Well day five has been alot like days three and four…roller coaster rides!! Men’s gymnastics held individual all arounds and I couldn’t be more sad for John Orozco and his family. The games haven’t been great for him and the pommel horse appears to hate all Americans
BUT, congrats to Danell Leyva for recovering enough to gain a bronze…way to go Danell!!!
Also on the upside and more consistent then other sports, swimming athletes have once again gotten the job done!!! Among the USA wins were golds for Nathan Adrian and the women’s team in the 4×200.
And aren’t we all glad to not be among those disqualified in badminton?!! Maybe they’ll call me up now for my Olympic moment…I’m available!!!
Here’s the medal count as of day five…no worries China, we’ll catch up and surpass you in track and field, if not sooner! GO USA!
Much better Olympic day for the USA!! The women’s gymnastics was just…well, spectacular, so huge congratulations to them especially after such an emotional ride on Sunday. True testament to the professionalism and determination these little tiny girls have for their sport and their country!!
And then let’s talk about Michael Phelps…yes, HE DID IT! Michael has now won more medals than ANYONE in the history of the Olympic Games. Congrats Mr. Phelps!
Another great day of competition over…see you tomorrow all and thanks for keeping up with me. Here’s the medal count:
It won’t let me add pix from the laptop, so here’s the best I can do right now sorry!
Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
China 13 6 4 23
USA 9 8 6 23
Japan 1 4 8 13
France 4 3 4 11
Happy Bloggin’ Ya’ll!
The good, the bad, and the ugly. That’s what happened today for the good ol’ US of A. The good really was great with Missy Franklin and Matt Grevers gaining Gold in swimming, while Team Captain Rebecca Soni earned a Silver…..and I heard we got a bronze in Judo and a bronze in men’s synchonized diving, but the bad and the ugly happened in the gymnastics arena. Wow, what a disappointing round for our guys and so very shocking. Congrats to China, Japan (questionable ending), and Great Britain for being able to make it to the podium…especially GB! It’s been so long since GB has medaled in gymnastics, the commentators said there’s not a person alive who saw their previous medal win. What do you say over there…good day mate….bloody awesome gent…something along those lines, I believe.
But to check out the gymnastics drama of why the Japanese team went from no medal to Silver, Great Britain went from Silver to Bronze, and the poor Ukraine went from Bronze to nothing within a five minute timeframe, read this Sports Illustrated Article…and then send all your well wishes to the USA gymnasts….you’ve still got individuals guys!! HANG IN THERE!!
Meanwhile, here are the medal standings after three days……..
Ok, so I’ve had this WTH question for quite some time when it comes to sports, but last night? O. M. G. It broke my heart to watch poor little ol’ Jordyn Wieber. As they completed the last apparatus in gymnastics (floor), she found out her overall score for the night was not in the top two of the USA team. That means she does not get to participate in the individual all-around. A dream this current World Champion has had her entire little life and what she has trained so hard for all these years. As we say in the South “Bless her heart ya’ll”. Seriously. Who knew the real competition of the night was not USA against all others, but USA girls against each other?
And then…as the truth sinks in and she realizes her every individual dream of being the best of the best is shattered……..she sobs…….rightfully so, if you ask me……and what happens next??
WTH……..you want to interview her? Are you kidding me? Leave the poor kid alone and let her grieve in peace. Talk to her tomorrow. I turned the TV off, I couldn’t bear to watch so I don’t know if they got their interview or not, but it always goes the same. “So, (insert Athlete’s name), you’ve just lost everything you’ve trained for…your life is shattered (insert and you’ve had five seconds to grasp the meaning of it)….so how does that make you feel?”
HOW DO YOU THINK THEY FEEL???
