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Author:  andyt [ Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:58 am ]
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BartSimpson wrote:

To some people in the world it is an indicator of quality of life and some governments like the USSR, East Germany, devote proportionately lavish sums on their Olympic teams

Stuck in the '80's again. Listening to Simply Red.

Author:  BartSimpson [ Wed Aug 01, 2012 10:06 am ]
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I cleaned up the grammar in that post for you. :wink:

Author:  bootlegga [ Wed Aug 01, 2012 11:24 am ]
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Canadians into badminton medal round after scandal engulfs sport

A scandal that swept the badminton world at the London Olympics on Wednesday turned out to be magic for a pair of young Canadians.

Michelle Li, of Markham, and Alex Bruce, of Toronto, defeated Leanne Choo and Renuga Veeran of Australia in three sets at Wembley Arena, 21-9, 18-21, 21-18 to advance to the semi-finals against Japan on Thursday.

A win there would put the Canadians in the gold medal match while a loss means playing for the bronze medal. No Canadians had ever advanced to the medal round in Olympic history.

Bruce and Li fell behind in the final game 5-2 before battling back to tie at five, seven and eight and then go up 10-8 at the mid-game interval.

Moving up 13-9, they let Choo and Veeran back in the game tied at 13-13, then 15 and 16.

It was then the Canadians put the hammer down, led by a line hugging long return from Bruce that was in by a whisker, and taking advantage of a long serve by the opponents for the win.

Both teams were in the quarter-finals because of what happened earlier in the day when the badminton federation disqualified four of the top pairings for trying to lose on purpose.

The eight players from China, South Korea and Indonesia were cited by the Badminton World Federation, for “conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport,” said the Associated Press.

Li and Bruce, just 21 and 22 respectively, were the 2011 Pan Am Games doubles champs, while Li also added the singles title. At the Olympics, however, the Canadians were up against the best in the world and had originally failed to advance from the round robin.

Canada and Australia split the first two matches of the quarter final.
Appeal denied by federation

South Korea and Indonesia appealed the disqualification, but the BWF rejected the South Korean appeal and the Indonesia challenge was withdrawn. China had accepted the federation's earlier decision.

The competition was to continued later Wednesday with four previously eliminated teams in the quarterfinals. Russian pair Valeria Sorokina and Nina Vislova, and Canadian team Alex Bruce and Michele Li advanced from Group A. Australian pair Leanne Choo and Renuga Veeran and South African duo Michelle Edwards and Annari Viljoen went through from Group C.

"We applaud the federation for having taken swift and decisive action," IOC spokesman Mark Adams told The Associated Press. "Such behavior is incompatible with the Olympic values."

Before the decision was announced, Indonesia Olympic team leader Erick Thohir accused Chinese players of losing on purpose in the past.

"China has been doing this so many times and they never get sanctioned by the BWF," Thohir said. "On the first game yesterday when China did it, the BWF didn't do anything. If the BWF do something on the first game and they say you are disqualified, it is a warning for everyone."

IOC Vice President Craig Reedie, the former head of the international badminton federation, welcomed the decision to kick the four teams out.

Sport is competitive," Reedie told the AP. "If you lose the competitive element, then the whole thing becomes a nonsense.

You cannot allow a player to abuse the tournament like that, and not take firm action. So good on them."

The eight disqualified players are world doubles champions Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang of China and their South Korean opponents Jung Kyun-eun and Kim Ha-na, along with South Korea's Ha Jung-eun and Kim Min-jung and Indonesia's Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii.

The players went before a disciplinary hearing Wednesday, a day after spectators at the arena booed their performance after it became clear they were deliberately trying to lose.

International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge had been at the venue but had left shortly before the drama unfolded. The IOC said it would allow badminton's ruling body to handle the matter.

Teams blamed the introduction of a round-robin stage rather than a straight knockout tournament as the main cause of the problem. The round-robin format can allow results to be manipulated to earn an easier matchup in the knockout round.

The Chinese players tried to rig the draw after its second-seeded pair unexpectedly lost to a Danish team in the morning. That placed the No. 2 pair on course for a semifinal meeting with Wang and Yu, instead of the final.

Wang and Yu then deliberately set out to lose so they would go into the bottom half of the draw. They hardly exerted themselves, and neither did the South Koreans, drawing jeers of derision from the crowd and warnings from the umpire and tournament referee Torsten Berg. Wang and Yu eventually got what they wanted by losing.

An hour later, the South Korean team of Ha and Kim took to the court and decided to also try to lose to the Indonesians to avoid meeting Wang and Yu in the quarterfinals.

