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Fri 27 Jul 12 #1 
Doctor Factenstein
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As I've just seen our very own Kristian waving the Macedonian flag (well, not THE flag, but a flag) I thought it was time to wish him good luck again.


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Fri 27 Jul 12 #2 
USS Palladin
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Go Kristian!


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Sat 28 Jul 12 #3 
kevg
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Great to see Factacular represented at the ceremony, good luck Kris !!

By the way if you are still to watch it Macedonia are early, they are the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.


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Sat 28 Jul 12 #4 
jmaxg
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Ceremony starts in another 20 mins. Looking forward to a great show and, of course, the Parade of Champions.


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Sat 28 Jul 12 #5 
jackson
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Beautiful job on the opening ceremony!


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Sat 28 Jul 12 #6 
JMK
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Here he is.


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Sat 28 Jul 12 #7 
soupy
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go kristian wish i wasn't at work so i could watch


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Sat 28 Jul 12 #8 
mano762009
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Go K!!!!!!!!!!!


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Sat 28 Jul 12 #9 
saguingoira
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Go K. Set a new Olympic record!


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Sat 28 Jul 12 #10 
Lucy
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Kill 'em K


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Sun 29 Jul 12 #11 
southshoregirl

Kristian is so amazing! I hope he does well....I know he will! GO KRISTIAN!


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Sun 29 Jul 12 #12 
southshoregirl

JMK, I am so glad you caught him and posted it....I missed him coming into the stadium.


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Sun 29 Jul 12 #13 
caro
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Go Kris!!!!


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Mon 30 Jul 12 #14 
jmaxg
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Here is Kris in the Parade of Nations on the NBC network here in the USA....



Not the best pic, even on a HD TV. But freeze framing using Comcast "on-demand" is difficult. And NBC only had Kris on-screen for about 3 seconds.


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Mon 30 Jul 12 #15 
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Wonderful to be able to see you, Kris..Now we have a face to go with the name....Cheers and very best of luck in your race!
Thank you, JMK and jmaxg, for the pictures! So nice of you to post them! :)


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Mon 30 Jul 12 #16 
Ajax
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I don't know Kristian. But enjoy the Games, Kristian!


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Wed 1 Aug 12 #17 
jmaxg
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He is one of us. He's a factacularian.

The first factacularian in an Olympic games.

I'm impressed.

:-)


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Wed 1 Aug 12 #18 
Ajax
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Event?


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Wed 1 Aug 12 #19 
kevg
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400metres


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Wed 1 Aug 12 #20 
rmcmanus
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On a side note... GB have just picked up their 2nd gold of the day ! whoot!


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Wed 1 Aug 12 #21 
USS Palladin
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Whew...avoided the ignominy of being the only host country of not getting one!
Woot!!


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Thu 2 Aug 12 #22 
southshoregirl

Ajax and Proofreader, Kris is a great guy! I hope he wins. He is just a great, great friend!


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Fri 3 Aug 12 #23 
jmaxg
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Now if only Oz can get past our hoodoo and get more than ONE gold medal.

Hey Aussie swimmers! It's called your personal best! You are supposed to at least match it!

*sigh


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Fri 3 Aug 12 #24 
sally906
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Lots of belly aching in Oz over the poor showing of our swimmers - leave them alone - they qualified - which is more than millions of Aussies sitting in their armchairs complaining managed to do!


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Fri 3 Aug 12 #25 
jmaxg
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True sally.

But, I mean, just a PB?

Nahh, you're right. We have to keep it in perspective.


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Fri 3 Aug 12 #26 
Ajax
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The way I see it only one person can win each event and everyone else doesn't win. Sometimes you just have to get used to the fact you didn't win. Australians have become complacent in the pool.


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Fri 3 Aug 12 #27 
jmaxg
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Very true Ajax......and, by the way, complacency is NOT a good word.......just a true one.

On paper, we should have one more than just the women's 4x100 freestyle. That's what I meant with the above post. A few personal bests would have been good.

It's up to the swimmer. As a qualification I could mention that us Australians are in our winter mode and maybe that means something. Actually, the experts says that means quite a lot.

But as an observer, it bites the big one. We are failing all over the place. Maybe that was the Pommie intention all along.

Poor bastards....LOL......that's the best card they had and they played it.


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Fri 3 Aug 12 #28 
Ajax
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I think the Australian press are embarrassing us, though. Hand me a virtual tissue while the whole country has a big wah waaaaah.


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Sat 4 Aug 12 #29 
JMK
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Just spotted Kristian walking beside the track, not long now. Sky Sports is showing it live here.


