Reporting Kris Valentine
So if you’re like me, the Olympics are cool, but not “I’m gonna use some vacation days to watch” cool. I enjoy watching casually when I can and love rooting for Team USA to win. If you’re not into the Olympic games this year, maybe a few of these interesting (and probably useless) tidbits will grab your attention.
1) The Ten Funniest Names in the 2012 Olympics Are:
Chinese trampolinist named Dong Dong, Canadian swimmer Victoria Poon, Austrian heptathlete Ivona Dadic, South Korean pole vaulter Yoo Suk Kim, New Zealand cyclist Jack Bauer, Swiss equestrian athlete Werner Muff, Canadian track star Gavin Smellie, Japanese volleyball player Yoshie Takeshita, Chinese sailor Aichen Wang, A track and field athlete from Trinidad and Tobago named…Sparkle McKnight. Are most of these immature and juvenile? You BETCHA!
2) There’s a German Olympic Cyclist Who Might Have the Biggest Thighs In the World!
A photo has been circulating of Robert Forstemann, who’s a cyclist competing for Germany in the Olympics. And he just might have the WORLD’S BIGGEST THIGHS. How he even rides a bike or is even able to walk baffles me.
3) IT’S ON between soccer minxes of the past and present!
BRANDI CHASTAIN is one of the most recognized women in the sport, and is also the woman who famously stripped down to her sports bra after she and the U.S. team won the Women’s World Cup in 1999. (pictured bottom) She’s currently doing commentary for the Olympics. HOPE SOLO (pictured top) is soccer’s MINX OF THE MOMENT. She’s the goalie on the U.S. women’s team, and they’re currently on a roll. Apparently, Brandi made some disparaging remarks about the defense of the U.S. team, and Hope WENT OFF on Twitter.
Hope met with her coach and the team captains, and I guess all is well. She Tweeted, quote, “Discipline? Ha! For what! Never even a topic! We talked about our team deserving the best!”
4) Ryan Lochte was Almost Denied His Gold Medal…Because He Wanted to Wear Grillz on the Medal Stand!
Remember five years ago when rappers were all about wearing GRILLZ over their teeth? Well, apparently that trend just caught on in the world of U.S. swimming. When RYAN LOCHTE beat MICHAEL PHELPS to win his first gold medal on Saturday, he planned to wear a special red, white, and blue GRILL on the medal stand. But the Olympic organizers heard about it and told him NO! Apparently, they told Lochte that if he wore the grillz, they WOULDN’T GIVE HIM his medal. So he didn’t. Which, long-term, he’ll probably be happy about. They really did protect him from himself.
5) Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman Attended the Olympics Opening Ceremony!
It was very cool of them to fire up the video feature on their phone, and naturally, a few clips ended up on YouTube.
6) Almost Nobody Plans On Watching the Olympics at Work!
NBC is streaming basically the entire Olympics online this year, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to cripple the American workforce. Not even a little. According to a new survey, only 16% of American workers say they plan on following Olympic events live during the workday. 84% will not. The people behind the survey say, quote, “That is an incredible majority that reflects ongoing economic uncertainty. Americans are still looking for job security, they are not going to let potential distractions like the Olympics affect productivity.”
7) And Finally…A U.S. Runner Tweets That Americans Should Do Well In “Da Gun Shooting Competition”!
Last week a Greek track star was kicked out of the Olympics for a racist tweet. And now Lolo Jones is getting majorly criticized for a tweet of hers. On Saturday she tweeted,
Too soon? Probably!! She was immediately flooded with criticism, especially in the wake of the “Dark Knight Rises” shooting. Jones ended up offering a sort-of apology…quote, “Sorry you guys only think of violence, but I think of all the hunting I do with southerners in da south. It’s impressive.” The U.S. Olympic Committee decided NOT to kick her off the team for her tweet.
Anyway, you should probably get back to work now. Unless of course you’re one of the few that is actually working and NOT watching the Olympics on the job!