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Addiction Test 2.0 – The Olympics

Posted in 1, 2008 Summer Olympics with tags , , , , , , , on August 20, 2008 by nathanjzacharias

Well, we find ourselves in the last few days of the 2008 Summer Olympics.  Many of you out there are probably wondering how you’re going to cope with the conclusion.  You’re probably worried about the inevitable shakes and cravings that will come sometime next week when you need the gold medal fix and can’t get it.  You’re probably dreading having to go back to….regularly scheduled programming.  Oh the humanity!

Not sure if you’re one of those people? Well, the Betty Ford Clinic may be too expensive (and too full) for you to get yourself checked out, but the good news is that I’ve come up with another easy test to help determine if you’re addicted to the Olympics. 

1.  When you make it to work 3 seconds earlier than your coworker you think you blew them out of the water.

2.  When your friends ask you what you did that day, you wheel in a TV and play a short movie that recaps your day in dramatic slow-motion and highlights a tear-jerking story about how Subway was out of your favorite bread that day.

3.  In an effort to get ready quicker in the morning, you wear the Speedo LZR in the shower.

4.  At lunch, you ask a coworker to be your partner in synchronized eating.

5.  Every morning you not only jump out of bed, but you stick the landing too. 

6.  When you’re waiting for a light to turn green you just keep muttering to yourself, “no false start….no false start.”

7.  Before you get ready to use the computer you put chalk on your hands.

8.  Each morning for breakfast you have a bowl of porridge; three fried egg sandwiches with fried onion, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise; a five-egg omelette; three slices of French toast; a stack of chocolate chip pancakes; and two large cups of coffee.

9.  When you’re boss asks you why you haven’t finished a project, you say it’s a marathon not a sprint and you’re conserving your energy.

10.  Before you make any decision you ask yourself, “What would Bob Costas think?”

If any of those are you, then you’re going to have Olympic withdrawal next week.

Michael Phelps Does it Again

Posted in 2008 Summer Olympics with tags , , , , on August 18, 2008 by twonateshow

As we expected, Michael Phelps went on to win his 8th gold medal of these Beijing Olympics Sunday morning (Beijing time). 

His tie with Mark Spitz lasted for only a day, and though many expected that to happen once he made it past Cavic, it didn’t take away one bit from the magnitude of his accomplishment.

It was a great moment to watch, not only because of the individual achievement, but because of the recognition Phelps gave to his deserving teammates.  After the race, he gathered his teammates around and with his arms around their shoulders he told them he could not have done this without them. 

The 3 relay teams he swam with not only helped him achieve the record, but they represented their sport and country with a lot of class and gave us a lot to cheer for.

Congratulations to the US Men’s 4 x 100M medley relay team for their record setting victory, and to Michael for his tremendous performance over the last week.  He’s earned himself the right to be called one of the greats, but he’s also done it with a great deal of dedication, class, and sportsmanship.

Michael Phelps ties Spitz record with 7th Gold medal

Posted in 2008 Summer Olympics with tags , , , , , , on August 16, 2008 by twonateshow

Phelps has done it.  On Saturday in Beijing, he slightly outreached his fingertips beyond Serbian Milorad Cavic to win the 100 meter butterfly.  His finishing time was 50.58, which was .01 better than Cavic.  It appeared as if Cavic was going to win the race, but Phelps dragged another half stroke before slamming his fingers against the wall, just seconds ahead.  Cavic’s coach filed an official protest with the FINA officials.  The swimiming officials reviewed the race frame by frame and it was clear that Phelps was the winner.  Tomorrow, Michael will go for his 8th and final Gold medal in the 4×100 medley relay.  Scroll down to see Phelps’ 7 different races and how he timed in each of them:

