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Olympics Day Eight Megathread (Saturday, July 31)

Olympics Day Eight Megathread (Saturday, July 31)

Denny_Hayes

New world record in triple jump!!


nava08al

nishida looks like a japanese adam devine


seronie

Zverev takes set one. Gross.


dimyourscreen

Table Tennis — Liu Shi Wen ( China mixed pair player ) just withdraw the women’s table tennis team competition due to injury.


NightOwlAnna

Eventing (cross country) TIME FOR FIREWORKS! 4.5km high speed horse sport with solid jumps lots of water and absolute spectacle!


Fun_With_Forks

[Day nine's thread is here](https://old.reddit.com/r/olympics/comments/ovfwr6/olympics_day_nine_megathread_sunday_august_1/).


InfamousOne4Ever91

How about that Jamaican team on track field huh! Yes I’m a USA fan but man those ladies are awesome!


NoKidsHere

I've never seen a beach volleyball player built like this Rebecca woman from Brazil.


vrphotosguy55

I thought you meant this in a positive way but in looking her up, yep indeed she’s not as svelte as tour average pro. Granted, volleyball isn’t a purely physical sport. In some sense, it’s admirable that she can still keep up. I have a similar body and I definitely wouldn’t be able to.


InfamousOne4Ever91

She’s gymnastics isn’t she? Rebecca Andrade?


Impossible_Pen_9459

Did they use much 2 by 4 building her?


Impossible_Pen_9459

If I was one of these I’d want to end my time here with a nice oiled up massage


Redz2018

Good day everyone !!!! I see we got 3rd in the 4 by 400.


4aparsa

Prediction for Iran vs Japan volleyball tmrw? I think Iran will win it


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I so do not understand why you had to shorten the word tomorrow. May as well written: Predict 4 Iran v JP vb tmz? I fink Iran will w it.


fredbrightfrog

Why use lot letters when few letters do trick?


macgruff

Kevin is in the House!


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Just to make it very clear, I am being paid by the CCP to post here. So, my posts are going to trend heavily in favour of nations favoured by China such as the UK and Sweden. We are trying a new thing where we admit our funding beforehand, because nobody can call us shills as we are automatically saying "we are shills"


papitsu

Welcome to the forum, comrade!


NoromXoy

How considerate! Thank you you friendly neighborhood shill, we love you!


WhaleSexOdyssey

what’s worth watching today?


lavta

Hard to tell because it's a big day with 5 finals in swimming which are the last ones in the pool, big artistic gymnastics day again with 4 finals there after trampoline finals are over and athletics continue on with 4 finals including the men's 100 metres final. So it's the biggest simultaneous day for the holy trio of olympics. And then even the team sports are getting into knock-out stages so those matches are more important now too in terms of who advances and who plays whom in the knock-out stages of team sports. It's one of the biggest/most crowded day of this olympics for sure.


Redz2018

The last medals in the pool, track and field and I am not sure what else. Nothings really on tell about 4.


Kaamelott

The Olympics But seriously, no idea, i just know I'll enjoy whatever it is that's shown


azulsquirrel

It's so strange to me how Americans are obsessed with Jamaican sprinters when it comes to the Olympics lol. Like we advertise Jamaican sprinters on NBC but I really don't see us doing that for other countries in other sports (ie Koreans in archery)


mostlylurkingg

Usain Bolt effect I know I was rooting for him the past Olympics, even over USA sprinters 😂


MasPatriot

Among the marquee events there aren’t really other countries that are consistently big obstacles to the USA besides Jamaica in sprinting, Australia in swimming, and Russia in gymnastics


31ster

A lot of them are pretty charismatic.


