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lenemie
08-07-2008, 07:26 AM
The draw is already out, but we were still missing a thread for this :o

It doesn't really fit in another thread since the Olympics are something special and Ernie is part of it :banana: :aparty:

lenemie
08-07-2008, 07:45 AM
Here's the complete draw:

FEDERER Roger (1) SUI v TURSUNOV Dmitry RUS
LEE Hyung-Taik KOR v AREVALO Rafael (INV) ESA
ROBREDO Tommy ESP v SEPPI Andreas ITA
BERDYCH Tomas CZE v KARLOVIC Ivo (14) CRO
SIMON Gilles (10) FRA v SODERLING Robin SWE
NIEMEYER Frederic (A) CAN v CANAS Guillermo ARG
BELLUCCI Thomaz BRA v HRBATY Dominik SVK
GUCCIONE Chris AUS v BLAKE James (8) USA

DAVYDENKO Nikolay (4) RUS v GULBIS Ernests LAT
MATHIEU Paul-Henri FRA v LAPENTTI Nicolas ECU
LOGLO Komlavi (INV) TOG v ANDERSON Kevin (IP) RSA
MIRNYI Max (IP) BLR v KIEFER Nicolas (15) GER
GONZALEZ Fernando (12) CHI v SUN Peng (IP) CHN
CILIC Marin CRO v MONACO Juan ARG
ROCHUS Olivier BEL v MINAR Ivo CZE
TIPSAREVIC Janko SRB v FERRER David (5) ESP

NALBANDIAN David (7) ARG v ZENG Shaoxuan (A) CHN
MASSU Nicolas (IP) CHI v DARCIS Steve BEL
BOLELLI Simone ITA v HANESCU Victor ROU
MONFILS Gael FRA v ALMAGRO Nicolas (11) ESP
YOUZHNY Mikhail (13) RUS v VANEK Jiri CZE
NIEMINEN Jarkko FIN v JOHANSSON Thomas SWE
SCHUETTLER Rainer GER v NISHIKORI Kei (IP) JPN
GINEPRI Robby USA v DJOKOVIC Novak (3) SRB

MURRAY Andy (6) GBR v LU Yen-Hsun TPE
CALLERI Agustin ARG v LJUBICIC Ivan CRO
DANIEL Marcos BRA v MELZER Jurgen AUT
DANCEVIC Frank CAN v WAWRINKA Stanislas (9) SUI
STEPANEK Radek (16) CZE v LLODRA Michael FRA
QUERREY Sam USA v ANDREEV Igor RUS
HEWITT Lleyton AUS v BJORKMAN Jonas (IP) SWE
STARACE Potito ITA v NADAL Rafael (2) ESP

cath85
08-07-2008, 10:31 AM
the title has some serious jinx potential :lol:

but thanks for the draw!!

ChocGeek
08-07-2008, 10:47 AM
Good Luck, Ernie:bigclap:

girlscout
08-07-2008, 10:47 AM
to be precise, it's gold and jade! =D
Gooooood luck Erno!

girlscout
08-07-2008, 11:52 AM
and just a reminder that it will be the opening ceremony tomorrow at 8:08pm Beijing time.
Latvia will be the 115th country to come out. so make sure you look for ernests!

ataptc
08-07-2008, 12:13 PM
All the best Ernests!

lenemie
08-07-2008, 12:58 PM
and just a reminder that it will be the opening ceremony tomorrow at 8:08pm Beijing time.
Latvia will be the 115th country to come out. so make sure you look for ernests!

Does anyone know who will cary the flag for Latvia? Any chance it will be Ernests?

Pepi.
08-07-2008, 01:14 PM
so difficult :scared:

but... you can do it Ernests!

GO! :D

asma jaouadi
08-07-2008, 01:28 PM
Does anyone know who will cary the flag for Latvia? Any chance it will be Ernests?

http://eng.novonews.lv/news/2008/08/06/latvia_en/006149.html
NOT ERNESTS :sad:

jitterbug
08-07-2008, 01:39 PM
I'm sure Latvia has more decorated Olympians than Ernests. His time will come.

Paola
08-07-2008, 02:20 PM
Good luck to Ernie^_^

but-it's-ok
08-07-2008, 03:40 PM
Shame Ernests isn't carrying Latvias flag this time,but maybe London 2012;) Good luck for the Games Erno:rocker2:

Alex.
08-07-2008, 04:42 PM
Noooo. I hate this draw.

littlevictories
08-07-2008, 04:45 PM
Noooo. I hate this draw.

yes im not liking it either, but he's got nothing to lose :D

ClubFed
08-07-2008, 04:46 PM
Good luck, Ernie!

wideeyedmuse
08-07-2008, 04:50 PM
i read the papers today. i hope the tennis courts aren't too hot as they make them out to be. apparently, it can get scorching hot there. like an oven? i kid you not. that's the reference that was made. and i thought the heat in singapore was terrible. i should stop complaining.

anyways, opening ceremony tomorrow!

ClubFed
08-07-2008, 05:13 PM
Yeah, I heard about that. Robredo said that even though they spent last week in Cincinatti, it was still hotter in Beijing. I hope the courts aren't like the old Australian Open courts that get sticky when it's hot.

NeverSayDie
08-07-2008, 07:01 PM
Good luck Ernests :yeah: I will be looking out for him in the opening ceremony :D

ClubFed
08-08-2008, 01:40 AM
So, any livestreaming for the opening ceremony? :lol: I wanna see it live because I have to go to Boston when they show the NBC tape delay (:rolleyes:)

girlscout
08-08-2008, 03:05 AM
the court surface at the olympics is similar to that at usopen.
so i think it will be giving erno some advantages.
i hope he plays the night session so it won't be that hot.
but on the other hand im holding a day session tkt. so...but i'm thinking of exchange anyway.
it's a tough draw already. i hope all the best for ernie!

girlscout
08-08-2008, 03:11 AM
hey guys,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Summer_Olympics_national_flag_bearers
this is a list of countries sorted by the order they are marching out in the ceremony.
there are names of the flag bearers as well.

*Raine
08-08-2008, 03:20 AM
Go Ernie :bigclap:

Beat Davydenko.

ClubFed
08-08-2008, 03:23 AM
hey guys,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Summer_Olympics_national_flag_bearers
this is a list of countries sorted by the order they are marching out in the ceremony.
there are names of the flag bearers as well.

Thanks so much! I just assumed that it would go in alphabetical order, but I didn't know about the stroke number thing. Very interesting.

*Raine
08-08-2008, 04:14 AM
I'm tempted to click that link to wikipedia. But i prefer not to spoil myself. :lol::angel:

ataptc
08-08-2008, 06:49 AM
hey guys,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Summer_Olympics_national_flag_bearers
this is a list of countries sorted by the order they are marching out in the ceremony.
there are names of the flag bearers as well.
Thanks! I never knew that was how they decide on the order of the countries marching out. I will be watching the ceremony tonight :D

lenemie
08-08-2008, 06:53 AM
i read the papers today. i hope the tennis courts aren't too hot as they make them out to be. apparently, it can get scorching hot there. like an oven? i kid you not. that's the reference that was made. and i thought the heat in singapore was terrible. i should stop complaining.

anyways, opening ceremony tomorrow!

The Belgian football/soccer team was complaining about the heat as well, after their first match and that was on grass. So imagine what it will be on a hard-court :unsure:

lenemie
08-08-2008, 06:56 AM
So, any livestreaming for the opening ceremony? :lol: I wanna see it live because I have to go to Boston when they show the NBC tape delay (:rolleyes:)

There are a bunch of livestreams on the official website of the Olympics:

http://en.beijing2008.cn/

on the right you can see "olympic videos" with "select your country/region"

lenemie
08-08-2008, 07:04 AM
Thanks so much! I just assumed that it would go in alphabetical order, but I didn't know about the stroke number thing. Very interesting.

I always thought it was alphabetical, but with the English names. Although I noticed that I was wrong I never realised they used the language of the host country :o
I agree the stroke number thing is very interesting.

girlscout
08-08-2008, 08:27 AM
haha im sooo excited!!!!
im gonna go and have an early dinner and be clued to the tv screen for the whole night!

NeverSayDie
08-08-2008, 08:38 AM
Great Britain come out straight after Latvia :banana: Thanks for the link :)

girlscout
08-08-2008, 02:06 PM
ahaha im having soooooo much fun spotting the tennis players in the crowd!

cath85
08-08-2008, 02:08 PM
I've only seen nadal so far, I'm at work :( I'm not getting too much done though :lol:

jitterbug
08-08-2008, 02:12 PM
2 more before Latvia!

cath85
08-08-2008, 02:15 PM
I didn't see him :(

jitterbug
08-08-2008, 02:15 PM
They chose to focus on mature athletes instead :(

I like the uniforms though :hearts: but then, I tend to like the colour maroon in general.

cath85
08-08-2008, 02:18 PM
yeah I was surprized about the old men they showed. they showed old men for Luxembourg too, I think I know about all of our athletes, but I didn't recognize any of them :lol:

girlscout
08-08-2008, 02:19 PM
no i didn't see erno neither.
i saw nadal, cilic, azarenka, wozniacki.....but no erno! argh!
but actually i don't even know whether he went there. prob he didn't go after all

jitterbug
08-08-2008, 02:20 PM
If I were him I'd march, just for the heck of it :lol: first time at the Olympics and all that jazz.

