mudcat.org: BS: 2021 Olympics
Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafeawe

Post to this Thread - Printer Friendly - Home
Page: [1] [2]


BS: 2021 Olympics

Donuel 23 Jul 21 - 08:26 AM
Donuel 23 Jul 21 - 08:57 AM
Mr Red 23 Jul 21 - 09:50 AM
Stilly River Sage 24 Jul 21 - 10:20 AM
Nigel Parsons 24 Jul 21 - 04:41 PM
Steve Shaw 24 Jul 21 - 06:35 PM
robomatic 24 Jul 21 - 07:27 PM
Bill D 24 Jul 21 - 07:31 PM
Jon Freeman 25 Jul 21 - 04:21 AM
Steve Shaw 25 Jul 21 - 04:48 AM
Dave the Gnome 25 Jul 21 - 12:50 PM
Bill D 25 Jul 21 - 12:53 PM
Mrrzy 25 Jul 21 - 11:30 PM
robomatic 27 Jul 21 - 02:03 AM
Dave the Gnome 27 Jul 21 - 02:43 AM
Ebbie 27 Jul 21 - 06:08 AM
robomatic 27 Jul 21 - 02:50 PM
Rain Dog 01 Aug 21 - 11:35 AM
Bonzo3legs 01 Aug 21 - 12:33 PM
Bonzo3legs 03 Aug 21 - 01:49 AM
Donuel 03 Aug 21 - 04:22 PM
Steve Shaw 03 Aug 21 - 04:55 PM
Donuel 03 Aug 21 - 05:59 PM
Steve Shaw 03 Aug 21 - 07:17 PM
robomatic 03 Aug 21 - 07:47 PM
Steve Shaw 03 Aug 21 - 08:44 PM
Steve Shaw 03 Aug 21 - 09:09 PM
Backwoodsman 04 Aug 21 - 02:06 AM
Rain Dog 04 Aug 21 - 02:45 AM
Backwoodsman 04 Aug 21 - 03:19 AM
Steve Shaw 04 Aug 21 - 04:55 AM
Backwoodsman 04 Aug 21 - 04:56 AM
Steve Shaw 04 Aug 21 - 06:15 AM
Backwoodsman 04 Aug 21 - 07:02 AM
Steve Shaw 04 Aug 21 - 07:43 AM
Backwoodsman 04 Aug 21 - 08:01 AM
Rain Dog 04 Aug 21 - 08:06 AM
Backwoodsman 04 Aug 21 - 08:11 AM
Donuel 04 Aug 21 - 09:20 AM
Backwoodsman 04 Aug 21 - 09:40 AM
Backwoodsman 04 Aug 21 - 09:55 AM
Backwoodsman 04 Aug 21 - 10:43 AM
Stilly River Sage 04 Aug 21 - 01:30 PM
Jeri 04 Aug 21 - 03:02 PM
Donuel 04 Aug 21 - 03:58 PM
Steve Shaw 04 Aug 21 - 04:51 PM
Stilly River Sage 04 Aug 21 - 07:14 PM
Bill D 04 Aug 21 - 07:39 PM
Steve Shaw 04 Aug 21 - 08:36 PM
Backwoodsman 05 Aug 21 - 02:30 AM
Lyrics & Knowledge Search [Advanced]
DT  Forum
Sort (Forum) by:relevance date
DT Lyrics:






Subject: BS: Olympics
From: Donuel
Date: 23 Jul 21 - 08:26 AM

If the olympics opening, competition and closing ceremonies occur without attendees, does it make a sound?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: Olympics
From: Donuel
Date: 23 Jul 21 - 08:57 AM

Olympic news pales in comparison to real news


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: Olympics
From: Mr Red
Date: 23 Jul 21 - 09:50 AM

Bronze - Kent variation
Silver - Delta
Gold, stewards decision TBA, depends on the wind (phew).


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: Olympics
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Jul 21 - 10:20 AM

I saw a little bit of the opening ceremony last night. The actual structure with the Olympic flame is beautiful, but the part of the ceremony I saw was tepid.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 24 Jul 21 - 04:41 PM

I saw a picture of a GB woman footballer in the Telegraph this week, in an article about "taking the knee". The view was from behind, and I thought it was highlighting that they expected to get into the medals.
How was I to know we had a player called Lucy Bronze?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 24 Jul 21 - 06:35 PM

Good luck to all those honest athletes who have trained hard for years and who play fair. Bad luck to those who dose themselves with drugs they hope can't be detected. My problem is that I don't know who's who.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: robomatic
Date: 24 Jul 21 - 07:27 PM

I've had a bad opinion of IOC for years. The CBC aired a documentary called: "Faster, Higher Stronger, Richer" about the fat cats in control of the franchise and there have been several scandals on that score in the years since. I still fall for what passes for ceremony and the great athletes that get profiled on 60 minutes but unless I'm watching a big screen in a public area I feel very little connection with them.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Bill D
Date: 24 Jul 21 - 07:31 PM

In the first couple of days, they run all sort of sports that are not the 'big draws'. I happened to stumble on the Dressage (horses doing fancy footwork) and saw a German rider with a wonderful 14 year old horse doing a magnificent, amazing display of careful steps. I can see no obvious way she controlled the horse..it was as if after learning, the horse just did it all by rote. I'm sure there were tiny signals, but I suppose it was supposed to look that way.
...and this rider was supposed to be Germany's #2!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 25 Jul 21 - 04:21 AM

Steve, I just say "they're all on drugs" and leave it at that. It may be unfair but I don't care for most of the Olympic sports anyway.

Besides that, I feel that drugs are likely to have a bigger impact on things I don't enjoy (eg. running) than ones that might just attract my interest (eg. football).


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 25 Jul 21 - 04:48 AM

That's how I feel too, and I feel sorry for the athletes who have trained with great dedication and stayed clean.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 25 Jul 21 - 12:50 PM

I'm just not convinced that having a mass gathering during a pandemic is a good idea. Especially just to see who can run faster, jump higher and fast louder (OK, I made the last one up but it SHOULD be an Olympic sport)


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Bill D
Date: 25 Jul 21 - 12:53 PM

Re: my post yesterday
article


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Mrrzy
Date: 25 Jul 21 - 11:30 PM

Visiting kin with [tv] cable, so watching a lot of them, rooting for countries where I've lived... Enjoying it for the 2 days I'm here, au moins.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: robomatic
Date: 27 Jul 21 - 02:03 AM

Congratulations to Lydia Jacoby of Seward, Alaska for winning gold in the 100 M breaststroke in Japan!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 27 Jul 21 - 02:43 AM

Of course my made up event should have read fart louder - damn you spell checker! But would that be any stranger than cross country mountain biking, skateboarding or synchronised diving? :-)


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Ebbie
Date: 27 Jul 21 - 06:08 AM

robomatic, I too am pleased with Jacoby's win. Alaska is a big state but in terms of its population it really is quite small. Our total population is less than that of many a city 'down south'.

And that means that we don't have the amenities and facilities available to dedicated sports people that many have. I read that Alaska has only ONE Olympic sized pool in the whole state!

Lydia Jacoby and her supporters in the small town of Seward can be very proud of themselves.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: robomatic
Date: 27 Jul 21 - 02:50 PM

Yeah, I'm going dog walking with someone from Seward in 5 minutes. Gonna see if she remembers anyone.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Rain Dog
Date: 01 Aug 21 - 11:35 AM

incredible Olympic high jump final ended with both Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim and Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi taking gold medals.

After an exhausting two-hour competition, the pair couldn't be split, having recorded best clearances of 2.37 metres.

The athletes were offered an opportunity to take part in a jump-off.

But in a moment of sportsmanship, they agreed to share the title, sparking huge celebrations.

Both had three failures as they attempted to match the Olympic record of 2.39m and, with error-free records on countback, could have fought for sole possession of the title.

Instead, they made history - it was the first joint Olympic podium in athletics since 1912.

Tokyo Olympics: 'Can we have two golds?' - high jumpers†share win


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 01 Aug 21 - 12:33 PM

Amazing highjump competition, great sportsmanship!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 03 Aug 21 - 01:49 AM

Very clever how high jumpers go over the bar in slow motion!!!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Donuel
Date: 03 Aug 21 - 04:22 PM

Everyone is entitled to use performance enhancing concentrated oxygen and water with electrolytes yet non performance substances are banned showing how arbitrary rules can be.
The womens weight lifting event was scary.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 03 Aug 21 - 04:55 PM

Not your best ever post.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Donuel
Date: 03 Aug 21 - 05:59 PM

Well sweetie I'm an average American. Why don't the horses get a medal but only the human riders?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 03 Aug 21 - 07:17 PM

