Saturday, July 28, 2012
I decided tonight to post some of my collected quotes from Olympians.
"I can feel the wind go by when I run. It feels good. It feels fast." -- Evelyn Ashford"I
Didn't Set Out to Beat the World; I Just Set Out to Do My Absolute Best."
- Al Oerter
“The essential thing in life is not so much conquering as fighting well.”
– Baron De Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games
“Endurance? You’ve only got to get out there and do it. Face up to it: man was meant to run.” – Percy Cerutty
“Working hard becomes a habit, a serious kind of fun. You get self-satisfaction from pushing your self to the limit, knowing that all the effort is going to pay off.” ~ Mary Lou Retton
The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours. - Peggy Fleming
“Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit.” ~ Mary Lou Retton
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
― Muhammad Ali
Saturday, July 28, 2012
In my last blog post, I commented/complained that there seemed to be no conclusion or bridge between the extravaganza and the Parade of Nations. Well, there was but we in the USA didn't get to see it.
I am just lifting what Deadspin.com say about this video. It kind of makes me angry that NBC did not carry this but substituted a vacuous interview by Ryan Seacrest with Michael Phelps. This brought ears to my eyes.
Here's The Opening Ceremony Tribute To Terrorism Victims NBC Doesn't Want You To See
by Timothy Burke
The major transitional element of today's London Olympics opening ceremony was a downtempo performance of adoptive sporting anthem "Abide With Me" by Scottish singer Emeli SandÃ©. The song and accompanying dance were a tribute to the victims of the 7/7 terror attacks in London that claimed 52 victims days after the 2012 Summer Olympic hosts were named. (It's also been suggested the performance was a memorial to the war dead.)
Regardless, it was a rather significant and emotional moment in the opening ceremony, coming just before the parade of nations -- and it wasn't aired in the United States. Instead, viewers were treated to a lengthy and meaningless Ryan Seacrest interview of Michael Phelps. NBC regularly excises small portions of the opening ceremony to make room for commercials, but we've never heard of them censoring out an entire performance -- especially to air an inane interview. We've asked NBC why they didn't air the tribute, and if they get back to us we'll let you know what they say. In the meantime, enjoy the performance everyone else in the world saw. [BBC]
Saturday, July 28, 2012
I sat myself down at 7:30 PM EDT and changed the channel to WBAL HD, the Baltimore NBC affiliate expecting to see something really special. As it happened it was about four and a half hours I will never get back. I could have walked away at any time, but I kept hoping that something would happen.
I will admit it had it's moments. When Rowan Atkinson playing Mr Bean played strumming bass line in the Chariots of Fire theme. It was very funny. When Daniel Craig playing James Bond enters the Queen's office and it was actually Queen Elizabeth. Bond, in Her Majesty's Secret Service, escorted her to a helicopter which took her to Olympic Stadium where she parachuted out. Quite amusing.
And then there was Meredith Viera showing that she has a really great pair of legs, but nothing between her ears. There was a segment called "Thank You, Tim." It was honoring Tim Behrners Lee, to which Viera said: "Who ever that is." Really? Only the inventor of the World Wide Web. I would understand if Janey Q Public had no idea who he is, but my goodness, she's supposed to know something and at the very least have a script.
I found that very funny.
All in all, the opening ceremony was boring. The main show, before the parade of nations ended with no discernible conclusion or even bridge. It was rather disappointing. So disappointing in fact that I went over to Amazon and ordered a DVD of the Beijing opening ceremony.
Tomorrow on TV: Road Cycling and Swimming, though I don't know which events. Also Fencing and Archery.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Things we see and hear at the end of a long race, a marathon or a half marathon.
After you have run +90% of the course, this is absolutely NOT what you want to here. Because for me, around mile 16, this is what I feel like. (I may print this up and take it to Marine Corps Marathon.)
And the cowbells. I just wanna throw your stupid cowbells in the river ... and you after it. They aren't helping.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The 2012 Olympics are almost here. Friday is opening ceremonies.
I have not looked forward to seeing the Games in a very long time. Back in the '70s and '80s everybody wanted to see the gymnastics girls, and girls they were some as young as 13. But that grew old for me. If she didn't perfect 10, she somehow felt cheated.
The Winter Games got to be too much downhill for my taste, though the 1980 hockey team was an inspiring story.
This time around it is going to be different. Back in 20008, I had already begun my weight loss efforts, but the Games were not able to hold me. But this time ...
This time I am actually interested in the running events: the 10000 meter, the triathlon, the marathon, even the shorter distances. I may even stay tuned for the field events as I had when I was a kid. I am interested in the swimming. And in the biking. All because I myself have become an athlete. Certainly not on the level of the Olympians, but I have become one of them.
I realized that today as I watched the some of the first football game between Great Britain and New Zealand (GB 1 NZ 0).
This is going to be so cool!
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