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Episode · 3 months 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 offlast week, as I have been indulging in the Olympics, as most of Australia haveend. Hopefully the world. But it's been an awesome two weeks and I have nowreturned will be doing NRA content, but before we get back into the regularstuff, I thought I W'l do an Olympics episode. I've been watching two weeksof Olympic, so I thought it would be a little bit silly not to address it on asports podcast. There wasn't really a perfect formatfor it. So it's going to be a bit of a random one. On I'm going to do its I'mgoing to talk about the sports at the start, some actually I've actuallyranked all thirty three sports, so I'm just gonna have a little bit of aconversation about each sport, maybe to suggest which one should be kicked outbecome Paris than I've talked about my top moment. H story lines from theGames talked about the objective top of events. Obviously, there were someevents that took place that were incredible, but maybe it didn'tinterested me that much but need to be mentioned, and then I've also roundingout with things to watch between now and Paris or at Paris. So it's onlythree is the way which I'm already excited for, but yeah. I thought Iwould do a little bit of an episode, something different. I hope you enjoyit, but what I'm going to do going to work myway from one hundred and thirty? Three. To be honest, it sounds like it's goingto take a long time, but from about the top ten down, it's probably just goingto be our reeling off names because I probably don't know too much about thesport if I've got them down that low, so my number one I've actually donethem as what they classified as Olympic sports. So this one sort of broken upinto three or four, but it's the aquatics or aquatic, as the British say,but yeah pretty much in there for the swimming, obviously biased, being anAustralian. We did very very well on the pool this year. Incredibly, in fact,we won die gold, which was a new record in the swimming sad. We didn't get theelusive eighteenth gold medal, which was a bit of a running joke in ourhouse in the last three or four days, but oh yeah, incredible Olympics, andthat really was spearheaded by the dolphins as they call them. TheAustralian swimming scored and they absolutely killed it, in particular thewomen they smashed it. And yet the swimming for me is probably just themost enjoyable sport, the two sort of anchor sports. You couldsay in terms of the schedule or the swimming or in the first week, and theathletics are in the second week and their sort of the prime time eventswhen we look at American TV and yeah they're, the two main sports andfor me somethings more interesting. Maybe it's because Australia's betterat it, which is probably definitely likely, but I don't know somethingabout athletics which we'll get to in a little bit. There seems to be a lot ofyou know stuffing around like I know it's a hundred meters and it's theThetralde, but you know you sit around for ten minutes run for ten seconds inaround, for ten were assuming this...

...seems to always be stuff happening, and Oh yeah. I just find it very veryinteresting. I feel like there's more back and forth and swimming wererunning like, except, obviously, you know marathons and tanks and stuff butrunning in a short distance, especially generally, if you had you win so yeah.For me, the swimmings good, and if we're talking about aquatics, alsothrowing the diving, which I actually really enjoyed this year, I didn'twatch too much of it to be completely honest because Australia is not in itvery often, but I watch the men's ten meter, semis and final, and I yeahreally 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'dhave to say, especially in terms like the scoring and stuff be a gymnastics was my second sport.This was when I did not really see coming. I was obviously very interestedwith what happened with Simon Biles, whether she could cement her legacy isthe goat of gymnastics, but that didn't quite unfold as it would. The scriptwould have probably like to have, but yeah big big things happen ingymnastics of the silly. Some involves to a big stand with mental health. She couldn't compete. I think she hadthe twist us or something but said like mental health was a big factor, andthen we saw the birth of a few new future heroes, not saying that bilestill isn't a hero. She definitely is but yeah the gymnastics. I really love.They 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. My brothershave been chummed about trying to really stay in touch with these sportsacross the next few years before the next Olympics, because every Olympics,you sort of seem to be a refreshing yourself on the sport before whileyou're watching it. But I'd like to go into the Olympics. Having known what'shappened in the last few years, but gymnastics is definitely one that meand Campbell. My younger brother will be keeping an eye on sanitate is a bitof a hero in my house ready. We all love her. So that was my number two. Mynumber three cycling. If wee split it up, none of them are probably making itthis high, but is a collective. I think it's a pretty powerful sport, the trackcycling- maybe didn't intrigue me in this year, as it often does. I feellike it was short of this year. I was on like on for three or four days itfelt like, but maybe due to Australia's decline and ability and cycling we'renot as good anymore. Maybe that's why I'm not as interested but still lovethe road cycling really enjoyed the BMX, actually, both not so much a little bitthe racing. The stacks put me off a little bit that the crash is theinterests a bit hectic, but the free style that was really really. That wasalso to watch that that was a new sport to the Games. This year I mean yeah. Ididn't watch the mountain biking but heard from all reports that was reallygood as well, so for me, cycling very broad sport and I think it's prettypowerful in my rankings number for I've got skateboarding. This is probably thespore that took the world by storm. You'd have to say everyone. Well,whenever I went on to twit every one was talking about the skateboarding. Mymates were talking about it at what helped it get into. The newswas probably how young the people were.

