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Tokyo 2020: Olympics – Day 15 – Hail, TKFLASTAN!

Release Date: August 6, 2021

Category: Podcast | Tokyo 2020

It was a banner day for TKFLASTAN as we had many Team Keep the Flame Alive athletes competing…..all at the same time. This made for a hectic, but fun day of viewing. And, Alison’s shopping for feed bags!

Today’s coverage includes:

  • Artistic Swimming – with TKFLASTANI Jacqueline Simoneau
  • Athletics – with TKFLASTANI Evan Dunfee
  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Boxing
  • Canoe Sprint
  • Cycling – Track
  • Diving
  • Equestrian
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Karate – with TKFLASTANI Tom Scott
  • Modern Pentathlon – with TKFLASTANI  Samantha Schultz
  • Rhythmic Gymnastics
  • Sport Climbing
  • Table Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling

Plus, our popular segments:

  • Where’s Marnie McBean?
  • What Officiating/Volunteer Roles Would We Want?
  • Fantasy League/Brackets Update
  • What’s Up with Mike and Maya? We’re proving a theory:

A close-up of Maya's locker shows a picture of Walter the cat and another photo from a weekend visit with her dad, where her dad took her and a sibling to a park.


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Jill: [00:00:00] Olympics, fans and Halton lovers of shirtless, Don, and welcome to Keep the Flame Alive, the podcast for fans of the Olympics and Paralympics. I am your host. Jill Jaracz, joined as always by my lovely co-host Alison Brown, Alison. Konnichiwa.

Alison: I’ve got my bag of food hanging around my neck, so I am

Jill: ready to go.

You’ve been in the stables. Am I, I’m not putting you out to pasture. There’s no, it’s the race walkers. Oh, oh, that’s right. They did have all this feedback around their neck.

Alison: So I wouldn’t mind hanging out with the horses. You know, how I fallen in love with the horses as

Jill: games. Oh man. We are on day 15.

Everything’s winding down. I don’t know about you. That that level of disappointment is starting to sink in. There’s that? Oh my gosh. Finally. We’ve we’ve we’ve almost gotten through this and yeah. Oh, no more Olympics until for two weeks, then we have the Paralympics, which is going to be very exciting, but, you know, it’s, it’s, it is really one of those like, oh,

Alison: It’s almost December 26th, the evening of December 25th, when all the presents are opened and dessert is finished and you’re like, do I want more, maybe another piece of pie?

That’s okay. So we still have the weekend. We still have closing ceremonies. We still have lots of sports

Jill: happening. We do have lots of sports happening. We still have 21 sports going on. So that is exciting. Doing a little followup file on the Belorussian situation. So two Belorussian coaches who cut, uh, Christina at

Tokyo Olympic short, they’ve had their accreditation’s revoked and they’ve been removed from the athletes village. This is athletics head coach you’re in most of it. And team official our tour show mock. So the Belarus Olympic committee has said that they hope to appeal the IOC decision and continue a dialogue with the IOC.

We’ll see what happens. This will be an ongoing situation. I, I imagine, want to give a shout out and some prompts to Patrick from green bay on Twitter. He was, as I mentioned in the shop, a competition, the podium from this year’s Olympics is the same as the podium from Rio 2016. And he wondered how often an exact repeat of a podium has ever happened.

And he, he, uh, tagged me. So I tagged historian, bill Mellon and, uh, Hillary Evans and bill Malin got on that and did some research. And that has never happened before in athletics, in an individual event. That little notice made the Tokyo 2020 blog. So nice, nice, good job. Bringing people together. Exactly. Um, in other news, the medal standings are interesting, depending on what country you talk to because the U S has put itself on top of the leaderboard, even though it has not won the most goal.

It’s, it’s one of those, how are you slicing the medal data, if you care about the medal counts? So in terms of numbers of. The U S has the most, but we don’t have the most gold medals in some places think the most gold medals should be winning. Other places are like, well, if you assigned points, values to different medals that shakes up the standings in a different way, but it does feel this we’ve noted that it does feel this time.

Like the U S has not been super dominant, like it usually has been. And my Treecko said that 88 different countries have won medals at these games. And that is more than ever. Which I go

Alison: to nice to have the fact behind what we keep

Jill: saying. Cause we haven’t looked, we haven’t, I haven’t looked at the list to be honest.

I do want to before the games is over, but it is. I mean, I think it’s fabulous that more and more countries are winning medals and uh, that just spreads the wealth around. And ma I, I mean, I always think of when we talked with, uh, Felicity pass on and how. Being from a small country and getting to go to the Olympics and you as a small country, feel like you’re a player on the big stage and most of the time you’re not.

So it makes you feel good that that other countries are starting to feel that excitement, what it’s like to win medals. All right. Where is Marnie McBean today? McBean

Alison: had a big day at women’s football. We’ll get to that later. She was having a lovely brunch and the village and she was at the evening athletic.

