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Pure gold of Olympic howlers

[9 Dec 2012] The London Olympics spawned some golden gaffes among the commentating elite:

1• Weightlifting commentator: ‘This is Gregoriava from Bulgaria. I saw her snatch this morning during her warm-up and it was amazing.’ 

2• Boxing analyst: ‘Sure there have been injuries and even some deaths in boxing, but none of them really that serious.’

3• At the rowing medal ceremony: ‘Ah, isn't that nice: the wife of the IOC president is hugging the cox of the British crew.’

4• Gymnast: ‘I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father.’

5• Soccer commentator: ‘Julian Dicks is everywhere. It’s like they’ve got eleven Dicks on the field.’ 

6• Basketball analyst: ‘He dribbles a lot and the opposition doesn’t like it. In fact you can see it all over their faces.’

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