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25 days to go...

The BBC have released their promotional trailer. Quite nice imo:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/18165601

I think the BBC's effort is quite impressive and they are providing live coverage of every London 2012 sport from every venue throughout the day, using various online/digital channels.

There's a decent Britcentric guide to the main events here:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/olympi ... dates.html

I'm not a huge fan of most of the sports, but will be watching the football, sprints and other bits and bobs.

The 100m is looking pretty tasty.
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I'm going to:
- Fencing
- Taekwondo
- Volleyball
- Wrestling

& Mrs KG / mini KG on for athletics. Still hunting for some swimming.

I'm really looking forward to it. I have very fond memories of London during '96 when the Euro's were on. If the brit's pick up medals it will be very positive.

KG
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We will get 31 medals.
There, I have said it.
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It will be hard to match last time's medal tally for us, which might be a bit of a downer when the Games are at home, but hopefully some people will put in lifetime bests.
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I hope there will be seperate threads for sports like swimming and running. Else this thread will become huge & unwieldy.
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Please update your thread title to state "The London and Dublin Olympics 2012".

Thank you.
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I havent really been following the coverage and dont understand athletics, but there seems to be some controversy about certain athletes being left out, who have achieved certain times but didnt quality automatically through trials etc.

For instance:
One of the toughest choices facing UK Athletics was which of five contenders to pick for the women's 800m.

Three runners could have been chosen and head coach Charles van Commenee said a third of the six-hour selection meeting was taken up by discussing the event before plumping for Sharp, the only one of the five without an A standard time.

"We decided she was the one with best current form. It was difficult because not one of the athletes took control of their own destiny," he said.
So you can take 3 but only selected 1. Why? Even if people are not thought to be medal jopes/good enough if they have achieved qualfying times why not just pick them and hope they put in an inspired performance?

Or am I misunderstanding something?
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SamShark wrote:I havent really been following the coverage and dont understand athletics, but there seems to be some controversy about certain athletes being left out, who have achieved certain times but didnt quality automatically through trials etc.

For instance:
One of the toughest choices facing UK Athletics was which of five contenders to pick for the women's 800m.

Three runners could have been chosen and head coach Charles van Commenee said a third of the six-hour selection meeting was taken up by discussing the event before plumping for Sharp, the only one of the five without an A standard time.

"We decided she was the one with best current form. It was difficult because not one of the athletes took control of their own destiny," he said.
You can tae up to 3 athletes with the "A" qualifying time or 1 with the "B" time. We have 4 with the "A" time and one with the "B". Rather unusually we have selected the one with the "B" because it's thought she is in the best form currently
So you can take 3 but only selected 1. Why? Even if people are not thought to be medal jopes/good enough if they have achieved qualfying times why not just pick them and hope they put in an inspired performance?

Or am I misunderstanding something?
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Top 4 medal countries will be

USA
China
Russia
Australia

in that order.
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iarmhiman wrote:Top 4 medal countries will be

USA
China
Russia
Australia

in that order.
Nice.
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jrp wrote:
iarmhiman wrote:Top 4 medal countries will be

USA
China
Russia
Australia

in that order.
Nice.
Rancid is the word I would have used.
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I predict Sefton will be nauseating in his fawning. :thumbup:
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With 20 odd days to go am already over the whole fecking thing, thank you Aussie media ... :evil:
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I haven't got my ticket yet, anyone else waiting?
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Ireland's Call wrote:I predict Sefton will be nauseating in his fawning. :thumbup:
Nail on the head, I love the Olympics.

I'm expecting a first class twatter feed from you and plenty of pictures of the boys having a craig.
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Sefton wrote:
Ireland's Call wrote:I predict Sefton will be nauseating in his fawning. :thumbup:
Nail on the head, I love the Olympics.

I'm expecting a first class twatter feed from you and plenty of pictures of the boys having a craig.

Alas no, we're shite so no pics from me, no success, no craig :x

You'll be in your union jack boxers giving it large you nonce.

Hell even ol jerpy becomes very British come Olympics time.
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Ireland's Call wrote:
Sefton wrote:
Ireland's Call wrote:I predict Sefton will be nauseating in his fawning. :thumbup:
Nail on the head, I love the Olympics.

