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Fuseblower
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If you lived in or anywhere near London, and tried to get tickets, you'd regard that as almost an Olympic event in itself! After a staggering amount of effort, we got into a beach volleyball session, and also some synchronised swimming. And it cost a fortune, even for the cheap seats. Two of us, per event, about $200 Canadian, to a first approximation. It was good though, and we've also managed to score some tickets to the Paralympic opening ceremony in a couple of week's time.

As for the Canadians in the synchronised swimming - well I think they were robbed, and that they should have got the bronze. I didn't rate the Chinese as highly, but it was hard to fault the Russians and Spanish, I have to say. So look on the bright side - you did way better than our team in that!

Nick Sandman
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Yeah I know how you feel.. the Aussie athletes are copping it this Olympics because they're not winning enough gold medals - particularly in the swimming as we normally do so well.

Personally I take the view that until I've gone and competed with the worlds top athletes and beaten them all I'll just maintain a nice healthy respect for anybody talented enough to even compete at the games... this attitude where if you don't win gold you may as well have not gone just astounds me. If I competed in any world championship and placed in the top 10 I'd be pretty damn happy myself..

Ronald Riehn
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73 countries got medals this year. A number of countries recieved their first -ever- olympic medals. Lots of dynasties were broken, as were a number of records. The 'Games this year were downright amazing, and with record low numbers of serious injuries.

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icebladeAskante
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I know the feeling of trying to justify. we have a smaller population and it never stops raining so our athletes have it as hard. we did manage to get one gold so we were soo excited, but I had to laugh at a friend who studies physics to a chart on how Ireland ranked on medals based on population levels.

People should really focus on celebrating the individual success and not the countries. what these people have done is amazing. Like the Ariel ad here says, its not the colours you come home with, but the colours you arrive in!

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sleadley
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I love modelling and the engineers I know love models. One of the better predictive models I've seen (see http://faculty1.coloradocollege.edu/~djohnson/Olympic.html) uses only a few key variables: income per capita, population, host nation advantage and a "cultural specific" fudge factor. The fudge factor corrects for nations that have a history of over- or under-performing predictions based solely on economic factors. That's where the weather comes in (:-). Using those factors, the model predicted 4 gold medals and 17 total medals for Canada in both Bejing 2008 and London 2012. The actual results were 3 gold medals and 18 total medals in Bejing and 1 gold medal and 18 total medals in London. I think this means that unless Canada spawns the next Michael Phelps or has an explosion of per capita income (we can dream, right?), there should be 16-18 Canadian medalists per Summer Olympics for the foreseeable future.

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sleadley
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I know a bunch of Olympians through fencing. Only two of them have Olympic medals, but all of them are amazing athletes and interesting people. If you just count medals instead of watching the athletes and enjoying the speed and control and power they embody, you're missing the whole point of the Olympics. If you identify with an athlete and their effort is transcendent, it can be glorious. If you identify with an athlete and they come up short, it's painful. But sort of a beautiful pain, because they laid it all on the line. I was bummed the whole day after Seth Kelsey lost the bronze medal bout in overtime to the South Korean fencer. But the winning touch, in the last 20 seconds of overtime, by the South Korean was risky and precise. It was agonizing and inspiring to watch and re-watch.

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