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The Heroes and Zeros of the Olympics

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I’m bummed the Olympics are almost over.  Evening programming has never been better when I can get wrapped up with hurdlers, divers, gymnasts, swimmers, cyclists and beach volleyball instead of bachelorettes, real housewives and a lack of quality network programming. I’ve loved watching the tears, the stories, records being broken, the music, montages, etc. I’m that sucker – I love it all. So with the weekend upon us, and the Games coming to a close, here is a look at some of the Heroes and Zeros of the 2012 London Olympics.

Heroes:

Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian of all time. Gabby Douglas captured America’s heart and two gold medals, and Usain Bolt became a legend. No one doubts their awesome performances at these Olympics.  But we know this.  While there are tons of great Olympic stories, here are some I really loved:

Manteo Mitchell – This US runner kept running after breaking his leg. Yep, in the heat for the 400m relay, Mitchell felt a pop, screamed out, and kept running.  Holy shit. I stop walking when I stub my toe. He even finished his part of the relay and his team qualified for the final.  That is some Olympic spirit right there.

Ruben Limardo  – This Venezuelan fencer won a gold medal in fencing.  After winning (a huge achievement in Venezuela), Limardo hit the London underground while still wearing his gold medal. People on the tube went nuts! Limardo and his friends taught the people on the tube in Venezuelan chants and he let people take pictures with the gold medal.  Limardo took his medal to the streets, literally, well to the tube. What a cool, excited guy to share something pretty awesome with strangers.  Limardo should be invited to every Olympic party.

Shin A-Lam: Usually when a woman goes full-throttle into that heaving, ugly cry place, it’s not a good thing.  Shin lost out going to the gold medal round in a sudden death elimination round, and few thought she could become an inspiration to South Koreans.  However, Shin refused to accept the decision and while judges went through the appeal process, Shin couldn’t leave the floor.  She sat there in the spotlight and cried. I mean, she broke down. Shin was eventually escorted off the platform by security and lost out in the bronze medal round.  However, after the photos were released people on twitter and facebook rallied behind Shin.  And there has been a huge surge of interest in fencing in South Korea.  While she didn’t win a medal and maybe didn’t achieve hero status, she helped her sport and that’s kind of cool.

As for the Zeros… every Olympics has some bad behavior, controversies, etc. and London was no different. Here is my list of Zeros.

Voula Papachristou - Luckily this Greek triple jumper was kicked off her Olympic team after racist twitter comments.  I think it’s a good lesson to people representing their country at an international event celebrating the best in athletics and competition to not be a racist fuck.

Nick Delpopolo – An American judo fighter was disqualified from the Games because he tested positive for a banned substance.  This happens a fair amount to athletes, but rarely is it for eating a pot brownie.  Delpopolo said, “My positive test was caused by my inadvertent consumption of food that I did not realize had been baked with marijuana, before I left for the Olympic Games.”  Way to stay focused right before the Olympics, kid.  Did he learn nothing from Phelps? Get busted with pot in an off-Olympic year, and actually compete and win first.

The Chinese, Indonesian and South Korean Women’s Badminton Teams – While I normally don’t watch or care much about badminton, I was surprised to hear of a “scandal,” but what makes it worse is how obvious it was.  In a straight up play from the 1919 White Sox scandal, China’s defending champions, Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang, purposely tried to lose because they didn’t want to face Chinese compatriots and potentially win gold and silver.  What’s worse, a South Korean team also tried to lose and so did Indonesia.  Their playing was so bad there were jeers from the audience.  Way to suck at cheating ladies. Then again, you’re the reigning champs, how about just winning?

Ryan Lochte - Yes, Lochte is a very handsome man and a great swimmer.  While he won the 400-meter individual medley and came out of the gate as a US swimming star, it was the rest of his shenanigans, interviews, ideas and just general behavior that made him a zero.  Jezebel said it best in their article 10 Reasons Why Ryan Lochte is America’s Sexiest Douchebag.  Personally, the grill, the ‘signature exclamation’ of “Jeah!”, his mother-endorsed wanting lots of one-night stands, his style, and his need to act like a douchey frat boy make the sexiness of his body irrelevant.  I don’t care how hot he is or what a winner he is, he’s still a Zero.

 

 

 

 

 

A Turkish newspaper columnist has been heavily criticised after writing an article which said the Olympic Games is destroying the female figure.

The piece – called Womanhood is dying at the Olympics’ – was written by Yuksel Aytug and was published in the daily newspaper Sabah and on the paper’s website.

 

 

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