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Everything posted by OlympicsFan

  1. Germany will be without Tabea Alt (bronze medallist on balance beam from last year) and Pauline Schäfer (gold medallist on balance beam from last year), so the chances for a medal are very close to zero. The women's team will also need a lot of luck to finish top 8.
  2. Summer Youth Olympic Games 2018

    I think Argentina is doing a good job as a host, but i got absolutely no excitement for this event. The level in many/most sports is absurd, how many medallists in swimming/athletics from here would have won medals at the 2014 youth olympic games with their performances? Probably not many ... Of course the fact that this event takes place so late in the year might have something to do with it. The one athlete per nation rule, the absence of many elite talents (mainly fromt the US) and the small fields in many events certainly hurt the level of competition. I am sure that it will get even worse in 2022, so maybe at least 2020 will see a higher level of comeptition.
  3. [OFF TOPIC] Politics Thread

    Every country seems to have some weird politicians nowadays, but Brazil seems to have more than its fair share. I always dreamt of visiting Sao Paulo (Liberdade to be more precisely), hopefully Brazil doesn't return to much darker times.
  4. Summer Youth Olympic Games 2018

    Very interesting draw for a judo semifinal ... No Japan, Russia, France and so on.
  5. Summer Youth Olympic Games 2018

    I know that for example in swimming USA didn't send it's best talents. Youth olympics results in general are often not a very good indicator for the future strength of a nation at senior level.
  6. Why does Germany for example have two medals in men's C1 (canoeing slalom)? Isn't there a rule that every nation can only qualify one athlete?
  7. I expect 12 medals for Germany, less than half the number of medals Germany won in 2014, mostly due to the fact that the teams Germany will send in swimming/athletics are much weaker than those 4 years ago.
  8. Men's Football UEFA European Champions League 2018 - 2019

    Boateng is the weakest out of those 3 and Süle is probably the strongest, most Bayern fans agree on that. Next year Bayern will probably buy Pavard or they will first try whether Lukas Mai is good enough already to play on that level. Like i said before, there aren't many offensive players who are affordable and would help Bayern. Hazard, Dembele, Mbappe, Neymar, Couthino, Salah, Mane are too expansive and have no reason to change clubs. Younger players like Pulisic haven't proven so far that they can make the difference on the highest levels. I think Bayern should have bought Martial, he could have played as a winger and a striker. If Bayern would have a better coach (Nagelsmann and Tuchel were all available, Rose probably as well) then i honestly believe that with the formation i mentioned before, they still would have had a good chance at winning the champions league. Now as a Bayern fan you should pray that Tuchel/Rose takes over next season and that 2 out of Coman/Gnabry/Davies become world class or that Bayern buys another talent who then quickly becomes world class. Currently it's just unrealistic for Bayern to sign a world class winger, maybe the best solution would be to try a completely different system. Juventus doesn't have world-class wingers either and they are doing just fine.
  9. Men's Football UEFA European Champions League 2018 - 2019

    You clearly don't know much about Bayern if you think that Boateng/Hummels should be selected ahead of Süle. Boateng, Martinez, Ribery, Müller and Robben have no place in this team. The team should be Neuer-Alaba-Hummels-Süle-Kimmich-Thiago-Sanches/Tolisso-James-Coman-Gnabry-Lewandowski. The injuries of Tolisso and especially Tolisso hurt the team, but the bigger problem is that for some reason Hoeneß seems to have a problem with spending money. Of course there is also the problem of finding someone who can replace Ribery/Robben, there are maybe 5 players in the world who are as good as those 2 were about 5 years ago and all of them are impossible to get. Bayern has to realize that they have to rebuild with players like Sanches, Coman, Gnabry, Davies and talented young players who are still affordable (like Havertz for example). Nonetheless Bayern still would have easily won against this Ajax side last season under Heynckes. Kovac is clearly not good enough to coach a team like Bayern and Bayern should try to get Klopp/Tuchel/Nagelsmann/Rose as fast as possible.
  10. Slalom Canoeing ICF World Championships 2018

    3 medals in olympic events and 2 of them in gold is great for Germany and somewhat deserved after so many slapstick misses at the Rio Olympics 2 years ago. Even as a non-german fan you have to be happy for the german athletes, considering how hard it must have been for them to come back to the same place where one of their coaches tragically died about 2 years ago at the olympics. 2 gold medals aren't a realistic goal for the next olympics, since Aigner is very unlikely to keep this level for 2 more years, but with Anton/Tasiadias and Funk (who was in great shape this week and could have challenged for gold if she would have stayed clear in the final) 1 gold (and 2 medals in total) should definitely be the goal in Tokyo.
  11. Men's Volleyball FIVB World Championship 2018

    Heynen on the men's side and Guidetti on the women's side? Guess which nation let both of them walk away?
  12. Men's Volleyball FIVB World Championship 2018

    So at the last 2 world championships only 2 european teams have won medals, Poland and ... Germany, both coached by Heynen!
  13. Lithuania already picked a song? "In My Mind" is close to hitting 100 million views on Youtube after just over 2 months.
  14. Men's Volleyball FIVB World Championship 2018

