2008 Olympics

Why is Beach Volleyball So Popular?

Why is Beach Volleyball So Popular?

I queried yesterday why the Olympic javelin thrower from Paraguay was getting so much media attention despite coming second last, and today I again must wonder why beach volleyball gets so much airtime in the Olympics? I just can’t seem to think why?

Severe Asthma Leaves Olympic Swimmer Gasping For Air

Jo Jackson landed bronze at the 2008 Beijing Games in the women’s 400m freestyle, but this season is looking grim. The swimmer suffers from asthma, a condition that affects the lungs.  Jo’s recent battle with the  flu and respiratory illnesses in recent months has made her miss training and has compromised her season. “I’ve had asthma […]

Olympics – It's Not Over Yet

There was much talk of the Olympics, and now the real winners start to compete in Beijing. Over 4,000 athletes from 150 nations will compete in the Paraolympic Games. These games feature world class athletes who are vision impaired, paralyzed and many other physical disabilities. The opening ceremony had all the glitz and glamour the […]

Olympic Relays a Series of Errors

What’s up with the Olympic relay races? If teams aren’t dropping the baton, they are passing it out of the zone. The female 100m relay finals were just run and Russia won gold, Belgium got the silver, with Nigeria for bronze..all unexpected medalists. The heavily favored female Jamaican and American sprint teams went out, while […]

Most Popular Javelin Thrower Ever

Leryn Franco represented Paraguay in the javelin throw at the 2008 Beijing games She didn’t exactly win gold – in fact she didn’t make it to the finals, not even the semi-finals. She came second last, in 51st position. Despite her complete lack of championship form – she seems to be attracting a lot of […]

Lolo Jones: Crashing Ended Dreams

Gold medal favorite Lolo Jones of the USA was the picture of anguish after finishing the 110m sprint hurdles in 7th place in Beijing. The world indoor champion was heavily favored coming in, and looked to be winning until an error which caused her to clip the second last hurdle ending her dreams of gold. […]

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