Tuesday, September 16, 2008

My first blog post!

I finally figured it out!

Anyway, I know the Olympics was a while ago, but there was one Russian guy in synchronized diving who really caught my attention that I'd like to share with you.
This smiling guy is the Men's Synchronised 3m Springboard silver medalist, Dmitry Sautin, and he owns at diving. He is the most decorated diver in history, with eight olympic medals and five Olympic Games under his belt.
What caught my attention was how out of place he seemed amongst the other divers. Sixteen years the senior of his synchronize diving partner, he looked markedly more crusty than the rest. And for good reason. Apparently he's had some pretty rough times: being nearly stabbed to death in a random act of violence in the early nineties, chronic back pain and broken bones, and a surgery mishap which involved a piece of bandage left in his back, fabric that accompanied him through the Sydney games and four olympic medals.
So here is this bent-looking Russian guy who looks like he just came from a bar and threw on a speedo, who then proceeds to do ridiculous things in the air before hitting the water, all at the same time as the guy next to him. It was refreshing to see someone who didn't look like he grew up on organic Wheaties and steroids do something amazing. It's a shame this was his last Olympics, but with injuries like his, who could blame him? I thought he was interesting, at least.

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