James Fallows and his friend “Stryde Hax” are all over it.
UPDATE 8/21: The IOC is now investigating. Developing…
I just received a ping from Beijing.
Politburo? Chinese secret police? Margaret Hoelzer?
Nope. Just THT‘s intrepid man-on-the-ground in Beijing, Mark McCarter:
Mike…Thanks for making my coverage part of your site, and for the nice plugs.
All the best…Mark
My pleasure, Mark; you’ve done a great job over there. I hope all that beach volleyball hasn’t stressed you out too much.
Give my regards to LeBron and Kobe, wouldya?
Much to Number Three Son’s relief, U.S. gymnast Shawn Johnson finally picked up a gold in the balance beam the other night.
His reaction to her finishing second to teammate Nastia Liukin in the all-around competition?
“She wuz robbed!”
We knew “it” was coming…
The Olympics Sap-o-Meter over at Slate was redlining over the weekend in the wake of Michael Phelps’ rendezvous with destiny (there, that ought to set it to twitching even more).
Apparently it was Bob Costas’ interview with Michael and his Mom that really set the too-cool-to-care cynics to clucking. Color me sappy, then, because I enjoyed it (that segment starts about 15 minutes in).
In particular, I was intrigued to learn about Michael’s struggle with ADHD and bullying classmates; as a parent, and a former “shortest and nerdiest kid in the class,” I can identify with such stories. It’s all too easy to look at the mega-million dollar freak of nature with all the O-bling around his neck and forget that he was once an awkward teen in dire need of some loving parenting and mentoring.… Read the rest
“I thank God for how far I came to be here and to have the opportunity. It’s OK. I wouldn’t trade it. If it didn’t hurt this bad, I didn’t care that much, so, yeah, it’s still worth it. I’m glad I got the chance.”
–Nigerian sprinter and former Huntsvillian Olutoyin Augustus after failing to qualify for the semifinals in the women’s 100-meter hurdles
A reader writes:
This sounds like a reprise of your April Fools post.
I get his point–“if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.”
And I will admit that on occasion I do use a little “artistic license” when telling a story. What writer–or preacher–doesn’t?
But she still earned a silver and it took Coventry’s best effort (and a new world record) to beat her.
Needless to say, Huntsvillians are proud of Margaret Hoelzer and her hardware (
1 2 silver, 1 bronze), but most of all, the way that she represented us so well.
Well done, Marge. Go ahead and sing your heart out anyway–you deserve it.… Read the rest