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The 2008 Beijing Olympics: Swimming


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#101 DannyHeep


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:33 PM

So they play rock paper scissors for it right?

#102 The Napkin


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:33 PM

No...the lady that does the diving. Irritating.

second.

#103 DJnVa


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:35 PM

So, the swimmer from Zimbabwe---is she a native of that country?

#104 bsj


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:36 PM

second.


Here here....

#105 Lazy vs Crazy

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:36 PM

So, the swimmer from Zimbabwe---is she a native of that country?

Yes. And it's even weirder when you hear her talk. Sounds like she's from Connecticut or something.

#106 favreauk

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:37 PM

yep

#107 bsj


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:37 PM

This has been a very good night for the Americans

#108 Lazy vs Crazy

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:38 PM

Here here....

Gotta pile on. She's awful.

#109 Guinevere

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:39 PM

So, the swimmer from Zimbabwe---is she a native of that country?



Yes, according to Wiki:



Kirsty Leigh Coventry (born in Harare, Zimbabwe September 16, 1983) is a Zimbabwean swimmer and world record holder. She attended and swam competitively for Auburn University in Alabama, in the United States. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, in Athens, Greece, Coventry won three Olympic medals: a gold, a silver, and a bronze. She was subsequently described by Paul Chingoka, head of the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee, as "our national treasure".[5] Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has called her "a golden girl". [6]



#110 DegenerateSoxFan

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:39 PM

Ballsy swim by Piersol.

#111 favreauk

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:40 PM

It has to suck for Phelps to swim, go to medal ceremony and then have to immediately swim again.

Edited by favreauk, 11 August 2008 - 09:41 PM.


#112 bsj


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:43 PM

It has to suck for Phelps to swim, go to medal ceremony and then have to immediately swim again.


Am I wrong, or did they at one time start doing all of the medal ceremonies at the same time...like, as opposed to right after the events, they would have a bunch of them back to back? Sometimes even much later in the day?

I could swear they did something funky like that once...

#113 DannyHeep


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:44 PM

It has to suck for Phelps to swim, go to medal ceremony and then have to immediately swim again.


Noticed that the Korean kept his flowers.

#114 favreauk

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:44 PM

Am I wrong, or did they at one time start doing all of the medal ceremonies at the same time...like, as opposed to right after the events, they would have a bunch of them back to back? Sometimes even much later in the day?


That's what I thought too....
We need a nerd, STAT.

Edited by favreauk, 11 August 2008 - 09:45 PM.


#115 The Napkin


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:44 PM

Think in Atlanta they had a "medal park" where they had a lot (all?) of them later in the night.

#116 DannyHeep


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:45 PM

It has to suck for Phelps to swim, go to medal ceremony and then have to immediately swim again.


It would suck more if he didn't have to go to the medal ceremony.

#117 favreauk

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:46 PM

I'm pretty disappointed in the medal ceremonies, btw. They seem sort of cheap and cheesy. Like they're in some hallway or something. I no likey.



Excellent point Heep.

Edited by favreauk, 11 August 2008 - 09:47 PM.


#118 Dropkick Izzy

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:47 PM

I'd really like to see someone take out Jones. Is it me or have the Aussies have been MIA thusfar?

#119 DJnVa


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:47 PM

I think they did something like that at Salt Lake as well, but I could be wrong.

#120 DegenerateSoxFan

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:48 PM

I'm pretty disappointed in the medal ceremonies, btw. They seem sort of cheap and cheesy. Like they're in some hallway or something. I no likey.


Really? The ceremonies are always the same, regardless of the venue. These seem fine. Simple, short & sweet. The part where they raise the flags always does it for me.

#121 bsj


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:49 PM

3 commercials all fucking night

1) Obama
2) McCain
3) that fucking chicken sandwich

#122 favreauk

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:49 PM

Maybe it's just me, but the ceremonies here seem like an afterthought. It just seems like in the past they were in a grander setting and had more of a feeling of importance and, I don't know, it felt more like a "moment" than it does here. Maybe it's the wall behind them that's bothering me. They may as well be in some random airport.

Add another Silver to our night.

Edited by favreauk, 11 August 2008 - 09:52 PM.


#123 RedSoxinIsrael

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:49 PM

So another gold for the Americans? I think Jones will take it though.

#124 Dropkick Izzy

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:49 PM

Jones slow off the block.

#125 bsj


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:50 PM

Ian Thorpe was really really good. But he is a dick.

#126 gingerbreadmann

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:50 PM

Silver, hell yeah!

#127 bsj


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:51 PM

Hell of a race for Soni

#128 bsj


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:52 PM

WTF Jendrick? Only American not to medal all night.

#129 bsj


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:53 PM

So Phelps next swim is not a final?

#130 DannyHeep


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:54 PM

Silver, hell yeah!


