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Americans at the Olympics

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    MSN: Americans make themselves at home in Rio

    Interesting article on the American presence at the Olympics in Rio...or seemingly lack of presence. We are so used to seeing images of American fans wrapped in the stars and stripes and shouting USA, USA, USA. Not so for our Olympians.

    "The U.S. building stands out in the Olympic athletes village for what is not there. There are no national flags flying out the windows of the 18-story drab, gray high-rise. There is no colorful bunting draped along the balconies. There are no mascots at the front door.

    ""You’d never know who’s staying there, until you think about it for a moment.

    "The Canadians, the Germans, the Poles, the Australians – you can tell from a mile away where they’re spending the next two and a half weeks. You can’t miss the flags and signs, all bearing the recognizable colors of each nation."

    It is of course a security issue. I spent three months on business in Rio in the 1990s and my security was a big concern for my company. The chances of getting robbed in broad daylight were pretty good at that time...us gringos stood out in the crowd. I expect that security has been ramped up for the games, but there still will be dumb fans venturing into streets that they shouldn't.

  • Independent
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    Don't worry Schmidt; this country has more flags than brains (except you!) thus it boils down to not having desert for a change. The more flags available for Trumps circus.
  • Center Left
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    I love all sports. The Olympics provide a look into swimming, track and field, gymnastics, and many others that don't get coverage on the networks. I'll enjoy watching many athletes compete. Many have no place in a competition that is said to be about "Amatuers". Mens basketball, and golf are examples of professionals looking for another challenge. Many golfers who make plenty of money are avoiding Brazil because of the Zika virus. Not that they are concerned for themselves, but a wife, daughter, etc. don't want to risk exposure.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Those young gymnastic women cause me anxiety attacks as they do seemingly impossible maneuvers on gym equipment. So athletic.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    It looks like many Olympians and staff have been robbed already. I could have told them what to expect. The Chinese victims were easy targets for a common ploy.
  • Independent
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    One good thing about the Olympics is that Trump is then an bit out of the news; hallejuja. Of course except if he makes a new screw up, or gets shot!!
  • Center Left
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    I am an admitted sports fan. I'll enjoy many hours of watching much of it. What I'm looking forward to is Rugby. I know nothing about it but the olympics give you exposure that comes with some explanations. I agree Dutch, a break from politics is like fresh air.
  • Liberal
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    Unfortunately the IOC is one of the most corrupt organizations in the world today (almost as bad as the Republican Party)!

    The Olympic Games have never been about amateurs sportspeople. Traditionally the Olympics was about nothing more than emperors abusing their warriors for their own gain and power. There was no such thing as "amateur" in those days. You were a warrior fighting for you leader. Anything goes they were more corrupt and cheated as much as today's so called "amateurs".

    The Olympics is all about a few well placed political crooks enhancing their wealth and power at everyone else's expense. If you support this charade you are really no better than they are!

    Let's be honest here - the Olympics should be open to anyone who can qualify. The Olympics should be a non-profit endeavor held in the same location every time with no input or influence from sports equipment manufacturers, politicians or entrepreneurs. In other words "The Donals Trump's of the world should have nothing to do with the Olympics"!

    When that takes place I might consider watching but even then I do believe it would put me to sleep pretty rapidly. I think I would prefer to watch Norwegian Slow TV, as a mater of fact rather than suffer thru the ordeal they call the Olympics every four years.

    My wife does enjoy it, however, fortunately we have more than one TV in the house!

  • Independent
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    P.R. yes it is corrupt; like what is Brazil doing with all the buildings etc. after the Olympics? They bulldozed whole area's any chased poor people away while the country is broke. There was an guy on TV who also said that it was nuts to have participants travel long ways; while they can prove in their own countries that they can win. He suggested to have such separate sports in the countries its self but not in an corrupt Olympics fashion. What I don't understand is that target shooting won by an WVA girl is really an sport, by using just one finger. Pokémon is even more difficult.
  • Center Left
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    I love that cheating will have results. Russia is not in first, second, or in third place (in medals count) because they received some penalty for past lies and cheating. If DT was prez. he would have strongly suggested full forgiveness for his "best friend - Putin".

    Netherlands have done very well. Sadly their great bicycle racer broke her leg a couple of days ago. They have done better than expected in a few events.

    Today I will watch USA Rugby at noon and at 5:00. Nate Ebner is a professional football player (NE) and a former college FB player at The Ohio State university. He plays because his father was a great player. It's a nice story and I really hope he/they do well.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote: Those young gymnastic women cause me anxiety attacks as they do seemingly impossible maneuvers on gym equipment. So athletic.
    Those gymnists running in a straight line and flipping and flying look like they are 10 feet high. Seems totally impossible to get that high in the air just running and jumping. Let alone spinning and contorting and landing on their feet.
  • Independent
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    TJ Wrote:

    I love that cheating will have results. Russia is not in first, second, or in third place (in medals count) because they received some penalty for past lies and cheating. If DT was prez. he would have strongly suggested full forgiveness for his "best friend - Putin".

    Netherlands have done very well. Sadly their great bicycle racer broke her leg a couple of days ago. They have done better than expected in a few events.

    Today I will watch USA Rugby at noon and at 5:00. Nate Ebner is a professional football player (NE) and a former college FB player at The Ohio State university. He plays because his father was a great player. It's a nice story and I really hope he/they do well.

    Tony ; yes the Dutchy's have bad luck; also with the volleyball and cycling; the girl did not only broke her leg but has an concussion as well; I saw the accident, it was terrible. In volleyball they lost their "leader" (an leg issue) and then lost the game after that.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    The US Women's gymnasts "Final Five" were outstanding. However, what I will remember is not so much their athletic feats, but rather the close up camera views of the intense concentration in their faces seconds before they set their bodies in motion to do the seemingly impossible flips through the air, mixed with the artistry of the beam and floor routines. It is that fierce determination that separates Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, and Madison Kocian from the rest of the athletes.

    But credit must also go to Coach Martha Karolyi, who will be retiring after this Olympics. Karolyi is originally from Romania and has shown over the years an ability to not only train and motivate gymnasts, but perhaps more importantly picking out the ones who have the mental toughness to withstand the pressure of competition at the highest level. It is fitting that her last team honored her legacy and what she has done for the sport. They are her "Final Five", perhaps the best ever.

  • Center Left
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    A thumbs up to your comments. Great points. Great moments in swimming as well.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Summed up by a great movie and good beer. Something like "It don't get no better than this". Kind of stretched it on the movie "As good as it gets" but that is the idea.