Saturday was a big day at the Olympics.
The weather was gorgeous. The pollution meter was almost in the single digits! Blue skies all around. We watched Michael Phelps’ unbelievable butterfly gold medal. This wasn’t the only razor-thin victory on the ninth day of the Games. The women’s double scull from New Zealand, comprised of the lovely Evers-Swindell twin sisters, shared the same margin of victory as Phelps’ win: .01. There are very few sports that dabble in the microscopic domain of thousandths of seconds. Some winter Olympic sports do.
Following a great practice in the pair this morning, I spent the better part of the day cheering and pedaling my fanny off while following the races down. Some races weren’t quite as tight as the women’s double, but all were exciting to watch as the world’s best rowers chased the dream of winning a medal. U.S. single sculler Michelle Guerrette won silver today in one of the most exciting rowing races I’ve ever witnessed. This is the first medal for the rowing team this year. My voice is still hoarse from yelling.
Update to yesterday's post about Olympic Bloggers:
Row2k hosts Heather Mandoli from the Canadian Womens 8
Plus Liz Wray from Tideway Slug pointed me to Jason Read in USA Mens 8
Links to both blogs are from the original post.
We'll be putting updates up in full when they publish.
Further update – Mahe Drysdale has a blog on New Zealand Olympic Committee site. Mainly a photo blog – which make s a nice change.
We have also been guided towards the Holland vier in Beijing blog – but it's in Dutch. Any offers to translate for us? Some lovely photos there too.