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Old 08-16-2004, 04:37 AM   #1
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Default Welcome to the Two Thousand Snore Olympics

Games chiefs ready to give away tickets
By Paul Hayward in Athens
(Filed: 16/08/2004)


The Olympics came home to Greece at the weekend but nobody was in. Three days into the 28th modern Olympiad, officials in Athens are under pressure from the International Olympic Committee to paper the city with free tickets if necessary to solve the growing crisis of low turn-outs.



Broadcasters cringed as television audiences around the world saw tennis, weightlifting, hockey and gymnastics played out in half-empty stadiums.

Even last night's main attraction - the clash of the two young Titans of the pool, Ian Thorpe and Michael Phelps - failed to sell out as Athenians declined to buy into the rhetoric of the great Olympic homecoming.

Many have supported a more modern Greek tradition by fleeing to the holiday islands.

The organisers will open 35 new ticket booths in an attempt to bring sales of 2.9 million closer to the target of five million.

Even those stellar tennis names Andy Roddick and Venus Williams failed to draw a throng to their first-round matches. "As we move on, the figure will be much, much higher," a spokesman claimed. "We are very pleased with our ticket sales."

The Greek triumph in beating tight construction deadlines had already taken a battering.

The withdrawal of Kostas Kenteris and Ekaterini Thanou, the stars of the home team, following their failure to attend a mandatory drugs test, is bound to exacerbate the problem of Greek indifference.

This dark and mysterious episode is turning into one of the biggest Olympics scandals.

Claiming to have fallen off a motorbike as they rushed back to the Olympic village to take the missed tests, Kenteris and Thanou were detained in hospital over the weekend.

Then they were scratched from next week's sprints on the orders of the Greek Olympic Committee. Hospital officials insisted that the sprinters were not well enough to attend an IOC disciplinary hearing today.

In modern Olympic history the passion and packed stadiums of Sydney four years ago may come to be seen as an exception.

In Seoul in 1988 the Koreans were instructed to fill the vast gaps in the stands with schoolchildren and soldiers in civilian clothes.

In America, NBC said television ratings for Friday's opening ceremony were 11 per cent down on Sydney.

Though the British are the world's leading sports tourists, there is unlikely to be a late influx of UK spectators.

Team GB made an inauspicious start. There was a silver medal for the synchronised diving pair Peter Waterfield and Leon Taylor, but Nicole Cooke finished fifth in yesterday's cycling road race. Tim Henman was knocked out of the tennis in straight sets.

Poor attendances aside, the opening weekend added fresh material to the compendium of outlandish Olympics tales. A convicted child killer whose inclusion in the New Zealand boxing squad caused uproar at home took a beating in the ring.

The defeat of Soulan Pownceby, who was found guilty nine years ago of causing the death of his five-month-old daughter, went unlamented by most Kiwis.

A weightlifter from the Baghdad slum district of Sadr City, where local militias launch rocket attacks on American forces, continued the rehabilitation of Iraqi sport in the 56kg class.

A Kenyan rower - the country's first - finished more than a minute behind in his sculls heat.

Though not quite Eric "the Eel", the swimmer who looked in danger of drowning in the Olympic pool four years ago, Ibrahim Githaiga looked a somewhat lost and lonely pioneer.

If any one contest can spark these Games into life, it is tonight's 200 metres freestyle final involving Thorpe, Phelps and the reigning champion, Holland's Pieter van den Hoogenband. It should be a classic, and may even sell out.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.../ixportal.html

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Old 08-16-2004, 07:15 AM   #2
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Swimming is going to be pretty ugly for attendence from other nations. When you consider the fact that the US and Australia utterly dominate international swimming and between them usually clean up 90% of the medals I guess it's hard to show interest if you're not from these two countries.

Cycling seems to have crowds as do a few other sports but yeah attendence is shitty in general.

I remember having front row seats at the Sydney Olympics. One of the events I was at was the women's marathon and man, there's nothing like 120,000 people (full house) in one stadium all screaming in unison. The cheering was going from the moment the winner entered until the last competitor finished, it was amazing.
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Old 08-16-2004, 10:41 AM   #3
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Australians love sports. I can't say the same about Greeks...

Or did the ali babas scare everyone away?
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Old 08-17-2004, 04:01 AM   #4
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Well Thorpe won the 200m freestyle, but.....
The 21-year-old from Sydney, who has size 17 feet and stands 6ft 5in tall, is on the verge of setting an Olympic record of his own, the first man to hold the 400m, 200m and 100m freestyle titles simultaneously
size 17 feet! Frigging hell - he might as well have flippers on, no wonder he's so fast
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Old 08-17-2004, 04:15 AM   #5
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He wasn't born, he was built at the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport).
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Old 08-17-2004, 04:39 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by Sakkath
Well Thorpe won the 200m freestyle, but.....

size 17 feet! Frigging hell - he might as well have flippers on, no wonder he's so fast

Yeah, but with feet that big, his willy would cause drag.
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wouldn't it act like a surfboard fin? aiding speed and stability in the water
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You guys mean the keel. Read the AIS blueprint. Anyway his super hi-tech space age material (custom fitted) bodysuit eliminates drag...


Puerto Rica played an amazing game of basketball to beat America, saw a montage of the plays and highlights. imho even a movie couldn't choreograph a better winning performance.

Some nice asses in womens volleyball, and beach volleyball...
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Originally Posted by Misty
You guys mean the keel. Read the AIS blueprint. Anyway his super hi-tech space age material (custom fitted) bodysuit eliminates drag...
"Hmmm... an 8 foot pool is the deepest we can get, huh?"


Puerto Rica played an amazing game of basketball to beat America, saw a montage of the plays and highlights. imho even a movie couldn't choreograph a better winning performance.
No "Dream Team" this year... I watched it and it was sad

Some nice asses in womens volleyball, and beach volleyball...
"Breast reduction worked for me!!"
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Old 08-17-2004, 08:41 PM   #11
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(by Paul Newberry, AP Sports writer 16th August, 2004)

"Phelps is the greatest all-around swimmer in the world, and he didn't really need to swim the 200 free at the Olympics. But he knew it was his only chance to face Thorpe in an individual event, so the challenge was issued."
Wow, since when but...

Freestyle is the name of the event, let us not forget at this time that the proper name of the stroke is 'Australian Crawl'. This stroke is the fastest hence it is always preferred, and Phelps has never been the greatest all-round swimmer in the world. Watch Thorpe win the 800m and 1500m next. I don't recall Phelps ever even being in the finishing frame for those.

Rheaton makes a point, the U.S. womens beach volleyball bust size is definately a tad flat. No need for a halter top there, false modesty perhaps. There is certainly nothing there to cover over. I never did check out that team's butts.
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Originally Posted by Misty
Watch Thorpe win the 800m and 1500m next. I don't recall Phelps ever even being in the finishing frame for those.
You're confusing Thorpe with Hackett and Perkins, Thorpe is a short to middle distance swimmer and while he does do the 800m the 1500m isn't his thing, I don't even know if he's in it. Hackett is likely our best bet for the 1500m, he's in the same superhuman league as Keiran Perkins for long distance swimming.

The reason they call Phelps an all-rounder is because he also does other events like butterfly and backstroke. THere's no doubt about it, Phelps is an all round top swimmer, Thorpe is a machine who concentrates on his main event which is freestyle.
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I stand corrected, thnx Zaniel. Apologies to U.S. swim team.
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