Why is the UK olympic team called "Team GB"? Shouldn't it be "Team UK",as GB doesn't include Northern Ireland?
It's a good point. The men's curling team is from Scotland so maybe that's why they did it.
I did a little research and apparently they were allowing people from N. Ireland to choose. The could either go to the Irish team or to Great Britain.
Why doesn't team GB enter a football team in the olympics?
There isn't a UK/GB football association.
Football was codified in England in 1869 by the newly formed Football Association. The Scottish, Welsh, Irish Football Association (not to be confused with the Football Association of Ireland) were formed later and nationals from those counties compete against each other. There isn't a UK wide body for football. It would be very difficult to get everybody to agree on the representation. In the early years of the Olympics Amatuer football in Britain was a strong sport alongside the professional game but amateurism (in terms of a high standard of play) nearly died out as the professional game became so strong. The Olympic sports all used to be amateur only. As all the best players in Britain were professional, (because the professional system in Britain was so extensive), the amateur sides in Britain were relatively weak. The other British amateur associations couldn't be bothered with it. Up to 1972 GBR were sending the English national amateur side but they usually performed poorly, but after that they didn't bother.
Of course professional players are now allowed to compete., and FIFA have said that organizing a GB side won't compromise the separate association status of the UK home nations within FIFA. With the London 2012 games coming up there is a lot of talk about trying to get a GBR team. No-one knows whether they will actually pull it off.
Only Team GB medalists shown on BBC even if Chinese olympians get 3x the number of Golds?Can it be weirder?
yeah, the BBC that British Channel, paid for by the British Tax payer, showing the British Medalists ... what a shocker
and to Nikki G ... it's 12 Medals from 10 Events in the cycling :-D 7gold 3silver 2 Bronze
At the London Olympics will GB field a soccer team like the USA dream team or let the amateurs have a go?
Countries can only have 3 soccer players over the age of 23.
And if the last Rep series is anything to go by - the english footy lads are far too up themselves to even care.
Give them 40,000 pounds a week, they'll play - give them an english guernsey, and they will spit in your face.
My understand is that a fair whack of them have royally po'ed the locals.
do we play for team gb or not scots football section?
nope, i believe that we are different country's for better or worse.
it pisses me off to no end when during an olympics, if a Scottish person wins the commentators say it was for Great Britian, but if an English person wins the commentators say it is for England. wankers.
im fed up with it
British Olympic Team - Why Team GB and not Team UK?
Don't be silly Gary..........GB or UK...it's all the same. If we named it Team UK there would be someone asking why we didn't name it Team GB.
ps....it is Southern Ireland that is not in the UK and not in Gt. Britain.
Why is the UK Olympic team called "Team GB", why not "Team UK"?
Yes, Northern Ireland athletes competes for Team GB or Great Britain. And this has happened since 1924 Olympics. But since 2000 Olympics, these athletes can choose if they want to represent GB or Ireland following the newly-created Irish constitution in 1999.
Scottish, Welsh athletes are also competing under the flag of Great Britain except for soccer players.
Whats all this about wales not wanting to be apart of the GB Football team?
Apparently the Scots and the Welsh don't want their players playing for 'Britain' in the Olympics...in case FIFA then turn round and say that Scotland ,Wales, England and N.Ireland would no longer be able to play as individual countries from then on, only as Britain. However, FIFA have said that they wouldn't do that but the countries are still opposed to a British team (even as an Olympic one-off).
Personally, I can't see the problem as in rugby Welsh, Scottish and English players play together as the British Lions team, then revert back to their own countries when the tour is over.
How can I be part of team GB in the 2012 olympics but as an athlete?
Do you practice any sport?
If not, start to practice.
You have enough to worry about for now.
When you become good, your coach will orient you to participate in regional tournaments. Then, will come the national tournaments and finally international tournaments, including the Olympic Games.
Sorry, but to be in the Olympic Games, you don't apply for it as the former answerer said...
