not to like, get Emo over Sport like some sort of lame ass, but….to get Emo over Sport for a moment, the era in which we live is genuinely incredible, like we have witnessed the greatest of human achievement time and time again, we have watched Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps and Roger Federer become 3 of the greatest male sports stars of all time, we have seen Serena Williams become the best female tennis player of all time, arguably the best tennis player of all time full stop, definitely the best female athlete of all time, we have seen Katie Ledecky win more world championships than any other female swimmer in history and all before she’d turned 20, Simone Biles is out there being actually super human in gymnastics, in the UK we watched as Andy Murray became the greatest tennis player in our history, like, this post has no real point I just think it’s incredible to see how much human beings are capable of
Little Mix’s Salute is being used in a promo for team USA Olympics! This features some of the best female athletes in the world like Serena Williams, Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky, Missy Franklin, Allyson Felix, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Kerri Walsh Jennings, and the USWNT Soccer Team!
let me tell you about this motherfucker right here. this boss ass bitch is the most dominant distance swimmer in the world. i’m talkin no one within 3 body lengths of her at the finish in any distance race in the last 3 years. she’s without equal. even phelps had his competitors in his best events. not this bitch.
of the top 10 times in the 800 freestyle, ledecky owns all of them. ALL OF THEM. she’s literally just competing against herself.
but that’s not all. this khalessi decides that being the greatest distance swimmer of all time isn’t enough. so she starts adding shorter races to her resume. she easily qualified for the US team in the 400, and she broke her way onto the team in the toughest and most competitive event, the 200… by winning it.
alas, she placed 7th in the 100 free (the 100 motherfucking free, aka the second shortest distance, a SPRINT) at team trials, so she wasn’t guaranteed a spot on the 4x100 free relay (only the top 6 are assumed to be on it). fortunately for us, the coaches said, “we would be complete dumbasses not to put her on this relay considering she wasn’t even really rested for team trials.”
good motherfucking choice.
this motherfucker anchors the prelim relay this morning with a what-in-holy-hell time of 52.64… faster than her best by over a second, and the second fastest of any swimmer from any country this morning. the only person who was faster? australia’s cate motherfucking campbell, the current world record holder in the event.
and all this on the first fucking morning. i, for one, cannot wait to see the rest of her total domination in all of the freestyle events this weekend.
tl;dr katie ledecky is a fierce motherfucker and i would gladly let her punch me in the face.
So far this Olympics, Katinka Hosszu broke the world record in the 400-meter individual medley. Shooter Corey Cogdell won her second bronze medal. Katie Ledecky broke her own world record in the 400-meter freestyle. The headlines write themselves, right? Well, not if you’re concerned withthe real stars of these stories — men!
One day you won’t be a swimmer anymore. You won’t have those long bus rides with your teammates. You won’t stare at the black line on the bottom of the pool for hours on end. You won’t pull your bone-aching body out of the water day in and day out. You won’t have that routine you do before every race. You won’t scream like hell for your teammates.
One day teammates will become distant acquaintances and swimming will become what used to be instead of what is. Eventually, the one thing you looked forward to will come to an end. The one thing you relied on to relieve your stress and allow you to escape from all your problems won’t be there anymore. One day you won’t be a swimmer, you will just have the memories of one.
So I beg of you, cherish these moments right here, right now. Live in it freely, embrace the pain, laugh with your teammates, love your coaches. Push yourself 110% and have no regrets. Make some damn good memories because one day, you’ll leave what you once loved and step into the bright, exciting, unknown future in search of a new love, and these memories will be all you have left from this crazy ass sport.
some thoughts bc i just realized i only have 2 more years :’)