Will you still medal in the morning? ESPN article.

I found this article about shakin’ the sheets in the Olympic Village quite amusing.

A few favorite quotes :

In Beijing, even the adolescent female gymnasts got sassy with the water polo and judo boys who shared their training room. “That’s where most of my socialization took place — in a tub, up to my chest in ice water,” says silver medalist Alicia Sacramone, then 20, who served as den mother to her teammates. “The younger girls would try to flirt with stuff like, ‘Look at that butt on him!’ I’m like, ‘Excuse me, did that just come out of your mouth? Don’t pay attention to his butt!'”

Taylor Phinney too is looking forward to a do-over in London for two reasons. In Beijing, he was an 18-year-old wunderkind American cyclist who night after night sat on his balcony, one floor below the gymnastics team terrace, and tossed Shawn Johnson prohibited Snickers bars. “She was a superstar,” Phinney says of the then-16-year-old, “and I was a lowly cyclist with a massive crush.” After Johnson won gold and moved to a hotel with her parents, Phinney moved his courtship to the lobby, where they closed some blinds and had a “kissing session.” But Phinney’s long trip to first base may have also derailed his medaling hopes. “This is going to sound stupid, but I almost forgot I had to race.”

Read the full article here.

Breaux Greer

I, for one wouldn’t kick him out of bed for eating crackers in the morn.’

From what I understand, the Olympic Village tends to be one big party.

Does this debauchery apply in any way to our loveable (and mostly underage) gymnasts?

I really can’t see Komova or Kyla Ross sliding down a pole into a pool of jello at a party at 4 AM.

- B

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10 responses to “Will you still medal in the morning? ESPN article.

  • Robyn

    A friend of a friend worked on the staff in some capacity for the Atlanta games in 96 and she said that the Olympic Village is basically droves of well-bodied athletes roaming around trying to hook up in dozens of languages. Magical.

  • Alison Clements

    Hate to break it to you Bronwyn, but the age of consent is 16 in the UK. Bring on the pools of jello for all!

  • Blake Smith (@bloksmit)

    I can’t picture Komova or Kyla Ross sliding down a pole into a pool of jello at a party at 4 AM. However, I could see Nabz, Aliya, and Afan partaking in such events.

  • M

    BTW Stoi – Here is a video of Huang Qiushuang’s amanar. Things re getting interesting

    • Stoi!

      Thank you for the vid M – a little icky on the pre-flight, but definitely not bad. I really didn’t think her DTY was powerful enough for an extra 1/2 twist, so color me surprised.

      This makes things interesting indeed!

      – B

  • Christiane

    Nabieva would!

  • M

    Wow I didn’t realize that the Olympic Village is like that.

    Not sure the Russian Romanian or Chinese gymnasts will be able to do that. Their coaches probably will watch them like a hawk. Then again, they are teenagers so you know they can figure out a way to cause mischief, lol.

    Although this quote “”Once events were over, our entire diet was caviar, vodka and Russian champagne. It was crazy,” Louganis says. He was particularly struck by the Russians’ sense of sexual liberation. “Culturally, they’re more openly affectionate toward each other, which I just drank up”

    The quote makes me think, the girls should avoid Russian Olympic Village altogether if possible, lol. . Now I think it is a good thing Nabs isn’t going, because she surely would have been up to some mischief and dragged Musty along. Although I think Musty and Ksenia will cause mischief. I like to think they are focused though.

    However, after they finish their gymnastics and win some medals :) All bets are off!

    • A

      TBH, the WAGs don’t have the opportunity to get up to much mischief. As a rule, gymnasts are whisked out once their competition is over. Not due to their age necessarily, but because the organiser needs the beds for the new arrivals! It’s a bit of a raw deal, actually – they’re one of the few groups of competitors who attend neither the opening nor closing ceremony.

      • M

        Wow really? that truly sucks. I was hoping to see The Russian WAGs at least in the Opening Ceremony. :(

        The women qualification is July 29 (opening ceremony is 27) and the last individual event is August 7 for both men and women (closing ceremony is august 12), so who knows, maybe they will stay to the end.

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