ClubFed
08-08-2008, 02:21 PM
no i didn't see erno neither.
i saw nadal, cilic, azarenka, wozniacki.....but no erno! argh!
but actually i don't even know whether he went there. prob he didn't go after all

No Erno either. You saw Marin? I tried to spot him but couldn't. Saw wozniacki, Jarrko and his wife, and Rafa.

Love Latvia's hats :cool:

jitterbug
08-08-2008, 02:23 PM
Can't help spotting Rafa, the camera focussed right on his face for quite a while :lol:

The French outfit looks like my senior boarding school uniform. Not a bad thing though :p I liked it!

girlscout
08-08-2008, 02:33 PM
haha just saw qurrey, bob n mike and davenport.
i think erno should go too. i will ask him when i see him. lol

ClubFed
08-08-2008, 03:07 PM
just saw hrbaty, hantuchova, gonzalez, federer and soderling.

oddly enough, I didn't see any of the Serbians. Was hoping to see at least Nole :awww:

girlscout
08-08-2008, 03:17 PM
i think nole is in the first row. second on the left. and ana is right next to him.

jitterbug
08-08-2008, 03:18 PM
I saw Nole in the front row, I think, but didn't notice the girls.

What's going to happen next, Angela?

ClubFed
08-08-2008, 03:21 PM
I didn't :lol: I think I'm using a different stream, though. I'm using justin.tv

girlscout
08-08-2008, 03:23 PM
there's suddenly sooo many close ups of tennis players...i mean it's a lot compare to other sports lol
hahaha
it was fun!
but still no sign of erno or nole.=(

girlscout
08-08-2008, 03:25 PM
I saw Nole in the front row, I think, but didn't notice the girls.

What's going to happen next, Angela?

i don't know the exact order. but some important people will give some speaches. then light the main torch and that's basically about it i think.

jitterbug
08-08-2008, 03:30 PM
Cool thanks :D

littlevictories
08-08-2008, 03:36 PM
amazing ceremony didnt see erno but caught a glimpse of nole. too bad latvia were just before GB as the bbc decided to rush them in order to focus on tom daley and the murrays

Alex.
08-08-2008, 04:04 PM
I didn't see. The Canadian channel I was watching online decided to skip a huge chunk of nations to talk to Canadian athletes on a cellphone, and Latvia was one of them. :o

girlscout
08-08-2008, 04:11 PM
night everyone! im catching an early flight tomorrow! haha ernie watch out! angela is coming! mwahahaha

valexie03
08-08-2008, 04:34 PM
night everyone! im catching an early flight tomorrow! haha ernie watch out! angela is coming! mwahahaha

Have a nice trip Angela :wavey:

ChocGeek
08-08-2008, 04:34 PM
Ernie looks adorable at the opening ceremony;)

cath85
08-08-2008, 04:39 PM
night everyone! im catching an early flight tomorrow! haha ernie watch out! angela is coming! mwahahaha

oh-oh poor boy :haha: have fun ;)

Ernie looks adorable at the opening ceremony;)

did you see him?

but-it's-ok
08-08-2008, 04:44 PM
Ernie looks adorable at the opening ceremony;)

You saw him? Tell us - show us more;)

Have a good flight Angela,have fun when not if you see Erno;)

wideeyedmuse
08-08-2008, 04:48 PM
shoot. i just got back. they're showing the repeat telecast. i might stay up awhile.

angela, keep us posted k? and have fun!

NeverSayDie
08-08-2008, 04:58 PM
I stayed in all day and I didn't see him :sobbing: I really wanted to catch a glimpse of him in those rather fetching outfits :p

Have fun Angela :wavey:

lenemie
08-08-2008, 05:10 PM
they only showed Latvia for a very short time :( and no Ernie :sad:

have fun stalking Ernests, Angela :p :wavey:

*Raine
08-08-2008, 05:28 PM
Our channel kept cutting off the coverage and the commercials were too long. We didn't get to see Latvia, Serbia, Great Britain, Chile, Croatia and some other countries marching. :rain:

At least some of you caught a glimpse of Nole and the Murrays. I only saw Federer because he was the flag bearer.

MarijaK
08-08-2008, 05:41 PM
Hi! I'm new:) I am Marija.
I thing that Ernests went the opening ceremony because our mass media said the sportists, who did not go (basketball players and others), but no about Ernests.

but-it's-ok
08-08-2008, 06:13 PM
Marija:wavey:. My name is Di:) esiet sveicinati!.

I am sure Ernests was there:)

NeverSayDie
08-08-2008, 06:18 PM
:wavey: Hello Marija

cath85
08-08-2008, 06:21 PM
Hi! I'm new:) I am Marija.
I thing that Ernests went the opening ceremony because our mass media said the sportists, who did not go (basketball players and others), but no about Ernests.

welcome!! :wavey:

Badriah
08-08-2008, 07:57 PM
Good luck for Ernests
The ceremony was amazing
I can't lie...I watch the whole thing for Ernests and I didn't see him and everybody was laughing!!!
guys we have to know more about him
I heard he went there on 6-8 but we still haven't seen him practice
where is he?
and how's his knee doing???

Badriah
08-08-2008, 08:03 PM
and one more question!!!!
If the matches will be broad casted...where can we catch them
I'm so nervous...for EG

erica
08-08-2008, 11:15 PM
I didn't see Ernests either :( Also our broadcast pretty much ignored Serbia, and zoomed on some other team's feat while walking :lol: Same thing happened during Finland [:mad:], but then I could atleast see Jarkko & Anu, and they even showed them later too.. They love the tennis players, I think!

2moretogo
08-09-2008, 03:14 AM
Awww someone post a screencap!! NBC (here in the States) didn't show him.

ClubFed
08-09-2008, 03:16 AM
and one more question!!!!
If the matches will be broad casted...where can we catch them
I'm so nervous...for EG

If you go to nbc's website, you might see it. I think they're showing it online. I don't know about the order of play yet :shrug:

jitterbug
08-09-2008, 03:35 AM
If you go to nbc's website, you might see it. I think they're showing it online. I don't know about the order of play yet :shrug:

Only available for US residents.

ClubFed
08-09-2008, 04:06 AM
Oh, I should've known.

jitterbug
08-09-2008, 04:32 AM
Yeah I'll be camping over at my friend's place this fortnight for a TV :lol:

Hey Marija - nice meeting you :wavey:

jitterbug
08-09-2008, 05:05 AM
If we're desperate and Ernie's match isn't televised, the organisers are providing live scores here:

http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/Schedule/2008-08-09.shtml

Click on the relevant date at the the top of the page, scroll down to Tennis, and choose which time frame you want (in blocks of 30 minutes.) It'll take you to the match(es) in progress, then click on the particular match you want.

ClubFed
08-09-2008, 05:46 AM
Oh no...I was dreading livescoring. It's definitely a last resort :lol:

lenemie
08-09-2008, 06:44 AM
for people living in Europe: the european broadcasting union (you know, the one from the eurovision songcontest) is providing 12 livestreams with each a different sport: http://www.eurovisionsports.tv/olympics/
I don't know if it works outside Europe, maybe someone can test it?

jitterbug
08-09-2008, 07:12 AM
I don't know if it works outside Europe, maybe someone can test it?

Content on the Beijing 2008 Live streaming video portal may only be viewed in certain European Broadcasting Union (EBU) territories. As we cannot confirm that you are accessing this service from within those territories we regret that you will be unable to view the content.

I'll try again with a pr*xy and let you know ;) thanks for the link!

Nadie
08-09-2008, 07:56 AM
OOP for tomorrow is out

Show Court 2
starting at 10:30

MS 1 (4) DAVYDENKO Nikolay ( RUS ) vs GULBIS Ernests ( LAT )



I hope it will be on TV here :banana:

NeverSayDie
08-09-2008, 08:06 AM
Show court 2 :scratch: I doubt that's going to be on tv :( Not that it matters, that's 3:30am here anyway :smash:

but-it's-ok
08-09-2008, 08:13 AM
Good luck to Ernests:rocker2:

I feel so sorry for Ernests,he doesn't have a team-mate to practice with:awww:

ekkikossar
08-09-2008, 08:20 AM
10:30 chinese hour? Im going mad with this time zone thing... (I've never been keen at maths). I think it's 4.30 am, here. gosh...
most of all, i hope it wont be too hot, in Beijing, at 10.30 in the morning. we dont want poor ernie to melt down on court...
do you guys think that eurovisionsportstv will show court 2 matches?

littlevictories
08-09-2008, 08:28 AM
Show court 2 :scratch: I doubt that's going to be on tv :( Not that it matters, that's 3:30am here anyway :smash:

thank god for insomnia! i doubt we'll get a stream, looks like we'll be livescoring as usual:mad:

lenemie
08-09-2008, 09:26 AM
10:30 chinese hour? Im going mad with this time zone thing... (I've never been keen at maths). I think it's 4.30 am, here. gosh...
most of all, i hope it wont be too hot, in Beijing, at 10.30 in the morning. we dont want poor ernie to melt down on court...
do you guys think that eurovisionsportstv will show court 2 matches?

you're right it is 4.30 am :mad:
at least I have something to look forward to when I wake up :rolleyes: let's just hope it's good news :D

cath85
08-09-2008, 12:21 PM
you're right it is 4.30 am :mad:
at least I have something to look forward to when I wake up :rolleyes: let's just hope it's good news :D

I'm usually capable of staying up until after 4.30 am, but if it will be a long match, I'm gonna have a problem :lol:

Nadie
08-09-2008, 12:47 PM
http://video.sportbox.ru/Translations/v_20080810063000_

:shrug: not sure if it is going to work outside Russia

cath85
08-09-2008, 01:18 PM
http://video.sportbox.ru/Translations/v_20080810063000_

:shrug: not sure if it is going to work outside Russia

right now, all I have is a picture of elena dementieva... what should I be seeing?

