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Episode · 1 year ago

2020 Tokyo Olympics Review

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

After becoming an absolute Olympics addict over the past two weeks, I thought it made sense to address the ridiculous amount of sport I've been diving into. So I delve into the Olympics in somewhat of an open conversation where I rank the olympic sports from best to worst, discuss the biggest moments throughout the games and highlight the storylines to watch heading into Paris. 

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Welcome back to the other ball podcast, another episode of the greatest podcast going around. Took a bit of a week off last week as I have been indulging in the Olympics, as most of Australia have and hopefully the world, but it's been an awesome two weeks and I had now returned. We'll be doing n rnafl content, but before we get back into the regular staff I thought I'll do an Olympics episode. I've been watching two weeks of Olympics so I thought it would be a little bit silly not to address it on a sports podcast. There wasn't really a perfect format for it, so it's going to be a bit of a random one. When I'm going to do is I'm going to talk about the sports at the start time. Actually I've actually ranked all thirty three sports, so just gonna have a little bit of a conversation they're out each sport. Maybe just suggest which one should be kicked out come Paris. Then I've talked about my top moments, storylines from the game's talked about the objective top events. Obviously there were some events that took place a were incredible but maybe didn't interested me. That much but need to be mentioned. And then I've also rounding out with things to watch between now and Paris or at Paris. So it's only three years away, which I'm alretty excited for. But yeah, I thought I'LD do a little bit of an episode, something different. I hope you enjoy it. But what I'm going to do going to work my way from one hundred thirty three, three to be honest. It sounds like it's going to take a long time, but from about the top ten down, it's probably just going to be reeling off names because I probably don't know too much about the sport if I've got them down that low. So my number one, I've actually done them as what they're class fighters, Olympic sports. So this one sort of broken up into three or four, but it's the aquatics, or aquatics as the British say. But yeah, pretty much in there for the swimming. Obviously biased being an Australian. We did very, very well on the pool this year, incredibly in fact. I we wondered golds, which was our new record in the swimming. Sad we didn't get the elusive eighteen gold medal, which was a bit of a running joke in our house in the last three or four days. But Oh yeah, incredible Olympics and that really was spearheaded by the dolphins, as they call them, the Australian swimming squad, and they absolutely killed it, in particular the women. They smashed it. And Yeah, the swimming for me is probably just the most enjoyable sport, the to sort of anchor sports, you could say, in terms of the schedule of the swimminger in the first week and the athletics are in the second week and they're sort of the primetime events when we look at American TV. And Yeah, they're the two main sports and for me swimmings more interesting. Maybe it's because Australia's better at it, which is probably definitely likely, but I don't know something about athletics, which will get to in a little bit. There seems to be a lot of, you know, stuffing around, like I know it's a hundred meters and it's the theater of it, but you know, you sit around for a ten minutes, run for ten seconds, it around...

