History YMMV / OlympicGames

8th Oct '17 11:26:21 AM Eagal
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* DoubleStandard: Subverted. Any time a male Olympian is [[MrFanservice sexualized]] in the media, online commenters are bound to complain that if a female athlete were put in a similar position, it'd be objectifying. One small problem: many male athletes are ''deliberately'' invoking a sexy image. For example, the U.S. men's gymnastics team aren't above taking shirtless photos because their side of the sport gets much less attention than the ladies. Being remembered, even as a sex symbol, means getting those sweet [[MoneyDearBoy endorsement deals]]. Even if they're not doing it on purpose, men are much less likely to object to having throngs of women and/or other men lusting after them.
2nd Oct '17 8:59:29 PM mouschilight
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** [[http://www.dailydot.com/unclick/usain-bolt-smiling-meme-100-meter-dash-olympics/ Smiling Usain Bolt]]

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** [[http://www.dailydot.com/unclick/usain-bolt-smiling-meme-100-meter-dash-olympics/ Smiling Usain Bolt]]Bolt]] from the 2016 Rio Games.
2nd Oct '17 8:55:16 PM mouschilight
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** Rumor has it that NBC even asked the IOC to do the Parade of Nations in English instead of Brazilian Portuguese[[note]]Typically, but not always, the Parade of Nations is in ABC order according to the local language[[/note]] so the United States would be toward the back instead of near the beginning, as Estados Unidos, and maximize their viewing figures. [[http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-27/why-nbc-tried-to-change-the-official-language-of-the-rio-games NBC denies it made that request]].

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** Rumor has it that for the 2016 Rio Games, NBC even asked the IOC to do the Parade of Nations in English instead of Brazilian Portuguese[[note]]Typically, but not always, the Parade of Nations is in ABC order according to the local language[[/note]] so the United States would be toward the back instead of near the beginning, as Estados Unidos, and maximize their viewing figures. [[http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-27/why-nbc-tried-to-change-the-official-language-of-the-rio-games NBC denies it made that request]].
2nd Oct '17 8:52:51 PM mouschilight
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* AcceptableTargets: Any Olympic "superpower", including the United States, Russia, China and especially the United States. Did we mention especially the United States?
** Norway, Germany, Canada, and Austria are considered "superpowers" in the Winter Games but they are not as ridiculed since they aren't as huge in the summer games as well in comparison to the countries mentioned above.
** The host city and country of the present Olympics or the upcoming Olympics, as the host will always receive scrutiny about how they prepare for and host the games, alongside the fact that any political controversies the country has tend to be magnified during this period. This goes double for former and future "Olympic Superpowers", triple for current "Olympic Superpowers", quadruple if the United States is hosting.
** Canadians, as deemed by...[[SelfDeprecation Canadians in the 2010 closing ceremonies.]]
** The US Basketball team since the Dream Team era. If they didn't win big, then they're bashed for underperforming. [[MortonsFork If they win very big, then they're accused of running up the score]].

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* AcceptableTargets: AcceptableTargets:
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Any Olympic "superpower", including the United States, Russia, China and especially ''especially'' the United States. Did we mention especially ''especially'' the United States?
** Norway, Germany, Canada, and Austria are considered "superpowers" in the Winter Games but they are not as ridiculed since they aren't as huge in the summer games Summer Games as well in comparison to the countries mentioned above.
** The host city and country of the present Olympics or the upcoming Olympics, as the host will always receive scrutiny about how they prepare for and host the games, Games, alongside the fact that any political controversies the country has tend to be magnified during this period. This goes double for former and future "Olympic Superpowers", triple for current "Olympic Superpowers", quadruple if the United States is hosting.
** Canadians, as deemed by...[[SelfDeprecation Canadians in the 2010 Vancouver Games' closing ceremonies.]]
ceremony]].
** The US Basketball U.S. men's basketball team since the Dream Team DreamTeam era. If they didn't win big, then they're bashed for underperforming. [[MortonsFork If they win very big, then they're accused of running up the score]].



** And, of course, Berlin 1936 featured [[ThoseWackyNazis the most acceptable target of all]]. (To be fair to the IOC, the UsefulNotes/WeimarRepublic was still in power when the 1936 Games were awarded to Germany.)

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** And, of course, the 1936 Berlin 1936 Games featured [[ThoseWackyNazis the most acceptable target of all]]. (To all]][[note]]To be fair to the IOC, the UsefulNotes/WeimarRepublic was still in power when the 1936 Games were awarded to Germany.)Germany[[/note]].



** The IOC itself has become an acceptable target, due to its reputation of being comprised of rich snobs that would rather have countries go broke making new venues rather than reusing existing stadiums, which amped up when the only choices for the 2022 Olympics were eventual winner Beijing, China (not known for winter events and well known for questionable human rights) or Almaty, Kazakhstan (ditto, plus they never hosted before) as all the other potential bidders backed down due to costs. A [[http://www.cbssports.com/general/eye-on-sports/24732982/ioc-demands-smiles-ridiculous-perks-ahead-of-2022-olympic-bid leaked list of their demands]] doesn't help. (Exactly 68 degree rooms? Olympic themed furniture?!)
** Russia again during the Rio 2016 games, due to a major state-sponosored doping scandal that broke shortly before, which led to the World Anti-Doping Agency (unsuccessfully) recommending that Russia be banned entirely from the games. Anytime a Russian athlete appeared, expect many people, both in the stadium and on the web, to boo them and root against them.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: In the otherwise music-dominated 2012 closing ceremony, there was a short skit where Del and Rodney from the British sitcom ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' dressed up as Batman and Robin crashing into a door then saying [[TheItalianJob "You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!"]]