I'm expecting a first class twatter feed from you and plenty of pictures of the boys having a craig.

Alas no, we're shite so no pics from me, no success, no craig :x

You'll be in your union jack boxers giving it large you nonce.

Hell even ol jerpy becomes very British come Olympics time.
You could do a schadenfreude feed.
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Ireland's Call wrote:
Sefton wrote:
Ireland's Call wrote:I predict Sefton will be nauseating in his fawning. :thumbup:
Nail on the head, I love the Olympics.

I'm expecting a first class twatter feed from you and plenty of pictures of the boys having a craig.

Alas no, we're shite so no pics from me, no success, no craig :x

You'll be in your union jack boxers giving it large you nonce.

Hell even ol jerpy becomes very British come Olympics time.
Chin up, old bean, we'll pretend it's 1916 and even you miserable splitters can share in the British success.
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Sefton wrote:
Ireland's Call wrote:
Sefton wrote:
Ireland's Call wrote:I predict Sefton will be nauseating in his fawning. :thumbup:
Nail on the head, I love the Olympics.

I'm expecting a first class twatter feed from you and plenty of pictures of the boys having a craig.

Alas no, we're shite so no pics from me, no success, no craig :x

You'll be in your union jack boxers giving it large you nonce.

Hell even ol jerpy becomes very British come Olympics time.
Chin up, old bean, we'll pretend it's 1916 and even you miserable splitters can share in the British success.
My whole happiness now resides on the shoulders of Katie Taylor....If she doesn't win, I shall leave this terrible, cynical world.
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Ireland's Call wrote:
Sefton wrote:
Ireland's Call wrote:
Sefton wrote:
Ireland's Call wrote:I predict Sefton will be nauseating in his fawning. :thumbup:
Nail on the head, I love the Olympics.

I'm expecting a first class twatter feed from you and plenty of pictures of the boys having a craig.

Alas no, we're shite so no pics from me, no success, no craig :x

You'll be in your union jack boxers giving it large you nonce.

Hell even ol jerpy becomes very British come Olympics time.
Chin up, old bean, we'll pretend it's 1916 and even you miserable splitters can share in the British success.
My whole happiness now resides on the shoulders of Katie Taylor....If she doesn't win, I shall leave this terrible, cynical world.
Now if only we could persuade Carl Froch to wear a wig.
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Ireland's Call wrote:
Sefton wrote:
Ireland's Call wrote:I predict Sefton will be nauseating in his fawning. :thumbup:
Nail on the head, I love the Olympics.

I'm expecting a first class twatter feed from you and plenty of pictures of the boys having a craig.

Alas no, we're shite so no pics from me, no success, no craig :x

You'll be in your union jack boxers giving it large you nonce.

Hell even ol jerpy becomes very British come Olympics time.
That plum Sefton banned my 4yrs ago just because Chris Hoy was winning more Golds than Ireland have in the last 30yrs.
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Sefton wrote:
Ireland's Call wrote:
Sefton wrote:
Ireland's Call wrote:
Sefton wrote:
Nail on the head, I love the Olympics.

I'm expecting a first class twatter feed from you and plenty of pictures of the boys having a craig.

Alas no, we're shite so no pics from me, no success, no craig :x

You'll be in your union jack boxers giving it large you nonce.

Hell even ol jerpy becomes very British come Olympics time.
Chin up, old bean, we'll pretend it's 1916 and even you miserable splitters can share in the British success.
My whole happiness now resides on the shoulders of Katie Taylor....If she doesn't win, I shall leave this terrible, cynical world.
Now if only we could persuade Carl Froch to wear a wig.
From the looks of this Taylor lad he may well be.
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He's dissin your girl, EC.
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Oh dear Bones now you have done it :lol: :lol:
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Sefton wrote:He's dissin your girl, EC.
Ignored.

Just make sure you tell Earl and Willie to piss off and stay off the mainland bandwagon.
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Winning a wimmens boxing medal is like winning the egg and spoon race at a country fete.
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Jerpy the sodden old misogynist. :(
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Saint wrote:
SamShark wrote:I havent really been following the coverage and dont understand athletics, but there seems to be some controversy about certain athletes being left out, who have achieved certain times but didnt quality automatically through trials etc.

