Comments for en-gb 30 Fri 22 Aug 2014 00:05:23 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at Ron_Arne_Riise THE_Couch_potatohow can you give dressage ANY credit when compared to real sports such as tennis and football (its not soccer).im not saying its not difficult, but its so boring and its so poncy!why would you want to appear posh and stuck up (emphasis on appear, im not saying it is)also i feel sorry for the horses, they probably feel rather stupid!!whats with the gear the riders wear as well?? Wed 22 Jul 2009 16:25:43 GMT+1 sumofmarc Gordon Farquhar needs to go and check which events Hoy won. He won 3 but non of them were the Individual Pursuit (That was Wiggins) Mon 01 Sep 2008 23:29:55 GMT+1 AdoreSport Highlight - team GB doing the nation proud! that is the certain highlight. also i can't forget about becky Adlington as she was in the words of the commentator ' Absoloutly Brilliant'. I hope she does more events in 2012!!!! also ' the real mcHoy'. I have never seen legs that have ressembled tree trunks so much in my life! Lowlight - Not to be rude to the chinese but there 'overprotection' of these games. 1 Changing the little singer in the opening ceremony2 Closing off the olympic green.... the atmosphere there is what is great about the olympics3 also i read in the daily mail that they evicted an 82 year old woman who was very frail and bulldozed her house. she was sent to prison for protesting!!4 their focus on gold and gold only. It seemed as if all other athletes from china were worthlessAlso some people complaining about us being too successful as we have used money to get us to where we are.RIDICULOUS.Do people want to constantly moan! bask in the success while we have the games having to end as now we have to endure footballers with massive egos and paypackets which aren't earned!after all adlington is only on £12,000 a yearStars - Bolt,Hoy,Adlington,Bekele,ohoroghuAinsle!! the gb cycling team were immense and it is a joy to watch GB smashing the opposition.Tip for 2012- Jason Kenny,Shazne Reade,Adlington and ondon to produce the best Games the world has ever seen!!! Thu 28 Aug 2008 17:26:04 GMT+1 ChineseGill Chinese can not fight here?I am a Chinese ...... Thu 28 Aug 2008 06:28:01 GMT+1 havingfun08 Highlights:All the athletes who competed, whether they won or lost. Some specific instances (since there are too many to mention): the South African who swam the open water with no legs; Lezak coming through in the 4x100; men's gold 10m platform diving finals; Dara Torres; Weightlifter carrying the picture of his wife; opening ceremonies; and the knowledge that we'll have to wait 4 more years for it again! Lowlights:The joy people had from watching the losers ... because of the countries they represented. The fact we can't see it again for another four years.Stars: Phelps the first week, Bolt the second week. Thu 28 Aug 2008 05:18:03 GMT+1 Aaron This post has been Removed Wed 27 Aug 2008 10:44:34 GMT+1 scormus Concening post 103, perhaps Mr. UTD3inarow would like to indicate where he obtained his information about Christine Ohuruogu. If he has no such information I suggest he keeps opinions of this kind to himself. Perhaps he also thinks ALL the Jamaican sprinters are drug cheats too, because that country does not operate an out of competiton drug testing programme. Wed 27 Aug 2008 06:29:17 GMT+1 doug_brammer RE: LOWLIGHT: Reade bottling it 3 times and letting down the entire cycling team.How can you possibly say she bottled it when she clearly was going all out for gold, and would stop at nothing to achieve it, hopefully 2012 will give her the success she deserves............................................I love the attitude everyone now has of being dissappointed with getting the minor medals, its been a while since we've been able to feel this way.Personally, i dont think that any sport where winning the olympic gold medal isn't the highest honour you can achieve shouldn't be an olympic event ie tennis and football. The idea of an under 23 tourny in the football is a good idea, but with domestic leagues starting i dont think peoples hearts are in it.Do we know the sports that are going to be in the 2012 games yet? going to be glad not to get the NZ coverage this year, although the BBC live Olympics online was a fantastic way for Brits abroad to follow! WELL DONE!! Tue 26 Aug 2008 21:52:12 GMT+1 kwinquark1 Lovewilltearusapart, very valid point. That young fellah has been seriously overlooked. Tue 26 Aug 2008 20:30:29 GMT+1 kwinquark1 High - Hungary in the Water Polo, Spain in the Basketball, the UK cycle gang en masse, but too many to mention. You don't have to be a winner to impress.Low - The idiotic blogs inflicted on us by the majority of BBC staff. Many were peurile at best.Tip - It won't get better for the UK in 2012. Tue 26 Aug 2008 20:26:48 GMT+1 steltz Highlight - Men's 10m platform diving, I believe it was the highest score ever! The end of baseballLowlight - Being an Aussie living in the USA I can say the only thing worse than NBC's coverage is Channel 7's (but its very close)Star - The Jamaican sprint team, their energy and charisma are infectious. Stephanie Rice2012 - Rugby 7's!!! Tue 26 Aug 2008 20:09:36 GMT+1 rRytom I was beginningto think that I was the only person (apart from my wife that is) who had bothered to stay up to see the men's marathon. The tremendous gamble of the young Kenyan, Sammy Wanjiru in setting such an awesome pace in sweltering conditions, amazing the BBC commentators on the race and his fellow competitors was one of the true highlights of the games and surely the hardest earned gold medal. And he had to endure the pain for over two hours, not just less than 10 seconds.No comments either by the BBC about the tremendous efforts of the open water swimmers. Tue 26 Aug 2008 19:51:03 GMT+1 hackerjack Have you ever tried Dressage - can you even ride a horse for that matter?