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Twelfth Monkey

Olympics.

Surprised there's no thread yet.  Enjoying it?  Standout performances?

Max Whitlock did brilliantly, and I've been really impressed with Team GB's cyclists.  Staggering to see that we are in 2nd place as I type, with a Gold in the sailing still not taken into account even though it's guaranteed.  I know we won't stay there, but it's pretty impressive.
TreVoR

Watched some of the equestrian - we were unlucky in the eventing and the Germans were superb in the dressage.

The golf went down to the wire - watched that in the pub last night and Andy Murray made us all sweat the result along with him.

I have no interest in the athletics or swimming. I seem to have missed the female beach volleyball.
Bob Sacamano

We've loved it so far. You find yourself watching sports you normally wouldn't bother with and becoming an overnight expert. I found myself criticizing the Chinese synchro diving pair the other night for a small over rotation as they entered the water.
The trampolining was great as well - we've got a couple of neighbours with them in the in the back garden and I can see myself having a couple of drinks and having a go at that silver medal routine.
Bob Sacamano

TreVoR wrote:
Watched some of the equestrian - we were unlucky in the eventing and the Germans were superb in the dressage.



Yes, who'd have thought the Germans would be good at getting horses to goosestep?
Grampa

My granddaughter (who got into the Welsh development gymnastics squad this year - 'development' because she's not old enough for international competition yet) has been glued to all the gymnastics coverage and has been a mine of information about all the moves etc.

I've enjoyed the velodrome, the rowing, and the rugby - even watching us get slaughtered by Fiji.  Plus of course the obvious such as Jessica Ennis Hill on the track, Mo Farah and Usain Bolt.

Amazing to see GB in second place in medals table too - 20 years ago that would have seemed like a pipe dream!
Michael

Grampa wrote:

Amazing to see GB in second place in medals table too - 20 years ago that would have seemed like a pipe dream!


Thank John Major for putting the lottery funding that way.
Big Blue

I watched Andy Murray and that's it thus far. I get told by BBC News 24 what's going on.
Racing Teatray

The stand-out moment for me was watching Annamiek van Vleuten go over her handlebars whilst in the lead on the final descent in the Women's Cycling Road Race. It was horrifying. We really did all think she had to be dead.
PG

Racing Teatray wrote:
The stand-out moment for me was watching Annamiek van Vleuten go over her handlebars whilst in the lead on the final descent in the Women's Cycling Road Race. It was horrifying. We really did all think she had to be dead.


Yes that was a heart in the mouth moment - she was just lying there upside down, out cold, with her head at a really weird angle. I presumed she must have broken her neck.  

GB second in the medal table (for now) is amazing. We finally started taking international sport seriously once lottery funding was started. I remember, as a kid, if we got one gold there was national celebration. We were, basically shyte.

I watched the dressage this afternoon. Amazing!
gooner

Not watched a lot but have watched some of the coverage. I stayed up for Murrays match last night and really enjoyed it. Both him and Del Potro put absolutely everything into it and it was great seeing the sheer passion from both men as they battled right to the end. The latter has been out of the grand slams for some time through injury but now he's fit he's not an opponent either of the big three will want to be drawn against.
Frank Bullitt

Bob Sacamano wrote:
We've loved it so far. You find yourself watching sports you normally wouldn't bother with and becoming an overnight expert.


Not so much the expert bit but it's the unusual sports that I really enjoy watching, stuff Tennis or golf which you can watch at pretty much any time of the year - trampolining, now that's a proper Olympic sport.  Watching the rowers and cyclists always amazes me and it is motivational - my mates 13 year old daughter was at the 2012 'super Saturday' on Lake Dorny, now she is within the elite of paired rowers having turned to her dad and said 'I want to do that'.

Love the Olympics.
Martin

I've been enjoying it, particularly the cycling which has been fantastic.  Just watched Laura Trott in the individual pursuit part of the omnium, beating the multiple world champion (as a standalone event), stunning performance.  Mark Cavendish is just starting the final race in the omnium......
Frank Bullitt

If he's not disqualified he will be a lucky, lucky boy indeed.
Martin

Very lucky.  Bit of a Rosberg move.

Edit: that's not fair, no malice involved.
Frank Bullitt

Laura Trott looks so bloody good, she makes it looks so comfortable
Martin

Frank Bullitt wrote:
Laura Trott looks so bloody good, she makes it looks so comfortable


+1 Fantastic.
BeN

We got our first ever gold medal, and in quite some fashion too, beating out the legend that is Michael Phelps.

http://sports.inquirer.net/219302...s-to-win-singapores-1st-ever-gold
Twelfth Monkey

Trott was fantastic.

Echo Racing's thoughts about the Dutch cyclist.  We were watching live and it was weird seeing the camera motorbike catch her up, the coverage switch to her and her appear to have a fatal/life-changing event happen within a few seconds.  Glad it seems to have been neither.
Bob Sacamano

Racing Teatray wrote:
The stand-out moment for me was watching Annamiek van Vleuten go over her handlebars whilst in the lead on the final descent in the Women's Cycling Road Race. It was horrifying. We really did all think she had to be dead.


