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Jul 31 2012

XXX Olympiad- Day 7

So Saturday

Catch up guys, now we’re talking about this stuff-

A Five-Ring Opening Circus, Weirdly and Unabashedly British

By SARAH LYALL, The New York Times

Published: July 27, 2012

As is the case almost every Olympics, much of the speculation around it centered on how Britain could possibly surpass the previous summer host, China. In 2008, Beijing used its awe-inspiring opening extravaganza to proclaim in no uncertain terms that it was here, it was rich, and the world better get used to it.



That the Olympics come at a time of deep economic malaise, with Britain teetering on the edge of a double-dip recession, the government cutting billions of dollars from public spending, and Europe lurching from crisis to crisis, made the scene a bit surreal, even defiant in the face of so much adversity.



In The Guardian, the columnist Marina Hyde said government officials appeared to be rashly depending on the Olympics, which cost an estimated £9.3 billion (or $14.6 billion), to save the country’s struggling economy virtually single-handedly.

Referring to a British track-and-field star, Ms. Hyde wrote that according to the government’s thinking, “Jessica Ennis winning gold is no longer merely a sporting aspiration but something that would cause a massive and immediate recalibration of the balance of payments.”

Ok, maybe not that, how about this-

NBC fail shows network’s commitment to ‘the last great buggy-whip Olympics’

Heidi Moore, The Guardian

Monday 30 July 2012

I am using anti-internet-censorship technology of the kind that is favored by political dissidents trying to connect with the outside world against the wishes of oppressive regimes.

Normally, the Olympics would not require the kind of computer-address-scrambling technology used by revolutionaries, hackers and child pornographers – but good luck trying to get at live events any other way if you happen to live on US soil.



In response to the complaints, NBC stated its intentions publicly: to herd Olympics viewers into exclusively primetime viewership of the games. There was no sleight of hand in NBC’s admission: it was completely open.



It is absolutely extraordinary that smart viewers are frustrated with NBC’s coverage and flaunting their use of proxy services to watch the BBC. It is not piracy – the proxy services are legal, and the BBC has broadcast rights too – but the fact that tech CEOs, journalists and others are sharing tips about how to avoid a major network is a sign that the network is missing a crucial turning point in responding to what audiences want from Olympics coverage.

Why should they respond to what the people want when all the other elites don’t give a rat’s ass?  Personally I favor direct action-

South Korean fencer in protest after controversial Olympic defeat

Press Association, The Guardian

Monday 30 July 2012

The 25-year-old thought she was through to the final of the women’s épée when, to her horror and that of her coach, Shim Jaesung, the clock was reset from zero to one second. The score was 5-5 at the time, but that would have been good enough for her under the rule where one fencer is awarded “priority” when a contest goes into sudden death. When the action resumed the German Britta Heidemann, gold medallist four years ago, scored a do-or-die hit that eventually put her in the final against Ukraine’s Yana Shemyakana.

The Korean coach furiously launched an appeal against the decision that had allowed the fight to continue and it was nearly half an hour before it was announced to the crowd – slow-hand clapping by this stage – that Heidemann’s win stood. Shin … remained on the piste. The bronze medal match and the final both had to be put back while the row went on, but almost 75 minutes later Shin was led off.



Shin said: “I think it’s unfair. The one second was over – I should have won. The hour was really difficult, but I thought if I got a yellow card [for leaving the piste] I might not be able to fight for bronze. I’m very sorry for the spectators. They spent a lot of money and I just don’t understand how this could have happened.”

Broadcast Schedule

Time Network Sport Competitors
7 am Bravo Tennis (Men’s and Women’s Singles second round, Doubles quarterfinals) all
8 am Vs. Men’s Water Polo HUN v MNE
9 am MS Table Tennis (women’s quarterfinals) elimination
9 am Vs. Equestrian (Individual Jumping) all
9:30 am MS Women’s Football CAN v SWE
10 am NBC Canoe/Kayak (Whitewater C-1) (Medal) all
10:30 am NBC Swimming (Men’s 4x200m Free Relay, 100m Free, 200m Breast, Women’s 200m Fly) all
10:30 am Vs. Men’s Beach Volleyball BRA v SUI
11 am NBC Rowing (Men’s and Women’s Single Sculls quarterfinals, Men’s Double Sculls and Lightweight 4 semifinals) all
11 am Vs. Women’s Beach Volleyball BRA v GER
11 am MS Badminton (Men’s qualifying)
11:30 am NBC Men’s Volleyball USA v GER
noon Vs. Women’s Football USA v PRK
noon MS Women’s Football FRA v COL
1:30 pm NBC Swimming (4 events) all
2 pm Vs. Boxing (Fly and Welterweights) elimination
2 pm MS Women’s Field Hockey USA v ARG
2 pm NBC Rowing (9 events, Quarter and semifinals) all
2:30 pm NBC Men’s Water Polo USA v ROU
3 pm Vs. Men’s Basketball FRA v ARG
3:30 pm MS Women’s Football GBR v BRA
4 pm NBC Men’s Beach Volleyball USA v ESP
4:30 pm MS Table Tennis (Women’s Semifinal)
4:30 pm Vs. Shooting (Medal) all
5 pm MS Archery (Men’s) all
5 pm Vs. Men’s Basketball TUN v USA
5 pm CNBC Boxing (Fly and Welterweights) elimination
5:30 pm MS Weightlifting (Men’s and Women’s) (Medal) all
7 pm Vs. Men’s Volleyball BRA v RUS
8 pm NBC Prime Time (Women’s Gymnastics, Diving, Swimming (Men’s 200m Fly)) (Medal)
12:30 am NBC Late Night (Swimming (Men’s 200m Breast, Women’s 200m Fly Semifinals), Women’s Beach Volleyball (Quarterfinal)) USA
1:30 am NBC Prime Time repeat
3 am CNBC Boxing (Repeats) elimination
4 am Vs. Men’s Field Hockey ESP v AUS
5 am Vs. Women’s Volleyball DOM v JPN

All this is sourced through the NBC Olympics broadcast schedule.  Competition starts again at 6 am tomorrow.  

Competitions designated by (Medal) will award winners that day.  ‘all’ means not specified.  Sometimes NBC especially does mashups and doesn’t include event or competitor information.  Elimination means no round robin, one and done.

These schedules are a place for you to make sure you don’t miss a sport you like and share your observations.  Have fun today!

Dancing Horsies

One thing I got to see yesterday was the Cross Country part of the Team Overall Equestrian event.  Men and Women, no discrimination (except by money) Zara Phillips (Elizabeth’s grand daughter) was part of the UK Team and put in a respectable performance.  It was fun to watch, like riding through a miniature golf course and there were lots of crashes for you Turn Left fans.  Today they finish with Jumping so no Dancing Horsies.

Ok, maybe some.

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