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ThatsMyBarack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 09:44 AM
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Michael Phelps, Michael Phelps, Michael Phelps, Michael Phelps, Michael Phelps, and Michael Phelps!
Lately the Olympics are all about him. I'm happy for all the well-earned medals he's winning every single night, but I fear what they'll do to his ego. :yoiks:
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 09:46 AM
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1. It just bugs me that the spectacular performance of the Chinese gymnasts is getting no play.....
.... No offense to Michael Phelps, but believe it or not, some Americans want to hear about more than just U.S. athletes.
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Bicoastal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 09:49 AM
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2. But the Chinese gymnasts are really really YOUNG....
...and everyone knows all Chinese kids are experts at gymnastics, then lose these skills as they get older--like baby teeth.
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alcibiades_mystery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 10:22 AM
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11. I never knew we had so many people with expertise in specialized diet for
Chinese adolescents until the US lost the team event. Then, suddenly, it became clear that this board was populated MOSTLY by experts in Asian adolescent development under specific diet regimes. It's amazing. And here I thought most people on this board were in some kind of non-scientific professions, with little to no experience estimating the ages of various adolescent girls who have been trained and fed specific diets for the purpose of maintaining particular size parameters. I was wrong! There are at least 600 members of this site who appear to have that specific sort of training, and aren't just spouting bullshit out of their embarrassing jingoistic asses! Remarkable!

;-)
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Sanctified Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 10:58 AM
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15. I asked my wife how old she thought the girls were last night.
And she guessed 16-18 without knowing the controversy or what age you have to be to be a Gymnast in the Olympics. She grew up in Japan and when I met her she looked like she was 16 even though she was 25.
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MillieJo Donating Member (147 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 01:56 PM
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35. The Japanese Team Gymnastics team also look very young..
It is body type, extreme training and diet, they will grow when it stops, just like female swimmers get breast when they retire from swimming.
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theboss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 11:43 AM
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23. I have pants older than some of those girls
If that first chick on the uneven bars was a day over 12, I'm Lebron James.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 09:50 AM
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3. I think the number of world records in the pool
makes a farce of the swimming this time. The advanced technology used in the pool and the NASA high tech swimming gear has really changed swimming for ever.

What this means is that unless other countries rebuild their pools, these records will remain for ages. There were six or seven WRs in swimming last night.
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Occam Bandage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 10:18 AM
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10. World records generally fall left and right in every Olympics.
There are constant advances in training, in equipment, and in the size of the pool of Olympic hopefuls.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 10:46 AM
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13. There were seven swimming WRs in Athens
We've already had 14 here and swimming isn't finished yet.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 09:57 AM
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4. I watched some of their male gymnasts the other night
and they were pure poetry. Some of ours are no slouches, either.

All they showed were the US and Chinese performances. Surely there are other countries on the planet and surely some of their gymnasts accomplished equally good routines, but you'd never know it.
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ThatsMyBarack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 09:58 AM
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5. I hated not seeing those....
Guess I'll have to look them up on the Internets.
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MillieJo Donating Member (147 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 02:06 PM
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36. One of the benefits not winning to many medals is we do
get full coverage of competition in most sports.
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 10:12 AM
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8. They really kicked ass on womens' synchronized diving
The Americans, Australians, etc. just couldn't get in sync.
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 09:59 AM
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6. i actually thought this was going to be the return of
the "Olympics as a preview of the coming NBA season" angle -- but then i remembered NBC doesn't have the NBA contract anymore
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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 10:11 AM
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7. Well, normally I'm as grumpy and contrarian as anybody when
there's too much fawning and hype going on over somebody, but his achievement is pretty spectacular. Hard to say the attention isn't justified in this case.
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flor-de-jasmim Donating Member (260 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 10:16 AM
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9. Yes, when you consider how long Mark Spitz' record has lasted.
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 10:25 AM
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12. Michael Phelps is amazing
and the most fun is watching him win the gold medals with his teammates- he really appreciates their part in his success- and they appreciate his part in theirs. I think he's terrific and I love watching his mom too.
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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 10:57 AM
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14. I'm a convert now. Phelps is the REAL DEAL.
I thought it was all hype, but I was WRONG. Phelps is the real deal.

By the way, in an unusual bit of irony, did you know his dad's name really is FRED? Not the same guy, of course ...

Bake
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ThatsMyBarack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 11:00 AM
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16. Just wait....
His ego will be blown right through the roof. He'll yet another alpha-male millionaire with a Barbie-doll wife before too long. :grr:

So what else is new? :eyes:
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 11:21 AM
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18. Way to jump the gun there.
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Growler Donating Member (896 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 12:25 PM
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27. Lucky bastard....
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Dreamer Tatum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 12:30 PM
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31. You mean like all the swimming stars before him?
Please. This is his 15 days of fame. Three months from now, he will be a pleasant and distant memory.

Swimmers don't stay famous.
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 01:01 PM
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34. He has stayed famous since the last Olympics.
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PVnRT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 02:08 PM
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37. Because he keeps breaking records and winning
When he retires, he's going to become a Trivial Pursuit answer.
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 02:41 PM
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40. Maybe, maybe not!
Even so, not too shabby!
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npincus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 11:01 AM
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17. I don't mind if Tiger Woods gets bumped off his pedestal
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JustABozoOnThisBus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 11:23 AM
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19. I don't think he'll turn into Carl Lewis
though maybe he's earned some bragging rights.

I just hope he doesn't get caught by some as-yet-unknown drug test.

:thumbsup:
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 11:26 AM
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20. He has already passed him on gold medals.
He is today's Carl Lewis.
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JustABozoOnThisBus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 11:30 AM
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22. Yeah, but he hasn't caught Carl Lewis ...
in egomania. Not yet.
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theboss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 11:45 AM
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25. Carl's insanity was at least fun
He released albums for God's sake.

In Europe.

He was like a fast black Hasslehoff.
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Growler Donating Member (896 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 12:26 PM
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28. !
:rofl:
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theboss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 12:41 PM
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32. I was going to say a fast, black, gay Hasslehoff
But I think part of that was implied.
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 11:27 AM
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21. Funny, I think he's getting less coverage than in Athens
I think the coverage seems more subdued with Ian Thorpe out. They don't seem to be pushing any sort of blood rivalry angle this time around.
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 11:45 AM
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24. I just hope that he doesn't forget that two of those medals
Edited on Wed Aug-13-08 11:46 AM by rocknation
are courtesy of a pair of ass-kicking relay swimmers who weren't him.

Yep, we need a real hero who's an alternative to Obama--McCain can't do it, so the MSM is obviously giving Phelps the job.

:headbang:
rocknation
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 01:01 PM
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33. Why would he forget that?
He hasn't come across as an ass or anything.
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Baclava Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 12:08 PM
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26. I just can't stand that he's a Ravens fan
The Ratbirds suck.

Go Steelers!
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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 12:26 PM
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29. who????????
:shrug:
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 12:28 PM
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30. He deserves all the accolades that he receives
Edited on Wed Aug-13-08 12:28 PM by underpants
we are witnessing an unfathomable individual performance.
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 02:10 PM
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38. why are you making the leap that he'll be an egomanical asshole? I think you're being totally
unfair.
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Ezlivin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 02:27 PM
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39. He's so damned fast he can swim a lap and not get wet
Michael Phelps helps dolphins when they get in trouble.


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