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Posted at 15:27 on August 21st, 2004 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Isn't it wonderful that Germany is winning so many medals in Athens, especially when these include events such as "Military", fencing, judo or sailing.
Posted at 17:30 on August 21st, 2004 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Just heard Germany won yet another shooting contest today. Germans might be unable to run, swim or jump, but at least they can shoot properly - how fitting. Still, what could possibly compete with "Britain's golden day"?
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Posted at 07:57 on August 22nd, 2004 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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I don't consider the softball tournament a highlight either, so what's wrong with sailing? In fact, most olympic contests tanke place in strange sports. At least some of them are funny because of that, such as judo. :P
Posted at 08:15 on August 22nd, 2004 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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What actually surprised me most so far was the silver medal in Tennis doubles for these two Germans. All I've heard from Tennis for several years now is something like 'all Germans already out', 'German team relegated to second league' and so on.
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Posted at 08:16 on August 22nd, 2004 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Or handball, what's up with THAT?
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Posted at 08:21 on August 22nd, 2004 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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I don't really count Handball as one of the 'interesting' or 'funny' kinds of sport. One team running forward - goal. Other team running forward - goal. First team running forward again - goal. Second team running forward - oh, they missed.... yawn...
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Posted at 10:00 on August 22nd, 2004 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Sounds like Basketball :D
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Posted at 13:14 on August 22nd, 2004 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Handball = football = basketball = hockey. ;)
Posted at 15:22 on August 22nd, 2004 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Actually, I'd put them in two different categories: On the one hand, there are the games in which the teams are just running back and forth, scoring goals/point all the time (handball, basketball), on the other hand, there are the games in which there is something like 'defense' (hockey, football). Generally, I prefer the latter type very much, although football is the other extreme compared to scoring goals all the time, of course ;)
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Posted at 05:21 on August 23rd, 2004 | Quote | Edit | Delete | Delete Attachment
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Even more surprising than the Germans getting a silver medal in the tennis was that the winners were from China. Whoever heard of a Chinese finalist at Wimbledon.

Poor old Paula. The English papers are full of why Paula Radcliffe broke down in the marathon. One expert said: "It's the Greeks' fault for organising the race at 5.00 pm in 38 degrees heat. If the race had been in the London rain, Paula would have won."
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Posted at 06:53 on August 23rd, 2004 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Even more surprising than the Germans getting a silver medal in the tennis was that the winners were from China. Whoever heard of a Chinese finalist at Wimbledon.
One of them even won bronze in singles from what I've heard. Weren't the actual top players of the world there at all?

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Poor old Paula. The English papers are full of why Paula Radcliffe broke down in the marathon. One expert said: "It's the Greeks' fault for organising the race at 5.00 pm in 38 degrees heat. If the race had been in the London rain, Paula would have won."
Yes, I bet it's a huge conspiracy! Nevermind that the decision to hold this year's Olympic Games in Athens years ago and that every contestant could have prepared him- or herself accordingly since then...

As for the attachment, I'm sorry to say I don't quite get it. From what I can see, it shows a relatively short person (a child?) in a black robe wielding a light sabre. I assume this is some kind of Star Wars reference?
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Posted at 08:17 on August 23rd, 2004 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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I also don't see any point in the attachment, perhaps you could explain? :)

Anyway, I thought the gold medalists in the doubles were from Chili, not China. And I think those two same guys won bronze and gold in the singles. The numbers one and two in the world were there actually, but were eliminated early on in the tournament. On a side note, Belgium scored their first (and probably only) gold medal of the olympics in women's tennis. Yay!
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Posted at 08:22 on August 23rd, 2004 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Just looked it up - you're right, the doubles were won by Fernando Gonzalez and Nicolas Massu from Chile, Massu also won gold in the singles, Gonzalez won bronze.

Which were the two bronze medals Belgium got earler by the way? I bet there was cheating involved :P

On a sidenote, China has overtaken the USA in the ranking of most gold medals again. It's going to be a close one...

Edited by Mr Creosote at 16:33 on August, 23rd 2004
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Posted at 09:31 on August 23rd, 2004 | Quote | Edit | Delete | Delete Attachment
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Sorry for the confusion. CHI must be Chile, and China is CHN. Ah well. China (really!) lost the table-tennis men's singles though, to Korea, who now have 6 golds.

The attachment was supposed to be a picture of The Vicar. I've sent a better one this time. perhaps Mr Creosotoe could convert it into a "real" picture like all you other guys have.
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Posted at 09:58 on August 23rd, 2004 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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The attachment was supposed to be a picture of The Vicar. I've sent a better one this time. perhaps Mr Creosotoe could convert it into a "real" picture like all you other guys have.
Done! Log in, go to 'Profile' (top menu) and choose 'vicar.png' from the drop-down menu. The image will then appear next to all of your posts.

Edited by Mr Creosote at 18:03 on August, 23rd 2004
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Posted at 11:31 on August 23rd, 2004 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Mr Creosote: Which were the two bronze medals Belgium got earlier by the way? I bet there was cheating involved :P
One of those was in women's judo, I didn't see that competition so who knows, maybe you're right. The other one was in the bicycle road race, where Axel Merckx (son of Eddy Merckx, five-times Tour de France winner) managed to stay ahead of the pack by only a few meters, good enough for third place. No cheating involved there I think. ;)
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Posted at 14:02 on August 23rd, 2004 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Thanks, Mr Creosote.

Pity about the German women's soccer - but from what I saw, the USA deserved to win.

American 1-2-3 in the 400m - perhaps there'll be a Black Power salute during the medal ceremony, as in 1968, I think. Or maybe not.
Posted at 14:12 on August 23rd, 2004 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Yeah it would be funny to see Jeremy Wariner, who came in first, make a Black Power salute! The poor guy gets so much criticism for being white... ;)
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Posted at 14:33 on August 23rd, 2004 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Perhaps visitors to this site would like to enter the world-wide competition "Name seven famous Belgians". It's been running since 1968 and the previous highest score is four. Eddy Merckx, yeah, and a painter chap, and that bloke who invented what was it, and that woman who was the first person to....
Posted at 17:13 on August 23rd, 2004 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Edmond Leburton
Paul Vanden Boeynants
Wilfried Martens
Marc Eyskens
Wilfried Martens
Jean-Luc Dehaene
Guy Verhofstadt

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