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It is, once again, never too early...to feel a sense of 'wait this actually happened'

http://www.trbimg.com/img-57badce1/turbine/ct-japanese-prime-minister-abe-super-mario-201-001/650/650x366

Ned Raggett, Monday, 22 August 2016 19:12 (four years ago) link

and then he proceeded to remove all his clothes in protest, i guess

Ludo, Monday, 22 August 2016 19:42 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

anybody else get tickets?

alomar lines, Sunday, 28 July 2019 06:04 (two years ago) link

I’m trying to

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 28 July 2019 06:23 (two years ago) link

cosport australia? they have been dropping tickets at weird times the past couple weeks (US too)

alomar lines, Monday, 29 July 2019 04:43 (two years ago) link

I’ve missed a few goes but will try for some more

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 29 July 2019 05:33 (two years ago) link

Did not succeed at the ticket lottery, sadly.

Roz, Monday, 29 July 2019 06:35 (two years ago) link

five months pass...

I mean everyone was wondering

calstars, Sunday, 12 January 2020 20:17 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/01/sports/olympics/shacarri-richardson-suspended-marijuana.html

dumbest shit I ever heard, she was in a legal state and smoking to cope with the death of her mother

frogbs, Friday, 2 July 2021 19:50 (four weeks ago) link

as usual, the Onion is otm
https://www.theonion.com/dream-crushed-over-trivial-bullshit-represents-nation-b-1847220107

StanM, Friday, 2 July 2021 20:01 (four weeks ago) link

Would toke with her in a second

calstars, Saturday, 3 July 2021 01:09 (three weeks ago) link

How is this dumb? Marijuana is a performance-enhancing drug and her levels were above the limit when she won the Olympic trials. It's not banned outside the competition. I'm sure plenty of athletes would like to smoke before the competition to calm the nerves.

braised cod, Saturday, 3 July 2021 07:59 (three weeks ago) link

is it? https://www.popsci.com/science/marijuana-performance-enhancing-drug-evidence/

good news for your fictional athletes: anti-anxiety meds are allowed

anyway fuck the olympics, what a grotesque institution: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/olympics/namibia-teenagers-out-of-olympic-400-over-testosterone-level/2021/07/02/bdb36c80-db2e-11eb-8c87-ad6f27918c78_story.html

rob, Saturday, 3 July 2021 12:45 (three weeks ago) link

Of course these things could be challenged (as all science should!), but this is the current consensus and it's on the prohibited list, so it's kind of a pointless argument, and I'm sure if there's enough evidence to the contrary it will be changed at some point. IIRC they removed alcohol from the banned substances only a few years ago.

braised cod, Saturday, 3 July 2021 13:33 (three weeks ago) link

Spectator-free Olympics confirmed:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-57760883

Should be quite the atmosphere!

SPaDs (Matt #2), Thursday, 8 July 2021 14:30 (three weeks ago) link

Not anticipating. Over it. And I used to absolutely love the Olympics, it just seems superfluous/corrupt/excessive to me at the mo.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Thursday, 8 July 2021 14:45 (three weeks ago) link

enjoyed seeing sweden giving the usa a pasting earlier. 3-0 and should have been 5 or 6. blackstenius and aslani were great. still expect the usa to win gold tho.

oscar bravo, Wednesday, 21 July 2021 14:44 (one week ago) link

It’s here!

Road race highlight so far, boss performance by Carapaz.

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 24 July 2021 09:32 (six days ago) link

Road race was gripping start to finish.

Felt a bit of a traitor to my Japanese friends watching the opening ceremony, but Hiromi and the pictograms were highlights.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Saturday, 24 July 2021 11:09 (six days ago) link

Drone planet a highlight, accompanying version of Imagine a very definite lowlight. My Japanese friends were all watching and laughing at it so don't feel bad!

yellow magic orchestral manoeuvres in the park (Matt #2), Saturday, 24 July 2021 11:25 (six days ago) link

South Korean broadcaster MBC used images to "represent" each country during the #Tokyo2020 Opening Ceremony.

Italy: pizza
Norway: salmon
Haiti: upheaval
Ukraine: Chernobyl pic.twitter.com/KpUXATuZld

— Raphael Rashid (@koryodynasty) July 23, 2021

MoMsnet (calzino), Saturday, 24 July 2021 16:43 (six days ago) link

Road race was gripping start to finish.


