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What sports can someone start doing at 30 and become world class at?

Are there any? The only possibilities I can immediately think of are Lawn Bowls and Shooting. And maybe varieties of race car driving (I'm not sure if there's a physical fitness component to this at all?) Is there anything you could say this of that IS a more physical sport?
posted by Kirn on Jul 28, 2014 - 52 answers

Anyone seen this Olympic weightlifting warm up video?

Has anyone seen this Olympic weightlifting video? I saw it a few years ago online but it may be older originally (c. 70s?). It showed a weightlifter (an Olympian or other high-level one, I think) "opening the gym" in the morning—turning on the lights, straightening some things, going upstairs, downstairs—all while down in the bottom of the squat position. I.e. Walking like a duck, bunny hopping up and down the stairs, etc. It looked exhausting but he was totally nonchalant about it.
posted by rorycberger on Apr 5, 2014 - 1 answer

Spring and Fall Games

There are summer and winter versions of big sports events such as the Olympics and the X Games. Are there spring and fall-based sporting events too? If not, why not? Are there any sports that are specially seasonal outside summer/winter?
posted by divabat on Feb 10, 2014 - 10 answers

Can I watch the whole Olympics online over the next few months?

I love the Olympics and would love to watch lots and lots of it, but I don't have time now. My Tivo is just about full. I find NBCOlympics.com baffling. The only videos I see there are highlights. Are there long-attention-span videos of events? For how long will this be available? I'm in the US and I'm a Comcast subscriber.
posted by neuron on Feb 10, 2014 - 7 answers

Olympic hockey in the Bay Area

Where can I go to watch the Team USA and Team Canada games in the Bay Area? Preference for Oakland/East Bay, but I could trek into the city if need be.
posted by Nickel on Feb 8, 2014 - 1 answer

Where can I find a straightforward NBC Olympics schedule?

Maybe it's just my computer, but NBC's Olympics schedule page is horribly broken for me. I'm looking both for a schedule of what time each event will be streamed live, as well as a schedule of NBC's primetime coverage. Are there any other sites where I can find it -- preferably in plaintext? I'm particularly interested in the figure-skating events, so if there's a site where I can find just those times, that would be helpful too.
posted by mekily on Feb 6, 2014 - 8 answers

What's the best viewer reference for the 2014 Winter Olympics?

Last Olympics there was an FPP linking to a thorough Olympics prospectus. Among other things, it has a condensed three-event-a-day set of viewing recommendations, a per-sport set of athletes and countries to keep an eye on, and bunches of athlete and sport context sprinkled throughout for flavor. I loved being able to tune in to a random event, pull up the prospectus, and quickly find a few sentences/a paragraph that gave me the gist of the narrative/context for that event. Is there an equivalent this year? Failing that, what are other good resources for Olympics viewers this year?
posted by jdherg on Feb 5, 2014 - 1 answer

How and where can I as an adult, begin to train and learn Decathlon?

I am a 31 year old adult male and I'd like to start learning the decathlon. I am a complete beginner but I have been athletic my whole life (and briefly played professional soccer 10 years ago), my goal is to score 4000 points. Where does an adult go to begin to study decathlon? I'd like a personal coach, or maybe to join a local high school, college, or masters track team, but I have no idea where to begin. Extra points for any resources in Turku Finland, Columbus Ohio, or Austin Texas. (snowflakes inside) [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Jan 19, 2014 - 1 answer

Rules for hosting Olympics public-viewing events in local bars?

When the Olympics come around, often bars will host viewing events. Are there official rules for how to make this happen? Can any bar with a TV host network viewing or stream from online? Can the bar or organizer publicize it as an Olympics viewing event? Can the organizers broadcast the games and overlay their own commentary? [more inside]
posted by fallacy of the beard on Sep 1, 2013 - 5 answers

They aren't pretty, but I need 'em!

A week or 2 ago, I came across a photo gallery on imgur.com of photos of Brazilian military police using APCs and bulldozers to tear down favela housing in preparation for the World Cup and Olympics. I think I found it via a link from mefi, or possibly reddit. I have searched both sites for it, and done some googling, but I just can not find it. Hope me?
posted by broadway bill on Oct 26, 2012 - 2 answers

Bellboyyyyyy!

I missed the 2012 Olympics. I've heard there was a great scooter portion. I'd like to see this, but can only find video from within the club that rode. Does anyone know a link to video of the scooter ride from the audience/media viewpoint?
posted by _paegan_ on Aug 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me find this olympics gif.

Help me find this olympics gif. [more inside]
posted by morganannie on Aug 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Did they piss off the Queen?

