I've always thought that perhaps Kerri Strug should have gotten a poster instead of Dominique Moceanu back when the Olympic summer games were held in Atlanta in 1996. I don't think I've ever witnessed higher sports drama on an international stage then when I watched the gymnastics that year. Just so exhilarating for America to win the team gold and have it all come down to one final vault which ultimately decided it all. The images of Kerri Strug's final vault will always be such a defining moment in sport's history and Strug having to perform it with a severely sprained ankle made it all the more incredible as she fought through such pain and stuck the landing with only one foot.
Hehe don't worry I ate all of the cereal years ago! 😛 I used to have two of these Wheaties boxes but mysteriously one has disappeared out of storage….hmmm someone must've taken it. :O I hope they didn't sell it on eBay!
So far this year's summer games in Beijing have seen world records falling like crazy and it even has some commentators wondering if Roger Clemens is the pool boy at these games. 😛 But still the gymnastics team events continues to allude us making that win back in '96 that much more remarkable. Well now there's talk of American gymnasts getting the "ice the kicker" treatment by officials which may affected their psyche and something even more startling….gymnast(s) on China's team which appear to not be of the necessary age to compete in these games. One reportedly even had a visible baby tooth missing. :O So in Little League Baseball you have participants who are too old while in gymnastics you have participants who are too young. :O What the? Despite all of this I think the U.S. womens team did really well in winning silver and they really should hold their heads up for this accomplishment and consider also all of the key injuries plaguing both the mens and womens teams this year with many of them occurring just before the start of these games.
The most nerve wracking event of them all has got to be the balance beam….I mean seriously who invented this thing?!! It's barely wider than your foot and someone is supposed to do flips and other unworldly acts upon it? :O The strength and body control needed to perform on such an apparatus is simply mind boggling mind you I'm not very coordinated and would probably fall of while just trying to walk on it. 😛
This overhead view is perfect for putting into perspective just what these Olympic athletes are up against with the balance beam…or what I like to call the narrow stick. 😛
Congratulations to both the mens and womens teams on bringing home the bronze and silver medals for America and I think I speak for everyone when I say we're very proud of you! ^-^