06 August 2012

Best in Blog Linky *Olympic Edition*

The Olympics, aye?
You may be sick of hearing about them by now. Or not.
Here in our house we are mad for the Olympics, watching them every chance we get - four sportnuts and a couch potato (that would be me).

I have to say that lil ole New Zealand is doing pretty awesome this time round, dominating the rowing and taking home three golds already. THREE GOLDS.

Putting us at Number Thirteen on the Medal Table ahead of Australia.
I don't even know if my Aussie friends know that, because apparently some Aussie TV channels aren't showing the medal table for some strange reason...??!!

Hehehe. I can't resist getting some gentle ribbing in, while this situation lasts.
It's not often that little brother gets a jump on our big brother "over the ditch". (You know we love you, we'll stand together on any battlefield and wipe our shared tears on Anzac Day, but when we get the chance to beat you at anything we'll take it and run like the wind.)

So while Olympic fever is high around our house we thought we'd have some backyard Olympic fun on the weekend...
[Boris judges the trampolining]

The Olympics are always high drama and knife-edge emotions and this occasion did not disappoint.

While New Zealand's "Dash Dagg" and the underdog from Ireland, "Paddy Murphy", were happy to give their all in the power walking, sprints and weightlifting, Great Britain's representative threw a wobbler and was sadly disqualified giving the Russians, "Boris and Ivana", a shot at Medal glory.

Boris also did double duty as a scrutineer and timekeeper (which some may consider dodgey but we were short on competitors). Boris cleaned up in the weight lifting, while Ivana narrowly missed out on gold in the power-walking, coming second to New Zealand by only .100ths of a second.

There was some dispute when Boris tried to award Ivana the Gold for her trampolining efforts, but the winner was clearly New Zealand's Dash Dagg who impressed the judges with a series of perfect somersaults.

At this point Great Britain appealed to the judges for a second chance and was granted readmission to the Games, although at this point they were nearly at an end.

[Ivana and Boris tried their best but they were never going to win Gold]

What the Olympic Committee Learned from Staging these Games:
  • If an athlete wants to run barefoot, let her. It's just not worth the drama.
  • If an athlete throws a hissy fit, don't cancel the Games just because she's spoiling the fun - disqualification is an acceptable alternative to complete cancelation
  • If you persevere past the hissy fits, a great idea can be salvaged
  • Power Walking is super funny
  • Trampolining is best left to the younguns
  • Sometimes you can have more fun playing at home in your garden than going out
Memorable moments include Paddy Murphy's brave recovery after falling in the sprints, his memorable butt-wiggling power-walk and of course the Trampoline routine that would not end.

New Zealand took home Gold and Ireland took Silver, leaving Russia (who some called past their peak) happy and relieved to take the Bronze.

In the REAL Olympics some of our favourite moments have been
  • Witnessing NZ's Mahe Drysdale getting Olympic Gold in the rowing, four years after he battled for Bronze at Beijing while being terribly ill. What a legend.
  • Watching the British guy Mo Farah's face as he won the 10,000 metre race and hugged his daughter afterwards; very touching.
  • Seeing the South African double-amputee Oscar Pistorius racing and qualifying for finals of the 400m, and then hearing his interview and being impressed with his spirit and humility. Very moving.

What have your Best Olympic Moments been?

Best of Me from Last Week
One post that may have escaped your notice was my Blog Tips post about how to make images clickable. There's html code for you to grab and make your own, or some free button designs you can use in your sidebar. Make sure you head over there and grab you some button code.

I was also proud of my post about "Giving a Damn". This is the theme of my life at the moment.

Best of You from Last Week
My favourites from last weeks' linky in no particular order...

 How to join in with my "Best in Blog" linky.
The "Best in Blog" Linky opens at 7am every Monday (NZ time*) and closes midnight Friday.
You don't have to write a special post, or take a photo on a theme or anything that requires extra work...
All you have to do is pick your favourite post from the past week (the one you are most proud of) and share it with us. I will feature my favourites on next week's Best in Blog.

Just one thing you need to do before you link up... Can you please dress your post with this pretty button I've made so your readers can find our linky too?

Best in Blog Linky

Thankyou kindly!

(Oh, and please leave us a comment telling us why you picked this one... even if it was because it was your only one, hahaha!)

*For some of you US readers, that will be sometime on Sunday!

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