Why, oh why, did it run over until 12:freaking:30 this morning? In my exhaustion I can only guess it takes the gymnastics judges that long to count on their fingers.
My heart breaks for Alicia. Really it does, but they really tripped over something that’s been bothering me since the opening of the Games. They walked in broken and battered, with girls sitting on the sidelines, hoping and praying they could eek out a Bronze. But once Gold flittered into their peripheral view, that was it. Bringing home the Silver was a case of Epic Fail.
I’ve noticed this in a lot of other athletes—female swimmers being a biggy. Once upon a time, an Olympic medal—regardless of it’s color—was an awesome and celebrated achievement. But now, though there ARE exceptions, Silver means disappointment, crying, glares, hissy fits…failure.
I understand disappointment—everybody dreams of the Gold—but the Gold or nothing mentality gets to me.
Maybe my mood’s a little off, but it’s almost ruining the events for me. If that medal isn’t good enough for you, then fine—give it to the guy who’s trained his entire life and whose entire country mortgaged itself to get him there even though they and everybody else knows he doesn’t have a chance at a medal—never HAD a chance—just because, by God, it’s an honor to represent his country, and then go home, cry in your Wheaties (which will have someone else’s face on the box) and watch Cool Runnings.
Moving on, I know Michael Phelps undergoes stringent testing, but is anybody else waiting for the eventual bad news? Can he just naturally be that much better than some of the very best swimmers on the planet? Call me a cynic, but I don’t think so.
I wish they’d show shooting instead of beach volleyball.
Do they even do equestrian events anymore? When I was a kid, those were my favorites of the summer games. (I’m a winter game lover.)
After all the hype I don’t think I’ve seen Torres swim.
I anxiously await Shawn Miller and Nastia Liudken’s individual performances, diving that’s not synchronized and moguls (yeah, I’ve got a bit of a wait for that third event).