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  1. 30 points
    Ladies and Gentleman, this is my 5,000 post. I didn’t want this occasion to go by without marking it, so get ready for this monster of a post. First, I’d like to reflect about my time on Totallympics: Growing up I was always an “outsider” or “misunderstood”. I didn’t have a lot of friends, and I didn’t share may of the interests other people my age had. I loved to talk politics, international sports, and life. I wasn’t really surrounded by people with those interests. There was a time, in middle school, where I seriously began to at least contemplate suicide. Luckily around the time I finished middle school and began high school, I found people who believed in me, and who liked me for me. However, even with my increased social participation, there was always something missing. No one I know wants to talk much about the Olympics, or the Commonwealth Games, or the Pan Am Games, or really about anything I was interested in. That all changed one spring day in early 2018 when I was browsing the internet looking for information about the Tokyo 2020 qualification process. I came across a website called Totallympics. I read what I believed to be the comments section at the time (mostly because I didn’t know much about forums), and saw a user complaining about how hard it would be for a Brazilian biathlete to qualify for the Olympics. I was immediately hooked from then on. It took me a while to understand this crazy new community that I was now a part. However, there isn’t a day that goes by where I’m not happy to be a Totallympics member. This forum completed me. It’s honestly helped me become a better person too through learning to interact with people who have vast differences in background. So, I’d like to thank all of you for being such great users, and for always (or at least most of the time) making me feel welcomed, and for giving me a place where I feel like I can be me. Second I’d like to share some memories with users: I’ll always remember being @heywoodu‘s new favorite user when I joined. I feel like that didn’t last long I used to hate @bestmen‘s complaints, comments, accusations, etc., but now I’ve grown to love them like a child loves a drunk uncle. They might be crazy, but it would feel the same if bestmen wasn’t around. Peter Sagan made my day as a little kid one time, so it’s always nice to have a fellow diehard supporter on the forum @hckosice. Plus, you’re one of the few users who just always seems to able to say the right thing to make everyone happy. You guys wouldn’t be my “online family” if we didn’t argue. I can always trust @heywoodu, @dcro, and @Monzanator to challenge my opinions and call me out when needed. I may often say things critical of you, but I still treasure your presence on this forum (even if you are wrong when I’m right ) I’d also like to give shoutouts to my fellow Americans who generally seem to understand where I come from, and always give me a nice sense of “home” @dezbee2008, @bmo, @Rdbc, @Maxim Fastovsky, @RobtheAggie I can also almost always count on @zob79 to throw out a dirty joke. He’s more of the dirty grandpa of the family. I never knew a lot of openly gay people growing up. Luckily I was taught tolerance from a young age. It blew my mind to see someone like @thiago_simoes be so open about it. The insights and opinions you’ve shared with me have been invaluable. I obviously like to give huge shoutouts to @Sindo, @vinipereira, and @hckosice for keeping this wonderful place running and for at least attempting to keep us all in line. Of course I’d also like to give a huge shoutout as well too my fellow Totallympics Media reporters @Vojthas and @mrv86. Lastly I’d like to give a wholehearted thanks to @Sindo, @Vojthas, @mrv86, @OlympicIRL, and @heywoodu for supporting me on my journey as a sports journalist. I’m sorry I couldn’t thank all the users who’ve made my time on here special, so here’s a special mention for you too @phelps, @ahjfcshfghb, @Federer91, @vlad, @Griff88, @MHSN, @Ustatsch, @Dolby, @Jan Linha, @ChandlerMne, @uk12points, @Grassmarket, @Gianlu33, @Wanderer, @wumo26, @Agger, @dareza, @intoronto, @NearPup, @JoshMartini007, @Laraja, @Belle, @Finnator123, @Function CR Lee, @Benolympique, @ofan, @AIFhg, @thepharoah, @amen09, @LDOG, @Jinzha, @opruh, and anyone else I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with that I can’t remember at the moment (sorry). Third, I’d like to talk about being a sports journalist: I feel in love with journalism during high school, and have has admired the likes of Inside The Games and Around The Rings. I made a name for myself around here as a replay archiver, but I always wanted to do more. I was lucky enough to meet @Vojthas who shared my passion for journalism and sport. He has taught me so much and is even currently at an event reporting for Totallympics Media (our first ever accreditation I might add). We were lucky enough to add @mrv86 to the team as well. This summer alone we made a podcast, and a fully functioning website for our organization. The later was only made possible @Sindo who I owe a huge thanks. I’d also like to thank all of you for your support, and ask that you continue to check in on Totallympics Media. Fourth, I’d like to celebrate my 5,000 post by looking at some of my personal highlights. I have a community reputation of: 1,355 (and I never thought I’d ever reach, let alone pass 1,000) In reactions I’ve received: 358 Luaghs 163 Trophies 70 Cries 53 Wows 16 Loves “Facts”: I’ve “won” 27 days. I have 129 pages worth of reactions and comments. I have 148 attachments. I am (or will be) a Totallympics Gold Medalist and 2 time reputation Gold Medalist. Trivia: My user icon has been a flower for at least year. I am a Senior Reporter at Totallympics Media. I am from the United States. My real name is Matt. The first sport I played was Baseball. I competed as a distance runner for 9 years. I’ve worked as a volunteer at major international sports events like the 2017 Weightlifting World Championships. I currently practice the sports of Roller Speed Skating and Sport Climbing. I have been to Canada, The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, and Mexico (and soon to be Japan and Austria). Lastly, I’d like to say: Cheers to 5,000 posts and here’s to 5,000 more . Thank You All!