There was fourteen thirteen twelve yearolds, winning which was just incredible but yeah. It was just a really it'sjust a cool sport. That's basically the best way to say it like it's, notthey're, viously, very, very good, but it's not a support. Vedo like Jeez.There they're crazy, we're like gymnastics, I sort of have that feelingbut adds the cult they have they're all so laid back. It seems, and they justlove each other- will not love each other, but you know they love all lovethe sport and then with having that thing in common sort of brings them alltogether that really, it always seems like they're not competitive at times,which are sure that I'm sure they are. But that was something that I noticedthis Olympics a lot a lot of the smaller sports. They just seem to havea great cultures which I think is really really cool, and yetskateboarding was really really fun to watch both the park and the StreetNumber Five AB surfing. I've obviously watched a lot of surfing outside theOlympics, being a Australian and having parents who grew up around beaches, butyeah. I thought it was a good addition to the Games. Obviously the wavesweren't great at a lot of points, but yeah. I probably won't talk about toomuch of the surfing because yeah I didn't learn too much about itfrom the Olympics. It's not sure it will be interesting to seeif surfing stays in and how the gold medal ranks up against. You knowwinning the world tour and stuff because, in my opinion, for a sport tosmash it at the Olympics, the gold medal has to be the pinnacle, which iswhy I've got a few bigger sports down pretty low but yeah. I just think the serving is agood addition and I really enjoyed watching it as usual number six of theathletics. Normally this would be higher, but I have to say I think I wasmaybe a little bit under whelmed from the athletics I mentioned it before,and the when I was talking about the swimming, but I don't know. Maybe it'sdue to Australia is lack of success and athletics relative to our swimming, butyeah. I just didn't get into it as much. I think the second week as welluniversity started, so I had to take a bit of a step back, but yeah definitelyprefer swimming to athletics, something about it. As I mentioned. Just theformat seems to be more view. A friendly I'd have to say I on TV forswimming, then it is athletics, but I really really love athletics. I likehow it shines a lot on a lot of smaller nations and you know- maybe not so welloff countries where the swimming sort of been ten tends to be dominated bythe first world country. So that's a good thing about athletics that I likenumber seven. This is a robe one, but the weight lifting do watch too much ofit. Obviously, there's so many weight, divisions and stuff like that, butwhat's the first couple on the first few days and I actually really enjoyedit, it's a sport that I think you benefit a lot. I noticed this in quitea few of the sports. It it's kind of self explanatory, but if you watch itfrom the start of the session as in like at the start of the final, you canreally really get into it and get behind certain weight lifters. You maybe you work out a couple. You don't like a couple you like and then all ofa sudden you're really invested, and that's what happened. I think it wasthe 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 thisOlympics and yeah, so wayling,...

