Olympic Sports Sports-ALL

The higher profile sports may be in for a rough games. But the reason you watch the Olympics is for things likes this:

Someone should tell the diving announcers that they need to enunciate Shi Tingmao's name better. It sounds like they talking about the Chairman's IBS.

This one too:

Did I just see a 40ft gundam on the streets during the triathlon?!

This seems incredibly weird to say, but "Yeah, that's been there for a while."

Prederick wrote:

This seems incredibly weird to say, but "Yeah, that's been there for a while."

Not to one-up you with weird things to say, but I think the triathlon is down near Odaiba, which would mean it was probably the other giant gundam robot. The one at Diver-City, that's been there like 5-10 years.

fenomas wrote:

it was probably the other giant gundam robot.

Thank you, it was a long day at work and I needed a good laugh.

At least rich people in Japan are building big extravagant sci-fi things that everyone can enjoy.

@rodger wrote:

every four years the triathlon should be a different combo of three Olympic sports drawn out of a hat at the opening ceremony

13 year old skater girl with a gold medal. Awesome.

Japan takes both men and women gold.

And the silver medalist for women was 13.

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Suggestion: Korea should no longer be allowed to compete in archery. They are now the Final Boss of Olympic archery.

Some fantastic swimming finishes tonight.

Hopefully I can stay awake for first half of women's hoops.

Women started like the men, 4 min with no FG. Trailed at the end of the 1st quarter by 2.

But dominating 2nd q got them up double digits. Holding lead early 3rd, maybe I will sleep soon hehe.

Anyone watching Women's soccer? Is it worth the risk of waking up other members of my family to check in on?

Edit: NM, it was a 0-0 draw. And no, it was clearly not worth watching.

Welp, the takes after gymnastics are as terrible as I thought they were going to be.

I would caution anyone getting their Simone Biles takes ready, here or elsewhere, to give it a few days and let all the details (that will come out) come out.

Plus she could complete in individual events in a couple days. Story is not over.

UpToIsomorphism wrote:

I would caution anyone getting their Simone Biles takes ready, here or elsewhere, to give it a few days and let all the details (that will come out) come out.

Is there a take besides she hurt her ankle, or whatever?

Simone opted out due to mental health concerns.

My wife this morning: "Didn't Kerri Strug compete on a broken leg? Isn't that what this sport is all about?"

Me: "Uh..."

Just hoping for the best for Simone.

I am slowly finishing the mens cycling race. 7 hours long baby! Been catching up when I can multitask and have it on.
Edit:Full side note the male announcer for the mens Cycling road race reminds me of the NPC from Jumanji
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I've been just hearing him speak for the past 6 hours and it's hilarious in my mind.

Bring on the weird sports baby! I don't care about the major sports any more, give me the group who are the best at the niche sh*t!

Hobear wrote:

Just hoping for the best for Simone.

I am slowly finishing the mens cycling race. 7 hours long baby! Been catching up when I can multitask and have it on.

Bring on the weird sports baby! I don't care about the major sports any more, give me the group who are the best at the niche sh*t!

Look up goalball!

Cornhole or Spikeball might be up your alley ;P

Seeing Americans argue that with two months of training a team of NFL players would dominate international rugby truly makes me feel embarrassed to be from this country.

You could give the all-pro team a year of prep, and the All-Blacks would beat them by 50.

I really wish America was into Rugby. I am so tired of football and well most American sports. They bore me.

I love football, it's just such a monumentally dumbass "I don't understand or respect this thing so here is my ignorant take" thing.

It's like people who continually do the "LeBron James would dominate soccer" take, totally not understanding how you actually play the damn sport, much less that, by acclaim, three of the greatest players of all time were 5'5", 5'7" and 5'8" and "being tall and running fast" does not actually mean good.

Prederick wrote:

Seeing Americans argue that with two months of training a team of NFL players would dominate international rugby truly makes me feel embarrassed to be from this country.

You could give the all-pro team a year of prep, and the All-Blacks would beat them by 50.

A guy on the Fiji team looked like he was wearing football pads. That guy would probably vaporize an NFL player.

I did find myself wondering if you could funnel college basketball players that can't shoot for sh*t into a handball team.

If you're in to rugby there IS rugby in the US! Check it out!

I always take the view on, "Yeah, but Americans would dominate if..." as a statement about which sports our best athletes are getting funnelled into.

If we take the position that many aspects of what makes for a great performer in X sport are tied to general athleticism (speed, power, strength, accuracy, quickness, endurance) as well as acumen in X sport, one could argue we would expect to see an increase in acumen IF the general athleticism was improved.

If many Americans who are strongest in the power and strength areas are getting funnelled to football (instead of Olympic weightlifting) one could argue the weightlifting tables would look different.im not taking a stand here, just trying to clarify the argument.

And the point is well taken about Lebron's athleticism translating directly to soccer (or any other sport). Probably not in that case. But other sports that reward height with his general athleticism? Volleyball? Handball? Swimming (maybe)? Water polo (almost certainly)? Decathlon?