  2. 22 points
    Tests done. Guys, I am proud to announce you that I got my certificate and From today I am officially a Volunteer Firefighter
  3. 21 points
    Grand Final Moments "NAFTA. NAFTA everywhere." "Olympian1010's Family reacts to all songs from TISC 2020." "Czechoslovak Trophy Hooray ! " "But always expect plenty from the fennec." "I fear there’s no more points for the US." "Trying to get laid is not proper social distancing buddy." "He's a teenage kid." "Covid-19 left the chat." "Is Agger rigging the contest?" "Is there a record for most silver medals without a single gold?" "You had more 12s in this forum than you can count." "That moment when Spain 12 is stolen by Germany with a Spanish song." "I'm @intoronto." "Greece wants to join NAFTA, it seems." "Technically Iran always awards medal to Israel by letting team walk free to the next round." "How dare you!"
  4. 18 points
    Unfortunately I got infected through my roommate who came back from Austria about 1,5 week ago after the town he visited got quarantined due to a Corona outbreak. He and all of his friends he went on the trip with all got sick after returning to the Netherlands. Fortunately, my roommate has already recovered in full and I'm slowly recovering as well, and luckily we both only had mild symptoms. However, I've been locked inside with my roommate for more than a full week now and I'm already slowly going crazy. We can't even go outside to buy groceries or medication and have to rely on friends and family to drop that off at the door. Although I'm very thankful for everyone's support, I can't wait to go outside again in a few days when I'm fully recovered, even if it's only a 5-minute walk to the nearest supermarket.
  5. 17 points
    FYI - The Olympedia database is now available to the public. http://www.olympedia.org/ With an explanation here https://olympstats.com/2020/05/27/olympedia-now-open-to-the-public/
  6. 17 points
    The theme of the official logo is Symphony of Nature, or rather, Symphony of the Sea. There are several elements to it. Most prominent are the sea and sand in the background. They represent the Croatian coastline. With an estimated length of 6000 km and counting more than 1000 islands, the Croatian coastline is known for its rugged nature. The boat floating on the top represents harmony. Finally, we have the music sheets written on waves together with several notes thrown around. They indeed represent the Symphony of the Sea. How does the Symphony of the Sea sound like? Well, one way to find out is by going to Zadar. More specifically to its Sea Organ. The Sea Organ is an experimental musical instrument which creates the sound by the sea waves crashing into empty pipes located underneath the large marble steps. In its essence, the Sea Organ allows the nature to take over a role of conductor. The sea tends to become melancholic on a rainy day. The logo is courtesy of @vinipereira. Join us for the Opening Ceremony in two days. Grand Final will be held Saturday, while the Closing Ceremony (incl. Medal Presentations) will close out the weekend.
  7. 17 points
    Continuing with the South American theme this night, the Organizing Committee is proud to finally unveil the logo for the Totallympics Annual International Contest 2018. The main figure for this logo, the arara-vermelha (Red-and-green macaw) is a large species widespread in the forests and woodlands of northern and central South America, especially in Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. However - in common with other macaws - there has been a decline in its numbers due to habitat loss and illegal capture. With the use of its image here at the logo, we hope to raise awareness to this fact, but also celebrate its beauty. In the logo, the bird is combined with musical waves (to bring a music element) that also resembles the Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio. Ladies and gentleman, the official logo of TISC 2018:
  8. 16 points
    Some very personal thoughts for someone's first time as host: As first time host I did not really know what to expect. I had only previously been a spectator to one TISC and participated in one other, so my TISC-experience was quite small. Fortunately for me, I have had Agger as co-host who has participated many times in TISC and hosted one previously. I knew they were a lot preparation done before a TISC even opens. The most demanding thing during the preparation process was to come up with ideas and an a concept for this TISC. I'm not a person filled with many creative ideas, so this process felt at time frustrating. For me, I felt I had to live up to many different expectations from the users here on the forum. But due to not being overly creative, I often ended up being frustrated with myself. I began to question if I was a good enough host. It even develop into thinking if I was good enough as a person. TiSC and my studies took so much of my time that I did not have time to just sit down and relax. I was really stressed and I couldn't sleep much. This could not go on for much more time. One day, I sat down and said to myself, "Stop blaming yourself and try to live up to everybody's exceptions. Don't think you have to create something new, use ideas you like and adjust them to your liking". After this, I was much more at peace with myself. I started to believe in my own ideas and I didn't care if I used an idea someone had used before. It was okay. When the Grand Final ended yesterday evening/night, I cried, It had been such an emotional rollercoaster for me. All what I have written above seems to tell that I should have said stop during the process before it came to me questioning myself, and yes I should have probably done that, but I didn't. Instead I have been through a personal process where I have learned to accept my own limits. I never thought hosting a song contest on a sports forum would learn me something about my own personal life. I don't think my story is at all a good representaton of hosting an edition of TISC. Don't be scared to host. it's fun when your product is finally done, but it can feel frustrating during the process. TISC is, after all, about trying to create a stronger community here on Totallympics. I will give a special thank you to @Agger, @OlympicIRL and @vinipereira. Thanks to @Agger for the help preparing for TISC as co-host. Credits to his work on the presentation of the different cities and towns. Thanks to @OlympicIRL for his help with different ideas, especially his idea for a point format for the TISC Team Challenge. Thanks to @vinipereira for his help with the design of the logo. It would not have been possible without you. And lastly, thanks to all who have been so kind to have shown their interest and passion for TISC once again