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** The IOC itself has become an acceptable target, due to its reputation of being comprised of rich snobs that would rather have countries go broke making new venues rather than reusing existing stadiums, which amped up when the only choices for the 2022 Olympics were eventual winner Beijing, China (not China[[note]]Which is not known for winter events and well known but is well-known for questionable human rights) rights[[/note]] or Almaty, Kazakhstan (ditto, Kazakhstan[[note]]Ditto, plus they never hosted before) before[[/note]] as all the other potential bidders backed down due to costs. A [[http://www.cbssports.com/general/eye-on-sports/24732982/ioc-demands-smiles-ridiculous-perks-ahead-of-2022-olympic-bid leaked list of their demands]] doesn't help. (Exactly [[note]]Exactly 68 degree rooms? Olympic themed furniture?!)
furniture?![[/note]]
** Russia again during the Rio 2016 games, Rio Games, due to a major state-sponosored state-sponsored doping scandal that broke shortly before, which led to the World Anti-Doping Agency (unsuccessfully) recommending Agency--unsuccessfully--recommending that Russia be banned entirely from the games.Games. Anytime a Russian athlete appeared, expect many people, both in the stadium and on the web, to boo them and root against them.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: In the otherwise music-dominated 2012 closing ceremony, ceremony for the 2012 London Games, there was a short skit where Del and Rodney from the British sitcom ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' dressed up as Batman and Robin crashing into a door then saying [[TheItalianJob "You "[[TheItalianJob You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!"]]off!]]"



** Although officially the Olympics is out of politics and even created to resolve national conflicts without violence, accusations of political prejudice very often cause disputes between countries that are old political opponents in life. Expect that virtually any contest between the US, Russia and China will end with at least a few mutual accusations of dishonest judging, injustice or, more recently, in doping. It also has local variations, such as a longstanding confrontation between the Russian and Ukrainian schools of rhythmic gymnastics, which arose from the separation of the older Soviet school of this sport after the collapse of the USSR.
** Scandal with doping in Russia in 2016 year. While WADA with a large number of supporters considered Russia initially obviously guilty and called for the total disqualification of Russian athletes at least at this Olympiad, Russia and those sympathizing with it, considered it a deliberate slander and an attempt to eliminate Russia as a dangerous athlete or "revenge" her for political reasons. Everything is only getting worse in the context of the past doping scandal in socialist Germany and Bulgaria, as well as the refusal of the prosecutors to disclose allegedly obvious evidence of Russian guilt.
*** Hacker scandal with the disclosure of the widely "official" use of doping among Western athletes, also falls into this. Is this justified by medical nuances, or is it really real doping, whose "officiality" is only a formal excuse for concealing a crime?
* DoubleStandard: Subverted. Any time a male Olympian is [[MrFanservice sexualized]] in the media, online commenters are bound to complain that if a female athlete were put in a similar position, it'd be objectifying. One small problem: many male athletes are ''deliberately'' invoking a sexy image. For example, the US men's gymnastics team aren't above taking shirtless photos because their side of the sport gets much less attention than the ladies. Being remembered, even as a sex symbol, means getting those sweet [[MoneyDearBoy endorsement deals]]. Even if they're not doing it on purpose, men are much less likely to object to having throngs of women and/or other men lusting after them.
* EnsembleDarkHorse: Curling.
** ''And'' Canada's skips for that sport, [[BaldOfAwesome Kevin Martin]] and Cheryl Bernard.
** The Vancouver Olympics gave us the Norwegian men's curling team ''[[http://ayyyy.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Norwegian-curling-pants.jpg pants]]''. By the time the games ended, those pants had their own Facebook page and {{Hatedom}}.
** Eric "the Eel" Moussambani in the Sydney 2000 games was a swimmer who didn't even make it into the semi-finals. Nonetheless, he became more remembered than the eventual gold medalist in the event.
** Any tropical country at the Winter Games. Ever.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Gymnast Vera Caslavska, competing for Czechoslovakia in 1968, was ''beloved'' by Mexican fans after she a) set her gold medal-winning routine to [[https://youtu.be/_3bF156kHT4 the Mexican Hat Dance]], and b) married her husband at Mexico City Cathedral in a highly publicized ceremony. Years later, after Caslavska had run afoul of [[CommieLand the authorities in her home country]], she was offered the chance to coach in Mexico. The Mexican authorities actually threatened to stop exporting oil to Czechoslovakia if the government did not permit her to go. They did.
* HarsherInHindsight: Doomed luger Nodar Kumaritashvili's last phone call to his father included the phrase "I'll win or die trying".
** During the 1976 Olympics, American swimmer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirley_Babashoff Shirley Babaschoff]] made a rather bad joke about the gold-winning East German swimming team and their members's records, commenting on their almost manly voices: she was accused of baselessly saying they were taking steroids and given the EmbarrassingNickname "Sour Shirley". After the fall of the Berlin Wall, however, it was revealed that [[http://www.wired.com/politics/law/news/2000/07/37631 East German female athletes of all kinds were unknowingly doped with steroids, which had among their side-effects the development of more irreversible traits that amount to "masculinization"]]. That had [[BreakTheCutie all kind of horrible physical/emotional effects]] [[TheWoobie on the ladies]]... and [[TheOneGuy on]] [[TransSexual one]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andreas_Krieger guy.]]

