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Originally Posted by jaypee View Post

Australia gold per million - 0.3180

US gold per million - 0.1466

We have 22m people, that's 290m less than the US and 1,322m less than China. I think we'll be fine...

Yeah, I don't think that even you think that your math has any relevance, especially with my concern of Australia's increasing irrelevance in the Summer Games. You think you'll be fine? I guess that depends on what you think the definition of "fine" is.
post #527 of 593
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Originally Posted by Lord-Barrington View Post


That could have worked too. He put in a great performance and he embodied the Olympic spirit -- hard work and putting in your best performance when it matters.

Rallying behind a bunch of surly girls who pouted when they lost a soccer game is crap. Overcoming adversity is that the American flag bearer did, who came back from a crippling leg injury to compete and win a medal. Adversity isn't blowing a huge lead and then whining about the reffing.

Canada needs an attitude check, frankly. We puff our chests and then blame others when our unrealistic, jingoistic athletic aspirations are dashed.

You post a lot on the college football thread, right? I didn't know you were from Canada - how did you get into American Football?
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Yeah, I don't think that even you think that your math has any relevance, especially with my concern of Australia's increasing irrelevance in the Summer Games. You think you'll be fine? I guess that depends on what you think the definition of "fine" is.

That literally makes me sense
post #529 of 593
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Originally Posted by Lord-Barrington View Post

This argument only works if the US is allowed to bring 14 times more athletes to the games than Australia and there are 14 times more medal available.

There's no cap on amount of athletes a country can bring - it goes by how many qualify. Of course the selection pool will make a difference..

Thats like saying Nauru should compete with China because they're both permitted the same number of athletes. Ow except the small fact that China had 1.3 billion people to find them and Nauru had about 13,000
post #530 of 593
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Originally Posted by HORNS View Post

You post a lot on the college football thread, right? I didn't know you were from Canada - how did you get into American Football?

I'm a dual citizen and I grew up watching CFB. I've lived in Canada for many years though and I try to support our national teams as much as I can, but the jingoism/inferiority complex on display at the Olympics always makes it tough...
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Originally Posted by Pennglock View Post

Those Alexeev clips on Youtube are out of this world. Why did they ever get rid of the clean and press? It's such a pure expression of power. You'd think they would lose the jerk first.

 

Many guys did a little leg push so it became a bitch to judge correctly - how much do you allow?

 

Alekseyev (the spelling I remember) would lean back so far that he was doing an upright bench.  He was probably doped to the gills, but still.

 

lefty   

post #532 of 593
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There's no cap on amount of athletes a country can bring - it goes by how many qualify.

Each sport/event has its own individual limits.
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Did NBC pull Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera from the Closing Ceremonies, or was it going to be Costas & Co. all along?
post #534 of 593
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Originally Posted by jaypee View Post

There's no cap on amount of athletes a country can bring - it goes by how many qualify. Of course the selection pool will make a difference..
Thats like saying Nauru should compete with China because they're both permitted the same number of athletes. Ow except the small fact that China had 1.3 billion people to find them and Nauru had about 13,000

I'm pretty sure there is a cap for the number of athletes. I know in swimming the USA could only bring 2 swimmers per event and track and field allows 3 per event provided the person qualifying met the Olympic A standard. The USA couldn't just bring in every single person that made the Olympic A qualifying standard.
post #535 of 593
i think this is the appropriate time to interject -

USA! USA! USA! USA!
USA! USA! USA! USA!
USA! USA! USA! USA!
USA! USA! USA! USA!
post #536 of 593
I'm not an expert on this, but it seems like women's sports are promoted more in the US than in most countries. I don't have the numbers in front of me but I got the impression that the women were the ones really driving the big US medal count this year.
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Originally Posted by munchausen View Post

I'm not an expert on this, but it seems like women's sports are promoted more in the US than in most countries. I don't have the numbers in front of me but I got the impression that the women were the ones really driving the big US medal count this year.

Article on ESPN about that. Especially in track, the women brought home substantially more medals this time around.

Hurray Title IX?
post #538 of 593
I liked Australia's women's basketball team, I think they have a strong future there and I'm sure the Aussies will be the first to tell you that their swim teams were a big disappointment, but they'll be fine going forward. If I wanted to create some strong olympic programs for my country, I would focus resources on indoor volleyball and handball and maybe something like water polo/wrestling, I think these are sports where you can gain success through work/teaching moreso than something like basketball, track, tennis etc where you are not going to simply work you way into being the next LeBron James/Roger Federer
post #539 of 593
Anyway.. All said and done, it was without doubt the best Olympics ever in my opinion.
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