2020 Tokyo Olympic Games - Day Two (25 July)

Karen-W

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A replacement to the French fencing team won gold. The commentator said that he “didn’t even have his own Wiki page.” Sigh.
So, that's what passes for research these days? :rofl: Remember when teachers told their students to not use Wiki as source material because it can be edited by anyone?
 

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I am loving this Olympics so much that I will refrain from snarking on PH and just hope that he is enjoying them as much as I am.
 

Susan1

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I've heard so many people discussing this and here's the response of some of the beach volleyball players:

I couldn't open that without being a member, but I found another article. So, to be fair then, men should have to wear them too.:eek:

As far as the dressage is concerned, I cannot imagine how the riders get the horses to do the exacting moves that are required;
I don't know what heat they were in (there are so many) or remember the name (not from USA), but the black horse looked the best. So sleek and crisp. Maybe because of the solid color? A brown horse with white hooves looked like a person walking toward the camera.

Synchronized swimming is now called Artistic Swimming.
So, is "artistic swimming" going to be in the Olympics? I know, I could look it up. What's the word on Precision (used to be synchro) figure skating becoming an Olympic sport? If swimming does it, skating should too. I'm all about equality today, huh?
 

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Interesting that Lee Kiefer, the American gold medalist's husband told her to find her voice :)

BTW, Phil Hersh just posted his 2014 article on Kiefer from 2014 when she was fencing in the junior ranks.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/spor...t-hersh-colleges-spt-0117-20140117-story.html

Today's update on Lee in The Washington Post:


A Brazilian pink bird eating tarantula as a pet? Ugh!
 

sk9tingfan

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I couldn't open that without being a member, but I found another article. So, to be fair then, men should have to wear them too.:eek:


I don't know what heat they were in (there are so many) or remember the name (not from USA), but the black horse looked the best. So sleek and crisp. Maybe because of the solid color? A brown horse with white hooves looked like a person walking toward the camera.


So, is "artistic swimming" going to be in the Olympics? I know, I could look it up. What's the word on Precision (used to be synchro) figure skating becoming an Olympic sport? If swimming does it, skating should too. I'm all about equality today, huh?

Yes. It's part of the Olympics.
 

michalle

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It must be so fun for the athletes who are married to other athletes and get to be there with them.
 
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We watched some swimming and diving. Baby mic disappeared and came back with her bathing suit to be put on so she could watch properly :lol: Both my kids REALLY want to go swimming now :)

I know there’s things about the Olympics that are problematic, but I do love that it exposes kids to sports they might not see otherwise. We’ve been swimming of course, but they had no idea people raced and could swim fast! Or that you could do all those crazy turns before jumping in a pool. I was the same age as little mic when I watched the 88 Olympics and demanded my parents put me in skating so it makes me happy that my kids are so interested in watching with me :)
 

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Happy for the Colombian guy who won silver in weightlifting! He got bronze last time but only after someone tested positive so he never got to have a podium moment.
 

Susan1

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Snickers used to be called Marathon here. I stopped eating them after they changed the name.
There was an actual Marathon bar here.
 

RoseRed

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I've just been watching bits and pieces, so miscellaneous.

The women's volleyball - why do they have to wear practically thongs?

In the archery yesterday, they had men and women on the same team. More sports should do that.

The equestrian dressage today got me choked up. The horses are so good. The thing where they high step and hesitate (I don't know the technical term) reminded me of merry go round horses. I've only been on a real horse, on a riding trail, once in my life. HER name was Zeke. (I have pictures.) We used a platform to get on. We trotted a couple times. I hurt every time I sat down and stood up the next day. My boss, on the other side of the cubicle wall, laughed (not in a mean way) every time I groaned. She used to compete in jumping. It was her idea for a team activity after work.

I've probably mentioned this before, but "ladies' figure skating" but "women's gymnastics"?

I can only watch some things for a minute. It all looks alike (badminton, table tennis, geez).

No synchronized swimming?

They had an event at Miamisburg's skatepark yesterday. A couple of guys famous in the sport were there. Whatever.
Dressage is so difficult. I used to compete in eventing, so I trained dressage, jumping and cross country. The jumping stuff was more fun for me over all, but it was so satisfying to work all season and see your dressage scores improve. And basic dressage work improves everything else you do, because you make the horse for supple, flexible and responsive. High level dressage horses are next level though. Bred and highly trained for that beautiful movement.

The high stepping movement you're talking about is most likely 'passage'.
 

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I wish NBC would actually show full finals matches for some of these sports. It's hard to get the drama for the taekwondo win or the fencing win when you only get to see the end.
 

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Made it through the first three groups of women's gymnastics team qualifying.

Most stellar routine of the night was the young (and who knows how young) specialist from China on beam. Fantastic!
 

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Is there any reason why people with lower body disabilities (unable to walk, leg amputees) can't participate in the canoe slalom in the regular Olympics? Do they actually use their legs to help steer or is it just the IOC rules again?
 

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Is there any reason why people with lower body disabilities (unable to walk, leg amputees) can't participate in the canoe slalom in the regular Olympics? Do they actually use their legs to help steer or is it just the IOC rules again?
You do use your legs a fair amount in canoe/kayak, but who said an athlete with lower limb disability couldn't participate?
 

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