Mesko149

Track is way more popular among American audiences than archery is


azulsquirrel

Yeah but that was just an example


Mesko149

I mean, swimming/track/gymnastics are way more popular than *all* of the other sports, not just archery. So it makes sense that those are the only sports where American media would really highlight any non-American athletes. (NBC did have promos with Ariarne Titmus in it, I believe.)


macgruff

And to be fair we only care about that “Holy Trinity” every four years.


fluffyplayery

*Judo* Damn that French guy is MASSIVE


Kaamelott

And he lost some weight from what I gather


MajorInsanity

Teddy Riner?


fluffyplayery

Yeah


vrphotosguy55

First live events are golf at 530 pm central US time, equestrian at 545, and then a whole bunch of stuff at 7. Wow that is a late start. Edit: is that not correct?


momopeach7

> Diving I was wondering, how come they have water spraying onto the pool for the divers?


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momopeach7

Ah thanks, that makes sense. Otherwise I’d imagine it may all look the same so it would be hard to judge where the surface is.


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aokaga

ACAB is an international phenomenon unfortunately


jab116

I’m so over volleyball fuck NBC, shit gets boring real quick.... Women’s beach, men’s beach, women’s team, men’s team... fuck show some field events


PompeyMagnus1

Alexander Doom, top of the podium name.


mvfrostsmypie

>treading water with a ball how tight do the mens bottoms have to be so they don't get pulled off by opposing players


thegoat266

why is India not way better at the olympics for such a large country?


Enzown

Because it takes more than people, it takes government funding, access to coaches, quality local and nearby international competitions, a culture of excelling in that sport etc etc.


ricecanister

and a lot of sports takes organization (team sports) and facilities, which costs a lot of $


vrphotosguy55

Not much cultural push for athletes to be full time athletes. No professional development. I’m sure this will improve over time, especially as the country gets wealthier.


jab116

Olympic athletes don’t get shit for support from their government


srjnp

no monetary value in any sport other than cricket in india. hockey used to be big but even that has greatly gone down


NoKidsHere

Never thought I would be interested in watching weightlifting. Volleyball needs more love.


lavta

Indoor volleyball is one of the more popular sports but could be more popular I guess.


mindcracked

Anybody else watching this Taiwanese badminton player who screams her own name after every point? 😂


_Rooster_

Who is this? Do you have a highlight link?


mindcracked

Enjoy https://youtu.be/v4seOADpX5Q


_Rooster_

Thank you!


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Hope Austin Powers commentating on CBC Track and Field gets more excited as the events progress


TheDesktopNinja

Can anybody tell me why there were spectators in the stands for the Ivory Coast vs Spain men's soccer match? I thought there were none allowed at any of the venues?


MrIrishman699

Game took place in Miyagi which presumably is not in a state of Emergency like Tokyo is


_Rooster_

How many spectators? They have allowed a limited number of athletes of that sport to watch other teams/athletes.


TheDesktopNinja

Not sure how many, but they were scattered all over. I figured they were other athletes or maybe members of the press. A few hundred maybe?


fluffyplayery

Holy crap they did not just play "Astronaut im the Ocean" during beach volleyball


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I dunno why but i wish i saw that lol


fluffyplayery

It was in Spain vs Poland


[deleted]

Thanks that'll help when CBC uploads the replay I'll skip through a few minutes and check the game out.


demon-strator

Some of the Russian volleyball team members look like fashion models and play like madwomen. Damn, fun to watch!


seacucumber3000

Man if that one player's eyebrows were any higher, they'd be off her face.


mostlylurkingg

Me and my friend were referring to Nataliya Goncharova as “the model” when we were watching ROC vs USA last night


demon-strator

Yeah, and she's playing insanely well today. It's like Sharapova in tennis: she looks like that? And she plays like THAT? Holy shit!


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France2Germany0

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ulchachan

Why bring the negativity to this nice thread mate?


Mactan

I'm sorry. I forgot the pandemic brought an end to that.....for now.


ForgingIron

Why was the Nigerian athlete DQ'd for a false start in the men's 100m when the British athlete wasn't?


mostlylurkingg

From what I gathered from last night when the Jamaican runner got DQ’d and another runner got a warning It depends on how early you false started, it has to be under a certain time to get just a warning and if you go past that limit you get DQ’d


Gruffleson

British false start was fractionally worse, though. I suspect it was due to the fact they lose patience. And the second time it's always stricter, even if his false start was less bad. Or it might have been some movement in the line as a whole when the Brit did it, so they just warned him, instead of using 10 minutes to really sort out who was to blame.


FlavourSack

Does anyone know the name of the Tokyo Today hosts on CBC? I tried googling but can’t figure it out 🤷🏻‍♂️


Squirrel-Time

Here's all the CBC hosts: [picture here](https://i.imgur.com/wBjjUjj.png) The ones for Tokyo Today are Andrew Chang and Perdita Felicien


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NB_79

I've always wondered why 5m platform diving isn't a thing or all the other boards or platforms. I know FINA competitions will have things like the 1m. Are they too redundant?


phantomtap

Just saw the last dive from Pamela Ware, feel so bad for her Looked like she jumped slightly too far, toes went over the end of the board and just fell forward She was a favorite for a medal and didn't make the finals because of the failed dive, heart breaking


bee_vee

I'm so sad for her, just devastating


Willste

That ankle injury on Thompson in Women's Volleyball was brutal to watch.


StoopSign

Women's Volleyball The organ as Thompson is being led off is reminiscent of funeral music. C'mon organ guy.


Celestetc

For everyone who thinks the US should always dominate the pool or always have. The US men have won 1 gold in the 200/400/1500 combined since 1988. The women haven't won the 400IM since 92, the 200IM since 88. They hadn't medaled in the 200m fly women since 00 until this games. They haven't won the mens 100 or 200 breast since 1992. Some events they've absolutely dominated for sure and the relays especially but it's not like we dominate all events on the regular.


Kegxo

Yeah, it’s not like some sports (diving - China, artistic swimming - Russia and table tennis - China) where the same country gets the gold in every event almost by default


Celestetc

Yep now part of that is how many events there are. Swimming and track are so hard to dominate because all 30-40 events are specialized and different.


Jumblyfun

Is it wrong to assume the ROC are all doping? They didn't exactly get punished for it


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Jumblyfun

Being caught long ago and being caught a couple years ago are very different


ECrispy

How?


Jumblyfun

Ah we are trolling


durgasur

yes it is. only the athletes who could prove that they weren't part of the doping program could enter the Olympics . A lot of those athletes train in the US under us coaches for example. If they has access to doping, their american training partners would have the same access. You can always have your doubts about doping but these athletes shouldn't be more under suspicion then any other athlete


France2Germany0

I mean they’ve earned your suspicions by systematically violating the PED policy. I don’t blame you.


sunflowersnowcones

Rewatching trampoline now - this is like the fifth time I've heard "shape of you" at an Olympic event this year, lol. Is there a reason it's getting played so often, or...?


Enzown

You mean a reason beside it being a popular song?


sunflowersnowcones

Yeah - sorry, I guess my comment was a little vague. Obviously I know it's popular, but it's not exactly a "current" song, and it also seems like it's being played more often then any other song. I suppose it might not be, and I'm just only happening to notice when it's played instead of focusing on all the other popular songs being played, but it just seems odd.


DragonNoDojima

Olympic martial arts could be done better, we need freestyle judo


phantomtap

We need submission only bjj Quintet style I would also love mma to be added but I worry there would be too many injuries in such a short period of time


DragonNoDojima

Dude that would be amazing, I wish there were something like that for Judo. Just straight tosses and submissions.


jab116

Is there a 1k breaststroke?


crowd79

Olympic golf is boring AF. Who agrees? It needs a shakeup to be exciting like what the Ryder Cup does. Have national teams compete against each other, foursomes, individual bracketed tournament, etc.


Turtle22_22

Heck, even something like combined stroke play would be better. In its current state, Olympic golf is just like a normal tour event that happens to occur every 4 years.


EPMD_

Teams would be so much better, with men and women combined even. And you don't need dozens of teams either. A lot of sports have about 10 teams and do just fine. USA, Australia, Great Britain, South Africa, Canada, Japan, Korea, Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Spain, and maybe about 3-4 more teams would be enough to keep it somewhat competitive. The problem then would be how to determine which teams qualify to compete. I think that's the key reason they don't do it.


crowd79

Just go by overall world rankings. If a country has at least 4 golfers in the top 100 they qualify.


SimpleDan11

It's partially boring because there are no crowds. But I do think match play would definitely be better.


StoopSign

If the ROC wanted to troll the Olympics they should have worn all red uniforms in events.


CL-Young

No, seriously, where can I go to watch full match replays of the olympics? I checked out https://www.nbcolympics.com/replays/sport/beach-volleyball compared their list of events to https://olympics.com/tokyo-2020/olympic-games/en/results/beach-volleyball/olympic-schedule-and-results-date=2021-07-24.htm and it seems as if they're missing the preliminaries of JPN/CZE. at least, I can't find it. I tried going to the olympic channel, logged in through hulu, and in order for me to even see how complete their line up is, I would need to signup for hulu + live tv, which is another $64.99 a month. I'm not looking for highlights, or finals, or whatever, I just want to see events from start to finish as they were played. Why is this so difficult in 2021?


Dnp123

I signed up for a free trial of fubo tv and used that to sign in.


CL-Young

I could do that, but my issue is more about why doesn't nbc have everything? I'm a lot more interested in seeing an entire event from start to finish and paying a bit for that if i have to.


Dnp123

All you gotta do is sign up for the free 7 day trial on fubo tv. Then sign into nbcolympics.com and you have every event start to finish.


CL-Young

I decided to just sign up under Hulu. It's not bad honestly. Get to have live coverage now as well.


Dnp123

Nbcolympics.com does have all the full events. They just make you jump through hoops to access it.


CL-Young

Oh, thanks. I see now. Yeah for some reason some of the scheduled matches never took place, I guess.


Coast_watcher

Weekend of week 1 to week 2: Farewell Australians, hello Jamaicans. 😉


phantomtap

Just catching up on what I missed last night while sleeping This weightlifter from Qatar is awesome, set a new olympic record and having the time of his life while doing it What a performance and so much personality, hope he goes back to his country a star The canadian did great too, came in 4th overall only missing out on a medal by 1kg, he might be a little disappointed but you can't be mad at that at all The women's 100m was incredible too, Jamaica just has that race down to a science, cbc was saying something about since the 2000 games there have been 15 gold medals handed out between men's, women's and relay, Jamaica has won 13 of them


StoopSign

"it's the middle of the middle weekend of the Olympics" Good God we've reached Total Middle


Moist_Money_9979

Have we middled too middle Can we middle more middley


StoopSign

Mildly?


RonnieRizzat

How many runners are allowed per country per event? I thought in swimming/diving and gymnastics you are only allowed 2 participants


thegoat266

In track it’s 3 per event I think and one relay per event. Also they have to have hit the qualifying mark set by the ~~IOC~~ World Athletics


crowd79

They limit it to two for swimming because otherwise USA would sweep many events. Doesn’t seem to matter when it comes to table tennis and badminton though which China dominates like no other country. It is what it is…


ECrispy

Because swimming lets you win so many medals for one skill


Enzown

Lol persecution complex much?


Mesko149

US swimming is great but not great enough to "sweep many events"


ulchachan

It's because it's a different 'they'. Each sport has its own federation that is responsible for all the rules like that (https://olympics.com/ioc/international-federations)


Dunewarriorz

I don't know wtf this guy's talking about. There's a 3 per gender per country limit for TT And swimmers can't knock out better swimmers in quarterfinals or rounds of 16 ect... The best 8 swimmers will always be in the finals. But in the raquet sports this can happen. There will be lower matches containing the two best players where one gets knocked out of medal contention. badminton also has athlete quotas.


ssr3fn

It's actually 2 per country in TT which was implemented after China swept the medals in 2008.


StoopSign

I wanna try out the discus. I suppose I would have to go to the park but I'd risk injuring a dog who thinks it's a frisbee.


