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I'm not a sports fan, but do find it odd that nobody has mentioned them here.
 
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I'm not a sports fan, but do find it odd that nobody has mentioned them here.
Kind of given up on them.

We know too much about money and the irony of professional paid athletes IMO.

That said, I did meet Jim Craig couple of years ago. I remember watching the 80 hockey game and jumping up and down couldn't believe we won.

Kind of like the NHL now where I've given up on Olympic sports. All about the money at the end of the day.
 
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Never really got into the Olympics, I sometimes watch football and golf.
 
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Why would any country or city spend the money to build all this nonsense for a bunch of spoiled rich kids. If we must continue to have the olympics why not just have it at the same neutral play ground every time. Winter games in Switzerland n summer games in the Netherlands ? Save us all money.
 
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I'm not a sports fan, but do find it odd that nobody has mentioned them here.
Yep, I've been tuning in every now and then. Not sure why anyone would mention the Olympics in a forum dedicated to tractors and such though :)
 

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With 150,000 condoms being handed out at the olympics, they must be expected an awful lot of friendly get togethers, considering only one is used up per couple. Probably be a lot of momentos being taken home as a rememberance to the Tokyo Olympics.
 

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If the political correctness and gender controversies are not enough...the questionable use of PEDs and lack of ability to detect some have turned the olympics into a five ring (multi-colored) circus...!

IMO...The olympics should be about the best individual athletes in competition against other individuals...personally I don't see a place for team sports in the olympics...there are plenty of other world class competitions for team sports...

As for golf in the olympics...how silly...! Anyone that knows anything about golf knows a golfer's game cycles...i.e., they do not always have "their A game"...so IMO regardless of who is competing the golfers that are at the top of their games during the "games" are most likely to win even if there are better golfers who are competing or not and are not at the top of their game...
I.e., just because some golfer wins an olympic gold medal hardly makes them the best golfer in the world...!
 

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like Simone Byles, I got too stressed out, so I quit the olympics.
Ever work with the younger generation?(not universal but most) They get stressed out for having to get up in the morning. God forbid if they get reprimanded.
 

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The actual races are pretty interesting (track, swimming, etc.) Some of the other events will blow you away with skill (shooting, archery). However, most of the team sports, such as basketball, soccer (football) etc are just weird side shows to the real events. And, does anyone really understand fencing as a sport?

As an aside, water polo is really weird. Like old time football (before rules) in the water.
 

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When did surfing, 6 player basketball, and skateboarding become "sports"? 🏅

Watching the Olympics without a DVR is a PITA since there are at least 20+ commercials every 10 minutes to be skipped over!

Oh, by the way, what the heck is ROC? 🇷🇺
 

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No. Russian Olympic Committee, since Russia is banned for doping (wink, wink). Rep of China has to compete as Taiwan so China isn't offended.
 

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No. Russian Olympic Committee, since Russia is banned for doping (wink, wink). Rep of China has to compete as Taiwan so China isn't offended.

What exactly is a ROC? If Russia is banned their athletes should be banned. Either you are a country or you are not a country.

You can’t make this stuff up.

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What exactly is a ROC? If Russia is banned their athletes should be banned. Either you are a country or you are not a country.

You can’t make this stuff up.

MoKelly
Apparently somebody did. It's true that they have become politicalized, but at least for a short time countries can put aside their differences and let their professional amateur athletes test against one another.
 

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Apparently somebody did. It's true that they have become politicalized, but at least for a short time countries can put aside their differences and let their professional amateur athletes test against one another.
Actually what they (The Olympics) do is push politics into a field where it has no business..."the games" have become a global political game one-upmanship...
 

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Then they add a new 'sport' every so often, like skeet shooting.
Perhaps the next will include 'Tractor Racing' 100 meter, 1000- meter both women and men category plus under 50 hp and turbo class.
But then they drop some of the original contests like shotput discus etc.
It is just a big 'mine is bigger than yours' contest.
 
  
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Then they add a new 'sport' every so often, like skeet shooting.
Perhaps the next will include 'Tractor Racing' 100 meter, 1000- meter both women and men category plus under 50 hp and turbo class.
But then they drop some of the original contests like shotput discus etc.
It is just a big 'mine is bigger than yours' contest.
Didn't you just describe sports in general?
 

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The actual races are pretty interesting (track, swimming, etc.) Some of the other events will blow you away with skill (shooting, archery). However, most of the team sports, such as basketball, soccer (football) etc are just weird side shows to the real events. And, does anyone really understand fencing as a sport?

