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The 2008 Beijing Olympics: Swimming


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#401 SoxScout


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Posted 16 August 2008 - 01:05 AM

Yea, photos from above and below show that he touched first... have fun with your damn asterik.

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Edited by SoxScout, 16 August 2008 - 01:05 AM.


#402 Monbo Jumbo


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Posted 16 August 2008 - 04:17 AM

Those types of lane dividers have been around for years.

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 10:37 AM

Well, the replay does really seemto show the Serbian finished ahead of Phelps. It'll be a 8* in my mind if he wins in the relay tomorrow.


False. Photos clearly show that Phelps touched first. As do the replays from certain angles.

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 11:24 AM

Yea, photos from above and below show that he touched first... have fun with your damn asterik.

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This is the smoking gun, right here. Thanks for posting this. This is the first time I'm actually entirely convinced he won.

#405 kenneycb


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Posted 16 August 2008 - 12:31 PM

That picture really accentuates Phelps' ridiculous wingspan (I think its 6'7").

USA! USA! USA!

#406 cutman1000

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 08:20 PM

What's the schedule for today?

#407 SoxScout


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Posted 16 August 2008 - 08:25 PM

10:03 Women's 50m Freestyle -- Final TORRES

10:09 Men's 1500m Freestyle -- Final

10:40 Women's 4x100m Medley Relay Finals COUGHLIN SONI TORRES

10:58 Men's 4x100m Medley Relay -- Final PHELPS

Edited by SoxScout, 16 August 2008 - 08:26 PM.


#408 Obscure Name


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Posted 16 August 2008 - 09:09 PM

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

#409 njingles3

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 09:09 PM

Torres misses gold by a hair.

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 09:10 PM

Protest!

#411 njingles3

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 09:14 PM

Larsen Jensen looks like a drag queen.

#412 sachmoney


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Posted 16 August 2008 - 09:15 PM

I'm really disappointed that Torres didn't win the gold, but it's remarkable that a woman her age is destroying women half her age in the pool. She's amazing, and a true inspiration.

Here's some perspective on Michael Phelps, the US has won 16 Gold Medals...Phelps has seven of them. We'd look like just another country if we didn't have him. Additionally, it's amazing how good China has been this year. I don't know whether it's because it's in Beijing, or that China has really become the best in the world in many events. I expect the US to take over considering China's best events have been played.

#413 njingles3

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 09:28 PM

I'm really disappointed that Torres didn't win the gold, but it's remarkable that a woman her age is destroying women half her age in the pool. She's amazing, and a true inspiration.

Here's some perspective on Michael Phelps, the US has won 16 Gold Medals...Phelps has seven of them. We'd look like just another country if we didn't have him.
Additionally, it's amazing how good China has been this year. I don't know whether it's because it's in Beijing, or that China has really become the best in the world in many events. I expect the US to take over considering China's best events have been played.


I don't buy it. In the last several Summer games, besides '88, the US has "won" the swimming medal count by double digits. In '88 the East Germans had the most, other than that it's all US. If it wasn't Phelps it would be someone else, just not as many golds.

edit: I didn't check them all but it's actually more like every single Summer Olympics besides '88.

Edited by njingles3, 16 August 2008 - 09:32 PM.


#414 Ananti


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Posted 16 August 2008 - 09:35 PM

Even if you take away all Phelps golds, the US would still be tied for 2nd in Golds, and still 1st in overall medals, so no, we would not look like "just another country".

That doesn't even take into account that we'd won at least 2 of those 7 without him, we blew the field away in the relay, and we had a Gold/Silver finish, and who knows what the next swimmer on the USA depth chart could have done.

Phelps is phenomenal, and of course having him is much better than not having him, but team USA is more than Phelps.

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 09:41 PM

I don't buy it. In the last several Summer games, besides '88, the US has "won" the swimming medal count by double digits. In '88 the East Germans had the most, other than that it's all US. If it wasn't Phelps it would be someone else, just not as many golds.

edit: I didn't check them all but it's actually more like every single Summer Olympics besides '88.



It's worth metnioning that at the Olympics, each nation is only allowed to enters two swimmers per event. But in many cases the USA left behind several swimmers who had times that would have put them on any other team, in finals and winning medals. The USA has such strength in depth. Not only that...many many swimmers from other nations choose to train in the USA. the Tunisian that just won the 1500M trains in the USA, Kirsty Coventry, trains in the USA. The USA has the best, infrastructure when it comes to swimming.

Just like the UK has the best for track cycling. It's all in the details.

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 09:50 PM

Go Torres!

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 09:51 PM

Noooooooooooooooooooooo. :whistling:

#418 njingles3

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 09:52 PM

Diesel Jones singlehandedly won that race for the Aussies.

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 09:53 PM

Stupid Sweden. Got my hopes up.

#420 njingles3

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 10:00 PM

Alright guys make Rowdy go nuts one last time.

#421 njingles3

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 10:05 PM

Hansen's going to blow it.

#422 njingles3

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 10:10 PM

Coming down to Lezak again.

#423 Obscure Name


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Posted 16 August 2008 - 10:11 PM

Woooooooooooooooooooooooo.

#424 SoxScout


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Posted 16 August 2008 - 10:11 PM

yay

#425 njingles3

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 10:11 PM

He does it!!!

Dominant by Phelps and a great last leg for Lezak again.

#426 RedOctober3829


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Posted 16 August 2008 - 10:12 PM

8 for 8 baby!!!!!!!!!!!

8 golds....7 world records.....16 career medals(14 gold)

You will never see something like this ever again.

Edited by RedOctober3829, 16 August 2008 - 10:13 PM.