---------No but I know those who have and even they admit that is it NOT a sport on it's own. As for unrepresented sports.Bowling, Bowls, Cross Country and Squash all come to mind immediately as sports with no representation that are far more commonly participated in worldwide.Other unrepresented (albeit regional) sports include Rugby, Cricket, Netball and Lacrosse. Tue 26 Aug 2008 19:29:50 GMT+1 lovewilltearusaprt does it show the short-sightedness of the bbc team that all failed to mention the performance of sammy wanjiru?running a 2.06 in conditions not condusive to running a fast mile time let alone 26.2, and in doing so breaking the olympic record by almost three minutes! indeed, conditions so bad that the current world record holder withdrew before the event had even started.add this to the fact that he is just 21, it was 80 degrees!!!! (and he didnt feel the need to celebrate with the chest pumping and subsequent awful dance choregraphy of bolt) and we may have witnessed the birth of a new distance superstar to rival gebreselassie and bekele et al yet not a mention here.thoughts please. Tue 26 Aug 2008 18:12:38 GMT+1 Aaron In response to post 97 being removed, what i should have said was in my opinion Ohuruogu is a drugs cheat, however it is clear that her circumstances are at best suspicous, Chambers received abuse(rightfully) for demeaning athletics... surely missing 3 tests also demeans the doping policy Tue 26 Aug 2008 17:12:34 GMT+1 Briton_not_Brit What I thought was refreshing about the Games was the complete absence of any corporate sponsorship and logos that every event seems to be plastered with these days.Of course, the London handover party had to spoil it with their overt sponsorship! Regretfully, I see this as a sign of things to come in 2012. Tue 26 Aug 2008 17:06:04 GMT+1 QPR12thman Star of the Games, I would take Usain Bolt over Michael Phelps any day of the week.Bolt achieved over and above expectations, and completely obliterated the field in style. He made running look good.Phelps (aka long lost brother of Carlos Tevez) won 5 gold medals, his teammates won 2 and Jason Lezak won the other. His performances, though exceptional, were a tad overstated.Chris Hoy or any other Brit? No, unless you are biased. Tue 26 Aug 2008 15:00:18 GMT+1 Aaron Surely that boy Stiener deserves another medal for his bravery, him on the medal podium was so emotional Tue 26 Aug 2008 14:39:44 GMT+1 typhoon_000 Highlight: I might as well name something else, so I go for weightlifting 85kg men. Where this chinese guy lifted the WR only to findout later that it was disallowed by the judge for unknown reason (the commentator didn't understand). Then he again relifted the same weight on his final attempt.Lowlight: Women quad squll. This can be a highlight for the chinese but is way too sad for me too see. Leading by half a length at about 250 or 300, then got powered through and lost by half a length. It looked very very impossible to say the least.Tip for 2012: Empty seats. I will be disgusted if I went there and fail to get a set only to find out later that there are a whole section empty. I know this is a problem even for Wembley but I hope it can be solved. Tue 26 Aug 2008 14:20:56 GMT+1 The Marvellous Mechanical Mouth Organ The Highs- The Rowing 4- I frightened the children I was shouting at the TV so muchThe Lows- that Bulgarian with the dislocated elbow. Have you seen the pictures-ouch!Hero- Mark Hunter in Lightweight Pair. I man punching above his weight (excuse the pun), but he gave everythingTip for 2012- that Taekwondo boy- Cook. Tue 26 Aug 2008 14:17:04 GMT+1 Aaron This post has been Removed Tue 26 Aug 2008 14:15:17 GMT+1 MikeFay Highlights - Bolt! Other highlights - Chris Hoy - utter dominance, if there were eight sprint track cycling events for men he'd have won them all. Nicole Cooke - the look of relief, triumph and joy on her face when she claimed gold, particularly keen after the disappointment of 2004 (see also Pendleton and Romero)Men's coxless four - by previous standards, a comfortable win as for once we knew they'd won it before the final stroke. Mark Hunter in the men's lightweight double - note to footballers, that's what giving 100% looks like. Michaela Breeze - if there is nobody capable of replacing you, there is honour in competing while injured and doing your best, which she undoubtedly did. And while on the weightlifting, Steiners' final lift, and subsequent celebration - for most athletes, victory means the reward for four years of hard training. For him, it meant *everything*. Lowlights - judges failing under pressure. Why do so many buckle? Commentator - Rob Walker at the yachting. Boundless enthusiasm, no matter what the conditions, made a very hard to televise sport entertaining. How to add medals - I doubt we'll have another runner capable of winning the 100m or 200m in 2012, even if Bolt does decide he'd like to enter events he doesn't already have the world record in for the fun of it (bet he can run 400m faster than the finalists did). So how about telling the GB 100m runners that if they want lottery funding, they'll be expected to practice the relay. A lot. Persuade the IOC to even up the balance of the sexes in more sports - our women do well. Team sprint in women's track cycling (Reade and Pendleton would have gold nailed?), and adding the 1500m freestyle for women could give Adlington a chance for three golds in one games - these also wouldn't add that many competitors to the total. Tue 26 Aug 2008 14:07:20 GMT+1 kapooley Highlights - so many to choose from! Super Saturday shouting at the telly, Usain Bolt destroying the 100m and 200m fields, the huge sense of pride and expectation every time Team GB got on a bike or in a boat.Lowlights - arguably below-par in the Track and Field - the relays were disasterous.And where are our middle-distance medal certs, like in the 80s??Heroes - The Real McHoy and Michael Phelps - you run out of superlatives, don't you... ? And they both understand their responsibility for the profile of their sport as a whole.Tip for 2012 (watchword for the organising committee) - Inclusivity - those stadia should be full all day every day. Tue 26 Aug 2008 13:23:33 GMT+1 aggersforcaptain My high point, Tasha Danvers running her guts out after a horribly unlucky 12 months. My low point, two 70 years old women, one half blind and both walking with sticks being forced to a labour camp for "re education". This was after they applied to protest in a designated protest area about lack of compensation when their homes were demolished. AND NOBODY SAID A WORD! This and the lack of a sense of fun and togetherness for spectators of all countries proves only that China got away with it. Tue 26 Aug 2008 13:20:26 GMT+1 tyke-in-exile Hilites: 16 days of wonderful sport, the happiest sporting days of my 71 years - Team GB's performances, especially the ones in the unsung events like the 10Km swims, modern pentathlon, and so on. Too many individual