It’s Hump Day Miscellany time and of course I have my own Olympic tidbits to share. I’ve mostly focused on the swimming for obvious reasons.
1). If you are having stroke issues try watching this all underwater version of the spectacular Mens 4 x 100M come from behind relay. Watch how these guys grab water and pull themselves through the pool while rotating their bodies. Beautiful
2). That particular relay was especially exciting for me as my son was the Jason Lezak of his relay team at the All City Meet the summer after his junior year in high school. This meet is second only to the end of summer conference and features about 20 swim teams. He swam anchor and when he went off the block he was close to a body length behind the leader. He had only 50 yards to work with. After his streamline following the 25 yard flip turn he was at the guy’s ankles. After that he pulled himself forward, centimeter by centimeter to take the lead in the last 10 feet. Everyone at the meet was on their feet screaming and the boys set a new meet records with that race. It was a glorious day in my son’s life and an incredibly proud Mama moment. I have some idea of how Debbie Phelps must feel.
3). There’s a guy on the Olympic team named Ben WildmanTobriner. My son raced him for 2 years at the high school regional championships. Although Travis couldn’t beat him in an individual event, his relay team took first at least one of those years, possibly both.
4). Am I the only one who gets a little sad every time they play the VISA ads with Morgan Freeman’s voice in the background? The poor man fell asleep at the wheel recently and had a bad car accident. He’s going to be okay but I’m sure it was terrifying.
5). Worst ad award goes to Hotels.com for that awful thing with the guys blowing bubbles into some man’s bath. EW! That’s just creepy.
6). Most idiotic commentary goes to the guy who when describing an incident in which Kerry Walsh lost her wedding ring in the sand prompting an all out hunt with metal detectors and an army of volunteers remarked, “I’m not sure what’s so special about this ring”. Hmmm… maybe it’s because it’s her wedding ring that her beloved husband gave her and that is inscribed with a special saying. That might make it special, don’t you think?
7). I am 100% hetero but I have to admit to loving watching the women’s volleyball. Oh those incredible bodies in those teeny little suits! What’s not to love? Oh- and the winning. We LOVE the winning!
So to wrap up HDM on a positive note I give you this: