Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Lolo and Lightning

So, I know this isn't my blog currently, but I still have the ability to post and I feel pretty strongly about this, so I'm writing.
I am so, so sad for my new favorite Olympian, Lolo Jones. She was the favorite to win the 100m Hurdles and she had an excellent start to the race. At hurdle 9, she nicked the top of the hurdle, knocked it down, and placed 5th. The USA still won the gold, but it was bittersweet because it wasn't my girl, Lolo. She was still very kind and gracious to her teammates and to the interviewers afterward even though she was totally devastated.
Here's the part that I feel is the most important: she knew she lost it and she still gave 100% until the she crossed the line. The line, people, is there for an important reason. It's the end of the race. Not 20m before, not 15m before, not 1m before. I think that Usain Bolt is fast. Real fast. But he is not gracious and he is every track coaches worst nightmare. You do not slow down until you finish the race. I don't care if you are a million yards ahead of the other athletes and you have broken the world record by a mile. You don't do it. It's offensive to the sport and all the other athletes that have worked so hard and just really, really unsportsmanlike. Congrats to all his achievements, but he needs to learn how to be a gracious winner.


  1. Hi Val,

    I agree completely with your assessment of Usain Bolt.

    I think sometimes what appear to be the saddest moments in the Olympics turn out to be the most uplifting. Lolo Jones clipping a hurdle after clearing it a thousand times before. The gymnast who fell twice in routines she had practiced countless times successfully. Their sportsmansship and grace in the face of disappointment is what truly elevates the human spirit. The gymnast comleted her routine. Lolo Jones finished her race. I have to agree with the commercial that says that these are the moments that we share the human bond of trying our best, but accepting that it doesn't always turn out the way we plan.

  2. I agree, and I also want to add that I think Lolo has the nicest eyebrows out of anyone competing in track and field, perhaps the entire Olympic games.

  3. I've heard tell that Usain had this habit, as he approached the finish line, to look behind him at all the chumps who weren't as fast.
    It's a perfect example of Bold not running his own race, as though he's more interesting in beating everyone else than he is of running a good race by his own standards.

    That's what the Olympics should be, medals aside, performing well by your own standards.

    So says me, the keeper of the Olympic Spirit.

    As for Lolo, I can't remember the last time I saw such naked disappointment. You'd have to be a robot to not empathize with her.
    But you're right, Annie, she was totally a class act, being interviewed and congratulating and such.

  4. I think this was the most heartbreaking moment of the Olympics for me. What a tragedy. I want to name a daughter Lolo now. If there's any girls left at the baby store.

    I think the most impressive was that she kept trying, just flailing and struggling to get in. But I hate that the cameras followed her to under the stadium where she was crying. Come on! That was awful.