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Shadowfax 07-23-2012 03:48 PM

London Olympics 2012
not too sure how much interest there is here for the olympics but i thought i'd start up a thread so people can discuss events, results etc etc

an article to start with...

Rain May put a Damper on London 2012's Opening Ceremony


LONDON - Bring an umbrella and maybe have sunscreen as well.

British meteorologists on Monday released the forecast for the Olympic opening ceremony on Friday, saying they are certain things will be well, uncertain. There is a chance of rain for Friday's big event, frustrating the hopes of Londoners who thought that the warm weather predicted this week might last through the signature moment of the July 27-Aug. 12 games.

Forecaster Barry Gromett of Britain's Met Office broke the bad news: "Showers can be a bit hit and miss, I'm afraid."

The five-day forecast is considered the first that offers a close chance of accuracy. But the forecast is almost immaterial for the show itself: director Danny Boyle has planned for fake rain in case the heavens fail to co-operate.

Superjudge 07-23-2012 04:03 PM

Lets Go Lithuania!!!!

js12 07-23-2012 08:08 PM


Originally Posted by Superjudge (Post 673675)
Lets Go Lithuania!!!!

I'm also going to cheer for Lithuania for Olympics basketball. Go JV and Kleiza!

Also, I am going to pay attention to women's swimming, because a girl from my high school is competing. She broke the Canadian record during qualifications, so hopefully she can do well in London.

Shadowfax 07-23-2012 08:21 PM

special congrats should go out to Ian Millar who will be participating in his 10th Olympics in London

absolutely phenomenal :bowdown:

fancylad 07-23-2012 09:55 PM

I plan on being a complete and total Olympic whore.

Happens every 2 years.

Friday can't come soon enough.

jeffb 07-23-2012 10:07 PM

mehh, not very excited about these olympics. we'll see, maybe once they get going i'll get into it more. the only thing i want to see is valanciunas.

Superjudge 07-23-2012 11:19 PM

Paula Findlay baby!

XiaominWu 07-23-2012 11:34 PM

lol... it could have been just a little more interesting....

Windex 07-24-2012 12:31 AM

Get ready for rain :police:

Shadowfax 07-24-2012 06:20 PM


10 Canadian Athletes to Watch at London 2012


Adam van Koeverden The veteran paddler has an Olympic medal of every colour and he'll be gunning to add to his collection in London. Van Koeverden, who served as Canadian flag-bearer at the opening ceremonies in 2008, should be a contender in the K1 1,000-metre event. The 30-year-old from Oakville, Ont., won a world title at that distance last year in Hungary.

Dylan Armstrong The 31-year-old shot putter from Kamloops, B.C., is hoping to erase the painful memory of coming less than a centimetre short of a medal at the 2008 Games in Beijing. Armstrong was ranked No. 1 in the world last season but battled injuries over the winter. He didn't qualify for the world indoor final last March but has looked solid in the lead-up to London, consistently performing well on the Diamond League circuit.

Alexandre Despatie This will be the fourth Summer Games for the 27-year-old diver from Laval, Que. He has won silver in the men's three-metre springboard at the last two Games but his preparation took a major blow in mid-June when he hit his head on the diving board while training in Spain.

Simon Whitfield The 2000 Olympic triathlon champion is still going strong at age 37. After winning gold at the Sydney Olympics, Whitfield struggled at the 2004 Games in Athens before bouncing back with a silver medal four years later in Beijing. The Victoria resident, who will carry Canada's flag at Friday's opening ceremony, has ramped up his training regimen this year in an effort to hang with the youngsters on the Olympic course in London.

Milos Raonic Expect to hear some oohs and aahs when Raonic steps on court at the All-England Club. He has a rocket of a serve and the game to back it up. Raonic has posted victories over some of the game's top players this season. The 21-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., could make a splash at the home of Wimbledon.

Ryan Cochrane Cochrane is one of the best bets for a podium appearance among Canadian swimmers. The 23-year-old from Victoria, who won bronze in the 1,500-metre freestyle four years ago, will compete in the 1,500 and 400-metre freestyle events in London. Cochrane holds national records at both distances.

Catharine Pendrel The 31-year-old from Kamloops, B.C., heads to the London Games ranked No. 1 in the world in women's mountain biking. She just missed the podium four years ago, finishing fourth at the Beijing Olympics. The spotlight was on veteran teammate Marie-Helene Premont back then but Pendrel can't fly under the radar this time. As the reigning world champion, she's favoured for gold.

Karen Cockburn The trampoline veteran has reached the podium at every Olympics since the event was added to the program at the Sydney Games in 2000. The 31-year-old Toronto native is hoping her fourth Games will bring her that elusive gold medal. Cockburn is known for her strong flight times, which could give her a slight edge in London since the height of an athlete's jumps will now be factored into the overall score.

Clara Hughes She's pushing 40 and showing no signs of slowing down. Hughes, who has reached the speedskating podium at the last three Winter Games, will be back on the bike in London. It's her first appearance at the Summer Olympics since the Sydney Games in 2000. The rider from Glen Sutton, Que., won two bronze medals in road cycling at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Mary Spencer First came the wakeup call and then a near-knockout blow. Spencer, a three-time world boxing champion, suffered her first defeat in over a year in April and followed it up a month later with an upset loss in her first bout at the world championships. The 27-year-old native of Wiarton, Ont., qualified for London as a wild-card entry. She hopes to return to the form that saw her win gold at the Pan-Am Games last fall.

lankganglia 07-24-2012 06:50 PM

I want to see val
I would really like it if baseball was in the olympics

Nites 07-24-2012 06:51 PM

No Arjun Bhullar?

pzabby 07-24-2012 06:59 PM


Originally Posted by lankganglia (Post 674133)
I want to see val
I would really like it if baseball was in the olympics

god no. why?

Shadowfax 07-24-2012 07:07 PM


Originally Posted by pzabby (Post 674141)
god no. why?

why not ?..it's an international game
Baseball won't be a part of the 2016 Summer Olympics either...disappointing

Stonezz 07-24-2012 07:29 PM

Our baseball team wouldn't be too shabby, a lot of really good baseball players come from out west.

Beans 07-24-2012 09:01 PM

I've never even seen handball before (LINK).

Shadowfax 07-25-2012 09:00 AM


Originally Posted by Beans (Post 674157)
I've never even seen handball before (LINK).

nice find :)
perfect example of why i enjoy the Olympics so much...i get to watch sports that i wouldn't normally tune into...i find it incredibly refreshing

looked around for a list of events and came up with this...not sure how accurate it is...

Canoe/Kayak - Flatwater and Slalom
Cycling - Track, Road, Mountain Bike and BMX
Gymnastics - Artistic, Trampoline and Rhythmic
Synchronized Swimming
Water Polo
Modern Pentathlon
Table Tennis
Volleyball - Beach

fancylad 07-25-2012 09:03 AM

olymic women's soccer starts today. Let's go Canada!

Shadowfax 07-25-2012 09:10 AM


Originally Posted by fancylad (Post 674237)
olymic women's soccer starts today. Let's go Canada!

will watch some of it before i have to go out...an 11:30 start i believe

Windex 07-25-2012 09:14 AM


Originally Posted by fancylad (Post 674237)
olymic women's soccer starts today. Let's go Canada!

probably the most interesting olypmic soccer (men + women) has been in a while

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