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Made up of the Summer Olympics (the modern version of which dates from 1896) and the Winter Olympics (which dates from 1924), the Olympic Games are the world's most well-known and prestigious international venues for amateur athletic competition.

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1 Also to add, while there were stories coming out of Germany about the abuses that the Nazis were committing (there were people that wanted to boycott those games), for the most part, people were impressed how Hitler was able to turn things around so quickly in Germany. Hindsight is 20/20 -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on March 1, 2014, 1:33 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 Actually, the Nazis took control of the German Reichstag in 1933. -- Submitted By: (BrewMaster) on February 28, 2014, 7:45 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 Though Travoltron, when Berlin got the games for 1936, the Nazis hadn't taken power yet, and wouldn't take power until 3 years before the games. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on February 27, 2014, 5:50 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 The Olympic Committee have always been corrupt scum that grant the Olympics to whatever nation bribes them the best. I'm not sure why people are so upset about the Olympics being held in Russia when they have been held just recently in China and in the past in the USSR and even Nazi Germany. I'm glad somebody put up their habit of suing everyone up there, too. I live in Olympia, near the Olympic Mountains and the Olympic Peninsula. All kinds of local businesses have the word "Olympic" in them. Our local paper is called "The Olympian". The Olympic Committee legally threatened many of them and claimed to own this word, even though we predate them. http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2010007020_olympian06m.html -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on February 26, 2014, 1:23 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Russia... an incredibly large country, and in the winter, a very good portion of it is ice cold. Yet they decide to host the Olympics in one of the warmer locations of Russia. Screw logic! -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on February 16, 2014, 11:46 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 Does anyone else find it incredible to think that yesterday [February 12,2014] it was 50F [10 Celcius] in Sochi and they were worried about all that ice and snow melting during athletic competitions while Atlanta and a good part of the US Southeast got pummeled by a crippling ice storm? Russia being warmer than Georgia,USA who'd have thunk it! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on February 13, 2014, 12:33 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
7 It's hard for me to get into these Olympics when Putin is such a slimeball. I don't like Obama at all, but I'll give him credit for not going over there to support this guy. Also, the lack of infrastructure, the treatment of LGBT, the killing of stray dogs and the high price tag for little return ($51 billion!!!!) has sealed the deal in keeping me uninterested. Ice Hockey is the only sport of the Winter Olympics I really enjoy anyways. Sochi will go back to being a ghetto anyways after this is all said and done. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on February 10, 2014, 6:47 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
8 I mostly enjoy the Summer Olympics. Don't watch the Winter one much. Track and Field, Swimming and gymnastics are great. I am utterly baffled at why horse dancing and sailing are in the Summer Olympics. I'm thinking these are still here because they are "sports" for the rich. The rich bribe the IOC to keep them in there. Eliminate real sports than anyone can play (baseball, wrestling) but keep these in? Insane. No. Greed. -- Submitted By: (Englebert) on February 8, 2014, 12:55 am - (4 votes) - Login to Vote
9 Well, there is some good news. Wrestling will stay in the Olympics. I guess some common sense still reigns. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on September 17, 2013, 5:23 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
10 They voted Wrestling out of the Olympics. Yet Cycling, as dirty as it is, is STILL in the Olympics -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on February 12, 2013, 1:22 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
11 I agree, kingbk! I'm far from an athelete myself but I like watching to see not just the strength but also the wit and skills involved in the individual competitors in some rather tricky events. Yes, I admit that I'm happy the US won the medal count but there have been plenty of atheletes from all over the world who have been amazing to watch in action -even if they didn't come close to winning. Oh, and since London's my fave overseas city, I never get tired of seeing some of the coolest spots featured in the coverage. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on August 12, 2012, 3:53 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
12 As it is, it's fine. It's fun seeing sports you don't see on TV except for every 4 years. The people running the Olympics however, that's a totally different ballpark. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on August 12, 2012, 1:54 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
13 I enjoy keeping track of the medal count. I also like seeing how excited the athletes get when they win. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on August 10, 2012, 12:43 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
14 I love it, Great times. Great sports we never get to see on tv. -- Submitted By: (Hikariu) on August 8, 2012, 2:56 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
15 I agree. I never understood the draw of the Olympics. It hogs up airtime from other things, and it's just an excuse for people to act like a jingoistic asshole. I know that makes me a bad American, but deal with it. -- Submitted By: () on August 8, 2012, 10:09 am - (-1 votes) - Login to Vote
16 I've gone out of my way NOT to follow the Olympics this year precisely because everyone else is yammering about how I *must* watch. These are the same people who will forget everything about the Olympics they saw a week after it's over. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on August 6, 2012, 3:01 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
17 I'm already bored of it. I usually get that way with the Olympics. -- Submitted By: (Jp) on August 1, 2012, 6:47 pm - (-1 votes) - Login to Vote
18 My takes on Olympic games coverage: I really don't mind the tape delayed coverage as much as some people. I work during the day, so the only time for me to catch the games is at night. However, maybe they'd be better by airing the actual events during their regular time slots and using the four hours of primetime coverage as kind of a "best of the best" of the events of the day. Also, during this time, they should show ALL the events. I understand swimming and gymnastics have big followings, but I'd like to see some sort of coverage on the other events going on during the day as well. We live in 2012, so people getting upset that scores and results are revealed via Twitter, Google, etc. need to realize this is the new normal. I don't know what the answer is to not hear these updates. As for NBC, the mistakes of this channel continue to pile up. They are airing way too many commercials during their coverage. I'm guessing they have to make up for lost commercial revenue due to their struggling TV schedules, but it starts getting to be a little much. I have no idea why Ryan Seacrest was brought on board. He's not charming, he's not even a real journalist or sports reporter, just NBC's way of trying to make the Olympics fit into our trashy pop culture. Also, Andrea Kramer has been awful as a sideline reporter. She's fallen far since her football days. The games themselves are fun, but the coverage needs a lot of work. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on August 1, 2012, 5:12 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
19 American Olympic coverage is pretty bad, especially with the tape delay so you may already know who wins by the time the event airs. I'm lucky to be in Canada because the coverage is so much better and is more or less live. -- Submitted By: (JayD) on August 1, 2012, 11:46 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
20 I wouldn't mind the primetime tape delay if it wasn't for the fact that most of the games aren't aired live and the fact that it's the only way to watch the swimming and gymnastics events in the US. In addition, the opening ceremony would've been better if Meredith Viera and Matt Lauer didn't talk through most of it (and NBC editing out the 7/7 memorial segment felt insulting IMO). Finally, airing commercials in the middle of the soccer match (which is what NBC has been doing) is basically the worst thing a network can do while airing a soccer match. Te games themselves have been pretty good, but I'm not too thrilled with how NBC has been airing it. -- Submitted By: (cartooner) on August 1, 2012, 2:07 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote

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