Jill: Excellent. All right, moving on to which officiating or volunteer job would you like to do? And we would like to do today. So I,

Alison: it seems like we’re both going to be at rock climbing. So there are two people involved in the rope in bouldering, too. There’s one person who actually assists and is on.

Jill: Course.

Yeah, like on the roadway for the lead and they bring it out.

Alison: There’s a person behind the assistant who just holds a big [00:05:00] basket of rope.

Jill: And I want to be

Alison: the basket girl, cause she just comes on, drops the basket and runs.

Jill: Nice. Nice. The other thing, the other job I like in sport climbing is the person who scrubs off the rocks.

Cause there’s a lot of chalk on the rocks. And I think we noted this with, when we talked with Josh Levin and, uh, there are people, sometimes it’s the athletes themselves who want to adjust the amount of chocolates up there, but there are people who go in and scrub them all. In between and they had cool tools.

They do scrubbers Izzy long-handled scrubber. And by golly, I could probably use one of those in my house. Can you imagine just getting behind stuff? Awesome. All right. How is it, how are things going on in our fantasy league? Well, Shola

Alison: stone is killing us all at 86 P S uh, Gullah is at 3 87 and Collibra is at three 70.

Finally, some movements in brackets shall Istan is also killing us at two 20. I am at one 60, but you and Olympic fan Dan are tied for third at

Jill: one 55th day. I would say, and everything’s locked now, so we just have to wait it out. All right. It is time for what is up with Mike and Maya, Mike and Maya of the Toyota first date commercial, where Mike asks Maya to the school dance.

Uh, and he is, he does so well in the hospital, but he’s magically also in the school hallway at the same time. Thanks to a rolling digital robot screen. And I’m going to say like, I literally only saw this commercial two or three times yesterday, and that has

Alison: seemed to decrease, but I saw it on the TV

Jill: yesterday.

So did I, so did I, because that’s where this comes in because I saw it on the TV and then I got weird at home because I took pictures of screens. I started writing stuff down because I think I have proof. That our theory from listeners, Brian and listener Beth, that the Chevy Silverado guy is Maya’s. Dad is true because I started noticing what was in Maya’s locker.

And she has a picture of a cat that looks eerily like Walter, the cat and down at the bottom. There’s a picture from when it looks like when she was younger and it looks like her in a sibling. Doing gymnastics in the yard or in a park. And there is an adult male on a blanket nearby watching them who also looks like Walter’s owner.

So I think we have, I think we have proof

Alison: now I was concerned about the Palm Palm in Maya’s locker. Does that mean she’s a cheerleader? And is that the issue? Do we have the west side story? High school, musical cheerleader and skateboard problem.

Jill: I don’t know. Cause I wondered that too. And Ben thought, no, those are just like for spirit week because there’s a pompom in their locker and a pompom above her locker.

And it’s obviously kind of spirit thing because it’s Olympic days and all that stuff. Um, I do wonder what the other, the other big thing in her locker is a note and it says, thank you so much for giving me a chance to contribute to your move. Best thing about all of this friendly. Christie one at PS, one, another one smiley face.

I told you I spent too much time looking

Alison: up anyways. Christie Christie is definitely not

Jill: Heather in the purple jacket. Oh, she’s not. Oh,

Alison: maybe Christie is Mike’s

Jill: friend. The pygmy girl. Yes.

Alison: Wouldn’t that be interesting?

Jill: Hmm. Hmm. I’m starting to feel like some of those, uh, you know, amateur detectives who tracked down cold cases.

Alison: Well, I have another concern about Mike. We’ll get to

Jill: that tomorrow. Okay, excellent. Um, and before we get to today’s action, we’d like to tell you a little bit about our Kickstarter campaign. This is to help fund our travels to the winter Olympics in Beijing, because we hadn’t planned to go, but surprise.

We got media accreditations that we didn’t expect, but because we have a shoestring budget, it’s a little far to stretch it, to cover a trip to China. Several weeks to cover both the winter Olympics and the winter Paralympics and that those, those are in six months, less than 200 days. So things are getting close.

We’re getting a lot of co uh, communication from those games in terms of, Hey, you gotta pay up. So I’ve got hotel bills due and there’s going to be flights. There’s going to be technology that we have to purchase and a little bit more than that. So we could really use your help in funding that so. The reason we want to go is to bring you a better podcasting experience to go behind the scenes and find out what is the, what [00:10:00] at the games, and add some color to what you’re seeing on television.

So if you value this podcast and you are looking forward to the winter Olympics, please connect. Funding our Kickstarter project. You can find out more about our campaign and check out our support or bonuses. We are sending postcards from the Olympics. We, you could be a producer and choose what we cover on a given day.

So please check that out at alive pod artistic swimming team competition got off to. Team competition

Alison: is so

Jill: fun and it is very interesting compared to the duet because they can do so many more lifts and throws and, and a lot of other formations

Alison: swimmers were flying everywhere.

