Day 9, Aug 18 in China, brought more exciting and unexpected news at the Beijing Olympics.
A race that caught my attention was the track cycling team pursuit. And it's not because I know anything about the sport, but rather it was the uniform that caught my attention. Check out the sci fi headgear.
Step away from the forklift, Ripley! They're not Aliens!
It's the bronze winners from New Zealand.
Denmark claims the silver in the race.
And Baby Spice, Posh Spice, Sporty Spice, and Ginger Spice make an appearance!
I kid! I kid! It's the gold medal winning team from Great Britain.
That's right, mofo! Nobody rides a bike in circles better than us!
And news from my favorite guilty pleasure sport: Girls! Girls! Girls! on Trampolines! And these girls bounced high!
He Wenna wins gold for China.
And Canada's Karen Cockburn wins silver. That's right. Canada has given us Beavers, Poon, and now Cockburn.
Remember when ties meant sharing the medal? Apparently, not anymore in gymnastics. Two ties occurred and both for the gold!
Nastia Liukin tied He Kexin in the uneven bars scores. But the rules had been changed by the Olympics committee so that even if there is a tie, there can be only one winner. Now, a computer program picks the winner based on scores. And it was decided that He Kexin wins the gold. Personally, I thought Nastia Liukin had a better routine and she stuck her landing. He Kexin didn't stick her landing. Still, it all comes down to the judges, and apparently, it was an Australian judge's low score of Nastia that cost the gold.
That's right, I'm giving you a dirty look Australia!
The other gymnastic tie for gold happened in the men's vault. This time, it was between Leszek Blanik of Poland and Thomas Bouhail of France. Each gymnast does two vaults, then their scores from those are averaged. The tie breaker rule is simple. The winner in this case was simply the one who had the higher score on the first vault. Marian Dragulescu of Romania was favored to win the gold, and he did have a lead in his first vault. But he decided to do a difficult second vault and he landed on all 4s, ending his medal chances.
Leszek Blanik becomes the first non Chinese man to win a gymnastics gold at the Beijing Olympics, and he gets Poland's first gold medal in gymnastics. And when he won, he didn't pull out a flag or run around the stage playing up to the crowd. Instead, he did something more meaningful and more significant. He reached into his bag and pulled out a picture of his 3 year old son, Artur, and kissed it. This is his last competition before he retires, and what a great way to end a career!
The surprising second place winner tonight was Thomas Bouhail. He was brought in as a substitute for another French gymnastic star who was injured. He cried on the podium when he got the silver because he couldn't believe that he actually won a medal. Russia's Anton Golotsutskov takes the bronze in the vault.
But my favorite event of the night took place with hot girls skillfully working poles and bouncing really high.
I'm talking about the women's pole vaulting of course. And no one works the pole like Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia.
Yelena Isinbayeva is the Athens gold medalist in pole vaulting. She also holds the world record, and she blew away the competition. In an amazing show of skill, she breaks her old record of 5.04m and sets a new world record at 5.05m!
What an incredible feat! And it was such a pleasure to watch her express her joy at setting the new world record and win that gold medal.