and team performances from many Countries to mention singly.Lolites: All unsporting behaviour from wherever it came. Fortunately not too much.Special mention for Christine Ohuruogu: so brilliant in her individual event but so disappointing in the relay heat and final. She looked as if she didn't care less. If she didn't want to run or felt tired she should have left her place to Tasha Danvers. Tue 26 Aug 2008 13:12:56 GMT+1 Chelsea-Durham-Allblacks-The best three Michael Phelps what a legend and a fighter, the way he came back to take gold in one of those races shows his true character. All in all one hell of a games Tue 26 Aug 2008 12:51:07 GMT+1 DrRichie Highlight - The first and last golds were my favorites. Nicole Cook and James Degale were both so tense but controlled.Lowlight - Mark Cavendish being dealt a poor hand with Bradley Wiggins in no fit state to challenge for the Madison. Still I guess Cav's still had a pretty good summer.Star - For the competitors it's Usain Bolt. From the BBC it's Rob Walker, who was brilliant with the yatching. Tip for 2012 - The fairytale ending for Paula Radcliffe Tue 26 Aug 2008 12:51:05 GMT+1 ThomCurran Why did no-one mention the mens coxless four, probably the most tense race I've ever watched, or Christine Ohuruogu, a phenomenal performance, triumph in the face of adversity etc. Sure, Hoy and Adlington were great, but these two were the undoubted highlights in terms of entertainment in tension. Tue 26 Aug 2008 12:49:30 GMT+1 shivam_mufc7 It was a good Olympics in Beijing, and London shall have to match that, or infact do even better. There had aslo been some entertaining stuff, like Michael Phelps winning 8 gold's amd he nearly got a silver but by a fingernail he got there. And also Usain Bolt breaking the world record 3 times in the 100M, 200M and in the 4x100 realy. Tue 26 Aug 2008 12:48:47 GMT+1 wheellock Highlight: The velodrome. Its not just the team GB performance, it's the events themselves that completely captivated me.Lows: Reade's fall.Hero: It has to be Michaela Breeze. What spirit!Star: Yes, I'm going for the B-man on this. Not just because of the medals and the records - the man has star and showman written all over him.Funniest moments: BBC having to apologize twice in succession after the sailors' use of the F word, Boris' "ping pong is coming home" speech. Tue 26 Aug 2008 12:36:24 GMT+1 Gules123 This post has been Removed Tue 26 Aug 2008 12:18:40 GMT+1 scormus Highlight: Seeing Nicole Cooke storming up the last hill to win Britain's first gold.Lowlight: equal between Jacques Rogge's killjoy remarks about Usain BoltandChina being denied their magic moment because of Liu's injuryStar of the games: Lightning Bolt that struck three times in the same placeMost touching: the giant German weightlifter breaking down like a baby after winning the super-heavy categoryMost heroic: equal between Paul Radcliffe's determination to finish the marathonand Natalie du Toit competing in the open water swimMost ridiculous: Boris Johnson wielding the Olympic flag like he was Josef Stalin on the gunboat Aurora Verdict: No Olympics are perfect, but these provided tremendous competition, and wonderful moments. China and the choice of venue had many critics, but the Chinese made a massive effort to provide a great games. Tue 26 Aug 2008 12:07:17 GMT+1 martin Nah, tell you what charltonathletic66, let's just drop all the sports I'm not interested in. Tue 26 Aug 2008 11:40:37 GMT+1 charltonathletic66 Highlight: Men's rowing four and the apoplectic fit/ voice breakdown suffered by the commentator. You could tell it mattered to him....I like that!Tell you what, to save argument lets dump Softball, Football, dressage and Tennis.Lowlight was the commentary/pointless drivel which spoiled the of the opening ceremony. There might have been a "no commentary" option if you saw it live, but I had to watch the re-run and had no choice but to listen to the commentary or turn the sound off altogether. It was so bad I chose the latter. I wonder whether the BBC if they put on a performance of Aida, would have those two imbeciles talking over the music to tell us all about Egypt's history and the life of the composer? In the opera they project a few subtitles to help with the plot. Could be an idea there??? Seems that treating the public like idiots is a bit of a habit with the BBC!! Tue 26 Aug 2008 11:31:29 GMT+1 martin HackerjackHave you ever tried Dressage - can you even ride a horse for that matter?No matter, I'm more interested in the sports you feel to be "currently unrepresented". Tue 26 Aug 2008 11:15:51 GMT+1 davser Gordon FarquharDo pay attention? Hoy didn't take part in the individual pursuit, that was Wiggins. Tue 26 Aug 2008 11:03:53 GMT+1 hackerjack Having a go at Softball and Dressage is quite justified if you ask me.Dressage as part of 3-day eventing is fine, but on it's own is as much a a sport as miss world or crufts. It should not be an olympic discipline.Softball meanwhile is redundant now that baseball has been included, it is essentially the same game with a bigger softer ball and underarm pitching.We have too many events that only serve to devalue the meaning of an olympic medal. These two should be dropped for starters, as should a number of events in the swimming (there should only be one freestyle relay and one medley relay, not the current two each).The removal of these could free up space for sports currently unrepresented. Tue 26 Aug 2008 09:43:51 GMT+1 Kathleen_K Highlights: Bolt winnning 100m and the birthday song to Bolt after his winning in 200mLowlights: David Davies splashing water onto a Chinese female volunteer when the latter was trying to do her job for everybody's sake. What a disgrace and demonstration of hooliganlism. Tue 26 Aug 2008 09:27:02 GMT+1 RickRipper Highlight: It has to be Tasha Danvers' bronze in the 400m hurdles. Not only was it totally unexpected, but you could tell how much it meant to her. She's been through a lot, and she's such a nice girl too.Lowlight: Not only seeing Shanaze Reade fall three times, but the way in which she picked up her bike and hobbled towards the line, clearly in pain, it was devastating. The various baton mishaps in the 100m relays were pretty disappointing too, you really felt as if that was two medals lost.Star(s) of 2008: The whole Jamaican sprint team, it was the most commanding domination by a team in a single event since... the British cycling team earlier