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Sat 8 Sep 12 #1 
kevg
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You knew this would happen. Admit it you were waiting for me to post something about this !!

I watched the blind football yesterday. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. I'd heard so much about the amazing skill of these guys I wasn't expecting the rubbish that was shown. They give out medals for stumbling around kicking wildly ?? The goalkeepers were sighted for goodness sake !!
When they said on commentary that cerebal palsy football was on next I creased up !! I had to watch just to confirm my complete and utter distaste and bewilderment.
A one legged cyclist rants and raves cos he messed up his start and wasn't given another go. Someone else trained hard for 8 months and got a medal !! Now I see the most famous paraolympian (I think) is complaining cos someone has got longer springs on his legs !!

I'm sorry, I know some of you will think I'm being offensive but quite honestly I don't see the whole point of these games. The ParaOlympics started out pretty low key for people who had a disability to get together and compete on an almost level playing field. Now we have technology favouring the rich, a marked lack of sportsmanship and so many grades that it seems (in some cases) you only have to turn up to get a medal.

Strange tho it may seem I have actually shaken the hand of a lad who was in the Special Olympics, the son of a good friend of mine. A step down from these I think but much better sportsmanship, even tho at times it was like watching toddlers at play. Yes, I sat thru the home videos from China etc as he splashed his way down the pool.

Someone , somewhere is making a lot of money out of these guys. No matter what they are told they are not Olympians in any shape or form but as long as the organisers can get advertising and government money it will continue. There was a huge row before the proper Olympics cos the Para people wanted 50% of the takings !! Ideas above their station I'm afraid no matter how much they shout.

No I don't think Pistorious should be allowed to run in the proper Olympics.

Incidentally when are we going to see a category for able bodied but totally crap people. I'll have a go at that.


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Sat 8 Sep 12 #2 
southshoregirl

No, they are not on the par of true Olympians, Kev, and I am a sarcastic bitch most of the time but I ask you this: Do you know for sure that any moneys earned aren't going to the participants and others who are unfortunant enough to be physically sound? And second, If they are having a good time, let them. They probably are enjoying themselves tremendously and their relatives and happy beyond words to see it all going on.

Yes, I am a bitch, but I am not heartless. I say let the games begin.

Do they have any para-typing classes?


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Sun 9 Sep 12 #3 
sally906
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The Olympic motto is "Citius—Altius—Fortius" which I am lead to believe is Latin for "faster, higher, stronger." The intended meaning is that one's focus should be on bettering one's achievements, rather than on coming in first.

It does NOT say those of whole minds and bodies can only compete - in fact some of the disabled competitors were putting in faster times than the allegedly able bodied people who competed a few weeks previously.

But you're right Kev - there shouldn't be a paraOlympics - there should be one Olympics for all.

I'm a great believer in a fair go for everyone.


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Sun 9 Sep 12 #4 
Ajax
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Is it wrong of me to laugh hysterically at kev's post?


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Sun 9 Sep 12 #5 
kevg
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Laugh away Ajax, I'm taking names !!
Sally, dear, name me one event where the paraolympians exceeded the regular olympians. I'll wait while you search.


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Sun 9 Sep 12 #6 
sally906
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I thought it was one of the swimmers. They were talking about it on the radio and (you'll love this as knocks the Aussies) said this swimmer (US?) had swum faster than some of the Aussie swimmers. I had a good chuckle over this - that's the mean Sally sneaking out, she does occasionally. But it was a one off I admit. So stop waiting and glowering at me you're not scaring anyone - it WILL happen more and more consistently.


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Sun 9 Sep 12 #7 
sally906
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I think it is Jessica Lang from the USA or might be Long


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Sun 9 Sep 12 #8 
sally906
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By the way Kev are you aware that the Paralympic Games are different to the Special Olympic World Games. They are often confused as one in the same but are totally separate event being run by two entirely different organisations whith different objectives.

The Paralympic Games provide world-class competition for elite disabled athletes at the highest level. Paralympians compete for gold, silver and bronze medals against the best in the world. Whereas the Special Olympics involves individuals from ages 8 to 80 who are mentally handicapped. In these games ALL participants are considered winners and receive medals.


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Sun 9 Sep 12 #9 
kevg
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Yes love, I know the difference. I've got nothing against either but I am sick of our media comparing the disabled athletes to the "proper" Olympians. We all have something wrong with us, even if it's just a lack of talent.


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Sun 9 Sep 12 #10 
Ajax
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Throw political correctness to the wind. I'm still giggling.

The Australian coverage is fun. I heart Sam Pang. Same guy that does Eurovision, so you can imagine how serious it is.


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Sun 9 Sep 12 #11 
southshoregirl

Laugh away, Ajax. To be perfectly honest I have lost the main thrust of this now. Sally I don't think there was any impaired swimmer who won. I am just pulling that out of my memory but I don't, in fact, know for certain.
I heard they are adding hopscotch to the next Olympics so street kids can compete. What I find offensive is having professional teams and tennis players in the Olympics. That is worse than having amputees, etc. God, it is all messed up!

I think there was a male runner with two prothetic legs who did well, though did not well. At this point in the world situation I think it's a bit anarchal to even worry about the Olympics. Is that a word? Anarchal? If not I mean there are NO RULES! Anywhere! So do what you want and forget about everything else.
To put it crudely, F**k IT ALL!


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Sun 9 Sep 12 #12 
southshoregirl

Seriously, Kev, you are right but I am afraid we will need a major readjustment of thinking worldwide to restore the original regulations. When the Olympics bagan they could not have anticipated prothetics which could actually enhance performance.

As for me, I don't care anymore. The world is ruined. I only care about me, my dogs, my son, and my husband, and in that order, too.


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Sun 9 Sep 12 #13 
Ajax
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At least you still care about a few things. I thought I was going to have to call the vet.


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Mon 10 Sep 12 #14 
southshoregirl

Heh heh. yes, I do care about a few things but not too much. I like dogs a lot! I wonder if they could be in the paraOlympics?


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Tue 11 Sep 12 #15 
Lucy
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That would be the K9olympics. I listen to everything,and seldom express my opinion. I will give up at the Finch Hunger Games. Love you Bambi.


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Sun 16 Sep 12 #16 
southshoregirl

I love the Canine Olympics aka the Fly Competitions! They are wonderful. Of course, right now I am not happy with my mutts having been bitten by ticks twice in the last week. I hope I don't get sick. I love Lucy! lol


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Wed 26 Sep 12 #17 
TABBYTOES
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can i enter the co ordination is crap tennis...once won a booby prize for terrible ten pin bowling!


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Thu 27 Sep 12 #18 
southshoregirl

You can be the Poop Mistress at the Dog Olympics, Tabby. BTW, Lucy, I did get Lyme Disease from those tick bites. I was sick as hell. I am still exhausted all the time. Is that a bottle of medicine for me? I need to get better! My son's wedding is in just a couple of weeks.


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Thu 27 Sep 12 #19 
southshoregirl

We could start the Clod Ganes. Any interest?


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