Jill: I did have this on, but it was very, very strange because three shook fuck three show plus were competing at the same time. And I was trying to watch all that. Yes. Well,

Alison: I did watch this exclusively. So Jacqueline, Seminole and team Canada are in fifth, uh, ahead of them are Japan, Ukraine, China, and in first place, uh, was ROC who was absolutely perfect.

Canada did score over 90, so that was their goal. And they are in good shape. Not as many crazy themes this time.

Jill: Maybe they say themes. The free program. And we did probably,

Alison: we did have a masquerade ball, which if you are a figure skating fan, you know, this music, oh, it’s a masquerade waltz that you will hear a hundred times, but the Canadian team did a nineties hip hop.

Jill: That was really cool. I’ve really liked their music.

Alison: But if you look carefully, There is the dance sprinkler mode in their choreography.

Jill: It is worth watching again, and you can see how much Jacqueline loves to perform because her, her smile just lights up everything while she’s in the pool. It’s, she’s just really amazing, I think.

And not just cause she’s a sugarless Donnie. Well, that

Alison: too coolest choreography goes to Spain who included Japanese sign language.

Jill: This was going on as somebody else was going on. And I want to go back and watch that because I wanted to see what Japanese sign language looks like.

Alison: Right. It’s hard to tell what is just the choreography versus the sign language, unless you’re more familiar.

I think with. Uh, artistic swimming and sign language, but the gesture was amazing. And I had there been Japanese in the stands.

Jill: Oh, fantastic. Did you see the Ukrainian go when their music was, they had the wrong music queued up. The poor

Alison: Ukrainians had the wrong music queued and they didn’t do it. Who’s ever in charge of the music and they go to start and it’s the wrong music.

And they’ll just sort of look around like, oh, they all walk up. Regrouped walked back on and did it a beautiful

Jill: performance. They did. And it’s interesting because they have to do all that deck work with no music. So they come and they come out and they do their whole. DEC work routine, which gets to be at these deck where things get a little elaborate and then they’re in their pose and the wrong music starts.

And it, it is really weird. And, and I wonder what that did to their concentration and focus. It didn’t seem to do much because they did do fantastic job, but, uh, it has to be a little unsettling.

Alison: Well, the announcer made a comment that they actually, that teams practice that because that seems to be a common issue.

Really that they actually practice starting and stopping and having to start over.

Jill: That is interesting. A interesting, but B I think I have my next volunteer job or officiating Judd, depending on what that is ranked, because it can not be that hard to queue up the right music for everybody. Come on. Let’s do.

Alison: Artistic skill. Clearly you’ve never been a stage manager at a

Jill: college production. No, I’ve never been no. Oh man. Well, let’s move on to athletics. We started the day off with the men’s 50 kilometer race walk. This is the last time it will be in the Olympics much to the consternation of many of the athletes.

That’s because for Paris, 20, 24. They have to have more gender parody in this event. And currently the men have two races and the women have one. And instead of adding a women’s 50 kilometers, because I’m sure that affects our uteruses, uh, super harmful to those. They just said, well, we’ll take away the 50 K and put in a mixed event that is yet to be determined.

How this is going to work. So it’s pretty clear. [00:15:00] As, as we talked with Evan Dunphy before, like somebody up there does not like the 50 K race walk. I don’t know why, because it’s a difficult event, but they don’t like it. So the, uh, gold went to Poland. David, Tom, Lola. He just, he got a break early and got in front of everyone, which was smart for him because he was really starting to slow down at the end and had he been much closer to the chase group?

They would’ve gotten him. And then silver went to a Jonathan Hilbert from Germany. And at the end, who’d had a last minute, not even a last minute surge, but a surge right near the end and took the bronze, our very own Evan Dunphy from Canada.

Alison: is on the medal stand. Yay. So he was in fifth place going into about the last kilometer and a half, but he had stayed with this little group behind tombola the whole race, there was five or six of them, but then at the end they started to stretch out and I was like, oh, well he did really well.

And I blinked, they went to an ad, they came back and all of a sudden he’s crossing the finish line in.

Jill: It was fantastic and really nice for him because racewalkers, don’t get a whole lot of money for doing these kinds of things. But Evan has recently gotten a sponsorship with Kraft dinner, which I think we mentioned on the show during a shackle Stan update.

They have been so supportive of him. So Kraft dinner said in honor of his three hour, 50 minute, 59, second time, they are donating 35,059 boxes of Kraft dinner to the Richmond, British Columbia food bank in his name.

Alison: And having spoken to Evan, he’s going to love that.

Jill: Yeah, he will. He really wants. Good with

Alison: the announcers on this race, if you didn’t watch it.

We’re hilarious. So, first of all, they had a lot to say about Evan. He wrapped a women’s stocking around his neck and it was filled with ice. They had much to say about that and every time somebody vomited. The poor female announced, there was a lot of vomiting going on because G surprise it wasn’t that cool in Sapporo.

So it was like, oh dear, someone’s vomiting or, oh dear, that’s a little another vomit.

