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Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

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DAY 1 - OPENING CEREMONY

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DAY 2 AUG 09

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Marilou Dozois-Prevost

Event: Women's 48kg Weightlifting

Snatch + Clean&Jerk result: 10th overall finish ....(OMG, "Snatch" and "Clean&Jerk"... how politically incorrect!!! :lol: )

Looking Good: Gold :P

Men's Cycling Road Race

BARRY Michael: 9th place

HESJEDAL Ryder: 56th place

TUFT Svein: 59th place

Fencing - Women's Individual Sabre

CLOUTIER Julie: Epic Fail round 64

SASSINE Sandra: Eliminated round 32

OVTCHINNIKOVA Olga: Eliminated round 32

image credits http://en.beijing2008.cn/

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Those mascots make the olympics look like weird some japanese game show..

I havent really watched the olympics since the winter ones in salt lake city

Country vs Country should be glorious, but it just seems lame now

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I'm keeping my eyes on the Chinese Canadian Fencer.... She's such a jedi. at 50 she's representing us. She won China's first gold medal in Lightsabering (Fencing), and her Jedi conditioning is so advanced that she's well over 50, and still competing, 2) had a piece of Rapier embedded in her, but still one silver... 3) runs her own Fencing academy in Edmonton... Holy crow, I only thought that super strong Nodachi (Female Ninjas), only existed in Anime, or in Video Games. what is she going to do next? Shoot Canadian eye lazers out her eyes? Is she going to jump around and do Wire-Fu?

In Sydney however she was eliminated in round one.

I can't wait until I grow up to be a crazy old Canadian-Chinese man with Jedi powers like David Suzuki, or Norman Kwong... Anways as for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luan_Jujie I hope she does well. She can show the world that Canada really means business. And since I'm Chinese.. There's some ethnic pride there...

http://www.edmontonfencing.com/ (Here's her Dojo in Edmonton). Wow kinda makes me want to take up a combat sport again....

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I'm keeping my eyes on the Chinese Canadian Fencer.... She's such a jedi. at 50 she's representing us. She won China's first gold medal in Lightsabering (Fencing), and her Jedi conditioning is so advanced that she's well over 50, and still competing, 2) had a piece of Rapier embedded in her, but still one silver... 3) runs her own Fencing academy in Edmonton... Holy crow, I only thought that super strong Nodachi (Female Ninjas), only existed in Anime, or in Video Games. what is she going to do next? Shoot Canadian eye lazers out her eyes? Is she going to jump around and do Wire-Fu?

In Sydney however she was eliminated in round one.

I can't wait until I grow up to be a crazy old Canadian-Chinese man with Jedi powers like David Suzuki, or Norman Kwong... Anways as for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luan_Jujie I hope she does well. She can show the world that Canada really means business. And since I'm Chinese.. There's some ethnic pride there...

http://www.edmontonfencing.com/ (Here's her Dojo in Edmonton). Wow kinda makes me want to take up a combat sport again....

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Has the COC been pumping money into the summer games or is that dollar only going toward 2010? If the athletes have been funded properly I could see us getting over 20 medals. There are enough events we have to get something, right?

Good luck to all.

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Those mascots make the olympics look like weird some japanese game show..

I havent really watched the olympics since the winter ones in salt lake city

Country vs Country should be glorious, but it just seems lame now

Since most of us "Canadians" have heritage from somewhere else, which country will you be cheering for besides Canada? What is your mother country?

I'm keeping my eyes on the Chinese Canadian Fencer.... She's such a jedi.

Yea, i didn't even know one can compete for different multiple countries.

Good luck to her.

Has the COC been pumping money into the summer games or is that dollar only going toward 2010? If the athletes have been funded properly I could see us getting over 20 medals. There are enough events we have to get something, right?

Good luck to all.

Canada is sending a total of 331 athletes to these games and would probably be happy with 5 Gold medals and 20 medals overall.

In comparison, USA is sending a total of 596 athletes and would probably take home 30 Golds and 100 medals overall.

Are the Olympics just flat out embarrassing for Canadians?

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Since most of us "Canadians" have heritage from somewhere else, which country will you be cheering for besides Canada? What is your mother country?