Early on, all four players were warned by the umpire for not trying hard, and Berg returned and produced black cards to disqualify both pairs, but the cards were rescinded on a promise of better play.

In the third game, Berg reappeared to urge them to finish, and the Indonesians ended up being better at losing than Ha and Kim, who fell into the playoff they didn't want with the world champions.

Author:  bootlegga [ Wed Aug 01, 2012 12:56 pm ]
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Canada's Brent Hayden captures bronze in 100m free

Mission, B.C., native Brent Hayden surprised the field by capturing a bronze medal in the men’s 100-metre freestyle on Wednesday in London.

Hayden began strong and finished in a time of 47.80 seconds.

American Nathan Adrian won gold as he touched the wall in 47.52, while pre-Olympic favourite James Magnussen of Australia earned the silver medal in 47.53. ... ronze.html


Author:  andyt [ Wed Aug 01, 2012 1:10 pm ]
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Sure be nice if we came in first in something. Anything. I know it's not very Canadian to come first, but if it's Canada vs the world, it'd be nice if the world wasn't winning so much.

Author:  BartSimpson [ Wed Aug 01, 2012 1:29 pm ]
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andyt wrote:
Sure be nice if we came in first in something. Anything. I know it's not very Canadian to come first, but if it's Canada vs the world, it'd be nice if the world wasn't winning so much.

Be funny if Canada takes gold in badminton and we all have to look at ads with badminton stars on them for the rest of the year!

Author:  andyt [ Wed Aug 01, 2012 1:37 pm ]
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How about canoeing? We invented the damn things. We've got lots of water. The definition of a Canadian is someone who can make love in a canoe. Well, let's back that up. Same with fucking kayaking. Are we really going to hide behind "we're a winter nation" all the time?

Author:  bootlegga [ Wed Aug 01, 2012 1:44 pm ]
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andyt wrote:
Are we really going to hide behind "we're a winter nation" all the time?

It's Day 5 of a 14 day event - how about you give them a chance?

Author:  raydan [ Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:23 pm ]
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andyt wrote:
How about canoeing? We invented the damn things. We've got lots of water. The definition of a Canadian is someone who can make love in a canoe. Well, let's back that up. Same with fucking kayaking. Are we really going to hide behind "we're a winter nation" all the time?

Make love in a canoe... fucking kayak... I sense a theme.

Let's add 69 in a paddle-boat and we've got a triathlon.

Author:  raydan [ Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:32 pm ]
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Our old lady of the olympics, Clara Hughes, didn't win a medal but did her best and finished 5th.
What a class act she is. :rock:


Author:  Hyack [ Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:47 pm ]
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Canada 4th in Women's 4x200-metre Relay


American Missy Franklin added an Olympic record and a second gold to her medal haul at the London 2012 Olympic Games on Wednesday evening.

The 17-year-old swam the opening leg of the women's 4x200-metre relay, setting up teammates Dana Vollmer , Shannon Vreeland and Allison Schmitt to claim gold. Their final time of seven minutes, 42.92 seconds lowered the Olympic record by 1.39 seconds.

"I just tried to get to the wall as fast as I could," Franklin said.

The medal was her third of the Games; she won gold in the women's 100m backstroke on Monday and contributed to Team USA's third-place finish in Saturday's 4x100m freestyle relay. Franklin is the first female American swimmer to have qualified for seven Olympic events.

Wednesday's gold also marked Vollmer and Schmitt's second win of London's Games. Australia finished second, while France was third.

Canada's young 4x200-metre freestyle relay team fell just short of the podium, finishing fourth in 7:50.65. Competing with an average age of under-20, the four Olympic rookies -- Barbara Jardin , Samantha Cheverton , Amanda Reason and Brittany MacLean -- swam to Canada's best-ever Olympic finish in the event.

"Third place would have been really great but at the same time we were fourth at the Olympics," said Jardin, who swam Canada's opening leg.

The team finished seventh-place swim at the World Championships last year.

"We definitely took a step up, there," Jardin added. "I think we’re all really happy with the time."

The Americans and Australians battled it out for much of the race, trading positions at almost every turn.

"I knew it was going to be close," said Allison Schmitt, who swam the anchor leg for the United States. "I was just trying to swim my own race and save legs on that first 50m... and bring it home strong for the U.S."

She pulled away at the last, winning gold by almost two seconds. The medal marked the eighth swimming gold for the United States.

"I knew Allison was going to pull off something amazing and the rest of us had to be at least even with everyone else," Vollmer said. "Knowing that, I fought as hard as I could that last 50m to either get ahead or at least stay even with the field so every person diving in would have the best chance they could."

Australia's team of Bronte Barratt , Melanie Schlanger , Kylie Palmer and Alicia Coutts posted a time of 7:44.41 for silver.