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Posted 16 August 2008 - 10:13 PM

Can they put him on the basketball team for a game or something so he can get another one?

#428 njingles3

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 10:23 PM

Ha! This will be the last time Ravens fans have anything to celebrate for awhile.

#429 Ananti


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Posted 16 August 2008 - 10:27 PM

8 for 8 baby!!!!!!!!!!!

8 golds....7 world records.....16 career medals(14 gold)

You will never see something like this ever again.


Probably not, even for a swimmer as dominant as Phelps, he still needed some really good brakes to pull this off (the .01 second win, the amazing Lezak comeback, etc).

#430 Greg29fan


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Posted 16 August 2008 - 10:30 PM

It was truly an honor to watch Michael Phelps swim in the 2008 Olympics, it's a moment I won't ever forget. I really hope he will swim again in 4 years in London.

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 10:39 PM

wrong thread, shit

Edited by SoxScout, 16 August 2008 - 10:39 PM.


#432 shane88888

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 10:59 PM

Hansen's going to blow it.


Breaststrokers are the drummers of the swimming world, notable for flakiness and prone to spontaneous combustion.

They are never to be trusted.

#433 Beomoose


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Posted 17 August 2008 - 12:15 AM

As a former (endurance) swimmer, much awe and amazement do I have for the swimming GOD that is Phelps. WTG, man, WTG!!!!!!!!

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 06:23 AM

I thought for sure your man Lezak was going to blow that race.

Phelps carried those guys on his huge, waxed back.

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 07:38 AM

Phelps was phenomenal, kudos to him, truly amazing accomplishment..
but..I was irritated by the way the race was called though, one of the announcers said the following about Lezak :"Lezak won't let Phelps down", I bet that Lezak didn't want to let his country, him self, and ALL his team mates down in that order. I understand that Phelps was the focal point, but this was a team effort with three other great athletes who had an essential role in securing a medal for the US first, then to Phelps.

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 03:38 PM

Phelps was phenomenal, kudos to him, truly amazing accomplishment..
but..I was irritated by the way the race was called though, one of the announcers said the following about Lezak :"Lezak won't let Phelps down", I bet that Lezak didn't want to let his country, him self, and ALL his team mates down in that order. I understand that Phelps was the focal point, but this was a team effort with three other great athletes who had an essential role in securing a medal for the US first, then to Phelps.

Nice idealism, but what he was really swimming for was to not be, "That douchebag who cost Phelps his 8th".

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 07:22 PM

Nice idealism, but what he was really swimming for was to not be, "That douchebag who cost Phelps his 8th".

Yeah, but he is the only reason Phelps won his 2nd, so it would have been a push for Lezak. But he never came close to giving up the lead, he was the unsung hero of the olympic swimming team. No Lezak, no record for Phelpsy boy.

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 07:28 PM

Yeah, but he is the only reason Phelps won his 2nd, so it would have been a push for Lezak.

That was last week. No one remembers that anymore.

#439 pdaj

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 08:46 PM

Nice idealism, but what he was really swimming for was to not be, "That douchebag who cost Phelps his 8th".


I sort of agree - but I think in Lezak's case, it's a bit different. The French were blazin' in the race! Noone who follows Olympic swimming would have blinked an eye if the Americans had lost. And noone, certainly, would have blamed Lezak. Still, he managed to make the swim of of his life, as well as the entire '08 Olympics. He's the one swimmer that won't be lost in the Phelps' love-fest. Without him, Phelps falls one short.

Unsung hero, indeed.

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 09:09 PM

Nice idealism, but what he was really swimming for was to not be, "That douchebag who cost Phelps his 8th".

But I tend to agree with the other guy that for the athletes themselves, they have a greater purpose in swimming than simply avoiding being the "douche that cost Phelps."

Having said that, this has nothing to do with what the announcers were saying. Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines are not getting in Lezak's face and telling him "don't blow this." They are speaking to the American public watching the broadcast. And most of us absolutely were tuning in to watch Phelps make history.

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Posted 22 August 2008 - 11:12 AM

Phelps is writing a book

NEW YORK - Olympic superstar Michael Phelps will write a book telling the story behind his historic eight gold medal swims just in time for the holiday season, Free Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced Friday.
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In "Built to Succeed," Phelps will also cover his philosophy on training and competition, as well as his life being raised by a single mother and coping with an attention-deficit disorder, the publisher said.

The book is scheduled to be released in December.

Phelps, 23, became the winningest Olympian ever at this summer's Beijing games, winning eight golds to add to six previous Olympic first-place victories. He holds seven world records.



#442 bsartist618

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Posted 22 August 2008 - 11:45 AM

Is there anyone who didn't see that coming?

#443 DegenerateSoxFan

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Posted 22 August 2008 - 12:40 PM

I wonder he "writes it with."

#444 njingles3

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Posted 22 August 2008 - 12:42 PM

"Coping with ADD." Please. His mom threw him in a pool to tire him out and shut him up and the rest is history.

Edited by njingles3, 22 August 2008 - 12:43 PM.


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Posted 04 October 2008 - 06:16 PM

Wife and I had nothing to do today so we went to the Michael Phelps parade in Towson MD. Katie Hoff was also there as was some other MD Olympians, she is from Towson too. 30-40k showed up for the thing. It was actually pretty cool. They are now having a big ceremony at Fort McHenry for them/him.

That punk Carmelo Anthony didn't show up though. :rolling:

Edited by Wingack, 04 October 2008 - 06:17 PM.


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Posted 28 July 2009 - 09:20 PM

Can't wait for the next Olympics. I'm looking forward to the US developing a jet-pack that functions underwater. They should just get rid of the swimmers altogether and make it a race among the country's fastest swimming suits.

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