that week.Tip for 2012: Rebecca Adlington. People seem to forget she's only 19, and she's already won two golds! Michael Phelps' record better watch out. Tue 26 Aug 2008 09:19:22 GMT+1 Hot_Hornet I am not sure people should be so negative about the doping issue - if they have taken anything, surely it will be proven? I would prefer to live the moment of sheer joy at someones success in the belief that it has been achieved with a clean and clear conscience. I can understand peoples views though, as I no longer watch the Tour De France because of the sheer weight of the problem in this sport.There are scientific reasons for certain athletes being 'freaks' - Phelps for example, when tested after races, has been proved to have an extremely low lactic acid build up, which means his muscles don't tighten up so much as others. Well done to everyone who competed with a clean conscience and their well deserved success. Tue 26 Aug 2008 08:57:17 GMT+1 BMACO1981 ICECOLD__00,Given the history of sprinting over the past 20 years I can't understand how anyone can think that the sport is suddenly clean. You're entitled to believe what you want but it doesn't take much cynisism to be highly sceptical. Tue 26 Aug 2008 08:30:18 GMT+1 greathappyharmony Loved Post 60! Very good comments especially in relation to the tension between the pretty face of the Olympics and the reality behind it, particularly with reference to Tibet. (Do they have any sporting facilities in Tibet?)Tip for commentators 2012: take some pressure off Paula Radcliffe and us and concentrate on the British girl who came 6th-what was her name?! Tue 26 Aug 2008 08:03:54 GMT+1 Trevor Mansell Hi-lites: Everything!! Wonderful games, well done Team GB, best ever.Low-lites: Gordon Brown basking in the reflected glory of our returning athletes, when he can't be bothered to pay his respects to the bodies of those servicemen returned to the UK after being killed in action in Afghanistan and Iraq. Tue 26 Aug 2008 06:47:15 GMT+1 notlimah Lowlights: Andy Murray and the Scottish Minister for SportHighlights: almost everything else. Great Games, well done Team GBC'mon London Tue 26 Aug 2008 05:26:12 GMT+1 Aust1900 Highlight:The German weightlifter Matthias Steiner with his "special help from above".Lowlight:The Brits winning more Gold than us after 25 years :) (Well done- fantastic effort)Tip for 2012:London will provide an amazing, friendly, classy, special Olympics and I can't wait! Tue 26 Aug 2008 04:42:20 GMT+1 dunmorehevers Highlight: Boris Johnson on a world stage............need i say more?I have to say as an irishwoman, "well done,Team GB".Bryony Shaw's interview with Rob Walker after she won her medal.i think she encapsulated the feeling perfectly.The BBC for their excellent coverage that kept me goin for the past 16 days.Lowlight: Denis Lynch and Latinus for being disqualified in the showjumping.Lynch and his horse had been the best partnership in world showjumping this year and looked like a really strong medal hope for us in Ireland.Another lowlight is all this talk about a GB football in Britain is put up on a pedestol much higher than that of cycling,rowing,sailing or even swimming.and i realise that football is your national sport but i feel that the olympics is a time for other sports in this country when they get their well deserved "moment in the spotlight" and should not be overshadowed.Bruised Spirit:The biased marking in the boxing,the cuban taekwondo athlete kicking the referee and the swedish wrestler stopming off leaving his medal behind and showing no respect to the other medallists.Star:Phelps,Hoy,Ainslie,Bolt...............and on a personal note the irish boxers!Tip for 2012: After the performances of both the british men and women in the 10km swin,i think the prospects look good.they took home 50% of the medals on offer.Roll on the Paralympic Games and London 2012! Tue 26 Aug 2008 04:30:29 GMT+1 word4word No lowlights for me. My highlights are the whole experience of watching the games, the praise, the criticism, the joy and tears. Do give me more in 2012! Tue 26 Aug 2008 03:00:33 GMT+1 CaribKid69 Some stats for the ignorant who have never heard about Usain Bolt before.Youngest ever World Junior Champ at age 14, Youngest ever Junior world record holder at age 15 and record still stands.Bolt distinguished himself with a 200 m gold medal at the 2002 World Junior Championships, making him the competition's youngest-ever gold medallist. In 2004, at the CARIFTA Games, Bolt became the first junior sprinter to run the 200 m in under 20 seconds with a time of 19.93 s, breaking Roy Martin's world junior record by two-tenths of a second. Bolt also set competition records at a number of other junior events. Tue 26 Aug 2008 00:20:45 GMT+1 dubz2008 Highlights:Australia winning the 4 x 200m freestyle from lane 7Lezak taking the french in the last 10m of the 4 x 100mUsain Bolt causing millions of jaws to dropPhelps doing the impossibleHoy's sprint gold was particularly impressiveOhuruogu - what an effort down the back straight!Steve Hooker winning the pole vault - pure emotion when he went over on his third effortMatthew Mitchams final dive to win the 10mThe Aussie chick who came second in the 110m hurdles - her interview afterwards was the best of the games "did you see? did you see how pumped I was?", classic.Lowlights:Everyone whinging that Phelps is "lucky" to be able to win so many golds because of all the various strokes, whilst ignoring just how bloody hard it is to master one stroke let alone FOUR and then beat world class competitionBMX, softball, baseball, football, table tennis, dressage - none of these are really olympic sports, not any more at least.Women's basketball - so boring it was untrueMen's basketball - with the US fielding a team worth more than most country's olympic budgets it was a formalityThe relays - you really wanted to see the big teams go head to head in a thrillerFootball final - as soon as Argentina scored you knew that in typical south american style they'd play for a 1-0 win, dreary dreary stuff.Have I mentioned dressage yet? Mon 25 Aug 2008 23:58:37 GMT+1 marvellousblueboy My highlights and lowlights relate to the BBC commentary team:Highlights - Adrian Morehouse and the other guy whose name I cant recall (!!)whose joint commentary of the swimming was outstanding. The commentary for the first Adlington gold and the mens 4 x 100 freestyle relay was excellent.Closely followed