Today’s opening ceremonies kick off the Olympics, and we’ve got some predictions for who might win…well, if the games had been held a couple hundred million years ago.
Olympic Gold Medal, 100m Sprint: Velociraptor
When it comes to sprinting, competitors may want to clear the track for this dinosaur. Velociraptor was a fierce predator, and chased its prey on two legs. This behavior is bird-like: most birds spend more time walking than flying, and only a few catch prey on the wing.
I competed in some Gold Sprint races tonight at the opening night of Rowerowa Szkola (translated from Polish it means “Bike School”) at Ben’s Cycle. Gold Sprints are basically races on stationary bikes. Riders race for a certain “distance” on the rollers and whomever is the fastest wins (duh). I handily won my first race coming in at a time of 16.6X seconds which was fast enough to place me as the second slowest racer.
The second race I started with the same pace, but one of the guys on the sidelines was telling me, “Go faster. Go faster. Dude, you got this. Go faster,” in my ear. Apparently I came back from the dead only to lose the second race by .02 seconds, but improving my time to fifth place overall.
I think I could do something awesome with the right amount of time and the right kind of coaching, but…meh.
OSLO 2016: Sprint Men: Clean-shooting Martin Fourcade of France won his seventh World Championships title today, taking the men’s sprint Gold medal in 25:35.4. The Silver medal went to the ageless Ole Einar Bjørndalen of Norway, also shooting clean, 26.9 seconds back. Ukraine’s Sergey Semenov, shooting clean surprised with the Bronze medal, 27.6 seconds back.