London 2012 Part 2: Trolls, Titans and Tough Women

Sadly, the Olympics were recently overshadowed by a horrible little toerag needlessly and cruelly having a go at British diver Tom Daley. The douchebag got picked up by the cops and has been issued a warning. From what I saw of a guy’s tweet history all he appears to tweet is insults towards other people, which I’ve never fully understood how empty someone’s life must be to devote that much time to abusing strangers via the internet.

The guy had a go at Daley following the diver failing to win a medal with his partner Pete Waterfield, who’s largely ignored, he’s like the rest of the Supremes to Daley’s Diana Ross.


Daley and Waterfield

Daley was probably annoyed enough without some idiot having a dig at him and mentioning his dead father. Also, Rileyy_69’s comments about how he’d let down his dad seem odd because I doubt ma and pa Rileyy are swelling with pride at the moment.

But let’s focus on the positives, Great Britain finally got their first goal in the women’s rowing pairs, with Heather Stanning and Helen Glover powering to victory. Rather annoyingly they won just after I changed the channel on TV, so I missed the moment, but congratulations to them.

Stanning and Glover celebrate

Another good story came in the fact that one of my personal Olympic heroes, Michael Phelps was part of the US team that won the 4×200 Freestyle Relay in the swimming, meaning that he picked up his 19th medal (15 golds, 2 silver, 2 bronze) making him the most decorated Olympian of all time. Phelps is phenomenal and I can’t see anyone beating him, possibly ever.

Phelps (arms up) celebrates with his teammates.

And the guy’s still got 3 more events left. Seriously, we should just start calling him Mr Olympics.

Today the event I’ve mainly been watching is the women’s weightlifting. Weightlifting is a weird sport to watch, painfully simple (you lift heavy things, the person able to lift the heaviest wins) and yet utterly mesmerizing. One of the Brit women, Natasha Perdue had to pull out but she seemed really down to earth and likable, and I like the fact the Tunisian competitor wears a head covering while she lifts.

My personal favourite athlete at the moment is the woman leading group B, the Canadian lifter Marie-Eve Beauchemin-Nadeau, who powered the bar above her head and stood there like it was nothing, before leaving the stage with a big grin on her face. I also really liked the fact she wears nail varnish during her competitions which is a nice juxtaposition of the delicate and feminine with a sport based around raw power.

Marie-Eve Beauchemin-Nadeau: Impressive.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO


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