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Chrissie-fan
Aug 6th, 2012, 09:43 AM
So, the Olympics are over as far as tennis is concerned.

It was nice for a change but I have to say I'm glad we`re back to normal WTA business this week.
I think Olympic tennis has been a huge success. Every player that won a medal went nuts. Nobody is going to tell me that this is barely as important as a masters 1000 or premier event after we saw how much it meant to the players. Tennis belongs at the Olympics as far as I'm concerned. I loved it, it was loads of fun.

TennisFan66
Aug 6th, 2012, 02:40 PM
This is one for the conspiracists ... In Handball (M) the match Denmark - Korea just started. Denmark would like to finish 2nd in the group, behind likely winners Croatia. However, a loss against Korea would actually benefit this goal :lol: ..

If Denmark loses and ends with 6 points, Croatia is forced to play their best in their last group game (to be played later tonight) against Spain. Else Spain will win the group. With a win for Croatia, Denmark is guaranteed 2nd place in the group, win or lose against Korea.

If Denmark wins against Korea, Denmark will finish with 8 points. If Spain wins against Croatia later, all 3 top teams will have 8 points, but due to superior goal diff, Croatia can lose by up to 5 goals and still win the group ..

Edit : Korea leading 14-13 at half time. Korea has lost all 4 previous group matches.

2nd Edit : Danish players took it a tad more serious in 2nd half (after a verbal bollocking from the Danish coach) .. Denmark won 26-24 .. but these formats where it's sometimes advantageous to lose .. not good. Not good at all.

TennisFan66
Aug 7th, 2012, 10:41 PM
Was just browsing GM and with the results from Montreal, it was claimed WTA is the most unpredictable sport in the world ....

Guess they don't follow Handball (W) in the Olympic tournament. France (run away group winners, RUP at last two World Championships) just lost their QF to Montenegro :eek:

Burisleif
Aug 7th, 2012, 11:00 PM
Lots of kids wanting to play handball in the UK now... Alas nowhere to do so yet.

TennisFan66
Aug 7th, 2012, 11:33 PM
Lots of kids wanting to play handball in the UK now... Alas nowhere to do so yet.

Could become a sport for the Scottish ...

Burisleif
Aug 8th, 2012, 12:29 AM
Could become a sport for the Scottish ...

Should be a sport down south too... Much less dependant on physical characteristics than the other imported sports.

Do kids still learn Handball on outdoor grass courts in DK? The question of facilities seems moot if thats possible.

terjw
Aug 8th, 2012, 10:35 PM
I think Olympic tennis has been a huge success. Every player that won a medal went nuts. Nobody is going to tell me that this is barely as important as a masters 1000 or premier event after we saw how much it meant to the players. Tennis belongs at the Olympics as far as I'm concerned. I loved it, it was loads of fun.

I agree. But I didn't used to think that. Not that long ago I believed that tennis and other sports shouldn't be part of the Olympics. Olympics were really for track and field .. and a few others (swimmming, gymnatics ..). But I changed my mind just before the Beijing games. It seemed a killjoy attitude to have when it meant so much to the players there.

But I do think players attitudes have changed from less than 10 years ago even.

TennisFan66
Aug 8th, 2012, 11:17 PM
<rant> If Tunisian men want to wrestle other men, they should sign up for the wrestling tournament or oil up and go to Turkey to part take in that creepy oil wrestling, they do over there. Why the whole team wasn't red carded is beyond me ... (yes, I know. I am the only person in the whole world, who watches handball). Now crawl back to the sand hole, you came from </rant>

C. W. Fields
Aug 10th, 2012, 08:25 PM
Nicola Sprig (Switzerland) edged Lisa Nordén (Sweden) to win the women's triathlon. But the Swedish Olympic Comitee has filed a complaint that the gold medal should be shared because the difference between the two athletes was less than one hundredth of a second. It's not an unheard of complaint. In the 70s they stopped using thousandths of a second in swimming and if the competitors clocked the same time measured in hundredths of a second, they'd share the medal.

TennisFan66
Aug 11th, 2012, 11:06 AM
Did anyone see this : In women's hammer throw, apparently there was a measuring malfunction, so one thrower thought she'd won (or won a medal?) and went on the obligatory celebration lap, only to be later informed, the organizers made an error and she didn't win (medal)?

C. W. Fields
Aug 11th, 2012, 03:43 PM
Did anyone see this : In women's hammer throw, apparently there was a measuring malfunction, so one thrower thought she'd won (or won a medal?) and went on the obligatory celebration lap, only to be later informed, the organizers made an error and she didn't win (medal)?

Yeah, I saw it.
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/lysenko-sets-olympic-record-win-202442279--oly.html

TennisFan66
Aug 11th, 2012, 04:55 PM
Yeah, I saw it.
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/lysenko-sets-olympic-record-win-202442279--oly.html

LOL ... thanks CW, comical games. I was searching the British papers, but they've been rather brilliant at sweeping all these scandals well under the carpet. Apparently the mantra goes that if we don't talk about it, it didn't happen :lol:

I can understand why the Chinese are rather unhappy about this. When the Chinese thrower had her last attempt, she thought she had already won the bronze ... Makes you wonder, if other things have been measured incorrectly.

Edit : I've read another more detailed report about what happened. It's John Cleese worthy stuff. The German thrower threw exactly the same length as the thrower just before her. That apparently crashed the system.

Only mark the German got was (briefly) one about 5 meters shorter, the length the following thrower reached.

The German thrower was rather unhappy and refused to leave the stadium and kept complaining. The Chinese, who thought she had won bronze, was celebrating running her lap of honour, waving the Chinese flag.

Half an hour after the competition had finished, the organizers / judges finally caved in and agreed to measure the German's last throw manually with a measuring tape. :lol: ..

Protoss
Aug 11th, 2012, 10:54 PM
So has anybody else watched any taekwondo?

I've watched some of it and thought it was kind of cool.

TennisFan66
Aug 12th, 2012, 11:38 PM
Spice girls at the Olympic closing ceremony :confused: seriously ... was Tweedy and Tulisa and 1D and some of the Towie 'stars' there too? .... I seriously don't get Britain ... Coldplay is from London .. and where were they?

DownInAHole
Aug 12th, 2012, 11:45 PM
Spice girls at the Olympic closing ceremony :confused: seriously ... was Tweedy and Tulisa and 1D and some of the Towie 'stars' there too? .... I seriously don't get Britain ... Coldplay is from London .. and where were they?

Coldplay? Chris Martin is probably somewhere writing bad poetry about a girl that broke his heart when he was fifteen.

TennisFan66
Aug 12th, 2012, 11:55 PM
Coldplay? Chris Martin is probably somewhere writing bad poetry about a girl that broke his heart when he was fifteen.

OI, you Canadian ... XY is imho one of the best albums ever made ... and Coldplay is from London ... instead they chose to show Spice girls ... I mean, seriously ...

DownInAHole
Aug 13th, 2012, 12:00 AM
OI, you Canadian ... XY is imho one of the best albums ever made ... and Coldplay is from London ... instead they chose to show Spice girls ... I mean, seriously ...

I like their first two albums ok but after a while they just got too mopey. If I feel like cutting myself I'll grab a Cure album thank you very much.:lol:

bruce goose
Aug 13th, 2012, 05:30 AM
Both of you guys are arguing over nothing since EVERYone knows that the musical highlight of the OG was Enoch Simpson's closing rendition of "England!England!England!":cool: