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Old Jul 29th 2012, 08:21 AM
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Judo Gold opens Russia’s Olympic medal account

Russian judoka Arsen Galstyan dedicated the Olympic gold medal that he won Saturday to the victims of fatal flooding in his home region of Russia.

Galstyan won Russia's first gold in London in the 60-kilogram final on Saturday, beating Japan's Hiroaki Hiraoka by ippon.

Flash floods killed 171 people and devastated more than 7,000 homes in and around the town of Krymsk earlier this month, leaving leaving thousands homeless and in need of emergency supplies.
Galstyan Dedicates Olympic Gold to Flood Victims | Sports | RIA Novosti

Putin is of course happy, it's his chosen sport after all


And so are the Russian taxpayers. Over the years, Putin threw millions, maybe even billions into his favorite sport. Magnificent Judo training complexes, "Judo-Centers", were built and opened in every major Russian city

Basically, those resposible for financing sport in Russia, received order from the Kremlin, whatever Judo wants, Judo gets, money, facilities, equipment

It has even been said funding from other less successful and less popular sports like curling was cut to give even more to Judo.

After the fiasco in Beijing, many began grumbling about Putin wasting money on Judo. But, now it seems to be paying off, at last. In fact, I think all the skeptics will now be quiet


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Old Jul 29th 2012, 09:47 AM
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To be fair, by the way, it is not only Putin and Judo.

Yeltsin, for example, similarly favored tennis


Evgeny Kafelnikov, Russia's "First Racket" back then, in the 90s

became eventually so rich under Yeltsin, that he bought himself his own private jet plane! Seriously.

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Old Jul 29th 2012, 10:36 PM
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That's Caroline Wozniacki unless I'm very mistaken. What is she doing in that company
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So do you think that the people who protested against Putin will now come over to your side, and start voting for him, because of this medal?
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Old Jul 30th 2012, 05:36 AM
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That's Caroline Wozniacki unless I'm very mistaken. What is she doing in that company
Looks more like Vera Dushevina to me

Which would make sense. Kafelnikov today still hangs around all the young Russian tennis girls. He gave Maria Sharapova her first racket, apparently.

He and her father are old friends, from tennis too. Kafelnikov and Yuriy Sharapov played doubles together in the 90s, I believe.

And here he is with Vera Zvonareva and Maria Kirilenko


I think he is looking for a new wife. He's been divorced for 11 years now, right, raised a daughter by himself. Now he wants another woman in his life.

Nick, I do not know. But, this shows, at least, that Putin was right about Judo, if nothing else
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Old Jul 30th 2012, 05:51 AM
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No, it doesn't show that Putin was right about judo. It shows that he has power over funds and that he likes judo.
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Old Jul 30th 2012, 02:21 PM
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No, it doesn't show that Putin was right about judo. It shows that he has power over funds and that he likes judo.
And it is paying off, as I said. Just now:

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Isaev wins men's 73K judo gold


Russia's Mansur Isaev, right, took home gold in the men's 73K judo competition.

Updated Jul 30, 2012 12:18 PM ET

LONDON (AP)

Mansur Isaev of Russia won a gold medal in Olympic judo Monday in the men's 73-kilogram category.

Isaev defeated the current world champion, Riki Nakaya of Japan, in a close-fought final in which both competitors struggled to pin each other.
The 25-year-old Isaev came in seventh at the world championships last year.
Earlier in the day, Isaev beat world No. 1 Wang Ki-chun in the semifinals.
Bronze medals were won by Nyam-Ochir Sainjargal of Mongolia and Ugo Legrand of France.
http://msn.foxsports.com/olympics/ju...d-medal-073012

Our Judokas are beating even the Japanese, who invented it! I think this proves it, our Judo program is the top in the world

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our Judo program is the top in the world

And what percentage of the Russian people do you think will remember about this in one year from now?
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Old Jul 30th 2012, 04:20 PM
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And what percentage of the Russian people do you think will remember about this in one year from now?
Those who follow Judo

All I am saying is, let us step away from politics for at least the lengh of the Olympics and just enjoy our athletes performance (if we are lucky enough that the perfomance is one to enjoy ) and take pride in their accomplishments.
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Those who follow Judo

All I am saying is, let us step away from politics for at least the lengh of the Olympics and just enjoy our athletes performance (if we are lucky enough that the perfomance is one to enjoy ) and take pride in their accomplishments.
For God's sake, you are saying the opposite!!! You brought up Putin in the very first post in this thread (well, at least you seem to have a sense of humour)

I see you didn't answer my question about what percentage of the Russian people would remember about this in one year from now.
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