  9. 16 points
    Happy Valentines Day to my little Dutch boy @heywoodu, my American friends @RobtheAggie @dezbee2008 @Rdbc @PandaCat, horse lover @dcro, TISC arch-enemies @wumo26 @Agger, my drunk uncle @bestmen, my taco dealer @mrv86, favorite Slovenian @hckosice, my Lithuanian pal @Werloc, impassioned arguers @Monzanator @OlympicsFan, TISC historian @OlympicIRL, gymnastics nerd @thiago_simoes, prediction maniacs @Wanderer @Pablita, Renaissance Man @phelps @Gianlu33, northern Mexican @intoronto, Argentines @LDOG and @konig, and forum daddies @Sindo @vinipereira
  10. 15 points
    INDONESIA 12 ARGENTINA 11 DENMARK 10 IRELAND 9 BRAZIL 8 MALTA 7 NETHERLANDS 6 MOLDOVA 5 NEW ZEALAND 4 NORWAY 3 SLOVENIA 2 CROATIA 1 Gratulácia víťazom To bolo hlasovanie slovenskej poroty, ďakujeme za pozornosť, a dobrú noc. Congrats to the winners ! These were the votes of Slovakia. Thank you all. and Good Night
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    Hello everyone, the post-Olympic year is going to finish and a new sports year is going to start, a year with the Winter Olympic Games, the FIFA World Cup and the first Olympic Qualifications for Tokyo 2020, which hopefully you will all follow on Totallympics and more people will join us before, during and after the events. A special thank you to the 6 users who last year subscribed to the Premium Membership, allowing me to have some extra motivations during the last year when my motivations to keep up the project were a bit low. So thank you @Prashanth, @nitinsanker, @OlympicIRL, @hukbrazil, @heywoodu and @Pavlo for your gesture. Now that I have more motivations, I was able to reduce the costs of hosting the website and I am able to pay most of them with the money I receive from the ads (which is very few, but still enough to cover most of the costs), the Premium Membership and the donations are not necessary anymore and Totallympics is free for everyone again. So you are all now allowed to add your own signature in your profile, which will be shown after each of your posts. As always, everyone can help Totallympics to grow trying to get more users from his/her own nation on national forums/social networks/communities and a way to do so is to make your National Thread active (see Serbia and India, more users attract more users as everywhere around the web) and I wish in the future every national community on the forum can get bigger
  13. 14 points
    And finally... Thanks everyone for joining the party over the last couple of days. It was so fun watching how the script would unfold in front of you. Congratulations to @intoronto for taking the historic first ever non-European win , and of course to @Vic Liu and @Benolympique @Bohemia for making the podium. I give special thanks to @OlympicIRL for continued support and to @vinipereira for bearing with me in the logo-making process. Special thanks also goes to @IoNuTzZ and @catgamer for giving us our only medals. Of course, I am also thanking you for all those lovely messages you have left, both here in the thread or in PM. Congrats to nations who made the Team podium as well, in particular my team mates @Wumo @Belle @Griff88 See you tomorrow for the Closing Ceremony.
  14. 14 points
    technically Iran always awards medal to Israel by letting team walk free to the next round.
  15. 14 points
    Hi everyone, This is a sad day for TISC. We have rules in place and some rules you never ever want to enforce and hope that you won't need and hope they are just there for guidance. Sadly today I will be enforcing rule 7(f). I had been in contact with @Sindo in recent days as I felt things were taking a turn for the worst. When bestmen refused to acknowledge Israel's entry, I had to add that to the first post myself and I told Sindo that my red line is if bestmen removes Israel from the list once more or goes on another rant then he would have to be stripped of hosting duties. On top of that, I have no choice but to disqualify him from TISC entirely. To deny another user the right to participate is a totally unacceptable move and it means that we cannot consider him to be a fair judge of other users and songs. As for the future of this contest, TISC Annual 2020 will go ahead, no doubt about that. I won't make any decisions yet about how soon or hosting, I need some time to think it over as do we all. Apologies to everyone.
  16. 14 points
    By the way, major applause for @Wumo. Might have made a mistake that kind of spoiled the total final result, but overall I think he did a great job and deserved a round of applause
  17. 13 points
    CHINA 11 GERMANY 10 POLAND 9 AUSTRALIA 8 INDONESIA 7 ISRAEL 6 SPAIN 5 IRAN 4 MALTA 3 ITALY 2 NETHERLANDS 1
  18. 13 points
    Scoreboard For our final act of the opening ceremony, we reveal the full scoreboard, so without further ado, here it is...  Number of Juries Voted So Far: 0 / 35 Argentina 0 Colombia 0 Chile 0 Great Britain 0 Spain 0 Tunisia 0 Romania 0 Croatia 0 France 0 Malta 0 Indonesia 0 Mexico 0 Denmark 0 Serbia 0 Poland 0 United States 0 Italy 0 New Zealand 0 Slovenia 0 Ireland 0 Portugal 0 India 0 Slovakia 0 Finland 0 Netherlands 0 Egypt 0 Turkey 0 Greece 0 Algeria 0 Bulgaria 0 Canada 0 Lithuania 0 Brazil 0 Austria 0 Russia 0 Current Top 5 Positions 1 Colombia ▶︎ 0 2 Great Britain ▶︎ 0 3 Tunisia ▶︎ 0 4 Croatia ▶︎ 0 5 Malta ▶︎ 0 And here's the logo in its form On behalf of the American delegation, I would like to thank @OlympicIRL for helping me organize this task of hosting the contest, which is not easy, but it was worth it. I would also like to thank @vinipereira with the logo despite being away from his home for some time. Special thanks to @hckosice @heywoodu @dcro @mrv86 and many others for their offers, as well as @Olympian1010 for manning the delegation while I held hosting duties. Finally, we'll be starting bright and early at 5 am EST for the main show, so bring your inner emotional lady with you
  19. 13 points
    I met our first Asian Games medalist
  20. 12 points
    Medal Presentation Medals will be presented by Neno Belan, one-time TISC participant and the highest placed Croatian artist to date. CANADA Artist: Shawn Mendes Song: If I Can't Have You Jury Members: @intoronto CHINA Artist: Zhao Fangjing Song: Grain in Ear Jury Members: @Vic Liu FRANCE Artist: Clara Luciani Song: Ma Soeur Jury Members: @Benolympique @Bohemia Ladies and gentlemen, please stand for the national anthem of Canada. Mesdames et messieurs, veuillez vous lever pour l'hymne national du Canada. (if the video doesn't work...)
