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***The Official Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Thread***

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With the final four spots on the United States Olympic women’s gymnastics team hanging in the balance, an intrasquad meet here Friday at the women’s national team training center began with tears.

 

Shayla Worley, a member of last year’s gold-medal-winning team at the world championships, left the gym sobbing after breaking her right leg during warm-ups. She said she had felt something pop in that leg while on the balance beam. Later, X-rays showed she had fractured her right fibula.

 

Source - http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/19/sp...ymnastics.html

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I was looking at the TV last week and they were reporting on the games and their preparations for it. Pollution took up a part of the report, and they said that just living in Beijing and breathing the air is the equivalent of smoking 70 cigarettes each day. Can you imagine running the marathon exerting yourself breathing really deeply and having to suck in all that? Yuck!

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that article about the animals was pretty sad, I don't like those mascots. But i am pretty sure the Chinese will put on a good show for the games adding their own cultural character.

 

I really liked the job the Australians did for the Sydney games. I think that was 2000. and Calgary for the winter in 1988.

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It is no coincidence that the Beijing Games begins at 8 pm on the 8th day of the 8th month of '08.

 

The number 8 has special significance to the Chinese, because 8 in Chinese is pronounced "ba", which sounds a lot like "fa", which means prosperity or wealth, as in "", which means to become rich.

 

In Chinese culture, 8 also denotes the number of immortals and structure of trigrams, both of which are linked to auspicious ideas.

 

Also, when two digits of the number 8 are placed together - "88" - they resemble the stylized form of two Chinese ""characters, hence representing double happiness, a popular motif and design usually pasted upon the doors of newly married Chinese couples.

 

The number 8 is highly favored among the Chinese for its connotations of good luck, fortune and longevity.

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Olympic medals are for the first time made of metal and jade. The medals were inlaid with Kunlun jade from China's Qinghai province in a symbol of "respect" and "virtue" in the Chinese tradition.

 

China's rich culture and history is clearly embodied in the winning designs, which reflect the values of ethics and honor, combined the with Olympic and Paralympic spirit.

 

Source - 30 reasons to watch the Beijing Games

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Does anyone have any of the olympic pins? I have quite a few from past Olympics mostly winter. My wife made me a shadowbox to display them. But i really like some of the logos and the mascots. Don't care for the Chinese mascots this year.

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Karen, I'm maybe very idealistic about the Olympics, but it was intended as a place where countries could come together and participate in sport without political issues and disputes preventing them.

 

Unfortunately throughout the history of the Olympics nationalism and international dispute has crept into the picture.

 

The US could have easily found justification for not participating in the 1936 Berlin Olympics due to the rise of the Nazi movement and instead Jesse Owens really highlighted that the Nazi ideology was flawed.

 

The US did boycott the 1980 Olympics and I really think this was the wrong move by Carter. The boycott had little effect on the actions of the Soviets in Afghanistan and it stage for a boycott by the Soviet Bloc countries when the Olympics were held in Los Angeles in 1984.

 

So i am totally against using the Olympics in any way to make a political statement and so against any kind of boycott either. The IOC member nations voted for the selection many years ago. The Chinese will not do anything because of a boycott and the only losers would be the US athletes that had been training like those who ere getting ready like those in 1980.

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This is how I feel about boycotting the China Olympics 2008:

 

Where was everyone when the olympic committee was trying to decide between Toronto, China, London and two others - I apologize for my memory not working.

 

Where were the boycotters when China was selected?

China's track record for human rights violations was just as poor then as it is now.

 

The olympics is the premier sporting event where athletes compete. They have trained for years in order to represent their countries.

 

Why would we take away the athletes' dreams and hard work because we did not get off our butts and boycott the choice of China, when it was initially discussed?

 

The great thing about democracy is that we - as individuals - can do what we want, including boycott. But that does not give anyone the right to dictate to the rest of us, that we need to boycott.

 

I mean, isn't that one of the things we are against - individuals telling the masses what we can and can not happen.

 

If someone is unhappy with the fact that the Olympics are in China - then I say "Go Ahead and Boycott". But don't tell me what to do. I was very vocal when China was awarded the 2008 olympics and nothing came of it.

 

Now I am going to sit back and enjoy the hard work from all of the athletes all over the world, even the ones from China.

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thanks Carolyn, agree with the points you've made. None the athletes there including those Chinese athletes had absolutely anything to do with the situation in Tibet.

 

 

Now onto the games.

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Hey everybody - do you want to make a guess or wager about how many medals your country will win. No betting - just for fun.

 

I think Canada will win up to 20 medals.

Between 3 and 5 will be gold.

At least 5 will be silver.

The rest will be bronze.

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my predictions is US will get 105 medals

 

38 gold

42 silver

25 bronze

 

the swimmers look great, michael phelps (MD boy wonder will have a historic olympics)

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IOC's Rogge expects 40 doping busts at Games

 

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge expects up to 40 athletes to be caught doping at the Beijing Olympics, compared to 26 at the 2004 Athens Games.

 

Rogge based his prediction on the increased testing and the improved quality of urinalysis, according to an interview published in the weekend edition of the De Standaard daily.

