don't really see how it would be practical given the same venues are used?
The arenas are empty when not in use. So the Paralympics were run backwards (athletics first, swimming last etc)
Was it Sydney where the Paralympics were held at the same time? I wanna see that happen again! Double the sports in the same amount of time.
It was a spy who dun it.
We're through the looking glass here people*.
*I would pay to see a movie with Valerie Adams in a Jason Bourne-type role
For whatever reason, the IOC and the public regard masculine traits in female athletes as unsporting.
Check my piece on Caster Semenya from a while back... and then all of the comments
Oh and before I forget, my conspiracy theory about Caster Semenya at these games:
Knowing that there would be a hullabaloo if she won gold in the 800m, Semenya intentionally tanked and got silver. Still very respectable but she misses out on the inevitable bullshit that would come her way if she won gold.
that this is a really old-school steroid, that can be detected fairly easily. Why would anyone actually use this for serious competition, when they know that if they win the event they're going to be tested?
This is my crazy conspiracy theory: If she took it and they did detect it in her system then her argument can be "it's so easy to detect, why would I take it?"
Drug Free Sport New Zealand executive director Graeme Steele told APNZ the metenolene steroid, found in Ostapchuk's system, was an old-fashioned doping substance which in comparison to other performance enhancing drugs could easily be detected in testing.
"There is some validity [and] sense in what she is saying," he told APNZ.
via NZ Herald
So it seems NBC cut nearly an hour out of the ceremony. Prime doesn't seem so bad now.
But she has been pulling out incredible finishing laps for a while now, which makes it look less like drug cheating.
True, but it depends on how significant the difference is this time. I don't believe she cheated but these days I am never surprised when any athlete is caught.
The slightly humdrum closing ceremony
See I didn't really mind the closing ceremony (beyond the poor sound). It's meant to be a "just play your hits" kind of event. The idea is it's meant to be a sing-along for the athletes to get out and have fun, rather than the opening which is meant to be symbolic and shit.
For example, Rebecca Adlington said: "Ahhhh can't believe were missing one direction as were not allowed in!!!!!! Grrrr" then "Ahhh love this Muse song!!! Incredible!!! What an amazing closing ceremony/concert!!!!!! Amazing!!" And she was serious.
You could also see it in the American athlete who was singing Wonderwall to the camera, while most of twitter were grumbling about Oasis. Personally I would've liked more Prodigy and less Jessie J but it wasn't for me, it was for all of the athletes standing in the middle (half-cut) and dancing.