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Nightly Update

Posted by on 22 August 2008

I don’t have a whole lot to say tonight.  Yes, I’m fine!!  HAHA  It’s just Friday!!  TGIF

Since the Olympics are winding down, there wasn’t much action today.  There were some major advances to gold medal finals though.  Our men’s basketball, water polo and volleyball are all headed to the gold medal round.  Women’s softball ended up with a silver and women’s soccer got gold.  Bryan Clay of the U.S. also got gold in the decathlon.  There’s some new countries on the podium too.  Not that might not have ever won in previous Olympics, but new to the medal count in Beijing.  Mauritius, an island off Africa has a bronze.  Moldova and Panama both have a medal along with Ireland having 2 medals now.  Might I also add that Belgium has entered the medal count with a silver for the women’s 4 x 100m relay.  With that, tonight’s medal count is:

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States 31 36 35 102
China 47 17 25 89
Russia 17 18 23 58
Britain 18 13 13 44
Australia 12 14 16 42
Germany 15 9 13 37
France 5 13 16 34
South Korea 11 10 7 28
Japan 9 6 10 25
Italy 7 8 10 25
Ukraine 5 4 12 21
Cuba 2 6 11 19
Canada 3 8 6 17
Netherlands 7 5 4 16
Belarus 4 4 8 16
Spain 4 6 2 12
Brazil 2 3 7 12
Kazakhstan 1 4 6 11
Jamaica 6 3 1 10
Poland 3 5 1 9
New Zealand 3 1 5 9
Romania 4 1 3 8
Kenya 2 4 2 8
Hungary 1 5 2 8
Turkey 1 4 3 8
Denmark 2 2 3 7
Norway 1 4 2 7
Azerbaijan 1 2 4 7
Czech Republic 3 3 0 6
Slovakia 3 2 1 6
Georgia 3 0 3 6
North Korea 2 1 3 6
Uzbekistan 1 2 3 6
Armenia 0 0 6 6
Ethiopia 3 1 1 5
Switzerland 2 0 3 5
Slovenia 1 2 2 5
Bulgaria 1 1 3 5
Indonesia 1 1 3 5
Sweden 0 4 1 5
Lithuania 0 2 3 5
Zimbabwe 1 3 0 4
Argentina 1 0 3 4
Croatia 0 1 3 4
Taiwan 0 0 4 4
Finland 1 1 1 3
India 1 0 2 3
Austria 0 1 2 3
Greece 0 1 2 3
Estonia 1 1 0 2
Mongolia 1 1 0 2
Portugal 1 1 0 2
Thailand 1 1 0 2
I.R.Iran 1 0 1 2
Latvia 1 0 1 2
Mexico 1 0 1 2
Trinidad & Tobago 0 2 0 2
Algeria 0 1 1 2
Colombia 0 1 1 2
Kyrgyzstan 0 1 1 2
Serbia 0 1 1 2
Tajikistan 0 1 1 2
Ireland 0 0 2 2
Nigeria 0 0 2 2
Bahrain 1 0 0 1
Cameroon 1 0 0 1
Panama 1 0 0 1
Tunisia 1 0 0 1
Belgium 0 1 0 1
Chile 0 1 0 1
Dominican Republic 0 1 0 1
Ecuador 0 1 0 1
Malaysia 0 1 0 1
Netherlands Antilles 0 1 0 1
Singapore 0 1 0 1
South Africa 0 1 0 1
Vietnam 0 1 0 1
Afghanistan 0 0 1 1
Bahamas 0 0 1 1
Egypt 0 0 1 1
Israel 0 0 1 1
Mauritius 0 0 1 1
Morocco 0 0 1 1
Moldova 0 0 1 1
Togo 0 0 1 1
Venezuela 0 0 1 1

 

I just want to add on my blog last night, I stated that the IOC was going to investigate the Chinese gymnasts.  Just a day after…or maybe 2 by the time we get the story, the IOC is stating that there isn’t proof that China has altered records for their gymnasts.  What kind of investigation was that??  In reality, we all knew it would happen.  We can’t really expect them to stand up to China.  Supposedly, it’s still not over, but the IOC says there’s no evidence.  That’s rather funny, considering some renegade media in China says they have a birth certificate that proves that at least He is under age.  Go figure!!
 
There is a whole article tonight on China’s quest to always obtain the most gold.  Like anyone, I have pride in my country and it’s awesome watching the medal count go up.  It’s not all about winning though.  Let’s not forget that many of these athletes from all over the world have a “story”.  They work hard to get this far, to make the Olympics.  It’s a dream.  Their countries don’t pay for them to get there.  Their countries don’t pull them off their mom’s breast and shape them to compete in just one event and be the best at it.  They don’t bribe them to be gymnasts so that their families can live better.  Most are here, just because they love it.  Do they want to win??  Of course!!  But it’s not just about the win, it’s what they can accomplish.  It’s about pride.  With that in mind, I’ll leave you with a quote from the article that I read.  It’s comparing American athletes to those of China.
 

In China, they wouldn’t have had a choice. A sports star, like the property a house is built on, is owned by the government. The pursuit of sport is for national pride. The motivation is societal, as opposed to capitalistic in the United States.

China selects athletes at young ages and pushes them into sports in which their expected body types might thrive. In the U.S., an athlete is allowed to follow his own path to success or failure.

The results are dramatic. In an effort to bolster its Olympic standing – the total medal count – China embarked on a program in which it placed particular emphasis in competitions that awarded many medals and where world competition wasn’t particularly robust. As recently as 1988, China won just five golds.

6 Responses to Nightly Update

  1. annettepiper

    That’s an interesting quote and view on China. One I hadn’t really thought of. So a bit like the USSR of old? I must admit that I do have rather a lot of sceptism as to the validity of all of China’s ‘claims’. All really expected, really. Thanks for keeping up such a ready reference to the games – its about as much as I tend to hear about them!

  2. Debbie

    What a shock! No proof! It’s a shame they can’t toss them just for being suspect. And that last bit was very interesting too.

    But hey, Belgium finally medalled!

  3. Laura

    They caught some country cheating on little league baseball one year. I bet they get China for this too! Yeah!!!!

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  5. Elaine

    Quite interesting, Annette!! Its a shame and I know in the end, probably nothing will come of it. A country like that can make false documents so easily. It’s disgraceful to HAVE to win that way. Very much like the Soviets of old!!

    Thanks for stopping by!!

  6. Elaine

    Laura and Debbie, by reports I heard and read tonight, nothing is going to be done. China had birth certificates and some sort of family documents to prove the ages. Like that can’t be forged!! Come on, look at who we’re dealing with. I’d expect ANY country doing this to be removed and lose the medals, but it won’t happen.

    Go Belgium!! LOL

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