Rio Olympics

Katie Ledecky wins by a million miles and smashes the WR and nobody has nothing but praise for her. I imagine seeing a Chinese athelete win by the same margin and there would be a lot of thinny veiled talk of PEDS. Just like there was in 2012.
Same with Lizzie Armistead for the British cycling team, anybody else misses 3 tests and the British press would have being all over it.

Heart breaking for Louis Smith last night in the gymnastics, waiting all that time to go out for your team and upping the difficultly in an all or nothing move and he falls off. Gutted for the lad.

I think the Rio Olympics are turning me into a Rugby fan. The JPN/NZL game was a blast.

onewild wrote:

Katie Ledecky wins by a million miles and smashes the WR and nobody has nothing but praise for her. I imagine seeing a Chinese athelete win by the same margin and there would be a lot of thinny veiled talk of PEDS. Just like there was in 2012.

Well, she already owns a bunch of world records. It isn't like someone out of the blue smashed it.

karmajay wrote:
onewild wrote:

Katie Ledecky wins by a million miles and smashes the WR and nobody has nothing but praise for her. I imagine seeing a Chinese athelete win by the same margin and there would be a lot of thinny veiled talk of PEDS. Just like there was in 2012.

Well, she already owns a bunch of world records. It isn't like someone out of the blue smashed it.

Of course, her initial breakthrough on the world stage in 2012 was somewhat out of the blue. Anyway, if people haven't read it, check out this fivethirtyeight piece on just how amazingly dominant she is.

The ticket sales seem to be terrible so far. No doubt because they have priced the locals out of going.

OzymandiasAV wrote:

I think the Rio Olympics are turning me into a Rugby fan. The JPN/NZL game was a blast.

Rugby 7s is fun, I like how they are pretending that it has anything to do with union. If you go from watching 7s to union you will wonder what happened to all the running and passing and why it has being replaced by kicking and kicking and more kicking.

billt721 wrote:
karmajay wrote:
onewild wrote:

Katie Ledecky wins by a million miles and smashes the WR and nobody has nothing but praise for her. I imagine seeing a Chinese athelete win by the same margin and there would be a lot of thinny veiled talk of PEDS. Just like there was in 2012.

Well, she already owns a bunch of world records. It isn't like someone out of the blue smashed it.

Of course, her initial breakthrough on the world stage in 2012 was somewhat out of the blue. Anyway, if people haven't read it, check out this fivethirtyeight piece on just how amazingly dominant she is.

Plus she is only 19 now, 15 in 2012. It is not surprising when someone young starts winning or getting better, you figure it is just maturation. Now if she were 28 or something and suddenly got better, definitely would think some type of PEDs.

Mixed feelings about Canada beating Germany in the football. It's the first time the ladies haven't lost against them in 13 matches but finishing 2nd would have set up a better quarterfinal. The knockout round path is probably France, Germany, USA now... not ideal to have to beat the three best teams in the world, in succession, to win the tournament.

Heading into the tournament I was hoping for 4 points and a 2nd/3rd place finish in the group. At least the ladies have performed well above my expectations.

And of course Tancredi is making me eat sh*t for me moaning about her playing so much since 2014 or so. But I still think the team would be better off if her role was the Fellaini-esque Target Person when needing to score substitute.

The world is not worthy of that Women's US gymnastics team, wow just wow.

In regards to teenagers appearing from nowhere to win gold in the swimming, here is what happened when Ye Shiwen won gold in 2012 and it's still the top result after her wiki page when googling her. It's ok to throw PED stones but only if you throw them equally, which of course never happens.

onewild wrote:

The world is not worthy of that Women's US gymnastics team, wow just wow.

I want to see if we can get Simone Biles to jump over a bus. She certainly looks like she can get that much air.

Rat Boy wrote:
onewild wrote:

The world is not worthy of that Women's US gymnastics team, wow just wow.

I want to see if we can get Simone Biles to jump over a bus. She certainly looks like she can get that much air.

I'm mildly disappointed there wasn't a raptor waiting for her by the uneven bars.

The US Women's soccer team only managed a draw against Colombia, 2-2, which I think may be the worst result they've seen all year. Crystal Dunn and Mallory Pugh both scored, and Pugh became the youngest scorer for the US Women in Olympic history.

