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07-30-2004, 12:23 AM
Hello Geethamites

In 15 days the olympic flame will blaze once again in the coliseums of Greece where the olympics originated. Lets countdown to the olympics together!

I will be posting historical facts about the games and champions of the past.

The Olympic Journey

1896 Olympics - Athens
Number of countries: 14
Number of athletes: 241 (all men)
Number of sports: 9
First Olympic champion since ancient Greek Games: James Connolly, US, triple jump (April 6, 1896)
Spiridon Louys' winning time in marathon: 2 hours, 58 minutes and 50 seconds

1900 Olympics - Paris
Number of countries: 24
Number of athletes: 1,225 (11 women)
Number of sports: 18
Number of events: 95
Duration of Olympics: 4 ½ months
First Asian medallist: Norman Pritchard, India - 2 silver - athletics
First Native American medallist: Irving Baxter - 2 gold, 1 silver - athletics

1904 Olympics - St.Louis
Number of countries: 12
Number of athletes: 645 (6 women, 639 men)
Number of sports: 17
Number of events: 91
Number of medals awarded: 300
Number of medals won by Americans: 286
Longevity of Archie Hahn's Olympic record in 200m dash: 28 years
Age of Canadian golf gold medallist George S. Lyon: 46
Number of gold medals won by American Ray Ewry from 1900-1908: 8

1906 Olympics - Athens
Number of countries: 20
Number of athletes: 877 (7 female)
Number of sports: 14
Number of events: 79

1908 Olympics - London
Number of nations: 22
Number of athletes: 2,008 (37 women, 1,971 men)
Number of events: 110
Capacity at White City Olympic Stadium: 70,000
Number of spectators for marathon: 2 million

1912 Olympics - Stockholm
Number of nations: 28
Number of sports: 14
Number of events: 102
Number of athletes: 2,407 (48 women, 2,359 men)
Number of gymnastics competitors: 1,275
Jim Thorpe's semi-pro baseball salary, which resulted in losing two gold medals: $15
Year of Thorpe's death: 1953
Year that Thorpe's gold medals returned to his family: 1982
Number of years Canadian swimmer George Hodgson's 1,500-metre record stood: 11

1920 Olympics - Antwerp
Number of nations: 29
Number of athletes: 2,626 (65 women, 2,561 men)
Number of sports: 22
Number of events: 154
Number of track and field events: 27
Number of shooting events (including trapshooting): 21
First South American gold medallist: Guilherme Paraense, Brazil (Shooting)
Youngest gold medallist: Aileen Riggin, U.S., 14 years (Diving)
Oldest medallist: Oscar Swahn, Sweden, 72 years (Shooting)
Countries not invited: Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Turkey

1924 Olympics - Paris
Number of countries: 44
Number of countries winning at least one medal: 30
Number of athletes: 3,089 (135 women, 2,954 men)
Number of journalists: 1,000
Number of spectators: 625,000
Number of sports: 17
Number of events: 126
First black athlete to win individual gold medal: William DeHart Hubbard, U.S., long jump

1928 Olympics - Amsterdam
Number of countries: 46
Number of athletes: 2,883 (277 women, 2,606 men)
Number of sports: 14
Number of events: 109
Number of different countries winning gold medals: 28
Next time at least 28 different countries would win gold medals: 1968
Gold medallist in field hockey: India
Next time a country other than India would win field hockey gold: 1964
Gold medallist in team sabre fencing: Hungary
Next time a country other than Hungary would win team sabre fencing gold: 1968

1932 Olympics - Los Angeles
Number of nations: 37
Number of athletes: 1,332 (126 women, 1,206 women)
Sports: 14
Events: 117
Length of Games: 16
Shortest duration of Games before 1932: 79 days
Number of spectators at opening ceremonies: 100,000
Surplus recorded by Games: $1 million
Number of world records set during Games: 18
Age of youngest male athlete to win gold in individual event: 14 years, Kusuo Kitsamura, Japan, 1,500-metre freestyle (swimming)

1936 Olympics - Berlin
Number of nations: 49
Number of athletes: 3,963 (331 women, 3,632 men)
Number of sports: 19
Number of events: 129
Number of tickets sold: 4.5 million
Music accompanying procession at opening ceremonies: Tannhauser by Richard Wagner
Number of times "Horst Wessel Lied," the **** war song, was played during Games: 480
Capacity of Berlin Olympic Stadium: 100,000
Olympic Stadium's later function: Home of Hertha of German soccer Bundesliga
Live television audience for Games: 150,000
Youngest medallist ever in individual event: Inga Sorensen, Denmark, 12 years (Swimming)
Youngest female gold medallist: Marjorie Gestring, U.S. 13 years (Diving)

1948 Olympics - London
Number of nations: 59
Number of athletes: 4,104 (390 women, 3,714 men)
Number of sports: 17
Number of events: 136
Cost of 1948 Games: 600,000 pounds
Number of radio broadcasters at Olympics: 250
Number of languages of Olympic radio broadcasts: 40
Television broadcast audience: 500,000 homes in England
Amount BBC paid for television broadcast rights: $3,000 (US)
Amount NBC paid for rights to 2010 Vancouver Olympics: $820 million (US)
First black female medallist: Audrey Patterson, U.S. (bronze, 200m)
First black female gold medallist: Alice Coachman, U.S. (high jump)
Occupation of women's discus and shot put gold medallist, Micheline Ostermeyer of France: Concert pianist

1952 Olympics - Helsinki
Number of countries: 69
Number of athletes: 4, 955 (519 women, 4,436 men)
Sports: 17
Events: 149
Number of countries to win medals: 43 (new Olympic record)
First gold medal for Soviet Union: Nina Romashkova, discus
Age of youngest-ever track and field gold medallist: 15, Barbara Pearl Jones, U.S. (4X100-metre relay)
Future heavyweight world champions in Helsinki boxing competition: Floyd Patterson, U.S. and Ingemar Johansson, Sweden
Weight class of Patterson's gold medal: Middleweight
Reason why officials refused to give Johansson heavyweight silver: Johansson was getting beaten badly by American Edward Sanders and spent much of the match literally running away from Sanders
Year Johansson knocked out Patterson for heavyweight championship: 1959
Year Patterson knocked out Johansson to regain title: 1960
Year Johansson finally given silver medal: 1982

1956 Olympics - Melbourne
Number of nations: 72
Number of athletes: 3,314 (376 women, 2,938 men)
Number of sports: 17
Number of events: 145
Number of people who collapsed due to heat during opening ceremonies: 225
Minimum winning margin by U.S. basketball team: 30
Biggest star on U.S. basketball team: Bill Russell

1960 Olympics - Rome
Number of countries: 83
Number of athletes: 5,338 (611 women, 4,727 men)
Number of sports: 17
Number of events: 150
Total medals won by Turkey: 7 gold, 2 silver (all in wrestling)
Percentage of wrestling events won by Turkey: 44
Percentage of women's gymnastics events in which Soviet Larissa Latynina won a medal: 100
Number of women's athletics events: 10
Number of women's athletics events won by Soviet bloc countries: 7
First black African medallist: Ike Quartley, Ghana, silver (Boxing)
First black African gold medallist: Abebe Bikila, Ethiopia (Marathon)
Future NBA rookies of the year on U.S. basketball team: Oscar Robertson (1961), Walt Bellamy (1962), Terry Dischinger (1963), Jerry Lucas (1964)
Only cyclist to win both time trial and match sprint: Sante Gaiardoni, Italy
Second athlete ever to die at Olympics: Knud Eneberg-Jensen, Denmark, cycling
Cause of death: Combination of doping and exposure after 100-kilometre team time trial
Birthday celebrated by Hungary's Aladar Gerevich as he won his seventh gold and 10th overall fencing medal: 50th

1964 Olympics - Tokyo
Number of nations: 93
Number of athletes: : 5,151 (678 women, 4,473 men)
Number of sports: 19
Number of events: 163
Number of swimming events: 18
Number of swimming events won by countries other than U.S. and Australia: 1 (Soviet Union)
Number of medals won by Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina: 6 (2 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze)
Number of medals won by Latynina in entire career: 18

1968 Olympics - Mexico City
Number of athletes: 5,516 (781 women, 4,735 men)
Number of sports: 20
Number of events: 172
Altitude of Mexico City: 2,300 metres
Thinness of atmosphere: 30 percent less oxygen than at sea level
Number of non-black finalists in the men's 100m: 0
Number of world records broken during Games: 34

1972 Olympics - Munich
Number of nations: 121
Number of athletes: 7,134 (1,059 women, 6,075 men)
Number of sports: 23
Number of events: 195
Number of journalists covering the Games: About 4,000
Number of countries winning at least one medal: 48 (new record)
Number of opponents pinned by Soviet wrestler Ivan Yarygin en route to heavyweight gold: 7
Number of gold medals won by U.S. swimmer Mark Spitz: 7
Number of world records set by Spitz: 7
Youngest individual gold medallist ever in athletics event: Ulrike Meyfarth, West Germany, 16 (High jump - tied world record)
Next time Meyfarth won an Olympic medal: 1984 (silver)

