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Devastated to hear the news of her disease and her passing. Lara van Ruijven was an amazing athlete and showed an incredibly enthusiastic and likeable personality in her media presence. A massive loss for short track and Dutch sports. The Dutch shorttrack team is an incredibly tightknit team. I hope they can support and comfort each other.
I also have a little correction, I wasn't sure where to send it. The country page for the Netherlands (where else would I look!) states in the description that Inge de Bruijn is the most decorated athlete, but both Sven Kramer and Ireen Wust have surpassed her. The medal table lower on the page has the correct numbers.
I've still been watching some Rio 2016 finals on Youtube. They've stopped uploading new ones though, it's mostly older replays now. I've (re)watched: triathlon, marathon, volleyball, beach volleyball, field hockey, handball, water polo and basketball. Running out of sports I enjoy watching by now. Currently the badminton women's double final is on. I don't think I've ever watched a full match of badminton before, but it's surprisingly entertaining. I saw they uploaded cycling's women road race recently, but I just can't bear rewatching that one! Any other recommendations after I finish badminton?
I feel like you've based your Marathon results on the world championship in Doha 2019 instead of the global marathon majors (Berlin, London, NY, Dubai, etc). Kipchoge and Bekele should be favorites for gold and silver. I do agree that the Dutch medal count can be toned down a little. But either way, really fun simulation! Thank you @rafalgorka
A day 14 medal table with the Netherlands above GB, Germany and France, I can't help but enjoy this simulation. 5 medals in a single day might even be a record for us. I always love these final days with all the big finals in the team sports.
For the men's decathlon on day 13 you seem to have missed Kevin Mayer (FR). He dropped out due to injury at the 2019 world championship, but in a fit state he is imo the favorite for gold or a medal at the very least.
I genuinely don't know non-Dutch athletes well enough to make a serious prediction for any sport. Of course I would love for a 1) Anna van der Breggen 2) Annemiek van Vleuten 3) Marianne Vos in women's road race (cycling), but sadly I doubt that will happen. I'll gladly enjoy any predictions you guys make though Edit: also, with 4 more days of simulation to go, the Netherlands has already broken their all time Olympic medal record, beating the 25 tally of Sydney 2000. Tokyo really could have been the perfect storm... What a combination of experienced 30+ athletes and a new generation of world beaters. Some of the iconic athletes of the past decade going for their 'swan song' like Epke Zonderland, Dafne Schippers, Femke Heemskerk, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Eva de Goede, Annemiek van Vleuten, Marianne Vos and Kirsten Wild on the one hand. And future icons on the other hand, like Harrie Lavreysen, Vivianne Miedema, Niek Kimmann, Sifan Hassan and Mathieu van der Poel. Let us hope Tokyo 2021 lives up to the simulation, though I fear for the older generation.
Jinzha started following Tokyo 2020 Day after Day as it could have happened
I haven't been frequenting the forums much now that all sports are on hold, but I just wanted to thank you @rafalgorka and @Gianlu33. It has been a lot of fun to read this thread. Other than a gold or silver for Mathieu Van der Poel in men's MTB and no medals for Lorena Wiebes in women's road and ITT cycling, I don't have any major suggestions. I look forward to the next days.
Random brag but Pieter van den Hoogenband grew up a couple streets behind me. So after Sydney 2000 he got a little ceremony in our town and I got to touch the medals as a 5 yo kid! Tokyo 2020 really could've broken that Sydney 2000 medal record, let's sew what 2021 brings for us... Also just finished watching Rio 2016 beach volleyball M finals, great match and a really hype Brazilian crowd!
I don't usually rewatch older sports events but this thread (and the lack of live sports) inspired me. I've made a list of some Rio 2016 replays on the Olympic youtube channel. Already watched the men's marathon and triathlon and the women's volleyball final. This isn't as bad as I thought! And plenty of replays left on the official channel.
I'm all for the World Endurance Games, with every (winter or summer) sport that relies on getting from A to B as fast as possible. But this time it also includes such events as the Ironman distance triathlon, trail running (including 100km event), obstacle running and orienteering.
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