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Sat 4 Aug 12 #30 
Ajax
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Didn't show it here, but I looked it up and he got a PB. Just to make jmaxg happy. ;)


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Sat 4 Aug 12 #31 
JMK
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He ran a good race with a pb of 47.92. Previous best for him I found was 48.26 so great effort.


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Sat 4 Aug 12 #32 
southshoregirl

Keep working Kris! You'll get there in Rio! PB! In an Olympics is excellent! XXXXXXX


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Sat 4 Aug 12 #33 
jackson
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Congratulations on the PB K! all the best to you.


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Sat 4 Aug 12 #34 
Proofreader
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Congratulations, Kris....How wonderful to get your PB at the Olympics...a memorable and proud moment for you, for sure. :) MANY cheers!!


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Sat 4 Aug 12 #35 
sally906
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Wow a PB - you've done yourself proud and done Facta proud! Big congratulations a a huge virtual hug!


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Sat 4 Aug 12 #36 
USS Palladin
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Good job!


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Sun 5 Aug 12 #37 
southshoregirl

Yep! You were in there, Kris! Great job!


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Sun 5 Aug 12 #38 
Mimoza
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Not all of you know , Kris is my best friend I know him for quite long time and he is amazing friend and amazing athlete as well. Strong will and hard work brought him to where is he now and he deserved his place there. New PB was the mission he wanted to accomplish in London and I'm so happy he did it.

I'm so proud of you my friend , when you get back we're gonna have big celebration !!!!! :)


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Sun 5 Aug 12 #39 
JMK
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And you are right to be proud. We know how hard Kris has worked for this and his PB came through hard work and determination over many years. Watch for him in Brazil.


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Sun 5 Aug 12 #40 
Kristian
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THANKS A LOT EVERYONE!!! Your support means so much to me, and especially the Macedonian flags avatars. ;)

I'm glad I've run the race of my life, but I'm not stopping here. 4 more years until Rio, where I think I'll be even greater.

Greetings to all of you from London. And I'll be glad to do a quiz or two with you when I get back to Skopje, because I really miss the brainoffs and the facts.

Cheers everyone!


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Mon 6 Aug 12 #41 
jackson
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Cheers to you K! as i've mentioned you are our hero & gave us all an added incentive to watch the Olympics. we were pulling for you! Will be watching for ya in Rio! hope to see you back here soon.


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Mon 6 Aug 12 #42 
southshoregirl

Cheers, indeed, Kristian! We are all so proud to know you and that you did well! Don't worry! We will be here for you to cheer you on in the Rio Olympics! Rest up, enjoy the glow and then have some fun! :))


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Mon 6 Aug 12 #43 
rmcmanus
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Dammit man! If I'd known you were in London I'd have bought you a pint :)

Look forward to Rio


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Mon 6 Aug 12 #44 
Doctor Factenstein
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I was in London - can I have a retrospective offer of a pint too?


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Tue 7 Aug 12 #45 
jmaxg
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"...while the country has a big waahh, waahh"?

Bloody Australians! Oh, wait, I am one.

Speaking of which, does anyone know where I can buy a gold medal?


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Tue 7 Aug 12 #46 
Tournament Helper
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I think the NZers have quite a few, why don't you ask them if they have a spare?


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Tue 7 Aug 12 #47 
jmaxg
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You Kiwis are lovin' this. I can tell.


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Tue 7 Aug 12 #48 
sally906
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Yes I work with 3 New Zealanders - have to tell you they are all very, very smug!!


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Tue 7 Aug 12 #49 
Ajax
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No need for them to be smug. Ask them if they'd like to buy a vowel.


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Tue 7 Aug 12 #50 
kevg
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Such a shame, your Imperialist Colonial Masters seem to be doing quite well though !!!


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Tue 7 Aug 12 #51 
Proofreader
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WOW! Brownell(?) brothers BOTH get medals in the marathon?? How fabulous is that?? And I heard there was some other gold medal today for Britain...probably several, the way the games are going!
We are thrilled about US soccer girls (football girls everywhere else!) being in the championship game. So glad they didn't have to go to a shoot-out in their game yesterday.


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Tue 7 Aug 12 #52 
Ajax
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We call it soccer.


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Tue 7 Aug 12 #53 
Doctor Factenstein
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It was the Brownlee brothers and it was Gold and Bronze in the triathlon rather than the marathon. But yeah, fantastic. If Baby Brownlee hadn't picked up a 15 second penalty it could've been gold and silver.


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Tue 7 Aug 12 #54 
Kristian
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I'm still in London, until the closing ceremony on August 12th, where I will carry the Macedonian flag.