by Steve Cram who has really excelled behind a microphone. Made the track finals as exciting as they could be with a serious lack of exciting finishes.Honourable mentions to for Chiles, Irvine and Woodhall in the boxing.Lowlights- Gabby Logan. As the majority of the population are at work during the olympics the 7pm show was our only chance to catch up on the days action. Why the bbc put Logan to front this show is beyond me. No passion, totally scripted yet riddled full of mistakes, annoying loud music and poor questioning of guests. She is the female equivalent of Lineker.Not so honourable mentions to Huw Edwards (stick to the news please) and Jonathan Edwards who just seems to have a chip on his shoulder. Mon 25 Aug 2008 22:10:46 GMT+1 TsarNikolai Let's put things in perspective. Although I'm delighted to see the success the British team enjoyed in China, the BBC's saturation coverage of "Team GB" - as is the case every four years - overlooked the fact that 203 other nations happened to be taking part, too.It's this sort of reporting that tends to make this country appear so insular. Let's celebrate the best of sport, irrespective of which passports the competitors are carrying: I hope London 2012 will bear this in mind . . . Mon 25 Aug 2008 22:09:18 GMT+1 stwl Highlights: The sport.Lowlights: People whining incessantly about the incompetence/laziness of athletes who have underperformed for whatever reason, and behaving as though they personally have been let down.Tips for 2012: More of the same. Mon 25 Aug 2008 21:49:52 GMT+1 complianceofficer A truly wonderful effort by team GB competitors and coaches.But just who was the amateur buffoon responsible for risk management that allowed ALL our stars to be put on just one plane to return to Blighty? No sensible commercial enterprise would ever risk putting so many key individuals on the same flight - recent headlines show they do crash very occasionally. I presume the need to penny-pinch is already upon us in order to afford the BOC dream of London 2012 comparing with China's £20bn 2008 staging efforts on barely half that amount (as budgeted to date). Mon 25 Aug 2008 21:46:35 GMT+1 Dermot OLogical Highlights:All Team GB gold medalists.Seeing Emma Pooley giving _absolutely_ _everything_ in the time trial.Emms and Robertson's first round badminoton match.Natasha Danvers and Germane Mason - real achievers without the front.Hazel Irvine's work ethic.BBC free-to-air, ad-free coverage.Lowlights:The Phelps medal cutout in the studio - cringeworthy.Team GB judo.The taekwondo judging - an outdated system in a high-tech world.Star of Beijing:Michaela Breeze - doing the absolute best you can do on the day.Tips for 2012:Lisa DobriskeyGo on, Paula.Trains STILL not running on time. Mon 25 Aug 2008 21:36:48 GMT+1 hnigel18 bn Mon 25 Aug 2008 21:35:16 GMT+1 Richardalex Highlights. The brilliant opening and closing ceremonies, the exciting rowing, archery, diving, cycling and other sports that do not normally attract the spotlight. It was all good.Lowlight. The BBC's commentators who kept talking over events, far to much gabble and the failure of the BBC not to have one single Chinese commentator on their team.Best athletes China's gymnasts and Usain Bolt who generously donated $50,000 of his own money to children who were affected by the earthquake. A true human being.The winners? The Chinese people who came over as kind and warm people The losers, The cynics who said that China was the wrong place to host an Olympic games. Mon 25 Aug 2008 21:34:09 GMT+1 Toby My Highlights: Becky Adlington's golds, Jason Lezak chased down Alain Bernard in the 4x100m freestyle relay, Phelps winning 8 golds and being an absolute legend, Usain Bolts unbelievably 100m, Bolt's even more unbelievable 200m, US mens volleyball winning an unlikely gold for their coach after all he'd been through(see lowlights), US gymnast Shaun Johnson finally winning gold in the final gymnastics event after finishing second 3 times already in Beijing.The BBC's excellent coverage. My lowlights: Martin Rooney showboating in the 4x400m relay semi final lacked class and sportmanship (I was actually glad when we didnt get a medal in the final), Women's rowing quad missing gold was heartbreaking, as was David Davies losing his bearings in the 10KM swim, The stabbing of US volleyball coach mother-in-law and wife in a random attack. Liu Xiang pulling out of the 110m hurdles. NBC's awful coverage - going to commercials in the middle of Adlington's swim, showing nothing but beach volleyball and gymnastics...etcStar of Beijing: Michael Phelps, amazing achievement, amazing guy. He's an absolute star. (honourable mentions to Bolt, Hoy)Tip for 2012: UK to win 24 golds and take 3rd place. Mon 25 Aug 2008 20:21:44 GMT+1 Ladhar_Bheinn Highlights - the German weightlifter holding the photo of his late wife on the podium. Yes sport is good but there are more important things as well.Lowlights(a) China being the hosts - given they have one of the worst human rights record on the planet. Did anyone understand the slogan One World One Dream or was the dream that the world must have been dreaming if they thought giving China the Games would make one iota of difference to their human rights record.(b) Grainger missing gold againStars of Beijing(a) those competitors that took defeat in the Olympic spirit(b) the GB cycling teamTip for 2012(a) it will rain (b) one of the relay teams will drop the baton Mon 25 Aug 2008 19:38:03 GMT+1 DopeyTart Highlights: Seeing the Americans losing out to the Jamaicans in the sprints. Germaine Mason's silver in the high jump. Becky Adlington's two golds.Lowlights: Some pretty suspect judging in the boxing. The heptathlete silver medallist caught again taking performance enhancing drugs. Mark Cavendish being the only cyclist in Team GB not to win a medal of any colour.Star: Bolt - just had to be - awesome fella.Tip for 2012 Germaine Mason, Liam Phillips Mon 25 Aug 2008 19:37:28 GMT+1 ancientscrunty As a cyclist I have to concentrate on what I know a bit about. I don't think it's really possible to comment on the merits of performances in other sports that I have little real knowledge of. Bolt was sensational, by any measure, similar to remembering Bob Beamon's long jump in 1968.It's hard to pick a highlight but I've gone for the men's team pursuit win, with a new world record that takes the event onto a new plane. It's the one event that we've had so many nearlyds