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** Although officially the Olympics is out of politics and even created to resolve national conflicts without violence, accusations of political prejudice very often cause disputes between countries that are old political opponents in life. Expect that virtually any contest between the US, U.S., Russia and China will end with at least a few mutual accusations of dishonest judging, injustice or, more recently, in doping. It also has local variations, such as a longstanding confrontation between the Russian and Ukrainian schools of rhythmic gymnastics, which arose from the separation of the older Soviet school of this sport after the collapse of the USSR.
** Scandal with doping in Russia in the lead-up to the 2016 year.Rio Games. While WADA with a large number of supporters considered Russia initially obviously guilty and called for the total disqualification of Russian athletes at least at this Olympiad, Russia and those sympathizing with it, considered it a deliberate slander and an attempt to eliminate Russia as a dangerous athlete or "revenge" her for political reasons. Everything is only getting worse in the context of the past doping scandal in socialist Germany and Bulgaria, as well as the refusal of the prosecutors to disclose allegedly obvious evidence of Russian guilt.
*** ** Hacker scandal with the disclosure of the widely "official" use of doping among Western athletes, also falls into this. Is this justified by medical nuances, or is it really real doping, whose "officiality" is only a formal excuse for concealing a crime?
* DoubleStandard: Subverted. Any time a male Olympian is [[MrFanservice sexualized]] in the media, online commenters are bound to complain that if a female athlete were put in a similar position, it'd be objectifying. One small problem: many male athletes are ''deliberately'' invoking a sexy image. For example, the US U.S. men's gymnastics team aren't above taking shirtless photos because their side of the sport gets much less attention than the ladies. Being remembered, even as a sex symbol, means getting those sweet [[MoneyDearBoy endorsement deals]]. Even if they're not doing it on purpose, men are much less likely to object to having throngs of women and/or other men lusting after them.
* EnsembleDarkHorse: Curling.
EnsembleDarkhorse:
** ''And'' Canada's skips for that sport, [[BaldOfAwesome Kevin Martin]] and Cheryl Bernard.
** The 2010 Vancouver Olympics Games gave us the Norwegian men's curling team ''[[http://ayyyy.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Norwegian-curling-pants.jpg pants]]''. By the time the games Games ended, those pants had their own Facebook page and {{Hatedom}}.
** Eric "the Eel" Moussambani in the 2000 Sydney 2000 games Games was a swimmer who didn't even make it into the semi-finals. Nonetheless, he became more remembered than the eventual gold medalist in the event.
** Any tropical country that ever succeeds at the Winter Games. Ever.
%%** Curling.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Gymnast Vera Caslavska, competing for Czechoslovakia in 1968, the 1968 Mexico City Games, was ''beloved'' by Mexican fans after she a) set her gold medal-winning routine to [[https://youtu.be/_3bF156kHT4 the Mexican Hat Dance]], and b) married her husband at Mexico City Cathedral in a highly publicized ceremony. Years later, after Caslavska had run afoul of [[CommieLand the authorities in her home country]], she was offered the chance to coach in Mexico. The Mexican authorities actually threatened to stop exporting oil to Czechoslovakia if the government did not permit her to go. They did.
* HarsherInHindsight: HarsherInHindsight:
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Doomed luger Nodar Kumaritashvili's last phone call to his father father, prior to the 2010 Vancouver Games, included the phrase "I'll win or die trying".
** During the 1976 Olympics, Montreal Games, American swimmer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirley_Babashoff Shirley Babaschoff]] made a rather bad joke about the gold-winning East German swimming team and their members's members' records, commenting on their almost manly voices: she was accused of baselessly saying they were taking steroids and given the EmbarrassingNickname "Sour Shirley". After the fall of the Berlin Wall, however, it was revealed that [[http://www.wired.com/politics/law/news/2000/07/37631 East German female athletes of all kinds were unknowingly doped with steroids, which had among their side-effects the development of more irreversible traits that amount to "masculinization"]]. That had This ended up giving [[BreakTheCutie all kind of horrible physical/emotional effects]] [[TheWoobie on the ladies]]... ladies]]...and [[TheOneGuy on]] [[TransSexual one]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andreas_Krieger guy.]]guy]].



** [[http://resources0.news.com.au/images/2010/02/14/1225830/204968-tatiana-borodulina.jpg Australia's speedskating outfits]] looks a lot like ComicBook/KickAss's costume.

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** [[http://resources0.news.com.au/images/2010/02/14/1225830/204968-tatiana-borodulina.jpg Australia's speedskating speed skating outfits]] looks a lot like ComicBook/KickAss's costume.



*** While this does make sense ("Ireland" comes right between "Iran" and "Israel" in the list of IOC member countries), it remains particularly amusing to people who remember how things were in TheSeventies and TheEighties (Iran fighting a war with Iraq, Ireland undergoing UsefulNotes/TheTroubles, and of course Israel and Jordan, who didn't recognize each other at the time, are separated only by Italy, Jamaica, and Japan--thank God that those delegations tend to be quite large).

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*** While this does make sense ("Ireland" sense[[note]]"Ireland" comes right between "Iran" and "Israel" in the list of IOC member countries), countries[[/note]], it remains particularly amusing to people who remember how things were in TheSeventies and TheEighties (Iran TheEighties[[note]]Iran fighting a war with Iraq, Ireland undergoing UsefulNotes/TheTroubles, and of course Israel and Jordan, who didn't recognize each other at the time, are separated only by Italy, Jamaica, and Japan--thank God that those delegations tend to be quite large).large[[/note]].