...hopefully going to watch more of that.Moving forward, obviously didn't watch all the divisions because, after awhile, it does sort of become the same thing over and over again, but you know,I really really enjoyed it number eight over ter football, soknown as the soccer heat in Australia. This was always a hard one. The womenhave the full strength teen, so I think the women would be a lot higher. Thewhole country got behind the materies. It felt like I have to say I'm not surehow it goes of viewership and stuff. I obviously watch the Wall Cup with moreintent in terms of the women's Work Cup, but it seems as though in Australia weactually get around the Olympics more than the World Cup for the women'ssoccer. So that's an interesting point, but the only thing I on the back, theman I think men soccer's got to go like. I know they can't really keep women'ssoccer and kick out man stock, but I was talking my maid about this and Ithink the reason why it's not a big thing in men soccer is a it's not senorlike it's under twenty threes, but the men soccer has the copra America theeuros below the wall cupwhere in the women. They don't really have thosetorments. They have them, but they're sort of used as qualification for theWorld Cup. So the Olympics is like the secondary tournament, where in men soccer winning the Olympics is like,probably fifth or sixth, run for a lot of players. So yeah. I have to think Ihave to say man sockers, probably go to God- don't rate having an under twentythree system in the Olympic to me if it's like, if they clearly care aboutit, that little it shouldn't be at the Olympics. Yeah it's a tough call, but for meshouldn't be there. I don't think it will get removed any time soon becauseeveryone likes soccer but yeah. I thought the women's soccer was a bighighlight of the tournament really enjoyed a lot of that, especially themateries, but yeah the man soccer just can't get around it a number nine overthe archery. Actually, you really enjoyed the archery. I watched some ofthe qualification and it was absolutely rubber. Shells like this is one of theworst sports, but because there's like forty arches all going at once, and youlike can't really see what's going on, but they when they get into the bracket,so they have. You know they ranked them in sixty fourth and then one place,sixty four and so on, and so one be one jewel actually start. I kind of likedit. Then it's quick. The game only lasts about five minutes. You just snapon to the next person, and I was starting to get around it in a coupledays there. So that's when I'm Er nine number ten, I got baseball and softball.I didn't watch any of the baseball, but I have to say it doesn't seem thatinteresting, it's actually out for the next Olympics, which was must be a bitweird for these players, knowing that they can't come back to the nextOlympics, but I really enjoyed the soft wart started before the tournamentsells before the competition selves all over that and you really enjoyed thesoftball baseball. It's pretty beater like I was looking in the American team.There was no mlb players and stuff like that. I think the MLB seasons currentlygoing so yeah once again, as I mention, if it's not viewed in high regard bythe players- and I think the sports should be there, so I do understand whyit's getting removed...

...fill bathor softball, though, becauseit seems like the Pinnacle there number eleven. I have the hockey Australia's,obviously a big power house in the hockey, but I don't find it the mostinteresting sport to watch it's a very long sport, some of the good things about thesports like weight, lifting in archery. That's really quick! If you're someone who doesn't know muchabout the sport, so I don't know much about hockey, so it's a long sport tosit through when you don't know much about it. I appreciate the skill it'spretty similar to like socker, similar tactics and stuff. Just don't enjoy itas much number twelve got rugby sevens, really good sport. I think it's a goodaddition to the Games. Just don't watch it that much because I wat trunkymyself and so I'm not going to choose to watch rugby sevens over some sportsthat I never get to watch a war. Thirteen I've got a question in nowquestions a big difference. If we're talking about dressage we're, probablytalking about the worst port of the Olympics, if we're talking abouteventing or jumping, I actually don't mind. I watch the eventing. Australia want to bronzing the team andthe silver and the individual, and I actually really enjoyed that so thatyet the eventing love it dressage get stuff that is so boring. Canoeingnumber fourteen interesting one here, there's two very very different sidesto canoeing. There's the slalom, which Jess Fox obviously is famous for inAustralia. I do enjoy that after a while, it becomes the bit of the samething like thirty people, doing the same course, but when it comes down tothe final people, for the metals are