Sit down if you want to, but here we go. [Click Click] Oh, no need to take notes. I am not going to lose you on this one and I am not necessarily going to make a point. Walking through Santa Barbara Running Company, I spotted the recent Runners World magazine featuring Olympic Marathoner Kara Goucher on the cover. I love Kara. She’s tough as nails and a rock star Mother Runner. But why is she on the cover?
I pick up the magazine and flip open the front page. It happens to be a fold out and out flips photos of Shalane Flanagan and Desiree Davila. If Shalane wins a medal in London, it is merely my opinion only- she becomes the greatest female distance runner the US has ever produced. I actually think she can do it. Why? First, she said so. Second, she has been performing exceptionally well on the global circuit for years. Nothing seems to set her back. Desiree Davila almost achieved a Boston win! Yet, Kara- sweet and awesome Kara- who took an impressive third to these two ladies at the Olympic Marathon Trials held in Houston in January is on the cover with the other two ladies trailing behind her under the cover.
Why? The answer is cute. The readers of Runner’s World got to vote for who they would like to have on the Olympic issue and the survey said Kara. Looks count as much as skill, power, and speed. That’s nothing new, but it is a timely reminder.
Speaking of looks…. Aren’t we always? No. Anyway, the US Women Beach VolleyBall team cannot wear bikinis this go around. Why? Is this a Common Wealth thing? Conservative manners polute the sun screen? What’s wrong with Beach Volleyball women wearing bikinis? It is not a whole lot less than what is worn on the track or in the pool. It’s BEACH volleyball. Women! Either we have too much on or not enough!
Finally, speaking of having enough…it certainly is a rare image to think of a 34 week pregnant woman participating in the Olympics. But all is equal in love, war, and fire arms! Ahhhh the great equalizer. As luck would have it, Nur Suryani Mohammed Taibi finished 34th. Amazing! Separately I have to mention that Kim Rhode became the first American to win an Olympic medal in five consecutive games. She nailed 99 out of 100 shots in skeet! BOOM!
I mean BOOM!