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The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad and informally as London 2012, is occurring in London from July 27 through August 12.[1] During the Modern Olympic Games, the pagan origins of the Olympics have been replaced by faith-based achievement by the participating athletes.

Athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees are participating.[2] Sports contests having the greatest political interest are (note especially the growing list of lack of public schools for the gold medalists below):

Sport Political issue Answer
Multiple How many athletes will do the equivalent of Tebowing after a victory? American Meb Keflezighi, who won the silver medal in the marathon in 2004, typically gives glory to God with the sign of the Cross after finishing a race.[3] After winning the all-around women's gymnastic title, Gabby Douglas tweeted, "Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me."

Missy Franklin, who ranks second behind Michael Phelps (he's won 4 gold in 2012, 18 in career) with three gold medals at the 2012 games, thanked God as one of her first comments after winning.

Soccer players in the United Arab Emirates team bowed toward Mecca when they scored a goal. They did not advance to the quarterfinals. However Mohamed Farah (GB) won the 10000 metres track race despite bowing to Mecca.

Multiple Will almost no athletes from public school sports programs win any gold medals, despite how public schools spend more than $500 billion annually to teach and train Americans? The lamestream media state that Missy Franklin, the star swimmer, is a high school student, but fail to mention that she attends Catholic school rather than public school.

American 2012 Olympic gold medal winners (as of 8/1/2012)

  • Private: Missy Franklin (Catholic high school)[4], Katie Ledecky (Catholic high school)
  • Homeschooled: Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney
  • College or adult: Michael Phelps,[5] Dana Vollmer, Vincent Hancock, Conor Dwyer, Kristin Armstrong, Nathan Adrian, Allison Schmitt, Shannon Vreeland, Kim Rhode, Ryan Lochte, Matt Grevers, Aly Raisman, Ricky Berens, Jamie Lynn Gray, Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan, Serena Williams.
  • Public school: Kyla Ross, Jordyn Wieber
  • Still to categorize:
Multiple How many athletes will be unfairly expelled based on liberal censorship of their free speech? One athlete -- Greek triple-jumper Voula Papachristou -- was expelled from the Greek National team by her own country's Olympic committee before it officially opened based on a one-sentence joke about immigration, even though she apologized. The joke in question was this from her Twitter: "With so many Africans in Greece, the West Nile mosquitoes will be getting home food!!!" It should be noted that Papachristou apologized for the tweet.

In addition to the Greek Olympic Committee's decision on Papachristou, the IOC's own twitter-use policy has been criticized for hindering free speech. The policy, which is claimed to protect the IOC's commercial rights, goes as far as to prevent athletes from "reporting on events". According to The Globe and Mail, even a tweet such as "Won our games against China, USA. Next up, the Brazilians," could get an athlete expelled from the Games without notice. As of yet, no athletes have been expelled by the IOC for this social media censorship policy.

Lolo Jones, a pro-abstinence American hurdler, is being criticized by the lamestream media for sending out a pro-Second Amendment tweet.

The liberal thought police expelled a Swiss soccer player for tweeting that South Koreans are "retards."[6]

Opening Ceremonies Will Overrated Sports Star David Beckham be selected to light the Olympic cauldron? Beckham was not selected as the final torchbearer. He was, however, a passenger on the speedboat that carried the torch up the River Thames. He assisted in the hand-off of the torch to Sir Steve Redgrave, one of Britain's greatest Olympians. Sebastian Coe, chairman of London 2012, stated, "He [Beckham] will be more than an ambassador given what he has done, the commitment he has given and the amount of time he has spent with us in London on this project. He was not only alongside us when we won [the right to host the Olympics], he was alongside us when we threw our hats in the ring."[7]
Multiple will atheist nations underachieve in team sports? In women's soccer, France defeated Sweden in the quarterfinals and will face Japan in the semifinals. Great Britain lost to Canada in the quarterfinals.

On the men's side, Great Britain won their group with 2 wins and a draw. They will face South Korea in the quarterfinals.

Australia failed to qualify for either soccer event. This was their first time attempting to qualify out of the Asian Zone instead of the significantly weaker Oceanic Zone, so this may have been a factor. They will, however, send teams in most other team sports, since they qualify from the Oceanic Zone in those.

In women's basketball, France is 4-0, Australia is 3-1, and Great Britain is 0-4. All three are in the same six-team group, from which the top 4 advance to the quarterfinals. The French and Australians are guaranteed to advance to the quarterfinals, while Britain is eliminated but will play one more group stage game.

In women's handball, Great Britain is 0-4-0 and France is 3-0-1 (W-L-D). France is guaranteed a spot in the quarterfinals while Britain is eliminated, but each will play one more group stage game.

In men's basketball, Great Britain is 0-3 while Australia is 1-2. They are both in Group B. France, in Group A, is 3-1. The French will advance to the quarterfinals, as will either the Australians or Brits (but not both).

In men's volleyball, Great Britain is 0-4 while Australia is 1-3. The British are eliminated from quarterfinal contention, but will play one more group stage game.