That was really heart in mouth stuff, like you, we thought she'd at best broke her neck.
Her compatriot in the Keiren produced an amazing piece of riding when she narrowly avoided crashing by doing a wall of death ride around the very top of the advertising hoardings, inches from disaster.
Frank Bullitt

Yup, Laura Trott is a fucking machine - so bloody incredible
Frank Bullitt

That was proper finger nail stuff...

If those two have kids, bloody hell.

Thoroughly well deserved success, brilliant.
simonp

Just watched the women's 400m hurdles. The Danish competitor, Stina Troest was rather eye catching! Luckily for me, lots of others think so too (inc. her I suspect), so there were plenty of pics on google for me to perv at study.

The velodrome stuff was great. I was begging for the German in the women's sprint final to lose, as she'd earlier been casting aspersions on the GB team's success. Gutted when the dumpy twat won the gold. The bikes looked brilliant and I really liked the Mavic disc wheels with the yellow flashes on them. The GB team all looked like they had bigger gearing than the others, but I wonder if that was an optical trick caused by the black chainrings they were using? I also spotted the American Omnium rider on a left hand drive bike which looked really odd.

http://road.cc/content/tech-news/...rack-bike-spot-deliberate-mistake
Twelfth Monkey

Frank Bullitt wrote:
That was proper finger nail stuff...

If those two have kids, bloody hell.

Thoroughly well deserved success, brilliant.


Wasn't it just?

13th also said he wondered what will happen if they have kids.  I suggested they'd be born with wheels...
Martin

Fantastic end to the cycling, really enjoyed it and as has been said, both Laura and Jason were unbelievable.
Big Blue

simonp wrote:
Just watched the women's 400m hurdles. The Danish competitor, Stina Troest was rather eye catching! Luckily for me, lots of others think so too (inc. her I suspect), so there were plenty of pics on google for me to perv at study.


Oh my yes: she looks like she'd wear me out before I draw my pension....
Frank Bullitt

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
Frank Bullitt wrote:
That was proper finger nail stuff...

If those two have kids, bloody hell.

Thoroughly well deserved success, brilliant.


Wasn't it just?

13th also said he wondered what will happen if they have kids.  I suggested they'd be born with wheels...


I just can't get over how dominating they both are in the field
Bob Sacamano

The French are convinced it's a combination of mechanical cheating with the bikes and doping.

Bitter bastards.
Twelfth Monkey

Second overall, then.  A fantastic games, just a pity that much of the live athletics went out at inconveniently 'local' times.  Can't see that catching on...
Bob Sacamano

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
Second overall, then.  A fantastic games, just a pity that much of the live athletics went out at inconveniently 'local' times.  Can't see that catching on...


You mean prime time for US (the biggest and most lucrative) audiences? I suspect it might.
Twelfth Monkey

It was a joke.  I won't give up the day job.
Bob Sacamano

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
It was a joke.  I won't give up the day job.


I should have put a  
PG

What was amazing was that the GB team kept challenging in a lot of different sports.  

The Brownlee brothers destroyed the field in the triathalon.

Fantastic result to be second in the medal table.
Big Blue

They're home then. Glad to see my favourite airline is spending my money in a manner I'm glad to see it being spent.

Plane named: VictoRIOus
Flight renumbered: BA2016
Decals: gold nose and #gladtobeback

Excellent. Can someone tell me in population vs medals terms just how much we annihilated the Chinese and the Septics?
Frank Bullitt

Big Blue wrote:


Excellent. Can someone tell me in population vs medals terms just how much we annihilated the Chinese and the Septics?


Good question;

Number of total medals per person in the population;

USA - 3.73^7
GB - 1.029^6
China - 5.06^8

Number of total gold medals per person in the population;

USA - 1.42^7
GB - 4.15^7
China - 1.88^8

So in simple terms, more successful than the USA and massively more successful than China
Bob Sacamano

Frank Bullitt wrote:
Big Blue wrote:


Excellent. Can someone tell me in population vs medals terms just how much we annihilated the Chinese and the Septics?


Good question;

Number of total medals per person in the population;

USA - 3.73^7
GB - 1.029^6
China - 5.06^8

Number of total gold medals per person in the population;

USA - 1.42^7
GB - 4.15^7
China - 1.88^8

So in simple terms, more successful than the USA and massively more successful than China


But I suppose on those measurements, not as successful as New Zealand or Jamaica.
Twelfth Monkey

Come on Bob, these sorts of sums only work when you're looking up the table!
Bob Sacamano

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
Come on Bob, these sorts of sums only work when you're looking up the table!


Yes, what was I thinking? Up the Brits!! Fuck the Yanks!

Condescending pat on the back New Zealand.
Twelfth Monkey

And Fiji.  Imagine only kicking seven shades of shit out of us at Rugby Sevens?

I try not to do it, but the way that many of the Pigeons (as in Yankee Doodle) celebrate makes my stomach turn, and makes me pleased when things don't go their way.  I know that this is wrong, but I'll admit it...
PG

DT online article below that has a lot of alternative medal tables. GB did great, however you look at it.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/olympi...ow-countries-rank-when-we-adjust/

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