Nadie
08-09-2008, 01:32 PM
right now, all I have is a picture of elena dementieva... what should I be seeing?

it's a link for livestream. It isn't working at the moment, because there are no matches played right now ;)
yes, they have a pic of Lena there, but it says in Russian this will be link for Davydenko-Gulbis match.

jitterbug
08-09-2008, 02:09 PM
In other news, the Latvian men's beach volleyball team just beat the top-ranked USA team in straight sets :banana:

ClubFed
08-09-2008, 02:42 PM
Yay, Latvia! :banana: :banana: :banana:

jitterbug
08-09-2008, 03:01 PM
I'm also watching the Latvia-Russia basketball match because none of the Malaysian athletes are competing today :tape:

Latvia's leading :banana:

wideeyedmuse
08-09-2008, 03:03 PM
OOP for tomorrow is out

Show Court 2
starting at 10:30

MS 1 (4) DAVYDENKO Nikolay ( RUS ) vs GULBIS Ernests ( LAT )



I hope it will be on TV here :banana:


gosh. i hope they'll show it tomorrow. we share the same time zone, here in singapore. so i think i'll get to see some matches. wait. they'll only start showing the tennis matches at 10pm. i guess no erno.

jitterbug
08-09-2008, 03:15 PM
gosh. i hope they'll show it tomorrow. we share the same time zone, here in singapore. so i think i'll get to see some matches. wait. they'll only start showing the tennis matches at 10pm. i guess no erno.

I don't think they'd still be playing tennis at 10pm in Beijing anyway? :scratch: Given that they're probably showing delayed matches anyway, there's a chance you might see Erno. I mean, Davydenko-Gulbis has got to be more scintillating than Guccione-Blake... :p

wideeyedmuse
08-09-2008, 03:33 PM
I don't think they'd still be playing tennis at 10pm in Beijing anyway? :scratch: Given that they're probably showing delayed matches anyway, there's a chance you might see Erno. I mean, Davydenko-Gulbis has got to be more scintillating than Guccione-Blake... :p

shoot. i totally didn't notice it. oh well. i hope they show erno's match. :unsure:

jitterbug
08-09-2008, 04:10 PM
Russia beat Latvia 62-57 :unsure: the Latvians led during the middle two quarters but the Russians fought back. They led 14-7 initially at the end of the first quarter before the Latvian girls took the lead...

cath85
08-09-2008, 04:31 PM
it's a link for livestream. It isn't working at the moment, because there are no matches played right now ;)
yes, they have a pic of Lena there, but it says in Russian this will be link for Davydenko-Gulbis match.

haha okay, well I couldn't read a single word on that page :p

ataptc
08-09-2008, 05:21 PM
shoot. i totally didn't notice it. oh well. i hope they show erno's match. :unsure:
There's the live broadcast on channel 604 starting from 955am, so I'm crossing my fingers that they show his match. But then there's swimming finals going on at the same time, so I'll be flipping channels constantly! :lol:

ekkikossar
08-09-2008, 06:33 PM
In other news, the Latvian men's beach volleyball team just beat the top-ranked USA team in straight sets :banana:
Yesss!! I watched (part of) that match, too! And in the end I was very happy and satisfied... I wouldnt expect it at all (maybe because I dont know a thing about beach-volley international ranking :rolleyes: ).
And I noticed that not only our angelic Boy from the Baltics but his fellow countrymen are pretty handsome too... so maybe I should really go to Latvia, sooner or later...:p

but-it's-ok
08-09-2008, 06:39 PM
Zahirah- Latvian mens beach volleyball team beat the U.S.:worship: Thats wonderful:banana: :awww:I missed it!!

And ekkikossar - I agree with you Latvian men are pretty handsome(though not as handsome as Erno of course:)),I want to visit Latvia too;)

jitterbug
08-09-2008, 06:47 PM
And I noticed that not only our angelic Boy from the Baltics but his fellow countrymen are pretty handsome too... so maybe I should really go to Latvia, sooner or later...:p

Those two boys were born in 1985 you know, just about our age ;)

NeverSayDie
08-09-2008, 07:09 PM
thank god for insomnia! i doubt we'll get a stream, looks like we'll be livescoring as usual:mad:

I have decided to go to bed early and set my alarm for 3:15am :lol: I'm so obssessed dammit :p

but-it's-ok
08-09-2008, 07:12 PM
I have decided to go to bed early and set my alarm for 3:15am :lol: I'm so obssessed dammit :p

Devotion:worship: I'm hoping to be awake for the match,but I don't guarantee it. I darent set my alarm because its loud enough to wake the whole street:lol: I think I'll make it cos the match will be on my mind anyway:)

NeverSayDie
08-09-2008, 07:20 PM
Devotion:worship: I'm hoping to be awake for the match,but I don't guarantee it. I darent set my alarm because its loud enough to wake the whole street:lol: I think I'll make it cos the match will be on my mind anyway:)

:lol: I'm at my friend's house and so I'm going to hijack her laptop to watch it... She thinks I'm insane :angel:

I'm so awake right now :crazy: I doubt I'll be saying that at 3:30am though :haha:

jitterbug
08-09-2008, 07:28 PM
When it comes to waking up at odd hours, the hardest part is actually getting out of bed :p Once you're up then you're pretty much ready to do anything.

potres
08-09-2008, 07:39 PM
im gonna set my alarm - hope i can see it on a livestream somewhere - i think ernie has a good chance against davydenko :D

but-it's-ok
08-09-2008, 07:40 PM
When it comes to waking up at odd hours, the hardest part is actually getting out of bed :p Once you're up then you're pretty much ready to do anything.

Thats so true Zahirah:) Once I get up,as long as I've got plenty of coffee,I'm fine. Craig is going to get up too,now thats really scary:lol: What have I done to him?:tape::lol:

Badriah
08-09-2008, 07:45 PM
Good luck for Ernests!
He's gonna ROCK!
:cool:

ekkikossar
08-09-2008, 08:10 PM
ow girls, I want to get up at 4.15 so badly to watch the match but I CANT. Im going to spend the night at my grandma's place because she lives alone but she isnt very well, lately. So I probably will be awaken at that time, but not to see sweet&nervous (I hope he wont be nervous, anyway;)) Ernie play.

Those two boys were born in 1985 you know, just about our age ;)
so, Di and Zahirah, what are we waiting for? Let's pack our bags and go to Latvia! C'mon!:)

but-it's-ok
08-09-2008, 08:16 PM
ow girls, I want to get up at 4.15 so badly to watch the match but I CANT. Im going to spend the night at my grandma's place because she lives alone but she isnt very well, lately. So I probably will be awaken at that time, but not to see sweet&nervous (I hope he wont be nervous, anyway;)) Ernie play.

so, Di and Zahirah, what are we waiting for? Let's pack our bags and go to Latvia! C'mon!:)

:awww:sorry your Grandma isn't well:hug: Hope she is soon feeling better.

I'm planning to persuade two friends of mine who are getting married next year to spend a hen,stag night or honeymoon in Latvia and kind of beg them to take me with them:angel: I'll see what I can do:)

I hope Ernests won't be nervous,I want him to enjoy it. I'm just worried about the heat and humidity there most of all:scared:

Jolien
08-09-2008, 08:39 PM
:wavey: Hi all

I know I don't post much, but I read the board and cheer in silence:)
I won't be able to watch Erno's match:sad:, I have to study cause I have to do some of my exams again in a couple of weeks, so will one of you cheer in my place ;)

but-it's-ok
08-09-2008, 09:18 PM
:wavey: Hi all

I know I don't post much, but I read the board and cheer in silence:)
I won't be able to watch Erno's match:sad:, I have to study cause I have to do some of my exams again in a couple of weeks, so will one of you cheer in my place ;)

Those of us who can watch Ernests,or follow his score will cheer him for you - I know I will;) Good luck with the studying,and exams:hug:

-Evita-
08-09-2008, 09:37 PM
The Latvian TV will be showing his match live :banana: That's at 5:30 Latvian time, in about 5 hours, so I should really get to bed. I'll set my alarm to 6:30 because I really like to sleep and I hope there will still be some tennis left when I get up.

cath85
08-10-2008, 01:05 AM
Those two boys were born in 1985 you know, just about our age ;)

1985 really was a brilliant year :devil:

I'm still up, just came home from clubbing, only 1 hour and a half until the match. I hope we'll be able to watch it. and I think I can forget my relaxing weekend with lots of sleep :lol:

NeverSayDie
08-10-2008, 02:31 AM
Start delayed due to rain :mad:

cath85
08-10-2008, 02:35 AM
oh shoot!

