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Ron Judd, an Olympics junkie and Seattle Times columnist who has covered Olympic sports since 1997, will use this space to serve up news and opinion on the Summer and Winter Games -- also inviting you to chime in on Planet Earth's biggest get-together.

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August 17, 2008 4:33 PM

Sunday night live thread

Posted by Ron Judd

20:30: NBC East is showing the women's 100 meter final. It occurred in Beijing at 7:25 a.m., Pacific Time. So the race is delayed 13 hours to the East Coast. It'll be 16 hours to us here in the Disadvantaged Time Zone. That's shaping up to be about the average delay for track events.

20:20: Sorry about the long break. Had to file tomorrow's column.

I have been informed by the remote-sitters that NBC's eastern broadcast has stuck with the women's gymnastics apparatus finals, in which a Russian woman actually accrued a score of zero in the vault. How? She false-started. No joke.

Meanwhile, America's Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukins continued to duke it out, with Johnson, up to now, winning a silver and Liukins a bronze in floor exercise.

It Might Be, It Could Be, It IS!

19:00: We don't to alarm anyone out there in TV -land, but it appears as if CBC is broadcasting LIVE coverage of track-and-field AND the women's triathlon, which looks like a very, very cool event. Check it out.

Speaking of triathlon: The women are swimming in a lake, and are followed by a chase boat. The boat looks alarmingly like that skimmer boat they used to use to harvest milfoil from Green Lake in Seattle.

Ron McLean comments that the lake and surrounding hills are "as pretty as the Okanagan."
17:52: Let the record reflect that Canada has finished fourth in yet another event, women's springboard diving. Sorry if we jinxed Blythe Harley. Taking gold is Guo Jingjing of China, her second of the Games. Silver to Yulia Pakhalina of Russia; bronze to Wu Minxia of China.

Meanwhile, in track: NBC is promising the women's 100-meter finals sometime later in the broadcast. We saw it hours ago on CBC.

17:32: On NBC East Coast, Canadian Blythe Hartley is in contention for a medal in springboard diving. Which reminds us, it's been a while since we had a Canadian Medal Update:

They're up to seven. Which, after that 0-for-the-first-week start, is pretty impressive. They may yet leave with as many medals as Michael Phelps.

16:55 NBC's East Coast feed, at 4:55 p.m., Disadvantaged Time Zone, is showing the women's eight crew race won by the American squad that's led by former U-Dob coxswain Mary Whipple. Look for it at 7:55 p.m. local Seattle time.
Lots of speculation here in Satellite Control about how tall Mary Whipple is. Consensus: She's about 5-foot-3 -- which means she's a good 4 inches taller than Bob Costas. (Emjay has now confirmed the height, from our earlier special section story, found here.
16:00 Good evening, DTZ.

We'll be posting highlights from the prime-time broadcasts of CBC's local broadcast, and NBC's East Coast feed, just for reference.

On NBC's East Coast feed, Bob Costas has Michael Phelps, Rowdy Gaines and Bob Bowman (coach) on the couch, going race-by-race through Phelps' eight gold medals.

This is in case you haven't seen enough of the Phelps' highlights, only this time it's the Phelps highlights with Phelps voiceovers. Coincidentally, NBC goes to commercial and happens to mention the Michael Phelps video it is hawking on

Next up: Michael's mom, who has supplied NBC with lots of embarrassing young-Mikey-Phelps photos -- the even-bigger-ears look, like a Volkswagen with the doors open. Very cute.

Same time: CBC is doing a piece on Victor Conte and Balco. Sorry, but we're switching to that.

Conte, the brains behind the BALCO company, says doping in sports is "less," but still "rampant." He blames the timing of dope testing, namely the lack of out-of-competition testing. Conte claims on camera, as he has before, that he had "inside intelligence" from IOC-accredited doping labs that allowed him to continue to distribute THG to athletes through his BALCO company, because he knew the labs had no tests to detect the illegal substance.

He further claims that athletes today continue to use similar intelligence to foil testing, and that some athletes even get away with submitting samples for pre-screening to see if they're clean.

"It's like a war," Conte says. "You need intelligence."

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Posted by bob

6:52 PM, Aug 17, 2008

FYI: Spoke to a couple of 90 year olds and asked if they liked the olympics. They said they like watching woman's volleyball. Now you know.

results from the under 90's crowd - 9 out of 10 people preferred the weather channel to NBC's coverage of Olympics. The boys at NBC should be tarred and feathered for this grand "snaphu"

Your blog is my primary spot for Olympic information. Couldn't stomach the idea of watching another day of terrible coverage and skipped yesterday.

Gonna try and watch gymnastics tonight. Don't expect much beyond a few memorable bandage moments by the girls and a few shout out from the men, possible a surprise cut away from "live" gymnastics to some important taped coverage of Misty dusting the sandbox with ashes.

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