to play football, not to play trumpet
Per MGoBlue.com there are eight:
USA: Max Pacioretty (hockey); Meryl Davis & Charlie White, Maia & Alex Shibutani, and Evan Bates (ice dancing).
Sweden: Carl Hagelin (hockey).
Austria: Brian Lebler (hockey).
Go Blue! Go USA!
Today (barely) in 1936 Jesse Owens won the first of his four gold medals under the nose of 20th century supervillain Adolf Hitler.
Today athletes talk about proving themselves, or showing their "doubters" what they're made of. There's a lot of empty pride, a lot of commercialism, and a lot of media. It's the nature of sport today.
But Jesse Owens genuinely proved something in Berlin. In the most dramatic possible context. His was one of the few moments in sports that genuinely exceeded the boundaries of the playing field to impact the entire world. Along with Eric Liddell (for personal reasons that one may discern by reading my signature) his accomplishments are the most significant to me in Olympic history.
This is only semi-OT, because Owens achieved his greatest heights in purely athletics terms at Ferry Field in 1935. As a Michigan fan, a sports fan, and an American, I am proud that one of the few memorials to any athlete on Michigan's athletic campus is the plaque honoring Owens at Ferry. As Rothstein says:
"Ferry Field still stands. Outside the track a plaque commemorates Owens' record-shattering day. It is, perhaps, the ultimate compliment in college sports that a University of Michigan athletic facility continues to honor the achievements of an Ohio State Buckeye."
Some things are more important than rivalry.
Haven't seen this up yet. Spoil away folks. I'm a huge badminton fan (probably because it's one of the few sports I'm good at), so this made me happy to see. It was embarrassing to watch.
On a happier note, the men's all around finals are today. Danell Leyva's stepdad/coach is ALWAYS entertaining to watch on the "sidelines".
So Vanderkaay get third place, I'm happy a Michigan dude got a medal.. British commentator killed it for me when she decided that he is a University of Florida graduate.. Come on!! He won a bunch of BIG TEN championships at Michigan.., seriously!! I want to protest at this point!
[ED:BISB - C'mon, man. It's the first damn day.]
During the Olympic prelims that started today for women's soccer, North Korea refused to play for over an hour because the jumbotron in the stadium put up the South Korean flag instead of the North Korean one. Oooops!
I'm not so secretly hoping this was intentional. This will probably be a better excuse as to why North Korea doesn't win gold than their World Cup excuse...being struck by lightning. We can always count on the North Koreans for solid soccer hilarity.
Some of you may know that at the recent Olympic trials there was a dead-heat for 3rd place in the women's 100M dash (with the top three qualifying for the Olympics). It was so close that there was literally no way to tell who finished third.
The solution that was reached seems very logical, especially when compared to the good old fashioned coin flip that had been proposed. They were going to hold a run-off this afternoon, with the winner getting the spot. Nothing wrong with that...to the victor goes the spoils and all that.
Apparantly one of the participants did not feel that way, however, and has decided that rather than participate she is just going to concede. Seems that she feels she was 'robbed' and that she already earned the spot, despite all evidence to the contrary. The leg on which she stands is that the race originally listed her as the third place finisher before the photo finish was reviewed.
I hate to judge people, but this seems completely ridiculous to me. How can you feel robbed when the conclusive evidence shows that you clearly were not? How can you think that you are entitled to the spot when there is another runner who is equally as entitled? And, most importantly, how can you just decide to quit and give up on what is likely a lifelong dream instead of going out there and actually trying to earn that spot?
I will stop here and get the thoughts of the mgo community before I accidentally enter full-on rant mode.