2moretogo
08-10-2008, 02:40 AM
Zahirah- Latvian mens beach volleyball team beat the U.S.:worship: Thats wonderful:banana: :awww:I missed it!!

And ekkikossar - I agree with you Latvian men are pretty handsome(though not as handsome as Erno of course:)),I want to visit Latvia too;)

I watched the replay I was so pumped. NBC is good for something, I get to stream Ernie's match against Kolya!!!

ClubFed
08-10-2008, 02:45 AM
there's a rain delay. raining pretty hard in beijing.

ETA: hey 2moretogo, does your livestream keep buffering like every 8 seconds? :lol:

oranges
08-10-2008, 02:46 AM
Start delayed due to rain :mad:

Can you let us know when it starts, I'm not sure whether the live score works at all or not.

NeverSayDie
08-10-2008, 02:47 AM
I didn't anticipate this :sobbing:

Can you let us know when it starts, I'm not sure whether the live score works at all or not.

Will do :)

2moretogo
08-10-2008, 02:50 AM
sighs, but it is on a RAIN DELAY, whoops forgot about that with their beautifully functional stadium.

2moretogo
08-10-2008, 02:53 AM
there's a rain delay. raining pretty hard in beijing.

ETA: hey 2moretogo, does your livestream keep buffering like every 8 seconds? :lol:

no, not so far. I just keep seeing a blank screen. I like that you can stream up to 4 channels at a time. Only complaint is that they are really small. When you maximize one then you lose the other 3 you had been watching.

jitterbug
08-10-2008, 03:06 AM
Start delayed due to rain :mad:

So it's not a tragedy after all that I woke up late :o :p

ClubFed
08-10-2008, 03:08 AM
no, not so far. I just keep seeing a blank screen. I like that you can stream up to 4 channels at a time. Only complaint is that they are really small. When you maximize one then you lose the other 3 you had been watching.

that was how i started too. then I downloaded what they told me to download :lol: and I got picture. They said that if you enlarge the screen, there's picture in picture, so I just assumed that that meant I could watch like 3 other matches.

NeverSayDie
08-10-2008, 03:09 AM
A commentator just said another hour at least to wait guys :speakles:

2moretogo
08-10-2008, 03:14 AM
that was how i started too. then I downloaded what they told me to download :lol: and I got picture. They said that if you enlarge the screen, there's picture in picture, so I just assumed that that meant I could watch like 3 other matches.
yeah, I think I have all the downloads. I should say that it is a blank screen, rather they are on a rain delay/ empty court and stadium.

A commentator just said another hour at least to wait guys :speakles:

yeah, another site I visit said that the referee made an announcement that play won't begin until noon Beijing time, midnight Eastern standard time.

cath85
08-10-2008, 03:20 AM
okay I think I'll go sleep for an hour or two :p

oranges
08-10-2008, 03:25 AM
that was how i started too. then I downloaded what they told me to download :lol: and I got picture. They said that if you enlarge the screen, there's picture in picture, so I just assumed that that meant I could watch like 3 other matches.

Is there supposed to be a live stream for the match?

jitterbug
08-10-2008, 03:26 AM
Is there supposed to be a live stream for the match?

On the NBC Olympics site or you can try the sportbox.ru link that Nadia provided a couple of pages back :)

In other Olympic news Raphael Stacchiotti will be competing in the 200m Freestyle heats (Heat 4) this evening - around 7pm local time..

oranges
08-10-2008, 03:30 AM
On the NBC Olympics site or you can try the sportbox.ru link that Nadia provided a couple of pages back :)

In other Olympic news Raphael Stacchiotti will be competing in the 200m Freestyle heats (Heat 4) this evening - around 7pm local time..

Thanks, I can't watch NBC from here. I found the Russian site going back, but it's just showing Kolya's pic right now. Hopefully, it'll work when the match starts.

2moretogo
08-10-2008, 03:40 AM
oranges, they are still in a rain delay, i don't think play is scheduled before 12:00pm Chinese time.

jitterbug
08-10-2008, 04:00 AM
They're playing Beyonce's Crazy in Love :lol:

littlevictories
08-10-2008, 04:05 AM
morning/evening all, any clue as to when play will start? at least we can watch other sports during the wait :D

jitterbug
08-10-2008, 04:09 AM
No idea, sorry Rachel. The court and stands still look thoroughly soaked.

littlevictories
08-10-2008, 04:12 AM
No idea, sorry Rachel. The court and stands still look thoroughly soaked.

as soon as i pressed send the bbc showed the courts! but alas were unhelpful in predicting a start time, still im wide awake now and the beach volleyball is on so not all is lost

jitterbug
08-10-2008, 04:18 AM
I'm listening to Kung Fu Fighting to get myself pumped up :lol:

ClubFed
08-10-2008, 04:24 AM
I'm listening to Kung Fu Fighting to get myself pumped up :lol:

:haha: :tape: Is Eye of the Tiger next on your playlist? Meanwhile, I'm eating loads of ice cream to stay awake.

jitterbug
08-10-2008, 04:24 AM
They're drying the courts!

Leanne - I'm thinking that song from Chariots of Fire actually :lol:

littlevictories
08-10-2008, 04:25 AM
I'm listening to Kung Fu Fighting to get myself pumped up :lol:

:rolls: maybe ernie is doing the same!

ClubFed
08-10-2008, 04:26 AM
:lol: :lol: :lol:

2moretogo
08-10-2008, 04:28 AM
Looks as if the grounds crew is working hard to dry the courts.

jitterbug
08-10-2008, 04:29 AM
They're playing Wonderwall - which is next on my playlist! :spit: :hatoff:

oranges
08-10-2008, 04:30 AM
oranges, they are still in a rain delay, i don't think play is scheduled before 12:00pm Chinese time.

Thanks :wavey:. It seems they'll start when I finally fall asleep :( Still up though, waiting to cheer Erno :hug:

jitterbug
08-10-2008, 04:33 AM
I'm trying to save on my Internet bandwidth usage, can you guys please let me know when they're on court? :)

ClubFed
08-10-2008, 04:33 AM
They're playing Wonderwall - which is next on my playlist! :spit: :hatoff:

I love that song, but that gets me more calm rather than pumped up :p

Z, thanks to you, I had to pull out my iPod and blast a random pump-up song. Everybody Dance Now :lol:

ETA: sure thing, Z :)

they have now dried off about 4 strips of the court :lol:

jitterbug
08-10-2008, 04:39 AM
We should compile an 'Ernie fangirl pre-match mixtape' :lol:

ClubFed
08-10-2008, 04:42 AM
We should compile an 'Ernie fangirl pre-match mixtape' :lol:

Only if "You Sexy Thing" is first on the list :p

littlevictories
08-10-2008, 04:49 AM
Only if "You Sexy Thing" is first on the list :p

agreed.

:rolls::rolls:

wideeyedmuse
08-10-2008, 04:53 AM
argh. i can't believe they're showing the blake match here?! he's coming out from the tunnel. looking pissed.

jitterbug
08-10-2008, 04:53 AM
Only if "You Sexy Thing" is first on the list :p

... and Donna Summers' 'Hot Stuff' is second :rocker2:

I suppose the playlist gets progressively hornier from there.

Sarauj Ernie! :banana:



EDIT: this is dedicated to Leanne..

MGllegMKToo

ClubFed
08-10-2008, 04:55 AM
agreed.

:rolls::rolls:

your avvie also seems to think it's a good idea.

court report: they have dried most of it.

littlevictories
08-10-2008, 04:56 AM
your avvie also seems to think it's a good idea.

court report: they have dried most of it.

what link are you using??

ClubFed
08-10-2008, 05:04 AM
what link are you using??

nbcolympics.com

Z: :spit: :lol:

ETA: How come Blake is already playing, and Ernests isn't?

littlevictories
08-10-2008, 05:06 AM
nbcolympics.com

Z: :spit: :lol:

z are you using that too? i tried but it says you need to enter your zip code and tv provider :mad:

cath85
08-10-2008, 05:08 AM
nbcolympics.com

Z: :spit: :lol:

ugh... don't you need a US zipcode for that?

jitterbug
08-10-2008, 05:11 AM
z are you using that too? i tried but it says you need to enter your zip code and tv provider :mad:

Check your PM, Rachel.

Cath, they won't ask for personal details. As long as you enter any American zip code and select a TV provider which actually services that region, it'd work.

jitterbug
08-10-2008, 05:12 AM
The ballkids are out! :D

cath85
08-10-2008, 05:14 AM
Check your PM, Rachel.

Cath, they won't ask for personal details. As long as you enter any American zip code and select a TV provider which actually services that region, it'd work.

okay I'll give it a try. what do american ZIP codes look like? :lol:

-Evita-
08-10-2008, 05:38 AM
Māris Rīmenis is commenting the match on our TV. He said Ernests is not living in the Olympic village, didn't understand the reason. He also said he's been talking to Ernests but not about his chances in the match because Ernests didn't want to do that. He's been avoiding press before the match. But after the match he will be happy to give interviews.

