Thursday, August 18, 2016

Yet More 2016 Miscellaneous Olympic Musings

You take your victories where you find them . . ..
Much has been made of the U.S. women's gymnastics team at the 2016 Olympics, and deservedly so, but their male counterparts haven't been doing as well.  But while teh girls ruled, the boys didn't exactly drool; the men's team's Danell Leyva, known for his lucky towel, had luck on the bars.  He won silver medals in both the horizontal and parallel bars.  Glad to see he didn't throw in the towel. :-)
Also, track runner Jenny Simpson won a bronze in the 1500-meter race - the first medal for an American woman in the so-called metric mile.  (Evan Jager won the silver in the men's 3000-meter steeplechase - and the two athletes raced with an elastic hair band they shared between them. Apparently it brought the two of them good luck.
Okay, now that the American women dominate in regular gymnastics, they have to work on rhythmic gymnastics - floor exercises with balls and streamers.  The Russians own that sport!  (But the Russians don't own track and field anymore; as noted here, sixty-seven Russian track and field atheltes - 67 was the final count - were banned from competing in Rio due to doping. How many Russian track and field athletes were able to compete?  Only one - long jumper Darya Klishina.)
And if American women can run the metric mile in the Olympics, certainly American women can swim the metric mile in the Olympics.  They've set records in the 1500-meter freestyle swim elsewhere.  Come on, IOC, show some gumption! Add the women's 1500-meter freestyle swim already!
Get rid of synchronized swimming to fit in, if you have to.  (Okay, I couldn't resist . . .)
And would you believe that Kerri Walsh-Jennings and April Ross got knocked out of gold medal contention in beach volleyball?  It actually shouldn't have surprised anyone; the Brazilian pair who beat them were more favored due to their standings.  Well, you can't win 'em all . . . but the dynamic American duo did win the bronze against another Brazilian pair! :-D

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