current song: Linger by The Cranberries
single released in 1993. UK #1 17 cycles ago... No Limit by 2 Unlimited.
American 4-man team... piloted by buffin top Steven Holcomb... won the gold medal. 1st US gold after 62 cycles. German GDR blue colored bobsled driven by Andre Lange won silver. edged Canada by 0.01 second. surprised Canada won bronze and not the gold on its home track.
what happened to the Germans? hmmm... perhaps since there's no East and West German rivalry to top each other... Germany's development in the sliding events stalled. read about how at one Olympics... while other countries still used wooden sleds... GDR used plastic... won lots of medals... shocked the world. when other countries started to use plastic... the GDR not only further improved their sleds... but also actually had athletes compete... rather than muffin/buffin tops... for faster start times and speed. West Germans also tried to improve helmet designs for better aerodynamics.
I have to mention again that I completed my Uwe Dassler Olympics challenge to swim 1.50 miles by the end of the games. took me 56 minutes... but I did it... churned in the water like a mutha. hmmm... perhaps I should continue to swim that distance on Fridays... swim that distance faster... lower my times.
as of this post... USA leads w/ 36 medals. USA! USA! USA!
Spartakiad 19 - Los Angeles, California
1 year ago