But the best thing she said was she mixed up some countries, you know, a Latvia Lithuania kind of thing. And she says, oh, you’ll have to forgive me. I’ve been up since three in the morning.

And they announced the whole entire, almost four

Jill: hours. Yeah. And it is a long, long race. So I’ll give him a little slack and they, I mean, they come up with something it’s the race walk is interesting because it’s judged, it has to be kind of on a closed course. And so there’s not much, you don’t have much else to say about the environment when people are walking around doing laps.

Alison: So there were some fans, it was obscene, only hot. They got no break by going to Sapporo those brighter, those walkers were dumping water on themselves. They were consuming all kinds of, of fluids. There was ice flying. It was really uncomfortable,

Jill: which at that point you said they should’ve just left it there.

And I, I still feel like it was a knee jerk reaction. To what happened at the world championships in 2019. And they could have done without the hassle. I mean, especially when it ended up being just as hot,

Alison: we do know now where the, the Starbucks is in Sapporo because we saw it every time they walked past

Jill: it.

All right. Going over to the women’s 20 kilometer race walk, the gold was one by Al uh, and to NELA Palmisano. From Italy, the silver was won by Sandra Loreena, arenas from Columbia and Leo hung from China, won the bronze. This one I did not watch. And I watched in and out of men’s race walk too, but, uh, it’ll be interesting to see what they do for Paris, 20, 24 on the race walk.

Over at the Olympic stadium in the women’s javelin gold, went to Lucia ying from China. Uh, silver went to Maria, Andre Schick from Poland and Australia’s Kelsey lead barber won the bronze. I mean, I went back and forth with this one, watching it. And I do want to know that a, maybe not so much in the women’s, but I saw this, I saw this over time, a lot of belly flopping in jail.

To prevent themselves from going over the line and falling. That was interesting. And also I want to know more about the approach because it’s like high knees, high knees, high knees, [00:20:00] then we’re going to shuffle to the side or do like crossovers to the side and then we throw it and I want it, I really want to know how that kind of developed as the technique to do well.

Alison: We’ve talked. Hammer and ShotPut, so we’ve got to do discus and javelin. You still got to finish the series of people who throw things. Okay. Exactly.

Jill: So we will have that before Paris, 2024, definitely. In the men’s 5,000 meters, gold went to Uganda’s Joshua chip. Peggy silver went to Canada’s Mohammed, Ahmed and bronze went to the U S is Paul.

I actually, I took a nap during some of the track and field. Cause I got up at four o’clock to watch karate. So it was, I just couldn’t stay awake anymore. And all of a sudden I woke up and I missed a couple of events that I had planned on seeing. So. Uh, but that I heard that Uganda was going crazy because they’ve won a few medals and they’ve done really well at, in the track and the athletics part of the competition.

So, uh, that’s, that’s nice in the women’s 400 meters gold went to Bahamas, Shawnee Miller Weebo silver went to Dominican republics, Mary lady Paulina. And bronze went to the USS Allyson. Felix, the bronze was her 10th Olympic medal that has made her the most decorated fi uh, American athletics athlete. And she’s tied with Carl Lewis for the most medals.

Alison: I did watch it live. And Sean, ain’t just dominated this race. Really fun to watch. And they all collapse at the end because it’s a

Jill: 400, but everyone looks strong and Alison was a bit behind and she pulled it out in the end to get the bronze. So congratulations, very tight finished for that bronze. After the 400 meters was the women’s 1500 meter.

And this is about when I was waking up. So I have in and out memories of what was actually happening, but gold went to Kenya’s. Faith kept you gone. Silver went to great Britain, Laura Muir and bronze went to Netherlands. Stefan Hassan

Alison: Hassan was the one who fell in one of the earlier heats. Got. And then qualified for the final, uh, even though she was way behind the pack.

Jill: So pretty amazing, excellent that she got on the podium. Laura Muir was over the moon at getting on the medal stand. She has been just short of getting a message. Before in previous Olympics, but now she’s made it on the stand. So congratulations to her. And to all three, it looked like a tough race from what my hazy brain meters.

That’s so hard. That’s so hard. Um, then we moved over to the relays for the last two events of the evening. First, it was the women’s four by 100 meter relay to make it took the gold us, took silver and bronze, went to great Britain. This one seemed anticlimactic to me because nobody knew if Jamaica one right away,

Alison: right.

There was a problem with the handoff between runners one and two. If they had been outside the zone and everyone’s waiting for the official results. And I’m waiting and it’s not coming up, but we’re all sort of congratulating each other anyway.

Jill: Right? Yeah. Getting our flags and even, it never felt like there was a big, oh, the gold goes to Jamaica or, well, you know why?

Because even if it got posted on the board, there’s no crowd that you’d get the sudden huge reaction from. And then they feed off of that. But that, that was a just, it felt like a weird race to me. Very, very disjointed. Much like all these games, this game has been. Um, and then we closed out the evening with a men’s four by 100 meter relay.