Hell yeahs are reserved for gold only.

Thanks in advance.

#131 favreauk

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:55 PM

So Phelps next swim is not a final?

Nope, no more finals tonight.

#132 Ahriman


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:55 PM

Ian Thorpe was really really good. But he is a dick.

It really was hard to imagine anyone being better than him in the foreseeable future back then. He has one of the two coolest nicknames in swimming history, too.

Phelps will make him an afterthought over the next few days.

Edited by Ahriman, 11 August 2008 - 10:01 PM.


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:56 PM

3 commercials all fucking night

1) Obama
2) McCain
3) that fucking chicken sandwich

I'm voting for the chicken sandwich.

#134 bsj


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:58 PM

It really was hard to imagine anyone being better them him in the foreseeable future back then. He has one of the two coolest nicknames in swimming history, too.

Phelps will make him an afterthought over the next few days.


OH no doubt, he's way behind Phelps....but you are right, he was a stud.

#135 DegenerateSoxFan

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 10:00 PM

So Phelps next swim is not a final?


Nope. It's a semi. And even on cruise control, he probably gets top seed for the finals. Phelps OWNS the 200 fly. Phelps has the world record at 1:52.09. I'd have to check, but I dont think anyone else has come within two second of that. He'll go a low 1:51, maybe even 1:50 & change inthe finals.

I don't think anyone beats Phelps now. The Frenchies had the best shot until Lezak took a giant shit on the loudmouth.

#136 gingerbreadmann

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 10:01 PM

Hell yeahs are reserved for gold only.

Thanks in advance.


Not when there's a Liesel Jones dominating and a race for silver.

#137 Guinevere

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 10:03 PM

Nope. It's a semi. And even on cruise control, he probably gets top seed for the finals. Phelps OWNS the 200 fly. Phelps has the world record at 1:52.09. I'd have to check, but I dont think anyone else has come within two second of that. He'll go a low 1:51, maybe even 1:50 & change inthe finals.

I don't think anyone beats Phelps now. The Frenchies had the best shot until Lezak took a giant shit on the loudmouth.



I hope not, I really want him to get all eight -- even more now that Spitz has mouthed off.

#138 Fred not Lynn


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 10:03 PM

I think they did something like that at Salt Lake as well, but I could be wrong.

In Salt Lake, and most recent Games I can recall (mostly winter, though) some medal ceremonies are right after the event at the venue, and others are at a central "downtown" type spot - with no real protocol for which ones are where, or why.

#139 Ed Hillel


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 10:04 PM

Is the 100 fly the next final? After tonight, I've changed my mind and I don't want Crocker to win. I want a tie. If not a tie, I root for Crocker, though. Too bad Ian is inconsistent these days. I'm still convinced he actually won in 2004, though.

Edited by Ed Hillel, 11 August 2008 - 10:04 PM.


#140 DannyHeep


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 10:08 PM

Love me some pool races.

He has agreed to do this one handed to keep it close.

#141 The Napkin


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 10:10 PM

wonder if he has to think about what race he's about to swim when he's on the blocks.

#142 Guinevere

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 10:11 PM

Good lord, 50 minutes since his final --he must still have so much lactic acid in his muscles -- how does he do this?

#143 favreauk

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 10:11 PM

Holy shit. He was under the water forever after that turn then just popped up in first. That was crazy.

#144 The Napkin


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 10:12 PM

it's unreal. he was half a body back at the 150 turn and by the time he came up to the surface he was half a body ahead.

Edited by The Napkin, 11 August 2008 - 10:13 PM.


#145 Guinevere

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 10:12 PM

And ties an Olympic record doing it. The man is a god.

#146 DegenerateSoxFan

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 10:15 PM

1:53.70. On cruise control 50 minutes after smashing his own world record in the 200 free. Folks, you are watching the best we've ever seen.

He will go under 1:51 in the finals. Book it.

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 10:17 PM

What channel is everyone watching swimming on?

NBC's showing men's gymnastics, and none among USA, CNBC or MSNBC are showing any Olympic programming until midnight EDT.

#148 bsj


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 10:17 PM

Phelps is the greatest Olympian of all time.


Sorry Carl.

Edited by bsj, 11 August 2008 - 10:18 PM.


#149 Ahriman


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Posted 11 August 2008 - 10:19 PM

What channel is everyone watching swimming on?

NBC's showing men's gymnastics, and none among USA, CNBC or MSNBC are showing any Olympic programming until midnight EDT.

NBC kept switching between gymnastics and swimming.

#150 favreauk

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 10:19 PM

What channel is everyone watching swimming on?

NBC's showing men's gymnastics, and none among USA, CNBC or MSNBC are showing any Olympic programming until midnight EDT.


Swimming is over for now, so they cut to gymnastics. I'm watching NBC