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I am getting Olympic fever....I always do! The first summer games (and winter too, for that matter) that I watched was 1972 in Munich (Sapporo) and I watch as much as I can every time they roll around.

I am disappointed that golf and baseball are not Olympic sports. I can understand why American football is not in the games....but golf, no...yet tennis..yes! Makes no sense.

And baseball is played by enough nations that it should be included.

I don't like the 23 and under rule for soccer and I hope this never comes to pass, as David Stern has suggested.

My favorite summer games were actually the 1976 games in Montreal. Nadia, Sugar Ray Leonard, etc....maybe I am romanticizing here, because this was the peak of my youth...

1980 and 1984 were ruined by politics. Seoul and Sydney are tough to follow because the results are in before shown on TV.

Athens games were forgettable, in spite of the of the historic locale.

Atlanta was marred by the Centennial Park bombing and the hyper-criticism of commercialism.

The Beijing games were spectacular....in spite of the time difference...!!!

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Footnote: I am also looking forward to the Olympics pushing the Dwight Howard, and Penn State stories off of the news....!!!!
 

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2012 Summer Olympics in London - Danell Leyva and more!

I decided to make the thread more South Florida-specific. I find it interesting that so many swimmers from around the world are coming to train in Davie.

Miami Herald

Posted on Sun, Jul. 08, 2012
Different Strokes: International swimmers practice in Davie for the Olympics
By Linda Robertson
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Tirabassi is an Olympic athlete for Venezuela and trains with Davie Nadadores. This is his second Olympic Games At a swimming pool in Davie, you will find a record-holder from Bolivia, a two-time Olympian from El Salvador, a Brazilian ranked No. 8 in the world, Kuwait’s future hope for a medal, Peru’s two-person national team and Olympic swimmers from Qatar, Libya, India, Iran and Venezuela.
Swimmers from 53 countries have found a second home at this global hotspot in west Broward as members of the Davie Nadadores club. Coach Alex Pussieldi not only trains them but he also accommodates their multicultural needs.
During Ramadan last year, he held practices for his Muslim swimmers from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. so they could eat before sunrise and follow the tenets of the holy month of fasting.
He helped his Hindi swimmers construct a healthy diet devoid of red meat and directed his meat-eating Brazilian athletes to the tastiest local churrascarias.
He eased the culture shock for male swimmers from conservative Middle Eastern countries who had never seen women or girls in swimsuits before they arrived in Davie.
Pussieldi has dined with sheiks and prime ministers on his travels around the world reassuring parents and swimming federation leaders that the Davie Nadadores is the ideal team.
“People in other countries think my name is Davie. They ask, ‘Are you Davie?’ ” Pussieldi said. “The word is out. Swimmers get good results with the Nadadores.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/07/...rent-strokes-international.html#storylink=cpy
 

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Good call Q....Miami has a real reason to watch!!!
Do you know of any other Olympic athletes from South Florida who might be participating this year - swimmers, sprinters?
 

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Here's another Miami Olympian!:):cheers:

Miami Herald

Posted on Mon, Jun. 25, 2012
Former UM star Viola earns spot in Olympics

From Miami Herald Wire Services

Brittany Viola dominated the competition in Federal Way, Wash., winning by nearly 60 points ahead of second-place Katie Bell, who claimed the other qualifying spot for London. Viola scored 86.40 on her second-round dive, an armstand back dive from the platform with two somersaults and 1 1/2 twists, getting all 9s from the judges.
“A greater perspective that this is just another meet,” Viola said of her previous trials experiences. “Although there are a lot of lights and colors and Olympic rings everywhere, it comes down to the diver and the platform, and that’s something Katie and I can take into the Olympics.”
In the men’s competition, no matter what happened on the final dive Kristian Ipsen and Troy Dumais were already bound for London. Chris Colwill didn’t have that security.
With his Olympic hopes on the line and a sliver of a lead, Colwill’s final dive of the 3-meter springboard final was the highest-scoring dive of the entire competition.
Colwill rallied from third place to win the men’s 3-meter springboard, and Dumais held off Ipsen in the final round to finish second and reach his fourth Olympics in the event.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/06/...r-um-star-viola-earns-spot.html#storylink=cpy
 

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I am disappointed that golf and baseball are not Olympic sports. I can understand why American football is not in the games....but golf, no...yet tennis..yes! Makes no sense.
And yet they have curling?:eek:hno:
 

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Very cool to see Miamians in London....Danell Leyva looked pretty good tonight....
The U.S. men's gymnastics team could have looked better, but at least they finished in a solid first and are the ones to beat Monday night.
 

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The U.S. men's gymnastics team could have looked better, but at least they finished in a solid first and are the ones to beat Monday night.
Poor showing by the Chinese....better than I expected from GBR,,,,I still think it is ours to lose...

Sadly, it seems that it is just you and me who have Olympic fever, Q.....
 

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Sadly, it seems that it is just you and me who have Olympic fever, Q.....
I'll admit to not caring much about sports I have little interest in anyway (I'll be skipping the badminton and kayaking) , but I DO love the swimming, gymnastics and track and field competitions and the overall Olympic spectacle.

Not really into medal counts or rooting for "our" athletes just because they're Americans since the days of East German "shemales" have gone by the wayside, but I'll pull for the underdogs wherever and whoever they may be.

I do, however, think they should return to the ancient Greek tradition of having them all compete nude. Also, there should be a pizza eating competition.
 

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Poor showing by the Chinese....better than I expected from GBR,,,,I still think it is ours to lose...

Sadly, it seems that it is just you and me who have Olympic fever, Q.....
Remember, GBR is the host nation, which is always favored. Yes, the poor showing by the Chinese was a surprise. Yes, it is ours to lose in men's gymnastics. Like I said, even though they have a commanding lead, they could have looked better. I hope they do Monday night.

I've been following gymnastics ever since Olga Korbut did that layed out back flip on the uneven bars back in 1972. Still haven't seen anything like that since then. And the perfect 10s by Nadia Comaneci in 1976. Until this day, no one has been able to do what she did so perfectly. Yes, the sport has advanced and changed and is more difficult, but I don't think anybody could have done what she did so perfectly.

Tonight, the American "women" start their run. Nobody from South Florida though.
 

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Remember, GBR is the host nation, which is always favored. Yes, the poor showing by the Chinese was a surprise. Yes, it is ours to lose in men's gymnastics. Like I said, even though they have a commanding lead, they could have looked better. I hope they do Monday night.

I've been following gymnastics ever since Olga Korbut did that layed out back flip on the uneven bars back in 1972. Still haven't seen anything like that since then. And the perfect 10s by Nadia Comaneci in 1976. Until this day, no one has been able to do what she did so perfectly. Yes, the sport has advanced and changed and is more difficult, but I don't think anybody could have done what she did so perfectly.

Tonight, the American "women" start their run. Nobody from South Florida though.
Me too, Q....I was mesmerized by Olga and Nadia in 1972,76.....had a huge crush on Nadia for a long time...!


And spell....I sorta miss those East German shemales like swimmer Kornelia Endor.....if shemake athlete are to make a comeback, it will be in Rio....jeje!
 
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