Bolt Bolts To Second Gold Medal

Sorry. I had to use that one because “lightning strikes twice” was already taken–about a gazillion times.

And this time he even ran through the tape (somebody probably gave him a talking to after the 100-meter showboating).

Yeah, he’s cocky, but mon, can he ever back it up! I like him, and I’m not going to jump on the old fogey bandwagon and start dumping on him. He’s young, on the biggest stage in the world, and he’s totally in charge. The other runners don’t seem put off by his antics at all, but instead seem to like him and enjoy being seen on the same stage with him.

I know my “old school” father-in-law, who ran the 400 for the University of Iowa “back in the day,” is pointing toward all the Zeus-posing as yet another sign of the decline of Western Civilization.

I say leave him alone–he spiced things up and made it interesting. It’s good for the sport, which has suffered a major decline in interest (and increase in doping scandals) over the last few years (man, he’d better be clean).

What can he possibly do to top this? How about coming back to London in 2012 and doing it again, plus the 400 meters.

Hey mon, don’t put it past him.

UPDATE: Old Fogey Alert!!

  1. Hal

    He’s amazing. I like him too. I didn’t like his showboating during his 100 meter final because I would have liked to see just how fast he could have finished the race if he had been serious about it. But, his antics before and after the races don’t bother me.

  2. Mike the Eyeguy

    No Geritol for you, Hal!

    I agree about the 100 meters. He could have gone 9.62 (or lower?) had he gone all out. But his attitude seemed to be–no worries, mon; I’ve got plenty of time to lower it even more.

  3. Mike the Eyeguy

    Looks like St. Nick is thinking about doing a little recruiting down in Jamaica (click here).

    Roll Tide.

  4. JRB

    Seems like some really old fellow who used to play that game of baseball once said, “It ain’t bragging if you can do it” or some reasonable facsimile thereof. Three’s a fine line between cocky and exuberant, and his reaction and interview after the 200 last night smacked to me of exultation, not showboating.

    I was impressed with FSU-grad Dix under the stands later in the broadcast when he was informed that he would receive a bronze after two others were disqualified for stepping on the inside line. His agent was jumping up and down and trying give him a hug. He smiled wanly and said, “I still lost.” That means he’s for real. Well done, Mr. Dix.

  5. Mike the Eyeguy

    Yes, good eye, JRB, I saw that too!

    Fresh out of college with two bronze medals now, the classy Dix makes the most of the gifts God gave him and will be a mainstay for the US team for years to come.

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