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08-04-2012, 01:53 PM
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The ballerinas have come out full fledge in this one. The english crowd acknowledges it. and the shlitty ref should be banned.

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Silver for Cochrane in the 1500M freestyle swim!

Up to 10 medals for Canada now!

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08-04-2012, 03:18 PM
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How many medals are given out in swimming? Geez...

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How many medals are given out in swimming? Geez...
Far, far too many.

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Far, far too many.
5 American swimmers have accumulated 23 medals as of today accounting for almost 50% of the 53 American medals.

This is why what the soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina did decades ago with her 18 medals is far greater accomplishment. How badly can you hurt yourself in a swimming pool compared to most other disciplines? Its injury factor is almost 0.

Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time because of the sport he chose but he's far from the greatest.

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5 American swimmers have accumulated 23 medals as of today accounting for almost 50% of the 53 American medals.

This is why what the soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina did decades ago with her 18 medals is far greater accomplishment. How badly can you hurt yourself in a swimming pool compared to most other disciplines? Its injury factor is almost 0.

Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time because of the sport he chose but he's far from the greatest.
So If I understand your thinking, the Kenyan's should be disqualified from all long distance running because no Kenyan lives closer then 20km from a school and with no cars,metro,bus you have to run to school every day. They have to jump over fallen trees, dead animals, swim across a lake, hurdle over fences, long jump the great rift valley and of course learn to sprint faster then an attacking cheetah. It's just not fair, it's automatic, if you live to reach Olympic age your an automatic winner. NOT FAIR for the rest of US.

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5 American swimmers have accumulated 23 medals as of today accounting for almost 50% of the 53 American medals.

This is why what the soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina did decades ago with her 18 medals is far greater accomplishment. How badly can you hurt yourself in a swimming pool compared to most other disciplines? Its injury factor is almost 0.

Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time because of the sport he chose but he's far from the greatest.
Maybe the other countries should step it up in Swimming...

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08-04-2012, 05:50 PM
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So If I understand your thinking, the Kenyan's should be disqualified from all long distance running because no Kenyan lives closer then 20km from a school and with no cars,metro,bus you have to run to school every day. They have to jump over fallen trees, dead animals, swim across a lake, hurdle over fences, long jump the great rift valley and of course learn to sprint faster then an attacking cheetah. It's just not fair, it's automatic, if you live to reach Olympic age your an automatic winner. NOT FAIR for the rest of US.
Maybe you didn't bother understanding what I wrote.

My opinion was that swimming is the easiest way for one to accumulate the most medals because of its wide range of styles and distances and most importantly low relative risk factor involved.

Athletes in other disciplines often cannot perform to the best of their abilities because of seriousness of the injuries they have to endure. For instance, getting a cramp while swimming is no where as career-ending as falling off a diving board and breaking your back. The Egyptian weightlifter could have died earlier in the competition.


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So If I understand your thinking, the Kenyan's should be disqualified from all long distance running because no Kenyan lives closer then 20km from a school and with no cars,metro,bus you have to run to school every day. They have to jump over fallen trees, dead animals, swim across a lake, hurdle over fences, long jump the great rift valley and of course learn to sprint faster then an attacking cheetah. It's just not fair, it's automatic, if you live to reach Olympic age your an automatic winner. NOT FAIR for the rest of US.
what ?

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08-04-2012, 05:54 PM
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I call them 'the summer *****lympics'

And it's great to see an entire nation getting its collective panties in a knot because they didn't so-and-so gold medal

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Maybe the other countries should step it up in Swimming...
Of course they should. I never said the discipline itself is easy but just offers the highest possibility of medals per swimmer. Is it possible for any athlete of another discipline to win as many medals? We all know the answer to that one.

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5 American swimmers have accumulated 23 medals as of today accounting for almost 50% of the 53 American medals.

This is why what the soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina did decades ago with her 18 medals is far greater accomplishment. How badly can you hurt yourself in a swimming pool compared to most other disciplines? Its injury factor is almost 0.

Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time because of the sport he chose but he's far from the greatest.
What a crock of ****. Just because you think it is far from the greatest, doesn't mean the competition to win is any less. That makes no sense.

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08-04-2012, 07:29 PM
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There's too many medals given out in swimming. It's that simple.

Regardless the best athlete is the guy who wins the decathlon.

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08-04-2012, 07:34 PM
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There's too many medals given out in swimming. It's that simple.

Regardless the best athlete is the guy who wins the decathlon.
Not to forget the triathlon which combines three tough events.

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08-04-2012, 08:12 PM
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Not to forget the triathlon which combines three tough events.
Yup. And the heptathlon for the women.

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08-04-2012, 08:19 PM
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Not to forget the triathlon which combines three tough events.
Winning medals in both summer and winter Olympics is close up there too. See Clara Hughes.

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08-04-2012, 08:20 PM
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I hate myself for not knowing about Jessica Zelinka before yesterday ! What a tremendous athlete and charming young woman ! Definitely my crush of those games ! The salutations after the 800m were so beautiful ; I think I'm an heptathlon fan now !

Too bad about the missed jumps that held her back. I really hope she sticks around for Rio !

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It's rather unreal, sad and impressive at the same time that Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte between them have more medals than Canada. More golds, more silvers, more medals total...Crazy. Still very impressive.
And anyone using the 'it's swimming' excuse should note that no Canadian swimmer has ever gotten even in sniffing distance of such an impressive feat. Boggles the mind. It's like two athlete dominating all the track and field events at the same time...(well, sorta).

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08-04-2012, 09:13 PM
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No non-American has come that close to dominating swimming like them either.

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Maybe but swimming still has too many competition. They should just eliminate the different style and keep it free-style no matter the comp. That would be more realistic.

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There are not too many styles in swimming. It's been that way for a while now. Live with it. It would be like putting an end to all the weight class fights because all we want to see is the middleweight and the heavyweight fights in boxing. Just ridiculous. Track and field AND swimming are the two true competitions at these Olympics. In fact, take out these two events and the Olympics would be nothing. Both sports bring tooooons of money to the games, by the way. That is why they hold very important and massive world championships every year.

Canada used to be a powerhouse in the pool. I remember the years very fondly. The program died and has been brought back with the return of Pierre Lafontaine to head the team. The results will be even more impressive from the Canadian squad next time around. You watch. The young crop is very strong.

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No non-American has come that close to dominating swimming like them either.
Well, Ian Thorpe did it a couple of Olympics ago.

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Maybe but swimming still has too many competition. They should just eliminate the different style and keep it free-style no matter the comp. That would be more realistic.
Right...just like they should get rid of hurdles, 100m, 400m, 800m, all other short distances, power waking and just keep the marathon...since God forbid if one person comes around and just dominate all those distances...getting multiple medals in running must be stupid simple.

Or keep the gymnastic to just the floors and take out the bars, beam, vault etc...

Oh, while we are at it, they should also take out all indoor biking, along with the bmx stuff and just keep the long distance road race...

oh and...blah blah blah...

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Power walking is just a joke. Next Summer Olympics, they should add the light jog event.

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Well, Ian Thorpe did it a couple of Olympics ago.
As much as I think Thorpe is one of the best swimmers of all time...he's only gotten 5 gold medals (9 in total?) in two Olympics...(note: only 3 of the golds are individual races)

Phelps gotten 18 gold medals (albeit only 11 of them are individual races)...with 22 medals in total...I don't think Thorpe is even in the same league scary as that may sound...

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