...for ten where the swimming this seems to always be stuff happening and yeah, it's find it very, very interesting. I feel like there's more back and forth. And swimming we're running like except obviously you know marathons and ned case and stuff, but running in the short distance, especially generally if you had your win. So yeah, for me the swimming is good and if we talked about a quatics, also throwing, the diving, which I actually really enjoyed this year. I didn't watch too much of it, to be completely honest, because the Australia is not in it very often, but I watched the men's ten meter semi's and final and I really really enjoyed that and got into the gymnastics a bit more this year, which was my second sport, and the diving sort of overlaps with that, you'd have to say, especially in terms like the scoring and stuff. Be a gymnastics was my second sport. This was one I did not really see coming. I was obviously very interested with what happened with Simone Biles, whether she could cement her legacy, is the goat of gymnastics, but that didn't quite unfold as it would script would have probably like to have. But yeah, big, big things happened in gymnastics. Obvious Silly Samoan bials took a big stand with mental health. She couldn't compete. I think she had the twisties or something, but said like mental health was a big factor, and then we saw the birth of a few new future heroes. Not Saying that bile still is in a hero. She definitely is. But yeah, the gymnastics I really loved. I didn't watch too much of the men's. Watched a couple events here or there, but mainly the women's, and that's definitely one sport me and my brothers have been chatting about trying to really stay in touch with these sports across the next few years before the next Olympics, because every Olympics she's sort of seem to be a refreshing yourself on the sport before while you're watching it. But I'd like to go into the Olympics having known what's happened in the last few years. But gymnastics is definitely one that me and Campbell, my younger brother, will be keeping an eye on. So nicasily, he's a bit of a hero in my house ready. We all love her. So that was my number two. My number three cycling. If we split it up, none of them are probably making it this high, but is a collective. I think it's a pretty powerful sport. The track cycling, maybe you didn't intrigue me in this year, as it often does. I feel like it was short of this years. I really like on for three or four days, it felt like, but maybe due to the Australia's decline and ability and cycling we're not as good anymore. Maybe that's why I'm not as interested. But still love the road cycling. Really enjoyed the BMX. Actually both not so much a little bit. The racing. I've the stacks put me off a little bit. The crash is the interest. It's been hectic. But the freestyle, that was really, really that was awesome to watch. That's that was a new sport to the Games this year. And Yeah, I didn't watch the mountain barking, but heard from all reports that was really good as well. So for me cycling very broad sport and I think it's pretty powerful in my rankings. Number four, I've got skateboarding. This is probably the sport that took the world by storm, you'd have to say everyone. Well, whenever I went onto twitter, everyone was talking about the the skateboarding. My mates were talking about it. What helped it get into the new was probably how young the people were. There was fourteen, thirteen, twelve...

...year olds winning, which was just incredible. But yeah, it's just a really it's just a cool sport. That's basically the best way to say it. Like it's not. They abviously very, very good, but it's not a sport where you go like, Geez, they're they're crazy. We're like gymnastics. I sort of have that feeling. But just the cult they have. They're all so laid back, it seems, and they just love each other. Will Not love each other, but you know, they love all love the sport and in with having that thing in common sort of brings them all together. They're really it always seems like they're not competitive at times, which I sure that. I'm sure they are, but that was something that I noticed this Olympics a lot of the small sports. They just seemed to have great cultures, which I think is really, really cool. And yet skateboarding was really really fun to watch, both the park and the street. Number Five, AB surfing. I've obviously watched a lot of surfing outside of the Olympics. Being Australian and having parents who grew up around beaches. But yeah, I thought it was a good addition to the Games. Obviously the waves weren't great at a lot of points, but yeah, I probably won't talk about too much at the surfing because, yeah, didn't learn too much about it from the Olympics. It's not sure it would be interesting to see if surfing stays in and how the gold medal ranks up against, you know, winning the world tour and stuff, because in my opinion for a sport to smash it at the Olympics the gold medal has to be the pinnacle, which is why I've got a few bigger sports down pretty low. But yeah, I just think the surfing is a good addition and I really enjoyed why watching it as usual. Number six over the athletics. Normally this would be higher, but I have to say I think I was maybe a little bit underwhelmed from the athletics. I mentioned it before and the when I was talking about the swimming, but I don't know, maybe it's due to Australia's lack of success and athletics relative to swimming, but yeah, I just didn't get into it as much. I think the second week as well, university started, so I had to take a bit of a step back. But yeah, definitely prefer swimming to athletics. Something about it, as I mentioned just the format seems to be more viewer friendly, I'd have to say. Out on TV for swimming, then it is athletics. But I really, really love athletics. I like how it shines the light on a lot of smaller nations and, you know, maybe not so well off countries where the swimming sort of been ten tends to be dominated by the first world country. So that's a good thing about athletics that I like. Number seven. This is a rogue one, but the weightlifting. Didn't watch too much of it, obviously there's so many weight divisions and stuff like that, but watch the first couple in the first few days and I actually really enjoyed it. It's a sport that I think you benefit a lot. I noticed this in the quite a few of the sports. It's kind of self explanatory, but if you watch it from the start of the session, as in like at the start of the final, you can really really get into it and get behind certain weightlift is you maybe you work out a couple you don't like, a couple you like and then all of a sudden you're really invested, and that's what happened. I think it was the forty nine kilo women's. My whole family got right into it one weekend and that was probably one of my favorite memories coming out of this Olympics. And yes, so weightlifting. Hopefully going to...

