Thursday, August 02, 2012

Olympic Kudos... Alex Shatilov, Yaacov Toumarkin, Andy Ram, Yoni Ehrlich, and Lee Korzits for Israel, and to Edith Bosch, Marianne Vos, and Marleen Veldhuis, Femke Heemskerk, Inge Dekker and Ranomi Kromowidjojo for Holland. Today judoka Arik Ze'evi will compete for Israel. He is a very nice guy, and I really would like to see him win another medal in what to me seems to be one of the most difficult Olympic sports (no matter how good you are, it is easy to make a minor mistake, lose, and be out of the tournament; this is true for most sports but at least with swimming, cycling, etc. I can see and understand how and why someone loses). If only Dutch commentators and others on the fringes of the sports events stopped  handing out medals before the competition started. So far at least two Dutch judokas, one fencer, and several others went home empty-handed even though before they started competing 'everybody' said they would win a gold medal, at least. Edith Bosch and the four swimmer girls, who won bronze and silver respectively, also 'should' have won gold, if you believed the comments ahead of their competitions. Sports are unpredictable, that is one of the things that make them fun to watch (so I've heard :-)), and a 'lesser' athlete who has a good day can usually beat a better one who is not in his/her best shape or who makes a mistake. Yesterday evening a commentator asked Ranomi Kromowidjojo (I finally managed to remember her name, which is as exotic as she is pretty), after she easily won the semi-finals of the 100 meters free style swimming, whether today she just had to go and 'pick up' the gold medal today. At least she herself sounded as if she understands that such arrogance is uncalled-for and dangerous. I wish her, Arik Ze'evi and everybody else over there in London the best of luck.

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