The Only Olympian for his country!

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by Starseeker, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. Starseeker

    Starseeker Vault Senior Citizen

    Jul 25, 2003
    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2009/03/12/bc-snow-leopard-winter-olympics.html

    http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/...te+went+from+zero+Olympics/1842694/story.html

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7939529.stm

    Serious, that take some guts. The only person who ever represented his country and he will be the Only one competing. :shock: :)

    6 years to qualify! Makes me think my fitness goals aren't that bad.
     
  2. TychoTheItinerant

    TychoTheItinerant First time out of the vault

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    Aug 9, 2008
    I am imagining elitist Austrian and Swiss skiers choking on their cocoa when he shows up at the Village.
     
  3. victor

    victor Antediluvian as Feck
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    Dec 12, 2003

    Ditto. I need that morale booster.
     
  4. UniversalWolf

    UniversalWolf eaten by a grue.

    Aug 28, 2005
    I'm seeing a Disney movie called Cool Runnings 2, where this guy teams up with the Jamaican bobsled team to save the Olympics and teach us all a lesson about the true meaning of family.
     
  5. Sander

    Sander This ghoul has seen it all
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    Jul 5, 2003
    That sounds terrible.
    THough the Jamaican bobsled team making it to the Olympics did happen.

    As did someone from Equatorial Guinea making it to the Olympics as a swimmer, and doing this:
    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2teSx5xiRk[/youtube]
     
  6. TheWesDude

    TheWesDude Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Feb 25, 2005
    that video was pure lulz imo
     
  7. Zaij

    Zaij Vault Senior Citizen
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    Feb 10, 2004
    Winter olympics are heavily biased towards Western countries as it is anyway, so good on the kid.
     
  8. Starseeker

    Starseeker Vault Senior Citizen

    Jul 25, 2003
    Well, actually, mostly Northern countries do well for obvious reasons. Japan, South Korea, and China are doing well for non traditional winter sports countries.

    Of course, sports like hockey and curling requires more than 1 player and more special/larger spaces to practice. IIRC, Chinese people didn't even know what curling was at Turin, and I remembered they were inventing random Chinese words to commentate. :lol:
     
  9. UniversalWolf

    UniversalWolf eaten by a grue.

    Aug 28, 2005
    I think Norway is #1 or #2 all time in Winter Olympic medal count. It's not biased toward western countries, it's biased toward cold countries with mountains.
     
  10. Sander

    Sander This ghoul has seen it all
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    Jul 5, 2003
    Skiing and snowboarding, sure. Other numbers - not so much. Skating has been dominated by the Dutch (and Japanese) for dozens of years, because we have a lot of history with ice-skating, but we have a grand total of 1 'mountain' in our country, which is hardly a mountain and snowsports don't work there.

    Sports are dominated by countries where the sport is popular, and in the case of cold-weather sports that's facilitated by the environment. Similarly, sports like surfing and jetskiing are dominated by countries with a lot of suitable water-access, sailing is dominated by countries with lots of sea-access, and cricket is dominated by people who serve a Queen and can't stand actual sports.
     
  11. TheWesDude

    TheWesDude Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Feb 25, 2005
    sander, that was funny shit.

    and i have to agree.


    in africa how many countries sport ski resorts?

    only in dubai with the man-made ski resort.

    how would someone from an african country get shitloads of experience skiing? by not living there.


    simple as that. being good at a sport is all about natural aptitude and practice.

    you can have as much aptitude as anyone ever in the history of the world... but if you never play the sport or never get to practice... your aptitude would be irrelevant.
     
  12. OakTable

    OakTable Vault Senior Citizen

    Nov 26, 2009
    Best swimmer ever.
     
  13. Bofast

    Bofast Look, Ma! Two Heads!

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    Jan 26, 2006
    Good one, Sander, that made me laugh good :lol:
     
  14. Loxley

    Loxley Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    911
    Apr 11, 2003
    Well he can get lucky you know.

    This:
    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfQMJtilOGg[/youtube]
    Is how you win a gold medal!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Bradbury



     
  15. Ausdoerrt

    Ausdoerrt I should set a custom tit

    Oct 28, 2008
    ^ Hahaha, I remember that, it was lulz.
     
  16. UniversalWolf

    UniversalWolf eaten by a grue.

    Aug 28, 2005