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Author: Khaptingly Timestamp:- 10/7/2012 11:03:07 PM Subject: The Olympics - its time to go
Message: Just what do people get out of watching the Olympics. As a kid I loved it, but time has passed this ancient creation by.
For a start the taxpayer is paying an absolute fortune to the athletes to represent our country. I wonder what new arrivals to our shores who pay tax, think of this. Some of them would never have seen a pole vault or a dressage, let alone know who was competing or how they go about it. And there are a lot Aussie taxpayers who have been paying taxes for decades who would choke on their mineral water if they knew how much "our" athletes were being funded to represent themselves. Don't kid yourselves they are representing themselves,it just so happens they live in Aus. If I ever hear again, he or she did it for Australia, I will throw up.
How about they pay back all funding they receive if they happen to gain sponsorship as a result of success. That would be one way of seeing whether they are representing their country or themselves.
Where does this notion come from that we, the public, will be part of a happier nation or walk taller if we win a dozen gold medals. Give me a dozen gold coins then you may see some positive reaction.
Why are some sports like Tennis being played at the Olympics. It is not the pinnacle of that sport. I reckon if Federer wins the Gold Medal after winning Wimbledon, it would feel like a punter getting a $2 quinella the race after a $10000 Trifecta.
The Olympics has turned into a joke just designed to get gullible couch potatoes world wide to watch the telly and the 1000's of commercials.
How many recent host cities have not gained financially as a result of hosting the games. The security bill alone would put some whole countries in debt.
Author: bettowin Timestamp:- 29/7/2012 6:11:30 PM Subject: Re: The Olympics - its time to go
Message: MD I watched all 6 hours of it and thought the GB team put in one one the best rides I have ever seen. It was a 3 man team time trial against 30 riders and they had it under control for most of the race only blowing up in the last 20. As far as complaining about the Australians I think they have a fair point.As soon as the O'Grady group got caught by another 30 riders he was no chance and their best chance of a medal of a bunched sprint but they never once put a man up the front to help the poms. Unlike the Tour it is 5 man teams but also they aren't hooked up to team radios so I don't know how much that played into tactics.
Author: MD Timestamp:- 29/7/2012 5:42:03 PM Subject: Re: The Olympics - its time to go
Message: Yes I heard that Lister - imagine the unsportsman like cheek of the Aussies and other countries to not hand it to Cav! Just when I thought Australian athletes had usurped the Brits in whinging, they up the ante.
Author: CountChivas Timestamp:- 28/7/2012 4:27:11 PM Subject: Re: The Olympics - its time to go
Message: 'Don't get me wrong macca, I was born in Preston Lancashire in 65, raised here from 67 as a ten pound pom, and then took off and went an lived in London between 90 & 99 I love the motherland dearly...the racing, the women, the close proximity to Europe, the beer, the parties, the scenery, the naughty things, the humour..it's all there'
If it's 'all there' then what are you doing back here?
Author: quezacotl Timestamp:- 28/7/2012 1:02:40 PM Subject: Re: The Olympics - its time to go
Message: Don't get me wrong macca, I was born in Preston Lancashire in 65, raised here from 67 as a ten pound pom, and then took off and went an lived in London between 90 & 99 I love the motherland dearly...the racing, the women, the close proximity to Europe, the beer, the parties, the scenery, the naughty things, the humour..it's all there, unlike the one dimensional country they call the "land down under " why did they leave out the C before down..? Moving on , this beach volleyball as an olympic sport, when it's not even going to be played on the beach is a joke...heath volleyball however, well thats more like it.
Author: maccamax Timestamp:- 28/7/2012 11:54:00 AM Subject: Re: The Olympics - its time to go
Message: Thats not nice quez. Spare a thought for Mother England. Bless their soul and may the Olympics be a great success for them. Don't lose sight of our roots . They gave us our start and still do.. From $10 migration to all their Alcoholics for free.
Author: MD Timestamp:- 26/7/2012 11:07:32 AM Subject: Re: The Olympics - its time to go
Message: Been reading a fair bit on the 'business' of the Olympics. Also enjoyed Gruen Sweat last night - does anyone still think the Olympics are about athletes, rather than an exercise in making the fat and corrupt chocolate-frogs in the IOC VERY wealthy?
Author: MD Timestamp:- 19/7/2012 3:09:18 PM Subject: Re: The Olympics - its time to go
Message: I do honestly hope our athletes do well, and would obviously rather see them winning than those from other countries - I just don't care anywhere near as much anymore. And I don't think I'm one of only a few either - apparently ticket sales are well down and there just doesn't seem to be the same air of expectation as in Games gone by.
Author: geelong63 Timestamp:- 19/7/2012 12:52:08 PM Subject: Re: The Olympics - its time to go
Message: Interesting factoid from QI this week. Up until 1948 a smattering of cultural activities/comps were also awarded olympic medals. Indeed, according to QI the 'father' of the modern olympic movement Pierre De Coubertin (he also designed the olympic symbol and flag) apparently entered one of those competitions anonymously (hmmm) and was awarded the gold medal - for poetry.
Author: nigeltufnel Timestamp:- 18/7/2012 9:43:07 PM Subject: Re: The Olympics - its time to go
Message: Wow, khrapper and glad bag [what a formidable pair] rounding on me; Khrapper doubts our family holiday to Darwin [ouch!]- nothing to do with the outback - but do I care? What is it about your Draft thread that's different, khrapper? Nothing; it's the same as all your threads: rubbish. Then glad wrap [sticking religiously to the hilarious janitor line] tries a spelling lesson. I'm reeling from these heavy blows. It's going to be hard to come back from this vicious treatment.
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