** After the 2008 Summer Olympics, the Bird's Nest stadium was temporarily converted into a snow-laden theme park in 2010. Five years later, they became the first city to win the hosting rights to both the Summer and Winter Olympics, and more of the original venues will be renovated to accomodate for frigid sports.
** In 2008, Michael Phelps [[http://images.thepostgame.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/story_main/phelps-schooling-main-compressor.jpg took a photo with a Singaporean boy]]. That boy turned out to be Joseph Schooling, who in Rio 2016 ''defeated'' Phelps (plus Chad Le Clo and Laszlo Cseh) in the 100 butterfly swimming competition.
* HolyShitQuotient: Some of the opening ceremonies have scenes that rank quite high on the HSQ scale, examples include the massive Tai Chi circle in Beijing 2008 and the entire the Pandemonium section of London 2012.
* JustHereForGodzilla: Besides a number of events, viewers watch the Olympic Games just for the opening and closing ceremonies.
* InternetBackdraft: Rooting for your country (specially if you're from the USA). And let's not even get started about bids for or even hosting the Olympics for a city.
** Like the logo or mascots for London 2012? Don't bother voicing that over on the BBC Sport website.
** After racist criticism of the opening ceremony from London 2012 by the Daily Mail and the undesirable remarks from the odd Tory MP (who said that there should have been more of the Rolling Stones and less "multicultural crap"- ignoring the fact that the Stones were influenced by African-American jazz and the blues), the internet was quick to flood the mail with comments of well deserved abuse. The tabloid edited the online article, but later pulled the article in question after posters began to comment "this is what the article read BEFORE it was tampered with...".
** Mention the 2010 hockey gold medal game on a hockey forum. Make sure to have the fire department on speed dial.

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** After the 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing Games, the Bird's Nest stadium was temporarily converted into a snow-laden theme park in 2010. Five years later, they became the first city to win the hosting rights to both the Summer and Winter Olympics, and more of the original venues will be renovated to accomodate accommodate for frigid sports.
** In 2008, Michael Phelps [[http://images.thepostgame.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/story_main/phelps-schooling-main-compressor.jpg took a photo with a Singaporean boy]]. That boy turned out to be Joseph Schooling, who in Rio the 2016 Rio Games ''defeated'' Phelps (plus Phelps, along with Chad Le Clo le Clos and Laszlo Cseh) Cseh, in the 100 100m butterfly swimming competition.
* HolyShitQuotient: Some of the opening ceremonies have scenes that rank quite high on the HSQ scale, examples include the massive Tai Chi circle in the 2008 Beijing 2008 Games and the entire the Pandemonium section of the 2012 London 2012.
Games.
* JustHereForGodzilla: Besides a number of events, viewers watch the Olympic Games just for the opening and closing ceremonies.
* InternetBackdraft:
InternetBackdraft:
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Rooting for your country (specially country--''especially'' if you're from the USA).United States. And let's not even get started about bids for or even hosting the Olympics for a city.
** Like the logo or mascots for the 2012 London 2012? Games? Don't bother voicing that over on the BBC Sport website.
** After racist criticism of the opening ceremony from the 2012 London 2012 Games by the Daily Mail and the undesirable remarks from the odd Tory MP (who MP[[note]]Who said that there should have been more of the Rolling Stones and less "multicultural crap"- ignoring crap"--ignoring the fact that the Stones were influenced by African-American jazz and the blues), blues[[/note]], the internet Internet was quick to flood the mail with comments of well deserved well-deserved abuse. The tabloid edited the online article, but later pulled the article in question after posters began to comment "this is what the article read BEFORE it was tampered with...".
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** Mention the 2010 Vancouver Games' hockey gold medal game on a hockey forum. Make sure to have the fire department on speed dial.



*** And to add to that nice roast flavor of USA v. Canada to any meal, mention the 2012 Women's Soccer semifinal. For extra crispy dishes, comment on the length of time the Canadian keeper held onto the ball or the penalty given on the handball.
*** Do not talk about the 2014 ladies figure skating results to figure skating fans. For added fun, tell a Yuna Kim fan that Adelina Sotnikova's win was totally deserved! Retorts of the "urgh she STOLE poor little Yuna Kim's gold, THAT RUSSIAN BITCH! CONSPIRATION!!!111" will immediately come forth.
*** Sochi's figure skating couldn't seem to avoid controversy: Did American ice dancers Charlie White and Meryl Davis actually earn their gold, or did a conspiracy allow them to take gold over 2010's winners, Canadians Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue? Taking sides either way will probably earn a few nasty comments.
*** And from a generation back, break out the fire extinguishers for the [[http://bit.ly/1RMJ8KK 1972 Men's Basketball Final]].
** In fact, there have been many [[ConspiracyTheorist conspiracy theories]] about the USA and Russia having secet agreements about which country would get which medals in Sochi. Mention them? There goes your life.
* MemeticBadass: Usain Bolt of Jamaica, who broke the sprinting record in 2008.
** Katie Taylor of Ireland, who won the gold medal in boxing in London 2012.
* MemeticMutation: "Misty May puts it away!"

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*** ** And to add to that nice roast flavor of USA v. the U.S. vs. Canada to any meal, mention the 2012 Women's Soccer semifinal.London Games' women's soccer semi-finals. For extra crispy dishes, comment on the length of time the Canadian keeper held onto the ball or the penalty given on the handball.
*** ** Do not talk about the 2014 Sochi Games' ladies figure skating results to figure skating fans. For added fun, tell a Yuna Kim fan that Adelina Sotnikova's win was totally deserved! Retorts of the "urgh she STOLE poor little Yuna Kim's gold, THAT RUSSIAN BITCH! CONSPIRATION!!!111" will immediately come forth.
*** Sochi's figure skating couldn't seem to avoid controversy: Did American ice dancers Charlie White and Meryl Davis actually earn their gold, or did a conspiracy allow them to take gold over 2010's the 2010 Vancouver Games' winners, Canadians Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue? Taking sides either way will probably earn a few nasty comments.
*** ** And from a generation back, break out the fire extinguishers for the [[http://bit.ly/1RMJ8KK 1972 Men's Basketball Final]].Munich Games' men's basketball final]].
** In fact, there have been many [[ConspiracyTheorist conspiracy theories]] about the USA U.S. and Russia having secet secret agreements about which country would get which medals in Sochi. Mention them? There goes your life.
* MemeticBadass: JustHereForGodzilla: Besides a number of events, viewers watch the Olympic Games just for the opening and closing ceremonies.
* MemeticBadass:
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Usain Bolt of Jamaica, who broke the sprinting record in 2008.
the 2008 Beijing Games.
** Katie Taylor of Ireland, who won the gold medal in boxing in the 2012 London 2012.
Games.
* MemeticMutation: MemeticMutation:
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"Misty May puts it away!"



