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Team Australia are always going to do well. They come from good stock.

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8 hours ago, Bulya said:

Team selection wasn’t optimal and questions will be asked at the post Olympics wash up here in Canberra.  

As I’m sure all nations will be asking questions of its own performance.

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19 minutes ago, Wa7 said:

As I’m sure all nations will be asking questions of its own performance.

They are allowed to choose between team GB or Ireland

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6 hours ago, Wa7 said:

As I’m sure all nations will be asking questions of its own performance.

USA most of all i reckon, they seem to have performed right at the low curve of an investment cycle, so it'll be very interesting to see how much money they pour back into sport for Paris and then Los Angeles in 2028.  They will not have China beating them for Golds on their own turf.

https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/olympics-medal-count/

The rankings of the top 8 are completely as predicted, but with the USA winning 15 medals fewer then projected,  Russian Athletes 19 more,  Australia 7 more, Japan 16 fewer, Italy 8 more....UK and China pretty much as predicted.

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10 hours ago, simmo said:

Team Australia are always going to do well. They come from good stock.

it's mainly environmental.  The first generation of immigrant Australians born on shore ended up being between 5 and 6 inches taller than their mainly Irish and English parents due to better nutrition, climate and general lack of slum diseases, and they have maintained a slight advantage ever since. There was also a lot of Scandinavian and Germanic immigration, and they are naturally taller people than the rest of the world.

The biggest current risers in height are China, as they lift out of poverty and their children eat better.

 

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14 hours ago, Dusty Plains said:

All legal, whereas drugs are not.  The Australian swimming team caused a stir many years ago when they entered the Olympic pool wearing radical swimwear. It was called Speedo. 

And the male runners all wear Lycra bike shorts now. I just wish they’d wear a proper athletic support underneath 

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3 hours ago, Canada2Australia said:

Gold for team Canada women's soccer after a 2-1 win over Sweden 

 

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I actually part watched it last night, gave up before the extra 30 mins it was so late by then,. I know nothing about football but the intensity from both sides to win made it compulsive viewing. Well done Canada. xM

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4 hours ago, Marisawright said:

And the male runners all wear Lycra bike shorts now. I just wish they’d wear a proper athletic support underneath 

Thank goodness there no Olympics for Mamils.

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Well done Team GB on boxing gold and the women’s Madison cycling gold

Well done to the Aussie lad on the boxing bronze also.

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A bit disappointing for GB finishing outside the top 3, but another good Olympics overall. Sportsman of the Games for GB would probably have to be Laura Trott in the cycling with Gold medals in 3 consecutive Olympics making her our most successful female Olympian. Her and husband's children are going to have extremely good cycling genes!

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Hand on heart I thought that was going to be a aus gold in the women’s high jump.

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Well done Australia.

It's the taking part that counts. 👍

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On 06/08/2021 at 15:05, Bulya said:

Not really.  Sporting infrastructure is generally poor especially for athletics, and there isn’t the funds available compared to what the U.K spends.  The reason so many females here have dumped athletics for the guaranteed income and prestige available in AFLW, and to a lesser extent, NRLW.  I was an account executive for the AIS for more than a decade, learned a thing or two. 

100% agree.  I'm president of one of the largest athletic clubs outside of the QLD metro area, I'm also an internationally-accredited athletics judge (which means I spend an awful lot of time looking at feet to make sure no one steps out of a circle) and can count literally on one hand with fingers to spare the amount of tartan tracks north of the Sunshine coast.  I've seen time and time again our young athletes having to move away to pursue their training because there's too much distance, too little infrastructure, not enough coaching facilities - one talented long jumper (multiple state level winner, came second nationally twice so far) was literally driving an 8 hour round trip a couple of times a week to get to training.  Once they get to a high level there isn't the financial support they need: one of our athletes won the IAAF U20 world championships but was unable to go to Olympic trials because he had to finish his apprenticeship.  Bloke I work with was in the Australian U20 hockey team, and basically gave it up because the senior team lost sponsorship and the pay for essentially full-time work plus the expense of getting to training camps etc was $30k.  

While many Australian schools are blessed with paying fields and we do have wonderful organisations like Little Athletics and Auskick, once someone starts to get serious about sports, the higher level support is not there in most areas.

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17 minutes ago, Eera said:

100% agree.  I'm president of one of the largest athletic clubs outside of the QLD metro area, I'm also an internationally-accredited athletics judge (which means I spend an awful lot of time looking at feet to make sure no one steps out of a circle) and can count literally on one hand with fingers to spare the amount of tartan tracks north of the Sunshine coast.  I've seen time and time again our young athletes having to move away to pursue their training because there's too much distance, too little infrastructure, not enough coaching facilities -

There are different challenges in every country, and it's changing.  Australians have traditionally had a more outdoor, sports-oriented lifestyle, so kids grow up playing sport from a young age and once upon a time, if they worked hard at it, that was enough.  These days, sport has become so scientific, and if you're going to play at a high level, you need specialist training and fancy facilities--and suddenly Australians are at a disadvantage, because so many towns are a long, long way from any kind of major centre.  It's noticeable that most of our success this time has come from water-based sports.