If a team GB formed who will you pick from NI,SCOTLAND AND WALES?
scotland - darren fletcher, kris boyd, barry ferguson, craig gordon, james mcfadden
wales - craig bellamy, joe ledley, aaron ramsey, danny gabbidon
northern ireland - david healy, chris brunt, jonny evans
My possible GB Team which includes some overage
GK: Gordon -(Sco)
RB: Hutton -(Sco)
CB: Cathcart -(NI)
CB: Jones -(Eng)
LB: Wilson -(Sco)
CM: Scholes- (Eng) or Giggs- (Wal)
CM: McEachren- (Eng)
LM: Bale -(Wal)
CF: Boyce -(NI)
W. Rooney - (possible Capt)
What is the difference between Pokemon Red Rescue Team for GB Advanced and the Blue Rescue Team for DS?
The Exclusive differences between Blue and Red are there pokemon
P.S. Read the back of the Pokemon Blue/Red games it even says right on the back that the only differences are pokemon and only one other difference is
In blue if you have red stick both games in at once start Pokemon Blue and at the load screen at the 2ed to the bottom it says Receive Team in witch the Red Recue Team is put in the Blue Rescue teams Dojo... Great way to earn Ex. Points.
Why is it team GB instead of team UK at the Olympics?
"The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland"
Great Britain is the island which has England, Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland shares Ireland with the Republic of Ireland. Northern Ireland geographically isn't part of the isle of Britain though politically it is a member nation of the United Kingdom, so good point Jamie.
To answer the question, 'Team GB' probably sounds better or something. More a marketing exercise in the naming of the team than anything.
Ummm - Eric, no one is invited to go 6 years prior to an Olympics. Maybe a national coach said "you have the talent and if you apply yourself you can make the team" - but invited 6 years prior - nah. Usually the team is selected from the national trials held as little as 3 months prior to the Olympics
For archery look to see where the tournaments are held, start competitively shooting and training. If you start winning a few or placing, you will move up the ranks. Not sure were archery tournaments are though as I was track and field and ran through the local athletics clubs, and national meets etc.
If there is a team GB then there should be some rules in place which make it fair. Which more or less means that all nations should have the same amount of players called up to the squad. What a lot of people fear at the mention of this, is that it's made permanent and it's only English players, with the exception of Bale and one or two more players.
Why if the UK is Great Britain & NI is the UK team at the olympics called team GB?
The Olympic nations are not countries but National Olympic Commitees. This is why American Samoa can compete as themselves and not be within the Americans. The British Olympic Association's full title is "The National Olympic Associaton of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" which is shortened to GBR (which stands for Great BRitain)
Its not yet too late to become a member of the GB Olympic swimming team because usually they will announce the composition of the team at least two months before the Olympic Games.
Also one major requirement for you to swim in the Olympic Games is to equal or surpass the required Olympic qualifying time set by FINA in a sanctioned meet. To have an idea on what time you are aiming for, here is the qualifying time in each event for the 2008 Olympic Games. These qualifying times could change in the 2012 Olympic
How come for the Olympics its team GB instead of England national team?
Great Britain is England AND Scotland AND Wales. It would almost be like calling the United States "New England" ... that is only part of it. We are the United States (comprised of 50 States), and they are Great Britain (comprised of 3 distinct areas).
They do not have the lineup set yet (that will probably have to wait until after May 29- but Beckham is expected to be on the team), but you can check back at http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/great-britain-olympic-football-team every so often and they should have it as soon as it's available.
Hope this helps.
How will the Celtic fans react to Forrest wanting to play for team GB?
I agree with Tattie, although I'm no Celtic support ...
He's a great player, as I've said on these boards before.
I wouldn't begrudge him the opportunity to play, He's a talent and tae sharpen that on the world stage! I would just wonder at the ramifications of having a team GB.
Can Team GB give US a run for 2nd place in Gold medal ranking?
No. We should manage another 5 or 6 gold medals but that's about it. To even win as many as we've done is a remarkable achievement. We might be the best European team though. As long as we finish ahead of the froggies and jerries that'll be good enough.