That it was — watched the first half live, just finished the rest now. Hell of a move Carapaz made and we also got a classic ‘who goes first’ showdown for the silver and bronze.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 24 July 2021 17:46 (six days ago) link

Japanese men’s skateboarders? They’re pretty damn good.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 25 July 2021 00:43 (five days ago) link

I’ve never watched competitive skateboarding before, but people fall over a lot more than I would have expected.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Sunday, 25 July 2021 01:07 (five days ago) link

Risk of the road! Nyjah Huston making it look easy.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 25 July 2021 01:18 (five days ago) link

But after this cycle of runs, switching to swimming

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 25 July 2021 01:19 (five days ago) link

Damn that Tunisian swimmer in the men’s 400m freestyle! He seemed more surprised than anyone! Loved his coach too!

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 25 July 2021 02:02 (five days ago) link

I want o know who the ojisan they keep cutting to with the Japanese skaters, he doesn’t really fit my impression of what a skating coach might look like.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Sunday, 25 July 2021 02:23 (five days ago) link

this is the only time i am regretting cutting off our cable tv because OMG trying to watch this shit through streaming apps fucking sucks balls
i am seriously going to go postal

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 25 July 2021 05:37 (five days ago) link

I’m all Austrian right now.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Sunday, 25 July 2021 07:49 (five days ago) link

This is even better than yesterday’s men’s race.

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 25 July 2021 07:53 (five days ago) link

the Dutch TV commenter has been going thru all stages of grief simultaneously for the half hour I’ve been watching this

tean mean poleand cheaseang theas means hamseak feasts (breastcrawl), Sunday, 25 July 2021 08:17 (five days ago) link

the best Anna won

tean mean poleand cheaseang theas means hamseak feasts (breastcrawl), Sunday, 25 July 2021 08:26 (five days ago) link

turns out the Dutch riders thought they were in control all along, with just the one small breakaway group they would easily catch up with in time - and they did, but they they weren’t aware there was another rider that had broken away from that group. Van Vleuten actually thought she had won when she crossed the line. some serious miscommunication there. unbelievable.

tean mean poleand cheaseang theas means hamseak feasts (breastcrawl), Sunday, 25 July 2021 08:59 (five days ago) link

words you only hear once every ~4 years (pt1): strokeside, repechage, gam-jeom

disraeli grinds my gears (NickB), Sunday, 25 July 2021 11:43 (five days ago) link

To summarise what the Aussie commentators on the cycling said; the Dutch team spent a lot of time going back to the cars early into the race so should have known who was up the road, if you don’t count them in as you catch them, that’s your own lookout.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Sunday, 25 July 2021 12:16 (five days ago) link

oh yes, incredible stupidity on their part. they even said they chose not to check with the team car in “the final section” - but I mean, Kiesenhofer had already broken free 41 km ahead of the finish

tean mean poleand cheaseang theas means hamseak feasts (breastcrawl), Sunday, 25 July 2021 13:04 (five days ago) link

i haven't been posting here because I'm crazy swamped, but hey I'm actually in Tokyo right now covering the tennis, and climbing after.

my wrap of today's tennis drama: https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/tennis-osaka-dominant-form-barty-makes-shock-exit-2021-07-25/

Roz, Sunday, 25 July 2021 14:30 (five days ago) link

wow awesome !

johnny crunch, Sunday, 25 July 2021 15:07 (five days ago) link

Oh wow Barty went out? I saw the early part of that match and it did look dicey.

As for the women’s road race, yeah that was bizarre to realize! All credit to Kiesenhofer for that remarkable ride.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 25 July 2021 15:07 (five days ago) link

Good swims earlier but women’s skateboarding is awesome right now.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 26 July 2021 03:48 (four days ago) link

Also I like how for all the weird hullabaloo over Peacock coverage here in the US and whatever else they’re doing on the basic channels, the NBC Sports app just has everything from what I can tell, it’s all Australian coverage like I mentioned earlier, the ads are mostly manageable, and that’s all you need? It’s like they’re not publicizing that as much!