It was a photo finish at the end. Gold went to Italy. Silver went to great Britain and Canada took the bronze. That one was tough

Alison: race. This was how the four by 100 should look, neck and neck switching places with each runner. Just so exciting. The heartbreak was Japan dropped the

Jill: Baton. Oh yeah. And they were really in a good position to potentially medal.

And of course, being at home, they wanted to, but you could see just like they kept running and kept running like, oh, you look like you’re going to get out of the zone and they just could not pass the Baton. And I kind of wonder what happened there. Technically, technically. It just, it was a heartbreak for them.

And then kind of the other heartbreak was great. Britain’s anchor runner was looked like he knew he was in the lead and then Italy just came up and put that head out and got the head over the line first and took the gold away. It was really a tough, a tough yet exhilarating race to wall. Okay.

Alison: This has to be Italy’s best athletics performance.

Oh. It’s if not ever

Jill: there in a very long time. Yeah. They’re just so amazing in [00:25:00] this one. All right, let’s go over to the basketball arena where it was the women’s semi-finals U S just trounced Serbia, 79 59, and Japan beat France 87 71, who? This has got to be a good one. USA vs Japan. Yeah, that’s tomorrow.

Okay. Putting that on my list in beach volleyball, we rounded out the women’s competition. Gold went to USA’s climate and Ross and they handily beat, uh, Australia’s our tacho Del Solara and Clancy. And then bronze went to verse Dupree and Heidrick who also won their, uh, their match to. In boxing, we had more semi-finals and finals.

The finals were in the men’s heavyweight division. This time Goldwind to ROC Muslim could shim a Gautam off. Good. Jim would go to MAF. Silver went to Julio, the Cruz from Cuba and bruh bronzes went to Abner to Sherra from Brazil and David Nika from New Zealand in canoe sprint. I did not get back to watch the racist.

A couple of days ago when they had, uh, some finals and they had another day of heats and quarterfinals. So tomorrow’s going to be semi-finals and finals for them. Got to go check out the canoe. So over in track cycling, we had, uh, the women’s Madison event final, and then the men’s sprint final and the women had some early stages of their sprint races as well.

You did get to watch this.

Alison: I watched the Madison. You must watch the Madison. You will have absolutely no idea what is going on. It is the demolition Derby of cycling. It is fantastic. It is 120 laps. Everybody’s on the velodrome. At the same time, people are crashing. People are flying, they grab each other’s hands and Slingshot each.

I didn’t know what was going on. I didn’t care. It was

Jill: fantastic. This sounded when, when I read about this vent, it sounded like the short track speed skating relay thing, that master where they, uh, I don’t even know what the event is now. Cause my brain is fried long track. No, no, no, no, no, no, no. It’s the short track where they, they have different teammates go out and they skate maybe three or four laps and then their teammate comes in and they push them around and that person comes in.

You know what I’m saying? Yes.

Alison: It also reminded me of the long track mass start because they have bell laps and sprints in the middle where you get points for that. Oh, nice. So it was chaos and I didn’t care what was happening. It was just so much fun to watch because usually on the velodrome, it’s two riders, maybe, you know, two very nicely lined up teams of four each.

So maybe eight at the most. This one. Uh, a couple dozen, I don’t know. There were just people everywhere. Bikes were flying, people would get hurt and then come off and go back on chaos. A bounded at I loved every

Jill: minute of it. Okay. Well go back and watch the gold, going to great Britain and the silver going to Denmark.

And Brian’s going to ROC for team GBS. Laura Kenny, that’s her fifth gold medal for these. Uh, overall. Oh, overall. Okay, great. But she is the first British woman to win gold in three consecutive games. Whew. That is nice.

Alison: And here’s my little bit of trivia for you. It is called the Madison named after Madison square garden, where it was first competed.

Jill: Interesting. In the men’s sprint gold went to Harry, a lot of frozen from Netherlands. Silver went to Jeffrey Hoagland from Netherlands and Groton bronze went to great Britain, Jack Carlin. Did you want to meet the diving? No. Okay.

Alison: I was

Jill: waiting for the finals because it’s men’s 10 meter platform prelims.

So that means tomorrow is men’s platform finals. And that is another one to not miss.

Alison: And you definitely don’t want to miss a dive when you’re going off. 10 meters. No,

Jill: no, no, no. Oh, oh, diving. I got another theory from listener Brian. 14 year old girls make smaller splashes.

Alison: Oh yeah. Those Chinese girls.

We’re not going in straight and not making any splits.

Jill: And that’s one of the big elements of diving is how small of a splash it can make. So the tinier, the person, the smaller, the splash you get, like your starting value splash is going to be a lot smaller than a 27 year old

Alison: Cynthia Potter. And we all know how I adore Cynthia Potter.

The American, uh, diving commentator made a point of saying there’s a difference between going in straight and a rip entry and I’ve judges are good. They’re looking at both things separately so that you could have a ramp entry, but not go in straight and still lose a 10th of a point.

