Lolo Jones had this race to the next to last hurdle. It was looking like Gold, and it would translate to real gold in endorsements and other opportunities. But she felt the Gold around her neck too soon and the weight was too much to bear.
As she reached the next to last hurdle, she leaped too soon clipping the top of the hurdle with her shoe and stumbling. As she tried to recover for the next hurdle, she completely lost her rhythm and all but one runner passed her before the finish.
Lolo collapsed in frustration. Her response to the race, “I usually hit a hurdle and mess up twice a year, it just sucks that it was the most important race of my life”.
Sigh. This may have cost Lolo millions in one stumble, and it cost the US the 1-2 finish. But congratulations go out to American Hero and champion Dawn Harper who gets the Gold!!! Winning is for Champions. Lolo today, was not. Dawn was.
“Insane Bolt” Sets World Record #2 for Jamaica, Usain Takes Gold Easily
Usain Bolt is a proud man. He looks straight in the camera, pounds his chest and says, “I am number one”. You know what? He is!!!
This man blew out the crowd in the Men’s 200 Meter and has been “Insane Bolt” for this entire Olympics. No man runs like him, no man. Maybe a cheetah or two though so watch out in the all around mammal competition.
As he made the final turn, it was the last time anyone had hope. He turned it on and smoked a 19.30 for a world record.
In the 100 Meter he also smoked the field at 9.69 and set a world record. This man isn’t fast, he is INSANE!!
Congratulations Usain. You are a Jamaican Olympic Hero and the US and the World are in awe of your accomplishments!!
Stay Between The Lines, OR LOSE!! USA Disqualified, Still Takes Silver & Bronze!!
Sometimes, just playing by the rules and showing up wins. Walter Dix would have been fifth in the Men’s 200 Meter and Shawn Crawford would have placed third and taken the Bronze medal if things remained as they seemed.
But wait!! There are rules in the 200 Meter. There are lanes. And if you step outside your lane, even once, you LOSE! Wallace Spearmon, of the US, already celebrating his Silver medal, was told he had been disqualified. Sadly, he gave up his flag and walked off the field.
But even as the sadness of a US Silver disqualification was announced, in examining the tape, it was apparent that Churandy Martina of the Antilles, who had taken fourth, also stepped on the line.
Walter was awarded the bronze. Dix was humble, feeling he lost the race. But Walter forgets, if you don’t follow da rules ya don’t win!! And Walter, you were the third fastest man on that track that played by the rules. Congratulations on your medal. We are proud to have you in that elite crowd of American track athletes.
Congratulations to Shawn Crawford as well, the US Silver Medalist.
USA 1-2-3 In Olympic 400 Meter, Gold, Silver, Bronze!
Defending Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner was defeated by LaShawn Merritt, and the U.S. swept the medals in the Olympics 400 meters.
It wasn’t close as one might expect. Merritt’s time was 43.75 seconds. Wariner, finished in 44.74.
David Neville, dove head-first across the finish line to gain the Bronze in 44.80.
Wariner will still have a chance at Gold, but this time with Merritt on his side in the 1600 Meter relay.
Even the Chinese booed as the score for Jonathan Horton of the US Men’s Gymnastic team came up just behind Zou Kai of China. Horton had put in the performance of his life. Flawless execution throughout, and the audience knew it. And Doctor Suess would be proud!
Jonathan would have easily taken Gold if not for a single step forward on the toughest dismount in the competition. Had he stuck that landing, it would have easily been Gold.
But even with that small step, the judges could have been vastly more generous and it seems like every time the judging is close, the judges ensure the Chinese have that small fraction of a point they need to win.
Jonathan scored a 16.175 to Zou Kai’s 16.200. That is right, once again, a Chinese Olympic Athlete wins by hundredths of a point. So coincidental that it always seems to be the Chinese that benefit from the crucially close calls. The last amazing coincidence being Nastia Liukin, taking Silver in a tie when she clearly won the event.
Seems an insult to the study of statistics.
Congratulations Jonathan. It was Gold in our book!!
The US has not lost a match, or a set, in 107 straight matches. No one can even fathom that number. It is like trying to understand the Universe. Billions of Stars, Hundreds of Billions of planets in our own Galaxy, hundreds of millions of life years away. And we drive 70 miles an hour on the freeway and get speeding tickets. Now add to that that these ladies are 460-18 since 2004. We are talking astronomical numbers.
