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Summer Splendour…

September 20th, 2012 · No Comments

Ah, it’s finally here - those Dog Days ‘O Summer… Where I suppose if you live in The Valley of the Sun, you’re probably pining for cooler climes by now as the mercury exceeds 100-degrees daily… Well, at least it was the ‘DAWG DAZES ‘O SUMMER when this story’s title first sprang to mind - prior to the NFL Pre-season, but alas, summer (along with the Pre-season) has sped past me once again after having endured multiple hot spells Up North eh! In Canada and the Pacific Northwest which at the moment is dry whilst the Southwest is in the midst of Monsoon season; but I digress…

This summer I purposely skipped watching any of the 9,869,486 hours of television coverage on the Peacock’s family of TV networks - since the Olympics has become nothing more than a sham for Capitalism and your almighty Greenbacks… Which I’ve long since taken to calling it the COMMERCIALYMPICS instead!

As I find it overly atrocious that not only does the International Olympics Committee; (IOC) the Olympics governing body fail to formally recognize the deaths of eleven Israeli athletes murdered during the 1972 Munich games, but; IOC President Jacques Rogge had the audacity to tell one of the victims widows, Ankie Spitzer that “His Hands were Tied…” To which most appropriately Spitzer shot back “My Husband’s Hands and feet were TIED to the furniture!” (BASTARDO!)

Munich Olympics Massacre: the Fight for remembrance

As how come the MSL can rightly recognize the death of one of its players with a minute of silence, which is exactly what transpired for the Columbus Crew’s 22yr old midfielder Kirk Urso on August 5th. Yet the Freakin’ IOC cannot do a similar gesture upon the 40th anniversary of eleven amateur athletes deaths; WTF?

Yeah, I realize it’s a political issue, yet; isn’t it ironic that the IOC is willing to implement head scarf’s and more modest female attire in order to appease other Middle East nations competition in the games. Not to mention one U.S. University where one such competitor currently resides magically removed images of said athlete in some form fitting summer attire - a bikini top, perhaps? From the school’s website and the athlete’s personal webpage…

And that’s before a few visiting nations’ teams spent multiple hours lost on busses in the countryside, as some spent up to four hours lost in London when their motor coaches operator couldn’t navigate from Heathrow airport to the Olympic village… Not to mention Cabbies being peeved over exclusion from the Special Olympics “Fast-lane,” and resorting to a traffic-jam by deliberately driving slow. And don’t forget the Customs agents who threatened to strike. Along with several food vendors running out of food - even so far as running out of the precious commodity milk to go with the Londoner’s customary tea! (Although I’m certain Buckingham Palace had a liter or three on hand for the Queen’s tea ‘N crumpets, right?)

And this is before we get to the fact that it became an almost daily occurrence for multiple nation’s competitors to be stripped of their medal for illegal doping; or the even more bizarre case of eight female Badminton contestants thrown-out for trying to purposely lose their matches to ensure better medal round matches…

And lets not forget the games three largest backers - Dow Chemical, BP and Rio Tinto, who all had less than exemplary reputations preceding the Olympics - and dare I say it? Were simply trying to buy their way back into the graces of global goodness, as once again Mr. Rogge displayed his money grubbing above all attitude by having the audacity to say that BP had a little oil spill in the gulf, but so what? Big deal - they’ve cleaned it up…

Whilst Dow Chemical caused major rancor by its association with a major chemical disaster in India known simply as Bhopal, which it deftly asserted was the previous owner of Union Carbide’s issue and the Government of India had even claimed this catastrophe was resolved.

And then there’s Rio Tinto from the United States who reportedly made all of the Olympic medals - while simultaneously having locked-out workers in Utah, not to mention their egregious environmental practices!

And let’s not forget the rancor made over the fact that Ralph Lauren, suppliers of Team USA’s competition outfits & casual wear had every garment manufactured in China; OOPS!

Thus, there were only a handful of athletes I was truly interested in, ironically my top two being from south Africa - who’ve both fought the onslaught of lawsuits, negative publicity, gossip and undue hardship in order to be admitted entrance into the pantheon of amateur athletics world’s stage for a global event occurring once every four years.

Hands down without a doubt my Numero Uno athlete is the double amputee Oscar Pistorious also called the “blade runner,” due to competing upon his two carbon fibre prosthesis… As the 25-year old South African has been nothing short of unremarkable with his always cheerful demeanor, ready smile, ‘Mega positive attitude, steely determination and relentless grit to make his disability a non-talking point; as how couldn’t you cheer for him? Especially after having spent one-fifth of his life in courts fighting to have the right to compete…

After all I believe he was given a standing ovation by the 80,000 sellout crowd upon his Olympics debut prior to finishing second in his preliminary heat and advancing to the 400-meter semi-finals.

Sadly Oscar finished last, as I’d truly hoped he’d make history by podiuming, albeit I didn’t expect him to win the gold. Yet Pistorious’s star power is so great that eventual 400m gold medal winner Kirani James promptly sought him out after winning their Semi-final heat to warmly embrace Oscar and exchange entrance bibs with him…

Caster Semenya previously surrounded over gender controversy - and having to sit out of competition for one-year before being cleared to resume competing, was chosen as South Africa’s flag bearer for the opening ceremonies… Thus do to my self-imposed television ban, along with being on ‘Holiday, I missed the news coverage over Caster’s event; the women’s 800-meters, which apparently she was slow out of the block, fell to last place before upshifting into sixth gear and ultimately finishing runner-up to world champion Mariya Savinova, thus taking a silver medal away from the games…

And it was brought to my attention that a blind South Korean archer was competing in the games - who I’d previously never heard of. His name is “Im Dong-hyun” and reportedly he’s only got 20% vision in his best eye, with his worse being only 10%; YIKES! As “Im Dong-hyun” reportedly aims for his targets by seeing the targets different blurred bright colour circles… As “Im Dong-hyun” helped his team obliterate the 72-arrow competition just prior to the opening of the games, during the ranking rounds; where he set a new world record with a personal best score of 699-points.

Another unheralded athlete I was unaware of was Lance Brooks of Denver - who’s story genuinely intrigued me; having read how Brooks was working up to seven jobs just trying to make end’s meat before his Olympics coach demanded he either cut back some of his jobs or quit training. As I especially liked the part about throwing his discuses out of the high school field he practiced at, before being approached about competing in the summer games…

Unfortunately Brooks failed to advance to the finals after claiming he’d gotten his rhythm all wrong when throwing 4-meters short of his personal best and finishing 21st during the qualifying round.

And finally, there was England’s Bradley Wiggins, aka this year’s Tour de Force en route to becoming Britain’s debutant Tour de France winner - as Wiggins once again crushed all of the competition upon his bicycle when capturing gold in the Men’s Time Trial…

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