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  1. I think - looking over historical results - Australia is one of those countries ( like USA and Canada ) that isn't nearly as fussed about the World Champs as the Olympics . Remember they are effectively in a continent of two ( them and NZ ) so that unlike say Europe there isn't a lot of national team emphasis outside Olympics ( Actually USA and Australia can afford to take this position and still qualify for Olympics -Canada can't ) All these countries lacks that old pro tactics experience in FIBA International play that the major European countries have and have to rely on playing ability alone I've read that there are a no of Australian NBA players who while Australian born and raised have mixed US Australian ancestry who have gone US native and only make themselves available for Olympics . Expect Australia to be better and smarter next year
  2. Olympian 1010 Well Trump is President because he won the Electoral College . If he needed to win the popular vote he would have tried a different strategy for eg he would not have totally ignored California or other States where he had no hope of winning a majority This seems very obvious to anyone familiar with a Parliamentary system of government with individual seats . You put all your ( not unlimited ) resources in winnable seats only Your other point about white men : Most countries are not run by white men . Actually very few are . Which countries not run by white men are great places to live -better than the white men run countries ? Why are so many non white men from countries not run by white men so eager to move to countries run by white men ?
  3. I doubt that any American or Australian surfing enthusiast or aficionado would share your view . this just sounds like another sporting federation full of fat Europeans who are professional committeemen
  4. phelps I doubt that an American or Australian surfing aficionado ( ie from the best surfing countries and cultures ) would agree with your analysis
  5. If they only had the best 12 at the Olympics there wouldn't be any Asian or African teams . Still I don't have much sympathy for European and Americas teams who don't qualify . They aren't in the top 3 from their continent at the qualifying tournament ( the World Cup ) so they can't complain too much about lost medal opportunities Still the Olympics are meant to be global .at least in participation I have a real problem with the Winter Olympics claiming to be some sort of global event where many events really are only seriously undertaken in a few European countries ( And furthermore if they weren't an Olympic event wouldn't even exist outside even fewer countries eg luge ) No country south of the Tropic of Cancer - ie most of the world's people - ever features
  6. What is the relationship of this event -which I have never heard of - to the World Surfing Tour -where all the best surfers compete ? All the best surfers are non European but Europe ( with the French worst ) think they have a God given right to run everything
  7. I'd like to see a medal count which combines both the Gold medal count and the Total medal count equally To do this for the usual case where 3 medals are awarded - one gold one silver and one bronze - 3 points are given for the gold medal and 1 point is given for each of the 3 medals ie 3 points for both systems of counting This means each event is worth 6 points- 4 points for gold ,1 point for silver and 1 point for bronze would be the usual case In irregular cases, as in the combative events , where 2 bronzes are awarded -each bronze will be worth 0.5 points Similarly a double shared gold medal would be worth 2.5 points All events are worth 6 points -giving out 4 or 5 medals or having a tie for Gold makes no difference The two principles of this system are : All events have an equal rating and the gold medal count is equal to the total medal count
  8. Rowing is a sport that lends itself to a clever doping program Invisible to most outside Olympics Rather like track cycling Mind you in this day and age you need clever sports scientists to get away with it Now try and think of a country which peaks in both sports every 4 years
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