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Title: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on August 05, 2016, 22:48:09 pm
Won't be as good as London 2012

Still looking forward to it, would have been better to see all the Russkies kicked out and most of the Seppoes probably want booting out to, but at least that's all an individual thing, not state sponsored doping...

Here's hoping for British success in the Velodrome and the rowing.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Matt2112 on August 06, 2016, 00:51:40 am
A tarnished brand now, sadly.

When's the golf on? :)
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Richard_2112 on August 06, 2016, 01:35:42 am
Well this opening ceremony is pants!
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: DavidL on August 06, 2016, 10:17:08 am
Quote from: Matt2112 on August 06, 2016, 00:51:40 am
A tarnished brand now, sadly.


I agree. For me though it's not only the drugs thing but it seems obscene that it is so important to the host country that it's perfectly acceptable to destroy the lives of any unfortunates that get in the way. Those poor people that have their homes destroyed in the name of the most expensive parade of sport on earth. Not to mention the exploitation of workers and the lives lost during construction.
As in Athens, Rio cannot afford to run the games and wil be paying for it for years to come. I feel that something must change. Maybe all countries that participate should contribute based on individual GDP. London is looking like a shining example of how it should be done. How can it be right for the largesse on show within the Maracana to exist that close to some the most shocking conditions of poverty on the planet.
I'll probably still watch though, but with a cynical eye. The IOC has become too powerful, the IAAF and WADA, a joke. For Rio, I hope it's worth it - history tells us that is unlikely to be the case.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on August 06, 2016, 12:47:36 pm
Quote from: Richard_2112 on August 06, 2016, 01:35:42 am
Well this opening ceremony is pants!

That's because it's foreign :)
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: zoony on August 07, 2016, 15:15:56 pm
I've always looked forward to the Olympics, but not really bothered this time around for some reason. Probably because I don't keep up to date with the athletics now, and that's always been the main part of the games.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on August 08, 2016, 00:10:41 am
Quote from: DavidL on August 06, 2016, 10:17:08 am
I agree. For me though it's not only the drugs thing but it seems obscene that it is so important to the host country that it's perfectly acceptable to destroy the lives of any unfortunates that get in the way. Those poor people that have their homes destroyed in the name of the most expensive parade of sport on earth. Not to mention the exploitation of workers and the lives lost during construction.
As in Athens, Rio cannot afford to run the games and wil be paying for it for years to come. I feel that something must change. Maybe all countries that participate should contribute based on individual GDP. London is looking like a shining example of how it should be done. How can it be right for the largesse on show within the Maracana to exist that close to some the most shocking conditions of poverty on the planet.
I'll probably still watch though, but with a cynical eye. The IOC has become too powerful, the IAAF and WADA, a joke. For Rio, I hope it's worth it - history tells us that is unlikely to be the case.

Well yes, money corrupts. But the Olympics still gives a chance for the lesser known sports to have a bit of time in the limelight and lesser known athletes the chance to dream - that they might beat the drugs cheats...


I've enjoyed what I've seen of both cycling road races and it was good to see Froome sprinting out with Dan Martin for 12th place, good to see that even though they couldn't win medals they were still prepared to fight it out :) I hope Adam Peaty can deliver what he's been promising in the heats.
Enjoyed the women's Rugby Sevens too, some of them even look like women...
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Fishy on August 08, 2016, 10:47:29 am
Can't be arsed with it.. too many bloody sports..it's ridiculous....surprised they haven't got competitive dominoes or marbles...
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Matt2112 on August 08, 2016, 11:15:58 am
I never fail to be astonished by the gymnastics.  Even the moments that aren't "spectacular" are far, far harder to perform than they look.  On the hoops, for example, the strength, agility and balance required just to swing up to a holding handstand position is just mind-boggling.  I doff my cap to them.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on August 09, 2016, 00:20:13 am
Well done young Adam Peaty. Almost a medal for Derbyshire :)
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Slim on August 09, 2016, 01:57:44 am
Quote from: Fishy on August 08, 2016, 10:47:29 am
Can't be arsed with it.. too many bloody sports..it's ridiculous....surprised they haven't got competitive dominoes or marbles...


