Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s that time again. As we prepare to conclude the 2012 Summer Olympics, it’s time to reflect on these two weeks and bestow more honor on some of those who participated in these games.
There’s no red carpet pre-awards show, so let’s just get right to the awards. I’ve got a closing ceremony to go watch!
Olympian with the best celebrity doppelgänger:
Alexander Vinokourov, Cycling: Could be a brother for Conan O’Brien!
Best Opening Ceremony Uniform:
Netherlands, who just barely beat out Belize for the best costume. The v-neck sweaters with accompanying orange and blue was a bright and cheerful splash of color to the fairly predictable array of costume, while remaining loyal to country colors.
Worst Exhibit of Sportsmanship:
McKayla Maroney, who was none to happy with a silver medal, and was none too shy about displaying her dissatisfaction.
Grenada’s Kirani James not only won a gold medal, but won my vote for best sportsman, as he not only congratulated his fellow winners, but found it important to swap bibs with fellow competitor Oscar Pistorius.
Eton Dorney, Venue for Rowing Canoe/Kayak Sprint
Best Come-From-Behind Victory:
It’s one thing to come from behind and win. It’s another thing to almost miss making the cut for the semi-finals, only doing fair in those rounds, and then storming back in the finals. That’s just what David Boudia did in the men’s 10-Meter Platform, making him yet another American diver in the history books along with the late Mark Lenzi, and Greg Louganis.
Most Inspirational Athlete:
Oscar Pistorius, South African Runner
Most Exciting Win:
Three-Way Tie Between Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford, and Mo Farah
Whether in the velodrome, at Greenwich park, along the Box Hill route, or inside Olympic Stadium, Great Britain can definitely be dubbed “Our Greatest Fans,” as they made the Olympics all the more enjoyable, showing true patriotism and loyalty. Thank you, Great Britain!
Faster, Higher, Stronger.