IOC president Jacques Rogge has admitted Usain Bolt is a legend after all. He said last week that Usain Bolt needed to prove his greatness over time before proclaiming he is a “living legend.” Rogge claimed Bolt needed to prove himself over four Olympics. Um, wrong. He proved himself over two, breaking world records each time. He said: “Let me finalize this issue as follows: To say that Usain Bolt is an active performance legend, he is an icon, he is the best sprinter of all time.”
Jamaica Observer: He Ugly American is a novel written in the late 1950s which carries a central theme that has evolved over the years (or devolved) into an American believing that he is exceptional and that other cultures are not even worth the time spent trying to understand them.
Former American Olympian Carl Lewis easily fits into that slot.
In 1984, the decade when many American athletes and the Eastern Europeans were charged up on drugs, Lewis won four gold medals, including the two sprint medals at the Olympics. Give him credit for that.
At the 1988 Olympics Lewis took silver in the 200 metres and also, for a brief moment, silver in the 100 behind the Canadian (Jamaican-born) Ben Johnson. A few minutes later Johnson was stripped of his medal after his system was found to be overloaded on a performance-enhancing drug. Lewis was awarded the gold and was lauded for capturing the back-to-back 100 metres title.
During that decade, one special Jamaican woman — Merlene Ottey — found herself on the wrong side of gold medal history. The rumours were many that the Eastern Europeans and some of the Americans were ‘juiced up’, but proving it was next to impossible. We were the sprats and they were the big money tiger sharks.
Years passed and the rumours refused to die down.
In an article titled, ‘Lewis: No Scholarships for Foreigners’ in the Inquirer of June 3, 1994, it was stated, ‘Eight-time Olympic champion Carl Lewis lashed out yesterday at US universities who offer scholarships and financial aid to foreign athletes.
“We are bankrolling the world Olympic movement when we should be helping our Olympic movement,” Lewis told Reuters news agency in an interview at the NCAA Track and Field championships in Boise, Idaho, where he is helping to coach the University of Houston’s 400-metre relay team.
“In the 1976 Olympics, I don’t know of any African sprinters in the finals of the 100 or 200,” Lewis said. “In 1992, there were three in the 100, and they ended up second, sixth and eighth.”
At that time American coaches would regularly visit Champs in Jamaica to scout for talent. After the highly influential Lewis sounded off, the talent hunt was severely curtailed.
NEWSFLASH: Jamaicans shut out America for the 4x100m men’s relay in yet another Olympics in record time. Usain Bolt, Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan Blake clocked a new world record of 37.04, literally decimating the Americans.
NEWSFLASH: US Wins 4X100M Women’s Relay, Followed by Jamaica With Silver, Ukraine Takes Bronze. Jamaica de-throned from Beijing Olympics with the U.S. women winning gold.
Here are the official results:
1. United States 40.82 WR
2. Jamaica 41.41 NR
3. Ukraine 42.04
4. Nigeria 42.64
5. Germany 42.67
6. Netherlands 42.70
7. Brazil 42.91
Usain Bolt slams Carl Lewis: Usain Bolt, fresh off his historic 200m finals gold medal win, ripped Carl Lewis to shreds saying, “I have no respect for him,” in response to remarks Lewis made about the Jamaican team and doping in track.
Usain Bolt said: “I’m going to say something controversial. Carl Lewis – I have no respect for him. The things he says about the track athletes are very downgrading. I think he’s just looking for attention, because nobody really talks about him. I’ve lost all respect for him. All respect.”
Carl Lewis made some troubling assertions in an interview with the UK Telegraph:
“No one is accusing anyone,” Lewis told the Telegraph. “But don’t live by a different rule and expect the same kind of respect. They [Jamaican track officials] say, ‘Oh, we’ve been great for the sport.’ No, you have not. No country has had that kind of dominance. I’m not saying they’ve done anything for certain. I don’t know. But how dare anybody feel that there shouldn’t be scrutiny, especially in our sport?
“The reality is that if I were running now, and had the performances I had in my past, I would expect [doping critics] to say something. I wouldn’t even be offended at the question. So when people ask me about Bolt, I say he could be the greatest athlete of all time. But for someone to run 10.03 one year and 9.69 the next, if you don’t question that in a sport that has the reputation it has right now, you’re a fool. Period.” Source
Um, let me just school Carl Lewis on track and field in Jamaica — it’s as much ingrained in the culture as reggae music and jerked chicken or pork is. Kids start running at an early age. I am speaking from experience, having spent my formative years in Jamaica. We ran track, whether it’s sprints or even cross-country. We have a long and proud history of sprinters, from Arthur Wint, Herb McKinley, Donald Quarrie, Merlene Ottey to Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Warren Weir and so many. Yeah, and let me also claim Sanya Richards-Ross, who was born in Jamaica but runs for the U.S. Not because some American athletes have history of doping does it mean anybody else who excels does. Marion Jones was a disgrace. Where was Carl Lewis then, when she was breaking all kinds of records, race after race? Don’t recall any Jamaicans serving jail time for lying under oath over doping.
Usain Bolt Makes History Wins 200M Olympics Final, Yohan Blake takes silver, Warren Weir takes bronze as Jamaica shuts out American Wallace Spearmon.
Afterward, Bolt had plenty of energy left, dropping to the track to do five pushups — one for each of his Olympic gold medals so far. Ever the showman, he bent down and kissed the track, then did it again a few minutes later, and also grabbed a camera from someone in the photographers’ well and trained it at the group who were clicking away. Source
Congrats to Allyson Felix of the U.S. for winning the 200m race, with Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce snagging the silver and Carmelita Jeter third. Veronica Campbell-Brown failed to medal in what would have been her third Olympic appearance in the 200m race, taking fourth place. Jamaica-born Sanya Richards-Ross came in fifth. Allyson Felix has always been a graceful athlete and I am very happy she won.
