Monday, August 11, 2008

Olympic victory

“It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.”
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Did you stay up to watch last night? If not, I bet you wish you did.

Rob and I sat in front of the television all weekend, carefully planning our dinner and lunch outings around breaks in the Olympic coverage. We were a bit disappointed with ourselves that we had sat on the couch all weekend, but after staying up late last night to watch the men’s 4x100 relay. It was all worth it.

Before the race began, I reminded Rob that the U.S. wasn’t supposed to win.
Image from AP found via Welt Online

As Michael raced, we were concerned that he was leading off, instead of rounding off the four. Then we coaxed Weber-Gale across the pool. “Come on! Come on!” We were on our feet by the time Cullen touched the first wall. And, as Lezak completed the fourth and final leg of the relay, we were screaming and jumping up and down.
Image from AP found via

We’re just two people in a tiny little apartment, 7190 miles away from the action, with no real ties to the sport. But we were absolutely ecstatic. We were proud to be Americans. What an amazing victory! And we can say we saw it live.

We have no regrets about watching TV all weekend.

Image from Getty Images by Mike Hewitt found via


  1. It was great!!! I was actually laying in bed, with the TV on and almost asleep when I realized it was the next to the last leg of the race. I sat up and urged them to reeeaaacchhhh way out there and touch the wall first!!!

  2. Neither do I. I'm so glad you found that image of Michael Phelps looking like a crazy person when they won. We all went nuts over here (me, Jordan, Matt, Haley), and then we went looking for still photos of that face. :)


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