Last Hopes

Thai Taekwondo team is not doing as hot as the country has expected. Our pride-and-joy girl lost her shot at the gold today, but may still get a chance at the bronze. How do they do that? Olympics TKD competition is set up this way: anyone who lost to the 2 finalists in the first round get to compete with losers from semifinals for the bronze. So our female athlete still has a shot. On the other hand, our guy didn’t make it very far. We’re not giving up yet. There are still 2 more athletes going on in the...
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The fights continue

CBS Sports actually has Thailand’s Olympic Medals history. It’s always been the boxing boys since the first medal, a bronze, in 1976 Montreal, to the first gold in Atlanta, and 3 medals maximum. Here in Athens, we’ve beaten all the odds and all the records with 4 medals won already and the boys are just finishing up quarterfinals. All the medals so far are in weightlifting, and all by women. Thai female athletes, basked in the glory of the women’s lifters, and the men, wanting the medals more than ever, are putting in their efforts to garner more medals for...
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Golden Year!

Another gold for the ladies! Pawina Thongsuk, weighing in at 152 lbs. and lifted total of 601 lbs. to get to gold. Pawina first broke the world record by lifting 270 lbs. which was broken in the next turn by the Russian at 275.5 lbs. Matter not, at the end, the Russian contender and Pawina lifted the same weight but Pawina won because she weighs less. That brings Thailand up to 4 medals total – 2 golds, 2 bronzes – ALL from women’s weightlifting. I’m crying again!!! On other notes: The lone Thai badminton player lost in the semifinals, but...
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Let the shuttlecocks fly

The first Thai badminton player ever to reach Olympics quarterfinals has just advanced to semifinals! On that note – Nice try, Kevin and Howard of the US Badminton team. Not bad for your first time out. On another note – 3 Thai boxers–each in a different weight group–are still hanging in there. This year may be the year we have the most Olympics medal yet! I remembered when I was a kid, and the first Olympics medal was won. It was a silver in boxing. Then we didn’t win anything for a couple of Olympics, and then we hit the...
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Goooooold!

Meet Udomporn Polsak, the first Thai woman to ever won a gold medal for, of all the sports that are unpopular among Thai women, weightlifting. Weighing in at 53 kg (117 lbs.), Udomporn lifted the total of 222.5 kg (491 lbs.) to win the gold. Read about her, and our national, triumph in this report from Yahoo! toward the end of the article. I actually cried when I saw her picture of her in a Thai online newspaper. I’m so goddamn proud! And again, I fucking hate NBC fol the time delay coverage....
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Olympics Nut

Yet another culture shock. When I was growing up, Olympics is a very big deal. The whole country seems to stop to watch, to cheer on our own team–and even other countries’. 2004 Athens Olympics in the U.S.? *cricket chirps* Yeah. Nobody around me is as excited about the games. Actually, nobody seems to care that much. Another reason to feel home sick. We used to stay up even during school nights to watch the broadcast of any major sports events. Sometimes Daddy would come wake us up when the games were on, and let us slept the rest of...
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