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BEIJING 2008 OLYMPICS: We've Talked the Age Eligibility Issue to Death Okay

VivixenneVivixenne Remember your training, and we'll get through this just fine.Registered User regular
edited August 2008 in Social Entropy++
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Okay. So. Between drummers counting down to the start of the opening ceremony:
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And incredible pyrotechnics:
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And other magnificent displays of grandeur:
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And of course the flying torchbearer:
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The Olympic Games are underway!

So yeah we all know there's a host of craziness surrounding the Olympics in Beijing. From political activism to the overstated importance of the torch relay to the concern about how China's gonna look to the rest of the world, yadda yadda yadda, we get it, ok, China's under a lot of stress and scrutiny and expectations are so high.

I am all very indifferent to all this, having consistently viewed the Olympics as being purely a sporting event. I love me some sports, and I loooooooooove me some Olympics, so here, good people, is your eye into the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
CURRENT MEDAL COUNT
(as at 11:00 pm local time, August 15, 2008)
G   S   B
CHN  26  09  06  41
USA  14  13  18  45
GER  08  02  04  14
KOR  06  09  03  18
ITA  06  04  04  14

OFFICIAL WEBSITE
For all your Beijing 2008-related needs, scroll down for a quick breakdown of upcoming Gold Medal Matches, Events in Progress, and Events Starting Soon!


OFFICIAL SCHEDULE
All the links on the schedule are clickable, so you can click on a day and see what's up on that day, or you can click on a sport and see when events for that sport are.

AND DON'T FORGET TO CHEER PROPERLY
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So, now that things are in full swing, what're you expecting out of the Olympics this time around? What events are you following?
ADDITIONAL STUFF
if you want to talk about China, here is something for you to read:
http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showthread.php?p=6545951#post6545951

a brief on modern Chinese history and why no one in China gives a fuck what you think:
http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showthread.php?p=6572811#post6572811

we've already talked through the age controversy so many times in this thread, we don't care anymore, but here is the page where it all came to head:
http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showthread.php?t=66313&page=75

welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to Beijing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HH2vaK2IQk4

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    OrikaeshigitaeOrikaeshigitae Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited August 2008
    i have no idea how to use that event schedule

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    VivixenneVivixenne Remember your training, and we'll get through this just fine. Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    bwahahahaha thank you Orik! <3

    I am so tempted to copy and paste my entire volleyball commentary from the other thread, because shit that was fun to write

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    DaricDaric Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    What I wouldn't give for a 3 way with Kerri Walsh and Misty May.

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    ButtersButters A glass of some milks Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Men's gymnastics start yet?
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    OrikaeshigitaeOrikaeshigitae Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited August 2008
    hahahahha

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    Metzger MeisterMetzger Meister It Gets Worse before it gets any better.Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    God that's terrifying.

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    BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    when does USA play Nigeria in soccer

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    KlykaKlyka DO you have any SPARE BATTERIES?Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I just laughed out loud through the entire store and everyone is looking at me like I'm crazy.

    Thank you.

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    VivixenneVivixenne Remember your training, and we'll get through this just fine. Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Watching the Brazil-Russia replay and here is my overview of both teams.

    The Russian coach is an IDIOT. He subs players in an out so fucking fast that no one has any time to get accustomed to the game, no one has any time to adjust to the atmosphere, they step off the bench cold, stay that way, and then get pulled off before they have the chance to get warm. Fucking stupid. No chance for the Russians to build any semblance of momentum.

    Brazil team is flying high (literally), with an incredible libero (Fabi, she is adorable) and an even better sense of teamwork and team synergy. Their teamwork is flawless, their mechanics perfect. They didn't lost momentum even once during this whole match so I can't speak for the ability to build it up, but they sure as shit are good at holding it. They did not give the Russians a damn inch in this match and I am incredibly impressed with their ace performance from start to finish.

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    OrikaeshigitaeOrikaeshigitae Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited August 2008
    USA-SUI is so slow

    what a boring match!

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    lostwordslostwords Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    disappointed that the philippines will probably get no medals this olympics. though it was cool seeing manny pacquiao carrying the flag. if only we can let him do the boxing.

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    VivixenneVivixenne Remember your training, and we'll get through this just fine. Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Balefuego wrote: »
    when does USA play Nigeria in soccer

    click on the schedule link and then click on football and then scroll until you find the match you are looking for

    I think Nigeria and the US are in different pools for women but I'm pretty sure they play each other in the men's prelims

    ...

    yup, Men's Football, Nigeria v. USA, Aug 13 at 17:00 local time

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    VivixenneVivixenne Remember your training, and we'll get through this just fine. Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    oh my god why are they lighting the water cube up at night like some kind of tacky gay pride parade centerpiece

    seriously, IT IS PRETTY WHEN IT GLOWS BLUE THE RAINBOW MOTIF IS NOT NECESSARY

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    ButtersButters A glass of some milks Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Klyka wrote: »
    I just laughed out loud through the entire store and everyone is looking at me like I'm crazy.