Ned Raggett, Monday, 26 July 2021 03:55 (four days ago) link

nbcsports app still requires a cable provider tho to get full access? or at least thats what i’m led to believe

please someond help me or i’m gonna just run through the streets screaming & waving an antique samurai sword

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 26 July 2021 05:08 (four days ago) link

Impressed by how deep the winner of the men's triathlon went on the run leg, absolutely beasted himself. Looked like he was going to explode any second

disraeli grinds my gears (NickB), Monday, 26 July 2021 05:11 (four days ago) link

xpost Apparently a workaround is to get access via Sling for a month (and take advantage of the promo price).

Ned Raggett, Monday, 26 July 2021 05:20 (four days ago) link

[muffled screaming]

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 26 July 2021 05:27 (four days ago) link

Nishiya Momiji is amazing.

It does somewhat bring into relief that the most recent music I've heard on the tannoy in the skate park was block rocking beats by the chemical brothers, only one of the finalists was alive when that came out - most of the 'young people's music' would have been even older than the 33 year old on the park (Journey, Talking Heads, The smiths)

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Monday, 26 July 2021 05:35 (four days ago) link

13 year old nishiya momiji being the coolest at the olympics i love her 🥺💕pic.twitter.com/QhZOypzSTJ

— gabb 💐 (@tegomass) July 26, 2021

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Monday, 26 July 2021 05:44 (four days ago) link

> I’ve never watched competitive skateboarding before, but people fall over a lot more than I would have expected.

this is just Street though, everything they are trying has such a high level of difficulty, even if it all looks the same to me. i think Park will be better, more emphasis on runs than single tricks. and Vert would be better still (skate equiv of snowboard halfpipe) but that's not an event here, strangely.

i taped the uk coverage because it was 1am here. they didn't show nyjah's heat so we only saw him in the final where he spent most of his time failing at the one trick.

koogs, Monday, 26 July 2021 07:07 (four days ago) link

Been watching the mountain biking for years, so weird to see a brit win it. That course definitely looked way more technical than previous olympics, lad looked so in control though. Hope MvdP is okay, went over like a statue falling out of a wheelbarrow

disraeli grinds my gears (NickB), Monday, 26 July 2021 07:48 (four days ago) link

whoops totally missed the mountain biking and will have to do catchup

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Monday, 26 July 2021 07:55 (four days ago) link

Update on mvdp's crash. Apparently there was a ramp down one of the big drops on the practice laps but they removed it for the actual race. Somehow van der poel missed that info in the rider briefing and just rolled of the drop instead of lifting the front end

OUCH! 😬

A painful crash for Mathieu van der Poel in the opening lap of the men's cross-country mountain biking.

A relief to see him managing to get back on his bike 🙏#bbcolympics #Tokyo2020

— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 26, 2021

disraeli grinds my gears (NickB), Monday, 26 July 2021 12:18 (four days ago) link

Incredibly horrifying crash by cycling legend Mathieu van der Poel in the #Olympics mountain bike race. Oh, and he got back up and is still riding. pic.twitter.com/yLPxdROweI

— Remko Rinkema (@RemkoRinkema) July 26, 2021

disraeli grinds my gears (NickB), Monday, 26 July 2021 12:22 (four days ago) link

MVDP did get the info, both from his coach and his teammate, but somehow failed to process it correctly or doublecheck. Dutch cycling really on a roll so far.

tean mean poleand cheaseang theas means hamseak feasts (breastcrawl), Monday, 26 July 2021 13:20 (four days ago) link

not sure if i'm being incredibly dense but i had blithely assumed that all events would be available on catch up on iplayer, but having a hard time finding the tennis. thought last time out in rio p much everything was available.

oscar bravo, Monday, 26 July 2021 14:01 (four days ago) link

Discovery/eurosport won the broadcast rights for a lot of the events so there are some things that the BBC won't be entitled to show.

disraeli grinds my gears (NickB), Monday, 26 July 2021 14:13 (four days ago) link

thx nick, i had no idea.

oscar bravo, Monday, 26 July 2021 14:27 (four days ago) link

bbc can, aiui, choose what they want to show on bbc1 (or 2) and red button but ONLY that will be available on iplayer later.

so we got all 4 of the women's street skate heats because, i guess, there were no english people beating anyone up that they wanted to show instead. i think some of the qualifiers are literally twice the age of the others (ie 13 and >26)

koogs, Monday, 26 July 2021 15:05 (four days ago) link

I never watch much mountain biking, but this is a great course. Also really love the Z! Vetements style paint job Trek have given their bikes.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 06:11 (three days ago) link

I see they put the ramp back for the women.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 06:13 (three days ago) link

not sure why that would be necessary.