1976 Olympics - Montreal
Number of nations: 92
Number of athletes: 6,084 (1,260 women, 4,824 men)
Number of sports: 21
Number of events: 198
Original estimate of cost to stage Olympics: $124 million (CDN) Actual cost of Olympics: $1.5 billion
Numbers of security personnel (military and police): Almost 16,000
Cost of security: $100 million
Estimated cost of security for Athens Olympics: $1.2 billion (US)
First recipient of perfect 10.0 in Olympic gymnastics: Nadia Comaneci
Number of 10.0s Comaneci received in Montreal: 7

1980 Olympics - Moscow
Number of nations: 80
Number of athletes: 5,179 (1,115 women, 4,064 men)
Number of sports: 21
Number of events: 203
Last time there was as few as 80 nations competing: 1956
Number of invited countries that did not attend Games: 56

1984 Olympics - Los Angeles
Number of nations: 112
Number of nations: 140
Number of athletes: 6,829 (1,566 women, 5,263 men)
Number of sports: 23
Number of events: 221
Number of media: 9,190
Worldwide television audience of opening ceremonies: 2.5 billion
Amount McDonald's paid for naming rights to Olympic pool: $4 million (US)

1988 Olympics - Seoul
Number of nations: 159
Number of athletes: 8,391 (2,194 women, 6,197 men)
Number of sports: 25
Number of events: 237
Number of media: 11,331
Penalty for spitting on the street in Seoul during Games: 29 days in prison
Profit made by Games: $288 million (US)
Time recorded by Ben Johnson in 100m: 9.79 seconds
Time recorded by gold medallist Carl Lewis: 9.92 seconds

1992 Olympics - Barcelona
Number of nations: 169
Number of athletes: 9, 356 (2,704 women, 6,652 men)
Number of sports: 28
Number of events: 257
Number of countries winning at least one medal: 64
Relatives of field-hockey gold medallist Andreas Keller who also won field hockey medals for Germany: Grandfather, Erwin (silver, 1936) and father, Carsten (gold, 1972)
Winning margin of Canada over Romania in men's eight rowing final: Less than 30 centimetres (closest in Olympic history).
Winning margin of Gail Devers of the U.S. over Juliet Cuthbert of Jamaica in 100m: .01 seconds
Difference between first and fifth in women's 100m: .06 seconds
Only woman in skeet shooting final (mixed event): Zhang Shan
Zhang's gold-medal score in final: 373 targets hit out of 375 (world record)
How Ben Johnson fared in comeback bid from doping ban: Eliminated in 100m semifinals
First black African woman to win gold medal: Derartu Tulu, Ethiopia (10,000m)

1996 Olympics - Atlanta
Number of nations: 197
Number of athletes: 10,138 (3,512 women, 6,806 men)
Number of sports: 26
Number of events: 271
Number of media: 15,108
Number of nations winning gold medals: 53
First athlete to win the same event four straight times:: Carl Lewis, U.S. (Long jump)
First weightlifter to win same event three straight times: Naim Suleymanoglu, Turkey
First athlete to win 400m twice: Marie-Jose Perec, France

2000 Olympics - Sydney
Crib sheet: 2000 Olympics
Number of nations: 200
Number of athletes: 10,651 (4,069 women, 6,582 men)
Number of sports: 28
Number of events: 300
Number of countries winning at least one medal: 80
Number of media: 16,033

Count down is zero Ferns.. :wink: so I changed the title..hope its alright with you.. :P -vasan

07-30-2004, 12:30 AM
1900 Olympics - Paris
First Asian medallist: Norman Pritchard, India - 2 silver - athletics

1932 Olympics - Los Angeles
Shortest duration of Games before 1932: 79 days
Number of spectators at opening ceremonies: 100,000
Surplus recorded by Games: $1 million
Number of world records set during Games: 18

1936 Olympics - Berlin
Music accompanying procession at opening ceremonies: Tannhauser by Richard Wagner
Number of times "Horst Wessel Lied," the **** war song, was played during Games: 480
Capacity of Berlin Olympic Stadium: 100,000

Hmm interesting tidbits.. :P

Who woulda thunk it..? The first asian medalist is an Indian, but a white dude.. :sm12: :sm12:

LA Rocks... Doesn't it.. Bravo !! :P :clap:

1936 Berlin... I remember it better for the brave deeds of one Mr. Jesse Owens !!

More, as our Olympics Statistician Ferns adds stuff.. :P :P She does the work, I do the commentary.. easy does mr. v-, yeah, ferns? :wink:


07-30-2004, 12:44 AM
Sounds like a deal to me mr.v :wink: I'll draw the lines you add the paint :P :P

07-30-2004, 01:56 AM
1972 Olympics - Munich
Number of nations: 121
Number of athletes: 7,134 (1,059 women, 6,075 women)
Number of sports: 23

1976 Olympics - Montreal
Number of nations: 92
Number of athletes: 6,084 (1,260 men, 4,824 women)
Number of sports: 21


Are the men & women athelete numbers correct in this??? My thumb rule tells me that the numbers should have been the other way around... (beleive me.. am not a chaviunist :sm12: :sm12: ) if the numbers were right, it shud have been a record :wink:....

Gold medallist in field hockey: India
Next time a country other than India would win field hockey gold: 1964

good to know..

This is the first time for the olympic flame crossed 5 continents.. I was in one of those ceremonies... saw ppl lighting and running with the torch in a distance of 5 meters. even greeted the torch-bearers :ee: :ee: & met couple of medal winners..

Proud moments isn't it?? :wink:

07-30-2004, 02:34 AM
Nadia Comaneci



If you had to choose one icon in all of women's sport, Nadia Comaneci would, without a doubt, be among the top candidates.

With her perfect scores in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada, the Romanian transformed the way in which the sport of gymnastics was seen and perceived by spectators.

At 14, she was the first gymnast to receive the much sought-after and elusive perfect score of 10 in a performance. For that, she captured the hearts of millions of people around the world.

Thousands of young girls fell in love with the "phenomenal Nadia Comaneci." All of them attempted to imitate her routines and, at the very least, copied her trademark ponytail.


In her native Onesti, Nadia began her gymnastics training under the supervision of Valeriu Munteanu and Marta Karolyi.

A couple of years later, Bela, Marta's husband, added Nadia to his team, and they began winning competitions in Romania. She began to compete internationally in 1971.

After winning a number of all-around titles, including the 1975 European Championship, Nadia was ready for the Olympics.

The first day of gymnastic competition began on Sunday, July 18, with the team compulsory program. After Comaneci had stuck her landing on the uneven bars, she heard a loud roar and turned to look at the scoreboard.

It showed a "1.0" - then the only way in which a perfect score was displayed, the first perfect score in Olympic history and the first of seven that Comaneci would receive during these Games.

The gymnast won the gold medal in the all-around competition, making her the first Romanian to win a gold medal in Olympic gymnastics.

Comaneci won a total of five medals during the Montreal Olympics - three gold, one silver and one bronze.

Her career was punctuated with further success at the European and World Championships. At the Olympic Games in Moscow, she was suffering from sciatica which made her powerful leg movements very painful. Even so, she took home two gold and two silver medals.

She retired in 1984, weeks before the start of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, which she had been invited to attend. The Romanian government, at the time headed by Nicolas Ceausescu, feared she might defect. They confiscated her mail, tapped her phone and restricted her movements.

In November 1989, she decided to flee Romania. One evening around midnight, with nothing but the clothes on her back, she escaped through a hole in the fence and left the country. She headed to Austria, where she sought asylum at the U.S. Embassy.

The "American Dream" did not begin immediately. Constantin Panait, the Romanian who had helped her escape in exchange for $5,000, took advantage of the fact that she could not speak English to make money at her expense. He sold interviews to the press, telling Nadia what to say, and kept her locked in her room for three months as they traveled around the country, under threat of taking her back to Romania.

She was rescued by Alexandru Stefu, a rugby coach and friend of Bela Karoly, who invited them to his home in Montreal. Panait then fled upon learning he had been discovered.

On April 26, 1996, Comaneci married American gymnast Bart Conner. The ceremony was held in Bucharest, marking just the second time she had returned to Romania since her defection.

07-30-2004, 02:38 AM
Thanks for pointing that out RK! You are right...it was indeed a typo.

07-30-2004, 03:21 PM
Jesse Owens


Germany's **** government conceived of the 1936 Berlin Olympics as an unparalleled propaganda opportunity. Adolf Hitler left little to chance, marshalling everything from a well-funded national sport program to the filmmaking talents of Leni Riefenstahl to convince the world of Aryan supremacy.

But the Fuhrer hadn't counted on Jesse Owens, born the son of a former slave in 1913 in segregated Alabama. Owens singlehandedly turned the **** ideology of racial supremacy on its head with one of the most legendary performances in Olympic history.


Owens' career in track began as a teenager in Cleveland, where his father looked for work to support his family of 11 children. His pure athletic ability was first noticed on the track of Fairmont Junior High School one afternoon in 1928.

Only 15 years old, he ran the 100 yards in a time of 9.8 seconds before jumping 1.85 metres in the high jump and 7.65m in the long jump. Owens' talent was first spotted by Charles Paddock - the 1920 Olympic 100m champion who served as a coach at the University of Ohio.

The lanky Owens, standing five-foot-11 (1.80m) tall and weighing 158 pounds (72 kilograms), paid for his schooling by working as a gas station attendant, while his athletic development progressed rapidly. By 1935, when he was 22, he was ready to put on a show that more than hinted at what was in store for the 1936 Games.

Owens didn't seem a likely contender for his first historic meet, though. He had fallen down a flight of stairs a few days before the meet at Ann Arbor, Mich., and arrived at the tracks pretty banged up.

