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Post by Kiskaloo on Fri 27 Jul 2012 - 1:22

With the Opening Ceremonies of the Games of the XXX Olympiad soon to begin, we can use this thread to discuss the events of the games.

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Post by Kurosaka "Ery" Erika on Fri 27 Jul 2012 - 1:58

especially the archery and shooting air rifle(my favorite sport).......i hope Malaysia will bag another medal for shooting....
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Post by Awinnell on Fri 27 Jul 2012 - 10:12

so far, one athlete sent home for racist tweets

the wrong flag put up next to the North Korean women's football team

one GB team members identified as English when he is Welsh

Mitt Romney suggesting that there's little support for the games in the UK

G4s failing to do its job and hire and train enough staff leading to several thousand soldiers being drafted in, many of whom have just returned from Afghanistan and are soon to be made redundant,still they could always get a job with G4s !

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Post by Professor Voodoo on Fri 27 Jul 2012 - 15:00

GattoNero wrote:especially the archery
Looks like South Korean archer Im Dong Hyun has already broken a World Record (for best 72 arrow score) before the opening ceremoinies have even been conducted.

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Post by Kiskaloo on Fri 27 Jul 2012 - 15:49

Checking the weather on BBC, looks like it will be dry for the Opening Ceremonies that are just now kicking off.

Having been fortunate enough to attend the greatest (Beijing 2008) and second-greatest (Sydney 2000) Opening Ceremonies, I'm interested to see what Danny Boyle has on offer later tonight (NBC is tape-delaying it and I am not sure if CBC has it live as I don't see it on their web schedule).

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Post by Kurosaka "Ery" Erika on Fri 27 Jul 2012 - 16:49

I've watched 10 minutes ago....i was a masterpiece....
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Re: The 2012 Summer Olympic Games Discussion Thread

Post by Kiskaloo on Sat 28 Jul 2012 - 0:27

They're starting the Parade of Nations, so time to go to bed and finish it in the morning, but I will say that so far, the Opening Ceremonies have been a lot better than I expected.


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Re: The 2012 Summer Olympic Games Discussion Thread

Post by Awinnell on Sat 28 Jul 2012 - 0:54

Spoiler:
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Her Majesty gets a special escort !

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Post by Three Dog on Sat 28 Jul 2012 - 0:56

@Awinnell wrote:
Spoiler:
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Her Majesty gets a special escort !

I get a message saying the uploader has not mde this video availible in my country.

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Post by Kurosaka "Ery" Erika on Sat 28 Jul 2012 - 3:55

bond...james bond agent 007
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Re: The 2012 Summer Olympic Games Discussion Thread

Post by Awinnell on Sat 28 Jul 2012 - 9:31

Destroyer of Worlds ;D wrote:
@Awinnell wrote:
Spoiler:
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Her Majesty gets a special escort !

I get a message saying the uploader has not mde this video availible in my country.

it got taken down lol

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Re: The 2012 Summer Olympic Games Discussion Thread

Post by Awinnell on Sat 28 Jul 2012 - 9:32

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Re: The 2012 Summer Olympic Games Discussion Thread

Post by Alfisti on Sat 28 Jul 2012 - 9:42

Didn't manage to catch the ceremony, but I am going to back the nice people over at Herringbone Sydney and say that the Netherlands totally win gold in the elite style division:


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Post by Kurosaka "Ery" Erika on Sat 28 Jul 2012 - 9:46

it was splendid though...the history of britain reenactment....klise but awesome...
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Post by Awinnell on Sat 28 Jul 2012 - 12:46

they should definetly bring this sport back



Duelling witrh wax bullets,held twice, the participants wore masks and leather coats and fired on each other with wax bullets in a duel style walk out and turn !

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Post by Kiskaloo on Sat 28 Jul 2012 - 14:26

@Awinnell wrote:they should definetly bring this sport back



Duelling witrh wax bullets,held twice, the participants wore masks and leather coats and fired on each other with wax bullets in a duel style walk out and turn !

Ferro (looking at the younger and more impressionable cyborgs): "Let's not, shall we?"

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Post by Awinnell on Sat 28 Jul 2012 - 16:15

they were black powder guns,and could put a hole in you if they hit somewhere soft or at close range





of course they also had Cannon firing at the second games as well,not sure on the rules of that one !


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Post by Professor Voodoo on Sat 28 Jul 2012 - 16:25

@Awinnell wrote:they should definetly bring this sport back



Duelling witrh wax bullets,held twice, the participants wore masks and leather coats and fired on each other with wax bullets in a duel style walk out and turn !
I don't know if I should admit this but I have tried this with paintball pistols. Walk 10 paces, turn...fire!

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Re: The 2012 Summer Olympic Games Discussion Thread

Post by Awinnell on Mon 30 Jul 2012 - 14:21

contains results

Spoiler:
Britain gets its first Olympic medal in Mens Gymnastics since 1924,coming third behind China in the gold position and Japan in silver,though that result was after the Japanese appealed a deduction and got the point back, taking them back into the silver position

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Post by Kurosaka "Ery" Erika on Mon 30 Jul 2012 - 16:52

the japanese good at deduction....
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Post by Kiskaloo on Mon 30 Jul 2012 - 23:17

Women's Volleyball: Japan vs. Italy

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Italy defeats Japan three sets to one, so not only does Kara not get her iPhone back early, she now has to cook Michele dinner. Smile

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Post by Kiskaloo on Wed 1 Aug 2012 - 10:48

Spoiler:


Thirteen years after The Magnificent Seven won the first gold medal in Women's Gymnastics for the United States at Atlanta 1996, the Fabulous Five repeat in London.

And Michael Phelps wins his 19th medal - a gold in the Men's 4x200M Free Relay swim - to become the most-medalled athlete in modern Olympic history.

Kara is a happy camper these Games, with Japan and France in the #3 and #4 spots in the of Medal Count.

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Post by Kurosaka "Ery" Erika on Wed 1 Aug 2012 - 11:32

@Kiskaloo wrote:
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Thirteen years after The Magnificent Seven won the first gold medal in Women's Gymnastics for the United States at Atlanta 1996, the Fabulous Five repeat in London.

And Michael Phelps wins his 19th medal - a gold in the Men's 4x200M Free Relay swim - to become the most-medalled athlete in modern Olympic history.

Kara is a happy camper these Games, with Japan and France in the #3 and #4 spots in the of Medal Count.

Triela: "No double dipping!"

Kara: "You're just annoyed that Tunisia has yet to win anything."

Triela: "That is why I am supporting Italy....(whispers) and Germany."

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and why am i laughing after our country so far has no medal to boast ? ....pity that the athlete at my own country are *ehemmmmm*
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Post by Awinnell on Wed 1 Aug 2012 - 16:51

So ,disqualification for four teams in the Badminton,apparently they wanted to avoid each other in the next round of the round robin contest and would face easier teams if they lost and so tried to lose deliberately ,they have been booted out for unsportsmanlike conduct not in the spirit of the games !

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Post by Kiskaloo on Wed 1 Aug 2012 - 20:39

Women's Volleyball

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As opposed to their performance in Badminton, China showed up for their match with the United States. While they were defeated 3-0, that the final score was 31 to 29 is a reflection of how hard they fought, successfully defending against 5 US match points before going down against the 6th.

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Post by Three Dog on Thu 2 Aug 2012 - 5:07

Is it me, or does it seem a little out of the spirit of the games to whine about athletes not getting a Gold? That's what's happening down here in Australia. Bloody media deosn't think that a Silver or a Bronze is enough, it has to be Gold or they'll do a full cover sotry about how upset and disapointed you, talking about how you were robbed or some nonsense. On top of that, the media is complaining that Australia is only 15th. I think that's pretty good considering how many countries are competing. Prabaly happens because Australian's have too much pride in thier sport.

@Awinnell wrote:So ,disqualification for four teams in the Badminton,apparently they wanted to avoid each other in the next round of the round robin contest and would face easier teams if they lost and so tried to lose deliberately ,they have been booted out for unsportsmanlike conduct not in the spirit of the games !

I had heard snippets of that story, but nothing fully. About all I had been able to piece together was that they had thrown the game. Not cool.

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Post by Kurosaka "Ery" Erika on Thu 2 Aug 2012 - 5:16

my country's athlete for badminton are pretty worse when they played i can't stand laughing at myself especially Lee chong wei from malaysian,he had an injury in his leg and when he played,he seems funny and almost lost...that's why i laughed at myself....HAHAHHAA
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Post by Kurosaka "Ery" Erika on Thu 2 Aug 2012 - 7:15

YAY!! the germans won the volleyball

Hilshire: is it? *like a bos*
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Post by Robert Frazer on Thu 2 Aug 2012 - 15:49

Prabaly happens because Australian's have too much pride in thier sport

This story probably helps to illustrate that attitude.

You see, I have a lot of family in Australia - one of my aunts married a Qantas head steward and, one by one, her sisters visited her in Port Hacking, thought "ooh, this is lovely" and moved out to follow her. A few years back, I went visiting myself. My cousin was five years old at the time, and I attended her school sports day. At five years old, she was competing in the discus, the shot put, and the hurdles.

In a British school sports day in my area, they're cancelling the egg-and-spoon race because it's "too competitive".



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Post by Entropy on Thu 2 Aug 2012 - 16:45

As low as it is to throw a game on purpose to get a better draw, the bracketing for some of these sports (not just badminton) is pretty screwed up. When your path to the medal rounds becomes easier if you lose, that's a problem.

Also, we had the first person from the US to win in the sport of Judo today.

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Post by Kiskaloo on Thu 2 Aug 2012 - 18:12

@Robert Frazer wrote:In a British school sports day in my area, they're cancelling the egg-and-spoon race because it's "too competitive".

And I imagine Health & Safety requires rubber gloves and Wellingtons so none of the kids get egg yolk on their hands or slip on egg whites. Razz


@Entropy wrote:As low as it is to throw a game on purpose to get a better draw, the bracketing for some of these sports (not just badminton) is pretty screwed up. When your path to the medal rounds becomes easier if you lose, that's a problem.

Evidently in prior Olympics, it was direct elimination rounds for badminton, but they went with this new format for 2012 to ensure each team had at least three matches.


@Entropy wrote:Also, we had the first person from the US to win in the sport of Judo today.

Per NBC, this leaves only eight Olympic sports the US has not medaled in at least once during the modern Games, but they did not mention which ones they are.

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Post by Entropy on Thu 2 Aug 2012 - 21:38

@Kiskaloo wrote:
Per NBC, this leaves only eight Olympic sports the US has not medaled in at least once during the modern Games, but they did not mention which ones they are.

A quick Google search brings up 7 sports between the winter and summer games, Biathlon and Nordic Combine for the winter games, and Handball, Table Tennis, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Badminton. If I were to harbor a guess at an eighth it would probably be the Modern Pentathlon.

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Post by Kiskaloo on Fri 3 Aug 2012 - 15:01

Men's Tennis Semifinals

Spoiler:

In the longest match in Olympic history at 4 hours and 26 minutes, Roger Federer defeats Juan Martin del Potro to advance to the Gold Medal match on Sunday. It will be Federer's first Olympic medal.

Women's Beach Volleyball

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The Americans defeat the Swiss to advance to the quarterfinals.

Men's Beach Volleyball

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The Americans, who won Gold in Beijing, are eliminated in the semifinals by the Italians 2-0.

In other news, I like the new Royal Mail stamps celebrating the first two Gold Medals for the UK. Good

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Post by Kiskaloo on Fri 3 Aug 2012 - 20:10

@Entropy wrote:
@Kiskaloo wrote:Per NBC, this leaves only eight Olympic sports the US has not medaled in at least once during the modern Games, but they did not mention which ones they are.

A quick Google search brings up 7 sports between the winter and summer games, Biathlon and Nordic Combine for the winter games, and Handball, Table Tennis, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Badminton. If I were to harbor a guess at an eighth it would probably be the Modern Pentathlon.

Well the Japanese swept us in Table Tennis today, so that is one that will have to wait until at least Rio in 2016.

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Post by Kiskaloo on Sat 4 Aug 2012 - 18:08

Women's Team Épée and Men's Soccer

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Women's Team Épée was one of the events the US had never medaled in, however we took care of that today with the Bronze. China took the Gold and South Korea the Silver.

And a stunner in Cardiff as South Korea defeats the United Kingdom 5-4 on penalty kicks to advance to the semi finals in Men's Soccer.

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Post by Awinnell on Sat 4 Aug 2012 - 19:03

best day in UK Olympic history ! 5 golds and one silver medal !

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Post by Kiskaloo on Sat 4 Aug 2012 - 19:14

@Awinnell wrote:best day in UK Olympic history ! 5 golds and one silver medal !

Vaulting the UK into 3rd, overall. Good

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Post by Kurosaka "Ery" Erika on Sat 4 Aug 2012 - 19:22

and sending my country to the bottom...like a boss....
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Post by Kiskaloo on Sat 4 Aug 2012 - 21:00

With the end of the Swimming events today, the US took 16 of 32 possible Gold Medals - the most since the 1984 games in Los Angeles. US swimmers also set 5 World Records.

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Post by Entropy on Sun 5 Aug 2012 - 10:45

@Kiskaloo wrote:Women's Team Épée and Men's Soccer

Spoiler:

Women's Team Épée was one of the events the US had never medaled in, however we took care of that today with the Bronze. China took the Gold and South Korea the Silver.

And a stunner in Cardiff as South Korea defeats the United Kingdom 5-4 on penalty kicks to advance to the semi finals in Men's Soccer.

I saw the British Women's Soccer team lose to Canada in the knockout round and then the next day saw the men lose to South Korea, both big upsets. The Men's game was particularly fun to watch because of the double ET and penalty kickoff, which is very rare in the Olympics. But I suppose winning a bunch of golds in a day makes up for it. The US has taken just one gold in fencing in Beijing, with Mariel Zagunis having her miracle run in the Women's Individual Sabre, a competition she was knocked out of this year. It seems like US is becoming a legitimate competitor in the sport again.

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Post by Kiskaloo on Sun 5 Aug 2012 - 11:16

Men's Tennis

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Andy Murray of the UK has just won Gold, defeating Roger Federer in straight sets.

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Post by Awinnell on Sun 5 Aug 2012 - 14:03

Is the NBC coverage as bad as a lot of people are saying ?

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Post by Professor Voodoo on Sun 5 Aug 2012 - 14:19

@Awinnell wrote:Is the NBC coverage as bad as a lot of people are saying ?
One of the criticisms I've heard is that NBC is only giving coverage to sports that US athletes have a chance of winning. In effect they are covering the Americans...not the Games.

I haven't seen much (only one television out here on ship), only a few events here and there, but from what I've seen the criticism is completely true & justified.

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Post by Kurosaka "Ery" Erika on Sun 5 Aug 2012 - 16:18

@Professor Voodoo wrote:
@Awinnell wrote:Is the NBC coverage as bad as a lot of people are saying ?
One of the criticisms I've heard is that NBC is only giving coverage to sports that US athletes have a chance of winning. In effect they are covering the Americans...not the Games.

I haven't seen much (only one television out here on ship), only a few events here and there, but from what I've seen the criticism is completely true & justified.

nowadays, sport are made to show how arrogant a country is...by boasting it's powerful athlete....me myself hate an event such as olympics....but because i take sport science...i have to...
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Post by Awinnell on Sun 5 Aug 2012 - 16:31

@Professor Voodoo wrote:
@Awinnell wrote:Is the NBC coverage as bad as a lot of people are saying ?
One of the criticisms I've heard is that NBC is only giving coverage to sports that US athletes have a chance of winning. In effect they are covering the Americans...not the Games.