These women have accomplished something nearly as difficult to realize. All the best teams in the world, from every country, out of 6 billion people, every combination of 2 women that are above average to excellent in beach volleyball in the world have tried to beat these beautiful ladies. And you know what? They can’t.
Misty says, “I am good, Kerri is good, but together we are GOLDEN!!” Misty understands the primary definition of the word “team”. It has a selfishness and pride in each other that is required to win. It is like a successful marriage where the partners understand that they are a team and it is them against the world. When you cannot take pride in your partner’s victories, when you start thinking of yourself above the team, you lose!
This article will be long. The reason? This match deserves strong coverage. It deserves nearly a point-by-point call of each event. We will also provide a video, but please, read the emotion this game sparked. Our hearts were in our throats through every point. Our effort went into every word. And these spectacular champions are as much in every emotion we express in our words as can possibly be reflected from watching this game.
The first set, in the monsoon rains, was difficult. Blocking was the most difficult aspect, because blocking a slippery ball is much harder than blocking a dry ball. The wet ball does not stick to the arms, it slides through. And that made Kerri’s job that much more difficult. Misty will block on occasion, but blocking is Kerri’s specialty, so this had to be Misty’s match.
Misty’s mother died recently and she has spread her mother’s ashes throughout the world into the sands of her games. She has also added a tattoo to her shoulder in honor of her mother. Misty has undying love and commitment. The reason she cannot be beaten is because there is no one and nothing that can beat her. Sounds like the same thing, but it isn’t. Think about it.
Kerri/Walsh were scary in the first set.
In the second set, they took an early lead 3-0. But this Chinese team was tough. There was never any doubt that anything less than a 20-0 lead was over with Tian/Wang.
Sure enough, bit by bit, the Chinese tenacious play had come back to even. How could it be? Could Kerri and Misty be wearing down. Certainly, it could happen. These Chinese are butch and strong. And they are mutants. The tallest player is only ½ inch shorter than Kerri. So this isn’t a matter of height. It is a matter of talent.
It seemed like May-Treanor-Walsh had a chance to win easily by spreading the lead to 6-3. But we already told you, these Chinese Girls have beaten the US team before. And they have the sense of searching for blood. They also have some tricks, but we will point that out later.
One thing you constantly notice about Kerri and Misty is how much they appreciate each other in the matches. They can get completely outmatched and embarrassed on a point, and still, they stand up, brush themselves off, and greet each other, even on the lost point for their incredible effort. They recognize that every point is difficult, and as a team, they earn everything, even the misses.
It is hard to understand congratulating someone for a point lost. But it is all in the knowledge that both you and your partner did your very best to not let it be a point for the other side. Neither of you let the other down. It was just a point. It happens. That makes a team, and in this case the best Olympic Beach Volleyball team in history.
The Asians needed a timeout. So Tian tends to fake injury. At this juncture, down 2, the Chinese needed to slow the momentum. This has been played before. It is cheap, and has never been played by the greats, but it does get played by the losers. It sometimes works to deflect the true winners momentum, but in reality, it is a cheap tactic. The Chinese had used a similar tactic in …
In the last set, May-Treanor leads 18-17. Tian has this forward spin to take serves. Misty bounces it up. Kerri spike, but the Chinese do not go down easy. And in the next volley, Misty cannot get the spike off and Tian gets off a mean block feeding it back in Misty’s face.
At Set Point 20-18, Misty Served. The Chinese team makes a weak return and Misty returns it for an easy placement shot in the middle of the sand.
Kerri was the most valuable player in 2004. This year it was Misty. An that shows something that all teams should take notice of. That is what a team is. Both are great. 108 matches without a defeat!!
FIRST POST, 21 August 2008, 2:00am
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh beat the #1 ranked Chinese team for Gold!!! Not just Gold, their second consecutive Olympic Gold!!! The first women’s team to ever get back-to-back Golds in the Olympics.
These ladies had to play in a torrential downpour against a very strong Chinese team and won their 108th match in a row. Think about that number. Olympic Gold is difficult, downright near impossible, but winning 108 matches in a row in World and Olympic competition? That is insane!!!!!!