Author:  bootlegga [ Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:45 am ]
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Canada's women's 8 rowers win Olympic silver


The Canadian women's eight has won silver at the Olympic rowing regatta, capturing Canada's seventh medal at the London Games.

The powerhouse Americans won gold while the Netherlands captured bronze.

"We weren't worried about the Dutch at all. We were out there to win, and were watching the whole field, but we were focused on our own boat and our race plan," said Lesley Thompson-Willie of London, Ont.

Canada and the U.S. came into the Games as rivals for gold.

The silver medal still hasn't sunken in yet for Lauren Wilkinson of North Vancouver, B.C.

"It hasn't hit me yet. It's an amazing group of women that I've had the privilege to row with and we gave it our all, no regrets. Fuel to the fire for 2016," Wilkinson said.

The U.S. won the last two world titles, while Canada settled for silver.

The Americans also won gold at Beijing in 2008, when Canada was fourth.

It was only the second race at these Games for the Canadian women, who won their heat Sunday to advance directly to the final.

The U.S. won the other heat.

The Canadian men's eight won silver behind Germany at the Games on Wednesday.

Also at Eton Dorney, Canada's lightweight women's double scullers failed to advance to the final. The Victoria, B.C., pair of Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee finished fourth.

"We are obviously disappointed. It's going to take a while to take in. It's seven minutes of your life and one shot at an Olympic medal," Jennerich said.

Patricia Obee added, "I felt confident we'd come in the top three. The other crews are obviously very good."

China took the race and advanced with Denmark and Australia. Great Britain, Greece and Germany to make Saturday's final.

Canada's men's four crew placed fifth in their semifinal and did not advance to the final race.

The United States won the heat, followed by Greece and Germany. The top three crews advanced.

In the men's double sculls, Canada's Kevin Kowalyk and Michael Braithwraite finished last in their semifinal B heat, placing 12th overall.

New Zealand's pair of Joseph Sullivan and Nathan Cohen took gold. The Italian and Slovenian teams won silver and bronze respectively. ... day-6.html

Author:  Hyack [ Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:42 pm ]
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Canada's Olympics? Medal haul rolling in early


If you're cheering for Canada at the London Olympics this is probably the time to kick it up a notch, as our athletes certainly are.

For Canada's Olympic team, first came hat-trick Tuesday with its three bronze medals. Then Wednesday brought a gritty silver on the water, a bronze in a marquee swimming event and a starring role in a bizarre badminton controversy that offered two Canadian athletes the chance of a lifetime.

It was also — though maybe we shouldn't say this too loudly — finally the time to throw aside the curse of the slow start.

In Beijing four years ago, it took Canada eight days to win its first Olympic medal, with the country collectively wringing its hands the entire time. Four years earlier in Athens we only had one in the first week of competition.

But now, five days into the London Games, Canada has six medals — a silver and five bronzes (three of them from Tuesday) — and has a decent shot at as many as five others over the next two days alone.

It is too early to say, of course, that this will be a record year. We had 18 medals in 2008, a vast improvement over Athens in 2004 but still down from a high of 22 in 1996. But at least the groundwork has been laid.

On Wednesday, the silver came first. Canada's rowers were defending their title as Olympic champions in the men's eight.

The race pitted a rebuilt Canadian team against a powerful German squad, which won in the end, and a British team driven on by a wildly cheering hometown crowd.

For Canadian rower Robert Gibson, crossing the finish line – even in second place – was an emotional experience.

"It was a pretty special feeling, really," he says. "You know we've worked so hard for this for so long, three times a day, six times a week, all year long.

"But I mean it's all worth it in the end really."

There would be more good news for Canada before the day was out.

Canadian swimmer Brent Hayden stunned the competition in the men's 100-metre freestyle, taking the bronze and edging out French star Yannick Agnel, who already has two golds from these Games.

Hayden was the first Canadian to reach the freestyle final since Dick Pound did it at the 1960 Games in Rome. Pound, now a member of the International Olympic Committee was on hand to present Hayden with his medal.

As the day went on, there would be disappointment for Canada. Cyclist Clara Hughes — a woman who seems made of iron — finished fifth in her individual time trial, ending her dream of earning a seventh career medal.

Hughes is already Canada's most decorated Olympian, a title she shares with former teammate Cindy Klassen, with four medals in speedskating over the past three Winter Games and two in cycling.

She was hoping to win one more. But it was not to be.

In the pool, the dive team of Alex Despatie, battling back from a head injury in a training accident in June, and Reuben Ross also finished out of the medal in sixth place in their three-metre synchronized event.