It didn't seem to make much of a difference once he was ready to run, though. That day, he broke five world records in the space of an hour, and equalled a sixth:

* 100 yards - tied world record of 9.4 seconds
* 220 yards - ran in 20.3, breaking that world record, as well as 200m world record during race
* 220-yard hurdles - ran in 22.6, breaking that world record, as well as 200m hurdles world record during race
* long jump - broke world record with jump of 8.13m

Owens' records didn't just temporarily improve old standards by little increments, either. His long jump record lasted 25 years, and the 100m record of 10.2 he set at a meet shortly before the 1936 Olympics stood up for 20 years.

Just as he demolished the record books, Owens made short work of the **** propaganda machine at the Berlin Games with an unprecedented run of four gold medals in the 100m, 200m, long jump, and 4x100m.

The first medal came in the 100m, with an Olympic record time of 10.3, as Owens ahead of his compatriot Ralph Metclafe.

In the 200m, he beat another American, Matthew Robinson, before overtaking Lutz Long in the long jump on his last attempt (8.06m) to win his third title - much to the great disappointment of Hitler who, having already welcomed and congratulated many victorious athletes, left the stadium quickly - allegedly to avoid congratulating Owens. Owens continued his haul with a team win in the 4x100m, establishing a world record in 39.8 sec.

Unfortunately, the luster of his Olympic achievements would soon wear off for Owens upon his return to the United States. He was accused of competing professionally. Aged only 24, he was denied the right to participate in further Olympic competition.

Owens subsequently spent his time as an activist for racial equality in the U.S. and was named by President Dwight Eisenhower the United States ambassador for the Third World."

Years later, though, he criticized the Black Power protest of American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico City Games, although he did tone down his critique later.

However, he did seem to feel that however he may have worked to undo **** ideology, politics and sport should not mix: a few months before he died of cancer in 1980, he argued against the American-led boycott of the Moscow Games, claiming that "political errors" should not hurt athletes.

07-30-2004, 03:38 PM
14 Days to go!!!!!! *Ferny jumping up and down in her Nadia pony-tail*

07-30-2004, 04:09 PM
Whenever I think of glorious moments in Olympics, I think of Nadia, Jesse, FloJo and Carl, and sometimes about Marion.. (though Nadia and Jesse were old rerun documentry style tapes.. !)..

Nadia still trains kids.. She is the epitome of grace on the floor and on the bar... There are plenty more now, very flexible and athletic and terrific - but some how the story and accomplishments of Nadia still ranks best, at least for me...

Thanks a bunch, Ferns, for bringing back the memories... Love the pony tail part.. :wink: Don't jump too high, dearie... the roof is only 10 ft away.. :P :P


07-30-2004, 11:49 PM
The Ancient Olympics:
The ancient Greeks dedicated the Olympic Games to the god Zeus. The original games were held on the plain of Olympia in Peloponnesos, Greece.

The Greeks held the first Olympic games in the year 776 BC (over 2700 years ago), and had only one event, a sprint (a short run that was called the "stade"). The race was run by men who competed in the nude. A wreath of olive branches was placed on the winner's head (in Greek, this is called a kotinos). The olive tree was the sacred tree of Athens, Greece.

Women were neither allowed to compete in the games nor to watch them, because the games were dedicated to Zeus and were therefore meant for men.

The four-year period between the Olympic games was called an olympiad. Every four years, for 1,170 years, the Greeks held an Olympics, which continued to grow and change. Many other sports were added, including other races, wrestling, boxing, pentathlon (five events, including the long jump, javelin throw, discus throw, foot race, and wrestling), and equestrian events (events with horses and people, like chariot races and horse races) The Olympic games were banned by the Byzantine Emperor Theodosius II in the year AD 394.

The Flag of the Olympic Games:
The flag of the Olympic Games has five interlocking rings (blue, yellow, black, green, and red) on a white ground. The rings represent the five parts of the world that were joined together in the Olympic movement: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe.

Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin (1863-1937), a French educator and sportsman, revived the Olympic Games in 1896; the all-male 1896 games were held in Athens, Greece. Baron de Coubertin designed the flag of the Olympics in 1913-1914.

The Olympic flag was first used in the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium. The Olympic flag is paraded during the opening ceremony of each Olympic Games. At the end of an Olympics, the mayor of the host-city presents the flag to the mayor of the next host-city. The flag will remain in the town hall of the next host-city until the next Olympic Games, four years later.

History of the Olympic Flame
The tradition of the Olympic flame began during the ancient Olympic Games, over 2700 years ago in Greece. A flame was lit for each Olympics, every four years, and burned throughout the games. The flame symbolized the death and rebirth of Greek heroes. There was no torch relay in the ancient Olympics. The first torch relay occured at the 1936 games in Berlin, Germany.
During the Games, 50,000 meals will be prepared each day at the Olympic Village, using 100 tons of food.

Some interesting facts...

The Olympic Village will provide accommodation and services free of charge to 16,000 athletes and team officials.

Before the Games start, more than one million large bushes, 290,000 new trees and 11 million new shrubs will have been planted in Athens.

Even more amazing facts...

The Olympic Flame will travel to Africa and Latin America for the first time.

There will be more than 40 sports in the Olympics and 19 sports in the Paralympics this summer. (Note from the Ed: the Paralympic Games are just like the Olympic Games but they are for people who are disabled.)

It looks as though the cost of holding the Olympics has increased to more than three billion pounds!

The two mascots at this year's Olympic games are Phevos and Athena. They are a brother and sister. Their names come from Ancient Greek names. (Phevos is god of light and music, he is also called Apollo. Athena is goddess of wisdom and patron of the city of Athens.)

The mascot for the Paralympics is a seahorse called Proteas! Proteas is also a name that comes from an Ancient Greek name.

08-05-2004, 01:19 AM
Let Mr. Otto show you the different Olympic sports

Warning: A little violent but very funny!


08-05-2004, 01:31 AM
:sm12: :sm12: :sm12: :sm12:

Too cute for words.. Ferns Rocks !!


08-05-2004, 01:34 AM

Perhaps no one athlete put more pressure on himself than American swimmer Mark Spitz. The athlete's bold predictions and cocky disposition made it almost impossible for him to live up to the standards he was setting for himself. Fortunately at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, his incredible talent in the pool turned out to be even bigger than all the hype that surrounded him.

Spitz began swimming at the age of two and as far back as he could remember, he ruled the pool. He held 17 national records (for his age group) at the age of ten and was named "the world's best 10-and-under swimmer." At age 16, he won his first AAU National Championship. And the following year he won five gold medals at the 1967 Pan American Games and laid claim to ten world records. He couldn't help but think he was the best.

So before the 1968 games in Mexico City, Spitz predicted he would accomplish what no one else had— to win six gold medals. He ended up with two team golds, plus an individual silver and bronze. It's tough for someone to be disappointed with four Olympic medals, but Spitz was.

He spent the next four years at Indiana University, winning almost every conceivable award, setting almost every world record in existence, and preparing himself for the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

At Munich, not only did Spitz win the six golds he predicted four years before—he won seven! And not only did he win all seven, but world records were set in each event. He won four individual golds in the 200m butterfly, the 200m freestyle, the 100m butterfly and the 100m freestyle. He also added three team golds as the United States won the 4x100m freestyle relay, the 4x200m relay, and the 4x100 medley relay. It was the greatest performance by an Olympic athlete in history.

Tragedy then struck the 1972 games as Palestinian terrorists killed two Israelis and taking nine others hostage. Spitz, who is Jewish, left Germany for London before the closing ceremonies. The nine hostages were later killed.

His performance coupled with his good looks made Spitz an instant celebrity back in the states. A host of endorsements and a short-lived television career followed but he eventually settled in to a profitable real estate career. Seventeen years later, at the age of 39, he began training again with the hopes of earning a spot on the 1992 Olympic team. The familiar mustache was gone but the fire remained. Alas he fell short in qualifying and had to settle for a whopping career total of 11 Olympic medals.

08-05-2004, 01:36 AM
9 Days to go!!!! *Ferns running round and round like Jesse Owens*

08-05-2004, 01:40 AM
Hhar ha Thanks vasan. My favorite was the boxers...soo cute :sm12:

08-05-2004, 01:45 AM
mine too.. I mean.. so unexpected... I was thinking of some disaster.. and suddenly...

Welll some disaster.. :wink: These italians.. Too imaginative..

Great music too.. :P


08-05-2004, 08:39 PM
ferns funny one ! :) :clap:
wishing for leander and bhupathi :b: :clap:

08-09-2004, 11:27 PM
What happened to the update, Ms. Katie Ferns Couric.. :P :P :P

what is happening today.. ?? .. :P

BTW, just heard on the radio about two characters who were predicting the number of Olympic medals a country is gonna win... You know the LA Times, ESPN, USA Today etc all poll the broadcasters, commentators, and sports personalities as well as use their own in house analysis to predict the number of medals (usually for US!!).. But Andrew Bernard (Tuck/Dartmouth) and Meghan Busse (Haas/Berkeley) has come up with a new economic theory to predict the number of medals.. Based on their theory they predicted near exact values for more than 35 countries for Sydney 2000 olympics (well before the games !!)

