Monday, August 18, 2008

Olympics Highlights

First of all, let me apologize for the longest span between posts in the history of this blog. I'll try not to let it happen again.

And no, I'm not going to dedicate an entire post to Michael Phelps. He's getting enough attention, not to say he doesn't deserve it. He was incredible to watch and he deserves his commendable records...I'm especially happy that he took it from Mark Spitz and hope that Phelps never talks like he did down the line if some new hotshot takes the spotlight. His response to the obvious posed hypothetical, if Spitz back in '72 could race Phelps now, what would happen?: he said that they would tie. C'mon man...pass the's been 36 years.

I will admit that one of the biggest highlights that I've seen so far involves Phelps, but not one of the races in which he blew out his opponents. I'm talking about the 100m Fly. This was the one race in which he individually looked like he was going to lose and pulled it out by 1/100th of a second, because he took half a stroke at the very end and the leader, Cavic, didn't.

I think it's probably because of the Hamm injuries, but for some reason, I've seen a lot more focus on women's gymnastics than men's. But it's been pretty intense. The all-around final is definitely one of the most exciting and challenging events in the Olympics because there is so much pressure and the gymnasts have to have nerves of steel to endure it. It's tough to watch two top U.S. athletes competing against each other but Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson definitely put on a good show.

Easily one of the most exciting events I've seen so far was the final of the Men's 100-meter dash. Usain Bolt is one of the only Olympians to make everyone's jaw under 10 seconds. If you didn't see the race, I strongly suggest going to NBC's website to check it out. First of all, before the race began, he was as loose as can be, dancing around, psyching out the other athletes. Then once he got off to a good start, realized he was way ahead, with about 15 meters left, he pumped his chest and started celebrating. And he broke the world record!

Honestly though, I haven't seen any event that hasn't been very entertaining. In fact, the only thing that I'm upset about is that I have not seen any Badminton coverage. I'm going to be kind of upset when the Olympics are over in about a week - once again, it's been great. I'll have to give some thought to attending the 2012 Olympics in London.

1 comment:

David Oblas said...

also, if you're a winter olympics fan, they'll be held in Vancouver Canada in 2010! (c: