Why the USA Olympic Team needs a Reality Show

Posted: August 10, 2012 by jerkmagblog in POP - pop culture, VAULT -- archives
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Did you hold your breath while the Fab Five waited to receive their final scores? Did your heart start racing when you saw Ryan Lochte shirtless for the first time? Well, mine did.  Gymnastics and Swimming have the USA glued to their televisions (whether you admit it or not).  And as a bonus: we are dominating in both.  It’s hard to believe that most of these athletes are my age or younger.  To think that I could have been an Olympic swimmer by now if I had just stayed on my middle school swim team…

For those of you who think the Olympics only consists of a bunch of sports everyone cares about for two weeks every four years… it’s not.  Let me give you a little recap on the drama thus far.

In women’s gymnastics, the rules state each country is allowed to send two team members into the individual competition.  So out of the gold medal winning Fab Five, Jordyn Wieber was the favorite to win individuals.  However, in an upset, Wieber failed to even qualify for the even by as little as .359 of a point.  Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas earned the coveted individual competition spots for the USA.

Gabby Douglas, just sixteen years old, is probably the best gymnast you will ever see in your lifetime.  The 4’11’’ flying squirrel took home the gold in the individual competition.  On the other hand, Aly Raisman was pitted against Aliya Mustafina for the bronze.  Identical scores calls for a tiebreaker, which means they drop the lowest fourth score and average the three highest scores of the two competitors.  In the end, Mustafina won leaving Raisman devastated.

Who would have guessed this sport of glitter eyeshadow and shimmery leotards could be so cutthroat?

Other jaw-dropping moments: when Michael Phelps won his 20th medal making him the most decorated Olympian… ever.  Or how about when Lochte stepped up to the podium sporting an American flag diamond grill?  Perhaps that one was one of the more questionable moments… which is probably best explained in this mashup video of Lochte’s interviews or his twitter feed.

-Sara Freund

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