Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Rambling Olympic Thoughts

So I noticed that I have been watching the Olympics a lot but not writing about it. So here are some totally unorganized thoughts regarding the Olympics.

  • Why do the divers shower after every dive? You don't see the swimmers showering after they swim.
  • Love the beach volleyball. Obvious reasons. I'm not gay but ladies you are being cheated, I noticed the guys wear shirts and shorts! Given what the ladies wear, I'd be pissed if I were you.
  • If those Chinese gymnasts are 16, I really do look like Brad Pitt.  
  • What the heck happened to Bernard Lagat in the 1500?
  • The women's marathon was AWESOME even if Paula didn't win. I was pulling so hard for her. I really wanted Paula to get a gold this time. Proud of her for finishing even though I hate that she felt she had too in order to satisfy the British press.  
  • How much must it suck to break your foot in the Olympic marathon? How many marathons has Deena run and fate decides to break her foot in the Olympics? Wow, I can't even imagine what that must feel like.
  • Anthony Famiglietti is really cool. If you haven't been catching his video blog on Runnersworld.com you should. He has such a cool attitude and he gives an interesting and different look at China.
  • So looking forward to the men's marathon. Go Ryan Hall!
  • What happened to Tyson Gay? Wow, I really thought he'd do better. I hate to say I'm disappointed but I am. 
  • Shalane Flannagan pulled out an amazing Bronze in the 10,000 meters. I was so proud to watch her. It was one of those moments when I didn't expect an American to be close and she pulled it out. I love those moments.
  • Is it just me or is NBC ignoring many of the longer distance running events? I got so excited for the 10,000 meters and the Steeplechase only to be disappointed. I saw some highlights but I still haven't seen the entire events. Why couldn't they post the videos somewhere?
  • It must be horrible to run a marathon in that smog. I know it's offensive to China to talk about it but damn that city is dirty! Then again I just ran a half marathon in Southeastern Ohio where there are at least 5 chemical plants within 20 miles and I have to carry my inhaler all the time! 
Thanks for listening


Sarah said...

Great synopsis! I have thought about some of those very sayme things. Why do those divers shower? Strange. I was very bummed about Deena...what a sad thing. I was really hoping she would medal this time. I liked that they showed the entire marathon, much to the dismay of my co-workers. Endless complaining on their part. I can't wait for the men's portion- Go RYAN!!

Have a good day!

Calyx Meredith said...

Oooh, ooooh, oooooooh! Mr. Kotter! Pick me! (I know some of the answers!)
The divers shower to keep warm and keep their muscles from tightening before their next dives. And supposedly the women volleyball players are way more comfortable without the chafing caused by sand and excess clothing, but the sponsors think underdressed guys would be a turn off to the general populace. (I'm not agreeing just reporting what I've read and heard!)

And? Breaking her foot was such a raw deal! If it were me, my heart would have needed a cast more than my foot.