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Thursday, August 26, 2004

My only olympics post ever

I was thinking these Olympic games were going to be unforgettable for the achievements of the athletes of my country, but then someone ended up getting a silver medal in a shooting event called skeet, in which I guess a shotgun is used. It's not the judges that have been against the Finnish athletes, but the conditions: a huge stadium is so strange after throwing javel with 100 spectators on benches around a sports field; the sun is shining; feet are aching - you name it.

I was in Sweden when Swedish athletes won two golds in track at the same time. I couldn't help but feeling so Nordic, so Scandinavian. (It was also a Nordic conference I was taking part in Sweden!) It's always funny to notice how Finns keep a keen eye on Sweden and its this time relatively good achievements, while Swedes often couldn't care less what Finns think or do, or fail to do (and I don't blame them).

It is that our national character (chôngch'esông) would be severly contested if it was not against Finland that Sweden scored its most miraculous hockey victory by 6-5 after being down 0-5 - and if it was not this victory to which the Swedish gold medalist high jumper's achievement was compared, after making 234 only on the 3rd attempt but 236 on the first.


Wonder how many doping cases will be needed for the Samsung and other ads to be covered to save the sponsors from more embarrasment. Some years ago when the first Finnish skier was busted in some skiing games the sponsor logos were normally visible during the press conference, but when the rest of the team got caught, the sponsor names were covered in a hurry.

For some sports doping entertainment, here's a link to hemohes game. Still manages to give some laughs...

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