...watch more of that moving forward. Obviously didn't watch all the divisions because our after a while it does sort of become the same thing over and over again. But again, I really really enjoyed it. Number eight I the football, so known as the soccer here in Australia. This was it was a hard one. The women have the full strength team, so I think the women would be a lot higher. The whole country got behind the matils, it felt like. I have to say I'm not sure how it goes with viewership and stuff. I obviously watch the World Cup with more intent in terms of the women's World Cup, but it seems as though in Australia we actually get around the Olympics more than the World Cup for the women's soccer. So that's an interesting point. But the only thing I in the back the men. I think men's soccers got to go like I know they can't really keep women soccer and kick out men's sock, but I was talking my mate about this and I think the reason why it's not a big thing in men's soccer is a it's not seen. You like it's under s but the men's soccer already has the copper America, the euros below the World Cup, where in the women they don't really have those tournaments. They have them, but they're sort of used as qualification for the World Cup. So the Olympics is like the secondary tournament where in men's soccer, winning the Olympics is like probably fifth or sixth wrong for a lot of players. So yeah, I have to think. I have to say men's soccer is probably got to go. I don't rate having an under twenty three system in the Olympics for me. If it's like if they clearly care about it that little, it shouldn't be at the Olympics. Yeah, it's it's a tough call, but for me it shouldn't be there. I don't think it will get removed anytime soon because everyone likes soccer. But yeah, I thought the women's soccer was a big highlight of the tournament. Really enjoyed a lot of that, especially the Matilda's but yeah, the men's soccer just can't get around it. Number nine have the archery. Actually you really enjoyed the archery. Watch some of the qualification and it was absolutely rubbish. I was like this is one of the worst sports. But because there's like forty archers all going at once and you like can't really see what's going on. But they when they get into the bracket, so they've, you know, the rank them in sixty four and then one place sixty four and so on, and it's one big one jewel. I actually START I kind of liked it. Then it's quick. The game only last about five minutes. You just snap onto the next person and I was starting to get around it on a and a couple days there. So that's when I'm a nine. Number ten I got baseball and softball. I didn't watch any of the baseball, but I have to say doesn't seem that interesting. It's actually out for the next Olympics, which was must been a bit weird for these players knowing that they can't come back to the next Olympics. But I really enjoyed the softball. It started before the tournament. So I was before the competition, so I was all over that. And Yeah, I really enjoyed the softball. Baseball it's pretty beatier. Like I was looking in the American team. There was no mlb players and stuff like that. I think the MLB season's currently going. So yeah, once again, as I mentioned, if it's not viewed in the high redguard by the players and I think the sports should be there. So I do understand why it's getting removed. Phil Bad for softball, though, because it seems like the pinnacle...

...they're number eleven I have the hockey. Australia's obviously big powerhouse in the hockey, but I don't find it the most interesting sport to watch. It's a very long sport. Some of the good things about the sports like weightlifting in artree. That's really quick if you're someone who doesn't know much about the sport. So I don't know much about hockey. So it's a long sport to sit through when you don't know much about it. I appreciate the skill. It's pretty similar to like soccer similars, tactics and stuff. Just don't enjoy it as much. Number Twelve've got rugby. Sevens really good sport. I think it's a good addition to the Games. Just don't watch it that much because I watch rugby league myself and so I'm not going to choose to watch rugby sevens over some sports that I never get to watch. Now a thirteen. I've got a question in now questions a big difference. If we're talking about dressage we're probably talking about the worst sport of the Olympics. If we're talking about eventing or jumping, I actually don't mind. I watch the eventing Australia on a bronze in the team in a silver and the individual and actually really enjoyed that. So that yet the eventing love it. Dressage get stuff that is so boring. Canoeing number fourteen interesting one to hear. There's two very, very different sides of canoeing. There's the slalom, which Jess Fox obviously is famous for in Australia. I do enjoy that. After a while it becomes the bit of the same thing, like thirty people doing the same course, but when it comes down to the final people for the metals it's pretty hectic and whether they get through the gates cleanly and stuff like that it the canoe sprint. Don't enjoy that as much. Very similar to rowing at the end of the day. But yeah, I don't mind it. Number fifteen shooting. Watched the final of the one of the women's shooting. It's not bad. It's not great. I think it would be a better sport to watch in person because you could sort of see like the clay target and I'm shooting it. But on TV it's not the best. But yeah, it's all right, not bad. Golf in sixteen. Actually watched a lot of the golf, to be honest, especially the women's. Really got into the third and fourth day for them. The only thing about this one I don't think it's held in high red guard by the players. I think the players would much rather win a major, same as tennis. I think they players would more uch rather win a major. So that's one thing about it that I don't rate. I saw a lot of people saying it shouldn't be there, but yeah, I didn't mind watching it, to be honest. So I don't mind if it's their. Number seventeen rowing, as I mentioned, similar to the canoe sprint. It's not a bad sport. Like you don't really get into it. It's very slows in the races take, you know, seven, eight minutes, but it's not about background lawise sport. Now eighteen, basketball. Now, this is nothing on basketball. I'm just not a huge basketball fair myself. The three on three Baschool, everyone's talked about that being absolutely trash. And then the normal basket what self? It's not bad. I actually don't mind it, but yeah, I just don't like the basketball that much as a sport. Now I'm in I team badmint and I actually don't mind badmint and I've got it over the likes of table tennis and tennis. However. Yeah, look, we're down at number nineteen. I'm not going to lie, don't watch much of these sports. Number...

