Monday, August 18, 2008

Random Olympic Comment

I thought it best to pull this from the comments and share it with all our readers. JesusthroughMary, thank you for your very amusing thoughts:
The tallest female Olympic gymnast, I believe, was Svetlana Khorkina (5' 5") of Mother Russia.

Usain Bolt is actually the tallest "world's fastest man" ever, at 6' 5".

Jamaica has 4 of the 6 medals in the 100 meter sprints, and none of the other 500+ medals that have been awarded so far.

Deng Linlin would weigh a little more if she hadn't lost a tooth before the meet. She must have put it under her pillow and gotten a falsified passport from the Chinese Patriotic Olympic Tooth Fairy Ministry.

This is the third Olympics in which synchronized diving has been contested. I have not yet spoken to a single person who knew it existed before August 8.

Kerri Walsh and her beach volleyball partner need to wear more clothes.

American swimmer Dara Torres, 41 and the mother of a 2-year-old daughter, competed in her fifth Olympics and won her first individual silver in the 50 m freestyle. She is the oldest woman ever to medal in an any Olympic event.

Gymnast Oksana Chusovitina, 33 and the mother of a 8-year-old son, competed in her fifth Olympics and won her first individual silver in the vault. She is the first female gymnast to compete in five Olympics and the oldest woman ever to medal in Olympic gymnastics.

Diving is taking up perfectly good time that could be replaced with women's doubles badminton or team dressage. Speaking of which....

Japan's Hiroshi Hoketsu competed in equestrian in the 1964 at age 23, and in the 2008 Olympics at age 67.

The independent sovereign nation of Michael Phelps would be sixth in the gold medal count (tied with the People's Republic of Chinese Gymnastics and the People's Republic of Chinese Weightlifting) and 16th in the overall medal count.

Unlike the athletes from our gracious host nation, Michael Phelps eats 12,000 calories per day whether he wins or not.

Joey Chestnut eats 12,000 calories in eight minutes in a typical hot dog eating contest. (It's not an Olympic sport, but it's more entertaining than equestrian.)

Women's wrestling? Really?


mad cow said...

Experts say the growth hormones in beef are feminizing the population.

These women must be vegetarians.

Anonymous said...

I watched synchronized diving in the last Olympics too! I think it's awesome. That said, I hadn't heard of it before that Olympics, and I haven't thought of it since. :)

Erin said...

By far, the most entertaining part of the olympics for my husband and I has been Bob Costas' interviews with Bela Karolyi. I have been a huge gymnastics fan since Bela coached Mary Lou to gold, and listening to his ridiculous and outlandish comments has been amazing. I bet he is glad he can let it all out now as a commentator and not a coach. Some of Bela's gems:

"that is a reep-off!" talking about Alicia Sacramone's low vault score.

"Coaches know the differences between a 16 year old athlete and a 14 year old athlete, and the chinese athletes are not 16!"

Bela: "Alicia is a great gymnast"
Bob: "you're talking about Alicia Sacramone?"
Bela: "Obviously."

Bela also went nuts over Nastia Luikin's bump to Silver yesterday after tying the chinese gymnast on bars, but I didn't see the entire interview. He looked fighting mad though.

AWOL Mommy said...

we love BELA!! Bela is bellisimo! More Bela. We want Bela to spice up the commentary on the track and field events!