He also said that Gulbis's weight is 80-82 kg, not 76 like in the official sites. Just a random fact.

oranges
08-10-2008, 05:44 AM
For those not able to watch NBC live stream, there is one on channelsurifng

http://channelsurfing.net/

The second one under Beijing -- tennis singles

cath85
08-10-2008, 05:44 AM
I don't get the nbc thing to work, all I have is a black box :(

jitterbug
08-10-2008, 07:41 AM
The announcer at the start introduced him as being ranked #53 in the world :p obviously they didn't realise that rankings change every week...

-Evita-
08-10-2008, 07:56 AM
Gulbis lost to Davydenko 4-6 2-6. Here are his comments after the match (Latvian link here (http://www.diena.lv/lat/pekina2008/pekinaszinas/gulbis-pec-pirma-seta-jau-bija-slikta-dusa)):

After his rather quick loss Gulbis looked like he'd just been dragged out of a swimming pool.

"I'm upset about the result but I have nothing to reproach myself for, I did the maximum that I could today. I felt sick already after the first set and I called the trainer. But he couldn't really help me during the match. I was practicing here twice a day for 40 minutes but didn't feel really well. The fact that I played several rounds in Cincinnati and came here later than others was definitely a factor, I had less time for acclimatization. I was tired early in the evening, couldn't sleep in the morning."

"It wasn't hot today but the humidity was high. When you don't feel well physically you can't serve like you normally do. But Davydenko was playing very well, made few errors and won the points he needed. The Olympic tournament is just one of many tournies in the season but it was one of the most important ones for me so I'm upset/bitter/sad that I wasn't able to play as well as I wanted to. These were my first Olympic games but not the last ones, I hope."

but-it's-ok
08-10-2008, 08:01 AM
Gulbis lost to Davydenko 4-6 2-6. Here are his comments after the match (Latvian link here (http://www.diena.lv/lat/pekina2008/pekinaszinas/gulbis-pec-pirma-seta-jau-bija-slikta-dusa)):

After his rather quick loss Gulbis looked like he'd just been dragged out of a swimming pool.

"I'm upset about the result but I have nothing to reproach myself for, I did the maximum that I could today. I felt sick already after the first set and I called the trainer. But he couldn't really help me during the match. I was practicing here twice a day for 40 minutes but didn't feel really well. The fact that I played several rounds in Cincinnati and came here later than others was definitely a factor, I had less time for acclimatization. I was tired early in the evening, couldn't sleep in the morning."

"It wasn't hot today but the humidity was high. When you don't feel well physically you can't serve like you normally do. But Davydenko was playing very well, made few errors and won the points he needed. The Olympic tournament is just one of many tournies in the season but it was one of the most important ones for me so I'm upset/bitter/sad that I wasn't able to play as well as I wanted to. These were my first Olympic games but not the last ones, I hope."

Thanks for the statement Evita:hug: :awww:I think I'd feel sick in that humidity/heat. I hope Ernests is soon feeling better:)

jitterbug
08-10-2008, 08:09 AM
Thanks Evita :) he did look pretty unwell out there - he was breathing rather more heavily than usual.

oranges
08-10-2008, 08:09 AM
Thanks Evita. Looking on the bright side, he'll have time to get over the jet lag and acclimatize to New York to play well in the USO :D

NeverSayDie
08-10-2008, 08:14 AM
Thanks for the information Evita :yeah: I hope he feels better soon

lenemie
08-10-2008, 08:19 AM
Gulbis lost to Davydenko 4-6 2-6. Here are his comments after the match (Latvian link here (http://www.diena.lv/lat/pekina2008/pekinaszinas/gulbis-pec-pirma-seta-jau-bija-slikta-dusa)):

After his rather quick loss Gulbis looked like he'd just been dragged out of a swimming pool.

"I'm upset about the result but I have nothing to reproach myself for, I did the maximum that I could today. I felt sick already after the first set and I called the trainer. But he couldn't really help me during the match. I was practicing here twice a day for 40 minutes but didn't feel really well. The fact that I played several rounds in Cincinnati and came here later than others was definitely a factor, I had less time for acclimatization. I was tired early in the evening, couldn't sleep in the morning."

"It wasn't hot today but the humidity was high. When you don't feel well physically you can't serve like you normally do. But Davydenko was playing very well, made few errors and won the points he needed. The Olympic tournament is just one of many tournies in the season but it was one of the most important ones for me so I'm upset/bitter/sad that I wasn't able to play as well as I wanted to. These were my first Olympic games but not the last ones, I hope."

Ernie :hug:

you should've know better though, redheads never stand the heat and humidity :rolleyes:

reading aboutthe climate in china makes it sound like hell over there :tape: it just made me erase China from my list of countries to visit :o being a redhead myself the european summers often are to hot for me already :help:

jitterbug
08-10-2008, 08:23 AM
Ernie :hug:

you should've know better though, redheads never stand the heat and humidity :rolleyes:

reading aboutthe climate in china makes it sound like hell over there :tape: it just made me erase China from my list of countries to visit :o being a redhead myself the european summers often are to hot for me already :help:

Or you can just choose not to go to China in the summer :p

I grew up in the tropics so I don't have a problem living in that kind of heat/humidity (playing tennis in the heat would be another thing entirely, however...) but I do get bothered by the cold pretty easily, so each to his own...

amdany
08-10-2008, 08:26 AM
:awww:Ernie:hug:

Badriah
08-10-2008, 08:58 AM
OMG I'm so angry........:mad::mad::mad:
I didn't see the match
This time thing is driving me nuts
They told me the game suppose to be today at 5 p.m!!!!
And now Ernests lost
He was really under a lot of prusher
and why in the hell they would put a tennis match in 10 am???
Sorry but I'm really pissed:mad:

jitterbug
08-10-2008, 09:05 AM
They didn't. The match was supposed to begin at 10.30am (not strange really - most ATP first matches are played at 11am and I suppose it's better to play as early as possible in Beijing to avoid the heat.)

Then it rained, and the match ended up starting at about 1pm local time.

lenemie
08-10-2008, 09:08 AM
Or you can just choose not to go to China in the summer :p

I grew up in the tropics so I don't have a problem living in that kind of heat/humidity (playing tennis in the heat would be another thing entirely, however...) but I do get bothered by the cold pretty easily, so each to his own...

you're right ;)
I just love it when it's freezing so badly that everything turns white (and that's not because of snow) :lol:

jitterbug
08-10-2008, 09:16 AM
you're right ;)
I just love it when it's freezing so badly that everything turns white (and that's not because of snow) :lol:

Oh gosh :lol: :help: my blood starts freezing in my veins when the temperature drops below 18 degrees Celcius, I don't think I could stand anything subzero!

Shall we keep this thread as a general Olympic chat thread? :awww:

ekkikossar
08-10-2008, 09:33 AM
I couldnt watch the match... This morning when I found out the score I was pretty sorry for Ernie, even if I was not expecting a victory over Nikolay. But the most worrying (does this word exist?:confused:) thing is knowing in which condition poor Ernests was/is! I imagine how he should have felt: unsettled bcoz of the flights, tired for not sleeping -- you wake up in the morning after you barely slept a few hours: and you KNOW you have not only to work, but also to do your best, and you KNOW you're not in your best conditions, and feel unconfortable... it often happens to me before my exams, to feel like that because of sleepless nights, and it's like hell, to me -- and feeling like he couldnt move in that air that probably seemed like suspended water ...
I really hope he can have some reasonable rest at home, so he feels well soon again.
And then, look forward to the US open!! C'mon Ernests!

you're right ;)
I just love it when it's freezing so badly that everything turns white (and that's not because of snow) :lol: Talking about climate, summer is hot and very humid - maybe not as in Beijing, but VERY HUMID, trust me - and although I grew up here let me say I hate this high percentage of humidity. My fav climate is hot and dry summer and mild winter...but I should dream on or migrate:)!

Shall we keep this thread as a general Olympic chat thread? :awww:I think so... if you guys agree.

jitterbug
08-10-2008, 09:39 AM
My fav climate is hot and dry summer and mild winter...but I should dream on or migrate:)!

:secret: Australia ;)

ekkikossar
08-10-2008, 09:51 AM
:secret: Australia ;)Really? I was thinking about Spain but Australia sounds invitating, too..;)

*Raine
08-10-2008, 10:01 AM
Gulbis lost to Davydenko 4-6 2-6. Here are his comments after the match (Latvian link here (http://www.diena.lv/lat/pekina2008/pekinaszinas/gulbis-pec-pirma-seta-jau-bija-slikta-dusa)):

After his rather quick loss Gulbis looked like he'd just been dragged out of a swimming pool.

"I'm upset about the result but I have nothing to reproach myself for, I did the maximum that I could today. I felt sick already after the first set and I called the trainer. But he couldn't really help me during the match. I was practicing here twice a day for 40 minutes but didn't feel really well. The fact that I played several rounds in Cincinnati and came here later than others was definitely a factor, I had less time for acclimatization. I was tired early in the evening, couldn't sleep in the morning."

"It wasn't hot today but the humidity was high. When you don't feel well physically you can't serve like you normally do. But Davydenko was playing very well, made few errors and won the points he needed. The Olympic tournament is just one of many tournies in the season but it was one of the most important ones for me so I'm upset/bitter/sad that I wasn't able to play as well as I wanted to. These were my first Olympic games but not the last ones, I hope."

