28 May 2012

Olympic Trials... and Whatever Happened to Carl Lewis?

There is a contest going on right now...and you know how I love a good contest. First, there was the one where I defeated Charo and Darth Vader. And remember the humiliating contest that won me $300 to lululemon. And let's not forget Nuun and Hood to Coast.

Anyway...the new contest...

Oiselle (a women's running apparel company) will award a trip to the Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon to the team of two women who somehow convince them they are worthy or interesting enough or maybe just know how to behave in public (ut-oh...I think that might eliminate me right off the bat).

Well, I want to go. And my companion and I have until tomorrow (Tuesday, May 29) at midnight to pull it together. It might happen. And it might not. If you're a woman reading this and want to go to the Track and Field Trials, you should totally enter. Yes, you have to be a woman to enter.

In my search for inspiration, I found this gem of a video. Touted as being "so bad good it hurts." Yep...it does...



Are you cringing?

Have you ever been to an Olympic Trials event in any sport? What did you think?
–I went to the Olympic Trials for rowing in 1988 and 1992. It was a lot of fun, mostly because I had a lot of friends participating. And they were only about an hour away from where I was living at the time. I always liked it the most when the very deserving underdog prevailed...not to say that all the athletes weren't necessarily deserving. In 1992, one of my friend's was DQ'ed for doping violations. His boat wasn't the winning boat so fortunately his teammates weren't affected, but he was barred from competition for a couple of years. He didn't care so much for a couple of reasons: 1) he was 'old' and it was his swan song regatta and 2) he felt it was kind of bullshit because it was due to a standard dose of over-the-counter cough medicine. He was super sick and took Robitussin containing a banned substance (one type of Robitussin contained something illegal and another didn't...but he was pretty delirious and just took whatever was in front of him). 

14 comments:

  1. This is the first year I've *really* cared about the olympics. I think it's probably because I've been doing some of the things they'll be doing, so I have something to compare it to.

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  2. Cringing so bad. Going back to what I was doing will be an improvement.

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  3. Wow, that is some video. I'm really at a loss for words.

    I hope you win. If you do, I definitely plan to meet you. I only live a few blocks from Hayward and we'll be hanging out a fair amount outside the trials, which is almost as cool as actually going in and watching all the events. :) Good luck!

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  4. Best of luck to you! I can't wait to hear all about it!!! (holy bad video batman!!)

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  5. I'm laughing at the model "bench pressing" the barbell with 5# on it. So, she was lifting what, 10, 12# the whole time? Wowsers! That is an amazing piece of history that should be lost to the ages.

    Hmm, when is are the trials? I am close enough that I could sneak down for a day-trip with my hooligans.

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  6. Yet another example of someone who isn't a musician and should stay that way. Damn he was fast though!

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  7. So unfair only women can enter. And what does that have to do with Carl Lewis? You're not implying...?

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  8. Olympic Trials would be awesome, I'm actually looking into heading up there for it - my guess is that I won't end up doing it, but we'll see. Seeing Olympic trials at Hayward Field would be fun.

    lol on that Carl Lewis video!

    Bummer about your friend getting DQd for doping inadvertently!

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  9. What exactly was Carl Lewis "doing" on that bench????? He looked like he was enjoying it WAY TOO MUCH!

    never been to an olympic trials...hope you get to go!

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  10. I'm sneaking blogs at work and so couldn't watch the video--but I hope you win!

    I'm fresh off the marathon trials in January in Houston. It was awesome to watch, especially the day before running my own (glacial by comparison) race.

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  11. I was just watching the news tonight and they had a piece on a local 16-year old swimmer here who is going to the Olympics this year (incredible!!) and how her parents have to log where she is and what she is doing 24/7 into this computer that the Olympic committee can look up at any time. If there are any holes in the logs - or just because they feel like it - they can come on any random day and drug test...therefore, if she has a sinus infection (which she does), she cannot take any medication AT ALL, not even an Ibuprofen. A whole different life than I can even imagine. But no, never been to any Olympics, but I'd really like to one day.

    What the hell is Carl wearing to workout? A leotard with a belt like Suzanne Sommers? Gross!

    Hope you win!! Fingers crossed for you!

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