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I´m watching the Olympics, but somewhat I don´t feel as excited about it as I was when watching London 2012 or Beijing 2008.
Probably due to all the controversies and all the huge doubts of how my country will benefit from these Games (my bet: zero benefit, despite all the national pride fanfare on tv and on internet)

Kind of dissapointing to see Brazil finishing the first week with only one gold.... but our best chances are on team sports. We may likely end this with 5-6 gold medals, that would be our best olympics ever. I´m afraid an eventual win in men´s soccer may overshadow accomplishments in other sports and bring them back to the usual limbo.



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Slightly disappointing Olympics for us so far. Usually we can count on a handful, say, 4, medals in swimming and a couple in judo, but we got none at all of the former and 1 Bronze of the latter. We have performed above expectations in rowing and cycling though. Have had a few surprises, hopefully there'll be a couple more to come.

We're still on track to beat our number of Golds in London, but I don't think we'll get anywhere near London's total. Let alone Sochi's (though not really comparable) or Sydney's. 4 Golds now, with a big chance for 3 more (hockey men and women and sailing laser women today), a fair chance on a fourth (women 200m sprint) and hopefully one in equestian or some other surprise like BMX. So we should up at 7 compared to 6 in London, maybe even 8 and with a little luck as much as 9.

EDIT: And then 2 hours later we have one of those surprises!



Rogerioandrade said:
I´m watching the Olympics, but somewhat I don´t feel as excited about it as I was when watching London 2012 or Beijing 2008.
Probably due to all the controversies and all the huge doubts of how my country will benefit from these Games (my bet: zero benefit, despite all the national pride fanfare on tv and on internet)

Kind of dissapointing to see Brazil finishing the first week with only one gold.... but our best chances are on team sports. We may likely end this with 5-6 gold medals, that would be our best olympics ever. I´m afraid an eventual win in men´s soccer may overshadow accomplishments in other sports and bring them back to the usual limbo.

Well, Brazil is doing around its normal performance, it's not dissapointing as much as where expectations should be place at, but yeah... still kinda sad, because I was hoping holding the event would boost our performance this time... like happens to the other countries...

Brazil needed a massive incentive plan around the time it was choosen to held the olympics, and as much as it seems there were incentives they were just nowhere near enough, which is a huge misshandling on the matter.



mjk45 said:
Augen said:
I always watch the Olympics.

New thing this year curious to see is Rugby 7s.

So what where your thoughts on the Rugby 7's.

It was a high level of play, very fast and eciting. I think the US played well and came close to surprising many.  Fiji winning was great for them and think sport has the dpeth to continue being an event for Olympics to come.  I do wonder if it catche son if League or Union may someday join the Olympics as well.



RolStoppable said:
*looks for Austria*
*sees Fiji*
*sees no Austria*
*leaves thread*
*considers to return to rile up gramps*

How about you support your neighbouring Hungary? They're 12th place after all...



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I should have made a bet USA would be on top especially with a decent amount of Russians banned. Would have been an easy bet but the odds wouldn't be that great so little money probably could have been made.



Team GB second on medal table with lots of great medal opportunities to come, woohoo! Murray and del potros match yesterday was amazing, as was Justin rose and stensons gold medal duel down the stretch in the golf



Augen said:
mjk45 said:

So what where your thoughts on the Rugby 7's.

It was a high level of play, very fast and eciting. I think the US played well and came close to surprising many.  Fiji winning was great for them and think sport has the dpeth to continue being an event for Olympics to come.  I do wonder if it catche son if League or Union may someday join the Olympics as well.

eww, not League. Besides, if that were there you might as well hand the medal to Australia without even playing the games

Not sure about Union. Don't really like major sports like that which have their own huge events being at the Olympics. I suppose it might be interesting if they did it like the Olympic football and restricted it to under 23s or something.



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Augen said:
mjk45 said:

So what where your thoughts on the Rugby 7's.

It was a high level of play, very fast and eciting. I think the US played well and came close to surprising many.  Fiji winning was great for them and think sport has the dpeth to continue being an event for Olympics to come.  I do wonder if it catche son if League or Union may someday join the Olympics as well.

I think 7's is probably the ideal rugby format for the Olympics with it's 10 minute halves and quick play on playing style, also in it's favour is it is a cross over sport , an example of that being the Australian womens gold medal team that was built pretty much from scratch for these games, with players coming from a variety of sports like touch , netball, soccer.



Brazilian Thiago Braz da Silva just won the gold medal in pole vault with new OR of 6.03m, beating world record holder Renaud Lavillenie. Congrats.

The Brazilian audience of this event was not the fairest one I've ever seen. Lavillenie would agree with me.


Bahamian sprinter Shaunae Miller won the 400 meters, beating Allyson Felix. Congrats.