Women’s high hurdles is not usually a high profile event in sports, even at the Summer Olympics . . . but it may be, in four years in Barcelona thanks to young Australian hurdler Michelle Jenneke. In the video below, you’ll see that Michelle has, shall we say, a unique way of warming up. And it must work because she won her heat at the IAAF World Junior Championship last weekend very easily.
WARNING: You may spend most of the day watching this video over and over again once you see it.
Additional details from our favorite UK tabloid, the Daily Mail:
A young Australian hurdler is taking the Internet by storm with a warm-up dance she performed during the IAAF World Junior Championship last weekend in Barcelona. To shake off pre-race jitters, Michelle Jenneke, wearing a bright green ribbon in her hair, smiles as she hops up and down, wiggling her hips and waving to the crowd. The 19-year-old’s warm-up routine has had nearly 133,000 views since it was uploaded to YouTube yesterday, with Twitter users labelling her ‘The Hottest Hurdler Ever’.
I remember reading about Vicky Triponey a few years back when she was a vice president at PSU who oversaw student discipline. Or at least the discipline of some of the students. When it came to Paterno’s football players, he reportedly thought only he knew best how to punish his boys and wanted Triponey to stay out of it. She was told it was just the “the Penn State Way” and she should just go with it.
In the end, guess what happened? She tried to use the authority granted to her by the university as part of her job and when Paterno objected, she was gone. Does that mean the Penn State football program was more corrupt than other big time athletic programs? No, but it does show that the culture in Happy Valley was so skewed toward what was best for the football program (and Paterno) that no one stood a chance against it.