We will be back with a video and a complete play by play. We will not let you, our readers down, on this. Please come back. You WILL get the absolute best coverage of this historical and super human event!!!
Misty, we love you!! Kerri, we adore you!! Just being on the same sand is an honor to any team.
GO USA!!! GO USA!!! GO USA!!!
In our poll, we have asked our readers if they feel that China’s Women’s Gymnastics squad should be stripped of their Gold medals. In similar polls, we have asked if they feel Gold medals and various judging calls clearly favored the Chinese in what appeared to be cheats or set-ups. Finally, we have asked if they consider that China Cheats by allowing girls that are significantly under age.
We have had an overwhelming response and the results may surprise you. Approximately 85-90% of respondents believe that China does cheat and should be denied their medals. They believe that introducing significantly under age girls into the Olympics is a violation of Olympic rules and should deny China the right to compete.
While we originally favored not penalizing the Chinese teams that did cheat, we have changed that view. Had it been America that cheated, the world would have called us a disgrace and gladly disqualified our teams. But America does not cheat. China cheats. And the world allows it. We are at a loss for words why some say they hate an honest America when in even something as simple as Olympics Competition, China demonstrates clear dishonesty and does not garner the same hostility?
Perhaps media control and protected borders shield a nation from the eventual destruction that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the ultimate collapse of the USSR. But in the long run, people tend to hate success. Jealousy is why other nations hate the US. Fear that their lifestyles and freedoms will be more popular, thus breeding dissent from others in their own nations that similarly desire those freedoms, as would any human being.
Totalitarianism works for a while, but it usually fails, because it typically does not consider the rights of the individual. Making slaves out of children to make them Olympic Athletes, tearing them from their families and forcing them into training, only to discard them along the way if things don’t work out is child abuse.
Our Constitution, written by some of the most brilliant men in the last millennium, makes the US great, and if it applied to the entire world, all nations and all people would benefit.
China cheated before…
While it appears that some Chinese people may have been ‘in the dark’ about the minimum age rule in Olympic gymnastics, the same cannot be said about China’s women’s gymnastic team. Yang Yun, who was a double bronze winning Chinese gymnast in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, was originally listed as 16 years of age but later admitted on state television that she was only 14 when she competed.
The IOC, which was as spineless eight years ago as it is now, shrugged its shoulders and Yang was permitted to keep her medal. Eight years later in Beijing, it appears that Team China has managed to ‘pull off the same trick’ once again and this time it could carry away gold.
Cheng Fei, one of the few legal contestants from the Chinese team, went first. She stumbled on the beam and nearly fell, but managed to maintain her balance. Her dismount had a step, but overall, her performance was strong and had a high difficulty at 6.800. Her total score after the beam was 15.950.
Li Shanshan of China, another of the coincidental 16 year olds on the Chinese team, is considered one of the best in the world. But on a back-flip, she completely missed the beam and tumbled off looking anything but graceful, barely catching the beam with her hands. She recovered like a champion, but she was not going to be in the medals in this competition, but her consolation is she can come back when she is actually of age. Her score was an absurd 15.3. Her fall should have placed her below 15, but it would not matter.
Shawn Johnson came up and was perfection. There is no way to describe it in words. A slight step back on the dismount was her only flaw. Every move was perfect. Her smile was glowing after the performance. Nastia was next, but Shawn was obviously anxious after other poor judging in these Olympics prior to her performance. Then, the smile. The relief. The score. 16.225. No one was beating Shawn this time, except maybe Nastia? That was the highest score on beam in China.
Nastia was similar in perfection. Smoother, but a slight stumble cost her the Gold. There was a hop on the dismount for another deduction, but this performance is similar in greatness. This time, no one would take the Americans’ thunder. This was 1-2 all the way!! Shawn and Nastia embraced and awaited the score. Both smiling, but both nervous. Nastia…16.025. No one would come close to either girl’s score. It was over.
Shawn Johnson GOLD!!! Nastia Liukin SILVER!!! US 1-2 and Legitimate Too!!
Liang Chow, the US Coach was gleaming. Shawn trained under coach Liang Chow for ten years for this moment.
