Most Interesting Untold Stories Of Beijing Olympics That Need Coverage – NOW
I love the Olympics. The manliness quotient is there and I get my fill every time I see another feel-good story about Mr. Phelps, his Mom, and his 24,549,584th new world record.
But what about stories that don’t make the headlines here in the US? There are amazing things happening over there we men aren’t even aware – but should be.
Here are 5 stories I found that need our attention. They aren’t as sexy (at least not all of them – see the Brazilian twins) as Phelps becoming the new Spitz; or the “Redeem Team” beating the piss out of anyone holding a basketball. However, they do deserve to be mentioned here.
The Elbow Incident (BEWARE: graphic photos)
It finally happened. I was worried about this for awhile, but can now see the carnage before me. The Hungarian weightlifter, Janos Baranyai, was trying to snatch 148kg in his third lift in the men’s 77kg division, when his elbow popped out of its socket. No longer able to support the weight of the barbell, his right forearm bent backward. The 24-year-old Hungarian fell to the floor in shock, shaking and crying out in pain.
These guys are freaks with how much weight they can lift and it was only a matter of time when the physics of the human body decided to say “nah, I don’t think so.” I get squeamish every time I look at these photos. It almost doesn’t look real.
100,000 Condom Coalition
Olympic organizers in Beijing were playing it safe this year – literally. They handed out over 100,000 condoms to athletes in the Olympic Village. Organizers said athletes ran out in Sydney in 2000. In Athens, they doubled the amount and this year increased it again. They originally wanted 250,000, but protesters forced them to scale back this amount. (This is a classic photo of LeBron just “hanging out”.)
Since there are just over 2,600 athletes in this year’s Olympics, that would mean just under 40 condoms per athlete for the 3 week event. Assuming guys like Phelps and the Redeem Team would need way more than this, and others wouldn’t need any at all (i.e. US Women’s Basketball Team), then they have a sufficient supply by my calculations.
Spanish Basketball Team
The Spaniards, who are serious threat for a medal at Beijing, decided to have a little fun pre-Olympics with this photo shoot. They are standing over a picture of Chinese dragon and holding their eyes to make a “slant-eyed” gesture. No one involved in the shoot or in Spain for that matter, feel there is any inappropriateness with its intent.
What the hell are the Spaniards thinking? This is not only inappropriate, it’s bad for business. The Spanish Olympic committee is doing everything they can to land the 2016 or 2020 Summer Olympics and they allow this to happen. Even if THEY feel there is nothing wrong in flipping off an entire country (heck, race for that matter) they might try to restrain themselves long enough to compete for the Games. Instead, the historical race insensitivity the Spaniards have towards pretty much everyone has ruled the day.
Steroid Era Of Swimming
I just heard this comparison on another site. What is happening in today’s sport of swimming is similar to what happened during the steroid era of professional baseball. Just look at all the world records being broken. Nearly every race has a new world record with different swimmers doing the feat.
I am all for better equipment helping and enhancing the game, but when it fundamentally changes the outcome of the entire sport, then maybe we should reconsider. The new suits pretty much all the swimmers are wearing are making swimmers of old look ridiculously slow. Every time I see a swimmer not wearing the full body suit (like Phelps) I can feel comfortable with the outcome. But when the top 4 finishers in a race (all wearing full body suits) all break the old world record, I can’t help but think back to Sosa, McGuire, Bonds and a few others ALL shattering the previously unreachable 61 homers. Something just doesn’t seem right.
Bia and Branca Feres, the Brazilian synchronized swimming twins, did not make the Olympics this year. They are 20 years old and their window is closing to be on the world’s biggest stage. This is a travesty of epic proportions.
I mean, if Michelle Wie can scam multiple exemptions to play in a men’s professional golf tournament, and these incredible swimmers/divers/whatever could not find an exemption somewhere, what is this world coming to? We have all been let down by this obvious mistake by the Olympic Rules Committee.