I don’t have a whole lot to say tonight. Yes, I’m fine!! HAHA It’s just Friday!! TGIF
Since the Olympics are winding down, there wasn’t much action today. There were some major advances to gold medal finals though. Our men’s basketball, water polo and volleyball are all headed to the gold medal round. Women’s softball ended up with a silver and women’s soccer got gold. Bryan Clay of the U.S. also got gold in the decathlon. There’s some new countries on the podium too. Not that might not have ever won in previous Olympics, but new to the medal count in Beijing. Mauritius, an island off Africa has a bronze. Moldova and Panama both have a medal along with Ireland having 2 medals now. Might I also add that Belgium has entered the medal count with a silver for the women’s 4 x 100m relay. With that, tonight’s medal count is:
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In China, they wouldn’t have had a choice. A sports star, like the property a house is built on, is owned by the government. The pursuit of sport is for national pride. The motivation is societal, as opposed to capitalistic in the United States.
China selects athletes at young ages and pushes them into sports in which their expected body types might thrive. In the U.S., an athlete is allowed to follow his own path to success or failure.
The results are dramatic. In an effort to bolster its Olympic standing – the total medal count – China embarked on a program in which it placed particular emphasis in competitions that awarded many medals and where world competition wasn’t particularly robust. As recently as 1988, China won just five golds.