Saturday, August 16, 2008


I have literally watched hours of the Olympics and listened to the endless commentary on the events and athletes. The word that is repeated by all the commentators over and over is unbelievable. It's an appropriate word because whether it's a phenomenal feat or a shattering disappointment, it describes perfectly what is taking place in these Olympic games.

I find these Olympic stories unbelievable...

The picture perfect school girl who sang as the Chinese flag entered the stadium at the opening ceremonies was actually lip syncing to a pre-recorded version of the song sung by a seven year old who won a grueling competition for the privilege of singing at the ceremonies. Evidently, she just wasn't cute enough because of her buck teeth (which I don't even think she has) and was told she could not perform live. source
UNBELIEVABLE that China feels it that important to give the illusion that they are without flaws.

All you have to do is look at a few of the Chinese gymnasts to wonder to yourself, "how old are they?" You have to be 16 (or turn 16 in the Olympic year) to be eligible to compete and the Chinese team members' passports claim they are 16. But several have questioned this. Associated Press tracked down a Chinese government story stating that one of the gymnasts was 13 at the time of the story, last November. source
UNBELIEVABLE that China feels that they have to win, and they will cheat to achieve that goal.

A Swedish wrestler who won a bronze medal threw it to the floor after it was awarded to him. It was in protest to his opinion of corrupt judges. I read several articles on this situation and it seems that a lot of athletes and coaches in the wrestling community feel that this sport is all political and has become corrupt. source
So... is it UNBELIEVABLE that an athlete would show such bad sportsmanship as to throw down his medal ... or ... is it UNBELIEVABLE that an Olympic sport can be so obviously corrupt and nothing has been done to rectify it.

Michael Phelps wins 8 gold medals.


Barb said...

Well said!

Lynne said...

I thought one of the Chinese gymnasts looked REALLY young, like 12 or 13 at the most.

I've been watching some of the events, mostly the swimming competition because Michael Phelps bears an uncanny resemblence to my nephew. You know I've been rooting for him!

Anonymous said...

AMEN!! Time to pray yes?

Dana a/k/a Sunshine said...

Great post. And I must agree - Michael Phelps is unbelievable and phenomenal. I too have watched a lot of the Olympics. I really enjoy most of it. I do wonder about the gymnasts, but I guess it is hard to prove since apparently China will probably do whatever to "save face" or lose it - as the case may be.

And that is horrible about the singing thing. That they value appearance over all.

MightyMom said...

had a nice long comment almost completely typed.....

then it got deleted for me.


Jamey said...

I watched Michael Phelps win that eigth gold medal. Yes it was unbelievable!!

Melissa said...

The gymnasts do look really young, I was so sad about the story of the little girl who won and then couldn't sing, and the wrestler? I'm not sure what to think about him... he didn't need to act that way, but, um, if he's right???
And yeah... Michael Phelps is the bomb ;)

Lori said...

That is so UNBELIEVABLE that Phelps won 8 Gold Medals.
Awesome. Wahoo.

We love the Olympics. We've watched it almost every night.
We've watched all the swimming events.

And yes, some of the other things are unbeleivable too.
I've heard that announcers saying.
That isn't right and I can't believe she didn't win or that didn't seem fair and so on.