Monday, August 13, 2012

Final Random Olympic Thoughts

Thanks to all the readers of Dogs & Jeans Olympic Blogs over the past fortnight (How's that for British?). We'll wrap up the competition with some final musings:

    Fab Five Gold medal
  • There is an epidemic of medal biting in ceremony photos. It is worse than all the Facebook duck lips pictures. The medals for Rio 2016 should be covered with arsenic to put a stop to it.


  • The javelin events featured no athletes from African nations (South Africa doesn’t count because their throwers were all white). They have been throwing spears in Africa since the dawn of man for crying out loud. And for that matter, didn’t the bow and arrow originate in Africa? Why don’t the Kenyans dominate archery events like they do running?

  • Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like there are three Olympic officials for every actual athlete. Every event is swarming with stout little men and women in navy blazers with light blue piping.

  • Describing a diver who competes in both 10m platform and 5m springboard as “versatile” is not accurate since they are both diving events. Versatile would be competing in diving and basketball, or diving and fencing etc. The heptathlon is versatile. Diving from different heights is not.

    Spice Girls Olympics
  • The Spice Girls had a big summer in 1997, but so did Whitney Houston and Madonna. Judging by their appearance in the Olympic closing ceremonies, time has been kinder to Posh and the girls.

  • When did BMX become an Olympic event?

  • Thanks to its Worldwide Sponsorship deal with Proctor & Gamble, Pringles are the official reconstituted potato flavored snack of the 2012 Olympic Games. That must have been a blow to the other reconstituted potato flavored snacks like…

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