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Old 08-07-2016, 09:27 AM
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Old 08-07-2016, 10:16 AM
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I blame myself. I should have known the IOC would hunt down all unauthorized GIFs and destroy them and their hosting.

..oh what the hell here it is again.



Anyone else catch Oksana Chusovitina's performance at the Women's Gymnastics qualifying round this morning? She was absolutely astonishing, and she's 40!
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Old 08-07-2016, 12:23 PM
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Only watching Swimming and Water Polo this year.

Also, thank the Goddess for VPNs and the BBC
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Old 08-07-2016, 12:26 PM
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Fencing! Yay!
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Old 08-07-2016, 02:48 PM
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I'm watching everything! My favorites are gymnastics and swimming.
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Old 08-07-2016, 03:05 PM
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Kosovo gets its first medal in history as Majlinda Kelmendi wins gold in women's 52kg judo.

also, massive upset in men's 66kg as the worryingly handsome Fabio Basile of Italy goes from unseeded to gold.
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Old 08-07-2016, 03:26 PM
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Kosovo gets its first medal in history as Majlinda Kelmendi wins gold in women's 52kg judo.

also, massive upset in men's 66kg as the worryingly handsome Fabio Basile of Italy goes from unseeded to gold.
Kelmendi was fighting tears in the last few seconds. Judo this year has been beyond amazing
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Old 08-07-2016, 03:44 PM
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Fabio Basile is your fight sport sex god. When he wins he tears open his gi jacket, motions to his rippling abs and blows kisses to the stands. When he won gold he signaled he was going to climb into a bottle of wine and stay there until closing ceremonies.
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Old 08-07-2016, 03:49 PM
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meanwhile top seeded An Baul of South Korea appeared to be really fucking annoyed.

deadspin prepared this excellent highlight of the best ippons from day one; the armbar from the Uzbek cat in the middle there is fucking gnarly.
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Old 08-07-2016, 04:03 PM
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The boxing tournament has been quietly impressive, too. The new AIBA rules have made the fights watchable for the purposes of entertainment(!!!)

I give it another four years before workrates reach 1998-2002 K1 WGP heights
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p. sure amateur boxing becoming a worthwhile spectator sport is a sign of the third or fourth seal opening.
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I'm fearful, but also enjoying the Hearns-Mugabi vibe this Aze/Ukr match gives off
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The boxing tournament has been quietly impressive, too. The new AIBA rules have made the fights watchable for the purposes of entertainment(!!!)

I give it another four years before workrates reach 1998-2002 K1 WGP heights
AIBA rules? Can you explain how that'd effect things?

I'd google that, but knowing so little about boxing I wouldn't understand the effects upon reading them.
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Old 08-07-2016, 05:03 PM
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AIBA is the amateur boxing federation, and it's as corrupt/out of touch as you would expect.

re: the rules: In 1988 American Roy Jones, Jr. lost to Park Si-Hun in the finals at the Seoul Olympics. Classic hometown decision to give RoK another gold. This led to a fairly large scandal, which AIBA handled by fundamentally changing the judging criteria for boxing.

Historically boxing judges awarded rounds based on effective punches, mobility, defense, etc. But under the new regime judges awarded a point for a landed punch - five judges at ringside were given punch counters, and any punch not counted by three was disregarded. They even painted little white sections on the gloves to make punches easier to score. This Rube Goldberg device was considered the best possible solution.

The higher order impacts of this change were manifold. American boxers, who consider the amateur ranks as preparation for professional boxing, went from the best in the world to hot dogshit. Fighters from the ex-Communist Bloc region dedicated themselves to the new regime with fanatic dedication and transformed world-class amateur boxing into a kind of waist-up Tae Kwon Do. Attacks from distance. Flashy, obvious punches instead of combos. Bodypunches all but vanished.

After 2012 AIBA shitcanned all of the above and started to turn amateur boxing into a more crowd-pleasing team sport. Now the sport is back where it started: No headgear, subjective judging, pro-style offense back in style.

e: AIBA also ruled that professionals can compete in the Olympics, but this has had less than no impact on the event. Three pros qualified, at least one of whom didn't make it out of the first round of the prelims.
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AIBA is the amateur boxing federation, and it's as corrupt/out of touch as you would expect.

re: the rules: In 1988 American Roy Jones, Jr. lost to Park Si-Hun in the finals at the Seoul Olympics. Classic hometown decision to give RoK another gold. This led to a fairly large scandal, which AIBA handled by fundamentally changing the judging criteria for boxing.

Historically boxing judges awarded rounds based on effective punches, mobility, defense, etc. But under the new regime judges awarded a point for a landed punch - five judges at ringside were given punch counters, and any punch not counted by three was disregarded. They even painted little white sections on the gloves to make punches easier to score. This Rube Goldberg device was considered the best possible solution.