Astounding, isn't it.. You can take a look at their paper in Review of Economics and Statistics, no less.. :P, on this.. Note especially their predictions and actual medals won by some countries in Sydney.. :P :P

Guys, if India has to win, it better improve its GDP.. :wink: Otherwise once again we will have the largest contingent and win less medals than Aruba.. :P


Check this out..

http://mba.tuck.dartmouth.edu/pages/faculty/andrew.bernard/olymp60restat_finaljournalvers ion.pdf

08-10-2004, 09:09 PM
Whenever I think of olympics , I remember the Asterix in olympics cartoon that used to be on DD2. Do anyone else remember it ?

08-10-2004, 09:39 PM
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Wow!! Ferny ...this Rocks!!

so much info ..thanx babe! :b:

I think this time they have the ugliest mascots ...yuck ..triple yuck !!! :evil:

http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/msnbc/Components/Photos/040809/040809_olyMascots_hmed_11a.hme dium.jpg

an afront to name them after Athena and Apollo :oops:

Yes tinker I remember Asterix in the Olympics :lol: that was a really good one ..remember the wrestling one ..with all the brothers :lol:

just 3...well 2 and a bit days to go :ahha:


08-10-2004, 09:42 PM
Read the book Asterix in the Olympics.. haven't seen the cartoon tv.. :Ksp:

Where is our Geetham Reporter, Ferny Olympia? :Ksp:


08-10-2004, 10:32 PM
I'm here!! I was just doing a few laps at the swiming p-o-o-l. Gotta get ready to break a few records at this years olympics :wink:

ooo yes I remember Asterix! They Rock! I found a few pics to post but they are bmp and I can't post them :(

Great link vasan. Although a little more math than I would like to wade through. They are pretty good at some of the predictions.

Is that really this years olympic mascots? eeewwy. Guess they didn't have enough time to design mascots either. I heard they are finishing the olympic stadium on the 12th!! Well that is just a part of the gossip column :wink:

Spotlight on Greek Athletics

The local hero of the first modern Olympics in Athens in 1896 was Spiridon Louis, who won the marathon. No Greek runner won an Olympic gold medal again until the 2000 Sydney Games, when Konstantinos Kenteris came from out of nowhere to win the 200 metres.

His countrywoman, Ekaterini Thanou, came close to making it two Greek gold medallists in Sydney. Well, close might not be the right word: She was a distant second to Marion Jones in the 100 m, but then again, no one was really challenging Jones in 2000, so let's call her the best of the rest of the world.

Kenteris and Thanou will be front and centre in Athens as the Olympic motherland's best chances to win medals in the Olympic glamour events of track and field.

Much, in particular, will be riding on Kenteris' performance in Athens. He was virtually unknown outside Greece when he staged the most unlikely victory in the entire track and field competition in Athens.

He was known as Kostas by his friends on the Greek island of Lesbos, where he was born and raised. Few knew him anywhere else. The only hint that there might be some greatness in him was only a modest one: a sixth-place finish in the 200 m at the 1992 junior world championships.

His training was held back by shoddy facilities in his hometown, so he relocated to Athens to work under coach Christos Tzetos, who also coaches Thanou.

08-10-2004, 10:37 PM
3 DAYS TO GO!!!!! *Ferns getting ready to break world records*

08-11-2004, 05:24 PM
Here is a picture for ppl who remember asterix :-)


How many medals are you expecting this time Ferns ?

08-11-2004, 06:07 PM
Mr.Otto's version of Olympics was very very funny, though a bit violent. I liked the hammer throw guy coming in all his following scenes and also the first two parts of the swimmer from the swimboard.

Boxing was :lol:

08-11-2004, 06:12 PM
Thanks for the link tinker. I have the hindi version but couldn't upload it.

How many medals are you expecting this time Ferns ?


Well let me say this....If I do better than the last olympics I will be happy. :wink:

08-11-2004, 06:17 PM
Hindi Version?? Wow.. didn't know it was available.. :Ksp: Not that I can read it if it is.. :P :P I was surprised to find the german link too.. Thanks tinker..

Michael Phelps.. :think: hmm... Whats he gonna do? :think:


08-11-2004, 06:26 PM
Indian Medal Hopefuls

Anju Bobby George

Event: Long Jump

Age: 25 years

Rank: Fourth in the World

Work place: Customs, Chennai

Coach: Star long jumper Mike Powell

Best Jump: 6.74 metres

Best Performance: Bronze medal at the World Athletics Championships 2003 in Paris.

Personal trivia: Married into an athlete family. Her brother-in-law Jimmy played volleyball for India for 17 years. He was so good that Italians built an indoor stadium and named it after him. Her husband is also her coach.


Event: Tennis Doubles

Leander Paes

Age: 32

Titles: Doubles Champ at '99/'01 French Open and '99 Wimbledon, '99/'03 Wimbledon & '03 Aust.Open Mixed champion.

Olympic Medal: Tennis singles Bronze in '96

Mahesh Bhupathi

Age: 30

Titles: Doubles Champion -'99/'01 French Open, '99 Wimbledon, '02 US Open Mixed Doubles Champion - '97 French Open, '99 US Open, '02 Wimbledon
Best performance: In 1999 they reached final of all the four Grand Slams eventually winning at Wimbledon and French Open.

Anjali Bhagwat

Age: 34

Event: Women's individual air rifle

Rank: Within World's top 5.

Work place: Central Industrial Security Force

Award: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2003

Best performance: Champion of Champions title winner at the Munich shooting World Cup 2002.

Personal Trivia: It was in NCC that she got a liking for shooting. Father was with New India Assurance. Mother Sangeeta is a classical singer.

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

Age: 34

Event: Double Trap shooting

Rank: World Number one

Coach: Sunny Thomas

Personal Trivia: Was born in Jaisalmer and resides in Jaipur. Is married with two children. Has a Masters in strategic studies. Also likes boxing, basketball, golf, polo.

Indian Hockey Team

Star player: Dhanraj Pillay

Likely Captain: Dilip Tirkey

Past performance: Eight Olympic Golds (1928, 1932, 1936, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1964 and 1980)

Latest podium finish: Runner up at Busan Asian Games 2002

Coach: Rajinder Singh

08-11-2004, 06:28 PM
Michael Phelps...talented, young, medal hopeful...but a match for Ian thorpe?? Not likely

08-11-2004, 06:36 PM

Is this the one you are talking about ?


Better than last time ... hmmmmm........ So what was your number last time :P


08-11-2004, 06:59 PM
Michael Phelps...talented, young, medal hopeful...but a match for Ian thorpe?? Not likely

has 3 world records to his credit.. and he is lot younger... people are pinning their hopes to see a mark spitz on him.. :P :P

but our inhouse specialist says, not a match for Ian.. hmm... ?? Could there be a mild bias towards this aussie.. ? Wonder why.. :sm12: :sm12: :sm12:

Anyways, Phelps is participating in 200m Freestyle, 100m Butterfly, 200m Butterfly, 200m IM, 400m IM (all invididual) and two team events as well.. Theoretical possibility for 7 Gs.. but probability? hmm.. tough


08-11-2004, 07:53 PM
Weight of expectations could sink Phelps' Star
Source: Baltimore Sun

Phelps got a fairly rotten Welcome Wagon greeting at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, when some knee-jerk press clippings painted Phelps as an 18-year-old punk who is not only history-deficient, but lacks a sense of proper feet-kissing.

All this because, for some reason, Phelps had not made a point of seeking out Mark Spitz or begging his counsel before the trials.

As if Spitz, who does not exactly have a reputation as the world's greatest team player, had ever gone out of his way to welcome Phelps to the precipice of greatness. Here kid, here's what you do, here's what to expect.

Considering all the stories about how Spitz alienated so many people before and after his heavy medal run in Munich, it's probably a good thing Spitz has kept his distance from Phelps, and vice versa.

It's tough to imagine that two swimmers who share so much in the way of talent and drive could be any more different than Phelps and Spitz.

That's why it might be important to sound a note of caution to the national and international press corps, which is no doubt already champing at the bit to tear down Phelps the split-second his legend grows a little too tall for his swim skins: He's just a kid from the neighborhood.

Phelps may be the athlete most likely to conquer Athens next month; he may have agents and handlers and a Speedo contract; he may drive a tricked-out Escalade with more bells and whistles than an aviary. He may earn big prize money befitting a pro swimmer and be in line to win a million-dollar bonus from Speedo. But it's hardly who Phelps is.

Mostly, he's just a neighborhood kid from Rodgers Forge who hangs out with friends, wolfs down 3,500 calories in pancakes, anticipates the start of snowball season in Baltimore (syrup over chipped ice) and is generally amused and slightly mystified by his growing celebrity.

That's why we should all be cautious of framing our entire sporting relationship with Phelps based on The Prediction and what happens if he doesn't do what's expected of him.

Frankly, it's a boatload of chlorine: If Phelps doesn't win seven or more gold medals, he's a failure. If he doesn't match or beat the medal mark set by Spitz, he's a loser.

What a wonderful drumbeat sounding this week at the trials, where Phelps is attempting to qualify for every Olympic event this side of the dog paddle.

You've got to love predictions. They're good for no one, except maybe Joe Namath.

Look at Marion Jones. In her pre-BALCO days leading to the 2000 Summer Games, she gladly ran with the prediction that she'd win five gold medals in Sydney. When she won "only" three, plus a silver and a bronze, her accomplishments seemed a letdown. She has never recovered her early publicity as the next Ali, the next Jordan, in part because of her "failure" to win five gold medals.

