Sunday, August 10, 2008

Live Blogging: One amazing race

Okay, I'm back for one more Olympic entry because I just witnessed what's sure to be one of the most exciting events of this year's Olympics: The men's 4 X 100 freestyle relay. Tell me you guys saw this one!

If you didn't let me fill you in: The French relay team made headlines recently by claiming they would "smash" the Americans in this event, but the US team consisting of Michael Phelps, Cullen Jones, Jason Lezak and one other guy whose name I can't find on the Internet anywhere had different plans. 

Phelps gave the US team an early lead, but the Frogs eventually overtook the US team during Jones' leg. They had such a lead that I'll admit: while watching the race, I thought the Frenchies would win for sure. 

Then Lezak, the American anchor who had a seemingly insurmountable deficit, dug deep into his fluid, spiney swimmer's soul and out-touched French anchor Alain Bernard to secure another gold medal for the USA.

It was pure sweetness. I raised both fists in triumph, and it was then that I experienced one of those truly special Olympic moments. It's nation vs. nation on the biggest stage in the universe, and it's time to rally behind your national heroes. Then we cheer in unison when we beat the crap out of the French. 

It's beautiful. 

One thing is sure: I'm glad I stayed up tonight. 


Eliot said...

It always feels good to win. And it feels even better when you happen to beat the French. What could make it better? The fact that the French had been talking trash saying they were going to win, only to have victory snatched away at the last possible moment by a 0.08 sec margin.

I too raised a triumphant fist.

Rock said...

Saw it, and fist pumped.

Sarah T. said...

I too, was a little skeptical during Jones' split, but after Jason L. kept closing the gap, I thought this just might happen, this could happen. Touch! YES!!! My entire family was leaping and shouting. It was as you said a special Olympic moment. GO USA!

Bryce said...

This is a a moment that will be hard to beat this Olympics. Stupid French.

jonathan said...

I had both arms up in the air in triumph as well.

That was an awesome comeback.

ali said...

Can you believe that?!? I was DYING! 8 one hundredths of a second! That's nothing! That's like from now to now.... (had to throw that in)

Really though, that was an awesome race! I so love Swimming, and I love witnessing those Olympic moments that will surely go down in history.