For instance:
One of the toughest choices facing UK Athletics was which of five contenders to pick for the women's 800m.

Three runners could have been chosen and head coach Charles van Commenee said a third of the six-hour selection meeting was taken up by discussing the event before plumping for Sharp, the only one of the five without an A standard time.

"We decided she was the one with best current form. It was difficult because not one of the athletes took control of their own destiny," he said.
You can tae up to 3 athletes with the "A" qualifying time or 1 with the "B" time. We have 4 with the "A" time and one with the "B". Rather unusually we have selected the one with the "B" because it's thought she is in the best form currently
So you can take 3 but only selected 1. Why? Even if people are not thought to be medal jopes/good enough if they have achieved qualfying times why not just pick them and hope they put in an inspired performance?

Or am I misunderstanding something?
Sharp did the business at the European championships at the weekend and also won the British trials and has been selected. She only has the B stndard. Only one athlete with a B standard can be selected but three can be selected on an A standard. It is obviously felt that as the form athlete she should go.
However if she can run the A standard by Sunday then two other athletes can be selected.
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Sefton wrote:Jerpy the sodden old misogynist. :(
It's got nothing to do with misogyny sister - it's all about numbers.
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Sefton wrote:Jerpy the sodden old misogynist. :(
Tbf he hates everyone not just wimmin
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c69 wrote:
Sefton wrote:Jerpy the sodden old misogynist. :(
Tbf he hates everyone not just wimmin
I only hate Thatcher, Dubya and Tories.
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jrp wrote:
c69 wrote:
Sefton wrote:Jerpy the sodden old misogynist. :(
Tbf he hates everyone not just wimmin
I only hate Thatcher, Dubya and Tories.
Oh and backs.
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jrp wrote:
c69 wrote:
Sefton wrote:Jerpy the sodden old misogynist. :(
Tbf he hates everyone not just wimmin
I only hate Thatcher, Dubya and Tories.
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Gavin Duffy wrote:
jrp wrote:
c69 wrote:
Sefton wrote:Jerpy the sodden old misogynist. :(
Tbf he hates everyone not just wimmin
I only hate Thatcher, Dubya and Tories.
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See my edit.
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I've just realised the Olympic torch is going to be coming the opposite way to me on my way to work in a couple of weeks' time. While this promises to be a ball-ache (as I assume the road will be closed), it will afford me the opportunity to stand at the side of the road and be mildly excited for a few moments. Which'll be nice.
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Womack wrote:I've just realised the Olympic torch is going to be coming the opposite way to me on my way to work in a couple of weeks' time. While this promises to be a ball-ache (as I assume the road will be closed), it will afford me the opportunity to stand at the side of the road and be mildly excited for a few moments. Which'll be nice.
Indeed, the 50 f**king vehicles will probably block your view too - as my colleagues found out a fortnight ago.
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Womack wrote:I've just realised the Olympic torch is going to be coming the opposite way to me on my way to work in a couple of weeks' time. While this promises to be a ball-ache (as I assume the road will be closed), it will afford me the opportunity to stand at the side of the road and be mildly excited for a few moments. Which'll be nice.
Willing to throw a Fliddy puppet at the torch bearer?
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SamShark wrote:
Womack wrote:I've just realised the Olympic torch is going to be coming the opposite way to me on my way to work in a couple of weeks' time. While this promises to be a ball-ache (as I assume the road will be closed), it will afford me the opportunity to stand at the side of the road and be mildly excited for a few moments. Which'll be nice.
Willing to throw a Fliddy puppet at the torch bearer?
:lol:
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Womack wrote:I've just realised the Olympic torch is going to be coming the opposite way to me on my way to work in a couple of weeks' time. While this promises to be a ball-ache (as I assume the road will be closed), it will afford me the opportunity to stand at the side of the road and be mildly excited for a few moments. Which'll be nice.
Coming through town next Tuesday. Roads are closed from 7am, then it's following my route into the office till about 12, so no easy option to get round it.

Fortunately I am allowed to work from home now and again, so will take a look first thing then settle down to some daytime TV
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