I agree that there are too many sports - I was listening to 5 Live earlier and it was obvious that there were about five competitions in various sports happening at the same time. I think they should pare it down to the classic Olympic sports - no rugby sevens, golf, tennis or football, for example. Lose some of the more obscure competitions as well. More focus then on the competitions that really count, where an Olympic medal represents the pinnacle of achievement in that sport, and easier for people to follow.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: DavidL on August 09, 2016, 08:12:06 am
Quote from: Slim on August 09, 2016, 01:57:44 am
I agree that there are too many sports - I was listening to 5 Live earlier and it was obvious that there were about five competitions in various sports happening at the same time. I think they should pare it down to the classic Olympic sports - no rugby sevens, golf, tennis or football, for example. Lose some of the more obscure competitions as well. More focus then on the competitions that really count, where an Olympic medal represents the pinnacle of achievement in that sport, and easier for people to follow.
Yes, I agree with that. My view is that the wish to include those high profile sports such as football golf and tennis is all about money and very little to do with the traditional Olympic ethos.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on August 09, 2016, 10:07:00 am
Quote from: DavidL on August 09, 2016, 08:12:06 am
Yes, I agree with that. My view is that the wish to include those high profile sports such as football golf and tennis is all about money and very little to do with the traditional Olympic ethos.

Yes, it's all to do with TV ratings in the States and the money that brings the IOC.
I read that NBC wanted the teams to come out in English language order at the opening ceremony instead of Portuguese, because the US and A are out almost last instead of near the front as Estados Unidos - can't have people switching off early, think of the Sponsors!
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Fishy on August 09, 2016, 10:09:38 am
Quote from: Slim on August 09, 2016, 01:57:44 am
I agree that there are too many sports - I was listening to 5 Live earlier and it was obvious that there were about five competitions in various sports happening at the same time. I think they should pare it down to the classic Olympic sports - no rugby sevens, golf, tennis or football, for example. Lose some of the more obscure competitions as well. More focus then on the competitions that really count, where an Olympic medal represents the pinnacle of achievement in that sport, and easier for people to follow.


I would  bring it down to just track and field and swimming..everything else..forget it...
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Fishy on August 09, 2016, 10:13:56 am
I'll give you gymnastcis as well....
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: döm on August 09, 2016, 10:27:45 am
Quote from: Fishy on August 09, 2016, 10:13:56 am
I'll give you gymnastcis as well....

I think the niche sports such as diving, fencing etc deserve their place in spotlight too.  Incredibly gifted and dedicated athletes who rarely get a chance to shine.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: DavidL on August 09, 2016, 10:28:58 am
Quote from: Fishy on August 09, 2016, 10:13:56 am
I'll give you gymnastcis as well....
And beach volleyball......women's  ;D
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Fishy on August 09, 2016, 10:36:12 am
and cycling...  but that's it...
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Matt2112 on August 09, 2016, 10:59:42 am
Quote from: DavidL on August 09, 2016, 10:28:58 am
And beach volleyball......women's  ;D


It took 16 posts - far more than I expected.  ;) ;D

True story - Indie Lass asked me what the difference is between volleyball and beach volleyball, and I replied in beach volleyball you don't care what the score is.  Bit of an open goal that, to be fair...  ;D
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: DavidL on August 09, 2016, 11:55:36 am
Quote from: Matt2112 on August 09, 2016, 10:59:42 am

True story - Indie Lass asked me what the difference is between volleyball and beach volleyball, and I replied in beach volleyball you don't care what the score is.  Bit of an open goal that, to be fair...  ;D
Brilliant!
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Slim on August 09, 2016, 17:29:46 pm
I think rowing and shooting as well .. those are time-honoured Olympic sports. I think I might be persuaded to include the beach volleyball too.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on August 10, 2016, 21:59:31 pm
Well done that bloke in his Kayak :)
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Slim on August 10, 2016, 22:12:19 pm
2 Golds, very nice but starting to look like we won't get close to the medal haul from 2012. To be expected that we'd do better at a home Olympics of course, will be interested to see how the results stack up against 2008.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Jonners on August 11, 2016, 10:52:08 am
bit of momentum now

