Monday, August 18, 2008
Oh Yah Mon! The Jamaicans are having a real run @ the Olympics ~ Sprinting that is.
Now being called The World's Fastest Nation. These newcomers to the race line are an upstart, upset- because, traditionally runners work for years in a multitude of competitions & training to get to the Olympic elite status.
The free spirited, sweet seemingly loose and cool runners have just showed up for the competitions--
and they are showing up first at the finish line. Their post race dances of joy & happiness are just so much fun to watch.
I love it when there is an unexpected upset ~ an unlikely winner. This Jamaican runner was new on the running scene. He had a nice running style, but was in it with heart. It the end, he was almost skipping to the finish line- stodgy reporters asked Usain if he would have had an even higher new world record, had he stayed in the tight running form all the way to the finish line- he was jumping & dancing, celebrating his victory-- all he could say is *I'M HAPPY! I WON!!!*
He ran to where his family was & they had an exuberant group hug. No matter what questions the reporters asked... he just kept on exclaiming how happy he was. It was great.
Usain Bolt may need to change his first name to Lightnin'- Lightnin' Bolt,
Shelly Ann Fraser, age 21 had her glory moment. She had this look of trying to stay loose before the race, when you could otherwise see the tension & intensity on the faces of other runners.
After the race & a few moments to absorb the fact she'd just won gold, she just laid down on her back on the track.
Still for a moment, then kicked her feet in the air. She was beaming.
You get the feeling these runners did not have the high tech formal training & specialized fine tuning so many top athletes have access to.
There is always some controversy in the Olympics- Sunday night, it was the ladies gymnastics. Guess what media announcers-- there is no shame in taking home a Silver ~ or any colored medal- in fact just for reaching the level it takes to be in the Olympics. Please! This medal color drama/ saga is getting old. You won! Be Happy!