Success on The World Stage

So some major congratulations are in order. First off, congratulations to Gabby Douglas of the US Women’s Gymnastics team who took home the all-around gold in the women’s competition yesterday. I was hoping we were going to have another 1-2 sweep of the medals, but Aly Raisman struggled on the balance beam which dropped her out of medal contention. I really wanted her to succeed after the stunning floor routine she gave to clinch the US team gold but it wasn’t to be I guess.

The Russian ladies put up one helluva fight, securing silver (Victoria Komova) and bronze (Aliya Mustafina) respectively. Watching Komova on the uneven bars was something to behold. Just like McKayla Maroney’s stunning vault performance, Komova’s uneven bars took that routine to a whole other level compared to the rest of the ladies in the field. They had their struggles too, including a full on fall off of the balance beam by Mustafina. The balance beam – the great equalizer of women’s gymnastics.

Even though the broadcast was 6 hours or whatever after the competition had actually happened, I was gasping and clapping through every moment. I was cheering like a fiend. By myself. In my apartment. Because I am that awesome. What can I say, I really get into the Olympics. 😀

Gabby in mid-flight during her balance beam routine.

Congrats Gabby!

Next up are some major congrats to our US Women’s National Soccer team for taking out New Zealand 2-0, and advancing to the semi-finals. Where’s Waldo dominated and I am super excited to see if the US women can’t take it all of the way to the gold. I have only managed to catch one of their games so far this Olympics which is really bumming me out, but such is the way of things with the time difference and actually having to work. Stupid work getting in the way of watching the Olympics. *shakes fist*

Another soccer moment of awesome in my opinion was Japan defeating hyped powerhouse Brazil 2-0. This was not a result I was expecting but I am very pleased that the Japanese made it past the Brazilians. Somehow I don’t think the Brazilians were expecting this result either to tell you the truth. Lol.

Let’s all do our happy dance – way to go ladies!

The Fab Five Get ‘er Done

Well gymnastics at the 2012 London Olympic games has been a bit nuts, at least from the USA’s perspective. The men’s team failed to even medal after a few errors seemed to utterly demoralize the group. Their breakdown was hard to watch. When the team was first put together I was thinking ‘they can definitely go all the way’ given the sheer raw talent that was in the team.

After watching everything that happened I was left wondering if the inexperience of the group on the international stage left them unprepared to deal with the extreme pressures of the competition. Whatever it was, I was bummed as things unfolded and went downhill. Seeing their faces as they took in what was happening was heartbreaking to watch. I’m hoping that in the all-around competition John Orozco and Danell Leyva can shake off what happened and get on the podium. You can do it guys!

Despite the major NBC fail on how they are broadcasting the Olympics in the US, and me accidentally reading a headline that majorly spoiled what was to come that evening, I have enjoyed watching the ladies’ gymnastics competition. The highlight so far of the gymnastics competition has to be of course the Fab Five ladies winning gold for the USA. As the events unfolded it became clear that it was really a two-team event between USA and Russia.

The best moment for me I think was as Aly Raisman was finishing up her floor routine which was the last performance for the USA ladies before they knew if they had clinched the gold or not. As she finished her final tumbling pass you could see on her face that she knew. She just knew that she had pulled through for her teammates and won them the gold. It was an amazing moment to watch (even if it was 6 hours later). What an incredible feeling. Congratulations ladies! Good luck to Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas in their all-around competition coming up later this week.


Class Act of an Epic Swimmer

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Congratulations to Missy Franklin of the USA Olympic Swimming Team, who took home her first gold medal in the 100m backstroke today. What makes the feat so epic is that she had only 10 minutes between an earlier qualifying swim and the medal backstroke event. And she still pulled it off. Way to go Missy!

Missy congratulates her competitor, Aya Terakawa of Japan, who finished 3rd.

Hair Power Triumphs

I have completely and utterly gotten sucked into watching the Olympics on TV since the opening ceremonies on Friday. There is something about the events, even if they are sports I don’t normally follow, that draw me in until I realize I’ve spent several hours avidly watching Olympics coverage.

Today was a fascinating display of men’s beach volleyball. Question: why do they number their jerseys? There are only two players on each team. I mean truly – how hard is it to tell them apart when you are announcing? I just thought that that was really very strange and unnecessary but very amusing.

I watched the 3-game set of Poland vs. Latvia that featured a very tall man with a very large mane of hair. The announcer dubbed him the Lion King which was hilarious and wildly appropriate. Watch him roar! Latvia ended up defeating Poland 2-1.

His real name is Aleksandrs Samoilovs. From Latvia. Just look at that hair!

Oh, and I so want one of these:

Oopsy – Wrong Flag

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Apparently right before the North Korea vs. Columbia Women’s soccer game at the Olympics the wrong flag was shown next to the portraits of the North Koreans as they were being introduced. The game was delayed for an hour while the North Korean team waited for official direction as to what action there were to take.

Yeah……kind of a huge diplomatic fail there since North and South Korea are technically still at war. 😮