The predictions about what Phelps will do in Athens help fan the flames of pre-Olympic hype. It's apparently a necessary item in these overbearing days of over-the-top sports.

And so now it's a done deal. The bar for Phelps is so high that anything less than seven, maybe even eight, gold medals will be a disappointment. Or worse, a bust.

Even his rival, Australian star Ian Thorpe, had some advice for Phelps that flew in the face of conventional wisdom. With the extra round of semifinal heats that swimmers must compete in that did not exist when Spitz swam his Olympic events, the task is more demanding than it was 32 years ago.

"I think he will have an incredible trials and I suspect that he'll have an even better Olympics," Thorpe told the Associated Press last week.

"I think that he's going to walk away from it a very successful athlete in the pool. But if he's basing his success, and his reasoning for success, being winning seven or more gold medals, I think he's going to walk away disappointed and he shouldn't."

But the star-making machinery is cranked so high on Phelps, he can't escape. He's now in the crosshairs of a telescopic/microscopic view-finder that is isolating and defining him in a relentlessly unyielding fashion.

It's takes some of the thrill and some of the beauty out of the pursuit to think you might wind up being considered a "loser," even though you've won.

08-11-2004, 07:59 PM
Okay maybe he is more than a medal hopeful. I still think he is not in the same league as SPitz.

Obviously these statements are drenched in opinion and bias :wink:

Tinker...here is what Ferns' manager had to say about the last olympic games:

"The Sydney Olympics was dissapointing for the Ferny team. We were all set to go but due to the injuries Ferny suffered during training and a lack of funding we had to miss out on bagging the olympic medals. This year we are more optimistic"

THere you have it straight from the horses mouth :wink:

08-11-2004, 08:02 PM
Its not surprising to find Baltimore Sun writing about Baltimore's favorite Son (or is he from Boston?? whatever.. ).. But why throw so much dirt on Spitz?

Spitz totally moved out of swimming - burn out. Recent issue of Time magazine carries an interview with him... and he just started swimming again - at his home p ool, just for kicks.. :P :P And yes, he does speak warmly of Phelps, even saying Phelps has a harder role because of more number of individual events.. :P

Good Luck, Michael !!


ps: Ferns.. could you please check your pm? :wink: Danke Schoen !

08-11-2004, 08:24 PM
Discontinued Olympic Sports

Underwater swimming
Held: 1900
Rules: Held over a maximum of 60m, competitors were awarded 2 points for each meter swum, and one point for each second that they stayed under water.
Winners: Charles DeVandeville (France), who swam 60 meters in a time of 1 minute and 8.4 seconds (score:188.4 pts). André Six (FRA) 185.4 pts (60m, 1:05.4) Peter Lykkeberg (DEN) 147.0 pts (28.5m, 1:30.0

Obstacle Race - Swimming
Held: 1900
Rules: Held over 200m, competitors had to climb over a pole, then scramble over a row of boats, and then swim under another row of boats
1. Frederick Lane (Australia) 2:38.4

2. Otto Wahle (AUT) 2:40.0

3. Peter Kemp (GBR) 2:47.4

Intersting facts: The winner Frderick Lane also won the 200 m freestyle event.

Plunge for distance- Swimming
Held: 1904
Rules: The competitors began with a standing dive, then had to remain motionless for one minute or until their heads broke the surface of the water, whichever came first.
Winners: William Dickey USA 19.05m
Edgar Adams USA 17.53m
Leo 'Budd' Goodwin USA 17.37m

Tug of War
Held: 1900-1920
Rules: In teams of 8, one team had to pull the other six feet along in order to win. If after 5 minutes no team had done this, the team which had pulled the most was declared the winner..
Sweden & Denmark

United States
United States
United States

Germany & Switzerland

Great Britain
Great Britain
Great Britain

Great Britain

Great Britain

Interesting facts: In 1904 the first four places went to American teams -

Milwaukee Athletic Club
St Louis Southwest Tumverein I
St Louis Southwest Tumverein II
New York Athletic Club

In 1908, all places went to Great Britain. The teams were:

City of London Police
Liverpool Police
Metropolitan Police

Live Pigeon Shooting
Held: 1900
Winners: Leon de Lunden (BEL) 21 birds killed
Maurice Faure (FRA) 20 birds killed
Donald MacIntosh (AUS) 18 birds killed

Interesting facts: This was the only time in Olympic history when animals were killed on purpose.

Held: 1900
Winners: One Ball Singles: Aumoitte (1st) John (2nd) Waydeliche (3rd), all from France. Aumoitte beat John 21-15 in the final

Doubles: Aumoitte & John, France. No silver or bronze awarded

Singles - Two Balls: Waydelich (1st) Vignerot (2nd) Sautereau (3rd), all from France

Singles Handicap - Two Balls: Vignerot, France

Intersting facts: France won all events, which is not surprising as only French competitors took part

Held: 1904
Rules: A hard-surface form of the game crocquet
Winners: Charles Jacobus USA
Smith Streeter USA
Charles Brown USA

Intersting facts: USA won all three medals, which was not surprising as all the competitors were American.

Held: 1900
Rules: Regular cricket rules
Results: Great Britain (Devon & Somerset Wanderers CC) beat France (British Embassy, Paris) by 117 & 145 for 5 declared against 78 & 26 in a twelve-a-side match.
Intersting facts: The French team was made up mostly of Englishmen!

08-11-2004, 08:29 PM
More facts

Did you know sports and games are even mentioned in our Indian epic 'Mahabharata'? Sports and games are as old as our human society.

Ice hockey made its first appearance at the 1920 Antwerp Games.

The OLYMPIC games is named after OLYMPIA, the shrine of GOD Zeus

Hungarian athlete Aladar Gerevich won medals in 6 consecutive Olympic games.

Communist China entered its first games in 1984-Los Angeles.

Ethiopian marathoner Abebe Bikila was the first man to successfully defend the marathon title. (1960 and 1964). He only wore shoes for the second victory !

08-11-2004, 08:39 PM
In the ancient Olympics athletes competed in the nude

The word "gymnasium" comes from the Greek word gymnos, which means naked. In ancient times athletes practised in the nude to the accompaniment of music. They also performed naked at the Olympic Games. Women were not allowed to participate or even to attend as spectators.

The first Olympic games were held in 776BC - and then every 4 years until 339BC. The first Olympic race was won by Corubus, a chef. For many years the Olympics consisted of only one race, a sprint of 192 metres (210 yards, the length of the stadium) called the "stadion." A second race of 400 metres was added 50 years later. The pentathlon, wrestling, boxing, single-horse and four-horse chariot races were included later still. There also was a special event in which runners competed in hoplite armor, helmet, shield, and greaves that weighed 20-25 kg (50-60 lbs). There were no team events, relay races or the long distance race of Marathon - these events were introduced in the modern Olympics.

Go for silver
No medals were awarded in the ancient Olympics. A winner received an olive wreath to wear on his head. Second and third placings received nothing. When the Olympics were revived in 1896 in Athens, Greece, winners received silver medals instead of gold medals. Eight years later, at the 1904 Games in St. Louis, gold replaced silver for first place. Today's gold medals actually are sterling silver covered with a thin coat of gold.

Olympic medals since 1928 have featured the same design on the front: a Greek goddess, the Olympic Rings, the coliseum of ancient Athens, a Greek vase known as an amphora, a horse-drawn chariot, and the year, number of the Olympiad, and host city.

Games for all
At the first modern Olympic Games there were 311 male but no female competitors. Women were allowed to take part in the next Olympics in Paris. In the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games there were 3543 female competitors.

The oldest Olympic athlete at the Sydney Games was a 62-year-old archer representing Vanuatu. But he has some years to go to be the oldest ever Olympian. That title is held by Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn who won his sixth Olympic medal at the 1920 Antwerp Games at the age of 72 years and 280 days old. The youngest ever Olympian is Greek gymnast Dimitrios Loundras, who competed in the 1896 Athens Olympics. He was 10 years old.

The first ever perfect score of 10 in Olympic gymnastics was achieved at the 1976 Montreal Olympics by Romanian Nadia Comaneci. She won 3 gold medals.

The record for the most Olympic medals ever won is held by Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina. Competing in three Olympics, between 1956 and 1964, she won 18 medals: 9 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze. Thus she also tops the list of gold medals winners, beating Olympic stars such as US swimmer Mark Spitz and Finnish long distance runner Paavo Nurmi.

The Olympic Games is the largest single broadcast event in the world, broadcasted in 220 countries to more than 3.5 bilion people.

08-11-2004, 10:49 PM
In the ancient Olympics athletes competed in the nude

Yeah heard about this. Who would witness those games?

Today's gold medals actually are sterling silver covered with a thin coat of gold.

You mean I'm going to get silver when I win gold :wink:

The oldest Olympic athlete at the Sydney Games was a 62-year-old archer representing Vanuatu

In archery? He must have maintained his 20/20 and hand-eye coordination.

08-12-2004, 11:22 PM
Just heard the news that the Greek star in atheletics failed his doping test. Too bad....

Defending Olympic 200-metre champion Konstantinos (Kostas) Kenteris missed his second doping test in the last 18 months, and now faces expulsion from the Athens Olympics.

