Friday, August 22, 2008

So It's Come to This?

I watched the men's 50k speed walking event last night. An Italian man won and he was so far ahead that he crossed the finish line before the second place walker (*snicker*) even entered the stadium. As soon as he was in the home stretch, his face contorted and he burst into tears.

Which meant I burst into tears.

I can't believe I cried over speed walking! He crossed the finish line, then sought out his coach or father (I'm not sure which it was), and still no sign of the other walkers. When the #2 guy finally appeared, I started worrying that he would think he was in the first place. The real winner was over in the stands celebrating with the Italians and I couldn't help but wondering if #2 KNEW he wasn't the winner. He didn't seem "gold medal" happy, so I suppose he saw the rankings somewhere along the way, but still. Could you imagine not knowing?

Anyways, we leave for Acapulco tomorrow. I'll probably squeak out a post before we leave, but I'm not sure how often I'll make it online while we're there. The car is running - at the moment - so we're hoping we'll be able to drive there.

Have a great week everyone!


spyscribbler said...

Aww, yeah, the Olympics do tend to get one choked up, don't they? I bawl every time they get up there on that stand.

Melanie Avila said...

We haven't seen many awards ceremonies because Mexico has only medaled in two events. They've shown a few swimming and gymnastics ceremonies, but that's about it.

Robin said...

I walked across the room really fast yesterday, and stubbed my toe and cried.
Have a great trip, Melanie.

Melanie Avila said...


colbymarshall said...

Don't feel bad...I get choked up when I watch the ending scene of Racing Stripes, a movie about a zebra. Yes, I know- pathetic.

Melody said...

I cry when peopleI know sing nice songs at my church. Luckily, the lady I sit beside cries too. We both sit there listening to our friends singing and we blubber like children.

Melody Platz
Melody’s Silly Site

Amy Mullis said...

I know--it doesn't matter whether it's the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat. I'm a mess. And if they throw in a Budweiser commercial with the Clydesdales, it's all over.

Zoe Winters said...

hahahahaha you cried over speed walking. hahahahaha.

You know, forever in my mind now you are going to be "the girl who cried over speed walking."

hahahahahahaha. :P

Melanie Avila said...

Melody, I'm like that too. :)

Amy, ditto.

Zoe, I'm glad I can be that girl for you. Go ahead and mock, lol.

Aimless Writer said...

I think we know how hard these guys work for the gold so its hard to see them lose. I have trouble watching. I'd rather read about it the next day.
Have fun in the sun of Acapulco!