pretty hectic and whether they getthrough the gates, cleanly and stuff, like that, the canoe sprint don't enjoythat as much very similar to rowing at the end of the day, but yeah I don'tmind it number fifteen shooting watched the final of the one of the women'sshooting. It's not bad. It's not great. I think it would be a better sport towatch in person because you could sort of see like the clay target and N. I mshooting it, but on TV it's not the best but yeah. It's all right, not badgolf in sixteen. I actually watch a lot of the golf to be honest, especiallythe women's really got into the third and fourth day for them. The other thing about this one. I don'tthink it's held in high regard by the players. I think the players would muchrather win a major same as tennis. I think the players with Merak rather wina major. So that's one thing about it that I don't rate. I saw a lot ofpeople saying you shouldn't be there but yeah. I didn't mind watching it. Tobe honest, so I don't mind if it's there number seventeen growing, as Imentioned, similar to the canoe sprint, it's not a bad sport like you, don'treally get into it. It's very slow, as in the races taking now seven eightminutes, but it's not a bad background. Lois Sport, another eighteen basketball.Now this is nothing on basketball, I'm just not a huge basketball fan myself,the three on three bas school, everyone's talking, abeaout beingabsolutely trash and then the normal busk or itself. It's not bad. Iactually don't mind it but yeah. I just don't like the basket all that much asthe sport nominatin bowmen and I actually don't mind. Badminton I've gotit over the locks of table tennis and tennis. However, yeah OK we're down atnumber 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 may be.Let me down a little bit. I thought the speed round was pretty boring, becauseI only go for like six seconds and similar to the athletics at six secondsof Action, and then you know two minutes of sitting around doing nothing.I found the bodering a bit more interesting it like sort of puzzles andstuff like that. I think it would be more interesting to watch there becauseyou can sort of watch everyone go, but on TV I was a little bit confusing attimes, but I didn't mind it. Twenty one I've got table tennis, I think tabletennis has good potentials of sport, but the problem is the players are toogood. It's actually hard to watch like I was watching some of the mentalmatches and even if there's like a eight ten shotrally, the rally genuinely last bout five seconds, so it's like yeah, it'sjust really hard to track. I don't mind it, though El Bat. I appreciate the skill numbertwenty two tennis. The issue with tennis is it's: Just not the pinnacleof 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'spretty hard to motivate yourself. I'd. Imagine when you're playing othertournaments, where you can win up to like four million dollars and you'replaying the Olympics, where yeah, obviously gold metals, every UN streamgoing up but yeah. It's not not the pinnacled, the sport and I wouldn't bewatching the tennis at the Olympics. Any time soon. Number Twenty threetriumph one, I don't mind it doesn't have much impact on the Olympics. Soit's only like two days, they're brought in the Tria on really which Iwouldn't mind watching, didn't. Watch that, though Australia a bit about ittriphon these days, so I haven't didn't, watch much volleyball, I don't mind. Australia, don't have avolleyball team, so I don't watch much of it. It has the potential W. U D, bea good sport when it's played well but yeah. I didn't watch any of it to behonest, no, but twenty five sailing. We want a few gold medals and sailing, butI don't think it's the biggest spectator sport. I've been getting notgetting into, but I've watched a few of the sale G P, which is I'm not sure ifit's the same people who run it but sort of an f one, moder GP style, butsailing- and I actually don't mind that but yeah the sailing at the Olympicslike the little dingies and stuff not as interesting and not as much as aspectator sport as the sale GP number twenty six, the boxing I just find theboxing hard to watch. It's obviously in the past, been amateurs they changedthe rules this year to. I think you could have up to ten fights sure thatimproves the quality a little bit. But still it's just a bit weird. When youknow there's better people of the sport out there, twenty seven one pen outlong questions got to be asked like what is that sport like it's just withgratis respect it's stupid. I know it's tradition and stuff like that, but are they the greatest athletes goinground? Probably not like they're? Obviously, Bett athletes and me don'tget me wrong, but it's just not great number. Twenty eight fencing didn'twatch a single fencing match. It just doesn't tickle my fancy that much it'svery skilful. I've done it before it's not about sport to play, but yeah. It'snot great number. Twenty nine handle...

