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#1 Chongo94

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 10:06 PM

I don't want to bag too much on the girl and maybe it's not her fault (regarding the hype) but so far the reality isn't matching up with the hype at all. She was supposed to be the Michael Phelps of the women's team and so far she's not even close. Obviously she has talent but maybe she just chokes on the olympic stage. She didn't even medal in two of her best events. Perhaps this was the media hyping her up but I don't remember another olympic swimmer that the media hyped that didn't live up to it like this.

I saw one blogger theorize that she should be the new face of Fail Blog.
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Posted 13 August 2008 - 11:08 PM

QUOTE(Chongo94 @ Aug 13 2008, 11:06 PM) View Post
I saw one blogger theorize that she should be the new face of Fail Blog.



that blogger should probably get off his fat [Deleted] and go try to medal in the olympic games....

#3 Chongo94

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 11:16 PM

QUOTE(PurplePassion @ Aug 14 2008, 05:08 AM) View Post
that blogger should probably get off his fat [Deleted] and go try to medal in the olympic games....


Actually, the blogger was a competitive swimmer, not at the olympic level of course but still a swimmer nonetheless.

I don't think you can ever judge someone until you walk in their shoes, but the media makes it hard when they build up someone like this and the reality doesn't match the expected outcome.
Hard pressed on my right. My center is yielding. Impossible to maneuver. Situation excellent. I am attacking.
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Posted 14 August 2008 - 06:16 AM

Well then, your scorn should be directed at the media and not Hoff. Just because Phelps makes it look easy doesn't mean that it is easy to beat the entire world in any event.
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Posted 14 August 2008 - 06:41 AM

QUOTE(PurplePassion @ Aug 14 2008, 12:08 AM) View Post
that blogger should probably get off his fat [Deleted] and go try to medal in the olympic games....



Amen. Never ceases to amaze me that people would criticize a teenage girl (or any olympian) for not being good enough.
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Posted 14 August 2008 - 09:58 AM

I am a former competitive swimmer and have a few observations about Hoff.

First of all she is biting off more than most swimmers can handle in the Olympics. She probably should have scaled back on some events. It is very hard to train for an 800 free and a 200 IM and peak for both races in the Olympics.

Also, she is not swimming as fast as the she swam in the trials. She went a 4:02 in the 400 Free at the trials. If she repeated that time in the Olympics she would have won the gold.

This tells me that she could have peaked too much for the trials. This makes it very difficult to swim 6 week later and go faster. Unfortunately, if the American swimmers don't rest and shave for the trials they won't make the team because the competition is so strong. Phelps is one of the few swimmers that could afford not be fully rested for the trials. The European swimmers and swimmers like Kirsty Coventry who swims for Zimbabwe don't face nearly as tough a trials. Zimbabwe probably doesn't even have trials for all I know. So she has the benefit of training and then peaking once.



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Posted 14 August 2008 - 10:01 AM

In addition, even with her being off in the Olympics Hoff is still the best all-around female swimmer in the world. She is not showing it at these Olympics which is unfortunate.

Plus, the female Chinese swimmers are swimming suspiciously fast. You are going to hear more and more talk about this. Just wait.

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 10:27 AM

QUOTE(goldenfrog @ Aug 14 2008, 04:01 PM) View Post
In addition, even with her being off in the Olympics Hoff is still the best all-around female swimmer in the world. She is not showing it at these Olympics which is unfortunate.

Plus, the female Chinese swimmers are swimming suspiciously fast. You are going to hear more and more talk about this. Just wait.


I've thought the same thing. They've come out of nowhere in the past year or so.

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 12:57 PM

I thought the Phelps comparisons were only because of the number of events she was racing in, not that she was supposed to achieve his results.

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Posted 14 August 2008 - 02:50 PM

QUOTE(Mike M. @ Aug 14 2008, 06:57 PM) View Post
I thought the Phelps comparisons were only because of the number of events she was racing in, not that she was supposed to achieve his results.


She had finished 1st at last year's world championships in the 200 and 400 IM and 4x200 free.
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Posted 21 August 2008 - 08:27 PM

Hello,
I am williams.Katie is so much talented.She has the ability to win.But perhaps things might not be working for her in these olympics.The other reason might be that the chinese people are more talented than her.
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Posted 04 October 2008 - 09:54 PM

QUOTE(williams @ Aug 22 2008, 02:27 AM) View Post
Hello,
I am williams.Katie is so much talented.She has the ability to win.But perhaps things might not be working for her in these olympics.The other reason might be that the chinese people are more talented than her.
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Hard pressed on my right. My center is yielding. Impossible to maneuver. Situation excellent. I am attacking.
--Ferdinand Foch-- at the Battle of the Marne


The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.
--Patrick Henry--

A&M is currently tied for third all-time on the NCAA list of most major rule violations with seven....


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