So why no Rolling Stones at the Olympics opening or closing ceremonies? They were willing to reach to Take That and ELO, but not one of the great English bands?
posted by rtimmel on Aug 12, 2012 - 14 answers

Olympics Medal / Victory Ceremony Song?

What is the song they play before the medal ceremony begins during the London 2012 Olympics? I'm referring to the rather dreamy song that is played before it turns into the Chariots of Fire theme. Thanks for your help!
posted by missmerrymack on Aug 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Interviewing athletes at the Olympics?

In the Olympics, when an American athlete finishes competing, cameras show up in their faces, and the athlete gets interviewed. If they won, then they get to talk about the win. If they lost, then they get to talk about how it felt to lose out there in front of 40 million viewers. Here is the question: What obligation does the athlete have to participate in the interviews? What is it that stops them from saying 'screw this' and skipping the interview? [more inside]
posted by dfm500 on Aug 10, 2012 - 15 answers

Who are You Wearing at the Games?

I'm curious about the process of uniform design and selection for the Olympics, specifically the U.S. team (not opening ceremony uniforms), but tidbits from other countries are welcome as well. [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl on Aug 10, 2012 - 6 answers

What's this song from the Olympics?

SongIdentifyFilter: We just heard this song during the Magnificent 7 special during the Olympics, but we can't place it. Help! [more inside]
posted by gchucky on Aug 5, 2012 - 2 answers

Has anyone ever made an olympic, or world record in a qualifying round of the olympics without winning the gold medal in the final?

Has anyone ever broken an olympic, or world record in a qualifying round of the olympics without winning the gold medal in the final? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Aug 4, 2012 - 12 answers

The olympics are way less fun now.

Have olympic spoilers always been this bad? I'm so so very annoyed to already know the outcome of tonights gymnastics, just like I've inadvertantly known the outcome of almost every event I am interested in so far in these games. Even though I try to avoid the obvious spoiler media outlets, I can't ignore everything; esp not elevator tv's, the radio, or overheard coversations at the cubicle farm. Are the days of sitting on the edge of my seat during the evening broadcast, jumping for joy at an unexpected gold over? Or has it always been this way and I'm just catching up now?
posted by shimmer on Jul 31, 2012 - 30 answers

Where can I re-watch the 2012 Opening Ceremonies again?

Where can I watch the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremonies online? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Jul 29, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me watch the olympics online: technical difficulties edition

When I go to the NBC Olympics site to log in with my cable package details, the iframe that should show the log in fields (username and password) does not load. This is on a win7 machine with both chrome and FF. The problem does not occur on a different computer on the same network (a macbook running 10.6.8). What setting on my computer seems to be blocking this, and how can I get this frame to load? [more inside]
posted by stresstwig on Jul 29, 2012 - 10 answers

How can I watch whole Olympic basketball games online?

How can I watch whole Olympic basketball games online? I'm in Australia. Every search I do seems to turn up things that look a little like malware. Live and legal would be my first preference, but I don't mind if I have to download an entire game as an avi and watch it afterwards. Thanks!
posted by surenoproblem on Jul 29, 2012 - 6 answers

This is the Internet age, is it not?

How can I watch the Olympics online if I don't have a cable subscription? [more inside]
posted by fshgrl on Jul 27, 2012 - 23 answers

How to watch 2012 Olympics online in Africa?

Help me watch the Olympics on my computer. In Africa. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Jul 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Best first hand accounts of London 2012?

Who will be posting the most interesting dispatches from the London Olympics? [more inside]
posted by apparently on Jul 25, 2012 - 1 answer

Jamaicans Love Sprinting

Who are the great Olympic athletes competing in 2012 from lesser-known countries? [more inside]
posted by jtajta on Jul 25, 2012 - 6 answers

Why blacking up as a Civil Rights pioneer is just not okay

How do I explain to someone in the UK that "blacking up" as Tommie Smith is not acceptable? [more inside]
posted by lumiere on Jul 24, 2012 - 44 answers

British-friendly bar in Chicago for Olympics viewing

Suggestions for a British-friendly bar in Chicago, for Olympics viewing? [more inside]
posted by b_alex_a on Jul 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me watch the Olympics on my computer.

I want to watch the Olympics. I do not have cable. I do not have a TV. I do have a computer with an Internet connection. I work business hours on the west coast of the U.S. Can I watch the Olympics? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Jul 6, 2012 - 13 answers

If we award medals for swimming backstroke why don't we award medals for running backwards?

If we award medals for swimming 100m backstroke why don't we award medals for running 100m backwards? [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Jun 15, 2012 - 48 answers

What does it take to make a great football club?

Please help me settle an argument about sports, specifically soccer (football). [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Jun 8, 2012 - 12 answers

Which group of athletes is more abnormal in height?

