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    This is how to get your olympian to perform...

    ..send them to labor camp if they lose.

    http://news.yahoo.com/north-koreas-k...opstories.html
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    That's harsh, but they're not quite in Uday Hussien territory yet: after a bad intl. performance, he once locked up a team of very tall Iraqi volleyballers in a room too small to sit down in...with a five-foot ceiling. Until the blood vessels in their legs exploded.

    (allegedly, of course: I wasn't there)
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    You have to admit though... shining supreme commander has a nice ring to it.

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    How bout the Chinese? Want your Olympian to perform? Don't tell her her grandparents died a year ago and her mom has cancer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HokieRider View Post
    How bout the Chinese? Want your Olympian to perform? Don't tell her her grandparents died a year ago and her mom has cancer.
    And then the announcers dismiss this as a "cultural difference" that we blockheaded American's simply can't understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erj549 View Post
    And then the announcers dismiss this as a "cultural difference" that we blockheaded American's simply can't understand.
    Yeah, we don't understand sending your 6 year old away to diving camp for the rest of her life. What's wrong with us?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HokieRider View Post
    Yeah, we don't understand sending your 6 year old away to diving camp for the rest of her life. What's wrong with us?
    Their devotion to success in the Olympics was to show the world that China was capable and powerful. Instead they just make me shake my head every four years and think, "We're better than you are".

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    thats crazy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ibashii View Post
    That's harsh, but they're not quite in Uday Hussien territory yet: after a bad intl. performance, he once locked up a team of very tall Iraqi volleyballers in a room too small to sit down in...with a five-foot ceiling. Until the blood vessels in their legs exploded.

    (allegedly, of course: I wasn't there)

    All it would take for me would be the threat of peanut butter or an egg sandwich, I'd be speeding past Bolt like he was running with his pants round his ankles.

    Seriously though, why invite NK to the Olympics at all? They want isolation, give them isolation. I feel sorry for these automatons that are sent to perform solely for the glory of a megalomaniac dynastic despot, and the chance to enjoy a lifestyle denied to their countrymen as a result of that despotism.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AIE View Post
    Their devotion to success in the Olympics was to show the world that China was capable and powerful. Instead they just make me shake my head every four years and think, "We're better than you are".
    This sort of thing was going in China long before they were interested in the Olympics, and still goes on today in many domaines not related to Olympic performance. Like it or not, it is indeed a cultural difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ibashii View Post
    This sort of thing was going in China long before they were interested in the Olympics, and still goes on today in many domaines not related to Olympic performance. Like it or not, it is indeed a cultural difference.
    I'd concur. It's customary for Japanese athletes to apologise in front of the cameras to the folks back home for their failure to win golds, especially in sports such as judo where they are expected to win by default. A few of my Japanese friends have said this places too much of a burden on the athletes, the result being they under-perform. In a 'shame' culture such as Japan's there is different criteria by which success or failure is judged. East Asian cultures also privilege the group over the individual, individual success means 'group' success, likewise failure means the shame has to be shared by the group. Result: failure on an international stage like the Olympics reflects directly and tangibly on the nation's self image.
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    Quote Originally Posted by black_box View Post
    You have to admit though... shining supreme commander has a nice ring to it.
    It certainly does! I think I'll see if my wife will start calling me that.

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    yes, I imagine

    Quote Originally Posted by sir duke View Post
    I'd concur. It's customary for Japanese athletes to apologise in front of the cameras to the folks back home for their failure to win golds, especially in sports such as judo where they are expected to win by default. A few of my Japanese friends have said this places too much of a burden on the athletes, the result being they under-perform. In a 'shame' culture such as Japan's there is different criteria by which success or failure is judged. East Asian cultures also privilege the group over the individual, individual success means 'group' success, likewise failure means the shame has to be shared by the group. Result: failure on an international stage like the Olympics reflects directly and tangibly on the nation's self image.
    the cultural pressure cracks a lot of them. sad.

    did you watch the 100 meter final, the Japanese runner was better out of the blocks than any of them
    he lead for about the first 30 meters
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    Quote Originally Posted by atpjunkie View Post
    the cultural pressure cracks a lot of them. sad.

    did you watch the 100 meter final, the Japanese runner was better out of the blocks than any of them
    he lead for about the first 30 meters
    I didn't see the final (it went off at nearly 5.00am local time). I wasn't aware any Japanese runner had made the final (maybe it was the qualifiers), if a Japanese man had led the field over the first 30 metres you can bet the while nation would be talking about it. There have been a few pretty good Japanese sprinters over the years, they often make a good showing in the sprint relays.
    Actually Bolt was as good as competing on home soil, with the number of people of Jamaican descent in the UK, especially in the London area, the stadium was awash with green and gold. I'd probably have been one of them, my father is Jamaican. Not that I'm biased.
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    yes it was the semis I think

    Quote Originally Posted by sir duke View Post
    I didn't see the final (it went off at nearly 5.00am local time). I wasn't aware any Japanese runner had made the final (maybe it was the qualifiers), if a Japanese man had led the field over the first 30 metres you can bet the while nation would be talking about it. There have been a few pretty good Japanese sprinters over the years, they often make a good showing in the sprint relays.
    Actually Bolt was as good as competing on home soil, with the number of people of Jamaican descent in the UK, especially in the London area, the stadium was awash with green and gold. I'd probably have been one of them, my father is Jamaican. Not that I'm biased.
    was a great start

    yes, London is full of Jamaicans, which explains so many great British Reggae groups
    one nation, under surveillance with liberty and justice for few

    still not figgering on biggering

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