Watching Shawn take the top of the podium for Gold was a tearful event for us. But Shawn was all smiles. During the National Anthem, Shawn was dead serious, and you could see a twitch in her face; the shock of it all was coming home. And just as you thought she would shed a tear, she turned forward and smiled. No tears are inside this girl.
After the event, Shawn said, possibly revealing her desire to quit at the top, “To finally get the gold on my final routine in my Olympic career…, uh, experience, it’s the perfect ending. It means more to me than any medal ever could.”
Indeed, Shawn had a fairy tale ending that brings tears to our eyes. And it was all that much sweeter with Nastia taking Silver at her side.
Please check our other Olympic stories on Shawn and Nastia by clickinghere.
People cannot seem to understand how critical age is in women’s gymnastics. They seem to think that an older performer is better or more experienced, when in gymnastics it is dramatically far from the truth. Nastia Liukin had been injured last year and was fortunately healthy for these Olympics, but as the NBC announcer said, “Many said she was too old and too beat up”. At 18, she was too old!!!??? Such is the world of gymnastics where Nadia Comaneci won her first gold at the age of 14 and most are out of the sport before age 20.
Anna Liukin, Nastia’s mother, couldn’t even attend when her daughter Nastia competed for and won the All Around Gold Medal in Women’s Gymnastics. She had to find out via a text message on her cell.
Today, she would be in the audience, but she didn’t look comfortable.
The14-year old He Kexin, claimed by China to be 16, walked to the front of the uneven parallel bars. As NBC put it, “Does she look 16 to you?” No, because she isn’t, but she certainly looks older than Deng LinLin who we believe could be as young as 11. Kexin is great, but she could not have fairly qualified until she was 18, four years from now. While she is a great performer, it is a disgrace she is in the competition.
Kexin had fallen before, but she did not this time and was looking strong until she did the transition from the low bar to high bar and fell to an arms length downwards not able to quite make the transition smoothly. He’s dismount was ugly along with a step to the side. She got a much-undeserved 16.725, and one began to wonder if money was greasing the palms of the judges.
Nastia Liukin was next. She should not let cheating get to her, but it was obvious this was another Chinese setup. Nastia wasn’t as crisp as she could have been. Her high bar moves and dismount were fantastic, but her low bar moves looked a tad off. A tie at 16.725!! Oh my.
You cannot tie at the Olympic Games, which leaves it up to the computer to rank the gymnast. The NBC announcer once again caught China cheating. “I think they dropped the ball on this one. He Kexin had more visible errors”, he exclaimed, “That was not right!” Nastia showed the frustration plainly as the Chinese scoreboard showed He in the lead despite Kexin’s weaker performance and an unearned tie score.
It was time for Yanh Yilin to perform. The contestants must be Age 16 to compete. The screen clearly showed Yilin to be Age 15 (SEE OUR VIDEO). This should be an immediate disqualification. She nailed all points of her performance, outperforming Nastia and He, but she was clearly listed as under age. Could the Chinese finally be admitting they were cheating? And yet, she only got a 16.650 and looked totally dismayed. Maybe she lost a 10th of a point for being underage?
Photos were taken of the two Chinese underage girls posing with their lying coaches. It was a pretty sight, a 15 year old and 14 year old illegally in the Olympics.
Nastia was robbed in China. A Gold medal had been awarded by 1/1000 of a point to the illegal Chinese contestant despite numerous visible flaws in her performance.
It is sad, that with all the talent that the Chinese possess, they have to resort to cheating to win in events for which they should not have even qualified.
The Olympics Women’s Gymnastics were a sham. Had the Americans just plain not been spectacular, the Chinese would have assured their underage girls would have won it all!
Yet another judging error in this Gymnastic competition!
Yang Yilin’s Performance with an intro showing her age as 15 yo.
The “uneven” results with commentary.
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The US Team had three racers in the Men’s 400 Meter Hurdles finals for the medals. All three rose to the occasion. It was US 1-2-3, and there would be no judges to spoil this event.
Angelo Taylor put the field away for Gold. Angelo won the gold in Sydney eight yeras ago and again now in Beijing, proving he is the best anywhere in the world. Kerron Clement took the Silver!! And Breshawn Jackson with the Bronze. All American Heroes!!! Jackson said it all, “The US is behind us 100%, and it is an honor just to represent America.” You honored us today Breshawn. All three of you.