At 8/10/12 11:56 AM, Otto wrote:
At 8/10/12 11:50 AM, Cootie wrote:
I thought the point was there is no host-country advantage? Please prove it if you believe otherwise. GB got disqualified from winning a cycling gold over a minor error.
At 8/9/12 06:21 PM, liljim wrote:
Too be fair, when your biggest threat has the host country advantage shit can happen. But China is doing very well, and GB is doing WAYYY better than the first few days indicated they would.
At 8/9/12 06:16 PM, hateyou1 wrote:
America will win the Olympics like they always have.Like they did in Beijing? Okay.
Host-country advantage doesn't mean the judges are on your side, they're on no one's side, it means the same thing as any home court advantage in any sport really. I mean, where would you rather play, in your home town, or thousands of miles away, with no one backing you but your team mates as well as not having a clue about your surroundings?
The Point is, GB feels more at home, which A. Relaxes them and B. Aren't distracted by tourist traps because they live there. Granted, it's not a huge advantage, and it shouldn't be, but the Advantage of being closer to home with your whole country thinking your an awesome athlete is indeed advantageous and still significant. It's also somewhat advantageous for America as well, being in a country of which you have close relations to, and speaks your language is much easier to get use to than say, China.