Jill: So, so the Chinese diver was not going straight, but she was having a small splash [00:30:00] on a couple of dives.

Yes. Okay. That is very interesting. So I do want to go back and watch at least highlights if I can, but I do want to see what. Whole competition looked like in comparison from the gold to other people in the competition over in the equestrian venue, it was the jumping, the, it was the team qualifier for jumping the top 10 teams move on.

So if you are on a Jessica Springsteen watch, she is part of team USA and they have qualified for the finals also. You might be interested in knowing that they took the Sumo wrestler off of the jumping course,

Alison: because nobody wants to come around the bend and see a big old naked

Jill: booty over in the football stadium, they had the gold medal match for the women.

Canada defeated, Sweden tied one, one at the end of regulation, they had to go to a shootout and Canada won three, two,

Alison: all Marnie and her daughter.

Jill: I think so. I think so. I won’t go back and watch the end of this because it had to be exciting. Sweden is a very, very tough team and they were also one of the favorites to win it all.

So congratulations to Canada for that. So they take the gold, Sweden takes a silver, and as we know, bronze went to USA and in the men’s side, they had the men’s bronze medal match and Mexico defeated Japan 3, 2, 1. Over on in the golf tournament, women had the third round of individual stroke play. And actually we have a little bit of an update.

There are tropical storms forecasted that could cause delays in the tournament. So they may actually shorten it down from four rounds of 72 holes to three rounds of 54. And the worst of the weather is coming on day 16, which is tomorrow. And we’ll see what happens.

Alison: Well, this could also affect. Beach men’s beach volleyball and equestrian.

Jill: Oh, dad soccer. It could, it could very well. So we shall see how that all shakes out. We’ve maybe playing more games on. In women’s handball, uh, was semi-finals action and France defeated Sweden 29, 27 and ROC defeated Norway 27 26. Oh, this was a heartbreaker. I had this on a little bit, right. As I was falling asleep for my nap this morning.

I think ROC was a little bit ahead. I think we were going into the second half, but they did a closeup of that ball. And remember how, when we talked with Sarah Gascon, how she talked about how they have sticky on their hands so that the ball sticks to it, all that sticky had been coming off on the ball and was all gunked up all over it.

A little, girl’s got to wash that ball. I know, I know in hockey news it was the women’s victory day. So a gold went to Netherlands. They beat Argentina three to one, and then the bronze matched great Britain defeated India, 400. I saw

Alison: this match. It was heartbreaking. It was so close and India was coming back.

They just ran out of

Jill: time. So that is a heartbreaker because it would have been so great if the men and the women had both won the bronzes. But next time you got three more years, you’ll get them next time.

Alison: That is also a very, the women’s team is also young. Okay.

Jill: That makes sense. In karate, it was the men’s kata.

And then we had some action for both men and women for our men’s kata. Uh Japan’s uh, CUNA you one gold Spain’s D uh, Damien Kentaro won silver and bronze. Went to Ariel Torres from the U S for women’s Kuma today, the 61 kilo division gold went to Serbia that . Uh, silver went to China’s eating shell Yon and bronzes went to turkeys, Merv, Coban, and Egypt, Giana lofty.

And the men’s 75 kilo kilo division. How this was a heartbreaker because I did get up at four o’clock to watch this. I tuned it in just as Tom Scott was taking the Tommy. He went, they had pool play and he ended up going to Intuit losses, first match to, um, he lost his first match to, uh, Japan’s Nishimura Ken, who was one of the favorites to win this, this, uh, tournament.

I understood. And that was kind of a heartbreaker. He won his second bout handily against, uh, the Hungarian Karoli Gabor, hotspot hockey, and then lost to Ukraine’s Stanislav Haruna and then his last bout was two with Egypt’s Abdallah Abdelaziz and he won seven, six, and I believe don’t quote me on this, but I think the Egyptian was coming back.

He also got a kick in the. That was too hard. They said, cause remember how Tom said you [00:35:00] got to really control those punches and kicks. It’s not meant to be forceful, but he took, he did take a pretty bad kick to the head. So in looking at these things, he had a two and two record and was on the bubble of the top two.

There are, uh, five people in his pool, the top two moved on to the semi-final rounds. And the last bout of the pool was the Hungarian versus the Japanese. In the last second two seconds, the Hungarian pulled it out and won, and that meant he won on basically on points to propel himself up over Tom and over the Japanese person who had been, uh, who ended up being also to.

And that was just heartbreaking for both Tom and Ken Nishimura. So that was it for his, uh, Olympics, but he did have two great browsers and the announcers loved him. They kept calling him captain America and all these things. It was that. So that was on. That was fun, but it was, it was disappointing that that’s how it shook out on points, but it was great to see him and I hope he had a good, a little bit.