Think we will get some track cycling gold in men and women
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Slim on August 11, 2016, 14:21:06 pm
Would love to see Laura Trott  do well. The Omnium is the only organised cycling competition of any sort that I have any interest in at all. Never watched the Tour de France or any of that. Nothing wrong with it, just don't find it interesting.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: The Letter R on August 11, 2016, 14:25:46 pm
I like the Keirin where they all chase the guy on the moped.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: DavidL on August 11, 2016, 14:35:32 pm
Quote from: The Letter R on August 11, 2016, 14:25:46 pm
I like the Keirin where they all chase the guy on the moped.
He'd have a good chance of winning if he kept going till the end.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: The Letter R on August 11, 2016, 14:44:32 pm
Quote from: DavidL on August 11, 2016, 14:35:32 pm
He'd have a good chance of winning if he kept going till the end.

;D
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on August 11, 2016, 23:09:53 pm
Nice to see the men's Rugby Sevens team get to the Final, here's hoping, not long now...
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Slim on August 12, 2016, 00:09:24 am
I've been watching the cycling this evening, quite exciting I must admit.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on August 12, 2016, 00:18:42 am
Quote from: Slim on August 12, 2016, 00:09:24 am
I've been watching the cycling this evening, quite exciting I must admit.

Unlike the Sevens Final - unless you're a Fijian....
Actually the Fijians are on a different level, you can't begrudge them a medal for this :)
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: The Letter R on August 12, 2016, 14:20:39 pm
Our guy Joshua Buatsi did well in the boxing yesterday knocking out his opponent in the third round, he was already winning on points but went in for the kill - ref should have stopped it after he knocked him down the first time, a few seconds later he was down again ( ref should have really stopped it here ) but he was counted up and bang down for the third time - he did make it back to his feet but didn't really know what day it was. Certainly beats the other matches I  have seen where they seem to hug each other for most of the rounds.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Jonners on August 12, 2016, 15:31:22 pm
The 3 punch combo that finished the bout was brilliant.

Looks an interesting prospect
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: BaldiePete on August 12, 2016, 17:47:01 pm
Quote from: Nïckslïkk2112 on August 12, 2016, 00:18:42 am
Unlike the Sevens Final - unless you're a Fijian....
Actually the Fijians are on a different level, you can't begrudge them a medal for this :)



Silver was overachieving for us and I'm pleased that Fiji won the gold (if it wasn't us).  They were the best team in the tournament and were one of the few teams to actually try and play proper sevens, offloading and keeping the ball alive. Too many teams (including us) were playing mini 15's, looking to go to ground, set up rucks and control the breakdown like in full scale rugby.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on August 13, 2016, 00:37:27 am
The Team  Pursuit final was a bit squeaky bum, but  well done to the GB team.
Well done to our rowers too. Up to 3rd in the medals table!
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Slim on August 13, 2016, 20:32:27 pm
Quote from: Nïckslïkk2112 on August 13, 2016, 00:37:27 am
The Team  Pursuit final was a bit squeaky bum, but  well done to the GB team.
Well done to our rowers too. Up to 3rd in the medals table!


I thought it was astonishing. The timing and co-ordination on top of the sheer athletic effort makes it quite a phenomenal spectacle.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on August 13, 2016, 22:25:22 pm
Looks like you're getting into the Track cycling now James :)

Well done to lovely Laura Trott and Team for winning their Team Pursuit :)
Hearty Congratulations to our Rowing Eights too!
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: döm on August 14, 2016, 01:41:42 am
I must admit I enjoyed watching the British girl in the women's Kierin final. She got stuck at the back and it looked like she'd left it too late. She managed a stunning burst of power to take second and almost win it.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Slim on August 14, 2016, 10:41:16 am
Anyone have a feel for a reasonable expectation for the total Team GB medal tally by the end of the Games? Just wondering if equalling the 2008 performance is likely or feasible (47 medals, 19 golds, 13 silver).

Perhaps it's not a meaningful comparison in some ways (Russians not taking part this time for example, a slightly different set of sports, different conditions etc etc) but it would be nice to see a bit of improvement on paper at least.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Bez on August 15, 2016, 08:23:10 am
Loving it...

