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    A kid from my very small home town won gold today.
    Wow!!! I wen to school with her Dad and used to work with her Grandpa.
    Pardon me while I bask in the reflected glory.
    http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2008/...911430910.html

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    The Romanian Woman who won the 42 Km marathon was 38 yrs old I believe.My hat goes off to her. What a woman. It must be so painful to run for almost 2.5 Hrs. A sprint is over in like 10 seconds but this marathon is the real Mccoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickdfresh View Post
    I agree. The likelihood of two "physical specimens" coming out of a small country like Jamaica in such a short while does raise suspicions...
    Hang on a second here. Not only is he probably the most tested athlete in Olympic history, he is also one of the first really tall sprinters (hence will have significantly longer stride length, etc.). Furthermore, truly exceptional athletes will be genetically predisposed to excel at a particular sport - in which case you would expect clusters of exceptional athletes from a particular area. The Rift Valley in East Africa is a good example - the majority of the best very long distance runners in the world come from that area. Why should Jamaica not have a similar cluster of very good sprinters?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pdf27 View Post
    Hang on a second here. Not only is he probably the most tested athlete in Olympic history, he is also one of the first really tall sprinters (hence will have significantly longer stride length, etc.).
    Do you really believe the tests have any significance. You actually have to be pretty stupid to get caught. Tour de France and the doping cases here in germany have proven that beyond any further doubt. The guys actually confessed, they didn't really get caught. This was in the course of this fuentes guy investigation in spain.
    Maybe in a couple of years they check up his tests again and find something with refined methods.

    Quote Originally Posted by pdf27 View Post
    Furthermore, truly exceptional athletes will be genetically predisposed to excel at a particular sport - in which case you would expect clusters of exceptional athletes from a particular area. The Rift Valley in East Africa is a good example - the majority of the best very long distance runners in the world come from that area. Why should Jamaica not have a similar cluster of very good sprinters?
    I agree with this, the ethiopians for example have statistically a higher calf and thus a longer achilles heel than europeans for example. This gives them a great advantage in long range running. It is very possible, that the unfortunate events of the arrival of the black jamaican population led to a biological selection which now favors them in sprinting.

    But nevertheless, I am absolutely certain, that all professional sports today is fubar with doping. The scientists developing training methods agree there, the performance jumps are too big. The guy could probably be the fastest as well if no one doped, but I say we'll never know since I think they're all doped and the effects vary for the different athletes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pdf27 View Post
    Hang on a second here. Not only is he probably the most tested athlete in Olympic history, he is also one of the first really tall sprinters (hence will have significantly longer stride length, etc.).
    I was under the impression that being 6'5" doesn't always make for great foot speed since, well, there really haven't been any. He may have a longer stride, but also longer limbs interrupt proper form and the shear body weight of a taller man often compensate for this benefit...

    Furthermore, truly exceptional athletes will be genetically predisposed to excel at a particular sport - in which case you would expect clusters of exceptional athletes from a particular area. The Rift Valley in East Africa is a good example - the majority of the best very long distance runners in the world come from that area.
    If you mean the Kenyans, that is not all genetic. It's at least partly "construction" also because of the fact that they train at a high altitudes and run up mountains from a very early age. They simply have encultured distance running and put a great emphasis on it..

    Why should Jamaica not have a similar cluster of very good sprinters?
    It's possible. But there really doesn't seem to be a tradition there of sprinters...

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    Did any one watch the us girls softball team kick the dragons *** last night i mean apparently the chinesse cant even throw a strike it was 9 zip.

    I also found this pic talk about funny





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    Oh ya, It was a joke. The US slaughtered them!..Go USA Go USA Go USA!!

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    I was going to say "You should be rooting for Canada", but I'm not sure about that anymore. You live in Toronto, but knowing things in North America, you're probably and American.

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    Well to be honest I consider the USA like a Big Brother, cause they are always there to help us. I love Canada but the competitive aspect of business, sports etc, seems more promising from the States. I rather see USA win lots of medals than Communist China.

