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PostPosted: 04/29/04 - 13:21    Post subject: Olympics, Jingosim, and You
With the Olympics coming up, do you only cheer for your nation?

I love the US, but I often cheer for other countries - even when they compete against US athletes.

For example, there are some US sprinters that I think are total jacka$$es and embarassing to the sport and our country, so I would love to see some runners from Trinidad and Tobago pull off the upset.

In hoops, I just loved the old Lithuanian teams. Those guys rocked.

This year, I'll be cheering like mad for the Great Britain steeplechasers.

And has anyone seen the story about the Great Britain's womens marathon trials winner? Amazing.

And Ethiopia has put on a real surge as of late to knock off the Kenyans in recent distant races. I think it would be cool to see them grab some gold in Athens.

Do you cheer for Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery because they run for the US? Or would you rather see someone else not roiding up win instead?
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PostPosted: 04/29/04 - 13:46    Post subject:
I typically cheer American...

and i really, really don't want to believe that Marion Jones is on anything. She just seems so joyful and has such a great smile when she comes across the line. Not to mention how fluid she runs (and fast)

I'll admit it. I had a thing for Marion during the last Olympics
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PostPosted: 04/29/04 - 13:57    Post subject:
I generally root for the underdogs and for the true class acts. I certainly have a preferance for the Americans, however.

I always hope the US "Dream Team" basketball team would lose. It is just too easy for them to win and it lacks drama. In the past many of these seemed like they didn't appreciate the Olympics the way competitors from other countries or in other sports do.

Frankly, I can't think of many world-class sprinters I like, so it make it tough to cheer for anyone. I used to train on the same track as 110m hurdler Mark Crear, and he is a great guy and a class act, but probably a long shot to make the team.

In the distance races it is surprising how few Olympic and World Championship races have actually been won by Kenyans. They tend to dominate road races and (until this year) cross country much more so than they do on the track. Especially in the championships when they are limited to 3 entries, their amazing depth doesn't factor in a much.

Believe it or not, no Kenyan has ever won the Olympic Marathon. It has been won 5 times by Ethiopian runners, and 4 times by Americans.

I would definately cheer for any British runner. Tracy Morris is a great story, but not nearly as amazing as everyone seems to be making it out to be.
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PostPosted: 04/29/04 - 14:23    Post subject:
I think it would be cool if Webb qualified this year.
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PostPosted: 04/29/04 - 19:44    Post subject: Re: Olympics, Jingosim, and You
Runner X wrote:
With the Olympics coming up, do you only cheer for your nation?
No. Also have some partiality for ABC - the Aussies, Belgians, and Canadians.
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And has anyone seen the story about the Great Britain's womens marathon trials winner? Amazing.
Yup. That's certainly a motivator for the everyday runner - anything can happen in any race. When everything falls into place, look out!
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Do you cheer for Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery because they run for the US? Or would you rather see someone else not roiding up win instead?
When it comes to track, I don't follow 400m or less (except the hurdles). Unfortunately, when you get past the 1500, you don't get a lot of television coverage. I'd rather see none of those races, or the whole deal from start to end - not the edited versions the networks give (I do understand why they do it, but I still don't like it).
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PostPosted: 04/30/04 - 03:52    Post subject:
Here's a quote from an Olympic site: "Olympic contests are meant to be contests among individuals, not nations. In official Olympic terms, no nation "wins" the Olympics: such scores are kept unofficailly by the newspaper,television and radio media."
I'm just as proud and passionate about where I live as the next man, but when it come's to athletics ( track and feild ) but I struggle with the whole concept of nationalism. When it come's to the Olympics.
It the competition and all athletes that I cheer for whatever colours they wear.
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PostPosted: 04/30/04 - 06:48    Post subject:
I root for the Americans. I enjoy the Summer Olympics in general, just because of all the different events you get to see.
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PostPosted: 04/30/04 - 08:30    Post subject:
If I know nothing about the athletes, then I tend to default to cheering for the Americans - mostly just for the fun of having someone to cheer for. I will admit that I get sucked into the personal interest stuff the networks put out and that tends to make me cheer for either the underdog or the person that you feel like you know the best based on the personal interest promotions.
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PostPosted: 04/30/04 - 08:57    Post subject:
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I will admit that I get sucked into the personal interest stuff the networks put out

So you were the reason John Tesh kept talking about "painted little birds" during the Kerry Strug olympics?
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PostPosted: 04/30/04 - 09:26    Post subject:
elkid wrote:
PackerBacker wrote:
I will admit that I get sucked into the personal interest stuff the networks put out

So you were the reason John Tesh kept talking about "painted little birds" during the Kerry Strug olympics?


I must have missed that one, but I do enjoy getting the feeling that you know the competitors.

Hey, there must be others out there like me, they getting showing the personal interest stuff, so someone else must want to see it. Embarassed
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PostPosted: 04/30/04 - 10:40    Post subject:
I usually root for American teams......but even that isn't as much as our teams are professional...it was much more exciting when our teams were amateur going up against professional European teams.

Individuals not so much American. I usually root for the underdog or an athlete that I feel is clean. American sprinters? Sad I really dislike their attitudes and doubt they are clean. Distance runs......I go American as they ARE the underdogs
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PostPosted: 05/01/04 - 11:45    Post subject:
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elkid wrote:
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I will admit that I get sucked into the personal interest stuff the networks put out

So you were the reason John Tesh kept talking about "painted little birds" during the Kerry Strug olympics?


I must have missed that one, but I do enjoy getting the feeling that you know the competitors.

Hey, there must be others out there like me, they getting showing the personal interest stuff, so someone else must want to see it. Embarassed


Don't feel the need to apologize, PB. I do too. When we were watching Ironman Hawaii the year the big guns all fell, (I think that was two years ago?) there were some great personal interest stories about the athletes. Is some of it hype? Yeah, but some of it is not. I'd rather see stories about people like Karen Smyers and Lance Armstrong, and Canadian rower Emma Robinson, who have overcome cancer and gone on to be unbelieveable competitors, rather than see a bunch of hyped up horsesh*t about some arrogant US sprinter who thinks he's God's gift to the sport. The reality of their situations is, no matter how much the media hypes them, they still overcame huge obstacles and went on to be champions. That's the kind of inspiration I'd want my kids to be seeing, whether they were American athletes or not. Some of our "finest" athletes are a disgrace to their sports because of their attitudes, regardless of their ability, so why should we feel obligated to cheer for them if someone else from another country has a much better total package, so to speak? Just MHO......
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