France2Germany0

I thought everyone on here was saying the US would sweep the track events. Seems like other countries are winning quite a few events


crowd79

4 events out of 50 have had medals. USA is fine.


Chordata1

Discus gold and silver celebration by Sweden may be the cutest thing ever


StoopSign

How much money can the average women's USA Track Athlete make on athletics alone, including endorsements etc? Edit: I specify "track" because I'm pretty sure the USA gymnasts from 2016 are set. At least Biles and Maroney are.


thegoat266

This website is a good breakdown https://www.athletebiz.us/blog/wp-content/uploads/AthleteEarningsStudy.pdf. TLDR is basically if you aren’t top 10-25 in the world you need another job


Behinder77

Wow, my country won medal in 4x400 Medley. Great great great. I was literally crying. This is first medal sińce 1980 Olympics. We wouldn’t wait so long if in ..Athens? Beijing? Some dumb volunteer left starting block on track number 8 when Polish men replay ran :( But today is time for celebration. Congratulations to Kajetan, Karol and two of Matusinski’s Angels: Justyna Święty Ersetic and Natalia Kaczmarek. Angels will certainly show their strength in 4x400 relay.


phantomtap

I forgot about that in my post, there was so much I just caught up on lol but wow, what a race Loved the emotion the last runner showed pulling his jersey over his head in celebration


thedoughofpooh

Day 8 is so yesterday. [rolls eyes]


DragonNoDojima

Day 8 is so 2000 and late


mvfrostsmypie

boom boom pow


thegoat266

Women’s shotput final and hammer qualifying tonight for US /morning for Tokyo. I’m really excited to see how we do especially in hammer as Price, Anderson, and Berry have been throwing really well this year and we’ve never medaled in women’s hammer throw.


JohnDavidsBooty

Georgia made her, Georgia claimed her, Georgia Taylor-Brown


theusualguy512

Missed most of the events the last hours, gonna rewatch some stuff before tonights events again. Watching the olympics with a big time delay is exhausting lol


ALA02

The mixed medley relay is absolute chaos and I love it


jab116

Poor Canadian Pamela Ware, I wanna give her a big hug right now.... - An American


goforth1457

Genuinely curious: Why do people here hate Djokovic all of a sudden?


lazyness92

Just saw a video with a good theory about it that seems rational. So when he rose to the best there was a rivalry between federer and nadal, apparently their matches were spectacular to watch because of the clashing stiles of play or something similar, when he started to rise, he was practically the third wheel and stopped these amazing matches that often had high stakes and for he couldn’t even get the dark horse cloud because for some reason his matches with nadal and federer weren’t as exiting, again probably because of playstyle. Add in a bad temper and this is what you get. Take it with a grain of salt because I don’t follow tennis, but he seems a decent guy and this explanation makes more sense


IDontAlwaysHerpDerp

Did you see his temper tantrum after going down in the bronze medal match? He chucked his racket into the stands and then another racket he smashed into the side of the net post. Dude has anger issues and not being able to manage that inexcusable.


ishkobob

>temper tantrum . . . chucked . . . smashed Strong words for a dude just showing some emotion and expressing frustration. You should work for Fox News. He didn't throw the racket at his opponent or anything, and the stands were empty. He's a professional athlete who's invested his entire life to being the best Of course he'll be emotional and frustrated in not medaling in the olympics. You don't get to be that good without being that intense and having that drive -- that NEED -- to win. This is nothing and completely innocuous. Also, compare it to other sports. Is every baseball payer who breaks a bat over his knee a bad sport? What about every hockey player who breaks his stick in frustration. Is all that "inexcusable"? Djokovic shook the guy's hand afterward and congratulated him. He didn't argue with the umpire or show any type of bad sportsmanship. He was frustrated and expressed it in a healthy way. That's normal. I mean, are you suggesting that he suddenly developed actual anger management issues after nearly 2 decades of professional competition? Yeah, this is a silly take.