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    The Phelps man is the best
    8 gold medals baby!!!!
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    My hat goes off to Australia!. They have 36 medals. How do they do it?. Canada only has a measely few. I myst say that for a country that has images of kangaroos and crocks, they are surely one of the best countries in the world!!. I salut you Australia and all those who are from this Great country (Ya you to RS). I might even visit Australia now that it is such a first class nation. All this hype about the jamaicans winning the 100 mt dash. We should be congratulating the island which proved its merit.If you see an Australian today give them a Hug

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    Quote Originally Posted by herman2 View Post
    My hat goes off to Australia!. They have 36 medals. How do they do it?.
    Australia is probably the most sports obsessed nation in the world, they take their sports very seriously.

    However, they are not too happy at the moment, the Poms have overtaken them in the medal charts at the Olympics

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    Quote Originally Posted by redcoat View Post
    Australia is probably the most sports obsessed nation in the world, they take their sports very seriously.
    This one doesn't.

    Quote Originally Posted by redcoat View Post
    However, they are not too happy at the moment, the Poms have overtaken them in the medal charts at the Olympics
    You know why?

    Because the Poms have been throwing big dollars - alright, pounds - at their teams to build up for the London Olympics.

    And those dollars have been spent on training modelled on the Australian Institute of Sport, which was founded after we came back from Montreal in 1976 without a single gold medal. So we founded the Institute and threw big dollars at it, imported coaches and got good again, and now we export coaches and training methods.

    We also give our athletes a free tertiary education while everyone else has to pay for it, with almost no prospect of getting the huge dollars that successful athletes get.

    Now the Poms have beaten us, our sports types are demanding more money from the government.

    Apparently performance enhancing drugs are bad, but performance enhancing money is good.

    Bah! Humbug!

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    I mightn’t be sport obsessed and I might be cynical about the money and system behind our performance, but it’s still hard to suppress a bit of national pride in punching well above our weight, as we usually do.

    Australia is the 53rd most populous country in the world with a population of 21 million, currently running 5th in the medal tally with 11 gold and 38 in total.

    To see how Australia’s performance rates against other nations, I've multiplied Australia’s medal tally by the relevant population factor to see what they would theoretically have if they performed as poorly as Australia (current actual medal tally in brackets)

    China (1.32bn / 21m) = 63 Gold 693 (46) Total 2,394 (83)
    USA (301m / 21m) = 14.3 Gold 157 (29) Total 543 (95)
    Russia (142m / 21m) = 6.8 Gold 75 (16) Total 239 (51)
    Britain (61m / 21m) = 2.9 Gold 32 (17) Total 110 (40)
    Germany (82m / 21m) = 3.9 Gold 43 (11) Total 148 (31)
    Canada (33m / 21m) = 1.6 Gold 18 (3) Total 61 (15)

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    Quote Originally Posted by herman2 View Post
    My hat goes off to Australia!. They have 36 medals. How do they do it?. Canada only has a measely few. I myst say that for a country that has images of kangaroos and crocks, they are surely one of the best countries in the world!
    Canada doesn't have a measly few medals, just not quite as many as it should have on a per capita basis. I assume that this is largely because Canada has been denied a fair go because bashing people toothless, senseless, and brainless with ice hockey sticks has been unfairly excluded from Olympic sports, along with bush pilot impossible landings and snow shoe marathons.

    Also, Canada still suffers from international prejudice arising from its lumber jack heritage. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zey8567bcg

    Our Olympic success is partly because we train our swimmers in the north, where the crocs, sharks, sea snakes, irukandji, and box jellyfish make them learn to swim fast, if they want to live. Then we take them south to the home of the great white shark, with different varieties of sea snakes, fatal mini-octopi, and rarely fatal different jellyfish. Sure, it's a harsh training program and we lose a few promising swimmers, but the ones we want are the ones who can survive it. After that, the pool's a doddle.

    We've also devised some highly efficient methods of combining the training of different disciplines, notably the shooters with cyclists and track and field. The shooters like the change to live moving targets while the riders and runners and jumpers learn to move real fast if they want to live.

    The synchronised swimmers had to be removed from the combined training program with the shooters after hundreds of thousands of civilians, many from overseas, arrived with guns, knives, and clubs to have a go at the syhchronised swimmers.

    Quote Originally Posted by herman2 View Post
    I might even visit Australia now ...
    What have we done to deserve that?

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