Today is 33th Anniversary of Miracle on Ice. I saw this game on TV back in 1980, and it was the day, I really became a true, loyal hockey fan. It gives me chills watching the last 5 minutes of the game. From this point on, I would be watching the Winter Olympics Hockey every four years and the Stanley Cup every year. Here is Al Michaels saying those famous words in the US vs USSR game from YouTube:
Today is 29th Anniversary of Miracle on Ice. I saw this game on TV back in 1980, and it was the day, I really became a true, loyal hockey fan. From this point on, I would be watching the Winter Olympics Hockey every four years and the Stanley Cup every year. Here is Al Michaels saying those famous words in the US vs USSR game from YouTube:
I also found this YouTube video, providing more context leading to those famous words and the end of the game. It was final 5 minutes of the live broadcast of that day:
After yesterday’s Hockey Day in Canada, you must make it an effort to watch a hockey game in person. The 2010 Olympics are next year in Vancouver, Canada, now is great time to do it.
The 2008 Summer Olympic Games are coming to an end. Closing Ceremonies is currently happening in Beijing with Film director Zhang Yimou giving us possibly another spectacular show. I look forward to watching it later tonight in the States.
Hopefully we will not have the post controversy over the performance as we heard and learned about in the Opening Ceremonies. But, it should interesting to see what London Olympic Committee will present as a glimpse into 2012 Olympics Games.
Some of the pictures from the Beijing Olympic website looks like we will have another great ending to this year’s Summer Olympic Games.
Some outstanding moments of this Olympics for USA:
- Michael Phelps achieving his goal of 8 Olympic Gold Medals in 8 events.
- The Redeem Team winning the gold medal game in Men Basketball earlier this morning over Spain, 118-107.
- US Men Volleyball team defeating defending champion Brazil, 3-1, for Volleyball Gold.
- US Women Basketball team winning their fourth straight Gold in basketball.
- US Men Gymnastic team earning a surprising Bronze Medal in the team overall competition.
- US Women Gymnastic team earning a Silver Medal in the team overall competition.
- US Men and Women teams grabbing Gold medals in Beach Volleyball.
A special congratulations to all US competitors winning a medal in this year’s Olympics.
I hope to post some great pictures of tonight’s Closing Ceremonies. Here is one from the UK Telegraph of the firework display outside of the stadium:
From the Beijing Olympic Website, I see that the famous red double decker bus made it to China.
Another amazing example of Chinese artistry:
I am certain by now everyone has the seen the comparison of SI covers featuring Mark Spitz (1972) and Michael Phelps (2008):
A recent Fox News story details that Mr Spitz in his prime could have given Mr Phelps a run for his money. That’s probably true, but would it be interesting to see them both race each other for charity? Or another recent comment from Chad Johnson, Cincinnati Bengal WR, challenging Mr Phelps to a swimming race. Mr Johnson thinks he could beat Phelps in a race. Again, could this be another charity event race possibility?
Seeing the comparison of the SI cover was great, but I have to say the recent announcement of Mr Phelps being on Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes got a lot of doctors upset. As documented on August 20th Fox News Grapevine:
Breakfast of Champions?
The endorsements are rolling in for Olympic hero Michael Phelps. But one deal is already drawing some criticism. The swimmer, who won a record eight gold medals in Beijing, will not make the traditional appearance on boxes of Wheaties cereal. Instead, he will show up on boxes of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes and Corn Flakes.
Some health experts are disappointed. Nutritionist Rebecca Solomon from Mount Sinai Medical Center says, “I would not consider Frosted Flakes the food of an Olympian. I would rather see him promoting Fiber One. I would rather see him promoting oatmeal. I would even rather see him promoting Cheerios.”
Frosted Flakes has three times the sugar as Wheaties and one-third the fiber. But that should not matter to Phelps, who consumes 12,000 calories a day, when training.
Instead of worrying about children eating the Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, maybe we should be focusing on getting children to exercise more instead of sitting in front of the TV playing video games on the XBox or Wii. Why did not the doctor foucs on this as well?
Eating a good breakfast at the beginning of the day is important regardless if one plans to eat cereal like Frosted Flakes or something else. The key thing our children need to do is exercise. Mr Phelps is a fine example of eating properly regardless if it a sugar coated cereal and excerising. If anything, Mr Phelps endorsement should get kids focused on exercising more.
A lot has been made of the number 8 in this year’s Olympics in Beijing. In China, the number 8 is lucky. For instance, the Chinese had the Olympics started on 08.08.08 at 08.08 PM Beijing time. So, prior to the Olympics, Michael Phelps set out with his own goal of winning 8 gold medals in 8 events.
So last night, Michael Phelps did accomplish his goal and won his eighth gold medal of these Olympics this morning. See Yahoo story here. And by the way, he also set seven world records and setting a new standard in swimming by eclipsing Mark Spitz record 7 goal medals.
What I found amazing about Phelps was prior to this picture, I noticed him saying, ‘Thank you’, to his teammates for helping him to accomplish goal of collecting eight gold medals in eight events. This shows great humility. It is no wonder that Michael Phelps will go down in history as one of the greatest athletes in Olympic history.
Congratulation, Michael Phelps, a true Olympic champion.
I was awe struck by the Chinese Olympic Opening Ceremonies. There can be only thing said about it, ‘Magnificent’. Who was the person to put this together, according to Mail Online:
Film director Zhang Yimou, whose work includes the film House of the Flying Daggers, has created a three-hour show portraying 5,000 years of Chinese history.
He did a great job of providing the world a brief history of China. Some of the highlights I thought were interesting were the 56 ethnic children dressed in their traditional clothing bringing the Chinese flag into stadium and moveable type printer section of the show. I was impressed the moveable type printer was done by people instead of electronics. Another fine example of Chinese artistry.
Here are some shots of from the show:
Well, the 2008 Olympics open today in Beijing, China. Should be a very interesting Opening Ceremonies. By the time I get to watch it, the first day of competition will be underway. I wonder what NBC will be doing on its sister networks while they re-play the Open Ceremonies.
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