Ernests :hug:.... you can come here now and we'll "relax" for a while together :angel::devil:

lenemie
08-10-2008, 10:06 AM
Talking about climate, summer is hot and very humid - maybe not as in Beijing, but VERY HUMID, trust me - and although I grew up here let me say I hate this high percentage of humidity. My fav climate is hot and dry summer and mild winter...but I should dream on or migrate:)!

when I was in Italy 2 weeks ago I experienced it more as hot and dry :unsure: I had the impression that in the summer, or rather on the warm summerdays (it's like 18° Celsius right now) it's humid over here then in Italy :scratch: it's a different kind of heat anyway, but I did suffer on the hottest moment of the day...

I think so... if you guys agree.

sure, why not

ekkikossar
08-10-2008, 10:22 AM
when I was in Italy 2 weeks ago I experienced it more as hot and dry :unsure: I had the impression that in the summer, or rather on the warm summerdays (it's like 18° Celsius right now) it's humid over here then in Italy :scratch: it's a different kind of heat anyway, but I did suffer on the hottest moment of the day...
I think it depends on WHERE in Italy you were. I live in the North, in the Po Valley to be exact, and here we usually have something like 80-90% humidity in the summer (if not more, on the worst days). In the South of Italy, instead, the climate is much more dry, more similar to Spain and Greece... (but I dont yearn for moving there). perhaps you went there..?

*Raine
08-10-2008, 10:30 AM
Really? I was thinking about Spain but Australia sounds invitating, too..;)

We were in Australia last year during autumn and I loved it. It's nice for a change to experience that climate.

All year here.. we feel like we're inside an oven :o. The coldest temp we get is 25 degrees celcius.

but-it's-ok
08-10-2008, 10:53 AM
Just to say goodbye all:hug::hug: Have fun:D

EDIT: I am sorry I cant take comments in the sprit they're made,Zahirah,I'm very ashamed of myself,I need my wrist slapping.:)

Pepi.
08-10-2008, 11:44 AM
:sobbing:
:sad:

jitterbug
08-10-2008, 11:58 AM
Just to say goodbye all:hug::hug: Have fun:D

EDIT: I am sorry I cant take comments in the sprit they're made,Zahirah,I'm very ashamed of myself,I need my wrist slapping.:)

Oh Di - don't worry ;) have a cupcake:

http://www.cupcakesonline.com.au/images/Mini_Cupcakes.jpg

lenemie
08-10-2008, 12:10 PM
I think it depends on WHERE in Italy you were. I live in the North, in the Po Valley to be exact, and here we usually have something like 80-90% humidity in the summer (if not more, on the worst days). In the South of Italy, instead, the climate is much more dry, more similar to Spain and Greece... (but I dont yearn for moving there). perhaps you went there..?

I went to the Monti Sibillini national park in Umbria

lenemie
08-10-2008, 12:13 PM
Just to say goodbye all:hug::hug: Have fun:D

EDIT: I am sorry I cant take comments in the sprit they're made,Zahirah,I'm very ashamed of myself,I need my wrist slapping.:)

We'll miss you, Di :hug: :hug: :hug:

jitterbug
08-10-2008, 12:15 PM
She's not going anywhere - I won't let her :armed: :p

but-it's-ok
08-10-2008, 12:17 PM
Thanks guys,I don't know whether to laugh or cry right now,but I love you all really,and of course I'll stay:hug::hug: Btw Zahirah,those cup cakes look so nice;)

jitterbug
08-10-2008, 12:21 PM
Thanks guys,I don't know whether to laugh or cry right now,but I love you all really,and of course I'll stay:hug::hug: Btw Zahirah,those cup cakes look so nice;)

I can't decide which one of the four is the nicest one :awww:

By the way, Raphael Stacchiotti came in last during his 200m Freestyle heats :bigcry:

lenemie
08-10-2008, 12:37 PM
I just saw a review of michael phelps' 200m freestyle heat. that guy's turning points are just unbelievable :tape: where everyone else normally looses a bit of time he gains like 2 meters on the other swimmers :eek:

girlscout
08-10-2008, 02:43 PM
hey guys. im bk from the stadium. it's a day that filled with rain!!!! even raining cats and dogs is not sufficient to describe the horrible weather!
but luckily i watched the whole erno's match. it's a unfortunately result i know. i don't know how many of you saw the match. i think erno is affected by the humid weather a lot. it's a tough condition. he called the trainer out. but it seems they just had a casual chat. the trainer didn't really do anything to help.
onto the more fun facts. erno's shirt is amazing! im in love with it!! lol. and i saw his dad wearing flip flops!!!hahaha. and i talked to him in the end. gave him the mag with ernests' interview in it. he is a really nice guy.
i gtg now. i will post more and the pics when i get the chance

jitterbug
08-10-2008, 02:46 PM
I heard somebody calling out 'Come on Ernests!' when he served at 2-5, was that you? :p

girlscout
08-10-2008, 02:50 PM
lol yea...i was the only one shouting. and the camera man gave me a very strange look.:bolt:

jitterbug
08-10-2008, 02:55 PM
Yeah everyone was really well-behaved :lol:

NeverSayDie
08-10-2008, 02:57 PM
I just saw a review of michael phelps' 200m freestyle heat. that guy's turning points are just unbelievable :tape: where everyone else normally looses a bit of time he gains like 2 meters on the other swimmers :eek:

Phelps :worship:

lol yea...i was the only one shouting. and the camera man gave me a very strange look.:bolt:

:haha: :haha:

wideeyedmuse
08-10-2008, 04:20 PM
hey guys. im bk from the stadium. it's a day that filled with rain!!!! even raining cats and dogs is not sufficient to describe the horrible weather!
but luckily i watched the whole erno's match. it's a unfortunately result i know. i don't know how many of you saw the match. i think erno is affected by the humid weather a lot. it's a tough condition. he called the trainer out. but it seems they just had a casual chat. the trainer didn't really do anything to help.
onto the more fun facts. erno's shirt is amazing! im in love with it!! lol. and i saw his dad wearing flip flops!!!hahaha. and i talked to him in the end. gave him the mag with ernests' interview in it. he is a really nice guy.
i gtg now. i will post more and the pics when i get the chance

hey angela, can't wait for your updates and photos! :bounce:

i told my friends (they're fellow fangirls so they understand my rantings) about having a 'spy' at the beijing olympics. they thought it was super cool. haha.. this is irrelevant but i thought i'd share. :lol:

ekkikossar
08-10-2008, 06:01 PM
oh in Umbria, for what i know, it should be dried than in my very humid Po valley, as a matter of fact!:)

Di, dont leave us!!:hug:

Phelps is unbelievable: he's a fish, not a human being!! He's great!:eek:

Those cup cakes are marvellous... If I had to choose, I'd pick up the one with the pink flower, anyway! :greedy me: :devil:

i was the only one shouting. and the camera man gave me a very strange lookAngela, you were great to me!!I cant wait you tell us everything you saw being there, and to see your photos, too!!:worship:
i saw his dad wearing flip flops!!!hahaha.
I cant picture ainars wearing flip-flops, i swear..:lol:

i told my friends (they're fellow fangirls so they understand my rantings) about having a 'spy' at the beijing olympics. they thought it was super cool. haha.. this is irrelevant but i thought i'd shareIT really IS supercool!!

and now, some italian news. you may know Matteo Tagliariol of Italy won the gold medal in men's individual epee... i am not usually very much patriotic (i mean, i am but not too much), but the fact is that matteo tagliariol attended the same college I attended too!!!when he was in the last year i was in the second year, and i remember seeing him during the breaks, drinking coffee... that's great!

potres
08-10-2008, 07:54 PM
I saw a lot of the rest of the olympic sports this morning as i got up to watch the tennis that was delayed. I ended up watching Phelps and that aussie girl steph rice win their races. i dont usually watch swimming but was really good.

p.s. did anyone else see the beach volleyball that was on - i love volleyball anyway but there was two austrian sisters playing who were really good looking and competitve :angel: so i found myself rooting for them in the rain delay.

potres
08-10-2008, 07:58 PM
and now, some italian news. you may know Matteo Tagliariol of Italy won the gold medal in men's individual epee... i am not usually very much patriotic (i mean, i am but not too much), but the fact is that matteo tagliariol attended the same college I attended too!!!when he was in the last year i was in the second year, and i remember seeing him during the breaks, drinking coffee... that's great!

thats great :D you brushed with stardom. i bet he will be really popular in italy now he has a gold medal. he would in our country anyway. if any athlete of team gb win a gold they are gauranteed lots of loving in our national newspapers :lol:

erica
08-10-2008, 10:48 PM
I just found out the result, and.. what can I say? It's dissapointing for sure.. :sobbing: But even participating in the Olympics is great, and we'll go for the medals in London in 4 years then :p

On a more happier note, Montenegro tied with Hungary [who won the Olympics in both 2000 & 2004] in water polo. They could've easily won too, but it's better than loosing.. So I'm just trying to spread the water polo love here! [and love for the Montenegrin team in particular ;)]

Oh, and I'm all for making this a general Olympics chat thread!

jitterbug
08-10-2008, 11:11 PM
I cant picture ainars wearing flip-flops, i swear..:lol:

From Cincy :devil:

ClubFed
08-10-2008, 11:55 PM
Ernests and dad :awww:

Um...so Ernests, lost, huh? :o I left last night coz I was so pissed at my livestream. It buffered every two seconds and I had tennis practice in the morning. I hjust remembered thinking that his shirt was awesome but a little baggy, his hair was short, his shorts were above his knee for once, and he looked like he hasn't shaved in two days :lol: I saw a couple of points, and he ws hitting his forehands long :tape:

On to the US Open!

