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20XX Olympics

So the Tokyo Olympics are going to be a mess for so many reasons, pandemic-related or not. Going to acknowledge that.

But I was still excited to learn that the US Olympic Trials are going on right now and replays are available. Swimming and diving is so fun to watch. This also made me realize I've completely lost track of the status of fencing, I have no idea who has qualified for which team, that'll be my afternoon project I guess.
 
Damn, from the very first stream I watched I'm hooked. For the men's 400IM the winner came up in breaststroke after being 3 seconds behind, his breast stroke and the glide is just beautiful. And then in the women's 400IM someone came back from 5 seconds behind, then four swimmers finished within a second of each other?! This is why I love watching 400IM, four different strokes and there's different rankings of swimmers in each, it's essentially four different sprints in one race.
 

Ixo

"This is not my beautiful forum!" - David Byrne
(Hi Guy)
Isn't the US Olympic swim team really young this time around? I saw something about how a bunch of the athletes are still teenagers.

(One internet search later)

11 out of the 53 are in their teens! Good for them!
 

Paul le Fou

Pickle Bus Owns Tulip Town
(He)
Aw, man. When I was teaching in Japan, I had a student (middle school at the time) who was a swimmer, won some national events. He said he dreamed of going to the Olympics in 2020, and he's been competing nationally and internationally since. But at least one website I looked at doesn't have him on the Japan team's roster. That sucks and I'm sad now!
 

Ixo

"This is not my beautiful forum!" - David Byrne
(Hi Guy)
Opening Ceremonies happen tomorrow morning. Here's the schedule (in US Eastern time) from NBC:

6:55 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Live Opening Ceremony Coverage
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Special Edition of TODAY
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Tokyo Olympics Daytime
7:30 p.m. – MidnightPrimetime Opening Ceremony
12:35 a.m. – 5:00 a.m.*Overnight Replay of Opening Ceremony


This is also your friendly reminder that NBC continues to use the Brisco County Jr. theme during its Olympic coverage and I love it.

 
Best of luck to all the athletes performing in this, and hope all of y'all enjoy watching this. But I'm out this year. The IOC is one of the more corrupt and disgusting sports organizations there are, but what they're doing to Japan this year is beyond the pale. The people who run the IOC should be locked up in prison and the key thrown away.
 
Yeah, I feel like I started this thread and then they just got even more horrible ever since. I do want to support the athletes but holy crap it's awful and makes it hard. This is essentially the one time every four years I can watch fencing, which used to be such a significant part of my life.

In much less pressing thoughts though I'm very curious if the reporters are going to highlight or cut out the gundam during the open water swims in Odaiba park.
 

Ixo

"This is not my beautiful forum!" - David Byrne
(Hi Guy)
I’ve got NBC’s rerun of the opening ceremony on out of curiosity and it’s just...uncomfortable... Big ol’ empty stadium is not a good sight.
 
I am enjoying the 4-way split screen of fencing, that's really the way to go for broadcasting the first round of this sport. I'm glad they alternate the sound though so you can hear all the sabreurs yelling about everything constantly.

I miss this sport so much.
 

Purple

(She/Her)
I’ve got NBC’s rerun of the opening ceremony on out of curiosity and it’s just...uncomfortable... Big ol’ empty stadium is not a good sight.
I'd certainly hope the seats are all empty, given that the whole thing is prophesied to E * X * P * L * O * D * E
 
First triathlon false start ever, and goodness I'm glad no one was near those propellers.

If you've never done a triathlon, the start of the swim is utter and complete chaos and you just go as fast and as hard as you can to escape the pack. It's 100% feasible someone would have slammed into the boat if it hadn't been so obviously in the way of the entrance dive.
 

Zef

Find Your Reason
(He/Him)
Oof, that false start.

While the boat's pilot should have gotten out of there, what the hell was the signal giver looking at, that he missed the huge black boat in the way?
 
Oof, that false start.

While the boat's pilot should have gotten out of there, what the hell was the signal giver looking at, that he missed the huge black boat in the way?

I'm really curious what went so wrong. The media boat was only about halfway through the pan of all the athletes, which I assume would be a scheduled shot? But yeah, how do you not notice the boat?
 
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