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.