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This is What the Olympics are all About!!

Posted by on 10 August 2008
Who's Talking Smack Now!?!?

Who's Talking Smack Now!?!?

What a kick-butt day at the Olympics!!  Alright, I just have to start off with the men’s 400m (4 x 100m) freestyle relay in swimming.  The U.S. team kicked some @ss!!  The French started out talking smack and saying how they were going to beat us and blah blah blah.  The U.S. team didn’t comment.  However, their coach did post the French smack for all to see.  The U.S. handled the French in the water, where the real competition is.  The French had the lead and I mean a literal split-second photo finish, Jason Lezak touched the wall for the win.  They not only won, but they set a new record!!  Take that and shove it, France!!  This brings the medal count for Michael Phelps to 2 gold in his run for 8.

The women’s gymnastics had a hard hit today.  They did qualify to compete for teams, but a couple key members didn’t make the cut for individual events.  One sports analyst’s is already saying that the men don’t have a chance.  To that I say, we’ll see in the end.  They’ve already showed signs of what’s ahead and possible.  Today was a day for swimming though.  There were many great moments….and some disappointments.  Ah, but that’s what the Olympics are all about.

If you’re keeping track, or just in case you’re not, the current medal count is:

Overall Medal Count
Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States 3 4 4 11
China 6 2 0 8
South Korea 3 2 0 5
Australia 2 0 3 5
France 0 3 2 5
Japan 2 0 2 4
Italy 1 2 1 4
Russia 0 3 1 4
Great Britain 2 0 1 3
North Korea 0 1 2 3
Czech Republic 2 0 0 2
Netherlands 1 0 1 2
Spain 1 0 1 2
Cuba 0 1 1 2
Romania 1 0 0 1
Thailand 1 0 0 1
Austria 0 1 0 1
Hungary 0 1 0 1
Norway 0 1 0 1
Sweden 0 1 0 1
Turkey 0 1 0 1
Vietnam 0 1 0 1
Zimbabwe 0 1 0 1
Algeria 0 0 1 1
Argentina 0 0 1 1
Belarus 0 0 1 1
Croatia 0 0 1 1
Georgia 0 0 1 1
Germany 0 0 1 1
Indonesia 0 0 1 1
Switzerland 0 0 1 1
Taiwan 0 0 1 1
Uzbekistan 0 0 1 1

The U.S. has a good lead right now, but you can be rest assured, that China isn’t going to stand by and let that happen.  They might be a good host, but they’re not good losers.

Speaking of China, how about those women’s gymnasts from China.  The required age to compete is 16.  China swears that those girls are JUST 16.  Watching them today, I find that hard to believe.  I’m not a good judge of age, but I’d guess their ages to be 10-12.  Maybe there’s a 14.  But, they’re not 16 and I don’t see the Olympic Committee doing anything to make China prove it.  Their passports say they’re 16 and it’s being left at that.  They even did a story on how kids at the age of 3 are picked out if they’re flexible enough and have an interest and forced to practice and be prepared to be part of the gymnastics team from China.  Just horrible!!

On that final thought, I’m out!!  Ya’ll have a good one!!

11 Responses to This is What the Olympics are all About!!

  1. Mark Hauser

    While most sports commentators and fans have called Tiger Woods (and before this year, Roger Federer), it appears they have overlooked Michael Phelps. Certainly a good argument could be made that Phelps, and not Tiger or Federer, has been the most dominate athlete in the world over the last 5 years. Why punish him because he competes in a sport than only gets any real publicity every 4 years?

  2. Elaine

    I agree, Mark!! In fact, that can be said for many of these athletes. They only really get recognition when the Olympics are here. During competitions and trials, you hardly hear anything at all. These are the real athletes, not the ones who make millions of dollars!!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!!

  3. Elaine

    I ashamed of myself for not watching the olympics, my bad.. hey Elaine, i made a template all by myself with a generator.. it’s kinda boring, but at least everything works! come check it out 🙂

  4. Elaine

    Shame on you!! HAHA You should watch. There’s been some pretty amazing moments!!

    I went and checked out the blog design. Interesting and you did it all yourself. That’s cool!!

  5. Elaine

    I know, i’m a bad bad girl lol i tend to only watch church tv, with the odd spattering of movies… actually making the blog design from that generator was real easy peasy… thanks so much for stopping by and saying nice things 🙂

  6. Debbie

    You know what? I think I’ll forego watching the Olympics and instead just read your posts about it. You’re one heck of a commentator!

  7. Annette Piper

    It’s terrible to admit, but I don’t watch it. It is all over the media down here – Aussies are sports fanatics. You can’t turn on the tv or the radio or the newspaper without hearing the latest. I’d like them to do well, but the hype down here is crazy. (although it was worse when Sydney hosted the games – all you heard about for MONTHS was the olympics LOL).

  8. Rachel

    That relay was AWESOME!!!!!! My husband was so excited.

    And, I agree — there is no way those girls are 16. The one girl (I can’t remember her name) — she had the really great score even though she fell off the bars — looked 9!!!!!!

  9. Elaine

    LOL Thanks Debbie….I think!! LOL I do love them. I’m sure I’ll have an update almost every night.

  10. Elaine

    I’m sure it was rough having it there, Annette. We get hyped up here when we have it too. It’s a great feat for a country to host though.

    I know you have some amazing athletes. Thanks for stopping by!!

  11. Elaine

    It was an amazing relay, Rachel!! It’s so exciting.

    I’ve been reading up on these Chinese girls. There’s some U.S. press that has proof, as in birth certificates, that proves the girls are under age. However, the Committee refuses to disqualify them because the only proof they need to enter the Olympics for age is a government issued passport.

    CRAZY!!

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