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Olympics - Summer 2016 - Rio
ATokyo's going to have one heck of a job topping Rio as the city who produced the Olympic ceremonies with the best music ever.

Bring on the J-Pop and Taiko Drums.
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ASpeaking of, dunno if I'm proud or annoyed that they never used Duran Duran in the ceremonies.
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A[quote name="Judas Booth" url="/community/t/155716/olympics-summer-2016-rio/240#post_4124540"]As to stars of the games, the following come to mind:
Usain Bolt
Michael Phelps
Simone Biles
Mo Farah
Kohei Uchimura
The Brazilian men's soccer/futbol team (their gold medal is just awesome)

And we definitely have a lot of potential rock stars for Tokyo in 2020.
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Ledecky, man. Ledecky.
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I'm going to add Canada's Penny Olekisiak and Andre De Grasse to that list. Oleksiak is 16 years old, and won four medals (a gold, silver, and two bronze medals in swimming). De Grasse is 21, and won three (a bronze in the 100, silver in the 200, and bronze in the relay). With Usain Bolt retiring, I'm expecting De Grasse be the dominant runner in the next games.

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De Grasse is absolutely going to be the dominant runner going forward.

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The amazing thing is, he only started running the past five years. He originally wanted to play basketball, but his high school cut the program. When a friend who was going to run in a local track meet asked him to watch, De Grasse decided to join him. Wearing basketball shorts and sneakers, he didn't know how to use the starting blocks, so he took a standing position. Ended up running the race in 10.9 seconds. The rest is history.

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The amazing thing is, he only started running the past five years. He originally wanted to play basketball, but his high school cut the program. When a friend who was going to run in a local track meet asked him to watch, De Grasse decided to join him. Wearing basketball shorts and sneakers, he didn't know how to use the starting blocks, so he took a standing position. Ended up running the race in 10.9 seconds. The rest is history.



it's awesome when you randomly discover that you're amazing at something.  My cousin, an IT director, decided that he felt like drawing about 10 years ago.  Just out of the blue, he felt like sketching.  Turned out that he had a knack for it and developed it. He's now doing commissioned murals for the Kansas City Royals among other things.



I always hope that that moment will happen to me.  Unfortunately, I'll probably end up digging a ditch somewhere and find out that THAT is my calling in life.

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it's awesome when you randomly discover that you're amazing at something.  My cousin, an IT director, decided that he felt like drawing about 10 years ago.  Just out of the blue, he felt like sketching.  Turned out that he had a knack for it and developed it. He's now doing commissioned murals for the Kansas City Royals among other things.



I always hope that that moment will happen to me.  Unfortunately, I'll probably end up digging a ditch somewhere and find out that THAT is my calling in life.


Well, the world needs ditch diggers too.

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AKatinka Hosszu owned that pool.

Girl didn't just take home 3 gold medals and one sliver, she WRECKED World Records to become the overall most successful individual swimmer in Rio 2016.

And, shockingly, she's not even from New Zealand.
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Katinka Hosszu owned that pool.

Girl didn't just take home 3 gold medals and one sliver, she WRECKED World Records and was the overall most successful individual swimmer in Rio 2016.

And, shockingly, she's not even from New Zealand.


Yep, she was absolutely another hero (heroine) of this Olympic games.  I got tired of watching her husband/coach get all puffed up on the side of the pool (and the commentators giving him the 'cedit' for her success was simply ludicrous and shameful), but she was a rock star.

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(and the commentators giving him the 'cedit' for her success was simply ludicrous and shameful)



They're not really crediting the husband, just the doping program he put her on. Can't come right out and say it, of course.

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ASo, Russia dopes on an industrial scale. Not sure what will come of this, but it shows how much of a farce the modern Olympics has become, even if there are amazing individual moments.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/d...red-doping
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7 months later:  http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/its-been-just-7-months-since-the-rio-olympics-and-this-is-what-the-venues-look-like-now/ar-BByypf7?li=BBnb7Kz



Wow.

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APredictable. Nobody wins the 100m at the age of 35 without a little 'help':

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/...embroiled/
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That pleases me greatly.



No way Usain deserved to go out with a bronze.

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Well shit.

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AThe article doesn't state or prove that Gatlin took drugs but, well, you know..he's been banned twice before.
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And also: anyone with working eyes could tell you the guy was doped to the gills.



Dude looked like one of the Evil American players in Shaolin Soccer.

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i wasn't sure where else to put this, but sex idiot Ryan Lochte has pretty much ensured that he won't compete in the 2020 Olympics after getting a 14-month suspension after posting a pic of him taking an IV full of "vitamins" on Instagram - https://deadspin.com/ryan-lochte-suspend...1827804304

Good grief, Ryan.
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