Archive for August 12th, 2008

12
Aug
08

Today’s Hot Olympian

Unlike Laure Manaudou, whom I’m still unsure if she’s hot or not, when it comes to Paraguayan javelin thrower Leryn Franco I have no such compunctions. When she’s not throwing her shaft around, Franco pays the bills by working as a model and beauty pageant contestant; she was the runner-up to be Ms. Paraguay in 2006 and was, the same year, also in the Ms. Bikini World pageant. Now, she’s a medal hopeful for Paraguay in her second Olympics games. I for one hope she succeeds. I also hope she likes sports bloggers because we could be magic together.

12
Aug
08

I Know There Was Something I Was Supposed To Do Today…

You spend your whole life getting ready for the Olympics, thousands of hours practicing, giving up everything in your life so that when the time comes, in your own home country, you can shine. The day of your event comes, the moment you’ve waited a lifetime for and you arrive at the venue only to be informed that you were in the second heat, not the third and are now disqualified. This is what happened to Chinese rower Zhang Liang who qualifies as the most embarrassed athlete at the games so far. Even worse, because he didn’t qualify for the singles rowing competition he also is disqualified from the doubles event as well, thus screwing not just himself but also his partner who must be a big fan of Liang right now. In typically understated Chinese manner, the director of Chinese water sports Wei Di stated simply, “This shows we still have some problems in team organization.” Good call!

This, for the record is EXACTLY what would happen to me if I was an Olympic athlete, either that or I’d show up a complete day late, right as they were awarding the medals or something. Someone should warn the Marines on duty at the Beijing embassy to get ready for Liang’s defection as I bet the Chinese sports federations are going to LOVE him.

[Gossip on Sports]




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