Best and Worst of the Olympics

They’re over. I’m sad. But I thought I would write a little about the things that were impressing versus that which made me cringe.

The Chinese Audience hosted a FANTASTIC OLYMPICS in my opinion. First off, the designs were astounding. From the Bird’s Nest to the Water Cube, the architecture was fabulous. The gymnastics venue was also wonderfully decorated inside. I am specifically talking about the colorful borders that ran through the arena; it looked GREAT on high definition TV!

On that note, the Chinese were a truly fabulous audience. They packed the arena and cheered so loudly for everyone! I was very impressed when the booed Jonathan Horton‘s high bar score during finals; they thought he should have beat their own countryman, Zou Kai! Great audience!

My personal pick for the team with the overall best leotards went to Russia. Hands down.

The above leo is what I would have loved to see on the USA. But EVERY Russian leotard I saw throughout the entire Olympic Games was GREAT.

Awesome that we saw astounding history in Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt! I am awating Phelps’ blood test because I think it will come back stating that he has part dolphin genes!

For gymnastics, the most beautiful display of sportsmanship winners were Shawn Johnson and Fabian Hambuechen. Fabian was SO upset with his personal performance during the high bar final! But of course that didn’t stop him from warmly congratulating the winners. Same thing with Shawn. Love them.

Who I already predict to be on the 2012 Olympic Teams: Fabian Hambuechen, Zou Kai, Kohei Uchimura, Ksenia Semenova.

There were some diappointing moments with the scoring. I won’t comment on a lot of it because it makes me angry.

The two athletes that that made me the saddest were definitely Cheng Fei and Anna Pavlova. Cheng Fei’s disappointing EF showings on VT and FX. Pavlova for not receiving a medal, and she should have had Cheng’s beam bronze. Now that I think about it, Alicia Sacramone made me quite sad as well. I am so sad she didn’t come away with an individual medal! That vault bronze I thought should have been hers. The rest of the judging that really angered me I won’t go into.

I disliked the way NBC presented some of the gymnastics. First off, starting it at 10 or 11 (Eastern time) at night was not good. I hate that it just HAD to be live to get those ratings in. I also did not like that we saw ONE routine from the bronze winning Romanian team.

A couple of posts ago we went into what REALLY aggrivated me the most. There is no reason to reiterate. Let’s just say there are a few people who I no longer have any respect for anymore.

I am trying to get the “what could have been” thoughts out of my head had Chellsie Memmel competed all four events. Sigh. I heard she is planning to continue though! Good deal. At least she has an Olympic Medal.

Dasha Joura not competing at her best also makes my heart break. Maybe 2012???

One more note about the hosting of the Chinese: Opening and Closing Ceremonies were AWESOME! Way to go China for putting on a truly spectacular show.

Also, my hat goes off to trck star Bernard Lagat, whom I have blogged about before. Lagat was the 2007 World Champion on both the 1500 and 5000 meter runs. A bronze in Sydney, a silver in Athens, I really wanted that gold for him!!!! I heard he had a foot injury. That is really sad. I don’t know the time span and age ranges for runners. Will he be able to compete realistically in 2012? If anyone knows the answer to that please comment and let me know!

That is it for now, if I think of more things I will add them to this post.



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11 responses to “Best and Worst of the Olympics

  1. apolytongp

    Shawn not getting AA gold (and hitting). (not me speaking.)

  2. ljaeger

    Bernard Lagat is only 33. The woman who won women’s marathon was 38. I believe he will hang on for another Olympics because he loves running, not necessarily to win a medal. He is a hero of mine as well.

    Another heartbreaking moment: LoLo Jones’ 100 m hurdles final. She is also an example to me of strength, perserverance and character in the face of obstacles and disappointment. She overcame incredible odds even to get to the Olympics, and when she didn’t win you could tell she was just devastated, yet she warmly congratulated the other athletes, and gave a classy, gracious interview. She’ll be 30 in 2012 and I hope she has her moment in the sun to win gold.

    And how about the Austrailian that won the men’s platform diving gold? Was that not cool?

  3. Hahaha you made a typo error!

    “Fabian was SO upset with her personal performance during the high bar final!”

    You mean HIS personal performance? 😀

    good day!

  4. Gatorgirl

    Shawn hit every routine over a week of competition! WOW! I also loved how the Chinese audience embraced Shawn overall and Jon’s high bar final. The Men’s 10M platform competition had me just dying. The poor Chinese divers who didn’t win that last gold and the amazing dives of the Aussie….wow too!

  5. Min

    Zou Kai went all lala eyes at a Hong Kong singer.
    The girls were giggling at him behind his back.

  6. Min

    oops, i was trying to post a picture. @_@ why didn’t it work?

    Anyways, Shawn is very popular in China. Everybody loves her.

  7. mr solis

    Shawn Johnson goodsport attitude dazzled me, specially in the middle of all this sore losers staff and I’ve come to like her very much, even if she’s not at all my kind of gymnast. But apologytong, she definetely didn’t hit the AA, her amanar was clearly underrotated and shouldn’t have been credited. She should have gotten bronze and if all the deductions for lack of amplitude and artistry would have been applied, maybe even 4th.

    Yang Yilin and NAstia hit their 4 routines, so I think they deserve to go 1-2. Both are elegant and beautiful to watch. The order: To me Yilin has only small wobbles on beam and a low double pike on fx, and NAstia has horrible form all over her Fx routine, a clean vault but unspectacular and a UB dismount that is painful to see, so…

    But both deserved the gold, so I’m Ok with Nastia and at last we have artistry wining over power!!!. Remember Szabo losing to Retton, Silivas and Bogi to Shushunova, Miller to Gutsu, KhorKina to Patterson, THAT WAS ABOUT TIME!!!

  8. apolytongp

    Nastia has all kinds of deductions (cowboying, twisting her legs). I still say she hit though. Both girls “hit”.

    The Amanar was chancey, but you know all the girls have a chancey Amanar. Fei lands hers and does a little rotation hop at the end. Shawn twists hers into the mat and is turning as she takes that big step.

  9. apolytongp

    And I don’t really think of Nastia as very gymnastical. Nice figure skater/ballerina/aesthete. But nothing that a real gymnast would say “rock on” over.

  10. apolytongp

    In contrast, Nastia’s dad I would go to war with. Would pound the table for.

  11. olga

    creo que nastia se cre muy americanaa y se olvido completa mente de rusia.

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