Monday, August 11, 2008

What's French for Booty-Whoopin'?

Comment dit on “booty whoopin’” en francias?

Again the Games of the Olympiad are upon us. I have a many blog entries about sports, and at least one other one about the Olympics, though it was about the winter games. But as I have said before, I love the Olympics. We turn it on in our house when we get home from work, and just leave it on all day long.

Last night was the finals of the men’s 400-meter freestyle swimming relay. If you didn’t see it, go to and I am certain you will find it there. To sum it up, the US was not favored to win, as teams from France and Australia each had teams that were considered to be superior. However, in order to keep Michael Phelps hopes of winning 8 gold medals in a single Olympiad, the US had to overcome all odds.

Going into the final 100 meters, they were lagging behind powerhouse, France. At the turn with 50 meters left in the race, team captain and anchor Jason Lezak decided not only to overcome the lead built up by the French, but to also swim the fastest split in the history of the planet to do so. Oh yeah, and while he was at it, he helped the US not break, but absolutely shatter the world record for this even by 4 seconds. Considering the gold and silver medals were determined by a difference of .08 seconds, 4 full seconds faster than they world record is roughly an hour.

What was just as impressive though, was that the US was not the only team to break the world record. Point of fact, even the bronze medal team from Australia was ahead of the pace when the race ended. As if one team breaking a world record isn’t impressive enough, 3 did it…though none faster than the US.

So now, with his two trickiest events safely stowed with gold medals, Phelps’ aspirations of 8 golds is very much alive. But that’s not all…

Alain Bernard, the wanna-be punk-ass anchorman for the French team said when asked about the American team “The Americans? We’re going to smash them. That’s what we came here for.” So a day after, let me pose this question; How does it feel to break a world record by just a shade under 4 seconds and still take second?



Blogger Katrina Clement said...

Not only did they win, but they were gentlemen about it.

9:14 AM  
Blogger Abby said...

Sadly I don't remember enough French to translate "booty-whoopin" and can't find my dictionary. I'm pretty sure Mr Haffner taught it to me, though.

3:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too funny


3:50 PM  

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