Archive for the ‘Sports’ category

The Pinnacle of Sports – Olympic Powerwalking!

August 21, 2008

Witness the thrill of victory…

The Gumby-esque form amidst the driving rain, she is queen today. All those years of training. The strolls in the park. The moseys in the mall. The long walks on the beach. All for the most glorious victory of all! - Dirt, the OG

The Gumby-esque form amidst the driving rain, she is queen today. All those years of training. The strolls in the park. The moseys in the mall. The long walks on the beach. All for the most glorious victory of all! - Dirt, the OG

And the agony of defeat!

Kersti Tysse Platzer of Norways training regimen did not match Olgas.  Kerstis naps during training were longer, and her hikes with her Pomeranian puppy Ginger were not enough.  - Dirt, the OG

Kersti Tysse Platzer of Norway's training regimen did not match Olga's. Kersti's naps during training were longer, and her hikes with her Pomeranian puppy Ginger were not enough. - Dirt, the OG

Usain Bolt – The Undisputed World’s Fastest Man

August 20, 2008

When I remember watching Michael Johnson break the 200m in the 1994 Olympics, never in my wildest dreams did I think that record of 19.32 would be broken. I was running track in middle school at the time and Michael Johnson, with his golden spikes, and 9.66 split time projected such an aura of invincibility. He was a hero for me, as he was for many other would-be track runners in America.

Flash forward a dozen years and here we are in Beijing, watching Usain Bolt run a blistering 19.30 and Michael Johnson’s record. Words cannot even express how impressive it is to me for one man to break BOTH the 100 and 200 world records in the same games. Usain Bolt also became the first man since Carl Lewis to win the sprint doubles. And so it is. This 6’5″ Jamaican prodigy is now the hero for the children of this generation, as Michael Johnson was mine.

The 21 year old lightning Bolt ran his ass off like he said he would. And into a headwind. Simply amazing.

Hey Now, You’re An All-Star!

August 14, 2008

Well… Smashmouth finally silenced their critics last night. NO, I am not talking about the band Smashmouth but Frenchies’ Finest in Alain Bernard. I talked a lot of trash about him the other day for his bold prediction that the French would “smash the Americans” in the relay but he asked for it. Having to eat crow is why it isn’t the smartest thing to do for professional athletes to make predictions. After all, not everyone can be a Joe Namath.

Irregardless of his bold guarantee, I guess it is time to give Alain Bernard his due. Up until about this time in 2007, nobody had ever heard of Alan Bernard. He was a mediocre swimmer at best competing in backstroke and medley. It wasn’t until he switched to freestyle that his career really started to take off. Now he’s a Gold Medalist in this year’s Olympics, besting the crowd with a blistering time of 47.21 at Beijing’s water cube. Alain, hey now, I guess you’re an all star after all!

Georgia defeats Russia in Battle!

August 13, 2008

Georgia’s victory may not have been on the field of battle is a source on national pride nonetheless. I can’t even imagine how tense it was on the judo mats when Georgia’s Irakli Tsirekidze took on Russia’s Ivan Pershin in the 90kg middleweight Judo semi-finals. The end conclusion was a Georgian victory en route to their second Gold Medal in this year 2008’s Beijing Olympic games.

 

VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images

VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images

 

It is impressive that Tsirekidze and Pershin competed as their countries were in the midst of implementing a peace agreement for their little proxy war over the South Ossetia region. For Georgia, hopefully the two gold medals provided a little respite from their political affairs, of where the latest is alleged that the Russians are disregarding the cease-fire and moving towards the capital city of T’bilisi.

Ah well with politics… You can take away south Ossetia but you can’t take these medals away. And much like a rose… Victory by any other name is just as sweet!

Phelps is Aquaman: World Records, Gold Medals, and Olympic Glory

August 12, 2008

Currently, the US as a country has nine gold medals in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Five of those nine belong to US Golden Boy Michael Phelps. With winning his 10th and 11th Olympics medals this evening, Phelps now becomes the winningest Olympian EVER. And did I mention that he is a pefect 5 for 5 in setting world records in each of his events in Beijing? Sure looks like he’s becoming everything he was destined to be. He does Mark Spitz, Carl Lewis, and the rest of the country proud.

Wednesday’s performance included winning the 200-meter butterfly in the morning and following it up by swimming the lead-off leg of the US 800-meter freestyle relay team that set the world record time of 6 minutes, 58.56 seconds.

Congratulations Michael. You’ve now successfully swam into the collective heart of the American public.