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#404179 - 08/08/08 05:17 AM Beijing Olympics!
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Will anyone be watching the opening ceremonies? They're generally regarded as an excellent display of the host country's culture and there will apparently be a mix of modern and traditional dancing, music and, of course, martial arts displays.
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#404180 - 08/10/08 05:24 PM Re: Beijing Olympics! [Re: ThomsonsPier]
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i watched some of it. it was cool. i liked the torch lighting. i've yet to catch any judo or TKD action.
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#404181 - 08/13/08 03:15 AM Re: Beijing Olympics! [Re: TKD_X]
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Yeh it was great!
The sheer size of it was already amazing, and the skill that everyone put in is awesome
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#404182 - 08/16/08 03:03 AM Re: Beijing Olympics! [Re: VietPanda]
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I missed it. So sad. So far, I've been watching Phelps and other swimming events.
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#404183 - 08/16/08 10:56 AM Re: Beijing Olympics! [Re: KickingAngel16]
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I have to say that I am dismayed to hear of the guile the Chinese have employed in the Olympics. CGI-enhanced fireworks, faux patriotic singer, under-age athletes......disappointing to me.

So many other things have been awesome about it, why ruin it with deception?
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#404184 - 08/16/08 03:10 PM Re: Beijing Olympics! [Re: MattJ]
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Hi Matt,

Just saw your post. I think the answer is very simple, they don't operate under the rules we play by, which is thier right too.

To them the state controls the content of the show, and if they cgi' part of it, or have someone lipsync, the show is still what they want to show.

They don't accept that only truth is right.

Which gets into fundamental differences between different cultures.
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#404185 - 08/16/08 03:38 PM Re: Beijing Olympics! [Re: Victor Smith]
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Can't argue with that.
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#404186 - 08/17/08 02:59 AM Re: Beijing Olympics! [Re: Victor Smith]
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As far as minimum age - If there is no international standard or rules, then that means the host country at the time, gets to cook the parameters of the contests. making the whole idea of an 'international olympic commitee' a farce.

sorry, cheating on age in the olympics is the same as a 220lb boxer fighting for a lightweight title. ...nothing to do with culture, it's cheating.

if the age minimum needs to be reduced, or a new division added, fine - but let it be with universal and enforced rules.

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#404187 - 08/21/08 07:06 PM Re: Beijing Olympics! [Re: Victor Smith]
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Quote:

I think the answer is very simple, they don't operate under the rules we play by, which is thier right too.





under age

...and it's their right to lose their medals too, if the IOC doesn't agree with 'Chinese rules'.


actually, if they don't investigate/punish broken rules, it makes the Olympics arbitrary and relative to the country hosting them. ie: corrupt and illegitimate.

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#404188 - 08/21/08 10:05 PM Re: Beijing Olympics! [Re: Victor Smith]
BrianS Offline
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Quote:

Hi Matt,

Just saw your post. I think the answer is very simple, they don't operate under the rules we play by, which is thier right too.




It's their right to jack up the entire olympics for everyone because it's in their country this year? Hogspit!

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To them the state controls the content of the show, and if they cgi' part of it, or have someone lipsync, the show is still what they want to show.

They don't accept that only truth is right.

Which gets into fundamental differences between different cultures.




Indeed.
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