Does anyone believe Michael Phelps is really done for good?! He is a competitor and I never trust any are gone for good. Let's hope he takes this time to fix the class three underbite. Is anyone else oh so glad he comes out of this far more successful than Ryan Lochte? It was a rather classy interview with Phelps who says he, "got what he deserved."(Good and Bad.)
Watching women's 3m springboard. Christina Loukas wants a gold, but her legs are wide apart on that reverse pike. Wu Minxia is my girl. Oh so fierce. Tania Cagnotto is rather lovely as well. Everyone loves an underdog, but I like to see a master deliver their absolute best. Wu Minxia is DIE for. Why must the female American springboard divers always look capable of eating the Chinese outside of the pool? It is not helping their splash. The Chinese should just...always be diving. Fast forwarding through Shawn Johnson's commercials is one of life's true joys.
"The women's springboard team, they are large...but the water polo team...now THEY are cows. One of them looked like she could eating the entire Fab Five for dinner and STILL be hungry."-WestPalmBitch
As we wait for gymnastics, let's take a moment to celebrate this Olympic moment from Team USA.
Laura Sanchez is lovely!!
Gold for Wu!!!
Is anyone else still recovering from Serena Williams' crip walk? That was just...an Olympic moment. I cannot.
I'm relieved the beach volleyball players are basically naked again. I have zero use for them otherwise.
"Mary Carrillo is just..."-Father Knows Best
"She is marred, you know."-AJ
"What's her name?"-FKB
"It's a he."-AJ
"Now I've heard it all."-FKB
"Mary looks somewhat feminine with extra eyeliner."-WestPalmBitch
Track is on...I love watching and guessing which ones will first be convicted of using steroids. That seventh-place finisher, he will always wind up being the Olympic Champion.
These sprinters need to run faster...we have a vault final with TWO Canadians and another girl deliberately trying to kill herself.
NBC is hateful for delaying gymnastics. I could be watching other things. I skated for three hours today and we all know the results.
Let's take a moment and rewatch this wonderful feature on Kerri Strug and the Mag 7 since NBC is failing us yet again.
Vault finals. Al acts like she has never stuck the vault before. She used to regularly stick it prior to this Olympic year. There are those looking to credit Gym Max for her success, yet she left for a reason and was utterly lacking in skills and difficulty when she left as a junior. AOGC raised her skill level and guided her through the senior ranks and last year of her junior career.
Maroney deserved a 10 the other night and frankly the publicity for the sport would've been outrageous. There is NO way Gabby or Raisman deserved to be any closer than six tenths to her.
We will be seeing a lot of Janine Berger in the future. Let's hope she learns to clean up the form and technique, because that is some nasty Jana-Bieger shit.
NBC is skipping over the Canadians. If only the judges had the luxury to do the same.
Ellie Black Kmetko...that is just tough to watch.
This was the ugliest vault final ever seen. Honestly, the hungover NCAA girls look better chucking vaults they don't train in event finals.
Maroney is higher than Kohei in the air...amazing.
Yamilet Pena Abreu- Personally, I do not support her even being in the finals. She clearly cannot do the vault well. When you're planning to fail...
It is ridiculous that the women can start their runs over but the men cannot. Gymnastics really makes no sense.
The fact that Tim is yelling how much Pena's vault is..."well, it wasn't complete shit this time!" The girl never extends her legs off the horse and can't tuck properly. The technique is all wrong.
One really needs to question if they should be allowed to have a touch warm up for event finals. It is clearly different in the training gym vs. the podium and these girls all looked capable of seriously hurting themselves. The level of difficulty is increasing far too quickly to cut corners over time or whatever ridiculous motives they may have. The TV networks always used the warm up to narrate the scene and build the tension and excitement. Seeing someone fall in the warm up and hit during the meet is what drama is made for.
"Waiting for Maroney is like watching Titanic. You hope that it ends differently, but you know the boat is going to sink."-Dedicated Reader
Oksana Chusovitina...I'm glad she is wearing earrings to show a degree of femininity. Low and shitty rudi. The form is just deteriorating by the year. We all love and support her, but we have given her 'victory lap' medals far too many times. Just didn't land those vaults well. So much respect for her. Cannot believe it if she is really done.
Maria Paseka---I think it is time that the FIG starts getting stricter about downgrading Amanars that are not fully twisted. Shawn Johnson, Paseka and Raisman have all gotten away with murder at times. It is clearly dangerous to undertwist the vault. Nice Layout Pod after the pre-flight. It is so weird seeing Russians celebrate bronze medal efforts.
Tim keeps saying McKayla is a lock for gold as though he doesn't know the outcome. It doesn't make this any easier. NBC has been building up Maroney for thirty minutes.
Shawn Johnson is now pretending it is Beijing again in her Coca-Cola commercial.
Maroney---Her arm absolutely had an issue like I thought earlier. If you watch the left arm on the block it was a bit outside of where it usually is. Note that she even has slight slack of the knees...and still in-fucking-credible.
"Watching this coverage is a slow death. I don't want to see what's coming."-Uschi Keszler
The second vault fall is still shocking, yet not when she never gets the same bounce on the second vault. She truly didn't need it. Kyla Ross' shock is a perfect description of the moment.
"Rose just let go."-Dedicated Reader
Sandra Izbasa...ugh. The Romanians just get warmed up in time for event finals. Layout mustafina in the tuck position.
"Izbasa looks constipated in the air."-Uschi Keszler
It is so sad when you can win an event final gold medal with not even executing either vault particularly well. Simona Amanar in Atlanta she is not.
BIG hop back.
I love Izbasa, but this is difficult to celebrate for a myriad of reasons.
Team USA is treating this like a death...which it truly is.
Maroney is in utter shock, yet seems like the type of girl who will be totally fine.
Is Izabasa consoling Maroney?!
Please relive the wonderful caption that was originally posted under this photograph:
The lesson of today is to never. ever. EVER. wear white leotards.
"Double amputee should try gymnastics. I'd love to see that floor routine."-Uschi Keszler
---"Aw, he is last. I guess legs are helpful after all."
I believe we are all in need of an epic palate cleanser:
"I realized how silly it was for Dawes to freak out about having to change her website about being the only African-American gold medalist AFTER Gabby won AA...she would've had to change it after team gold."-Uschi Keszler