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Nigel D

Olympics -Athens 2004 (pics of women volleyball )

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Nearly upon us now, what are your views on the Olympics, do you like it, do you have any events you particular enjoy or what do you hate about it?

 

Personally, I think it's a great event and I love it although I'm not convinced events like tennis or football should be part of it.

 

Your thoughts please.

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What about Baseball and Synronised Diving???

 

I suppose there's something there for everyone, but personally I doubt if I'll be watching much of it, what with the new season starting. As usual there will be tonnes of drug test failures that will dominate the headlines!

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The only event I can really get enthusiastic about is the women's football.

 

The men's football has rather arbitrary rules as to who is eligible. I think it is the only event which deliberately excludes the best players.

 

Many other events are overshadowed by the drugs tests, which mean that the medal presentations are only preliminary results.

 

When I see swimming events, I keep thinking about the equivalent land events, for instance for backstroke I think of running backwards, which incidentally has become fashionable, and I could imagine that it might well be included in the Olympic Games at some stage.

 

I think the Olympic Games might be improved if there were an EU team instead of one team from each member country. Now that Germany has stopped spending an enormous amount of money trying to show that one part of the country can win more medals than the other part, they are no longer challengers to win the most medals. The EU could put up more of a challenge without spending ridiculous sums on the best people in Olympic sports.

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Competitors whose annual earnings exceed £300,000 shouldn't be there.

i.e. USA basketball teams etc..

 

Also, should include some sports of a more "practical" nature, like....

 

- iced windscreen clearing, for the winter olympics

 

- pea camouflage [teams attempt to disguise the presence of a fresh pea on a plain white ceramic plate]

 

- lacing up Doc Martin's from scratch

 

- dog walking in an urban environment

 

- Chav baiting

 

- people smuggling

 

- Extreme Pea Camouflage [for those whose interest in the sport has surpassed the rudimentary]

 

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I think the Olympics is a great event. The apathy surrounding these games is due to the fact that we have very few medal prospects in the major sports. We pay too much money out of lottery funding to athletes who end up in a comfort zone. However, who can ever forget the coxless fours final in rowing 4 years ago? I stayed up until 1.00am to watch it and consider this to be one of the greatest sporting events of all time. When the Olympics come around it gives lesser known sports some great publicity. For example the lad who won the saling gold in Sydney. Let's get behind the whole GB squad and give them support.

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I saw the Iraqi team landed in Greece yesterday, must be something of a relief that they know they can fail without facing certain death or torture from saddam's son who oversaw the sport in Iraq.

There are only about 40 of them I think,be interesting if they have to face an American competitor.

 

 

 

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Bizarrely I am looking forward to the women's pole vault.....

 

 

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I thought the opening ceremony was spectacular, but then it WAS produced by a British compamy.

 

2 Greeka already suspended and one to get 'ponts' on his driving licence ?

 

We get our first gold in synchronised diving.

 

Can't wait for the synchronised drowning !

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Oh, so if the 3-day eventing team win gold you'll be booing them off the plane just because they may just come from a better-off background than you. This is what makes me sick about english sports fans. they will do anything to slag off our sports men and women as soon as someone doesn't do as well as the fans demand. Henman has been our best tennis player for decades, has been consistently in the top 10 in the world and has won tournaments.

 

GET BEHIND OUR GUYS!

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I tend to agree with Mr. D, I can't stand Henman either, as he has proved time and time again to lose his bottle in every big tournament. The wave of excitement that grips the nation every year when he plays at Wimbledon is quite ridiculous, as every year the guy loses his bottle in the quarters or semi's.

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Lord, have you noticed how the snobs at the All England Club give him an easier path through to the final each year and each year he just gets knocked out before getting there?

 

After his Olympics exit and embarrassing our country once again, he should give up tennis and stay at home with his misses who also happens to look like him.

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Tennis in this country is by and large still a very elitist game, thus, why so few tennis players have emerged though the ranks in recent years. You visit most tennis clubs round this country and the members are overweight ageing middleclass, so what chance do most normal kids get to play?? Only the likes of Tiger Tim, who has had a helping hand from Daddy Captain Henman have a chance. The All English Club claim to be changing things, by allowing ordinary kids access to tennis facilities, but only time will tell.

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The few tennis courts round our way Lord have all been smashed up by chavs or if you want to join a club in Upminster, it costs kids a fortune.

 

When I was at school (And I went to a good one in the borough)we hardly ever played tennis and when we did, it was on the flipping concrete.

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Can't stand the bloke personally. But I suppose I'd support the Twa* as he represents our country.

 

I see the usual poor performance by our athletes.

 

Swimmings a decent event, shame its dominated by the Aussie's.

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