These days I'm going around the sites in London, as well as watching some great sports. Today I was in Hyde Park for the triathlon and after that in Earls Court for the Women's Volleyball.

And for the London sites, so far I've been to London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Palace, St James Park, Buckingham Palace (well not inside, but), Trafalgar Square, Hyde Park. Tomorrow maybe I'm going to The Tower Bridghe and The Tower of London and maybe Bond and Baker Street.

Anything else to recommend?

Cheers everyone.


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Tue 7 Aug 12 #55 
kevg
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Imperial War Museum is very good and free entry


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Tue 7 Aug 12 #56 
Proofreader
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Well, as we all know, I am not very good with facts. Thank you, Dr. F....got it now!
Brownlee brothers, Gold and Bronze, Triathlon. Fabulous! I wonder if any other brothers have been on the Olympic podium together? (GO researchers!). I am cheering for GB, Australia, NZ, Macedonia for Kris, South Africa for GG Tazing, and of course the US. I also like Jamaica's bright colors!!!
We will be watching for you and your flag, Kris...and looking for you in Rio! :)


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Wed 8 Aug 12 #57 
Lucy
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Kristian you need to get Rui to teach you Portuguese for when you go to Rio. lol


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Wed 8 Aug 12 #58 
Bright But Idle
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I think we had the Greg and Johhny Searle who won gold in the coxed pairs rowing a few years back.

Have the Bryant brothers from the US ever won the doubles tennis?


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Wed 8 Aug 12 #59 
Ajax
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Have the Williams sisters not done something?


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Wed 8 Aug 12 #60 
USS Palladin
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Serena got the singles Gold this time.
Not sure if the Williams Sisters made the double final or not.
I do believe they have won Gold together before in doubles but I am not sure.
Well done GB, tis a grand Olympics!


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Wed 8 Aug 12 #61 
jackson
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they won the doubles gold this time & in Beijing & Sydney & are the first tennis players ever to have won 4 golds each. Serena won singles gold this time & Venus in Sydney.


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Wed 8 Aug 12 #62 
rmcmanus
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I'm off to Cornwall, but if people are ever in London (particularly West London) let me know and I'll buy them a pint, they can get me a ginnypooette (Gin & tonic)


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Wed 8 Aug 12 #63 
Proofreader
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I was wondering about two siblings in an "individual" event, like the Brownlees in the triathlon. I bet it has happened. So great for the Williams sisters to win three times in doubles! Thanks researchers! Aren't there some siblings in diving?? Maybe not medalists...??


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Wed 8 Aug 12 #64 
rmcmanus
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I heard that in 1908, in the tug of war, the Gold, Silver & Bronze were taken by the following teams respectively...

Gold - London Police
Silver - London Police

And Bronze? You've guessed it

Bronze - London Police

One does feel that possibly last time we did so well we cheated somewhat


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Wed 8 Aug 12 #65 
Proofreader
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GREAT info! :) I wish all these countries still had the Olympic tug-of-war and no other wars on this planet.


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Fri 10 Aug 12 #66 
jmaxg
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With the Aussie basketball squad, as a person that has played representative basketball, I make this observation....

Olympic Women's Basketball Semi-Final - USA vs Australia

Criticism of my own team - If you are gonna try and beat champagne with sledge-hammers, then I suggest you have the wrong approach.

Whilst Liz Cambage's dunk was a milestone for women's basketball, the Australian attack held much less than "Plan B". Methinks Cambage was all they had and since the US negated her after half-time and therefore so much for Plan B.

The US Women's team is beatable. But it takes discipline. There is only one way to attack clear and concise basketball. That is with clearer and more concise basketball.

If you can't get to that point, you've already lost.


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Fri 10 Aug 12 #67 
kevg
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You played women's basketball ?? Is there something you want to tell us ??


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Fri 10 Aug 12 #68 
USS Palladin
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RE: post #67

Loud Guffaw.... :-)


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Sat 11 Aug 12 #69 
gwendoline
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I am proud to say that 19 year old Jade Jones ,who won gold for taekwondo on Thursday,comes from my home town of Flint in North Wales.We now have a post box painted gold in Jades honour,Well done jade .


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Sat 11 Aug 12 #70 
jackson
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very cool Gwen. outstanding Olympics!


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Sat 11 Aug 12 #71 
soupy
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kudos to gwen and to all the olympians this yr all did an outstanding job. and how bout those usa soccer girls??


