Coming Up

@AmbiePam (49053)
United States
July 8, 2016 7:37pm CST
The Olympics are coming up in August, and despite the crime, filthiness, and other dangers Rio poses, the athletes seem very excited. Trying to think about something positive, does your country or state have an athlete they are following closely? America's most well known athlete this year is probably swimmer Michael Phelps, again. Gabby Douglas, a gymnast, might be the second most well known athlete from America, although another American gymnast Simone Biles is expected to do better in the Olympics, if Gabby goes. What's cool is that both Gabby and Simone are both African-American. It makes me feel good to know my niece has someone to look up to, in that area. She was asking me this weekend why I was "peach" and she was "brown". So, the summer Olympics and your opinions, favorites...?
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@DianneN (77844)
• United States
9 Jul 16
I love the Olympics and Michael Phelps. I've been following his career. Gabby is so cute. We shall see how she fares against Simone. My future DIL loves diversity. When we vacationed in Rio, it was a beautiful city. It did have a lot of poverty and was quite dangerous away from the hotels. One couple we met from South Africa got robbed on the beach at sunset. Too bad Rio is having such problems.
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@AmbiePam (49053)
• United States
9 Jul 16
Yes, I've heard people say when they were there it was gorgeous. I don't think they were there when the water problems started. I feel badly for their citizens.
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@Susan2015 (20580)
• United States
9 Jul 16
I don't watch them anymore. Used to watch some but quit years ago.
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@AmbiePam (49053)
• United States
9 Jul 16
My mom and I watched them together years ago, but then my interest wanted when she began going downhill.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Jul 16
Mostly our Australia swimming stars take most of the limelight in our press. But we have a local girl riding in the dressage (horse event) in the paralympics. We are all hoping she will do well.
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@AmbiePam (49053)
• United States
9 Jul 16
I remember Ian Thorpe.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Jul 16
@AmbiePam Yes, Ian Thorpe was one of our big stars.
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@toniganzon (49796)
• Philippines
9 Jul 16
I have seen the news about our athletes joining the summer olympics but i have no favourite nor do our country have favourites. Our athletes receive the least support (financial and moral) from our government and it's sad.
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@AmbiePam (49053)
• United States
9 Jul 16
I'm sorry to hear that.
@toniganzon (49796)
• Philippines
9 Jul 16
@AmbiePam sad fact.
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@Juliaacv (30226)
• Canada
9 Jul 16
I'm not much of a follower of the Olympic sports stars, so I' don't have any favorites. I do hope that everyone is safe during the whole event since the country is known for is crime and policing which is very different from what we are used to. I love the comment from your niece, I hope that you told her that inside we are all the very same colour.
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@AmbiePam (49053)
• United States
9 Jul 16
My sister told her God made us different loking, but we're all the same on the inside.
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@Juliaacv (30226)
• Canada
9 Jul 16
@AmbiePam She's right, and the only reason that He made us different looking is so that we don't mix each other up, that's why some of us have curly hair or straight hair, a few bald heads mixed into the group as well as different hair colours. No one colour is any better then the other.
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11 Jul 16
I didn't realize gabby douglas was going again this year
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@AmbiePam (49053)
• United States
11 Jul 16
She's trying to qualify, but I don't know if she will.
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@silvermist (20100)
• India
9 Jul 16
@AmbiePam I generally watch some items in the competitions irrespective of country.There was a time when I was more interested in Olympics.
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@AmbiePam (49053)
• United States
9 Jul 16
Yeah, when I was younger I cared more.
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@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
9 Jul 16
I kive the sunning and gymnastics too wish I had a T'v of m yt own wisy that people downstairs would opft t o watch the' summer olympics love them
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@AmbiePam (49053)
• United States
9 Jul 16
I hope you can!
@NJChicaa (40046)
• United States
9 Jul 16
I can't believe how unstable and gross Rio is for this Olympics.
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@AmbiePam (49053)
• United States
9 Jul 16
It's amazing who can get the Olympics just by bribing the corrupt International Olympic Committee.
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@mom210 (6762)
• Atlanta, Georgia
11 Jul 16
We have watched them, my daughter is a gymnast, we were thrilled that Lauren Hernandez made the team. She is the only one that will be in all the events and she was amazing in each one. Simone did an excellent job, poor Gabby did fine, she always looks a bit "crabby" though and seemed to be "off"
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@jaboUK (53917)
• United Kingdom
11 Jul 16
I don't really take much notice until the Games actually start, and then of course I support anyone British. I hope Rio gets things sorted in time. I was there a few years ago, and anywhere off the main tourist areas was a no-go.
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@theBlock (2625)
• United States
9 Jul 16
@AmbiePam I'll be rooting for them!
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@Tr8600 (144)
9 Jul 16
good luck to all the teams and may the best team win. looking fwd to it :)
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@jstory07 (66928)
• Roseburg, Oregon
9 Jul 16
The Olympics are good to watch and someone that wins give children someone to look up to.
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@just4him (116693)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Jul 16
Michael Phelps is Australian. It would be nice to claim him, but we can't. Gabby is a great gymnast. I didn't know she was returning. I don't know any of the athletes. I'll watch the Olympics when they come on.
@AmbiePam (49053)
• United States
9 Jul 16
If he is, he still competes for the United States, and is a citizen. He became the most decorated American Olympic athlete in the last Olympics.
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@just4him (116693)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Jul 16
@AmbiePam My mistake. I looked him up, because I always thought he was Australian.
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@Teep11 (7049)
• United States
9 Jul 16
If you're referring to brown skin. Tanikka Paulk is brown skin and some may say, "black," or African American, but whatever term they use. It boils down to being African American. Enjoy the Olympics.
@AmbiePam (49053)
• United States
9 Jul 16
My niece is black but she calls herself brown. She's adopted, but not the only black person in our family.