I haven't seen much (only one television out here on ship), only a few events here and there, but from what I've seen the criticism is completely true & justified.

You can understand a certain amount of home team bias,everybody does that,but surely the competition is what is important,how can you tell how good your team is if you don't get to see the opposition ?

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Post by Kiskaloo on Sun 5 Aug 2012 - 17:23

@Professor Voodoo wrote:
@Awinnell wrote:Is the NBC coverage as bad as a lot of people are saying ?

One of the criticisms I've heard is that NBC is only giving coverage to sports that US athletes have a chance of winning. In effect they are covering the Americans...not the Games.

NBC has I believe five channels carrying The Games: NBC, NBC Sports, MSNBC, one channel that only covers Olympic Boxing and one channel that only covers Olympic Soccer. There have also been some events on BRAVO.

I've DVR'd over 100 hours of coverage so far and I have seen plenty of events that the US had no real chance in. I've also been able to follow plenty of events in many sports between other country's teams and athletes.

The main gripes I have heard is how NBC handles their prime time coverage of major events to keep the outcome unknown, even though those events happened much earlier in London. During the Team Gymnastics Gold Medal Event, one of the Russians crashed and burned, so the American women were guaranteed the Gold. NBC, however, edited that out and also refused to show the Russian scores (since you could add them up and know the Russians didn't have enough points). This hasn't always gone to plan, however - just before NBC televised the 800 m freestyle, they ran a commercial for The Today Show that spoiled Katie Ledecky's gold medal in the event. Doh!

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Post by Entropy on Sun 5 Aug 2012 - 17:40

I find myself frustrated sometimes with the NBC coverage as well, although I don't think it's been "bad" because I don't think it could be done that much better. Sure, I may love watching fencing or shooting sports more than volleyball and water polo, but NBC doesn't know that and even if it did their broadcasting doesn't revolve around me. Although I do see them playing a lot of volleyball in particular.

But I also have 6 different HD channels to watch the Olympics on, 2 of them dedicated to nothing but Soccer and Basketball respectively. There's also the time difference to contend with, which while annoying is much better than it was for the Beijing broadcast. I suppose a valid criticism can be made that they should be showing more non-US medal matches, but they usually have to choose between showing a full replay of a medal match the US is not competing in or showing a live match of an event the US is competing in.

There's just a metric crapton of events and most people are either asleep or driving to work when a lot of them are going on... so they do the best they can, I think. But they should cut it out with volleyball. The women aren't THAT good-looking.

It's also why I like watching the Winter games perhaps more than the summer, because there's less events you can follow each event more closely and watch a strong majority of the medal competitions, and watch events like Biathlon that probably wouldn't be covered if there were 20 other events going on at the same time. And Curling isn't really all the boring once you get the gist of it.

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Post by Kiskaloo on Sun 5 Aug 2012 - 17:47

@Entropy wrote:But they should cut it out with volleyball. The women aren't THAT good-looking.

Yes they have shown a ton of Women's Beach and normal volleyball (switching between US vs. CZE on Beach and ITA vs. RUS on Court right now sweat ), but the South Korean court team is pretty cute and their Captain has a hell of an arm.

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Post by Awinnell on Sun 5 Aug 2012 - 17:54

The BBC has 24 HD and Some 3D channels dedicated to the Olympics, they are showing every sport and every heat of those sports,they are also streaming it all as well !

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Post by Kiskaloo on Sun 5 Aug 2012 - 19:11

@Awinnell wrote:The BBC has 24 HD and Some 3D channels dedicated to the Olympics, they are showing every sport and every heat of those sports,they are also streaming it all as well !

It no doubt helps that the BBC is funded by license fee payers, not advertisers. Smile

NBC does have one 3D HD channel.

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