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Old Aug 23rd 2008, 10:48 pm
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Well, it's 11:45 p.m. CT right now, and I was hoping to be able to watch live men's volleyball between the U.S. and Brazil in the gold medal match. However, NBC, in its infinite wisdom, decided to tape-delay that match until tomrrow's prime time coverage prior to the closing ceremony, while showing the Redeem Team's gold-medal game vs. Spain live at 1:30 a.m. I don't get NBC Universal sometimes. They show some things live and some on tape, some on NBC, some on USA, some on CNBC and some on MSNBC. Why show basketball live early Sunday morning/late Saturday night in the States but delay volleyball to prime time?
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Well China have really come out of this as the lone winners,the US has more medals but China has a ton more Gold, i heard that the USA is the only nation to count all medals instead of what the rest of the world do and count Gold. Is this true? if it is, its really really sad, as thats the only way the US is top of the table. China had some questions asked of it, but it put on a real spectacle, everything was well organised, they led the way, showed passion, a great Olympics, better than Athens and Sydney for my money, they now pass the batton to Great Britain and London 2012

GB finished 4th in the medal table, which is fantastic.
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Well China have really come out of this as the lone winners,the US has more medals but China has a ton more Gold, i heard that the USA is the only nation to count all medals instead of what the rest of the world do and count Gold. Is this true? if it is, its really really sad, as thats the only way the US is top of the table. China had some questions asked of it, but it put on a real spectacle, everything was well organised, they led the way, showed passion, a great Olympics, better than Athens and Sydney for my money, they now pass the batton to Great Britain and London 2012

GB finished 4th in the medal table, which is fantastic.
Well, we consider every medal a "win." If you place within the top three of any event that gives an award for finishing that high, you have to combine them. Sure, we'd love to get more gold medals than anyone else, but getting an Olympic medal is an intermediate goal of every athlete.

USA had 36 golds, 38 silvers and 38 bronzes for 110 total medals. China had the most golds, 51, while adding 21 silvers and 28 bronzes for 100 total. Some think you should weigh the medals into a point system to show who is the most dominant nation. In this case, the U.S. would have 226 points and China would have 223. The U.S. would still be in the lead, but by a single gold medal value. It's all about the hardware.
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How does your point system work? The standard discussion says that Gold should count for 4 points silver for 2 and Bronze 1. So the USA= 144 (Gold) 76 (Silver) 38 (Bronze) and China = Gold (204) Silver (42) Bronze (28). Giving the USA a total of 258 points and China would have 274 points. It's ridiculous that the USA seems to always be on top even when they are not. It certainly has made for some funny news stories around the world, even american athletes representing other country's broadcasting agencys were saying that the USA came second in the medal table and they should just accept that, the British had Michael Johnson from the US and he was talking about it.

Just accept it, you had one hell of a Olympics but China came first in the medal table
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I gave three points for gold, not four. USA was first in the medal table, because TOTAL MEDALS are counted, not just gold.
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Hate to dissapoint you VM but there only counted the way you do it by America this year, if you had come top with more golds you would be arguing the other way. Most Americans agree by the way, just thought would add that in. It's really sad.

Anyway its over, US did well end of story
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