But for all the ups and downs of the day, nothing could match the strange situation that Canada's women's double badminton team found itself in.

Eliminated from competition earlier after losing all three games in their round-robin group, Michele Li and Alex Bruce thought their Olympics were over.

But then, today, their coach shocked them with news they were back in. A match-fixing scandal left eight players from China, South Korea and Indonesia disqualified.

That left Canada facing Australia in a quarter-final match, which they won, meaning they will play in Thursday's semi-final. The team's coach, Ram Nayyar, says that, to his knowledge, this is the furthest any Canadian badminton player has ever advanced in the Olympics.

"We have absolutely nothing to lose," he says. "And we should go for it. And I hope that they can."

If the Canadians win against Japan today, they're guaranteed at least a silver medal. If they lose, they'll play for the bronze.

Canada's women's rowers will also be in action Thursday. The women's eights will be trying to get back to the podium after falling short by 0.79 seconds in Beijing.

British fans also had reason to cheer Wednesday, as the wait for gold is over.

Britain's female rowers swept to gold in the pairs event.

While cyclist Bradley Wiggin, the Tour de France champion, cemented his position as a national sports legend, winning his country's second gold medal of the day in the time trials.

Sports fans were glued to televisions across the country, keeping track of the day's events.

Five days into the Olympics, British papers had begun fretting about a slower than expected start for Britain's Olympic squad, something Canadians have been all too familiar with.


Here you go Andy, something to read then chill out for a bit. Canada may not have hit GOLD yet but in every event so far for Canada each and every athlete has given it their very best and put a full effort into doing the absolute best they could. Just check out the Women's 8 rowing team after their Silver medal, they were totally gassed! That's good enough for far.....I definitely want to see the Maple Leaf being raised on the centre pole and hear "O Canada" being played, it may take a few more days but I'm sure it's going to happen!


Author:  bootlegga [ Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:05 am ]
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Canada upsets Brazil in women’s basketball

The Canadian women’s basketball team managed to do two things on Friday it had never done before; beat Brazil and qualify for the quarter-finals at the Olympics.

The Canadians got by Brazil 79-73, giving Canada two wins in preliminary play and enough points to guarantee a spot in quarter-finals. No Canadian women's basketball team has ever gone that far in Olympic play. And the Canadian women can’t recall ever beating Brazil, which is ranked sixth in the world, five spots ahead of Canada.

“It feels great,” said head coach Allison McNeill. “We were sort of fighting for respect.”

Karen Smith, a nine-year veteran of the program, said the win is a boost for basketball in Canada. “It’s a huge win for us who have been around for along time and never beaten Brazil. It’s a great feeling,” she said. “And it’s huge for the growth of the game in Canada...It feels good. This is going to help us out so much and it's going to help basketball.”

The Canadians came out strong Friday, building a 10 point lead in the first quarter and expanding that to 14 by the half. The Brazilians simply couldn’t get started and misfired constantly. In the first half the Brazilians made just 33 per cent of their field goals while the Canadians hit 53 per cent.

Even better for the Canadians, the team kept Brazil's high-scoring guard Karla Costa to just three points. Costa came into the game averaging 15.3 points per game in the tournament.

Canada tried to keep up the pace in the second half but the Brazilians came storming back and took the lead early in the fourth quarter.

At that point it looked like Canada would fold. McNeill stood on the sidelines fretting about her players complacency and screaming “attack, attack.” They finally got the message and a couple of key baskets by Shona Thorburn late in the game helped make the difference and Canada hung on. Smith led the scoring with 14 points along with Courtnay Pilypaitis who also had 14.

“It was tense the whole time,” McNeill said later. “It was tense when we were up 14.”

The Canadians viewed the win as something of a vindication. While Canada lost two other games in the preliminary round, both were close.

“I think a lot of teams saw us as the pushover team,” said Chelsea Aubry who also viewed the win as a boost for the sport in Canada. “Now people know we have a basketball team. This is how I started in basketball. I saw them on TV and I wanted to play that sport.”

The Canadians have one more group game against Australia Sunday. The Australians lead the pool and clinched a spot in the quarter-finals beating Russia 70-66 on Friday.

There are 12 teams in the Olympic tournament divided into two pools. The top four from each pool advance to the quarter-finals. The win over Brazil left Canada fourth in its pool.

The Canadians will face a tough opponent in the quarter-finals; the United States. The U.S. has yet to lose in the tournament. ... le4460185/

Author:  Mowich [ Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:30 am ]
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raydan wrote:
My fellow Québecers are doing well. :D

I was thinking the same thing, raydan. Quebec produces a lot of Canadian champions! Go Quebec! Go, Canada, Go. :rock:

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