I'll root for Holland. The Motherland, once removed. Mom is Dutch. They will likely get more medals than us, but it might be close. The Canadian flag bearer(sp) has a Dutch name...just sayin' cause you called us "Canadians".

You Peeps?

Canada is sending a total of 331 athletes to these games and would probably be happy with 5 Gold medals and 20 medals overall.

In comparison, USA is sending a total of 596 athletes and would probably take home 30 Golds and 100 medals overall.

Are the Olympics just flat out embarrassing for Canadians?

Historically (my history), the summer games have been dissapointing, but we do seem to get better at the winter stuff. Maybe that's cause it's winter here for 8 months, I don't know.

That still didn't answer my question, BTW. Is all the COC funding going towards 2010 or was some allocated to doing well this time around in China, at the summer level?

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Are the Olympics just flat out embarrassing for Canadians?

In the summer, it is a bit like cheering for the kid who was picked last. I'm happy if a Canadian does well (top ten?) but due to the large investment involved (and the lack of will to spend money in our so-called "socialist" government) I think its a matter of being a winter country instead of a summer country, but 20 medals would be a good showing.

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The Olympics arn't flat out embarrassing for us. Lennox Lewis, (the boxer with the great Rasta locks), won gold for us, and the 2002 Salt Lake Games, was very exciting... the world coined us the "Crazy Canucks", from our performance of skiing.

But what about Team China Barney..... they're very very "socialist"! and they dominate everywhere. It's that whole Cold War BS of who can pee further or who can fart loudest. That whole, let's compete on every stage, China being the 3rd country to launch stuff into space, ahead of Capitalistic Japan, and America to say "we're still in the game". We're sending our chess players, (the USSR USA chess rivalry), or space rivalry, or let's produce roid monkeys rivalry (sports).

So obviously with their "Soup Nazi"like harshness China will produce many cyber athliets. But Canada might increase to hold maybe 3rd (max) 4th... But many more golds. Like I watched a Discovery show about girls as young as 4 being drafted into these gymastics camp... Holy crow, talk about pressure.... What are the Chinese training... gymnasts, or praying Mantis women (Club Dread reference, about a Gymnast). But China has done poorly in some olympic sports, they usually finish fourth or something. from what I read.

Plus the crap they eat (taste, but it's really good for you), like this bitter mushroom we chinese eat called Doung Goo (East Mushroom), that is bitter man.... But gives great fiber. China is blessed with freaky plants like Bock Choi, (great fiberage), Ginsing (STRONG detox tea), Garlic and Ginger, and really CRAZY peppers. Man are they hot. the purpose is to keep the body nutured, but surly this counts as doping? because some plants that are abundant in China. (like the anti Aging Goji berries (I have some), are not abundant in other parts of the world? Plus Team China also trains in harsh mountains, very harsh mountains....

I'm still betting, figuratively, on the Chinese Jedi granny.... Rule one in life don't piss chicks off. rule 2, see rule one rule 3. don't piss elderly chicks off, come on guys, we all have mom's still....... Anyways, although she's from China, Jian is a Canadian citizen. She participated in the 1986 Universaides in Edmonton (holy crow, I still remember that), and loved it up there. Her kids also Fencers are born in Canada. I hope they participate in future games for us...

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The Olympics arn't flat out embarrassing for us. Lennox Lewis, (the boxer with the great Rasta locks), won gold for us, and the 2002 Salt Lake Games, was very exciting... the world coined us the "Crazy Canucks", from our performance of skiing.

But what about Team China Barney..... they're very very "socialist"! and they dominate everywhere. It's that whole Cold War BS of who can pee further or who can fart loudest. That whole, let's compete on every stage, China being the 3rd country to launch stuff into space, ahead of Capitalistic Japan, and America to say "we're still in the game". We're sending our chess players, (the USSR USA chess rivalry), or space rivalry, or let's produce roid monkeys rivalry (sports).

So obviously with their "Soup Nazi"like harshness China will produce many cyber athliets. But Canada might increase to hold maybe 3rd (max) 4th... But many more golds. Like I watched a Discovery show about girls as young as 4 being drafted into these gymastics camp... Holy crow, talk about pressure.... What are the Chinese training... gymnasts, or praying Mantis women (Club Dread reference, about a Gymnast). But China has done poorly in some olympic sports, they usually finish fourth or something. from what I read.