Hammal sort of one of those sportswhere everyone sort of thinks. I A handles fun like it's cool played in P,not bad in school, but I watched it. It's just it's similar to basketballMaese with their sports. Is that they're too high scoring when theyscore a goal? You can't celebrate because it's like there's going to betwenty five more the game. I was watching like every two seconds. It wasa goal, so I just don't appreciate it personally and then my final for ourmartial art. So if you're a martial arts fan, don't get offended, but I have to saygoing from I'm not a big UFC fan but watching UFC and then coming back tothese sports, it's sort of like. What's the point Takoo, it was just weirdlike.It was someone just kicking with the front leg like this over and over againand it's sort of like white, you kick him with the other leg and wrestlingdid much fun of the wrestling. Just doesn't not a spectator sport, in myopinion, judo same thing and karate. One of the weirdest whats over seen isthe one where they're not one on one, where they're just a like they'reperforming for the judges to know that was a sport but yeah. That's my lowestrank sport and I think it's not being in. I don't think it's being held inpower, so I'm obviously not the only one. Without a that opinion, I know itoriginated from Japan, so mad sense for them to have it in its debut but yeahany thing that will be coming back to the Olympics. Any time soon and yeah.I'm son, a big martial arts fan, I'm sure, there's fans out there, but now I've done my top thirty three inthe sports will be going through some of my top moment. So this is just goingto be a broad conversation. I'm going to talk about my moments that touch methe most, then the top of events that maybe didn't touch me as much as theaverage Joe, but we're pretty big, and then things I'm excited to look forwardto in the next three years and at Paris. So my number one was tips versus LADECA.Now this was very hyped up in the Australian media. A lot of big fan but,like I was very impressed with the decade previous O, the two thousand andsixteengames heard about tip mis in the thousand and Nineteen World Champs and I sort of knew this was coming. I wasvery excited for it up against each other. In the two hundred four hundredand eight hundred, they timmis got the job done in thefour hundred, which was the big event. Ledee was pretty much always going towin. The eight hundred Timmis was always going to win the two hundred andit sort of came down to that one in the middle, which was actually the one theystarted with, but yeah it was a very, very good race. Titmus ran it down andyeah. I think that was one of the first goal, medals that we want at theOlympics as a country in Australia and yeah. I think everyone was gettingaround it at home and instantly. There was a celebrity born in titmus and Ithink all like her profile for Paris is going to be absolutely ridiculous,because she's going to be in the prime bar career and everyone's going to beloving, her so really excited to watch that grow as well through the worldchampionships and stuff, not sure how long the decade has left in her career,but she's, definitely not old by any stretch, so yeah going to be interestedto see how they go against each other in the world,...

...whether they compete in the swimmingleague and other the Pan, pacifics and then hopefully, they're both there inParis and they'll be a good one to watch. Another thing that really reallycall my eye was Emma mckeen. She won seven medals and broke the record forthe most battles at the Olympics is an Australian. She broke Anthora, LeselJones, his record of nine medals. I think Thorpe still has one more goldthan her, but yeah. It's pretty incredible. That M mckim is the mostsuccessful Olympian of all time from Australia, so yeah. That was one that Ihave my pretty much. The whole games probably annoying league to my matesevery time she want to medal. I basically texted she's one more closer,but I thought that was a really really cool record. For me this was more of a story line,but I ulmet this to my mom about halfway through the Games and one thingI love about the Olympics- that maybe I've not appreciated before this, but Ilove the spot light that gets put on Women's Sport in Australia and ten outof our seventeen goals were won by women or teams of women, and I just find inevery other situation, there's some sports where everyone gets around withthe women in it. But I find as though, in other situations like I'm trying notto be sexist here, but my overapt is the opposite, but, like I feel likewhen some people watch a FL W and stuff like that, they're sort of going out oftheir way to watch a women's sport where they would happily just watch aFL and Li Flw, where I feel like in the Olympics. People are genuinely watchingwomen's Sport for entertainment and they're, really really loving it.Everyone was getting around the Matildas. No one cared that it wasn'tthe soccer ruse. They were getting around the Matildas more than theSocceroos people were celebrating the women swimming more than the menswimming the women's athletes, more than the men's athletes and yeah. I just feel like it's one of thetrue places in sport where there's true quality in Australia yeah. I just think that's a great thingthat came out of this Olympics. For me. That I noticed is that every women'sachievement is celebrated as much, if not more than the man's achievements,which is rare to see the Parnin Walt another great moment was Andre De Grass.Finally, winning an international gold medal. I think he had won eight or nineinternational metals of other colors other than gold, but in the two hundredmeters he didn't win a hundred, and then he finally got his battle in thetwo hundred, which I think well, I know my circles. Everyone was absolutelystoked. I came on to the scene in two thousand and sixteen with that famousmoment with bolt where they both looked at each other, going over the line andthink you sort of became a crowd favorite then and yeah. He was one ofthe biggest names in the field and both the hundred and two hundred and feeunto win was really cool. He was on the Family Cam after talking to his family,and he just seem like a really good bloke. So yes, so for him to win aninterested to see. Has His career continues to develop over the nextthree years. Another great moment was the pole. Vault me my mom watch thisone Armand Du planters of Sweden. He...