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11 minutes ago, Marisawright said:

 These days, sport has become so scientific, and if you're going to play at a high level, you need specialist training and fancy facilities--and suddenly Australians are at a disadvantage, because so many towns are a long, long way from any kind of major centre.  It's noticeable that most of our success this time has come from water-based sports.

And, even with water based sports, distance and access to high level facilities is often a problem.  Ariarne Titmus, who performed so well in the pool, grew up in Tasmania.  But her family moved to Queensland when she was 14 because the coaching, training and competition needed for high level swimming wasn't available in her home state.

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There are too many sports and lets face it, no one cares about things like shot put, discuss or hammer throw. If the public were interested in them they would get sponsorship.

Reality is most only watch once or twice every 4 years. They should probably cull some of these old sports as they are adding more interesting sports now like skateboarding, bmx etc.

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16 minutes ago, HappyHeart said:

That is disgraceful and glad she got kicked out. Hopefully she is sacked and not allowed to coach again.

But as I always say to you, please don't condemn the 99.9% who love their horses and treat them well because of the .1% bad apples that exist in every profession.

There are the odd bad teachers, nurses and doctors too but we know they are a tiny minority in the scheme of things.


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5 hours ago, Eera said:

100% agree.  I'm president of one of the largest athletic clubs outside of the QLD metro area, I'm also an internationally-accredited athletics judge (which means I spend an awful lot of time looking at feet to make sure no one steps out of a circle) and can count literally on one hand with fingers to spare the amount of tartan tracks north of the Sunshine coast.  I've seen time and time again our young athletes having to move away to pursue their training because there's too much distance, too little infrastructure, not enough coaching facilities - one talented long jumper (multiple state level winner, came second nationally twice so far) was literally driving an 8 hour round trip a couple of times a week to get to training.  Once they get to a high level there isn't the financial support they need: one of our athletes won the IAAF U20 world championships but was unable to go to Olympic trials because he had to finish his apprenticeship.  Bloke I work with was in the Australian U20 hockey team, and basically gave it up because the senior team lost sponsorship and the pay for essentially full-time work plus the expense of getting to training camps etc was $30k.  

While many Australian schools are blessed with paying fields and we do have wonderful organisations like Little Athletics and Auskick, once someone starts to get serious about sports, the higher level support is not there in most areas.

And it will get worse.  Until there’s a national lottery like the U.K has funding sport it won’t change.  .  

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On 07/08/2021 at 06:39, Marisawright said:

And the male runners all wear Lycra bike shorts now. I just wish they’d wear a proper athletic support underneath 

My wife went out with friends last week and a lady opposite her, in her 70's said how much she'd enjoyed the running, waddling her head from side to side😆.

 

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16 hours ago, Wa7 said:

Hand on heart I thought that was going to be a aus gold in the women’s high jump.

That's the thing this time. Usually we know the swimmers and Jess Fox. After the swimming we usually don't do so good. This time, every day there was someone in a final or in with a medal chance. Usually people we've never heard of. It's been great.

A girl from our surf club was in the doubles and 4 in the kayak. Made the finals but no medals. Good to see her though, kids call her tank girl, she has shoulders and arms I'd be proud of. Lovely girl too. Her sister is a triathlete and has competed at a high level. Probably spur her on a bit too.

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3 hours ago, HappyHeart said:

I thought the horses were ridden by the people who owned them or at least trained and rode the horses often enough to form some sort of bond with them but apparently in modern pentathlon the horses and riders have never met before   ...............  no time to bond whatsoever.

It seems Saint Boy had already refused to jump for another rider earlier in the competition   -  the Russian competitor Gulnaz Gubaydullinha  -   and was left "traumatised" by her.  The horse looks totally spooked in the photos.

Yes, it is good that the coach was suspended.

 

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6 minutes ago, Toots said:

I thought the horses were ridden by the people who owned them or at least trained and rode the horses often enough to form some sort of bond with them but apparently in modern pentathlon the horses and riders have never met before   ...............  no time to bond whatsoever.

It seems Saint Boy had already refused to jump for another rider earlier in the competition   -  the Russian competitor Gulnaz Gubaydullinha  -   and was left "traumatised" by her.  The horse looks totally spooked in the photos.

Yes, it is good that the coach was suspended.

 

I thought that, the horse looks utterly terrified

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