  21. 12 points
    IRAN Hello fellow Totallympians, this is Iran calling! Here are the votes of the Iranian National Jury: ISRAEL 10 SERBIA 9 BULGARIA 8 GREECE 7 MEXICO 6 ITALY 5 GERMANY 4 FRANCE 3 POLAND 2 INDIA 1
  22. 12 points
    I have a confession to make. I somehow forgot to make voting templates for the votes of the Danish Jury You will get a very simplified presentation of the votes.
  23. 12 points
    Soon...there will be no escape... TISC #13 Totallympics Open International Song Contest 2019 Coming this September... Are you ready?
  24. 12 points
    Road to TISC Open 2018 So as we count down the days towards the Grand Final of TISC Open 2018, as with tradition, it's time to kick-off the "Road to TISC" series. This year, the series will be take stock of the roots of the contest and explore the history of each nation in our wonderful contest. It is the intention to revamp the TISC History thread in the near future so that the history is much more accessible to anyone who wishes to go delve into the history or to spend an afternoon reminiscing. While we will continue working on that, let's take a brief look at the history of each of the 57 nations (not forgetting Antarctica of course!) who participated in our fun contests. So let's begin with looking at Bulgaria, followed later this evening by Azerbaijan and Croatia. BULGARIA AT THE TOTALLYMPICS INTERNATIONAL SONG CONTEST Continent - Europe Population: 7.05 million Capital: Sofia TISC Appearances 10 TISC Open Appearances 5 TISC Annual Appearances 5 National Records Best Finish (Overall) 13th Best Finish (Open) 13th Best Finish (Annual) 21st Bulgaria NR Points (Overall) 83 pts Bulgaria NR Points (Open) 83 pts Bulgaria NR Points (Annual) 69 pts Bulgaria NR Average (Overall) 2.59 PPJ Bulgaria NR Average (Open) 2.59 PPJ Bulgaria NR Average (Annual) 2.03 PPJ NR Points Streak (Overall) 3 NR Points Streak (Open) 2 NR Points Streak (Annual) 3 Bulgaria NR Medal Streak 1 TISC Record 0 0 0 List of Bulgarian Entries: #1 TISC Open 2013 Slavi Trifonov & Ku-Ku Band - Ne Me Moli 34th 11 pts #2 TISC Annual 2014 Angel and Moisey - Tazi Snimka Pazi 33rd 21 pts #3 TISC Open 2014 BTR - Spasenie 33rd 27 pts #4 TISC Annual 2015 Deep Zone Project ft. Atanas Kolev - Zig-Zag 30th 15 pts #5 TISC Open 2015 Desislava and Ruslan Maynov - Samo Edna 26th 55 pts #6 TISC Annual 2016 Dia - Veno Neveno 25th 50 pts #7 TISC Open 2016 Georgi Stanchev - Ti Uzhasno Zakasnia 13th 83 pts #8 TISC Annual 2017 Mey - Would You Be Mine 21st 69 pts #9 TISC Open 2017 Bulgaro - Dui Chaves 34th 14 pts #10 TISC Annual 2018 DARA - Nedei 32nd 42 pts Most Successful Bulgarian Entry
  25. 12 points
    That is the level of consistency I strive for, as I am as inconsistent as most people claim they are However, I do want to thank @vinipereira for this amazing contest and @OlympicIRL and @dcro for lending a hand in all of this. Now it's a bit cliche at this point for the next host to say that it's tough to follow the previous host, but it's a tough act to follow for sure. And to my teammates @Bohemia @FC Mezhgorye @Belle for, well, being awesome teammates And to the countries that contributed to the 3rd place run: 12 -- @MHSN @Finnator123 @Janakis 11 -- @catgamer @Henry_Leon @SteveParker @Pablita @Gianlu33 @IoNuTzZ 10 -- @Bohemia @amen09 @Glen 9 -- @Dolby @intoronto 8 -- @Argenis Gonzalez @Skijumpingmaster @heywoodu 7 -- @rybak 6 -- none lol 5 -- none lol 4 -- @bestmen @kungshamra71 3 -- none lol 2 -- @konig @FC Mezhgorye 1 -- @DaniSRB @dareza Also congrats to the fellow medallists @Henry_Leon @SteveParker @Pablita @Gianlu33 and @Skijumpingmaster And, once again, I welcome you all to the United States this fall (or spring for you southern hemisphere people) for the 6th Totallympics Open International Song Contest (and 11th overall)
  26. 11 points
    Ok, so just a few words now that the votes have been counted and we have found our new champion. Big congratulations to Canada for a historic victory. First win for Canada, first non-European win, and to do so in a final vote showdown is extra exciting @intoronto Congratulations to China on a wonderful silver medal, a first-ever medal for Asia @Vic Liu And well done also to France, bouncing back to claim another podium finish for the first time in a while. Another bronze to add to the collection. I am sure it's a very sweet feeling for French jurors @Bohemia and @Benolympique A huge round of applause and word of thanks for our wonderful host @dcro. The hosting has been impeccable and it was a high quality edition from start to finish in every aspect, right until the very last vote cast. Take your well earned breather now And finally thank you to all who voted for the Irish song. It was uplifting to see that other connected with the song and a special word of thanks to @kungshamra71 and @dcro once again for awarding the 12 points. It was an honour . And thank you of course to @Werloc and @heywoodu for the 10 points and to every country who gave "Labour of Love" some love. And most of all, thank you all for making this a wonderful day and keeping the contest a unique and enjoyable experience. I am really grateful you all spend your time helping to make this contest strong. I can't wait to do it all over again in the Netherlands for TISC Open 2020!!
