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Gabby Douglas – True American success story

Gabby Douglas is a true American success story. By now just about everyone has heard of Gabby Douglas, the American gymnast who has won gold. She is really what America is all about. I’m not trying to paint this woman as some political star. Instead, America is about taking talent and developing it no matter where the talent is found.

Gabby Douglas was 12 years old and living in Virginia. She was a talented gymnast. She saw the 2008 Olympics and decided that she had to train with Liang Chow, who also trained Shawn Johnson (2008 medalist). Chow lived in Iowa. How the hell do you take a kid with modest means from Virginia and get her to Iowa to train? Well, it involved some out-of-the-box thinking and a huge leap of faith. It also involved a ton of work. The story ends for now with Gabby standing on the top of the podium with a gold medal around her neck. This is America.

By |2012-08-04T21:38:31-04:00August 4th, 2012|Sports|1 Comment

Update: Phelps Wins Number Eight

Like most Americans, I watch swimming once every four years. I used to swim for exercise so I know how hard the sport is. Michael Phelps has won eight gold medals. This brings up the question that everyone has been asking, or will ask: Is Phelps the greatest athlete of our time?

Michael Phelps

Update: One of my good friends reminded me of Carl Lewis and Edwin Moses who ran the hurdles undefeated for over 10 years. Then Keith Olbermann, a sports historian, reminded everyone of Jim Thorpe (see the video below). Okay, so Michael Phelps isn’t the best ever. He is still extremely good and he will be very rich, very soon.

By |2008-08-18T23:41:09-04:00August 18th, 2008|Sports|Comments Off on Update: Phelps Wins Number Eight

Americans Win Gold in 4×100 mm

Incredible finish for Michael Phelps, Jason Lezak, Cullen Jones and Garrett Weber-Gale. We beat the French but only by little more than a whisker. Lezak has stroking so hard on the last leg that he seemed to be lifting himself out of the water. Lezak swam his leg faster than anyone has in history.

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By |2008-08-11T18:26:26-04:00August 11th, 2008|Sports|Comments Off on Americans Win Gold in 4×100 mm
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