Alison: I mean, he, he did not expect to be there until a couple of weeks ago, and then he shows up and, and has a good, uh, pretty good

Jill: tournament. uh, gold went to Italy’s Luigi Bush. Bussa silver. One to Azerbaijan’s Rafael. I got ya. And bronzes went to Ukraine. Stanislav Haruna and hungry Corolla hospital. In modern pentathlon action.

It was the women’s competition. So yesterday they had the fencing ranking round and today was swimming. The Fenice fencing bonus round, the riding and the laser run. So when I woke up, I, the writing portion was starting and our Shukla Stoney Smitha Schultz had a pretty good swing. And was doing well. She was the third on the horse and got through with just one pole down and she had a little bit of a time penalty, but, um, she did really well on the horse portion.

I know she won her

Alison: heat and

Jill: swimming, so yes, she won her heat and swimming, which was great. And then in the. Equestrian portion. She ended up finishing 17th, which was good because she going third, you never know how things are going to be, and you never know your horse. She looked a little, maybe apprehensive.

Like she could have been more in commander gone for it more, but I was really happy because she’s had. Competitions where she’s been thrown from the horse, or just, you never know what you’re going to get with a horse and being able to control it and ride fairly cleanly is pretty good at event. I think because, oh, this was horrid going into the equestrian portion.

Germany is Annika was leading, but by handy margin and she was expected to be. Her horse was not having it. And she, when she rode, it was the second round that all these horses went. Cause they have to go twice over the course and they split the riders in half. So group a gets a horse first and then group B gets the horse second.

Well Aanuka was the second group to get to be on the horses. And her horse was done before they even started. The horse did not want to take her commands and you could see how distressed she was looking. They didn’t even have a closeup of her and you can see how distressed she looked because she couldn’t control the horse enough to even start the.

That’s how bad it was. And then the horse refused jumps. And once you refused jumps twice, you, you couldn’t jump it again. Otherwise you’d get more penalties than you would for refusing the horse refused jumps. And finally, she just couldn’t control it anymore. And I don’t think it, maybe she fell off. I honestly can’t remember and didn’t take good notes, but, um, it essentially ended with the horse refusing so much that they had.

And she was eliminated from that portion of the competition. Meaning she got zero points and forget it. Your competition is done then. Yeah. So she did go on and do the laser run portion, but pretty much there was no way she was catching up at that point. So that was, she was just distraught and sobbing and she got it together for the rest of the race.

So that’s a pro, but still, that was really, really tough. But, uh, Samantha. I do I, this is the hard part of modern pentathlon, and I get that it’s, uh, I get that it’s and the Olympics, the Olympic event, it was created for the Olympics by the Olympics, founder, pier to Cooper time. But somehow, you know, like the more we learn about here and how he didn’t like women and how he just had some weird ideas.

This one, I [00:40:00] think could start getting to be in the weird idea. I mean, it is like starting to get into

Alison: idea. This sport is bizarre. It’s fantastic. The athletes are fantastic, but the idea of it is, is bizarre. You, I understand it’s, you know, all the skills of a soldier. But it’s weird and it’s weird that they don’t get to know their horses.

And it’s weird that they use the same horses twice, especially in the heat, but wonder that horse refused. It was probably like, what the heck. I’m not doing that again. That was

Jill: hot. Uh, maybe, but I, and I didn’t really, because again, it’s, we are. Four in the morning, five in the morning at this point. Uh, so I didn’t pay attention to how the horses did the second time they went on the course, uh, because some people could control them and some people couldn’t and there are days where you just don’t get to control your horse.

Um, but, uh, Samantha as always did well in the laser run port. So Samantha actually came in 14th on the laser run, but of course she starting from way down and she ended up finishing 21st overall, which I think that’s a pretty good result for Samantha. I mean, this is not a sport that we do a lot in the United States.

There’s not a lot of funding for it. And compared to some other countries in Europe where there’s a bigger tradition of modern pentathlon. So the medals went to. Uh, gold went to Kate French from great Britain. She just on the laser run. Got so far ahead of everybody else by the third or fourth shooting.

It, it was basically, they focused on who was going to get the silver and the bronze because that’s where the race was. And, uh, she run

Alison: away

Jill: with it. She did that. She did. And silver went to Lithuania is at Laura, us kite, and Hungary’s Serota Kovacs won the bronze oh rhythmic gymnastics competition started today.

It was the individual all around qualifiers. I did watch some of this. The apparatuses are, they did first, the hoop and the ball. And then in the second round they did the clubs and the ribbon, I think.

Alison: Because I watched

Jill: the, I watched the first half you have, I have watched some of this. I still don’t understand why I understand that it’s complex.

And there are elements. I honestly think there are a lot of things. We’ve gotten very, very picky about stuff because there’s nothing else to judge kind of things. And, and a couple of people lost their apparatuses off the mat.

Alison: It happened. Unfortunately rhythmic gymnastics has become like the ice dancing of the eighties, where you knew who was going to win before the competition happened.

So it, it needs a revamp. It needs some help. So unless one of the Aberdeen has dropped something, they’re going to run away with it. And it’s pretty to watch, but it’s no fun as a competition because it’s already all decided before

Jill: they get out. Right. And you’re talking about the twins from ROC.