*** [[AscendedMeme It gets better.]] Not only are [=McKayla=] and the American gymnastics team [[SelfDeprecation aware of the existence]] of the meme, [[http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-fourth-place-medal/mckayla-maroney-gets-mckayla-not-impressed-meme-194637045--oly.html they've gotten in on the action as well.]] And then there was [[http://cdn.abclocal.go.com/images/kabc/cms_exf_2007/news/national_world/8889369_1280x720.jpg this]].

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*** [[AscendedMeme It gets better.]] better]]. Not only are [=McKayla=] and the American gymnastics team [[SelfDeprecation aware of the existence]] of the meme, [[http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-fourth-place-medal/mckayla-maroney-gets-mckayla-not-impressed-meme-194637045--oly.html they've gotten in on the action as well.]] well]]. And then there was [[http://cdn.abclocal.go.com/images/kabc/cms_exf_2007/news/national_world/8889369_1280x720.jpg this]].



** Referring to the... rather special housing deals in Sochi 2014: "#[=SochiProblems=]"
** "Do you believe in miracles? YES!"
** The 2012 track and field events gave us Music/ChrisBrown of the Bahamas and [[Film/MeanGirls Regina George]] of Nigeria.
** [[http://www.etonline.com/media/photo/2016/08/24260639/1280_michael_phelps_nbc_080916.jpg This angry face]] by Michael Phelps when he stared down his South African rival Chad le Clos (who was showboating in front of Phelps) before the [=200m=] butterfly semi-finals in the 2016 Olympics [[http://www.vogue.com/13464980/michael-phelps-angry-face-funniest-reaction/ quickly]] [[http://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/08/micheal-phelps-hilarious-tweets-memes-rio-olympics-swimming became]] [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/phelpsface-meme-rio-2016_us_57a97806e4b0b770b1a42c43 a meme]] [[http://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2016/08/09/angry-michael-phelps-rio-2016-olympics-meme-so-far overnight]].

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** Referring to the... rather special housing deals in the 2014 Sochi 2014: "#[=SochiProblems=]"
Games: "#[=SochiProblems=]".
** "Do you believe in miracles? YES!"
[[BigYes YES!]]"
** The 2012 London Games' track and field events gave us Music/ChrisBrown of the Bahamas and [[Film/MeanGirls Regina George]] of Nigeria.
** [[http://www.etonline.com/media/photo/2016/08/24260639/1280_michael_phelps_nbc_080916.jpg This angry face]] by Michael Phelps when he stared down his South African rival Chad le Clos (who Clos--who was showboating in front of Phelps) before Phelps--before the [=200m=] butterfly semi-finals in the 2016 Olympics Rio Games [[http://www.vogue.com/13464980/michael-phelps-angry-face-funniest-reaction/ quickly]] [[http://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/08/micheal-phelps-hilarious-tweets-memes-rio-olympics-swimming became]] [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/phelpsface-meme-rio-2016_us_57a97806e4b0b770b1a42c43 a meme]] [[http://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2016/08/09/angry-michael-phelps-rio-2016-olympics-meme-so-far overnight]].



** After the Beijing (2008) Olympics, this might end, considering their massive and very impressive opening ceremony.
** Vancouver ''embraced'' the Narm; besides, not many countries have ''thousands of soldiers'' they can spare for performances.
** London 2012 featured a giant Lord Voldemort being defeated by an army of Mary Poppinses.
** Sochi 2014 had the return of mascot Mischa the Bear (and his closing theme song "Farewell Moscow" by Alexandra Pakhmutova) from Moscow 1980, accompanied by Hare and Snow Leopard. He blew out the Olympic Flame and (as before) shed a single tear. Only in Russia...
** [[https://www.cpsa.co.uk/userfiles/image/London%202012%20logo.jpg The logo for London 2012]] looking suspiciously like [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Lisa Simpson]] giving head.
* NeverLiveItDown: [=McKayla=] Maroney's "Not Impressed" meme has completely eclipsed her gymnastic accomplishments. Fortunately, she's actually quite proud of her memetic status.
* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: The rivalry between US figure skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan during the 1994 Winter Olympics. Before the Games, Tonya allegedly had her then-husband hire an attacker to assault Nancy with a leadpipe to the knee (the "Whack Heard 'Round the World"), in hopes that Nancy would drop out of the competition. (Tonya has always claimed that it was her ex's idea ''and'' that he also was a DomesticAbuser who profited from her until-then good fame.) Nonetheless, Nancy recovered in time to compete in Norway, and the ladies' showdown is one of the most watched tv moments in history. Not just for the Olympics or sporting events, but ''period.''

