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post #316 of 593
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Originally Posted by munchausen View Post

For all of the hype directed at Wieber in the beginning, Raisman has had a much more impressive Olympics. She's a very impressive young woman. I wonder if we will be seeing her again in 4 years.

yep - she owned.

I have to say I've enjoyed the coverage I've been able to catch (once the kids go to bed). Last night was Raisman, men's high bar with that crazy Dutch kid winning gold, and then the men's 1500 with Manzano kicking his way from 6th to 2nd in the last 150 or so. That was crazy. Sad for Lolo but Pearson was the bomb.

Also - I noticed Galen Rupp got silver in the 10,000. U.S. runners generally don't medal in these events (1500, 5,000, 10,000) and sometimes don't even get past the heats (Alan Webb I'm looking at you). Mad props to Rupp and Manzano. USA!
post #317 of 593
since this is the backlash threak.............

I did not like Raissman getting the bronze in the balance beam on that "replay". I think with judged events, there should be no going to the tape. Sometimes you get less points than you should, sometimes you get more. I'm tired of gymnastics anyway so glad to see them all going away.
post #318 of 593
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Originally Posted by Thomas View Post

yep - she owned.
I have to say I've enjoyed the coverage I've been able to catch (once the kids go to bed). Last night was Raisman, men's high bar with that crazy Dutch kid winning gold, and then the men's 1500 with Manzano kicking his way from 6th to 2nd in the last 150 or so. That was crazy. Sad for Lolo but Pearson was the bomb.
Also - I noticed Galen Rupp got silver in the 10,000. U.S. runners generally don't medal in these events (1500, 5,000, 10,000) and sometimes don't even get past the heats (Alan Webb I'm looking at you). Mad props to Rupp and Manzano. USA!

That was awesome. Did you see the German kid go wild and start fist-pumping and screaming after his routine? Then the Dutch kid goes up there and lights it up, the camera cuts back to the German kid and he is as white as a ghost in utter disbelief. lol.
post #319 of 593
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Originally Posted by edmorel View Post

since this is the backlash threak.............
I did not like Raissman getting the bronze in the balance beam on that "replay". I think with judged events, there should be no going to the tape. Sometimes you get less points than you should, sometimes you get more. I'm tired of gymnastics anyway so glad to see them all going away.

Not going away - don't they have that silly exhibition thing yet to go?
post #320 of 593
The womens 200m final today may be the best track event of the Games. It has the 100m winner, the 400m winner, and several 200m specialists.
post #321 of 593
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Originally Posted by edmorel View Post

since this is the backlash threak.............
I did not like Raissman getting the bronze in the balance beam on that "replay". I think with judged events, there should be no going to the tape. Sometimes you get less points than you should, sometimes you get more. I'm tired of gymnastics anyway so glad to see them all going away.

 

Agreed. My wife is a former gymnast so I have to watch all this stuff, but NBC's excessive boosterism coverage is making me dislike these little girls.

 

lefty

post #322 of 593
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Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser View Post

The womens 200m final today may be the best track event of the Games. It has the 100m winner, the 400m winner, and several 200m specialists.

no spoilers please, I'm watching this stuff tonight. I think the track events have the best announcer, that carribean sounding guy. He knows all the runners, gives you a quick rundown on what they've accomplished, tells you who the contenders on the race should be and why and doesn't overhype anyone.

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Originally Posted by lefty View Post

Agreed. My wife is a former gymnast so I have to watch all this stuff, but NBC's excessive boosterism coverage is making me dislike these little girls.

lefty

They announcers have made it seem like the Fab Five (why even give them that name??) should be getting medals just for showing up. I felt so bad for that McKayla girl, the one that is suppossed to be the best on the vault. There were like 3-4 girls going ahead of her and the announcers were basically saying that these girls were simply fighting for 2nd and 3rd place as 1st place was already wrapped up. As she is about to go on, they start losing it, going on about how amazing she is going to be. Then she falls on the landings. It makes here seem like she is some overhyped, underdelivering athlete through no fault of her own.
post #323 of 593
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Originally Posted by edmorel View Post

no spoilers please, I'm watching this stuff tonight. I think the track events have the best announcer, that carribean sounding guy. He knows all the runners, gives you a quick rundown on what they've accomplished, tells you who the contenders on the race should be and why and doesn't overhype anyone.

I think the guy your talking about is Ato Boldon.

I agree, he's good and I enjoy both he and Tom Hammond.
post #324 of 593
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Originally Posted by edmorel View Post

since this is the backlash threak.............
I did not like Raissman getting the bronze in the balance beam on that "replay". I think with judged events, there should be no going to the tape. Sometimes you get less points than you should, sometimes you get more. I'm tired of gymnastics anyway so glad to see them all going away.

The only thing they can change I believe is the difficulty score, not the execution score. So the only way someone get points back is if the judges miss an element. It makes sense to me.

edit: Just looked it up, and basically there are two judges who determine the difficulty score, then compare notes and reach a consensus. There's a different panel of 6 judges for execution. Makes sense to have reviews for the difficulty score since it's an objective (not subjective) score. (I love becoming an faux-expert on sports I didn't care about for the past 1440+ days.)
Edited by Van Veen - 8/8/12 at 9:45am
post #325 of 593
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post #326 of 593
the race was televised last night. I wept.
post #327 of 593
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Originally Posted by edmorel View Post
no spoilers please, I'm watching this stuff tonight. I think the track events have the best announcer, that carribean sounding guy. He knows all the runners, gives you a quick rundown on what they've accomplished, tells you who the contenders on the race should be and why and doesn't overhype anyone.
They announcers have made it seem like the Fab Five (why even give them that name??) should be getting medals just for showing up. I felt so bad for that McKayla girl, the one that is suppossed to be the best on the vault. There were like 3-4 girls going ahead of her and the announcers were basically saying that these girls were simply fighting for 2nd and 3rd place as 1st place was already wrapped up. As she is about to go on, they start losing it, going on about how amazing she is going to be. Then she falls on the landings. It makes here seem like she is some overhyped, underdelivering athlete through no fault of her own.

 

Her snubbing the Russian didn't help her any. 

 

Epke Zonderland's high bar was the best thing I've seen in a while: http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/gymnastics/highlights-epke-zonderlands-gold-medal-high-bar-routine.html

 

lefty

post #328 of 593
Hot 29-year-old virgin. Girl of my dreams.
post #329 of 593
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Originally Posted by munchausen View Post

For all of the hype directed at Wieber in the beginning, Raisman has had a much more impressive Olympics. She's a very impressive young woman. I wonder if we will be seeing her again in 4 years.

Not likely. Female gymnasts usually only have 1 Olympic window now. Look at Nastia and Shawn Johnson who couldn't even make the team this year.
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Aug 5 (Reuters) - Oksana Chusovitina made her final somersault on the Olympic vault on Sunday after competing for more than two decades, in six Olympics and under three different flags in a career that other gymnasts called an inspiration.

The petite 37-year-old, who has won a record nine world championship medals on a single event, the vault, finished her career in London with a fifth place on her signature apparatus.

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/05/oly-gymn-gawval-chusovitina-idUSL6E8J53DF20120805

 

lefty

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