Twenty Sport, climbing. I was very excited to watch this one. It maybe let me down a little bit. Up Thought the speed round was pretty boring because they only go for like six seconds and, similar to the athletics, it's six seconds of action and then, you know, two minutes of sitting around doing nothing. I found the bouldering a bit more interesting, like sort of puzzles and stuff like that. I think would be more interesting to watch there because you can sort of watch everyone go, but on TV was a little bit confusing at times, but I didn't mind it. Twenty one, I've got table tennis. I think table tennis has good potentials of sport, but the problem is the players are too good. It's actually hard to watch. Like I was watching some of the metal matches and even if there's like a eight ten shot rally, the rally genuinely last five seconds. So it's like, yeah, it's just really hard to track. I don't mind it, though. It's not bad. I appreciate the skill. Now a twenty two tennis. The issue with tennis has it's just not the pinnacle of the sport. Of A lot of the big players come out but yeah, they've just don't see it very heavily. Not saying their money dependent, but it's pretty hard to motivate yourself. I'd imagine when you're playing another tournaments where you can win up to like four million dollars and you're playing the Olympics where, yeah, obviously gold medals everyone stream going up, but yeah, it's not not the pinnacle of the sport and I wouldn't be watching the tennis at the Olympics anytime soon. Over. Twenty three, triathlon. I don't mind. It doesn't have much impact on the Olympics. So it's only like two days they're brought in the triathon relay, which I wouldn't mind watching. Didn't watch that, though. Australia bit about it draft on these days, so haven't didn't watch much. Volleyball. I don't mind. Australia don't have a volleyball team, so I don't watch much of it. It has the potential to be a good sport when it's played well, but yeah, I didn't watch any of it, to be honest. Number Twenty five, sailing. We want a few gold medals and sailing, but I don't think it's the biggest spectator sport I've been getting not getting into. But I've watched a few of the sale GP, which is I'm not sure if it's the same people who run it, but sort of an fone motor GP style, but sailing, and I actually don't mind that. But yeah, the sailing at the Olympics, like the little dinghies and stuff, not as interesting and not as much as a spectator sport as the sale GP. Number Twenty six, the boxing. I just find the boxing hard to watch. It's obviously in the past, being amateurs. They change the rules this year too. I think you could have up to ten fights. Sure that improved the quality a little bit, but still it's just a bit weird when you know there's better people of the sport out there. Twenty seven, modern Pintath long questions got to be asked, like what is that sport like? It's with the greatest respect, it's stupid. I know it's tradition and stuff like that, but are they the greatest athletes going round? Probably not. Like they're obviously better athletes and me, don't get me wrong, but it's just not great. Number Twenty eight, fencing. Didn't watch a single fencing match. It's just doesn't tickle my fancy that much. It's very skillful. I've done it before. It's not about support to play, but yeah, it's not great. Now twenty nine handle handle sort of one of those sports where everyone sort of thinks...

