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London 2012 Recap: As Usual, Russia loses even When it Wins

The fourth Olympics for Russia during the era of the Putin dictatorship has just concluded. Russia finished with one -quarter fewer gold medals and ten percent fewer total medals in London, UK than it had when the era began, in Sydney, Australia.  More importantly, it suffered spectacular loss after humiliating defeat across a wide range of marquee events.

Let’s start with the good news:  Russia nearly hit the gold-medal target that the national Olympic organizers had set for themselves, an improvement of two gold medals over what Russia achieved in Beijing China four years ago. It got to 24, shooting for 25, up from 23 four years ago.  On this, Russia should be congratulated. But it was still Russia’s worst overall performance at the summer games since 1952, and  the way Russia achieved its meager goal was certainly not pretty.  It was clear that Russia remains far, far behind the level of achievement it had when Putin took power, and that’s not what Putin promised, he promised significant improvement.  At most, after more than a decade in power, Putin has merely managed to stop the bleeding.  It’s clear that in sports as in economics, Russia might well have been far better off if Putin had never taken power.

The list of Russia’s Olympic failures is ghastly to behold, particularly its losses, and its overall comparison, to its hated rival the USA. In perhaps the most shocking development, the USA whipped Russia in the women’s pole vault event, taking gold to Russia’s meager bronze; Russia’s Elena Isinbaeva had been a legend in this event.  Russia was crushed in gymnastics by the USA and saw its Larissa Latynina dethroned by American Michael Phelps as the winningest athlete in the history of the games.  Phelps also led all athletes at these games with six total medals, four gold.  He’s a superstar, just one of many on the USA side (though undoubtedly the brightest), something Russian can only imagine having on its side.  Russia’s biggest name, its flag-bearer Maria Sharapova, made it to the gold medal women’s singles tennis match against American Serena Williams and then promptly disgraced her country, losing the first nine games of the match and ultimately winning only one.  It was truly painful to watch, and emblematic of what happened to Russia almost every time it faced serious competition in a marquee event.  Just four Russian athletes ranked in the top fifty individual medal winners.  The USA had almost twice that number ranked in the top 10 alone.

Russia had the chance to reach a gold-medal faceoff with the USA in both men’s and women’s basketball, but it did not capitalize on either opportunity, getting relegated to the bronze-medal round in both cases.  Despite bringing in an American ringer for its women’s basketball team in the hopes of avoiding this outcome, the Russian side still had to endure a humiliating  loss to France, denied even a lowly bronze (the men did manage to squeak past Argentina to take this consolation prize).

The inescapable conclusion was that Russia cannot compete with the United States on the athletic field.  The USA had 36 gold medals four years ago in Beijing, and this total soared to nearly 50 in London, far and away more than any other nation.  Russia can only gape in awe at an achievement of that kind, its gold medal count was essentially static and less than half that of the USA, which had nearly as many gold medals as Russia had gold and silver combined.  And even more devastating, the medals the USA won were in the most significant kinds of events the games had to offer, the contrast with Russia being stark and dramatic.

Indeed, the only real “glory” that Russia could boast of was a stunning come-from-behind gold-medal win over Brazil in men’s volleyball and a stirring win over the USA in women’s 400-meter hurdles (Russia also swept the men’s and women’s high jump and took gold in the women’s 800 meters).  After that, Russia was left with “wins” in laughable pseudo “sports” like synchronized swimming and race-walking and rhythmic gymnastics, while the USA was dominating the classic glamour events in the swimming pool, in the gym and on the track.  And for a final indignity to “Russia” proper, a huge number of the few gold medals the country did manage win were won by athletes from places like Dagestan, Armenia and Ossetia, places that are hardly part of the “real” Russia as Slavic Russians see it and many of whose denizens are struggling to throw off Russian rule.

What was worse, though, was what happened off the playing field.

One after another, Russian coaches in disgrace resigned or promised to, and the Russia press circled like vultures while the western press gaped in horror.  But Russia’s biggest failure is yet to come:  Despite all this hand-wringing, Russia will no more face up to and correct its athletic failures than it will its political ones. Russians have spent too much time practicing neo-Soviet denial. They have lost the ability to admit their faults and undertake real reform, so things can only get worse for them.

And then there was the politics.

While the games were underway Russia experienced yet another utterly humiliating failure in its space program, and the world gaped in slack-jawed horror as a beautiful young mother was persecuted and tortured for her role as leader of the Pussy Riot collective.  It was as if events had been laid out in advance to humiliate Russia before the eyes of the world.

