Posts Tagged ‘Olympic Games

A change to the Olympics

Posted in Insights, Sportson Aug 5, 2016

For the last decade or so, we’ve heard about the sky rocketing costs of hosting the Olympic games.  This conversation will continue in Rio as the country spends $20 billion dollars to host the Olympics, while 20% of the population lives in the slums.  Meanwhile, fewer and fewer cities even want to play host: Only two cities even bid to host the 2022 Games: Almaty, Kazakhstan and Beijing, China.  Clearly, something should be done to reduce the burden or increase the benefit of being Olympic Host.

Here is my idea: split it up.  Instead of one city playing host, let three or four cities (or nations) play host.  For example, let Greece host the aquatic events, Rome host gymnastics, Munich host track and field, with the remaining sports divided up and played in those regions.  Existing facilities can be used where possible, and the combined travel accommodations would allow more spectators to travel and watch.

The Olympics are great because the symbolize a peaceful unity of peoples from around the world.  Allowing several nations to host a single Olympic games would only improve the message of international cooperation.

The biggest challenges would be the presentation of the Opening and Closing ceremonies.  Having all the athletes from all the countries come together in one location presents a powerful image.  Do you think they could just do a big Skype video conference?

Arguments are being made for which sports should be included as part of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Today, the International Baseball Federation made its pitch to the Olympic committee about being re-included in the Olympics. Baseball and softball were decided to not be included in the 2012 Olympics in London. Read the rest of this entry »

New scoring system for gymnastics

Posted in Sportson Aug 6, 2008

If you watch the Olympics gymnastics this year, you may be confused by the new scoring system which will let athletes score 14, 17, or even higher. The new rules are “heavy on math” and employ two panels of judges: one for technical difficulty, which adds points up from a score of zero; the other for execution and technique, which starts at 10.0 and subtracts for errors. The two numbers are then combined for the final score. As one judge put it, “The system rewards difficulty. But the mistakes are also more costly.” The new rules were adopted after South Korea protested a scoring at the 2004 Olympics.

Olympic softball stats

Posted in Sportson Aug 5, 2008

Softball has only been played at the Summer Olympics three times: 1996, 2000, 2004. This year’s Olympic Games will mark the fourth time the sport has appeared at the Olympics. Because of a lack of world-wide interest, softball will not be played in the 2012 Olympics. The United States has won gold at all three previous Olympic Games.

Medal count
United States: 3 Golds
Australia: 1 Silver, 2 Bronze
Japan: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
China: 1 Silver

2004 Medalists
United States: Gold
Australia: Silver
Japan: Bronze

Appearances at all 4 Olympic Games (including 2008)
Australia, Canada, China, USA, Japan
Chinese Taipei has appeared at 2 previous Olympic Games and will appear in Beijing.

See also: Wikipedia for 2008 Softball Schedule.

Olympic baseball stats

Posted in Sportson Jul 31, 2008

Here are a few statistics about Baseball at the Olympics:
2004 Olympic Medalists
Gold: Cuba
Silver: Australia
Bronze: Japan

2000 Olympic Medalists
Gold: USA
Silver: Cuba
Bronze: Korea

All-time medal leaders
Cuba (3 Gold, 1 Silver)
USA (1 Gold, 1 Bronze)
Japan (1 Silver, 2 Bronze)

And some background information from Wikipedia:

Baseball became an official sport at the 1992 Summer Olympics, with the familiar eight team tournament. Players were required to be amateurs. The tournament consisted of a round-robin, in which teams played each of the other teams, followed by semifinals and finals. The format of the competition has remained the same since then, with the only major change being that starting in 2000 players were not required to be amateurs.

Who do you think will win gold?

Posted in Sportson Jul 30, 2008

Participate in my little competition by picking the teams that will go gold:
(This form will only be open until August 6th)

I’ve been researching various Olympic statistics in preparation of the Summer Olympics. Here are some stats about Women’s Handball at the Summer Games. (Source: Wikipedia)

2004 Medalists:
Gold: Denmark
Silver: South Korea
Bronze: Ukraine

All-time top medal leaders:
Denmark (3 golds)
South Korea (2 golds, 3 silvers)
Soviet Union (2 golds, 1 bronze)
Yugoslavia (1 gold, 1 silver)
Norway (2 silver, 1 bronze)
Hungary (1 silver, 2 bronze)

NBC Predictions
Gold: Norway
Silver: Russia
Bronze: Romania


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