I handles fun, like's cool play. DidN'TP not bad in school, but I watched it. It's just it's similar to a basketball. My issue with these sports is that they're too high scoring. When they score a goal you can't celebrate because it's like there's going to be twenty five more the game I was watching like every two seconds. That was a goal. So I just don't appreciate it personally. And then my final four our martial arts. So if you're a martial arts van, don't get offended, but I have to say, going from me, I'm not a big USC fan, but watching UFC and then coming back to these sports, it's sort of like what's the point? Taekwondo it was just weird, like it was someone just kicking with the front leg like this over and over again, and it's sort of like whine, you kicking with the other leg. And wrestling. Didn't watch bunch of the wrestling just does not a spectator sport in my opinion. Judo same thing, and karate, one of the weirdest sports overseen, was the one where they're not one on one, where they just ought to like they're performing for the judges to know that was a sport. But yeah, that's my lowest rank sport and I think it's not being in I don't think it's being held in powis. So I'm obviously not the only one without a that opinion. I know it originated from Japan, so I made sense for them to have it in its debut. But yeah, I don't think they will be coming back to the Olympics anytime soon. And Yeah, I'm just not a big martial arts fan. I'm sure there's fans out there. But now we've done my top thirty three in the sports will be going through some of my top moments. So this is just going to be a broad conversation. I'm going to talk about my moments that touched me the most, then the top of events that maybe didn't touch me as much as the average Joe but were pretty big, and then things I'm excited to look forward to in the next three years and at Paris. So my number one was titness versus Thedecki. Now this was very hyped up in the Australian media. Not a big fan but, like I've was very impressed with the deck he at previous at the two thousanand and sixteen games, heard about tipness in the two thousand Nineteen World Champs and sort of knew this was coming and I was very excited for it. Up against each other in the two hundred, four hundred and eight hundred, they titmas got the job done in the four hundred, which was the big event. Ladecki was pretty much always going to win the eight hundred, Timnas was always going to win the two hundred and it's sort of came down to that one in the middle, which was actually the one they started with. But yeah, it was a very, very good race. titness ran it down and yeah, I think that was one of the first gold medals that we want at the Olympics as a country in Australia. And Yeah, I think everyone was getting around it at home and instantly there was a celebrity born in Titmans and I think all right, like her profile for Paris is going to be absolutely ridiculous because she's going to be in the primer career and everyone's going to be loving her. So really excited to watch that grow as well through the world championships and stuff. Not sure how long LADECKI has left in a career, but she's definitely not old by any stretch. So yeah, going to be interested to see how they go against each other in the world's whether they compete in the swimming league and other the PM pacifics, and...

...then hopefully they're both are in Paris and they'll be a good one to watch. Another thing that really really call my I was Ma mckeen. She won seven medals and broke the record for the most medals at the Olympics. Is An Australian. She broke in Thorpe and Lee Sal Jones has record of nine medals. I think Thorpe still has one more gold than her, but yeah, it's pretty incredible that m mckeen is the most successful Olympian of all time from Australia. So yeah, that was one that I have. I'm pretty much the whole games, probably annoyingly to my mates. Every time she want to metal I basically texted she's one more closer. But I thought that was really, really cool record. For me this was more of a storyline, but I mentioned this to my mom about halfway through the Games. And one thing I love about the Olympics that maybe I've not appreciated before this, but I love the spotlight that gets put on Women's Sport in Australia and ten out of our seventeen golds were won by women or teams of women, and I just find in every other situation there's some sports where everyone gets around with the women in it. But I find as though in other situations, like I'm trying not to be sexist here, but my overall point is the opposite. But like, I feel like when some people watch AFL W and stuff like that, they're sort of going out of their way to watch a women's sport where they would happle. You just watch AFL and the AFLW, where I feel like in the Olympics people are genuinely watching women's Sport for entertainment and they're really, really loving it. Everyone was getting around the the tilders. No one cared that I wasn't the soccer ruse. They were getting around the B tilders more than the soccer ru's. People were celebrating the women swimming more than the men swimming, the women's athletes more than the men's athletes and yeah, I just feel like it's one of the true places in sport where there's true quality in Australia. Yeah, I just think that's a great thing that came out of this Olympics for me. That I noticed is that every women's achievement is celebrated as much, if not more, than the men's achievements, which is rare to see the sporting world. Another great moment was Andre degrass finally winning an international gold medal. I think he'd won eight or nine international medals of other colors other than gold, but in the two hundred meters he didn't win a hundred and then he finally got his metal in the two hundred, which I think. Well, I know my circles everyone was absolutely stoked. I came on to the scene in two thousand and sixteen with that famous moment with bolt where they both looked at each other going over the line, and think he sort of became a crowd favorite then. And Yeah, he was one of the biggest names in the field and both the hundred and two hundred, and for him to win was really cool. He was on the Family Cam after talking to his family and you just seem like a really good bloke. So yeah, so for him to win an interested to see how his career continues to develop over the next three years. Another great moment was the pole vault. Me and my mom what up to this one Armand duplant has...