08-12-2004, 11:24 PM
ONE DAY TO GO!!!!! *Ferns packing in the carbs for energy and staying away from pain killers*

08-13-2004, 09:18 PM
WOW!!! I just saw the opening ceremony :D

(only men were allowed to watch the ancient games)


08-13-2004, 09:23 PM
Wowwww... !!

Poor poor California.. Its delayed.. :( we get to watch in another 5 1/2 hrs.. :( I will watch though.. :P


08-13-2004, 10:23 PM
I couldn't watch it live either :(:(:(:(

Have to catch the re-run and will surely report back :)

08-13-2004, 10:44 PM

you can watch it on the bbc website. ( a bit rubbish ...but I guess better than nothing)

08-13-2004, 10:56 PM
Oiiii.. NBC spent nearly a billion dollars for broadcasting rights.. :P Don't worry there will be tons of replays, as they would milk it to the core.. :ahha:

Its there at 8.oopm (EST) in US.


08-14-2004, 02:52 AM
Wow.. amazing celebrations..... was so proud to see our guys out there, orae orae uruthal was this.. some 30 million people STATESla irunthu 500 or so athelets... but INDIA's population is 1.2 billion and some 70 or so thaan vanthu irunthaanga !!!


08-14-2004, 05:17 AM
I saw the opening ceremony.. need to search for some superlatives to describe it.. Absolutely gr8... clock ticked so fast that I cudn't beleive that I saw the pgm for 4 hrs..

It was gr8 watching the proud flag bearers and sportsmen marching (I thought it wud be a formal march in the opening ceremony but wasnt so)...There were 202 countries of which I have never come across around 15-20 countries..

on a lighter side, There were one country with 20,000 population and another 3-4 countries with less than 75000 population.. just cudn't control laughing on seeing that...

Anyway, Letz cheer for the sportmen around the world and hope to see some good sports...

08-14-2004, 03:02 PM
Wow the openening cerimonies was incredible. What an amazing journey through time, greeks art, culture and mythology. Loved the segement that connected the ancient games and the modern olympic games by the beating drums.

It was nice to see the Iraq team recieved a standing ovation.

Lets watch on as the olympic flame burns in Athens for the next 16 days! :)

08-14-2004, 03:15 PM
DAY 1:

Phelps makes to the individual medley finals
Thorpe makes it to the 400m freestyle finals

Events to watch today
Cycling Road

08-14-2004, 03:40 PM
Opening Cermony images for those who missed it










Flag bearer Anju Bobby George leads the Indian team. The women were attired in saris while the men sported bright yellow turbans.

Nearly half the 78-member Indian Olympic team did not turn for the opening ceremony. The most notable absentees were the hockey players.


The Olympic flame began its journey from Olympia on March 25, travelling 78,000 kilometers in 26 countries and 34 cities
The world greatest sports celebration has started !!!!

08-14-2004, 03:48 PM

China's Du Li claimed the first gold medal of the Athens Olympic Games with victory in the women's 10-meter Air Rifle competition.


Suma Shirur of India finished eighth among eight competitors in the final of the women's 10 metre Air Rifle.

Shirur qualified for the final with a tally of 396 in the qualifying round. In the final ten rounds she shot 101.2.

However, ace shooter Anjali Bhagwat did not even qualify for the final, scoring a poor 393 out of a possible 400. Her first round of 96 was disappointing and virtually made sure she would not qualify for the final.


Jennie Finch of the United States pitches during the preliminary softball game against Italy at the Softball Stadium in the Helliniko Olympic Complex.

The Americans registered a thumping 7-0 victory.



Inge de Bruijn of The Netherlands prepares for a training session at the Olympic Aquatic Center in Athens.

Bruijn was the outstanding female swimmer at the Sydney Games in 2000, winning three individual titles.

08-14-2004, 03:55 PM
COMPLETE TALLY AS OF 14 August 2004, 2122 IST ;)


Gold - 2
Total -2


Gold - 2
total - 2


Silver -2
Bronze-1, Total-3


Czezh Republic







08-14-2004, 06:30 PM
Awesome!!! Thanks for the pics Shy :):):)

More DAY 1 News


One down seven to go. Michael Phelps bags the gold in the 400m IM. Phelps won it in a world-record time of four minutes, 8:26 seconds. The old record was 4:08.41.


Thorpedo is golden in 400m freestyle. Ian Thorpe won the 400m freestyle in a time of three minutes, 43.10 seconds. His compatriot Grant Hackett collected the silver medal in 3:43.36, while American Klete Keller took the bronze.


Italy's Paolo Bettini captured his country's first Olympic gold medal after winning a wild, crash-filled men's cycling road race.It was Italy's first gold in the road race since Fabio Casartelli won at the 1992 Barcelona Games.

08-15-2004, 01:39 PM


--image edit added by vennai1

08-15-2004, 08:22 PM
DAY 2!!!

DAY 2 News

South African relay team send shockwaves through the p-o-o-l. The team of Roland Mark Schoeman, Lyndon Ferns, Darian Townsend and Ryk Neethling finished the race in a time of 3:13.17, surpassing Australia's old world record by nearly half a second. The American's third-place finish means the end of Michael Phelps's dream of winning eight gold medals at the Games. The Australian relay team, pre-race favourites along with the U.S., tanked in the final and placed a disappointing sixth.

Henman crashed out of the Olympics. Tim Henman, hampered by a back injury, was sent reeling out of the Olympic tennis tournament, losing in straight sets to Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic. Henman, number five in the ATP rankings, lost 6-3, 6-3 to the world number 27.

Puerto Rico stunns the "Dream Team". Puerto Rico beat the United States basketballers 92-73 this morning in one of the biggest shocks in the history of the Olympic Games.NBA superstars Tim Duncan, Allen Iverson and LeBron James were humiliated by a team they had beaten 96-71 just over two weeks ago in Florida. It was the first defeat in 25 games for the United States since NBA talent began playing for them in Olympic competition at the 1992 Barcelona Games.

08-15-2004, 08:29 PM
Pictures from Athens

Olympic Souveniers

Cuban House

Streets are transformed into race tracks

Scoreboard at the Olympic Velodrome

08-16-2004, 03:09 PM
Last updated: 16 August 2004, 1830 IST
Medals Tally
Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
China 6 3 1 10
Australia 5 1 3 9
Japan 4 1 0 5
Italy 2 1 0 3
Turkey 2 0 1 3
Ukraine 2 0 1 3
USA 1 4 3 8
Russia 1 3 2 6
France 1 2 2 5
Hungary 1 1 1 3
Thailand 1 0 1 2
South Africa 1 0 0 1
Poland 0 2 0 2
Netherlands 0 1 2 3
Germany 0 1 1 2
Slovakia 0 1 1 2
United Kingdom 0 1 0 1
Georgia 0 1 0 1
Indonesia 0 1 0 1
Portugal 0 1 0 1
Spain 0 1 0 1
Serbia and Montenegro 0 1 0 1
Belgium 0 0 2 2
Bulgaria 0 0 2 2
Cuba 0 0 2 2
South Korea 0 0 2 2
Argentina 0 0 1 1
Colombia 0 0 1 1
Czech Republic 0 0 1 1
Mongolia 0 0 1 1

I tried to put the medals Tally and it seems to screw up the post. The same html code works on my machine. can someone take a look at it ?

08-16-2004, 03:25 PM
Oucccchhhh... !!! The Nightmare Team !!!

The much hyped, over paid and completely overboard USA mens basket ball team suffers a humiliating 19 pt loss to the virtually unknown Puerto Rico..

:sm18: :sm18: :sm18: :sm18: :sm18: :sm18: :sm18: :sm18: :sm18:

What on earth is wrong? Well, how about the selection, the players and their attitudes to begin with !! If you had thought the warmups with Italy and Germany were just warm ups, folks, time to realize.. A bronze would be too much of a hope if this continues... :(

A shameful game, if there ever was one.. !! Allen Iverson, Tim Duncan, Melo, Lebron..

:sm18: :sm18: :sm18: :sm18: :sm18: :sm18:

Disgusted v-

08-16-2004, 07:50 PM
Thorpe wins swimming 'race of the century'

Julian Linden | August 16, 2004 22:41 IST

Australia's Ian Thorpe won the gold medal in the men's 200 metres freestyle at the Athens Olympics on Monday.

He emerged triumphant in swimming's so-called "race of the century" in a time one minute 44.71 seconds -- just 0.65 outside the world record he set at the 2001 World Championships -- to claim his second gold in Athens after winning the 400 freestyle two days ago.

Pieter van den Hoogenband of the Netherlands, the gold medallist in Sydney four years ago, took silver in 1:45.23 while American Michael Phelps collected the bronze in 1:45.32.

Van den Hoogenband set out at a cracking pace, leading the field through the first 150 under world record pace.

He was still in front turning for home but Thorpe, who had been second all the way, mowed him down to win by half a body length.

Phelps, promised $1 million if he could win at least seven gold medals in Athens, was fourth after 50 but moved into third at the halfway stage and was not able to improve his position despite a late surge.

Thorpe, van den Hoogenband and Phelps are the three most recognisable faces in swimming and their first three-way clash was always going to be treated like a heavyweight prize-fight.

Thorpe won his first world title as a 15-year-old and won three gold two silver medals as a 17-year-old. He won a fourth gold in Athens when he successfully defended his 400 title on Saturday.

He has dominated the 200 over the past four years, winning the last two World Championships, but his only defeat came at the last Olympics when he finished second to van den Hoogenband, who also won the 100 in Sydney.


