Olympic Tragedy – National Day of Mourning Declared

McKayla Maroney (If you look closely you can see that her pointy ears have been surgically altered to conceal the fact that she is really an Elf.)

Heavy favorite McKayla Maroney lets Olympic gold slip away on vault with a split-second slip

Tears threatening to roll down her cheeks, hands absentmindedly running over the silver medal that was never supposed to be part of her Olympic experience, McKayla Maroney looked lost.


“I really didn’t deserve to win a gold medal if I fall on my butt,” she said. “I was still happy with a silver, but it’s still just sad.”

Not to mention stunning.

The reigning world champion on vault came into the event finals a heavy favorite behind the power of her explosive Amanar, a tricky twisting, turning maneuver that only a handful of gymnasts in the world even attempt.

Maroney has turned it into a personal showcase, her body a study in applied physics. She was so brilliant during the team finals last week — her nearly flawless Amanar kickstarting an American romp to gold — Maroney’s two vaults on Sunday were supposed to the kind of coronation reserved for the Duchess of Cambridge, who was watching from the front row.

In a second, it vanished.

After powering through a solid if not quite spectacular Amanar, Maroney was in the midst of her slightly less difficult second vault when she knew she was in trouble.

Normally so explosive at takeoff, Maroney’s hands never really hit the vaulting table. An eyeblink later her heels smacked the mat and slipped out from under her.

The combined score of 15.083 gave Izbasa just enough room to squeeze past and keep Maroney from bookending the gold she won with the rest of her Fierce Five teammates.

“It happens, it’s gymnastics,” Maroney said. “You can’t be perfect and sometimes things don’t go as you planned.”

President Obama has declared a national day of mourning, including sackcloth, ashes and a few human sacrifices.

Seriously though, does the NBC television coverage of the Olympics suck or what? The print coverage is even worse. I really don’t care that Gabby Douglas’ mom declared bankruptcy earlier this year or that Ryan Lochte pees in the pool. TMI

Would it really be so hard for NBC to show more competition and less talking? How about some kind of posted schedule of events for people that don’t want to sit through the whole four hours of non-coverage just to see one or two performances?

If I didn’t have a remote control I probably wouldn’t have seen any of the Olympics this year. If it weren’t for NBC’s habit of saving the best stuff for last I would have missed even more. What about people who don’t want to stay up late? Why should they have to miss out?

What do you think?


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37 Responses to Olympic Tragedy – National Day of Mourning Declared

  1. NBC sucks. Olympic coverage has been going downhill for a very very long time. It is horrible how much time is devoted to yackety yack yack yack and so little to the actual games. Is the coverage this bad in other countries or is it only the US broadcasts?
    I gave up watching- I just click on the spoiler alerts to find out the results. The only night I watched was the woman’s team gymnastics. And I knew they would hold the best til last so that made it easy- tuned in around 10:30 pm.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I lived in upstate NY for the ’96 Atlanta games and watched it on the Canadian channel which covered the events in real time and not just focused on US athletes. I recall the coverage was more like Cspan and much more enjoyable.

      • Wish I lived closer to the border then. Of course our cable does not bring us anything other than American BS.
        Still have not seen ONE of the equestrian events- have to watch for the videos as they come out.
        As I said, I gave up watching. Seemed every time I tuned in it was all blather or beach volleyball. Gee, wonder why they would devote so much time to women’s beach volleyball? /s

    • votermom says:

      We’ve been using the online full replay to watch the ones we’re really interested in. Of course finding those is pretty tough too because the search is lousy – you have to browse.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Olympic Silver Medal = The First Loser, per NBC

    • votermom says:

      I feel bad for Maroney because NBC is doing their best to give her a complex. Shut up already – the kid is , what 16yo – and she won an Olympic silver medal. Be happy for her!

      • myiq2xu says:

        How good is McKayla?

        Falling on her butt cost her a full point. She also stepped over the line on her first vault. She still finished a close second behind the Romanian gymnast who won the gold four years ago.

        • votermom says:

          That’s what I was thinking – anyone else falling on their butt would have finished dead last.

        • cj says:

          She’s amazing. Did you catch the clip where they superimposed the men’s gold medalist doing the same vault over hers? She sprang off the vault & up in air at last a foot higher than him. Really incredible comparison, especially considering the women start from a lower position.

      • melisshka says:

        I could have smacked Tim Daggett, one of the commentators and one of the team members of the gold medal winning teams from the 90’s. 96 maybe? Anyway, when talking about Maroney he says, “she’s going to win”. WTF? That’s why we play the games, moron. It’s not pre-ordained. Anyone can make a mistake.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    Let me get this straight…..Obama leads Romney by 12 points in CT, but Mitt has raised more money from that state? LOL.


    • Lulu says:

      Opinion leaders usually donate first also. The White House knows this and knows that the shifts in donating are a preview in the shift in opinion that usually plays out next. This what the rigged polls are trying to hide. Obama’s handlers are treating him like a rented mule to raise money to beat it back. They are spending faster than they can raise it and all they can do is keeping rolling him out with diminishing returns.

