Thanks for posting that article Mo, very interesting reactions all the way around. Swimming isn't gymnastics, you don't peak at 16. The fact she improved by 7 seconds in one year and the Chinese have been been caught doping again and again will raise red flags, but certainly can understand the Chinese response.
The good stories coming from the games far outweigh the controversy, e.g. the rowing where the 2 person ladies team from the UK won gold to the joy of the huge crowd was very cool (our girls missed out on the silver/bronze to finish 4th by milliseconds). However, this is footy based site and the coach of Japan deserves to be called out. http://sports.yahoo.com/news/olympics-- ... actic.html
This isn't the first time in international soccer that a team will play for the 0-0 draw to gain the advantage in the knockout stage, but not playing to win when you are clearly the better team is in my opinion, unforgivable. I would normally root for Japan to beat Brazil, but karma should prevail, and really pulling for Brazil to make the Japanese coach look like an idiot. The reason given to play a tougher opponent is beyond a
for me, and that's traveling 300+ miles. Seriously, you've got to be kidding. We are talking about a 5 hour bus ride (and not the yellow school variety), or if they were really concerned jump on a plane for 30 minutes. This is one instance where the leadership on the team itself should of gone to the coach and told him he was wrong, and that this isn't the way the World Champions are going to play.
Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. - Yoda on Chelsea fans