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    BULGARIA 12 CHINA 11 GERMANY 10 POLAND 9 AUSTRALIA 8 INDONESIA 7 ISRAEL 6 SPAIN 5 IRAN 4 MALTA 3 ITALY 2 NETHERLANDS 1 Ha! That was a surprise right? We hope you all spent a great day during this exciting edition!
  29. 11 points
    But always expect plenty from the fennec.
  30. 11 points
    The Scoreboard JURIES VOTED: 0/38 UNITED STATES 0 NEW ZEALAND 0 SPAIN 0 PORTUGAL 0 MOLDOVA 0 URUGUAY 0 AUSTRALIA 0 MEXICO 0 LITHUANIA 0 BRAZIL 0 INDIA 0 SWEDEN 0 INDONESIA 0 POLAND 0 SERBIA 0 ITALY 0 KAZAKHSTAN 0 CHINA 0 ISRAEL 0 SLOVENIA 0 TUNISIA 0 GREECE 0 GERMANY 0 BULGARIA 0 UKRAINE 0 IRAN 0 CANADA 0 IRELAND 0 NORWAY 0 CROATIA 0 DENMARK 0 MALTA 0 HUNGARY 0 NETHERLANDS 0 ROMANIA 0 FRANCE 0 ARGENTINA 0 SLOVAKIA 0 Ladies and gentlemen, this concludes the Opening ceremony of the Totallympics Annual International Song Contest 2020. On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I wish everyone involved good luck. Thank you and good night.
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    Guess who made it to the Zlatni Rat? If the whole coronavirus pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we take too much for granted. And indeed, between all these 14 wonderful TISC editions, it can be quite easy to forget how much we owe to one person and one forum that make it all possible. They are @Sindo and Totallympics. Chariots of Fire is a familiar tune which always brings out the best Olympic vibes. We dedicate this rendition to Totallympics - the Home of Olympic Sports.
  32. 11 points
    Parade of Nations (1/3) First batch of nations is welcomed by folk dancers from Slavonia. Their performance consists of two parts. First up is a traditional party song celebrating rakija. It's basically tailor made for @Wumo. Second part features a traditional kolo (eng. circle) dance. IRSKA / IRELAND Jury Members: @OlympicIRL Total Participations: 14 Best Result: 1st (2014O, 2015A, 2016O, 2017O, 2019A) Points Record: 333 (2014 Open) ARGENTINA / ARGENTINA Jury Members: @konig Total Participations: 14 Best Result: 5th (2017 Open) Points Record: 140 (2017 Open) AUSTRALIJA / AUSTRALIA Jury Members: @KingOfTheRhinos Total Participations: 5 Best Result: 2nd (2019 Open) Points Record: 172 (2019 Open) BRAZIL / BRAZIL Jury Members: @titicow @vinipereira Total Participations: 14 Best Result: 2nd (2017 Annual) Points Record: 142 (2017 Annual) BUGARSKA / BULGARIA Jury Members: @Federer91 Total Participations: 13 Best Result: 5th (2018 Open) Points Record: 109 (2018 Open) DANSKA / DENMARK Jury Members: @Wumo Total Participations: 14 Best Result: 1st (2018 Open) Points Record: 202 (2018 Open) FRANCUSKA / FRANCE Jury Members: @Benolympique @Bohemia Total Participations: 14 Best Result: 3rd (2014 Open, 2015 Annual) Points Record: 194 (2014 Open) GRČKA / GREECE Jury Members: @Janakis Total Participations: 14 Best Result: 12th (2014 Open) Points Record: 98 (2014 Open) INDIJA / INDIA Jury Members: @Ashton @Fly_like_a_don Total Participations: 13 Best Result: 14th (2017 Open) Points Record: 84 (2017 Open) INDONEZIJA / INDONESIA Jury Members: @Griff88 Total Participations: 9 Best Result: 6th (2016 Annual) Points Record: 114 (2016 Annual) IRAN / IRAN Jury Members: @MHSN Total Participations: 4 Best Result: 4th (2017 Annual) Points Record: 135 (2017 Annual) ITALIJA / ITALY Jury Members: @Gianlu33 @Henry_Leon @Pablita @SteveParker Total Participations: 14 Best Result: 1st (2018 Annual) Points Record: 206 (2013 Open) IZRAEL / ISRAEL Jury Members: @Dnl Total Participations: 1 Best Result: - (debut) Points Record: - (debut)
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    ... Ireland 2013 Mexico 2014 ... ... Serbia 2014 Denmark 2015 ... ... Ireland 2015 Slovakia 2016 ... ... Lithuania 2016 Great Britain 2017 ... ... Tunisia 2017 Brazil 2018 ... ... United States 2018 Mexico 2019 ... ... Denmark 2019 . . . Ladies and gentlemen, Welcome to the Opening ceremony of the Totallympics Annual International Song Contest 2020!