over past Olympics so I really felt for the team when they delivered the goods in super-trumps.As for a low light, I was so disappointed for Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish when the madison proved to be an event too far for Wiggo. Chris Hoy is rightly getting all the plaudits but I feel that Wiggins should not be overlooked. Wasn't very impressed with the 4x100m relay team in the Bird's Nest either.One for 2012 - Steven Burke. Mon 25 Aug 2008 19:22:44 GMT+1 mrmichaelh Highlight: Adlington's 400m win..screaming at the TVOhuruogu - pure class and a superb world-class run..technically and tactically a joy to watch..i've watched her since 2005 and i knew then she would be some runner..Commonwealth, World and Olympic ChampionHerbert's commentary on the Coxless 4: "The British are coming..the British are coming!"Lowlight: Watching Radcliffe..seeing a true great having to run on one leg for the last half of the race..knowing that even though she is the world's best, she may never get to prove it on the stage she craves the most..7 marathon wins out of 9 and we all know where her two losses came..geez that's tough..but the fact that she even made it to the startline was a miracle and she is a true inspiration for everyone.I totally echo what post 11 said..whilst watching the medal ceremony for the men's marathon during the closing ceremony, i allowed myself to think..gosh if they flipped the mens and womens marathons around and Radcliffe did the impossible and got what she truly deserved, what a way it would be for us all to show how much we love her and what a way to end your career..Olympic Champion in front of 80,000 home!! Mon 25 Aug 2008 19:02:01 GMT+1 Icecold_00 BMACO1981,Are you going to try and explain why Bolt beating an athletics world record is any different to Phelps smashing a swimming one? They are both amazing athletes and show that physical training and a new swimsuit! Can lead to lower times. Or infact why anyone beating a world record means they are on drugs. Why except other people but not others. As i heard one commentator say, how is it that the richest athletes with the money to use the best drugs get caught, yet those who start out in effectively third world countries must have access to some Super drugs that allow you to grow to 6'5" and are completely undetectable? Oh to be so cynical and negative! I'm surprised u can get out of bed in the morning and face that horrible world out there. Mon 25 Aug 2008 18:46:33 GMT+1 SFD1968 Highlights: Rebecca Adlington's 2 golds (especially the astonished look on her face after the finish of the 400m), Chris Hoy's 3 golds and the way that the swimming, sailing and rowing teams all seemed to make sure that when one individual or a British team was competing, then the rest seemed to be there to spectate and cheer them on. Athletics take note, that's a team.Lowlights, the drug tests (although not on the scale of previous games), and the obvious bias during the women's marathon towards Paula Radcliffe. I appreciate how hard it is to run a marathon, and I appreciate she'd had a stress fracture, but she wasn't fully fit, and to keep harping on about her, when we had an athlete finish in 6th (which on the news programmes merited one line!!) was a disgraceful way to commentate.Heroes: Hoy, Adlington, Bolt, Kerry-Anne Payne and Cassie Patten (anyone who can swim 10km in that time and those conditions deserves to be called a hero)Tips for 2012: Shanaze Reade, Tom Daley, Rebecca Adlington (she'll be even better then)....and crash helmets for Taekwondo judges!! Mon 25 Aug 2008 18:38:45 GMT+1 Leafy2012 Highlights: 1. Rebecca Adlington's 2 gold medals.2. British cycling domination. We whipped everyone.3. Stevenson's bronze in TWD and justice!Lowlights: 1. GB's men and women 100m relay team dropping batons when they had clear medal chances with USA and Jamaica out of the way grrrrrrr. 2. I was crushed when Shanaze Reade crashed in the final, I soooo wanted her to win. Her 'gold or nothing' mentality is inspiring. Love her she'll bounce back. I think people should stop building people up only to see them fall, she's one of the examples. 3. Mark Cavendish being the only GB track team without a medal.Heroes 2008: Usain Bolt, the judge at the TWD event, Tips for 2012: Shanaze Reade, Tom Daley, Aaron Cook Mon 25 Aug 2008 17:54:36 GMT+1 jollygrandsamster Highlights - Michael Johnson's analysis of the athletics - classy and to the point, the women's softball semi final between Japan and the Aussies - 14 innings it took and very absorbing and seeing the lesser nations like Mongolia, Afghanistan and Panama winning a medal of some sort and also seeing the BBC's Steve Parry being mistaken for Michael Phelps Lowlights - the drugs as well as the Swedish wrestler dumping his medal onto the mat plus the Cuban taekwondo guy - whilst I'm on this a mention must be made about some of the scoring in both boxing and taekwondoStar - Bolt, Phelps, Hoy, Adlington and the horses in the men's modern pentathlon during the show jumping stageTips for 2012 - London to produce a great sporting stage for the world Mon 25 Aug 2008 17:46:20 GMT+1 Andyj247 38. At 4:41pm on 25 Aug 2008, damo3265 wrote:I fully accept Phelps.I think he is a freak. Just like I fully accepted our various "super fish". Phelps is a freak because he can world class swim all 4 styles. I hate him but accept his talent.The B-man has come from nowhere as part of team of previously untalented sprinters to win by unprecedented margins.Do we suspect?I would only call into question the manner of his wins. Compare them to his runs a year ago, or two.Look, with some critique, at his style in the final.Then comment.Made me blow beer through my nose!