The flying Dutchman has failed to reach those dizzy heights since, settling for five silver medals at the past two world championships, but was the fastest qualifier for the final.

Phelps had not swum the 200 at a major international event before Athens but included it in his programme after announcing he would try and better Mark Spitz's record of winning seven gold medals at a single Olympics.

Unlike Thorpe and van den Hoogenband, Phelps was barely noticed in Sydney when he failed to win a medal competing as a 15-year-old but he made everyone sit up and take notice when he set five world records and won four gold medals at last year's world championships.

With the lure of a $1 million bonus if he could beat or equal Spitz's 1972 haul, Phelps won the 400 individual medley on Saturday before settling for a bronze when the U.S. suffered a shock loss to South Africa in Sunday's relay.

He always considered the 200 freestyle his most difficult race but insisted on competing in it because he wanted to prove himself against the best.

Source Rediff.com

08-16-2004, 08:02 PM
Despondent Brown: 'I Feel Like a Failure'

33 minutes ago

By CHRIS SHERIDAN, AP Basketball Writer (AP Via Yahoo!)

ATHENS, Greece - Larry Brown was despondent, the head of the U.S. selection committee was defensive, and Allen Iverson was hanging up on callers who asked what went wrong. A day after their first Olympic loss in 16 years, the Americans were experiencing varying degrees of distress.

"I feel like a failure," Brown said. "I'm very disappointed, but very anxious to try to make it better and make it right. That's all I can do. "If you don't play with unbelievable effort — plus the fact that these teams are really, truly teams and want it so badly — what happened last night is going to happen again and again and again."

Coming off a shocking 92-73 loss to Puerto Rico, the American men will play Greece on Tuesday night in front of a boisterous crowd. The noise level of the fans rooting for the host nation will no doubt be ratcheted up now that everyone has seen how the U.S. team is not just vulnerable, but beatable. Monday was a day of self-analysis, self-loathing and self-defense at the American College of Greece, where the U.S. team went through practice still numb from the game the night before.

"It's always embarrassing to lose a game you should win," Lamar Odom said. "I don't care if you're playing handball in the park. You feel like you should win and you lose, wow!" Iverson wasn't about to make excuses, "'cause when you do, it makes it harder to recover." "You realize that you didn't play well, and you try to get together what you did wrong and not point the finger at everyone else," he said.

Carmelo Anthony added: "I didn't sign up for losing, especially not the first game we were in." U.S. selection committee chairman Stu Jackson attended the practice, but he wasn't too comfortable discussing how the Americans managed to put together a team with such an obvious flaw — the lack of a capable 3-point shooter to deter opponents from packing defenders into a tight zone.

"The committee did in fact discuss that, but the fact remains that some of our better shooters aren't here," Jackson said. "They didn't elect to play, and we had to go very deep into our player pool, and this is the team that we have." The committee had an opportunity to add a shooter in late June but instead chose center Emeka Okafor, selecting a fourth big man over of a second pure point guard or a deadeye shooting guard. Okafor, however, has languished on the bench as the team's 12th man.

And the players who are getting time aren't having success from beyond the arc, going a dreadful 3-for-24 Sunday with 16 consecutive misses. "It's not in our best interest to talk about the process," Jackson said. "It's over. These are our players, these are our coaches, and this is a game where you don't have excuses. "We're here, we're in the middle of the tournament, and we have to do the best to win the gold medal. So any other questions regarding the process I'm not going to entertain."

Far more talkative was Iverson, except to those who called him after the loss and asked the wrong question. "I hanged up on anybody that asked what happened. What kind of question is that?" he said. "What happened? We lost. "If my coach asked me a question like that, then I'd give him an explanation, or my teammates. But everyone else? For what? They wouldn't understand anyway." Odom heard from Laiza Morales, the mother of his two children. "She's Puerto Rican, so she gave it to me a little yesterday," Odom said. "She said it was bittersweet. But I don't really feel like we let down the U.S."

Brown obviously felt otherwise, knocking his team for failing to play with effort, smarts or energy. He and his staff have failed to make a connection with a group of players some 40 years younger than they are, and Brown's frustration was as evident as his words were harsh. "In a sense, I guess we feel like we are the Dream Team, where you can just roll it out and think something good is going to happen. It's just not possible," Brown said. "There's no way a coach can coach effort. No way. "You're playing on the U.S. Olympic team, in the Olympics, and if you've got to question people's effort, you've got a serious problem."

Tuesday's other games are New Zealand-China, Australia-Angola, Lithuania-Puerto Rico, Serbia and Montenegro-Italy and Argentina-Spain.

Lamentation added: Poor Mr. Brown. Coming off an incredible season of Basketball - winning NBA, and now feels despondent.. :( :(

Vasan :sm18: :sm18: :sm18: :sm18: :sm18: :sm18: :sm18:

08-16-2004, 09:09 PM
The THORPEDO does it again!!!!

Ian Thorpe is now Australia's greatest gold medal winner after coming from behind to win the 200 metre freestyle.






More later...
A very elated Ferny signing off :)

08-16-2004, 09:16 PM
What do you mean, coming from behind?!! Man.. he is the world record holder and it is his signature event. Peter - after winning the Sydney Olympics has lost to Thorpe like 4 times. And Phelps.. well, this is not even his event.. !!

Well done Ian.. !! (But to be expected. I think .. :Ksp:)


08-17-2004, 01:46 PM
Shooter Rathore strikes silver

The Rediff Team | August 17, 2004 17:44 IST
Last Updated: August 17, 2004 18:24 IST

Ace Indian shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore provided the silver lining to India's dismal showing at the Athens Olympics when he finished second in the final of the men's double-trap shooting event at the 28th Olympic Games in Athens on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old army major's score of 179 (135 in qualifying and 44 in the final round) gave him the silver medal, India first individual silver ever at the Olympics.

Rathore scored 44 out of 50 in the final round.

Source : Rediff.com

Sheikh Ahmed Al-Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates was a class apart from the rest of the competitors and took the gold medal, scoring 144 in the qualifying round and 45 out of 50 in the final round.

China's Wang Zheng won the bronze, scoring 178 (41/50)

Earlier, Ahmed Almaktoum topped the qualifying list with 144 points (an Olympic record) while Hakan Dahlby of Sweden and Zheng Wang of China were second and third respectively.

Rathore qualified for the final round after finishing fifth with a tally of 135 points (46, 43, 46) from three rounds in the preliminary stage.

The only other athletes to ever win individual medals for India at the Olympics are Khashba Jadhav, in the 1952 Helsinki Games, Leander Paes, at Atlanta in 1996, and Karnam Malleshwari, in Sydney 2000. All won bronze medals.

08-17-2004, 07:45 PM
What do you mean, coming from behind?!! Man.. he is the world record holder and it is his signature event. Peter - after winning the Sydney Olympics has lost to Thorpe like 4 times. And Phelps.. well, this is not even his event.. !!

I meant he came from behind in the race. Of course people expect greatness from the greatest :ee: :ee:

08-17-2004, 07:51 PM
DAY 4!!!!

Day 4 News


Olympics organizers have increased security at all sports venues after a Canadian spectator plunged into a swimming pool during a diving competition in what appeared to be a publicity stunt for an online casino.


Swiss tennis star Roger Federer was eliminated from singles competition at the Athens Games on Tuesday. Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic defeated Federer, the world's top-ranked male player, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5.

The United States squeaked by the Australians at the wall to capture the gold medal in the men's 4x200-metre freestyle relay Tuesday in an exciting end to a busy day at the Olympic pool.

Michael Phelps swam to an Olympic record in the 200-metre butterfly final today to win his second gold medal of the Athens Summer Games.

08-17-2004, 08:03 PM
Michael Phelps swam to an Olympic record in the 200-metre butterfly final today to win his second gold medal of the Athens Summer Games.

We kinda expect this sorta greatness from the truly greatest.. :ee: :wink:

Way to go Phelps. :clap: Go git the other 3 also.. :b: Remember, Gold is what we need.. :P :P

Just messin with Ferns' competitve spirit as she is rooting for thorpedo.. :ee:


08-17-2004, 08:26 PM
Just messin with Ferns' competitve spirit as she is rooting for thorpedo..

Careful what you mess with vasanji :ee: :ee:

Obviously joking with ya :P

08-17-2004, 08:39 PM
Careful what you mess with vasanji :ee: :ee:

Obviously joking with ya :P

Oiii.. :sm12: :sm12: ennamaa ore sound vidureey.. :wink: (do you know chennai tamil? :P :P)

Thorpedo got a silver in the relay.... :ahha: did ya see? May be not 8 Gold, but certainly 8 medals.. :P :P Phelps gonna get more than several countries total score.. (rr.r.. sadly that includes india too.. :( )

know what & whom I am messin' with.. :wink: :P :P

vasan (no ji :Ksp:)

08-17-2004, 08:47 PM
Good to hear that India has won one silver atleast. Indha thadavai China oru mudivoda thaan vandhirukaanga pola irukku

08-17-2004, 09:01 PM
Yeah unique China is on a roll. I heard that they wouldn't send any divers unless they thought they were going to bring back the gold. Really feel sorry for them....so much pressure!!!!

