Catch the Olympic Fever!

August 20, 2008 at 7:32 pm | Posted in Random Stuff | Leave a comment

The Olympics are almost over and I have been watching them nearly every night. I’ve always loved watching the Olympics since I was a kid; it didn’t matter so much which countries were at war with each other, sports transcend all of that or at least it should. Remember the summer olympics in 1996? I was there : ) I even had free accomodations because Dr. O lived in Atlanta at the time. We watched track & field, tennis, rowing, and table tennis.

Gettting back to these games, let’s talk about the good stuff:

1. Michael Phelp’s historic 8 medals; he is awesome in the pool and seems like he’s a pretty awesome guy out of the pool. The minute they showed him playing with his dog, he had me.

2. The US womens sweep in sabre fencing; great way to start off the Olympics.

3. James Blake defeating Roger Federer in mens singles.

4. The US mens gymnastics team taking the bronze medal in team competition

5. Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson going 1-2 in the womens all-around competition, balance beam (except in reverse order), Liukin’s performance in uneven bars (got screwed out of a gold medal IMO) and their 2-3 performances in floor exercise.

6. Shalene Flanagan taking the bronze medal in the womens 10,000 m. This race is the territory of Ethiopians, it’s nice to see an American do well in the long distance races.

7. Oksana Chusotivina grabbing a silver medal for Germany in the womens vault competition. She used to compete for Russia and moved to Germany when her son was discovered to have leukemia. Her son is in remission and, btw, she’s 33 years old, how freakin’ awesome is it to see her compete with women half her age?

The Disappointments of the Summer Games (so far)

1. Tyson Gay not making it to the finals of the mens 100m; i guess his injury was more serious than initially thought.

2. James Blake losing to Fernando Gonzales in the semi-finals of the mens’ tennis.

3. Bernard Lagat failing to make it to the finals of the 1500m, quite a shock!

4. The whole controversy with the Chinese girl singers

I’m sure there are more disappointments but I can’t think of them now. There are 4 more days left and then 4 more years until the London Olympics…

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