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Friday, July 20, 2012


The newest large thing in London is The Shard, the tallest building in Europe at 1,016 feet with 95-stories.  However, that pales in comparison to the Burj Khalifa at 2723 feet (162 floors), and is even shorter than the Sky Tower in Auckland at 1076 feet.  I was also on my recent trip at Tokyo's Skytree, the second tallest structure in the world at 2080 feet.

London is expecting up to a million more visitors during the July 27 to August 2 period, so, good luck at Heathrow.  This sum includes 40,000 journalists.  Remember that the competition begins before the opening ceremony.  Women's soccer (known as football in the world, and both finals will be held at Wembley, left) has a full schedule on July 25, which leads to some sexual politics, for the #3 women's team in the world is from Japan, and their players flew coach class to London.  The men, rated #20, flew in first class.  Same for Australia, as their men's basketball team, which has never won an Olympic medal, flew business class, while their women, winners of three straight silver medals, were in coach.

Speaking of basketball (finals to be held in the Basketball Arena, right), the slam dunk winners will be the USA.  However , the heavier favorite are the women.  How do I know?  I resort to looking at betting odds.  One general site is BETONTHEOLYMPICS.  Good summary at BETTING DIRECTORY.  If you go to, the men are at 1/7, while the women are at 1/8.  What does this mean?  Divide into the denominator the sum of both numbers:  7/(1+7) = 0.875.  Thus, there is an 87.5% chance that the USA men's basketball team will gain a gold medal.  The women?  89%.  These and all the following odds will change over time depending on injuries, etc.

If you look for soccer, you won't find it because Skybet is a British betting site, and soccer is called football.  Favorites?  Spain at 75%, Brazil at 20%.  The U.S. team did not even make the Olympics. does not appear to carry women's football, so, looking at William Hill, the USA is #1 at 38%, Japan 22% and Brazil 20%.

Volleyball Men:  Brazil 44%  Russia 29%  (USA #5 at 6%)
            Women:  USA 44%   Brazil  44%  Russia 23%

Tennis:          M    Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 40%  Roger Federer (Switzerland) 38%
                      W    Serena Williams (USA)   36%  Maria Sharapova (Russia) 22%

Latest Olympic Mens 100m Odds

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Usain Bolt8/114/68/118/118/118/118/11
Yohan Blake6/46/413/86/413/85/46/4
Tyson Gay10121412121210
Justin Gatlin18201620201820
Asafa Powell25252025332822

(Blake left beats Bolt right, Kingston City in Jamaica on 29June2012)

Athletics:           100 meters M        Usain Bolt (Jamaica) 42%  Yohan Blake (Jamaica) 40%
                                                       Gay and Gatlin are U.S.; other three from Jamaica
                          100 meters W       Shelly-Ann Fraser (Jamaica) 40%
                                                       Carmelita Jeter (USA) 29%

Swimming        4x100 m W          USA  91% (highest I saw anywhere)
                     M 200 m butterfly    Michael Phelps 86%
                     M 100 m freestyle   James Magnussen (USA) 29% (no U.S. in top 5)
                     W 100 m freestyle  Ranomi Kromowidjojo (Netherlands) 42%
                                                                                                     (no U.S. in top 6)

There is a 75% chance that the USA will win the most gold medals, with China #2 at 41%.



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