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manicinsomniac Mon 15-Aug-16 16:35:00

I need some antidote to Olympic negativity.

Mine:

*Murray and Del Potro's hug at the net at the end of the final
* Diego Hipolyto's joy at his silver medal and the celebrations with his team mate winning bronze in the same event
* The beauty and skill of the synchronised swimming routines
* The 100m runner from Singapore in the preliminary rounds who couldn't stop bouncing up and down and pointing at the Singapore flags on his face and clothes.
*Simone Biles - just everything about her!
*The female runner who lost a shoe in her race and finished anyway
* Yusra Mardini on the refugee team (the won who saved so many people from the sea when their boat capsized on escaping Syria) winning her swimming heat, even though she didn't qualify
*Wayne van Niekerk's world record and post race interview
* The support and team spirit among the women's heptathalon competitiors
*Yusain Bolt, of course.
*Max Whitlock's surprise double gold
* Fiji's gold in the Rugby 7s, their first every Olympic medal

I'm sure there are more but those are my first thoughts

Lilaclily Mon 15-Aug-16 16:39:43

When the fish jumped out of the water during the rowing

It must have been thinking what are they doing to my home ?!

When Rebecca Adlington fondled mark fosters knee under the desk

When Steve Redgrave stormed off for a whole day because John invernadale was winding him up

NotYoda Mon 15-Aug-16 16:41:44

The Womens' Rugby Sevens, in general. Great game, great athletes. The thought that women would be playing rugby in the Olympics and not wearing sexy gym skirts to do it is something someone of my age would never have expected. I hope the sport takes off.

The success of the gymnastics teams

Tom Daly hugging Dan Goodfellow into the pool

Brentlicious Mon 15-Aug-16 16:45:47

Sir Brad Wiggins sticking out his tongue at a too-close cameraman who was determined to get a shot of BW weeping during the British National Anthem.

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NotYoda Mon 15-Aug-16 16:47:05

The fencing semi-final. What gents

ButteredToastAndStrawberryJam Mon 15-Aug-16 16:53:07

I haven't watched lots of it but anything with Mo and Usain in.
Watch the documentary about Mo, interesting.

PurpleDaisies Mon 15-Aug-16 16:56:18

Kazakhstan winning a surprise gold in the weightlifting, then the guy doing a little dance and sobbing with his coach.

Adam Peaty getting gold in the pool

Fiji singing after winning the sevens

Max whitlock's gymnastics golds

chocoLit Mon 15-Aug-16 16:57:07

Andy Murrays hug

manicinsomniac Mon 15-Aug-16 16:57:40

Oh, I missed the 3 way tie - that must be really unusual.

Mo is very interesting, isn't he. There seem to be a few different stories regarding him and his twin. Wikipedia makes the situation sound much more accidental and less harsh than others and it's obviously impossible to judge a situation like that but my goodness, I feel for Hassan. He's obviously so aware of what could have been for him. I haven't seen the documentary though. Must look out for it.

BeastofCraggyIsland Mon 15-Aug-16 17:06:54

Too many to mention! I've spent pretty much every non-working minute since it started glued to the coverage. Michael Phelps, Simone Biles, Max Whitlock, Joseph Schooling, Tom Daley, Katie Ledecky, Wayne van Niekerk, Chris Mears and Jack Laugher, Usain Bolt and especially Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah, they've all been just superb. I woke DP up from downstairs cheering on Mo in the 10,000m blush Can't wait for more Bolt, Farah and Daley action this week.

Greg Rutherford, Jess E-H, Michael Phelps and Diego Hypolito have all made me tear up, although for happy reasons in the latter two cases! I'm totally addicted to it, have been ever since the first Olympics I was old enough to properly watch (Barcelona).

Max Whitlock performances - all of them
Steven Scott being so excited by his bronze
Simone Biles - outstandingly good
Jess Ennis Hill being so gracious
Andy Murray correcting John Inverdale & Steve Redgrave shaking his brolly over him (not a fan of JI)
Chris Hoy being a really good and interesting commentator

emotionsecho Mon 15-Aug-16 17:09:15

Sophie Hitchon wining the bronze in the hammer
Kristin Armstrong winning the women's road time trial a day before her 43rd birthday
Murray and Del Potro match last night
Usain Bolt for just being Usain Bolt
A Chen and Y Lin 10m Platform Synchronised Divers who pulled off an amazing dive and entered the water with barely a splash
J Laugher and C Mears winning the Gold in the synchronised 3m springboard diving

NotYoda Mon 15-Aug-16 17:10:35

On a personal note, I have very much enjoyed annoying my family by going on and on about why swimming costume designers could not provide costumes for divers (male and female) that fit.

