There was a lot to be learned from these Olympic games, to be sure. Some positive, some not-so-much. I enjoyed them more than I thought I would and found myself drawn in. But once inside, sometimes you saw a weird bit of human nature. (You know that old ‘Triumph and Tragedy’ chestnut)
So here are some of highs and lows….Or what we learned…Or what we took away from these 2008 Olympic Games…Or whatever.
- One commentator noted the “Amazing Dedication of the kids” referring to a story that a member of a team asked her new coach for a weekend off from training, and when the coach asked her why she needed the time off she replied she hadn’t seen her family in 12 years…”Isn’t that an amazing level of dedication?” Yes, exactly the same attitude I have towards indentured servitude – I simply marvel at their high levels of dedication. And enslavement.
- There was a diver who “dealt with fear and to this day sometimes can’t bring himself jump off the board”. I understand fear. But, a little heads up: You may be in the wrong line of work. (Sorry to be harsh). Maybe if his dad were treading water in the pool cheering him on, he would feel more positive encouragement to actually dive instead of pooping his barely clothed bottom in fear?
- Please stop referring to the Rythmic Gymnasts as atheletes. It cheapens the word all the way around. Sure, they get to go out in the gym and get all flexible, but it’s a fine line between these gals and the hippy chicks at a Dead concert.
- I saw the term “Stink Face” personified. We like Nastia and appreciate her medalling for the US in a bunch of events. But man, when she is pre-game, her face is all bitch-cakes. Her mouth is frowning and terse and her eyes are like olympic lasers ready to cut a Chinese athlete in half. Love her, but let’s cut to a little vignette of her driving her Porsche or something instead of all of those close ups of her face when she’s Doctor Evil Dominant and intense.
- Americans runners may spend hours on the track but, they crucially forget to practice a baton handover. Hint for 2012: Velcro gloves.
- Poor sportsmanship is enough to negate you effort entirely. I’m looking at you Swedish wrestler, “Hissy fits are not rewarded on the Olympic level. (But if they were you’d have a shot at gold, doofus)”.
- Canoeing is obviously the toughest sport, or how else do explain the only person to puke on the podium?
- Some British newspapers find a new way everyday to add pictures like this: