I noticed that. Plus an Austrian swimmer was "disqualified" from a race for a technical error he seemed to have reasonably disputed. As usual the USA and China dominate....
. . . and not too many for Australia. The Poms (English) and Kiwi's (New Zealand) are having a field day with jokes about Aussies.
GB doing great so far. And NZ doing fairly well too (dare I say it, better than Australia)!
Sorry SirGaw - half wrote my reply and then didn't press "send" for twenty minutes - by which tim eyou'd written your bit.
The only jokes I've seen about Aussie are about the Oz media. No jokes about athletes. Well as for Austria, I bet they do well in the winter olympics where my country, NZ, wins very few medals.
Yes, same with the UK...we don't usually do the Winter Olympics sports particularly well. I've not come across any jokes at all about Australian athletes.
As usual, none for India, the country with the second largest population in the world. Truly, I'm so very ashamed. But if there was a medal for number of officials accompanying the 'athletes', we'd win - each time!!
Yes, do take heart Dan as Austria shines at the Winter games. Your turn is just two years away! :O) And IMHO, it's quite an achievement to even have qualified to participate!
India's won a bronze and a silver in the shooting, Anil...so you can take heart too. :-)
Norway usually does well in the winter games, but now we've only got one silver and one bronze
Jane, gold is gold! Noboby knows the runners-up, just the winner.
Austria needs to get sports invoving mountains, such as mountain climbing, rock climbing or canyoneering into the games.
Denmark looked really crap until yesterday, but now the medals are coming. First gold today was won in rowing and we got one silver thee aswell. Then we had one bronze in badminton so far and we have at least a silver more coming there as we have to guys in the mens dounle final. And we got a silver in shooting. And one danish sailor is racing for gold right now and he will get at least bronze even if he drops out, so that is another medal. And the dansih mens handball team is looking very good at the moment and will probaply gtet some kinda medal.
Lots and lots of folks under many flags doing a superb job. I do admit to being especially happy for our U.S. women though. Women's sports/competitors so often take the back page to major league football, basketball, baseball, etc. That 14 of the 22 U.S. golds, and 23 of the total 45 medals were taken by women (so far) is a fun thing to see. You GO, Girls!
I have always wonderd why India got very few medals, but i have noticed this time that they are doing much better than usual and have many athletes competing. I was also reading the other day that they have opened many new training facilities for the atheletes so they can prepare themselves better for the olympics and i think we will see India take off with a lot of medals at the next olympics.
.....andf Iceland doing very well, capturing one aluminum medal and two tin and one copper medal in in Berserking......oh, wait, that was not the Olympics, I read it wrong.......d:o/
I have two vt friends who are both girls, both malaysians and both resonably good snowboarders and i am trying to comvince them that they should go for the winter olympics as Malaysia have still never had a single person competing in the winter olympics. even if they did not do very well then i think that both Farha and Deepa could become quite popular at home if they represented their country for the first time ever in the olympics.
One little interesting note is that Qatar has so far won one bronze medal and this is a guy with a few talents as Nasser Al-Attiyah also won the Dakar rally in 2011.
Oklahoma has definately captured the gold medal in heatstroke. Gawd, this scorching hot weather is getting the best of me. When will it ever let up?
I have been meeting a ,mexican backpacker several times over the past two weeks in a few malaysian towns and when we first met he told me that Mexico would most likley not pick up a single medal as they usually don't do well in the olympics, but they have so far picked up 3 silver and one bronze and they just qualified for the semi final in football, so they are having quite a good olympics too.
Claus, A woman from the Phillipines that I used to know in New York tried to do just that a few years ago. Here is a link to her webpage that gives her story: http://www.firstfilipina.com/index.html There are a number of qualifications involved, including entering and posting respectable times and placements in snowboarding World Cup events.
Canada is doing OK me thinks ,about what peeps were hoping for . My Motto is May the best athletes win and make it fair for everyone . NO tolerance for any cheating in any way . And I think that it is going very well so far ,very exciting to watch . Highs and Lows for many athletes . It is great to see the worlds best compete and I wish them all the best of Luck Hansi
Mikelisaanna: The olympic commite is very keen on getting as many nations as possible to compete and therefor they allow nations that can not qualify to bring in a competitor or two just to be part of it. I really think this would more be in the hands of the malaysian olympic commite if they were to send any athletes. When i wantced the preliminaries the other day i saw some women who took over 15 seconds to run a 100 meter, but they are in it, so that their country can feel part of the olympics even if they have noone who is good enough to qualify.
And Erik: Iceland is heading for medals in handball after beating France yesterday. Starts to look like a semifinal between Iceland and Denmark.
Nohit? I am so ashamed for not paying attention. We have not even been in the runnin' since Petur Rognvaldson also known as Peter Ronson, caught silver back in (mumblegrumble). You know, - the guy that played the Icelandic guide in the James Mason/Pat friggin' Boone flick Journey to the Center of the Earth. Thanks for the heads up compadre......d:o)
Promise me you'll buck up, oops! wrong thread ;-)
The womens marathon is on at the moment - wondering if they could re-route the race through Harrods Department store. I wonder who would stop at which sales counter - LOL
Kiwi girl got 15th! woohoo, gutsy effort by all those girls :-))
There is still no medal for Malaysia. But we are still hoping to get a Gold or Silver for Badminton. Now playing Malaysia -Lee Chong Wei vs China - Lin Dan. Lee Chong Wei is from Bukit Mertajam, the place I'm staying now. Good Luck, Lee CHong Wei. ;-)))