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 Post subject: 2008 Olympic Games
PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 8:39 am 
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On the 2nd May, the Olympic Flame will be passed around my city. There are also many celebrations in here that is trying to get us citizens to participate in supporting the games. For example, I saw several Olympic mascots near Kwun Tong MTR station. Personally, I am not a big supporter of the games and nothing will change my mind.

Asking everybody, what are your views on the games?


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 Post subject: Re: 2008 Olympic Games
PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:37 pm 
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im sorry but protesting the olympics simply because of the country it's being hosted in?
that's crazy.

The olympics is about unity and I will always be in support of that.


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 Post subject: Re: 2008 Olympic Games
PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 8:31 pm 
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im sorry but protesting the olympics simply because of the country it's being hosted in?
that's crazy.

The Olympics are political. That's to be expected. Hosting the Olympics is an honor and a gift conferred on a nation, and therefore it is expected that the chosen nation be exemplary. Many people do not consider China to be exemplary, particularly on human rights, and therefore they protest the selection of China.
I'm not condemning or condoning here(Hah! For once I'm restraining myself!), but I don't see any way to not have politics involved when it's an international event that involves more money invested and reaped than I care to imagine.


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 Post subject: Re: 2008 Olympic Games
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3lla wrote:
im sorry but protesting the olympics simply because of the country it's being hosted in?
that's crazy.

The Olympics are political. That's to be expected. Hosting the Olympics is an honor and a gift conferred on a nation, and therefore it is expected that the chosen nation be exemplary. Many people do not consider China to be exemplary, particularly on human rights, and therefore they protest the selection of China.
I'm not condemning or condoning here(Hah! For once I'm restraining myself!), but I don't see any way to not have politics involved when it's an international event that involves more money invested and reaped than I care to imagine.

I totally agree with you. There had been several Olympic Games in which politics had intervened. For example, the 1936 Olympic Games and the 1972 Olympic Games. In the 1936 Games, Hitler used the chance to advertise Aryan supremacy and in 1972, The terrorist group, "The Black September", murdered 11 Israelis. So it is perfectly normal for politics to be involved.

Today is when the Olympic Flame is being passed around HK but I don't think they can do it because it is raining outside.


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 Post subject: Re: 2008 Olympic Games
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Okay, so the Olympics have officially started :) Who are you rooting for? Which events do you plan on watching? Discuss!

I'm rooting for the USA since I live there ;) I love to watch the swimming, diving, and gymnastics. The vollyball, beach vollyball, and soccer has been great so far.

Out of everyone participating for the USA, I'm definitely rooting for Michael Phelps :D


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 Post subject: Re: 2008 Olympic Games
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May wrote:
Okay, so the Olympics have officially started :) Who are you rooting for? Which events do you plan on watching? Discuss!

I'm rooting for the USA since I live there ;) I love to watch the swimming, diving, and gymnastics. The vollyball, beach vollyball, and soccer has been great so far.

Out of everyone participating for the USA, I'm definitely rooting for Michael Phelps :D


I'm rooting for USA also!!
(...and half-heartedly rooting for "Chinese Taipei", aka TAIWAN)

I'm just watching whatever event is on when I turn on my television. But unfortunately, I missed the USA vs China bball game this morning due to church.

Whoooo!! MICHAEL PHELPS IS AMAZZIIIINNNGGGGG!!!

Oh yeah, the opening ceremony was phenomenal. Just wow. :o


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 Post subject: Re: 2008 Olympic Games
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I'm cheering for Team Canada!!!
The specific athlete I'm cheering for is Jujie Luan, the 50 year old Chinese Canadian fencer. Woot Jujie!!!

I like to watch many events. Rather than name them all, I'll just tell you that I don't really like watching team events like baseball and basketball, etc. Boooring. I especially don't like to watch field hockey. I'm really looking forward to gymnastics. The routines are amazing! Also, I'm excited for taekwondo and possibly table tennis.

It's so hard to choose!

By the way, does anyone know where I can watch the opening ceremonies online? Or where I can download a video?


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 Post subject: Re: 2008 Olympic Games
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By the way, does anyone know where I can watch the opening ceremonies online? Or where I can download a video?


I don't know how much they actually show, but NBC has some videos here that include parts of the opening ceremonies :)


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 Post subject: Re: 2008 Olympic Games
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GO TEAM UAE! WOOO!
*waves small uae flag*

I don't know whether or not it's my experience actually meeting Michael Phelps or if it's just because I don't really like the guy, but I don't want him to win eight gold medals. He seemed very rude to me and my old coach(who he just so happened to be friends with), but that was probably because he was a bit stressed at the time.
I don't know what it is, I just don't really like the guy.....*shrug*

The opening ceremony was great!
It made me want to dress up in a neon suit and run around mindlessly :P

I guess the only few things that are annoying me during these games is the fact that I only have two channels that show the events and half the time they show events I dont want to watch! :x
That and I was annoyed that Gordon Brown wasn't there to wave on the Great Britain Olympic Team when they entered the stadium(I went nuts because Mark Foster was carrying the flag and I've met him too :P).

Apart from that, I just want to go and cuddle one of the mascots XD


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 Post subject: Re: 2008 Olympic Games
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Team USA!!! Woohoo.

I pretty much watch whatever is on when i turn the tv on....and i only have one channel.

Michael Phelps is definately my favorite swimmer. At this point I dont really have a favorite gymnast [womens anyway..i havent seen the men's yet].


I wish i could have seen the opening ceremonies I cant even watch clips of it because i have dial up. :( [those dumb digital converter boxes make me mad...i had to disconnect it to get channel 8 at all again :x ]


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 Post subject: Re: 2008 Olympic Games
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I end up watching whatever is on. I enjoy watching the swimming and gymnastics mostly.

I watched the relay the other night, that was pretty cool!

I'm rooting for the US because I live here. My only complaint is where I live, they only show the stuff late at night. :P (At least as far as I can tell)

I believe the US is in the lead as far as total medals, but we've only gotten 3 Gold. At least that's how it was the last time I checked. I'm not sure who has the most gold at the moment, I want to say China, but I'm not sure.


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 Post subject: Re: 2008 Olympic Games
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As of this morning, China has 7 gold medals, I believe.

I'm rooting for everyone now. Especially the underdogs - all the small countries. Go team!


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 Post subject: Re: 2008 Olympic Games
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3lla wrote:
im sorry but protesting the olympics simply because of the country it's being hosted in?
that's crazy.

The olympics is about unity and I will always be in support of that.



Call me crazy than. I've signed many a petition urging Coke, McDonald's, and other companies to not sponsor the Olympics this year. I believe China should work on their humanitarian efforts before they spend millions on a game. But, this doesn't mean I'm not supporting my team and watching the games. I just think it shouldn't be in China, yet. Though, I have to admit the opening ceremony was magical (after which I found out that some of it was CGI!! What the heck! xD) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26139005/


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 Post subject: Re: 2008 Olympic Games
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I feel like I'm the only person in the world who doesn't care about Michael Phelps.


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 Post subject: Re: 2008 Olympic Games
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I feel like I'm the only person in the world who doesn't care about Michael Phelps.

Don't worry I really couldnt care either.

but it did smurf me off that he won.
I guess they'll be testing him every other second for performance enhancing drugs.


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