I am SO obsessed with the Olympics...
I am also heartbroken by things like this:
Shin A Lam losing a chance to medal because of a mechanical error. This video breaks my heart. The despondent way she sits on the piste…the look in her eyes. I’m glad it has no commentary. The silence is deafening as she waits to hear her fate…the fate of her athletic career. Damn.
There was also an American swimmer in a race yesterday who had a false start due to a technical error as well, and while she was not DQed (like Park) it still totally threw off her mojo and she did not swim the race she was ready to swim.
I’m also still super pissed (as I’m sure most Olympics fans are) about the new gymnastics rules that only accept 2 gymnasts into the All-Around finals, despite the gymnasts individual scores. I did not know any of the current gymnasts before these games, but while watching I have grown incredibly fond of them, and seeing the hurt on Jordyn’s face when she found out she did not make it was heartbreaking. She was the favorite, the shoe-in. Sure, she made some errors that cost her dearly. But her score is still higher than other athletes from rival nations whose gymnasts will continue to compete with a clean slate in the finals. I completely agree with the sentiment that the BEST athletes should advance, regardless of nationality.