db11
The Games are on the horizon, and they are shaping up to be quite the spectacle, for perhaps reasons both good and bad.

The big news this morning is that the IOC will not put a blanket-ban on Team Russia in the wake of reports revealing systemic state-endorsed doping, leaving their eligibility in any given sport up to the federation that governs that sport.

http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/ioc-will-not-enforce-blanket-ban-russian-athletes?utm_network=twitter&utm_post=6069875&utm_source=TW%20%40NBCOlympics&utm_tags=srm%5Bolympics%2Carticle%5D

The track & field federation (IAAF) has already banned Russian athletes from competing, with the exception of two: long jumper Darya Klishina, who has been living and training in America for years, and whistleblower middle-distance runner Yuliya Stepanova, who, along with her husband started all this, by accusing Russia of large-scale doping fraud in a German documentary. Stepanova, unfortunately, who is basically persona non-grata in Mother Russia at this point, tore a ligament in her foot at the European Championships earlier this month, and will not compete in Rio.

It will be interesting to see if any other sports follow suit.

Also, why haven't Cutter, Repel or Off approached the IOC with a lucrative sponsorship deal in exchange for providing all the athletes with ample supplies of mosquito repellent? [rotfl]
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I hope I'm wrong, but I have a bad feeling about these Olympics. (not basketball related)
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db11
innercityivan wrote:
I hope I'm wrong, but I have a bad feeling about these Olympics. (not basketball related)


Eh, I'm sure there'll be some problems, but the media is fantastic at sensationalizing how "awful" everything is (not just talking Olympics either).

Rower Megan Kalmoe (St. Croix Falls grad) had a pretty good essay on people needing to "stop trying to ruin the Olympics for us." Basically, she said, look, we know things aren't optimal, but we've known it was gonna be this way for a long time. As athletes, you prepare for every scenario. A little dirty water, unfinished dorms and toxic mosquitoes aren't going to deter anybody.

I just get the feeling, that much like Sochi (and Athens 12 years ago, people forget what a cluster that was...of course, social media wasn't around to sensationalize everything, and oh, remember how awful Beijing was gonna be?), once the games begin, a lot of the disaster talk will quietly fade into the woodwork.

But maybe that's just me avoiding falling into the trap of media negativity.
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So far, we are up to 85 (including the 67 T & F athletes) Russian athletes barred from the games, from sports such as swimming, canoeing, modern pentathlon and rowing. Several Olympic medalists are included. A men's volleyball player was dropped from the team after he had a positive test for meldonium earlier in the year.

Australia has finally moved into the Olympic village. The Brits are happy with their accommodations, while Team Belarus has complained of "having no hot water, only sometimes cold water, and a failing sewage system," which to me sounds like Soviet-era Belarus! *rimshot*

To be continued...
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db11 wrote:
innercityivan wrote:
I hope I'm wrong, but I have a bad feeling about these Olympics. (not basketball related)


Eh, I'm sure there'll be some problems, but the media is fantastic at sensationalizing how "awful" everything is (not just talking Olympics either).

Rower Megan Kalmoe (St. Croix Falls grad) had a pretty good essay on people needing to "stop trying to ruin the Olympics for us." Basically, she said, look, we know things aren't optimal, but we've known it was gonna be this way for a long time. As athletes, you prepare for every scenario. A little dirty water, unfinished dorms and toxic mosquitoes aren't going to deter anybody.

I just get the feeling, that much like Sochi (and Athens 12 years ago, people forget what a cluster that was...of course, social media wasn't around to sensationalize everything, and oh, remember how awful Beijing was gonna be?), once the games begin, a lot of the disaster talk will quietly fade into the woodwork.

But maybe that's just me avoiding falling into the trap of media negativity.


I was thinking more about the crime/violence angle.

But it stinks that the athletes cannot all stay in the village due to sewage running down the walls.

People may think differently afterwards when some of the delayed affects (zika, swimming/rowing in sewage) take hold.
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innercityivan wrote:
db11 wrote:
innercityivan wrote:
I hope I'm wrong, but I have a bad feeling about these Olympics. (not basketball related)


Eh, I'm sure there'll be some problems, but the media is fantastic at sensationalizing how "awful" everything is (not just talking Olympics either).

Rower Megan Kalmoe (St. Croix Falls grad) had a pretty good essay on people needing to "stop trying to ruin the Olympics for us." Basically, she said, look, we know things aren't optimal, but we've known it was gonna be this way for a long time. As athletes, you prepare for every scenario. A little dirty water, unfinished dorms and toxic mosquitoes aren't going to deter anybody.

I just get the feeling, that much like Sochi (and Athens 12 years ago, people forget what a cluster that was...of course, social media wasn't around to sensationalize everything, and oh, remember how awful Beijing was gonna be?), once the games begin, a lot of the disaster talk will quietly fade into the woodwork.

But maybe that's just me avoiding falling into the trap of media negativity.


I was thinking more about the crime/violence angle.

But it stinks that the athletes cannot all stay in the village due to sewage running down the walls.

People may think differently afterwards when some of the delayed affects (zika, swimming/rowing in sewage) take hold.