Give her tissues and go away reporters…
First of all, let me take back a statement I made the other day…I didn’t quite think it through…I will NOT rival Bob Costas in my updates over the Olympics. I’d like to, but the time zone issue just isn’t going to allow me to do that. Here’s why. I’ve got the NBC channel on all day. Things have already occurred in London that I don’t want to know about just yet. So far, I’ve seen some of the bike race, qualifying events in swimming, and some of the women’s soccer (football) match. What I haven’t seen yet are the men’s gymnastics and medal races in swimming. I believe they are happening right now in London, but doesn’t show on NBC until tonight. DON’T TELL ME WHAT HAPPENS! haha…I’ve already informed everyone here that I will be stuck to the TV tonight from 7-11 pm…so I refuse to watch ESPN or read the internet news. Guess that’ll be my theme for the next couple of weeks and I don’t want to ruin it for all of you, so I won’t update until after it shows in the US. And speaking of this issue, when is the Olympics going to come back to the US and help me out with my problem? Where do I vote??? Olympics in Alabama?? THAT’S SO FUNNY!! We don’t even have a major league team of any kind in this state. One can hope though…
Going back to what has already shown today in the USA, I will say this…as most of you know, I don’t particularly enjoy watching soccer…ahem, football….but the USA is playing
Columbia right now and one of the Columbian players has punched Abby (USA) in the eye, without penalty. She’ll probably be penalized after the match when the committee reviews the tape, but emotions are high and I expect this one to creep into another Olympic event…….BOXING!!
I don’t condone violence or poor sportmanship in the Olympic Games, but they’re trying to take out one of the exceptional USA female players and I predict it isn’t going to work out in their favor….isn’t it sad though, that now I’m watching soccer expecting a fight? It’s like watching a NASCAR race for the wreck!
Yay…it’s finally here. And yes, I’d normally say Friday, but this is no ordinary Friday, it is the Friday athletes have waiting four years for and London has probably been anticipating all that could go wrong today for a long time. D-day if you will.
But, let me go back to “football”, aka soccer.
Here are the results from the men’s games yesterday:
**Great Britain tied Senegal 1-1 (This is where I get my geography lessons…never heard of Senegal…and how do you end things in a tie??)
**Belarus beat New Zealand 1-0 (If I asked you to show me Belarus on a map right now, bet you couldn’t do it!)
**Brazil beat Egypt 3-2 (Did anyone have a clue Egypt played soccer? I’ve got to upgrade my thinking)
**Gabon tied with Switzerland 1-1 (Gabon? Come on, seriously? It sounds like the size of Cleveland)
I can’t really understand what it is telling us, but maybe if I watch the ceremonies it’ll all come together….
The plans for tomorrow you ask?? Well, I’d like to see the men’s qualifying rounds in gymnastics…and there are some men’s swimming races…and according to the London 2012 website, there will be medals given out tomorrow in cycling, fencing, judo, shooting, swimming, and weightlifting.
So, here we go everyone….let the games begin…and GO USA!!!!
The statement “there’s an app for that” has become an immediate reaction when people are trying to figure out how to do things and keeping up with the Olympics is no different. The joy of the “Apple Cloud” is that things automatically download to my Apple product when anyone else under the same cloud downloads an app. Yay me. I get apps without even looking for them…but since my Apple product doesn’t have the most memory, well I usually delete the bonus apps that randomly appear.
But not today!!
The App Fairy has brought me several Olympic Apps. Let’s check them out, shall we?
“TEAM USA”…this one has highlighted Olympians and posted tweets while it counts down the “Road to London”. Looks like it covers the Paralympic as well as the Olympics, so that’s nice, and a donate button, which I’m sure will come in handy. These kids sacrifice so much for their dream and usually don’t have much money until after the Olympics when sponsors come out of the woodwork, but that’s only if they do well in London. Meanwhile, they stay broke. This App also has a section for the schedule of events and a “latest news” area. I’ll be sure to check this one daily in case I miss anything on TV.
