Notes on the Olympics, Part 1

31 Jul

Killing his hotness, one grill at a time.

RIP Ryan Lochte crush. We were Team Lochte all the way going into this Olympics, but between the custom diamond American flag grill and Lochte’s arrogant refusal to take responsibility for blowing the 400 free relay, he’s turned out to be a tool of such epic proportions that it’s almost enough to make us (gulp) cheer for Michael Phelps.

This font makes us sad.

We’re not about to be the zillionth person complaining about NBC tape delays, but we would like to kick and scream a little about Olympics spoilers being pushed to our iPhone by The New York Times. Knowing how annoyed the public is about tape delays, how carefully people are avoiding social media and news sites to prevent spoilers, you’d think the NYT would be careful with the breaking news it pushes to mobile devices. We know, we know: we can adjust the settings, but we were unfortunately too late to un-see the results of tonight’s women’s gymnastics and swimming events. {Sigh.}

Perhaps Ariel Hsing should Google “deferring college admission”?¬†There is plenty of time yet to be the undisputed beer pong champion of Harvard.

Forget Lochte and Phelps; Team USA Swimming is running on 100% girl power. We couldn’t have hoped for better role models in our daughter’s first Olympic excellence than Dana Vollmer, Allison Schmidt and Missy Franklin.

Dear Jordyn Wieber: Having your lifelong dream crushed on an international stage is a real shit sandwich, but you are just one of many little girls (including, say, Aly Raisman) who grew up dreaming of being Olympic all-around champion. So spare us the pity party. Your dreams don’t get priority just because they were more likely to come true. (Just ask Michelle Kwan.)

Are we the only one hoping for a USA vs. USA showdown in the women’s beach volleyball finals? May & Walsh are the perennial favorites, but Ross & Kessy want it BAD. This.Must.Happen.

6 Responses to “Notes on the Olympics, Part 1”

  1. jessica 1 August 2012 at 3:45 am #

    I totally agree about Jordyn Wieber (and can we talk about the unfortunate spelling of her name??!). Was also just the other night to the hubs that that 2012 logo was super cheesy. Keep up the good work P & V!


    • jessica 1 August 2012 at 3:47 am #

      oops, meant to say ” was also commenting just the other night” which i am pretty sure is a split infinitive at least makes a little more sense than what is up there. :)


      • priss&vinegar 1 August 2012 at 9:09 am #

        We here at P&V fully support grammar nerdiness. Keep up the fine work!


    • priss&vinegar 1 August 2012 at 9:07 am #

      The “y” spelling is BRUTAL! Why do parents feel an irresistible compulsion to alter perfectly reasonable names? It’s not original; it’s several steps closer to the pole. You *know* someone had to talk Dina Lohan out of “Lindzee”.


  2. Brandon Walker 14 August 2012 at 12:04 am #

    I love and agree with every bit of this EXCEPT the Jordyn Wieber comments. She not only had a dream of winning all-around gold, but the weight of a whole country was on her to win it. We were all counting on her to do so. We certainly didn’t see Gabby Douglas as the champ. But that’s the surprise of the Olympics. She’s 16, probably never going to get this chance again, and she’s trained her WHOLE life for it. To have that all taken away because of one tiny step and a stupid rule, is heartbreaking. My heart broke for her. She wasn’t trying to be emotional for the spotlight, she actually wanted nothing else other than to get away from the cameras. Not to mention she did all this with a broken foot. Probably some emotions coming from that as well.


    • priss&vinegar 15 August 2012 at 2:14 pm #

      You know what, Brandon, the Hus-b agrees with you and we’ve discussed my treatment of Jordyn subsequently. (A lot. We’re talkers.) I stand by my original statement that every gymnast at the Olympics (and training in gyms around the world) dreams of being all-around champion, so for Jordyn to act as if her dream is more special because it had a greater likelihood of coming true really frosted my cookie. For heaven’s sakes, you’re at the Olympics, dear girl — isn’t that enough?!

      However, the crushing pressure of national expectations (especially on a teenager) was probably a big part of Jordyn’s angst, so on that point you’re probably right that we should have cut her some slack. (And we concur that the 2 person per team limit for the all-around is absurd. May the BEST gymnast win, period!)


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