Monday, July 7, 2008

Olympic Trials

I spent what seems like hours over the last week watching the Olympic Trials - both the Track and Field and Swimming. Amanda Weir, trains at Swim Atlanta where I used to swim masters so I was trying to follow her progress at the trials. As expected, Michael Phelps dominated. There were so many inspiring moments, all truly amazing. Dara Torres at the age of 41 made her 5th Olympic Team in the 50 free and 100 free. Not only made the team but came in 1st in both events against people 20 years younger than her!

On the track and field side of things, 16 year old Jordan Hasay , made the final in the women's 1500M. She was just competing for the experience on her way to World Junior Championships and in the process set a new high school record. She looks so tiny compared to the other runners and has realy long blond hair, you couldn't help but cheer for her as she is making her from the back to claim her spot in the final. Way to go Jordan!

There were so many other great stories, Marshevet Hooker who literally fell across the finish line to get the 3rd spot on the Olympic team in the women's 200. It was a photo finish with her outstretched hands putting her ahead of the runners who were still upright. Ouch! I can't think of a better reason to go for the face plant than to make the Olympic Team.

Not the Olympics but... if you missed the 4 plus hour Federer-Nadal Wimbledon Final, you missed one exciting match. Final score: 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7. Insane!

In other sporting news, I woke up late but managed to get in 600m at the pool Side note, the water at the pool at Lifetime has been realllly murky lately. Even the indoor pool looks like soup. Not too appealing. The outdoor pool is so thick YOU CAN'T SEE THE LINES AT THE BOTTOM in 3 feet of water or the wall as you approach. YUCKY! I was told by a fellow swimmer that it was probably from all the sunscreen the kids have on. Still.... I like my water to be crystal clear with a touch of chlorine. Call me crazy.


Kevin said...

There is so much great sports action on TV right now. Between the Tour de France and the Oly Trials. Great entertainment all around.

Just think about the pool as open water training.

Karen said...

ha ha... yes, it is a little like Lake Lanier right now.