I've been up faaaaar too late for the past 3 nights...
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Matt2112 on August 15, 2016, 16:39:44 pm
Well done Justin Rose (even though I had an outright bet on Stenson ::) ).  :)
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on August 16, 2016, 00:22:07 am
Aw bless, Cav's got a medal  :)
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Bez on August 16, 2016, 00:28:56 am
Quote from: Nïckslïkk2112 on August 16, 2016, 00:22:07 am
Aw bless, Cav's got a medal  :)


Yep, he blew it on the elimination race yesterday though by getting boxed and then trying for a gap that wasn't there....

Another gold for fecking horse dancing as well....wtf is that all about ?

Well done to the Hammer thrower Sophie Hitchen for a fantastic bronze in a "proper" sport
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: DavidL on August 16, 2016, 08:10:47 am
Quote from: Bez on August 16, 2016, 00:28:56 am

Another gold for fecking horse dancing as well....wtf is that all about ?

Well done to the Hammer thrower Sophie Hitchen for a fantastic bronze in a "proper" sport
;D
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Slim on August 16, 2016, 10:32:42 am
Quote from: Nïckslïkk2112 on August 16, 2016, 00:22:07 am
Aw bless, Cav's got a medal  :)


Didn't seem that happy about it and quite rightly; it is a loser's medal after all. Strangely inarticulate bloke though, I must say.

I love the knockout round of the Omnium but that 160 lap race is bizarre - the rules and tactics are confoundingly counter-intuitive.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: zoony on August 16, 2016, 18:58:17 pm
These games have been let down by the lack of people attending the events.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: DavidL on August 16, 2016, 21:10:57 pm
I had no idea the Brazilians hated the Argies as much as they do. They even booed the ref at a boxing contest the other day when he was introduced as Argentinian ;D
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: DavidL on August 16, 2016, 21:18:34 pm
Quote from: zoony on August 16, 2016, 18:58:17 pm
These games have been let down by the lack of people attending the events.
Yes, shocking no. of empty seats. What a shame that the inhabitants of some ot the most disadvantaged communities on earth have been denied a chance to gain some inspiration from the games by seeing some of the athletes' achievements in person. I imagine some of the venues may never host a capacity crowd.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Bez on August 16, 2016, 22:46:22 pm
more great results for the Brits today....Trott wins gold, a confirmed gold in the sailing and 2 bronzes in the gymnastics. Jason Keny to come and anoother guaranteed gold in sailing with a race to come...
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on August 16, 2016, 22:54:04 pm
Yes, well done to Lovely Little Laura :)

I see Jonny Foreigner is questioning our cycling success because we don't seem to do as well in years between Olympics, although we haven't done that badly at intervening UCI World Championships. But of course UK Sports funding is based on getting people to succeed at the Olympics and Olympic success guarantees funding so they will up their game at the Olympics.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Slim on August 16, 2016, 23:43:17 pm
Quote from: Slim on August 14, 2016, 10:41:16 am
Anyone have a feel for a reasonable expectation for the total Team GB medal tally by the end of the Games? Just wondering if equalling the 2008 performance is likely or feasible (47 medals, 19 golds, 13 silver).


At the moment it does look quite likely; one more Gold needed for that.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Fishy on August 17, 2016, 10:03:17 am
Blimey that cycling was very good last night..
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Slim on August 17, 2016, 13:41:30 pm
Yes, they put those £70,000 bikes to good use.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Jonners on August 17, 2016, 15:18:23 pm
Christ! Is that how much they are? Imagine if they had gears, brakes and bottle cages!
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Fishy on August 17, 2016, 16:06:11 pm
why do they have cameras on them tho ?
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Jonners on August 17, 2016, 16:18:37 pm
Viewing figures, try and spice up the coverage a bit.

I think one on top of the Boxers heads would be better personally, or built into the balance beam in the gymnastics
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Fishy on August 17, 2016, 16:33:11 pm
Is that all it is..  wasn't sure if it was a cycling requirement just in case of collisions, foul play etc...
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Slim on August 17, 2016, 17:25:38 pm
Quote from: Jonners on August 17, 2016, 15:18:23 pm
Christ! Is that how much they are? Imagine if they had gears, brakes and bottle cages!


