Almost Wordless Wednesday: Beijing Olympics Week Two

Child Playing in Fountain Outside the Bird's Nest

Jonathan Horton Competing in the High Bar Event Final. Were it not for a step on the landing costing him 1/10 of a point, Horton would have had Gold.

It's Okay to Capsize AFTER You Win Your Sailing Medal

Olympic Tattoo: I've got spirit yes I do, I've got spirit how 'bout you?

Phelps' Wingspan In Action. Is this the Butterfly or the Albatross?

Shelly Ann Fraser of Jamaica Exults after Winning Gold in the 100 Meter Sprint

Nastia Liukin of the U.S. wonders what might have been as she wins Silver in the Uneven Bars. Many of the Chinese gymnasts are widely acknowledged to be well under the 16-year old age which is a gymnastics eligibility requirement. And yet, China has "doctored" the passports of these gymnasts according to widespread reports of Chinese journalists speaking only off the record to western reporters. Take away the under-age gymnasts participating in these Olympic Games for China and the U.S. women win the team gold, Shawn Johnson wins gold instead of silver on the Floor Exercise and Nastia wins gold instead of Silver on the Uneven Bars, and Alicia Sacramone wins Bronze on Vault. The Olympics are about the glory of sport and fair competition. If China can flagrantly violate international age restrictions in women's gymnastics, what's to stop other countries from doing the same in an attempt to level the playing field?

A track and field starting gun with the Olympic Flame in the background.

No, this is not an Olympic Clown. This is a competitor in a fierce game of Table Tennis about to hit the ping-pong ball.

Wipe Out.

The U.S. Women Take Gold in the 2000M Rowing Eights.

France Beats U.S. in Fencing for Gold. Okay, I'll give France that. The country has little else to cheer about of late.

Kolecki of Poland winning Gold in Weightlifting, and perhaps he's more excited about his medal than Michael Phelps is about any of his?

View from Under the Water in the Water Cube.

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Roxy's Best Of... said...


Looks like you're getting better at keeping Wednesday almost wordless! Here to vote for you in your Wednesday morning Battle of the Blogs, and to try to keep up my EntreCard rounds for one more blog.

Thanks for your interest in contributing to the Roxy's Best Of community with your own Roxy blogs for North Carolina and Michigan and more... I will get more info along to you just as soon as I can get the new blogs set up.

All the best,

August 20, 2008 10:42 AM
Jason said...

The Polish guy is showing some serious moose knuckle!

August 20, 2008 1:32 PM
Roxy's Best Of... said...

Off topic comment: Wednesday afternoon Battle of the Blogs, I got the last vote and you won, 8-7...way to go!


August 20, 2008 5:32 PM
crazy working mom said...

Nice job here. Beautiful shots.

August 20, 2008 10:38 PM
tashabud said...

Matthew S.,
These are great pictures. I love the picture of Michael Phelps' butterfly stroke. It's awesome and it's perfect. I have to ask, is that you with the tatoo? Gorgeous muscles. If it's you, my hats off to you.

August 21, 2008 4:29 AM
Ken Armstrong said...

The ping pong one is super... but it's probably CGI'ed

(Disappointed about the firework footsteps but otherwise perky)

August 21, 2008 1:35 PM
Shelia said...

Hi Matt! I hope that all is well. I LOVE looking at all of these Olympic photos, they are just the best, and all of them tell stories.

Nastia Liukin may still get gold if they find out that the gold medal winner is under aged.

And I just can't get enough of looking at how poetically beautiful Phelps looks in the water. Just awesome.

August 22, 2008 7:07 AM

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