Men’s 400 meter individual medley – 4:03.84, World Record

Men’s 400 meter freestyle relay – 3:08.24, World Record

Men’s 200 meter freestyle – 1:42.96, World Record

Men’s 200 meter butterfly – 1:52.03, World Record

Men’s 4×200 meter freestyle relay – 6:58.56, World Record

Men’s 4×200 meter medley relay – 1:54.23, World Record

Men’s 100 meter butterfly – 50.58, Olympic Record

One has to asked the question, does Michael Phelps stand for the greatest athlete of all time award?  There are many who would argue that yes, he would.  Others would say that swimming is not a sport, and still others who say an individual sport doesn’t count when compared to baseball, football, etc.  He certainly carries the work ethic – 4-5 hours a day in practice, 10,000 calories a day for food, etc.  The other element that makes Phelps different is there are only 2 competitions that really count, the World Championships, and the Olympics.  Phelps doesn’t have any room for error, and he has exerted his dominance over the rest of the swimmers.  Beyond that, there is a human element to his greatness: he is poised and appears humble.  Phelps doesn’t look like anything special.  Pass him on the street, and you may think he is a computer programmer or a member of the geek squad at Best Buy.  Who would’ve thought that underneath Phelp’s shell there is a champion?

All of the eyes will be on him tomorrow as he goes for the record.  If he doens’t get it, he still has the thrill of tying a record for one olympics, and having the record for most individual medals overall in the Olympics.  Enjoy tomorrow’s race, as Phelps attempts history.

Michael Phelps: Upcoming Swimming Schedule

Posted in 2008 Summer Olympics with tags , , , on August 14, 2008 by twonateshow

If everything turns out as Michael Phelps plans, he will have a new record number of Gold medals at one Olympics with 8 separate Gold medals.  Again, the record to date is from Mark Spitz, who received 7 Golds back in 1972.  See below for the remaining TV schedule of Michael Phelp’s last 3 races:

Thursday, August 14th – Men’s 200 IM, coverage begins at 10:00PM Eastern

Friday, August 15th – Men’s 100-meter fly, coverage begins at 10:00PM Eastern

Saturday, August 16th – Men’s 4×100 medley relay, coverage begins at 10:00PM Eastern

Snubbed?

Posted in 1, 2008 Summer Olympics with tags , , , , on August 13, 2008 by nathanjzacharias

Mark Spitz is upset.  And not because the moustache he had in 1972 probably cost him a few seconds on his world records. 

But with Michael Phelps getting closer to eclipsing Spitz’s record of 7 gold medals in one Olympics, he’s offended that the Olympic committee did not invite him to view the moment first hand.  To make the matter worse, the Committee invited some other celebrated Olympians to Beijing, but not him. 

Spitz was in attendance to watch Phelps during the Athens games, but was not happy with that set up either. 

“They did not once put my face on television. But as soon as the swimming was over, and Michael Phelps didn’t break my record, every time I went to beach volley, they put my face on the volleyballs.”

He went on to say that he thinks he should be the one to present the gold medals to Phelps, and that he too could have won eight medals had the 50M freestyle been a part of the ’72 Olympics. 

The whole premise of a soon-to-be-former record holder being on hand to see the new record is a little strange when you think about it.  It’s almost like your ex-fiancee inviting you to her wedding.  You attend so you can try and show that it doesn’t feel weird, but deep down you can’t help but point out to everyone within earshot that the groom has a badly receeding hairline.  

Seriously, though, the whole tradition has, in some ways, become a way to try and manufacture good sportsmanship.   True, there are some athletes who handle it graciously and use it as a time to give their blessing to the new champion. 

But this doesn’t appear to be one of these times.

I can see Spitz’s point of view and it is strange that he would not get an official invitation to watch the pursuit of his impressive record.  But perhaps he didn’t get invited this time because the reason they would want him there is not the reason he wants.  His comments don’t indicate that he wants to be there so he can support Phelps and pass on the torch.  Rather, he seems to want to be there because he wants the face time.  That’s evidenced by the fact that despite the special seat he got in Athens, he wasn’t happy because they didn’t show his face while Phelps was competing. 

And not only does he want to be shown in the stands, but he wants to be next to Phelps and be the one who gives him the medals. 