    Thank you.

    Sorry bout that.
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    KlykaKlyka DO you have any SPARE BATTERIES?Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Butters wrote: »
    Klyka wrote: »
    I just laughed out loud through the entire store and everyone is looking at me like I'm crazy.

    Thank you.

    Sorry bout that.
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    That isn't photoshopped, I can tell by the carrots and because I've seen quite a few tops during my time.

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    OrikaeshigitaeOrikaeshigitae Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited August 2008
    dammit

    everyone come to my house, there's a great sand court and i got this volleyball

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    BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    USA would have already qualified for the quarterfinals if the Dutch hadn't gotten a lucky goal against them to force a draw in stoppage time.

    Now they need a draw against Nigeria but they won't have either Adu or Bradley playing.

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    VivixenneVivixenne Remember your training, and we'll get through this just fine. Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    You guys, Japan and Venezuela are currently facing off in Women's Volleyball.

    If you can and are a fan of volleyball at all, I highly recommend watching the Japanese women play. They are fast and while they suck at blocking and lack attack power they are incredible at scooping just about everything up and getting to every single ball. They are fucking everywhere and it is incredible to watch.

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    OrikaeshigitaeOrikaeshigitae Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited August 2008
    god dammit i want to watch that but nobody's covering it

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    lostwordslostwords Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Balefuego wrote: »
    USA would have already qualified for the quarterfinals if the Dutch hadn't gotten a lucky goal against them to force a draw in stoppage time.

    Now they need a draw against Nigeria but they won't have either Adu or Bradley playing.

    the best part was the us purposefully gettin yellow cards while they were in the lead to save up for the next stage and whoops

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    fightinfilipinofightinfilipino Angry as Hell #BLMRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    i'm amused that NBC is using the theme music from Brisco County, Jr. for their commercial bumpers.

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    VivixenneVivixenne Remember your training, and we'll get through this just fine. Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL PRELIMINARY MATCHES TO WATCH:

    China v. Cuba; August 13, 20:00 local time
    A lot of people are predicting that this will be a preview of the final game, which I hope to god is the match played in the final. China won the gold last time around in Athens but over the last few years has been plagued by injuries, leading to disappointment at the World Grand Prix. With Cuba as always a strong rival, particularly in their incredible offense and blocking (and, let's admit it, height advantage) and with China's home-ground advantage, we can only expect great things to come from this match. Cuba has thus far only lost one set, and that was to the Polish, the same team to have taken the only lost set off of China.

    China v. USA
    August 15, 20:00 local time
    After the USA crushed Japan 3-1 and in turn got crushed by Cuba 0-3, the USA team has had trouble getting it together. This game will prove interesting simply because both teams are notorious for their trouble in rebuilding lost momentum in a game, so in the end, whoever gets it will be playing as hard as they can to keep it. Both teams know how to use it to their advantage, so expect strong moves from the very beginning; the USA to scare the Chinese, the Chinese to prevent losing face.

    Cuba v. Japan
    August 15, 22:00 local time
    I just want to see Cuba's offense go up against Japan's incredible on-court defense. Japan as we all know has a terrible blocking record but they will just not let a ball touch the ground. Should make for a good match, given Cuba's talented placement and incredible power.

    Italy v. Brazil
    August 17, 14:30 local time
    Every time I have seen the Brazilians play thus far I have been simply amazed at their team synergy and incredible morale. No bad move goes exaggerated; they rally quickly and on top of that their raw skills are on-par with what we've seen from the other big guns. I have not seen much from Italy, but they seem to be performing well enough that they might be able to actually take a set from Brazil.

    China v. Japan
    August 17, 20:00 local time
    Old political rivals? Not so much. More like Japan's libero Sano vs. the Chinese frontliners. China's as good with placement and hard hits as Cuba, but they are easily thrown off when the team tosses back a flawless defense in the face of their tough moves. This will make for an excellent face-off.

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    ButtersButters A glass of some milks Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    god dammit i want to watch that but nobody's covering it

    They should have live internet coverage of every event like March Madness did.