You're certainly not above average. Tell us why you found a weightlifting competition scary.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: robomatic
Date: 03 Aug 21 - 07:47 PM

Simone Biles continues to be inspirational. She has had a part more difficult to play than she first envisaged but has proven to be an important waypoint in physical competition and its limits.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 03 Aug 21 - 08:44 PM

Now I have no wish to be judgemental, but I've heard the term "mental health" tossed around a bit too frequently for my liking in these Olympics (and beyond). As I see it, if you're in competition at the very highest level, a good part of your mindset should consist of determination, focus, bloody-mindedness and the ability to put the psychological trauma of setbacks and failures to one side. To me, those attributes in sport are just as important as practice, fitness and the acquisition of skills. The young lady who butted out of several gymnastic events, claiming mental health issues, who then came back to perform at the very end, had me scratching my head a bit. Surely she should just have gone home to see her medical professionals. Instead, she made a mistake in her first event (and what elite sportsperson doesn't make mistakes?) and cried off. I wonder what therapist she consulted and what the diagnosis was...

Anyhow, as I say, I have no wish to be judgemental. I'm just musing...


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 03 Aug 21 - 09:09 PM

And I honestly can't see how you can regard someone who is a supposed legend, who cocked up her first event then embarrassingly withdrew instead of carrying on, who then withdrew from several other events amidst a fanfare, then returned to win a bronze, as "inspirational." Dozens of others in these games have won bronzes, many of whom have struggled from nowhere to reach that pinnacle. Yet you call a woman who butted out of several competitions with no apparent physical injuries, and came back on her own terms to win a mere bronze, "inspirational." Well I think that there there are hundreds of other athletes at these games who would be a damn sight more inspirational...if only we knew them...


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 02:06 AM

Itís claimed she was suffering from ĎThe Twistiesí - a condition where a gymnast loses the ability to be aware of his/her position in the air when performing. Iím guessing itís a psychological, as well as physical, condition. Beth Tweddle gave a good explanation on the BBC Olympics programme yesterday.

Itís up to the individual to decide whether they believe it, but it sounded fairly plausible when Beth described the condition.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Rain Dog
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 02:45 AM

Indeed it did sound very plausible. While i think the beam is the most dangerous of all the gymnastic disciplines, it was pointed out that all the moves are in a straight line, albeit a very narrow one.

I have always admired the tumbling ability of both the male and female gymnasts. So far i have resisted the temptation to replicate their moves while shopping in my local supermarket.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 03:19 AM

LOL! That conjures up a wonderful mental image, RD! ;-)


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 04:55 AM

Temporary failure of nerve or loss of confidence can happen in any sport. The young British tennis player Emma Raducanu was sailing through Wimbledon, had the hopes of the nation suddenly piled on her shoulders, then, for the first time in the competition, she lost a set. Things weren't going well in the next set, she suddenly felt overwhelmed and she lost her nerve and withdrew. She was honest about what happened to her. I get that. She is very inexperienced at that level and she'll be back. Our young BMX rider Charlotte Worthington overcame a big crashout in her first run to come back in her second run and execute perfectly the almost impossible trick that had eluded her in the first run. No failure of nerve there.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 04:56 AM

SoÖ..what?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 06:15 AM

So I'm talking about two inexperienced sportswomen who had expectations piled on them - one of them folded under the pressure and was dead straight about it all, the other, within minutes of a fall that could have ended her competition, showed real grit, got back on the saddle and won the gold. Biles is not inexperienced. She made a mistake in her first competition then became the big news as she butted out of one event after another, one at a time. I don't know what was going on in her head and I'm glad she managed something of a comeback, but I'm not convinced and I'd rather that sportspeople didn't resort to playing the mental health card too easily. When I looked up mental health on the NHS website I saw a list containing eating disorders, bipolar disorder, depression and PTSD. Real mental health issues that are not self-diagnosed. I see we have Ben Stokes at it now as well. A big part of elite sport is having self-doubt, injuries, occasional loss of form, screwing up every now and then and feeling the pressure of the public gaze. It all comes with the deal and I'd rather see the athletes fighting through it. Anyhow, I wish her well. I do understand that bullying, physical and sexual abuse are a big part of gymnastics and that they would contribute to athletes running into the rough. So I'm expressing doubts here, not rushing to judgement.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 07:02 AM

Pretty much what I thought you were getting at, just needed clarification. As an ex-sportsman (amateur local-league football until my early thirties, competition rowing until I was forty-one, local-league table-tennis and club-level squash until my mid-fifties) Iím very much aware that different people have different ways of dealing with set-backs, and my way certainly wasnít necessarily the way of others.