_____________________________Obviously you are a novice to track and field - Bolt was a phenom in jamaica and on the junior scence - Asafa Powell got the headlines, but the jamaicans knew that Bolt was the real deal. There is nothing dodgy about him at all, he is 6'5 and has a longer stride pattern and can move at great speed - you put that together and its near enough unbeatable if he is on form. Not everyone cheats even though it goes on - the top sprinters are tested all the time and Jamaica more than most - Bolt is clean - deal with it. Mon 25 Aug 2008 17:32:38 GMT+1 BMACO1981 Icecold_00,Oh to be so naive and deluded, I think I'd be a much happier individual. Mon 25 Aug 2008 17:14:28 GMT+1 Beevee64 Ooh, I almost forgot about the star of the games. It has to be the competitor in the men's triathlon who came in last, dancing a jig along the home straight, much to the delight of the spectators. It's the taking part that counts right? Mon 25 Aug 2008 17:13:42 GMT+1 Kevvy-Bhoy--The-White-Kanu Bolt in the 100M for me was the highlight.It was one of the few main events I managed to see live and I was blown away, jaw on the floor. Couldn't stop talking about it for days after.Predictions for'll be raining haha Mon 25 Aug 2008 17:13:39 GMT+1 Beevee64 Highlights - Hazel Irvine telling viewers that the last game involving the Brazilian ladies beach volleyball team had been a "close shave" and almost keeping a straight face. Also, anything by the BBC rowing commentator. Unashamedly patriotic and good on him.Lowlights - Just being pipped by the Russians in the medals table for third place but still a mighty great achievement. Tip for 2012. David Davies to go one better in the 10km swimming and win gold. Mon 25 Aug 2008 17:10:19 GMT+1 sweetLondonerUpNorth Highlight Every single athlete out there who gave of their best whether they won a medal or not. Although Louis Smith in the pommel horse was a huge achievement (I coached gymnastics for 10 years) and Christine Ohuruogu winning Gold had me shouting at the TV. Oh and Sarah Stevenson being re-instated in taekwondo. Wish she'd had longer to prepare but at least honesty won through in the end.LowlightShenaze Reave crashing out :( I'd watched the build up program covering her and SO wanted her to get that Gold. The Ukranian being thrown out for another positive drugs test; sadly it makes you question the other one getting a medal. Beth Tweddle only managing fourth.Star of the GamesHoy all the wayTips for 2012I actually fancy Paula Radcliffe to beat the odds and finally sort out the unfinished business on her home turf Mon 25 Aug 2008 16:57:45 GMT+1 Mike Selig Well let's go for some sports which have not been mentioned yet, mainly one suspects because the brits aren't much good at them...Highlights: France winning the Handball, the most talented team of their generation at last (having won all other tournaments) coming good at the big one.IN the same vein Nicole Cooke's gold was a triumph and just reward.Also Britta Heideman winning the Epee in the fencing, silencing the (many) critics who had called her a poor world champion.Lowlights:The refereeing in the fencing, in particular in the sabre (foil was okish) was... well worse, way worse than in the boxing for example. I turned off half-way through the men's sabre as it was a laughing stock.China. The games should never have been there, and then everything was done to stop any freedom of speech by athletes, commentators and crowds. The whole thing had an engineered feeling about it, and the pushy chineese volunteers (in the pool) trying to direct the athletes around on their victory laps were disgraceful.Meloulli winning the 1500m free and getting out of the pool before congratulating any of his oponents.Also, anything to do with soccer, or tennis, neither of which should be olympic sports.Star of the games: Phelps first week (what an athlete, I wanted him to do it), great to see what a down-to-earth and humble guy he is too.And I guess Bolt...London watch 2012:Brit is obviously Jason Kenny, rest of the world look out for Cate Campbell in the swimming. And I'd really like Joppich to win the foil. Mon 25 Aug 2008 16:29:31 GMT+1 Icecold_00 Well not sure why my piece was removed. But it was. So will try again!Highlights: Has to be Hoy, Adlington, Ainslee and of course Bolt!Lowlights: Drugs Cheats, obvious lack of crowd support and Nick Dempsey missing out on a medal. Felt gutted for him. Star man: Has to be Bolt. 3 Gold Medals + 3 WR's + the way he did it = A superstar!As for Damo3265's comments. You make it sound like Bolt isnt the world junior record holder and seen by those in the athletics world as a star in the making from the age 15.Also BMACO1981 comments that it would be better for athletes not to beat Justin Gatlins times. Take a look at Antonio Pettigrews times the whole time he was on drugs (4 yrs) lots of people beat him inluding Roger Black, Michael Johnson and the other 6 athletes who beat him in the Sydney Olympic final. They must all have been on drugs right??Chuck all those swimmers out of the pool as well as all the fast athletes i guess. Just because people beat the times it must be drugs right? Nothing to do with improved training, kit or top quality facilities? Still was a top quality Olympics and can't wait for London. So many hero's to cheer on already! Mon 25 Aug 2008 16:28:27 GMT+1 Jonathan Higgins Speaking as a proud ex-pat living in Japan…Highlight – Bolt and Team GBLowlight – Japan’s softball gold medal and Korea’s baseball gold. Bitter-sweet victories which proved that both sports are not the exclusive possession of North America and their exclusion from 2012 was an error in judgment. Star – the steward who ended up with Beckham’s football – may he make a mint on eBay!Tip for 2012 – slow play your hand London. The city is the star. And Boris – get your suit pressed next time!-- Mon 25 Aug 2008 16:26:24 GMT+1 Ashiq2 Highlights: The opening ceremony (simply magnificent), Phelps, Addlington, Lezak, Hoy, Romero, Pendleton, Wiggins, Cooke, the sailors (especially Ben Ainslie), the rowers (so hard watching the disappointment for the womens fours), the Jamaican sprinters, Bekele and Dibaba, Christine Ohurougo, Germaine Grant, Idowu, Lisa Dobrovsky (if only she had a bit more experience I am sure she would have won a medal), Tim Brabants, the gymnastics (not just Louis Smith but also the Chinese and Anastasia Liukin), Argentina in the football, Hungary in the Water Polo, James Degale, Shanaze Reade (yes I know she didn't win a medal but I would love to see her critics get up after just one fall let alone three) and last but not least Matthew Mitcham (even though he is Australian it was absolutely amazing to pull off such a fantastic dive at the end to win a Gold).Lowlights: Martin Rooney showboating, the Cuban Taekwan Do cometitor and his coach.Star of 08: Phelps, Bolt, Liukin, Yang, Christine Ohurougo and Matthew Mitcham.Tip for 2012: Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (hopefully) and Daniel Awde Mon 25 Aug 2008 16:25:52 GMT+1 drobin5879 Highlight: Adlington completely destroying the field in the 800m.Lowlight: Andy Murray's performance.Stars: