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Old 06-25-2012, 03:17 PM   #26
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I saw a bit of that yesterday.
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At only 25, South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius has commanded plenty of attention from the sports media world as the "fastest man on no legs." A double amputee who was born with no fibulas, Pistorius will represent his country in the 400-meter and 1,600-meter relay it was announced Wednesday, and will be the first amputee track athlete to compete in the Olympic Games.

Pistorius, who originally was ruled ineligilible to particpate in the 2008 Summer Olympics by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) because the governing body deemed that Pistorius's artificial legs gave him an unfair advantage, failed to qualify for the Beijing games after the IAAF's ruling was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

South African Olympic qualifying guidelines require a runner to post a 400m race time of 45.30 or better in at least two international meets. Despite failing to do that, Pistorius had the two fastest 400-meter times by any runner from South Africa in 2012, which was enough to secure his ticket to London as the only runner entered in the 400m for the country, and part of the South African 4 x 400 relay team that is ranked No. 2 in the world.

Already a four-time gold medal winner in the Paralympics, Pistorius will be a popular figure in these 2012 Summer Olympics, as an athlete with a great backstory the general public will want to root for and follow. And with a chance to make his performance and not his disability the storyline, Pistorius may become one of the most celebrated stories in Olympic history.
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Get To Know Your U.S. Gymnastics Team Through GIFs:
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And this is the only reason I watch gymnastics.

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And this is the only reason I watch gymnastics.

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Looks like it might be a wet and cold Summer Olympics:

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The government and Olympic organisers are drawing up contingency plans to deal with the inclement British summer, following a series of meetings to predict the extent to which London 2012 could be adversely affected by the dismal weather.

As event organisers in Hyde Park were on Tuesday forced to cancel a major concert with just 24 hours notice after the muddy site was declared unfit, London 2012 organisers are drawing up plans to deal with the potential impact of heavy rain on competitors and spectators.

Organisers have considered how far the Thames would have to rise before the rowing lake at Eton Dorney was adversely affected and how well the mountain biking course in Essex and the BMX track on the Olympic Park will cope with days of rain.

Orders are being placed for thousands of ponchos so that spectators queuing to get through security checks remain dry and schedules examined to determine how hockey and beach volleyball matches could be rescheduled if they are unable to take place due to violent storms.

Many of the temporary venues including hockey in the Olympic Park, beach volleyball on Horse Guard's Parade and the showjumping arena in Greenwich Park are completely open to the elements. The main stadium, which has a capacity of 80,000, is only two-thirds covered by a roof.

In the wake of the problems caused by heavy rain at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and scheduling issues at Wimbledon, sports minister Hugh Robertson said that the government had been reassured that most of the venues were "reasonably weatherproof".

Three years ago, the London mayor, Boris Johnson, queried the plans and lobbied unsuccessfully for the roof of the main Olympic stadium to be extended. "I have yet to see a very convincing explanation of what happens if it rains heavily on the night of the opening ceremony," he said at the time.

Some of the wettest spectators in the main stadium if it rains will be those who have paid the most for their trackside tickets, at prices of up to 2,012 for the opening ceremony and 725 for the 100m final. Spectators seated further back in the arena are more likely to be covered by the PVC roof.

"It won't surprise you to learn we've been spending quite a bit of time on this, given the way June and July have gone. Most of the venues are reasonably weatherproof. The Thames would have to rise a huge amount before the rowing is under the threat, the mountain biking is up a mountain and if it's a bit muddy it doesn't matter, the canoeing is an artificial venue, the football pitches shouldn't be a problem," said Robertson.
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That'll learn you for giving the UK the Olympics.
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My neighbor's granddaughter is swimming for Canada, so we'll be watching. I didn't have the heart to them that I think she's hot and needs to have a wardrobe malfunction!
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And this is why few people take synchronised swimming seriously.......some unintentionally lolzy photos of the Australian Olympic team preparing for London:


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ESPN has a story of the athletes' debauchery: http://espn.go.com/olympics/story/_/...-espn-magazine
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A few teething problems....

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AUSTRALIAN Olympic athletes and officials were taken on a three-hour "Monopoly tour" of London after a bus chartered by Games organisers, with a lost driver behind the wheel, took three hours to travel from Heathrow airport to the Olympic village.

Beijing gold medallist Elise Rechichi was among the contingent of Australian sailors on the vehicle that was two hours late to collect the party, then drove around for hours on what should have been a 45-minute trip, before the driver admitted the East London Games village had not been entered into the GPS navigation system.

Australian Olympic Committee media liaison officer Damian Kelly, who was also with the group of around 30 athletes, medical staff and team officials that had arrived in London on flights from Melbourne and Sydney, described the bewildering journey that extended an already long trip.

"The driver just said 'I'm sorry, I'm lost, it's my first day on the job and I'm lost," Kelly told Fairfax.

"We were moving, we were in the Olympic lane and we were going places, we just weren't going where we were supposed to go.

"He just said it was his first day in that bus and they hadn't told them how the GPSs worked and that he didn't know how to use it and apparently the Olympic Village hadn't been loaded into the GPS.

"We'd all been travelling for over 20 hours so it's not the best way to finish a long trip.. it was not ideal."

An American party of athletes and officials had a similar experience, though their trip to the Olympic village took four hours, and prompted two-time world 400 metres hurdle champion Kerron Clement to tweet: "Um, so we've been lost on the road for 4 hrs. Not a good first impression London.

"Athletes are sleepy, hungry and need to pee. Could we get to the Olympic Village please."

Kelly, who has been a media attache at two summer Olympics and one Winter Games, said the Australian group had taken the extended detour in good humour.
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The security situation on the eve of the 2012 Summer Olympics was “a humiliating shambles,” one of the principal architects of the plan told the British Parliament Tuesday.