The second app that appeared is “LONDON 2012, RESULTS”…this one looks to be great for keeping up with medals. We all know it’s important for our favorite athletes to get the gold, but we also know how Bob Costas reports which countries have obtained which medals and if I recall, USA does pretty well overall in the summer olympics. With this app, it looks like I can get achievement updates at any time. And the bonus of this app? It boasts a section on “Athletes” where I can see who has a birthday that day. Fun!!
The third and last app the fairy sent me last night is called “NBC OLYMPICS”…but unfortunately, is having trouble actually downloading. Could be my memory issue or I could immediately blame it on NBC since I’m competition for their regular reporting stars! They’re scared of this blog…LOL. Well, I’ll have to tell you about this app later, if it ever works. I imagine it’s like the others, but will let you know.
In the meantime, I wanted to post a schedule of events, but it appears as if that’s a difficult thing to obtain. I’ve searched the main sites and even tried to get a TV schedule for those in the US, but a downloadable version just isn’t readily available. So, let’s hightlight a few of the favorites:
Gymnastics: July 28 – starts off with the men – and final medals are given 07 August
(and yes, since the Olympics are in London, the viewing time for the US to see it live is usually between 5 and 9 am, so set the coffee pot to automatic and rise and shine cupcake, America needs your support!)
Swimming: July 28 – 10 August – There are a bunch of races during this entire time for swimmers, roughly ten every day, they can even medal that very first day…but for USA, the viewing times begin around 4 am!!
Diving: July 29 – 11 August – Looks like there is one major event in Diving per day…and lucky for us, they will be aired live beginning at 9 am! Not sure if that is eastern or central time, but it says “my time” and I’m in central…so we’ll see. This is another event that starts off with a bang allowing medals to be given out that very first day.
Track & Field: If I’m reading the schedule correctly, the track and field events do not begin until August 3rd, but are jammed packed with up to 20 different events per day…
So, here it is Wednesday with opening ceremonies Friday…….I’m ready……….are you??
Good Morning everyone…I hope you all had a terrific weekend and were able to get some relief from the heat and enjoy your haven. I forgot to mention this on Saturday, but if you’d like to share a photo of your haven, please send it to me at email@example.com I’d like to showcase the different places we all find to relax. It may inspire some new ideas for your fellow readers.
This post is going to be a bit of a potpourri. I’ve got a couple different things to chat about, but since it’s Monday morning, I didn’t want to take up too much of your time.
The first item on today’s agenda is to WELCOME “J.R.” INTO THE WORLD!!! Friend, coworker, reader, and follower Lauren has had her bouncing baby boy. J.R. was born Thursday evening, weighing in around 7 lbs 13 oz. JR, you are going to be one loved little boy! Congratulations new Mommy and Daddy :-)
The second thing I wanted to mention is about the Olympic trials. Have you been watching? Omg, it’s so exciting. I taped and watched some of the gymnastics (guys and girls), diving, swimming, and track and field this weekend. I’m so addicted. THIS is reality TV and I’m looking forward to the Olympics. They announced the gymnastic teams yesterday, so if you were watching the trials and haven’t heard who all was selected to finish out the team, here it is:
Women’s USA Team ~ Gabrielle Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney, and Aly Raisman. Alternates are Anna Li, Elizabeth Price, and Sarah Finnegan.
Men’s USA Team ~ Danell Leyva, John Orozco, Sam Mikulak, and Jake Dalton. Alternates are Chris Brooks, Steven Legendre, and Alex Naddour.
I think both teams looked fantastic this weekend, but the men in particular looked gold medal worthy to me!! I haven’t been as impressed with one of our Olympic teams since I was a kid back in the 80′s. Don’t get me wrong, they’re always great…but this team appears stronger, more explosive, and way more committed than previous teams. Let’s hope they continue that level of performance in LONDON!!
And the last thing to talk about this morning? Well, I lied. I don’t want to talk about anything…I just cannot go out into the world without the warm and fuzzies that something made you smile today. Let me give it a quick shot….
Happy Bloggin’ Ya’ll!!