 

At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, there were 12 positive doping results from 2,500 urine tests. Rogge said at Beijing there will be 4,500 tests.

 

"How many positive cases will there be in Beijing? More than in Athens,'' Rogge said. "Based on the number of doping tests in Beijing, you can expect 30 to 40 positive cases.''

 

In other comments, Rogge said he believes the Beijing Games have led to more media and personal freedoms in China as well as a tightening of child labour laws, but that there are limits to the Olympic movement's powers of generating change within the country.

 

"The IOC is not authorized and has no means to interfere in sovereign matters,'' he said. "China's relations with Taiwan, the situation in Tibet, those are matters over which the IOC has no authority and must be addressed by other institutions.''

 

Rogge denied the Olympics legitimizes the Chinese government, which is widely accused of rights violations, saying the games "hold up a mirror (and) show what's happening'' in the country.

 

"We bring the media to the games,'' he said. "I firmly believe the games have a positive effect.''

 

 

CTV.ca | IOC's Rogge expects 40 doping busts at Games

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12 days to go till the opening ceramonies!!! Friday the 8th of August.... Hope the air has cleared enough so we can see thme!!!

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Paul Hamm is out for Beijing

 

The reigning Olympic gold medalist announced Monday that he is withdrawing from the U.S. team because his broken right hand is not sufficiently healthy enough for him to compete in Beijing.

 

"I have put my heart and soul into my comeback and done everything I could to get ready in time to compete in Beijing," Hamm said in a statement released by USA Gymnastics. "After returning home from the preparation camp, I had a few physical setbacks, and it became clear to me that my physical preparations would not be sufficient to properly represent the United States and contribute to the team's efforts to win a medal.

 

"I recently strained my rotator cuff and have been unable to perform all of my skills. I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to make a comeback. At this point in time, the success of the team and fairness to the team, and the alternates, is most important. While I am very disappointed, I feel I can wait no longer to make this decision."

 

He also hurt his rotator cuff in his accelerated recovery effort.

 

 

Source - NBCOlympics.com - Paul Hamm out for Beijing

 

 

 

Danish Olympic cyclist tests positive for EPO

 

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP)—Danish mountain bike champion Peter Riis Andersen was barred Monday from the Beijing Olympics for testing positive for EPO.

 

Riis Andersen admitted during a televised news conference in Copenhagen that he had taken the banned blood booster and said he would quit professional cycling.

 

“I am sorry for what I have done,†the 28-year-old said, wiping away tears. “Until Tuesday last week, I had the idea that I had done nothing wrong. I (then) realized how gross a violation it was.â€

 

Source - http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/bei...v=ap&type=lgns

 

 

 

Chela and Vogt hurt, withdraw from Olympic tennis

 

LONDON (AP)—Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina and Stephanie Vogt of Liechtenstein withdrew from the Olympic tennis tournament on Monday because of injuries.

 

The 28-year-old Argentine—who missed Wimbledon because of a shoulder problem—was replaced by countryman Agustin Calleri, the International Tennis Federation said.

 

Vogt was replaced by Thailand’s Tamarine Tanasugarn.

 

Source - http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/bei...v=ap&type=lgns

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Canada opens Olympics with a win on 6th August 2008

 

Although the Olympics start 08 08 08, the women's soccer competition is underway before the opening ceremony.

 

Canada defeated Argentina 2-1 on Wednesday night in the soccer team's first-ever game at a Summer Olympics.

 

An announced crowd of 23,201 watched the match, the first event of the 2008 Summer Olympics. The contest was played in the 60,000-seat Tianjin Olympic Centre Stadium in this city of over seven million people located 120 kilometres from Beijing.

 

In other action, Norway defeated the U.S. 2-0, China topped Sweden 2-1, Germany drew Brazil 0-0, North Korea beat Nigeria 1-0 and Japan and New Zealand drew 2-2.

 

A win against China on Saturday pretty much assures Canada will move into the second round of the Olympic tournament. The game will be played in an electric atmosphere as a loud Chinese crowd cheers on its team at the Tianjin stadium.

 

CTV.ca | CTV News, Shows and Sports - Canadian Television

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thanks Carolyn, i wasn't aware that the play started already. Thats certainly not good for the US women. they have their work cut out for them.

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I love Women's Gymnastics! I watch it every chance I can get. I wish I could see the opening ceremonies, but I will be at work. Hopefully it will be on in the break room.

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So if you're planning on watching it tonight on TV here is a preview (shouldn't give too much away)

 

 

 

photo below

 

MCT

 

Fireworks go off over the National Stadium to the start of the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (George Bridges/MCT)

 

 

MCT

 

Dancers and acrobats perform as preliminary entertainment to the start of the opening ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2008, to kick of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/MCT)

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I can't wait to see the opening cerimonies!!! I'll have to record Monk, Psyc, Stargate Atlantas and Dr. Who.... Fridays are our busiest viewing nights.....

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I don't want to give any of the opening ceremony away Karren, but if you look real hard you'll see Monk wearing a ceremonial Gingas Kong headress!

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Ok whose grandmother designed Hungary's womens uniforms?? White granny dresses with big red flowers?? And funny hats!! Lol

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