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** After the 2008 Beijing (2008) Olympics, Games, this might end, considering their massive and very impressive opening ceremony.
** The 2010 Vancouver Games ''embraced'' the Narm; besides, {{Narm}}. Besides, not many countries have ''thousands of soldiers'' they can spare for performances.
** The 2012 London 2012 Games featured a giant Lord Voldemort [[Franchise/HarryPotter Voldemort]] being defeated by an army of Mary Poppinses.
{{Mary Poppins}}es.
** The 2014 Sochi 2014 Games had the return of mascot Mischa the Bear (and Bear[[note]]And his closing theme song "Farewell Moscow" by Alexandra Pakhmutova) Pakhmutova[[/note]] from the heavily boycotted 1980 Moscow 1980, Games, accompanied by Hare and Snow Leopard. He blew out the Olympic Flame and (as before) and, as before, shed a single tear. Only in Russia...
** [[https://www.cpsa.co.uk/userfiles/image/London%202012%20logo.jpg The logo for the 2012 London 2012]] Games]] looking suspiciously like [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Lisa Simpson]] giving head.
* NeverLiveItDown: [=McKayla=] Maroney's "Not Impressed" meme has completely eclipsed her gymnastic accomplishments. Fortunately, [[SelfDeprecation she's actually quite proud of her memetic status.
status]].
* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: The rivalry between US U.S. figure skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan during the 1994 Winter Olympics. Lillehammer Games. Before the Games, Tonya allegedly had her then-husband hire an attacker to assault Nancy with a leadpipe lead-pipe to the knee (the knee--dubbed the "Whack Heard 'Round the World"), in World"--in the hopes that Nancy would drop out of the competition. (Tonya competition[[note]]Tonya has always claimed that it was her ex's idea ''and'' that he also was a DomesticAbuser who profited from her until-then good fame.) fame[[/note]]. Nonetheless, Nancy recovered in time to compete in Norway, and the ladies' showdown is one of the most watched tv TV moments in history. Not just for the Olympics or sporting events, but ''period.''



* TheSlacker: India has garnered this reputation over the years. Despite being the second-most populous country in the world, it almost always does poorly in the Olympics, with many of its athletes being criticized as only being in it for the glory and not to seriously compete. This may be because, with the exception of football and cricket, Indian culture doesn't place as high a value on professional sports and doesn't spend nearly as much on athletic programs as China, the US, or Russia.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: Many have noticed that the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h53LxHelYCk 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics theme]] sounds a lot like "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0MK7qz13bU Let It Go]]" from ''{{Disney/Frozen}}''.



** NBC's coverage is generally this due to its tape delay. When you tape delay Olympic events that take place in the Pacific Time Zone, for people who live in the Pacific Time Zone, your Scrappy title is earned. The 2016 Games were one time zone to the east of Eastern Time Zone and they ''still'' had it LiveButDelayed!!
** With modern media (Twitter, Tumblr, etc.) providing instant updates and coverage, it's nearly impossible to not be spoiled for events short of becoming a Luddite for two weeks. That NBC ''did'' provide live streams of the events as they occurred during Sochi did help mitigate their Scrappy status somewhat but not enough to make them lose the Scrappy status. (And that the Opening Ceremony was the only event not live streamed didn't help.)
** Their coverage of the 2012 opening ceremony was another big reason for their scrappy status. In addition to a widely criticized commentary by Meredith Viera and Matt Lauer, they deleted [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4As0e4de-rI&t=1h23m30s the part of the opening ceremony]] that was intended to be [[http://www.bagnewsnotes.com/2012/08/terrorism-tribute-cut-from-olympic-opening-ceremony-by-nbc-honored-2-u-s-servicemen/ a tribute to people who died]] [[http://entertainment.time.com/2012/07/28/nbcs-unkind-olympic-cut/ in the July 7, 2005 terrorist attack]]. Their response as to why they didn't air it? [[http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/london/story/2012-07-28/NBC-tribute-to-victims-Michael-Phelps/56556494/1 "Our programming is tailored]] [[ThisLoserIsYou for the U.S. audience."]]
** Sure enough, they announced that the opening ceremony would be tape delayed so it aired during primetime. Even the stream was delayed. Gotta get those commercials in after all. They also managed to convince the IOC to move certain events popular in the US, such as swimming and beach volleyball, to later times so it'd air in primetime in the US (with the result that some of the beach volleyball matches are played at ''midnight'' Rio time).
*** Rumor has it that NBC even asked the IOC to do the Parade of Nations in English instead of Brazilian Portuguese [[note]]Typically, but not always, the Parade of Nations is in ABC order according to the local language[[/note]] so the United States would be toward the back instead of near the beginning (as Estados Unidos) and maximize their viewing figures. [[http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-27/why-nbc-tried-to-change-the-official-language-of-the-rio-games NBC denies it made that request.]]
* ToughActToFollow: Both Canada and Britain worried about how their opening ceremonies would compare to the spectacular ones in Beijing 2008 - but both are generally agreed to have done a good job, showcasing things about their country that are unique and displaying a little more levity and individualism than China did. Danny Boyle's London ceremonies mixed impressive spectacle (opening acts on the British landscape and the Industrial Revolution) with moments like James Bond meeting the Queen, Rowan Atkinson inserting himself into a performance of (and scenes from) ''Chariots of Fire'', and a giant dance party featuring about 50 years of the best of British music. And, of course, the famed "Mary Poppinses vs. Voldemort" scene, in a sequence that ''also'' saluted the NHS. So on the whole, it matched up pretty well.
** The daunting task that any future Olympic swimmer will have to face if they try to defeat Michael Phelps' record in Beijing 2008 of winning 8 gold medals in a single Olympics. And as of Rio 2016, with 28 medals (23 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze) to his name, Phelps is the most decorated Olympian '''EVER''' in any event. To top it off, by surpassing the 12 individual titles won by Leonidas of Rhodes in 152 BC, he also [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome broke a 2168-year-old record]] set during the Ancient Olympic Games themselves.