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    VivixenneVivixenne Remember your training, and we'll get through this just fine. Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    OH MY GOD SANO (the Japanese libero) FOR MVP OF THIS ENTIRE FUCKING VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

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    lostwordslostwords Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Butters wrote: »
    god dammit i want to watch that but nobody's covering it

    They should have live internet coverage of every event like March Madness did.

    i think nbcolympics.com has it, could be wrong

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    OrikaeshigitaeOrikaeshigitae Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited August 2008
    it has

    *tennis

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    fightinfilipinofightinfilipino Angry as Hell #BLMRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    why can't nbc use flash on their website like normal people.

    i'm not installing silverlight. fuck that.

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    VivixenneVivixenne Remember your training, and we'll get through this just fine. Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    why can't nbc use flash on their website like normal people.

    i'm not installing silverlight. fuck that.

    yeah I bumped into that issue too

    fucking idiocy

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    VivixenneVivixenne Remember your training, and we'll get through this just fine. Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Venezuela's #5 Genesis (outside hitter I think but I'm not sure I'm not really watching anymore because the score is 22-9 Japan) is fucking gorgeous you guys.

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    OrikaeshigitaeOrikaeshigitae Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited August 2008
    phelps just set a new olympic record in the 200m mens' butterfly. what the heck

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    DislexicDislexic Creepy Uncle Bad Touch Your local playgroundRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    man, that swimming relay last night was simply incredible.

    Americans catching up a full BODY LENGTH after the last turn.

    that and they are shattering world records like crazy.

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    ButlerButler 89 episodes or bust Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    When are swimmers in general going to slow down on setting world records? It's gotten that the winners of a lot of the races aren't happy unless they break the previous record too. You can see it in their faces, "Dang it! I only beat the people in this race, instead of everyone who's ever competed in this event ever! Might as well not even show up to the podium!"

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    fightinfilipinofightinfilipino Angry as Hell #BLMRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    is it bad when i turned on NBC to see the women's water polo match and initially thought "oh hey, it's blitzball!"?

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    DislexicDislexic Creepy Uncle Bad Touch Your local playgroundRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    is it bad when i turned on NBC to see the women's water polo match and initially thought "oh hey, it's blitzball!"?

    Yes.

    I am a huge fan of FFX, and even I think that's bad.

    Blitzball would be amazing if we could do it

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    KlykaKlyka DO you have any SPARE BATTERIES?Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Dislexic wrote: »
    is it bad when i turned on NBC to see the women's water polo match and initially thought "oh hey, it's blitzball!"?

    Yes.

    I am a huge fan of FFX, and even I think that's bad.

    Blitzball would be amazing if we could do it

    I love dhow it was never explained why people can breathe underwater in FFX

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    DislexicDislexic Creepy Uncle Bad Touch Your local playgroundRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Klyka wrote: »
    Dislexic wrote: »
    is it bad when i turned on NBC to see the women's water polo match and initially thought "oh hey, it's blitzball!"?

    Yes.

    I am a huge fan of FFX, and even I think that's bad.

    Blitzball would be amazing if we could do it

    I love dhow it was never explained why people can breathe underwater in FFX

    well, there is a line of science exploring super oxygen-saturated water for humans to breathe while underwater, which is mainly so man can go deeper into the ocean without having to have foot-thick glass.

    not a huge leap.

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    ButlerButler 89 episodes or bust Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I remember seeing a video like ten years ago of a mouse surviving completely submerged in an oxygen saturated solution. Poor little guy was freaking out though :(

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    HunterHunter Chemist with a heart of Au Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Klyka wrote: »
    Dislexic wrote: »
    is it bad when i turned on NBC to see the women's water polo match and initially thought "oh hey, it's blitzball!"?

    Yes.

    I am a huge fan of FFX, and even I think that's bad.

    Blitzball would be amazing if we could do it

    I love dhow it was never explained why people can breathe underwater in FFX

    In a world of magic, monsters, dragons, and flying boats you worry about that?

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    lostwordslostwords Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    ok, this is pretty funny

    spanish b-ball team making a slanty eyed pose for advertisements

    ahh, racism

    though its from the guardian

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    KlykaKlyka DO you have any SPARE BATTERIES?Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Hunter wrote: »
    Klyka wrote: »
    Dislexic wrote: »
    is it bad when i turned on NBC to see the women's water polo match and initially thought "oh hey, it's blitzball!"?

    Yes.

    I am a huge fan of FFX, and even I think that's bad.

    Blitzball would be amazing if we could do it

    I love dhow it was never explained why people can breathe underwater in FFX

    In a world of magic, monsters, dragons, and flying boats you worry about that?

    Remember that in a world of magic,monsters,dragons and flying boats you still need a key to unlock a door or that a phoenix down can revive you after being hit by a meteorite but not after being stabbed with a sword

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