I believe that those of us sitting comfortably in our armchairs with a drink of something nice in our hands, and who have never competed in sport at the highest level, are not well-qualified to judge the actions of those who do, and we should accept that they handle their set-backs in a way thatís appropriate and acceptable to them and their advisors.

In the case of a gymnast, for whom an attack of the condition described by Beth Tweddle, and from which Biles was said to be suffering, is not only psychologically debilitating but, if ignored, could result in serious physical injury - perhaps, in extreme circumstances, permanent disability or even death - it seems to make absolute sense to refrain from competition.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 07:43 AM

Ok, so let's talk about the twisties, or whatever, and not about "mental health." There's too much else going on in the world under that heading that is serious, long-term and demonstrably deleterious to a person's general well-being, not just to an athlete who suddenly gets the eebie-jeebies. Let's not devalue the term too easily by casually bandying it around, as seems to me to have been happening a fair bit lately.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 08:01 AM

OK, what action would you take if, as a gymnast, you found you had lost the ability to track your position and the physical attitude of your body in relation to the floor when performing high-speed aerial twists and rotations - e.g. during a vault, or during an acrobatic dismount from a piece of equipment, or during an acrobatic manúuvre in the floor-exercise?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Rain Dog
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 08:06 AM

So how do you think mental health problems begin?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 08:11 AM

Looks as though KJ-T might have to pull out of the Heptathlon due to injury. Very sad - saw her (and Nafi Thiam) close-up when we attended the World Championships in London in 2017, both came over to the barrier just in front of us and spoke to people in the crowd, maybe members of their support-team?

Watching KJ-T and Nafi running the track during their warm-up was the closest thing to poetry in motion Iíve ever seen. Beautiful!


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Donuel
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 09:20 AM

The olympics has always made room for new popular events like snow boarding, skate boarding and cross country bowling. Perhaps olympic lieing, yarn spinning and telling whoppers could be included.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 09:40 AM

...or Olympic Preaching?


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 09:55 AM

ĒPost editing is a bit like time travel. You might edit something which somebody has already replied to, leaving the whole thing looking stupid.Ē

Yes, I can see that, with Mudcat being built on Ďoldí technology, that could be a problem. However, I post on several other forums where posts can be edited by their authors, and which are then annotated as having been edited. Clicking on the Ďeditedí link gives everyone access to the edit-chain, so that it can be followed in order to prevent exactly the situation you describe.
The typo was repaired. ---mudelf


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 10:43 AM

ĒSo how do you think mental health problems begin?

Only just seen your question RD, and Iím not sure who itís aimed at. If me, Iím a retired accountant so I donít regard myself as qualified to answer it. I do, however, have a very close relative who has suffered very badly from PTSD as a result of his service in the armed forces, and in the police forces in the UK and in Canada so, when someone claims to be suffering mental ill-health, I tend to give them the benefit of the doubt until itís categorically proved otherwise.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 01:30 PM

There was an excellent description of how this "twisties" problem can happen by Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, who explained in detail the problems in some of these high-risk sports. I prefer to take his explanation than the above dismissal of her departure by suggesting that she was stepping away because she somehow muffed the first performance and was sulking.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1420452912690499586


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Jeri
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 03:02 PM

Well, she came back, and won a bronze. And I'd take the acceptance of her teammates and coaches of the opinions of random haters and know-it-alls. I understand "twisties" (although I quite likely have some misunderstanding). There are some diseases/conditions which bugger up the connection between the brain and the body. It's not inconceivable that mental/emotional factors might do the same.
I have nothing but respect for Biles.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Donuel
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 03:58 PM

I assume most of us have always had the twistys.
Double or triple twists and flips, let alone the skater quads, exceed the instinctual talents of the animal world.
Gymnastics is usually a kid's sport with a four year career after 10 years of practice. I do not wish or expect gladitorial sacrifice from them for anyone's entertainment.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 04:51 PM

Well I don't know who it was who accused her of sulking, I don't hate her (I wished her well, remember?) and my posts were full of doubts, so I'm not sure who these know-it-alls are (Piers Morgan, perhaps?). So it would be good if you could tell us who's accused her of sulking and who you refer to when you attack the hate-mongers and know-it-alls...


