Monday, August 30, 2004

Game Over -- No more Olympics

Unfortunately, the Olympics are done, University is restarting, summer is almost over and reality is back.

For over two weeks, I followed the Olympic Games, looking out for the successes and failures of Canadian or Bulgarian athletes. For two weeks, watching the news was actually pleasant; it’s as if there was less crimes and kidnapping happening, less disasters in the world. Kids, sixteen years of age were breaking records, winning medals and making everyone in their countries proud.

I already wrote some comments on what I thought about the Olympics, you can read them and rinse your eyes with some amazing beach volleyball pictures here.

The Athens Games weren’t all smooth. As expected doping was there, but there were also some unfortunate s. Perdita Felicien tripping at the beginning of her race and bringing down a Russian runner, just to make sure that the ruins as many people’s chances as possible. Brazil's Vanderlei de Lima getting attacked by a defrocked Irish priest just a few minutes before winning gold at the men’s marathon, the last event of the games, was a horrible way to finish the games.

There were also the surprises that make the Olympic games such a memorable event. Like the Iraqi soccer team, getting to the semi-finals.

The next Olympics, in Beijing promise to be even more spectacular. The Chinese are eager to show the world the modernity and determination of their country. The opening ceromonies will probably be quite an event. And the Chinese Olympic delegation will have the unconditional support of the crowd, which I suspect will push them towards winning even more medals than they did this year. Will the US have some though competition for the first spot, like in the good old days of the USSR?

Btw the two s on the Bulgarian team are sisters, Lina and Petia Yanchulova... quite hot i might add. Here's their bio, its really fascinating:

Growing up in the Bulgarian capitol of Sofia, the s were led to volleyball by their father, a member of the Bulgarian rowing team in 1972, and their mother, a competitive skier. Their father knew the s would be a natural for volleyball - Lina stood 5 feet 11 inches at age 14, with Petia up to nearly that height at about the same age. Their success at indoor volleyball landed Lina a scholarship to the University of Idaho in 1992, with Petia following her sister to the United States in 1996. After Lina graduated from college, she fell in love with beach volleyball and moved to San Diego to be closer to Petia and the sand. The family was reunited in 1998 when the s' parents won a green card through the immigration lottery and moved to San Diego, where they manage an apartment complex and their daughters' career.

You can post a message on their guestbook at the following address

AND they even have a website:

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