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  1. Was that during the era when, IIRC, you had to pay 100CF in cash to file an appeal and you'd have team delegation members waving around fistfulls of bills toward the official in charge of appeals? The optics of that were ... not good to say the least.
  2. I'm disappointed but not surprised to hear that Aleksandra Soldátova retired last year when she could not get back on track after being treated for bulimia. (And am still not sure what to think about the 'kitchen knife accident' that seemed to set her on the path to recovery) https://olympics.com/en/news/aleksandra-soldatova-opens-up-about-bulimia-struggles
  3. My DVR started to pick up rhythmic a few years back (it's set to record anything with the keyword 'gymnastics') and I'm kind of able to tell the difference between very good an excellent at this point. I actually kind of dig the Russian influence because apparently in Russia there is no middle ground between high culture ballerina and tacky as heck and I dig the extra level of WTF? you get from the music and costuming as the women do amazing things with their bodies. I mean I'm working my way through the qualifiers now and the Bulgarian gymnast did a perfectly lovely performance t
  4. Two Belarusian officials sent home over their role in the Tsimanouskaya events- https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1111310/belarus-tsimanouskaya-ioc-president-bach
  5. I discovered that Sanya Richard-Ross has a workout series on my smart treadmill (same one that Michael Phelps is selling to US viewers). She's actually better than she is doing sports broadcasting because she's got a lot of interesting things to say about how to make it as an elite athlete couple and how she wants her son to be healthy and active but she's definitely not going to push him to be just like Mommy or Daddy in their realms. Also a good mike drop moment where she had a post-game field pass when her husband was playing in the Superbowl- shortly before the game ends, you report
  6. Racewalking remains on the Olympic schedule for 2024 but it's changed from 50K to 20K for both men and women.
  7. Evan Dunfee is a big reason why Russia remains banned from global track and field even as its rehabilited itself in other sports. Around 2015 his old blog was posting about how Russian racewalkers were still competing domestically while they were supposed to be suspended for doping violations and posted a bunch of links to pictures and race results that proved it. The Russians pulled the pictures and results down, did a little photoshopping and reposted to the site, claiming that it was archive footage from 2012 and therefore the athletes in question were competing pre-ban. The pro
  8. Japan Airlines complains to the Australian Olympic Committee about Aussies behaving badly https://loyaltylobby.com/2021/08/04/japan-airlines-complains-to-australian-olympic-committee-after-athletes-stole-alcohol-from-the-galley-got-severely-drunk-vomited-in-the-toilet/
  9. If they can get clean exchanges, which is admittedly always a big if in the 4x100, there's no one else who has the speed in that relay to beat Jamaica so SAFP has a high probability for gold in that one.
  10. I feel sorry for the employees at the Australian quarantine hotel where their rugby team ends up upon returning to the country. Apparently there was drunken destructive revelry from that team in both Olympic village and flight home after they finished play.
  11. Unpopular opinion- the overly dramatic shoulders of Vanessa Ferrari were highly annoying during her floor routine. She just kept flinging them everywhere and anywhere in an attempt to show 'artistry'.
  12. Erriyon Knight is very interesting for the 200M final- he's performed far beyond expectations and has nothing to lose. So might as well just try something crazy and see what happens. Los Angeles would be when a lot of male sprinters like him are in their peak years. Speaking of peak performance years, we could have a literal decade of Athing Mu vs. Keely Hodgkinson at the top of the 800M ranks if both stay relatively healthy and engaged and that would be a heck of a friendly rivalry.
  13. I'm a sucker for Chevy's cat that thinks he's a dog ad
  14. He was a 58.1 from a flying start in the relay. The usual conversion on that is about a 58.7 flat start. Given that he's gone 58.0/58.1 fro ma flat start earlier, his relay swim was indeed in that 'sucking less' realm compared to how badly it could have gone rather than swimming up to known ability.
  15. Her partner (and presumably any children) have checked in safe in Ukraine on the way to Poland. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-58052144
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