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Thread: Events US has never won.
07-15-2012, 12:46 PM #18
In the earlier history of OG, the Brits won quite a bit and dominated the Swimming sport.
As it continued, eventually the Americans and Aussies dominated the sport til the present day.
The Americans basically started to dominate the event in the 1920 OG.
But The 50mm event actually was started in 1988 (it was tried out in 1904), and believe it or not, since it was officially started in 1988, the U.S. has only won 3 out of the 6 times (Men's) and only once out of 6 times (Women's).
So, going back to the mini-argument of why Americans suddenly can dominate the Swimming sport, it's sort of similar to what CHN team has done over the last decade or so in badminton (whilst quite a lot of the major individual & team championship badminton events were started/originated not by CHN)..
Simply, both CHN and the U.S. took over and started to dominate each sport and they rightfully should be commended for their achievements..
Last edited by ctjcad; 07-15-2012 at 12:54 PM.
07-15-2012, 01:04 PM #19
Same like the World Cup in futbol which is played every four yrs; adding the Olympics to the mix is probably a bit overkill.
I would concur the T&UC and WC should be amongst the major events in badminton, but i would also add the SC (team event ) & AE to the mix..
To an extent, i think badminton would do fine without the Olympics (if the IOC decides to shut it down in the future)..
07-15-2012, 01:17 PM #20
The medal counts is unfair. Like Phelp swam 3 or 4 times in 200 IM, and he got a medal. Team sport like basketball and soccer, a whole team of over 12 or 20 people played way more than 3 or 4 matches, and ended up with only 1 medal.
07-15-2012, 01:28 PM #21
07-15-2012, 01:38 PM #22
Surmise to say, the 2 sports which probably a lot of people feel are being dominated by the Americans, baseball & softball, have been booted outta the Olympics as of this yr (for the reason of lacking support). Imagine if both are still being played..imagine the wrath being put on the U.S. in trying to hog more medals/Gold medals..
*Btw, for baseball, Cuba has won more Gold than the U.S.
07-15-2012, 02:08 PM #23
How many good national baseball teams are there?
If there're only 3 or 4, then I could see it being dropped. If there are 16, then it should have stayed.
07-30-2012, 01:30 AM #24
07-30-2012, 01:40 AM #25
On the idea of making Badminton that way, to have a Badminton Olympian equal Phelp's record, you could have a new "MIXED" Doubles, men's doubles vs women's doubles?! And a new category marked as just half court singles, and half court doubles?! In addition with the team event, a player could earn 10 (MS/WS, MD/WD, XD, MXD, HC MS/WS, HC MD/WD, HC XD, HC MXD, Mixed Team, Men's/Women's Team) possible medals. This ensures that the sport remains the same (essentially), but the time it will take to finish the sport will stretch the entire duration of the Olympics or more. Not to mention the sheer exhaustion of having to play that many rounds and finals! I believe swimming only have a few heats, and because the amount of competition/heat, the category can move faster. It won't happen unless you see 5 or 6 court badminton, but where everyone is against everyone!
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