POGtastic

There are far worse ways to lose, (see Serena Williams) but I wouldn't call it *healthy*. There's a spectrum of sportsmanship, and throwing your racket into the stands is not on the good end of it. That being said, I enjoy the spectacle of sports, and seeing athletes overcome with frustration is part of that. "The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, the human drama of athletic competition. This is ABC's Wide World of Sports."


ishkobob

It's not *unhealthy* like many people are trying to say. It doesn't mean he has anger management issues, and it doesn't mean he's a bad sport. It was completely innocuous. Hockey players break sticks and baseball players break bats all the time. It's not the same as someone throwing their ps4 remote at their parents' tv after getting killed in call of duty.


SimpleDan11

Throwing equipment isn't a healthy way of showing frustration.


ishkobob

Where'd you get your sports psychology degree? You throwing your ps4 remote because a 12 year old killed you in call of duty and called your mother a name is not the same as a professional athlete.


SimpleDan11

Any sport psychologist who says it's "healthy" to throw shit in anger, isn't one worth listening to. It means you can't handle your emotions, like a 12 year old playing call of duty.


ishkobob

[citations needed] In other words, you're not a sports psychologist and you've never played competitive sports in your life. Got it.


SimpleDan11

I have. And anyone that threw their shit was considered unhinged and needed to calm the fuck down. How on earth is it in any way professional or necessary? It's childish.


ishkobob

Lmao ok kid. Whatever you say. I hope you never watch hockey. You'll *really* get triggered by the way they settle disputes and frustration on the ice. Stay sheltered. You don't want to expose yourself to such "unhinged" behavior.


SimpleDan11

Hockey is a bit different since it's an inherently violent sport. That's like saying it's innapopriate to punch in boxing. But throwing shit in tennis is not ok.


yyzable

He always seemed nice but I did find out the other day that he's anti vax.


durgasur

that is his own right. not something to hate someone for, i think. His decision to hold a tennis tournament with parties afterwards in the midst of the pandemic on the other hand. That was quite stupid


ECrispy

It means he's a moron. He has no right to risk others lives, anyone who's anti vac is an idiot who deserves to be banned and there's every reason to hate him


ryli

I believe it's also my own right to hate him for endangering the lives of others.


durgasur

endangering lives. don't be ridiculous. I, as a vaccinated person can spread the virus just as much as a non vaccinated ( read the latest cdc studies ) He is possiblity only endangering himself, not others.


Zaidswith

That's not true.


ryli

I read the CDC studies, doesn't seem like you did though? Here, I'll quote some passages for you since you might be having trouble: "In addition, a growing body of evidence suggests that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines also reduce asymptomatic infection and transmission." "Data from multiple studies in different countries suggest that people vaccinated with Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine who develop COVID-19 have a lower viral load than unvaccinated people.(41-44) This observation may indicate reduced transmissibility, as viral load has been identified as a key driver of transmission.(45)" "Two studies from the United Kingdom found significantly reduced likelihood of transmission to household contacts from people infected with SARS-CoV-2 who were previously vaccinated for COVID-19.(25, 46)" "COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized in the United States have been shown to be effective against SARS-CoV-2 infections, including asymptomatic and symptomatic infection, severe disease, and death. These findings, along with the early evidence for reduced viral load in vaccinated people who develop COVID-19, suggest that any associated transmission risk is likely to be substantially reduced in vaccinated people." I will kindly ask you to do your own research before posting. And if you plan to tell me why the CDC conclusions are flawed, then why did you bring them up yourself? Thanks, have a good day!


yyzable

I mean yeah, it's his right, but that doesn't mean he can't be judged for it.


phantomtap

This is a great point many people forget Everybody has a right to their opinion, by making that opinion public, everybody has the right to express their opinion on that opinion It has to work both ways or it doesn't work at all imo


mrsunshine1

He’s always had haters. People like when the best players lose. But there’s also a quote about responding to pressure making it’s way around the Internet that people are interpreting as a shot at Biles. It’s just a generic quote about all sports having pressure and needing to deal with it so I think the criticism is people just looking to be offended by it.