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** NBC's coverage is generally this due to its tape delay. When you tape delay Olympic events that take place in the Pacific Time Zone, for people who live in the Pacific Time Zone, your Scrappy title is earned. The 2016 Rio Games were one time zone to the east of Eastern Time Zone Zone...and they ''still'' had it LiveButDelayed!!
LiveButDelayed!
** With modern media (Twitter, media--Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.) providing --providing instant updates and coverage, it's nearly impossible to not be spoiled for events short of becoming a Luddite for two weeks. That NBC ''did'' provide live streams of the events as they occurred during the 2014 Sochi Games did help mitigate their Scrappy status somewhat but not enough to make them lose the Scrappy status. (And The fact that the Opening Ceremony opening ceremony was the only event not live streamed ''not'' live-streamed didn't help.)
help.
** Their coverage of the 2012 London Games' opening ceremony was another big reason for their scrappy Scrappy status. In addition to a widely criticized commentary by Meredith Viera and Matt Lauer, they deleted [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4As0e4de-rI&t=1h23m30s the part of the opening ceremony]] that was intended to be [[http://www.bagnewsnotes.com/2012/08/terrorism-tribute-cut-from-olympic-opening-ceremony-by-nbc-honored-2-u-s-servicemen/ a tribute to people who died]] [[http://entertainment.time.com/2012/07/28/nbcs-unkind-olympic-cut/ in the July 7, 2005 terrorist attack]]. Their response as to why they didn't air it? [[http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/london/story/2012-07-28/NBC-tribute-to-victims-Michael-Phelps/56556494/1 "Our programming is tailored]] [[ThisLoserIsYou for the U.S. audience."]]
** Sure enough, they announced that the opening ceremony would be tape delayed so it aired during primetime. Even the stream was delayed. Gotta get those commercials in after all. They also managed to convince the IOC to move certain events popular in the US, U.S., such as swimming and beach volleyball, to later times so it'd air in primetime in the US (with U.S., with the result that some of the beach volleyball matches are played at ''midnight'' Rio time).
***
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**
Rumor has it that NBC even asked the IOC to do the Parade of Nations in English instead of Brazilian Portuguese [[note]]Typically, Portuguese[[note]]Typically, but not always, the Parade of Nations is in ABC order according to the local language[[/note]] so the United States would be toward the back instead of near the beginning (as beginning, as Estados Unidos) Unidos, and maximize their viewing figures. [[http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-27/why-nbc-tried-to-change-the-official-language-of-the-rio-games NBC denies it made that request.]]
request]].
* ToughActToFollow: TheSlacker: India has garnered this reputation over the years. Despite being the second-most populous country in the world, it almost always does poorly in the Olympics, with many of its athletes being criticized as only being in it for the glory and not to seriously compete. This may be because, with the exception of football and cricket, Indian culture doesn't place as high a value on professional sports and doesn't spend nearly as much on athletic programs as China, the U.S., or Russia.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: Many have noticed that the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h53LxHelYCk 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics theme]] sounds a lot like "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0MK7qz13bU Let It Go]]" from ''{{Disney/Frozen}}''.
* ToughActToFollow:
**
Both Canada and Britain worried about how their opening ceremonies would compare to the spectacular ones in the 2008 Beijing 2008 - but Games. However, both are generally agreed to have done a good job, showcasing things about their country that are unique and displaying a little more levity and individualism than China did. Danny Boyle's Creator/DannyBoyle's London ceremonies mixed impressive spectacle (opening spectacle[[note]]Opening acts on the British landscape and the Industrial Revolution) Revolution[[/note]] with moments like James Bond Film/JamesBond meeting [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen the Queen, Rowan Atkinson Queen]], Creator/RowanAtkinson inserting himself into a performance of (and of, and scenes from) from, ''Chariots of Fire'', and a giant dance party featuring about 50 years of the best of British music. And, of course, the famed "Mary Poppinses "{{Mary Poppins}}es vs. Voldemort" [[Franchise/HarryPotter Voldemort]]" scene, in a sequence that ''also'' saluted the NHS. So on the whole, it matched up pretty well.
** The daunting task that any future Olympic swimmer will have to face if they try to defeat Michael Phelps' record in the 2008 Beijing 2008 Games of winning 8 eight gold medals in a single Olympics. And as of the 2016 Rio 2016, Games, with 28 medals (23 total[[note]]23 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze) bronze[[/note]] to his name, Phelps is the most decorated Olympian '''EVER''' in any event. To top it off, by surpassing the 12 individual titles won by Leonidas of Rhodes in 152 BC, he also [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome broke a 2168-year-old record]] set during the Ancient Olympic Games themselves.



** Leading up to the women's vault final, American gymnast [=McKayla=] Maroney was under tremendous pressure to repeat her astonishing, gold-medal winning vault from the team final. She was considered a lock for the individual gold, but fell on her second vault and had to settle for silver.
** This [[http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/02/06/2014-olympics-sochi-vancouver-2010-games_n_4739919.html Huffington Post article]] saw the Sochi 2014 games as lacking in comparison to the Vancouver 2010 games. Granted this was just before the games began.

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** Leading up to the women's vault final, final in the 2012 London Games, American gymnast [=McKayla=] Maroney was under tremendous pressure to repeat her astonishing, gold-medal winning vault from the team final. She was considered a lock for the individual gold, but fell on her second vault and had to settle for silver.
** This [[http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/02/06/2014-olympics-sochi-vancouver-2010-games_n_4739919.html Huffington Post article]] saw the 2014 Sochi 2014 games Games as lacking in comparison to the 2010 Vancouver 2010 games. Granted Games. Granted, this was just before the games Games began.



