U.S. Olympic track star Nick Symmonds just ran a mile in 5:15 … which isn’t very impressive … until you realize he chugged 4 BEERS along the way.
Symmonds was gunning for the world record in something called the “Beer Mile” … which requires athletes to chug an entire “full-sized” brewski at the beginning of the race … and another full can of suds at every quarter-mile mark along the way.
28-year-old Symmonds — who finished 5th in the 800m race at the Olympics in London — was hoping to break the world record, 5:09, set by Canadian marathon legend Jim Finalyson.
So, Tuesday in Oregon … armed with a case of Coors … Nick chased after the record, with a crowd of friends cheering on along the way … but despite his best effort, Symmonds came up 6 seconds short.
Still, Nick tells TMZ he won’t give up his dream … and plans to continue his training in hopes of winning the title some time in the near future.
Speaking of Olympic video: NBC viewers got an eyeful from an underwater camera during the USA/Spain women’s water polo match this week when an American player grabbed her opponents swimsuit and, well, let’s say things popped out momentarily. Link includes video clip and is slightly not safe for work, although it is an underwater camera shot – Daily Mail
Pardon the pun, but is something fishy going on at the Olympic pool in London?
Ye Shiwen is a 16-year-old swimmer for the Peoples Republic of China and won a gold medal this week in 400m individual medley with a time that was better than American Ryan Lochte in the men’s finals. Except, up course. Shiwen is a young woman and she actually swam FASTER the last 50 meters of her race, something that is almost unheard of in the sport.
Naturally the American coaches are suggesting that Shiwen had some assistance (no we checked, she was definitely not equipped with a 75 horse Evinrude during the race) which, of course, the Chinese who have never been accused of cheating to win an Olympic medal (cough, cough). So, of course, the Chinese have to come back with a straight face and say “Are you f*cking kidding me?” and then everyone laughs ’cause they know full well that there is something afoot, but who’s going to really press it: any one of the 150 counties that owe China money as part of their national debt?
In the end, Mr. Deadbeat USA is probably going to keep his mouth shut on this one or find his kneecaps getting broken in some back alley.
Ah, come on, she’s hot! Can’t she get a do over for being Greek, blonde and hot? I think this should be up to a vote of the male viewers of the games, not the Greek government or the Olympics. More from the Huffington Post:
Voula Papachristou has been expelled from the Greek Olympic Team for a racist twitter comment, according to the Associated Press. The website Keep Talking Greece translated the offensive tweet by Papachristou (@papaxristoutj):
“With so many Africans in Greece… At least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat home made food!!!”
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’.