Saturday, August 16, 2008

These Hips are Made for Walking Really, Really Fast

We've been watching the Olympics every night and I've been as sucked into the drama and emotion as much as everyone else. But last night I discovered an event that brought out a different emotion: giggling like a schoolgirl.

The event: speed walking.


I know, I know. It's a sport. Athletes train just as hard as anyone else. It's a grueling race. But have you watched it? Particularly the men, which is what made me giggle every time the picture-in-picture popped up and showed those swiveling hips.


Ibis said Mexico used to be a powerhouse in speed walking and rattled off all the years they won the gold. To be honest, I tuned him out when he started listing Olympics before I was born. Clearly this is a source of national pride, but I didn't realize this was even a sport in the 60s.

I give the walkers a lot of credit. If I tried walking that fast, I'm sure I'd fall flat on my face. But the whole time we were watching I couldn't get this quote out of my head:

"His legs flail about as if independent from his body!"

Name the speaker for bonus points. :)


Images from SI.com

20 comments:

spyscribbler said...

It does look a little ridiculous, doesn't it, LOL? I knew it was a sport, but I had no idea it was an Olympic sport! How do you become the fastest? How do you not start running, LOL?

Melanie Avila said...

The rule is they have to have one foot on the ground at all times. That's where the swivel comes from, I believe. :)

Robin said...

Chandler, on a friends episode.

Melanie Avila said...

Well done Robin! A former co-worker of mine and I could play the Friends quote game for HOURS. :)

Nadine said...

I had no idea it was a sport, let alone an olympic sport!

Janna Qualman said...

That second picture makes me... giggle like a schoolgirl. Whew!

I love me some Chandler. :D

Melanie Avila said...

Nadine, it's right up there with ping pong, er, table tennis, in my book. ;)

Janna, Ibis had to tell me to shut up because I couldn't stop laughing. He finally gave in and giggled with me. :D

Zoe Winters said...

hahahahaha @ I'm sure it's a source of national pride.

Seriously the source of national pride should be the Sopapilla (dont' know if I spelled that right)

The genius of combining ice cream, honey, butter, cinnamon, and a fried tortilla is just so awesome! yum.

On speed walking, when I was in Junior high, at lunch time it was hard to get through the lunch line and have time to eat before the lunch period was over. And we weren't allowed to run to the cafeteria.

So I mastered speed walking. And usually got to be about 5th in line.

That's right bitches! Gimmie a gold!

Packsaddle said...

[hands Zoe a gold medal]

[and a soapapilla]

Zoe Winters said...

hahahaha packsaddle, thanks!

Melanie Avila said...

Zoe, that's hilarious. :D I've always been a fast walker despite my height - we could be a speed walking pair!

And, congrats!

Packsaddle, thanks for taking care of things for me.

Turkey Lurkey said...

I worry about their hip joints.

I also love that Friend's episode. Irish dancing. LoL...

Melanie Avila said...

Yes, Irish dancing IS quite scary if you don't know what you're doing, lol.

Robin said...

I must admit that I'm not a Friends Quotes Game expert so I couldn't even begin to play that game with you. However, I am pretty good at using the internet for research and that's how I came up with the answer. Okay, I'm out in the open now, I'm a fraud.

Melanie Avila said...

What? Fraud! :D

That's ok, I'll keep your link.

WendyCinNYC said...

How are they able to do that without their fannypacks? And outside of a mall, no less.

Incredible.

Shadow_Ferret said...

I'd throw out a hip.

colbymarshall said...

THIS IS AN EVENT???!?!?!?!

Melanie Avila said...

Wendy - LMAO!

Ed - you better stick to normal walking.

Colby - I know. We saw doubles ping pong the other night and I couldn't believe that's a sport either.

conley730 said...

There was an episode of Malcolm in the Middle years ago where the dad gets into speed walking. It was hilarious! I didn't know this was an Olympic sport either. I've got to turn that TV on more often!!!