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John Smith
07-07-2016, 08:51 AM
I don't think I would, given all the problems. Severely polluted water, no police, etc.

TomF
07-07-2016, 09:03 AM
As a 54 year old, I've the presence of mind and life experience now to answer "no." Were I a 20-something athlete who'd spent over half my life preparing for an Oly dream, I'd be going. Young and bulletproof.

Gerarddm
07-07-2016, 12:06 PM
Hell no.

Reynard38
07-07-2016, 12:16 PM
No.

Too Little Time
07-07-2016, 12:19 PM
I don't think I would, given all the problems. Severely polluted water, no police, etc.
Considering how many people live there full time, I think the problems can be dealt with.

I never was a world class athlete, so I don't need to even consider the question.

Dan McCosh
07-07-2016, 02:15 PM
The main issue is the virus and having children. The rest is typical of anyplace hosting the Olympics.

Rum_Pirate
07-07-2016, 02:19 PM
Given Post #52 here http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?203146-Zika

YES if I was concerned about Zika.

NO if I am considering the violence.

So:

Yes - I'd compete (if I was fit etc enough)

No - if to go and watch.

Captain Intrepid
07-07-2016, 04:09 PM
I think all the "noes" in here would be different if any of us were Olympic level athletes.

skuthorp
07-07-2016, 05:37 PM
It's a very hard decision for an athlete to make. With all the nationalism and hubris re medal tallies, and the taxpayer money spent in Olympic programs, and the money paid for TV rights there are other pressures to compete as well. Several of our athletes have declined to go already.

Garret
07-07-2016, 06:02 PM
As a 54 year old, I've the presence of mind and life experience now to answer "no." Were I a 20-something athlete who'd spent over half my life preparing for an Oly dream, I'd be going. Young and bulletproof.

If you add a few years to the first #, I'm in complete agreement.

I missed the '72 Olympics (rowing) by just a bit of conditioning (long story) & that's bugged me for 43 years.

The Bigfella
07-09-2016, 03:39 AM
My daughter mentioned today that she's dating a guy who's competing.

carioca1232001
07-09-2016, 08:17 AM
My daughter mentioned today that she's dating a guy who's competing.

I was told by American friends that a young chap from Cape Cod, a close friend of their daughter´s, is here in Rio for the second time to compete in the nautical games.

He hails from an 'old money' Massachussetts family and an airborne ambulance has been kept at his disposal in our local airport, to fly him out to Mass General, should he contract any bug-related health issues BY:D

CWSmith
07-09-2016, 09:06 AM
I wouldn't even visit Rio right now.

Breakaway
07-09-2016, 09:34 AM
I have been to two Olympics as a spectator but I would not go to Rio right now.

I was a competitive ( not national class) swimmer, and from that viewpoint, I would go and compete.

Kevin

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Gerarddm
07-09-2016, 09:49 AM
Sailors are not fungible the way, say, sprinters are. You can skip an Olympics and still come back just as talented if not even more so; sprinters and the like age. I'd opt for my health and safety this iteration if I were competing in sailing.

Ian McColgin
07-09-2016, 11:35 AM
Now that they have shot Ginga, I'm out.

Rum_Pirate
07-09-2016, 12:32 PM
Now that they have shot Ginga, I'm out. Ginga?

Ian McColgin
07-09-2016, 01:03 PM
As part of the run-up they had an Amazon jaguar running around. He escaped and was shot by the police.

Chip-skiff
07-09-2016, 02:56 PM
Are there competitions for drinking and tall tales?

If so, I'm on my way.

John Smith
07-09-2016, 05:18 PM
At some point I would think sane heads would prevail. I see a taint regardless.

If some choose not to go, medals will go to those who do go, but we'd have to wonder who would win medals if all participated.

Paul Pless
07-09-2016, 05:20 PM
I see a taint regardless.scoreboard

hokiefan
07-09-2016, 05:42 PM
At some point I would think sane heads would prevail. I see a taint regardless.

If some choose not to go, medals will go to those who do go, but we'd have to wonder who would win medals if all participated.

An Olympic medal is an Olympic medal. Regardless of who didn't show up. Were I a world class 20 year old athlete I'd be there. It's that simple.

Jim Bow
07-09-2016, 05:45 PM
If there was an event for 69 year olds, who have no discernible athletic talent, I'd go.

Paul Pless
07-09-2016, 05:48 PM
An Olympic medal is an Olympic medal. Regardless of who didn't show up. Were I a world class 20 year old athlete I'd be there. It's that simple.have you been following the story of golfers and the olympics?

This will be the first Olympics with golf as an included event since 1904? In the last few weeks all of the top 10 ranked male golfers in the world have pulled out. No top twenty ranked amateur or professional female golfer has withdrawn though. . .

bamamick
07-09-2016, 09:18 PM
Yes. I don't think it is the smartest thing to do, but as someone who sailed Stars for 25 years, with about half of that time spent in dreaming of sailing in the Olympics, I don't see how I could skip it if I were to qualify.

Mickey Lake

carioca1232001
07-10-2016, 10:15 AM
If there was an event for 69 year olds, who have no discernible athletic talent, I'd go.

I talked this over with some friends in the same age group and we have just created an event to motivate you to take the plunge:

Oggling pretty ladies on the waterfront, while sipping back caipirinha (a cocktail/concoction arrived at by gently crushing together sugar-cane spirit, sugar, ice cubes and Tahiti lime, or if you prefer, as I do, Passion fruit). ;)

Actually the open-air bars on our waterfront are equipped with TV monitors that routinely relay American football and baseball games, sometimes even cricket, thereby catering to a diverse clientele.

carioca1232001
07-10-2016, 10:17 AM
have you been following the story of golfers and the olympics?

This will be the first Olympics with golf as an included event since 1904? In the last few weeks all of the top 10 ranked male golfers in the world have pulled out. No top twenty ranked amateur or professional female golfer has withdrawn though. . .

You may have observed on another thread that women may actually be braver than men when the occassion merits !

Phil Y
07-10-2016, 06:26 PM
I honestly don't think I'm going to be selected.