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    76 users have participated in least one contest, 21 users have participated in least 14/21 contests and 7 users have participated in all 21 contests this year. The 7 users are, africaboy, Vojthas, Henry_Leon, ady48, Monzanator, bestmen, Pablita A total of 32 nations took part in Totallympics Prediction Contests this year with 20 nations winning at least one medal. 33 different users won the 63 medals which were on stake. After this short breakdown of the numbers for 2019 Totallympics Prediction Contests, let's now switch our attention to the individual and team winners of this year. Complete Final Standings and Medal Tables are available here 2019 Totallympics Prediction Contests Overall Individual Points Top 3 chrischi08 8628 africaboy 7555 Henry_Leon 6978 Highest Point Average (Participated in at least 14/21 contests) Top 3 chrischi08 507,5 hckosice 399,9 africaboy 359,8 Highest Point Average (No minimum participation rule) Top 3 Werloc 900,0 Dunadan 731,7 SalamAkhi 677,5 2019 Totallympics Prediction Contests Overall Individual Medal Table Top 3 Place User Gold Silver Bronze Total chrischi08 5 1 1 7 Dunadan 3 2 0 5 hckosice 2 1 1 4 Total Medals Won Individual Top 3 chrischi08 7 Dunadan 5 George_D 5 2019 Totallympics Prediction Contests Overall Team/Nation Points (Based on the top 3 highest scoring users from every nation) Top 3 Romania (africaboy, ady48, vlad) 18591 (7555, 6921, 4115) Italy (Henry_Leon, Pablita, Dunadan) 16705 (6978, 5337, 4390) Poland (Monzanator, Speedy, Vojthas) 16271 (6053, 5466, 4752) Best Team/Nation (Only 2 members) Top 3 Tunisia (amen09, tuniscof) 9491 (6378, 3113) Denmark (Wumo, Agger) 6214 (3740, 2474) Egypt (thepharoah, sami-eg) 3381 (1770, 1611) Best Team/Nation (Only 1 member) Top 3 Slovakia (hckosice) 6799 Algeria (bestmen) 5458 Netherlands (heywoodu) 4706 2019 Totallympics Prediction Contests Overall Team/Nation Medal Table Top 3 Place User Gold Silver Bronze Total Germany (chrischi08 7, OlympicsFan 1) 5 1 2 8 Italy (Dunadan 5, Henry_Leon 2, SteveParker 1, Gianlu33 1) 3 4 2 9 Romania (africaboy 3, ady48 3, vlad 1) 2 3 2 7 Total Medals Won Team/Nation Top 3 Place User Gold Silver Bronze Total Italy (Dunadan 5, Henry_Leon 2, SteveParker 1, Gianlu33 1) 3 4 2 9 Germany (chrischi08 7, OlympicsFan 1) 5 1 2 8 Romania (africaboy 3, ady48 3, vlad 1) 2 3 2 7 These were the winners/medallists of this year. We in the Prediction Group hope you all have enjoyed this season and now look forward to a new exciting season in 2020. Don't forget to vote for the prediction contest in January: https://totallympics.com/index.php?/topic/2128-prediction-contests-poll-contest-selection-for-january/ Users who are mentioned in this post: @africaboy, @Vojthas, @Henry_Leon, @ady48, @Monzanator, @bestmen, @Pablita, @Dunadan, @SteveParker, @Gianlu33 @chrischi08, @OlympicsFan, @vlad, @hckosice, @heywoodu, @amen09, @tuniscof, @Agger, @thepharoah, @sami-eg. @Speedy, @George_D @Werloc, @SalamAkhi
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    A promising start: 2019 TAISC Logo Revealed January 10, 2019.- With a promising number of 18 national juries and 24 jury members already registered to rake part in the 2019 Totallympics Annual International Song Contest, this edition has reached another important date, as today marks the beginning for national selections. Yesterday organizers already sent a new call for nations and jury members to manifest their intention to compete, receiving so a positive response and great expectations to see the first song to be chosen to represent its country. This will continue until Sunday, March 3, which is the last day to complete the first phase of the competition. To celebrate this achievement, as well as to encourage further interest from potential contestants, hosts decided to reveal the logo for this year’s contest. In collaboration with prestigious “Pereira Designs Inc.”, the image in questions aims to connect Mexican identity and traditions with both, music and Olympic sports. As explained by the CEO of the organizing Committee the image represents a Mexican “sarape”, one of the countries most recognized garments due to its colorful patterns, which also serves as a music sheet shaped after the borders of the home nation. Furthermore, the colors chosen are meant to represent the Olympic movement and the typography is a homage to the biggest sports event to be host in its soil, the 1968 Summer Olympics, which set a bar in graphic identity for future hosts. *A Mexican sarape Furthermore, organizers asserted they intend to make this edition unique, revealing that they will engage participants and spectators with digital content that will showcase Mexico’s identity and culture, hoping this will provide a positive image about a culture many think they know. Further news to be revealed later today. *Special thanks to @vinipereira for making my concept for the logo a possibility
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    Coming to you this September.... TISC #11 Totallympics Open International Song Contest 2018 Are you ready?
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    Now, we have a special announcement. Twice a year, users from around the world reunite here in Totallympics in a big celebration of the universal language of music - hence our official motto "Music connects the world". From Algeria to Italy, and Kazakhstan to Venezuela, more than 50 nations have participated at least one time throughout the 10 editions of the contests, with countries representing Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and the Americas. We take this opportunity to present the official Totallympics Contests logo: the globe represents the global nature of the contest - while the headphones emphasize that the contest revolves around music. Now we present the logo, a collective effort between @dcro, @OlympicIRL and @vinipereira.
