1. Is is just me, or is Jenn Stuczynski’s pole vaulting coach a bit of an a-hole? Scolding Jenn while he was mic’ed up was completely lame, and I kind of wish she had just punched him in the face. I hate that guy. If I decide to take up pole vaulting tomorrow, and in four years I win a silver medal in London, my coach better be a whole lot nicer to me than that. He (or she) better give me an enthusiastic high five and then take me out for a delicious cheeseburger and about a hundred vodka sodas. Afterwards we can drunkenly run around London letting strangers pose with my silver medal and periodically stopping to “WOOOOOO” and jump up and down with joy. On the way back to the hotel, my coach will make some kind of joke about how, unlike gold, silver matches most of the jewelry I already have, and that gold is kind of fugly anyway, and aren’t I SO GLAD I didn’t wind up with a hideous gold medal- or, god forbid A REVOLTING BRONZE?! Then we’d laugh and laugh about how silver is totally the prettiest of all the “precious medals”, and by the end of the night I’d be convinced that silver medals are WAY better than gold medals. My pole vaulting coach is going to be so cool. Jenn, your coach is not good enough for you!
2. The sputtering outrage of the NBC gymnastics commentators was fairly hilarious tonight. Don’t get me wrong, if I were judging that competition that’s not how the medals would have been awarded. (The third place Chinese girl would have won first, Nastia would have won second, and the gold medal winner would have won the bronze.) The judging did seem a bit out of whack, but the tiebreaking method was very clear. Even I, a half-wit violist, now understands how a gymnastics tiebreak works. My favorite part of the whole fiasco was how, after about half an hour of Tim Daggett and Al Trautwig and carrying on about the INSANITY of the INCOMPREHENSIBLE judging, and the TRAGEDY of Nastia being ROBBED on such an OBSCURE technicality as an IMPOSSIBLE to comprehend TIEBREAK SYSTEM, they were all, “Back to you Bob,” and from the studio Blob Costas kind of shrugged and said, “Well, there was a tie, but the tiebreak seemed pretty straight forward.” Heh. I absolutely love to watch gymnastics, but gymnastics and the industry surrounding gymnastics is totally stupid.
UPDATE: I guess Blob was talking about the men when he made his little crack about the tiebreak being straight forward. Don’t you love how I have no problems blogging about something to which I was barely paying attention? Don’t you feel good knowing you can always turn to TWC for the very least true information? Heh. One of my favorite things about the Olympics is that they seem to encourage us to have very strongly held opinions about crap we know nothing about. I don’t care if Blob Costas agrees with me, in the true spirit of the Olympics, I’m going stand by my uninformed opinion: gymnastics are gloriously stupid. (And the bronze medalist should have won gold.)