At Easter I had a fall. I don't know whether to laugh or cry (ledge), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 09:26 (three days ago) link

from what I understood it had been raining, so the grass and the rocks would be slippery, whereas everything was dry the day before

tean mean poleand cheaseang theas means hamseak feasts (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 10:31 (three days ago) link

"NBC is reporting that Biles didn’t withdraw due to injury but due to her mental health, according to her coach."

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 27 July 2021 12:58 (three days ago) link

One of the Chinese gymnast's floor routine was to an orchestral version of "Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 13:45 (three days ago) link

the ROC female gymnast tracksuits are so fire.

oscar bravo, Tuesday, 27 July 2021 13:50 (three days ago) link

Was anyone else like, lol taiwan doing well with all these russian ringers

Only the stong survive (Bananaman Begins), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 15:06 (three days ago) link

One for the Real England thread?

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2021/07/27/nicola-sturgeon-snp-criticised-failing-support-team-gb-olympics/

I always like to see British athletes do well, except when they're dickheads, but there's almost nothing more pleasing in sport than watching overhyped British athletes fall on their arses - sometimes literally.

Wouldn't disgrace a Michael Jackson (Tom D.), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 16:05 (three days ago) link

so does the russian ban actually affect anything at all beyond 'having a slightly different team name' and 'listening to tchaikovsky'?

mookieproof, Tuesday, 27 July 2021 16:44 (three days ago) link

ROC used in much the same way as 'Team GB' come to think of it, except nobody forced british media to stop saying britain or great britain, they just kind of did

Only the stong survive (Bananaman Begins), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 18:22 (three days ago) link

that guy who won the surfing is my new god

disraeli grinds my gears (NickB), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 21:06 (three days ago) link

the "olympic channel" (?) cycles the same content too often but i enjoy seeing the athlete interviews

simone mid air on that vault looked like a boxer out on his feet imo, scary

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 01:30 (two days ago) link

Fiji beating the All Blacks is awesome

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 10:22 (two days ago) link

Looks like Argentina and France are both going out in the football, with Egypt and Mexico qualifying.

Scampo di tutti i Scampi (ShariVari), Wednesday, 28 July 2021 12:51 (two days ago) link

big upset in badminton men's singles, top-seeded mamota kento lost in 2 games to heo kwang-lee. good match! heo had some insane smashes and the net was kind to him

k3vin k., Wednesday, 28 July 2021 21:18 (two days ago) link

canada over brazil on pens in women's qf. been impressed here and in euros how quickly goalies have refined their technique when facing pens to keep one foot on or behind line at impact.

gymnastics was good y'day although beam seems basically impossible to look good on to me. or as one of the commentators put it - 'a horrendous piece of apparatus'

oscar bravo, Friday, 30 July 2021 11:03 (three hours ago) link

gb awarded well dodgy pen in extra time vs aussies. saved.

oscar bravo, Friday, 30 July 2021 11:09 (three hours ago) link

then aus score 30 secs later

oscar bravo, Friday, 30 July 2021 11:09 (three hours ago) link

aus add their 4th but gb pull it back to 4-3 with 5 mins left. epic.

oscar bravo, Friday, 30 July 2021 11:27 (three hours ago) link

aus have basically stopped attacking the last 10 mins, barely been out of their half.

oscar bravo, Friday, 30 July 2021 11:29 (three hours ago) link

aus see it out. great game.

oscar bravo, Friday, 30 July 2021 11:32 (three hours ago) link

Djokovic lost thank fuck. Shame it was Zverev who inflicted it.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 30 July 2021 11:42 (two hours ago) link

novak (w/ stojanovic) also loses in mixed. will hope to settle for two bronzes

havent seen zverev once this tourney but his stats (v minimal double faults + lotsa winners) look like hes playing amazingly

johnny crunch, Friday, 30 July 2021 12:57 (one hour ago) link


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