...absolutely tore it up and it was justsuch a cool Mary. He won the gold medal and then because he hadn't lost you, he stillhad three more jumps, so he pumped it up to the world record. Didn't careabout getting a PB didn't care about. The Olympic record just went straightfor that world record and he came within inches of doing it and therewere photos of him when he won gold. He was definitely above the world recordhigh and he's only twenty one. I believe so you'll definitely getting begetting that word records soon, but yeah. It was one of the wet sportswhere, like he was just so much better than everyone else. It was justincredible, so yeah well an to him another great thing in Australian sport,maybe other people didn't notice this, but in the manister Cathl on we wonbronze Ashley Maloney, but one of the great sites was cedric Dobla in thefinal lap of I think it's the fifteen hundred meters that they run. I Maloney needed to you know not finish far enough behind fourth and fifth tocatch him and Dublo ran right next to him the hallway and was a yelling inhis ear, and then he sort of Maloney burnt him and went on towards thefinish and double across the line and last I think in that event, but he wasjust so happy to that. His team mate and one bronze he was screaming as heran across the line. It was a great photo and that was just an awesomemoment. One of the earlier moments this look, I've probably never been soinvested in an individual Olympian, then Jess Fox this year. I've heard alot about Jess Fox, didn't watch her in two thousand and sixteen, I don'tbelieve, didn't know much about canoeing. But I read a bit about herand I didn't know she was held in such high regard, an canoeing circles. Sheseems like such a nice person. I was barracking hard for her in the firstone and then she sort of I'll be honest. I'll blatantly say it. She choked whenshe got that those two fowls and she came third despite qualifying milesahead of everyone and it looked like her Olympic dream might be over, whichwas pretty shattering as she looked like a pencilled in gold, and then shebacked up in the other discipline, which I believe was the kayaking. Thesecond could be wrong, though, and she won gold people were expecting itlesson this discipline and she did it easy, and it was just a great moment. Icried, I can't even lie. It was awesome. Her Mom was there her dad wascommentating, her sister was there and she's actually won in France. I'mexcited to see if she goes to the Paris Olympics and if she does well yeahshe's, just a legend seems so cool, and that was another fault with greatculture. The canoeing girl seemed to really really get around each other,which is cool that, as I mentioned before in the women's Sport Spiel thatI went on, I thought the maturities was one of the highlights of the Olympics.I think most people in Australia watched all their games. I think one oftheir games, rated like three and a half million, which is just incredible incredible for men, bought incrediblefor Australian Sport, incredible for Australian Socoro. All it was a shame.They didn't go past where they went but are losing an a bronze men or match forthree to the United States, is nothing to scoff out and yeah that look. Itwould have been great for them to beat...