The higher order impacts of this change were manifold. American boxers, who consider the amateur ranks as preparation for professional boxing, went from the best in the world to hot dogshit. Fighters from the ex-Communist Bloc region dedicated themselves to the new regime with fanatic dedication and transformed world-class amateur boxing into a kind of waist-up Tae Kwon Do. Attacks from distance. Flashy, obvious punches instead of combos. Bodypunches all but vanished.

After 2012 AIBA shitcanned all of the above and started to turn amateur boxing into a more crowd-pleasing team sport. Now the sport is back where it started: No headgear, subjective judging, pro-style offense back in style.

e: AIBA also ruled that professionals can compete in the Olympics, but this has had less than no impact on the event. Three pros qualified, at least one of whom didn't make it out of the first round of the prelims.
I'll pay attention when they bring back Classical Boxing
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Old 08-07-2016, 05:13 PM
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While we're at it bring back the Pankration and the Hoplitodromos (also competing nude)
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Old 08-07-2016, 05:19 PM
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No less an authority than Lenny McLean argues that the 8oz boxing glove is the deadliest implement in the history of sport.
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As much as I enjoyed watching boxing, I have a hard time justifying it these days. It really is a senselessly cruel bloodsport.
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No less an authority than Lenny McLean argues that the 8oz boxing glove is the deadliest implement in the history of sport.
modern gloves don't have the "sharp thong" let alone use the Roman caestus.
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modern gloves don't have the "sharp thong" let alone use the Roman caestus.
Lenny specifically calls out the cestus as safer, for his part
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Lenny specifically calls out the cestus as safer, for his part
He might have misunderstood what it was? I need to read this.
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Old 08-07-2016, 05:37 PM
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As much as I enjoyed watching boxing, I have a hard time justifying it these days. It really is a senselessly cruel bloodsport.
Boxing is cruel, and it is a blood sport. It is, at least, honest about its cost. Football, rugby, et al have yet to clear that low bar.

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He might have misunderstood what it was? I need to read this.
I've been looking for this video for years to no avail. I swear I didn't imagine it.
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I'm looking for the music that played during the parade in the opening ceremony. The whole thing, all however many hours of it, by itself. If such a thing exists, my gratitude for the one who brings it to be will be considerable.
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AIBA is the amateur boxing federation, and it's as corrupt/out of touch as you would expect.

re: the rules: In 1988 American Roy Jones, Jr. lost to Park Si-Hun in the finals at the Seoul Olympics. Classic hometown decision to give RoK another gold. This led to a fairly large scandal, which AIBA handled by fundamentally changing the judging criteria for boxing.

Historically boxing judges awarded rounds based on effective punches, mobility, defense, etc. But under the new regime judges awarded a point for a landed punch - five judges at ringside were given punch counters, and any punch not counted by three was disregarded. They even painted little white sections on the gloves to make punches easier to score. This Rube Goldberg device was considered the best possible solution.

The higher order impacts of this change were manifold. American boxers, who consider the amateur ranks as preparation for professional boxing, went from the best in the world to hot dogshit. Fighters from the ex-Communist Bloc region dedicated themselves to the new regime with fanatic dedication and transformed world-class amateur boxing into a kind of waist-up Tae Kwon Do. Attacks from distance. Flashy, obvious punches instead of combos. Bodypunches all but vanished.

After 2012 AIBA shitcanned all of the above and started to turn amateur boxing into a more crowd-pleasing team sport. Now the sport is back where it started: No headgear, subjective judging, pro-style offense back in style.

e: AIBA also ruled that professionals can compete in the Olympics, but this has had less than no impact on the event. Three pros qualified, at least one of whom didn't make it out of the first round of the prelims.
Thanks.
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I saw a cyclist bite it today and it looked really painful.
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I'm looking for the music that played during the parade in the opening ceremony. The whole thing, all however many hours of it, by itself. If such a thing exists, my gratitude for the one who brings it to be will be considerable.
I've done a quick search on google and only founded one list. I think it only has music that... how can i say this? I mean, the music that was sang/played, not the music that was used as background music, which is a shame. I wonder if there will be an official release.

Anyway, i don't think this is what you are looking for, but just in case here's the link. The versions of the music played here aren't the ones from the opening of the Olympics, naturally.
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I've done a quick search on google and only founded one list. I think it only has music that... how can i say this? I mean, the music that was sang/played, not the music that was used as background music, which is a shame. I wonder if there will be an official release.

Anyway, i don't think this is what you are looking for, but just in case here's the link. The versions of the music played here aren't the ones from the opening of the Olympics, naturally.
Yeah, that ain't it. It's specifically the background from the parade that I'm looking for. Thanks, though.
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Speaking of yooge upsets, the Williams sisters blown out in straight sets by the Czechs in doubles tennis.
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