ClubFed
08-11-2008, 04:11 AM
Watching Latvia vs. Argentina in volleyball right now. They're doing pretty great :)

ETA: Wonder if Ernests is watching...*wishful thinking*

ChocGeek
08-11-2008, 04:25 AM
hey guys. im bk from the stadium. it's a day that filled with rain!!!! even raining cats and dogs is not sufficient to describe the horrible weather!
but luckily i watched the whole erno's match. it's a unfortunately result i know. i don't know how many of you saw the match. i think erno is affected by the humid weather a lot. it's a tough condition. he called the trainer out. but it seems they just had a casual chat. the trainer didn't really do anything to help.
onto the more fun facts. erno's shirt is amazing! im in love with it!! lol. and i saw his dad wearing flip flops!!!hahaha. and i talked to him in the end. gave him the mag with ernests' interview in it. he is a really nice guy.
i gtg now. i will post more and the pics when i get the chance

Yay! I can't wait:D It's nice to hear that you spoke to him too. Aww, he is a nice guy:)

lol yea...i was the only one shouting. and the camera man gave me a very strange look.:bolt:

Muahahaha

ClubFed
08-11-2008, 04:55 AM
latvian team just lost to argentina :awww:

(btw, that 400 IM relay was exciting :eek:)

*Raine
08-11-2008, 07:27 AM
lol yea...i was the only one shouting. and the camera man gave me a very strange look.:bolt:


Aww :)

lenemie
08-11-2008, 07:34 AM
(btw, that 400 IM relay was exciting :eek:)

IM? I thougt it was freestyle:confused:, but you're right it was exciting, US nearly lost there :eek:

It did show that Phelps only entered to get the medal :rolleyes: he started as the first swimmer instead of starting last, even though he's the best swimmer for the US

jitterbug
08-11-2008, 08:39 AM
latvian team just lost to argentina :awww:

It was close though, like 23-21 21-19 right? :awww:

Sarauj Latvia :rocker2: it's still in the round-robin stage, they have 1 win and 1 loss now.

ekkikossar
08-11-2008, 12:32 PM
From Cincy :devil:wow, father and son (thank, z!)... I dont know which one to choose... :lol::devil::rolleyes:

lenemie
08-11-2008, 12:39 PM
wow, father and son (thank, z!)... I dont know which one to choose... :lol::devil::rolleyes:

Don't worry, I'll choose for you: I'll take the son, you can have the father :angel: :lol:

ekkikossar
08-11-2008, 01:13 PM
Don't worry, I'll choose for you: I'll take the son, you can have the father :angel: :lol:
Good choice, my friend!;)
Being the stepmother of the boy, Im afraid I'll surely go the way of Phaedra, as in that Euripides’ tragedy named "Hippolytus"...:angel: I dont know if you know the story, but it's one of the most impressive plays I've ever read.

jitterbug
08-11-2008, 01:18 PM
You'd love me as a stepdaughter-in-law, won't you, Camilla? :angel:

but-it's-ok
08-11-2008, 01:20 PM
I like the photo of Ernests and his Dad together,bit late to notice this but I only just looked(during my tea-break at work:)) Thanks Zahirah:) And thanks to Matt for taking it too;)
Nice to see his Dad so laid back with flip flops on,nice work Ainars:yeah:

ekkikossar
08-11-2008, 01:30 PM
You'd love me as a stepdaughter-in-law, won't you, Camilla? :angel:Im afraid there are plenty of us (i.e. of you, if you think I already had the role of The Stepmother, who eventually falls in love with her stepson :devil:) who want to be my stepdaughter-in-law...Im losing count!:lol: You should agree on which one of you will marry him, or at least on the order in which you will marry him:lol:

lenemie
08-11-2008, 01:33 PM
You'd love me as a stepdaughter-in-law, won't you, Camilla? :angel:

sorry Z, that spot was already taken :devil:

lenemie
08-11-2008, 01:35 PM
Good choice, my friend!;)
Being the stepmother of the boy, Im afraid I'll surely go the way of Phaedra, as in that Euripides’ tragedy named "Hippolytus"...:angel: I dont know if you know the story, but it's one of the most impressive plays I've ever read.

I'm not sure, it reminds me of the Oedipus-story though (maybe it's the same :shrug:) but then you would end up killing Ainars :tape:

EDIT: it is a different story, I just realised that Oedipus marries his mother and kills his father. shame on me for being so cruell to the ancient Greeck mythology :smash: :help:

ekkikossar
08-11-2008, 01:48 PM
I'm not sure, it reminds me of the Oedipus-story though (maybe it's the same :shrug:) but then you would end up killing Ainars :tape: :help:
No, it's a little different. This is about Phaedra (me), married to Theseus (Ainars), falling in love with Hippolytus (Ernests). But when Phaedra's passion is revealed to him, he reacts with such revulsion that she kills herself, leaving a note accusing Hippolytus. Theseus, refusing to believe Hippolytus’ protestations of innocence, banishes him and calls down upon him one of the three curses the sea god Poseidon gave to him. So Poseidon sends a sea monster that frighten Hippolytus’ horses until he can no longer control them. They smash the chariot and dragg their master to death.

Great play, to me. A little bit cruel, but still great. I would never accuse Ernests, anyway.:angel: But I'd hope he didnt reject me... :devil:

Ok, Im mad, I know. drawing comparison between mithologic characters and real people...:cuckoo::rolls:

lenemie
08-11-2008, 02:59 PM
No, it's a little different. This is about Phaedra (me), married to Theseus (Ainars), falling in love with Hippolytus (Ernests). But when Phaedra's passion is revealed to him, he reacts with such revulsion that she kills herself, leaving a note accusing Hippolytus. Theseus, refusing to believe Hippolytus’ protestations of innocence, banishes him and calls down upon him one of the three curses the sea god Poseidon gave to him. So Poseidon sends a sea monster that frighten Hippolytus’ horses until he can no longer control them. They smash the chariot and dragg their master to death.

Great play, to me. A little bit cruel, but still great. I would never accuse Ernests, anyway.:angel: But I'd hope he didnt reject me... :devil:

Ok, Im mad, I know. drawing comparison between mithologic characters and real people...:cuckoo::rolls:

you're right it is a cruell story :scared: Although I studied some Greeck at school I didn't know it, thanks for the explanation

compairing mythologic characters and real people is a bit crazy indeed, except when your name is Freud off course :crazy: (maybe you can have your name changed :silly: :lol:)

ClubFed
08-11-2008, 03:39 PM
IM? I thougt it was freestyle:confused:, but you're right it was exciting, US nearly lost there :eek:

yeah, that's what I meant. I'm not good with swimming terminology :p


It was close though, like 23-21 21-19 right? :awww:

Sarauj Latvia :rocker2: it's still in the round-robin stage, they have 1 win and 1 loss now.

Yeah, it was pretty close, especially the first set :awww: Good thing it's a round-robin (never thought I'd say that).

lenemie
08-11-2008, 04:38 PM
yeah, that's what I meant. I'm not good with swimming terminology :p

IM is individual medley, when 1 person swims butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle;
medley relay is the team competion, with 1 swimmer for each stroke and in freestyle relay all 4 swimmers stick to the freestyle

jitterbug
08-11-2008, 04:45 PM
I don't watch swimming regularly, but the FINA Swimming World Championships would be held in Sydney this October. If Stacchiotti is coming then I'm so there :p

cath85
08-11-2008, 05:36 PM
I don't watch swimming regularly, but the FINA Swimming World Championships would be held in Sydney this October. If Stacchiotti is coming then I'm so there :p

:lol: somebody is hooked :p

btw there was a whole article about him in a magazine this week, the pic might be interesting for you :aplot:

lenemie
08-11-2008, 06:02 PM
:lol: somebody is hooked :p

btw there was a whole article about him in a magazine this week, the pic might be interesting for you :aplot:

post it! post it! post it! :lol: :lol:

but-it's-ok
08-11-2008, 07:52 PM
I only just twigged about this Stacchiotti guy:lol:. And what good taste you guys have:hearts: A little present for the new admirers amongst you;)

www.photo.lu/gallery/tags/Raphael+Stacchiotti

ekkikossar
08-11-2008, 08:42 PM
I only just twigged about this Stacchiotti guy:lol:. And what good taste you guys have:hearts:Stacchiotti (hey his name sounds so italian) is a nice guy, but I definitely prefer Ernests. Yes, no doubt: I'll stand in queue for Ernests only...;)

cath85
08-11-2008, 08:56 PM
post it! post it! post it! :lol: :lol:

I'll do it tomorrow, I gotta go to bed now, working tomorrow. but I'll have ot take a pic of it, I don't have a scanner here

Stacchiotti (hey his name sounds so italian) is a nice guy, but I definitely prefer Ernests. Yes, no doubt: I'll stand in queue for Ernests only...;)

