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Olympics

Discussion in 'Everything Else' started by Braveheart81, Dec 19, 2014.

  1. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    I thought I'd make a new thread seeing as there seems to be some interest in discussing it.

    Is it in search of a dollar or just remaining relevant?

    BMX was added to the cycling program by dropping two track events. I'd argue that 5 track events each for men and women is plenty and replacing a couple of niche track events with BMX is a great idea. The BMX is a good event and provides more diversity.

    Surely the Olympics should reflect events athletes and sportspeople actually compete in at a high standard rather than just being about tradition?
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  2. Dismal Pillock Peter Sullivan (51)

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  3. waiopehu oldboy Tim Horan (67)

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    ^^^^^^^^^^ you forgot the whale hunting.
  4. The_Brown_Hornet Michael Lynagh (62)

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    The Olympics is going to have to be pared back or its future is in jeopardy. The winter and summer games are becoming so expensive now that a lot of countries aren't bidding or the ones who are "lucky" enough to host it are finding themselves in financial trouble. Anything that can't go on generally doesn't and a good hard look at the total number of sports being played is going to have to be undertaken. I personally think we've gone way too far in including sports like tennis, BMX and some of the X-games style events. I'm not for one minute suggesting we go back to having athletics, swimming, wrestling and the modern pentathlon like in the old days, but do we really need in the order of 38 sports in it?
  5. RugbyReg George Smith (75)

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    Golf is the ridiculous inclusion for mine. No point in having it.
  6. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    I agree. The Olympics should be the pinnacle of any sport so there's no point adding golf. I feel the same way about tennis.
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  7. Strewthcobber Mark Ella (57)

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    Begs the obvious question then, are the best rugby players in the world going to be in Rio?

    Should sevens be there?
  8. Brendan Hume Charlie Fox (21)

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    I like the soccer rules of an U23 side with a couple of key players. In saying that maybe soccer also doesn't belong. But if soccer is there Rugby should be a low cost inclusion using the same stadiums and the sevens is only a two day carnival


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  9. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    The best 7s teams will be there and it will be the most sought after 7s title. That makes it a good team event to have at the Olympics.
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  10. formerflanker Dick Tooth (41)

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    "Faster, higher, stronger" - as long as you are under 23. The Olympics should be for elite athletes only but soccer laughs at this tradition, so that the World Cup is not challenged.
    Under age athletes? Next we will be having handicap races in the 100m!
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  11. Gibbo Ron Walden (29)

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    Aus sailing team won't be as successful as the last time around - but will go head to head with the cycling team for the best sport performance by aussies
  12. Teh Other Dave Phil Hardcastle (33)

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    Yeah, but we all know the administrators of soccer have their snouts firmly buried in the trough. Mind you, as does the IOC.
  13. Dismal Pillock Peter Sullivan (51)

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    ahh The Olympics, who among you can forget some of the glorious events that have been staged over history on the world stage..


    Hot-Air Balloon Javelining.

    Simple enough. Last balloon remaining aloft won the gold.


    As you'd expect, the krauts were murder at this one.

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    The New Zealand team at the startline of the 1908 Olympiad, a
    scant 2 minutes and 18 seconds before all 4 of them plummeted
    to their deaths, bounced, then plummeted a little bit more.
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  14. Dismal Pillock Peter Sullivan (51)

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    Wheelchair Downhill Dressage

    Strangely phased out in 1962. Fairly basic premise. No rules. The last athlete to get to the bottom of the hill, the most elegantly, in a wheelchair, wins the gold. Take your time, dickheads.

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    ps, no wheelchair + yellow dayglo suit = instant disqualification.
  15. Dismal Pillock Peter Sullivan (51)

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    Mixed-Doubles Poodle Shearing.

    1952-1956. This was another basic enough event. One pair of shears, 4 hands on the shears at all times or it's instant disqualification. Teamwork was of the essence. Killing the dog was frowned upon.

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    "Oh shit."
  16. Dismal Pillock Peter Sullivan (51)

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    Wheelchair Shot-Putt Golf.

    Roll around a golf course in a fuckin' wheelchair, putting a shot, least number of putts wins, just like with real golf. The notorious offshore crosswinds at Royal St Andrews SHOULD be negated by the fact that shot putts are heavy as all-fuck but we'll just have to wait and see.

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    No sweat, piece of piss, wheelchair access since 1663.
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  17. Dismal Pillock Peter Sullivan (51)

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    Coxless 4 Synchronized Pith Helmet Water Polo.

    This comically crap event rapidly became infamous for:
    • drownings
    • scoreless draws
    • wet helmets
    • drowned helmets
    • accusations of poolside colonial exploitation
    The event was hurriedly phased out of the Olympics altogether once the popular British sitcom “It Ain’t Half Hot Mum” went off the air.

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  18. The torpedo Chilla Wilson (44)

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    Don't forget one of the most famous events in olympic history dismal:
    (skip to 4:00)
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  19. Dismal Pillock Peter Sullivan (51)

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    I'm not affiliated from a technical or coaching perspective but that fat-arsed wombat looks purpose built for a bit of wheelchair downhill dressage.
  20. ChargerWA Mark Loane (55)

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    Road race happening people. Doesn't quite have the intrigue 2012 did.

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