  4. Pips says:

    Talking about ‘sad’ losers – as if winning a silver medal at the Olympics is a loss! – I consider these two, winners in ‘The Most Emotional Silver Medal’ category. And yes it is for real and not some Monty Python skit. 😆

  5. myiq2xu says:

    Jim Geraghty:

    The New York Times doesn’t mince words:

    President Obama has spent more campaign cash more quickly than any incumbent in recent history, betting that heavy early investments in personnel, field offices and a high-tech campaign infrastructure will propel him to victory in November.

    Since the beginning of last year, Mr. Obama and the Democrats have burned through millions of dollars to find and register voters. They have spent almost $50 million subsidizing Democratic state parties to hire workers, pay for cellphones and update voter lists. They have spent tens of millions of dollars on polling, online advertising and software development to turn Mr. Obama’s fallow volunteers corps into a grass-roots army.

    The price tag: about $400 million from the beginning of last year to June 30 this year, according to a New York Times analysis of Federal Election Commission records, including $86 million on advertising.

    But now Mr. Obama’s big-dollar bet is being tested. With less than a month to go before the national party conventions begin, the president’s once commanding cash advantage has evaporated, leaving Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee with about $25 million more cash on hand than the Democrats as of the beginning of July.

    Some people would say that is money wasted. I say it’s the only thing keeping Obama in the race.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I peeked over at that other site, and found out Mitt Romney is bad, Republicans are bad and that’s all you need to know. Looks like a handful are still on a Draft Hillary 2012 Convention push to replace Obama, so Hillary 2016 is banned discussion. Third party voters are going OWS friendly Rocky Anderson or Gary Johnson. Just a warning, Romney Dems will be banned too. So STFU 😉

    • Lulu says:

      This possibly suggests that the adults that handle the NYT’s finances had a come to Jesus meeting with the management staff. A marketing study was done and the conclusion was probably that they would be tits up in X number of months if they did not start publishing occasional glimpses of the truth.

  6. myiq2xu says:


    The man authorities say killed six in a Milwaukee-area Sikh temple before police shot him was a heavily-tattooed, 40-year-old ex-Army soldier, sources told Fox News, but what triggered his rampage remains unclear.

    Sources identified the dead suspect as Wade Michael Page, who was at one time attached to the Fort Bragg Army installation in North Carolina. Local authorities have scheduled a 10 a.m. press conference, where more details may emerge about Page and what the FBI is treating as an act of domestic terrorism in the temple, in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek. Six people were killed and four wounded, including a police officer, before the man being identified as Page was shot dead by a police officer.


    The neighbor says, as she understood it, the suspect had lived in the apartment with his girlfriend until their recent break-up. The suspect had then moved into another apartment nearby two weeks ago. She says he had returned to the old apartment and was banging on the door of his old apartment, demanding to be let in. The neighbor also said she believed the suspect had a 9-11 tattoo.

    The police will hold a news conference at 10 am

  7. angienc says:

    OT I just found out Reince Preibus is Greek Orthodox — no wonder he’s so awesome.

  8. catarina says:

    (Now stop watching that “Reid’s a liar” vid or you’ll need a cold shower!)

  9. driguana says:

    Agree…and whatever channel it was (guess it was NBC) that kept having Mr. Tingles and Ms. Madcow pop up to lecture us on “leaning forward” was disgusting. We know who they lean forward for! Costas was also idiotic with Phelps.

    • leslie says:

      His interview with Missy Franklin was fun. In fact, she had the crew laughing toward the end of the piece. (me too)
      It’s been a real issue with me for along time, that the sportscasters here in chi-town treat the football and basketball players (who are often “leaders in bad behavior”) – treat them like gods. They speak in hushed tones and with reverence that is usually saved for people like the Dalia Lama.
      (Maybe I should re-think this. They bring more jobs and money to the community than TehOnce.)

  10. yttik says:

    The coverage of the Olympics has been awful this year. It’s so bad, I actually look forward to the commercials. You get better information from the ads that feature olympians.

    To make it even worse, they really are giving us TMI about things like Gabby’s mother filing for bankruptcy. Remember the olden days when the media brought you uplifting stories about all the challenges the athlete’s have overcome? Now it’s like, let’s see if we can find any dirty laundry to air.

    • I must be ancient cuz I remember (and mourn for) the days when they showed the EVENTS! Forget the personal stories- I really would just like to see the games. But that is just me.

      • cj says:

        Jim McKay made all the difference. Watching the Olympics with him was like watching the moon landing with Walter Cronkite. They both had a stature that so far, remains irreplaceable.

        • leslie says:

          That is so true!
          Jim McKay – “still ticking” – remember?
          And Walter -“that’s the way it is.”

  11. cj says:

    “WH Press Corps Goes Seven Weeks Without a Question”


    What a sad state of affairs in this country where the last place you look for news is a newsroom.

  12. T says:

    The reason I keep coming here is because you often make me giggle, like now. Sackcloth and ashes, ha! But yeah, thank Gawd for DVR and fast forwarding. One thing NBC could cut is all of the award ceremonies. How many times do we need to hear the national anthem played too quickly and badly while watching our medalists either smile with self-importance or skowl at not winning bigger? Couldn’t they put that online?

  13. DandyTiger says:

    NBC has reached new lows with this coverage. Could they suck any less? On dear, I shouldn’t have asked that.

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