Always a threat with any major sporting event...Brazil has mobilized some 85,000 troops as part of their security.

My guess is a lot of the problems associated with the Village will fade away once the games start...it won't be Club Med, but it'll do for a couple weeks.

I think a lot of those issues have been overstated by a media just looking for an angle...but as you said, you won't know until down the line. In the meantime, the athletes will just take precaution as best they can.

IDK, in these crazy times, I just refuse to be cynical about the Olympics...it's just not worth it. Enjoy the stories that come from it. They'll mostly be positive.

P.S. I've moved our little side convo to the WCB thread. BW intended the other thread to be basketball-discussion only.
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thecrackerjack
db11 wrote:
innercityivan wrote:
db11 wrote:
innercityivan wrote:
I hope I'm wrong, but I have a bad feeling about these Olympics. (not basketball related)


Eh, I'm sure there'll be some problems, but the media is fantastic at sensationalizing how "awful" everything is (not just talking Olympics either).

Rower Megan Kalmoe (St. Croix Falls grad) had a pretty good essay on people needing to "stop trying to ruin the Olympics for us." Basically, she said, look, we know things aren't optimal, but we've known it was gonna be this way for a long time. As athletes, you prepare for every scenario. A little dirty water, unfinished dorms and toxic mosquitoes aren't going to deter anybody.

I just get the feeling, that much like Sochi (and Athens 12 years ago, people forget what a cluster that was...of course, social media wasn't around to sensationalize everything, and oh, remember how awful Beijing was gonna be?), once the games begin, a lot of the disaster talk will quietly fade into the woodwork.

But maybe that's just me avoiding falling into the trap of media negativity.


I was thinking more about the crime/violence angle.

But it stinks that the athletes cannot all stay in the village due to sewage running down the walls.

People may think differently afterwards when some of the delayed affects (zika, swimming/rowing in sewage) take hold.


Always a threat with any major sporting event...Brazil has mobilized some 85,000 troops as part of their security.

My guess is a lot of the problems associated with the Village will fade away once the games start...it won't be Club Med, but it'll do for a couple weeks.

I think a lot of those issues have been overstated by a media just looking for an angle...but as you said, you won't know until down the line. In the meantime, the athletes will just take precaution as best they can.

IDK, in these crazy times, I just refuse to be cynical about the Olympics...it's just not worth it. Enjoy the stories that come from it. They'll mostly be positive.

P.S. I've moved our little side convo to the WCB thread. BW intended the other thread to be basketball-discussion only.


That is my attitude as well. I'm going to enjoy the Olympics as best I can with a positive outlook. There's enough negativity and cynicism out there already.
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db11
innercityivan wrote:
I never said I wasn't going to enjoy them. I just don't understand (corruption) why the winter and summer olumpics are held in 3rd world countries.


It's exactly that, and the notion of needing to spread the games to all corners of the world. The World Cup is a shining example of this (faulty) attitude.

FWIW, when Rio/Brazil were awarded the World Cup and then the Olympics in the late 2000s, the country was in a much better place than it is now...part of the problem with awarding fringe countries the right to host is not having a crystal ball that can look 7+ years into the future.
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I never said I wasn't going to enjoy them. I just don't understand (corruption) why the winter and summer olumpics are held in 3rd world countries.
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Russian weightlifters are out. No surprise there.
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innercityivan wrote:
I hope I'm wrong, but I have a bad feeling about these Olympics. (not basketball related)


Brazil is far from being the ideal nation I'd want hosting a global spectacle like the Olympics given all their internal problems and all the volatility and stupidity going on in the world right now. ISIS will try something big during the course of the Olympics somewhere; not necessarily in Rio but given their unwavering need for attention and recognition, it is almost a given.
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thebillwaltontrip wrote:
innercityivan wrote:
I hope I'm wrong, but I have a bad feeling about these Olympics. (not basketball related)


Brazil is far from being the ideal nation I'd want hosting a global spectacle like the Olympics given all their internal problems and all the volatility and stupidity going on in the world right now. ISIS will try something big during the course of the Olympics somewhere; not necessarily in Rio but given their unwavering need for attention and recognition, it is almost a given.


You mean like they're currently doing pretty much every day somewhere on the globe?
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db11 wrote:
thebillwaltontrip wrote:
innercityivan wrote:
I hope I'm wrong, but I have a bad feeling about these Olympics. (not basketball related)


Brazil is far from being the ideal nation I'd want hosting a global spectacle like the Olympics given all their internal problems and all the volatility and stupidity going on in the world right now. ISIS will try something big during the course of the Olympics somewhere; not necessarily in Rio but given their unwavering need for attention and recognition, it is almost a given.


You mean like they're currently doing pretty much every day somewhere on the globe?


Someone is gonna trip during the opening ceremony and ISIS is going to take credit for it.
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Let's just post a running list here...

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/01/sport/fire-thefts-olympic-village/index.html

This Aussie could have died due to the alarms being disabled, not to mention the thefts.
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http://www.sportingnews.com/athletics/news/rio-olympics-2016-athlete-robbed-china-shi-dongpeng/1c68o88eck19g1p4tc39bv0xmd
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