Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Olympic Thoughts 8/7/2012 - Great Performances, Journalistic Vitriol

First of all, let's celebrate the outstanding performances that have come from these Olympics.  Too many times we look to tear down instead of build up.  More on that later.

If anyone missed the women's beach (sand, as I call it.  Not an actual beach in sight.) volleyball semifinals between  the United States and China, then you missed one of the most phenomenal plays I have ever seen.  Down 19-18 in the second set, the American team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings pulled off the point of the match.  After a spike the Chinese team, the Americans were scrambling just to get the ball up.  After Misty's second touch towards the net with her back to the net, Kerri went down to her knees and somehow dug the ball out of the sand, hit it over the net for a kill, all the while avoiding the net and ending up under it.  I wish I had a video to post, because words do not do it justice.

If the Americans do not win that point, China is now serving at game point, up two.  While no one can say what would have happened at that point, chances are the Chinese team wins the second set and the match goes to a decisive third set where anything could happen.

Congratulations to the women's 100 meter hurdlers.  The gold medalist, Australia's Sally Pearson, set a new Olympic record in the final.  She was followed by Americans Dawn Harper for silver and Kellie Wells for bronze.  American Lolo Jones finished just off the podium in fourth.  Jones, as many of you many know, was headed for gold four years ago until hitting the second to last hurdle, derailing her.  Then, fought through injury to barely qualify for these Olympics.

The only reason I bring up Lolo Jones as a fourth place finisher goes back to my opening paragraph and this vitriolic tripe written by Jere Longman in the New York Times.  I think Jennifer Floyd Engel has a much better perspective here.

For all the dudes out there, I leave you with this of Romanian gymnast Catalina Ponor.........

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