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2012 London Olympics – Week Two

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And now, the end is near…….

Week two of the Olympics came to a close with some absolutely outstanding performances!

Let me start with one of the most inspirational athletes of the Games, Oscar Pistorius of South Africa. He may have finished last in the 400M semi-final race running on his artificial carbon fiber legs but inside his chest beat one of the most spirited hearts in the competition. Look for Oscar in the upcoming Paralympics in a couple of weeks.

My next choice for inspiration and guts goes to Manteo Mitchell of the United States. Running his leg of the 4x400M relay, Manteo broke his lower leg at the 200M mark but never even considered stopping. I can’t run that fast with two good legs!

Next up is the athlete I would most like to hang with (no pun intended), Bulgarian gymnast Jordan Jovtchev. I knew nothing about this guy except he had an instantly likeable face. There’s really no explanation for it, he just looks like someone you could hang out with and have a great time. Congratulations to him for his sixth Olympic games. Now that’s dedication!

A world record in the Men’s 800M was set by David Rudisha of Kenya! A Maasai warrior who truly showed the heart and spirit of that group with an unbelievable run! His father won a silver medal in the 1968 Olympics in the 400M relay. Like father, like son….

The USA Women’s 4x100M relay team literally ran away from the field with their awe inspiring 40.82 world record! That race was perhaps the most exciting relay I have ever seen with just perfect passes from leg to leg.

Which brings us to the King of the track. You know him, you love him and you’ve probably struck the pose once or twice during this past week….Usain Bolt! Usain is a curious mixture of cockiness and humility wrapped in one tall, explosive package. For two consecutive Olympic games, Usain proved himself unbeatable. He won all his heats and finals in the 100M and 200M races, setting a World Record of 9.63 seconds in the 100M. He even slowed down at the end! Why? Why would he do that? Watching that was extremely frustrating. Dude, run through the tape! Break the record, you know you could!

The Men’s 4x100M relay was all but decided before it even began. With Usain running the anchor leg, that race was never a contest. Picture perfect hand-offs ensured the Jamaican team a World Record of 38.84 seconds. Amazing!

All the Kinesio tape on the athletes makes me wonder. Are these athletes approaching the limits of the human body? At what point do they stop progressing and improving? How fast can they run? How much can they lift? There was talk of possibly seeing an eight second 100M race. Is that even possible?

Perhaps I’ll see it in 2016 in Brazil. Yep, I’m all jazzed up for a trip to the next Olympic Games.

Congratulations to all the athletes of the XXX Olympic Games! Thanks for a great two weeks!

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Written by David A. Ufer

August 13, 2012 at 6:40 am

Posted in Olympics, Sports

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