Plus the crap they eat (taste, but it's really good for you), like this bitter mushroom we chinese eat called Doung Goo (East Mushroom), that is bitter man.... But gives great fiber. China is blessed with freaky plants like Bock Choi, (great fiberage), Ginsing (STRONG detox tea), Garlic and Ginger, and really CRAZY peppers. Man are they hot. the purpose is to keep the body nutured, but surly this counts as doping? because some plants that are abundant in China. (like the anti Aging Goji berries (I have some), are not abundant in other parts of the world? Plus Team China also trains in harsh mountains, very harsh mountains....

I'm still betting, figuratively, on the Chinese Jedi granny.... Rule one in life don't piss chicks off. rule 2, see rule one rule 3. don't piss elderly chicks off, come on guys, we all have mom's still....... Anyways, although she's from China, Jian is a Canadian citizen. She participated in the 1986 Universaides in Edmonton (holy crow, I still remember that), and loved it up there. Her kids also Fencers are born in Canada. I hope they participate in future games for us...

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The Olympics arn't flat out embarrassing for us. Lennox Lewis, (the boxer with the great Rasta locks), won gold for us, and the 2002 Salt Lake Games, was very exciting... the world coined us the "Crazy Canucks", from our performance of skiing.

2/3 of those are winter stuff...I am confused... :wacko:

But wait, maybe you mean there is no real big names to get excited about like our sprinters or the sprint team. I still remember 1996 when we took the 100m and the 4x100 over the Americans on American soil. Good times![/post]

The only athlete I was knew about on the track team this year is out due to injury. Outside that, GO TRAMPOLINE! :unsure:

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China. Although i like cheering for the under dog in most events... which coincidentally, is usually a Canadian.

Is all the COC funding going towards 2010 or was some allocated to doing well this time around in China, at the summer level?

I think they are putting all the eggs into the 2010 basket.

It's a shame though that Canadian Athletes don't get the corporate sponsorship that athletes of other countries enjoy.

Cash For Medals

The Canadian Olympic Committee announced Monday the Athlete Excellence Fund will give $20,000 to gold-medal winners, $15,000 to silver medallists and $10,000 to Canadian athletes who earn Olympic bronze.

$20,000 is a good start but that doesn't compare to the cash bonuses that many other medal winning athletes receive in other countries.

In the summer, it is a bit like cheering for the kid who was picked last. I'm happy if a Canadian does well (top ten?) but due to the large investment involved (and the lack of will to spend money in our so-called "socialist" government) I think its a matter of being a winter country instead of a summer country, but 20 medals would be a good showing.

I like to cheer for the under dog but it gets embarrassing when Canada loses out in the first heat of everything.

The Olympics arn't flat out embarrassing for us. Lennox Lewis, (the boxer with the great Rasta locks), won gold for us,

Lennox Lewis is a traitor. Shortly after winning the Gold medal for Canada, he began boxing professionally as a Briton and distanced himself from Canada.

China has done poorly in some olympic sports

China has traditionally done poorly in Track and Field events which is why there is so much hype around their hurdles athlete who is expected to sweep all the hurdles Gold Medals. He is the star of the Olympics (and might be China's flag bearer too, i believe.) Talk about pressure for him.

But wait, maybe you mean there is no real big names to get excited about like our sprinters or the sprint team. I still remember 1996 when we took the 100m and the 4x100 over the Americans on American soil. Good times!

The 100-meter dash is arguably the highlight of the Olympics and Canada stole the spotlight in 1996. It was good times indeed.

Too bad it ain't going to happen for at least another 4 years....

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I personally prefer to watch the winter games. Plus China is having a lot of problems in his country at the same time, hope they can handle it all.

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But what about Team China Barney..... they're very very "socialist"! and they dominate everywhere. It's that whole Cold War BS of who can pee further or who can fart loudest. That whole, let's compete on every stage, China being the 3rd country to launch stuff into space, ahead of Capitalistic Japan, and America to say "we're still in the game". We're sending our chess players, (the USSR USA chess rivalry), or space rivalry, or let's produce roid monkeys rivalry (sports).

