Aussie Aussie Aussie!
Can’t say I watched any of the synchronized swimming competition–but obviously I should have. The Australian team, pictured above, may have finished last in the Free Routine Final, but they certainly had the best tunes, swimming to an AC/DC medley that includes “Back in Black” and “Thunderstruck.” I haven’t found a video of said routine online, but this clip below shows a snippet of what they do in the pool (starting around the 1:30 mark). Sure beats the hell outta most of the music played during the closing ceremony…
Their team was edged out by the United States in the gold-medal game, but I gotta give the edge to the Spanish fans. While the Americans had big shot CEOs, ex-politicians and movie stars supporting them, along with a few folks wearing too much facepaint, the Spaniards sure had some fine-looking female fans. Alas, I couldn’t find any pictures of them on Google, so this is a shot of some Spanish women celebrating their soccer World Cup win. Hey who knows, they might’ve been at the Olympics, too…
Big upset in women’s volleyball today, as the second-ranked Brazilians bounced back from a round-robin loss to the Americans to beat the USA in four sets with relative ease. After dropping the first set 25-11 to Team USA, the Brazilians won the next three by no fewer than five points. They sure look good heading into the 2016 games in Rio–and none better than wing spiker Jaqueline Maria Pereira de Carvalho, better known as Jaque, although at 28 years old, she might not be at the top of her game in four years’ time. Here’s hoping we get to see more of her–and a bonus vid of her dancing with Destinee Hooker of the U.S. team, for good measure. Never thought I’d say this, but man, I wish I was that five-year-old girl…
What am I doing watching rhythmic gymnastics? Well, it was halftime of the gold-medal men’s soccer game, and Sportsnet was showing men’s wrestling, so let’s just say I’d rather look at Evgeniya than a couple guys in tight spandex. The 22-year old gymnast defended her gold medal from Beijing by winning the all-around competition again this year with high marks from the judges across the board. She can sure do some fancy tricks with that ribbon!
Since when was BMXing an Olympic sport!? (2008, apparently. Guess I missed it in Beijing…) In any case, Colombian eyes were smiling today, as this 20-year-old rider took home the first gold medal for her country at the 2012 Games. The Colombian flag-bearer at the opening ceremonies, one can likely assume that she’s able to outride any potential kidnappers…
The miniscule (5’0″) midfielder scored the biggest goal in Canadian soccer history today, taking advantage of a fortuitous bounce off a French defender to notch the bronze-medal winner with, oh, about 10 seconds left in stoppage time. This must surely make her the most popular person in Oakville who’s not some big-shot CEO, and the most famous five-footer since Doug Flutie. Betcha they’re already preparing her plaque in the Hall of Fame!
Not sure when or where this Latvian long-jumper decided to strip naked and pose on the beach, but … sorry, lost my train of thought. Alas, Radevica missed the podium in her event by a mere one centimetre today. Maybe she would’ve jumped further if she took off her clothes?
The 6’3″ Xue is a beach volleyball veteran at 23 years old, having won the 2006 Asian Games at age 17, and earning bronze in the 2008 Olympics with partner Xi Zhang when she was 19 years old. The pair of Xue and Zhang put up a fight against two-time defending Olympic champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings in the semi-finals, losing in straight sets 22-20, 22-20–which puts them in position to play for another bronze tomorrow against the Brazilian beach volleyball team.
This 23-year-old rower is Germany’s answer to Voula Papachristou–or is she? Drygalla, who competed in the women’s eights, agreed to leave the Olympic Village last week because her boyfriend is a Nazi. Well, a Neo-Nazi. Or at least he used to be–until very recently. Her man, Michael Fischer, ran for the far-right National Democratic Party in a regional election last year, and is also a member of the Rostock National Socialists. Dating this dickweed actually cost Drygalla her job as a policewoman, and yet she still stands by her man, who says he’s reformed–even though he reportedly made a Facebook post about Pakis on the subway while in London for the Games. Nadja, I think Patrick Bateman has some advice for you…
French women’s soccer team
Before the start of last year’s women’s World Cup, Gaetane Thiney, Elodie Thomist, and Corine Franco of the French women’s soccer team posed nude for German newspaper Bild with a caption that translates to “Do we need to dress like this for you to watch our games?” Well, it turns out their team not only looks good, but plays pretty well, too. They finished fourth at said event and now will face Canada for Olympic bronze after their valiant comeback effort came up short against Japan in the semis. Unfortunately, I won’t be watching that game, which kicks off at 8 am Eastern Time on Thursday…