T2542

In reddit there was a massive Civil war in r/tennis when Federer lost recently, and Djokovic won Wimbledon It was a massive salt storm of Federer fans (majority) vs Djokovic fans, maybe you can find it on subredditdrama


T2542

He's about to surpass Federer and Federer is a much loved athlete in Tennis, considered GOAT and a classy guy compared to Djokovic


StoopSign

They could have bet on him or they could be Albanian. I'm just kidding around Albanians.


BigPoppaPuff

Does Northern Ireland (Rory McIlRoy) compete under the Ireland flag?


phantomtap

Ya he's competing for Ireland From what he's said in interviews, he's not very patriotic (not my opinion, he said this in an interview), mostly just wants to be here because he feels this is a great way to promote golf to a larger audience and from what I've read, grew up playing mostly in Ireland, so when the Irish team asked, he said ok Edit: link to a tweet (has video of his interview) with his feelings, not my Twitter account https://twitter.com/BrendanPorath/status/1417146917201530882?s=19


SureProfessional6862

Each athlete chooses to either compete for GB&NI or for Ireland. E.g. in the hockey team there are NI players too. Most choose Ireland.


Kruimelvlaai

Northern Ireland is included in the UK Olympic team (the official name is Great Britain and Northern Ireland Olympic Team), but a lot of the Northern Irish athletes (including McIlRoy) have chosen to represent Ireland at the Olympics. Each Northern Irish athlete is free to choose between competing for Ireland or the UK, some make that choice because on personal/political reasons, but a lot of other choose the team where they have the biggest chance of qualifying.


crowd79

That’s legal? That’s like me wanting to represent Canada rather than USA because I only live 20 miles from the border.


Zaidswith

No, it's not. There's a very complicated history of why it's like that.


Kruimelvlaai

Yeah. It's way too long to explain in a comment (I would recommend browsing through Wikipedia if you're interested in the subject and history of Ireland), but the Irish Constitution has a lot of laws which serve to keep the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland as soft as possible, and making all citizens of the entire Island of Ireland equal in their Irish citizenship. Talking about your example: you actually *can* choose to represent Canada at the Olympics (once you can get qualified of course) really easy and even switch back to the US if you want to. The only requirement in the Olympic Charter is that an athlete "must be a national of the country for which he or she is competing", but that means that if you want to compete for an other country you must do so three years after you last competed for your previous country. Switching happens more often than you would expect, sometimes because an athletes emigrates to a different country or gets married to someone from a different country, but also because sometimes a switch can make it much easier to qualify for the Olympics. For example: The Netherlands is really dominant in speed skating at the Winter Olympics, so a lot of Dutch speed skaters would be good enough to qualify for the Olympics, but because IOC guidelines state that there's a maximum of 20 speed skaters (10 men and 10 women) per country at the Olympics, not all the Dutch world-class speed skaters can qualify to the Olympics (we even have special tournaments in the year before the Winter Olympics in which the winner gets to qualify). So in 2014 Dutch speed skater Ted-Jan Bloemen decided to compete for Canada instead of the Netherlands, because he knew he would easy qualify for the Olympics because Canada didn't have as much world-class speed skaters as the Netherlands and therefore didn't reach the maximum amount of 20. In 2018 Ted-Jan Bloemen won gold on the 10 km for Canada instead of the Netherlands, with Dutch speed skater Jorrit Bergsma coming in second place...


crowd79

That’s cool. UK doesn’t object to that?


Turtle22_22

It's a very complex history. Northern Ireland had a period of violence (commonly called "The Troubles") from the 1960s to the 90s over whether they should remain in the UK or join Ireland. This conflict ended with the Good Friday Agreement, which established the right for the people of Northern Ireland to hold both British and Irish citizenship, thus allowing them to either compete for the UK or Ireland at the Olympics. You can read more about The Troubles compared to my very simplified explanation [here](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Troubles).


BigPoppaPuff

Object in what sense? They can't control another sovereign nation's laws (well absent another war I suppose)