Thursday, August 2, 2012

Olympic Thoughts 8/2/2012

Michael Phelps.  Not done.

After a sluggish start to the 2012 London Olympics, Michael Phelps has shown the true colors of the champion he is.  Battling fellow American Ryan Lochte in the 200 IM, Phelps held off Lochte to gain his 20th overall medal, extending his Olympics record.

Gabrielle Douglas, the "Flying Squirrel" (not to be confused with the "Flying Tomato"), won the women's individual all around competition in gymnastics.  Congratulations.  Go Team USA.  Pretty much all I've got here.  Not a huge gymnastics fan.

The quest for the Golden Career Slam continues full force with Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova all advancing to the semi-finals in straight sets.  And what a lineup for tomorrow - Federer/del Potro, Djokovic/Murray, Serena/Azarenka and Sharapova/Kirilenko on the undercard.  Olympic finals consisting of Fed/Djokovic and Serena/Sharapova would be a dream come true for tennis fans.  Which brings up another interesting sidebar.

With tennis being such a global sport, does rooting for your country outweigh rooting for your favorite players?  Being a fan of tennis, this contributes to a bit of a conundrum for me.  Most of my favorite players are not Americans, partially because there haven't been a lot of top American players recently.  Does it make me unpatriotic to want Federer to complete the Godlen Career Slam?  Or to root for Sharapova over Serena? Even if I'm fervently behind the Americans in all other endeavors?

On this, I remain conflicted.

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