Yay, they did get Steve Foley back for the diving! Dean Pullar's his offsider on Channel Nein as well, so I wonder if Nein and Foxtel are using the same commentators. I love them - they show the same amount of enthusiasm for a brilliant dive regardless of the nationality of the competitor, they're pleased by Australian success without being obnoxious about it (I'm looking at you
, Rabbit Warren), and they know their stuff.
Bwah to Ken Suckcliffe's faux pas, calling them the "synchronised swimmers"! He's obviously been hanging out too much with Daryl Eastlake.
Was anyone else slightly disturbed by the fact that one of our divers is only thirteen
? Melissa Wu's brilliant, and seems very mature and level-headed but ... thirteen
? Plus she looks about eight! I think there's a minimum age limit for most sports, but there have been some 12 year old divers in the past. This article
has an interesting take on it. However, I don't know. Congratulations and all the best of luck to her, but if I were a parent, I'd be troubled about letting my child compete in an adult international competition that young. Then again, you wouldn't want to hold a child back if that's what he or she loved to do, so it's a difficult one.
And John Steffensen? Great race but ... boyfriend is stark. Raving. Bonkers! He's overwhelmingly arrogant, but hilariously so, and at least he's got the ability to back it up.
That's really interesting about the British coverage puppytoe
- I wonder if the BBC has to rely on the "host broadcaster" whoever that is (from what one of the commentators said, Channel Nein is disclaiming host broadcaster responsibility, but I'd have thought they were it). There's been quite a bit in the media here about the lack of focus on competitors from other nations - totally justifiable complaints too.
Here's another funny article about the commentators from The Age
. I particularly like this bit:
At the swimming, Ray Warren has probably convinced more Melburnians than ever before that he's the perfect guy to call rugby league.
Ray gave the flag an almighty beating in his peculiar Cinesound newsreel patois, and basically did everything short of breaking into a one-man brass-band rendition of Waltzing Matilda and personally carrying a statue of Sir Robert Menzies into the auditorium.
One of Warren's high points was a particularly unadulterated rave about Australian medal chances in a certain event, which ran long enough to obscure all introductions for the swimmers in that heat.
Edited by Rachel72, Mar 23, 2006 @ 7:14 PM.