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Old 08-01-12, 09:31 AM   #1
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No Spoiler here

But a rather good cyclist from a country that seems now to have an enlivened enthusiasm for bicycling has just won a race.

Many people are feeling very cheerful about this.

As am I, as I and my weekend warrior friends used that route and know every twist, turn and manhole cover on it.

Mind you, he's off for drug testing after doing it, whereas my gang usually went for omelettes, toast, espresso and prosecco.

We needed the sustenance, 'cos we took 3 times as long
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I have a lot of time for the British cycling team in the Olympics. I watched an interview with Wiggins last night and he is such a down-to-earth person who is not afraid to discuss the warty side of things. Good on him for every single one of his successes on the track, on the road and in the GTs.

I also watched a fascinating doco on Victoria Pendleton. The woman is an absolute machine who has overcome some extraordinary bad administrative and management decisions within British Cycling. and I sincerely hope she whips Anna Meares' bogan butt as her swansong to the sport (written as a true-blue Aussie who's had a gutful of the behaviour and arrogance of his nation's athletes).
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Old 08-01-12, 02:34 PM   #3
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I watched the TT today and could not believe how many were out watching the race. I know it is one of the "Free" events but most of the route was 5 deep at the least and did not see one patch without crowds of spectators.
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Should be included in here as Wobbly may not Get the Tabloid Newspapers in Bahrain. The Sun this morning had cutout Sideburns for you to wear when the TT was on- just so you could look like Wiggins.

And the best headline I saw today was a take on the Chant of "Here we go-here we go-here we go"

It was "Here Wiggo-Here Wiggo- Here Wiggo"

Britain has gone cycling mad--Just hope we can keep the roll going with the track Cycling.--And Mountain biking and BMX--But a very good chance with the mens Triathlon.
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A great performance by a very likeable guy. Even NBC gave it 30 seconds or so before returning us to our nightly dose of synchronized diving.
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Old 08-02-12, 06:25 AM   #6
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Actually, NBC showed a couple of hours of live coverage of that event. Also, if you were awake, the women's TT was carried live and Kristin Armstrong brought home the gold once again for the USA. No complaints from me about the amount of cycling coverage in this year's Olympics.
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Ahhh... but can you be sure it was live, after the debacle over the Opening Ceremony and NBC carrying details of medal wins and other events before they had even been "run" on their "live" telecast.
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Actually, NBC showed a couple of hours of live coverage of that event. Also, if you were awake, the women's TT was carried live and Kristin Armstrong brought home the gold once again for the USA. No complaints from me about the amount of cycling coverage in this year's Olympics.
I can only watch the prime time broadcast, which for 5 straight nights has been synchronized diving, beach volleyball followed by US gymnastics and US swimming. Other events and competitors barely rate a mention.

Seriously, how many synchronized divers are there in the world? Surely they've all won a medal by now.
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Watched both races on the live stream. I am a Direct TV subscriber so it is a free service for us. Great racing, glad to see Kristen and Wiggo do the Gold Run for the US and UK/GB.

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Connell, you need a DVR like TiVo.
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Actually, NBC showed a couple of hours of live coverage of that event. Also, if you were awake, the women's TT was carried live and Kristin Armstrong brought home the gold once again for the USA. No complaints from me about the amount of cycling coverage in this year's Olympics.
Is there a way of knowing exactly when individual sports will be aired? I'd Tivo some of the stuff that's aired during the wee hours but I don't want to have to fast forward through hours of archery, dressage and women's field hockey to find basketball or cycling events.
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Connell, you need a DVR like TiVo.
Yep, I probably do. Thing is, I don't really watch that much TV in the first place so other than the occasional event like the Euro championships and the World Cup, there's little on that I care if I miss.

It's good that the other events are on multiple channels or online during the day. But as NBC only broadcast the Olympics on one channel in the evening, it would be nice if they would let us see something other than the same 4 sports* all evening every evening.

* Not that synchronized diving is a sport.
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Go to the NBC Sports website, they have a schedule page(s) showing what and when. I printed it out for our home.
Here is the link to NBC's regular listings:http://www.nbcolympics.com/tv-listings/index.html

And the daily showings on the live feed for NBC sports:http://www.nbcolympics.com/results-s...8-02/list.html

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Yep, I probably do. Thing is, I don't really watch that much TV in the first place so other than the occasional event like the Euro championships and the World Cup, there's little on that I care if I miss.

It's good that the other events are on multiple channels or online during the day. But as NBC only broadcast the Olympics on one channel in the evening, it would be nice if they would let us see something other than the same 4 sports* all evening every evening.

* Not that synchronized diving is a sport.
First, I'm guessing you don't have Cable, Fios, or Satellite(Direct TV/Dish TV). I have Cable(Cox) and there are 5 channels for NBC coverage of the Olympics--6 channels if you include the 3D coverage.

Second, I did some swimming and diving as a youth, and believe me, dives alone are tough enough--doing them in sync with another diver, much tougher.

Last, rhythmic gymnastics(the ribbon/stick/ball) is what I call not a sport. I'm not even sure about the trampoline stuff either.

To each his/her own.
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I have been trying to locate this information but does any know 1) when the mountain biking events are on and 2) if they will be shown on TV?

I was thinking of scheduling some time off from work to watch...
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First, I'm guessing you don't have Cable, Fios, or Satellite(Direct TV/Dish TV). I have Cable(Cox) and there are 5 channels for NBC coverage of the Olympics--6 channels if you include the 3D coverage.
But those channels only have coverage during the day when I'm at work and what I don't have is a way to record them. In the evening we get one channel and so far, it has been the same 4 sports every night.

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Oh, I'm not disputing the difficulty - just whether it's worthy of prime time television for 5 consecutive nights. Synchronized cycling would be tough but I wouldn't want to watch that either.

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No argument there.
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I have been trying to locate this information but does any know 1) when the mountain biking events are on and 2) if they will be shown on TV?

I was thinking of scheduling some time off from work to watch...
Here's the full schedule Pam. Mountain biking is today, tomorrow and Saturday. These are UK times so just do the math.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/olympics/...hedule-results

Can't tell you when or where they'll be televised in your area though.
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It's too easy to be contemptuous of sports in which we aren't interested. Rhythmic gymnastics must take gifts and dedication. Trampolinists must share many of the qualities of the divers and gymnasts. Asking "what is a sport?" is as useless as asking "what is art?" Personally I am prepared to admire anyone with the talent and persistence to become excellent at anything. If I don't enjoy watching them, that is my problem, not theirs.
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It's too easy to be contemptuous of sports in which we aren't interested.
I suspect my posts are coming across as a bit more serious than they were intended.

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True enough but then, so do lots of things in life. It doesn't necessarily make them compelling to watch.

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Agreed. However the Olympics gave us a pretty good measure with the motto "Stronger, faster, higher." Sadly, (IMO) too much of it now is "Best, in the opinion of people who know about these things."

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One of the things I used to like about the Olympics was the opportunity to see sports I wouldn't normally follow. During the last winter games for example, I really got into the curling. Yeah, yeah, I know.

This time though, all I've seen so far is Synchronized Diving - Beach Volleyball - Gymnastics and Swimming as these are the only sports being covered in the evening. After 5 consecutive nights of this, I'm just frustrated that NBC won't show us anything else.

Yes, I know the other sports are on during the day, and I could shell out for Tivo or a DVR but I'm too big a tightwad for that as I'll seldom use them once the Olympics are done.

There are a lot of exciting events going on right now - I'd like to see some of them.
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No mountain biking today. Women's XC on Saturday 8/11. Men's XC on Sunday 8/12. There are several track cycling events today through Tuesday.

http://www.nbcolympics.com/cycling/r...les/index.html

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