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Did I read the Beach Volleyball results correctly? - alyburns' (aka sideburns & alyjude) Hiding Place
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Did I read the Beach Volleyball results correctly?

Did I correctly read that WE (meaning the US) will battle WE (meaning the US) for the GOLD medal?? With the loser then receiving the silver?

*THUD*

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From: (Anonymous) Date: August 8th, 2012 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I saw that, too. Not sure if every country has two teams playing? Is it like skiing in the winter, with more than one person wearing a nation's colours? Haven't been following the Olympics other than in news headlines and must say, it all sounds rather odd. The Cameroonians are missing but no one is worried. Runners are disqualified for not trying hard enough, a swimmer admits cheating but says it's okay because everyone does it, the US has been badmouthing us Canadians about something or other (I think it's one of our teams the US team beat, which sounds like sore winners), and the worst dive ever, with 0 across the board seems to have occured. It all sounds very uneven in terms of performance. I think what has surprised me this year is how very much I just don't care.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: August 8th, 2012 04:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Most sports allow more than one 'team'

to go based on the sport's (and the country's) rules. But I've never heard of two teams from one country actually making it so far, that they end up going against each other for a medal, let alone gold! :)

And what swimmer cheated? And how? Drugs? I didn't hear anything about cheating in swimming (darn hard to do unless it's performance enhancing drugs) and I've watched almost every swimming event. How could I miss that?
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alyburns From: alyburns Date: August 9th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Most sports allow more than one 'team'

I TOTALLY missed that!!! And as an ex-breaststroker (yep, believe it or not - and I can thank it for my arthritic knees), back then, no dolphin kick at all, but still allowed only 1 breast stroke kick under water - and back then, the water couldn't go over your head or you were DQ'ed. Now the stroke has changed completely - and for the better. :)
bluewolf458 From: bluewolf458 Date: August 8th, 2012 05:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Four badminton teams were disqualified in the quarter-finals for not trying hard enough. The Chinese apparently were trying to avoid facing another Chinese team in the semi-finals, presumable in the hope that in the finals it'd be Chinese against Chinese therefore gold and silver. Their opponents decided that if the Chinese were trying to lose they'd play them at their own game and also play to lose.

But there have been a ridiculous number of appeals, too, presumably by the team bosses, with results changed - though I suspect that happens every time.

I don't follow anything involving organised sport, but it's been impossible to avoid everything - even the news has been pre-empted on occasion! And when then news is shown on schedule, three-quarters of it is Olympic highlights...,
gmfor_moonridge From: gmfor_moonridge Date: August 9th, 2012 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)

Why that's that's that's

despicable!!!! So were the disqualified teams Chinese or just the ones who thought they'd try it too and got caught?
jokan From: jokan Date: August 9th, 2012 12:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Why that's that's that's

All 4 teams were disqualified, the 2 Chinese teams and their opponents.
alyburns From: alyburns Date: August 9th, 2012 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Why that's that's that's

ah, thanks!
bluewolf458 From: bluewolf458 Date: August 9th, 2012 05:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Why that's that's that's

China (two teams), South Korea and Indonesia. In a way I feel sorry for the Koreans and Indonesians. Apparently the Chinese were playing to lose, apparently so that they wouldn't have to face another Chinese team till the final, and their opponents decided to play them at their own game by also playing to lose. But it was totally obvious; serves going into the net, return shots aimed at going outside the court; they were warned, which obviously didn't improve things, so -

I wasn't following it closely - hell, I wasn't even following it! but that was one of the things that hit the news and impossible to miss. (My interest in organised, competitive sport is vanishingly small. My own sport was hill walking, where co-operation is king.)

(Sorry, just realised I've repeated a alot of what I saisd first time round)

Edited at 2012-08-09 06:00 am (UTC)
alyburns From: alyburns Date: August 9th, 2012 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Why that's that's that's

I wish I wasn't all that interested, but as an ex-athlete with Olympian ambitions, I'm stuck. :)
vamysteryfan From: vamysteryfan Date: August 8th, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
They are indeed facing each other. Several countries have had more than one team in several sports, so I guess it's allowed. Should be a very exciting match!

I've spent more time than I thought I would watching the Olympics. I put it on for company sometimes while I'm doing something else and then get caught up in it. Like the women's water polo.

I like watching the little snippets of life around Great Britain too. Mary Carillo leads an exciting life right now :)
gmfor_moonridge From: gmfor_moonridge Date: August 9th, 2012 12:32 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes, I'm very jealous of Mary

and wish I had her job now! :)
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