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Olympic Highlights

August 15, 2008

I said before the Olympics started that I was really looking forward to them and I haven’t been disappointed.  I haven’t been blogging lately, partly because I have been watching the Olympics every night!  Here is my recap of the first few nights.

Opening Ceremonies – I actually wasn’t able to watch this live, but have seen most of it since.  Totally amazing visual artistry!  Unfortunately, it has been tainted a little bit the last few days with the discovery that some of it was faked.  Some of the fireworks were pre-recorded and overlayed on the TV broadcast.  And sadly, the young girl who was supposed to sing was replaced at the last minute with a girl who was “more attractive.”

Men’s 4x100M Freestyle relay – This is the race that everyone was talking about the next day and will probably be talking about years from now.  It is totally cliche, but that USA anchor leg was willing himself to win.  He was just not going to lose that race!  The times swam during that race were astounding.  The French anchor broke his own world record on his swim and STILL got caught!  Totally amazing!

Worst Moment – The Hungarian weightlifter who had a horrific injury to his elbow while attempting a lift.  WARNING!!!  It is bad, but if you want to see it click here.

Worst Moment (Runner Up) – The US Men’s Gymnastics team celebration of the bronze medal.  I understand that they were big underdogs, but it was over the top.  It was a bunch of miniature frat boys pumping themselves up and mugging for the camera all night.  One dude looks into the camera and says in his high pitched voice, “That’s how we roll!!!  Not good.

Most Impressive – The most impressive athletes to me might be the women gymnasts.  Not what they are able to do physically, but what amazes me is the mental toughness that they have at such a young age.  The pressure that they are under is obviously tremendous and they are able to block it out and still perform.  All top athletes are able to do that, but not necessarily when they are 16 years old.

Question – I heard the announcers say this during the men’s gymnastics floor exercise the other night. They called the last tumbling pass in the floor exercise the dismount?  Dismounting the bar…yes.  Dismounting the floor…that makes no sense to me.

Track and Field starts this weekend and I am sure there are many more highlights and lowlights to come!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 15, 2008 11:21 am

    I’m a junkie too. Love the Olympics!
    I just wish they started earlier in the day so I could get to bed before midnight!!

  2. Mike High permalink*
    August 15, 2008 12:11 pm

    You’re not kidding! I will be ready to get a little more sleep.

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