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Old 07-28-08, 12:12 AM   #1
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Olympic politics and keirin.

Just read this today but might be old news by now. If not, someone might find it interesting.

"A BBC investigation has raised concerns that a sport may have bought its way into the Olympic Games.

Documents given to the BBC suggest that $3m (1.5m) was paid by organisers of a Japanese cycling event to the UCI - the world cycling body."


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7525072.stm
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Old 07-28-08, 01:36 AM   #2
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Zero coverage of this on Japanese news websites - surprise, surprise
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Old 07-28-08, 02:36 AM   #3
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China bought the Olympics, and somehow people think that Japan's paying to get a single sport admitted to the games is somehow big news? At least it is a real sport as opposed to freestyle skiing and snowboarding, and, for God's sake, synchronized swimming...
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China bought the Olympics, and somehow people think that Japan's paying to get a single sport admitted to the games is somehow big news? At least it is a real sport as opposed to freestyle skiing and snowboarding, and, for God's sake, synchronized swimming...
hey now, i don't snowboard, but i have mad respect for snowboarders...i could understand synchronized swimming (still, holding your breath for so long, you gotta be nuts...), but it takes lots of training, a decent amount of muscle (think of the torque required to rotate your body 3-4 times before you hit the ground) and straight-up balls to do snowboarding.
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China bought the Olympics, and somehow people think that Japan's paying to get a single sport admitted to the games is somehow big news? At least it is a real sport as opposed to freestyle skiing and snowboarding, and, for God's sake, synchronized swimming...
Hating on snowboarding, skiing and even synch swimming shows your ignorance on a large scale.

It makes you no better than anyone watching keirin and saying, "what the **** is that? You just pedal hard."

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Old 07-28-08, 07:08 AM   #6
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I think we can all agree on how ridiculous 'Curling' is in the olympics.
Keirin is much more respectable.

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That is how buisness is conducted in the Olympics. Money buys anything you want from the Olympic commitee.
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Keirin is much more respectable.
Prick! Those people are the penultimate in athleticism! Just look at those uni-abs!
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I think we can all agree on how ridiculous 'Curling' is in the olympics.
Keirin is much more respectable.

Curling rules. It's such a ridiculous sport that I love watching it. I wonder if those "brooms" are all high-tech made out of carbon.
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Zero coverage of this on Japanese news websites - surprise, surprise
I dont think its Japan....its just no one cares about track racing in the olympics anywhere.
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people dont care about any event in the olympics anywhere, anymore.
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I think we can all agree on how ridiculous 'Curling' is in the olympics.
Keirin is much more respectable.
Curling, much like the Internets, is serious business...
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Curling rules. It's such a ridiculous sport that I love watching it. I wonder if those "brooms" are all high-tech made out of carbon.
yes note the little computer on the broom.
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nah..that's his iPod pumping out Pantera.
Curling guys are tough *******s.
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China bought the Olympics, and somehow people think that Japan's paying to get a single sport admitted to the games is somehow big news? At least it is a real sport as opposed to freestyle skiing and snowboarding, and, for God's sake, synchronized swimming...
Tell ya what, if you ever make your way out to Colorado you look me up and I'll take you out snowboarding and then you can talk about what is a real sport and what isn't. But hey, that's just like, your opinion man. Ha. Seriously, waist deep powder is where it's at.
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