For months the world is talking about Olympics happening in London in the heats of summer, well, during the heats of summer IN London, because the Philippines is experiencing heavy rains and floods while the everyone around the globe was cheering for their respective country’s team, while the flag bearers proudly wave the flags during the parade of nations.
For months too, I admired the posters and tarps of VISA card’s GO WORLD campaign featuring Michael Phelps’ underwater shot doing freestyle in shades of gold with intricate details of bubbles coming out of his nose exhaling, and water waves from his power strokes that were hanged all over the malls and everywhere, even to the doors of the establishments that were catering the services of VISA.
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Awesome and breathtaking! My kids are into swimming and I am one hell of a proud mother, if you noticed in my previous posts. Every time I payed Speedo stores a visit, I begged and pleaded to the store representatives to let me purchase the promotion posters of this well celebrated Olympian of all time and his buddy and team mate, the ever gorgeous and free-spirited Ryan Lotche. Who doesn’t want to stare at this truly beautiful sights.
Oh yeah! Admit it ladies,….and you too ladies at heart! Those were just few among the gorgeous sights for sore eyes. I didn’t get even one of these posters. Speedo stores just won’t let me. How could they??? How dare them say NO to me like that. Anyway, with all the propaganda, how did the Olympics go?
For Michael Phelps, it was a disaster!
For Ryan Lochte, it was an incredible moment.
We are still here at hospital and my daughter was sleeping soundly and somewhat drowsed over her medications while me on the other hand was fighting the urge to doze off just because I want to watch the race for the 400meter IM Swimming event for men. London and Philippines obviously has a couple of hours as to time difference, hence one has to sacrifice few hours of slumber in order to stay tuned and watch the event of choice.
The 2012 London Olympics got off to a disastrous start for Michael Phelps, which shocked most of the spectators as the 14-time gold medalist finished off the podium and medal-less in the 400 IM, the event he had won the past two Summer Games. It was indeed the event of Phelps’ first Olympic loss in eight years. Bummer. The last time he failed to grab a medal was during his debut as a 15-year-old Olympian in Sydney.
Ryan Lochte speeded on his lane to win the gold medal and everyone can see that. He was way ahead of Phelps’ world-record pace for much of the event but somewhat slowed in the freestyle race. His marked winning time of 4:05.18 which was more than a second behind the seed time of Phelps set in Beijing. Was it really?.. They said so! The world records may have proved to be unpredictable. No one can really tell. Losing to Lotche was expected as they already had their heads on match-up during the US finals, but to finish the race off the podium was a real shocker. No MEDAL??? –Double shocker!
Being dethroned in front of the whole world is devastating. Inevitable. And while Lochte was all smiles accepting flowers and handshakes, Phelps looked like just another guy swimming in Lane 8.
According to Michael Phelps: “They swam a better race than me. They swam a smarter race than me. They were more prepared.”- so, how the hell did that happen Michael? Maybe lesser photo shoots and Speedo tapings for endorsement could have made it better? Maybe spending more time in the pool training could have prepared you more?
In the spirit of Sportsmanship, Michael Phelps, you are still one of the most appreciated swimmers of all time. Not all gold medals were distributed. Not yet, there is still a lot of time to bag them. Might be impossible to sweep them all now but never too late. Swimmers never quit and Quitters don’t swim!