...of Sweden. He absolutely tore it up and it was just such a cool moment. He won the gold medal and then I because he hadn't lost jet he still had three more jump so he pumped it up to the world record. Didn't care about getting a PB, didn't care about an Olympic record, just went straight for that world record and he came within inches of doing it and there was photos of him when he won gold. He was definitely above the world record high and he's only twenty one, I believe. So you'll definitely getting big getting that world record soon. But yeah, it was one of the weak sports where like he was just so much better than everyone else who was just incredible. So yeah, well done to him. Another great thing in Australian sport. Maybe other people didn't notice this, but in the men's decathlon we won bronze Ashley Maloney, but one of the great sites was Cedric Doubler. In the final lap of I think it's one thus five hundred meters that they run, Maloney needed to, you know, not finish far enough behind fourth and fifth to catch him and do blow. Ran Right next to him the whole way and was yelling in his ear and then he sort of Maloney burnt him and went on towards the finish and Doo lacross the line and last, I think, in that event, but he was just so happy that his teammate and won bronze. He was screaming as he ran across the line. It was a great photo and that was just an awesome moment, one of the earlier moments this look. I've probably never been so invested in an individual Olympian than Jess Fox this year. I've heard a lot about Jess Fox. Didn't watch her in two thousand and sixteen, I don't believe. Didn't know much about canoeing, but I've read a bit about her and I didn't know she was held in such high red garden canoeing circles. She seems like such a nice person. I was barracking hard for her and the first one and then she sort of I'll be honest, I'll blamely say it. She choked when she got that those two fouls and she came third, despite qualifying miles ahead of everyone, and it looked like her Olympic dream might be over, which was pretty shattering as she looked like a penciled in gold. And then she backed up in the other discipline, which I believe was the kayaking was second could be wrong, though, and she won gold. People were expecting it less than this discipline and she did it easy and it was just a great moment. I cried, I can't even lie. It was awesome. Her Mum was there, her dad was commentating, her sister was there and she's actually Brune in France. I'm excited to see if she goes to the Paris Olympics and if she does well. Yeah, she's just a legend. Seems so cool and that was another sport with great culture. The Canoe and girl seemed to really really get around each other, which is cool. But, as I mentioned before and the Women's Sport Spiel that I went on, I thought the Matildas was one of the highlights of the Olympics. I think most people in Australia watched all their games. I think one of their games rated like three and a half million, which is just incredible. Incredible for women's bought, incredible for Australian Sport, incredible for Australian Soccer Football. It was a shame they didn't go past where they went, but losing in a bronze medal match for three to the United States is nothing to scoff at and yeah, they look it would have been great for them to...

