Randomosity: Olympic Edition

I have not paid anywhere near as much attention to the Olympics as I could have, but I’ve watched NBC’s prime time coverage most nights. And while I do have some problems with how they package and present things, it’s a testament to the excitement of the games themselves that I knew the winners of every single sport that I cared about before I watched, and it was all still damn exciting.

I also tried to catch up online with whatever twitter told me was important/inspiring/unbelievable. Here are some of my favorite links and videos.

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This is one of the best commercials I’ve ever seen, about anything, ever.

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Congratulations on that Olympic medal! Now pay the IRS, please.

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There were definitely some judging screw-ups at the Olympics, and then some things that were just unfortunate, but what can you do? Far from being simply measured, timed, or objectively judged (oxymoron alert!), many Olympic sports leave room for mistakes and challenges.

And sometimes the clock just doesn’t work, and the judges don’t help.

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This just cracks me up: McKayla Is Not Impressed. Clearly!

But what does McKayla Maroney think of the meme? She must actually be impressed – she tweeted out the link!

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One of my favorite Olympic memories ever was watching the Magnificent Seven get the gold in ‘96, and this year’s team winning the gold brought those memories back. So where are they now?

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OK, technically this isn’t from the Olympics, but it’s just so damn cute I had to include it.

But Michelle Jenneke is more than just adorable – the girl can hurdle like a mofo!

 

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I’d never paid much attention to men’s water polo before seeing this. These guys are so hunky, not even swimming caps tied in bows under their chins can ruin the effect. Yumm.

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If the stories are to be believed, the athletes at the Olympics basically have to tear themselves away from hooking up to participate in their matches and races. And this also may explain why so many people volunteer to work in the Olympic Village.

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And speaking of boners…

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This is so cool! I love that the New York Times did this. They took three different sports – running, swimming, and long jump – and compared the results of all of the men who had ever won Olympic gold medals in each, in very neat interactive presentations. It’s amazing how much things have changed!

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And last, as someone who spent the summer swimming laps, I’m just going to forget I read this.

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