I’m terribly sad the Olympics are almost over! I don’t know what I’ll do with myself. (Maybe get something done!) The whole family has been really enjoying piling together on the couch every night and watching until the wee hours.
|Oscar on his blades. via NYdaily News|
|Oscar cleans up pretty good too. 🙂|
|Beach Volleyball gold medalists, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings.|
I also adored:
|Canadian Synchro Team. Washington Post.com|
Wasn’t track and field great? Sonya Richards-Ross at top and Allyson Felix above. Usain Bolt was another super human and super funny.
|U.S. Swimmers. Missy Franklin (left).|
Missy Franklin did pretty darn good for a high schooler earning us five medals, four were gold. Not bad for a Summer vacation activity!
Another wonderful thing is that this is the first time women outnumbered men on the United States Olympic Team. Between the soccer, volleyball, gymnastics and swimming we may have medaled more too. A great article about women in the games I stumbled upon is here. You may not have noticed but more women from Islamic and Muslim countries are participating. One such young woman was Wojdan Shahrkhani of Saudi Arabia in Judo.
Called a prostitute by her own countrymen she prevailed and her appearance is a triumph for Saudi women. Likewise Sarah Attar who ran the 800, below. This coming from a country where women still cannot vote or drive. The article above tells a bit more about how the IOC pressured Saudi Arabia and a few other Islamic countries to include women on their teams. This can only serve to raise women up in these countries and hopefully push for more freedom. Go Olympics!
And if it wasn’t enough for lovely London to host these games they have provided their own sweetheart and world cheerleader, the darling Kate Middleton, or as they are now calling her, Princess Kate, which seems to be sticking. How great a fan was she and I think we love her even more now! See below a few shots of her during the games. She seemed to be at almost every event. The girl must be exhausted.