My biggest problem is I can't get excited about Judo, canoeing, clay pidgeon shooting (or whatever it's called), archery, show jumping or any of the 'visually sterile' sports. Rather watch pygmy flinging than the GB team trying to play basketball.
Roll on the track and field events.
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"Visually sterile"? (I don't think we have been watching the same Olympics!)
I haven't watched much of any Olympics - since I was a kid - until this one. (Most televised sport except F1 leaves me cold.) But this one has really crept up on me. I even found myself watching some of those events where team GB didn't really stand a chance.
The velodrome events yesterday afternoon/evening were some of the most engrossing/dramatic TV I have watched in ages. Brilliant. (I was shouting and swearing a lot so that's usually a sign that I'm involved in something!)
I was even watching boxing last night! Weird.
There are exceptions. I still can't watch football without breaking out in a rash and beach volleyball/handball/basketball don't do anything for me. (But I did try.)
Even the sailing had lush views of the Dorset coast to admire (along with some aquatic drama between our bloke Ben Ainsley and a pesky Viking).
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Our guys and gals have done brilliant thus far. But I watched the highlights last night and I can't get my head around the canoeing. Looked like they were competing in a giant jakuzzi. Judo isn't a TV sport, nor is archery. And even stranger: Beach volleyball in Horse Guards Parade? Really struggle to understand that location.
Basketball? Why not let the US have the Gold medal now. We can't beat Spain which are fairly well revered for their basketball.
Enjoyed the bike races, time trials and the velodrome.
I was completely engrossed by the canoeing when I watched it live - the skill involved in controlling that thing in that turbulent water is amazing. Same with the trap shooting - I was astonished at how those guys could hit those two fast moving targets within a a split second of the release - incredible skill. When our guy missed those two near the end, I think every Team GB supporter who was watching's heart missed a beat. I also think putting the beach vollyball at Horse Guards Parade was a stroke of genius - for tourists especially, it's an amazing backdrop to go and watch that event.
Part of the beauty of the Olympics is that there really is something for everyone. Without doubt, there's people who would think the sports you like are as dull as dishwater.
USA only got a bronze in 2004, so it's not really a foregone conclusion. You might as well say let's just give Brazil the World Cup everytime it comes up.
Spain I think are currently 3rd in the world, are the reiging European champions, won the silver medal in Beijing and they beat us by one point. Not too bad all things considered.
Surely all those sports we hardly ever see on TV are the more interesting ones to watch. It's when we get to the stuff inside the stadium that it all gets a bit 'visually sterile', in that one bunch of people running or jumping looks like any other bunch doing so.
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GO MURRY!......one set up!
Edit. By Jove, the boy did good.....carried through on a wave of support!
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A quite magnificent win tonight and if Andy plays like this then he can win the Gold, no doubt about it.
C'mon Andy, you CAN do it :)
(if not, the Olympic Silver medal is quite Brilliant in any case )
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Great stuff from Murray. As I've stated before, I don't understand why he can't play that aggressively all the time. I was bit concerned when I heard the final is a five set match. I think Murray would stand a better chance over three.
I've been glued to the television for the last three days. Loving the Freesat coverage -- twenty-four HD channels dedicated to the games. It's hard to imagine how the coverage could improve (perhaps they could ask John Inverdale to stop molesting female rowers, but that's it).
My only worry is that I think team GB has peaked now. I'm right behind Jess Ennis tomorrow, but I fear the medal haul will slow considerably as the games progress. I hope there are some nice surprises...
I think that come the end of the Games, there are going to be many who'll find it hard to accept that the Olympics have finished. The coverage has been so comprehensive that you can choose your sport and flick on to that channel (on Sky anyway).
The last 2 days have been so exciting in terms of GB medals won, be ineresting to see whether the Games do have any effect on the Uk economy...probably a negative one as people are staying home to watch tv!
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Lets hope the roof stays open this time!
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Radio 5 are doing a great job though the superlatives are getting milked somewhat. They have a greater effect on my enthusiasm for the game than the TV does, well done 5 live team.
I've just got home after suffering a rather tedious drive, I've sat down with a cup of tea, put my feet up, turned on the telly and bingo, just in time to catch team GB winning another gold in the Velodrome - how great is that
Thankfully Paul McCartney's attempt to make the post race celebration all about him, didn't detract too much from the GB women's pursuit team's limelight. (He started conducting the velodrome audience in another singalong of 'Hey Jude' as if once in a week wasn't quite enough!)*
Some fantastic performances from the GB cycling team. Brilliant.
*Presumably he'll now want the extra royalties for 6000 people singing it in public and the millions watching it. (Mac)Kerching!
Really pleased for Murray. Thru to the singles final and mixed semis. Wasn't a big Murray fan but the Womble final changed that. He could be on for two golds. Yay!
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