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(Letter) Who are you watching at the 2008 Olympic Games?

No. I don’t mean the protesters or the political dudes mugging for the photo op.

I mean the athletes.

Or how about a volunteer, coach, or official that we hear about that made a positive impact on the event?

For myself, I’m cheering for Luan Jujie in women’s foil. She won gold for China in 1984 and now she is representing Canada. And she is from my hometown of Edmonton, Alberta.

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  1. bianxiangbianqiao
    August 11th, 2008 at 01:21 | #1

    I am will probably watch Liu Xiang and Guo Jingjing. They are the only persons I know. But without cable, my screen is grainy.

  2. August 11th, 2008 at 01:22 | #2


  3. bianxiangbianqiao
    August 11th, 2008 at 01:28 | #3

    Is he competing?

  4. Hongkonger
    August 11th, 2008 at 01:44 | #4

    Is he competing?

    Perhaps if amateur Xiang Shen is an Olympic event!

    And the Gold goes to…

    “One of the most influential foreigners in China”;

    “A domestic celebrity as a “foreign comedian”;

    “The first foreigner to learn Xiangsheng”;

    “One of the top bilingual emcees in China”;

    “A Chinese son-in-law, amiable and loving life”:

    This is Dashan, a Canadian guy. He is a foreigner but not an outsider.”

  5. Chops
    August 11th, 2008 at 02:37 | #5

    Who or what are the spectators actually watching in beach volleyball? 🙂

    Anyway, for women’s indoor volleyball,
    watch out for the titanic battle between USA and China on August 15th.

    The US team is coached by “Jenny” Lang Ping, aka “Iron Hammer”, volleyball hall-of-famer and Olympian in China’s gold-medal class of ’84


  6. yo
    August 11th, 2008 at 03:00 | #6

    Mike Phelps
    Liu Xiang
    Chinese and American Men’s b-ball team (Yao’s gutsy play was admirable)
    Stephanie Rice 😉

    And there are many more, but that’s off the top of my head. I’ve been really enjoying the games!

  7. JXie
    August 11th, 2008 at 03:23 | #7

    In no particular order, on top of my head now:

    * Ricky Rubio (17 yo Spanish basketball phenom, already good enough to get meaningful minutes against Greece)
    * Liu Xiang
    * Jeremy Wariner (400m, only other non-black who may win a men’s track gold)
    * Wu/Yu of men’s beach volleyball, especially Yu
    * Park Taehwan (Korean 18 yo swimmer, one gold already)
    * Kitajima (men’s breaststroke swimmer, just had his 1st 2008 gold)
    * Lin Dan (badminton, on an all-out attack mode he may the best ever)
    * Brazil men’s volleyball
    * Italy women’s volleyball, though I will root for the Chinese team
    * Whenever Anna Ivanovic wins a point, but that can wait…
    * Watching a little bit Japanese women’s volleyball and sigh why Kana Oyama isn’t here. Ok, you can’t just google her pictures, you need to watch her on the court, spiking, yelling and sweating.
    * Gonna keep an open mind on picking up sports babes to watch.

  8. ChinkTalk
    August 11th, 2008 at 03:38 | #8

    Hongkonger says: “This is Dashan, a Canadian guy. He is a foreigner but not an outsider”

    I just learn about Dashan watching the Olympics. As a Canadian I am very proud of him. As a person of Chinese descent, I wonder why after over 150 years in Canada, we cannot have a comedian of Chinese descent accepted in Canada. And I think that the Hongkonger’s statement can never be heard in Canada for a Chinese person.

    I am rooting for the Canadian team so I am watching any competition with Canadians in it.

  9. August 11th, 2008 at 03:52 | #9

    Luan Jujie won the match 😀

  10. Hongkonger
    August 11th, 2008 at 04:08 | #10

    @chinkTalk…Good News for ya

    CANADIAN Asian Comedy – The Fusion Comedy Tour

    check it out


  11. Chops
    August 11th, 2008 at 04:27 | #11


    As the Chinese saying goes: “Old ginger is spicier than young ginger”

    Btw, Luan Jujie and Lang Ping were contemporaries in 1984, both were honored with their own postage stamp in China.

  12. Charles Liu
    August 11th, 2008 at 06:57 | #12

    Hoping the weather will improve, and NBC start covering tennis.

  13. August 11th, 2008 at 07:02 | #13

    Matthew Mitcham
    Anybody else?

  14. Hongkonger
    August 11th, 2008 at 08:29 | #14

    Chinese Weightlifting team

  15. August 11th, 2008 at 13:11 | #15

    USA men’s and women’s basketball. I want us to score 100 points every time and beat everyone by at least 30!

  16. Kingsley
    August 11th, 2008 at 15:18 | #16

    As a former amatuer fencer I’m just glad to be in China with a chance to watch more than a token midnight bout on TV – away from the parochial coverage of my home country (not to say that Chinese TV coverage isn’t parochial, but with three channels there’s a better chance of seeing something you want to watch).

  17. Tu ZongHua
    August 11th, 2008 at 18:43 | #17

    Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. They’ll most likely meet at the US Open in 2 weeks but I want to see them compete for gold.

  18. August 12th, 2008 at 00:18 | #18

    Luan Jujie is out of the competition. 🙁
    But, that’s okay – she did really good to get there and she won her bout. 🙂

  19. August 12th, 2008 at 00:19 | #19

    Now I’m wondering who from Canada will win a medal first.

  20. Chops
    August 12th, 2008 at 03:56 | #20

    Wow, this is one Olympics where political and business leaders mingled with the crowd.

    Bill Gates, Henry Kissinger and Keven Rudd were among the spectators for some of the events.

    Even the Bush family was there to cheer for their swimming and basketball teams.

  21. Wukailong
    August 12th, 2008 at 07:13 | #21

    So, Kim Yong-nam from North Korea shared a group of seats with George Bush. But did Ahmadinejad come?

  22. BMY
    August 12th, 2008 at 07:59 | #22


    I think I saw Ahmadinejad was sitting together with Ehud Olmert on my TV during the ceremony . That’s what the Olympics for: to bring enemies together with harmony and love

    But my wife always says I have very bad eye sight.

  23. Wukailong
    August 12th, 2008 at 10:31 | #23

    @BMY: That would be really cool. 🙂

  24. Charles Liu
    August 12th, 2008 at 21:01 | #24

    I’m really digging the fencing events. Women’s foil is the most exciting to watch. Videos can be found on nbcolympics dot you-know-what.

  25. August 17th, 2008 at 05:01 | #25
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