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08-10-2012, 08:21 PM
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It's funny to see people claim that China only wins sports "no one cares about" when the US was making a huge deal of out women's beach volleyball a couple of days ago, and you'd think women's soccer was a bigger sport than men's soccer the way some have been carrying on.

Not to mention that the USA and China both act like women's (or more accurately girl's) gymnastics is the bee's knees once every 4 years, then go back to ignoring it.

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I used to think us Finns are the most insecure nation on this planet but it seems Canadians and American top that list.

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I used to think us Finns are the most insecure nation on this planet but it seems Canadians and American top that list.
tell me about it.

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this article to me was fun. that's it.


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this article to me was fun. that's it.
Xenophobia is fun? Yay....

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Also, several posters in this thread have correctly pointed out that track & field is the most significant "category" of events in the Olympic games, but from a lot of the American media coverage you wouldn't know that (although, funnily enough, some track events - or more specifically Usain Bolt and Johan Blake - are probably the most-covered non-American content). Ashton Eaton just won the gold medal in the decathlon in dominating fashion and is probably the best athlete in the world right now, and he gets less coverage than a women's beach volleyball team, swimmers who finished a week ago, and a 16 year old gymnast.

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Also, several posters in this thread have correctly pointed out that track & field is the most significant "category" of events in the Olympic games, but from a lot of the American media coverage you wouldn't know that (although, funnily enough, some track events - or more specifically Usain Bolt and Johan Blake - are probably the most-covered non-American content). Ashton Eaton just won the gold medal in the decathlon in dominating fashion and is probably the best athlete in the world right now, and he gets less coverage than a women's beach volleyball team, swimmers who finished a week ago, and a 16 year old gymnast.
Phelps has been given the title best swimmer ever, and May-Treanor and Walsh cemented themselves as the best Beach Womens pair ever. Generational talents get more attention. I see your point with the Gymnasts though.

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Well mean the way the wrote it. By no means do I endorse the content Sir.

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Phelps has been given the title best swimmer ever, and May-Treanor and Walsh cemented themselves as the best Beach Womens pair ever. Generational talents get more attention. I see your point with the Gymnasts though.
I chuckled a bit seeing this term applied to beach volleyball.

And if Eaton isn't a "generational talent", I don't know who is.

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I chuckled a bit seeing this term applied to beach volleyball.

And if Eaton isn't a "generational talent", I don't know who is.
I'm no expert on the track/field world at all (I'm actually clueless ). If you say he deserves more hype then he probably does.

May-Treanor and Walsh have never lost an Olympic match, 3 straight gold medals, and over 4million$ earned on the tour between them. That's legendary in the Volleyball world.

They are the equivalent to Karch Kiraly from the US in terms of legends in Volleyball.

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Also, several posters in this thread have correctly pointed out that track & field is the most significant "category" of events in the Olympic games, but from a lot of the American media coverage you wouldn't know that (although, funnily enough, some track events - or more specifically Usain Bolt and Johan Blake - are probably the most-covered non-American content). Ashton Eaton just won the gold medal in the decathlon in dominating fashion and is probably the best athlete in the world right now, and he gets less coverage than a women's beach volleyball team, swimmers who finished a week ago, and a 16 year old gymnast.
The fact that decathletes only compete about 3-5 times during a year might have something to do with it.

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It's funny to see people claim that China only wins sports "no one cares about" when the US was making a huge deal of out women's beach volleyball a couple of days ago, and you'd think women's soccer was a bigger sport than men's soccer the way some have been carrying on.
Hell it's not even the biggest women's soccer tournament there is. But let's not talk about that other more important one since the US can't win that anymore.

There was an article about how no one cares about the US women's basketball team even though they have been consistently the most dominant US team at the Olympics, because they are too damn boring even for the bandwagon patriots. The decathletes probably are in the same boat in that even if they are the best overall athletes at the games, Americans won't care because they are more substance over style.

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Also, several posters in this thread have correctly pointed out that track & field is the most significant "category" of events in the Olympic games, but from a lot of the American media coverage you wouldn't know that (although, funnily enough, some track events - or more specifically Usain Bolt and Johan Blake - are probably the most-covered non-American content). Ashton Eaton just won the gold medal in the decathlon in dominating fashion and is probably the best athlete in the world right now, and he gets less coverage than a women's beach volleyball team, swimmers who finished a week ago, and a 16 year old gymnast.
You're forgetting that most people view sports from an entertainment point of view first and foremost. Despite it being a strong event for the US, which NBC could market, it's probably difficult for the casual sports fan to get excited about guys running the 100m in the mid 10s, or failing out on the High Jump at 2 meters when they've just watched the specialists in those sports do much, much better. The casual sports fan probably doesn't grasp the athleticism required to be competent at all of the events, but rather just wants to see the absolute fastest, highest jumping, longest throwing, etc. The fact that it takes 2 days to complete doesn't help either. TV watchers tend to have short attention spans.

Also, Eaton is an incredible athlete and he seems like a nice guy, but he's pretty low key. As you well know, in sports, your marketability is highly correlated to your personality. In this day and age, it's hard for the "nice guy" to steal airtime from athletes that are controversial or brash.

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