That's my point though. You'd think that with the way our governments like to throw money at strange art exhibits and the like, they'd spend spend spend (in addition to the corporate sponsorships) and our athletes would be highly competitive at every Olympics.

It just seems that Canada's best is never good enough, on the world stage.

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Great post & poll. I am really looking forward to the Olympics as it will tide me over till training camp. :rolleyes:

I voted low on gold medals & medium on medals overall.

First & foremost I cheer for Canada, they (we) are usually competitive in most sports with a lot finishes in the 4th to 10th spot.

Second I cheer for Australia as for a country smaller than us they are definitely a sporting nation.

3rd the Scandinavian countries or and other country of note specific to the sport.

I am kind of hoping that China & the US do not run away with most of the medals so they make the games interesting and challenging.

One of my concerns for Canada is they are usually good at the less mainstream sports (Trampoline, Kayak, Rowing). There are already talks that before or after London, the number of sports will be reduced and as a result could have a negative impact on Canada's performance. I would have like to create a poll on the subject but am not sure how to compress 41 sport groupings down to 20?

I will be really cheering on Canada's 3 member Taekwondo team!

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That's my point though. You'd think that with the way our governments like to throw money at strange art exhibits and the like, they'd spend spend spend (in addition to the corporate sponsorships) and our athletes would be highly competitive at every Olympics.

It just seems that Canada's best is never good enough, on the world stage.

>>> Well there's the Canadarm we have to research. Canada has to make their mark in space somehow, before we all get almagamated into the North American Union.....

But seriously speaking, Canada has produced many fine athliets, (maybe not at the games), but Terry Fox was a sprinter, Tim Hansen traveled the world in his wheel chair, the world was his stage...

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That's my point though. You'd think that with the way our governments like to throw money at strange art exhibits and the like, they'd spend spend spend (in addition to the corporate sponsorships) and our athletes would be highly competitive at every Olympics.

It just seems that Canada's best is never good enough, on the world stage.

>>> Well there's the Canadarm we have to research. Canada has to make their mark in space somehow, before we all get almagamated into the North American Union.....

But seriously speaking, Canada has produced many fine athliets, (maybe not at the games), but Terry Fox was a sprinter, Tim Hansen traveled the world in his wheel chair, the world was his stage...

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I don't know what it is about the summer olympics. I do follow the results and enjoy watching highlights but the majority of it to me is extremely boring. I don't enjoy watching racing of any kind (auto or human) so that takes a lot of the events out for me. I guess I just don't think that the summer olympics translate well into a TV experience.

I always cheer for Canadians and enjoy seeing them do well (whenever that happens) but I also cheer for Great Britain due to heritage.

Canada is sending a total of 331 athletes to these games and would probably be happy with 5 Gold medals and 20 medals overall.

In comparison, USA is sending a total of 596 athletes and would probably take home 30 Golds and 100 medals overall.

I think that if you look at those numbers, it's fairly obvious why there is such a discrepancy. The States has roughly 10 times our population and is not even sending twice as many atheletes. Naturally it's more of the cream of the crop.

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I have ZERO interest in the Summer Games (other than Canada's field hockey team since I used to play in Hong Kong). It's all about the Winter Games for me...

It's going to be kind of confusing as to who I'll be cheering for. Definitely Canada and the U.S. since I just became an American citizen, but also Japan and China (I'm Chinese, woo)...

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Are any of the networks covering the games showing events online?

That would be cool.

I think CBC has strict broadcasting rights over the games in Canada and I don't think CBC is broadcasting online.

So, your best bet is P2P live stream.

Even youtube videos are being removed as quickly as they are posted.

If your timing is good though, you can watch some of the opening ceremony highlights on youtube.

It seems like most Olympic videos on youtube have a 10-minute shelf life before they get detected (i've watched a few good ones already. Went back to look for them 10-minutes later and they're gone).

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Those opening ceremonies were amazing. The lighting of the torch with the guy flying around the stadium was breathtaking. Kudos to China for that show it was unforgettable.

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