Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html en-gb 30 Thu 28 May 2015 01:11:41 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html psxguru http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=97#comment36 For the worst joke category maybe steve redgrave should be in there with his 'chink in the armour' comment during the closing ceremony! Tue 26 Aug 2008 14:25:56 GMT+1 DispatchAndy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=94#comment35 To add to 33...the NBC coverage was dire, especially the athletics none of which was shown in realtime even on their website feeds! I have even had the same commenst from other Americans. Still I think we were better than the Aussies who got even worse service.My awards would have to be to Ben Dirs and the rest of the Texting crew. They managed to give a flavour of what was going on even though no BBC pictures were allowed to be shown out of the UK. I am so envious of what the BBC made available...my parents back home are still laughing at our misfortune! Tue 26 Aug 2008 13:18:54 GMT+1 Moutarde http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=91#comment34 Best moment was Shanaze Reade shrugging her shoulders after the final of the BMX and saying "I didn't come here to win silver" Tue 26 Aug 2008 12:22:29 GMT+1 Moutarde http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=89#comment33 Best Tue 26 Aug 2008 12:20:43 GMT+1 mikitapom http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=86#comment32 Oh how we have missed the BBC's coverage. We have had to endure the whole of the games at the hands of channel 7 in Australia. Australia was the only nation taking part and were expected to win every gold going it seemed. Shame, they didn't but now the are celebrating that per capita they achieved more medals than the Brits. Not the best analogy to make as the Kiwis did better that the aussies. Adrian Childs cannnot have been half as bad as some of the channel 7 staff they rolled out from all sorts of programmes to be 'experts.' It seems that everything was recorded so that the comercial could be slipped in every seven minutes! Total crap Tue 26 Aug 2008 11:49:29 GMT+1 GayErnie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=83#comment31 I can't believe nobody has mentioned Rob Walker and Bryony Shaw.That was comming from about 30 seconds before it happened and serves him right for trying to interview people straight after the event.I haven't laughed so much before going to work in years.Well done to Claire Balding and Adrian Chiles as well for getting involved so much with the taekwondo on Saturday. It made something we didn't really care about before matter to us.....even with the little slip. Tue 26 Aug 2008 11:22:27 GMT+1 mr_medzy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=81#comment30 Most over-used cliché - "It's been four years of hard work" Can someone find me an interview with a GB medal winner where they do not utter that statement of the bleeding obvious?Most brilliant coverage - BBC Anyone who stepped outside the UK and had to endure foreign coverage (esp in the US) over the past couple of weeks must surely have missed the brilliant Beeb. Ad-free, all-angles-covered, as unbiased as possible, awesome. Makes you as proud to be British as Team GB itself. Well done chaps. Tue 26 Aug 2008 09:17:54 GMT+1 greathappyharmony http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=78#comment29 Well, there was a presenter called Adrian Chiles who clearly has never been a sports reporter so the Award for Most Bizarre Choice of presenter for the Olympics must go to the BBC.Among his comments:To Dame Kelly implying the Hurdles were more difficult than her race " Well at least you didn"t have to jump over lots of things......"She came back at him pretty quickly!"What's on next...I have no idea.."If he didn't then how were we supposed to know?"The Madison....I have no idea how that works and intend to find out today."Or words to that effect.So, non-specialist presenter who had not made an attempt to understand the rules of an Olympic sport in advance put in a position of informing the public about it by the BBC Award to Adrian Chiles! Tue 26 Aug 2008 07:38:50 GMT+1 Tom Fordyce http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=75#comment28 kebish, bennyrobs, bknliem - good chat on the "arshe" front. You sure I just wasn't being insulted behind my back?Re Daisy Dick, heard a good little story from a cousin of mine back home. Having watched a TV clip on Daisy shortly before Tyson Gay appeared in the heats of the 100m, his girlfriend turned to him with a confused look on her face and said: "Do all athletes at the Olympics compete under made-up names?" Tue 26 Aug 2008 06:38:16 GMT+1 dubz2008 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=72#comment27 Best interview - The Aussie girl who came 2nd in the 110m hurdles"did you see me? did you see how pumped i was?"classic! Tue 26 Aug 2008 01:45:45 GMT+1 exalll http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=70#comment26 Funniest quote ... as reported on the BBC, the Australian TV commentators on the incident when a Dutch boat in the rowing encountering problems due to weeds getting entangled in the rudder ... "Unusual for the Dutch to have a problem with weed" Tue 26 Aug 2008 01:26:18 GMT+1 hizento http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=67#comment25 In the mens diving competition "Dancing Queen" was played. Mon 25 Aug 2008 22:55:14 GMT+1 Gills Diaspora http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=64#comment24 Least tasteful use of popular music award:a snippet of a Gary Glitter song in the middle of the women's beach volleyball final - on the day the artist was released from prison... Mon 25 Aug 2008 22:17:39 GMT+1 