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Sat 11 Aug 12 #72 
Proofreader
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My favorite, if one can have a favorite Olympic event (which is impossible really!) is the decathlon. Imagine doing those ten events!! And, of course, the heptathlon too!! I also am so impressed by Great Britain's highest medal count since 1908...absolutely spectacular!! :) I think the Brits, on several levels, can call this Olympics their second "finest hour." :)


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Sun 12 Aug 12 #73 
Java
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Can anyone confirm that it was Kris carrying the flag during the closing ceremony? It looked like him. Or are my eyes just tired?


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Sun 12 Aug 12 #74 
jmaxg
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I saw it too. Whilst we (Java and I) had Java's company Android thingamajig connected to the HD telly getting a live feed, there came the national flags being carried in, and there was the blonde, crew-cut noggin with that face carrying the Macedonian flag.

Wasn't on screen for long, but it sure looked like Kristian.


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Mon 13 Aug 12 #75 
Mimoza
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Yes he was, he said that yesterday or so....(imagine his happiness!!...ours too ofc)..means your sight is great no worries ;)


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Mon 13 Aug 12 #76 
jmaxg
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Thanks Mimz.

Our Kristian.....

Factacular member.....

Macedonian flag bearer in the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.....

OLYMPIAN!


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Mon 13 Aug 12 #77 
Mimoza
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...........AWESOME!


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Mon 13 Aug 12 #78 
sally906
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Yeah Mim! I agree ... AWSOME!


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Wed 15 Aug 12 #79 
soupy
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just wanted to let you'll know that i really enjoyed what olympics i got to see i thought gabby douglas and the fab five were awesome also the american diver david beat the chinese and i have kids older than him but he is a cutey. but the usa's soccer team blew me away! also serena williams deserved that win. yeah for michael phelps but sad that he is retiring


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Wed 15 Aug 12 #80 
Mimoza
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was watching the games but didn't really memorized the names soupy can agree about Serena did a great job and also congrats to Andy Murray well done that British almost crashed Federer !


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Wed 15 Aug 12 #81 
jackson
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Great job K for being there. All UK must be very proud for putting together such an enjoyable Olympics for all to see (the most watched ever). USA did very well, but was
wonderful to see all the successes our UK friends had from Andy Murray to Mo Farah, etc., etc., etc. Just a hell of a fine job altogether!


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Wed 15 Aug 12 #82 
Doctor Factenstein
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I, for one, was very disappointed with the organisation of the games.

I mean, I went to see the judo on the Wednesday but we won our first medal for 12 years on the Thursday! Disgraceful lack of forsight on the part of LOCOG and out of protest I'm not going to attend next year's.

You've got to stand by your principles, after all.


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Wed 15 Aug 12 #83 
jackson
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it appeared to be a great job from over here Stu. My only complaint was that NBC put the prime time stuff on after 10PM when many of us old geezers were in sleep mode. guess they figured most folks had dvrs. sorry u had a bummer there.


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Wed 15 Aug 12 #84 
Doctor Factenstein
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Ah. Much like a drunken judoka, it appears that my joke has fallen flat. I actually had a great time at the judo - I was just being silly in complaining that I wasn't there to see Gemma Gibbons take silver.

It's not something that you'll have spotted on the TVs (it's not really prime time viewing) but the thing that impressed me the most was the commitment of the Games Makers (volunteers). Men and women giving up their free time to do tasks as mundane as standing outside a tube station wearing a foam hand pointing the way to the nearby games venue.

They had them all over the place - inside the venues, outside the venues, at nearby tube stations, at major tube stations - everywhere. And for the most part these were Londoners...people who generally would sit on the tube doing anything humanly possible to avoid making eye contact or, god forbid, talking to each other.

Lame joke aside, I was blown away.


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Wed 15 Aug 12 #85 
jackson
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missed it as i often take things literally;) can't say enough for the volunteers & the overall job done. enjoyed hearing the story of how Londoners managed to put on th '48 games as well. a stalwart bunch to say the very least!


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Wed 15 Aug 12 #86 
USS Palladin
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I don't think we got to see enough of Boris Johnson. Team GB's secret weapon!

A most marvelous Olympics, well done!


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Thu 16 Aug 12 #87 
soupy
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mimoza i love ur picture don't change it of course u must know by now i am a cat lover,
jack some of us old geezers are night people a are awake at moonthirty in the nitetime. of course it helps that my hrs at work are 630 pm to 0700 am but all in all i was impressed with the whole olympiad this time


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Thu 16 Aug 12 #88 
Ajax
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Boris Johnson. Does he make life fun or just embarrassing? He seems fun. We once had a really lame PM that thought he was a hoot. He wasn't.


