Sunday, July 29, 2012
The road racing was fast. I mean scary fast! 5:45 for 250km (155 mi). That's 27 mph average for almost 6 hours, more than 150 miles! Wow! That one crash looked positively scary and he got back up and hit the street. The medical car checked him out on the run. Woof!
I might want to watch these swimmers more closely. Their form is great. I love it! And the bodies on them. The arms on the women are amazing! Lochte flips a 350 pound tractor tire for warm ups and lifts chains -- it's lift a variable weight lifting exercise.
The gymnasts are also impressively muscular. It really brings home the importance of strength training for other sports.
These female gymnasts are so so so young! They are little girls! I know it's nothing new, but it doesn't make it any less -- well, child abuse.
Some of the sports included in the Olympics: Golf. BMX Cycling. Badminton. Beach Volleyball. Sailing.
And they dropped Baseball and softball?
Some of those are ESPN3-worthy sports. BMX, Beach volleyball. Badminton maybe on ESPN8 - The Ocho.
Some suggestions for future games: Darts. Bowling. Urban Biathlon. Tug of War. Jump rope. NASCAR. Dodgeball. Mixed Martial Arts (UFC). Ballroom dancing.
Actually tug of war used to be an event. And Ballroom dancing would be a good summer cognate to the couples ice dancing.
Urban Biathlon? Sure! (Serious suggestion) Far more accessible than the winter Olympic Biathlons where cross country skiing and riflery are combined, an Urban Biathlon is riding a bicycle 10 miles, stopping at a batting cage for 20 pitches or a driving range for 20 balls, and then repeating 4 times, for a total 50 mile ride and possible 100 hits. Lowest time and highest number of hits wins. It doesn't involve introducing guns into the summer games.
A good summer biathlon like the winter biathlon could involve cross country running and archery.
Of course we COULD have an urban biathlon with runners on city street with a 9mm tucked in their waistband.