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Chinese Thought Roll

-The Chinese are really cleaning up this Olympics in gold medals. As of this morning, they had the most at 45 compared to 27 for 2nd place USA.

-Of the 45 gold medals for China, 17 were from events that are purely subjective in judging (between diving and gymnastics). Only 1 came from a race (a female swimmer won the 200 meter butterfly). The overwhelming majority of the rest of the gold medals came from sports like Judo, Ping Pong, and Badmitten. The Chinese have no track and field golds, but their women have done quite well in weight lifting.

-Of the 27 US gold medals, only 2 were for purely subjective events (both Johnson and Liukin won golds in gymnastics), one other bogus sport win (equestrian), and the majority of golds come from races in swimming and track and field.

-The Bolt struck again yesterday, this time in a way that was mind blowing. Bolt shattered the field in the 200 meter sprint becoming the 1st since Carl Lewis in 84 to double in the 100 and 200. What’s more, he broke the world record set by America’s Michael Johnson in 96, a record that many people said would never be broken. He won the race by over half a second, unheard of in the 200 meter sprint, and he did it against a slight head wind. Between Phelps and Usain Bolt, this has been an unbelievable Olypiad.

-The USA is rolling in basketball, looking almost untouchable. Because of the tournament format, however, it only takes one slip up to make this “redeem team” a nightmare. The good thing about the USA’s basketball team and dominance in this year’s Olympics is the class and style with which they are winning. No more showboating swagger for us. We have been humbled by FIBA. It’s not the same as the game we play here in the US.

-On the political front, Obama is suffering the consequences of his overly measured and wishy washy answers at the Saddleback forum hosted by Rick Warren. Obama has gone from a lead of 7 points in July to a 5 point deficit now. McCain’s from-the-heart straight talk answers scored in a big way with America.

-Just to be clear, national polls are not as significant as the battleground polls which measure the most likely voters in the states that will decide the election. As of now, McCain has a growing electoral advantage, and things are not looking good for Obama. Good news for the US is bad news for the Democrats.

-If you haven’t seen the movie “The Great Debaters”, go out and rent it or buy it. What an amazing true story of hard work, dedication, and inspiration.

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LPC Talk Soup, Fay, and Michael Phelps

As of right now, your regularly scheduled Talk Soup has been postponed until next week. Due to the outage at Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant and school being back in session tomorrow, both regular guest writers may be unavailable. If anything changes, I will keep you posted.

Tropical Storm Fay looks to be on a path toward the central Florida area after it crosses over the FL Keys. The projected path sends it over the Gulf of Mexico and past our lat between Monday and Tuesday. PTN may be short on Hurricane volunteers so I may be held over tomorrow. I’m praying that it stays far enough west that we don’t get hit with the nasty wind and rain, and that when/if it lands it won’t hurt those on FL’s west coast.

Last night, I stayed up until after 11 PM to watch Michael Phelps break the record for most gold medals in one Olympic games. In the third leg of his 4×100 M medley relay, Phelps has a lightning fast split. He really pulled away from his competitors to give Lezak a nice cushion for the freestyle leg. It was an awesome moment! I am also relieved for him that now he gets to relax and enjoy the rest of the games without having to compete. It’s great to have seen history made, even though I am worn out and suffering because I didn’t go to bed at a decent hour. Phelps, at 23, is now arguably the greatest athlete in history. Keep in mind that Spitz won 7 golds in 13 races, Phelps won 8 golds but had to race 17 times to get them. Spitz had 7 world records, and Phelps won 7 world records. Phelps has already said that he will compete in London 2012. Congrats to Phelps and team USA!

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Did you see the Men’s 4×100?

I tuned in to watch some Olympic competition last night.  Michael Phelps was going for his second gold medal out of his attempted record-breaking 8 golds.  His attempt to surpass Mark Spitz record of 7 gold medals which have stood since 1972 started out well when he won the 400 meter individual medley.  Of all his 8 attempts, the 400 IM and the 4×100 relays were considered the most unlikely.

The French were highly favored to win this 4×100, and they were very arrogant.  Alain Bernard, a member of the French relay team even stated that they were going to “smash” the Americans.  Well, what happened was beautiful!  Phelps opened the relay with the first leg.  He didn’t give us the lead, but he did well.  Garrett Weber-Gale over the next 100 M put us in a good position to win, then Cullen Jones let things start slipping away in the third leg.  When Jason Lezak took the fourth leg, I felt our chances slipping.  Alain Bernard was the French anchor who has so arrogantly stated that the French would “smash” us.  He was also one of the “no weak links” French relay members who were turning in lightning fast splits for the past several months.  As they reached the turn at 50 meters, the lead was more than half a body length.  Lezak was just too far back.  I told my wife the race was over.  The commentator said that the US was trying to hold on for a silver with the Aussies pursuing.  Then with about 35 meters left, something happened.  The commentator said something to the effect of “Lezak is making a run” and I told Marcela he was just hyping it up.  Lezak really did start tightening up on the leader.  With 20 meters left, he was within one arm’s length.  “There isn’t enough left, it’s over,” I told Marcela.  5 meters left and he is moving up fast!  He draws even at the last two strokes and stretches….

UNBELIEVABLE!  How did that happen?  The French look like someone just beat them up and stole their croissants.  I don’t believe what I just saw.  Phelps is flexing and going crazy, Weber-Gale is trying to upstage Phelps flexing in front of him, everyone is hugging, and Lezak just turned in the fastest split in Olympic 4×100 history!  For me, that was the most exciting swimming event I have ever seen.  It is up there as the greatest Olympic moment I have watched.

Phelps is now 2 for 2, with only 6 more gold medals to go.

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