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The Day After the Olympic Close

August 25, 2008

You know, we never hear about Romney delegates pissing and moaning about their candidate the way we do about Clinton’s delegates, clinging to the one who lost. Can’t we put this garbage in the wastebin already? Meanwhile, there Kara DioGuardiare new additions to Dancing with the Stars and American Idol. And Pakistan’s ruling coalition is in turmoil.

Now, on to sports:

+ Notes on the closing of the Beijing Olympics range from "it was China’s coming out party", "it was a winning, on-topic display of athletic achievement","Gosh! Great show!", "China showed deep insecurities", to "it was a showcase for hypocrisy". And Jacques Rogge was wrong for calling out Usain Bolt.

+ Via Kottke.org, galleries of the best photos taken at the Olympics.

+ Folks are trying to explain the Jamaican success in sprint competitions. From Global Voices:

…the phenomenal performance of the Jamaican athletes is also due to the cultural self-confidence they feel…this is not a confidence manufactured by the abjectly self-conscious, respectability-seeking, hymn-singing English-speaking middle classes but one bred out of the flamboyant, boisterous, in-your-face Patwa-speaking population.

Hey, I resent that. Those self-conscious folks are my people! I’m going to go in the corner and contemplate my breeding. meanwhile, a Yahoo sports article has a couple of theories. The team doctor:

“They say that our aggression, our toughness, came out of our slave situation,” said Elliott, who is black. The team doctor said he subscribes to the view “considering that Jamaica had more slavery rebellion than any country in the world.”

“It’s not a question of genetic pool, but we have that,” he added. “It’s a cultural thing, too, that we want to achieve.”

Asafa Powell credits morning training, Usain Bolt’s father credits the yam in Trelawny (which is supposed to have medicinal properties), and the US Face of Doping Victor Conte calls the Jamaicans drug cheats.

+ Wait, ping-pong aka table tennis aka the most intense silly sport I watched the finals of this weekend was invented by the British?

+ Jason Kidd is giving his gold medal to the Elaine Wynn, wife of casino owner Steve Wynn. A woman he’s known for a year. Huh.

landing after a jump

 

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