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06-08-2016, 08:53 PM (This post was last modified: 06-08-2016 08:59 PM by Stevil.)
RE: R̶i̶o̶ ̶O̶l̶y̶m̶p̶i̶c̶s̶ Real Life Hunger Games!! 2016
(06-08-2016 11:18 AM)SYZ Wrote:  the 20-country boycott because of New Zealand's racism
I've never heard of this. Did you make it up?

Ahh, just looked it up.
Seems some African nations chose to boycott the Olympics because the NZ Rugby team did a tour in South Africa.
http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/photo/...cs-boycott
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07-08-2016, 08:56 AM
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(06-08-2016 05:43 PM)dancefortwo Wrote:  
(06-08-2016 11:18 AM)SYZ Wrote:  Sorry, but my opinion is vastly different to yours. I see the Olympics as an overtly political tool—EG: the Brazilian presidency; the current Russian banning; US racism at Mexico City; earlier Egyptian and Iraq boycotts over the Suez incident; China's boycott about the Taiwanese flag; the 20-country boycott because of New Zealand's racism; North Korea's boycott of hosts South Korea; the USSR's total boycott at Los Angeles; the Arab terrorist killings at Munich; the bombing at Atlanta etc.

Not necessarily. Oftentimes they're the ones who can make the most money for their sponsors back home, before and after the Games, and who'll continue to get rich themselves endorsing all sorts of products after the Games. It's known as the cult of personality. The Olympic Games are one of the most effective international marketing platforms in the world.

This sounds as though it's been written by someone who permanently views the world through rose-coloured glasses—or did you copy it from a travel brochure?

It's cost Australia $264 million (not a typo!) to send our team to Rio this year. And in 2012, each gold medal in London cost Aussie taxpayers $37 million. This order of money could be far better spent on health and education, and social services, all of which are struggling desperately under massive government underfunding and debts.

I'm sure the ancient Greeks would've been horrified at our commercialism and state subsidisation of our Olympic teams. They didn't waste any public income on getting their athletes to the Games. Individual athletes were trained for the Olympics because their families had paid for private athletics classes. And they weren't paid by the likes of Coca-Cola(!), McDonald's(!), Nike, Samsung, Toyota, General Electric, or Dow Chemicals.

Olympians also paid their own way to Olympia, as well as their own accommodation and personal costs during the Games. Why don't our athletes do the same? Why should taxpayers cough up the bill for these show-ponies to run around a field, kick a ball, or throw a stick?

—I guess it's more than obvious I regard the Games as a total wank, a waste of money, and a sad commentary on the massive corporatism of our Western world. I suppose the couch-potatoes stuffing their faces with pizza and beer in front of their TVs for two weeks says it all.

Oh, boycotts have gone on with the olympics almost every 4 years. And anyway, what the hell are you talking about, it's worth watching just to see this guy from Tonga.





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How about the guy from Belarus, Vasil Kiryienka, in the Opening Ceremonies? I thought Neil Patrick Harris had crashed the Olympics!

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07-08-2016, 09:03 AM
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Seth posted a video of a vaulter breaking his leg. I ain't watching that. UGH.

I used to be the biggest Olympics fan...I watched nearly everything in the summer and winter Olympics. I loved the gymnastics and the swimming and skiing and the luge. And it was fun to watch whacky things like curling. A couple decades ago I lost all interest and I am not even sure why. I don't watch any of it any more.

My older daughter still makes watching the Olympics an event for herself. She watches it all, just loves it. I haven't seen one minute of footage this year though I have glanced through some still from the opening ceremonies.

The Olympics just lost their appeal for me.

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07-08-2016, 01:25 PM
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So I'm watching women's beach volleyball and see a bunch of sweaty athletes diving into the sand (I think they call it "laying it out" or a "layout") and getting up with virtually no sand stuck to them. If I even see sand it ends stuck all over me. What kind of sand don't stick to people?

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07-08-2016, 01:37 PM
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(07-08-2016 09:03 AM)Anjele Wrote:  Seth posted a video of a vaulter breaking his leg. I ain't watching that. UGH.

I used to be the biggest Olympics fan...I watched nearly everything in the summer and winter Olympics. I loved the gymnastics and the swimming and skiing and the luge. And it was fun to watch whacky things like curling. A couple decades ago I lost all interest and I am not even sure why. I don't watch any of it any more.

My older daughter still makes watching the Olympics an event for herself. She watches it all, just loves it. I haven't seen one minute of footage this year though I have glanced through some still from the opening ceremonies.

The Olympics just lost their appeal for me.

That gymnast, Samir Ait Said, who broke his leg. He broke the other leg the same way before the London Olympics. His legs are not as physically developed as the rest of his body. He fell off the stretcher on the way to the ambulance.

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07-08-2016, 01:43 PM
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(07-08-2016 08:56 AM)Shai Hulud Wrote:  
(06-08-2016 05:43 PM)dancefortwo Wrote:  Oh, boycotts have gone on with the olympics almost every 4 years. And anyway, what the hell are you talking about, it's worth watching just to see this guy from Tonga.





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How about the guy from Belarus, Vasil Kiryienka, in the Opening Ceremonies? I thought Neil Patrick Harris had crashed the Olympics!

1. that guy from Tonga. yowza!
2. Vasil Kiryienka = NPH + Garret Dillahunt . Amazing!

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07-08-2016, 01:47 PM
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(07-08-2016 01:25 PM)GirlyMan Wrote:  So I'm watching women's beach volleyball and see a bunch of sweaty athletes diving into the sand (I think they call it "laying it out" or a "layout") and getting up with virtually no sand stuck to them. If I even see sand it ends stuck all over me. What kind of sand don't stick to people?

There's probably an app for that. Tongue

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