Well, that's what Nicky Campbell reported on 5 Live this morning. But I checked it just now, and another report claims £10,000, which seems a bit more credible.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/rio-olympics-2016/1582891/rio-olympics-2016-team-gb-cyclists-using-bikes-coated-with-top-secret-aerodynamic-paint-designed-to-win-formula-ones-top-races/

Even the paint is special; manufactured and applied so as to be mirror smooth for minimum drag. I was interested to see that although some of the track cyclists have unvented helmets, others had much more conventional helmets, roughly of the sort you see on the road every day. Would have thought the vents make a dramatic difference to aerodynamics, a lot more than a coat of paint.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Jonners on August 17, 2016, 17:45:09 pm
What did we use? I would use that as a barometer of what is best
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: DavidL on August 17, 2016, 17:54:55 pm
Quote from: Jonners on August 17, 2016, 17:45:09 pm
What did we use? I would use that as a barometer of what is best
'British Steel'  ;D
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Jonners on August 17, 2016, 18:12:58 pm
Quote from: DavidL on August 17, 2016, 17:54:55 pm
'British Steel'  ;D


A steel helmet? blimey....
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: DavidL on August 17, 2016, 21:35:42 pm
Quote from: Jonners on August 17, 2016, 18:12:58 pm
A steel helmet? blimey....
;D 
Inside the helmet, I mean  :)
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on August 18, 2016, 22:55:44 pm
I can't take to BMX it's pants.

Now, the Brownlee brothers they AREN'T pants. Pity they're from Yorkshire...
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: DavidL on August 18, 2016, 23:22:50 pm
Quote from: Nïckslïkk2112 on August 18, 2016, 22:55:44 pm
I can't take to BMX it's pants.

Now, the Brownlee brothers they AREN'T pants. Pity they're from Yorkshire...l
Can't help thinking they're just taking the piss - I'm not sure there's ever been a less likely looking couple of elite athletes.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Matt2112 on August 19, 2016, 01:18:54 am
Quote from: Nïckslïkk2112 on August 18, 2016, 22:55:44 pm
Now, the Brownlee brothers they AREN'T pants. Pity they're from Yorkshire...


Yorkshire is higher in the medals table than the host nation.  You're welcome.  8)
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Fishy on August 19, 2016, 09:59:52 am
taekwondo=shit
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on August 19, 2016, 10:37:49 am
Quote from: Matt2112 on August 19, 2016, 01:18:54 am
Yorkshire is higher in the medals table than the host nation.  You're welcome.  8)

No it isn't.
Yorkshire isn't competing at the Olympics.
I thank you.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Slim on August 19, 2016, 10:49:42 am
Yes, Matt has used an example of what's known in formal logic as the Nicola Sturgeon Fallacy.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Matt2112 on August 19, 2016, 11:00:42 am
Quote from: Nïckslïkk2112 on August 19, 2016, 10:37:49 am
No it isn't.
Yorkshire isn't competing at the Olympics.
I thank you.


Come, come Simmers, no need for denial - I acknowledge nothing happens outside of the Yorks/Lancs NORTHERN POWERHOUSE hence you get our news broadcasts, so you'll know they clearly show a medals table with Yorkshire on it; and funnily enough, Granada are showing a medals table with Lancashire on it.  Just because Team GB has a few other ringers making up the numbers doesn't make it less of a misnomer. :)
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Jonners on August 19, 2016, 11:12:01 am
Browlnee boys are a cut above, lovely lads too, and fellow Yorkshiremen means thay can do no wrong.

Poor old Jonny isn't even the best triathlete in his family.....
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Matt2112 on August 19, 2016, 11:16:46 am
Quote from: Slim on August 19, 2016, 10:49:42 am
Yes, Matt has used an example of what's known in formal logic as the Nicola Sturgeon Fallacy.


Yorkshire has a larger population than Scotland, therefore if you're going to ascribe a fallacy to a numpty then it would be even better suited to someone like, say, John Prescott, or Ed Balls, or even better/worse, Eric Pickles.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Jonners on August 19, 2016, 11:28:15 am
Keep Sport and politics apart please gents!