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Fri 17 Aug 12 #89 
Kristian
Olympian

As an insider, I must say that I was really surprised of the organization. Evertyhing run smoothly. The volunteers, as Stu said, were very kind and almost everywhere. The Olympic Village was neat, very nicely build, there were so many things in it. Not to mention the dining hall, and lots of food from all around the world.

The atmosphere at the Olympic stadium was AWERSOME. Full house there for all Athletics. I've also been to Aquatics center (to see Phelps, of course), Hyde Park for the Men's triathlon, North Greenwich Arena for some Gymnastics, Earls Court for Volleyball and Wembley for the Football final. But, I must say that the Athletics was the most exciting sport, all way through.

Also, London has so many sites and I've seen most of them.

Fascinating Olympics, so many memorable moments. Rio 2016 is now on my mind, four more years.

Cheers everyone.


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Fri 17 Aug 12 #90 
Proofreader
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How wonderful that you were able to see and experience so much in London once you ran your personal best!!! Thank you for sharing the Olympics with us, Kristian...and I hope you will be our correspondent in Rio as well!! MANY cheers!!! (:


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Sat 18 Aug 12 #91 
southshoregirl

It was an awesome Olympics! Next stop for me RIO! I am going to follow Kristian because he is one of us! I don't know about the Williams sisters winning a gold in doubles but they are getting a bit old. I think they will be going down from now on but who knows? They are big and strong! On to Rio (:


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Sat 18 Aug 12 #92 
sally906
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I don't get why professional tennis players (and some other sports as well) are allowed to be in the Olympics - I thought it was for non-professional people.


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Sat 18 Aug 12 #93 
soupy
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how bout the basketball players from the usa and they all played on professional teams


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Sat 18 Aug 12 #94 
jackson
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at one time amateur status was a requirement. that time has long passed.


olympic info


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Sat 18 Aug 12 #95 
southshoregirl

I hate that professional players are allowed.


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Sun 19 Aug 12 #96 
Ajax
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Nobody would watch the tennis if Joe Blow was playing, would they?


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Sun 19 Aug 12 #97 
jmaxg
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Apart from our drunken judoka, who explained that LOCOG had the bad taste to not conform to his ticketing schedule, but instead played the judo medal round the day after, bastards, I found the games overall to be a triumph.

(except for the boxing of course. we should ask kevg about that)

Olympic records broken, world records shattered. Exactly what is expected.

The ceremonies? Both opening and closing? Amazing!

Mr. Director, Danny Boyle, did his utmost to compliment the feel and approach of the Sydney 2000 games.......let the people tell the story.

He even complimented and paid homage to Australians in the closing ceremony with the "Stomp" stuff. He didn't have to do that. But it was very nice of him.

But what I got from it was that, even considering the interceding games, Athens with it's extreme iconography and Bejing with it's jaw-dropping perfection, there is something to be said for a party. I hope that becomes the tradition.


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Sun 19 Aug 12 #98 
sally906
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Ajax - I wouldn't watch the tennis at all - it is up there with golf and cricket as sport I am least likely to watch on TV - although I do enjoy my computer golf game :)


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Sun 19 Aug 12 #99 
Ajax
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If I could lie on the couch and watch cricket all summer I'd be a happy woman.


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Sun 19 Aug 12 #100 
Doctor Factenstein
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Personally, I want to see the best athletes in the world competing. I don't particularly care about whether they're professional. I know I wouldn't bother watching amateur tennis - it would be a massive come down from the quality of play you get at Wimbledon proper.

As for Danny Boyle, he didn't pay homage to Australia (delightful though it is) in the Closing Ceremony. He didn't for two reasons. The first is that Stomp is actually a British troupe (formed in Brighton). The second is that Danny Boyle was the artistic director for the Opening Ceremony and not the Closing Ceremony.


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Mon 20 Aug 12 #101 
Bright But Idle
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Sally,

You'd better get your excitement levels in check, Golf is in for Rio Olympics :)

Rugby 7s as well I think and kitesurfing possibly replacing windsurfing.


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Thu 23 Aug 12 #102 
jmaxg
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True....."Stomp" came from wherever. As you say. What I should have referred to was "Tap Dogs". A Broadway phenomenon that could be argued as derived from "Stomp".

All I saw in the opening was joyous people telling their story. A tradition started earlier, but matched and surpassed in the London 2012 Olympics.


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Thu 23 Aug 12 #103 
southshoregirl

I would watch any tennis played any where, Ajax. This is all a matter of what we know and are used to I suppose. I don't know anything about cricket so watching it for even a half hour would probably be a torture for me. To each his own! That is why the Olympics are so great!


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