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thiago_simoes

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    Pan American Games 2019

    Only 8 teams for each gender? It looks weird to see Cuba and Mexico with both men's and women's teams, but not Uruguay.
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    Trampoline Gymnastics 2019 Discussion Thread

    Preview: 2019 will be the year when China will try hard to regain the top spot in important competitions. 2018 was an important year for Canada, Russia, Belarus and Portugal, and these nations should keep strong in 2018. For the first time ever we will have double mini trampoline events at the World Cup circuit, so it's good news for smaller nations like Sweden, Argentina, South Africa and Spain. Mexico and New Zealand could be the nations that will surprise us this year.
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    Rhythmic Gymnastics 2019 Discussion Thread

    Preview: 2019 can be a very important year for rhythmic gymnastics. In 2018, countries like France, Finland and especially Estonia and Mexico showed that there's a new era in rhythmic gymnastics where non-powerhouse nations can finally achieve success with the open ended code of points introduced last year. These nations should keep momentum in 2019 and we might see some interesting results at the World Championships. Still, Russia, Italy, Bulgaria and Israel are the nations to watch, with Belarus, Japan and Ukraine trying hard to keep in the mix for important medals. Slovenia can realistically snatch a medal at the World Cup/World Challenge Cup circuit for the first time ever, and nations like China, Canada, the United States, Brazil, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Spain will also try hard to snatch medals in important meets. Greece and Cyprus are big question marks: there's hope for improvement in their programs, but it's not going to be easy to earn medals in important events since the rest of the world keeps improving more and more. The European Games, Pan American Games, Universiade, Asian Championships, Grand Prix and World Cup circuit should offer enough excitement before the World Championships. Could this be the year for smaller nations to shine? We shall see.
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    Artistic Gymnastics 2019 Discussion Thread

    Preview: 2019 is supposed to be a great year for artistic gymnastics. In 2018, a bigger number of nations showed they are in the mix for a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games, including some surprising countries like the Philippines, Ireland and Chinese Taipei. This year, the World Cup circuit will be interesting to watch because it will give out quotas for the 2020 Olympics; please note that only World Cup stages will offer quotas, not World Challenge Cup stages. Italy is the country which should benefit the most with new gymnasts this year, and France, Germany, Brazil and Canada will work hard to keep momentum after improving in 2018. Romania might surprise on the women's side, though they will still probably have a hard time qualifying a full team for the 2020 Olympics at the World Championships. South Korea, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan might finally achieve some success again this year if everything goes right. USA, Russia, China and Japan should have no problems to be on the top. Ukraine is a big question mark: after a bad year in 2018, they might struggle again in 2019, though their women's team should improve considerably. The Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Australia and Cyprus are also nations to keep an eye on.
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    [OFF TOPIC] Food & Drinks Thread

    What do you guys usually eat and drink during Christmas and end of the year celebrations? In Brazil, especially in Rio de Janeiro, we are influenced by Portuguese traditions, so we eat rabanada (sliced bread dipped in milk, scrambled eggs, then deep fried and covered with sugar and cinnamon) and bacalhoada (salted cod served with boiled eggs, tomatoes, olives and potatoes). We also eat panettone (sweet bread loaf with fruits, or in some cases chocolate chips) and some families prepare rice, farofa (cassava flour mixture), roasted turkey and, my favorite, salpicão (salad mix with chicken meat, ham, mayo and shoestring potatoes). There's always some debate about adding raisins to salpicão, and it can cause fights and spoil the celebrations, lol. By the way, I'm always on the "NO RAISINS" side. There's also a very infamous sweet, pavê (a sort of pie made of ladyfingers/sweet crackers and a mix of heavy cream and condensed milk, usually covered with chocolate or strawberries). The name pavê sounds like the expression "pra ver" (to see, look), and the biggest dad joke in Brazil is when someone asks "Can we eat it or just look at it?". Here are some pictures for those who are interested.
  6. You can't really compare our "less than optimal" teams in the past with this absolute train wreck of a team, really. The fact is that they got lucky at the Worlds and, as we say in Brazil, lightning does not strike twice on the same spot, so we should just ignore their dim chances for 2020 unless a miracle happens.
  7. Now I'm curious. I've always thought that one of the reasons the IOC keeps badminton at the Olympics is because it's one of the few medal chances for Indonesia (besides weightlifting) so I thought badminton was THE sport to follow in the country. How come Indonesians enjoy football? Are you talking about national leagues or national teams?
  8. Because you can't seriously consider that horrible men's team as the second best in the world, really.
  9. Both teams finished fourth at the World League.
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    Totallympics Sports Review of 2018