As an aside, water polo is really weird. Like old time football (before rules) in the water.
I used to be a natatorium lifeguard in my college days (My work/study job).
The men’s waterpolo team was SICK. Guarding the matches freaked me out at first, then I just began to understand them boys ain’t right……
 

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Then they add a new 'sport' every so often, like skeet shooting.
Perhaps the next will include 'Tractor Racing' 100 meter, 1000- meter both women and men category plus under 50 hp and turbo class.
But then they drop some of the original contests like shotput discus etc.
It is just a big 'mine is bigger than yours' contest.
I hear underwater hockey may be coming to a future olympics…
 

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What!! Oh, sorry, I thought you wrote underwear hockey may be a sport!

MoKelly
Don’t put that past them, either.
Maybe ”synchronized keyboard data entry” will be a new Olympic sport with the way things are going…..

I can still remember George Foreman boxing in the Olympics…..
Now there was a great American!
 

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Did you hear about the farmer from Alabama that went to the olympics with a roll of barbed wire under each arm....he came in third in fencing...!
 

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I agree with most of what has been said^^^^...no, we don't watch it. I liked watching back in the 70's when it was more about the individuals and not "us against them" mentality. I liked watching very good athletes from other countries and their fans. It was a time to understand other cultures. Now the media only shows what we win in and the medal count.
 
  
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Did you hear about the farmer from Alabama that went to the olympics with a roll of barbed wire under each arm....he came in third in fencing...!
GROAN!!!!! 👍 😆
 

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Download the NBC Sports app. It lets you watch any event whenever you want. I'm into soccer and shooting and my wife equestrian, so we both get to watch all we want on our schedule. We just make sure we don't listen to the news about who wins gold etc so we don't know how it ends when we watch our events.
 

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Download the NBC Sports app. It lets you watch any event whenever you want. I'm into soccer and shooting and my wife equestrian, so we both get to watch all we want on our schedule. We just make sure we don't listen to the news about who wins gold etc so we don't know how it ends when we watch our events.
I'm guessing this wouldn't work for people who watch TV using an antenna? I would expect them to require that I enter info about my TV provider where I purchase access. I would like to be wrong.

I'm also interested in equestrian sports, but those are never on public TV.
 

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Funny, they were showing equestrian Wednesday night at the restaurant we were in. I don't mind it as it's own thing, but it is another one that should not be in the Olympics. The horse is the athlete.
 
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Then they add a new 'sport' every so often, like skeet shooting.
Perhaps the next will include 'Tractor Racing' 100 meter, 1000- meter both women and men category plus under 50 hp and turbo class.
But then they drop some of the original contests like shotput discus etc.
It is just a big 'mine is bigger than yours' contest.
There are so many events that I didn't know were an Olympic sport that it makes me wonder if I'm unknowingly training for 2024.
 
  
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There are so many events that I didn't know were an Olympic sport that it makes me wonder if I'm unknowingly training for 2024.
How long does it take to climb off your tractor, hook up an implement (sans Pat's) and climb back on again?
 
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A guy goes to the Olympics and sees a man carrying a long pole. The guy asks "Are you a pole vaulter?" The man replies "No I'm German how did you know my name is Walter?"
 
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Not any more. I am too old. I remember athletes who were happy, proud, and lived for the opportunity to go to the olympics to represent their country. What I see today is people who ask for olympic contributions so they can go, dream to represent the US, then embarrass themselves and their country by their actions. I am tired of them. While our country is not perfect (by any means) it beats the hell out of many. They should represent whatever country sent them proudly with their best performance and actions. Yes, there are Many many athletes who are better. That is why people who don't want to represent their country should stay home. It reflects on all. I do believe sports (all sports) are a business. No sport (as a business) is a personal platform for a single person or cause.
 
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I was watching them until they showed an American women shot put silver medalist have her “crossed arms” protest on the podium. Then they gave her 20 seconds of an interview to explain it. That was enough to make me turn it off for rest of the day. I put on the Cubs game torture myself instead.
 
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I was watching them until they showed an American women shot put silver medalist have her “crossed arms” protest on the podium. Then they gave her 20 seconds of an interview to explain it. That was enough to make me turn it off for rest of the day. I put the Cubs game torture myself instead.
That type of stuff did it for me. I would rather the press interview 20 seconds with ANYONE else about ANYTHING ELSE. I don't care why. I care that they represent THEIR country with respect.
 
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I was watching them until they showed an American women shot put silver medalist have her “crossed arms” protest on the podium. Then they gave her 20 seconds of an interview to explain it. That was enough to make me turn it off for rest of the day. I put the Cubs game torture myself instead.
IMHO any medalist who protests on the podium should be instantly banned for life and the medal discarded! :mad:
 
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