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11. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

The sport I don't get (although I appreciate it's a difficult sport) is fast walking. It's like they're all looking desperately for a bathroom for 50K. Plus it's the only sport I can think of where you could go faster, but the rules say you're not allowed.

Mind, it was nice to see the Italian win yesterday. He was so overcome, the whole crowd seemed to want to give him a hug.

12. Posted by chayisun (Budding Member 163 posts) 8y

It's called Race Walking and it's difficult to do. Takes a great deal of discipline to master it.

My Wife was very good at this and she often told me that it was much more difficult then running...AND very good exercise. Gotta be in great shape to do this for 50K....

13. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 8y

this are some interesting disciplines.
look for: global sport at
www.trojangames.com.uk

14. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Quoting chayisun

It's called Race Walking and it's difficult to do. Takes a great deal of discipline to master it.

My Wife was very good at this and she often told me that it was much more difficult then running...AND very good exercise. Gotta be in great shape to do this for 50K....

It looks terribly painful. Your hips must be killing you by the end--running has to be a lot easier on your body and joints.

It's just the oddest sport to watch. It looks very... unnatural or something. Then again, twirling off a diving board isn't something one does on the way to work every day, either...

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 23, 2008, at 5:55 AM by tway ]

15. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 8y

Maybe a head-scratcher, but mainly gloating. The Icelandic handball team is in the final and might win the gold tomorrow. Never in the history of ever-ever has a team from a country with under a million inhabitants been in the finals in a group event. There are only 300.000 people in Iceland!!

16. Posted by spongehead (Full Member 119 posts) 8y

Congratulations Angela, on Iceland's silver medal in men's handball. Just out of curiosity, what's sports development like in Iceland ? (I'd love to visit one day!) Does it have massive, financial support from the government, etc?

17. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 8y

Quoting spongehead

Have you guys ever wondered why the Italian team always wears blue when they compete against other countries? Why isn't it green, red, white or a combination of all 3 colours on their flag? Would any Italian friends here like to clarify?

For those with burning questions, please contribute here too.

I googled and came up with this on wikipedia:

The traditional colour of the national team (as well as all Italian teams and athletes) is azure blue (azzurro, in Italian), due to the "Azzurro Savoia" (Savoy Blue), the colour traditionally linked to the dynasty which unified Italy in 1861. Therefore, national team members are nicknamed Azzurri.

"Campioni Azzurri 2006" just means the Italian football team won the World Cup in 2006, hence champions.

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 26, 2008, at 4:10 AM by summer910 ]

18. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 8y

Thank you, Spongehead. Sports are pretty well financed here for the "normal" stuff, but with any extra stuff like going to the Olympics the money doesn't stretch very far. The Icelandic handball association is in biiiiiig debt right now, but the government just decided to reward them with some extra money, so that's good I guess..

19. Posted by chayisun (Budding Member 163 posts) 8y

Beach Volleyball...Two people on each side, playing in sand...Wearing bikinis.....I couldn't stop watching it. I mean, it was amazing the way they were able to keep the play going. Strictly researching the game, of course.....That's what I told Sue and that's what I was doing...

And, since when has bicycle riding become an olympic sport? Cheez, next thing ya know they'll drop baseball and bring in ballroom dancing....

20. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 8y

Quoting chayisun

And, since when has bicycle riding become an olympic sport? Cheez, next thing ya know they'll drop baseball and bring in ballroom dancing....

Well, you definitely won't be seeing baseball at the 2012 Olympics. But it's still an Olympic sport and may be included in future Games. Same thing with softball.