Sweden in the semmes and go into aGodmen or match how would have been one of the biggest moment that would havebeen the biggest Australian moment at the Games, a hundred percent if theywent into that gold medal match, but it wasn't to be, but yeah awesome awesomeachievement from the Matildas to come forth at the Olympic Games anddefinitely they found a whole new fan base. I think something that I reallygot around in the last couple days was the women's Gulf mentioned it beforeyeah. It was just a really entertaining jeel didn't know much about anyonegoing into it. A new of the Australian Midgley knew the New Zealand Lidia Co,and that was about the extent of my knowledge, but now I know about twentygolfers 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, ofthe drama of they were. The final groups were on hole, eighteen andseventeen on the final day and the was lining strikes and that to go off. Iwas just you couldn't script, it the whole women's gymnastics, as Imentioned before. That was something that I wasn't expecting to get behindand it probably ended up being my favorite sport. So that's definitely something I'mgoing to be tracking before until Paris excited to see the growth, becausethey're also young, so it's cool to see where they go in their careers and thenprobably one of the biggest successes coming out of this was the addition ofsome of the x Game Sports. You would say the BMX Free Style, the surfing,the skateboarding, everyone absolutely loved. I don't know how they're notlike dangerous sports. I don't know how what that Group of sports would beclassified as, but everyone absolutely loved, all those sports. I did. I knowmyself, I loved it. It was great to see some of those sports broadcasted to awider audience and yeah. That's definitely one that will stay in. Iknow France have a big culture in all those sports. So it's going to be hugein Paris. I reckon- and I'm really looking forward to that. Some of theother big events from the Games was Tom, got daily winning gold and the sin.Crow tend me a platform and diving huge fan of Tom Daly, seeing a lot of hiswork on Youtube, and he just seems like a really nice guy so for him to finallyget his goal. Medal was awesome. Sadly he didn't get it done in individual,but came bronze came third, which was awesome, one bronze, cal, dresseldominated in the pool. Everyone was sort of expecting it going into it, but-and I don't like these American Alpha Dudes, but he won two well records,beat four Olympic records. One five gold medals. You've got to congratulatehim on that. The dominance of the youngsters was something else. I reallyreally noticed, O the skateboarding highlighted it with women. I think thethirteen year old came third twelve year, O one something like that. I wascrazy. The swimming there was fourteen year old summer. Macintosh was killingit in the long distance. I think she got a bronze medal. Sixteen Year Olds,David Popper Beg in the in the sprinting free style races. He was inall the finals. The gymnastics people are so young, so I guess it's just really cool. I'mexcited now that I'm a bit older to track these people's career. It's goingto be cool to see who turns out to be go to this fort guns of their sport andwho sort of turns out just to be. You...

...know one time Olympians, but I'mexcited to see that another huge event was the four hundred meter hurdles where the top two broke, the record andthe winner broke it by point. Seven, five of a second in four hundred meterhurdle. So he was only like two seconds off the four hundred meter record andhe had ten hurdles to navigate, which I thought was incredible cast on war homeof the of now, and he will be I'm surebattling out with. I think it's ride, Benjamin of the United States betweennow and Paris and that's going to be a great rob were both of them is stillpretty young. Now this huge event that happened on the last day Elliot keptchoke on the marathon second person to double up in the marathon and thirdtime. Sorry, it's happened. I probably secured himself to be the goat of longdistance running. Obviously, it's had a famed career in the five thousand andother distances and then into marathons going to be really interested to seewhere he goes from here he is thirty six, which isn't that old for amarathon runner, but at this stage, is on everything there is to win so I'll,be interested to see if he keeps going. If so, we'll be very, very cool if hecan be, I think no one's on three times in a row. So that's definitely going tobe one to watch in Paris if he lines up in the marathon lane tents, Thompson,Harar doing the back to back double in the hundred two hundred athleticswomen's sprints. I was going for phrase price. I can't lie but yeah. You can'tlock that feet incredible from Thompson, Harrer and then finally, seefin Hassanof the Netherlands, winning the ten five K and bronze in the fifteenhundred. That was an incredible achievement, talked of whether shecould do the triple but getting two goals and a bronze out of those threeevents was pretty incredible. Now things to watch between now and Parisreally really looking forward to, as I mentioned earlier, trying to keep atrack of the sports, I really really enjoyed watching trying to aiming towatch a lot more world championships in the next three years. I think that'ssomething I look forward to because it's hard to focus on all the sportswhen you're in the Olympics, but at the wall champs there you know sort of gottheir own spotlight, so that would be cool to watch. But things I'm going towatch for is: Will a dominant force rise in the hundred meters men's on theathletics track has to be said. It was one of the least known a hundred men tofields of all time. I think there was only two household names you would haveto say, run nose to grass and I think your home Blake made the final. Hemight not have even met the final, but apart from those who, the rest of thefield was pretty mythical to non athletic fans such as myself. So it'sgoing to be interested to see between now and then, if a big dog reallyarises and we come to Paris with a four Blou blond favorite going into unlikethere was in Tokyo. Obviously Marcel Jacobs- one can't see him dominatingfor the next three years, but don't want to write him off a La Dei. BestTypist, as I mentioned war home versus Benjamin in the four hundred hurdles,will keep to you go around again. As I...