One can only hope that two years from now in Sochi Russia will come under even more intense political pressure as the world’s microscope is turned on the Putin dictatorship.  Hopefully, the world will remember how the Putin regime tortured and tormented Pussy Riot, causing everyone from Madonna to Bjork to Yoko Ono to issue stinging condemnations of Russian barbarism, and will unearth many other horrifying atrocities occurring in Russia on a daily basis. If that happens, the Putin regime will get the shock of its life, and horrifying cost Russia is paying to host the games may well be worthwhile after all.

40 responses to “London 2012 Recap: As Usual, Russia loses even When it Wins

  1. mingthemerciless ⋅

    March of Russian barbarity and cholera epidemic to Europe

  2. mingthemerciless ⋅

    The above picture is what pops up when you type “Russophobe” in the Facebook search window!

  3. Adi Böck-Kleinert ⋅

    Out of Russia’s 24 gold medals 7 (that is almost 1/3!) were won by non-Slavs. And half of gold medals were won by female athletes. Where are ethnic Russian men?

    Should be added that 10 medals for Russia where won by female athletes in truly feminine sports such as hammer throw, shot put, discus throw, wrestling, boxing and weightlifting.

    • Bogdan from Aussie ⋅

      But the Russian men have won all the gold medals in the following competitions:

      1. Gorbatchov Vodka

      2. Smirnoff Vodka

      3. Stolichnaya Vodka

      4. Moskovskaya Vodka

      5. Putinovka

      6. All Other Vodkas Open…

      • MCC ⋅

        Bogdan,
        Has anybody noticed the pathetic russian olympic uniforms the agliest of them all.. We in Poland know what happened, the great ‘russian patriot’ in charge of dressing the russian team, truly wanted to have the best uniforms possible but the russian DNA with stealing inprinted in every russian soul, took over…he couldn’t help it, he stole the money, bought some second-hand crap in Berling or Helsinki and made russian team look like pathetic, pitiful clowns…..Only in Russia…

    • Rare_F5_Twister ⋅

      For the US 29 out of 46 gold medals were won by female athletes. That’s more than half. So what? What is the purpose of your comment?

      Seven medals out of twenty four were won by non-slavs. And what exactly the porpose of pointing that out? Are you saying that non-slavs should be kept out of olympics? Or may be you mean that those medals should not belong to Russia? Should they be given to some other country? Which one, US, China or may be Georgia?

      • MCC ⋅

        All non-slaves were, in fact, muslims from Tatarstan and North Caucasus – those people have their own respective countries, own history and languages, temporarily under russian barbaric control….

  4. Blob ⋅

    I agree with the majority of the content except for the part about synchronized swimming and rhythmic gymnastics. These sports require immense skill, agility, endurance and talent.

  5. Rare_F5_Twister ⋅

    No, that’s all the other way round. Russia’s performance except for swimming was nearly as good as the United States. Now, speaking of swimming and speaking of classic glamour events as you call them. When exactly swimming became a glamour event? It’s classic yes but not nearly glamour, in fact it is quite boring. Every able bodied person can swim or run, those are natural activities. I personally can see people swimming twice a week when I go to a pool and I can see people jogging in a park every day. Don’t understand what’s so special or glamorous about it. When I was 20, I could swim 100 meters freestyle 50 seconds slower than a world record of that time – not a big deal, and I could run 100 meters 3 seconds slower than a world record – not a big deal either. In order to be a champion everything one should do is to swim or run as fast as he can and be a few hundredths of a second faster than the others. What’s dumber than that? After that how can you call synchronized swimming or rhythmic gymnastics laughable pseudo sports when both require outstanding abilities? No average individual can do that. It is also impossible to watch those events on a regular basis.
    Finally it is pointless to directly compare Russia and the US which is much more populous and reach country with more athletes and more money. The only way to compare them is in relative numbers. And in relative numbers Russia’s performance is brilliant. It’s still great even in absolute numbers.

    • larussophobe ⋅

      Don’t you feel even the SLIGHTEST obligation to explain how Russia’s performance was equivalent outside of swimming on a sport-by-sport basis?

      If it is “pointless” to compare the US and Russia then surely you agree Russia has no business sitting at the same table as the US on the Security Council or G-8, right? After all, India is a much bigger country than Russia but it is excluded.

      • Rare_F5_Twister ⋅

        On a sport-by-sport basis no, why should I? Let’s count the medals. Let’s assume that all 16 gold medals won by the US in swimming disappeared. Now the US has 30 gold medals and that effectively places Russia just behind it. That’s why I say it was nearly as good as the US, not the same and not equal. Still the US is better.