...beat Sweden in the semi's and go into a governmental maps. I would have been one of the biggest moment. That would have been the biggest Australian moment at the Games, hundred percent if they went into that gold metal match. But it wasn't to be. But yeah, awesome, awesome achievement from the Matilda's to come forth at the Olympic Games and definitely they found a whole new fan base. I think something that I really got around in the last couple days with the women's golf. Mentioned it before. Yeah, it was just a really entertaining jewel. Didn't know much about anyone going into it and you of the Australian Midgi Lee, knew the New Zealand, Lydiaco, and that was about the extent of my knowledge. But now I know about twenty golfers and I'm probably going to watch the women's British open this weekend, so really looking forward to that. That was a great event in my opinion. The drama of they were the final groups are, on whole, eighteen and seventeen on the final day and there was lining strikes and that had to go off was just you couldn't script it. The whole women's gymnastics, as I mentioned before. That was something that I wasn't expecting to get behind and it probably ended up being my favorite sport. So that's definitely something I'm going to be tracking before until Paris. Excited to see the growth because they're also young, so it's cool to see where they go on their careers. And then probably one of the biggest successes coming out of this was the addition of some of the ex game sports, you would say the BMX, Free Style, the surfing, the skateboarding. Everyone absolutely loved. I don't know how to they're not like dangerous sports. I don't know how what that Group of sports would be classified as, but everyone absolutely loved all of those sports. I did, I know myself. I loved it. It was great to see some of those sports broadcasted to a wider audience and yeah, that's definitely one that will stay in I know France have a big culture in all those sports, so it's going to be huge and powis I reckon and I'm really looking forward to that. Some of the other big events from the Games was Tom got daily winning gold in the syncro ten meter platform and diving. Huge Fan of Tom Dailey. Seen a lot of his work on Youtube and he just seems like a really nice guy. So for him to finally get his gold medal was awesome. Sadly he didn't get it done in individual became bronze. Came third, which was awesome. One bronze. Caleb dressl dominated in the pool. Everyone was sort of expecting it going into it, but, and I don't like these American our for Dudes, but he won two, got world records, beat for Olympic records one, five gold medals. You've got to congratulate him on that. The dominance of the youngsters was something else I really really noticed. The skateboarding highlighted it. With the women. I think the thirteen year old came third, or twelve year old one, something like that. It was crazy. The swimming there was fourteen year old summer Macintosh was killing it in the long distance. I think she got a bronze medal. Sixteen Year Olds David Popovich in the in the sprinting freestyle races. He was in all the finals. The gymnastics people are so young. So yeah, it's just really cool. I'm excited, now that I'm a bit older, to track these people's career. It's going to be cool to see who turns out to be goats of their sport, guns of their sport, and who...

...sort of turns out to just be, you know, one time Olympians. But I'm excited to see that. Another huge event was the four hundred meter hurdles, where the top two broke the record and the winner broke it by seven five of a second in four hundred meter hurdles, so he was only like two seconds off the four hundred meter record and he had ten hurdles to navigate, which I thought was incredible. Cast and war home of the of Norway, and he will be, I'm sure, battling out with I think it's right Benjamin of the United States between now and Paris, and that's going to be a great ravary. Both of them are still pretty young. Another huge event that happened on the last day. Elliot Kip Chogy won the marathon. Second person to double up in the marathon and third time. Sorry it's happening. I'll probably secured himself to be the goat of long distance running. Obviously has had a feigned career in the five thousand and other distances and then into marathon's going to be really interested to see where he goes from here. He is thirty six which isn't that old for a marathon runner, but at this stage is one everything there is to win, so will be interested to see if he keeps going. If so, will be very, very cool if he can be. I think no one's won three times in a row, so that's definitely going to be one to watch in Paris if he lines up in the marathon, a layin tense. Thompson Herr are doing the backtoback double in the hundred two hundred athletics women's sprints. I was going for phraser prices. I can't lie, but yeah, you can't knock that feat. Incredible from Thompson Herr. And then finally see farn Hassan of the Netherlands winning the K K and bronze in the fifteen hundred. That was an incredible achievement. Talks of whether she could do the triple, but getting two golds and a bronze out of those three events was pretty incredible. Now things to watch between now and Paris really really looking forward to, as I mentioned earlier, trying to keep her track of the sports I really really enjoyed watching, trying to aiming to watch a lot more world championships in the next three years. I think that's something I look forward to because it's hard to focus on all the sports when you're in the Olympics, but at the world champs they're, you know, sort of got their own spotlights. That would be cool to watch. But things are going to watch for is will a dominant force rise in the hundred meters men's? On the athletics track, has to be said it was one of the least known a hundred meter fields of all time. I think there was only two household names. You would have to say run knows to grouse and I think you're hume blake made the finally might not have even made the final. But apart from those two, the rest of the field was pretty mythical to non athletic fans such as myself. So it's going to be interested to see between now and then if a big dog really arises and we come to Paris with a full blow, a fullblown favorite going into it, unlike there was in Tokyo. Obviously Marcel Jacobs. One can't see him dominating for the next three years, but don't want to write him off. A LADECKI best gits up, as I mentioned, war home versus Benjamin in the four hundred hurdles will keep chogy go around again. As I mentioned,...