Multiple Similarly, will atheist nations underachieve in general? China, an officially atheist and communist country, leads the standings with 13 gold medals. Despite having more than three times the population of the United States and despite having a national program designed to produce champion athletes, China is trailing the USA in total medals (24-23) part of the way into Day 5, and has 13 gold medals to the United States's 9. Despite having a population only one-fifth of that of the US, increasingly atheistic Great Britain has more than half as many gold medals, and more than half as many medals overall as the US, and ranks third overall. Great Britain did not win its first gold medal until Day 5 (August 1), because few of the medal competitions in which GB is strong (rowing, cycling, canoeing especially) were competed for until that day.

Update: China and USA both have 24 golds but China has more medals overall and more silvers. Britain is third with 11 golds, and 26 overall.

wrestling have feminist Title IX quotas destroyed the U.S. team? TBA
men's basketball will selfless play by outspoken Christian Kevin Durant overcome ball-hogging by Overrated Sports Stars Kobe Bryant and LeBron James on USA Basketball? After a slow start, the United States beat France 98-71 in their first game. LeBron James had 9 points in 25 minutes, while Kobe Bryant was limited to 12 minutes but scored 10 points. Kevin Durant led all players from both teams with 22 points. In their third game, the United States blew out Nigeria, 156-83, setting records for points scored and margin of victory. Durant, Bryant, and LeBron all received limited minutes due to the blowout. Durant scored 14 points in 17 minutes, James scored 6 points in 11 minutes, and Bryant scored 16 points in 11 minutes.
men's tennis will one of the Greatest Conservative Sports Stars -- such as Novak Djokovic -- win the gold medal? Will Andy Murray of atheistic Britain underperform? Both players advanced to the semifinals, where Murray defeated Djokovic in straight sets. Murray will face Roger Federer of Switzerland for the gold, while Djokovic lost to Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina in the bronze medal match.
8-month pregnant athlete Will the lamestream media report on Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi of Malaysia, who is competing while being 8 months pregnant, or does that send too pro-life of a message? Taibi was eliminated from the Olympics on the first day of official competition after finishing in 34th place. Few articles mentioned her prior to her elimination; there was more publicity about her after her defeat.[8][9][10][11] The New York Times ran an article on the athlete on 16 July 2012,[12] The Guardian [13] and ESPN [14] both reported on her results in the competition.
women's soccer ranked #1 and won the gold in the last two Olympics, most recently with a foreign coach. Now that this U.S. team is politically correct, will it underachieve?[15] Major rivals will be Japan, Brazil and France. Went 3-0 in their group to advance to the quarterfinals, where they beat New Zealand 2-0. They will face Canada in the semifinals.
Gun events Will the lamestream media downplay the gun events because they want to continue to push gun control? Great Britain shooter Peter Wilson's gold medal success in the double-trap clay pigeon event was widely reported and celebrated in the British media, despite Britain being strong in favor of gun control. The victory of South Korean air pistol shooter Jin in winning the first gold medal of the games was reported in most GB media. Coverage is similar to other sports with modest national following. See the entry above on the Malaysian shooter for an exception to this lack of coverage.
Openly homosexual athletes Will the liberal media overpromote homosexual athletes, far beyond their achievements? Several months before the games, Sports Illustrated ran a feature article entitled "The Transgender Athlete", which included significant overage of a transgender female-to-male shotputter attempting to qualify for the United States women's Olympic team. However, she failed to qualify at the US Olympic Trials, and as such has not received coverage during the actual Olympics.
Multiple Will countries that have implemented same-sex marriage underperform? (See below for a more lengthy explanation) Too early to tell. All countries are below their expected total (see chart below) so far, but this would be expected since so few events have been completed. Here is how much each nation should be expected to win, based on the chart below, and their actual totals so far. All expected totals are rounded to the nearest whole number. The overall total may not be equal to the sum of the individual expected totals due to this rounding. Also, the actual totals will not be meaningful one way or the other until more events have been completed.
Argentina - 5 expected, 0 actual
Belgium - 7 expected, 2 actual
Canada - 23 expected, 10 actual
Denmark - 4 expected, 5 actual
Iceland - 0 expected, 0 actual
Netherlands - 11 expected, 8 actual
Norway - 6 expected, 2 actual
Portugal - 3 expected, 0 actual
South Africa - 5 expected, 4 actual
Spain - 20 expected, 3 actual
Sweden - 7 expected, 3 actual
Total - 92 expected, 35 actual
Men's Handball Will heavy underdogs Tunisia overperform in Group A? Group A should perhaps be dubbed the "Group of Left", since the other five teams are Sweden, Iceland, and Argentina, where same-sex marriage is legal, and increasingly atheistic Great Britain and France. Tunisia is currently 1-3, their one win coming against Great Britain. They will face Argentina in their final game. They will not finish last in their group because they will probably beat GB, where handball is almost non-existent as a sport.

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Nations that have implemented same-sex marriage

Argentina

Belgium

Canada

Denmark

Iceland

Netherlands[16]

Norway

Portugal

South Africa

Spain

Sweden

Underachievement by nations allowing same sex marriage will be particularly evident.[17]

Nations that are increasingly atheistic

Underachievement by atheistic nations will be particularly evident in the team sports, where spiritual motivation is usually non-existent. Expect the atheistic nations to underachieve most notably in soccer, where teamwork is paramount.