        Yes, absolutely, I agree with you. Russia has nothing to do at the same table as the US. In fact I think that the US should be seated at a separate table because no other country compares. I don’t even mind if Russia is replaced by India which is not even bigger but also much more influential on the global stage, isn’t it?

        • larussophobe ⋅

          You should because our post does so. What if Russia’s wrestling medals disappeared? What if medals won by non-Slavs disappeared? What if non-sports like rhythmic gymnastics and synchronized swimming were excluded? Your “analysis” is totally empty and unworthy of serious consideration. What’s more, when the USA and Russia met in marquee events, Russia lost every time.

          • Rare_F5_Twister ⋅

            Okay here you are, outside of swimming gold medals on sport-by-sport basis.
            US – RU
            Athletics 9 – 8
            Gymnastics 3 – 3
            Diving 1 – 1
            Boxing 1 – 1
            Synch swimming 0 – 2
            Wrestling 2 – 4
            Tennis 3 – 0
            Basketball 2 – 0
            Voleyball 0 – 1
            Football 1 – 0
            Total 22 – 20 which demonstrates roughly equal medal rate in major sports outside of swimming. I’m not listing some sporadic medals won by both countries in other sports just because I’m tired of digging in medal tables. But to be hones the US won 6 gold medals more outside of swimming.

            As for swimming the US team was absolutely stunningly outstanding. But swimming anyway naturally offers more medals than any other sport. In four years we’ll see if that was a beginning of a new trend or just an accident.

            Apparently “marquee events” and “non-sports” are the two terms used by you in the following order: the first one to exaggerate the achievements of the US athletes and the second one to disfavor the achievements of other country’s athletes in those sports where the US underperformed or was underrepresented. By doing so and by tying the results to the politics you are humiliating the whole idea of the Olympic Games established to create a good-will between nations. George Orwell clearly pointed out this sort behavior in his “Sporting spirit” essay by saying particularly that: “At the international level sport is frankly mimic warfare. But the significant thing is not the behavior of the players but the attitude of the spectators: and, behind the spectators, of the nations who work themselves into furies over these absurd contests, and seriously believe – at any rate for short periods – that running, jumping and kicking a ball are tests of national virtue.”

    • Beetlejuice ⋅

      Friend, there is no point on debating anyone here. Especially Kim (larussophobe) Zigfeld, and Bogdan. You can see why.

  6. mingthemerciless ⋅

    Seeing that Russia can still pull a lot of strings internationally, maybe they should make ice swimming an Olympic sport.

    I’ve seen these swimmers in February swim the St Lawrence
    between Montreal and Quebec, presumably following an ice breaker, thickly covered in grease, swollen like balloons, paddling around blocks of ice…it was epic and impressive!

    I could not find pictures of them on the internet…all that came up was images of drunken russians tripping on vodka bottles then falling in open water between two blocks of ice!
    They would make vodka-antifreeze exempt from Olympic drug testing!

    Well, that would relieve the crushing boredom that these Olympic events have become…come on…beach volleyball…you can watch as good tits and ass on just any beaches!

    • Bohdan ⋅

      Thanks for the good laugh Ming, trouble is Rare_F5_Twister wont understand any of that, or how L.R. has countered his absurd hypothesis on his beloved Russia, as in the true Pootin fashion, he will add “if pigs can fly, or if the world was square instead of round, or if the world was ruled by the greatest people’s democracy – i.e. Soviet communist Russia! then all humanity would be living in the greatest paradise known to mankind.”

      I like very much L.R.’s quote about the American in the hotel, who raises a valid point and the Russian replies, to the effect, “and you people lynch blacks.” a classic communist ploy to divert the question to a different and totally irrelevant topic/subject. Sure this ‘lynching’ happens in isolated cases and is carried out by criminals, but at least the Americans did not murder their own people in the 10’s of millions like the soviet communists did, AND who to this day deny this gross crime of, what was in effect, ‘ethnic cleansing’!!!

  7. Rare_F5_Twister ⋅

    Bohdan, Russia is neither mine nor it is beloved. I just happen to be temporarily deployed here. How do you know what I would understand or add? You missed the point in either of those statements.

    What country are you from by the way? What makes you lick La Russophobe’s boots twice in a single comment?

    • Bohdan ⋅

      Don’t prove your stupidity Rare_F5_Twister!! you have already proved that point beyond reasonable doubt. And please, ever so please, do not judge me by your shallow self!!

