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    I thought I'd start this for any general olympics discussion, the opening ceremony etc etc...

    Is anyone on here going to it?

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    Like I said in the other thread, anyone who has a chance to see any of the events, even to stand by the road and watch the marathon or the cycling, get out there and do it! It's the greatest experience hosting the Olympics, so embrace it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by faithanne View Post
    Like I said in the other thread, anyone who has a chance to see any of the events, even to stand by the road and watch the marathon or the cycling, get out there and do it! It's the greatest experience hosting the Olympics, so embrace it.
    I have to say I'm finding it really difficult getting into the spirit. I live in the outskirts of Greater London and we had the torch go through near my office earlier in the week. Couldn't get excited, but I guess I'm thinking more about any disruptions/crowded places, etc. Think I'll try and watch some rowing/cycling though - don't think I have much choice, they cycle down the route I walk to work
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    ^I was watching the news, can't remember which station. But they were interviewing local people saying that they are not really excited because of the crowds.

    I have not been in the Olympic spirit since the US Women's gymnastics, Magnificent Seven in 1996. I am excited now! I will watch gymnastics (rhythmic too), track & field, and swimming. Woo-hoo!
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    Get this - at a soccer match between North Korea and I forget who, the jumbo tron showed the flag for South Korea by mistake. North Korea was pissed and I guess they left the field for about an hour or so in protest.

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    I cannot wait! Don't worry, you will end up catching the Olympic bug. This is a first class chance to experince the even to a lifetime, you who live there.
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    ^ Aw, Mcjag. I wish you could be here for it too.

    Angelais- Haha, I know, what a clanger that was!

    The Daily Mail seem to be on a mission to write something negative about the Olympics every day. Blah. But I shouldn't be surprised at that.

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    Mitt Romney does the impossible: Gets Brits to stop moaning and start cheering about Olympics
    By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, July 27, 1:42 PM

    LONDON — Mitt Romney may be just what the London Olympics needed.

    In little more than 24 hours in London, the U.S. presidential candidate has gotten Britons to stop complaining about bumper-to-bumper traffic, cringing about cost overruns and fretting about shoddy security — and instead start taking pride in their country’s long-awaited day in the sun.

    From Prime Minister David Cameron to ordinary Londoners rushing to work, Britons recoiled at the visiting American’s suggestion that the logistical problems encountered so far were “disconcerting.” Many who have themselves been slamming organizers as incompetent, and the massive competition as an expensive fiasco, are suddenly rallying around the flag.

    “Mitt the Twit” screamed Friday’s headline in The Sun, which just days ago was trumpeting an embarrassing incident in which an official bus carrying the U.S. team from Heathrow airport got lost and spent hours in traffic.

    “Who invited party-pooper Romney?” asked the Daily Mail.

    “Nowhere Man” declared the more reserved Times of London, a reference to a biting comment by the famously diplomatic Cameron, who implied that Romney lacked the experience to offer advice to one of the world’s great capitals since the Olympics he helped organize in Salt Lake City, Utah, took place “in the middle of nowhere.”

    “We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world. Of course, it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere,” Cameron said.

    Colorful London Mayor Boris Johnson also got in on the act, using Romney’s criticism as a rallying cry to stoke up a crowd of tens of thousands gathered at Hyde Park on Thursday night: “There’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know if we are ready. Are we ready? Yes, we are!”

    Residents learned of Romney’s comments from friends, television and social media. And the fact the Republican presidential candidate spent hours trying to dial back his dig with more positive statements seemed to win him little favor.

    “What would he know?” asked Londoner Liudmila Troshina, wearing a Team Great Britain jersey and posing for pictures along with her husband in Piccadilly Circus. “I don’t really care what people from other countries think about us because I take my information firsthand — from people who live here.”

    “No matter what some man said, we are prepared ... to support our country, our city and our sportsmen with everything we have,” she added.

    Those sentiments are a quick about-face from the weeks of moaning many Britons have engaged in prior to the games, which begin with the opening ceremony Friday night.

    For months, the nation has been awash in complaints — from taxi drivers angry over special traffic lanes for Olympics VIPS, to slack-jawed travelers staring down long lines at immigration, to commuters apoplectic about being asked to rethink their journey to avoid the crush of Olympic tourists, to residents alarmed that surface-to-air missiles have been placed on their roofs to fight terrorism.

    Even the heavens have come in for a browbeating, with the Times of London publishing an editorial recently demanding an end to weeks of rain.

    “It is a British sport,” Labour lawmaker David Winnick told The Associated Press on Friday. “We always complain.”

    He should know.

    One of the iconic images of London’s troubles was Winnick’s cutting exchange with the head of the G4S security group earlier this month after the company failed to provide enough Olympics workers, forcing the British military to step in.

    “It’s a humiliating shambles for the country, isn’t it?” Winnick demanded of Nick Buckles after the CEO offered a groveling mea culpa on live TV, repeating the charge until Buckles could not deny that it was.

    But even Winnick winced when he heard what Romney had to say.

    “These are internal matters that would be well dealt with under our own democratic system,” he said. “There is a feeling, and I’m sure it applies in the United States, that ... families can quarrel bitterly in private, but should anyone from the outside have a go, the family is united. In other words: ‘Mind your own business.’”

    Mitt Romney does the impossible: Gets Brits to stop moaning and start cheering about Olympics - The Washington Post
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    Silly old fool. How dare he? Large uproar here,too. On Nightly News. Shot himself in the foot.

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    I was a complete nut for the last two Olympics. I was unemployed for a couple of months when the Beijing Olympics were going on and I watched religiously, every sport, at all hours day and night. I have very positive memories of that and so I get a little giddy around Olympic time. If they could add curling, snowboarding, and bobsledding to the summer Olympics, I swear I'd take then entire few weeks off work and just turn into a complete vegetable in front of the tv.
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    i love the track and field events and of course womens gymnastics.

    i'm more of a Winter Olympics type of gal
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    I'm looking forward to the opening ceremonies, I love seeing all the athletes walk in and seeing how many were sent by each country. I always think it's sweet when you see a country only sent a handful of athletes, or maybe even just one. You know chances are they are not going to get a medal, but they are damn proud to be there and will give it their all.

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    Found this on Facebook. Sounded like a drinking game this crowd would be eager to embrace.....

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    I totally have to print that out. Better call into work. I'm going to be smashed for the next few weeks.
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    A Gold Medal-Worthy Drink for the 2012 Summer Olympics

    Friday July 27, 2012 02:40 PM EDT


    Olympic Torch drink
    Courtesy TY KU

    Sadly, there's no Olympic event for serving up some serious cocktails.

    But as you cheer on your favorite swimmers, gymnasts and other all-star athletes at the 2012 Summer Olympics, which kick off in London Friday with the highly anticipated opening ceremony, here's a gold medal-worthy swill worth rooting for.

    Olympic Torch

    Courtesy of TY KU.
    Warning: This recipe calls for an open flame, so proceed with caution.
    • 2 oz. sake
    • 1 oz. coffee-flavored liqueur
    • 1.5 oz. cream
    • 1 oz. dark rum
    • Cinnamon, to taste

    Shake and strain sake and liqueur into a martini glass. Over bar spoon, pour cream to float on top. Over cream, float the rum. Light the rum with a match, and as the flame burns, sprinkle some cinnamon onto the flame. Clap hands over the flame to put the flame out. Stir and serve.
    Summer Olympics 2012, Cocktails to Celebrate the Opening Ceremonies : People.com

    That thing sounds like it'd make a damn fine accelerant.
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