Ainslie. Only competes in one event. Gold at 3 olympics is amazing.Tips for 2012: Reade in the BMX, Dobriskey in the 1500m. Mon 25 Aug 2008 15:59:25 GMT+1 damo3265 Like I said, I tried to post 3 times critiquing the 100m final and was blocked.Go figure. Mon 25 Aug 2008 15:50:59 GMT+1 damo3265 What worries me the the most is the apparent mdya senshorship.B-man = hero = yay!B-man = something else = block Mon 25 Aug 2008 15:47:43 GMT+1 randalthor1812 Having seen the footage of Bolt winning when he was 16 , he should be suing you soon Damo except you will probably hide away instead of taking him on (not having any proof or any factual evidence to back you up).Highlights The amazing Rebecca Adlington winning the 800m making it look easier than Usain in the 100m.Tasha Danvers getting bronze in the 400m hurdles well deserved.Emma Pooleys silver after helping Nicole Cooke win gold.LowlightsThe girls in the archery losing bronze by 1 point to the French, The scoring in the Taekwondo and Boxing.Tip for 2012Adlington 3 golds (800,400,200)Nick Dempsey to medal Mon 25 Aug 2008 15:44:47 GMT+1 damo3265 I fully accept Phelps.I think he is a freak. Just like I fully accepted our various "super fish". Phelps is a freak because he can world class swim all 4 styles. I hate him but accept his talent.The B-man has come from nowhere as part of team of previously untalented sprinters to win by unprecedented margins.Do we suspect?I would only call into question the manner of his wins. Compare them to his runs a year ago, or two.Look, with some critique, at his style in the final.Then comment.Made me blow beer through my nose! Mon 25 Aug 2008 15:41:16 GMT+1 Flux Redux Highlight:Returning from a fortnights holiday, just in time to see the Great British Olympic team return to blighty!Lowlight:Being in the USA for a fortnight and having to endure NBC nightmare coverage :( Mon 25 Aug 2008 15:34:25 GMT+1 damo3265 You see, I want to believe.But, honestly, who didn't watch the semi and final and not think, woh!, er, wtf? Mon 25 Aug 2008 15:25:44 GMT+1 Icecold_00 This post has been Removed Mon 25 Aug 2008 15:25:12 GMT+1 damo3265 Woot!I'll leave it at that, I think. Mon 25 Aug 2008 15:22:15 GMT+1 damo3265 This post has been Removed Mon 25 Aug 2008 15:21:19 GMT+1 damo3265 3 posts censored.Weird. Mon 25 Aug 2008 15:20:13 GMT+1 damo3265 This post has been Removed Mon 25 Aug 2008 15:17:26 GMT+1 damo3265 Having tried twice to post comments regarding the 100m final, I call censorship on the deal. Mon 25 Aug 2008 15:11:10 GMT+1 BMACO1981 I think singling Usain Bolt for suspicion is completely out of order. He's obviously the most talented athlete and a cut above the others - it's not his fault the sport is so tainted. Mon 25 Aug 2008 15:08:28 GMT+1 NYCmid30s Difficult to have seen everything i know, but i am amazed no-one picked the men's 10m platform diving, where thanks to a mistake the australian diver was offered a tiny glimmer of the gold medal, IF he could produce an almost perfect dive, which of course he did.For me at least, this embodies the Olympics, 4 years of working and training all coming down to about 2.5 seconds, with all the attendant pressure and he produced.Absolutely incredible Mon 25 Aug 2008 15:07:31 GMT+1 NoRtHeRnMiDz™ HIGHLIGHT: Adlington, Phelps and Bolt.LOWLIGHT: Reade bottling it 3 times and letting down the entire cycling team.STAR OF 08: Bolt and Phelps.TIP FOR 2012: Me. Mon 25 Aug 2008 15:06:55 GMT+1 Georgios76 Lowlight:The BBC commenter should focus on the game itself rather than keep on talking about human right and politics. Mon 25 Aug 2008 14:58:29 GMT+1 OneOfTheCousins The highlight: Shelly-Ann Frazer. Won the women's 100m, not just as a 21 year old woman, but as a relatively young nobody in her field. Her charm and vibrance is incredible in her post-race interviews!The lowlight: I don't think I saw anyone mention the cuban martial artist who, miffed at his disqualification, kicked the referee! Bad form! Everyone who finished their respective competitions with a positive attitude and upstanding character.Tip for 2012: Watch out, London - OneOfTheCousins is crossing the Atlantic to join you for the Games! Mon 25 Aug 2008 14:56:47 GMT+1 damo3265 This post has been Removed Mon 25 Aug 2008 14:51:53 GMT+1 akaye_arsenal Highlight- Seeing the great Haile G/selassie helping his friends(Kenenisa Bekele and Seleshi Sehin) to bring Gold and Silver medal to his country. How wonderful Tirunesh Dibaba is. she is the first women to get Gold medals in 10,000m and 5,000m. And Finally the Chinese sucessfully staged olympics they are amazing and their result too. Lowlight- I told you the Chinese were verrrrrrrrrrrry amazing.Hero- THE TWO KILLERS (TIRUNESH DIBABA and KENENISA BEKELE) and Bolt. Mon 25 Aug 2008 14:51:32 GMT+1 damo3265 Lowlight: Drug Cheats Mon 25 Aug 2008 14:48:44 GMT+1 danielbrown1886 lowlights have to be,the hyperbole generated from those who follow minority sports using this as an excuse to make snide comments about footballers.England drew with the Czech Republic during these games and the glee with which so many rubbed their hands comparing the Olympic medal haul was sickening.Major lowlight was the BBC completely ignoring China's contemptible treatment of its citizens and its foreign policies once Britain was doing well. The games was a moral choice as was traveling on rebel tours to South Africa. No one talked of competing in the games in this respect. Mon 25 Aug 2008 14:46:22 GMT+1 BMACO1981 I think it would be better for track + field if the times sprinters were posting did not undercut the times posted by the likes of Justin Gatlin. What conclusions are people meant to draw? Mon 25 Aug 2008 14:44:29 GMT+1 damo3265 Actual highlights. As in things that made me a little emotional.Steve Hooker - Pole VaultMatthew Mitcham - 10m DivingOpals Silver in Basketball (but for the bad reason)The abject performance of the Olyroos, with the silver lining that Graham Arnold is never seen in a senior coaching position anywhere in the world again, maybe.The performance of the AUS WOMEN'S swimming team (and I picked it 6 years ago) managing the generational change far better than the men.And not taking a backward step.GO AUSTRALIA! Mon 25 Aug 2008 14:40:50 GMT+1 batdude_uk123 Any chance that this event will be on a DVD any time soon, as it would be wonderful to relive our best Olympics since 1908, and the best ever on foreign land? 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