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08-12-2012, 12:43 PM
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Biggest disappointment?

Athlete : James Magnussen
Nation : Canada

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Kenya for sure.

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Canada needs to be in this discussion, fewest gold medals since winning none in Montreal in 1976

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Australia was a bigger disappointment than Canada. They won half as many golds as they did in Beijing, mainly because they only won once in the pool. The rivalry between the US and Australia in swimming seems like a long time ago now.

For single athletes I'd probably say Liu Xiang. He's one of the biggest athletes in China and one of the best hurdlers in the world. He was looking to avenge the disappointment he had in Beijing and had gone under 13 seconds this year, but he got hurt again.

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Australia were very poor in the swimming.

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They were terrible in Beijing, too.

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Kenya for sure.
Agreed, awful tactics in almost all their signature events.

Ryan Lochte has to be up there for individual athletes, although that may simply be a case of expectations being unrealistically high.

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Agreed, awful tactics in almost all their signature events.

Ryan Lochte has to be up there for individual athletes, although that may simply be a case of expectations being unrealistically high.
I was going to say him but then I remembered how much everyone else flamed me when I said he was a disappointment this year

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For all the people using population as an excuse for their performance, look at the Aussies who are disappointed with their medal count. That's the kind of attitude you need.

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Agreed, awful tactics in almost all their signature events.

Ryan Lochte has to be up there for individual athletes, although that may simply be a case of expectations being unrealistically high.
I think Lochte was too focused on setting a different kind of world record in the athletes' village.

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08-12-2012, 01:01 PM
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I think Lochte was too focused on setting a different kind of world record in the athletes' village.
Too busy trying to outshine Phelps

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Lochte also talked big and came up generally small. Consider that he's actually older than Phelps. He only had one more medal than 2008 because he was in an extra relay

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I can't tell... did Krishna say Canada? Color me surprised coming from somebody who ragged on our nation/athletes throughout the majority of the games.

As for a disappointment... Ryan Lochte. For all that boastful arrogance about these being "his games"... well, he fell flat.

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Lochte came away with what, 5 medals? He did fine. The US Mens 400 m runners failed to get someone in the final for the first time ever I believe.

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Kenya did alright. Rudisha was dominant and Kemboi won gold as well. 11 total medals for them. Ethiopia wasn't much better, but their women salvaged things. Questionable team selections and tactics from both countries on the men's side.

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I can't tell... did Krishna say Canada? Color me surprised coming from somebody who ragged on our nation/athletes throughout the majority of the games.

As for a disappointment... Ryan Lochte. For all that boastful arrogance about these being "his games"... well, he fell flat.
Go back and find where I did and you will find that it was only about the women's soccer team. They played dirty and lost. get over it.

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2 Golds, 2 Silvers, and a Bronze certainly isn't "falling flat." Yes, Lochte was outdone by Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin, but he still walked away with an impressive haul. Much of the hype surrounding him before the Olympics was unrealistic and beyond his control.

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It definitely is an impressive haul of medals, but he himself said that that these were going to be "his games". In the end, and it didn't surprise me, Michael Phelps overshadowed him once again just like he did in Beijing.

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2 Golds, 2 Silvers, and a Bronze certainly isn't "falling flat." Yes, Lochte was outdone by Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin, but he still walked away with an impressive haul. Much of the hype surrounding him before the Olympics was unrealistic and beyond his control.
I, too, feel like Locthe is taking unwarranted heat for his results. Don't get me wrong, he's brought a lot of it on himself by talking a lot leading up to these games but it's weird to be calling a guy that won 5 medals a disappointment. Relinquishing a lead and the gold to France in the relay was definitely disappointing but he never should have been swimming the anchor in the first place.

Lochte's problem is he bought into the media hype and actually believed him surpassing Phelps had to do with talent and not the actual case in that Phelps just didn't really start to care and train until the lead in to the US swim trials. The media was going to play up that story regardless if Lochte talked because it's great for ratings so he'd be taking heat for not pulling it off regardless.

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Lochte's silver in the 4x100 freestyle relay definitely has a bit of a "loser" feel to it considering he got passed by Agnel on the anchor lap.

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