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White & wet

Discussion in 'Olympics 2008' started by JTG, Aug 17, 2008.

  1. JTG

    JTG Petulant Mr Festival

    White people dominate the pool. Swimming, diving, water polo, not many black people anywhere in that.

    Why is that then?
  2. The Groke

    The Groke hot hail/Paging Dr. Beat


    I was musing the same thing about the gymnastics yesterday.....

    Plenty of Caucasian and Asian participants - don't think I saw one person of Black/African/African American descent.....

    Maybe I just watched the wrong bit.
  3. trashpony

    trashpony The kittens are taking over the world

    There's a black guy in the US 100m relay team isn't there? Yep - he won a gold medal.

    But you're right. Maybe it's a financial thing? It's expensive to learn to swim. Same with gymnastics - very middle class sport
  4. Melinda

    Melinda Kama roa, efshar livloa?

    Yeah Trashy, his name is Cullen Jones, I was thinking about him when reading the JC2 thread last night, but I couldnt be arsed.


    Its about initial interest, then having the opportunity to find out if you are any good and having the resources nearby.
    There is a 50 metre pool at Crystal Palace, I dont know much about their schools programme.

    Rounf my way Ladywell Baths in Lewisham has been closed more often than its open recently- you'd have to trek to Wavelengths in Deptford or The Bridge in Lower Sydenham. Even now, the pool is due to close. The council plan to build a new one near Lewisham Station, and locals are fighting to keep it open until the new one opens. Meanwhile Ladywell Fields Athletics Club is there come rain or shine.

    A school is more likelyto have easy access to a gym/ playing field than a pool I reckon.
    Plus its about expectation, and what you're familiar with; if its not presented to you as a possibilty then why wouldnt you chose athletics or football firist?

    Plus there is the black and her hair thing! ;)
  5. LOST MY HEAD!

    LOST MY HEAD! Banned Banned

    If Black people had the same access to to these money'd sports they would beat the inferior Whites at every sport!
  6. Rutita1

    Rutita1 Perfectly Flawed

    You were doing so well until the word 'inferior'....:(
  7. JTG

    JTG Petulant Mr Festival

    They'd beat the inferior whites for sure. But would be 50/50 against the ones of the same ability and may struggle against the superior whites :)

    Or was that not your point?
  8. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 Straight Outta Compton Bassett

    twat
  9. Melinda

    Melinda Kama roa, efshar livloa?

    Our sole entrant to the Women's all around individual final is black/ mixed race- Becky Downie. She was the first British gymnast to make the final in yoooooooonks and was fantastic! She finished in a Britsh Olympic record of 12th out of 80+ gymnasts.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/gymnastics/7562563.stm

    British entrant to the mens apparatus finals is also black/ mixed race. :)
    Louis Smith- he competes today- watch out for him on the pommel horse. At 19 he's the youngest male gymnast competing in Beijing. :)
  10. Melinda

    Melinda Kama roa, efshar livloa?

    Ha ha! You went for it too early :D
  11. TrippyLondoner

    TrippyLondoner Well-Known Member

    You're clearly a troll.
  12. trashpony

    trashpony The kittens are taking over the world

    I don't really watch gymnastics so I didn't know about her. Her floor and uneven bars were brilliant (I can't watch the beam - too scary :oops: )

    I might watch Louis today :)
  13. London_Calling

    London_Calling Pleasant and unpatronising

    :hmm: :(
  14. JTG

    JTG Petulant Mr Festival

    you wanna explain that?

    I only posted this cos of JC's equally facetious thread re: black people in track & field
  15. Rutita1

    Rutita1 Perfectly Flawed

    Fight wank with wank then? :)
  16. strung out

    strung out (",)

    it's the only way
  17. Rutita1

    Rutita1 Perfectly Flawed

    *looks around for the babywipes to clean up the white, wet stuff*
  18. London_Calling

    London_Calling Pleasant and unpatronising

    Ahh, I see. I thought you got your inspiration from my post at the end of the thread you mention, and you forgot to mention that.
  19. JTG

    JTG Petulant Mr Festival

    No I didn't, didn't even read that thread properly
  20. London_Calling

    London_Calling Pleasant and unpatronising

    Coincidence then.
  21. JTG

    JTG Petulant Mr Festival

    fools seldom differ ;)
  22. Melinda

    Melinda Kama roa, efshar livloa?

    Trashy! Louis won bronze!

    The first EVER GBR gymnastivs medal of ANY colour!

    Euphoria! :D:D
  23. The Groke

    The Groke hot hail/Paging Dr. Beat

    Sweet.

    :)
  24. aylee

    aylee In exile in Haringay

    :D
  25. E.J.

    E.J. Away from U75

    I'm old enough to remember (16 years old at the time & smiled at) the first black swimmer that actually won an Olympic swimming title medal was Anthony Nesty from Suriname who won the 100m butterfly title. He beat the pre-race favourite Matt Biondi by 1/100th of a second :cool: It dispelled the theory that a black man or woman couldn't swim or yet alone beat world class opponents!!

    Anthony Nesty:-

    [​IMG]


    Hopefully Cullen Jones efforts in swimming will encourage dem youth's of today to take up swmming
  26. Firky

    Firky The first of the gang Banned

    There's that Puerto Rican lass too, she's gorgeous, Maria Corrella or something?
  27. Firky

    Firky The first of the gang Banned

    Maritza Correia, stunningly beautiful

    [​IMG]

    No abroginals in the Australian team, kind of ironic since they're the only true Australians in Australia. Amongst the most oppressed ethnic group in one of the richest countries in the world. :(
  28. JTG

    JTG Petulant Mr Festival

    loads of aborigines in AFL though
  29. Firky

    Firky The first of the gang Banned

  30. JTG

    JTG Petulant Mr Festival

    They're Aussie Rules mad in the NT and that's got the biggest aboriginal population in Aus I think.

    Did you know the first Australian cricket team to tour England was an aboriginal side?

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