      And another thing comrade, I do not “lick La Russophobe’s boots” Only imbecile commos do that to Pootin’s unwashed arse, (he must be saving a fortune in not buying toilet paper in that sphere, right comrade?). I on the other hand just give honest credit where it’s deserved and/or earned, as L.R.’s blog is factual and accurate. So unlike those communist propaganda trash rags RT and Pravda that you idolize. In this regards all I can say to you is stop lying comrade ‘wasted space’.

    • Manfred Steifschwanz ⋅

      BOHDAN’S LEMMA
      ===============
      “In any right angled triangle, the hypotenuse of which is 10 units, must by mathematical calculations result in the two sides adjacent to the right angle in being 6 and 8 units respectively.”

      Do Psheks and Ukros only know about whole numbers, perchance? That would be the DISCRETE — as opposed to DISCREET — charm of the bourgeoisie. Seriously, Bohdan: Psheks’ and Ukros’ grasp of science makes L. Ron Hubbard himself almost appear as a die-hard scientist. You, by contrast, prove irrefutably what an utter waste of time and effort this preposterous Katyn/Holodomor drivel really is. And you honour it as your big national pastime. Unbelievable.

  8. Rare_F5_Twister ⋅

    One thing that becomes progressively clear since I encountered you for the first time is that you were and are just a waste of sperm. And you continue to prove it when you keep calling me comrade and by saying that I idolize RT, Pravda along with many other things you type every time you mention my nickname. Everything of which is a lie. I know that most of the time this blog delivers accurate facts and I come here to learn them. While you at the same time apparently come here to insult others by shitting all your crap out. It’s you who is a liar and provocateur.

    • Bohdan ⋅

      Bravo spoken like a true communist, comrade! Where did you learn that long word “provocateur” from? Real communist jargon may I add.

      What’s the matter does the truth offend you? Obviously it does!

      Finally, I do not lie comrade as my Christian upbringing, i.e. the seventh commandment forbids it, so unlike the communist brainwashing, where if you lie in the cause of communism, than that is permissible.

      • Beetlejuice ⋅

        “Finally, I do not lie comrade as my Christian upbringing”

        You sound like an American redneck.

      • Rare_F5_Twister ⋅

        Bugdan, you seem to be very used to the communist jargon, a true expert. Is there something about it in your gloomy past or do you just have a multiple personality disorder with a communist living inside of you as your second self?
        Finally my worst concerns have been confirmed. Your miniscule brain cannot hold more than 5 symbols, hence any word which is longer than 5 considered by you as long. Like for instance “provocateur”.
        No, half-wit, a truth never offends me. Don’t even try to hide you lie behind your Christian upbringing.

        • Bohdan ⋅

          Are you warped, Twister of the Truth, you pea brain. And a liar to boot as well. Your big problem is breathing and judging me by your subhuman communist standards. Hahaha.

          Talking about liars and lying, so tell me more as you are the expert in this field. Right comrade goon?

          Your other big problem is that you do not know what Christianity is. A field that your limited brain cannot comprehend and never will.

          • Rare_F5_Twister ⋅

            Pure bullshit! My standards are neither subhuman nor communist and as I told you elsewhere I judge you by nothing other than what you routinely have to say. Apparently you don’t understand it on the first try, zero intellect.

            Hey, listen, Bugdan al-BugTurd bin-Burf! I know what Christianity is basically because I have such thing as education, yet another thing that your miniscule brain is not designed to hold. And you don’t pretend to be a Christian. It is impossible to be a Christian and such an asshole as you are at the same time. Those are two mutually exclusive categories. What you have instead is called the Acute Christianity Disorder, another disease for your long suffering brain.

            Come on BugTurd bin-Burf give me more delusions from your petrified nerve glands!

            • Bohdan ⋅

              Yea sure Propaganda Twister, the ganz groesser untermensch scheissekopf. It’s a recognized fact of life that all imbeciles have a real big impression of themselves that is not shared by any sane humans, but accepted by fellow imbeciles.

              Listen ScheisseKopf I would any day be what I am rather than that brain dead communist liar you are. Yes stupidity is forever and there is no cure for it.

              You want some delusions. Perfect, I’ll give them to you with pleasure.
              1. You are smart (Hahaha)?
              2. You are good looking (Hahaha)?
              3. You are God’s gift to women (Hahaha)?
              4. You are honest (Hahaha)?

