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The Beijing Olympics
Member Name: raypdaley182
The Beijing Olympics
Advantages: The worlds best compete for the ultimate prize
Disadvantages: Drugs scandals
4 years has come and gone and we've seen another Olympic Games. I always like to think the country with the best competitors will win the most medals but that's not always the case with the very real influence of drugs in modern sporting events.
This year its being held in China amongst problems with Pollution (expect to see lots of it despite the Governments best efforts to reduce vehicle emissions by actually banning traffic!), political protests (expect to see none of them unless you live in the West as all tv in China is censored by their overly protective Government) and hopefully a good Games in the spirit of fair play so hopefully little or no drugs issues as we've had in previous Olympics.
I'll be supporting all the competitors for Great Britain but as far as track & field goes everyone gets my support as I'm a former participant in most of the disciplines myself. As a former athlete from my RAF days I understand how much training it takes to become an Olympian.
I can relate to all the running events (having tried everything from 60m to marathon) including hurdling, and almost all the field events having tried everything apart from Hammer (I just wasn't strong enough) & Pole Vault (It just looked too dangerous!) so I can speak from the experience of having taken part in those events exactly how hard they are and how much they take out of you physically.
Obviously The Games aren't just about Track & Field, you can enjoy swimming, diving, gymnastics, sailing, rowing, archery, shooting, riding, cycling and a whole lot more which is why The Olympics takes place over 17 days. Every country sends its best and unless there are upsets then the best of the best will be the ones to triumph.
Expect to see lots of medals for the USA, Russia, Australia & China (for USA, Russia & China mainly because they have hundreds of competitors which always puts them in with a better chance. Australia for things like Swimming & Diving where they always perform well. USA hold lots of track & field records so they always do well due to the collegiate training system).
On the track in distance events the honours will most likely go to the African Nations (Ethiopia, Morocco, Tazania) as their athletes are the record holders there. Gymnastic honours generally go to China or Russia due to them starting their gymnasts very young indeed.
Not all events are so clear cut so lots of the other events are open for any country to win. The Games isn't all about the winners and the medals. Its best stories are so often about those just taking part from countries you've probably never heard of with populations that are smaller than the number of people who attended your local school.
You don't have to win to be an Olympian, you just have to be able to give it the best of your ability like Eddie The Eel, a swimmer from the last Games. Cheer for your fellow countrymen & women. Applaud & appreciate those breaking World & Olympic Records. But the people who should really get your support are those small countries (who might only comprise of 1 athlete) but the ultimate honour in sport is to wear the colours of your country in an Olympic Games.
Sport brings us together to settle our differences on the field, The Olympics was created in that ideal for warriors to maintain their peak fitness levels without the need for wars or battles.
So watch The Games in the spirit they were created, in peace and in brotherhood. Appreciate the endeavors of your fellow human beings, that way everyone can be a winner. Through sport we can be united in peace and fellowship.
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