Which group of athletes is further from the center of the bell curve distribution for height: Olympic gymnasts or NBA players?
posted by Trurl on Jun 4, 2012 - 7 answers

Where is the list of cheaters...

Olympic Drug-Testing Statistics Filter - How can I track "total number of drug tests failed" as a statistic during the 2012 Olympic Games in London? [more inside]
posted by Flood on May 24, 2012 - 0 answers

Can you help me find football match reports from between the two World Wars in Esperanto?

Can you help me find football match reports from between the two World Wars in Esperanto? Specifically I'm looking for any match report featuring the Austrian national team of the era (1918-1937) but anything even remotely connected would be of help. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on May 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Can you show me some jaw-dropping or spirit-lifting Olympic photography?

Can you show me some jaw-dropping or spirit-lifting Olympic photography? [more inside]
posted by laumry on May 10, 2012 - 11 answers

Olympic fail.

I've just booked an international trip with a 3/4-day layover on the way home. Great, I think, I can spend some time in the city, get a cheap hotel, see a few friends for dinner and then get some sleep and a shower before my trip home - easy! Problem: after booking the trip, I realize I will be in London during the Olympics, and hotel prices have accordingly skyrocketed. I am on a grad student budget. Help me find a decent place to stay - ideally not in a shared room - that won't kill my budget? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias on Apr 30, 2012 - 20 answers

If I had a Tardis, this wouldn't be a problem...

On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being "very safe" and with going-to-11 being "the most crazy," how insane is it to try to get into London from Heathrow to do some light sightseeing on my way back home to the US. (I've read the previous questions, but needed some clarification about some of the issues!) [more inside]
posted by jph on Apr 16, 2012 - 39 answers

How to watch the 2012 Olympics after cutting the cable

I'm paying too much for cable TV that I don't watch, and I am fortunate to have good broadband internet (both from Comcast in the US). There are only a few events my family and I care enough about seeing immediately on TV. The Tour de France and major league baseball are both usually available via internet subscription services. But what about the 2012 Olympics? [more inside]
posted by Songdog on Jan 2, 2012 - 12 answers

If you think I'd pay £200 to see some handball, you got another thing coming

Can I really make a killing renting out my flat during London 2012? Since I didn't get tickets, I'm thinking about my Plan B, which is getting the hell outta dodge for the summer. [more inside]
posted by Helga-woo on Jun 20, 2011 - 8 answers

Seeking info on London Olympics travel

Give me your brain dump on attending the London 2012 Olympics. [more inside]
posted by dzot on Jun 19, 2011 - 8 answers

Who does this Olympic Medal belong to?

Help me find who this Olympic Medal belongs to! [more inside]
posted by lutzla23 on Mar 2, 2011 - 11 answers

How many athletes have qualified in both the Paralympics and the Olympics?

What athletes have qualified for both the Olympic and Paralympic games? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke on Mar 7, 2010 - 4 answers

What classical music was used by the russian during the closing ceremonies?

Last night during the closing ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympics, the Sochi presentation included classical music conducted from Vancouver. Can anyone recognize the pieces of music they used?
posted by redyaky on Mar 1, 2010 - 4 answers

SongFilter: Heard a song during the Olympics... help me determine where it's from!

We were just watching NBC's recap of the Olympics and this track came on. Neither my girlfriend nor I can figure out where it came from. If anyone could help figure it out that'd be great. [more inside]
posted by gchucky on Feb 28, 2010 - 5 answers

What Olympic events were particularly great so far? Don't say why!

Vancouver 2010: What should I watch? (No Spoilers!) [more inside]
posted by sdis on Feb 28, 2010 - 19 answers

A steel town on a Saturday night is the champion my friends

Mixtape Filter: Songs about competition, athletics, and sportsmanship - mostly with an Olympic-Gymnastics bent?
posted by The Whelk on Feb 24, 2010 - 16 answers

SEA to VAN for OLY

Tips for Seattleites' day trip to Vancouver Olympics? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Feb 23, 2010 - 3 answers

Battle of the Bulge

Donde van a estar los Canadienses en D.F. para ver el partido olympico de hockey final? Where will Canadians in Mexico D.F. be watching the gold medal hockey game? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker on Feb 22, 2010 - 0 answers

Spectator without a view?

What is it like to be a spectator at these outdoor Olympic sports like skiing or bobsled where you can only see the finish of the course?
posted by smackfu on Feb 22, 2010 - 5 answers

What's with the asymmetrical right inner thigh patch on the speed skating uniforms?

Why do many of the olympic speed skating uniforms feature an asymmetrical right inner thigh patch? [more inside]
posted by IvyMike on Feb 21, 2010 - 15 answers

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