badminton and table tennis.

They need to show swimming, gymnastics and diving. Both countries strong in these sports.

Remember when it was USA vs USSR?
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