    Still amazed that Germany wasnt able to qualify for this considering how many garbage teams managed to qualify. With a decent format this world cup would last 2 weeks at most and the teams could even get some rest in between games.
  15. Judo IJF World Championships 2018

    Another non-spanish born athlete winning a medal for Spain, at this point you have to wonder whether there are any spanish-born athletes left in Spain?
  16. Road Cycling UCI World Championships 2018

    But apparently only on the womens side. I am still amazed that there are people who dont understand the importance of doping in cycling, just look what happened to british cycling in the last 10 years ... The Netherlands are dominant in speed skating, so noone should be surprised to see them that strong in another sport that is mostly about endurance. The Netherlands in general are more relaxed than other countries when it comes to drugs/doping. Algeria used to be much better than the Netherlands in distance running, but now the Netherlands clearly turned it around (at least on the womens side). You have to wonder how that was possible despite algerian people being more naturally gifted than dutch people when it comes to distance running ...
  17. Equestrian FEI World Games 2018

    Will it be a german 1-2? Could be the first german gold since 1994!
  18. Judo IJF World Championships 2018

    Absolute disaster again for Germany. Wieczerzak, Trajdos and especially Stoll completely flopped. Germany should never win less than 4 medals in judo at major competitions. I wonder what happened with Vargas-Koch ... Let's see what Frey can do.
  19. Equestrian FEI World Games 2018

    Germany ahead of Austria and Switzerland before the last two rounds of individual jumping, sounds like a winter sport result. Blum would be another random gold medal winner, but with 2 more rounds to go, everything is still completely open. Germany deserves to finally win a(n) (individual) gold in show jumping again. Bronze is good for this german team, but i hope that one day Germany will be rewarded for their consistency. USA doesn't have better individual athletes, but they are always better in the team. Maybe in 2020 it's time, especially if Ahlmann and Deußer get back to their best shape, Klaphake and especially Tebbel did nothing here to justify being in the team.
  20. Equestrian FEI World Games 2018

    Happy to see that i was proven right about Sternlicht and Switzerland, despite having no clue about this sport. Some experts didn't even mention Switzerland ... Edit: Also nice to see that i was right about Italy having no chance here, despite other people thinking otherwise.
  21. Equestrian FEI World Games 2018

    1) How many contestants does this contest have? 2) Is there anyone besides him who cares about (follows) non-olympic events like reining? 3) I don't doubt that he knows much about this sport (although the provisional standing in a single predictions contest with very few participants doesn't prove anything), but my point is that his predictions concerning Germany at the 2020 olympic were ridiculous and therefore i offered him a bet. The fact that he isn't willing to take any of them (although the odds would be sensational for him, if his assessment of the current state of german eventing would be correct) pretty much proves that he was just bullshitting and everyone who doesn't believe it just has to look up when Germany last didn't win a single medal at a major event or finished outside the top 5. By the way: In 2010 Germany finished 5th in the team and Jung won individual gold (the same result Germany would have had this year if it wouldn't have been for Klimke's silly mistake, without the best german rider even competing), 2 years later Germany won 2 gold medals at the olympics.
  22. Equestrian FEI World Games 2018

    He is clearly delusional, Germany won at least one eventing medal at the last 7 major competitions. This time Klimke threw away gold, so Germany was unlucky to not win the individual gold despite not even having their best rider here. Krajewski, Jung, Auffarth and Klimke won silver in Rio and i still need to hear why the exact same team won't be even top 5 in 2020 like dcro predicted, if Krajewski learns to do cross-country it would be downright insane to not predict gold for Germany, but that's an other discussion for now. All the facts are against him and by the fact that he isn't willing to put his money where his mouth is, you can tell that even he himself doesn't believe in his "prediction".
  23. Equestrian FEI World Games 2018

    Just say that you are broke, then we can find another way to make this happen. Sadly you are the only one here having no clue what he is talking about, but please tell me when was the last time that Germany didn't win at least one eventing medal at a major event? I also didn't want to be sadistic, that's why i only wanted to make this about 100 euros, since i assumed even that would be a lot of money for someone like you. You said Germany would be lucky to win one medal, although since 2006 (it would have been 2004 if Hoy wouldn't have been robbed back then) Germany always won at least one medal (thats 7 major events in a row), so don't act as if what you said was in any way reasonable. You have no arguments on your side and aren't even man enough to put your money where your mouth is, just pathetic once again. Not to mention the fact that you can't even talk to someone directly if you want to discuss, just like a little school girl that shies away from confrontation and therefore talks about someone behind his/her back.
  24. Equestrian FEI World Games 2018

    1/2) USA, Netherlands Rest: Germany, Ireland, Belgium, France, GB, Switzerland, Sweden all about the same Ireland is constantly overperforming this year, so they are probably a lock as well. No chance: Italy
  25. Equestrian FEI World Games 2018

    Haha, like i said before, i am willing to take a bet, especially against someone who doesn't know how to quote despite spending most of his life on this website. I don't know about your financial situation, so i would offer you a smaller bet: 100 euros to you if GB finishes ahead of Germany in the team competition in 2020 or 100 euros to you if GB wins more eventing medals in 2020 than Germany otherwise I get 100 euros from you