*** There is also a kind of MoralDissonance or DoubleStandard that can occur within a country between different sports. If it is a sport that your country is traditionally expected to do well at because they have a history of gold medals, then anything less than first may be regarded as a failure; whereas a competitor in a sport that has no national hype is likely to be lauded as a hero if he or she unexpectedly wins a medal for that sport, or even if he or she just wins a place in the top ten/finals for that sport. (From 2012, for instance, Beth Tweddle (women's gymnastics) won bronze on the uneven bars, to the ear-shattering screams of her countrymen; it was the first Olympic medal in women's gymnastics for Great Britain ''ever''.)
** This was evident in the American coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. The Russian opening ceremony showed the Soviet era as a GoldenAge, but the American commentators kept pointing out all of the political repression that went on during the time.

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*** There is also a kind of MoralDissonance or DoubleStandard that can occur within a country between different sports. If it is a sport that your country is traditionally expected to do well at because they have a history of gold medals, then anything less than first may be regarded as a failure; whereas a competitor in a sport that has no national hype is likely to be lauded as a hero if he or she unexpectedly wins a medal for that sport, or even if he or she just wins a place in the top ten/finals for that sport. (From 2012, sport[[note]]From the 2012 London Games, for instance, Beth Tweddle (women's gymnastics) of women's gymnastics won bronze on the uneven bars, to the ear-shattering screams of her countrymen; it was the first Olympic medal in women's gymnastics for Great Britain ''ever''.)
''ever''[[/note]].
** This was evident in the American coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.Sochi Games. The Russian opening ceremony showed the Soviet era as a GoldenAge, but the American commentators kept pointing out all of the political repression that went on during the time.



* WhatAnIdiot: Nancy Kerrigan being a SoreLoser after losing the gold to Oksana Baiul in 1994. Since the ceremony was taking more time than expected and there were rumors about the [[TearsOfJoy rather tearful]] Baiul applying more make-up (truth is, the organizators didn't have an Ukranian flag ''or'' a tape of the Ukranian anthem handy!), Kerrigan started whining off-stage about Baiul being a crybaby... [[IsThisThingStillOn and was caught on tape]]. [[SayingTooMuch DUH, "America's Sweetheart".]]
* WhatTheHellPlayer: The IOC to any Olympian who is caught cheating or admits to cheating. If drugs are involved, the World Anti-Doping Agency ([[FunWithAcronyms WADA]]), too.

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* WhatAnIdiot: Nancy Kerrigan being a SoreLoser after losing the gold to Oksana Baiul in 1994. the 1994 Lillehammer Games. Since the ceremony was taking more time than expected and there were rumors about the [[TearsOfJoy rather tearful]] Baiul applying more make-up (truth is, make-up[[note]]In reality, the organizators organizers didn't have an Ukranian flag ''or'' a tape of the Ukranian anthem handy!), handy[[/note]], Kerrigan started whining off-stage about Baiul being a crybaby... crybaby...[[IsThisThingStillOn and was caught on tape]]. [[SayingTooMuch DUH, "America's Sweetheart".]]
Sweetheart"]].
* WhatTheHellPlayer: The IOC to any Olympian who is caught cheating or admits to cheating. If drugs are involved, the World Anti-Doping Agency ([[FunWithAcronyms WADA]]), too.will get involved too.
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13th Sep '17 5:02:14 PM nombretomado
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** For some reason, having [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles Ireland]] as a "buffer" between [[ArabIsraeliConflict Iran and Israel's]] flags/delegations.

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** For some reason, having [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles Ireland]] as a "buffer" between [[ArabIsraeliConflict [[UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict Iran and Israel's]] flags/delegations.
2nd Sep '17 11:14:15 PM DrOO7
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** Jamaica has been searching for "the next Usain Bolt" since ''before'' the 2016 Rio Games, with Bolt declaring that they would be his last and Jamaica wanting to maintain its long-held dominance in the sprint events. Even so, regardless of nationality, it's likely Bolt's status as the only man to three-peat victories in the 100 and 200 races will stand for a long time.
2nd Sep '17 12:39:09 AM TommyTiger
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* AcceptableTargets: Any Olympic "superpower", including the United States, Russia, China and especially the United States. Did I mention especially the United States?

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* AcceptableTargets: Any Olympic "superpower", including the United States, Russia, China and especially the United States. Did I we mention especially the United States?
8th Aug '17 6:49:57 AM LittleBuster
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** Although officially the Olympics is out of politics and even created to resolve national conflicts without violence, accusations of political prejudice very often cause disputes between countries that are old political opponents in life. Expect that virtually any contest between the US, Russia and China will end with at least a few mutual accusations of dishonest judging, injustice or, more recently, in doping. It also has local variations, such as a longstanding confrontation between the Russian and Ukrainian schools of rhythmic gymnastics, which arose from the separation of the older Soviet school of this sport after the collapse of the USSR.


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*** Hacker scandal with the disclosure of the widely "official" use of doping among Western athletes, also falls into this. Is this justified by medical nuances, or is it really real doping, whose "officiality" is only a formal excuse for concealing a crime?
8th Aug '17 6:36:27 AM LittleBuster
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* BrokenBase:
** Scandal with doping in Russia in 2016 year. While WADA with a large number of supporters considered Russia initially obviously guilty and called for the total disqualification of Russian athletes at least at this Olympiad, Russia and those sympathizing with it, considered it a deliberate slander and an attempt to eliminate Russia as a dangerous athlete or "revenge" her for political reasons. Everything is only getting worse in the context of the past doping scandal in socialist Germany and Bulgaria, as well as the refusal of the prosecutors to disclose allegedly obvious evidence of Russian guilt.
11th Jun '17 3:14:05 PM nombretomado
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*** For once, [[YesMinister Ireland made something better]].

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*** For once, [[YesMinister [[Series/YesMinister Ireland made something better]].
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