Here are the official results:
1. Allyson Felix 21.88
2. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce 22.09 PB
3. Carmelita Jeter 22.14
4. Veronica Campbell-Brown 22.38
5. Sanya Richards-Ross 22.39
6. Ahoure Murielle 22.57
7. Soumare Myriam 22.63
8. Semoy Hackett 22.87
Olympic gold medalist Serena Williams criticized for glamorizing gang culture with her “crip dance” after beating Maria Sharapova in last Saturday’s tennis match final. Williams performed an impromptu rendition of the hip-hop dance that was made famous in the 1970′s by Los Angeles gang The Crips, which is known for ruthless murders, drug dealing and affiliation with the Mafia.
Serena has been called classless, ghetto, immature and many other names I don’t care to mention. It’s funny that the media, specifically Fox News, seems to be going after black athletes and not whites. Black gymnast Gabby Douglas was criticized for not being patriotic enough.
Fox News Jason Whitlock (who happens to be black) writes:
What Serena did was akin to cracking a tasteless, X-rated joke inside a church. It wasn’t quite as bad but it was in the same ballpark of the idiot sportswriter who decided to channel Andrew Dice Clay on Twitter the night Jeremy Lin channeled Allen Iverson.
Serena deserved to be criticized and she should’ve immediately apologized. Wimbledon isn’t the place to break out a dance popularized by California Crip gang members. She knows it. That’s why she got embarrassed when asked by reporters to reveal the name of the dance.
Crip Walking inside an NBA arena that is routinely filled with the sounds of edited versions of popular gangsta rap songs is different from Crip Walking at Wimbledon. That fact has nothing to do with race. It has to do with tradition and atmosphere. Wimbledon is a sports church, falsely prim, proper and respectful.
Another Fox Sports personality Reid Forgrave added:
‘And there was Serena – the tennis legend, the winner of 14 individual Grand Slams, the best player of her generation, the American girl being crowned at the All-England Club as the queen of tennis – Crip-Walking all over the most lily-white place in the world.
Serena Williams had this to say:
Williams insisted she hadn’t meant anything by the dance – that she was just so overjoyed after thrashing rival Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 to take home gold in the women’s final that her body almost did it of its own accord.
Serena Williams has had outbursts before, much like John McEnroe and others, but you don’t see them being harangued like Williams and Douglas. Um, Serena Williams’ so-called ‘crip dance’ was last Saturday, why are we still discussing this on Wednesday? What’s done is done and no, she owes no-one an apology. She was never in a gang and isn’t associated with a gang, so what’s the problem?
Gold medal winning gymnast Gabby Douglas let loose on her father, Staff Sgt. Timothy Douglas, slamming him as a ‘deadbeat dad’ after he left her mother with a mountain of bills. Douglas, who failed in her final bid to win another medal after falling off the balance beam, said her father, who served in the Air National Guard in Afghanistan, abandoned her and her three older siblings years ago and rarely paid child support. He enlisted in the military and left her mother, Natalie Hawkins, struggling to provide for Gabby, who was nine at the time, and her siblings, often getting her so down, she considered quitting her Olympics aspirations. It seems pretty clear that Gabby Douglas could be harboring some resentment for her dad, who is in London for the Olympics but did not see her compete because she did not get him or her grandparents tickets, MailOnline reports. Well, that’s if she deliberately decided not to get him tickets. If it was beyond her control, then that’s not on her.
“It was really hard for us growing up — my dad had left us, so he wasn’t really in the picture anymore,” Douglas, 16, said yesterday.
“So my mom had to front all these bills. My dad didn’t really pay the child support. He was short [on money]. It was definitely hard on her part, and she had to take care of me and the rest of my siblings.’’ Source
Gabby Douglas said even after winning two gold medals she still hadn’t spoken to her father. Timothy Douglas reminds me a lot of Shaquille O’Neal’s father, who was largely absent until he was drafted in the NBA and then he showed up. So, while the media tries to start a fire over Natalie Hawkins filing for bankruptcy, she didn’t walk away from her obligations, but fought the good fight. She didn’t opt for a fresh start. She opted for a payment plan to pay back her creditors over time on an amount.
I certainly hate when people air their dirty laundry in public, but some good may come out of Gabby Douglas’ candor. Not to bash Sgt. Timothy Douglas, but I would hope he will try to find a way to mend fences with his children. Life is too short and too precious for one to wear the deadbeat dad label proudly. He should be ashamed of himself for shirking his responsibilities as a parent, only showing up to take the victory lap after Natalie Hawkins scrapped to get by. We have many more deadbeat dads roaming around, of all races. I wonder what the Air Force has to say about Staff Sgt. Timothy Douglas’ deadbeat dad label?
BBC AFRICA: Seven Cameroonian athletes have absconded while in Britain for the Olympics, officials say. The seven, including five boxers, are suspected of having decided to stay in Europe for economic reasons, Reuters news agency reports.
A reserve goalkeeper for the women’s soccer team, Drusille Ngako, was the first to disappear, the agency quoted Cameroon’s Olympic mission as saying. In June, an Ethiopian torchbearer, Natnael Yemane, 15, also disappeared.
He went missing from a hotel in Nottingham. Ngako was the first to disappear while her teammates left for Coventry for their last preparatory encounter against New Zealand, he said. Her disappearance was followed by that of swimmer Paul Ekane Edingue and five boxers eliminated from the games.
Thomas Essomba, Christian Donfack Adjoufack, Abdon Mewoli, Blaise Yepmou Mendouo and Serge Ambomo, disappeared on Sunday from the Olympic village.