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    At the 1-week mark to the Grand Final of the Totallympics Annual International Song Contest 2018, the organizing committee is proud to announce this year official motto. From Algeria to Italy, and Kazakhstan to Venezuela, more than 50 nations have participated at least one time throughout the 10 editions of the contests, with countries representing Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and the Americas. After having as hosts nations such as Great Britain, Ireland, Lithuania, Mexico and Tunisia, TISC arrives for the first time in South America, as the celebrations will take place in Brazil next weekend. Twice a year, users from around the world reunite on Totallympics in a big celebration of the universal language of music. In the words of the late singer John Denver, "music does bring people together. It allows us to experience the same emotions. People everywhere are the same in heart and spirit. No matter what language we speak, what color we are, the form of our politics or the expression of our love and our faith, music proves: We are the same." That was one of the inspirations for the Brazil 2018 contest official motto "Music connects the world" (Música conecta o mundo, in portuguese), but mostly this is about all the forum members that make this such a special event.
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    While I appreciate @Memo's response, I've decided not to allow Turkey's votes in this edition. I have read all of the participants' inputs and it seems pretty divided wether to allow this participation or not, both by reasons cited here and by other concerns I have. When it was time to register the songs, there was some talk about allowing users with no (or very little) participation on the forum, but then I've decided to follow the rules and allow Turkey's entry, mainly because the user was registered on Totallympics long enough (more than a year, I think, even if it was with a different account). So now it only seems fair that I follow the rules again. One thing is to extend a deadline for someone who asks for it (for any reason) or give any indication that they will vote, other is to allow votes after some important post-voting things already happened. Allowing such votes would definitely change some placings in the final ranking, and while that would be good for some nations, it wouldn't make others very happy - even if this contest is all about fun. I have talked privately with Memo and invited him to take part in our Festival of Music next weekend and in the upcoming Open contest later this year, if he wishes so. I hope we can move forward and next week I think we will have all the templates ready to go (I'm having trouble with the logo, but it should be presented soon).
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    After the host nation jury voting, all other nations can now send their votes for the Totallympics Annual International Song Contest 2018. The voting is very simple: after listen to the songs in contention (which can be found in this list), the registered users in the contest must send their votes to me (@vinipereira) via private message, following the template below. Jury members will award points to their 12 favourite songs, which should be done no later than April 6th. You can find small excerpts of the songs in the recap videos above (we recommend to play them in HD). We thank you all for the participation! TEMPLATE FOR VOTING 1st preference (12 points) = 2nd preference (11 points) = 3rd preference (10 points) = 4th preference (9 points) = 5th preference (8 points) = 6th preference (7 points) = 7th preference (6 points) = 8th preference (5 points) = 9th preference (4 points) = 10th preference (3 points) = 11th preference (2 points) = 12th preference (1 point) = alternate 1 = alternate 2 =
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    London Calling: Personal Bests, Milestones and Number 8 Only weeks are separating us from the Grand Final of the 2017 Totallympics Annual International Song Contest, and it promises to be nothing short of spectacular as 35 nations will fight it out to earn the honor of having the best song. Though it's not all about winning, as some nations may be looking just to have their best performance ever. 35 nations will compete in the upcoming contest, a record since the transition to the new forum, but also an overall record for the TISC Annual contests. Every nation will aim to get points from the other 34, but how many points do you need to beat you personal best, or even "personal worst" in this case? Here it is. A graph has three segments. Blue arrows represent how many points a nation needs to get to match their average performance over the years. Top of the each black line represents the points needed to match the personal best, while the bottom of the each line represents the points needed to match the personal worst. Exact points for each of the three aspects are given in the table below. So what do we see in this graph. Well, first of all, another proof of Irish dominance. There are only 5 nations whose best ever performance is better than Irish average one (those are GBR, GER, FRA, ITA and MEX)! Moreover, if we take a look at Ireland's "worst" performance, it is still higher than the best ever performance from 10 other nations competing here. But it's not all about Ireland. One nation that stands out is just about the most consistent one, Portugal. They need 75 points for the best ever, and 64 for the worst ever result! In all of their three participations they finished on very similar points. Totallympics' very own Mr. Consistency One nation is missing from all this however, the "wild card" Iran, our only debutante this year. No history records can help us pinpoint their performance, but we will take a look at what Iran needs to do to be the most successful debutante ever (excluding the nations that debuted at the very first contest). But let me tell you, getting a crown for being the best debutante ever is no easy task. When Colombia debuted back at the 2014 TISC Open contest, they earned massive 228 points and finished second. Some of the most successful debutantes also include Switzerland (5th place at the 2014 TISC Open) and Australia (6th place at the 2014 TISC Annual). It appears as though first time performers have never won this thing however, excluding the very first contest of course. Milestones Now we take a look at some of the milestones that are bound to happen at the 2017 TISC Annual contest. First of all, our British hosts should get their 1000th point in TISC history. As of now, they are on 996 points, so just about the first voters may wrap this up. Hosting this contest should make this milestone even more special to the team GB. Some of the smaller, personal milestones, include the possibility (probability) of reaching their 500th TISC point for team Argentina (497 as of now) and Greece (459). There are also some of the overall milestones bound to be reached. Indonesia, which will open the voting proceedings on April 29 will also become the 250th jury to present their votes. Also, 20000th overall TISC point will be awarded in this edition. It will be awarded by the jury number 8 in the voting order, Algeria. More specifically, it will go to the nation that gets 8 points from Algeria. Notice the recurring theme? Well, I guess we should keep an eye on number 8 in the Grand Final of this, the 8th edition of TISC.
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    The anglo army came out with guns blazing with their statements and Dick Pound. It's obvious the game will be postponed, we don't need them to tell us that it's all about their political sport agenda. Same as in Russia doping case. It's especially funny from UK given they didn't give two shits about the virus like a week ago.