...mentioned, I think move versus killyHodgkinson in the eight hundred media for women, both nineteen years old, andthey won gold and silver on the track. So that's going to be a huge drivewayto watch over the next tool and pick cycles, a PV Sindo, the Indianbadminton player. She was very close to becoming the first Indian female solar God. Metals might just be goldmedalist in general, not sure if I arkite s one over before, but I have afew friends who are family friends with her and I followed her progress with atournament was sad that she got eliminated, but she's still twenty sixgot a chance to go again in Paris and between them and then I'll beinteresting to see how she goes. The US women's mens, are the s women's men'sTatian team. That does not like sense the US women's national team. In soccer,it's going to be interesting to see how they go. They've they'll eat theirfirst stumble, but I feel as though a lot a lot of countries have narrowedthe gap on them. You know only four or five years ago. They were straightsahead 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 are theclubs are now we've seen the rise of the women's Premier League or the WomenSuper League, whatever they call it in England, a lot of the big Europeanclubs and now getting into the women's side of the game, and with that you would expect thewomen the countries of Europe to start rising like they and become dominantpowerhouses like they are in the men's game. We've seen that with Sweden,England, starting to get, I become a really really good team. So it's goingto be interesting to see whether the US can bounce back from arguably the shopbro Bronze mental performance. You would have expected them to win silveror gold, at least, but that's something I'm going to be interested to track.Nellie Carter in the Gulf She's only twenty three she won the gold middlepretty comfortably was ahead pretty much the whole way and she looks likeshe could really stake a claim as becoming the goat of golf. I knowsshe's only twenty three, so it's a bold claim to go that early, but from afamous sporting family, the quarters- and yet this could be the beginning ofsomething really really special for Nelly Carter. In the same sport Ashet ashock of India. I think she won the silver medal, so she was arguablycloser than Pv Sindo and she's. Not Very well talked about she's like ranktwo hundred and five or something ridiculous. So she could be the nextbig superstar of Indian sport. Obviously they have some great teams.They've got a great hockey team, a great cricket team, but they don't havemany huge individual sporting athletes and she could be the next big thingthere. Swinny Lee is going to be interesting to track the female allround, gemuse champion of Tokyo. She goes off to college next year. Ibelieve so, I'm not sure what happens. There are the gymnastics n CA, N C. Arules are pretty confusing, but going to be interested to track her progressand finally will know Vadovitsi go to Paris. He is yet to complete his dreamof winning a gold medal. Sadly, lost to...

...sashes barb in the semis and yeah. Really, not, sadly, is you know, he's one andoff he's got a great life he's very, very rich man, but he's probably hewill be the go to tennis by the time he retires, but really stick around tillhe's thirty seven to win another gold medal, a while his first goal medal inParis will wait and see. That will be a very, very interesting storyline thatmaybe people might think of might not. Think of so that's probably it for me.It's been a bit of an Olympics round. I'm not going to ignore that and I'msure it's not been very interesting for a lot of you because a lot of theseexperiences I had personally, hopefully I told some nice interesting stories,but yet maybe I'm not sure the future of this podcast definitely going to bedoing Alan no for the rest of the year. If we do go into the future, theyexpect a female random episodes on sports that I've been talking abouthere, because there are definitely a few that I'm going to be trying to keepan eye on. I'm going to be making a sporting calendar for myself, so I knowwhen the big events are on and I can stay June and hopefully watch some ofthem because yeah I really really enjoy my two weeks. All my mates would knowof it's been an unhealthy addiction. Inthe last two weeks, I've pretty much watched every sport there is to watchand yeah thanks to Tokyo hosting at Great Olympics, and thanks for having agreat time zone with Australia, looking forward to Paris already and Beijingwinter next year, and yet thanks for tuning in cheers, but.

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