Wednesday, August 20, 2008

It's bothersome.

I hate watching the track events on TV. It annoys me to no end to see the runners slow down before they cross the finish line. It looks as though that's how an American lost a medal to a potential third-place finisher, who kept pushing on when the others slowed down. It paid off.

If my old high school track coach is watching, I bet she's irked, too. She was constantly drilling that into us, and although I wasn't too happy about it then, I understand it. You would think Olympians would, too.

2 comments:

Lori - The Simple Life at Home said...

I have been bothered by the same thing. At first I thought I was misunderstanding where the finish line was because they were all slowing down before it was over! I don't get it.

Anonymous said...

Many times it's only a preliminary event, and they aren't pushing themselves to break any records. They only want to be sure they're in the top x (don't know the number) to cross the finish line. That qualifies them for a future event that "really" counts. They save as much energy as they can for that future event. BUT... you're right. They do slow down, and sometimes they shouldn't. It could cost them. - Love you... -daddy-