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    Here’s our first official episode of TWU (Totallympics Weekly Update): https://anchor.fm/twu/episodes/TWU-2-Ending-Out-The-Year-With-Our-Best-Episode-Yet-e9t9tj @Vojthas and myself really enjoyed this one, so please give it a listen whenever you get the chance (on your way to work, in morning, before bed, when you’re bored, when there aren’t enough sports on, etc.) Again, we’d love any feedback you could give us. Also, any suggestions for what we should cover next week. Plus, any ideas for segments or episodes (or of you’d like to come on for an episode and talk with us about something). Lastly, @Vojthas, @Dragon, and I cannot thank you enough for supporting us this year. Admittedly, it’s been a rocky start. However, with your support we’ve been able to build up an awesome website, and a great audio service. I’d also give thanks to @OlympicIRL and @mrv86 for their early contributions to Totallympics Media (and your both welcome back anytime ). Some more thanks are in order to users like @heywoodu @dcro @ChandlerMne @ahjfcshfghb @intoronto @Wumo @zob79 @TomJa @bmo @ofan @Griff88 @JoshMartini007 (and anyone else who I just unfortunately forgot) who give us constant feedback, consist support, and our the main reason we’ve made it this far. Of course, the man himself, @Sindo was deserves a massive, massive thanks for helping us accomplish all of this; without his work, none of us would have meant, we would have never had our own website, and we’d never have had a place to belong. 2019, was a fantastic, maddening, awesome, thrilling, joyously crazy, and thrill ride of a year. For all of us at Totallympics Media: Thank You all for your support and passion. We hope you have a wonderful, blessed, and sport-filled 2020.
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    Of all the time i could have gone to the cinema, i picked the damn worst one You should have seen my face, when i saw the results after the movie. My friends thought something really "important" had happened (not biathlon fans). This is a moment that just made all the years of suffering, not much financing, small resources, worth the damn. Not only for Vlado Iliev, but for our whole team. And it happened, when the team was having the worst season in years. I think the motivation levels just got very high.
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    Host Venues (yes, you read that right) We're switching things up a bit with the venue, or shall I say 2 venues. The opening ceremony venue will be held at Walt Disney World, while the show itself will be held at Amway Center. About Disney World: In 1955, a brand new theme park was built in Anaheim, California. This park was the idea of Walt Disney and became known as Disneyland. At the time it was one of the biggest and most innovative parks in the world. The ideas behind Disneyland was that Disney could create a place where both kids and adults can go and have fun. From the time of opening, Disneyland became an immediate success. In the mid-1960's, Walt Disney wanted to build another park in Florida, based on the concept started in Disneyland. In 1971, the concept became a reality when Walt Disney World opened in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Unfortunately, Walt Disney passed away in 1966, and never had the chance to see his vision for the park come to fruition. The original idea was to create a new park similar to Disneyland, but with other aspects such as lodging areas and other novel ideas. One of the most creative and innovative ideas that Disney had was the creation of the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. This area, known as EPCOT was to be an area that served as a testing ground for ideas which could be used in cities in the future. These ideas for EPCOT sprang from concepts of the future that were seen in the World's Fair. Over the course of time, Disney World has become one of the most popular destinations for tourists in the world. In fact, the Magic Kingdom which is at the heart of Disney World is the most popular theme park in the world with nearly 17 million visitors going through the park on an annual basis. In addition, EPCOT, Animal Kingdom and the Hollywood Studios attractions are also ranked in the top ten for visitors. Through the course of time, Disney World has increased in size and attractions to become a place that has something for everyone. About Amway Center: From its signature spire and modern architecture to its public spaces and comfortable amenities, the Amway Center is an iconic destination to Central Florida and beyond. The Amway Center features a modern mix of metal and glass exterior materials and the spire serves as a beacon amid Orlando’s vibrant downtown. With an ultimate capacity of more than 20,000 seats, the arena was designed to respond to its distinct urban setting while revealing the activities occurring within. Bounded by Church Street, Hughey Avenue, South Street, and Division Avenue, the Amway Center’s primary entrance faces north to Church Street, creating a natural extension of the nearby downtown entertainment core. The Church Street entry features a large public entry plaza connecting to the Amway Center’s spacious entry lobby.
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    Now, is finally time to say goodbye to the Totallympics Annual International Song Contest 2018. It was a huge honour to host this contest and we thank all the people that made this such a fantastic edition! As we celebrate many artists around the world, sometimes we may forget that we have an artist among ourselves, so to close this evening, we've invited our very own @Werloc, also known as international artist Gebrasy. Saying goodbye to Brazil 2018, nothing better than a song in portuguese. The lithuanian will perform the beautiful "Amar Pelos Dois", of Salvador Sobral! After this amazing performance and the TISC flame being extinguished, we officially close the Totallympics Annual International Song Contest 2018!
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    I SURVIVED THE FIRST ROUND OF EUROVISION. AAAAAAAAAAhhhhh
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    Wow, 3rd place, and to think we led for much of the voting round, it was funny that we never left the top 3 (or something like that) the entire time. Also, not bad considering Dia Frampton was a last-minute choice, so I didn't know how it was received, but it seemed to be overwhelmingly positive, and for that, I am grateful. Thank you to those who gave us points 12 - @intoronto @justony 11 - @Werloc @Dolby 10 - @kungshamra71 9 - @Gianlu33 @Henry_Leon @Pablita @SteveParker @mrv86 8 - @OlympicIRL @bestmen @amen09 @dcro 7 - @Janakis @uk12points @Damian @heywoodu 5 - @Herki @Glen @rybak 4 - @Bohemia @Benolympique @africaboy @konig @LDOG @Matt 3 - @hckosice @Agger 1 - @MHSN @Griff88
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