Nick Buckles, who runs G4S, a British-based security firm with a global empire, acknowledged that in return for a contract worth more than $350-million his firm had only been able to hire 4,200 of the 10,000 security guards it promised it would. Ominously, most of these “guards” are apparently kids just out of high school who appear to have passed only the lightest of security screening processes and received the most rudimentary training.

Abject apologies are of little help at this point. To try to head off trouble the government has ordered an emergency draft of soldiers and police officers from already seriously overstretched units, including many that have just returned from the war in southern Afghanistan or whose jobs were eliminated last week in the latest budget cuts.

In a sign of how desperate organizers have become, there is also an old-fashioned press gang of sorts to try to convince retired police officers to come to London help out.

Even at this late hour — the Games begin on July 27 but many of the athletes are already in the capital — the exact breakdown of security numbers is unknown.

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The UK guide to dealing with foreigners during the Olympics:

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Hold off from hugging an Indian, don't be alarmed if the French are rude and never mistake a Canadian for an American.

Britain's national tourism agency issued guidelines Wednesday on the etiquette of dealing with the hundreds of thousands of foreign visitors who will be coming to London for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Seeking to help the country's sometimes snarky citizens offer a warmer welcome, VisitBritain has updated its advice for anyone likely to work with travelers arriving from overseas - from hotel staff to taxi drivers.

Other tips: Don't go around asking Brazilians personal questions and never be bossy with visitors from the Middle East.

"Giving our foreign visitors a friendly welcome is absolutely vital to our economy," said Sandie Dawe, chief executive officer of the agency. "With hundreds of thousands of people thinking of coming to Britain in the run-up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012, this new advice is just one of the ways that VisitBritain is helping the tourism industry care for their customers."

About 30 million people visit Britain each year, spending about 16.6 billion pounds ($26 billion). The 2012 Olympics is likely to bring in an additional 2.1 billion ($3.3 billion) in tourism revenue, according to a government estimate, and about 320,000 extra visitors from overseas during the games in July and August 2012.

VisitBritain said research it had conducted found tourists believe Britons are honest and efficient - but not the most pleasant. Britain is ranked 14th out of 50 in the Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands Index on the quality of welcome offered to visitors, the tourism agency said.

The frank etiquette tips were written by agency staff about their own native countries.

Polish tourists are likely to be hurt by stereotypes that imply they drink excessively, while the French are notoriously picky in restaurants, the guidelines claim.

U.K. workers are told to brush off common Argentine jokes about a person's clothing or weight. Belgians take offense at people snapping their fingers while Australians are fond of coarse language. Japanese people consider prolonged eye contact impolite and smile to express a range of emotions - not simply to show happiness.

Tourism workers are advised to show extra patience when dealing with guests from India or the United Arab Emirates.

"Indians are in general, an impatient lot, and like to be quickly attended to," the guidelines claim. "The more affluent they are, the more demanding and brusque they tend to be."

Indians also don't like being touched by strangers and may be suspicious about the quality of British food, the guide said, without noting the latter might be a common concern.

Travelers from the Middle East are likely to be demanding with staff and "are not used to being told what they can't do," the guide warns.

Guests from China and Hong Kong may find winking or pointing with an index finger rude, while "mentioning failure, poverty or death risks offense," the advice claims. Chinese visitors may be unimpressed by landmarks just a few hundred years old, tourism staff are told.

Workers are advised against discussing poverty, immigration, earthquakes or the Mexican-American war with visitors from Mexico - who prefer to chat about history and art.

Canadian tourists are likely to be quite annoyed about being mistaken for Americans, the guide suggests - urging workers to keep an eye out for maple leaf pins or badges on tourists' clothing.

And Americans? They can appear "informal to the point of being very direct or even rude" and won't ever hesitate about complaining, the guide says.
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Australian hurdler Michelle Jenneke seems to have been taking jiggling lessons from Kate Upton:



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I read an interesting article last night about how Ramadan falls during the Olympics this year, and there is a big debate going on amongst religious leaders, athletes, coaches, public opinion, etc. about whether athletes should fast or not. There are around 3,500 Muslim athletes scheduled to compete in the games. In Egypt, at least, the High Egyptian Islamic Council announced a fatwa stating that athletes and coaches do not have to fast. Some athletes from other countries, though, are facing public pressure to fast during the games.

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Muslims are required to abstain from food and drink (even water) from dawn to dusk during the 30-day month of Ramadan, which began Friday in most countries.

During long summer days in London, that translates into 18 hours of fasting something that many Muslim athletes consider impossible to do without losing their competitive edge.
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I thought the Australian Olympic team outfits were ordinary. But it could have been so much worse. Behold the full horror of the Spanish uniform.


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The Olympics actually get underway today, with the first event being a Women's football match between Great Britain and New Zealand at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
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First blunder of the games and it's not even officially started yet.




Match between N. Korea and Colombia delayed because the S. Korean flag was displayed on the screens at Hampden Park.
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Is the weather any better there Q? Hopefully it stays dry for the opening ceremony.
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Was touching 30 today. I'm not amused by even this slight raise in the temperature, but I suppose those who aren't unfit and don't smoke can handle it.


This is supposedly a sneak preview of part of the opening cermony.



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Just checking the forecast and Friday is the only day this week it's supposed to rain.
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Looking at the events and aside from the track & field events which I always watch anyway. The ones I'm looking forward to is the track cycling, swimming, hockey, tennis at Wimbledon, and the football.

I'll probably end up watching as much as I can of anything that's on.
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The time zone works out okay for us as well (I think). A lot of events should be on at 5 or 6am-ish. I'm an early riser anyhow, so I should be able to watch quite a bit.
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