30th May 12, 14:55 #21
Can I say just how happy I am Chicago did not get the 2016 Olympics?
30th May 12, 19:28 #22
To be fair about the unsold tickets they are mostly for football where we have vast stadiums to fill for matches that nobody cares about. Football is probably one of the least prestigious Olympic competitions.
30th May 12, 21:45 #23
31st May 12, 07:29 #24
31st May 12, 08:29 #25
Agreed water is completely excessive. That's a safety issue.
Presumably medication will be allowed? Then you'd have to buy a bottle of water in order to take your drugs?
What about a bag of sweets? To most people a snack, to a diabetic, life or death.
Oh and it's £7 a pint apparently.
31st May 12, 09:42 #26
I agree it is all way too OTT and FUBARed. However, I vote with my feet, and will be enjoying a quiet life in Scotland while all the wallahs who bought tickets pay through the nose for everything and find out just how shyte our public transport really is!
Mind you, I'm buggered for the Paralympics, as we live 10 minutes from Brands Hatch, and the area will no doubt be locked down in a security/HSE complete wet dream of overkill.Opinions are like ar5eholes, everyone has one.
31st May 12, 14:52 #27
For those in the UK, last weeks Question Time mulled over the Olympics briefly. Griff-Rhyss Jones made a very good point.....Opinions are like ar5eholes, everyone has one.
31st May 12, 17:02 #28
31st May 12, 20:40 #29
I read in the paper this morning that you are allowed to take in an empty bottle and fill it from drinking fountains inside the stadium.The one about the f-ing hairdresser, the space hairdresser & the cowboy. The guy, he's got a tin foil pal & a pedal bin. His father's a robot & he's f-ing f-d his sister. Lego! They're all made of f-ing lego.
31st May 12, 21:36 #30
That's Ok then, unless they charge you for the fountains tooHola Amisgüitos
1st Jun 12, 01:44 #31
6th Jun 12, 08:40 #32
I don't know, the Winter Olympics in Vancouver had it's issues, but we didn't as cynical here as you lot. That said, the Olympic "movement" (is that like a bowel movement?) has a lot to answer for, and a ton of people make money off the games, but the people of the country do not. AT least in Vancouver, the folks out there paid for most of the games themselves, and voted to do so. They like taxes I guess.....but I am thankful on so many levels the idiots in Toronto never got those 96 games. It would have been fun watching Donovan Bailey win the 100m in his home turf but the cost overuns, stupidity and scandal would have made it a short lived party.
I am a fan of the Winter Games, not so much the summer games..until the start and I ignore the crap and enjoy the athletes."Water for my horses, beer for my men and mud for my turtle".
6th Jun 12, 12:37 #33
6th Jun 12, 14:34 #34
The IAAF World Championships are every two years. The Olympics, like the football World Cup, is every four years so winning back to back Olympics is much harder.
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6th Jun 12, 16:20 #35
And the Labour government wasn't?
6th Jun 12, 19:21 #36
It's not enough for athletes to simply be proud of it on their CV, it needs to be at the very top. With cycling, tennis, golf etc. it simply isn't for the big guys, because there's the Tour, Grand Slams and the Masters instead.The one about the f-ing hairdresser, the space hairdresser & the cowboy. The guy, he's got a tin foil pal & a pedal bin. His father's a robot & he's f-ing f-d his sister. Lego! They're all made of f-ing lego.
6th Jun 12, 20:05 #37
Same with football. Ask a footballer which they'd like to win and the Olympics will rank behind the World
Cup, European Championship, Champions League, Premier League and many others.
6th Jun 12, 22:25 #38
The Olympics should be the pinnacle for the amateur sportsman that will later, if he chooses, look for the higher platitudes in professional sport.
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7th Jun 12, 00:09 #39
Cycling is an odd one. Like motorsport there are a number of disciplines and specialisation. Ask Sir Chris Hoy how important the Olympics are? Does track cycling have blue riband events?
Uruguay won the first Olympics football sanctioned for pros which set the template for the World Cup.
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7th Jun 12, 13:36 #40
They always send as strong squad as they can. This time Brazil will probably send Neymar for one, who is not a second rate player.
Also on Uruguay they won those earlier Olympic tournament and firmly regard them as World Championship victorys in all but name.
To there credit the South Americans take any tournament they play in seriously. I hope one of those two win the tournament."In F1 too many things overshadow the Racing" by Kimi
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