Also, since Great Britain is the host nation, it may receive a boost in performance in spite of its increasingly atheistic nature. One should be careful to account for this when comparing Britain's performance this year to that in previous Olympic Games.

Winners

Individual Events

Team Events

Expected Medals

There are many factors that contribute to a countries success in the Olympics (population, proximity host country, culture) and Gross Domestic Product cannot be used as a fair proxy, due to low-GDP China comfortably coming first in the 2008 Olympics and Russia ranking third. Below is how the Olympic medals would be awarded if each country earned medals in proportion to their GDP, which vastly overestimates the United States' performance.

Commemoration

The 2012 games mark the 40th anniversary of 11 Israeli Olympic team members taken hostage and killed by Palestinian terrorist group Black September. The Internal Olympic Committee has been urged to offer a commemorative moment of silence for the athletes at the opening ceremony. The IOC has rejected the moment of silence or any mention of the tragic event so as not to upset Muslim countries. [19] Sportscaster Bob Costas says NBC will honor the Munich 11 despite IOC’s refusal to allow it. [20]

NBC Coverage

Scorn for Comcast's NBC coverage of the Olympic games hit America coast to coast. Viewers have taken to the internet with the trend #NBCfail for days now. The groans began at the opening ceremony when American viewers were denied the tribute to British victims of Islamic terrorism. As the games moved forward, live events were interrupted or had already finished, replaced with commercials and NBC commentators talking about the athletes. It has been reported the Comcast spent $1 billion for the rights to televise the 2012 Olympics.

See also

References

  1. This makes London the first city to host the Games three times - the previous occasions being in 1908 and 1948.
  2. Independent Olympic Athletes from South Sudan, who does not yet have a National Olympic Committee, and the former Netherlands Antilles, who no longer has a National Olympic Committee due to their dissolution, will also compete under the Olympic Flag.
  3. http://www.letsrun.com/2009/nycmen1101.php
  4. Franklin's swimming has been with a swim club
  5. Phelps' swimming has been with a private swim club.
  6. [[1]
  7. London 2012 Olympics: David Beckham will be 'more than an ambassador' at the Games telegraph.co.uk, July 10, 2012, retrieved July 28, 2012
  8. Pregnant shooter’s Olympics end after 34th-place finish in qualifying sfgate.com, July 28, 2012, retrieved July 28, 2012
  9. Pregnant shooter does baby proud foxsports.com, July 28, 2012, retrieved July 28, 2012
  10. Pregnant shooter misses final, treasures experience usatoday.com, July 28, 2012, retrieved July 28, 2012
  11. London 2012: 'Be quiet, mummy's shooting,' says pregnant competitor guardian.co.uk, July 28, 2012, retrieved July 28, 2012
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  13. [3]
  14. [4]
  15. A foreigner, reportedly a lesbian, was selected as the head coach of the already champion American Olympic women's soccer team in 2007, and in the following year that team repeated its gold medal-winning performance of 2004. Aren't there American, although perhaps not politically correct, soccer coaches good enough to run the Olympic team?
  16. Although part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Aruba competes separately at the Olympic Games. Same-sex marriage is not legal in Aruba, although marriages performed in the European mainland Netherlands are recognized per the Kingdom's requirements. Additionally, the territories of Curacao and Sint Maarten, who will compete as "Independent Olympic Athletes" under the Olympic Flag following the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles and the loss of recognition of their Olympic Committee, have the same regulations as Aruba with regards to same-sex marriage. Since citizens of these territories are also Dutch citizens, they are also eligible to compete for Team Netherlands. Therefore, they may have won some of the Dutch medals. In all three territories, the population is heavily Catholic and there is large opposition to same-sex marriage in spite of the Kingdom's requirements. When Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba opted to integrate fully with the Netherlands as part of the dissolution, the Dutch House of Representatives passed a law that will make same sex-marriage legal in those territories effective in October 2012. However, this law was strongly opposed by locals. Athletes from those three territories were permitted to compete as Independent Olympic Athletes as well. However, of the four IOAs at the Olympics, three are from Curacao and one is a marathoner from South Sudan, which does not yet have a national Olympic Committee.
  17. In the United States, 6 out of 50 states permit same-sex marriage (Washington, D.C. also permits same-sex marriage), and 8 additional states permit civil unions. Two states (including Washington, which had previously recognized civil unions) have declared same-sex marriage legal, but implementation is postponed until after voter referendums on the laws in November 2012. Additionally, in Mexico, same-sex marriage is legal in Mexico City, a federal district roughly equivalent to Washington, DC, as well as in the state of Quintana Roo.
  18. Since the 2001 Australians have increasingly answered "no religion" in the official census. The growing numbers of those answering "no religion" has coincided with fewer people self-identifying as Christian: Year Book Australia, 2008
  19. IOC refuses request for a memorial to Munich victims, EJU News, may 22, 2012
  20. Bob Costas Says He Will Observe Moment of Silence For Victims of 1972 Munich Massacre, WeaselZippers, July 21, 2012