              Aah do excuse me comrade foul mouthed Untermensch, I am wetting myself from laughing so hard! so please do excuse me as I now have go to the rest room to wash my mouth out after telling these huge and momentous ‘poky pies’ i. e. outright lies.

  9. mingthemerciless ⋅

    Symbols?
    To simplify, just use Hitler’s swastika…it was the bolchevik’s logo to start with:

    And is now used by the muslim jihadis shahids equally with Allah the moonstone dildo idol…look good on bomb belts!!!

    Palesto-simians:

    Arabs in Syria tossing each others off tall buildings(need strong stomach):
    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=176_1344783262

    • Bohdan ⋅

      You are right, Ming! The last video was terrible and sickening to watch. The barbarity of Muslims.

      Ah well, what is to be expected from those brutal Muslims and their likewise brutal religion, they cannot even live in harmony with each other. They also dish this type of justice to non believers like communists, i.e. untermensch of Cockroach Dungheap, Manturd Scheissekopf and Twister of God’s Truth’s mettle.

      I recently read an article in an American newspaper/magazine, not so long ago, that World War III will be between Christians and Muslims. And sadly I am now starting to believe this prediction!!!

      To use the late Saddam Hussein’s words, this is going to be the real “mother of all battles!”

    • Manfred Steifschwanz ⋅

      Wrong as ususal, Bohdan. World War 3 will be between the self-proclaimed “International Community” and “Terrorism”. There will be “Good Muslims” like the Sheikhs and the Saudi Royal family and “Bad Muslims” like the Iranians, Hamas, and Hezbollah. You should keep your focus on Putin and Russia — at least while scribbling on this fabulous blog, dolt.

      • Bohdan ⋅

        Hey ‘birdbrain communist’ it’s just embarrassing how incompetent you really are!! For your information I didn’t rattle your slop bucket for you to come-a-running like a squealing pig, with your worthless propaganda trash.

        I just cannot wait until the Muslim holy warriors catch up with you and your two other useless stooges to dispense their type of justice to you three communist liars. In that case “Allah will be great” you little speck of worthless fly turd.

        Yea comrade you are right for once, when you say “on this fabulous blog,” the only big negative is when you trash its contents with your worthless and jabbering ravings.

        Listen comrade, I can hear RT and Pravda calling you. Better run, otherwise your hero ‘Poo(as in crap)tin’ may excommunicate you. In which case you will become permanently unemployable as no one else in their right mind would be stupid enough to hire a worthless clown of your ilk!!!

        • Manfred Steifschwanz ⋅

          Incompetent — maybe. But in your case, Bohdan, incompetence is highly manifest. You swallowed the bait in the form of a triangle and a square, and now I’ve proudly reeled you in. What’s worse is: You don’t even seem to mind how incredibly stupid it is to act as if you have the upper hand when, as in your sad case, you’re simply down and out for everyone to see.

          Immature, adolescent kids and/or drug addicts spring to mind immediately from your impotent braggadocio, my very, very precious little Ukro.

          • Bohdan ⋅

            What I swallowed the bait in proving what an imbecile you are? No way Manturd, no way!

            I just proved what a brainless imbecile you are. Period!

  10. Rare_F5_Twister ⋅

    Now Herr Katzendreck aka Bugdan al-BugTurd bin-Barf you have finally pleased me by showing off your totally insane hysteric hyperkinesis. That was my point.

    • Bohdan ⋅

      Hey Twisted Peabrain what are you actually raving on about? Can you repeat that in logic English for a change.

      Nah, forget it comrade provocateur, that is a physical impossibility for you and your limited brainpower.

  11. mingthemerciless ⋅

    In olden days, there used to be a milder version of Islam called Sufism all over Russia and the Middle East…Then Stalin murdered all their Mollahs and replaced them with Salafist ans Wahabite terrorists supplied by the Saudi and their money…History show Putin’s KGB setting up terror cells based on Salafi Islam in just about every third world countries, assisting conquering Islam everywhere they could…Chechnya being one of Putin’s success story, and his puppet Abu Nidal an epic failure…(the huge terror network that Vlad helped so much self destroyed, with Saddam shooting the vile creep Abu Nidal himself)

    • Dmitry ⋅

      So we can say it was Vlad behind the Kaeda, right? And Stalin was the one who invented it all, in the first place?

      Thanks God, this blog hasn’t changed cince my last visit:)

      • Dmitry ⋅

        One more thing to explain – how guys from the cia got so hijacked by the kgb villains as to go and finance bin Laden all the way through to the top? But that was surely due to them not knowing he was merely another Stalin’s agent…

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