Wednesday, July 30, 2008
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If my finger counting is accurate, the Olympics should be starting in 9 days. Hmmmm, when can I finally watch the games? Being at the Olympic Opening Ceremonies is definitely one of the things that I should accomplish during this lifetime. I first had my Olympic awareness when in 1992, the Games was held in Barcelona and that the Filipino bronze medalist in boxing was actually the classmate of my younger sister's yaya (He was Roel Velasco and she was Ate Edna or Mama Edna if you were my younger sister). It was during that time when I realized that the Philippines is not really a good sporting nation, except for boxing and billiards and bowling and basketball.
It was during the Barcelona Games that I became interested at the gold medal tally at the end of every Olympics. Since 1992, the United States has lorded it over the Olympics final medal tally except in 1992 when the Unified Team of the former USSR topped the tabulations.
For this year's games, rumors about a very interesting three-way competition between the USA, Russia and host China is rampant and all sports-loving people talk about it.
Will China finally make the breakthrough by actually becoming 6th nation to top the Games after USA, Russia, Germany, Great Britain and France? Or will the US still top the Games? Will Russia show the world that it is still there? Here are my fearless forecasts:
What I would like to happen:
What WILL happen:
WORST case scenario:
What do you think will happen?
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