Alison: Yes. Dina at arena and an arena at arena.

Jill: I got nothing. I know I’m trying, I’m really trying with rhythmic, not a, not a super fan of this one, but, uh, they are flexible. The costumes are really. I would argue on that because they are, again with the couldn’t, we get more crystals onto a leotard. And could we take, can we put more skin toned, mesh on a leotard and cover up fewer body parts?

That’s really where it is because they’re trying to create those really long lines with things. And it just, after a while, you’re like, why are you even bothered to wear. Should I get off your lawn now you can, you can fight. Fight me. Come on, fight me.

Come at me, bro. I’ll fight

Alison: you after the final, watch the finals and then we’ll talk.

Jill: All right. Well, I’m looking forward to that in sport climbing, we had the women’s, uh, combined final competition with, uh, speed bouldering and lead climbing, Goldman to Slovenia’s. Uh, janya garburate Korea’s S uh, one silver and Austria’s Jessica Piltz one, Brian.


Alison: were absolutely right about the announcer for sport climbing. I watched the finals he’s in a fantastic job explaining what was going on, what they were trying to accomplish, where we were in the competition. It was outstanding

Jill: and interesting. I [00:45:00] mean, bouldering is the hardest section to watch, and I think it’s the longest segment to watch just because everybody gets four minutes per problem.

And eventually you start getting four people out there because they move further and further down the course, but it does take, it does move quite slowly while you’re watched some, watching somebody think through a problem, it might be more exciting in person, but sometimes it’s tough on TV.

Alison: I wonder if they should have put the speed round last.

Jill: I wonder too. I wonder if they have that separate maybe. Maybe they’re tired by the end. I wonder what the tiring factor is between disciplines. I don’t know, but I think, I think it’s a good addition. I’m looking forward to it again in Paris, but I think they are breaking speed off into its own competition over in table tennis.

The men’s team competition finished up gold, went to China who won three, zero over Germany and Japan defeated Korea for the bronze. Uh, they won three. Volleyball. It was the women’s semi-finals USA defeated Serbia three, zero and Brazil defeated Korea three zero. So it’ll be USA versus Brazil for the win and or for the gold and Serbia and Korea for the Bronx,

Alison: USA, Brazil and volleyball, man, you

Jill: know, what’s going to be exciting.

Oh, In water polo, we had the men’s classification matches and some semi-finals, uh, Croatia defeated Montenegro 12 to 10 for seventh and eighth place USA defeated Italy seven to six for fifth and sixth. I did watch some of this match and it was good. It was back and forth and back and forth. And, uh, the U S pulled it out in the end and held off Italy.

And the semi-finals, uh, grease beat hungry nine to six and Serbia beat Spain, 10 to nine. It’ll be Greece and Serbia for the gold and hungry and Spain for the bra. In wrestling, we had a more men’s freestyle action and women’s freestyle action. And the men’s 74 kilos gold went to . Silver went to belarus’s Muhammad Khabib, uh, Kazia Mada, MedU, and bronze went bronzes, went to USA’s Kyle Dake and, uh, it was Pakistan’s backside, Abdur Ruckman off.

In and that one, I want to go back and see, because I want to watch Kyle Dake. He was explosive in the trials, beating a USA Jordan Burroughs to get to the Olympics. And, uh, he had a tough match that put him in the rep massage for bronze. So I want to see how he pulled it up. In the women’s freestyle 53 kilos gold went to Japan’s Makeda myo silver went to cha China’s paying Shang Yu and bronze bronzes went to follow

Vanessa Kalani, Coloradans, Kaia, and Mongolia is a bottle. And thank you to the dulcet tones of Jason Bryant for pronunciations on that one. And finally, in the men’s freestyle, 125 kilos home. My goodness, this, you just have to go back and watch the spout. It was amazing. The gold medal about Gabriel Stevenson from the U S won gold.

He beat Chino Petra. Shh. Vili from Georgia with about 0.2 seconds left on the. He, yes, he got to take down two points that put him over. It was amazing how he did that. So you got to go back and watch the spout. And bronzes went to tack Tahoe, cool from Turkey and Amir’s RA from Iran. And that does it.

We’re getting close to the end of wrestling competition, which means we’re getting to end. We’re getting close to the end of the tongue twister name.

Alison: Well, we thought you thought you’d ease off when weightlifting was over. Oh no. Oh no. Then the Mongolians come in and just, let’s put some more vowels in there and you can usually do very well with

Jill: Eastern European names, the name linked Jaris and somebody who, and we created a country called shook Williston for crying out.

Alison: See, I’m happy the Italians are doing well. Cause that’s the only names I can help you with the Italian. Sometimes the Spaniards, occasionally the Portuguese, but anything else I’m like odor? No.

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Alison: Jacqueline seminar and team Canada will compete for the podium in the team free program in artistics

Jill: women.

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