Bonus_Eruptus wrote:
Rat Boy wrote:
onewild wrote:

The world is not worthy of that Women's US gymnastics team, wow just wow.

I want to see if we can get Simone Biles to jump over a bus. She certainly looks like she can get that much air.

I'm mildly disappointed there wasn't a raptor waiting for her by the uneven bars.

Wow. Deep pull.

Yeah I only caught the 2nd half and saw them give up the tying goal.

But they really just killed time after that because a tie was enough to win the group. Even when they had a corner and could have tried to win, they just short kicked it and wasted another couple minutes, with no attempt at a goal.

Solo was terrible. Columbia only had three shots on goal, and Solo missed all of them even though they were all long range free kicks.

Pugh looked amazing. Rapinoe's days may be numbered.

I'm sorry to be derailing on Iron Lady swim talk all the time but this NYT bio on her relationship with (abusive? Controlling?) hubby says a LOT.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/08/04...

Don't worry Brazil, no matter how terrible your soccer team is, the danish team is here to help you!

The all round men gymnastics from last night was the highlight of the games so far in terms of tension and drama. From Matt Whitlock taking Britain's first all round medal in 108 years! after waiting for all those competing for the bronze to go after him. To Verniaiev pushing the great Uchimura all the way only to come unstuck by the smallest of hops forward on his dismount.

Great day already for us Brits, 4 bronze and 2 Golds, hopefully Team GB is on the march now.

As someone who loathes the USWNT more than any other team in sport (and it's not even close) I'm really looking forward to watching their match against Sweden tonight.

Looking at the shot totals it looks like the US shelled Sweden but struggled to get shots on target, Sweden got a healthy dose of knockout football luck and then won the penalty lottery.

I'll be enjoying the schadenfreude for the next few hours (until France knocks out Canada).

Roke wrote:

As someone who loathes the USWNT more than any other team in sport (and it's not even close)

IMAGE(http://www.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/2014521/rs_1024x759-140621100101-1024.Hope-Solo-jmd-062114_copy.jpg)

I can't imagine why (spoilers within: SWE/US result, in case anyone is watching it later)

To be fair to Solo, that's exactly the sort of thing José Mourinho would say after a match like that.

Didn't think the knock out round was this early.

Got home to catch the second half.

And whata goal

Roke wrote:

To be fair to Solo, that's exactly the sort of thing José Mourinho would say after a match like that.

Not sure using Mourinho as defence counts

She is a tool - the whole swapping her gloves thing then that comment, sore loser.
In the translated words of Pia Sundhage " I don't give a crap. I'm going to Rio, she's going home."

HOLY SCHMIDT.

That was agony until the goal, and then time slowed down and it got even worse.

Allysha Chapman's my secret favourite CanWNT player and she was playing great, sucks to see her get injured (looks like her arm's in a sling). It was a great defensive header.

Being on the right end of a Pederson/Archundia decision helps too. That was a clear-cut penalty early when Buchanan dove into the tackle and didn't come close to the ball.

Roke wrote:

To be fair to Solo, that's exactly the sort of thing José Mourinho would say after a match like that.

He's been on the receiving hand of that too (Inter x Barça; good memories).

onewild wrote:

She is a tool

I don't follow soccer really at all, but she married former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, who is an absolute massive tool himself.

And from what I've heard of her in incidents surrounding Stevens, it sounds like she fits right in with him. I imagine they're that couple, the two pieces of sh*ts who feed off each other to become bigger pieces of sh*t than either could ever be individually. Like a Voltron of douche.

*Legion* wrote:

Like a Voltron of douche.

Which one forms the head?

Solo is a classless turd.

If this was the men's soccer team and the tender was involved in a brutal, drunken DV incident in which he derided police officers who arrested him, he wouldn't even be on the team. The fact that they made a Solo exception is a mark of shame on the team and the nation. Being eliminated from the medal rounds is the least of their punishment.

If there are any true cowards, it is USA team soccer.

Not if he was one of the best goalkeepers in the world they wouldn't. He would be forgiven because he is good at a sport and could win games for his country.

Hope Solo gonna Hope Solo. Based on the last two games, though, she's no longer invincible in the goal, so we may be reaching the point where US Soccer moves on.

We have three years for them to get a replacement up to speed for the World Cup.