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 07:14 PM

Steve, you said She made a mistake in her first competition then became the big news as she butted out of one event after another, one at a time. I don't know what was going on in her head and I'm glad she managed something of a comeback, but I'm not convinced and I'd rather that sportspeople didn't resort to playing the mental health card too easily.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Bill D
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 07:39 PM

Steve.. I have watched several explanations by experts... and by Biles herself. That 'mistake' you refer to in the vault was her first indication there was a problem. She didn't know exactly why she couldn't control it, but after tests away from the competition, she found she could do forward and backward flips ok, but when she tried to 'twist' in the middle, her sense of location and timing was not there.... thus she landed WAY off in that vault. Because she does some of the most complex and difficult vaults and mat routines in the business, lack of control of the tiny details of location during twists in the air is flatly dangerous! Most of her skills WERE ranked high because they included twists. When she finally decided to do the beam, she did a simpler dismount than originally planned... thus lowering her possible score.

   She remarked that it was weird to find her 'wiring' didn't work right any longer.
   After the career she has had, it is not fair for ANYONE to suggest she just panicked or succumbed to pressure & fear...etc.
I watched a golfer once suffer from vertigo in the middle of the U.S. Open... and I have had it briefly myself. Something to do with the inner ear canals. Perhaps that was involved with Biles. *shrug*



   She


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 04 Aug 21 - 08:36 PM

Well, Donuel, as that exchange between us was deleted, I suggest you shut up about it.

Maggie, it's fine to quote what I said, but in no way did I suggest that she was sulking, and your quoting of my post in no way demonstrated that. In fact, I didn't at all mean to suggest that she sulked, and I'm a bit miffed that you should persist in insinuating that I did. Again, please read my carefully-worded posts. I'm no Piers Morgan, whatever else you think.

Bill, the best footballers in the world occasionally have an absolute shocker. Own goals by the greats have been known to lose matches. The best cricket batsmen in the world get out for a duck or even a golden duck. In the 2005 Ashes series, one of the best fast bowlers in the world, Brett Lee, got slaughtered by Kevin Pietersen which meant that England won the Ashes. Many a great jockey has fallen at the first fence. Shocks, upsets and loss of form are routine in sport, and, in fact, for those of us who love watching sport, sport wouldn't be sport without them. I'm glad that Ms Biles managed the last contest and won a bronze. Sure, I'm no gymnast and I can't know what was in her head. But neither can you, Jeri, Maggie or Donuel. What I do know is that many an elite sportsperson has battled severe adversity and come back in triumph. That's sport for you, and that's part of what makes sport so memorable. She did make a mistake, for her, in her first competition, whether you like it or not. For all the world, that appeared to make her decide to butt out of one subsequent competition after another. Someone else, maybe, would, as it were, have immediately got back on her horse and taken on the world. It puzzles me somewhat to hear people saying of her that she is such an inspiration, etc. If she's an inspiration for claiming undiagnosed "mental health" issues, then I'm not with you.


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate

Subject: RE: BS: 2021 Olympics
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 05 Aug 21 - 02:30 AM

Steve, you seem to have missed the question I posed directly to you yesterday at 08:01 AM Mudcat-time, so here it is againÖ

ĒOK, what action would you take if, as a gymnast, you found you had lost the ability to track your position and the physical attitude of your body in relation to the floor when performing high-speed aerial twists and rotations - e.g. during a vault, or during an acrobatic dismount from a piece of equipment, or during an acrobatic manúuvre in the floor-exercise?Ē

As your several posts compare Bilesí actions and reactions against those of other sportsmen and women in what can only be seen as a critical and judgemental manner, I feel itís perfectly reasonable to ask how you would deal with the issues sheís had to handle should you find yourself suffering the same condition. Criticism is one thing - any fool can criticise anything - but constructive criticism is something entirely different. I look forward to your considered and, hopefully, enlightening responseÖ


Post - Top - Home - Printer Friendly - Translate
Next Page

 


You must be a member to post in non-music threads. Join here.


You must be a member to post in non-music threads. Join here.



Mudcat time: 26 January 6:18 AM EST

[ Home ]

All original material is copyright © 1998 by the Mudcat Cafť Music Foundation, Inc. All photos, music, images, etc. are copyright © by their rightful owners. Every effort is taken to attribute appropriate copyright to images, content, music, etc. We are not a copyright resource.