Saturday, August 23, 2008

Olympic Recap

Another week of Olympic fever and there is no chance the temperature will go down.  I love it! This week these are the events that excited us the most.

Dara Torres
She won the silver medal and she's 41.  Since I'm two steps away from the big 4-0, she is truly inspirational for someone like me, the amateur athlete.  You go girl!

Constantina Tomescu from Romania won the Gold medal in the Woman's Olympic Marathon.  She is 38 years old and won in 2 hours, 26 minutes, and 44 seconds.  WOW!  At one point in the race she was averaging 5:38 minute miles (close your mouth), she pulled away from the pack and didn't look back.  She started peeking over her shoulders when she saw the birds nest approaching, but didn't break her stride one time.  You rock!

Lolo Jones I still think your awesome.

The saddest race I saw, where I welled up with tears was the 100 meter hurdles final.  She was favored to win and pulled away.  She was going to win the gold and tripped on the very last hurdle which broke her speed and the rest of the pack pulled ahead of her in just seconds. Heartbreak.  I'm hoping to see her win Gold in Sidney.

Shawn Johnson winning the Gold medal on the balance beam.
Is it just me or do you tighten up and get knots in your stomach when you see those girls do somersaults and cartwheels on a 2x4? She did a great job, and finally the judging got it right on this one.

They did it!
Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh won back to back Gold medals!
They are the best beach volleyball players.

Am I the only one who will feel sad when the Olympics is over? I just love the way these sporting events bring people together to talk about American pride.