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Usain Bolt Fastest Man, Fastest Insult

9 Aug

Usain Bolt made history tonight today in London by becoming the first man in history to win gold medals in the 100 and 200 meter races at consecutive Olympics. He crossed the 200-meter finish line at 19.32 seconds. Fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake came in right behind him at 19.44 seconds for the silver. Then another Jamaican Warren Weir came in at 19.84 seconds for the bronze. When Bolt crossed the finish line he put his finger to his lips and asked for silence so everyone could observe his greatness. Bolt said. “I was just telling them: You can stop talking now, because I am a legend.”

And it seems now that he’s a legend he feels like he can insult other legends. When Carl Lewis(he won back to back 100-meter races in the Olympics) was mentioned in the press conference Bolt quickly put him down. “Carl Lewis, I have no respect for him. The things he says about the track athletes are very downgrading. I think he’s just looking for attention because nobody really talks about him. I’ve lost all respect for him. All respect.”

Bolt was not happy that Lewis had questioned whether Bolt had used drugs to enhance his speed during the Beijing Olympics. But regardless Lewis has 9 Olympic Gold medals, Bolt has 5. I think the medals speak for themselves. Regardless shouldn’t these games be about promoting all athletes not putting them down?

-M

 

 

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Beware the Media Beast Might Bite You

9 Aug

We all know in today’s media centric world it is easy to go from everyone’s favorite to everyone’s least favorite. It is especially easy if you don’t live up to their expectations. Lolo Jones has been feeding the media beast ever since her sit down interview where she revealed she’s a 30-year old virgin. It didn’t take long for the media to follow her every move. But putting yourself in the spotlight has it pitfalls. Jones failed to medal in Tuesday’s 100-meter hurdles. Two days before the competition even started the New York Times was comparing her to Anna Kournikova saying she was known for her looks and not her talent.

I have to admit I am constantly annoyed at female sports celebrities like Nascar’s Dana Kilpatrick who gets more coverage than equally talented male counterparts just for having boobs. The over coverage of Jones, who finished 7th in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, seemed a little crazy. I mean should we really be interested in someone because they are a hot virgin?

Although I am sad that Jones is experiencing this downfall in the media. I kind of think you bring it on yourself. I mean how many sponsorship deals did Jones get for making herself into a celebrity. I definitely saw way more of Jones in the lead up to London than fellow American hurdlers- Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells. Harper won silver in the 100-meter hurdles and Wells won bronze. And despite that the media is still talking about Jones. Wells even revealed her troubling past about being raped by her mother’s boyfriend who was later killed in a car accident along with Wells’ mother and the media still didn’t latch on. I guess a 30-year old virgin is more interesting than a girl who overcame rape to go to the Olympics.

-M