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Re: Olympic Discussion Thread

Postby Yoda » Sat Aug 23, 2008 9:32 pm

Call me Usain
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Re: Olympic Discussion Thread

Postby dclark0699 » Sat Aug 23, 2008 11:14 pm

Need some Ultimate Frisbee Olympic matches.
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Re: Olympic Discussion Thread

Postby Omaha Red Sox » Sun Aug 24, 2008 12:38 am

Have to mention Bryan Clay and his gold in the Decathlon. I've always loved this competition to determine the "World's Greatest Athlete".

Beijing 2008: DECATHLON: Clay dominates for gold medal
Victory is first for U.S. since 1996

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Bryan Clay brought the Olympic decathlon title back to the United States, and it wasn’t even close.

“We’ve got the ‘world’s greatest athlete’ now,” he said.

Clay finished the 10-discipline competition with 8,791 points on Friday, just 100 off Dan O’Brien’s American record and a whopping 240 ahead of the silver medalist. It was the most one-sided decathlon triumph since the 1972 Munich Games.

Clay joins the likes of Bruce Jenner and Jim Thorpe as Olympic champions in an event that an American has won 12 times in 22 Olympics but only twice since 1976.

The event no longer grabs the headlines back home. Case in point: Clay’s triumph came just minutes before Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell led Jamaica to a world record in the 400-meter relay. When their news conference started, all but a handful of reporters left Clay.

“I hope the Wheaties box and all those types of things happen,” he said. “I’d love for this to be a spark for the decathlon and bring it back to the forefront of track and field.”

Clay took the lead from the start Thursday, then widened it through most of Friday’s second day, a wire-to-wire triumph his opponents could only admire. He was no worse than third in seven of the disciplines, including an Olympic-best 167 feet, 5 inches (53.79 meters) in the discus.

“Bryan Clay is king now,” said Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic, the world record holder and 2007 world champion who finished sixth, “and I was before. It was just about me giving him the crown for the next four years.”

Clay led by a nearly insurmountable 479 points going into the final event. It was the 1,500 meters, and Clay was so exhausted he could manage little more than a trot around the track in 5 minutes, 6.59 seconds.

When it was over, Clay sat on the track, then plopped on his back, chest heaving. Four years after settling for silver in Athens, Clay had wrested the decathlon title from Sebrle. He barely had the energy to celebrate.

Andrei Krauchanka of Belarus won the silver, Leonel Suarez of Cuba the bronze.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Clay is the first American to win the decathlon since O’Brien at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
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Re: Olympic Discussion Thread

Postby mweir145 » Sun Aug 24, 2008 2:23 am

That ping-pong match was intense.
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Re: Olympic Discussion Thread

Postby mweir145 » Sun Aug 24, 2008 2:25 am

RocketsDWM wrote:Is the bball game really on at 2:30 this morning on the east coast? :-t

I'd rather it be now, then at 10:30AM. I hate getting up in the morning on the weekends.
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Re: Olympic Discussion Thread

Postby mweir145 » Sun Aug 24, 2008 2:56 am

NBA on NBC theme brings back memories.
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Re: Olympic Discussion Thread

Postby jlm53089 » Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:12 am

I cant believe I am staying up this late for basketball :-S
But it is for my country... ;-D
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Re: Olympic Discussion Thread

Postby mweir145 » Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:21 am

Calderon would have definitely helped Spain today...but I'm not sure it would have been enough. Kobe just took it over in the 4th, awesomeness.
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