I think, move versus killy Hodgkinson and they hundred meter for women, both nineteen years old and they won golden silver on the track. So that's going to be a huge drive Roy to watch over the next two Olympic cycles. PV Sindo, the Indian badminton players. She was very close to becoming the first Indian female Solo gonmentals might just be gold medalist in general. Not sure if I hockey teams one over before, but I have a few friends who are family friends with her and I followed her progress to the tournament. Was Sour that she got eliminated, but she's still twenty six. got a chance to go again in Paris and between there and then I'll be interesting to see how she goes. The US women's men's the US women's men's national team that doestas and the US women's national team in soccer. It's going to be interesting to see how they go. They're not eat their first stumble, but I feel as there are a lot. A lot of countries have narrowed the gap on them. You know, only four or five years ago they were streets ahead of a lot of the countries. But it seems as though, especially in Europe, the funding and women's soccer and football has gone up a lot. The clubs and now we've seen the rise of the women's Premier League or the women's Super League, whatever they call and in England a lot of the big European clubs and now getting into the women's side of the game. And with that you would expect the women the support countries of Europe to start rising like they and become dominant our houses like they are in the men's game. We've seen that with Sweden England starting to get it become a really, really good team. So it's going to be interesting to see whether the US can bounce back from arguably their shock brawl bronze medal performance. You would have expected them to win silver or gold at least, but that's something I'm going to be interested to track. Nellie quarter and the golf. She's only twenty three. She won the gold medal pretty comfortably. Was ahead pretty much the whole way and she looks like she could really stake acclaim as becoming the goat of golfinders. Only she's on only twenty three, so it's a bold claim to go that early. But from a famous sporting family, the quarters, and yeah, this could be the beginning of something really, really special for Nellie quarter in the same sport Asherty, a shock of India. I think she won the silver medal, so she was arguably closer than Pvcindo and she's not very well talked about. She's like ranked two hundred and five or something ridiculous. So she could be the next big superstar of Indian sport. Obviously they have some great teams. Have got a great hockey team, a great cricket team, but they don't have any huge individual sporting athletes and she could be the next big thing. They're sunny Lee's going to be interesting to track the female all around gymnast champion of Tokyo. She goes off to college next year, I believe, so I'm not sure what happens there. The gymnastics and SA NCAA rules are pretty confusing. But going to be interested to track her progress. And finally, will Novak Drokovitch go to Paris? He has yet to complete his dream of winning a gold medal. Sadly lost to sashes...

...very of in the semis and yeah, really not sadly's you know, he's one enough. He's got a great life. He's very, very rich man, but it's probably he will be the go to tennis by the time it retires. But really stick around to least thirty seven to win another gold medal a wall he's first gold medal in Paris. Will wait and see. They'll be very, very interesting storyline that maybe people might think of, might not think of. So that's probably it for me. It's been a bit of an Olympics ran I'm not going to ignore that, and I'm sure it's not been very interesting for a lot of you because a lot of these experiences I had personally. Hopefully I told some Nice, interesting stories, but yeah, maybe. I'm not sure the future of this podcast. Definitely going to be doing AFL and N rol for the rest of the year. If we do go into the future, though, expect a few more random episodes on sports that I've been talking about here, because there are definitely a few that I'm going to be trying to keep an eye on. I'm going to be making a sporting calendar for myself so I know when the big events are on and I can stay tuned and hopefully watch some of them, because, yeah, really really enjoy my two weeks. All My mates would know I've it's been an unhealthy addiction. In the last two weeks I've pretty much watched every sport there is to watch. And Yeah, thanks to Tokyo hosting a great Olympics and thanks for having a great time zone with Australia looking forward to Paris already and Beijing winter next year. And yet thanks for tuning in. Cheers, by.

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