Gills Diaspora http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=62#comment23 "Wai-Ai Mann"??? I can do worse...Revisited the opening ceremony on video with my son today (he loves fireworks).Dad: "That's the president of China on the right"Son: "Who's on the left?"Dad: "No, he's on the right"[repeat 3 times]Well, it had to be done. He's only 6, so has never heard of Abbot and Costello. Mon 25 Aug 2008 22:14:36 GMT+1 rich1234 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=59#comment22 Funniest moment.The moment at which the American commentator on NBC found out that Rebecca Adlington had out touched Katie Hoff for the gold medal despite hailing her as the winner for at least the previous two lengths. Katie Hoff wins for the USA was his comment as the graphic came up behind him showing Dame Rebecca came first. Priceless comedy. Mon 25 Aug 2008 21:56:01 GMT+1 forzaunited http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=56#comment21 I personally loved the BBC theme, and am grateful that we can download it!My award would be for the funniest name for a british competitor, and that has to go to Daisy Dick of the equestrian team.... Mon 25 Aug 2008 21:55:34 GMT+1 bennyrobs http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=54#comment20 Arsh, and arshure, would be the Beijing Chinese saying 2 and 20. They have a bit of a Bristol style accent and thus the r's are over emphasized. Great games for Team GB and I only hope the good cheer lasts until London. Mon 25 Aug 2008 21:33:07 GMT+1 trevrut http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=51#comment19 Biggets waste of 'UNFAIR TAX PAYERS MONEY' all the reporters and the commentators that ruined both the opening and closing ceremony with their constant talking..........Most of it utter rubbish!! They may love the sound of their own voices......but millions of viewers who are forced to pay their wages wish a) they weren't there in the first place. (It would have saved a fortune. or at least b) that they learned how to SHUT UP!!! Mon 25 Aug 2008 20:35:38 GMT+1 EPF http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=48#comment18 Adrian Chiles during the Taekwondo situation, possibly the greatest man on the BBC in a presenting role, we want more of him Mon 25 Aug 2008 18:45:31 GMT+1 Princessbonzai http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=45#comment17 I hear what you said about the Chinese Olympic theme tune, but surely the prize for the worst earworm in history has to go to the BBC's Olympic theme tune! Mon 25 Aug 2008 18:13:10 GMT+1 jollygrandsamster http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=43#comment16 I would add three further categories 1. the most out of date person in the Olympics - step forward Monsieur Jacques Rogge for his comments about Usain Bolt's celebration 2. Best Commentator / pundit/ presenter - Hugh Porter ,Michael Johnson and Claire Balding3. Not so good commentator/ pundit/ presenter - Brendan Foster, Hazel Irvine and Adrian Chiles Mon 25 Aug 2008 17:57:50 GMT+1 lynnba http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=40#comment15 How ungracious can media people get?Our Olympic athletes are good enough to give time after a long flight to represent the rest of Team GB at a press conference and are greeted with a half hearted round of applause from hacks as they enter the room and ziltch at the conclusion.I realise a Press conference is not a public event but would it have hurt the press corp to have acknowledged this hard working group of people with a little more enthusiasm.No Doubt they will be fast enough to roll out platitueds when they are 'reporting' in their copy. Mon 25 Aug 2008 17:34:34 GMT+1 mrmichaelh http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=37#comment14 12,Totally agree. It is the most heart-wrenching, upllifting stories of the Games. I first head about Emmons when his wife was winning the first Gold of the Games and I heard the backstory..I thought I was reading about Athens again when it happened to him again in Beijing..unbelieveable.Check this out:http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/shooting/7566240.stmMoving video and slightly different quotes from yours posted. I think his closing statement is perfect Mon 25 Aug 2008 16:59:38 GMT+1 Ruaraidh Gillies http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=35#comment13 We can chuckle at the horses in the modern pentathlon because "it happened to other people", but seriously - where was Yahor Lapo positioned in the competition after the first 3 events? If the British medal contenders (names escape me, sorry) had had horses that bad for their attempts we would have been up in arms, demanding an overhaul of the sport. I understand that the weaker horses were pulled from the women's event for the following day (and I hope Pingping was one of them, cos if not...), but you'd have thought that the horses would have been of a minimum acceptable standard.Luck should not play such a part in getting an Olympic medal. Otherwise we may as well introduce poker and roulette for 2012. Mon 25 Aug 2008 16:03:00 GMT+1 asampedas http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=32#comment12 my chinese isn't that good, but I have a feeling that word sounding like 'arse'/ 'ourse' could be 'na-she' meaning 'that is....' Mon 25 Aug 2008 14:57:22 GMT+1 hackerjack http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=29#comment11 As for awards, how about this one for how about this for most racious loser:Matt Emmons, the US shooter who lost out on a medla last time around by shooting at the wrong target with his final shot would have been perfectly normal had he spiralled in dispair after yet again messing up on the last shot this time around. Needing only a 6.7 on his