This may come as a shock to you, but I don’t know Mark Spitz.  All I can base these few thoughts on is this one article.  I’m not criticizing him as a person and not trying to diminish his achievements.  He was a tremendous athlete and will forever be a huge part of Olympic history.  And his contributions to the sport and the tradition should not be forgotten. 

But the simple fact is, this moment belongs to Michael Phelps.  If Spitz were willing to be there as part of the supporting cast and not the lead role, then his attendence would be a great exlamation point the games, the moment, and Phelp’s accomplishment.  He doesn’t seem to want that, though, and I believe he is the one missing out on something special.

Michael Phelp’s Daily Schedule at Olympics

Posted in 2008 Summer Olympics with tags , , on August 12, 2008 by nathanelwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Phelps has won his 4th Gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, in the 200-meter butterfly, breaking yet ANOTHER world record, with a time of 1.52.03.  Phelps did not win at the same margin that he normally does, but still won by nearly a half body-length.  Phelps also pulled off his 5th gold at the 200-meter freestyle relay with a combined time of 6.58.56, the first 200-meter relay under 7 minutes, and another world record. It is amazing that Michael Phelps even has time to win Gold medals.  To give you an idea of how exhausted he will be when he finishes at the Beijing Olympics, his Wednesday schedule will look like this:

6:30am – Wake Up

6:45am – Breakfast

7:30am – Bus to Pool

7:45am – Arrive at Pool

8:00am – Stretch

8:30am – 2400M Warm Up

10:18am – 200 Fly Final

10:30am – Warm Down 1000M

10:59am – 200 Fly Medal Ceremony

11:16am -4×200 Free Relay Final

11:30am – Warm Down 300m

11:38am – 4×200 Free Medal Ceremony

11:55am – Warm down 800m

12:15pm – Press Conference

12:45pm – Doping Control Test

1:45pm – Bus to Olympic Village

2:00pm – Lunch

2:30pm – Rest

4:00pm – Team Meeting

5:00pm – Bus to Pool

5:15pm – Arrive at Pool

5:30pm – Stretch

5:45pm – Warm up 2400M

8:55pm – 200IM Prelim

9:10pm – Warm down 800M

9:45pm – Bus to Olympic Village

10:00pm – Dinner

11:00pm – Bed!!!

One has to wonder if he even has time to use the “facilities” with a schedule like that.  And when does he have time to eat those 3 fried egg sandwiches???

Gold Run

Posted in 2008 Summer Olympics with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2008 by twonateshow

Its just another check off the list as Michael Phelps won his 3rd Gold medal at Beijing while breaking another world record, finishing at 1.42.96 in the 200-meter freestyle.  South Korean Park Tae Hwan won the Silver with a time of 1.44.85, while American Peter Vanderkaay got the Bronze with a 1.45.14.  This was no surprise for anyone watching.  The second that Phelps surfaced, he was already a half body length ahead.

The Americans racked up the Golds tonight as Aaron Peirsol and Natalie Coughlin swept the Men’s and Women’s 100-meter backstroke.  Now back to Phelps…

There is not a whole lot to say about this race except that Phelps was the best prepared.  Whether or not Phelps is such a good swimmer because he practices it on the Wii is another debate for another post.  Do they even have swimming on Wii?  They did a special piece on Phelps before tonight’s coverage began in which Phelps mentioned that he must eat up to 10,000 calories a day.  For breakfast that includes 3 fried-egg sandwiches, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions, and mayonnaise, an omelette, a bowl of grits, and three slices of french toast with powdered sugar, all washed down with 3 chocolate chip pancakes.  My wife Brit pointed out that his diet is my “dream diet” and believe me, she aint kidding.  What more could a man ask for than to eat lots of egg sandwiches and pancakes for breakfast?  The only thing missing is deep-fried bacon.  But I’ve completely gotten off topic.  Besides eating, all Phelps says he does is swim and sleep.  And it must be hard enough when his pet bulldog snores extremely loud.

Congratulations to Michael Phelps.  Now I’m going back to swimming laps in my blue-toned plastic pool in my back yard.