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He’s a She….But Still a Child

Posted by redsatellite on August 22, 2008

Apparently, the IOC – that regal body of UN wannabes- has decided to investigate the ages of the Chinese gymnasts afterall. Don’t worry…the speed of their response didn’t challenge Usain Bolt. It only took the intense scrutiny of the ENTIRE WORLD and the non-stop exposure from the international press to finally compel them to get off- their dead a**.

I mean…gee…call me prescient….but I knew the Chinese gymnast, He Kexin wasn’t 16, when I saw her reaching for her coloring book.

The International Olympic Committee asked the world governing body for gymnastics to investigate whether members of the Chinese women’s team were too young to compete in the Olympics.According to online sports registration lists in China, half the team — He Kexin, Yang Yilin, Jiang Yuyuan — would be underage. The [International gymnastics federation] F.I.G., however, has said that those gymnasts were eligible and that the ages on their passports were correct.

 

I want you to look at this picture. SERIOUSLY. Look at it.

If she’s 16 years old- I’m Winnie the Pooh.

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Phelps is as Good as Gold

Posted by redsatellite on August 13, 2008

Michael Phelps now owns more gold than most jewelry stores.

For Michael Phelps, it’s not enough to just set a new standard. He has to demolish the old one. Winningest Olympian ever? He’s two golds past that already and not finished yet, just over halfway to his goal of breaking Mark Spitz’s record seven in a single Olympics.

World records? In a sport measured down to the hundredths for a reason, Phelps sets a pace to crush one of them by more than four seconds.

Even when his goggles malfunctioned during the first race of a golden morning in China, the gangly, 23-year-old American squinted through water-filled lenses on the way to, yes, a world record. Of course, he was none too happy to beat it by only six-hundredths.

Amazing. Simply amazing.

There is nobody in our sport that can win like he wins,” U.S. head coach Eddie Reese said. “He is not just winning, he is crunching world records.”

Quick…someone call for a Brinks truck.

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Memo to French: Awww…..Shut Up

Posted by redsatellite on August 11, 2008

Unbelievable. Last night’s 400 freestyle swim relay in the Olympics…was awesome. And yah, revenge is best served: COLD.

With history about to slip away and Michael Phelps cheering him on, Jason Lezak pulled up next to the lane rope and set out after hulking Alain Bernard, like a NASCAR driver drafting down the backstretch at Daytona.

Only 25 meters to go, half the length of the pool. Every stroke brought Lezak a little closer, a little closer, a little closer, his body seemingly carried along by the Frenchman’s massive wake. The two lunged for the wall together. When the result flashed on the board, Phelps was still on course for his record eight gold medals.

By a fingertip.

Mais oui!

And Alain Bernard had opened his big fat BOUCHE. So we shut it.

While the Americans whooped it up on deck, Bernard clung to the wall, his head down. The swimmer who had talked confidently of beating the Americans — “smashing” them, some media reported — was the last one to leave the pool.

Alain is wounded. When you are the last swimmer in a relay and that you have the opportunity to bring a title of this importance to your country, you don’t get out of this unhurt,” said Claude Fauquet, France’s team director. “But I don’t think that Alain lost the race. It’s Lezak who won it.”

Watching on deck, Phelps let out a resounding “Yeaaaaaah!” and thrust both arms toward the roof of the Water Cube. His quest to break Mark Spitz’s record of seven gold medals had survived what will likely be its toughest test — and almost certainly its most thrilling.

The Americans shattered the world record set by their “B” team the previous evening in the preliminaries, touching with a time of 3 minute, 8.24 seconds — nearly 4 full seconds below the 15-hour-old mark of 3:12.23.

That’s right.

OUR B team set the World Record the night before. OUR ‘A Team’ shattered it last night. And the French A team?…uh…they lose…AND they have no world record. It was THE MOST exciting swimming event I’ve ever witnessed.

Sweet.

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Eight Eight Eight

Posted by redsatellite on August 8, 2008

8-8-08. And let the games begin!

The Chinese LOVE the number 8. And now we get to watch the Olympics- or at least try and watch it (depending on how bad the smog is).

Billions of dollars in the making, the Summer Games carry with them the ambitions of a nation seeking its place as a global superpower. The anticipation over the Beijing Olympics was unmistakable in China’s capital city.

The Opening Ceremony was scheduled to begin at 8:08 p.m. local time (8:080 a.m. ET) Friday. Thousands of dancers will be part of the 90-minute show.

Is that enough 8s for you?

But this version of the Olympics brings with it controversy, discord that began in 2001 when the 2008 Games were awarded to Beijing. Criticism over China’s policies on human rights for its citizens, its policies in Tibet and the persistent pollution across the country have been the focus of much international criticism and media attention.

The latest expression of that concern came on Friday. The head of the Australian Olympic Committee complained about pollution in China, as well as Internet access and uncomfortable transportation for his country’s athletes to venues, according to news reports.

Heavens to Mao Tse-tung! Too many rickshaws and not enough internet?…oh the humanity! (What with the smog and the drama…I’m getting all choked up.)

In the spirit of the Olympics…I will refrain from yappin’ about politics today. But trust me…it’s only- a 24 hour moratorium.

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Not Surprising…

Posted by zaphriel on February 20, 2006

But Disappointing…

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Drugs found in Olympics raid


VIENNA (Reuters) – Italian prosecutors found more than 100 syringes and 30 packs of drugs, including asthma drugs and antidepressants, in a raid on Austrian Winter Olympics bases, an Italian prosecutor told Austrian television.

They also seized devices for blood testing and blood transfusions in the raid on Saturday on the country’s biathlon and cross-country teams, Austrian state television ORF said on its Web site on Monday, quoting Turin prosecutor Raffaele Guariniello.

ORF also quoted another Turin prosecutor, Marcello Maddalena, as saying the raids were coordinated closely with the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Maddalena said officials tried to avoid disturbing the athletes too much.

“But a raid is a raid,” ORF quoted Maddalena as saying. “You cannot announce it in advance, nor can you put on your velvet gloves.”

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