last shot (anything less than an 8.0 is extremely bad at this level) to ensure gold he accidentally pulled the trigger and registered a 4.4, finishing fourth.Instead of looking for excuses of hiding in a corner he came straight out and openly admitted his fault. Philosophically he said:"The way I come into a target is I start above the target and come down from 12 o'clock and get into the bull's-eye," he said. "And as I get down into the bull's-eye is when I start to get on the trigger."On Sunday's last shot, "As I was starting to get on the trigger, the gun just went off," he said. "I was like, 'Uh, that's not going to be good.'" "I didn't feel my finger shaking, but I guess it was," said Emmons. "I realized it went off and I hope it made it to the black. I call it a freak of nature.""You just can't let it get to you, there are other things way more important," said Emmons. "I'm waiting for some really good thing to happen from this, because everything happens for a reason.""Things happen for a reason," Matt Emmons said. "Maybe last time, the reason was Katy. This time I don't know yet, but I'm sure something good's going to come from it."One of the classiest interviews I have seen this games. Mon 25 Aug 2008 14:39:42 GMT+1 hackerjack http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=27#comment10 The most off hand piece of bad news:during the Volleyball final between Russia and USA, the American commentator"It's been an emotional tournemant for the US coach, last week his Father-in-Law was murdered by a crazy man"----------------To be fair the American's had been talking about it all week on commentary, it's ust that that was the first time we had American commentary, which was odd in itself.Frankly I'm dissapointed at the beeb for not acknowledging it at all at the time. Mon 25 Aug 2008 14:25:09 GMT+1 TrudyJ http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=24#comment9 The most in your face comment a commentator could ever make. He obviously knew who was going to win before the race even began. This commentator is good. “When the men walked out Usain Bolt looked as though he was heading to the beach and the others looked as though they were heading for bad news. We get the chance perhaps to see history in the making” BBC commentator Mon 25 Aug 2008 14:15:15 GMT+1 bknliem http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=21#comment8 I agree that your "arse" sounds like "er shi" (twenty). The question is twenty what? Maybe "one gold away from twenty" for GB's gold tally? Mon 25 Aug 2008 14:09:16 GMT+1 kingtheseus http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=18#comment7 The Award for most enthusiastic and entertaining BBC presenter/reporter...1) Rob Walker - SailingDangling off the side of a dinghy amongst 8ft waves, wind, rain or shine, with a microphone in one hand. "Get your cornflakes ready!".Absolutely brilliant! Get him on the box more often BBC - he's entertainment in itself! Mon 25 Aug 2008 13:05:29 GMT+1 flashing blade http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=16#comment6 A rival for your funniest quote came from Dutch track cyclist Theo Bos who, when asked about his chances against Hoy and Kenny in the men's individual sprint, said: "I have a one per cent chance, but if I have to race them, you never know. It looks like they have swallowed a motorbike."Thanks for your blogs, Tom. They've made great reading. Mon 25 Aug 2008 12:05:28 GMT+1 kebish http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=13#comment5 Tom, your strangest sounding Mandarin word sounds like it could be the word for twenty - spelt in pinyin "ershi" (pinyin is the worst phonetic language ever) and pronounced much as you describe - "Arsch". Most commonly heard followed by the word "kwai" - together meaning 20 yuan, which is probably the price they were asking for a five yuan bottle of water. Your "Ourshce" may actually be a different word - or words. You may have heard the word for twenty-four which is "ershi si" - pronounced as above but with an additional sound much like the very beginning of the word "certain".Thanks for your blog! Mon 25 Aug 2008 11:49:30 GMT+1 freddie_205 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=10#comment4 The most off hand piece of bad news: during the Volleyball final between Russia and USA, the American commentator "It's been an emotional tournemant for the US coach, last week his Father-in-Law was murdered by a crazy man" Mon 25 Aug 2008 11:42:07 GMT+1 newselflee http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=8#comment3 I show the video to my friend, of course chinese, who maybe watch one or two Phelps show, with the sound off.he shouted " what does Phelps do at the Tiananmen Square, he seems having gained a lot of weight in Beijing" . Mon 25 Aug 2008 10:57:13 GMT+1 newselflee http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=5#comment2 Are you sure it sounds like "Arse", not "Ar..Che..."???Ar... same as Are, but much shorter.Che... like Chelsea.if it dose sound like "Ar..Che...", Congratulations!!!!! It's a Chinese guy SNEEZING!!!! Mon 25 Aug 2008 10:48:13 GMT+1 Toddmt http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=2#comment1 Iv seen that vedio of Steve's story in Tiananmen Square, Its obvious that he is not Phelps. People followed him simply because steve was producing a TV programme. People r just curious. Thats my guess. Mon 25 Aug 2008 10:12:19 GMT+1 Jordan D http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/olympics/2008/08/the_alternative_olympics_award.html?page=0#comment0 Brilliant stuff.Alternative Best Quote was from Cassie Pattern's "The Queen, if you're watching. Two Gold Medals .... Dame Rebecca Addlington".Never laughed more during the Olympics. Mon 25 Aug 2008 10:06:37 GMT+1