I love the Olympics, always have and always will. London 2012 was no exception. It had so many great moments and athletes. Some were triumphant, some were heartbreaking, some were irritating and some were just plain funny. I will really miss the Olympics until Sochi 2014 but here are my four favorite athletes from London 2012.
The US women’s gymnastic team winning the team gold and Gabby Douglas winning gold in the all around were both excellent moments but my favorite moment was Mckayla Maroney not winning gold in the vault.
Maroney is generally considered the world’s best vaulter and was considered a lock to win gold. After an excellent first vault, she actually fell on the second vault and ended up with silver. I have to say I don’t know how that happened considering she actually fell and there’s only two vaults but I’d be lying if I said I knew much about gymnastics other than every four years.
So during the medal ceremony, in a moment that has gone viral and is really funny she struck the pose you see here. A new blog called Mckayla is not impressed is really funny and you should definitely check it out. Sadly or actually happily, this may be my fondest memory of these Olympics.
Usain Bolt is the greatest Olympic sprinter to ever live. You cannot dispute this fact. He became the first person to ever repeat in Olympic 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay. This makes him a legend in events that he already holds the world records for in each race.
That aside, he is a complete jerk. He makes a mockery of the sport, his country and his fellow competitors. He also hurts his already amazing times with his predetermined and premature celebrations. While it’s true he holds the world records already, the actual times could be even faster if he didn’t start slowing down and celebrating before he crosses the finish line. It is really enraging.
I don’t understand why he has to celebrate the way he does. It diminishes what he has accomplished and makes him completely unlikeable. In recent years it has almost become commonplace to see men’s track athletes doing this. You may recall the US men’s relay team a few Olympics ago posing and hamming it up which I hated too. Just run the damn race and let everyone else say how great you are.
Oscar Pistorius is the inspiring double amputee 400-meter runner from South Africa. He is also known affectionately as the blade runner. Watching his preliminary heats that he advanced through was moving, it really was. I have so much respect for what he stands for and what he has done.
When he finished dead last in his semifinal heat and eventual gold medalist Kirani James of Grenada asked to switch number tags with him, I thought that was fantastic. I really thought it was a classy and touching move from James. But more so, it signified how inspiring Pistorius is to everyone, including his fellow competitors.
Whether or not you feel that Pistorius should’ve been allowed to compete in the Olympics with his potentially unfair advantage, it doesn’t matter. Oscar Pistorius is one of the most memorable images of these Olympics and it will always remain that way.
Missy Franklin is on her summer vacation from high school. She starts her senior year in the next week or so. On her summer break she managed to head out to London and win four gold medals. At the same time, she became a beloved personality and the ultimate All-American girl with a great attitude and incredible charm.
Her swimming captivated me, however, what makes her stick out to me was listening to her interviews and her infectious personality. I wouldn’t know Justin Bieber if I stepped on him on the street but that whole Bieber thing was actually pretty cool.
If you haven’t seen the YouTube video of Missy and her teammates dancing down the plane aisle to Call Me Baby, check it out, it’s awesome. It just makes you like Missy and the whole team so much. I love the fun loving attitude but when it’s time to work and get it done, they all did it. Missy is the new Janet Evans and the future of US swimming.