(Then at least I can look like I know what I am talking about in 1 thread on this site!)
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Matt2112 on August 19, 2016, 11:29:08 am
Quote from: Jonners on August 19, 2016, 11:12:01 am
Browlnee boys are a cut above, lovely lads too, and fellow Yorkshiremen means thay can do no wrong.

Poor old Jonny isn't even the best triathlete in his family.....


;D

Absolutely...Friday bants aside, I heard on the radio this morning that Alistair Brownlee's best 10K time during a triathlon is only about 70 seconds slower than Mo Farah's.  Not sure of the veracity of that, but pretty astonishing if true.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on August 19, 2016, 11:59:22 am
Quote from: Matt2112 on August 19, 2016, 11:00:42 am
Come, come Simmers, no need for denial - I acknowledge nothing happens outside of the Yorks/Lancs NORTHERN POWERHOUSE hence you get our news broadcasts, so you'll know they clearly show a medals table with Yorkshire on it; and funnily enough, Granada are showing a medals table with Lancashire on it.  Just because Team GB has a few other ringers making up the numbers doesn't make it less of a misnomer. :)

Best bloody bit was when Look North was going through lesser known Yorkshire competitors at the Olympics and first up was Ping-Pong player Liam Pitchford, who has lived all his life just up the road from me...


And, never forget that the NORTHERN POWERHOUSE and indeed the whole of the Modern World was forged in Derbyshire. Sheer, indisputable FACT.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Bez on August 19, 2016, 13:32:42 pm
Quote from: Matt2112 on August 19, 2016, 01:18:54 am
Yorkshire is higher in the medals table than the host nation.  You're welcome.  8)


My home town of Hemel Hempstead was 21st in the medals table at one point (after Max Whitlock won 2 golds on the same night)

If you add Laura Trott's golds Hertfordshire is doing rather well too.

I may check to see if there are any other lurking that I'm not aware of....
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Bez on August 19, 2016, 13:40:37 pm
Quote from: Bez on August 19, 2016, 13:32:42 pm
My home town of Hemel Hempstead was 21st in the medals table at one point (after Max Whitlock won 2 golds on the same night)

If you add Laura Trott's golds Hertfordshire is doing rather well too.

I may check to see if there are any other lurking that I'm not aware of....


Apparently as a county we can also count :

Joe Clarke - Gold
Florence & Hounslow - Silver
Steven Scott - Bronze
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: DavidL on August 19, 2016, 20:41:55 pm
Looks like Rio's inability to find the money to stage the Olympics will be borne by the Paralympians. The IOC will be forced to find a different model.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on August 19, 2016, 20:59:32 pm
Quote from: DavidL on August 19, 2016, 20:41:55 pm
Looks like Rio's inability to find the money to stage the Olympics will be borne by the Paralympians.

Good.
If they want to be treated equally, they can compete with everybody else. Same goes for the wimmin too. That'd make thing cheaper to run :)
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: döm on August 19, 2016, 23:28:21 pm
Quote from: DavidL on August 19, 2016, 20:41:55 pm
Looks like Rio's inability to find the money to stage the Olympics will be borne by the Paralympians. The IOC will be forced to find a different model.



Heather Mills?
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Matt2112 on August 20, 2016, 00:03:05 am
Women's GB hockey team completely played off the park by the Netherlands in the final, but prevailed in the end by sheer grit.  Great stuff. :)
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on August 20, 2016, 00:31:48 am
And old man Nick Skelton got a Gold. His hoss got a carrot.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Fishy on August 20, 2016, 12:05:32 pm
Surely the horse deserves the medal.. give Skelton the carrot....
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Nïckslïkk2112 on August 20, 2016, 18:31:19 pm
Hoorah! The EU is top of the Olympics Medal Table!!!!

