maandag 24 november 2008

World Athletes Of The Year

Last night the IAAF announced the world athlete of the year during their World Athletics Gala in Monaco. Rightfully, Usain Bolt took the prize home as male athlete of the year. I feel that an explanation of why Bolt deserves this honour is not even close to necessary. No athlete has taken the Olympic Games by surprise as did Bolt. For everybody who doubted Athletics is the nr 1 Olympic sport, Bolt stood up and showed them where the spotlight should undoubtly be.

Female athlete of the year was once again Yelena Isinbayeva. After a very difficult past 2 seasons, this year she showed us once again what an extraordinary athlete she is. She's been undefeated in nine outdoor competitions this year. She's raised her own World record on three occasions and defended her Olympic title, also with a World record. Congrats to both athletes!

dinsdag 18 november 2008

Post-jump entertainment

Germaine Mason
British high jumper Germaine Mason caused a major upset when winning a silver medal in this summer's Olympics. I bet, most of you will remember his entertaining post-jump celebrations. Gemaine recently admitted that he had been up all night before the final just thinking about fun stuff to get his mind off of the very next day. He tought about Usain Bolt and his carnavalesque celebrations and figured he could also celebrate in his own fashion. This apparently ment putting his hand to his ear, according to Germaine he went for it just to get a reaction from the crowd. And sure did he get his response. Germaine's performance was the talk of the day, and even now, months after the Olympic Games, people still talk about his post-jump entertainment.

dinsdag 11 november 2008

The Mighty Burner"

This picture is a trip to memory lane. On the far right you see G. Larry Evans, he is surrounded by his U.S teammates Ron Freeman, Vince Matthews and Lee Evans while they are leaving the track after receiving their gold medals in the 4x4. Why is this picture so important this week? For sure because of its historical value. This picture is not coincidentally taking during the 1968 Olympics in Mexico, and these men are not randomly putting their fists in the air. They all had two great men showing them the way, and following in the path of Tommie Smith and John Carlos must not have been easy. Unfortunately G. Larry Evans died this week. He was the first man to ever run under 44 seconds on a relay and a fierce competitor. In remembrance of a this world class runner, this picture will be up here as photo of the week.