I have seen too many bum cracks and arse cheeks to shut up about it

DramaAlpaca Mon 15-Aug-16 17:11:07

Many of the above, some of them have made me feel quite emotional especially the two Brazilian gymnasts, the Fijian rugby players' singing and Andy Murray's gold medal.

I'd also add, as a cycling fan, Fabian Cancellara's joy at winning time trial gold in his final season. You could see just how much it meant to him.

Oh, and Rafael Nadal & Marc Lopez taking gold in the men's doubles.

Twirlstwirlstwirls Mon 15-Aug-16 17:16:32

Those Irish brothers in the double skulls. Paul + Gary O'Donovan. They are brilliant. Andy Murray and Juan Martin Del Potro had me in tears this morning though.

TeamGBsometimes Mon 15-Aug-16 17:24:03

I love watching all the sports I would not usually watch.
All the gymnasts are amazing but Simone Biles is special. The cycling events are thrilling to watch. Chris Mears and Jack Laugher winning at the diving because it was unexpected.

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NeedAnotherGlass Mon 15-Aug-16 17:28:24

So many - where to start!
Bryony Page, bronze medal in Trampolining - absolutely beside herself with joy.
Max Whitlock - everything! And the 2 Brazilians who got Silver and Bronze on the Floor.
The fact that there is a refugee team - the swimmer was fabulous to see.
Tom & Dan in the diving.
Mo - wow
Andy Murray - what a match
The swimming tie

The general level of sportsmanship. Apart from a couple of bits of unacceptable behaviour, the standards that all of the Olympians have maintained have been outstanding.

manicinsomniac Mon 15-Aug-16 17:28:27

Yep, I cried at the end of the tennis too. As someone who is almost exclusively into performing arts and doesn't usually do sport (gymnastics and tennis excepted) I'm finding it really strange how emotional and obsessive I'm being over it. I really do think the Olympics is something special.

The odd thing has briefly made me roll my eyes a bit and think 'seriously?' - the example that stands out being Greg Rutherford actually crying in misery while being interviewed on his Bronze medal (when contrasted to someone like Sophie Hitchon it made me think he shouldn't be crying about getting a medal). But then I had a serious rethink and thought that if I can sit on the sofa in tears over a sports result the emotional pressure the athletes themselves must be under must be so huge that it excuses any amount of tears for any reason.

NeedAnotherGlass Mon 15-Aug-16 17:29:15

Oh yes, and Simone Biles. She's in a league of her own!

PurpleDaisies Mon 15-Aug-16 17:31:11

I think that's really harsh on Greg Rutherford-he was in a completely different position to Sophie hitchon as the defending champion while she was a rank outsider. I thought it was brilliant he showed how much it obviously meant to him.

Louis smith was properly grumpy at his silver medal.

Thewrongcheesegrommit Mon 15-Aug-16 17:31:52

That I haven't seen any.

manicinsomniac Mon 15-Aug-16 17:32:33

Needascarf - Mo was brought up in poverty in Somalia with a few siblings, including a twin brother. Their father was able to move to London but couldn't afford to take all the children. He and his mother sent three of the children to England with him and she raised the rest in Somalia with her. The twins were split up. Apparently they were inseparable as children but they didn't see each other again for 12 years after they were split at age 8. I read an interview with Hassan where he said that he loves Mo and is proud of his success but that he also loved to run and had the same genes but no opportunity. He said something like 'if things had been different we could have been the famous Olympic twins'. However, Wikipedia puts a more sympathetic spin on it and said that Hassan was supposed to go with the other boys but was ill and, by the time he had recovered, things had moved on. It was a time of civil war so who knows what the family were going through.

manicinsomniac Mon 15-Aug-16 17:34:49

That's what I mean about the serious rethink Purpledaisies

I'm not sure about Louis Smith. I thought it was astonishing that, to all appearances from the footage, he didn't congratulate Max, didn't speak to anyone and just walked off. But there was no comment on it and he has defended himself on social media with pictures of himself congratulating Max and statements about how much the silver meant to him, having felt like he'd let everyone down in team finals. He seemed genuine. I think it was probably just being overwhelmed and unfortunate live tv coverage.

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