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Old 05-02-2013, 12:22
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I wanted her to dig deep,
Because competing at the highest level doesn't involve digging deep. What about what she wants by the way?

forget the fame and kick some bums.
Forget about "the fame"? On what do you base this on?

She had the talent.
And who was the oldest female 800 metre swimmer to win gold at the Olympics?
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:22
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Our greatest ever competitive swimmer.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:23
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This thread reeks of bitchiness
ooooh get her...
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:28
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I can't understand what you are trying to say. What are you trying to say?
My Cruciate Anterior exploded, game over. Dr.Steve Bollen tried his best, he is the best, but some things are just buggered.


What is getting to me is that RA could still swim at top level in the sport which has made her a household name.

It seems to me that she can't be arsed putting the time in to succeed.

Why should she, she's made for life financially.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:30
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Brighton Sea Life Centre's looking for a new dolphin... she could do that.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:34
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I think the same. I think she actually thought after Beijing that she was going to get Gold in London and when she only managed Bronze she realised she wasn't up to the same standards as the USA or Chinese swimmers and has quit to save face.
At school sports day the bronze was given to all the kids who came in third and fourth ect, even the fat kids who hated sport like myself got it.

Gold and silver mean something , bronze is meh.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:34
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Brighton Sea Life Centre's looking for a new dolphin... she could do that.
You live a sad existence don't you
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:34
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I love your sarcasm
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:35
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It seems to me that she can't be arsed putting the time in to succeed.
After four pages of comments so far - did anyone actually listen to what she said at the press conferenece?

Exactly this.

She began to ramble a bit in answer to one question - but in it openly admitted that she got to enjoy the "lifestyle" after Beijing and found it too hard to get back into training and motivation. She got too heavily into charity work, and telly appearances, and giving her name to this and that. And still seems to prefer that...what's the old term? "Seduced by the camera"???

And I wonder how much of it was because all parties thought her Beijing wins simply made her a shoo-in for London???

But I can't help wondering how much this motivational aspect, the getting of athletes back to the grindstone...is down to the apparent failues of the (former) Uk Director of Swimming? Surely it was he and his staff's job to get athletes back at the coalface of 5am every morning for two hours...ASAP? Isn't that supposed to be why we have this top tier of national sport "strategic" management, to ensure we don't rely on individual trainers/athletes? To oversee their training regimes?
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:36
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It wasn't sarcastic. She genuinely was.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:37
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Keeping going for another 4 years so a bunch of people on DS who don't know a thing about her sport stop calling her names, obviously.
Stop being pathetic, she is third rate and always will be,
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:38
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I love your sarcasm
Results wise she is clearly the best swimmer Britain has ever produced. Next best is David Wilkie.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:38
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I can't understand what you are trying to say. What are you trying to say?
My Cruciate Anterior exploded, game over. Dr.Steve Bollen tried his best, he is the best, but some things are just buggered.


What is getting to me is that RA could still swim at top level in the sport which has made her a household name.

It seems to me that she can't be arsed putting the time in to succeed.

Why should she, she's made for life financially.

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I think once your knee is knackered, all aspirations are pipe dreams.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:38
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Most people gauge the performance of anybody by how they compare against their peers, not themselves.
What exactly does that mean?

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I'll just throw this in.

Swimming Women's 400m Individual Medley Final - Chinese WR - London 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArKGCqlVbLQ
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:39
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My Cruciate Anterior exploded, game over. Dr.Steve Bollen tried his best, he is the best, but some things are just buggered.


What is getting to me is that RA could still swim at top level in the sport which has made her a household name.

It seems to me that she can't be arsed putting the time in to succeed.

Why should she, she's made for life financially.
Really?

The oldest female gold medalist in the 800 metre freestyle in recent years was 24. The rest, and I've only gone back to the 80's so far were 22, 21, 18, 19, 16, 15.

On another note - not one of the swimmers in the final of the 800 metres was over 25. Come 2016, all things being well, Addlington would be 27. What's the point "swimming at the top level" - when you're on the decline and it's only going to get worse?

But no. Obviously you know better. Especially how "she can't be arsed" and has let "Fame" get to her.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:41
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Stop being pathetic, she is third rate and always will be,
Are you what is known in a trade as a WUM or Troll! You do seem to be deliberately goading!
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:43
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The oldest female gold medalist in the 800 metre freestyle in recent years was 24.
Actually that's incorrect. The oldest ever was Shibata who was 22 years old in 2004.

Again the majority of winners have been teenagers.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:43
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You know I was being sarcastic right? I should have used the but I hate it!
Ditto on both counts. I was being sarcastic as well.

Must be a lot of Frankie Boyle fans on the thread with all the hate this innocuous swimmer is getting from certain people on the thread. As Adlington herself says in the article, "Some people want to milk it all they can".
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:43
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Really?

The oldest female gold medalist in the 800 metre freestyle in recent years was 24. The rest, and I've only gone back to the 80's so far were 22, 21, 18, 19, 16, 15.

On another note - not one of the swimmers in the final of the 800 metres was over 25. Come 2016, all things being well, Addlington would be 27. What's the point "swimming at the top level" - when you're on the decline and it's only going to get worse?

But no. Obviously you know better. Especially how "she can't be arsed" and has let "Fame" get to her.
Serious question, I don't know the answer.

Why do male swimmers win medals in multiple Olympics?
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:44
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Are you what is known in a trade as a WUM or Troll! You do seem to be deliberately goading!
No mate I'm just giving my opinion, I'll leave the trolling up to you.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:45
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Stop being pathetic, she is third rate and always will be,
If she's third rate, what does that make you?
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:46
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Ditto on both counts.

Must be a lot of Frankie Boyle fans on the thread with all the hate this innocuous swimmer is getting from certain people on the thread.
Wondered when Frankie Boyle would get dragged into it, and is there anything wrong with valid criticism of the saintly addlington.

Dear god better sport stars than her get ripped apart here on DS everyday,
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:46
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Serious question, I don't know the answer.

Why do male swimmers win medals in multiple Olympics?
Which 800m male swimmers have won gold medals at multiple Olympics?
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:46
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But I can't help wondering how much this motivational aspect, the getting of athletes back to the grindstone...is down to the apparent failues of the (former) Uk Director of Swimming? Surely it was he and his staff's job to get athletes back at the coalface of 5am every morning for two hours...ASAP? Isn't that supposed to be why we have this top tier of national sport "strategic" management, to ensure we don't rely on individual trainers/athletes? To oversee their training regimes?
She does have a say in it too remember. Maybe she just decided she doesn't want to anymore. That is allowed. I'd rather she does what she wants to do rather than spend the next four years working her arse off just to make up the numbers.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:46
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Stop being pathetic, she is third rate and always will be,
Aye, appearances at two olympics, winning medals at both, is "third rate".
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