I'm pretty sure he has Italian ancestors. we had lots of Italian immigrants here in the 1950's and later

but-it's-ok
08-11-2008, 08:59 PM
Stacchiotti (hey his name sounds so italian) is a nice guy, but I definitely prefer Ernests. Yes, no doubt: I'll stand in queue for Ernests only...;)

Yes his name does sound Italian, and he is cute. I'm into a lot of other sports besides tennis so I see a lot of really nice looking sportsmen,but I prefer Ernests the most too;)

Hope you sleep well Cath:hug:

ekkikossar
08-11-2008, 09:00 PM
I'm pretty sure he has Italian ancestors. we had lots of Italian immigrants here in the 1950's and later :)Im wondering which country didnt have a lot of italian immigrants in those years...:rolleyes:

jitterbug
08-12-2008, 12:43 AM
:lol: somebody is hooked :p

btw there was a whole article about him in a magazine this week, the pic might be interesting for you :aplot:

Yes, please! :inlove:

Thanks Di - awesome job finding the photos :worship:

Alex.
08-12-2008, 05:09 AM
US men won bronze in gymnastic team final. :banana: No one expected them to medal. Sasha Artemev won the bronze for the team on the pommel horse. If you don't know him is he rather like Ernie, a very talented kid, but a choker. :p

cath85
08-12-2008, 06:58 AM
:)Im wondering which country didnt have a lot of italian immigrants in those years...:rolleyes:

lol well you still have a lot of people living in Italy so it's okay :lol:

MightyJurgenfan
08-12-2008, 03:09 PM
US men won bronze in gymnastic team final. :banana: No one expected them to medal. Sasha Artemev won the bronze for the team on the pommel horse. If you don't know him is he rather like Ernie, a very talented kid, but a choker. :p

Sasha seems as nice as Ernie. He gave credit to the team even though he actually did keep the bronze for the US with his great preformance.

I love watching the Latvian volleyball player with the hair. He has so much enthusiasm.:D

ekkikossar
08-12-2008, 03:17 PM
I love watching the Latvian volleyball player with the hair. He has so much enthusiasm.:D
you are so right!

wideeyedmuse
08-12-2008, 03:36 PM
I only just twigged about this Stacchiotti guy:lol:. And what good taste you guys have:hearts: A little present for the new admirers amongst you;)

www.photo.lu/gallery/tags/Raphael+Stacchiotti

the boy is cute! :dance:

cath85
08-12-2008, 04:42 PM
I scanned the article!!

http://img372.imageshack.us/img372/8973/august2008012st4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/5323/august2008013cg7.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
and a close-up of the pic :p

http://img383.imageshack.us/img383/2980/august2008fi2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

the translation is coming, if not today, I'll try to do it tomorrow. it's my sister's bday today and we kinda wanted to celebrate a little :)

jitterbug
08-12-2008, 04:49 PM
That second photo feels a bit wrong, he looks too young :o

Thanks Cath! Take your time - hope your sister has a nice birthday :)

NeverSayDie
08-12-2008, 07:52 PM
That guy's cute :hearts:

erica
08-12-2008, 08:41 PM
He's cute :inlove:

I should provide some pictures of my beloved Montenegrin water polo-team :p [I'm obsessed with them, I know!]

cath85
08-12-2008, 08:50 PM
I thought he looked a bit like ernests, you guys all thinking he's cute proves I wasn't wrong :lol:

I found another article, but my connection seems to be too crappy tonight to upload the pic I took of it, will do it tomorrow. the translation will have to wait till tomorrow too, I need to sleep a little...

cath85
08-13-2008, 04:26 PM
here comes the second article!

http://img519.imageshack.us/img519/3538/august2008014cs0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

I'll finish cleaning my room, then I'll do the translation ;)

jitterbug
08-13-2008, 04:29 PM
:inlove:

Thanks so much Cath!

lenemie
08-13-2008, 04:37 PM
Nice article ;) looks like everyone in Luxembourg was very disapointed with his result. He claimes he wasn't nervous, but reading the first part of the article does make me believe there might have been to much pressure for this 16-year old, hence he must have been nervous :o (only an impression to me) I agree when he says that he can't blame it on attending the opening ceremonie. There were plenty of days in between to recover from that.

that pic makes me want to hug him :awww:

jitterbug
08-13-2008, 04:40 PM
He's only 16.. Plenty of World Championships and other events for him to shine in..

wideeyedmuse
08-13-2008, 04:46 PM
he does look super young..

i want to see the montenegrin water polo boys, erica! hah.

cath85
08-13-2008, 06:34 PM
translation of the first article:

Young and hardly stoppable

With his qualification for Olympia a dream came true earlier than planned for the 16 year old. Raphaël Stacchiotti is the youngest Luxembourger who ever participated in the olympic games.

His goal was London 2012, now he travels to Beijing as the youngest Luxembourgish participant in the olympic games ever. For the 16 year old RS the dream came closer with each competition. He secretly expected to undercut the IOC norm at the 200m freestyle. But he would never admit it openly. "Surprized" is what he says he was when he qualified for Olympia at the international swim meeting in Belgrad. Only when he came up from the water and saw the national trainer ingolf bender holding his thumb up, he started to realize he had enormously improved his performance again. "but that I'll be going to Beijing with the Luxembourgish delegation is still hard to believe for me" Actually he was preparing above all for the junior world championships in Monterrey in Mexico, claims the sportsman. But we don't really buy that, neither does his mother: "he knew he could make it to the olympic games", she says confidently.
Without his parents' help, the everyday life of the young man would be very hard to deal with. "I plan his schedule, but above all I'm his personal driver.", says his mom. Raphaël trains all in all 8 times a week. twice he does power training, besides of the swimming. for a sportsman on olympia-level, this is quite few, but Raphaël is "additionally" a student at the "lycée de garçons" in limpertsberg. When he has tests, his days are even harder than usually. Only for the coming autumn he will trade to a class at the national sportinstitution (INS). Then he will have enough time and an optimal condition for 10-11 training units per week.

In the house of the Stacchiottis a clear rule exists: sport comes first as long as the marks are ok. But Raphaël is not only in a good physical shape, he seems to be mentally fit to bear the double burden. There is no excitement whasoever: "I won't put pressure on me", he emphasizes. to be there is what counts? His ambitions are a bit too high for that though. He will do his best at the olympic games. "no, more than that" he corrects himself. "I want to at least break the national record." Despite all the faith it seems to be too early to expect a semifinal. After all he's only at the beginning of his career.

The decision for swimming

At the age of 4 he started at the swimming club in Rédange, already at 8 he came to Ettelbruck to the trainer Jacqueline Mailliet. At that time he played tennis (:D) with the same enthusiasm and talent. But playing 2 sports at the highest level, wouldn't have been possible: "one day I had to decide".
If he loses early at the competition in Beijing, he'll be looking forward to visiting China as an ordinary tourist, or to cheering for other Luxembourgish participants from the stands. He'll be away from home for one month.His parents are still trying to find the last tickets for the swim competitions, but officially they are already sold out. The 1,82m tall young man doesn't have a girlfriend yet:"we'll see when I get back from Beijing." Lucky at the game, unlucky in love: we can only hope that the saying doesn't apply for the successful swimmer.

that's it for the first article, I hope the translation is not too crappy lol
but why oh why did he choose swimming over tennis???

cath85
08-13-2008, 06:41 PM
Nice article ;) looks like everyone in Luxembourg was very disapointed with his result. He claimes he wasn't nervous, but reading the first part of the article does make me believe there might have been to much pressure for this 16-year old, hence he must have been nervous :o (only an impression to me) I agree when he says that he can't blame it on attending the opening ceremonie. There were plenty of days in between to recover from that.

that pic makes me want to hug him :awww:

I think he just simply can't handle those situations yet. because I wasn't under the impression we were putting too much pressure on him. he needs more of those experiences, I'm sure that's what's gonna help him most now

but-it's-ok
08-13-2008, 06:42 PM
but why oh why did he choose swimming over tennis???

Thanks for the translation Cath:worship::hug: It would have been even nicer for us if he had chosen tennis:)

cath85
08-13-2008, 06:43 PM
Thanks for the translation Cath:worship::hug: It would have been even nicer for us if he had chosen tennis:)

of course! it's a real pity :lol:

lenemie
08-13-2008, 06:56 PM
I think he just simply can't handle those situations yet. because I wasn't under the impression we were putting too much pressure on him. he needs more of those experiences, I'm sure that's what's gonna help him most now

Maybe it's a good thing he didn't make the semifinals. Now he has the chance to gain a lot of experience and hopefully he can enjoy his stay there, so he's prepared for London 2012. (yeah, that's already a second atlete to look forward to :banana:)

1.82m for a 16 year old, that's tall :eek:

lenemie
08-13-2008, 06:57 PM
Thanks for the translation Cath:worship::hug: It would have been even nicer for us if he had chosen tennis:)

well, I'm into swimming so I don't really mind :p it's only sad that it's hardly shown it on tv :(

but-it's-ok
08-13-2008, 07:09 PM
I'd be into swimming a lot more,but I'm too:scared:to be in the water to swim,even in the shallow end:lol: So,I'm happy watching:)

erica
08-13-2008, 07:12 PM
He's 16? :o Now I feel sort of bad..

lenemie
08-13-2008, 07:16 PM
He's 16? :o Now I feel sort of bad..

So do I, he's like 7 years younger than me :o