Un-reported Olympic Moments | Part 2
It is remarkable these days what goes unreported.
Here now are more Olympic moments which, somehow and someway, did not garner any media coverage.
For Part 1—including: a sensitive collaboration between Usain Bolt and Carl Lewis; what Mary Carillo didn't tell us; Debbie Phelps vs. Steve Lochte—go here.
Part 2 | Moments #6 - 1
#6. American tennis star Serena Williams captured Olympic gold in women’s singles, but it was Russia’s Maria Sharapova who arrested the affections of at least one hopelessly delusional male. While Sharapova was clearly struggling, the fan yelled: “I still want to marry you.” Things were not as fortunate for Germany’s Matthias Steiner, a 2008 gold-medalist in weightlifting. Steiner dropped 432 pounds on the back of his neck, which prompted one star-struck woman to scream, unhelpfully: “You’re breaking my neck over here.” It was Steiner’s wife.
#5. Wowing men’s gymnastics aficionados with his go-for-broke style on the high bar, Epke Zonderland became the first Dutch gymnast to strike gold since 1928. In watching the high bar routine, perhaps you’ve noticed: the athlete’s coach must lift the performer up to the bar to begin. Off the record, NBC’s Dan Patrick commented: “We often have to do the same thing with Ryan Seacrest, so he can reachthe coffee filters in the studio cupboards.”
#4. One of the most thrilling calls during the Olympics came on the last day. NBC's indoor volleyball play-by-play guy Paul Sunderland got a little silly. As the Russians completed a miraculous comeback from two sets down to beat the Brazilians in the men’s gold-medal match, Sunderland exclaimed: “Dmitriy Muserskiy for president of Russia.” Muserskiy, a power hitter, will be immortalized in Russia. But actual president Vladimir Putin responded quickly with a state-sponsored tweet: “I’m not going anywhere. I’ve proven that. Besides, can Muserskiy do this?”
#3. "Revenge is a dish best served cold." In reclaiming women’s soccer superiority from Japan—2011 World Cup winners—the U.S. brought the chill. Hope Solo, an inescapably cool name for a goaltender, literally saved the day even as she is known for saving the night. Lost in the clamor surrounding her new book was this press release by Solo: “Brandi Chastain and I will not be competing on the synchronized swimming team in 2016."
#2. @alliseeisgold—aka Jordan Burroughs—provided American joy by defeating Iranian Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi in the men’s freestyle wrestling (74 kg) gold-medal match. But what matters most when Americans and Iranians wrestle is always political subtext. While the photo on the left portrays a dejected silver-medalist—Burroughs has his arm around him—there is more to the story, of course. On the podium Burroughs had apparently further distressed the Iranian by saying: “@alliseeisuranium. Get it?"
#1. From the annals of how not to be a good guest: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney questioned London’s security readiness on the eve of the Games. The gaffe drew a coded rebuke by the British prime minister, who effectively equated Salt Lake City with Greenland. Interestingly, before leaving London, Romney was seen hovering over the 17-year-old swimming sensation Missy Franklin, trying to advise her not to credit her parents in any way for her achievements but instead to say: “I alone did this.” Meanwhile, when asked about same-sex marriage, Romney responded: “I like Chick-fil-A sandwiches, but only on Sundays—reheated from Saturday night.” So far, no political analyst has been able to parse the exact nuance of this statement.