Side news during OG 08

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  1. madbad

    madbad Regular Member

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    Did anyone notice the camera close in on Taufik during INA's march past in parade? At least this is what we saw on the CBC
     
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    yeah...i notcied that too!:)
    do u mean u watched the opening ceremony through here??
    http://www.cbc.ca/olympics/livevideo
     
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    No George, I watched it on the TV :)
     
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    madbad, do u mean this??:)
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    Members of Indonesia's team including badminton player Taufik Hidayat (R) wave during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the National Stadium August 8, 2008. The stadium is also known as the Bird's Nest.REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA)
     
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    Flandy was behind Kido......
     
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    97-year-old travels 2,400km by bike to see badminton

    A 97-year-old grandmother has travelled 2,400 kilometres (1,491 miles) by tricyle to watch the Chinese badminton team in action at the Beijing Olympics.

    Xiao Xincui, affectionately known as old Xiao, sat in the back while her grandson Liu Xianghui provided the pedal power on their mammoth journey from Henan province in central China.

    The epic trip took five weeks and they arrived to see women's singles champion Zhang Ning play on Sunday.

    "I'm very excited to be here," said Xiao.

    Her grandson said he wanted to make the trip as a thank you to Xiao for bringing him up after his father died when he was young.

    Their journey has caught the imagination of the Chinese media and public and they now have tickets to see the 110m hurdles final at the National Stadium where the whole of China will be willing Liu Xiang to win another gold medal.




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  7. huangkwokhau

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    wow..97 old? wow..my body will be falling apart.....now I have knew problem here and there....hehe.....good for her!
     
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    Respect, man:eek::eek:
     
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    a sign of a true fan. very patriotic...:D i hope i will still be in love with badminton when or if i reach the golden years of 90s.
     
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    yes. Of all the sports in china, she chose to watch badminton. The woman knows good taste ;)

    Here are some other famous people watching badminton, Mr and Mrs Gates
     

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    Doesn't Bill Gates live somewhere near some of our US members?:)

    Anyone know if he goes to a club? Might want to have a word about some sponsorship!
     
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    just read an article on yahoo about bill gates becoming a baddy fan....apparently he watched BCL's game against the peruvian today and was very impressed..and said he had become a fan of the sport....my 1st thought was also sponsorship... =)
     
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    The first thing that went through my mind was also $$$
     
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    sponsorship for Hawk-eye system implementation would be perfect..
     
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    ooooooohhhhhh, finally baddy got the deserve attention of someone that could change the sport or at least elevate it to the next level. imagine badminton becoming like tennis. wohhhh.. :)
     
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    sponsorship for a top class badminton tournament in the states will also be nice..
     
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    ahhh, another great one with good taste.
    In 2004, bill and melinda gates flew to athen just to watch the table tennis event. I'm glad to hear these 2 have moved up a class of taste to badminton now. Of course people are impressed once they get to see real badminton:)
     
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    found the piece of news u read.
    Hope they have time to catch some XD and MD too



    Olympics: Bill Gates catches badminton action

    Agence France-Presse
    First Posted 14:53:00 08/11/2008
    BEIJING -- One of the world's richest men, Bill Gates, dropped in to watch the Olympic badminton action Monday, and liked what he saw.
    The Microsoft founder took a seat in the VIP box to see China's champion Bao Chunlai down Guatemala's Kevin Cordon 2-0 in the men's singles in front of a cheering Chinese crowd.
    The multibillionaire signed "Badminton is Great!! Bill Gates" on a piece of paper for one of the officials accompanying him before leaving after the match at the Beijing University of Technology gymnasium.
    The philanthropist, with an estimated $58 billion to his name, said he was impressed with the day's action.
    "It was great, I was very impressed," the Microsoft founder told reporters before being whisked away in a black four-wheel-drive.
    Asked if he was a badminton fan, Gates replied: "I became one."



    Microsoft founder Bill Gates, right, and his wife Melinda, left, watch the men's badminton singles match between China's Bao Chunlai and Guatemala's Kevin Cordon at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Monday, Aug. 11, 2008.
    (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
     

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    Hmm..Bill Gates like badminton too..Good taste..haha..Hopefully he will enjoy himself in the match.
     
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    He doesn't look that interested in the photo!

    Maybe just clever marketing to get us badminton fans to buy his products!
     

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