    Male sportsman of the year: Carlos Yulo (artistic gymnastics) Female sportsman of the year: Simone Biles (artistic gymnastics) Team of the year: Croatia men's football team Junior sportsman of the year (under 20 years old at 1/1/2018): Takeru Kitazono (artistic gymnastics) Junior sportswoman of the year (under 20 years old at 1/1/2018): Giorgia Villa (artistic gymnastics) Greatest moment of the year: Hugo Calderano beating Fan Zhendong at the ITTF Grand Tour Finals (table tennis) Biggest idiot of the year: tie between Neymar and Kylian Mbappé (football)
  11. As a Brazilian, it was an good year. First, I always follow closely results of the "big three" sports (athletics, swimming and gymnastics) because together they award a huge number of medals at the Olympics. In 2018 Brazil got medals in each of the World Championships for the big three, something that doesn't happen very often -- this only happened before in 2011 and 2014; at the Olympics this happened in 2016; at the Youth Olympics, in 2014 and 2018. I'm aware that indoor athletics and short course swimming are hardly comparable to the "true" Olympic events, but there's no other basis for comparison this year, so we have to go with what we have. This year, summing the results of the WCh for the big three, we had 10 medals overall, 7 of which were in Olympic events. In 2014 we had 13 medals overall, 7 of which were earned in Olympic events, and at the 2016 Olympics we had 5 medals in all these sports. I hope we can keep consistency and earn 5 or more medals at the 2020 Olympics in athletics, swimming and gymnastics. Moving on to other results, for the first time ever we had a world champion in slalom canoeing -- not in an Olympic event, though. Also, it was only the second time we had a world champion in a UCI event, but not in an Olympic event as well. At least we got a medal at an Olympic event at the UCI Championships, and the medal was won in a very Steven Bradbury way, so it was quite funny (video below, race starts at 2:38). Our other big sports, volleyball and judo, were very disappointing. Indoor volleyball teams finished fourth, and Judo only brought one medal at the World Championships (and the judoka retired after the event), so we might be in trouble for 2020. The best moment of the year was Hugo Calderano defearing Fan Zhendong in table tennis. I hope he blossoms nicely next year. He deserves a medal at the World Championships. And that's it. Not a terrible year, but also not a spectacular one. It was good, overall.
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    [OFF TOPIC] Happy Holidays and Birthdays Thread

    Wow, I'm surprised you like it. I hate churrasco, barbecue or meat in general. Not a vegetarian, but I avoid eating meat as much as I can. And pleeeease don't invite me to a barbecue. Ever. And I hate bacon as well (yes, I'm a weird guy). I'm in for the baked potatoes and salad, though, and now I'm curious about how bell pepper soup tastes like. Edit: I was going to ask if you've had sopa de ervilha (pea soup). I thought it was a typical Brazilian dish, but according to Wikipedia it is actually a typical Dutch dish! Color me surprised! You guys have very good taste. One of the few times I eat bacon is when it is added to pea soup (and the sliced sausages that go with it are delicious as well).
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    Doping Cases and Bans 2018 Thread

    And there was also an acrobat gymnast from Ukraine who was found cheating, Anastasiya Melnychenko. Quite an extensive list, now that I can see it.
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    Doping Cases and Bans 2018 Thread

    I knew about this, but my question is: was he tested after he got drunk? And if he did, did it count as doping violation?
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    Doping Cases and Bans 2018 Thread

    Wait, the Dutch federation pulled him from competing at the rings final at the 2016 Olympics before he was tested, right? Or did it count as a second offense?
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    Doping Cases and Bans 2018 Thread

    The ones I know: Artistic gymnastics: Andreea Raducan Daiane dos Santos Do Thi Ngan Thuong Gervasio Deferr Hong Su-jong Luiza Galiulina Morgan Hamm Yuri van Gelder Rhythmic gymnastics: Alina Kabaeva Anna Bessonova Irina Tchatchina Nadzeya Vysotskaya Rut Castillo Sabina Ashirbayeva Simona Peycheva
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    Doping Cases and Bans 2018 Thread

    I don't know what to think about Zeng. This is the second doping case in rhythmic gymnastics this year (after Sabina Ashirbayeva), what is really surprising since this sport had very few convicted dopers in the past.
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    Swimming FINA Short Course World Championships 2018

    What a shame. Looking at the build of most weightlifters from Iran, I wonder how many great talents in the field part of athletics are denied a chance because of lack of investment. How many hammer/discus/javelin throwers and shot putters could have arisen from the country? Even a little investment does wonders for a sport. Look at what happens in artistic gymnastics: Iran only really cares about one event (men's pommel horse) and in a very short time gymnasts from the country earned three bronze medals at the Asian Championships, one bronze medal at the Youth Olympics (and this is HUGE), and a fourth place at the Asian Games.
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    Swimming FINA Short Course World Championships 2018

    I love it how the beginning of South Africa's anthem sounds like tribal music.
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    Swimming FINA Short Course World Championships 2018

    Three bronze medals in a row for Brazil!
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    Swimming FINA Short Course World Championships 2018

    Daiene Dias was so surprised with her bronze medal that after the interview with the Brazilian journalist she spontaneously hugged him trying to control tears. So cute.
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    Swimming FINA Short Course World Championships 2018

    Fu Yanhui failed to get a medal altogether on the 50 m backstroke event, even with Ethiene Medeiros out of competition. Now this is what I call underperformance on home soil.
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