http://medaltracker.eu/

Cheeky buggers, we're Brexiting >:(
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Richard_2112 on August 20, 2016, 21:17:33 pm
Now that he's crashed out at the semi final can we collectively as a country admit that we don't give a flying feck about Tom Daley?
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: NeilP on August 21, 2016, 12:55:41 pm
Quote from: Slim on August 17, 2016, 17:25:38 pm
Well, that's what Nicky Campbell reported on 5 Live this morning. But I checked it just now, and another report claims £10,000, which seems a bit more credible.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/rio-olympics-2016/1582891/rio-olympics-2016-team-gb-cyclists-using-bikes-coated-with-top-secret-aerodynamic-paint-designed-to-win-formula-ones-top-races/ (https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/rio-olympics-2016/1582891/rio-olympics-2016-team-gb-cyclists-using-bikes-coated-with-top-secret-aerodynamic-paint-designed-to-win-formula-ones-top-races/)

Even the paint is special; manufactured and applied so as to be mirror smooth for minimum drag. I was interested to see that although some of the track cyclists have unvented helmets, others had much more conventional helmets, roughly of the sort you see on the road every day. Would have thought the vents make a dramatic difference to aerodynamics, a lot more than a coat of paint.



the track frames are £20K - this from one of the GB team designers/guru's
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: NeilP on August 21, 2016, 13:46:25 pm
Quote from: Matt2112 on August 19, 2016, 11:29:08 am
;D

Absolutely...Friday bants aside, I heard on the radio this morning that Alistair Brownlee's best 10K time during a triathlon is only about 70 seconds slower than Mo Farah's.  Not sure of the veracity of that, but pretty astonishing if true.



his best time in a triathlon is about 29:15 which is about 100 secs behind MF's ... that's a long way tbh
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: zoony on August 22, 2016, 10:29:57 am
Well the GB team have improved their medal tally for 5 games on the trot, which is some achievement. Was Rio better than London though? Not a chance.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Jonners on August 22, 2016, 11:09:57 am
In terms of performance it was.

As an event obviously it would be difficult to match
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Slim on August 22, 2016, 11:48:01 am
Quote from: zoony on August 22, 2016, 10:29:57 am
Well the GB team have improved their medal tally for 5 games on the trot, which is some achievement. Was Rio better than London though? Not a chance.


We performed better in London of course; 29 golds compared to 27 in Rio. I don't think 6 more silvers, 23 compared to 17, makes up for two less golds. I was very pleased that we improved on the Beijing tally (19 golds), as that was the last overseas Olympics and a more meaningful comparison. If the Russian track & field athletes hadn't all been banned the figures would have been different. Then again half of them were probably doping at Beijing and London anyway.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: zoony on August 28, 2016, 11:37:02 am
What I was getting at was the Rio games weren't as good as London's on a whole, not the GB'S performance. Incidentally, team GB became the first country to win more medals than they did as the previous hosts.
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: The Letter R on September 19, 2016, 13:45:54 pm
Quote from: Slim on August 22, 2016, 11:48:01 am
If the Russian track & field athletes hadn't all been banned the figures would have been different. Then again half of them were probably doping at Beijing and London anyway.

Now looking like quite a few people may have been doping but "legally" - odd how some of these top sports people have illnesses that their doctors seem to prescribe very hardcore medication for.
If nothing else the use of drugs under TUE's needs to be more out in the open.
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/sep/18/bradley-wiggins-world-anti-doping-agency-hackers-russian-leak
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Matt2112 on September 19, 2016, 15:07:18 pm
Good to see Halifax's own Hannah Cockroft bringing home a few medals - again. 

With that and the Brownlee brothers winning yet again over the weekend, surely West Yorkshire has finished near the top of the medals table.  8) :D
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: döm on September 19, 2016, 15:09:52 pm
Quote from: Matt2112 on September 19, 2016, 15:07:18 pm
Good to see Halifax's own Hannah Cockroft bringing home a few medals - again. 

With that and the Brownlee brothers winning yet again over the weekend, surely West Yorkshire has finished near the top of the medals table.  8) :D



maybe someone should check to see if there's a county-sponsored cheating programme going on there.  Looks a little dodgy to me!  ;)
Title: Re: Rio Olympics 2016
Post by: Matt2112 on September 19, 2016, 21:43:56 pm
Quote from: döm on September 19, 2016, 15:09:52 pm

maybe someone should check to see if there's a county-sponsored cheating programme going on there.  Looks a little dodgy to me!  ;)


Many a true word...   :-\  ;)