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Usain Bolt Makes Me Shake My Head in Wonder

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Imagine what it would be like to run a best-in-the-world-for-2010 time in the 100-meter dash when you have a sore hamstring. It sounds fairly impossible, but then again, we are not Usain Bolt, and well, he is. Oh, and he just accomplished such a feat in Lausanne, Switzerland by posting a 2010-best 9.82 in the 100-meters.

Just in case you didn’t quite get the significance, I’ll repeat it: Usain Bolt just ran a sub-10 second 100-meter on a bad hamstring.

Think about that for a second. Bolt makes a feat that’s faster than all but four 100-meter world records look like a leisurely jog in the park.

While everyone in the free world is riding the nuts of LeBron James, perhaps we should take a moment to recognize the best athlete in the world — one that holds the world hostage with his jaw-dropping athletic performances, and not his decision-making exercises; although, I seem to remember a time when LeBron wowed us too, but that seems like 20 years ago.

Usain Bolt: Still Fast

It must be nice to show up in Korea and run a sub-9.9 100-meter dash without really trying — 9.86 to be exact. Sure, Bolt used some exertion, but it also looked like he was enjoying a brisk jog, especially once he broke away from the pack. If evidence comes out that Bolt is either an alien with a slightly different, but similar physique — one that allows him more leg-generated speed — or he’s from a future where the art of sprinting has been perfected and he simply came back in time to further dominate, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised.

Usain Bolt’s Ungodly Anchor Leg

Usain Bolt

It’s already been established that Usain Bolt is a freak, but what he did at the Penn Relays this past weekend may just graduate him from the “freak” moniker and move him to the “best athlete, maybe ever” category. Hyperbole? Maybe so, but then again, it’s not often I get to react to an 8.79 split time in a 4×100 relay, either. While some are wondering what the World’s Fastest Man was doing at the Penn Relays, his performance while he was there was otherworldly. Bolt was so good, he upstaged the fact there were Catholic school girls running around in track and field gear.

Now, before someone calls Chris Hansen on me, all I meant by that was, when Bolt shows up to race, everything else involved takes a back seat to the Jamaican speed demon.

After the jump, video of Bolt’s incredible anchor leg >>

Sidney Crosby Brings Joy To Canadians…

Canadian Fans

Yes, Sid the Kid made the Canadian fans happy, but that’s not quite the effect he had on his southern neighbors. While deserving credit where credit is due for scoring the gold medal-winning goal, I’m not sure Crosby endeared himself to Team USA hockey fans, no matter how fair-weather* they were. A quick glance at Facebook, which has become one of the first places to go when looking for public reaction to popular culture events, finds this gem, called the Petition to Not Allow Sidney Crosby back into the United States.

And this.

And this.

More on Crosby’s game-winning play, including the goal >>

Ashleigh McIvor > Team Canada Hockey

Ashleigh McIvor

Dear Canada,

Instead of waiting for your Olympic Hockey team to justify your attendance at the 2010 Winter Olympics, you might want to focus more of your attention on someone whose actually won something. In this case, Ashleigh McIvor has everything you could ask for. She’s the best in her sport (Women’s Ski Cross) — at least, as of today — and she’s incredibly photogenic, on top of being quite attractive. If, my Canadian friends, you’re unsure on how to capitalize on her win, take some lessons from us, your American neighbors, and the marketing blitz we used with Lindsey Vonn.

More on McIvor’s significant win after the jump >>

Team Canada’s Tremendously Tremendous Collision

Team Canada

While the majority of us are still basking in the glow of Team USA’s big time hockey win against Team Canada last night — no, I don’t care if it was only a preliminary round; Team USA hadn’t beaten Team Canada in Olympics Hockey in 50 years — I figured it would be fun to have some more fun at the expense of Team Canada, and thanks to the fine folks who upload at Imgur, we have just thing: An animated gif of that three-man collision from the second quarter.

Because of the image’s size (almost three megabytes), it’s coming up after the jump.

Jump ahead>>

Skiing Canceled Because of Snow

Skiing Canceled

Evidently, today is Irony Day. First, we have Mississippi State fans dropping nifty racial epithets to opposing players, knowing they will be cheering players of the exact same skin color when their team plays Kentucky tonight. And now, we have news of a men’s Olympic skiing competition being canceled because of — wait for it — snow.

Um, yeah. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the concept of heavy snowfall and how it can be a major interruption, but still. Isn’t the key ingredient for snow skiing well, snow? I guess there can be too much of a good thing.

In other news, if the skiers get cold waiting for their day in the snow (again, more irony), perhaps they can use this new method of keeping themselves warm: The heat generated from crematoriums. The Daily Mail has more:

Heat created by burning the dead at crematoria could be used to keep mourners warm under plans to make funerals more environmentally-friendly. Instead of letting the gases emitted by cremation escape into the atmosphere, councils want to use them to heat radiators or even generate electricity.

Necessity is the mother of invention, I guess.

Video of Usain Bolt’s 200-Meter

The video’s a little grainy. I’ll fix that when it a better one comes up, but until then, Bolt’s otherworldly performances continue to jaw-drop, astound and yes, amaze. Consider this: Bolt has twice broken the record for the 200-meter dash, a standard that, until Michael Johnson came along in 1996, stood for 17 years. So, from 1980 until 2008, the record was beaten all of once. Now, thanks to the human hurricane they call Usain, it’s been broken twice in less than a year.

19.19. That’s what Bolt ran to break his previous record of 19.30. Folks, that’s more impressive than the 9.58 he ran earlier this week.