Oii Oii vasan...enna machi..romba dhilloda thaan pesaringa (I guess I know a little chennai tamil :wink: :P)

So what about the silver. He has few races to go too. Seems to me that Phelps is already outta steam. I guess we shall see vasan sir (no ji right :ee:) j/k j/k We shall see vasan :P

08-17-2004, 09:06 PM
Oii Oii vasan...enna machi..romba dhilloda thaan pesaringa (I guess I know a little chennai tamil )

It should be like this ferns

Enname kannu overa thullara , yaar kitta murachukira theriyuma aiyya enna pakkara poi polappa paaru.

08-20-2004, 04:15 PM
Day 6 News


American Carly Patterson won the women's gymnastics all-around gold medal. Patterson scored 38.387 points to win the title. She's the first American woman to win the Olympic individual gold since Mary Lou Retton, in 1984.

DAY 7!!!

Day 7 News


Italy's Ivano Brugnetti raced to victory today in the men's 20-kilometre walk at the 2004 Athens Olympics. The Italian, ranked No. 10 in the world, crossed the finish line inside the Olympic Stadium in a personal best time of one hour, 19:40 seconds to capture the gold.

Slovak twins Peter and Pavel Hochshorner successfully defended their Olympic title, winning gold in men's double slalom canoeing.

China's Wang Nan and Zhang Yining needed less than half an hour in the final match to win gold in women's doubles table tennis over a pair from South Korea

The latest upset in men's tennis saw third-seeded Carlos Moya defeated 6-2, 7-5 by 10th-ranked Nicolas Massu in quarter-final action at the Olympic Tennis Centre.


Roddick gone, Williams gone, Henman gone, Federer gone, Moya gone...lot of upsets in the tennis world.

08-20-2004, 04:29 PM
Ferny, r u really from Athens? if so this is really a gr8 experience rt?

actually we thought of making a trip to athens during olympic games becos we people here dont even need special visa. but everything is expensive now. so we have just postponed the trip. :(


08-20-2004, 05:06 PM
Ferny, r u really from Athens? if so this is really a gr8 experience rt?

actually we thought of making a trip to athens during olympic games becos we people here dont even need special visa. but everything is expensive now. so we have just postponed the trip. :(

thats the problem for all.......................

08-20-2004, 05:08 PM

You missed the Mens Overall Gymnastics Event!! It was nerve wracking as I was watching the event. So much drama unfolded with Paul Hamm see sawing from 12th postion with two apparatus to go to win the gold. The Koreans Kim and Yang were so confident of a gold/silver when Paul produced spectacular performances on Horizontal bar and Parallel bars to pip the koreans. Awesome to watch!!! And NBC telecast in High Definition TV and it is a treat to watch. He became the first american ever to win a gold in individual gymnastics.

Pity that they did not cover all the events!! Especially Hockey.. They covered mostly sports that interest the US.


08-20-2004, 05:16 PM
Looks like Geetham's official news reporter went AWOL on day 5.. :P Good reason, though.. the Thorpedo isn't really being thorpedo.. :wink:

Cheer up, Ferns. Cheer up.. :P :P

Paul Hamm deserves the accolades.. Wow.. !! Carly also. Amanda Beard is one of the oldest and she is so cooll... !!

Phelps seems to be on track if not for 8 Gold at least for 8 medals.. !!! Woww !!!


08-20-2004, 05:24 PM
Ferny, r u really from Athens? if so this is really a gr8 experience rt?

actually we thought of making a trip to athens during olympic games becos we people here dont even need special visa. but everything is expensive now. so we have just postponed the trip. :(


Oh naw...this little fern can't stay put in one place too long. She hops, jumps and leaps all over the world :wink:

I watch it all on TV too :( I wish I could be there cheering the world's greatest atheletes. But nooo :( Gotta save up my money so I can hold my own olympics :wink: :P

08-20-2004, 05:28 PM
Ahh what to say about day 5! Its not too hard to cheer up when there is so much going on in the Olympics.

Missed the mens gymnastics. Gotta catch a re-run or something. Paul Hamm...:think:

8 golds is tough. But Phelps is putting on a good show! :b:

08-20-2004, 08:12 PM
Phelps gives up spot on relay team, done for the Olympics

August 20, 2004
Updated on Friday, Aug 20, 2004 3:29 pm EDT
AP Via Yahoo

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Michael Phelps is done for the Olympics.

Shortly after winning his fifth gold medal and seventh overall, Phelps told U.S. men's coach Eddie Reese that he wanted to give up his spot on the butterfly leg of the 400-meter medley relay team to Ian Crocker.

Phelps, who already swam in the morning preliminaries on the medley relay, earned a right to swim the final by beating Crocker in the 100 fly Friday night by a minuscule four-hundredths of a second. But Phelps said he would cede his coveted spot in the final to Crocker. ``We came into this meet as a team and we're going to leave it as a team,'' Phelps said. ``It's the right thing to do.''

The stunning decision means Phelps, likely to be the biggest star of the Athens Games, is finished after swimming 14 races in seven days. Since he swam in the preliminaries, he would still get a medal if the U.S. team reaches the podium in Saturday night's medley final. That's considered a formality. The Americans have never lost a medley relay at the Olympics and are an overwhelming favorite to win gold again.

Any swimmer who's part of a top-three relay team -- whether it's the preliminaries or final -- receives a medal. Therefore, Phelps is still likely to tie Soviet gymnast Aleksandr Dityatin's record of eight medals at the boycotted 1980 Moscow Games. Currently, he has two bronzes to go with his five golds.

08-21-2004, 01:17 PM
Did anyone follow the Badminton Mixed ...woohoo !! way to Go Emms and Robertson!! they got Silver...
and WOw :clap: GOLD for the Men's coxless four :clap: amazing stuff !!!
and also very proud of Winckless and Laverick for their bronze in the double sculls :clap:
not doing too bad at all :ee:

saw the hockey match between New Zealand and India ...interesting game..shame abt the score though...but the kiwis were good.
:00: how did Korea beat Egypt 11-0? ...wow :00:


08-22-2004, 06:36 PM
Japan's Noguchi wins women's marathon

I saw women's marathon race.That was awesome.I was just wondering how they managed to run 26 miles at a stretch..Noguchi from japan was leading from the beginning and finally she won the Gold..Deena from USA won the bronze and she really did a great job in the final.

http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/msnbc/Components/Photos/040822/040822_noguchi_marathon_vlrg_1 1a.vlarge.jpg

ATHENS, Greece - Mizuki Noguchi of Japan held on for the gold and American Deena Kastor used a late burst for a stunning bronze medal finish Sunday night in the Olympic marathon.

Kastor’s third place gave the United States its first marathon medal since Joan Benoit’s gold in Los Angeles 20 years ago.

Catherine Ndereba of Kenya took the silver, reversing the order of last year’s world championships, where the Kenyan won and Noguchi was second.

08-23-2004, 11:30 PM
DAY 10!!!!

Day 10 News


Athanasia Tsoumeleka won Greece's first gold medal in track and field at the 2004 Olympics when she finished ahead of the pack in the women's 20-kilometre walk.

American Justin Gatlin is now the fastest man in the world. Five sprinters broke the 10-second mark and a sixth, world champion Kim Collins, finished in 10 seconds flat. It was the closest finish in an Olympic 100 final since the 1980 Moscow Games, when Allan Wells of Britain held off Silvio Leonard of Cuba as the two were timed in 10.25.

P.s Sorry about Day 8 and 9 guys...whats a good excuse...:think:....My coach said I needed to work on my hurdle jumping technique..you know...so I can get the gold for Geetham...good enough?

08-24-2004, 10:20 PM
whats the deal with the 10 minute outcry yesterday by the crowd.
heard the judges screwed up big time !! poor russian bloke :00:
atrocious, judges ought to be fired :?

08-24-2004, 10:25 PM
Yeah.. It was pathetic man..

First they mess up, and then the crowd screaming and then further mess up.. :(

It would be soooo much better if IOC comes up with strict ways of measuring performance, and stick to it..

Can Shawn make it in 200 ?? I wish he does.. :(


08-24-2004, 11:09 PM
I was watching the performance of Alexande Nimov. His performance was terrific in the high bar. But for some reason the judges gave him a very low score. The crowd booed for more than 12-15 minutes, holding Paul Hamm the next performer. Then the coach enquired about the scoring and then they verified the score. Came up with another number but God only knows what that means. He was out of medal contention even with that score. It was a big time screwup. Finally Nimov had to come to the stage and calm the crowd bowing to them. The judges need to be more transparent in their scoring. Else what Khorkina said might be true. Apparently she also happens to be a Russian.

Overall it was pathetic performance by the judges. When the athletes are performing their heart out expecting fair deal, screw ups like this do little to entrust confidence in the administration.


08-24-2004, 11:15 PM
aiyanaar i donno abut khorkhina's case. but i read abut this fella today
and looks like the judges really screwed up. and how come they gave
a 2nd score. doesn't it mean that they approve of their shortcoming !??
in which case they are liable for a direct removal ?? :think:
this needs to be seriously looked upon. or else cud be a black spot :?

08-24-2004, 11:25 PM

Khorkina got silver medal in overall competition. Her US competetitor Carley Patterson pipped her for Gold. Khorkina was upset with her score in floor excercise. But took it and moved on.

But overall the judgement in gymnastics has been shoddy and I hope the FIG corrects itself. I am not sure what is going to happen to the gold medal of Paul Hamm. Because this controversary, poor guy, could not perform to his potential in the other apparatus events.