The Tokyo 2020/1 Olympics Thread *spoilers* (not the road race cycling)

So since the football has already started, why not start the thread.

I saw the Dutch olympic women's football team beat Zambia 10-2....
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  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 27,374
    Watched the end of the mens Cote d'Ivoire beating Saudi Arabia earlier. 97th minute, Cote d'Ivoire 2-1 up, one of the Cote d'ivoire players got himself sent off after they'd won a free kick on the edge of the Saudi Arabia area.
  • ballysmate
    ballysmate Posts: 15,922

    So since the football has already started, why not start the thread.

    I saw the Dutch olympic women's football team beat Zambia 10-2....

    Think USA lost 3 nil which was a shock. First loss for ages.
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 27,374
    edited July 2021

    So since the football has already started, why not start the thread.

    I saw the Dutch olympic women's football team beat Zambia 10-2....

    Ended 10-3 but probably safe to switch off before Banda completed her hat trick for Zambia. Which is quite an impressive personal achievement in such a drubbing.

    Highlights here https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/57918549 Zambia's tactic of one at the back probably ill conceived.
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 74,785
    I feel like I am the only one with the opening ceremony on tv.

    Anyway, it’s basically one massive corona reference which is a shame.

    I guess when your death toll isn’t a world leader you’re not so desperate for escapism.
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 27,374
    Should have gone with one of the comedians they sacked, make it a bit edgy.
  • womack
    womack Posts: 566
    Is it another big pay day for Clare Hair Loss?
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 27,374
    edited July 2021
    I think the athletes who chose not to go to the opening ceremony are the winners here.
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 74,785
    I feel you're not really in the spirit of the games, Kingston.
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 27,374

    I feel you're not really in the spirit of the games, Kingston.

    What I've seen of this opening ceremony is more downbeat than me.

  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 74,785
    Yeah it's quite sad I have to say.
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 27,374
    Thomas Bach wasn't very up tempo. Emperor was very brief.

    I gave up halfway through the kabuki and piano thing.
  • morstar
    morstar Posts: 6,190
    If the transgender athletes in women’s sport are not benefitting from being born male, where are the female to male transgender athletes in men’s sport?
  • kingstongraham
    kingstongraham Posts: 27,374
    The gymnasts doing things where I can't imagine ever doing the simplest thing they do, then doing them on a balance beam, with somersaults. All amazing.
  • ballysmate
    ballysmate Posts: 15,922
    morstar said:

    If the transgender athletes in women’s sport are not benefitting from being born male, where are the female to male transgender athletes in men’s sport?


    Of course being born male gives people an advantage in sports where strength and speed are factors.
    Unfortunately stating what to the vast majority is the bleedin' obvious marks us down as transphobic in this topsy turvy world.
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 42,428

    The gymnasts doing things where I can't imagine ever doing the simplest thing they do, then doing them on a balance beam, with somersaults. All amazing.

    I remember having to just walk along a beam in school when I still had good core strength and reasonable balance. That was difficult enough.
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 42,428
    First GB medal won with a bronze in the judo. Have to admit I always think the points in judo have been won by the other person, I just can't judge who has thrown who.

    One of the expected gold medals for GB has gone with Jade Jones losing in round one.
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 74,785
    Beaten by a refugee athlete - its a nice story if you’re not partisan for the Brit
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,593
    Final Italian in the 4x100m couldn't look more Italian if he tried...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,593
    Man it must suck being a West european gymnast. You get up, all 0% body fat, and do something objectively amazing but then some teeny tiny chineese girl steps up and looks like she's on wires...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 42,428

    Beaten by a refugee athlete - its a nice story if you’re not partisan for the Brit

    Yeah, although I think they said she won a medal for Iran last time.

    The other nice story was the gymnast who took part in the vault at 46 years old. She's competed in 8 straight games since Barcelona!
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 74,785
    ddraver said:

    Man it must suck being a West european gymnast. You get up, all 0% body fat, and do something objectively amazing but then some teeny tiny chineese girl steps up and looks like she's on wires...

    Anyone else get confused and not realise the two Brit women are twins?
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 42,428
    I find women's gymnastics a bit frustrating. The events are incredibly athletic but then they have to chuck artistic style into the floor for no obvious reason.
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,593
    There was a shot of one doing her floor routine with the other in the background and my mind warped for a second...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 42,428
    It's part of the Team GB genetic cloning programme. Soon all competitors in all events will be created in labs to suit the physical requirements. It has been trialled successfully in triathlon and cycling has given it a decent go.
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,593
    Appropos of nothing/for the appropriate lolz...

    https://www.skimag.com/athletes/townsend-saugstad-announce-pregnancy/
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,593
    Cold War grudge match in the women's taekwondo - about which I am now an expert...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • joe_totale-2
    joe_totale-2 Posts: 1,333
    Highlight from the skateboarding earlier:

  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 42,428
    ddraver said:

    Cold War grudge match in the women's taekwondo - about which I am now an expert...

    Rocky Balboa defeats Ivan Drago.
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,593
    Victory for Capatalism
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,593
    edited July 2021
    Gold medal Chance for Team GB.

    Young Mr Sinden looks like he could do with some sun after this match
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver